Muse Magazine

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

TRENDS: London calling

I kind of noticed it in Paris, when the UK Jack OK! art opening was the highlight of fashion week. And then Target began hyping up it’s Luella Bartley line. Now the Metropolitan Museum of Art is preparing to open an England-themed Costume Institute show called Anglomania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion. Do we smell the beginning of a trend? Is London cloudy? Here are the top three things we love about the city that gave birth to punk and Vivienne Westwood.

1) Top Shop
It’s like H&M, only a thousand times better with spot-on replicas of high-end looks that hit racks minutes after designers show them on runways. Lucky for us, the wallet-friendly chain with the massive cult-following is supposed to open its doors in the States this year.

2) Gilles Peterson
Arguably one of the coolest white DJ’s on the planet, the longtime BBC Radio One host spins everything from rare Syreeta Wright to of-the-moment Jazzanova. Fortunately, the station’s website offers streaming audio of the show every week.

3) The Streets

His moniker sounds like a Three Six Mafia song, but Mike Skinner, the quirky MC is cute in a sweet, geeky, disarmingly honest kind of way. Like the guy from your English class who wasn’t all that tall or handsome, but won you over with his complex angst and obscure literary references. I mean, honestly, how many guys can describe an alcohol induced anxiety attack as believably and with the pathos he does? Who knew clubbing could be so traumatic?



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