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Florals, Frills & Fringe

As the first official days of summer are upon us, Britain finds themselves outside at events such as Glastonbury, various music festivals, summer beach holidays, outdoor stadium gigs and a patio pubs and parties.

Choosing the appropriate fabrics in summer can make a huge difference in comfort when weather is hot and muggy.  Florals, frills and fringe add movement and sophistication to a garment.

Watch my segment where I highlight floral, fringe and frilly pieces that England is loving in summer 2016!

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Stylist: Cynthia Gregoire

Wardrobe:  Question-Air Boutique

Aired on Sky203 June 8 2016, London, England.

by Cynthia Gregoire

Loving Playsuits & Grey Skinny Jeans

California cool Young Fabulous & Broke redefines the playsuit with this military inspired “Luis” romper.  The fabric is structured yet soft, features snap buttons and long sleeves.  A truly unique piece worthy of addition to your closet.

Watch my fashion segment and let me convince you to invest in a pair of high rise skinny jeans this season! Also see the latest from Vivienne Westwood, Essentiel Antwerp, Nicole Miller and more.

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Cynthia wearing YFB’s “Luis” romper, available at Question Air boutique in London.

Stylist: Cynthia Gregoire

Make up Artist: Maegan’s Make-up

Wardrobe:  Question-Air Boutique

Aired on Sky203 January 2016, London, England.

by Cynthia Gregoire

 

Quadrophenia – 1964 is back for February 2016 in London

Relive the sights and sounds of 1964 as British movie classic Quadrophenia‘s full on theatrical performance takes place at London’s Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on 11 February 2016.

The cinematic presentation is sure to plunge mod fans young and old into the sights and sounds of the swinging sixties, capturing the spirit of an era that fuelled a cultural revolution.

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Original cast from the 1979 original film will star in this special performance at Hammersmith Apollo in London, England

Many of the original film’s key stars will be taking part in the event including the star of the film, 1960’s Mod teenager Jimmy Cooper (Phil Daniels).  Joining Daniels will be other major names from the cast including Phil Davis (Chalky), Mark Wingett (Dave), Toyah Wilcox (Monkey), Trevor Laird (Ferdy), Garry Cooper (Peter) and Daniel Peacock (Danny).

Director Franc Roddam and cast are set to share their memories in a special one off Q&A to start off the night.

Quadrophenia: the day the Mods rocked Brighton

The original film was based on The Who’s double-album  released six years earlier in 1973.  The all-important sounds of the day will be performed live by leading Who tribute act Who’s Who.

An exclusive VIP after party with appearances from all the Q&A special guests, plus memorabilia including original Vespas and their real life Mod owners comes as the grand finale on this event.  Prizes for the best dressed mods!

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The Mod era has been a source of fascination and inspirations for generations – its fashion and music continue to resonate today.

Purchase your tickets for this unforgettable night here.

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by Cynthia Gregoire

Breakfast Show: The Girl with X-Ray Eyes

Today on The Mod Journalist show on Smoke Radio listeners were treated to many tracks from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds newest album, “Chasing Yesterday”.

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The Mod Journalist will attend his London O2 arena gig tonight as well as fly to Copenhagen, Denmark next week for a more intimate European gig. Stay tuned for photos and soundbites.

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Setlist:

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  2. Heart of Glass – Blondie
  3. In the Heat of the Moment – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  4. The Girl with X-Ray Eyes – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  5. The Riverman – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  6. Band on the Run – Wings
  7. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
  8. Cigarettes & Alcohol – Oasis
  9. Sex and Candy – Marcy’s Playground
  10. Help Me Rhonda – The Beach Boys
  11. Day Tripper – The Beatles
  12. Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis

Aired live from Smoke Radio March 10, 2015.

Mod: Why Britain’s biggest youth cult will never die

British author and historian Richard Weight hosts a panel discussion alongside the launch of his new book ‘Mod: From Bebop to Britpop’ at Pretty Green’s Carnaby Store location in London.

People all over the world recognise Brits by this Mod look, but why is it still relevant over 60 years later?

Listen here as Richard talks about what Mod style means to him.

Richard Weight dressed in Mod

 

The book launch and after party at Gibson Guitar Lounge was part of  Pretty Green’s  “March of the Mods” themed collection for Spring/Summer 2015.   Mod style is stronger than ever and Pretty Green is a living testament to this, having just recently expanded into America.

Pretty Green’s newest “March of the Mods” Spring/Summer 2015 collection

Since it’s conception in 2009, Pretty Green has established itself as an essential part of men’s contemporary fashion with the essence of Mod style infused in the brands DNA.

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Richard Weight’s book discusses how the style ‘Mod’ came to be, describes the key components of being a mod and explains what it is that has inspired people to fall in love with Britain’s largest youth movement.

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The Mod Journalist holds a signed copy of Richard’s new book

Richard Weight leads the discussion with a special panel of guests:

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Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 22.07.04Brown is a writer, actor, comedian and rapper.

Considered a voice of a generation, he is developing a music-based project with Ricky Gervais, having appeared alongside him in Derek.

His UK tour kicks off April 2015.

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Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 22.08.24Dean West is a director at Pretty Green. Having worked with some of Britain’s leading brands, dean joined Pretty Green in 2009. When asked to sum up the brand, “It’s Liam Gallagher’s contemporary British heritage brand which takes its influences directly from streetwear culture from the past.” 

 

Sue Tilley

Sue Tilley rose to fame as one of the most recognizable muses in Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 22.06.41modern British art. Known fondly as ‘Big Sue’, Tilley was the subject of Lucien Freud’s 1995 painting, ‘Benefits Supervisor Sleeping.’

The painting held the world record for the highest price paid for a painting by a living artist of 17.2 million pounds. She was considered a mover and shaker of youth culture, being a prominent figure on the 80s club scene.

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As a South London-based enthusiast for jazz, soul and funk RudlandScreen Shot 2015-02-15 at 22.14.39 walked out of university in 1990 and straight into a job at Acid Jazz Records.

Rudland has worked on many musical catalogue projects, including the relaunch of EMI’s Stateside label before going to Ace Records.
Rudland’s Blue Break Beats series has sold over a 100,000 copies.

The Mod Journalist at Pretty Green Carnaby Street Store

Highlights of the panel discussion centred around the fact that Mod is a unique British amalgam that was born in the late 1950’s comprised of the best bits of European and American music and style, with influences from other parts of the world such as the Cariibean and Africa.

But why is Mod style still so relevant today?  Highlights from the panel discussion:

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Doc B: “There’s something very quintessentially British about it, the style is neat, tidy and tailored.  Mod is one of those things that couldn’t be from anywhere else.”

Pretty Green Spring Summer 15 catwalk show
Pretty Green Spring Summer 15 catwalk show

Dean W:  “It’s the way Brits dress, and the world has come to know it as such.  The Herringbone and checked shirt have become staples in menswear.

Mod style is so accessible and there is so much to choose from today. In 1963 there were only about 5 years of music, and one look, by 1980 another 15-20 years of music and fashion and now, we are looking at 50 years of culture, music and style.

Mod style or any style for that matter is about reinventing things for each generation, taking the best bits and making it your own, it’s what fashion is all about.”

Photo credit: Tanya Geddes
Photo credit: Tanya Geddes

Sue: “Brits love to dress up and stand out, but also love to be part of something, a tribe, a cult, whatever you’d call it. It makes people feel as though they belong to something, and Mods were no exception.”

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Pretty Green Spring Summer 15 catwalk show

 

Dean R: “In the 1950’s , young people were happy and carefree post war and something unique was created. In the 50’s and 60’s there wasn’t the luxury for middle class to travel and therefore the Mods at that time had to live and breathe Mod culture in Britain, they aspired to ride the scooter, drink the Italian coffee, it became a way of life…

Mod style sits anywhere between British casual to the highest tailoring. You could have a £1000 suit, that’s Mod, or take jeans, converse and a Herrington jacket and you are still in the same parameters as Mod.”

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Pretty Green Spring Summer 15 catwalk show

 

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Pretty Green Spring Summer 15 catwalk show

 

The Mod Journalist catches Richard for a quick interview and asks him what his favourite Mod looks are for guys and girls, as well as what he believes will be the future for Mod culture.

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The Mod Journalist Cynthia Liza interviews Richard Weight

by Cynthia Gregoire

Special thanks to Richard WeightPretty Green and Thinkers PR.

Photos of event by Tanya Geddes of The London Culturist

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Styling Ideas

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to get dressed up and ‘feel the love’ for yourself! Here are three different looks to try for Valentine’s Day, depending on what your plans may be.

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Three Different Valentine’s Day Looks

DSC_9678Host Chrissy B is styled with a little extra glam for February 14 and this means dashes of colour and jewelled detailing. A beautiful sequined pale pink coloured vest brings out the rose details in this silk kimono.  Both pieces by London designer Pyrus.

Kimonos are still hot this season and are an extremely versatile piece that can be worns with skirts, shorts, trousers or denim.

Black skinny jeans by Mother are glammed up with jeweled flats by Sam Edelman. You could opt for heels if you plan to dance the night away.

I’m styled in a formal ostrich feather cocktail dressDSC_9678 by Victorio & Lucchino. Paired with black tights and black heels by Guess, my hair has been styled sleek and long for a minimalist look.

Colour is added through strong eye and lip makeup. Silver jewellery accents the black.

Add a dash of colour with your evening bag and coat for a sophisticated look.

DSC_9680Make-up artist Maegan is modeling the comfortable and casual look for staying in or going out to low-key venues.

DSC_9663Red leopard print fitted leggings by Sundry and a Disney Mickey Mouse t-shirt by Paul & Joe Sister make this a comfortable and relaxed look.

This outfit tranforms to evening with a black leather jacket or blazer and black stilettos.

 

 

 

Make up: Maegan’s Make-up

Stylist: Cynthia Gregoire

Wardrobe:  Question-Air Boutique

Aired on Sky 203‘s ‘The Chrissy B Show‘ Friday February 14 at 10pm, London.

by Cynthia Gregoire

Get that 1960’s Twiggy/Brigitte Bardot Mod Look Now!

This week on Sky 203’s The Chrissy B Show iconic mod looks from the 1960’s “Swinging London” such as Brigitte BardotPattie Boyd, and Twiggy were replicated.

For instructions on how to get the 1960’s mod look, click here.

Click the video below to view the segment:

Stylist: Cynthia Gregoire

Make up Artist: Maegan’s Make-up

Wardrobe:  Question-Air Boutique

Aired on Sky203 January 19, 2015, London, England.

Correction: Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter, not Italian.

by Cynthia Gregoire