You've no doubt seen us shouting about Topman's fantastic new Bright Suits range...well we're here to let you into a secret! We know that wearing a neon green suit into the office / on a night out may be a stretch too far for some. So we've got some great ways for you mix up the pieces of the suit with the rest of the Topman range for a great result. See below for our suggestions...you can shop the entire Bright Suits range here! (to shop the jackets / trousers on their own simply click into the suit and go from there...)
We were busy in Topman Towers 'researching' on YouTube, and we came across a very funny sub-section of Calvin Harris' YouTube channel. Entitled 'Jam TV', the idea was born out of a TV interview Calvin had been a part of which involved an old school practical joke - a superglued lid on a jar of jam. It's as random as it sounds folks, and none more random than Jam TV victim number 5, Mr Tony Robinson...enjoy! You can check out Jam TV here.
After the interview we went out into the open spaces of Shoreditch Park for some style scouting. It wasn't long until we spotted some rather uniquely dressed individuals, as well as getting hugely distracted by the on stage antics of a charismatic Patrick Wolf, Ox Eagle Lion Man and of course The Rakes. Take a look below and tell us your favourites...our personal fave - the full on dungarees.
Rain, rain go away...not even a sun dance from all 6,000 East Londoners was enough to will the rain away this past Sunday. Not easily intimidated by such dreary conditions, we set off for East London's best kept secret, 1234 Shoreditch. We even managed to pin down headliners 'The Rakes' for an interview! Check out what they thought of headlining 1234 Shoreditch, their style, and even Lady Gaga. Beware the subtle sarcasm!
Q. How did you meet / form the band?
The East London connection isn't really that we're from here as such, more we played loads of our early gigs here. We were connected through work and uni... from there basically decided to form a band! A few rehearsals later, and we started gigging!!
Q. 22 Grand Job : Has this become a reality yet?!
Ten fold. Golfing in Monaco, parties on the yacht, it's really going quite well. It's a good job Shoreditch is a tax haven!
Q. You've said before that 22 Grand Job was a celebration of getting a job in the city...how does touring compare with an office job?!
Its such a different lifestyle...there's a slight routine in touring - and we've got to say it's a bit gross on the tour bus at times...! But yeah, you do a gig, get applauded by a few hundred or thousand people, get drunk, and do it all again the next day! AND we get paid for it! But being English, we like to have a little moan...
Q. You've been applauded for your fashion sense and style, does this put a lot of pressure on you guys to 'keep up appearances' or is it something you don't really give much thought?!
Well, we have to admit we are naturally so good looking that in-fact when we open the wardrobe our stylish clothes just gravitate towards us...more like walking hangers really...
Q. We've been checking out the website for The Rakes and spotted a section called 'Remix' - what was the thinking behind this?!
Well we heard Radiohead were doing it so we just copied them! It's a great formula - find a band that are successful, and that people think are still cool (which don't always go together...) and copy it! But really I think we just wanted people to have a play with our music and create what they wanted from it...their own interpretation...
Q. Poker Face - a potential b-side for the future?
Noooo! It was really just for fun! We'd just done an interview with a UK paper, where I'd spoken in depth about the cultures of Europe and our music, and got asked what I thought of Lady Gaga. I came back with something a little unsavoury...and you can guess what made the headlines the next day. Who wants culture when we're giving you headlines like that! So as a joke at a festival, we thought we'd do a cover. Though few people saw the irony!
Q. You've had a manic time the last couple of weeks with festivals in 6 different countries, what's it like to be back so close to your 'gigging home'?
Well...whilst every show was brilliant, we loved them all...this tour was not without it's problems!! Behind the scenes was a nightmare...one of our buses didn't turn up, one caught on fire, one broke down...but the show must go on! Somehow we managed not to miss a show!
Q. 1234 Shoreditch...are you guys looking forward to this evenings headline performance?!
We love that we're playing 1234...its great being back after a slightly problematic time away. We used to play so many gigs around here its great to be headlining a gig here!
Q. You toured the USA in April...are you planning a return?!
Well our music got a good reception, they love the British over there! We certainly are planning on going back, perhaps later this year! In-fact we were there for the Topshop / Topman store opening, though our schedule meant we couldn't pay a visit...
Topman Blog are at it again! In a little over a weeks time, we're going to be heading back to Victoria Park (remember our Lovebox post from Monday?!) for a day in the great outdoors listening to some fab music. This time Victoria Park plays host to Field Day on August 1st, and with the likes of The Horrors, Little Boots and Santigold taking to the stage we are preparing ourselves for a fun-filled weekend! So get your clothes looking sharp and your dance moves tight, as we'll be pointing the camera East once again! You can get all information including the full line up here at the Field Day homepage...