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Ben Sherman X Matthew Miller

Arriving in stores later this spring we have the coming together of the old and established with his younger and more rebellious brother. Ben Sherman have announced their new capsule collection in collaboration with Matthew Miller, maestro of simplicity and utilitarian chic.

The collection will explore the notion of ‘disaffected generation’ – something that was evident in Miller’s AW14 show earlier this year – and will investigate traditional structures by subverting them with new fabrications. Classic elements, such as the Ben Sherman ‘House Check’ has been enlarged and applied (as well as faded) as a new print for t-shirts, shirts and a jacket.

Arriving in stores in 22nd April 2014

Words by Sofia Khan

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Win 2 xTickets to Rebel Bingo at the Electric Brixton this Saturday

Russian Standard Vodka are hosting the House of Davai at underground club night Rebel Bingo this Saturday 5th April 2014. Taking place at Electric Brixton, the event takes bingo to a whole new level, in partnership with the ultra clean, smooth and delicious taste of Russian Standard Vodka. Rebel Bingo is the global phenomenon that everyone is talking about and Russian Standard Vodka will be on hand to help get the party started in true DAVAI Style.

To Win Simply Retweet the tweet below and the winner will be announced this Friday at 4PM

www.rebelbingo.com

Location: Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, London, SW2 1RJ

Time: Saturday 5th April 2014 20:00 – 00:00



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Molly Beanland Live Show At The Sebright Arms

Monday night might not be your usual night out, but the Sebright Arms in Hackney delivers regardless what day of week it is. So last Monday we ventured down to catch new artist Molly Beanland, who is blazing across the UK music scene with her track Night Dreams ahead of her EP release in May.

Performing as a three piece, Molly’s sound is remarkably full for such a stripped back stage set up. Diminutive, blond in a Debbie Harry style, Molly has an endearing stage presence that speaks of her still-new status on the music scene. However, after an apologetic start (she was suffering from the aftermath of a cold), she launched into a set that fairly blew us all away. Her own eighties inspired pop-electronica felt like an incredibly exciting switch from the more minimal sound that has been making waves for the past couple of years.

She has clearly taken a lot, some of the best in fact, from some of pop’s greatest female icons. As her set moved from a moodier beginning (if you loved that Drive soundtrack…) into a more fun energy, there were whispers throughout of Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and even Kylie at her most classic. Full of real heart emotion in her sound and lyrics, she felt miles away from our reserved hipster, and tapped into all the enjoyment that comes with those big, eighties power pop hits.

The three piece felt fresh – ambient electric percussion and mesmerising synths for newness –  with a very slick backing track in a couple of places, to fill out the live vocals. It’s the kind of big sound that should definitely be set in the club scene, and hopefully it won’t be too long until Molly Beanland explodes onto that platform, as a new Alison Goldfrapp maybe?

Molly Beanland’s  Night Dreams EP is out May 12th, and you can check out her second release coming in April, Real Life, here.

Words by Susie Garrard

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ETUDES “World Talk” tour lands in OTHER/Shop today.

Some exciting news for lovers of concept destinations: the ETUDES “World Talk” installation tour, which started of in Paris during fashion week at Paris’ destination concept store, Broken Arm, will today land at its new London home at OTHER/shop to celebrate the launch of their SS14 collection.

French artists, Aurelien Arbet and Jeremie Ergy established ETUDES studio in 2012 offering men a new home for finding contemporary fashion, artists’ books as well as creative services tailored to the individual. This season the collective have drawn upon their joint travels and chance encounters with people to come up with a collection that articulate itself around the idea of global communication and where people find themselves to be in perpetual migration, blending together to create “world cities”.

The “World Talk” tour, which ends in Tokyo next month, plays upon this notion with the meeting of two like minded souls through a collaborative installation between Etudes Studio and Manuel Fernandez, also known for exploring the impact of a technological culture and the exploration of new process in art production. Together they have embodied the idea of a melting pot, where tradition meets modernity, ethnicity meets technology, and craftsmanship meets digitalism, thus creating a universal language.

OTHER/shop will be stocking 8 pieces from the ETUDES collection, a selection of sweatshirts, printed shirts and tees + a hat and is now available to buy in-store and online at Other-Shop.com.

Words by Sofia Khan

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Mother’s Day Masterclass with Young British Foodie

Mother’s day is fast approaching, and we at 1883 don’t usually buy into the fandango, but when we came across an exclusive Baileys Pâtisserie Masterclass for you and your mother, we thought we’d share the love. Acclaimed Young British Foodie Poppy Smadja, the culinary brains behind creative pâtisserie Poppy & Sebastian, has teamed up with Baileys to offer a one-off baking experience. You will get to bake three exclusive desserts with Poppy at the masterclass on Mother’s day, but we thought we’d share our favourite recipe with you (and it involves peanut butter).

Baileys and Peanut Butter Choux Bun

Ingredients

To Make The Choux Bun

125ml Semi-Skimmed Milk, 125ml Water, 100g Unsalted Butter, diced, ½ tsp Salt, 1 tsp Caster Sugar, 150g Plain Flour, 4, Medium Eggs (200g)

To Make The Baileys and Peanut Butter Cream

500ml Semi-Skimmed Milk, 50ml Baileys Original Irish Cream (0.9 units), 100g Smooth Peanut Butter, 5 Medium Egg Yolks, 50g Plain Flour, 125g Caster Sugar, 75ml Double Cream

Decoration

50g Milk Chocolate or Chocolate buttons, Raspberries

Method

 To Make Choux mixture

Combine the milk, 125ml water, butter, salt and sugar in a saucepan and set over a low heat. Bring to the boil and ensure that the butter is completely melted.

Take the pan off the heat and add the flour stirring with a wooden spoon until the flour is completely combined.

Return the pan to a medium heat for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, until the Choux mixture starts to come away from the edges.

Add the eggs one by one, beating with the wooden spoon. Once they are all incorporated into the mixture, it should be smooth and shiny and thick enough to pipe

Pipe small mounds (about the size of a two pound coin) in staggered rows on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper, using a bag fitted with a 1/2cm nozzle. Brush with eggwash and lightly mark the tops with the back of a spoon.

Bake at 200ºC/Gas 6 for 15-20 minutes until crisp, but still soft inside.

To Make Baileys and Peanut Butter Cream

To make the cream, bring the milk, Baileys and peanut butter to a boil stirring occasionally to dissolve the peanut butter.

Whisk the yolks in a separate bowl and add in the sugar. Whisk well to ensure the sugar is well combined.

Add the flour and stir ensuring there are no lumps. When the milk comes to a rolling boil, add a third of the milk to the egg yolk mix and whisk. Pour this mixture back into the pan and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. As soon as this happens remove from the heat and pour the cream in to a clean bowl. Cling film the surface and allow to cool in the fridge.

Assemblage

Cut the tops off the choux buns and pipe in the peanut butter and Bailey cream.

Whip 75ml double cream, place in piping bag and pipe a swirl on top of the filled choux using a 1cm fluted piping nozzle.

Melt some milk chocolate in the microwave. Spread onto a sheet of greaseproof paper. Just before is solidifies cut 2cm circles using a cookie cutter (or milk lid). Place the sheet in the fridge for 10 minutes. Remove and lift off the circle and place on top of the choux bun (alternatively if you’re short for time you could buy chocolate buttons as a substitute or simply grate some chocolate over the top).

As an added extra, place a raspberry on top of the chocolate disc to finish – et voila!

Book your tickets for the masterclass or buy the special Bailey’s treats here: poppysmadja.com

@ Poppy’s Kitchen, Unit 11, Dockley Road Industrial Estate, London, SE16 3SF on 30th March
, Two two-hour sessions: 2 – 4pm and 4 – 6pm


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New track ‘Breadwinner’ from BEA

Never heard of BEA? Neither had we, and the same goes for a whole lot of people, it seems. Her new track Breadwinner is storming through the bloggersphere, but all anyone seems to know is that she is a resident of Amsterdam – from a British family – and has one hell of a press shot (see below).

However, having one great track and one great image is a pretty good start. Especially when coupled with the intrigue that has sprung up around BEA. Words like dark and haunting have been quickly pinned to Breadwinner, both of which set it as right on trend. There is a mesmerising feel to it; with a constant bass beat and the lighter percussive sounds that have the flavour of Fever Ray. Part of the beauty lies in the fact that it isn’t over produced, every element is perfectly placed without noticeable added effect or too clean a sound. BEA’s vocals are gorgeous and again not overdone, stunningly interwoven into the instrumentation and layers of sound.

We can’t wait for BEA’s next instalment – and also maybe another piece of the puzzle! Keep track at http://bea1991.info

Words by Susie Garrard

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FIELD DAY 2014: CHARLOTTE OC

Field Day 2014 is coming! With new acts announced and June creeping closer, here at 1883 we absolutely cannot wait. We caught up with the amazing Charlotte OC, who will be playing on 7th June, about her musical influences and what to expect from her in 2014.

How would you describe the genre of your music?
Haunting soul with an electronic element.

Where do you get your musical inspiration from?
Intense emotions, other people’s situations, love and loss.

What type of music were you brought up around?
Leonard Cohen, James Taylor, John Martyn, Talking Heads, Joni Mitchell and Aretha Franklin.

Who are your favourite singers at the moment? 
The National, The Preatures, I’ve also gone back to ‘Tango in the Night’ by Fleetwood Mac and had ‘Big Love’ on repeat.

We think ‘Colour My Heart’ is absolutely brilliant! What is the background message of the song?
There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Have you ever been completely star struck?
When I met mike Myers when I was 13… I didn’t know what to do with myself.

What should we expect from you in 2014?
GOOD THINGS.

New Acts Confirmed For

Field Day Saturday 7 th June:

Arthur Beatrice | Avey Tare’s Slasher FlicksBake | Eyedress | FunkinEven (live)

Jamie Isaac | Jamie xx | Jen Long | Marc Riley

Neneh Cherry & RocketNumberNine

Only Real | Phil Taggart DJ | ReviveHer | Tourist

New Acts Confirmed For

Field Day Sunday 8th June:

 Childhood | Drenge | Shy Nature

Telegram | The Bohicas

Field Day founder Tom Baker on the new additions: 

“I’m really pleased to add another wave of acts to Field Day; Jamie xx has been a Field Day favourite over the years, he played back in 2011, and some of you might remember an early afternoon, small stage set with The xx back in 2009 before they shot to fame. Its also brilliant to have the legendary Neneh Cherry back with her first album in 18 years alongside the fantastic RocketNumberNine, and of course the likes of Telegram, Drenge, Childhood and The Bohicas are some of the exciting additions to the already excellent Field Day Sunday alongside Pixies only London show of 2014!”

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.fielddayfestivals.com

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First Look at the new Yves Saint Laurent Film.

This year sees the launch of two films chartering the life and times of Yves Saint Laurent, with the first offering an intimate portrait of the tumultuous and hedonistic life of the designer. Yves Saint Laurent, directed by Jalil Lespert and starring Pierre Niney (It Boy, Romantics Annonymous), is a film that tries to break from the normal Designer-Biopic (Coco Chanel (2008), or even The September Issue (2009) come to mind here) by offering viewers a warts and all tale of the designer’s descent into a darker and sometimes frustrated existence.

Told through the eyes of Laurent’s lover, Pierre Burge - in a letter he writes to the designer after his death – the film charts Laurent’s rise to fame from little known assistant of Dior, to one of the youngest Creative Directors of a major couture house the world had seen, only to be ousted to create the Yves Saint Laurent fashion house.

Fashion historians and general fashion enthusiasts are likely to know most of the film’s trajectory when it comes to the designers imprint on the fashion world at large, however Lespert’s intentional neglect over the creative aspects of Laurent’s work has allowed the film to focus on the designers internal energy and how his ill health fuelled his work. On speaking about the designer, Lespert said, “ [Laurent] was an extraordinarily multi-layered character – he faltered under the burden of work-related and emotional responsibilities, and all the while he was an iconic figure’.

But the film is not all downbeat: Lespert and costume supervisor, Myriam Laraki took to the YSL archives to bring us some of the houses’ most covetable design, with the Liberation Collection being one of our favs. So if you love fashion, and even if you don’t, head down to your nearest cinema this Friday, when the film is set to release.

Words by Sofia Khan

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Say hello to a new 5cc

Love whisky? Then we have found the place for you.

The new venue of 5cc, one of London’s most exciting cocktail clubs, is paying tribute to the spirit, with a vast offering of whisky-based drinks. Having opened just last week, this 5cc follows on from a 5cc on Exmouth Market and a 5cc in Shoreditch that focus on tequila and mezcal.

At this new City venue, the “Whisky Porn” section of the menu offers none less than 80 different bottles of whisky, whilst a large number of whisky based cocktails feature on the rest of the menu. Try the Japanese Plum Sour, which brings together the flavours of whisky, plum liqueur, lemon and egg white. And then there are the inevitable classics, such as Hemingway Daiquiri or the French Martini. In other words, more than enough to choose from.

Like the other two 5cc’s, this one is tucked away out of sight. Once you’ve frayed your way through the crowd of Harrild & Son and made it down the stairs you’ll find yourself in a low-lit, speakeasy world. And even though this one is slightly larger it nevertheless keeps that exclusive, intimate feel that is signature to 5cc.

You can find 5cc beneath Harrild & Sons, 26 Farringdon Street, EC4A 4AB

Words by Ginger Clark

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Ashish x Topshop

Another month, another stream of collaborations ready too hit our stores just in time for spring/summer 14. First up we have Ashish. Following on from a successful catwalk show for AW 14, the brand has announced their new collection in partnership with Topshop. Launching in May, the collection will help mark the tenth anniversary between the pair and will embody “the world of camera-facing celebrities on holiday, relaxing and partying,” which leaves much open for interpretation. However if the light-up shoes are anything to go by (they debuted on the AW14 catwalk), we can expect some disco-led fun party wear ready to take with us on our next trip to Ibiza.

Words by Sofia Khan

Photography by Phil Trengove (www.philtrengove.com)