With these hot summer days drawing in, it’s hard to know what to wear during office hours which will take you through to evening cocktails.

Miss LF is currently a little bit obsessed with the SS13 white trend which is rocking up in our boutique, taken as the ultimate day-to-night chic colour – just as long as you don’t spill your Wasabi lunch down it.

Take a look at our top five picks of the white on white trend;

MiH Jeans in Nougat Cape

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These classic leg-lengthening jeans from MiH are an elegant alternative to skinny jeans. Pair with open toe heels for an understated and cool look.

YOLKE Silk Stretch Tee White

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This sophisticated wardrobe stable lends it’s pull-on easy fit to a gorgeous loose fit silk number, ideal for daytime office wear then tucked into a high waisted skirt for the evening.

Safor White Box Clutch

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This sleek clutch design from Safor uses embossed white and gold calves leather, simplicity in practicality never looked so good.

LA DiOSA White Asteria Ring

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The goddess of the stars, Asteria inspired this collection of naturally formed white Druzy Agate stones, adding instance elegance to those well-polished fingers.

Hayley Menzies Jessica Cream Scarf

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This luxury cashmere scarf with recycled rabbit fur trim can be styled in a number of different ways, wear around your neck for an effortlessly cool daytime style or draped over your shoulders for those cooler summer evenings.

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The secret to feeling truly glamourous with a knowing confidence all starts with the right underwear; an item that is worn exclusively for your pleasure- what could be more delicious than that? The use of luxurious fabrics, excellent tailoring and dainty designs has made Alöe Loungewear the chosen label for everyone from Gisele to Kate Moss. We caught up with the lovely founder, Claire Judge, and the star of her studio- Knuckles the French Bulldog.

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LF: Why did you choose to specialize in lingerie, as opposed to ready-to-wear?

CJ: I’ve always had a passion for lingerie and loungewear. I love the intimacy of undergarments – the gesture a woman makes to herself when she layers beautiful, silky lingerie underneath her clothes and against her skin. Wearing beautiful lingerie makes a woman feel sensuous. It’s her feel-good-factor, a gesture of love to herself (and to her lover of course)! I have extended my belief that a woman’s body should be wrapped in only the most luxurious fabrics to the Alöe ready-to-wear line, which launched in 2011.  My knowledge of lingerie design has been carried through to the clothing collection, with great care taken to create a feminine and flattering silhouette.

LF: Why should having beautiful lingerie be important for a woman?

CJ: Lingerie is the foundation of a woman’s wardrobe so it should be beautiful! Lingerie sits against a woman’s skin. It’s her most intimate piece of clothing so it should be made in the most luxurious, fabrics and laces. I design each Alöe lingerie piece to be a keepsake. It is romantic; every piece is made in the softest, most luxurious washed silks and trimmed with the most delicate English laces.

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LF: You’re known for your delicate designs, what’s the process behind the creation of a piece?

CJ: I always begin the process by choosing the fabric I intend to make the design in. I use silk for my lingerie and it must be super soft and have a luxurious finish. I spend a lot of time fitting the styles, spending hours with my pattern-cutter perfecting fit and making sure that the silhouette is flattering and feminine. Alöe is understated in style and is all about quality rather than a being a big fashion statement.

LF: Where do you get inspiration for your new collections from?

CJ: My designs are definitely influenced by my Anglo Chinese heritage. I love the subtlety, quiet elegance and understated sexiness of traditional Chinese women’s clothes. I inherited some beautiful silk Chinese cheongsam dresses from my mother and my grandmother and treasure these. There is something so sexy about a cheongsam! Inspiration can come from anywhere though.  I can be inspired by a character in a movie or a novel, by a photograph I see, by a costume in a ballet, by landscapes when I travel… Life is an endless inspiration!

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LF: What is the Alöe woman like?

CJ: The Alöe woman is confident, grown up, sexy and strong-minded. She knows her style and does not feel the need to follow trends.  She has a quiet elegance about her.

LF: Your pieces have been worn by Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker and Florence Welch, who would you love to see wearing one of your pieces today?

CJ: I’d love to see Chloë Sevigny wearing Alöe. I think she has great style.

LF: We completely agree! Finally, what does the future hold for you?

CJ: I have just finished designing a fantastic Alöe collaboration collection with an international high street retailer, which is due to be released in August 2013. I’m also working on a line of gorgeous silk pyjamas and silk scarves. I’ll just be happy continuing to see my styles worn by stylish women around the world. There’s nothing like hearing a woman tell me she has received so many compliments when wearing Alöe!

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Interview by Talisa Zampieri

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We thought it was about time for moody, atmospheric music to come back, á la Smiths, which is why we’re majorly excited for fresh band on the scene Girls Names who are bringing edgy, experimental sounds to the streets of Belfast and beyond.

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LF: Hi guys, first off I’m curious to know how the band name came about.
GN: We were attempting to summon the spirit of Roland S. Howard, and the ouija board spelled it out, which is why there’s no apostrophe.

LF: It’s lucky I didn’t make a bet!  You’ve developed in your musical style quite a bit- where do you get the inspiration for your songs from? What’s the process behind the creation for one of your songs (midnight divine illumination or automatic studio churning)?                                                             GN: This album was definitely inspired from a very dark place. Just an unfortunate, hard personal time that I’ve managed to straighten out now. So it’s a bit of both really. Possibly lot’s of churning of the mind and divine studio illumination. Treating the studio as the fifth and most important member has helped the development process along.

LF: If you could jam with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?           GN: I was going to answer with The Birthday party, but that could be potentially futile. I’m not sure if it would work or take away from everything I love about them. I do think artists should be aspired to and it’s only natural to adore people but emulation of that is not necessarily a good thing. So I’ll answer with the band I’m playing in now.

LF: What does it take for a musician to be successful nowadays?                   GN: This is a real hard question as it depends on how you define success. It’s a funny period now for us, whereas before just getting a single released was a success, now we have goals and ambitions to aim for which is not to be embarrassed about. The music industry as it once was known is dead and buried, even I’ve seen so many changes in the 4 years I’ve been at this band. I’ve already succeeded in doing all the things that I ever wanted to do ten times over. Success definitely breeds success but so does singularity, hard work, patience and being yourself – if any new band were to ask me for advice, that’s what I would say to them. I’d like to see the industry returning to a time where artists get the chance to develop and grow as people and hone their craft, not everyone’s lucky to come along fully formed.

LF:  You’ve just come back from SXSW (very jealous), how was that?                 GN: It was very surreal, I had never been to America before so to be thrown into the deep end you can imagine it was a bit off the wall, it still gives little artists like us from a whole world away a chance to experience something totally different and a platform to be heard – that is if you have anything to say.

LF:  Finally, what does the future hold for you guys?                                               GN: Getting gear fixed and/or replaced. Touring more. A few festivals in the summer. We’re really excited to get started on the next bunch of recordings. I’d love to get my hard drive fixed on my laptop which got very recently dropped and broken. All my demos are on it and currently lost for good. But it’s cool, everything worthwhile remembering sticks with you and stays in your head. I’ve just got bastardised, half remembered versions of all these new songs. What’s not to get excited or feel positive about that?

Sounds good! While we wait you can hear their sounds here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKD2vBLdm7Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player

http://www.elasticartists.net/artist/girls-names/

Interview by Talisa Zampieri

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If you’re a fan of the indie scene then you’ll definitely have come across Dutch Uncles. But they’re not from the same mould as other current bands with that perfectly styled look and pop-ish undertones that are almost too catchy. This Mancunian quintet are purely interested in making their own music and aren’t afraid of experimenting with their sound. Their home town is so proud of them they even briefly named a burger after them! If they ever did endorse anything I would suggest alcohol so that they could call it Dutch Courage *ba-dum-tss* Here’s what frontman Duncan Wallis had to say to us.

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LF: Hi Duncan! I’ve been listening to your music for a while but as I was doing research for the interview I found that you guys don’t actually have Dutch uncles! It’s from a band you were original in, is that correct?
DW: Yeah, the band I was in before I met the other four was called Dutch Uncle and it was picked out by the singer at the time, I was the drummer. Then when the five of us got together we were called Headlines- terrible name! It was just a college band name picked out of nowhere, we kind of settled on it but everyone thought we were called The Headliners […] then we took a year out after college to re-brand and after about half a year of not finding any name I just said to our manager at the time ‘what about Dutch Uncles?’ and he said “yep. Do it.”

LF: I had a bit of difficulty in describing your genre, seeing as ‘alternative’ is too largely spread I used the term indie-electro math-pop. How would you classify yourselves?
DW: I remember calling it ADD Indie at one point because it never really settled on one thing. That’s more reflective of the last album and the album before that particularly because […] we would have 3 very different movements- the verse, the chorus, the bridges would all sound completely different from each other. Nowadays it’s a little bit different but I don’t know what we’d call it- we kind of need to have a group decision on that!

LF: I think ADD indie is pretty brilliant!
DW: [Laughs] we’ll just stick to that for now.

LF: Where do you get the inspiration for your songs from, what’s the process behind the creation of a song?
DW: I only write the lyrics and the vocal melodies, Robin (the base player) writes the original music, and as a whole band we arrange the song. The thing is me and Robin come from very different areas on where we’re going with it, Robin’s got a lot of knowledge in composition- he went to University to do music- and so he usually makes a concept for himself and then I listen to what he’s done and it reminds me of certain things and I kind of rip off 5 songs at once.

LF: So it’s a very joint effort.
DW: It is a joint effort but at the same time I’m quite slow with the lyrics […] so it’s kinda like the other four don’t know what I’m gonna do until the very last minute, especially with the last album there were about 3 or 4 songs that they’d never heard my side of the story of, so to speak, until I was actually recording it. Which I guess is quite exciting for them in a way.

LF: So who are your musical influences?
DW: At the very beginning we all liked the Strokes and just the typical NME indie of 2004 […] and then Talking Heads came along, we saw the Stop Making Sense DVD and that changed things. Everyone’s kind of gone their own way now- Robin’s a big fan of his minimalism like Steve Reich, and we all like our Kraftwerk. Some of us are more contemporary than others, I’m kind of stuck in the 80s with […] Todd Rundgren or Ian Dury. When we started out as Dutch Uncles we literally picked 5 bands so as not to spread ourselves out too thinly, I think it was Talking Heads, King Crimson, XTC, Field Music and I can never remember the fifth one!

LF: Going back to the Talking Heads image, do you think style is an important aspect for bands today, especially considering how fame is achieved in our digital age?
DW: I think Brian Ferry said something about how bands nowadays don’t dare go anywhere near what bands in the 70s and 80s were actually looking like, and I think that’s true. It’s kind of hard because there is a look these days and I don’t really like that look- we’re too old for it! We’re somewhere in the middle [..] between Peace and Field Music. It’s a shame though that bands don’t go all out really, there’s one indie look and then maybe a goth look- there’s not a lot of variety. I think at the same time a lot of bands don’t care about it or don’t want to offend people or put people off their music. Our culture’s so much more image-based as opposed to back in the day when you didn’t have MTV or YouTube, so the first time you heard a band you heard a band, you didn’t look at a band. Maybe that’s changed it, it’s kind of a shame really!

LF: You guys finished touring last month and will be starting again in the following one- has there been a best or worst thing to happen to you during a show? Are your shows more an anything-goes-sweat-fest or a chilled stick-to-the-plan set?
DW: We have a very nice audience, no hecklers- except for one! But we just let the audience do what they want-they’ve paid for the ticket after all. The best/worst thing to happen can be combined: our first show of the year was at the Schacklewell Arms and it was our first gig using our new toy- this electric marimba xylophone thing, and it was free entry so it was packed to double capacity. Because of all the sweat that had been soaking the marimba it stopped working […] so we kept the drums going, a bit of madness was going on on stage and it kind of messed up but the crowd loved it […] it was one of those mess-ups that almost looks planned! But the next song we had to play with the marimba it started going out of tune and that must of sounded horrible! I can’t imagine how bad because I wear earplugs [laughs].

LF: Well, after all that is the beauty of live shows.
DW: Yeah the worst thing a band can do if something goes wrong is panic about it […] that goes for the sound too- people that try to recreate everything you hear on the CD don’t have much of an imagination.

LF: Do you prefer the tour bus or the recording studio?
DW: In terms of performing it’s always going to be on stage, you can really let yourself go and you’re a lot less critical of yourself […] at the same time the studio is a more comfortable environment with the big sofas [laughs] so I’ll just pick neither!

LF: [Laughs] so not only are you coining a new genre but also a new performance environment!
DW: Another thing about going on tour is that I get obsessed with not getting sick or drinking too much the night before to be prepared for next night’s performance and it can get a bit tiring.

LF: So not too much Rock and Roll going on in the Dutch Uncles tour bus.
DW: We’ve had messy times, and it’s not like we won’t have them again, but for now we want to focus on giving better shows. Even having encores is a new thing for us.

LF: So what does the future hold for you guys?
DW: After May there’s the usual festival circuit. We’re still figuring out where we want to go after that, it’d be nice to get out to Europe.

LF: Do you enjoy the festival scene?
DW: We’ve had some hairy experiences in the past and some bizarrely uncomfortable moments but we enjoy it. You always get to play in the afternoon, your job’s done and then you get to listen to some music. The one thing I would say if you’re gonna play a festival like Reading or Leeds- do not camp over the night before you play!

LF: I’ll bear that in mind! Final question: If you weren’t a musician where would life have taken you?
DW: Spud would be a guitar teacher I reckon. Pete would be a landscape geographer of some sort, looking at hills. Andy would be a lawyer, Robin would be a composer and I would probably be sat in a room until I’m a little bit older in the face and then become an actor because I like experience in an expression! I suppose I would be some sort of film critic but I wouldn’t be a very good one ‘cos I only like 5 films.

LF: [Laughs] what are these five films?
DW: Boogie Nights and any film with Peter Andersson.

There you have it. One of the coolest new bands are pretty old-school. You can catch all their tour dates and latest singles here: http://dutchuncles.co.uk

Interview by Talisa Zampieri

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Going from banker to fashion designer isn’t usually the career path of choice for most people (stocks, bonds and Burberry?) but that’s exactly what Emma Roupell did. After years of tirelessly trying to assemble a work outfit that was stylish and office appropriate, she decided to make her own line. LOGUE London is here to bring women something they can be proud to wear in and out of the office, and we thank her for that!

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LF: With such a drastic career change, what did you want to be as a child? Banking followed by fashion ever up there?
ER: No, I can’t say that it was! My mother loved fashion and I caught the bug when I was very young, constantly playing dress up in her clothes. I have always loved the glamour of luxury clothing.

LF: Your clothing was a response to what you felt was a gap in work wear outfits for women. Can you tell us more about what you think the problem with women’s work wear is?
ER: As a working woman, you spend the most part of your life in the clothes you wear to the office – my wardrobe was starting to increasingly fill up with separates and business attire which I did not want to wear in the evenings or at weekends.  So, I created 6 dresses for myself that would make dressing at the godforsaken hour of 5.30am extremely easy.  They were based on the classic shirtdress – a personal favourite. I designed what I called “the luxurious shirtdress with a difference”. Made in soft silks and cashmeres with flashes of colour and complete with leather belts. I literally lived in them for work and play – they became my staple for most occasions.

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LF: What inspires your collections?
ER: Having friends that work across such diverse occupations – I like to create collections that form a woman’s wardrobe. There is a piece for everyone – whether you work or don’t work!   The SS13 collection remains true to the “one-stop-shop” concept for luxurious staple shirtdresses but as with each collection the brand introduces new lines of timeless pieces, making dressing effortless.

LF: Style-wise, how would you recommend women dress themselves for work? Androgynous, enhancing one’s feminine side, or something completely different?
ER: I think keeping the base simple and well cut always looks good. The beauty about a shirt dress, depending on how you wear it, is that it can be feminine or androgynous, but always smart.

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LF: Do you recommend accessorizing or keeping it simple?
ER: An easy way to accessorize for work is with a belt. Instantly transforms a look without looking overdone.

LF: If we were to splurge on one thing to boost our work outfit, what would you recommend?
ER: A tailored dress complete with textured belt.

LF: It’s a “must-impress” interview, how would you recommend we style our outfit?
ER: Medium height heels, textured belt and a medium sized bag to compliment the belt or shoes. Add one piece of jewellery such as a cuff. Keep it simple and sharp.

LF: What would you say is the biggest no-no for women dressing for work?
ER: Showing too much flesh.

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LF: What are your future plans for LOGUE London?
ER: There are lots of exciting new projects and events planned for 2013. We are continuing to grow our accessories line further and expand in the US market.

 

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