a Conversation with Levi Palmer of Palmer//Harding

a Conversation is a feature which documents conversations between various individuals and The Dream Stalker. It is also a sub-section of our ongoing Lost Voices series. This conversation is a London Fashion Week special.

Unfortunately, this season I had to skip the Palmer//Harding show -as I was ill -but the day before the show, I stood with Levi Palmer in their styling room at Central Saint Martins and discussed the collection, as the We Cast London girl strutted the casting runway while waiting on the arrival of models. It all feels very familiar backstage -Levi has most of it under control, though there is a little bit of a hitch with something as Matthew scrambles off to try fix it.

As has probably become obvious, I'm gaga over Palmer//Harding. They have a knack for taking the simple things and showing us -or reminding us that there is beauty in simplicity. This season was no different as they tackled sheets of white paper.

TDS: So what's different this season?
LP: Well, you know, the collection is really different which is the most obvious thing. We have a bit more experience, the design of the space is different. I think what we learnt, more importantly, is the importance of bringing people into the [Palmer//Harding] atmosphere. The reaction we had last season from the collection and the set and all the elements we designed into that really had a huge impact on the buyers and press reactions.

I think for us, one of the things we've also done is really push ourselves in terms of growing the product range, we have a lot -dresses (proper dresses not shirt dresses), multiple trousers, skirts, jackets, coats, leather, knitwear. There are a lot of new elements that, I guess, make the collection more believable, because it's easier to see how the collection is going to be styled.


a Conversation with Lily & Madeleine

a Conversation is a feature which documents conversations between various individuals and The Dream Stalker. It is also a sub-section of our ongoing Lost Voices series.

The sofas are so close together that if either of us moves we are likely to rub knees -or something -so we all try to remain very still. Caught with me in this awkward moment waiting to happen is sister duo, Lily and Madeleine from Indianapolis. The girls started in music "officially" two years ago at age 15 and 17 respectively -following years of 'being musical'. They are in town to promote their album and play a sold out show at the Castle Hotel, and have allowed me an interview.

Their debut EP was classed as 'sweet' and 'girly' and they were immediately pigeon-holed into that box of sweetness -but that is not them, they tell me -Lily more than Madeleine.
It's the one thing they are looking to change with the release of their second album. Sweet or not, they have voices that would probably have you listening regardless of the sentiments of their music. Besides from what I gathered, they are sweet as well as witty.


The Lost Voices: Fam

Fam (like family) aka Famuel Rothesein (not his real name by the way) is, as a friend describes, ‘the guy everyone knows but no one has a clue what he does’.

Sat beside me on the counter of a closed box office, he looks the part of what I’d assume would be a regular L.A. guy –complete with Nikes (I want to say Jordans but alas I’m not sure) and a jacket that can’t possibly resist the chills of Manchester.


Lost Backstage with Young Fathers

On the first day of Young Fathers' tour, I spent the evening backstage observing the antics of the three piece from Edinburgh who don't care for the politics of the music industry.

In between shooting and trying to avoid the show of skin, we talked briefly about their new release Dead, the debut album which followed Tape 1 and 2. "I feel like the journey [thus far] has been captured on Dead," Kanyus explains "for us tape one was filled with frustration and eagerness, frustration in that we had been working since we were fourteen and we never had anything out, [...] tape two just felt more like 'you were coming to grips with your frustration and you were understanding why you were frustrated'. Dead just feels like you've had your chapter one and your chapter two and this is like the journey."


The Lost Voices: Janine and the Mixtape

Photo Source: Karen Ishiguro shot for Lani Says

It’s 11am in New Zealand. 10pm in England. Janine and I are joking about how I may be travelling into the future with this video call.  She tilts her laptop, shows me the sunshine and says, “This is what tomorrow looks like.”
It’s such a small gesture, but in that moment I get a glimpse of her positive spirit and it takes me back to the first time I heard her song, Hold Me.

Before I get too sappy and recount how I lost all composure and cried on first hearing the song, let me properly introduce Janine Foster or Janine and the mixtape, as the cyber world has come to know her –the young lady sat slightly pixelated in front of me.
Janine is a singer, songwriter and producer from New Zealand and the mind behind the rather emotional, hip-hop influenced; Dark Mind EP, which hit the net about a year ago and got rave reviews.