When it comes to fashion the buzzword of diversity and inclusion has been floating around for quite some time. With the increased pressure from designers globally to include more body sizes on the runway, more people of colour and more accessibility. And whilst there have been a number of strides in the industry some may say that it is still not enough. The London Queer Fashion Show (LQFS) is something that does just this, celebrating the creativity and work of designers showing that there is more to fashion than just womenswear and menswear in the traditional forms that have always existed and allowed a platform for new designers and talent that may have felt a level of exclusion from the talent fashion standards. Leading this movement is Lucy London a fashionista shaking the moulds and expectations of what fashion should be and giving a new generation of fashion creatives a space to create work that goes beyond the unexpected.
Students from New York’s prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology presented its top graduating students in its annual runway show, along with a newly launched section of street style and athletic-inspired garments.
Deluxe streetwear brand EXTREMEDY has exploded onto the fashion scene with an unapologetically bold and brash debut show hosted at Cavalli Club, Dubai. Bringing together the who’s who of the Middle East fashion scene, key Editors and Influencers gathered, plus notable celebrity guests including Mohamed Hadid, Chloe Green, Latifa, Cheb Khaled and May Hariri.
Streetwear brand Extremedy show their AW19 collection.
Fashion Scout, the international showcase held during London Fashion Week, has named four winners of its The Ones to Watch Award for autumn/winter 2019 - 1x1 Studio, Aurélie Fontan, Bowen Hu and Shie Lyu.
Chinese brand i-am-Chen is celebrating its fifth season continues to bring the fun and light-hearted spirit to the audience. The brand constantly challenges and exploits the capabilities of various knitting machines. Whilst working with some of the world-class technicians, Chen reinterprets the definition of knitting by pushing of advanced machinery, applying state of the art techniques and experimenting with a diversity of yarns in bold and eye-catching garments.
Fresh from her runway debut, ASBO caught up with the girl of the moment Tolu Coker.
Fashion Scout announced that the London based Eponymous brand Tolu Coker, as the winner of the AW19 coveted Merit Award. Created in 2009, the new talent initiative is worth £20,000 across three seasons and has been created to support and develop new designer businesses on a global level.
Recent graduate collection from Sarah Passman from Solent University Southampton.
When I met Julia Michaels last month before she took the stage to her headline show at London’s O2 Academy Shepard’s Bush Empire I had no idea what to expect. From someone that has already had quite a career as a successful songwriter, who decided back in 2017 to step into another avenue of her career releasing her debut single, I knew we would have a lot to cover. Speaking to Julia after already having had 3 releases under her belt and in the middle of her first worldwide headline tour The Inner Monologue Tour I was very excited to talk all things music, her songwriting career, being honest in her music and everything in between.
As somebody who has been in the music game for some time Dyo better known to some as MS D has been a songwriter across the UK music scene ever since she appeared as a vocalist and co-writer on Wiley’s first three singles Heatwave, Can You Hear Me? (Ayayaya) and Reload featuring Chip and herself from his 2013 album The Ascent of which all reached the top 10. She has since gone on to continue writing for other artists as well as release her own music and is now reintroducing herself as Dyo. With two singles under her belt and much more to come, we met with Dyo and spoke about UK music, songwriting, her artistry and more.
When we first came across Daniel Caesar it was a pleasant surprise following the release of his debut album Freudian which came out in 2017. It was an R&B playlist where I first came across Best Part featuring H.E.R and since then I knew he was one to look out for. Following the release of his second album CASE STUDY 001 which came out earlier this year, I knew that we would have to catch his show when he brought it to London. And Lo and behold last night he took the stage at Brixton’s O2 Academy to a very packed London crowd.
Whilst people can pinpoint a number of issues that the discovery of streaming has brought us, one thing we can’t fault is the discovery of new artist that have appeared through random playlists whether personalised or not. And for us one of those discoveries has been Essex born artist on the rise NAHLI whose latest EP Therapy Side A made our ears do a double-take. We had a chance to catch up with the singer to talk about the EP, going solo, the 5 stages of grief and more.
The name Julia Michaels might seem brand new to some as not everybody may be aware of her songwriting talents which has developed and grown over the past 5 years before she embarked on her personal journey of artistry with the release of her debut single Issues which was released 2 years ago. Following her debut “mini album” Nervous System and 2 EPs Inner Monologue Part 1 and Part 2 released this year. Having been grafting and not only growing as an artist in her own right she has also been building as a performer having had a number of opening act slots on a number of tours over the past two years for artists including Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Keith Urban, P!nk and Niall Horan. Now embarking on her first headline tour, we were among the crowd at the O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire to witness the talent that is Julia Michaels as she played a sold-out show as part of London date of her Inner Monologue Tour.
After embarking on his The Risk is Proof Tour Ché Lingo ended his first headline tour playing a highly energetic show at London’s Jazz cafe. Having being a part of the crowd that was at the show and witness his talents live as he brought all his energy and gave the fans a treat.
The name thisisNamaste is one that drew interest to us and when we came across the Scottish singer we wanted know more. We caught up to talk about all things music, her latest single Not My Fault, her inspirations and more.
Ché Lingo is a artist we have been aware of ever since we first heard him on his song Black Girl magic. Since that release Ché has gone on to release two EPs the most recent being Sensitive which came out at the beginning of this year. Now getting ready to embark on a tour we caught up with Ché to discuss his music, the tour, being an independent artist and more.
After what has felt like a decade since the last show we last live show we attended last month we broke out the camera and make our way to The Lexington to experience US artist Pink Sweat$ play a vibey chilled show.
Following two successful events from the female lead initiative Women Connect are back with a third event tackling Mental Health to take place on September 25th. The event which will center around the stigma of mental health in the creative industries will include a panel by employees and creatives from around the UK music scene. As well as addressing issues such as funding and financial literacy for creatives, advice on maintaining a healthy work-life balance and how to progress in your career despite industry politics and saturation.
Dubbed the “African Coachella”, Gidi Culture Festival, the biggest one-day music festival in West Africa. Attracting the likes of Wande Coal, DJ Obi, Sarz Patoranking, Niniola, Teni the entertainer, Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Neptune and more.
As one of London’s new and most exciting photographers in recent years Haris Nukem is somebody to be aware of if you weren’t already. Getting ready for his brand new exhibition FAITH at Sohoo’s Noho Studio from April 16th the new exhibition features London creatives and questions the guiding ideologies that surround millennial culture and Gen Z. Exploring social media connectivity, the limitations and liberations of the curated self, the fragility of public services and touches on relevant concerns hedonism, trolls and tribalism. ASBO caught up with the photographer to find out more about himself his work and what we can expect from his upcoming exhibition.
Team Kumba is a group of six young multi-disciplinary artists on a mission “to change or to challenge the music industry in Rwanda and within the region”. Formed about six months ago, the group comprises two DJs, a drummer, two dancers, and a videographer. We caught up with those group to find out more.
A nitid expedition through the alternative realities of artist Jason Ebeyer
With 70% of Palestine’s population still under the age of 30, the almost 70-year conflict has cost many young people their freedom
In the past, the youth didn’t have the opportunity to make a sound or have any right to speak. Today, everyone can express themselves.
Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another & feeling emotions with the heart of another.
Disregarding the youth’s desire for freedom of expression, China opts to censor a burgeoning hip hop culture.
Suspended between life and death, these buildings remind us of the power that architecture can possess upon its inception
If you can’t express yourself with the ones you love, there must be something wrong.