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Fashion Meets Music: Charlotte Gainsbourg

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Fashion Meets Music: Charlotte Gainsbourg


Beck and Gainsbourg

Beck and Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg is a singer-songwriter, actress, wife, and mother. She is the daughter of the iconic duo Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. Born in London and raised in Paris, it is no wonder that her impeccably chic style is worship worthy. Charlotte embarked on her creative career at thirteen years old singing on the debut album, Charlotte Forever, produced by her father, Serge. That same year she won a César Award for Most Promising Actress for her role in L’effrontée. Since then Charlotte has become an accomplished and respected actress winning awards and critical acclaim for her roles. Most recently she was awarded the Best Actress award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival for her role in the horror film, Antichrist.

It wasn’t until twenty years after the release of Charlotte Forever that she followed up with her sophomore album, 5:55. The effort gained platinum status in France while receiving a lukewarm reception in the UK peaking at #78 on the charts. Even though her second full-length took a couple decades, Charlotte wasn’t sleeping when it came to creating music. She sang the title song on three of her films, was featured on Madonna’s track from the album Music, “What It Feels Like For A Girl”, and contributed a cover of the song, “Just Like A Woman” for the Bob Dylan biopic, I’m Not There, soundtrack.

Nature vs. Nurture

Nature vs. Nurture

Gainsbourg’s latest musical effort, IRM, was inspired by a head injury accident which led to a brain hemorrhage. During her frequent trips inside the massive MRI machine she thought about making music. “When I was inside that machine,” she said, “it was an escape to think about music. It’s rhythm. It was very chaotic.” One must respect the defiant will of an artist who feels the need to create, even while recovering from a major surgery.

Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM from Charlotte Gainsbourg on Vimeo.

She enlisted the help of American music extraordinaire, Beck. Beck produced, co-wrote, and mixed the album. He duets on the track “Heaven Can Wait.” The collaboration of two equally eclectic forces of creativity is a perfect union of kaleidoscopic pop coated with velvety textures and tinged with folky electronic riffs.

Charlotte’s style is totally effortless and simply classic. It exudes from her legendary lineage. Her gamine-like stature, fringed hair, and laid-back bohemian demeanor award her this weeks Fashion Meets Music muse. Enjoy the videos, buy her album or catch her on tour thing spring.

Gorgeous Gainsboug

Gorgeous Gainsboug

Charlotte Gainsbourg “Heaven Can Wait” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Tour
4/11 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
4/12 Victoria, BC – Alix Goolden Hall
4/14 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
4/15 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
4/17 San Francisco, CA – Palace of Fine Arts
4/18 Indio, CA – Coachella
4/21 Chicago, IL – Park West
4/23 Montreal, PQ – Olympia
4/24 Montreal, PQ – Olympia
4/25 New York, NY – Webster Hall
7/16 La Rochelle, France – Le Festival Francofolies

Tracks I’m Diggin’

Trick Pony– check out the dude in the werewolf mask.
IRM– title track cleverly uses sounds of an MRI, painfully catchy.
Dandelion– check out this live performance of Charlotte and Beck, a breathy folk pop tune.

Links
http://www.charlottegainsbourg.com/
Watch the exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck cover shoot for Filter magazine.
Purchase IRM

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Fashion Meets Music End Of Year Wrap Up

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Fashion Meets Music End Of Year Wrap Up


Michael Jackson's influence will live on for generations

Michael Jackson's influence will live on for generations

The Fashion Meets Music column is a new addition to the M.I.S.S website. We compile a list of style icons; Modernists, Eccentrics, Classics, It Girls, Rebels, etc., who impress us with their panache and decide on a weekly feature. The collision of fashion and music has always enamored me because the complete package of sound and style can elevate a live experience and inspire you to dazzle in an outfit. We even included two of the most desirable men alive; David Bowie and Pharrell Williams. However, I think its safe to say that 2009 was undeniably the year of the Avant Garde with Lady GaGa serving as its commander-in-chief. Thankfully, her stylist, Nicola Formichetti kept us faithful followers up-to-date with her performances and the genius designers behind the daring stage/everyday combinations that have caught the international fashion press abuzz as well as notable designers. The woman met  Queen Elizabeth!

Lady GaGa in Alexander McQueen

Lady GaGa in Alexander McQueen

Pants were left behind and exaggerated shapes pushed forward. Especially in the sharp angular tailoring in the shoulders of jackets courtesy of Christophe Decarnin at Balmain, whose muse was 80’s luminary; the late Michael Jackson. Fashion in the Pop star world definitely became more tough and quite glittery. Accessories mirrored the look of body armor or came studded. Sparkly biker jackets and shiny micro-minis were all over red carpets and fashion editorials. Pink known for her edgy approach to, well, everything, and earthy Colombian songstress, Shakira both arrived at the MTV Video Music Awards in the same diamond chain embellished Balmain leather dress! Even the ladylike and mild mannered Beyonce transformed into Sasha Fierce dripping in Thierry Mugler and Alexander McQueen. Rihanna definitely stepped up her Pop star status with her daring outfits mixing well known designers pieces like Rodarte’s leather diamond laser cut leggings with independent designers like A-Morir by Kerin Rose‘s Barracuda sunglasses in the “Run This Town” video. What do you think of her new video? I was feelin’ it until she jumped on a hot pink tank and straddled the cannon in a Mickey Mouse helmet. Oh RiRi.

Pink and Shakira in the same Balmain dress! Who wore it better?

Pink and Shakira in the same Balmain dress! Who wore it better?

Rihanna in her new video, "Hard"

Rihanna in her new video, "Hard"

I was raised by a SoCal mother who would escape to Mexico on the weekends, listened to Led Zepplin, and has the backstage passes in our photo albums to prove it. I’m a rocker at heart. I don’t think I was more excited than the mega return of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Karen O. Hands down the best show I attended this year; opened by Philly’s darling with the dirty mouth and M.I.S.S favorite, Amanda Blank. Karen O’s costume designer, Christian Joy created the visual splendor that she paraded in with her yoga-like stretches while belting out hits like “Heads Will Roll” and  “Y Control” compelling me to ‘dance until I was dead’ Oh! Too easy. The giant eyeball bouncing about the stage reminded me of the Mishka “Keep Watch” leggings I was rockin’ this year which got just as much fanfare as completely appalled/disgusted looks. Other women who rock that we featured were, The Gossip’s lead singer Beth Ditto, 60’s French Ye Ye Girl Francoise Hardy, artist/fashion designer/Sonic Youth’s lead bassist and singer Kim Gordon, the adorable Katy Perry, and my personal favorite (whom I would probably have a Wayne and Garth “we’re not worthy” moment with if i ever met) Gwen Stefani.

The Almighty Karen O

The Almighty Karen O

Then there are the musician/designer collabos that set the internetz on fire. Kanye West and Louis Vuitton put out a few version’s of a high priced sneaker. Miley Cyrus and Wal-Mart recently teamed up for a capsule collection. The Kings of Leon (swoon) teamed up with the Paris-based creative collective, Surface to Air, on a flannel heavy collection of mountain-man staples. Kim Gordon came out with the Mirror/Dash collection at Urban Outfitters. The most enduring style stars that have developed their global brands the best have to be, Pharrell Williams at Billionaire Boys Club and Gwen Stefani at L.A.M.B. What were some of your favorite collaborations? And did you purchase anything?

Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku Girls

Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku Girls

I hope everyone has a fabulous New Year donning their prettiest sparklers, even if your in your PJ’s! Carrie Bradshaw killed it with her sequin hat a la the Sex And The City movie. So looking forward to the next one! And looking forward to discussing more of our fashion inspirations. Peace out 2009!

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Fashion Meets Music: Jane Birkin

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Fashion Meets Music: Jane Birkin


Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin is not just any British beauty, the family that she has raised with iconic singer/songwriter, Serge Gainsbourg and French film director, Jacques Doillon is a living testament to her enduring style. Her daughters are Charlotte Gainsbourg, a singer/actress/model, and Lou Doillon, an actress/model/fashion designer. Jane’s career talents include, singing, acting, modeling, and film directing.

She was born in London and married John Barry when she was seventeen and had a daughter, Kate, before moving to Paris to pursue acting. Birkin’s standout role in Michelanglo Antonioni’s film, Blow-Up, gained her much attention after the film was well received at the Cannes Film Festival in the mid sixties. It was then that Pierre Grimblat cast her to star opposite Serge Gainsbourg in Slogan, shortly after filming started so did their love affair. Jane became Serge’s muse, they were inseperable, and often seen out on the ‘underground’ bar scene.

Serge and Jane

Serge and Jane

They recorded Je T’aime Moi Non Plus together after their affair blossomed. The song was originally written by Serge for Bridget Bardot while they were dating. After their split a heartbroken Serge met Jane and recorded the track with his new muse. Jane’s exhilarating whispers over Serge’s erotic lyrics was the talk of the town when it was released, because it caused an outrage. The press was enraged over the song’s “lewd” message, the BBC banned it and the Vatican went as far as to release a statement about the immoral nature of the song. The single appeared on the Jane Birkin Serge Gainsbourg album, which was released in 1969. Jane sang four tracks on her own, others in duet with Serge, including the timeless ’69 Année Erotique.  Censorship went wild, and the record sold a million copies in a matter of months with the help of all the free publicity. The couple made the headlines in all the magazines, gained a lot of media attention, and had fun being the most scandalous couple of the year. Charlotte was born in 1971 and Jane took two years off.

Jane with Serge and the girls

Jane with Serge and the girls

Jane wasn’t afraid to bare all. A night on the town she could be seen in a transparent dress, self assured and stunning. Her signature style however, was more of an effortless casual chic, mixing elements from menswear, usually seen carrying a wicker basket, and her hair always down, tousled. (Yes, the Hermes bag was named after her, we’ll get to that a little later). She attributes the French loving her because “I was a Brit at the perfect time. It was the British renaissance. David Bailey. Mini-skirts. The King’s Road.”

Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin

Jane did leave Serge while pregnant with her third daughter, Lou Doillon, for French director, Jacques Doillon. She and Serge remained close until his death in 1991 from heart failure. In fact, Serge never stopped writing songs for her, she never stopped singing them either. Just a couple of months before he died Serge dedicated the album, Amours des Feintes, (Loves of the Feigned) to Jane. Jane divorced Jacques in 1993.

Young Jane, her eldest daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Jane today

Young Jane, her eldest daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Jane today

The elusive Birkin bag. Stories vary, but this one seems most interesting: Birkin told noted fashion writer Dana Thomas that while seated next to Hermès CEO Jean-Louis Dumas in 1984 on a Paris to London flight, she opened her Hermès-made datebook and a flurry of loose notes fell to the floor. Dumas took her datebook and returned it a few weeks later with a pocket sewn into the back (which has since become standard). Birkin went on to discuss with Dumas her difficulty in finding a leather weekend bag and at his prompting, described her ideal. Shortly thereafter, the bag she described arrived at her flat with a note from Dumas. She claims that the bag is now more famous than she! People will ask her children if they are daughters of The Bag. The buzz around the bag is that there is a two year client waiting list and that custom bags can reach upwards of $10,000!

In an interview  she once said, "I'd rather be dressed as a man"

In an interview she once said, "I'd rather be dressed as a man"

Today, Jane devotes herself to her family and humanitarian work. She has a new album out, Jane Birkin Au Palace. She is touring in Europe until February 2010 be sure to check out Jane Birkin’s website for details.

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