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July 28 2014

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Summer Friday: How Two Top Music Publicists Spend Their Afternoons Out of the Office

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Like the George Gershwin song goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.” Especially if your workweek is cut short thanks to “Summer Fridays.” The extra hours go a long way in making every weekend seem like a holiday. If you’re short on inspiration for your own Summer Fridays, just look to our new season-long series in which we ask industry people with cool jobs to share how they’ll be spending their free afternoons.

Chances are at least one of your favorite bands is repped by Press Here Publicity. Linda Carbone and Chloë Walsh, who started the full-service public relations company ten years ago, have worked with everyone from full-fledged icons to up-and-coming artists. Their current roster includes Blondie, Yoko Ono, Depeche Mode, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bat for Lashes, The Kills, and Blood Orange, among others. Since the duo work out of opposite coasts—with Chloë based in L.A. and Linda in NYC—they shared with us two very different takes on how they’ll be spending their Summer Fridays.

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Chloë: I’m still in awe of the variety L.A. has to offer. From the office it’s about a fifty-minute drive to Topanga Canyon. It’s my favorite of all the canyons because it’s the greenest and reminds me the most of Europe, where I’m from. Looking down at the ocean, surrounded by olive trees, it feels very Mediterranean. There’s far more foliage on the hikes there, so it’s possible to walk mostly in the shade, unlike the other canyon hikes. Topanga is just a few minutes’ drive from Malibu and the best, wildest beaches. I’m always impressed by the surfers, and after a long week in the office, there’s nothing more relaxing than watching the sun drop down beneath the water.

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Linda: Starting around 3 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, I shake off the stress of the week and take a wild ride with my silver slip of an Italian greyhound, Lulu. I shut down the office, turn off my phone, jump in the car with the windows wide open, turn up the volume (old vocalists Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, swing, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt), and breathe in the great gushes of sea-salty sun-drenched air.

A rabble of good friends and dogs unbundle at the house in East Hampton, and it’s bespoke margaritas, Marco Polo in the pool, and food. Lots and lots of good food! Grilling organic salmon, local handpicked veggies, and homemade Key lime pies by the dozens. After morning brunches and afternoons of shopping (often spending too much money), we arrive home to find the dogs waiting for a game of catch. Some evenings we meet up with friends at their houses, or go to dinner on the water and watch the sunset. Sometimes we head to the beach at dusk to sit on the rocks with a few bottles of wine, to tell stories under the moonlight while making plans for the future. Many evenings are spent falling asleep to old movies with the wind rustling in the trees above us.

H&M’s Got Other Stories To Tell

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H&M is on a roll these days. In quick succession, there was the recent Becks “bum double” drama (read: mega publicity), the Paris fashion week show, and, for the hat trick, there’s the launch of & Other Stories, the Swedish high-street giant’s new London concept store. Last night, H&M celebrated the opening of the 10,000-square-foot Regent Street space, which is filled with meticulously edited beauty products, jewelry, and fashion. The best part about the whole thing is the knowledge that you won’t have to walk away simpering with desire—even the tightest budgets can afford this stuff. Apart from their in-house designers, who clearly favor architectural shoes and sculpted silhouettes (very Scandi-chic, if we do say), the brand also introduced their “Co-Labs”—temporary collaborations with finger-on-the-pulse talents like The Lake and Stars, Clare Vivier, and Alyson Fox. In other words, the two-story behemoth is the A-to-Z for cool hunters on a budget.

Naturally, the ultrahip store needs some ultrahip ambassadors. “We invited a small group of people—including stylists, DJs, and editors whose style we admire—to our atelier in Stockholm and asked them to put together pieces from our collection,” said Samuel Fernström, who’s head of & Other Stories. Flying the flag last night were Portia Freeman, Valentine Fillol-Cordier, Bat for Lashes (Natasha Khan, left), DJ Misty Rabbit (Mimi Xu), Julia Sarr-Jamois, and Mary Charteris, whose self-styled wares (like an ocean-print suit, a sheer top, a pleat-front skirt, and more) can be seen in the online shop, which launches today. “We chose people who wear things that feel right to them,” added Fernström. Judging by how & Other Stories’ ladies looked at yesterday’s fete, job done.

& Other Stories is located at 256-258 Regent Street in London.

Photo: Courtesy of H&M

Noticed: The Less-Is-More Album Cover

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That music and fashion are locked in an endless embrace is not news. Fashion week wouldn’t be fashion week without a spate of performances, and every season brings with it a few musicians who seem to clear their schedules for a solid month to do the rounds. (Beth Ditto, lately of the Versus runway performance, has graduated to mainstay status; ditto Florence Welch, who belted from a giant clam a year ago at Chanel.) But where record sales are concerned, sex sells, even for fashion’s most dedicated fans. There are enough naked album covers to fill a side gallery of your local museum, from the famous (John and Yoko’s Two Virgins, 1968) to the infamous (Jane’s Addiction’s Nothing’s Shocking, 1988) to the new-establishment (the original cover for the Strokes’ 2001 debut, Is This It—but of course, that’s the one you have, right?). Now the moment seems to have returned. A pair of dueling popettes have just released clothes-free preview art for their new albums: Rihanna’s Unapologetic on one hand; Christina Aguilera’s Lotus on the other. They’ve set the celebrity blogosphere a-thrumming. The fashion one, not so much. But today sees the release of yet another less-is-more cover for an album likelier to be spinning in studios and shops around town: Bat for Lashes’ The Haunted Man (left). Three’s a trend (again).

Photo: Courtesy of Amazon.com

Natasha Khan, An Appreciation

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I somehow lost the plot and didn’t get tickets to the sold-out Bat for Lashes show at Bowery Ballroom this Thursday. While I’m blue about missing the performance, I have a feeling that we’ll all be seeing lots more of Natasha Khan in the near future—she’s always seemed a shoe-in for fashion favoritism to me. For one, the Anglo-Pakistani songbird is drop-dead gorgeous. Then there’s the fact that she combines Björk’s penchant for face paint, braids, and headgear with Stevie Nicks’ knack for wearing caftans. Anna Sui, who knows a thing or two about music, was listening to Bat for Lashes before her Fall show, and Kanye is a fan of her influential “What’s a Girl to Do?” video. And is it just us or don’t the dancers in her latest video, “Daniel,” look like they walked off of Junya Watanabe’s Fall 2008 runway?

Photo: David Sherry