TOPSHOP:Get To Know This Multitalented Singer Before Everyone Will Be Obsessed With Her

Don’t know ARK yet? We’re predicting big things for her. The singer who describes her own music as “wounded pop” and plays piano, guitar and a bit of drums, released her album “The Shadow in My Company” in 2018. We sat down with her to talk about career highlights, the inspiration for her songs and how her style differs from being on stage to her daily life…
Which one of your songs should people listen to first?
Operator. It bridges the gap between my debut EP and the new music to come.
How did you first get into music?
My parents. They have the BEST taste in music and I’m so fortunate that my childhood was spent exposed to music (and instruments) from all over the world.
Which artists inspired you to want to become a musician?
Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley and Neil Young. I binged on these three artists for years in my teens and they’ve influenced me massively.
Where do you find inspiration for your music?
In people and their emotions. Everything man-made in the world is here because of emotion (want, need, love etc) and I think thats the most powerful and fascinating thing in the world.
How would you describe your style?
Comfort is key, with a weird added edge somewhere. At the moment I’m really into Scandinavian and Japanese fashion.
Does your style change when you go on stage?
It usually gets a bit shinier. I have huge silver flares that I wear on stage but unfortunately can’t rock them down the high street! Or maybe I can?
What was your first live performance?
I was 15 and it was at a venue local to me (West End Centre). Me and my friends put on a show and sold it out to all our friends and family. I knew I wanted to do it forever after that night.
What was your favourite moment on stage so far?
Playing Hammersmith Apollo was a huge surreal milestone moment for me. Never thought I’d ever be on that stage singing my own songs! I’ve seen some of my favourite gigs there.
What was the highlight of your music career so far?
Every day is a highlight to be honest, as cheesy as it sounds. The fact that I have a career in music is a dream come true.
Where do you see yourself in five years from now?
On stage somewhere, performing the best songs I’ve ever written (please universe)! If I’m proud of the songs I’ve written, then I’ve succeeded.
What are you working on at the moment?
Oh man, I’m so excited. I’m finishing up new music and I can’t even tell you how excited I am to share it with the world! It’s my best work yet.
What meaning does the title of your in 2018 released album “The Shadow in My Company” has to you?
The Shadow in My Company represents a constant sense of longing, or searching. It’s a feeling hard to put into words, but it used to sit on my shoulder a lot. Though since writing those songs and releasing them, a lot has changed and I feel like I’m now at home in myself, so I wouldn’t say it holds the same meaning to me now as it did then.
What are your upcoming plans?
To finish these songs and give them to the world!!!! And to perform them wherever and whenever I can. Soooooon.

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https://www.topshop.com/blog/2019/06/get-to-know-this-multitalented-singer-before-everyone-will-be-obsessed-with-her

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H&M:A N.Y. STATE OF MIND WITH GABRIELLE AND ANAJAH

As in every modern story of love or friendship, Anajah Hamilton and Gabrielle Richardson met on Tumblr, double-tapping each other’s posts and sending images and artwork back and forth to one another.

Four years later they’re best friends in the real world too, and have initiated ARTHOE, an art collective where they host gallery nights, workshops, jam sessions and showcase the works of people from marginalized groups. Aside from the serious stuff, they’ve also gotten in and out of countless sticky situations together.

“We rarely do wild things, it’s more Scooby Doo-like situations,” they say while retelling stories of falling over on escalators, being scammed on concert tickets, AirBnb’s and the — still — painful memory of accidentally missing seeing Beyoncé in person at a grocery store.

“We’re best friends for a reason.”

Although they embark on adventures around the world, the backdrop to most of their shenanigans is New York City, especially below Union Square and around Brooklyn.

“I love that New York is a place where you never stop learning, and that it’s all about the grind for everyone — even millionaire and celebrity children will have to work 10 internships,” says Gabrielle.

“And I love how diverse it is! Not just because of people’s backgrounds, but because of the way people think. You find so many different types of thinking here, and there’s always a group you’ll resonate with,” says Anajah.

We meet the girls at one of their favorite spots — Fiat Café in Nolita — which they use as a base camp on weekends to bring all their friends together from Downtown, Uptown and Brooklyn before heading out.
FOR ONE-OF-A-KIND FINDS…
MCNALLY JACKSON BOOKS
“It’s an amazing bookstore. They have a lot of one-off prints, and if you want a book that’s only made in 100 copies, this is the place to go to. We go at least once a month, either for book signings or events. It’s a very typical New York bookstore.”

FOR DINNER…
FIAT CAFÉ
“Just around the corner from McNally Jackson is Fiat Café. A super-cute restaurant that’s a great meet-up spot for us and all of our friends. It doesn’t hurt that the ravioli is great, and the kale caesar salad, and the spaghetti with meatballs, and the chocolate mousse… We can go on.”

FOR INSPIRATION…
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
“We go here all the time. It’s a favorite because much of their work isn’t just visual — it’s fun, altruistic and they have great performances. This art museum is great at bringing the community together and representing diversity.”

FOR A DATE…
METROGRAPH
“This independent movie theater shows foreign films, contemporary films and classics. It’s great for a date or just to go with your friends. They have a restaurant and a bar as well, which is perfect.”

FOR EVERY SUMMER DAY…
PROSPECT PARK
“This is the Brooklyn equivalent to Central Park, meaning it’s less busy and less touristy. It’s a chiller version! Whenever it gets warm, we go out there to have picnics or just sit in the grass. The most inspiring parts of the city are the parts that are quiet, and Prospect Park is one of them.”
“I always want to be able to run at a moment’s notice. Got to catch that train! Also, I love bags and a big all-carrying one is essential in the city. You always need to have everything with you, ready to go.”

Gabrielle Richardson’s style is inspired by Solange Knowles, FKA Twigs, Diana Ross and Donna Summers. When styling her favorite look from H&M’s spring and summer collections, she opted for a printed swimsuit, white denim jeans, a braided rope tote bag and gold rings.

“I love how a swimsuit doesn’t have to be for the beach or the pool, but it’s nice to always be ready to go for a swim,” she says.
Anajah keeps her essentials analog. Trying to stay away from her phone, the young artist chooses a disposable camera because the pictures always turn out great, and scribbles down notes, drawings and music on paper because it’s tangible. Her other essentials include different lipsticks — because her lips are her favorite feature — and gold jewelry because it’s the accessories that tie all her outfits together.
WHO’S THE BETTER DRESSER?
“I think we dress similarly, a lot of times we’ll show up to events or just meeting for lunch and we’ll be wearing the exact same outfit and shoes or we’ll have on the exact same color!”

IF YOU COULD STEAL ONE PIECE OUT OF GABRIELLE’S WARDROBE – WHAT WOULD YOU TAKE?
“I would totally steal her denim jacket with diamond fringes hanging from the sleeves, it’s gorgeous!”

WHAT MAKES GABRIELLE NERVOUS?
“When she’s trying something new fashion-wise. She tries her best to always step out of the box, but I think the moment she decides to wear something daring, she second-guesses it. But she does it anyway and the execution is always so effortless!”

WHAT’S THE BEST GIFTS YOU’VE EVER GIVEN EACH OTHER?
“Gabby is a great gift giver, I’d say the best gift she’s given me is a Jacquemus bag.”

WHAT’S YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF ONE ANOTHER?
“My earliest memory of Gabby is the first time I met her in person. It was at this party, it was really dark and smoky and everyone was having a fabulous time. Gabby appeared amidst all the craziness of the party, and as soon as she saw me she ran up to me, super-excited, and gave me a huge kiss on the forehead. It was, from my memory, the first time anyone had been so excited to meet me. I wasn’t sure if her excitement was genuine, but the closer we got after that, I learned that she was a very bubbly person and it all made sense!”

WHAT’S THREE THINGS GABRIELLE LOVES?
“Traveling with friends, shopping and tacos!”

WHAT DOES YOUR LAST TEXT TO EACH OTHER SAY?
“Will be there soonington haha.”

WHAT’S YOUR DREAM DESTINATION TO TRAVEL TO TOGETHER?
“Honestly, somewhere warm, maybe Bora Bora!”

ANAJAH HAMILTON

AGE: 21

OCCUPATION: Artist, model and co-curator

ASTRO SIGN: Libra

INSTAGRAM: @icecreameaterrr

GABRIELLE RICHARDSON

AGE: 24

OCCUPATION: Artist, model and co-curator

ASTRO SIGN: Capricorn

INSTAGRAM: @fridacashflow

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https://www2.hm.com/en_us/life/fashion/everyday-icon/a-n-y-state-of-mind-with-gabrielle-and-anajah.html

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H&M:ACCESSORIZE FOR THE BEACH AND BEYOND

  1. THE SEASHELLS
    Despite last summer’s obsession, shell jewelry is every bit as trendy this season (if not more). Surrender to the 90s nostalgia and team the must-have accessory with everything from crisp caftans to blue denim.
  2. LES ESPADRILLES
    Few things say summer like an espadrille. The classic Spanish sandal with its jute sole and lace-up ribbons is always a winner on days when the sun is shining. Flats or wedges? It’s your call.
  3. THE COVERALL
    A sarong is a beach bag essential with multipurpose potential. Consider it a chic yet convenient cover-up that can be tied, wrapped or layered in many different ways: think skirt, dress, top, turban — or beach blanket.
  4. THE COLOR SPLASH
    A simple yet effective way of elevating a monochrome ensemble is by redirecting the focus to the accessories. Opt for a pair of mood-boosting earrings in a poppy color for a vibrant vacation feel.
  5. THE SUN-BLOCKER
    Heading to the beach? Don’t forget to bring a hat to protect your face from the sun. Go for a functional yet striking version in braided straw with a grosgrain band and fray-edge brim for extra fashion flair.
  6. THE IT-BAG
    The versatile net bag makes an effortless transition from city streets to sandy shores. Still an “It-item” to be reckoned with, giving us a legit reason to show off market-bought citrus fruits for yet another season.
  7. THE ARM CANDY
    Make a summery statement by adorning yourself in golden charm bracelets that drip delicate stones, pearls and shells, and add more chains to the mix for a personal touch. Life is a beach!
  8. THE FRINGE FIX
    Welcome the vacay vibes into your wardrobe by trading your mini for a fashionable fringe straw bag with room for more than just the essentials, and be ready for anything the day has in store.
  9. THE SILK KNOT
    A silky satin scarf is already an accessory staple for most and a go-to hair adornment for summer. Bring immediate chicness to any warm-weather look by knotting it around your head or ponytail.
  10. THE COLLECTOR COIN
    Vintage-inspired coin necklaces are likely to become your most-worn accessories over the coming months. The easy-to-wear pendants are perfect for layering and add fashion value to exactly every outfit.

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https://www2.hm.com/en_us/life/fashion/editors-picks/accessorize-for-the-beach-and-beyond.html

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ZARA:What to Stop Wearing So Your Spring Outfits Turn Into Summer Looks

Are you a planner? A meticulous list-maker? A girl who likes to know what’s missing in her wardrobe before she buys anything? Aha! This story is going to be your jam. If you’re already thinking about how your spring wardrobe will segue into your summer one, we’re on the same page. Outside of the obvious reasons (rooftop bars, sunbathing, rosé, alfresco dining, everyone’s generally improved mood), summer is my favorite time of the year because I think it’s the easiest season for getting dressed. Less layering is required (always a plus when you’re 5’1” and curvaceous), and there’s always far less consideration for the blasted weather. There will be many stretches of time across the summer when throwing on a pretty dress and sliding into your favorite sandals (right now, that’s Tevas) is as much effort as needed to look tip-top.The foundations of what you’ll wear when it’s warmer are already in place—there’s no need to ditch everything each time one of the new seasons comes around. It’s more of a case of reconfiguring what’s already in your closet and putting a few pieces on ice for when a colder day comes along. The same rules apply each and every summer, so there’s also no huge pressure to buy anything new. All of the below suggestions will undoubtedly lie within your catalog at home. Should you want to invest in any summery newness, I’ve added in some choice shopping picks that will support your spring-to-summer fashion transition. Keep scrolling…With the unpredictable weather, you’ll still want to have some closed-toe shoes on standby (and you’ll probably still wear sneakers throughout the summer), but that moment when sandals become a legitimate and not entirely insane choice of a morning is a great one.You can easily wear the same spring outfit—see Loulou and her passion for suits—but with the baton being passed to some sandals, you have a summer-ready ensemble. It’s a no-brainer.Spring and jackets are like peanut butter and jelly—a beautiful combo that should never be questioned. But for all of those outfits where you sling on a blazer, denim, safari, or any other chosen style of jacket, we’re pretty sure it’s safe to sidestep them come summertime…That being said, you may still want to have your arms covered up if the weather is inclement or you don’t want to flash too much skin.

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https://www.whowhatwear.com/fashion-transition-from-spring-to-summer/slide10

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ASOS:3 WAYS TO BRING THE DRAMA THIS SEASON

Drama is in the fashion air this season. Ruffles, corset details, balloon sleeves… not since our high-school production of Hamlet have we seen so much historical theatrics. But, while we love an OTT dress-up moment, no one wants to look like an extra from Pirates of the Caribbean in their day-to-day lives. So here’s three ways to bring some of that costume spirit to your look this season without going overboard.The easiest way to bring some stage-worthy vibes to your look? Start with your sleeves. The blouson beauties on this purple number make a major statement, while the sheer fabric and ruched front make it a top Shakespeare would be proud of. Down below, acid-wash denim adds an 80s edge, while barely-there heels up the glam factor.A floor-skimming dress is another excellent way to tap into the trend. This one is a little bit boho, a little bit renaissance thanks to its paisley print and lace inserts. Toughen up the look (and prep for any springtime puddles) up with lace-up boots by Dr Martens. This look is your transitional wear-everywhere dream this spring.It’s a good thing proper corsets went out of fashion in the early 1900s (cos we enjoy breathing and eating), but we can’t help but crush on this top – it’s giving us all the period-drama vibes we need RN. Pair it with a slip skirt (yep, the one that everyone’s obsessed with) for a super-fem look. It’s that underwear-as-outerwear kinda thing and we’re 100% here for it. Some embellished add-ons along with the gold shade of the skirt create an opulent air – Marie Antoinette 2019, anyone?

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https://www.asos.com/women/fashion-feed/2019_05_15-wed/three-ways-to-wear-costume-drama-trend-ss19/

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ASOS:BEST OF NEW IN: FRESH DRESSES & 90S HEELS

OK, so the weather might have backtracked in the last couple of days, but summer is just around the corner, we promise. And the ASOS Fashion Team are here to prep you for the warmer days to (hopefully) come. Check out Junior Fashion Editor Jo’s fave new-in picks from this week, and catch the video below for more.’This dress has got lovely ruching details all along the neckline and sleeves (which you can undo if you want a wide fluted sleeve). It’s great paired with your favourite Converse for summer.‘‘These are a personal favourite of mine – they’d look great teamed with a white oversized T-shirt or, if you’re feeling daring, a tie-dye T-shirt on top!’‘This is gorgeous for going out on vacay – maybe your Ibiza or Dubai white parties… It’s got a really nice jacquard animal print, so it’s a great way to do the trend if you’re not into the traditional colourways.’‘Next up, we have these 90s strappy heels – it’s got a hyper animal print in this neon colour. The heel is not too high, so you could totally wear these during the day with a jean.’‘Ragged Priest has done a collaboration with my fave Kickers. These boots have this gorgeous contrast stitching detail and an on-trend platform. They also come in black – love them!’

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https://www.asos.com/women/fashion-feed/2019_05_08-wed/top-picks-15-05-2019/

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ASOS:HOW ASOSERS DO SS19 JEWELLERY

Fashion is all expressing yourself, and one of the easiest (and most fun) ways to do it is by mixing up your jewellery game. By adding a bit of bling, you can inject that little touch of creative flair into an outfit, even if it’s just a white tee and jeans. Our ASOSers agree; here’s how they’re shining this season.From Prada’s iconic banana print to Dolce and Gabbana’s lemon motif, fashion’s love affair with fruity prints is long-standing – and this season, the romance continues. If you want to avoid looking like a full-on fruit bowl/table cloth, follow senior social creative Jess’s lead and add a little lemon earring for that zesty kick (and your daily dose of vitamin C). Another way to update your SS19 line-up? It’s all about layering – and no, we’re not talking sweaters. As stylist Beccy shows us, combining lots of different necklaces in varied lengths is a slick way to jazz up even the simplest of tops, like her classic striped shirt. You can even cheat and just buy one that has three or more chains in it. Genius.Having a CBA day in your fave leggings and hoodie? A few rings will add that extra bit of polish that looks like you’ve made some sort an effort (even when you haven’t). Or, you can add some to an already-extra leopard-print look, like junior fashion editor Jo here. You can mix classic pieces that mean something – like that silver ring your nan gave you for your 13th birthday – with some fresh updates each season (there’s plenty on site to choose from RN). If you like it then put a ring on… every single finger.Following on from last year’s oceanic obsession, shell-embellishments are huge this season, as seen on crop-tops, necklaces and everything in between. Here, junior project manager Lottie is wearing her shell and stone dangly beauties with a sparkly hair clip and some hoops, cos more is more. This one is the ideal way to celebrate the return of the sun, either at home or on hols. If you listen close enough, you can even hear the sea…

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https://www.asos.com/women/fashion-feed/2019_04_24-wed/how-asosers-do-new-season-jewellery/

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H&M:3 WAYS TO WEAR THE TIE-DYE TREND

Some garments transcend trends, and indigo blue flared jeans are definitely one of those forever pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe. Paired with a partly tucked tie-dye shirt and a chain belt, the classic shirt-and-denim combo is given a playful update.The fastest way to earn a high fashion score is spelled print clashing. Wearing a tie-dye dress underneath a neon-checked blazer makes the perfect look for the most exciting evening plans. Cross a third trend off your checklist (you have one of those, right?) by opting for transparent details.Tie-dye is the perfect print if you want to bring the beach back to the city. This sarong-style skirt partnered with flip flops conveys the perfect laid-back beach vibe. Got meetings to attend? Throw on a white blazer and make this super summery look completely work appropriate.

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https://www2.hm.com/en_us/life/fashion/the-tryout/3-tie-dye-looks-to-die-for.html

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H&M:THE MAGIC OF MADRID WITH MARÍA BERNAD

The first thing María Bernad noticed and loved about Madrid was the light. Being born in the south of Spain, the 24-year-old stylist, designer and fashion influencer came to Madrid two years ago — and fell completely in love.“Madrid has the most amazing light, and the most beautiful buildings. I grew up in the middle of nowhere outside Alicante, and Madrid is a big city — but it’s still so warm and welcoming. And inspiring! It’s literally the place where all the creative people from the rest of Spain — artists, music groups, designers — come together. Madrid is like home to me now.”In her apartment in the Alonso Martínez area, the wardrobe hides vintage finds, designer diamonds and lots of shoes. And maybe some dark memories from the past?“I have never told anyone in fashion this, but when I was a teenager I was emo. Black short hair with a fringe, band t-shirts, lots of chains and black eye makeup. It’s a completely different style from how I dress now, but in some ways it’s still the same. I’m still being myself, playing with clothes and accessories. Some weeks when I’m working a lot I still dress only in black, other weeks I’m more colorful. My style is eclectic.”She’s a true style icon herself, but when it comes to her own muses in fashion, María Bernad looks elsewhere. Her icons are artists and painters, like the American modernist Georgia O’Keeffe, or the interior designer and New York legend Iris Apfel.“I always find more inspiration in art than in social media. You can’t find anything new on Instagram. I’d much rather go to a museum and look at 200-year-old paintings and be inspired by the colors or the composition.”

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https://www2.hm.com/en_us/life/fashion/everyday-icon/the-magic-of-madrid-with-maria-bernad.html

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H&M:3 TIE-DYE LOOKS TO DIE FOR

Some garments transcend trends, and indigo blue flared jeans are definitely one of those forever pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe. Paired with a partly tucked tie-dye shirt and a chain belt, the classic shirt-and-denim combo is given a playful update.The fastest way to earn a high fashion score is spelled print clashing. Wearing a tie-dye dress underneath a neon-checked blazer makes the perfect look for the most exciting evening plans. Cross a third trend off your checklist (you have one of those, right?) by opting for transparent details.Tie-dye is the perfect print if you want to bring the beach back to the city. This sarong-style skirt partnered with flip flops conveys the perfect laid-back beach vibe. Got meetings to attend? Throw on a white blazer and make this super summery look completely work appropriate.

source:
https://www2.hm.com/en_us/life/fashion/the-tryout/3-tie-dye-looks-to-die-for.html

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