Frank is back and we’re not talking Sinatra! R&B singer Frank Ocean and his most anticipated new album is rumoured to be releasing VERY soon! It’s the topic of conversation that can spark mutual interest when all hope is lost of having any common ground. Waiting nearly half a decade for a second album seems a bit harsh on his fans ( which include mega Artist Adele) but with all the hype buzzing around it’s clear to see his fans are still supporting the singer and are as loyal as ever!
With a host of other artists contributing to his new album, such as man of the moment James Blake, we wonder whether it could be even better than the last (crazy, I know!).
Photo credit – @calvinklein
Getting back into the lime light musically is a huge sigh of relief for his fans and if that wasn’t enough he is also one of the new faces of Calvin Klein, along with fellow artist Young Thug and Kate Moss. Within the new campaign he sheds some light on the man behind the music and his relationship with his work. “If you start a habit and you keep it up for four or five weeks, then you stop and feel like you’re missing something in your day, that’s what music is for me,” he says. “It feels like a necessary act.”
What’s not to love about Frank Ocean when he can even get away with wearing a suit with a pair of Vans Sk8 Hi’s. Share
Unlike most festivals this summer, British Summer Time wasn’t a complete washout which meant most people left their wellies at home.
The sunny weather really set the mood for the day, people were in good spirits and it was smiles all round. The first act to take the main stage was dj Jamie XX who’s feel good anthems had the crowd buzzing.
The festival goers kept it casual in reliable Converse and DM’s, among the more fashion conscious were western style boots and designer trainers. Some brave revellers were spotted in Birkenstocks but just before American rapper Kendrick Lamar hit the stage a huge downpour ensued and I bet they were wishing for their Hunters.
Florence and the Machine headlined in a sheer pale blue dress, the sun setting an appropriate backdrop to her whimsical tunes. What a day – now on to the next one!
Puma’s brand ambassador, global superstar Rihanna has hand picked her favourite Puma styles. Following the success of the Fenty Creepers, Rih Rih and Puma have released the Eskiva hi. This sleek and sporty silhouette is opposite, aesthetically, to her previous drop.
An update of the classic boxing shoe the Puma Gong, the Eskiva Hi is a high cut trainer that combines retro sporting aesthetic with contemporary fashion. It features a leather upper, nubuck overlays, lace up front, perforated tongue, heel tab and gold Puma branding. The music and fashion mogul styles hers with Puma tracksuit bottoms and a sporty crop top.
An alternative to the boot cut profile is the Eskiva mid, similar in design but with a perforated back panel and zip for easy access.
Both models are favoured by the icon and can be seen on instagram girls alike. Like with any celeb collaboration stock is limited and the hype is huge.
On Friday 20th February we are hosting our first #OFFICEHOUSEPARTIES event at the House of Vans London and can now exclusively reveal our headline act, Kyla La Grange.
Kyla La Grange is a singer-songwriter from London whose unique folky, electronia sound and pastel coloured mermaid locks makes her stand out as a one to watch this year. With 2 albums already under her belt this songstress has made quite an impact on the music scene, we caught up with Kyla ahead of the exclusive gig to find out why she can’t wait to perform at the House of Vans and her plans for 2015.
1. Have you visited the House of Vans before?
No I haven’t, I’ve heard good things though…
2. Are you a Vans fan? What is your favourite pair?
Yes, I had a very beloved pair of Vans Authentic skate shoes when I was a teenager and I wore them for years until my feet had worn through the end and they fell apart. I’ve just been looking at some of the new stuff though and it looks great, I especially love the Sk8 Hi’s.
3. So this is OFFICE’s first House Party at the House of Vans, do you have any funny house party stories?
Um, my friend had a house party a couple of years ago that she billed as fancy dress (I mean like the invite said fancy dress and everything) so me and two of my friends went all out, fake moustaches, wigs, everything, and when we opened the door about 50 people wearing normal clothes just stared at us and then started giggling. Pretty much no one else was in fancy dress.
4. Have you got anything exciting planned for 2015? New album? A tour?
I just finished touring my second album so this year is all about writing. I’m collaborating with a few different people at the moment which has been really interesting for me because I never used to like collaborating but now I do.
5. Describe your style in 3 words?
Scruffy glittery magpie.
6. Who are your style icons?
Natasha Khan, Grimes, Charlotte Free and FKA Twigs.
7. What first influenced you to become a musician?
I don’t know really, I was just always writing little songs and stories from when I was a kid. I just liked it. I liked making stuff on my own.
8. What song have you got on repeat on your Spotify playlist?
Sean Paul – Temperature
9. Describe your first gig – who did you go see, how old were you, where was it?
I think I was about 14, I went to see this very earnest slightly emo American rock band called ‘Live’ who I was totally obsessed with, at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Still have the hoodie.
10. Name 3 things you couldn’t live without?
Baked beans, my dog and my running trainers.
To win tickets to our exclusive OFFICE House Party at House of Vans London click here
Let’s be honest, Vans have always been pretty on-point at providing the perfect classic sneaker, but they’re also pretty good at finding the coolest emerging bands and artists. And with the opening of the ginormous House of Vans this summer, there’ll be plenty more of that coming from the original skate brand turned culture magnet. With a promise to fuel creative expression through music, art, film, fashion and, of course, skating, the free space in the original tunnels of Waterloo station is set to be a mecca for many.
Chloe reckons her friends will be at the front row in the mosh pit, gig after gig, “I didn’t know what to expect coming in here, but it’s such an amazing space –and it’s good to see all these things in one place, interacting in a way you don’t normally see. Where else can you skate, view art, watch a gig, followed by a movie, and grab a burger all in the same place? “I’m such a Vans girl, my style is ‘literally-just-got-out-of-bed’ – I look as if I’ve just grabbed my clothes off the bedroom floor! Team that with a pair of scruffed-up or, for smarter occasions, box-fresh Vans, and that’s me done. “Once I finish my album, in the autumn, I’m going to come knocking on the House’s door. This is exactly where I want to play my shows – the crowds will be so cool.”
This weekend, Mill Hill field in Abbots Ripton saw the masses arrive in their thousands for the spectacular Secret Garden Party and some of our OFFICE HQ friends went to check it out.
This unique, independent festival is famed for its relaxed, hippie vibes and visually stunning surroundings with a huge lake, secret waterfalls and decorated stages dotted around the site. With every food you can imagine and people dressed as pixies, animals, butterflies and mythical creatures it is like being transported into Narnia.
The musical highlights this year were hip hop legends Public Enemy, Subfocus, Foxes and Clean Bandit who managed to get the crowds going wild. An unexpected favourite was Max Raabe and the Palast Orchestra who transported the revellers to the 1920’s with their Great Gatsby style sounds.
This magical wonderland of culture had fireworks, huge bonfires, paint fights and even a secret sunflower field that was accessed by walking through a portaloo, a place most of us dread!
Probably the best festival experience you will encounter as it is like none other and focuses on a lot more than music with so many activities to try and secret escapes to discover, its like being in a dream world.
We will definitely be washing off the glitter for days!
This weekend some of our OFFICE HQ guys and girls were lucky enough to go along to Lovebox for 2 days of amazing music and got some great snaps of all the fun!
With temperatures soaring to 32 degrees centigrade on Friday and Saturday it felt more like LA than London and everyone’s clothing and footwear definitely reflected this. T-shirts, shorts, crop tops and bikinis were everywhere and sandals, trainers and jelly shoes were the main footwear of choice, with a few in wellies (they clearly didn’t check the weather!)
This humble East London festival has almost doubled in size from last year with 2 huge stages, a Big Top and lots of sponsored stages from the likes of Red Bull, Aperol Spritz and Distrkt. Dotted around the site were giant flowers, trees covered in pom poms, fairground rides and a huge makeshift Manor House where most of the big DJs spent their time on the balcony.
The highlights of Friday were ASAP Rocky, DJ EZ and Chase and Status who closed the first day with an incredible set that had the crowds going crazy. It may of helped that a huge electrical storm hit as they came on, so in-between lasers and lightening strikes the visuals and atmosphere were incredible.
Saturday had a lot of house DJs and was a bit more chilled with the favourites being Canadian songstress Banks and legendary rapper Nas cracking out some 90’s hip hop classics. MIA closed the festival with a spectacular light show as the entire crowd had handfuls of glow-sticks, but unfortunately her set was cut short due to a power cut which didn’t go down too well with the hyped up crowd.
All in all in was a fantastic festival and we are lucky to have it on our doorstep at OFFICE HQ so we will definitely be back again next year!!
The festival to end all festivals, Glastonbury has officially opened the gates to the welly wearing crowds.
Unfortunately we are headed for muddy days at Glasto as this weekend is due to be a wet one, however we wont let that dampen our spirits or our style.
Come rain or shine, the styles we will be wearing have got us covered for the 5 days of musical mayhem and will keep us dancing until sunrise.
JuJu jellies have become a summer favourite and are ideal for those bursts of blazing heat and even the heavy downpours as it doesn’t matter if they get wet, plus they are super cute on their own or paired with some frilly socks for colder evenings.
A pair of Converseor Vans are great trainers to chuck in our giant rucksack as they are lightweight and we kind of like them even more when they get scruffy!
As country queen Dolly Parton hits the stage on the final day we will be channelling our inner Dolly with a pair of Domino Fringe ankle boots, some Daisy Dukes and a big back combed barnet.
The festival essential, considering the weather that is going to hit us, is the Hunterwelly. The mix of colours and styles are endless but we do love the classic black gloss as it goes with everything! Dresses, shorts, jeans and even a tutu, they always look good and will top off our authentic festival look, complete with some feathers in our hair and a bit of glittery face paint!
If you’re strapped for cash this summer but are still craving some festival action, never fear – there are plenty of freebie events taking place across the country. Grab your wellies and give one of these a try…
Dates are yet to be released for this year’s Shoreditch Festival but a quick scan of the official Facebook page shows that plans are very much afoot. In previous years the free annual event has taken place across a weekend in June and featured musical performances, street theatre shows and circus acts. Keep your eyes peeled for updates.
Brixton Splash 2014 will take place on August 3 with the action kicking off at midday. The annual music event puts the focus firmly on local talent and you can expect anything from reggae to r’n’b and house. The festival finishes at 7pm, but there are normally after parties held at local clubs.
Feel Good Festival
Full details are yet to be released but Rochdale Council has confirmed that the Feel Good Festival will hit the north-west town on August 29 and 30. Once again the free two-day food and music extravaganza is likely to welcome a host of celeb chefs and well-known artists. Past performers include Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Martha Reeves, The Lightning Seeds and Badly Drawn Boy.
Clarence Park Music Festival
Why splash out on Leeds Fest tickets when you can see some musical talent just down the road in Wakefield for free? This year’s Clarence Park Music Festival will take place on July 26 and 27 and will feature a range of local and national bands. OK, the line-up may not be as star-studded as at Leeds, but the food stalls will be cheaper!
South Tyneside Summer Festival
This event lasts all summer, with the seafront hosting a range of acts over three months. Acts are definitely on the cheesy side, with Liberty X, Toploader and Rick Astley all featuring last year.
Monmouth Music Festival
This nine-day event is one of the biggest free festivals in the UK. From July 25, the Welsh town will be welcoming a range of musicians covering pretty much every genre you can think of.
If you’re not thrilled by the Leeds and Reading line-ups, you’ve ‘done’ Bestival and you can’t get hold of Glasto tickets, why not swap your wellies for sandals and branch out and try one of the festivals which take place across Europe each summer?
We take a look at some of the hottest festivals on the continent taking place over the coming months.
Benicassim – July 17-20
Combine the festival experience with a beach holiday at Benicassim on the Spanish Costa del Azahar. There’ll be sun, sea, sand and some of our favourite artists including Lily Allen, Kasabian, Paul Weller, Tinie Tempah, Jake Bugg, Ellie Goulding AND the Manic Street Preachers.
FOR in Croatia – June 19-20
If you hate having to pick and choose between which act to watch the FOR In Croatia is the festival for you. None of the performances clash with one another, saving you from making some tricky decisions. There are also plenty of gaps in the schedule so you can enjoy the local beaches. This year’s line-up includes Klaxons, Mark Ronson, Factory Floor, Haim and Erol Alkan.
Primavera in Barcelona – May 29-31
Also hitting Spain this summer is Primavera, a must-play festival for any act that wants to be seen as successful. This year’s stellar line-up includes Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, The Pixies, Disclosure, Slowdive, Haim and Sky Ferreira.
Szignet in Budapest – August 11-18
If you like your festivals big, then Szignet is the one for you. With stages spread over 50 venues and more than 200 performances across the weekend, it’s no wonder the event attracts almost 400,000 people from across the globe each year. This year the acts not to miss include Bastille and Calvin Harris.
Iceland Airwaves – November 5-9
Who says festivals are just for the summer? You’ll have to wait until November to jet off to Reykjavik to enjoy Iceland Airwaves, but we promise it will be worth it. Spend your days in the hot springs before dancing away to performances by the likes of the Flaming Lips and East India Youth in the evenings.