Foo Fighters announce ‘It’s f**king on!’

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Foo Fighters have delivered the words we’ve been waiting three years to hear – ‘It’s f**king ON!’. Confirming that the band are indeed in the studio working on their eighth album.

The golden words were posted with a photo showing of a row of master tapes labelled Foo Fighters LP 8 on the band’s official Instagram account.

Legendary frontman Dave Grohl revealed last year that the band would return with an album this year to follow up 2011’s Waste Light.

He said: ‘It’s badass. We’re doing something that nobody knows about, it’s f**king rad. We begin recording soon, but we’re doing it in a way that no one’s done before and we’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before.’

The former Nirvana drummer has been busy since going on hiatus with Foo Fighters, producing the documentary Sound City, performing with Paul McCartney and appearing on the new Queens of the Stone Age album.

No release date has been given.

Fashion From The Film: Factory Girl

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The 2006 biopic Factory Girl tells the story of socialite and muse Edie Sedgwick. Sienna Miller takes on the role of Sedgewick, who soon finds that her life at artist Andy Warhol’s famous Factory isn’t as glamorous as she thought.

After meeting at a party in 1965, Sedgwick’s blonde pixie crop and kohl lined eyes captivated Warhol and she soon became the ‘Queen of The Factory’ – the New York studio where the pop artist and his inner circle worked hard and partied harder.

She was the opposite of the stereotypical society heiress of the time and people were fascinated by her.

Punk legend Patti Smith said: “She was such a strong image that i thought, ‘That’s it.’ It represented everything to me, radiating intelligence, speed, being connected with the moment.”

Since her death, Sedgewick’s personal style has continued to inspire fashion designers all over the world. John Galliano, Creative Director at Christian Dior said: “She may have had 15 minutes of fame but her style and image influenced a whole generation.”

The outfits featured in the film emulate Sedgwick’s signature mod style perfectly. With the clean lines, bright colours and bold geometric prints that were popular in the 60’s, the socialite became known for mini dresses teamed with bare feet or opaque tights and leotards, accessorised with statement jewels, false eyelashes and huge chandelier earrings.

The pieces worn by Sienna Miller in Factory Girl were, not surprisingly, mostly vintage however you can find similar pieces on the high street season after season.

Image1. Rimmel, £5.29, 2. H&M, £4.99, 3. River Island, £10, 4. Miss Selfridge, £18, 5. Topshop, £45, 6. Topshop, £89, 7. New Look, £17.99

Fashion Moments In Film

Before the internet, people looked to films for their sartorial inspiration and for some Hollywood actresses on-screen style can be as much a part of their role as acting.

At times the costumes are more memorable than the characters themselves. Everyone recognises the shot of Marilyn’s white dress, but most people don’t know it’s taken from the film The Seven Year Itch.

From Holly Golightly to Margot Tenenbaum, these are five of film’s most iconic fashion moments:

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Arguably the most stylish film in Hollywood history, Breakfast at Tiffany’s sees Audrey showcasing beautiful Givenchy pieces throughout. The most iconic of all being the black dress worn in the opening shots, which sparked a love affair with the LBD that still exists today.

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Diane Keaton in Annie Hall

Diane Keaton is the queen of boyfriend chic in this 1977 Woody Allen classic. The baggy trousers and fedora hats featured in the film sparked a huge trend in androgynous dressing and many items worn in the film actually came from Diane’s own wardrobe.

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Madonna in Desperately seeking Susan

After this movie’s release, Madonna’s thrift store look became the signature style of the 80’s – bold colours, leggings, mesh cropped tops, stacks of bangles and necklaces. The thrift store where Susan goes shopping actually exists and can be found in New York

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Kate Hudson in Almost Famous

Kate’s 1970’s inspired wardrobe made everyone want to run away and become a groupie. Penny Lane’s fur jacket, crop tops, floppy hats, tassels, waist coats and platforms continue to be copied. The 70’s hippy look remains the preferred look for festivals year after year.

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Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums

For this 2001 film Wes Anderson made sure all the clothes were from the 70’s, but after the release of the film fur coats, barrettes and sleek bobs became the look du jour thanks to Gwyneth’s role as Margot Tenenbaum.

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Sundance Film Festival 2014

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Music has become an increasingly important part of the Sundance Festival and this year there are three films that promise to have soundtracks you don’t want to miss.

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard is at the helm of the soundtrack for Laggies, a coming of age story about a woman stuck in permanent adolescence starring Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell. This will be Gibbard’s second foray into film scores, following his work on the 2006 documentary Kurt Kobain: About A Son.

Then there is No No: A Dokumentary, which sees former Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, AKA “Ad-Ock” in charge of the score. The film documents the true story of late baseball pitcher Dock Ellis, who threw a perfect game for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1970 while tripping on LSD.

Stuart Murdoch, lead singer and songwriter of Scottish band Belle and Sebastian, took a break from the group to write the music and screenplay for God Help The Girl. The film is another coming of age drama that doubles as an indie-pop musical and stars Hannah Murray, best known for her role as Cassie on Skins.

The Sundance Film Festival takes place in Utah and runs for 10 days from January, 16.

Make a Statement

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We all know that it’s the accessories that complete an outfit and at the moment I can’t live without statement necklaces. During the day I wear them over chunky knitwear and shirts. After dark, I pair them with plain and simple dresses or with jersey tops and skinny jeans. Think maximum impact, minimum effort!

Here are my favourites on the high street at the moment. New Look definitely has the best selection at the most reasonable prices.

1. £12, River Island 2. £65, Topshop 3. £5.99, New Look 4. £9.99, New Look 5. £35, Mango 6. £19.99, Zara

Happy Birthday John Lennon

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John Lennon is one of the most famous names to have come out of Liverpool and today the musician, poet and pacifist would have been 73.

John Lennon didn’t have an easy upbringing. After being abandoned by his father, John lived with his Aunt Mimi and struggled to have a functional relationship with his mother, Julia. The pair grew close however and it was Julia who introduced him to Rock and Roll. When John Lennon was eighteen, he was left devastated when Julia was killed by a car being driven by an off duty policeman.

John went on to pursue his love of music and his first band, The Quarrymen, eventually evolved into legendary group, The Beatles. In the 1960’s, The Beatles revolutionised the music scene and Beatlemania swept across the world.

John Lennon’s life was tragically cut short when he was shot dead on 8th December 1980, at age 40, outside the apartment he shared with Yoko Ono in New York. The killer was Mark Chapman, a Beatles fanatic who had asked John for an autograph just hours before. His death came just three weeks after the release of his album Double Fantasy, which marked the first album for Lennon since the birth of his son in 1975.

John Lennon’s name will always be synonymous with peace and political activism. In September 1969, Lennon famously returned his MBE awarded to the Beatles by Queen Elizabeth, in protest over Great Britain’s support for the Vietnam War. After their marriage, John and Yoko Ono staged a “bed-in” for peace in Amsterdam. During the couple’s second bed-in, John recorded Give Peace A Chance, a song that remains an anthem for the anti-war movement today.

This year, the anniversary of John Lennon’s birthday will be commemorated by Yoko Ono with a series of events in Iceland. There will also be a candlelit vigil at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which had to be cleaned over the weekend after being vandalised.

Since his death, John Lennon’s legend continues to grow stronger. He will forever be remembered for his music, his activism and of course, his round glasses.

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Style Icon: Olivia Palermo

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Olivia Palermo has come a long way since her days on MTV reality show The City. The American socialite has gone from working in PR, to being a regular on the FROW and an international style icon in her own right. Love her or hate her (who can forget how she treated poor Whitney!), there’s no denying the girl has impeccable style. Whether Olivia is posing on the red carpet or out and about with her equally stylish other half Johannes Huebl, she always looks pulled together and polished.

Olivia has a timeless, classic look and has stated Old Hollywood stars Ava Gardner and Ingrid Berman as her fashion inspirations. She is known for mixing high-end with high-street and is a big fan of Zara and Topshop, which is great news for mere mortals like us who want to re-create her look. I love how she manages to make high street pieces look so expensive.

Olivia now runs her own fashion website oliviapalermo.com.

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Get Olivia’s look: 1) Embellished jacket, TOPSHOP, £85. 2) Cream cami, TOPSHOP, £18. 3) Statement necklace, Miss Selfridge, £15. 4) Black blazer, River Island, £55. 5) Cream structured bag, Zara, £149. 6) Heels, ASOS, £45. 7) Embellished ballet flats, Zara, £39.99. 8) Black leather look dress, River Island, £35. 9) Blue skinny jeans, Miss Selfridge, £36