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ACCLAIM: Charli XCX by Slow Waves

Charli XCX is Ready to Do It All

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Charli XCX was on the road for the better part of 2018, one of the three support acts who joined Taylor Swift’s record-breaking Reputation tour. Between Taylor’s dates, Charli released a string of stand-alone singles—some of the most joyful music of her career—without an album in sight. That was until January 3rd, weeks after our meeting, when she announced her sole New Year’s Resolution would be to give fans an official studio album.

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The morning we met, Reputation had landed in Melbourne for a few days before heading to Japan. Charli arrived with a trio of friends: twin sisters Danielle and Nicole Kahlani—her makeup artist and hairstylist, respectively—and Henry Redcliffe, her behind-the-scenes photographer. “Taylor is so global,” Charli reflected, tucked away in a corner of the cavernous photostudio where we’d just wrapped shooting. “She plays in stadiums, and on my own, I could never do that.” (Ticket sales from a single Reputation show routinely grossed more than $6 million dollars).

In many ways, Charli’s Reputation experience was as close as she’d gotten to a traditional mass audience since 2014, when two songs she’d written cracked the Billboard 100 top 10. ‘Boom Clap’ peaked at eight, and Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ spent seven weeks at number one. Reflecting on the mega-hit, Charli laughed “I’m really happy I co-wrote it, because it paid for my house.”

At the same time, between Taylor’s super-shows, Charli was playing her own smaller headline dates, and throwing Pop 2 parties in tiny nightclubs supported by local queer performers. The parties’ namesake mixtape, released December 2017, is full of progressive and challenging pop recorded with icons like Kim Petras and Mykki Blanco. “The fans are a little older and mainly people from the queer community,” she said of the club events. “It feels more like a house party than a show.”

A few years ago, there might have been a clearer demarcation here: between Reputation Charli and Pop 2 Charli. Or maybe a sense that the weird, pop mad-scientist Charli would have to sever her ties to the underground to reach the mainstream heights her talent warranted. That idea feels incredibly distant today, particularly to Charli herself. “I never solidified myself in either one area or the other—at the time, that felt really negative. Now, that feels quite positive because I can really span between the two.” And this year, she’s ready to record the album where she does it all.

Photography Constantine Virtanen
Styling Sarah Pritchard
Hair Nicole Kahlani
Makeup Danielle Kahlani
Beauty Direction Georgia Gaillard
Styling Assistant Nat Pluch

Words by Acclaim, read the full interview HERE

GLAMCULT MAGAZINE: #129 Utopia Dystopia by Slow Waves

SKIN DEEP

Photography- Mia Rankin

Styling- Kurt Johnson

Hair and Make Up- Joel Babicci

Clothing- Slow Waves

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Buy a copy of issue #129

 

PANSY MAGAZINE by Slow Waves

Jack by Jordan Drysdale

Photography Jordan Drysdale 

Styling Kevin Cheung 

Grooming Georgia Gaillard 

Florist Hattie Molloy

MM6 Maison Margiela Silver Coat, Y/Project Pearl Spiral Earrings and Cuffed Pants from Slow Waves

MM6 Maison Margiela Silver Coat, Y/Project Pearl Spiral Earrings and Cuffed Pants from Slow Waves

Filles A Papa Chance Crystal Sweater from Slow Waves

Filles A Papa Chance Crystal Sweater from Slow Waves

Y/Project XL Lining Blazer from Slow Waves

Y/Project XL Lining Blazer from Slow Waves

 
MM6 Maison Margiela Silver Jacket and Y/Project Pearl Spiral Earrings from Slow Waves

MM6 Maison Margiela Silver Jacket and Y/Project Pearl Spiral Earrings from Slow Waves

Filles A Papa Chance Crystal Sweater and Alex Mullins Jeans from Slow Waves

Filles A Papa Chance Crystal Sweater and Alex Mullins Jeans from Slow Waves

AMBUSH Letter Block Beads Necklace from Slow Waves

AMBUSH Letter Block Beads Necklace from Slow Waves

See the full editorial HERE

Vogue Italia: Editorial by Slow Waves

Masterpiece by Agnieszka Chabros

Y/Project Open Toe Mules from SLOW WAVES

Photography: Agnieszka Chabros

Styling: Sarah Cant

MUA: Rob Povey

Models: Awillo & Carol 

View the full feature HERE

COLLECTION- works by Clinton Hayden by Slow Waves

 

Join us in-store Friday April 7th from 6-9pm for the launch of COLLECTION, a solo exhibition by Clinton Hayden

 

COLLECTION is a fundraising exhibition of photographs, objects and assemblages in preparation for residency at the Berlin Art Institute

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SLOW WAVES IN i-D by Slow Waves

slow waves represents a new kind of retail—but is australia ready?

'The Melbourne store is bridging a widening gap in Australian consumer behaviour. But being a trailblazer isn’t a simple job.'

 

Interview by Isabelle Hellyer

In a comparatively short time, Slow Waves has come to feel like a retail destination — no doubt in part because it's so beautiful. Artful spaces do tend to obscure the day-to-day practicalities of running a shop, like ordering receipt paper or counting the till. Does that invisible work bum you out?

To be honest, the majority of my time is actually spent doing that stuff: cleaning, admin, emails. We're a small team, and I guess I could leave the minor tasks to my two staff — Scarlet and Kevin — but at the same time, I want them spending their time working on things they actually want to pursue. Scarlet is the model for our shoots and handles the social media, and Kevin is our photographer. Really, I think being the boss sometimes means doing the stuff that no one else wants to do.

 

Read the full interview HERE

OYSTER MAGAZINE #108 by Slow Waves

Pieces from Slow Waves made it into the latest Oyster, go get yourself a copy :)

                                     FILLES À PAPA Moss Tabloid Jacket                                                                                          FILLES À PAPA Cruise T-Shirt                                     

  

Fashion by Chloe Hill

Photography by Gadir Rajab

Catalogue Magazine by Slow Waves

'Catalogue Girls: Sue Talks Chanel, Creativity and Reminds Us Fashion is Where the Heart is'