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4 Sep 2012
avatar Author: NH Design

NICKY HASLAMS FIRST SINGLE “TOTAL CONTROL”

PURCHASE ON ITUNES

ON VIMEO

FROM: DAVID OGILVY, PRODUCER, WESTERN STUDIOS, LONDON.

PRESS RELEASE

TOTAL CONTROL” IS THE FIRST SONG TO BE RELEASED FROM “MIDNIGHT MATINÉE”, THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM PRODUCED BY DAVID OGILVY, WHO PRESENTS NICKY HASLAM, BETTER KNOWN WORLDWIDE AS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER AND AUTHOR, IN A NEW PERSONA AS A VOCALIST, BACKED WITH ORCHESTRATIONS, ON  A LINE-UP OF SONGS RANGING FROM STANDARDS TO CONTEMPORARY, FROM IRVING BERLIN TO GUY CHAMBERS….. “I WROTE THE MUSIC FOR HANNAH ROTHSCHILD’S BBC FILM ON NICKY” SAYS OGILVY, “AND THOUGHT THEN THAT I COULD DO SOMETHING WITH HIS VOICE, HIS UNIQUE WAY WITH LYRICS. “MIDNIGHT MATINÉE” IS THE RESULT OF A YEAR OF WORKING TOGETHER, AND IT’S TURNED OUT PRETTY WELL”.

ON “MIDNIGHT MATINÉE”, NICKY IS JOINED BY A HOST OF LEGENDARY MUSICIANS…. BRYAN FERRY, NICK MASON, BOB GELDOF, CILLA BLACK, AMANDA ELIASCH AND SEBASTIEN LEON AMONG THEM, WITH SPOKEN PASSAGES BY RUPERT EVERETT, TRACEY EMIN, A.N. WILSON AND OTHERS…. TO SAY NOTHING OF GRETA GARBO, MARIA CALLAS, AND NOÈL COWARD, OR HIS ROYAL AND IMPERIAL HIGHNESS PRINCE JOÃO OF ORLEANS AND BRAGANZA.

“MIDNIGHT MATINÉE”, NICKY HASLAM‘S HIGHLY INDIVIDUAL DEBUT ALBUM—A KIND OF SURREAL AUDIO-JOURNEY—IS ALREADY BEING TALKED OF AS A COOL ADDITION TO THE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SCENE.

THIS SINGLE, “TOTAL CONTROL”, AND ITS ACCOMPANYING VIDEO DIRECTED BY CANADIAN FILMMAKER DOUGLAS ARROWSMITH, IS AN INTRIGUING EXAMPLE OF THE ALBUM’S UNIQUE CONTENTS.

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26 Apr 2012
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

I have a ‘katillion’ (that’s a new one courtesy of my ten year old) photo’s of words.  Seems that having a katillion books in every room is still not enough…

I mean fair enough. We all love a catchy little quote now and then, and hopefully some more.

Jean Charles de Castelbajac (yes we know, another bit of an obsession but here you begin to see why…) not only frequently includes text on his fashion, he packages his work with additional addictive thoughts.

My dresses are wrapped in this tissue which I can’t bring myself to throw away….. (and note to my friend Jen, wielder of that coveted 80′s JCDC coat covered in quotes from Proust – ‘I will have it one day Jen, I will‘.

I’m even more pleased when it’s obscured…..and on the streets.

Probably I secretly long to be Nagiko and just have them all over me.

all around me…in Twombly’s….

Braque’s…

and Puckette’s (and you may say this is not a word so to speak…but to me it is)

22 Dec 2011
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

It was thrilling, last month, to receive a call from Margaret Russell, the Editor in Chief of ‘Architectural Digest’, telling me the secret news that I had been selected by the magazine as one of the 100 greatest designers in the World……

Secret that is until Margaret’s recent dazzling party at the Guggenheim Museum on 5th avenue in New York,  for the other 99 nominated. Every dec was on hand to celebrate, from the greats like Stephen Sills and Juan Montoya to David Collins and John Porson, the other Englishmen on the 100 list.  It was wonderful to see my beloved friend Aileen Mehle, whose ‘Suzy Knickerbocker’ column was required reading all the years I lived in Manhattan, and Martha Stewart who so sweetly had me on her show when my autobiography “Redeeming Features” was published, and Mario Buatta who used to come to my ranch in Arizona a lifetime ago.

My partner, Colette van den Thillart  who’d flown in from Toronto where we are setting up a North American office, turned heads by wearing a velvet dress printed with the glistening stones of a grotto, appropriately surreal in such a setting as the Guggenheim 100.

8 Nov 2011
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

I’ve made an astonishing etymological deduction….studying the rather more seriously good pictures that line the walls of the Garrick Club, that luvvie-dovey haven of literary London, the other night, I came across this gem.

 

The shear outrageousness of his greenery-yallery costume surely implies a certain……well, gaiety…… and when one reads his name on the frame, let alone the part he was playing.

 

It seems to me it’s pretty obvious that this is the origin of that much-discussed word.

21 Oct 2011
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

Eliane Fattal, the stylish daughter of that generous patron of the arts and legendary fashion icon Jill Rittblat, has been asked by those diamond geezers S.J. Phillips, the Bond Street jewellers, to sift through their vast holdings of antique jewellery and reform it into uniquely fabulous pieces, a very sensible concept as many of these old jewels are somewhat dated, but reworked by Eliane they become brilliantly modern. Vast Edwardian hair ornaments of tremblant dragonflies and skittering swallows, bugs and animals have become flamboyant, often surreal, rings and bracelets or mismatched earrings, and the subtle thing is that many of them are craftily made so they can be unscrewed and worn in a different way.

In this photo, Eliane is wearing her first and favourite creation—and the first to be snapped up— an antique diamond frog sitting on a huge pavé emerald lily pad made by Phillips especially for Fattal’s collection. 

Some are even more whimsical like these spectacles I am wearing in the photo. A pair of 1920s diamond-studded onyx Cartier belt buckles are joined with an opulently onyx-set diamond ring. Francis Norton, co-owner of this treasure house, says he will put lenses in when you buy them…..probably of finely-honed rock crystal if I know Phillips.

The fashionistas are flocking. The Spectator’s anything-but Agony Aunt  Mary Killen fancied a diamond kitty to litter her finger, and Vanity Fair’s Elizabeth Saltzman has commissioned a turtle to toddle up her pinkie.

What’s more these pieces, each one signed by Eliane, are exquisitely presented in emerald-leather-bound ‘books’ rather than trad velveteen boxes, designed, like the exhibition itself, by the sought-after film set-decorator Michael Howells.