I meet WE ARE STANDARD while the Spanish band are performing the sound check for their concert in Madrid, consisting of four talented musicians, the band begin to rehearse material from their newest album ‘day’. Although the club is empty, the psychedelic vibe of their music is contagious, so I take my camera and recorder and I let go…
Why did you choose the word DAY as a title for the new album?
Well, all the other albums were too much oriented towards night and club culture. We wanted to make a ‘wider’ album with songs that you could listen to during the daytime too. Something good for both your Saturday nights, and Tuesday afternoons [laughs].
How would you define WE ARE STANDARD’S music?
Psychedelic pop for sure, we are more house now than the electro we used to be. Our music is a mix of sixties pop, rock and psychedelia.
Which bands influence your music?
The 13th Floor Elevators, The Stones, The Pretty Things, The Electric Prunes, The Clash, Dead in Vegas and the Manchester scene of Primal Scream and Happy Mondays. The Velvet Underground are a great influence too, I have to confess that we started playing thanks to them.
Is there an artist you would like to duet with?
Mmm, maybe Brian Wilson.
What about your tour?
We are touring in Spain now and maybe after that we will start a European tour too, but I can’t confirm any city yet.
Do you prefer performing in small clubs or in big festivals?
I personally prefer small clubs performances to feel the energy of the crowd very close to me, but the rest of the band prefer festivals [laughs].
Would you like to work on a soundtrack? And if so, who would be the perfect director of the movie?
Oh, it would be nice, even [though] I’ve never thought about that. It would be very cool to work with Wes Anderson, cause his movies are just great.
If you could choose any famous director to work on your next music video, who would it be?
Working with David Lynch or with Quentin Tarantino would be such an honour.
What song will you choose for your next single?
We don’t know yet, maybe ‘Something Bigger’, the track that opens our new album.
To find out more about WE ARE STANDARD visit: www.wearestandard.net
Words / Vincent Urbani
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For Schön!’s 19th issue we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to shoot a legend of Spanish cinema: the bizarrely beautiful and considerably creative Rossy de Palma. Shot by photographer Vincent Urbani and styled by Ignazio Arizmendi and Mar Pulido with make up by Elede Lopez, the whirlwind that is de Palma brought LA Studio in Madrid to life in clothes and accessories by Amaya Arzuaga, Assaad Awad and Roberto Cavalli to name just a few.
Photographer / Vincent Urbani
Styling / Ignazio Arizmendi + Mar Pulido
Make Up / Elede Lopez
Talent / Rossy de Palma
Photography Collaborator / Jesus Pedraza
Photography Assistant/ Monica Canepa
Location / LA Studio, Madrid
Schön!19 – Isabeli Fontana #EPIC
Schön! Studios is Proud to Present…
Welcome to Schön!’s 19th issue, which celebrates the magic of cinema in all its diverse forms. Isabeli Fontana smoulders as a femme fatale in our cover story, while top models Ashley Smith, Codie Young, Eugen Bauder and River Viiperi all have starring roles. Mischa Barton tells us why she loves horror movies, Carmen Electra celebrates the iconic actresses of the 1960s and we catch up with iconic Spanish screen siren Rossy de Palma. Behind the scenes, we speak to the industry’s top talent, from BAFTA winning costume designers to hotshot young directors. So, turn off your telephone, tuck into your popcorn and join us for a cinematic feast.
Special thanks to Andre Birleanu and the team of Supreme Rocket Productions
Raoul Keil, our editor-in-chief of Schön!, has just returned from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid. The experience was overwhelmingly positive. Madrid houses a small but incredibly enthusiastic and supportive fashion community. Supported by wonderful celebrations and innovative PRs, Madrid put on a fashion week that felt like a true event rather than a business tool.
The week kicked off on 30th of August with DELPOZO, a Spanish heritage brand founded in 1973 and newly under the creative control of Josep Font. Font showed his womenswear in a gorgeous plaza, the perfect setting. His clothes were feminine, structural yet ephemeral, with lace and prim collars abounding. You can see the collection at the brand’s website. @ http://www.delpozo.com
The highlight of the second day was Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, whose clothes were conceptual and irreverent. Models wore love heart mask/hat combinations and at least one sported a birdcage around her waist. Other pieces included shape garments and squiggle bras, all in an electric colour pallet. You can see shots of her collection here.
Davidelfin showed the next day, and the brand’s combined menswear and womenswear collection proved to be a major high point of the week. It was a structured affair, a perfectly tailored parade of illusions. What appears to be a skirt and a top is a dress, connected by a gleaming zipper down the back; a standard man’s shirt sports an open back.
Also featured were jumpsuits (again with those very silver zippers) and the shortest shorts imaginable paired with those open-back shirts on both men and women. You can view the collection and a video here.
Ana Locking, a line designed by Ana González, showed their “Time Capsule” collection on the fourth day. Gonzáles’ work was a fascinating remix of traditional silhouettes; a drop-crotch here and a rounded shoulder there transforming familiar pieces into something unexpected with a dash of art-deco madness.
Another highlight of the fourth day was Ion Fiz, whose menswear and womenswear relied on graphics to give classic shapes a modern pop. You can see the Ana Locking collection here and Ion Fizz’s collection here.
Madrid Fashion Week was a refreshing and exciting reminder of what an amazingly supportive community fashion can bring together (and how spectacularly well-dressed that community can be). Schön! would like to thank the city of Madrid for being so welcoming. For more information about Mercedes-Benz Madrid Fashion Week visit their website. http://www.mercedesbenzfashionweekmadrid.com
A special Thank you to Elena & Rafael! XX