Obviously that’s a rhetorical question. She’s all that and a bag of potato chips.
For those of you living under a rock – as I apparently was – Lady Gaga is currently on her Born This Way Ball tour. Right now she’s in Australia and I was lucky enough to score a free ticket. Now I was no Gaga fan myself (until now) but I must say that this concert blew my mind. Anyone who enters their show on a black unicorn has my respect.
From a production perspective, the concert was an extravaganza and there was no shortage of talent or swag from the pop star; she was energetic, witty and captivating for the entire two hours. Most importantly, she was interactive with her fans, sitting down close to accept their strange gifts and genuinely thank them for their support. She even spotted two particularly loyal young men in the Monster Pit (as they were incorporating signs and costumes into their own synchronised choreography, I may add) and invited them back stage!
Her fan base, known as ‘Little Monsters’, are an impressive force. I was amazed by their dedication and took the opportunity to photograph some of their efforts!
Emerging Australian singer/ songwriter Claudette has an ear for good collaborations, working with globally renowned producers and artists such as Kavyen Temperley of Eskimo Joe and Jade Macrae. Claudette is building a reputation on originality, swagger and the ability to intrigue an audience. This doesn’t just relate to her music; she has quite an eye for interior decorating. I caught up with her for a peak at her 1940’s, French inspired abode, set in the heart of one of Melbourne’s trendiest suburbs- South side of the river at least.
J: Your house is just fabulous; can you tell me about its history?
C: Thank you! The actual building, Love & Lewis, was built in 1913 and was originally the Love & Lewis department store. The building facade still maintains its original Chicagoesque style and features. The apartment itself is my own little Palace of Versailles. I think the main things I look for in a space are high ceilings… and a bathtub. This apartment also has great acoustics, which is perfect for singing and dancing around in your underpants.
J: What about the mirrors? They are huge!
C: Yes! They are exceptionally large. They are 200-year old French antiques. You can never have enough mirrors I say.
J: Have you always had an interest in interiors? Where did this interest come from?
C: Always. My mum has always been very good at interior design and decoration, she has a flare for it and I guess you take these things in from an early age. By trade, I’m a retail architect/ designer, so I really appreciate and enjoy it. The most important thing to me is that a building, home, restaurant or whatever the space may be, has character. Otherwise it ain’t got nuttin’.
J: You have an amazing collection of jewellery and fragrances. Can you tell me about them?
C: I used to have a huge interest in all of that stuff, but over the past few years I think my inner tom boy, whom I thought left me at the tender age of 12, has returned. I can still appreciate beautiful things, but I no longer really accumulate gold, frankincense or myrrh. I generally wear one or two signature things. At the moment it’s a little silver cat ring by Karen Walker, given to me by a friend and one fragrance, L’ombre Dans L’eau by Diptyque. However it does all look pretty on display. Pointless, but pretty!
J: I know you spend a lot of time in Indonesia, what’s the interest there?
C: Bali is my second home. My step mum and step sisters are Balinese and I go there around 4 times a year. I love everything about it- khususnya makanan (especially the food). My favourite is the food from the street vendors or any Masakan Padang restaurant; I even carry around a bottle Sambal (chilli sauce) in my bag. I actually played my first big gig in Bali at a place called Kama Sutra… fitting for the 14 year old I was at the time.
J: But you call Melbourne home?
C: I spend a lot of time abroad, mainly in London and Indonesia, however, nothing compares to Melbourne. I take it for granted when I am here all the time, but when I come back after travelling for a while, I really appreciate it. It also helps that my large pony dog and cat are here. London in particular though has shown me a lot with regard to the music scene there.
J: Does that influence your music? What is your style?
C: I have very eclectic taste in music and not one particular place or thing really influences or inspires me. I’m mainly into Hip Hop, Soul and Reggae. My style is just a fusion of everything I like; it’s whatever happens when I sit down that day. I start with a good hip-hop beat and then just put down whatever Claudette thinks on top!
Hear & LIKE Claudette @ facebook.com/claudetteonline
An interesting approach to music literature is Snoop Dogg’s latest venture, ‘Rolling Words- A Smokable Songbook’.
How does French Vogue celebrate its relaunch? Editor Emmanuelle Alt provides an entertaining video spoof of Wham’s ‘Wake Me Up’ of course. Who said the French take themselves too seriously?
I usually see little purpose in re-posting what has already been published (or intimate family photos for that matter). However, I am a big Chili Peppers fan and I just love these images of Anthony Kiedis and his son, Everly Bear, taken by family friend Amanda Merten and published on her blog Manda Knows Best.
There is really nothing as cute as a father and his long-haired son frolicking shirtless in a garden; particularly when that father is a god…
For those who have not yet been introduced, they are four medium-sized Perthian antelopes that the friendly people at Modular have tamed. It’s too late for you to check out Tame Impala on their Innerspeaker tour, but if you’re missing psychedelic-hypno-groove-melodic-rock music from your life, then you can always buy the debut album here.
Thank you Cobi for kindly accompanying me to their in-store signing the day after their performance at the Forum. Here I lined up for 40 minutes for a pen fueled piece of the action. It was worth it, I mean, don’t they just look super excited to meet me?!