1. Have you heard Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s new song FourFiveSeconds? I’ve only listened to it twice so I’m still forming an opinion, but I like how pared-back the production is (which contrasts like crazy with what we’ve been hearing for the past few years), and how the voice-and-guitar sound has that 90s acoustic pop sound. Almost like Alanis Morisette unplugged or something. The video has a 90s throwback vibe too, like a Gap or CK Jeans commercial, but the best bit for me is how Paul McCartney is standing playing the guitar with his back to the camera at the beginning, just like Robert Smith on the Boys Don’t Cry single cover. You can’t tell me that wasn’t intentional.Click to Continue!
1. 80% of success is showing up. This is something I’ve held true for most of my professional life, but after taking a break from some of the things I’ve been doing for a really long time (European Fashion Weeks, etc), and feeling envious of everybody else who continued to travel, I’ve made the decision that showing up is going to be my new mantra for 2015. Bring on the travel. If I don’t go to Paris at least three times in 2015, I’m going to be very disappointed in myself.Click to Continue!
1. Mates! It’s been such a long time since I did one of these bad boys, but I guess I got sidetracked with outfit posts and answering relationship questions and deejaying and everything else that I just never got round to writing a new edition of The Facts Of Life, and you know how it is when you’re so close to the forest that all you can see is the trees, and you’re so busy doing the day-to-day work that you can’t seem to think about what’s coming up tomorrow, and now I’m all out of excuses, so here we are today.Click to Continue!
Anon asks: Isaac, this is the guy who told you about loving his best friend. Well, I’m still pretty down and was wondering if you could suggest me some songs or albums to help me get over her. It’s much harder than I thought it’d be. Please could the Isaac Likes community give me some suggestions as well! Thank you so much. I’m trying with all my heart!
Mate! I’m sorry to hear that you’re not feeling too good, but trust me when I tell you that you have come to the right place. I spend a vast majority of my time listening to music that other people find incredibly depressing, and nothing beats a good listening session where you get to feel as sorry for yourself as humanly possible — it’s the ultimate act of self indulgence. If, however, you’ve come to me for uplifting music, you’ve come to the wrong place and maybe you should not listen to any of the songs I’ve mentioned below, cos you won’t find Pharrell’s Happy here. To everyone else, if you’re in the midst of a break up, these are my standard go-tos. Enjoy. Or don’t. You know what I mean.Click to Continue!
1. There are some things that science and rationality simply cannot explain — case in point, on Sunday I was sitting with my immediate family watching Mr Selfridge when I got a text from my Aunty asking whatever happened to an old friend I used to hang out with before I moved overseas. As I was texting back I got another message — from that same friend. I hadn’t talked to her in over three years. Freaky man!Click to Continue!
I get pretty obsessive when it comes to music, and by obsessive, I mean I’ll usually have about five-10 songs I listen to on repeat for weeks at a stretch. Right now, those songs run the gamut from incredibly depressing to mildly upsetting to amazing when you’re walking down a crowded city street and require a soundtrack to your life. Plus Drake. Click below to hear the 10 songs on my playlist right now.Click to Continue!
1. You know what I find distasteful? A respectable publication writing a story about the business troubles and debt L’Wren Scott found herself in prior to her death, and then finishing the piece by saying that they extend their deepest condolences to the family. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t write a click-bait heavy piece and then try and play it off as if you really care. If you really cared, you probably wouldn’t have written the story in the first place. It’s gross.Click to Continue!
1. File this one under: The sexiest thing I’ve seen in ages. Nothing gets me like two hot young superstars flirting in front of a screaming crowd, so when Rihanna appeared onstage at the Drake concert at Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy last night and they danced up on each other, I was like, somebody get me a fan. That chemistry was real I tells ye. Real. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out.Click to Continue!
1. True Detective is Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson at their gritty, Southern best, and it’s just a rough-as-guts, dark, brilliantly written cop drama led by two men whose lives nobody would ever want. My predictions: 1. Rust slept with Martin’s wife, thus the fall out, and 2. The dream team is gonna get back together when Martin’s oldest daughter gets kidnapped by the Yellow King. Who’s with me!?Click to Continue!
1. I interviewed Michael Bastian on Monday for a story I’m currently writing, and we got talking about how social media has changed the game with regards to fashion shows. I’m paraphrasing here, but he was telling me that back in the day, before the camera phones and Instagrams and Tweets, the critics’ reviews were the first pieces of press a collection would receive, and you lived and died on a positive or negative word. These days the response is instantaneous, and everybody has an opinion no matter how qualified or unqualified they might be, which means that both the positive and negative reactions are diluted to the point where they don’t actually mean that much, either way.Click to Continue!