Up the nylon carpeted stairs of 71 St John Street, past the PYMCA and Espionage offices is the new Biba. The Mrs Jones Emporium provides salvage to rock stars and rockette starlets, from Paloma Faith to Kylie. With a plastic flower strewn roof garden, living-room style hairdressing salon, and full transform-your-lifestyle kit shop, you have entered the entrancing world of my pal Fee Doran (aka Mrs Jones). It’s a mantric chamber to leather, feathers, silks and tails.
There are clothes (many have been worn by musicians, various designers), interiors (brilliant collabs with furniture maker Louis Baker and others), alongside various art (including gorgeous Indian god prints by Crazy Girl), It’s pure Mr Ben. Fee’s style is the best amalgam of magpie vintage, from Woodstock to Studio 54, Essex hairdresser to Shepherd’s Bush Market. I love her, and her dog, Ruffles, or something, currently sporting orange tiger stripes. Fully recommended. Prices start at £7, for an eggcup reading ‘you’re doing my head in’There’s a full story with Mrs Jones that I did a while ago here… (you’ll have to root around between other interviews all done for Channel4.com)
Also on my travels today, fell into Darkwave on Lamb’s Conduit Street. Inspiring interiors. After a peppermint tea in The Bloomsbury Lounge I went to a lesbian moustache convention, sorry, a poetry gig, read something, then finally got to see Woman E who bring drama to electronica, in a good way. Rennaisance being my fave track today, with the rap, ‘90s throwback, panic attack’…perhaps.
Woman E. Putting the E into EuroElectronica.
Today, pictured in the Blooomsbury Lounge of the Perseverance pub on Lamb’s Conduit Street, wearing: Alpuharran poncho, available in good tourist shops in the mountains near Orgiva, Spain. Aubergine leather boots, McQueen. Catsuit, American Apparel.
A lady looking for freedom in Hoxton a few nights ago
Cooler than a smack sorbet, John Foxx, playing his Analogue show on Saturday.
See post, Day 15, White Out at the Roundhouse
Louis Eliot and the Embers: from last night, my mum would like it too. R2, get on it!
See post ‘She was just 17’