She has a nostalgic, epic voice and defines her music as ‘Hollywood pop/sadcore’ – if you haven’t heard of Lana Del Rey, you soon will.
Born in Lake Placid on the outer edges of New York State, she moved to New York City and began her reincarnation to her movie star-esque persona at eighteen. Always with a natural propensity towards stardom (she traded in her birth name of Lizzie Grant for the more nostalgic moniker she now goes by) her influences are visual as well as musical: David Lynch, 1950s movie soundtracks, the whirring sound of Ferris at Coney Island.
Brittle, emotional and cascading with cinematic reference points, her songwriting is technicolor. The tainted glamour of Video Games with its noir-ish melodic feel was the start of something big and beautiful. The next step is a debut album, complementing the lush orchestration of her famed single, crafted lovingly in the studio.
Lana said of the album: “The songs I’ve written are an homage to true love and a tribute to living life on the wild side.”
Lana performed Born To Die for dinner guests at Chateau Marmont in Palm Springs.
We entertained guests at Château Marmont in LA, to celebrate Spring Summer 2012. An inflatable scene of crocodiles, giraffes, leopards and tiger balloons bobbed around, dotted with jumbo ice-cream cones and beach balls and the beautiful Lana Del Rey performed an acoustic set during dinner.
British Vogue’s Market Editor Emma Elwick-Bates came to Mulberry HQ at with her gorgeous dog Beckett, to answer our Mulberry Twitter followers’ questions about Vogue, style and trends.
We asked Emma a few of our favourite blog questions while she pondered her Twitter answers – thanks to everyone who tweeted!
Emma Elwick Bates in Mulberry's London HQ
Most fashionable moment?
Last week’s British Fashion Awards – I was wearing J W Anderson and he was nominated twice so felt very proud! Or of course, my wedding, in a beautiful dress!
If you could be anywhere in five minutes, where would it be?
On horseback in Buenos Aires.
Favourite English thing:
Sundays – there’s nothing like a Sunday in the UK, it’s totally different to New York or Paris or anywhere else. Long walks, long breakfasts and pub lunches all make me glad to be British!
It takes me 15 minutes to get ready for an evening out (I’m a low maintenance kinda girl)
My own personal heaven is taking Beckett for walks on the beach in Wales, and my own personal hell is queueing in shops with irritable people!
What skill would you like to acquire in five minutes?
Invisibility. But is that a skill?
Emma answering your Twitter questions as Beckett looks on!
On one day in December, Mulberry gave to me…
Our flagship stores on Bond Street, London and Spring Street, New York will be giving away gold coins from the window trunks tomorrow (Saturday 3 December) for a chocolate treat.