the girl gang you need to join

all photos by hana haley, clothes and styling by jemma swatek/lykke wulff

fronted by kate nash + regalia by lykke wullf.

There are exactly two music videos I watch before I go out for a night on the town with my BFFs. Both involve badass black ensembles, lipstick, and major girl power. I’m talking about “City Grrrl” by CSS and “Girl Gang” by Kate Nash.

We all know that the latter musician and Brit singer-songwriter has a girl gang all her own—weekly meetings in Nash’s garage where her and her girl friends sit around and chat about everything, from dudes, to music, to the world—and it’s totally legit.

But it’s true that every girl gang needs her own regalia, and this time, the ultimate attire comes in the form of velvet overalls, fur coats, royal blue kimonos, and a must-have accessory…Corona. You can thank LA-based brand Lykke Wullf for that, seeing as its leader, Jemma Swatek, designs and produces collections fit for any member (including Kate Nash). I think that’s why it makes total sense for the musician and fashion designer to have collaborated together on a dreamy, totally cool photoshoot, whose images act as inspiration for girl gang leaders everywhere.

I had the chance to chat with Swatek about what it was like working with Kate Nash, who makes up her own personal girl gang, and her favorite old-school starlets.

How did the idea for this photoshoot come about?
It was just kind of like, all of us got together and thought, “This might be fun!” We went with a bunch of stuff I had from different collections and just wanted to style it more casually and normal-girl-hanging-out-in-Highland-Park style. It was just a really fun project. I like to do that kind of thing a lot because I come out with so many collections.

How did you get Kate Nash to come on board for your shoot?
I had a trunk show at my friend’s store and she [Kate Nash] came in and bought a bunch of stuff from my new collection, and I was like, “Oh, hey, you should post a picture on Instagram!” and then she did and I was like, “Oh, wait, that’s Kate Nash.” She’s so cute. Then, I went to see my friends DJ one night and she was hanging out with them. It turned out we had mutual friends and we thought it would be cool to do a photoshoot together. Then I talked to my friend Hana [Hana Haley] who was like, “I love Kate Nash!” and Kate Nash was like, “I love Hana!” Then I was like, “OK this is perfect.” It was really cute.

Had you worked with celebrities before?
I make custom stuff for musicians. I actually just made some overalls for the drummer of the Allah-Lahs. I just did some stuff for Kelsey Bulkin, too.

"I’m really inspired by my friends a lot. For some reason they’re all major babes and I just want to dress them all up and take pictures of them."

What was your inspiration behind this shoot specifically?
For this one I was really just inspired by Kate Nash. She’s so cute and girly, but also tough and down to earth. It was really just about her and the neighborhood and getting that kind of vibe of a normal girl hanging out in Highland Park. I know she’s a celebrity, but I just wanted to dress her up in different looks. It was so hot that day, it was like 120 degrees. We were just drinking Coronas and hanging out. She’s really great and really sweet. Hopefully I’m going to make her some stage outfits which would be really fun. I always have muses. I’m really inspired by my friends a lot. For some reason they’re all major babes and I just want to dress them all up and take pictures of them.

How did your brand come about?
I’ve been sewing since I was in third grade. I used to make a lot of hats when Blossom was really big. Like velvet hats that flipped up with roses on them. But more recently I was at a fabric store in Berkeley and they had this Pendleton x Opening Ceremony fabric that I was obsessed with and I was like, “Oh my god I need all of this.” So I decided to make myself some ponchos out if it and then that became my first collection. It was just me in my kitchen. I’m really inspired by vintage, I have an insane vintage collection. A lot of times I’ll make my patterns inspired by vintage pieces I have. So that collection was like, this weird denim vest I had then I made it out of the Pendleton fabric. I don’t really pay attention to trends or anything like that. I’m really in my own head and inspired by fabric or vintage stuff I have. I just make what I want in my closet.

Where do you get most of your fabric from?
I try to buy stuff that’s made in the US. All of my stuff is made in LA. I do a lot of hand-dying of my own stuff with indigo dyes. I was doing a bunch of ikats with hand-woven fabric from South America. I just really try to know where my stuff is coming from or support smaller artisans. It’s hard as a small designer because some places have like 10,000 yard minimums and I’m like, “Umm.”

Where do you find most of your vintage pieces?
Kind of everywhere. I love Painted Bird, which is a store in San Francisco that I shopped at a lot. Here in LA I love Kime Buzzelli, she has a store called The End in Yucca Valley, then my friend Shana has a vintage thing called Trustfund21. A lot of my friends sell vintage, but I also go to flea markets.

Where do you get the name for your products?
Usually it’s from musicians that I like. I’m inspired by old movies and groupie girls from those times. My whole idea is that I want to make things that are cool and that are maybe a little more expensive, but you can have them forever and they’ll still be cool. Those people for me are never not going to be cool. I’m still looking at them from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and you’re like, that’s still rad.

"I just make what I want in my closet."

What are you favorite movies from back then?
My new fall/holiday collection was based on Performance with Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg. I just really liked the vibe and the mood. The style in the movie is just so amazing.

What’s the story behind that NBB Girl Gang patch on your site?
NBB = No Basic Bitch. So basically me and my friend came up with that because our logo is a wolf, and wolves are bitches. That’s kind of like my girl gang, all my friends wear the patches. My friends will come over and we’ll hang out and I’ll sew them on for them. I’m like, “Everyone needs to be in the girl gang!”

Go join the Lykke Wullf girl gang by shopping their awesome collections here.

Model: Kate Nash
Clothes: Lykke Wullf
Stylist: Jemma Swatek of Lykke Wullf
Photographer: Hana Haley
Makeup & Hair: Jennifer Alden
Photo by Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images.

It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.