Music is our soul food here at MISSY SKINS and an endless source of inspiration for our collections. We have so much love and admiration for the ladies fearlessly doing their thang in the music world, so we wanted to introduce a new series entitled MUSIC MUSE, where we spotlight babes that are making waves in the music industry and share some of their music with you, with hope to inspire!
Yasmin is an Iranian-British missy hailing from Manchester. With an early influence in Hip Hop and R&B, she decided to pursue her passion as a DJ and moved to London where she started her own club night. She caught the attention of Pharrell and quickly gained fame DJ-ing for artists such as N*E*R*D, POB and Taio Cruz.
Blessed with a beautiful voice and songwriting ability, Yasmin did a brief stint releasing her own songs under Ministry of Sound but is now focused on her DJ career – with a weekly slot on Rinse FM and taking clubs and festivals by storm worldwide with her upbeat selection of funk, disco, house and left-field remixes.
Photography by Samuel Croskery.
For more Yasmin, check out her SoundCloud page!
July 15, 2016
MISSY GIRL is our periodic feature of a sassy lass that echoes the spirit of MISSY SKINS. She's modern and thrives off the pulse of big cities. She's a rebel and a free spirit. She's spicy and sweet.
We ask them to come in and style themselves in a MISSY SKINS outfit (or two!), find out what makes them tick, where they go to find that special something, and just overall badass girly intel.
Elle is a 24-year old American babe living it up in Shanghai. It’s hard not to be instantly drawn to her infectious smile, and with a girlish charm so big it could melt ice caps, her bubbly personality befits her role as TV presenter extraordinaire. Oh, and she casually runs a food blog called Busy, Broke, and Hungry. What’s not to love? We’re certainly smitten…
1. Tell us a bit about where you’re from and what you’re made of?
I don’t know how my ultra-cool, colorful parents wound up in my hometown — a traditionalist, monochrome suburb of New York. The best thing about it is that it was close to other, better places, like the beach. We drove to the Eastern shores of Long Island every June and planted ourselves there for the summer. My major childhood memories were made there — fresh-caught lobster on the dinner table, crashing ocean waves that turned my swimsuit into a sand diaper, strawberry-rhubarb pies from the farm nearby, sailing lessons whose “capsize” tutorials left me permanently traumatized.
Just as accessible was New York City. Fifteen miles from my front door, Manhattan was my year-round escape from boredom. And it was the ultimate antidote to suburbia — exploding with dynamism, creativity, and vibrant life. To this day, I get all giddy and emotional when I step out of the subway and onto the city street. New York friends find my enthusiasm unsettling.
In short, I’m a blend of suburban vanilla, New York spice, and Atlantic seaweed.
2. How did you get into television, and what do you love most about it?
On a whim, I auditioned to host a travel episode for a Shanghai TV station. I magically got the job.
Food culture is my life force. For me, nothing could be cooler than trying unrecognizable foods and learning about who eats them.
Back when I was in college, I joined the dance team, the halftime performers for basketball games. We whipped our hair in dramatic unison to the vocal stylings of Ke$ha. (We also fielded official complaints from the college board of trustees for our “offensive” routines.)
You might wonder how that’s relevant to TV presenting. I swear they’re connected. Nothing’s better than performing while discussing food and culture. I only wish hosting called for more hair flipping.
3. What about the food blog – what’s the deal with that?
Busy, Broke, and Hungry will eventually become an interactive platform with videos and cool features. For now, it’s a home for my go-to lazy recipes. It’s really simple food for rookies. But it still tastes good. The premise is that you don’t need much time, money, or skill to cook real food.
4. How would you describe your style?
Somewhere between grimy skater child and fembot from Austin Powers (the ones that shoot sparks from their metallic bras). Equal parts menswear and crop tops.
5. What inspires you?
Reading and learning. Podcasts all day long. Before bed, novels and mysteries. Stories that haunt you and turn you into a tweaked-out addict, desperate to find out what happens next — that’s powerful. I’m also really into long-form journalism and psych research. Whatever has something cool to teach about humans and the world. So long as there are books to read and things to learn, I’ll feel like I have a purpose.
6. What’s your definition of happiness?
Happiness is novelty, change, exploration, and adventure. Not knowing what’s next is the greatest thrill.
7. What’s on your summer playlist?
It’s such a good time for music right now. Heavyweight albums are dropping left and right. Even so, I’m stuck on Action Bronson’s Mr. Wonderful. Not too new, but it’s a summer-worthy banger of an album. Also, Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” is on all my playlists.
8. Care to share your best China story?
Dang, there are so many. The first that comes to mind is a legendary rainstorm in Bejing. When our flight to Shanghai was canceled, a friend and I found ourselves sloshing through flooded streets, completely lost and laughing hysterically. Ultimately, a roving band of Czech priests bought us dumplings and let us stay in their guest room, which looked like a bachelor pad for a voodoo flower child. That’s when I knew China was going to be a bizarre adventure.
9. If you could live in any other Chinese city, which one would it be and why?
Chengdu. I visited this year, and the food was so insane I almost fainted. I’d like to bathe in a tub full of Sichuan peppercorns.
10. What’s your fave trick in your bag of tricks? ☺
I’ve mastered the beer chug.
Elle wears head to toe FOREVER YOUNG BY MISSY SKINS.
July 5, 2016
Last Sunday, MISSY SKINS presented FOREVER YOUNG BY MISSY SKINS, our 2016 pre-fall collection, down the catwalk in Beijing as part of the WTREE SHOW presentation.
A cool pairing of leather, lace, denim, fringing and military elements, the collection is a celebration of youth rebellion.
The theme of the presentation was 'see now, buy now', where attendees were able to indulge in what they liked on the catwalk right after the show as part of WTREE's on site four-day pop-up store.
Today's the last day of the pop-up! Be sure to stop by if you're in Beijing!
Pop-up Store address: 1F, BIFT PARK, 2A Yinghua Dong Jie, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Here's our little teaser video that was shown before the catwalk show - as well as a few behind-the-scenes snaps!
Special thanks to WTREE and Tony Studio.
June 29, 2016