Chatting Up The Misshapes
We got especially lucky at the Oxygen show at Philippine Fashion Week Holiday 2011. Aside from getting front row seats to the show, brand manager Kat Reyes was nice enough to get us backstage to interview Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol of the Misshapes!
While the stoic, too-cool, pose they give the cameras makes them seem unapproachable, they were actually really easygoing, friendly (and might we add especially fun at the after party at Kiss). Read on to find out what was on their playlist that night, what they wore, and what they think about Fashion Week in the Philippines.
What was on your set list tonight?
Leigh: There was a lot Gil Scott-Heron The Jamie XX redos.
Geordan: He remastered an entire album of Gil Scott-Heron’s, Jamie from the band The XX, and he produced a whole album. The first song, the opening song was from that album, [and was] sort of dub-steppy. We also used LCD Soundsystem, Beth Ditto, Cut Copy, Lykke Li, Crystal Castles, and Robert Smith, and there were some samples of a few other things in there as well.
For us, whenever we’re working with a designer we always usually go into the inspiration, the mood boards; it’s sort of a process. For this we were really lucky because the designer really trusted us. He said, “Just do something that keeps the energy up, that’s fun…”
L: …but also kind of dark because all of their stuff (Oxygen) has an edge.
G: And since it’s a really long show, we also needed to keep the energy up. That was our only instructions really—keep it fun and keep the energy up.
L: I think we did so! (laughs)
How long were you working on it?
G: We just did this last night.
Daryl: You must have a pretty big music archive
L: Yeah, and we do runway show music every fashion week for different cities so we can do it pretty quick.
G: Last night (referring to May 12) we arrived so we didn’t see anything ‘til yesterday. So we just did all that last night.
So what’s on your personal playlist?
G: It depends because sometimes our playlists are a lot different from what we would play out normally; like our friends’ bands. It’s like kind of lame what we would play at home. (laughs) You’ll hear our playlist tonight for what we would play out.
We don’t play music when we’re at home.
L: I tend to get a song of the day that’s just on repeat.
G: I will tell you that I am very obsessed today with Lady Gaga’s new song, “The Edge of Glory.” Well, I’ll play it tonight for you because I was literally listening to it on repeat today but I didn’t realize it. We were doing a shoot today as well and it was literally on for five hours, non-stop, the same song.
What did you think of Oxygen’s clothes?
G: …both of our styles, what we would want to wear.
L: And it’s really versatile.
G: Also mixing [it] with our own stuff—this is Chanel (points to Leigh’s jacket), this is Comme de Garcons (looks to his shoes)—it’s like our own style matches really well with the brand. We’re happy to do it.
What made you decide to come here, to the Philippines?
G: For a few reasons. We love coming to Asia. We come here a lot. We go to Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, China; we’ve been all over Asia and I think there’s a huge obviously draw to go to a country we’ve never been to before.
L: We’ve never been here before.
G: Even just today, meeting all the people here that we’ve never met before was really exciting. You know working with new designers definitely is exciting for us. Right before this, about a month ago, we were in Buenos Aires and we were in Aspen doing their fashion weeks. It’s nice to go outside of what we’re used to of New York, Paris, London, Milan because you get to see a whole other side of it. Like here for example, and somewhere where it’s not one of the major cities for fashion week, you see how so many people are excited about fashion week—dressing up, really, really excited about coming out
L: Because for the major fashion weeks it’s like a job for a lot of people.
G: It’s not people going out, having fun. I mean it’s fun but it’s not young people sort of really participating. It’s work in New York and Paris. So it’s nice to come somewhere else and see sort of a budding fashion scene.
Isha: That’s a nice thing to say!
It really is though, I mean that 100%. And meeting the people, you guys, anyone here, it’s fun. We’ll probably meet more people later tonight [at the after party].