Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Fashionable Times

Hello merry ones!
The snow and proximity to Christmas day has made me like an excited puppy- I keep on leaping about and blurting out cliches like 'isn't this magical?' But it is... I went tobogganing on Hampstead Heath the other day and watched a christmas movie with friends and I can honesty say I haven't had so much fun since I was 5 years old!! I just love the snow... I hope everyone gets home OK though- there are a few family members coming from afar and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will make it.
As I am a ridiculously christmassy person and have been known to be named 'Mrs Christmas' by my closest friends I have 3 things to share with you of that vein... consider them presents from me to you but online, with no wrapping paper and probably not that exciting...
1) A CHRISTMAS PODCAST - For 'Different Class Radio'
Photo (without Gabby-added Santa hat) by the marvellous Gem Hall, dress by Beyond Retro and hair & makeup by the 'never fails to amaze me' Jennifer Nash

OK Gabby... we get it ... you LOVE Christmas!

So anyway...
I was in The Financial Times last week- which was nice!
You can read the article by lovely David Honigmann HERE and see the main picture by the talented Michael Hughes at the top of this post...
Which leads me onto nicely onto what I was wearing for the editorial shoot:
Skirt and shirt were very cheap purchases one from Ebay the other Battersea Car Boot - together they cost me £7!! And yes check and stripes DO go together... or so I think!!
Then I got to wear some brilliant TABIO tights which is beautifully documented HERE and my new favourite IRREGULAR CHOICE boots- which should be arriving on my doorstep any day now!!

Another time I was 'papped' in another fantastic pair of Irregular Choice boots was at Elizabeth Lau's amazing pop up shop where Stephen and I performed an acoustic set for a lovely press evening she was having. Elizabeth's designs are incredible- kooky, cute (or kawaii as she and the Japanese would say!) and original- I got given the choice to take something home  and I can honestly say I would be happy with any of her garments. The shop itself was SO well displayed - with half fish bowls with real fish, gorgeous illustrations by Little Doodles - http://little-doodles.blogspot.com/ and lots of warmth, character and love! Below I am wearing an Elizabeth Lau dress (from her stunning new collection) and a pom pom bolero that I fell in love with and now has pride of place in my wardrobe along with a similar style dress! THANK YOU ELIZABETH!



I think that's me up to date apart from my excitement about being in a very cool Japanese fashion magazine:

It's called Fudge, in the main photo I am wearing an amazing piece by Kumiko Tani . I can't wait to go back to Japan in February - for many reasons... but I admit I'm looking forward to delving deeper into Tokyo's shops- they are so 'me'!

So happy happy Christmas peoples. I hope you have a wonderful time and get a chance to relax at least! Help your mum out with the cooking and pretend you LOVE all your presents!
With plenty of joy and awesome tidings,
Mrs. G Christmas
xoxoxooxoxoooxo :o) xoxoxooxox

Friday, 3 December 2010

Gabberdashery and Supermarket Sarah!

I am very proud to announce that the wall we created with Supermarket Sarah is now live, so you can start your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your sofa! We had the most amazing day making the wall; its inspired by Alice in Wonderland as you can see from the tea cup and watches in my hair!Merrimaking Hoods made us some special Alice themed hoods, and Love from Hetty and Dave made special 'Drink Me' necklaces and brooches, whilst Alice Gabb made some gorgeous clock, key and bottle props.

We'd also like to welcome newcomer to Gabberdashery, Dot your Ts and Cross your Eyes who made the amazing rope necklace, amongst other pieces.

Thanks to Sarah and her assistant Annette, fabulous photographer Bruno, my makeup and hair artist Jennifer Nash,Inbar Spector for the loan of the amazing dress and Katie Antoniou, my Gabberdashery partner who co-curated the whole thing with me.
Also, The Guardian have reviewed my album- its in the paper today, so go and buy it!

Supermarket Gabby

Monday, 29 November 2010

The Tabernacle

Last night I was doing a radio interview (which I happily seem to be doing a lot of these days!) and I was asked what the highlight of my year was...
I had many options including playing in Japan, Glastonbury, Womad, BAFTAs afterparty but my choice was clear it was the show at THE TABERNACLE the Saturday before last (20th Nov) which was our London tour date and Gabby Young and Other Animals brought the whole schebang to town!

Firstly we were joined by a brass band, a string quartet and stalls (more on that later) but most importantly a load of people gave up their Saturday and XFACTOR to come and dance, sing or just stand still and lend us their ears and clap wildly- it was amazing!
Before I ramble on about it (as I could do all night!) we must remember that this is a style blog so I will tell you all the visual elements that made it a very special night for all involved.

Firstly we had a lovely set designer working with us on this tour - Susan Lawson- and we got a chance to use all the pieces she had put together for us. There was an amazing backdrop with vintage style cogs and clocks surrounding our logo and a big red perspex cog to hang our bits of percussion on - as we use a lot! It looked amazing and I am so thankful to Susan- it definitely wasn't the easiest job without a ladder for a start!!

Jennifer Nash spread her usual magic on my red locks and pale skin (just a different way to say face and hair - prententious? Moi?!) We went with a backcombed afro which took ages but fully worth it -by the end it was laden with birds of all types, including Jen's own origami made ones! The makeup by Illamasqua was bright and bird inspired too which fitted brilliantly with...

- which needs it's own title for sure!
For those of you that read my blogglings and I excitedly met a big fan of it at this gig which made me beam all night! You will know that I am a GIGANTIC fan of Inbar Spector who this night, lent me a masterpiece of a gown- light blue and fluffy layers of tulle with black lace and other embellishments. It was like wearing a cloud and I LOVED the way it fitted and moved. We are due a chat for some new pieces for next year and I can't wait!!

I also have on board a brand new wonderful sponsor - TABIO tights who have given me a pile of beauties to cover my pins- they are great. Go visit their flagship store on Kings Road or in Convent Garden - its full of the best tights and socks I have ever seen and made in Japan- who are brilliant for being unique and thinking outside the box and very apt for me! I wore a pair of cream lacey tights at at the Tabernacle. Thankyou Tabio!

The whole night was a dream come true and the truly amazing Gem Hall has captured the whole thing with stills and video in this short film! Gem and I have been plotting for some amazing photo shoots very soon and they are extreeeemely exciting!

Here is her take on the night:

Of course we had a wonderful array of Gabberdashery stalls which included Alice Gabb, Dot your Ts and Cross your Is, Rosa Bloom, facepainting from The Dressing Room and arts and crafts from Hunga Munga.

Here's a pic of the Gabberdashery stall where we were selling the winning poster designs and the new album as well as gems from our usual sellers...

The team worked their little tush's off for this gig and we got some great press from it, including these:
INTERVIEW -http://www.mienmagazine.com/style/original-style-interview-with-gabby-young-avant-garde-musician-and-rising-star/

REVIEW - http://www.musicomh.com/music/gigs/gabby-young_1110.htm

MENTION (alongside a little known band!) - http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/11/24/beatles-week-1-2-million-singles-sold-but-which-classics-endure/

I've also only just got any decent pictures of a wonderful dress I was able to wear for the gig in Swindon- made for me especially by CorinaCorina who specialise in upcycling and customising vintage pieces. See me on their blog here.

Swindon Photographs by Chris Fay

I love it!
And that's all folks!
I'm an extremely busy bee this week- interviews, photo shoots and recording so I will bid you adieu!

More love than is humanly possible,

Xox Gabbernacle xoX

Levi's Shape What's to Come travelling Journals

Levi's contacted me a few months ago to put together a 'travelling journal' for them alongside 15 other young ladies that were doing something different and inspiring- of course I was honoured and delighted to be a part of this and this is my one.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Katie Antoniou for all your help with this!
Love ya!
Xox Gabjournal xoX

Thursday, 18 November 2010


I'm afraid this is another 'better late then never' blog... mainly cos I've been in the studio working on the next album but also because I lost the lead for my camera and having no photos for my blog is like having a main meal without meat- not complete!!

ANYWAY (sorry vegetarians for that -don't hate me!)

My trip to Tokyo was AMAZING! I went there for a very special show with a brand new non profit organisation 'Tokyo Tomorrow' which is run by some rather exciting Japanese musicians including, our host, Fumio Ito who was actually a mega famous rock singer from the band Kemuri and luckily for us a wonderfully generous and supportive guy- he chose me to go out and perform at his launch party and I am very thankful that he did!

I have wanted to go to Japan for ever...and it didn't dissappoint!
Tokyo girls are colourful, playful and a bit like me on stage so naturally I LOVED it!

The shops were all amazing and everyone put so much time and energy into the way they looked it was very refreshing to see personal style everywhere!

I was there just in time to see Halloween in Tokyo and they had some great costumes- there was Mr & Mrs Santa, Vampires, Fairies, lots of cartoon characters and the cutest kids all dressed up with toy pumpkins!!!

My manager and I found out where they had got all their costumes- 'Tokyu Hands' -the strangest mall in the world...

These are SPEAKERS!! YES!
And these are mushroom and radish costumes!! VERY YES!

Oh and the gig was great- I wore a bespoke piece by the incredible Kumiko Tani made out of recycled products such as crisp packets and a giant butterfly in my hair!

Now my favourite thing to do in Tokyo is KAREOKE!They have small booths with cheap, drink, food and Stevie Wonder & Queen singalongs!
I became rather fond of a few great Japanese sing-a-longs too!

A little birdy tells me we are going back in February and I can't wait!!!

In other news- back in my home town of London we are preparing for the climax of our UK Tour which is going to be a HUGE show at THE TABERNACLE, Notting Hill
Not only am I playing with the whole lot of my lovely animals but also a big brass band and a string quartet, also Hungamunga are DJing and have a craft area to get stuck in AND we have a very special extended Gabberdashery area too!
I hope to see you there and its ALL AGES so bring some kids (discounted tickets)- I have treats for them too!

We got some nice press recently too that I'm posting in case you are interested- its mainly for Gabberdashery and this week we did a Supermarket Sarah wall which I will talk about when its up very soon...
Le Cool - 11th Nov
Time Out - 17th Nov

Making Magazine- Issue 2

 Also I fully suggest you have a gander at this BEAUTIFUL magazine (have a look for yours truly in there!)

And that's it folks!
Love and lots of sushi
Xox Gabyo xoX

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

View from tour...

A very merry unbirthday to you and you and you...
Oh wait- it might actually be your birthday - if so- get off the internet and go and have a great day!!

I'm officially on tour so its busy times between shows which means this will be a short blog.

I just wanted to pass on a few things to you all...
Firstly those beautiful tour posters (that I still owe a whole blog too and I will!)

are now for sale online along with an end of summer merchandise sale with TShirts designed by the brilliant Twinkle Troughton


A lovely new friend and amazing photographer Gem Hall put together a lovely video of us on tour and some gorgeous pictures of the Tamesis Dock '"boat gig" - I love her!!

There is lots more but I can't think right now- I'm too hungry!

If you are around at any of these dates it would be great to see your lovely face at a tour date:

Love and lunch!


Thursday, 7 October 2010

An English Girl In New York (and San Fran.. and L.A)

Good morning bloggettes and blog-men?!
I hope you are enjoying the turning leaves and crisp air of autumn (although you may well be in a sunny land and if so - lucky you!)

As some of you may know (or scroll down and find out) I went on a mini 'promo' tour of America a few weeks ago- this was mainly to play a few gigs and meet a few people that may want to help us on our way- and a nice little preview of the big tour that we are going to do there next March.
So we had some time to kill and explore and SHOP!
I feel the need to apologise to my drummer at this point as MY shopping ended up on HIS credit card and I am still paying him back...
It's not my fault... it's America's fault... the shops are just TOO good to say no too!
Especially in San Francisco where this mammoth blog begins...

My favourite shop EVER- Trunk in Lower Haight
  The shops were so ME- I had such a hard choice of getting just one thing in each place- If I had my way I would get one of EACH item! Victoriana lace collars, upcycled jackets made of old ties, (fake)fur arm warmers, amazing jewellrey EVERYWHERE and they were all decorated and displayed like my dream shop. I LOVE SAN FRANCISCO (NB- the areas that really excited me are Mission and Haight Ashbury). 3 shops that really struck a chord with me were 'Trunk' where I met Silver, the lovely shop keeper who had her designs in the store- turns out that everything in there is by independent designers and they all share the shop and take it in turns to look after it - I love their community spirit! I had to stop myself buying the whole shop and instead settled on an amazing neck piece of fur, tassles and lace!

Silver also pointed me towards my other new favourite shop round the corner- Swankety Swank
full of more lovely trinkets, upcycled garments and friendly people with much the same independent ethos... I walked away with a gorgeous dusty pink layered lace collar (sadly I didn't get any pictures of this shop!) Walking towards the main high street of Haight Ashbury (also full of gems) I spotted a little sign saying 'vintage and handmade items this way' and I found myself in the wonderful world of the adorable 'Aline's Closet' - I love the way she decorated her shop with beautiful furniture, candles and antique mirrors- not to mention the dolls house above her door... I could live there!

In the Haight I also fell into my new facourite place in the world- AMOEBA RECORDS... Holy wow this place is incredible. EVERY CD, Record, DVD etc you could possibily want in the style of 'Empire Records' complete with a stage in the corner where I just happened to catch my newest 'girl group crush' - Grass Widow playing.

I felt like I was actually in the 70s and it was a pretty powerful place to be- very inspiring and ALL about peace and love. Of course with every alternative town came the crazy people- in abundance... it's a drug fuelled place that I definitely wouldn't live in but makes for a very interesting place to visit and people watch!!

Oh and the gig, although on tiny stage in a laundrette went rather well...
I'm wearing some S.F purchases- the collar was from Trunk and the Headpiece from P-Kok
 Next we were treated all week to the amazing FOOD of L.A by our host- the extremely lovely,  generous and talented Al Stewart who is full of amazing stories and insights to the music scene of the 1970s and knew all the tales of the sunset strip in Hollywood and more importantly, to my stomach, THE best places to eat in town... of course it would be rude not to sample them all. I won't go on because when I start thinking about food I get hungry but it was gooood... especially the Sushi and Italian fish, oh and breakfasts- mama mia- I ate VERY well!

We did a great gig at Hotel Cafe - which is dark but a fantastic venue with amazing sound...

I did say dark... Headpiece by UglyLovely, Dress from Vintage Secret, Adam in Beyond Retro
Another place I loved in LA (because let's be honest it's not exactly my kind of place- orange tanned girls with nothing to say and BAD music don't tend to excite me that much!) was ANTHROPOLOGIE...

 Oh and L.A's very own bigger version on Ameoba Music (I'm slightly obsessed)
I actually managed to be allowed into the staff loos and was feeling mischievous...

hee hee!
In my defence there was A LOT of graffitti on those walls...

We also went vintage shopping and crazy people watching by Venice Beach...
The sun ain't so bad...

Then we spent a week in New York (no I wasn't deported from drawing on the toilet wall!) - where I purchased a good camera for once in my life - about time too! So I will leave you with some snaps from a great 7 days of sights, comedy, hip hop and new friends in the big city!
When I went to stay in Brooklyn- I was greeted with this sight...

 I joined MC Undakova doing some improv (singing not rapping!) at a Manhattan Hip Hop jam...

I was blown away by the art at the MOMA- including my favourite- Kandinsky
I sang/shouted a one note song as part of Yoko Ono's 'art' at the MOMA

I met the lovely and talented Katelan Foisy who showed me around the Village for a day- we laughed a lot!
Don't you love her sunglasses?! She oozes style and everything I love about New York!

 We had brunch (eggs benedict for me) at Yaffa- which you can see is pretty awesome!

 Then to Screaming Mimi's vintage shop - which is where Cyndi Lauper used to work and happens to look like her wardrobe. This was the only shop in NYC that let a London blogger take pictures in!

Katelan and I went a little crazy in Pearl River - a chinese shop full of lanterns, fans, birds, butterflies
and everything you could possibly want - I did and had a lot more to pack after our trip there!

 At the Italian festival we saw lots of great things and I found my dream coat at an up and coming designer pop up shop - I got this coat in black and white stripes from (my only blank... I have to go back to my flat to find the designer's name but all of his clothes were brilliant) and won't take it off- ever!

This was people paying $2 to watch snakes - as you do...

Patricia Field's shop is AWESOME!
After a long day of shopping it was high time for a nap on a bed of bread called "Comfort Eating"
which was one of the many pieces of Edible Art at the Last Supper Saloon in Brooklyn!
We got to make our own edible art out of junk food that Katelan and I named- "Bibically Political"
...which it was.

The lovely Katelan had an amazing soiree at her beautiful flat full of the loveliest, creative and
inspiring women I have met...complete with homemade cupcakes and pink rose tea! :)

 We did a secret gig at Hotel on Rivington which went down a storm even though I was worried how we would be received in this 'bump n grind' r&b nightclub!

I got this hat from my new mecca- Cheap Jacks in NYC - LOVE!
I couldn't help but try out my new camera in the amazing bathroom there!!

 We finished the trip with a lovely gig in a lovely venue with my wonderful friend, Kate Sikora who is super talented and beautiful, supporting us...
 I wore a great outfit from a NYC designer Julie Schworm who was so kind to lend it to me!
Kate Sikora and I in the dressing room of Joe's Pub

In other exciting news that I can't help but share-
I signed a contract for a licensing deal in Europe with World Connection!!!

My song was used in this GORGEOUS fashion film for Beautiful Soul's new stunning collection:

Beautiful Soul SS:11 Believe. from oliver Prout on Vimeo.
Eco-aware fashion label, Beautiful Soul, teamed up with photographer Oliver Prout, illustrator Zarina Liew and recording artist Gabby Young, to create a short film to celebrate their Spring/Summer 2011 Collection, ‘Believe’.

The poster competition was amazing- and will be a blog of it's own very soon. I am soooo excited about them!
I will leave you with some pictures of my family in MerriMaking animal hoods from Gabberdashery and the dogs! Just because...

I started writing this with a good morning and now I can leave by say good afternoon!
Xox Gabhomey xoX