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STELLA MCCARTNEY ON ETHICAL FASHION

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She is one of five children in total, with two full siblings, older sister Mary, and younger brother James. She has three sisters: Heather, whom Paul adopted at the age of six, and Beatrice, now 14, whose mum is Heather Mills.

“I don’t feel guilty,” she says. “I think I am trying to do the best with what I’ve been blessed with. I certainly don’t take it for granted. We all question why we’re born into the family we’re born into. My parents made their success, they didn’t inherit it, so this is a recent thing for us. Watching them, though, showed me that hard work pays off.”

Read the interview… Here.


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH LESLIE CAVENDISH… THE STORY OF THE BEATLES’HAIRDRESSER WHO DEFINED AN ERA

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Leslie Cavendish was born in East London and grew up in a large Jewish family in Burnt Oak, North London. He was apprenticed to Vidal Sassoon in 1962, becoming a stylist in his own right three years later. He became Paul McCartney’s private hair­dresser in 1966, and soon began to work on the image of all four Beatles, at the Apple offices and in their recording studios, and was even invited along as a friend and participant on the Magical Mystery Tour. In 1967, he opened his own salon, backed by Apple and the Beatles, at 161 King’s Road, Chelsea.

We talk with Leslie about his time with The Beatles, Jane Asher, his upcoming book release and more…

 

How did you get interested in hairdressing ?

I got interested in hairdressing because when I was 15yrs I thought that like everybody else that I would like to be a footballer but although i was pretty good as a defender i wasnt good enough.
One day I went to meet my mum at the local hairdressers and outside the shop was a flashy American car.When i walked into the salon the owner whose car was parked outside was surrounded by women.and i thought straight away what a good working environment to be in.
My best friend lawrence who also left school 6 months before me and also wanted to be a footballer told me that he was going to do an apprenticeship as a hairdresser .So i thought if its good enough for him to do it I will as well.We are still best friends to this day.

Where did you learn your job ?

I started my apprenticeship at Vidal Sassoon’s salon in London’s Bond St.at the age of 15yrs.
I then went as a junior(apprentice) to Vidals new salon at the Grosvenor House hotel in London’s Park Lane.
My apprenticeship was for 3 years but i became a qualified junior stylist after two and half years.
Before you were accepted as a SASSOON stylist at his salon you had to become a junior to Mr Vidal himself and when i was asked i knew i would be staying.

Many celebrities attended your hair salon , including Jane Asher . Please , tell us about your meeting with Jane Asher and your impressions when you first saw Paul McCartney afterwards

I used to wash Janes hair when she went to her stylist Roger and because her hair was very long and thick I would spend 1 hour blow drying it so when i became a stylist i used to style her hair (not wash) whenever Roger couldn’t do it because i knew how she would like it.
Rogers biggest mistake was that had he not refused to do her hair on that saturday morning i wouldnt be telling you this story.
In a chapter in my book The title is “Almost the Pete Best of the Hairdressing World” and that will explain how I nearly lost out on cutting Paul McCartney and the other beatles.

When i went around to Paul’s london house for the first time and met him i was feeling quite nervous but I made sure he didnt know it and when he opened the door to the house which i didnt expect he said in a very relaxed way “Jane said you’re coming over to cut me barnet(cockney rhyme for hair (barnet fair)” .
That put me at ease straight away and the rest is history.

How did you become Beatles official hairdresser ?

After cutting Pauls hair in October 1966 I was asked to go to Apple offices which had just been formed and there I met Neil Aspinall who organised my payment and while i was there he asked me to cut his hair.
Then Derek Taylor became another client and it was he (thanks Derek) who introduced me to the other beatles and thats when i became the “Beatles official hairdresser”

Did the Beatles request an special haircut ? Or did you suggest some hairstyle ?

They never requested any special hairstyle while I cut their hair it was always what their mood was which dictated their hair (let it be ) album is a perfect example.
I did cut Pauls hair very short for a reason and in the press they said “The man who made Paul a skinhead”
but read the book to find out more!

Maureen was Ringo s hairdresser . Did you ever cut Ringo s hair ?

Yes I cut Ringos hair on a few occasions but most of the time Maureen did it.
I was asked to go to the film studio to style his hair when he was making the film (Magic Christian) and he did occasionally come to the salon in Chelsea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you remember any other special customer at your hair salon ?

Keith moon (The Who) The Bee gees, Apple recording artists (Jackie lomax/James Taylor etc) Bob weir(Grateful Dead) Tony Curtis (film actor) Suzanna Leigh (co/star with Elvis in “Paradise Hawaiian style)
James Hunt (formula 1 World champion) Dave Clark 5 (DC5) Peter Asher ,Graham Nash (CSN) Linda McCartney, Ashton .Gardner and Dyke and many more bands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How was your relationship with the Beatles after their break up ?

My own personal relationship with them was ok.
The difference was that I saw more of Paul because he was at his home and wasn’t going into the Apple office.
John was spending more time with Yoko and the other two where doing there own thing so I didnt see much more of them after that except if Derek or Neil would call me to do there hair.

Which one is your favorite Beatles song ? And which one is your favorite LP ?

I have two so I have a Double A side. “And I Love her” and “Things we said today”, and my album:
A Hard Day Night LP.

Paul McCartney, Leslie Cavendish and crew waiting for the Magical Mystery Tour bus, 1967.

 

What was your first  reaction when you received the news of Lennon s murder  and Harrison s death ?
John and George’s  death made me feel numb because I remembered the times i had spent with both of them.
George at the salon in the Kings rd where i cut his hair and the MMT coach trip that we were all on.
As a Beatle fan I couldnt believe that someone could murder John and also George was  attacked at his home and then died of cancer a few years later. Can you imagine if they were still with us

Please tell us about your soon to be published autobiographical book
My book is about my journey through the sixties and the magical journey I was on with the help of The Beatles
The stories of how I made Paul a skinhead/The hells angels episode/MMT journey/Beatles recording at abbey Rd and obla di obla da evening and much more to tell.

 

 

Photo: Apple Tailoring at 161 Kings Road. Leslie Cavendish’s hair salon was in the basement.

 

 

 

 

 

Leslie, tell us about your VIP Beatles tour in London

I  go to Places where other Beatle guides cant take you because they only show you the outside..
With me i will tell you what went on inside the Apple offices/Abbey Rd and MMT because I was there.
my website will tell you the tours that I do  Beatles Hairdresser Official Site Home page

 

Are you going to be at the next International Beatles week in Liverpool ?

Yes I have been asked to be a guest speaker at “International Beatles Week” at the Adelphi hotel on the sunday 27th August.
I will also be doing book signings at Waterstones/Beatles story museum and Penny Lane Project .
Please look at my website or facebook for times of the events.

Leslie, thank you very much for your time and the interview, Is there something you want to add to all the Beatles fans around the world?

I am so glad that the Beatles music is still giving everyone from all parts of the world the recognition that they deserve.We thought  at the time it was special but to think they are still popular after all these years make them SUPER SPECIAL. I know that if all The Beatles were on stage right  now they would say to their fans a big THANKYOU and I am saying that this interview is “From me to You “

Thank you BEATLES MAGAZINE, this magazine is for ALL BEATLE  FANS  please make sure you read it because if you don’t you will miss out on interviews like mine and many other people connected to the WORLD OF THE FAB 4.

Thank you very much again Leslie for this interview !

 

The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles’ Hairdresser Who Defined an Era, will be published on 24 August 2017.

PRE-ORDER … HERE


 

STELLA MCCARTNEY TALKS ABOUT HER CAREER

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Stella McCartney was told she wouldn’t have a successful accessories line, btu was adamant she was going to prove the naysayers wrong. The 45-year-old fashion designer, who launched her eponymous fashion house in 2001, has revealed “many years ago” she was warned not to create any handbags, or jewellery, but the mogul ignored the advice and took on the challenge. Speaking about her label to South China Morning Post website, Stella – who avoids using animal products in her creations – said: “I was told many years ago that I wouldn’t have a business in accessories.” However, the star ignored the naysayers and was determined to prove people wrong. She said: “I take it as a good challenge. If you can find that aesthetic in design and construct [the bags] in a way that’s mindful, responsible and conscious, then magic happens. Many conventional fashion houses kill animals for leather bags, but they still don’t have that success in design.” And the creative mastermind strives to design clothes, cosmetic products and accessories that are “effortless” for both her male and female customers but do not “compromise on style, design or quality.” She explained: “[My clothes] are subtle and chic but, at the same time, they make a good statement. I want to find that balance and make things effortless and easier for men and women, but also with a point of view. “We’re providing these [sustainable fashion] solutions for mindful and responsible women consumers that are also modern and chic. So we need to provide that for our male consumers too. Nobody is delivering that in a luxurious way and that’s one thing that really inspires me to do menswear. “First and foremost, we are a luxury fashion house so we don’t compromise on style, design or quality. We make desirable, beautiful modern products … I approach the business in a way that I feel is morally correct and modern. It doesn’t mean that [style and luxury] need to be sacrificed.”

HOW THE BEATLES INMORTALIZED THE LEGACY OF PETER BLAKE

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The 1967 album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was not the first artwork that Peter Blake made for The Beatles. Three years earlier, Paul McCartney had asked the British Pop artist to “paint something good” for his newly purchased Scottish farmhouse. (Blake eventually presented him with a painting inspired by the majestic stag from Sir Edwin Landseer’s 1851 work The Monarch of the Glen.)

But it was the Sgt. Pepper’s cover, with its technicolor marching band and star-studded crowd, that came to define Blake’s legacy. Today, the 85-year-old artist regards its fame with mixed emotions. “You get stuck with a certain kind of image that will never lose you,” he said in 2007. “I’m proud of it, but I’ll never get away from it.”

It’s true that the cover represents just a fraction of Blake’s eclectic career—which he has developed over the past seven decades and traces back to youth, when he flunked a grammar school entrance exam. As a result, at the age of 14, he applied to the Junior Art School of Gravesend Technical College instead, and, despite not having shown a particular interest or natural capacity for art, enrolled there. Blake spent the next four years honing artistic skills like typography, illustration, graphic design, life drawing, silversmithing, and more.

While Blake’s legacy may forever be dominated by his album cover, he’s taken a firm stance in defining the twilight years of his career. “Usually other people decide when your Late Period is or was, but rather than wait for anyone else, I’ve decided very consciously to have mine now,” he told the Guardian in 2006. “I know I’ve done pretty much everything it was reasonable to expect, and maybe sometimes I’ve done a little more than that.”

When Blake and Haworth stepped in, the band had already dreamed up the marching band theme. Blake suggested a “magical” audience in the background of the photograph, “the kind of crowd that you could never bring together.” He collected a list of names from three of the four Beatles (John Lennon famously included Adolf Hitler among his suggestions, though the artists obscured him in the finished work) and added a few art-world personalities of his own: Light and Space artist Larry Bell, and the creator of the Watts Towers in Los Angeles, Simon Rodia.

In all, Blake and Haworth were paid £200 for their work on the now-iconic cover—a nominal fee that’s still a sore spot for Blake. (“Even the people that did the flowers were paid more!” he later griped.) The piece encapsulated exactly what Blake had been trying to do in his wider artistic practice—make works with the “directness and distribution of pop music,” he explained. With Sgt. Pepper’s, “if you bought the record you also bought a piece of art on exactly the level that I was aiming for.”