MUSIC & STYLE: DJ and Stylist Fabienne Hebrard
Written by: Victoria Highfield
Our contributor Victoria Highfield, caught up with DJ, Stylist and all round mega-babe Fabienne Hebrard to chat about her latest musical projects, celeb clients and all things glittery.
We met amongst the Burning Man headgear and awesome 80s jumpsuits of Only Fools and Peacocks, a shop I knew Fabienne would love due to its unique and quirky style and a perfect location for an impromptu photo shoot.
It says on your website that you’re in television, fashion, music and blogging; what do you see yourself as first and foremost?
“I’m a DJ, stylist & presenter although I guess if I’d have to say one I would say DJ. I started dj’ing about two years ago and it has taken me to New York and around the UK. It’s where my passion really lies at the moment and I love how social and diverse the job is – I’m always excited to go to work! Although I am djing at a carnival themed party tonight which involves a lot of ska and reggae and that isn’t really to my taste.”
If ska and reggae isn’t for you *sob* then what music is on your set list?
“I play electro rnb, old skool hip hop and I have a penchant for electronic dance music that I sneak into sets every now and then; most of the time they use old funk and rnb samples so it makes sense.”
What are your biggest musical influences and what are you listening to right now?
“I was surrounded by different types of music growing up.
My parents loved Motown, soul, funk, MJ, Marvin Gaye, Phil Collins, classic pop from Hall & Oates and everything in between; whenever I hear those classic 80s hits it reminds me of relaxing Sunday afternoons growing up. We loved musicals (yes we’ve got The Sound of Music on VHS complete with the cassette soundtrack haha) and I’m a classically trained pianist too. I think if you see yourself as a musician, you need to be open to all sorts of different influences. These days, I love anything that Kaytranada makes, and his remixes as well as electronic artists like Mura Masa, Snakehips and Flume. I’m loving Nadia Rose a rapper from South London at the moment too.”
What are your favourite venues to DJ at?
“I run an amazing night called ‘Girl Power’ at the Macbeth of Hoxton which is a really colourful arts and music pub that’s been going for 100s of years! I also love dj’ing at Lockside Lounge that overlooks Regents canal, perfect on a sunny afternoon when the sun is setting in the Summertime.”
I’ve been there on a summers evening, what beautiful views! So do you see yourself as a stylist secondly?
“I’ve been styling now for 6 years. I work mainly on commercial projects with an all female consultancy called ‘Mad Women‘. We say we like to re-write the rules of women in the work place and re-circuit the way brands think which styling is a part of. I also am a style consultant, dressing high profile people for events and/or TV shows, but don’t worry, I don’t encourage the rainbow coloured hair on people, and everyone has their own style and taste.”
Any celebrity clients?
“I’m currently styling Stephanie Pratt from The Hills and Made in Chelsea. It’s been great injecting some of her personality into her clothing and bringing out her creative side!”
You have such funky style which we love! Do you tend to shop in vintage shops?
“I promote a lot of independent brands via my social media and I’m loving Skinny Dip London’s clothes at the moment. But yeah most of my clothes are vintage, I feel like they tell a story. I shop in the Stables Market in Camden, particularly down at The Tea Rooms, St Cyr Vintage and at The Style Merchants. I also love some of the emerging designer shops there including An Original Leroy, Camden Collective and Studio Collection for high end designer pieces (think Yoji Yamamoto & Rick Owens). My style is pretty eccentric and I love anything sparkly – think unicorn chic!”
And what about TV work? I must say you have a multitude of talents!
“Haha thanks! I like being able to try my hand at a range of things rather than be tied down doing one job.
It’s taken me to different festivals including Cannes Film Festival. I’ve worked with online fashion brands and I’m currently working with What’s Up TV, a youth-led series on Sky 1.”
What’s been your biggest professional achievement?
“Djing in New York each season for New York Fashion Week has been so much fun, I’m super excited to go again this month! Presenting wise, conducting live TV on a fashion party bus during London Fashion Week a few seasons ago was crazy! Adrenaline pumping as you interview fashion icons such as Hilary Alexander, musicians and fellow fashionistas – its live tv, anything can go wrong! With styling, the best is when you see what you have styled on a billboard or magazine, when the client is happy, be that with an advertorial campaign or an individual’s attire.”
You mentioned you love djing in Camden. Are you living in North London now?
“I grew up in High Barnet so have been in and around North London my whole life. Even though I now live in Hackney and have lived East for the last 5-6 years, work and play brings me back to North London.”
What are your favourite memories from growing up in North London?
“I do love Hampstead; from memories of jumping in the ponds in the Summer to queuing outside the Hampstead creperie. The Italian eateries on the way up to Primrose Hill are deliciously authentic and quaint, whereas on the way down, there’s always time for an ice cream at Marine Ices!
North London does have some of the best places to view London from. I can’t say that without mentioning the view from Alexandra Palace (or Ally Pally if you’re a local!). You’ll find me there these days for Vintage Fairs and music gigs, though it used to be for Saturday’s ice skating classes when I was a teenager.
I feel that the great thing about North London is that whilst gentrification is occurring around the whole of London including the North too, it still has its own a real authenticity; it’s not copied from somewhere and stays true to its, sometimes eccentric, self which keeps me coming back for more.”
You can catch Fabienne djing at The Big Chill House Saturday 26th and The Big Chill Brunch on Sunday 27th September. Join her for good vibes and good times!
Check out Fabienne’s website for her latest musings
Location for shoot: Only Fools and Peacocks
Photography: Darren Johnson
Staying in a hotel one mile from where you actually live feels strange enough, but doing it on your own is even stranger. These photos are a visual record of me wandering the lonely corridors of a new boutique hotel between the hours of 10-12pm. I would describe the decor as handmade but not cheap, minimal but not clinical. It has the feeling that money has been spent on the things that matter.
The rumours are true: a cheese festival exists and it’s coming to North London. This Sunday. Be there or be … cheese-less I suppose. But you’ve gouda get there early: If you’re as keen as brie and one of the first fifty fromage fondlers to show, you’re in the running for a free bottle of Black Cow’s pure milk vodka. Traders will be setting up stalls along Islington’s Chapel Market: from the Raclette Brothers and Mac to the Future to La Fromagerie and The Cheese Truck.
Dream Talk. It’s like Dream Phone, but not at all. Artist Emma Alonze and musician Andy Becker have joined forces to collaborate on a (possibly prophetic) new sound art project. Londoners are invited to take a moment out of their daily commute, routine or journey and immerse themselves in a narrated collection of dreams. Taking three years worth of forty winks, Alonze has gathered and narrated a chosen few to be set to an ambient soundtrack by Becker.
Holy smoke, her nipples are on fire! Somebody pass the woman an extinguisher. Wait, why is she climbing into that giant margarita glass - does she not know it's highly flammable? She's going to need to be doused with a sizable portion of aloe vera gel at this rate, the poor lamb.
If there's anything the new moon today has told us, it's that it's time to be our true selves. That's what my horoscope told me today anyway. But what does that mean exactly? It means that if you want to eat honey loops for lunch, you 100% can. It means if you feel like learning how to make a bouquet instead of working on your tax forms, you 100% can. It also means if you want to learn how the deep throat (singing technique) you don't have to explain yourself. You're keeping it .
Our exclusive meeting with Eroc: the Beyonce of the skateboarding dog world. Eroc the french bulldog is making waves. With fans like Tony Hawk, BBC Radio and over 30k followers on Instagram (and counting), Eroc has also become something of an online sensation. His viral status comes and goes, randomly popping up on online social media channels every now and again to generate hundreds of thousands of views and clicks via the likes of Buzzfeed, Time Out and rogue iPhone filmers.
We all have our own ways of dealing with life when things get shitty. Having a big cry and getting it all out can be incredibly therapeutic, and even more so when we find ourselves repeating the same line over and over through the tears. “He’s a dick!” or “I’m not a bad person!” These little lines of reinforcement help us push through the crappy feeling. Sometimes we might even revert to a hearty little stamp on the floor / kick of some unsuspecting object. It feels surprisingly satisfying when the rage sets in and we feel helpless.
This Friday sees the release of Malian master musicians, Trio Da Kali’s new album Ladilikan. Fusing rich, expressive vocals with traditional instruments like the balafon and bass ngoni, this is a beautiful mix of ancient Mande culture and contemporary Malian sounds. Luckily for us North Londoners, we have the opportunity to see the trio play live in the rather fitting ethereal surrounds of Stoke Newington Church next month.
Walking along Monsell Road in Finsbury Park, we spy the charming exterior of a shop looking like something out of a children’s book circa 1932. Beneath a green and white striped awning, a whimsical new world of mini animals awaits. Once inside we stumble about the store in hushed awe, reaching over a book of minuscule carpet samples/ family of miniature otters to tap a tiny bell.
Whether you’re looking for something to entertain your kids, your friends’ kids or that particularly large man child in your life, you might just have lucked out. Snug are hosting an open air screening of The Incredibles next Saturday evening. There will be tasty sourdough pizzas from Sodo Pizza (Upper Clapton) and ultimate authentic curries from Rice n Spice, Northwold Road.
Coming soon to a Tufnell Park near you is a whole new vegetable patch of delights / wheat field to run vicariously through. It’s time to get excited for Ceremony: a brand new bar/restaurant serving modern British veggie cuisine. Although the website remains tantalisingly mysterious, you can glean more info from their well stocked insta.
Sound baths, pit parties, fake cheese and nipples, these are a few of our favourite things, said no one ever. Bored of drinking down the pub every evening? Unlikely, but bare with me. Sometimes you just want to let down your hair, shake it off and do something down right odd of an evening... followed by a pint at the pub.
It’s been a few months since the last instalment of Online vs Offline. I deleted Bumble, Happn and Tinder, flirted with the idea of match.com, went to a friend’s wedding, heard the vicar call my name instead of the Bride’s and reflected briefly on the crushing inevitability of my own spinsterhood before realising everyone was laughing in the pews and I should probably join them.
Gluten-free cake consumers, vegan cheese enthusiasts, craft beer connoisseurs, lovers of pies and drinkers of tea; your time is now. Buy food of a quality & variety you can’t easily find in the shops, from organic meat to vegan cheese, fish caught that morning to pickles which have been fermenting for months, at Stroud Green market.
Who’s up for free entry, free cake and free folk (except for a jaunty little hat that is passed around for donations)? Get down to The Finsbury this Wednesday eve for a little mid week hootenanny and celebrate some of the best in new live music from the ‘acoustic, singer-songwriter & indie-folk scene’. Host with the most, Zoe Konez (“Ridiculously talented, Konez handles her guitar like she was born with it” - For Folk's Sake) will be deftly introducing each act from gin soaked folk popster herself, Penniless Cove to German indie band, Kalon.
What if you could mix the joys of your local Sunday car boot and all it’s dog perving potential with your favourite vintage clothes shops and high end antique markets? Within the sparkling depths of Dalson’s former ABC cinema, you’ll find The Big London Flea: London’s largest indoor vintage market.