Music and fashion go hand-in-hand, so it’s no surprise that on the party circuit, fashion designers are emerging from the dance floor’s mist. From jewellery and T-shirt makers, to vintage accessory and even up-cycled furniture specialists, there are a whole host of underground creatives out there. We’ve scoured the clubs to spot them, and have grilled these guys about their collections and their connections with the clubbing world.
In the second of our Designer Dance Floor series, we speak with Liz Mendez, the lady who’s the creative force behind the Kubicle parties, manages her own eponymous styling label; Liz Mendez Vintage, and buys vintage accessories for Lucy in Disguise, the retro clothing haven run by sisters Lily Allen and Sarah Owen.
Since we caught up with you earlier in the year, Liz, what have you been up to?
I’ve had a crazy year – it’s been pretty non-stop. I decided to base myself in Ibiza for the summer after helping Jamie Jones with the creative of Paradise. The boys offered me a room in their villa so that was full-on as you can imagine. The guys had an amazing first season – I’m really proud of them.
I also set up my new party SHOW PONY with some girlfriends at the start of the summer which has quickly developed into I Feel Love – a pop-up concept set in beautiful, opulent surroundings with lots of amazing production and quality music. The second of the series will be at the end of February.
Of course, Kubicle has kept me on my toes. We had a monthly residency throughout the summer at Sankeys Ibiza, plus the usual secret underground parties we held all over the island for a select, intimate crew. We had a little private closing party at White Caps villa after the DC10 closings and Eli from Soulclap played old school garage for about six hours.
Finally, my vintage accessories online store (Liz Mendez Vintage) is about to go live so I’ve been busy sorting that out, too. I’ve also been loaning jewellery all over the place to magazines and the music industry etc – I’ve definitely been a busy lady.
Where in the world has your work taken you this year?
Well I started out in Thailand, before heading to Miami and Berlin a few times to host Kubicle parties at Chalet. There’s been lots of Ibiza, Paris, and L.A. before coming back to London town. The focus has mainly been on the events then I slipped in a buying trip at the end.
What’s your favourite era when it comes to vintage and why?
I’m very instinctive with the way that I dress so anything can influence me. I find it hard to choose an absolute favourite as it changes all the time. Right now I’m having a 20s/30s moment.
Who have you been styling lately?
Styling has taken a bit of a back seat this summer as I was concentrating on other projects while living in Ibiza, but I did an amazing shoot with Jaime Winstone that got published in aMuse magazine and in Pacha magazine. I also styled the Paradise girls a lot this summer; they also had a great shoot published in Pacha magazine.
I helped Nina Peters with some press shots; she’s Sven Väth’s wife and has her own accessories range. I also styled the campaign for Joanne Stoker Autumn Winter 2012, plus I loaned accessories to Rita Ora – I’d love to style her properly as she has massive potential.
Describe three things you can’t stop wearing at the moment.
My Vivienne Westwood grey, black and red blanket coat – it’s the only thing seeing me through this cold London climate right now. My 70s red fox fur Russian hat and one of my original 1920s kimonos – I have quite a collection building.
How has 2012 been for Kubicle and what does 2013 bring?
Kubicle has been amazing this year. I love being involved with all the festivals, it really is what I want to be doing and our Kubicle ethos fits right in with all of that. Our party at Secret Garden, on the Pagoda stage opposite the lake, was magical. Also, LOVEBOX in the V.I.P. area was such a cool party and of course, all the crazy after parties following them all.
Coming up, we have our 7th Birthday on Sunday, 16th December and we have a big party planned at Basing House in Shoreditch. Our legendary New Year’s Day afters start at 6am on January 1st with PBR Streetgang, Matt Tolfrey, residents and special guests. On 2nd of January, in the morning following Circo Loco and Hot Creations, we have the die-hards Kubicle party at Light Box to finish of the New Year’s raving!
As for next year, we’ll be back at Basing House for all of our bank holidays and a monthly Sunday party. Again, we’ll be heading back to all the festivals and it’s our sixth year hosting parties at Glastonbury so I’m over the moon to be going back – it really is my favourite festival and I’ve been to so many. Next year, alongside our late night Shangri La party on the Saturday, we will also be programming The Hub in Shangri La on the Sunday day time and that can hold thousands. So much in-store for next year in London and worldwide – watch this space!
Back at university you were promoting clubs and running a hip hop night; did you ever think you’d be where you are today?
I still have no idea what I’ll be doing when I grow up. No really, I’m just thrilled to be working for myself doing something that I love. It’s also great to have all my friends around me doing so well.
Just for fun, answer the following four questions:
What’s your track of the moment?
Sphinx by Harry Thumann. It’s the best disco track ever. My friend Dan from Psychmagik turned me on to it years ago and I’m still in love with it.
What could you never live without?
Red lipstick in Lady Danger, but the shade changes.
Tell us a secret.
I’m a member of the Royal Horticultural Society and used to be a florist.
Where and when did you last get down on the dance floor?
When am I ever of it is more like it – it was at Show Pony’s I Feel Love pop-up last weekend.
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