A conscious effort to finally put the nail in the coffin of the term ‘nu-rave’? Perhaps. The band, Klaxons that have unfortunately been tagged as the mascot of this style/music/social phase have said they themselves are perplexed that NME have promulgated the term and have described it as a ‘joke that got out of hand’.
So out with their neons, pixelated prints and cartoon clothes.
In with something darker, a bit of leather, some glitz and a lot more complexity as shown here at their recent Manchester gig. As well as saying goodbye to the aforementioned tag that they seem to despite now, they’re also making nods towards the current season with their new stage get-ups.
The person responsible for this image change? Christian Joy, who is based in New York and is best known for being the favoured designer of Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s has branched out and is now designing Klaxons’ stage costumes. I had bags of fun with a Pratt Institute student who has been working as first assistant to Christian Joy and it was great to find out about the amount of work it takes to make Miss Karen O look as fantastically awesome as she does on stage. (Pssst…if you loved the first Christian Joy for Topshop collection, there’s another one on its way very soon!).
It’s hard to tell from the gig pictures but it seems to me that it’s a shame that Christian Joy isn’t applying this sort of flamboyance to her ready to wear pieces (though I do love the simplicity of her SS08 collection…). Though the term ‘nu-rave’ is not as odious to me as to others, it just strikes me as a little hilarious that it came and went so quickly. Or maybe it never actually existed and it was a figment of a lot of people’s imaginations? Anyhow, let’s not get into the existentials of it all. The bottom line is Klaxons + Christian Joy = quite spectacular and a much welcome image-change.