Sunday Girl
29/09/2010 11:36 | By Sunday Girl, columnist, MSN Life & Style

Sunday Girl

Meet our new columnist – Sunday Girl AKA Jade Williams, a 21 year-old Sidcup born singer/songwriter who is about to take the music (and fashion) world by storm. Here is Jade, in her own words for her first column on MSN Life & Style, introducing herself and keeping us up-to-date with what is going on in her world.

Sunday Girl (© Jade Williams)

Ohhh hello!

This is my first MSN fashion article! So I'll introduce myself. I am Sunday Girl. No, the name is not a reference to the Blondie song but more from being an anonymous girl who worked in her local pet shop at the weekends and so was nicknamed the 'Sunday Girl'.

I wasn't a born performer as such. It didn't help that I was petrified to sing in front of people, hated public speaking and even being on stage! But I did know I loved to sing and write. My mum used to hear me through my bedroom walls so one day marched me to a hypnotist to help boost my confidence and, mad as it sounds, I was cured.

After testing out my newly confident, 'hypnotised self' at a choir, I got into lots of weird and wonderful bands. The first was with a very noisy ska band with the boys from school, and later with two sixty year old men playing blues with ukuleles wearing Hawaiian shirts and straw hats.

Lots of song writing and years later I am now signed to Geffen records, who are part of Universal. I've written most of my songs with my friend Jim Elliot, who wrote 2 Hearts and All The Lovers for Kylie, and who has also worked with the likes of Ladyhawke. But now the work really begins.

Sunday Girl at Lovebox festival (© Jade Williams)

I've been doing lots of festivals this year and MSN Life & Style have asked me to do a bit of style spotting while I'm out and about. Here I am at Lovebox and I must say festivals are a great bit of inspiration. This year the look of festival season for girls was lots of sheer shirts, leather shorts, full-length skirts and Barbour's galore. My favourite hair style has to be the grown out roots look. It's great on a blunt straight cut with a flash of blond at the tips of the hair.

I've always thought I dressed a bit smart for festivals but I have received a quite few blog mentions for my homemade shirt collars! I love smart tailoring, classic, Parisian, simple yet quite dark-looking. Basically, I dress likea boy! My style icons would be Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld and Daphne Guinness, ohh so beautiful. Anyways, this tailoring-look went down quite well!

Homemade collar (© Jade Williams)

The last few weeks have been exciting, I had a great time at London Fashion week, PPQ was a wonderful wash of colour and fezzes. I also went to the Richard Sorger show, which was inspired by the beauty and darkness of jellyfish: a closer look at the floral prints revealed the sinister creatures. Flowing tentacle-like structures could also be found on stunning dresses to jersey shorts. The girls from Britain's Next Top Model were in the show with Elle McPherson grinning like a proud mother at them all.

I've also been doing lots of DJ'ing during fashion week including Nicole Farhi, Erdem and Reiss. Busy busy. But the highlight of my week, as self-indulgent as it sounds, was my first headline gig. I played at Hoxton Hall to finally show my songs to music-people, fashion-people and good old school friends. I was determined to design and make the stage and props myself - and so I did. I'm really into animals and Victoriana so the stage was a mix of taxidermy jars, huge butterflies in cases as well as the odd badger and crocodile's head.

Hoxton Hall stage (© Jade Williams)

The show was sold out and I sang and danced between my stage curiosities, I loved it. If anyone has seen my blog, you will see how much I love to draw, paint, knit and make a mess. I do all of the artwork, from single covers to accessories, so it was exciting to finally show it off on stage. Lucky me, I also got to borrow lots of beautiful Alberta Feretti clothes. I wore a sheer black shirt with bellowing arms, leather shorts and detachable white collar the same one I wore in my Self Control

My last, and for me the most exciting piece of news is that I've got the Ellie Goulding tour coming up. I cant wait to go on tour, it will be my first one ever. My mind is spinning with thoughts of stage sets and outfits. I'll be reporting all my style gossip on MSN Life & Style, so watch this space..."

More Sunday Girl features

Sunday Girl: Jade talks masculine tailoring
Sunday Girl: making a music video
Sunday Girl: on tour
Sunday Girl: feeling festive
Sunday Girl: predictions for 2011

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