Remember my New-York afro-party?
In Porto a few weeks ago, my dear friends Estefania and Stella bring me to a Lindy-Hop party.
Lindy-Hop is a mix of improvised solo african dances and european partnered structured dances. Very popular in the 20 and 30s it is associated with jazz and swing dances (Charleston, Breakaway…).
It’s very dynamic and I spend the whole night saying « Wow » and mesmerized by the dancers.
The revival is coming from New York, through dance young people rediscover the swing music. Through the garments they started wearing vintage 30’s clothes. Then a retro movement spread all around. In fashion, you can see the retro (not only from the 30s) reinterpreted in all those nostalgia-oriented brands.
Back on the subject, if you don’t know how to dance Lindy-Hop, you cannot do it, as when you dance hand-to-hand there is no room for too much improvisation. You have to be connected with your partner!
Below, Estefania, jewellery designer and Stella
Pictures taken at Plano B, Porto
The famous « Sing Sing Sing » (featuring: Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Harry James, Lionel Hampton)
« Crazy » Lyndi Hop in Hellzapoppin (1941) – Don’t try this at home!
Lyndi Hop 2014 – LyndiFest
I met Estefania two years ago in Porto, during the fashion week. We were wandering in the corridors. She was with her friend, Hector Olguin, photographer. We exchange smiles, have a cocktail, look at the Douro by the window and we became friends.
Estefânia is the kind of person you can’t live without. She always have a good or amazing story to tell. Last time it was all about punk music in Portugal.
In Adorna Corações, her boutique/showroom where she host others designers and artists she spend time telling me the story of portuguese punk bands, then leave to kiss a client and come back to the story. Estefânia is exuberant. Most of this bands are friends as she used to work for them as a producer, famous Paulo Furtado himself (aka Legendary Tigerman and singer of ska band Wraygunn) is also a good friend.
I was fascinated and i promise you a post about this era and those bands!
The animated gif above was taken during a lunch. Estefania gave us a good laugh when she got up from table to explain how she tried to descend the stairs of Palais de Tokyo with her rollers(!) avoiding photographers who took pictures… of the movie star just behind her (yes she thought she was paparizzed).
We agreed to say that this movie star was just a @&#$ !
Estefania is a internationally renowned contemporary jeweller and curator, more in a next post i promised. She also have a great look (yes it could be also an other post).
Yesterday was her birthday and this post is my present.
Thanks for your « bonne humeur » Estefania. Love !
Adorna Corações, centro comercial Bombarda, rua Miguel Bombarda