The second in the RSF Local Legends events was a fascinating evening of inspired conversation about fashion, music and street culture from two of our most influential Local Legends - London fashion designer Bella Freud and R6 DJ , Big Audio Dynamite founder and film producer Don Letts. They also happen to be two of our local Rhythm Studio Foundation Patrons.
Set in the wonderfully intimate Moncada Brewery at the top of Ladbroke Grove the evening kicked off with an acoustic set played by the extraordinarily talented Myla Newell who has been supported by The Rhythm Studio Foundation's scholarship scheme for the last 3 years. This was followed by a fascinating and animated Q&A with Don and Bella, both veterans of the style and music scene over the last 30-40 years. Topics discussed were the evolution of the punk scene, underground sub cultures, why individuality isn't celebrated anymore, the role of the internet : Don "The internet's kinda cool but it's a double edged sword. It's killed the mystery of the planet" and " the insidious uniformity that has crept in in the 21st Century - it's as if punk never happened".
Bella talked about the importance of making your own style and the importance in her life of exploring all different creative fields and just getting on with making things. She also talked about her love of books and why young people should read them.
They both reminisced about their times hanging out with Vivian Westwood and Malcolm McLaren and working in possibly two of the most influential culture and style shops of the time - Vivian Westwood's Sex and Don Letts ACME Attractions.
The RSF raffle raised over £200 with the first prize a pair of VIP tickets to the X-Factor live show.
"Excellent #RSFLegends talk with an animated @RebelDread @BBC6Music & fashion designer @bellafreud hosted by @mrjackster @RSFoundation_UK"