Lotte Andersen 24 London
Categories: Artist, Creative Director, Design, Fashion

Posted: 6th September 2014

According to Vogue, Lotte Andersen is real life evidence that ‘All great parties happen by accident’. Meet your new favourite party girl/planner/bff. Lotte isn’t messing around. Sit down with her for five minutes and it’s easy to distill the bite at the core of all of Lotte’s projects: a relentless passion for London. It all began with Lotte’s blog, Top Of the Lots. Pre-Tumblr, Lotte was onto that whole "pink lol tumblr grrl" aesthetic long before most of Tumblr’s now current super-stars were out of nappies. Her wry commentary made for a witty read, and the content was more than boosted by the wealth of West London based creative talent surrounding Lotte at the time, which she was championing.

Before leaving her BA in fashion, Lotte interned her ass off. She even worked on McQueen’s last collection (the one that crashed Showstudio). Privy to watch Lee cutting and draping on the stand, she can confirm that ‘he was a genius’. On realising she was hella into clothes but not in love with the industry, Lotte began working for John Pearse (60s sartorilaist and tailor, pioneer of the London youthquake and the sole reason men wear paisley and floral print). John mentored Lotte, insisting she attend particular exhibitions, read certain books and watch selected films as part of her cultural diet under his denim-wing. Before Lotte started throwing IRL shindigs, she Art Directed, Cast and effectively threw a party that you might better recognise as the Mount Kimbie video for their single ‘Carbonated’. Lotte was working with Tyrone Lebon (director and photographer) at the time and worked as a ‘hype man on set’. Lotte’s work with Tyrone cemented her obsession with nights out, which she came to realise combined all of her passions: youth, falling in love, music and London.

Not long after Lotte’s Party, MAXILLA was born. One of her main objectives was to ‘harbour a scene and a creative community existing offline’, which sounds pretty darn healthy to us. Maxilla grew from a blasé Christmas party Lotte and friends hosted, where 400 people turned up (not bad eh?). Now, Maxilla’s current form is a Portuguese restaurant by Westbourne Park station. Lotte and her party-partner Tegen, sit down and to dinner at the venue with a crowd of photographers, artists, family, stylists, locals and kids; people are welcome to turn up whenever they like- the only rule? Say Hi. Makes sense then that Lotte has created a Maxilla Zine, the pages of which are filled by the Maxilla community. Inspired by Fifteen Fold’s notion that "nostalgia is bullshit", Lotte is driven by making contemporary work for a contemporary culture, and getting young girls out from behind the ‘like’ button.

What’s next for Lotte? Her work is about to be featured in the Girls Only first London group show, she’s been busy prepping for Molly Goddard’s SS15 presentation at LFW, editing the Mushpit Society Pages, Consulting and getting MAXILLA online (MAXILLAMADEASITE.COM).You need to check out her last Zine with cover girl Alewya Demmisse , who’s currently pretty-fying the windows of Topshop right now and you really, really have to tune into Lotte’s Know Wave radio show (Living For The weekend) with Pheobe Collings-James which plays out on a Wednesday at 1pm. It’s like having a chat with your best mates who happen to have a supreme taste in music. In Lotte’s own words ‘BIG UP THE LONDON GALDEM'.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO:I run MAXILLA, we throw Parties and make Zines about what it is to be Young in West London NOW. Maxilla is the only party that's more fun when its empty. Here are the top ten things you will find at MAXILLA: Kissing, LOVING, YOUNG Hunniies, MateS, POSTERS, Felix snogging everyone, BABEHEAVEN, The Portuguese having a pint and the music fucking up and someone shouting they’ve got an iPod. We’ve had people film it, made clothes, furniture, enough prints to fill the Turbine Hall, nurtured a scene, developed a fully formed offline community, that people are cottoning on to. Maxilla was made by everyone else that hassling to do it, I just nudge it every now and then. LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND, is Phoebe Collings James and I’s radio show on Know Wave. You can listen to it on soundcloud. It’s fucking hilarious. We bicker, play great music, have guests, essentially have THE BEST TIME. She’s a really great Artist and I’m into atmospheres so it makes sense that we’re into tunes. It’s a good time to be young now, everything’s gone to pot. THis is Our LoNdoN <3<3<3<3<3<3 i do a alotta other things but these are the most importantHOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN A SENTENCE?Chutzpah, glee, charming.WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?I’m happiest when I’m making good work. I know when its coming out right.FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT/SHOP/HANG OUT?Not into shopping in for clothes, more interested in peoples hand me downs or making my own. I studied clothes and learnt under John Pearse (look up Granny Takes a Trip). I like hanging out peoples kitchens, I’m greedy and I like to chat. Places you can see above things are generally good too (ladders?)WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE?Shut up and get on with it (Tegen) Don’t forget to put your knickers on (Raya)BEST PARTY YOU'VE EVER BEEN TO?MAXILLA. The one where we printed clothes and that bloke filmed all of us...SONG TO BE PLAYING AS YOU ENTER THE CLUB?Inner city blues (make me wanna holler) Marvin Gaye or Got to give it up or anything from Justified or You’re love is Magic by Bas Noir! YES that one. NO NO NO BJORK COME TO ME!!!!!!!!WHAT THREE THINGS WOULD BE ON YOUR RIDER?Markers, Masking tape, a Photocopier, some lemony water, a card from Max. BIGGEST LIE YOU WERE TOLD/THAT YOU TOLD AS A KID?Stop being so bossy.WHAT'S NEXT?WEBSITE WEBSITE WEBSITE its finally time for Maxilla to go online. AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: Phoebe Collings James
Why: Artist
Who: Margot Bowman
Why: Boss
Who: Molly Goddard
Why: Best designer since John Galliano
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