Baroque Mayfair's music series continued apace last night with an exclusive Hoxton Gin sponsored showcase by Marina and the Diamonds – featuring six songs from her album Electra Heart, including chart topper Primadonna and culminating in new single debut How to be a Heartbreaker. But Baroque wasn’t just a dramatic backdrop for the set. Marina’s best friend and celebrity favourite fashion designer Hasan Hejazi (Jessie J, Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis) also designed three dresses for her to wear at the event – and all were inspired by the venue.
Said Hejazi: “Baroque is all about over the top luxurious gorgeous textures and gold swirls which I translated into fashion and used an amazing London based embroiderer Hawthorne & Heaney for the metal work”
“Hasan’s fabrics and designs lend themselves really well to Baroque’s luxurious aesthetic,” Marina told us, “it’s all 1940’s gangster and the dress is an homage to that.”
Showstopper was a Jessica Rabbit style column in burgundy silk with pneumatic embellished corset. A meeting at Hasan’s London College of Fashion graduate show two years ago led to Marina wearing a Hejazi creation (a blue corseted sequin leotard with a sheer dress) at the 2010 NME awards and the two been friends ever since – bonding over fashion, music and expresso martinis.
How To Be A Heartbreaker’ was written by Marina and produced by Dr Luke, who has previously worked with Rihanna, Katy Perry and Jessie J. Previous acts to perform at Baroque since its launch last month have include The Kills, Marc Ronson, Delilah and The Noisettes.