or a longtime I have been meaning to start a magazine, but never had enough time or the experience to create one. I learnt to create magazine pages and did endless research to be able to be where I am today with Manera.
With the topic of an urban environment I was able to jump straight in with an idea of what I wanted to do, I had it all planned in my head how exactly I was going to create my magazine. I visited areas that suited the topic and suited myself and explored the different fashion life styles and I wanted to share my experience with the world. This first issue of Manera is based on the trend of street style and how people have their own interpretaions of street style. Manera is alll about freedom within fashion, which to me is a movement within society. People who explore fashion and use this exploration in depth to create their own individual styles usually seem to stand out amongst others and are associated with many negative and sometimes positive behaviours. What are we really about? I can not tell you someone elses story but I can show you and hope you understand what fashion is about and what it means to different people. I hope that this first issue can be the introduction of many more to come and I hope that the message that I have planned to put across can help give you a different look upon street style and hope that you feel inspired by the content within the magazine to create your own style and inspire others!
Contents ART&POETRY L O N G L I V E S O U T H -B A N K V I N T A G E YARD PRESTIGE LONDON L O N D O N F AS H I O N W E E K MET GALA WHERE TO SHOP W H A T H A S F A S H I O N D O N E F O R Y O U? CONTRIBUTORS
By Abital Karimazondo
Photography by Lisa Kamande
By Abital Karimazondo
By Abital Karimazondo
By pierre debusschere
Teen Spirit We’re all rebels, of the same kind, Looking for a reason behind this life. Confusing are these explanations intertwined, It’s called Teen Spirit... Was a time, playing with cars and dolls, Gone are those days, we aren’t kids anymore. It’s all changed now, fashion and malls, The past is left beyond that door. We all wanna be rockstars and idols, Everything’s possible in this lifetime. This is our life, there ain’t no protocols, Spare a cent, spend a dime. You’ve got a crush on that girl, Your grades are rock bottom. Who cares, do we give a whirl? It’s called Teen Spirit...
Michael “mc” Cooper, India
SOUTH BANK T
he South Bank Skaters have been around for over 40 years. They are a community, a family and many careers have been formed from this one area created by skateers for skaters from all around the world over the years. Past skaters who have gone on to professional skating often visit the home of where it all begun for them, the stories are truly amazing and inspirational for everyone as well as the skaters.
The home of these skaters is currently due to close down if ÂŁ17million is not produced within 6months, frankly I think its impossible to achieve that amount within such little time so the members of LLSB (Long Live South Bank) are pleading with the public to donate to help save and protect their home.
Not everyone comes to south bank skate park to skate, but everyone comes to watch and support the skaters and even photographers and artists from around the world come to see the creativity of this popular community. The creativity of the graffiti, the various skates and bikes are what make this community so great and popular. We just hope the government and public see the beauty of this historical place and help protect it.
You can visit their website and watch videos of what some of the community and LLSB members of south bank have said about their beloved area, also you can find out more information about where you can donate to this landmark. http://www.llsb.com/
Mad and Derranged is a brand founded by Abital Karimazondo. Inspired by Japanese and Chinese culture and distored art this collection speaks for its self. It is a streetwear brand with a difference, created for those who are not afraid to go wild with fashion and those who enjoy differnt looks everyday.
Model: Darlington Tapfuma Photography: Yvette Nyakimba Design & Edits: Abital Karimazondo
V I N T A G E
Y A R D
So you are looking into a more vintage type of style? And you don’t know where to find any great items that suit you? I’ve got you sorted! Launching the vintage inspired brand ‘Vintage Yard’ 1st April this young group of vibrant fashion entrepreneurs have become well known for their style and brand. All the items on the site are 100% vintage call them ‘a blast from the past’ if you will, they are truly amazing and have the teen spirit in every piece that they sell. With Vintage Yard you can find the right vintage look for you at affordable prices price. You can even keep up with trends via the lookbook located on their site, which is created to inspire your looks from day/night outfit to a casual day, they have it all!
So we all know how much I love street wear, right? As the trend grows more and more, many people are starting their own brand and some are not as successful as the this brand. I introduce you all to Prestige London. Prestige London is an uprising street wear brand which I definitely see going far with the likes of Hood By Air (HBA), Dope Chef and many others, having seen what this brand and team are capable of I have no doubt that this brand will remain successful. I absolutely love the hometown long sleeve sweatshirt the simplicity of it allows it to work with many outfits and can be worn during any season. Speaking of seasons please do look out for their summer collection. From what I have heard it seems that Prestige London have a lot in store for us and I cannot wait to see what they have lined up for us!
Hometown long sleeve ÂŁ40
Prestige London Signature Hoodie ÂŁ40
LONDON FASHION WEEK
Farhi By Nicole Farhi
Founded in 1982 Nichole Farhi showcased her AW14 womenswear collection. The collection is laid back and wearable, the designs for this collection were created by the brands influential Creative Director, Joanna Skyes. The collection that was shown reflected the cool and calm look very well, also each piece had a warm and vibrant colours that go perfectly with the weather!
High-end X Sporty Perfect for a breezy summers day! printed sleeves x low crotch joggers You donâ€™t have to be a fashion fanatic to rock this look, so simple it works for everyone!
Monochrome! White top x white jacket x black shorts This works for even a simple lazy fashionable day
Casual. Floral jacket x all black Perfect for a breezy summer night out
Black out Black sleeveless hoody So you wanna go all black in the summer and are afraid that the sun and the colour wont mix? I think this look has probably sorted your problem!
MET GALA BEST
W H E R E
S H O P
W H A T HAS F A S H I O N DO
Ceejay is a fashion obsessed indivudal who is in love with accessories and trainers, whether it's a Supreme snapack to Maison Martin margiela trainers. He has always been fashion conscious but has been recently been noticed for his fashion sense in the past two years. Ceejay doesn't dress in a single style. His style changes from day to day. One day he might feel like he needs to dress like a skater, another day he might feel like dressing in a vintage look and another day he might just create something that goes together nicely from scratch. People who know Ceejay know how diverse his fashion sense can be, his friends can vouch for him that what he was wearing last year is completely different to the way he dresses this year, With this in mind, he has always been able to dress uniquely and in a way that attracts attention, whether it's from young adults, teachers or age mates. Ceejay has also come to learn that rarely but sometimes not all his outfits are liked.
ONE F O R YOU?
As a young boy living in this current society I personally think individuality is key. Fashion has become a big aspect in my life right now, its not just an interest of mine, it is a lifestyle. I’ve been embracing my own sense of fashion since the age of 15 and now I have the confidence to take it onto another level I would describe my personal style as 90’s street wear fashion. i’m surrounded with peers that are interested in the same fashion genre as me, this benefits me in many ways because i am able to feel free and express my interest without feeling restrained to their views, also they are there to introduce me to new bands. Many individuals often don’t understand my style but some compliment it, I think this is because not everybody thinks they can pull it off but in my opinion everyone has the ability to because you can make anything your style as long as you add your own edge. I get my inspiration from the likes of Ian Connor and A$AP Rocky, I think their style is unique and very much within the high fashion status. To sum this up I would describe my style as cool, laid back and quirky.
Changing and emphasising my style is possibly the hardest fashion journey I've put myself through. I have been going through this journey for a couple of years now, exploring different styles to find that one style that perfectly suits me and a style that I feel comfortable yet confident in. For the past couple of weeks, months even, I've been shopping and ordering online for things which are related to the style that I love the most. I've purchased these items and used my old clothes to re invent the style with my own personal touches. So what exactly is my style? Well I love the 90s and I'd like to portray my love for what it is to me the best era of fashion through what I wear. This style inspiration has came from the likes of Lauryn Hill, Will Smith, Salt 'n' Pepper and so many other fashion pioneers, but as a teen in the modern world I do get caught up with the trends that I feel that can make the looks more interesting and creative. I just have an all round love for fashion that is not able to be explained in anyway, many people can understand this passion and the people in my surroundings see the love that I have for fashion. It is literally my first love everything I do is always in relation to fashion in some way, right from lifestyle television programmes, and everything else that I can't think of, is all in the name of fashion. The confidence that I have gained from fashion has been spectacular and I really couldn't put in words the way fashion has made me feel about myself, I have put my life into the hands fashion and really could not be more thankful for everything it has done for me. Fashion has made me and has made me the woman that I am today. Sharing this journey is the most enjoyable thing and hope you all enjoy my story. Also I just hope it inspires you all to do something in the name of fashion!
CONTRIBUTOURS D A R L I N G T O N
J A C K
L I S A
W I L D I S H
K A M A N D E
N D U B U I S I
T H E O D O R E
Y V E T T E
T A P F U M A
A K A B O G U
F A R R E L L
N Y A K I M B A