By Bee Cullen
The only magazine which caters to women of all sizes without creating labels, because we are all beautiful.
MUSIC, FOOD & FASHION!
Photography by Sarah Bennett
C O N T E N T S
What is Silhouette? Barbie on Tour Barbie Girl Beauty Head pieces Fashion Illustration & the Female Form An Essay Artists Have Their Say Music Reviews by Xara Griffiths New Food Craze Fashion for Charity Summer Camera Buys Young Talent of BIAD
Silhouette, to me, is the body shape of a woman. Silhouette is the darkness seen through the light. It stands for the love/hate relationship so many women have with their body. It stands for the women who triumph against unrealistic norms of beauty. It stands for the true, nude shape of a woman, without clothes or makeup and before digital enhancement. We are not against women enhancing their face or bodies, everyone should be able to be who they want to be and look how they feel comfortable. It is simply that Silhouette is here to unite women, because we should be able to understand how much pressure there is to look good and how hard it is to feel accepted, especially in the fashion industry. When you are constantly told what ‘doesn’t suit your shape’ or ‘which body parts to conceal’, it’s hard to feel content with who you really are. I don’t believe in labelling women of different sizes as ‘normal’ or ‘plus size’. The boundaries are confusing and the separation is pointless. Clothes, however much we adore them, should not rule over us. Clothes should be made for the woman, not the other way around. I really feel that in the 21st century, we should be able to look at women as individuals rather than categorising them into size charts. I feel fashion advertising and catwalk shows need more size diversity due to the saturation of thin individuals. It is true that people should be acknowledged for their talent rather than chosen solely because they have an appearance that isn’t the norm (whether due to race, size or other aspects). However, the world needs to give more women a chance, companies must stop telling people that ‘they need to lose a few pounds’. The only reason anyone should diet is for themselves, not to please anybody else or succumb to media pressure.
The feminist movement has achieved so much but now, you often hear women belittling feminists and questioning their purpose in today’s society. It is these women that belittle each other and it is debatable that a woman’s biggest critic is other women. Unifying the female population to accept and love each other, whatever they look like and however they dress is the next wave of feminism that we need to right the world. Personally, I am a size 12 and honestly very happy with my body shape and who I am. I feel totally grateful for what God has given me and for my high metabolism because I do love my food. I have many friends of varying sizes who are all beautiful with unique style and healthy appetites. I find that food brings people together and is something to enjoy rather than fear the weight you may or may not gain. I’m not going to lie and say that I’ve never been upset about a stretch mark or wobbly bit, however, I always find there is nothing better than amazing clothes to help instil confidence. A brand new outfit will keep your body confidence sky high for weeks and it is that buzz created through fashion that I want to capture in my magazine.
Biker Jacket, £15.99 Amazon. Crop top, £15, Topshop. Heeled Boots £175, All Saints. Paisley shorts, £38, Topshop. Peplum belt, £30 Asos. Tie dye Castel Boots, £90, Dr Martens. Wonderfit Denim Jeans, £18, Asda. Backpack, £14.99, and jewellery, H&M.
Campaigner for size diversity, Edith Dohmen (to the left) @ stylehasnosize.com Founder of WIWT.com (What I Wore Today), find Poppy Dinsey @ poppyd.com This young spark is a great makeup and beauty blogger, Zoe @ zoella.co.uk Lifestyle blogger Franceta Johnson @ francetajohnson.com/ This girl is opinionated and oh so fashionable, Arabelle Sicardi @ fashionpirate.net Her bio reads “Blogger, Mother, & Cupcake Enthusiast!” and we like the sound of anybody who shares our love of cupcakes, it’s Tess @ theplussizelife.blogspot.co.uk This young spark is a great makeup and beauty blogger, Zoe @ www.zoella.co.uk She is always in head to toe designer but we can’t get enough of her style? It has to be Vogue Japan Editor, Anna Della Russo (on the right) @ annadellorusso.com Fashion and lifestyle at its best @ www.honestlywtf.com
his fashion shoot took an unusual approach by using Barbie dolls as models. Barbie has been associated with fashion for decades and we just need some of their clothes in human size! Barbies are known for their long blonde hair, blue eyes and ivory skin along with their tiny waists. We want a reconstruction of the dolls so that they represent a more diverse range of women whatever shape, race or hair colour, especially as they have such a huge impact on each young generation. If you agree, all you have to do is log on to change.org/petitions/mattel-create-a-plus-size-barbie and sign the petition!
We are inspired by the words of campaigner, Keke Dillard who began the campaign after recognising that Barbie was not a realistic role model for her daughter to grow up with. She argues ‘Barbies have had multiple jobs and are multiple races but yet she hasn’t been plus size nor have any plus size “friends”. In this day-and-age, with body image being the target of a lot of things, you would think that the fine people at Mattel would have at least made one full figured barbie. She can be a doctor, a lawyer even tattooed but why not full figured?’ We totally agree Keke! Look how good this mock up looks - A healthy and beautiful every day woman! It’s well known that reaching Barbies measurements is very unhealthy and skeptics even believe that due to her abnormal proportions (considering she is top heavy with very tiny feet), she would not be able to walk upright and the weight would force her on to all fours. Her BMI would be dangerously low! Don’t get us wrong, we still love Barbie but surely she can go up a few (or many) dress sizes and therefore show the children that still play with them that they don’t have to be so thin to be considered beautiful. They also don’t need to fit the stereotypical look of Barbie, Barbies have been made with different hair, eye and skin colour. We’d love to see some of your old Barbies (we know you’ve kept them), so get up in the loft and tweet your favourite Barbies with the tag #silhouettebarbiegirl.
‘Mattel is a CURVY world now! Its time that your products reflect what real women look like.’ -
Swimsuit and beach accesories, £4.99, Toys ‘R’ Us
Barbie dolls, From ÂŁ14.95, Amazon
Shop floor design and clothes, ÂŁ39.99, Argos
Forget lipstick, it’s all about lip stain! Make-up brands everywhere are turning away from lipstick that smudges and is a pain to reapply. Now, an even better way to colour your lips is becoming widely available on the high street in the form of lip stain!
Our Barbie girls have been showing off how well different colours and shades look from pinks to purples and yellows. Then we’ve found some great and affordable cosmetics like the Lush ‘Emotional Brilliance’ range (above), which can actually be used as eye make-up too! There is also Mac ‘Lipmix’ (right), which allows you to blend colours to create the perfect colour to suit you!
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he definition of fashion Illustration is “the communication of fashion that originates with illustration, drawing and painting”. However, I feel they are more than simple drawings, they help visualise the ideas and inspiration of fashion designers onto the body for all to view as garments. They help with the manufacturing process and can even just be art. Fashion illustrations are expressed in many different ways through different media, mark making and style. For example, Georges Lepape was a celebrated illustrator in the 1920s that created hand coloured Pochoir prints whereas contemporary artist Patrick Morgan mixes pen and ink with digital manipulation for his finished artwork. Computer aided design can be used for colour enhancement in programmes like Adobe Photoshop, which Morgan uses, for tidying up hand-drawn images or as a drawing tool in Adobe Illustrator. Other mediums include watercolour or gouache paints, monoprinting, pastels, collage or a mixture of all. After undertaking research, I am impressed with the variety of mediums, poses and trends captured in fashion illustrations over the last century. Nevertheless, I was shocked because throughout it all changing outfits, rising hemlines, teen subcultures galore, the measurements of the models used stayed rigidly the same. Tall, slim models with unrealistically long legs, necks and emphasised waists dominate the fashion mainstream. Since the 1990s and the popularity of heroin chic epitomised by the ever photogenic supermodel, Kate Moss, the issue of underweight young girls has been in every tabloid. Kate Moss is forever repeated for the line “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”. It is arguable that nowadays the pressure for women to be thin is overwhelming. Many young girls develop eating disorders caused by the body conscious lifestyles we live and this can be seen in research by UK Parliament who found Photoshop manipulation of pen and the amount of people diagnosed with anorexia each watercolour drawing for the brand year has been constantly rising since 1997. ‘Chloe’ by Patrick Morgan Men are no strangers to the pressure about their weight but the Royal College of Psychiatrists found women are 10 times more likely to suffer from anorexia or bulimia than men. People’s ideas may be changing toward size as recently in 2012, Karl Lagerfeld, head designer for fashion house Chanel, caused outrage after calling ‘Someone Like You’ singer Adele, ‘fat’. Supposedly meant as a compliment, Adele replied “I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.’ This incident helped show that views are changing for the better, women are willing to go against the media’s beauty ideals and celebrate their natural size. I found that although the tiny size of models on a catwalk is exaggerated, at least these women are real, yet the female form depicted in many illustrations is so unrealistic and unreachable it is almost alien. Call it artistic license if you prefer, but I feel it’s just another barrier to stop people appreciating their natural size and shape. Most women don’t fit the stereotype of long legs and small waists and as fashion is meant to clothe the masses, it would make much more sense for the designers and illustrators to recognise this, both on their catwalks and in their sketchbooks. Coco Chanel once said that “Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions” but I feel that even though these drawings may be in proportion, they are not representative of the majority of the female population. Elsa Schiaparelli, rival to Coco, said more bluntly
Gozo illustration, by Laura Laine
“Never fit a dress to the body but train the body to fit the dress.” Some people do go to extreme lengths to lose weight to fit into, for example, a wedding dress, nevertheless I completely disagree because in my opinion, clothes should be made for the woman and the woman should always come first. In this essay, I intend to compare and contrast different fashion illustrators and the portrayal of the female body in their work.
ifted, Laura Laine is a contemporary freelance illustrator born in 1983 in Finland. She studied at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki where she is now based. She has worked with Zara and Tommy Hilfiger and publications like Muse Magazines and The Guardian. Her work, which is normally black and white, is truly beautiful yet somewhat disconcerting. She describes “My drawing style is something I’m not so conscious about, I just do what I feel like at the moment. Lately it’s been twisted-bodied girls with a melancholy attitude.” Her work is exaggerated and sometimes out-of-proportion. Her figures consist of tiny frames held up with tapering long legs and ankles that are barely there. I think she is brilliant at creating contortionist characters that seem almost inhuman yet the stances her figures take are nearly as unachievable for most women as the body shapes they have. Artist and illustrator, Mats Gustafson was born in Sweden in 1951 and now lives and works in New York. I feel inspired by his work as the mediums he uses, watercolour and pastels, creates such luxuriously elegant illustrations. He is an expert at blending his colours and creating modest yet charming silhouettes. He sometimes works with paper cut-outs and coloured backgrounds, as seen in ‘Valentino’, but is most fond of black and white. Gustafson is described as a minimalist because of his simple use of colour and mark making. He studied Costume and Stage Design at the Scandinavian Drama Institute and his work was first seen in British Vogue in 1978. He has now worked for worldwide brands and publications. Although his work is more realistic of the female form than Dior Haute Couture, ‘Poetic IlluLaine, I feel it is due to the lack of facial features, they seem ghostly. I sions’, Vogue China, December also noticed that the limbs of his figures are very slender and of course, 2010, by Mats Gustafson they are all very slim with long legs.
David Downton is a renowned English fashion illustrator, born in 1959, who has worked for top fashion houses and magazines like Dior, Versace and Valentino, 2001, Watercolour, Vogue. He also does commercial work for brands by Mats Gustafson such as Absolut Vodka, BAFTA, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Most recently, Downton acquired the prestigious job of ‘Fashion Artist In Residence’ at upmarket London hotel, Claridges. He stays fifty two nights a year in exchange for his drawings “of some of Claridges favourite guests.” Always an illustrator and inspired by Rene Graur and Carl Erickson, Downton was thrown into the world of fashion after a job recording the 1996 Haute Couture shows in Paris. Since then, he has drawn top models and celebrities from Erin O’Connor to Rachel Weisz. Speaking of Erin and his preferred drawing style in an article for Vogue, Downton said: “I first noticed Erin in a Gaultier show, and was immediately transfixed; she had all the qualities I was trying to achieve in my drawing, tall, linear, graphic, black and white”. He is right that this does come across in his work, however, there can also be a sense of disorder and chaos caused by his dynamic mark making like the hair of Erin O’Connor. He works with black India ink and although Downton owns a computer, he says that “nothing can compare with that first flash of black ink on white paper”. I found most of Downton’s work to contain exaggerations like the posture in the Absolut piece or the length of Erin’s neck. Whilst flicking through 100 Years of Fashion Illustration, which Downtowns work graces the front cover, I found the Jean Paul Gaultier piece which is eye catching due to the pose. The model looks unnaturally long and lean which may add to the concern that fashion’s view of weight is severely unhealthy and unethical. The problem I find is the model’s size is the most noticeable factor, rather than how she looks in the clothes themselves. The clothes are the product and should stand out for customers to want to wear rather than to feel insignificant because they are not the same size as the model. The female form is naturally more curvaceous and considering the average size for a woman in the UK is Absolut Vodka Advertisement, 16, this illustration is somewhat warped. However, a 1/8, Acne Paper, 2010 by David redeeming quality for this piece is is to know that it is Downton for Jean Paul Gaultier.
Giambattista Valli, Couture Week, by Lotty Rose
An artist inspired by Gustafson is innovative, new fashion illustrator, Lotty Rose who lives and works in London. She uses inks and collage to draw with and also creates paper sculptures and set design. She recently graduated from the London College of Fashion and was very busy in 2012. She has drawn from Couture catwalks at Paris Fashion Week, and Autumn/Winter 2012 collections for designers Mary Kantrantzou and Gareth Pugh. Of all the work so far, Lotty Rose creates the thinnest figures but they are so abstracted that they feel more like emotions than depictions of the female form. Although she is seen as a minimalist, her conceptual pieces which have been likened to flowers, are totally different to Gustafson.
Plus size fashion illustration, Slink Magazine, by Willa Gebbie
Erin O’Connor, 2000 by David Downton
Jean Paul Gaultier has made a conscious effort to break the norm of size zero models, by introducing more variety onto his catwalk from plus size to pierced and tattooed models. He set the trend for a wider range of models after plus size model, Crystal Renn walked for his Autumn/Winter 2010 show. Beth Ditto, lead singer for The Gossip, also stepped out on his Spring/Summer 2011 catwalk at Paris Fashion Week. Other designers, like Mark Fast, also chose to have plus size models on their catwalks. Even more recently, designers Norisol Ferrari and Marimekko had an 81 year old woman wear their garments on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week in September 2012. All-be-it she was the one and only supermodel, Carmen Dell’Orefice, but it still shows that change is on the way in the case of more diverse models.
From this exploration of fashion illustration, I’ve found that although there definitely needs to be more variety and representation of the general population (whether size, shape, age or skin colour), this is true for the whole fashion sphere. However, I have found evidence of more plus size illustrations, for example, illustrator Willa Gebbie. Based in London, she uses ink, pencil and watercolour for her work which was commissioned by Slink Magazine to create plus size illustrations with wondrous results. I’ve realised that drawings can’t hurt anyone and as David Downton said “Drawings tell the truth without needing to be accurate”. I think I’ve adopted the approach that drawing is such an artistic medium that exaggerations are permissible. It is not the watercolour paintings of Gustafson or ink sketches of Downton that are causing eating disorders, it’s the socially constructed view of the ‘ideal weight’ stressed to us by the media. Drawings don’t have to capture reality; they can be purely imagination or an illusion. There is supposed to be a revival of illustration happening and I am excited about it. David Downton has said “I was once working backstage at Dior and a model said ‘Drawing… wow, that’s new!’ I thought, ‘drawing is now so old, it’s new!’ In other words, like everything else it’s cyclical. I think a lot of people just forgot about it. But, to be honest, although everyone talks about a revival, fashion illustration never really went anywhere. Perhaps you just needed to look harder.” It is true that for a century, fashion illustrators have been creating beautiful artwork and I’m really glad there is an alternative for women other than the models they see on the catwalk or in photoshoots.
We interviewed exciting and upcoming illustrator, Lotty Rose, about her beautiful artwork, its focus on the human body and what’s next for her. The figures you create in your illustrations are always very slim, why do you exaggerate this aspect of the female form? I like to exaggerate the figure and distort the shape as I think a long graphic shape on a big white space is aesthetically pleasing. I also take huge inspiration from vintage Vogue cover illustrations where the women are often represented with long elegant necks and silhouettes. Do you feel that in the fashion industry there is pressure to be a certain size and does this affect your illustrations? I do believe that there is an enormous pressure to be a certain size and look a certain way in the fashion industry, however this has no affect upon my drawings. My work is often enlarged or minimized as I enjoy playing with scale. You work with collage or paint but what is the actual medium you use? Craft paper? Watercolour? ...? I like to try a variety of mediums, but the two I nearly always use are gaffa tape and ink. Using tape to create graphic shapes is my signature style.
You’ve used colour and monochrome palettes in your work, which would be your preference? I have only recently started working in colour so I think my preference would be monochrome. I will experiment with colour in the future. Some of your illustrations remind me of the art deco movement What would you say are your biggest inspirations are, this could be artists, movements or anything around you? My inspirations vary dependent on the subject I am drawing, I feel it is important to look at a variety of things to inspire you. My main inspirations come from the Bauhaus movement, I really love the minimalist graphic shapes. The work of Ed Fella is really interesting, his hand rendered lettering is beautiful. I am also currently obsessed with Quentin Jones’ collages and fashion films. How do you feel about digital illustrations as opposed to hand drawn? I like a hand-rendered approach to my work but I equally appreciate hand drawn illustrations and digital illustrations. With the way technology has advanced and the prevalence it plays within our lives and work think even hand rendered illustrators use and appreciate digital elements in their work. For example I like to sketch and draw but do use a computer to experiment. You can get two very different but very beautiful outcomes from using each medium.
I’d like to thank Lotty Rose for taking the time to answer all my questions and can’t wait to see more of her gorgeous work!
Wavves – Afraid of Heights
Released : 26 March 2013
Nathan Williams; vocalist, guitarist and writer of the ethereal songs behind surf rock band Wavves has created his fourth album Afraid of Heights. The 14 track album is the longest produced by Wavves. The sound follows that of Wavves previous albums, relaxed and clean, with indie/psychedelic elements. Most tracks on Afraid of Heights have an exciting summer feel with contradicting negative lyrics. These are often disguised by the bouncy, electric backing track and this makes Wavves’ album an effortless listen. The songs have a very interesting sound and idea that Wavves perfect. Some of Williams’ lyrics include “I’ll always be on my own, fucked and alone”, “You can beat me up” and “I’ll put the knife in my brain”. All of these lyrics indicate contempt for himself and the world around him. There a couple of slower tracks on this album which add a distinction between the songs that can sound slightly similar to some listeners. This album is a good progression from the first 3 albums by Wavves, though depressive the lyrics are painless to relate to and this is made easier by the incredible sounds.
Best Tracks: Demon To Lean On, Afraid of Heights, Beat Me Up
By Xara Griffiths
Tyler, The Creator – Wolf
Released: 2 April 2013
Tyler, The Creator’s third, 18 track album Wolf was anticipated by many. This album follows his first album Bastard and second Goblin. With an R n B and Jazz feel to this album it is very different from well-known album, Goblin. Most songs on Wolf are a lot more melodic and calm with simple repetitive piano chords and great use of synthesisers. Tyler has a few of his favourite artists featuring on this album including Pharrell Williams and Erykah Badu. From these features there is a lot more singing, including from Tyler himself. The sounds in this album are well produced and have Tyler’s honest, psychotic lyrics about his fatherless life, his rise into fame and crazy fans. He has also written a few confused love songs, one titled ‘IFHY’ (I fucking hate you) with the crazy lyrics: “I fucking hate you, but I love you”, “I love you so much that my heart stops beating” and “we can die together, you and me”. The last song ‘Lone’ delves into his family life, about the death of his grandma; this makes Tyler a person who has a lot more to him than the fame that he seems to hate. Tyler has progressed with Wolf strengthening his lyrics and sounds, hopefully a lot of people’s opinions on him will change listening to this album.
Best Tracks: IFHY, Tamale, Rusty
A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP
Released: 15 January 2013
Rapper Rakim Mayers’ known as A$AP Rocky first studio album Long. Live.A$AP was released this year after his first mixtape Live.Love. A$AP. His 16 tracks have electronic and sampled backing tracks with heavy beats and well rapped hooks that are obviously his strength. His lyrics are most definitely his weakness as they don’t have much depth, PMW (All I Really Need) - an acronym for Pussy Money Weed – means a lot really. There are some big artists featuring on this album from Drake and Kendrick Lamar to Florence Welch. Their inclusion in this album makes it exciting and a great way for Mayers’ to gain fans. This is a well produced album shows he has progressed well from his mixtape and he has a lot to show for in the future.
Best Tracks: Goldie, 1Train, I Come Apart Justin Bieber – Believe Acoustic Released: 29 January 2013
Justin Bieber’s Believe Acoustic album was released 7 months after the Believe album in June 2012. There has always been a mixed reception to his music and Justin Bieber himself, but having the biggest fan base with over 37 million fans on twitter; it must prove that he has talent. Believe Acoustic has 11 songs, 8 off the Believe album but 3 being new songs written by Bieber himself. The songs include him singing over an acoustic guitar/piano and they all show an immense vocal range that’s not normally heard from him. From this album there is no doubting that he can sing very well and has shown many people that he is a musician not just a highly produced teen star. However having stripped back the songs some of the lyrics seem silly and weak as when produced fully the lyrics aren’t noticed as much. The 3 new songs created for Believe Acoustic are the best on the album as they have been written to be acoustic. Justin Bieber has shown that vocally he is very strong and this album shows a different side of his musical ability.
Best Tracks: Take You, Yellow Raincoat, I Would
Silhouette wants our readers to love food as much as we do so we’ve travelled the country to find the best restaurants for you to try! Over the past few decades South American food, especially Mexican, has become a big hit with food lovers. It’s no wonder because there’s such a cornucopia of tastes to choose from, many vegetarian options and it’s great food to entertain kids as they’re encouraged to use their hands. Named after Oaxaca in Mexico, TV Chef Thomasina Myers has opened up a few restaurants around London but I am biased towards the Covent Garden store. No booking means you better leave time to wait for a table but usually no longer than half an hour! While you wait, you can sip exciting cocktails and taste the range of aged tequila. The street food is to die for and great if you’re on a budget. My perfect dinner date would be any of their fish dishes with a passion fruit margarita and the salted caramel ice-cream for desert but if you are feeling indulgent, go for the churros with BOTH sauces! Bodega 12 Bennetts Hill Birmingham B2 5RS
Wahaca, 66 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, City of Westminster, London, WC2N 4HG
Bodega translates to ‘wine shop’ and this restaurant is another great place to try cocktails with regular happy hours! You cannot leave here without trying the nachos and the batatas fritas, also known as sweet potato fries. A personal favourite is the red wine glazed chorizo, an essential ingredient in a lot of South American cuisine. It also has a really calm, friendly environment with helpful staff and speedy service. However, you will definitely need to book a table at weekends.
It’s a bit out of the way but the journey makes a romantic country drive for a summer afternoon! And it’s definitely worth it! This restaurant has a warm pub with a stylish restaurant alongside. Enjoy British real ale and great foreign food which has been sold here for over two decades. Going with someone who’s not a fan of spicy food? The steaks are delicious, but they’re even better if you choose the tex-mex (steak and chilli con carne). The pulled pork burrito here is so succulent and simple with slow roasted chipotle pork and your choice of Mexican rice and chips. And for the sweet yet sour tooth? The Key Lime Pie with vanilla ice-cream is to die for.
The Gate 36 Dodford Rd Bournheath Bromsgrove Worcestershire B61 9JR
Photography by Sarah Bennett
Authentic Chilli Con Carne has chocolate in it! Why not try Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Chocolate, ÂŁ1.85 per 100g, Waitrose
fter the success of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day on the 15th March, it was obvious that Silhouette had to do a feature on ‘Fashion for Charity’. We’ve all popped into TK Maxx to purchase the amazing t-shirts designed by Stella McCartney which are helping to raise funds for vacines and other life saving treatment for children in third world countries. The t-shirts have been seen on the likes of Kate Moss and the gorgeous, James McAvoy. McCartney is a genius because the tops are so versatile and can be worn by anyone; plus we all love the warm feeling we get from giving to charity. However, it does cause a dilemma when you’re on the train to work, sitting next to at least two other people sporting the same tshirt, even if they are ‘Limited Edition’!
So how do you like the sound of purchasing a one-off vintage piece and still be donating all the money to charity? It’s no joke, the PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) have started selling all their vintage stock on Asos Marketplace.
The clothing ranges from elegant fur coats to rock chick jackets and even antique accessories. You don’t have to break the bank either with prices starting at £20! Just think, you could go online, fall in love with a gorgeous 1950’s tea dress (or be daring in a 1960’s mini skirt) and there’s no need to feel guilty because of all the poorly animals that your money is going to help.
Checkout the PDSA Vintage Collection by searching PDSA on Maketplace.Asos.com but hurry while stock lasts.
Photography by Sarah Bennett
We know that you’re all planning your summer holidays so we’ve researched some of the great cameras on offer for you to capture those memories. Look for vintage bargains at car boot sales or, if you’re not a morning person, eBay has a lot to offer. However, we know the crushing feeling when you are outbid by a few pounds so here are the best buys for brand new photography equipment that is on the market. The digital age means great quality shots at great prices but if you prefer the look of film and are willing to pay the developing prices, here’s our favourites!
THIS SEASON’S HOTTEST COLOUR A simple purple Olympus VR-340 16, £109 from Very.co.uk THE CLASSIC This Fujifilm FinePix X100 Digital Camera is worth the £525 from SLRHut!
An inexpensive camera for keen photographers. Action Sampler, THE MINIMALIST £29, fredaldous.co.uk For the perfect film THE CHALLENGE camera, shop at Lomography, an amazing store dedicated to the art of photography. This Belair X 6-12 City Slicker is only £269! Plus, there’s a huge range of film to choose from as well so check out the store. Tap into two trends: COLOUR BLOCKING AND NEON Diana F+ Camera in CMYK, £89.99, Surfdome.com If you’re excited for the summer, try… Lomography Color Negative 100 120 3 pack = £9.90 or the Lomography Lady Grey B&W 400 35mm 3 Pack = £14
Becky is an amazing illustrator who’s a fan of makeup. Her latest project is based on the connection between fashion and music. David Bowie was one of her many muses, as was Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring/Summer 2013 ‘Iconic Musicians’ collection. She finds inspiration in shop layouts and displays and when reading fashion magazines or blogs. This makes perfect sense as she would love to work as “a stylist for a fashion magazine or work on a blog promoting a brand.” www.bloginhellbecky.wordpress.com
Anna has been interested in textiles for years and is a talented seamstress. Her latest project was inspired by her favourite book, ‘The Great Gatsby’. The famous 1920s novel is known for its glamorous fashion, especially flapper dresses, so Anna has been hard at work sampling beading and screen printing. A film based on the book is soon to debut but its not Anna is not just inspired by books and films but other designers too. She said she “would love to work in a theatre, helping make costumes or just sewing buttons as long as I am in that environment I’ll be really happy.”
Chloe is a talented print designer with a keen eye for new shapes. She finds her creativity in “everything from nature to architecture, landscapes to bold prints and patterns found around me.’ Her recent project has been inspired by forms and details found in beautiful architecture. Her dream job would be to work in a print house for fashion or interiors to create key designs.
A big believer in modern jewellery, Harry likes clean lines and the colour black. His most recent project was inspired by tribal imagery found whilst visiting museums. The tribal theme can be seen through his laser cut, repetitive patterns. He works with wood, metal, Perspex and resin. In the future, he wants to ‘change the world through jewellery’. www.sparkeshart.blogspot.co.uk
Xara is another lover of black but she is also drawn to sheer fabric. She says “everything around me inspires me, however the beauty in little things always intrigues me most.” Her latest project was influenced by apparitions and the obnubilation of spirits. Her dream is to work for a fashion house when she is older.
She adds “possibly even become a fashion dsigner” and the possibilities are endless. www.xaras.tumblr.com
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