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london fashion week - paris culture ...a look around the fashion capital - STYLED ON TREND ...A LOOK AT FASHION ON CAMPUS - FASHION SUCCESS STORY - DEPOP SUCCESS ...A GLITTER CRAZE

Editor’s Note In this issue we show you how to travel the world on a shoe-string, introduce you to one of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary artists and say goodbye to last year’s Millennial pink with a splash of Gen Z yellow to take you in to spring. When I got the job of becoming the second editor for Carbon, I was nervous but ready for what was ahead. I had a strong team behind me, who were able to help me whenever I reached a bump in the road. I am glad that I have been given such a big opportunity to work outside of my comfort zone and stretching my skills. We focused highly on the reviews we had from the last issue, and improved every minor and major detail we could in order to provide a magazine of an even higher standard than what we aimed for in issue number 1. Our front cover has been created by Emily Salmon, our feature editor who worked alongside Hannah Critchley to create a wonderful and interesting abstract image. We had the pleasure of working with other students within the Solent community, some of which played a large part of the creation of the front cover. As we are students running a magazine for students, it was and is important to us that we include work created by fellow peers and those who study other courses too. I myself had the pleasure of visiting London Fashion Week and even going behind the scenes. My own style has been heavily influenced by different magazines including LOVE magazine and getting to meet and interview Steve Morriss (Senior Fashion Director, LOVE magazine) gave me lots of inspiration when creating this edition. As well as Steve Morriss, I also met Jamie Wei Huang, who’s show I later got to see, front stage. This opportunity is something that will forever be remembered, as not only did I wait a long time to attend London Fashion Week Festival, but I also got back stage, something I’ve only ever dreamt of doing. This has given me much more of an insight into the industry I want to work in, but also what to expect and how difficult times can be. It’s also given me so much more motivation to put 100% into every piece of work I produce, and with Carbon, hopefully this is the perfect way to achieve this. The team and I hope that you enjoy reading it, as much as we all enjoyed creating it and we are excited for what the future holds for Carbon on Campus.












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Fashion News Carbon rounds up the biggest fashion news, keeping you up to date on the latest trends

London Fashion WEek round-up

We’ve had five amazing days at London Fashion week, filled with many spectacular moments. Here’s a quick round-up of the most notable events during the week: from replicable heads to a visit from the Queen. For Richard Quinn, he was the first ever to be awarded Her Majesty’s British Design Award, after leaving Cantral Saint Martin’s with a master’s just under 2 years ago, Quinn quoted “it feels a bit surreal. When I saw the blue cushion on the front row, I knew it was real; I knew she was coming.”

“The Maha mediation” capsule collection look book Maharishi just released its latest lookbook for it’s newest drop entitled the “Maha Mediation” collection. With the brands longlasting interest in military garnments, this only adds to the intrigue. Using cycled up military garnments made from organic cotton, the line combines baseball influences with Tibetan Sanskrit blessings. Sweatsuits, face maks and loose fit trousers, all in white, make an appearance in the latest collection. The original inspiration for the trousers stems from and has been up-cycled from the classsic army-snow camoflauge tousers. To round off the collection, a pair of split toe sport socks, made in Italy, continue the brand’s history in creating Tabi-styled footwear.

Summer shoes for your feet Looking good can sometimes come at a price and when it comes to your feet, thats a tough price to pay. When it comes to advice, a Harvard doctor is someone you wouldn’t want to disagree with. With winter coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking Spring and Summer footwear! Casey Kerrigan, MD, also owns her own athleisure shoe line and has just finished with developing her own sandal line. Intellectually developed to show off those Summer pedicures, whilst keeping your feet happy and healthy all Summer.

Lacoste delivers a golfing themesed collection at Paris Fashion Week With the recent trend rise of athleisure as everyday wear, Lacoste proves to be the masters of the trend in all forms with their recent collection. From tennis courts to putting green, the inspiration stemming from a tree planting project at the Channtco golf course in Saint-Jean-du-Luz, launched by Rene Lacoste and his wife at the start of World War Two. This formed a back drop for the modern interpretations of golf jumpers of the Eighties and Nineties. Check split skirts have been juxtaposed with reverisble nylon wind-breakers, shown with knitted dresses, velvet quilted hoodies and bucket hats. Detachable sleeves can be found on the jackets, alongside functional backpacks and rubber boots in collaboration with Aigle. The brands iconic polo shirt also recieved a fresh makeover, in collaboration with the Save our Species program with the iconic crockodile replaced by ten other endangered animals, with only a limited number being produced.


Street style photographer Bradley Smith captures a rough snapshot of skate style cool.

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doodlesto dollars How one former solent graduate has turned her passion for quirky illustrations into a booming

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Illustration Graduate Fern Cleary designs and prints her own graphic T-Shirts and sweatshirts, amoungst other trickets such as books and cards. She is the proud owner of the brand Cool Cat and Hot Dog press where she sells her quirky and puntastic garnments.

On average how long does it take you to produce your clothes? Not long at all these days, I have all the screens ready to go so when an order comes on I can get it printed, heat pressed, packed and posted in about an hour if not quicker.

Where did your inspiration from your T-Shirt designs come from? It’s pretty simple really, I design and draw things that I like for example I’m a big hip hop fan and I also love puns, nostalgia and cats so that’s where it stems from and most of my designs fit in one of the above categories. Is there an underlying message behind your designs, especially the rapper designs? Rappers usually have big egos and cool personas but when I looked at their real names they were usually far from the persona they were trying to portray so it was just a fun way of knocking them down a peg or two. Where did your design style stem from? My style comes from being a screen printer. In screen printing there’s lots of room for error and off setting which when I first started I hated as I’d want to try and make the print as perfect as possible but now I purposely offset I’ve grown to love the way it looks as its more interesting and fun that way. Even when I work digitally I still emulate the look of a screenprinted design. Was there a specific reason for turning your designs into T-shirts and sweaters as opposed to other garments or objects? I think they are a great way to get your designs out there better than selling a print as a print you stick up at home and that’s it but if its on a t-shirt or jumper people travel far and wide with my art on which is pretty cool! How did your university degree in illustration help your process? They taught me how to screen print, which was something I had never done before and after that I was hooked printing anything and everything I could. I would design things for print, this pushed me to use limited colour palettes, and simplify my designs so that it would work easily in the screen print format. Do you print your own clothes or do you have someone who does that for you? Yes I do, I hand print almost all of my designs in my home screen-printing studio. Only this year have I started to outsource a few of the more complicated designs to a DTG (direct to garment) printer, as it would just be nearly impossible to print them myself.

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Whats your favourite thing about your career or your design process? It’s that I can design exactly what I want and when people respond positively to the designs I have created it’s an amazing feeling. Whats your biggest highlight of your career? There’s a really cool shop called Boy Parker in Brighton’s lanes that stocks my t-shirt that’s probably the highlight so far. Do you face any challenges throughout the working and production process? Screen-printing in general is temperamental it’s about knowing how to right wrongs and preventing those wrongs. I had 3 years experience from uni printing and a job as a commercial screen printer both of these have helped me to become a rather skilled printer. Are there any struggles you must overcome with the competitiveness of the industry you work within? I haven’t so far everyone is pretty friendly and accepting of what I do. What was the inspiration for you brand name of Cool Cat and Hot Dog Clothing? It’s just a fun pun! What does the future hold for your brand? I’d like to have a few more shops stock my clothes and I’m hoping that my designs take off and get noticed when I have a stall at Shoreditchs Boxpark which will be later in the year! Finally, do you have a favourite piece? It would have to be my Childish Gambino design as he Is my favorite rapper! Fern proves that hard work, dedication and even just a love for puns can take you a long way! Keep an eye out for more designs coming soon! You can buy her garnments at: Follow Fern: instagram/fernclearyillustration




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From student to studio

Carbon spoke to Megan Louise Jordan about her journey from solent to the industry Most university graduates spend a year travelling or searching for work, settling for whatever they can to gain experience, but Megan Jordan jumped headfirst into industry determined to make her mark. Now with shoots for Italian Vogue and having worked with the cast of Game of Thrones under her belt, Southampton seems a long way away. Megan graduated Southampton Solent in 2016 after acing her Fashion Photography degree. Spending her weeks managing Miles Aldridge’s studio in London, and creating personal photography in her free time, she’s busy to say the least. Her striking photography has been featured in Telegraph Luxury magazine, Time magazine and Vogue Italia. I got a chance to interview the hardworking graduate for Carbon and found out key information on what Megan enjoyed most about studying at Solent, what she wished she had known before entering the industry and tips for aspiring fashion photographers. What course did you study at Solent? What made you choose that course? I studied Fashion Photography BA(hons). I chose the course because an A level teacher suggested it and after reading through the overview, it really appealed to me. How was your overall university experience? I had a great time at Solent. I really enjoyed working with other

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wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else. What advice would you give to a first year? I would tell a first year to be open to new ideas and influences and to enjoy their time while studying, University is a great opportunity. If you could change one thing about your time at Solent, what would it be? I would have had a little more confidence about trying new things and I would have pushed myself to get out there more. What key skills did you learn at university that have helped you in industry? I learnt lots of skills at university that helped me in the industry, mostly practical skills but also how to effectively manage my work within a given and fixed timescale. Is there anything you wish you learnt while at university that you needed to know once you graduated? Possibly I would have liked to have learned a little about the basics of running a freelance business and how to manage different things in the industry.

Photography by Megan Jordan Friendships? Lifelong friends made at university? Yes, I made a lot of great friends for life at university, I still speak to nearly everyone. Girls night out or quiet night in? It depends how I’m feeling on the night but normally I am up for both. What advice would you give to an aspiring photographer in the fashion industry? Work as an assistant. Learn about how the business works, not just the practical side, experience is very needed when working in the industry.

What brands have you worked with since you graduated? I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many amazing brands like DeBeers, UniQlo, Dunhill, Hugo Boss, Clarks, Vogue Italia, Wallpaper, Numero, Time Magazine, Modern Matter magazine, Telegraph luxury magazine, 1843 and Wall street journal. Who’s been your favourite person to work with? My favourite people to work with have been Peter Dinklage and the Game of Thrones cast.


What have been some of your best opportunities? I shot a series of behind-the-scenes images for the Time magazine Game of Thrones shoot which was amazing. I’ve also shot a series of portraits of the photographer, Miles Aldridge, whom I work for.

What’s your next career move? I would like to go freelance with my photography and maybe start my own business. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? My ultimate goal is to take my photography to New York.

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What has been your proudest moment? I have lots of proud moments, I’m so proud of myself whenever my work is published, it’s always such an honour for osmeone to want to publish my work. It really builds my self confidence.

What is a day in the life of Megan like? During the week, I manage Miles Aldridge’s studio in London and I try to fit my personal photography around this, during my free time.

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With a cold chill in the air yet beautiful sunny days, its hard to know what to wear but on the streets of Southampton students are layering up in style with tactile textures and vibrant pops of colour, forcing winter away and beckoning spring to

Age: 18 Your Style: Casual Street Most Hated Trend: Spots


Age: 20 Your Style: Street-wear Most Hated Trend: Skater


Age: 22 Your Style: Style Changes Most Hated Trend: Typical



Age: 19 Your Style: Arty & Creative Most Hated Trend: Wacky makeup


Age: 19 Your Style: Street style Most hated trend: Athliesure as everyday wear

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Age: 20 Your Style: American Street Style Most Hated Trend: Supreme


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Age: 20 Your style: High street Most hated trend: Leather jeans


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getting her shine on

How one university undergraduate turned the dregs of hr make-up bag into her fortune on one of the UK’s trendiest selling platforms.

DEPOP; @ellengrace24 INSTAGRAM @roseandsparkle_ ETSY RoseandSparkleCo

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@branaluan, a RoseandSparkle customer

If you were to ask a university student what their biggest problem is, having no money will be up there. What if there was an easy way to make money alongside your studies? Ellen Bundey does exactly this. By starting of with having an established depop account, she isn’t just selling her unwanted clothes, her entrepreneurship goes much further. Ellen Bundey is a first year student studying geography at coventry university. She started selling her left over glitter on the platform; DEPOP, not knowing what it could soon turn into. She has has been ranked in depops top 10 best sellers in the uk. Since this she has expanded onto the likes of global trading on etsy all from her university halls bedroom. Depop is an online selling platform available and accessible for anyone to use. DEPOP was founded by co-founder of PIG magazine. The platform first started off as social media where pig magazines readers could buy items that were featured in the magazine. From this idea depop was re-envisioned as a global marketplace where you are able to see what your friends and others are liking,buying and selling. It is filled with creative influencers who are becoming entrepreneurs on the app by creating businesses. “Depop becoming a global conduit of connection in culture, design, and creative communities around the world.” Ellen bundey is one of these creative influencers who has created a business since selling on the app. As well as being a full time student, CARBON were interested in how she manages her online businesses alongside studying. Her depop business revolves around glitter that she sells for events, festivals, parties. Involved in this are all the things that are needed with it like glue, tools, face gems that can also be purchased on her shop. She started started using depop like most people do just selling unwanted clothes. So, How did it all start? “I was a consumer myself, so i was looking for glitter and ordered way too much from different places and thought I might start selling it off as I needed the money. I realised people actually wanted it, so I kept buying more and selling more. It became kind of addictive. So it really grew from there”. It grew so rapidly that Rose and Sparkle got into depops top 10 best sellers. You were in the top 10 sellers in depop did u think that would’ve happened?

“No, I was a bit giddy when that happened!” Getting into the top 10 depop sellers doesn’t just happen and not just anyone can achieve it. How do you gain such a big following and do you have any tips for our readers that might want to start a business?

“It’s all Based on how much exposure you give it and how much work you put into it. Social media is a really quick way to get exposure to your shop”. Putting in extra work helps as the top sellers get even more followers as they are trust as being recommended by depop. Ellen gains exposure to her shop in other ways as well. She promotes people that wear her products. “I send some products to bloggers, they want to be featured on my platform and i want to be featured on their platform, so it works like a two way thing”. Some people have their full time careers on depop running businesses like ellens. Rose and sparkle is however a part-time hobbie, how do you keep on top of her shop with ordering stock, replying to customers, packaging, all whilst being a full-time student in a small dorm room?

“Its pretty stressful, i have to admit but i maintain a balance, i get quite a lot of free time at uni which allows me to fit it around”. The main thing that ellen stated was that it isn’t a chore that has to be done in order to get some extra money to fund uni nights out. She finds it thoroughly enjoyable and therefore is why her shop has blown up to become a shipped all over the world. She states that in the future she’d “like it to become a full time thing”. Did you know it would be popular all year round or was it just for summer and festivals? “No i literally thought it would just be a summer thing, that would maybe last 1 or 2 months and that would be it. But when i moved to uni, it expanded even further because people still wanted it.” Ellen now runs her glitter shop from her university bedroom. She never realised that it would ever grow to become such a big thing and be as demanding as running an own business. In her honest opinion when it started it was just for the money. From depop her shop has now gone onto etsy. Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. Similar to selling platforms such as depop except the goods are primarily handcrafted or vintage finds. Therefore based upon small shops and boutiques, run by people similar to ellen. Rose and Sparkle are a listed shop on etsy. Etsy is now rose and sparkles primary selling platform. But what’s the difference between them? “Depop is a bit more like ebay selling pre owned things whereas etsy’s more a handmade selling platform, small businesses and i can now ship globally and then becomes more like a shop transaction which can take card, apple pay.”



In the year of 2018, influencers and bloggers are deemed as gold dust in the world of advertisement. They sell a seamless lifestyle, providing the ultimate vehicle for well - known luxury and high street brands to promote and sell their products through an online platform reaching out to millions in an accessible and desired way. Here we bring you, the next generation of influencers destined to break onto your screens this year. These young entrepreneurs are quickly becoming big names in the fashion and beauty industries, working their way up the ladders with brands, designers and big name publications.

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MEGAN ELLABY ‘‘WON THREE AWARDS INCLUDING THE COSMOOLITAN BEST FASHION INFLUENCER AND INSTYLE PROJECT 13’’ Megan is a proud mancunian, blogger and Youtuber. She started her blog almost 5 years ago. What started out as private diary whilst studying at university soon turned into a passion project. She fell in love with all things blogging, showing the world her styling tips or travel adventures. Her creative talents and writing style have won her three awards including the Cosmopolitan best fashion influencer and instyle project 13 best fashion blogger award. She brings a sense of authenticity to the blogging industry, she gives off a very cool and calming vibe, what you see is what you get. From talking about her own experiences interning to makeup tips she covers a lot of ground and is defiantly someone you should keep your eye on.

Frédérique Harrel (aka Freddie) is a blogger, stylist and fashion marketing expert, originally from Paris, but based in London. With an Instagram following of 136k and a distinctive sense of style she aims to reach out to her followers, hosting various talks, public and corporate workshops around style and confidence, with her aim to empower women. She also blogs about style, and inner confidence. She is a great advocate for feminism, take a look.



Johnson Gold is the founder and editor-in-chief of PAUSE magazine, the magazine that focues on men’s street style. The magazine was started when Johnson was at University, he started it as something on the side and was originally called ‘PAUSE for swag’. He has 18.2K Instagram followers and posts photos of his quirky style and style inspiration.

‘‘PAUSE is an independent digital publication focused on young male fashion. We cover stret style, the latest trends, style advice and reveal the latest products available for the fashion conscious guy.’’

She doesn’t just write about fashion too, on her blog & YouTube she discusses topics such as travel, lifestyle, gluten free recipes etc. There’s something for everyone. Her Scottish accent, outbursts of random singing and dry sense of humour make her stand out from the rest of the crowd.

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Amy Bell from ‘’is the queen of street style and petite dressing. Her blog launched whilst studying English Literature at university. Amy wanted an outlet, a corner on the internet that let her express her creative side and write about less formal, colourful subjects. What started out as a hobby has quickly transformed to a full time career. She currently has 133k followers on Instagram and 14,390 subscribers on YouTube.

Jessica Anne Woodley became well known from being on the famous TV show ‘Made in Chelsea’ where she was involved in friendship scandals and love dillemas. Jessica has her own fashion line called ‘The Rose Collective’ which she sports and promotoes on Instagram. In 2015 Jessica gave her hand in creating a new capsule collection for Rimmel and was the face for it. Jess has 513K followers on Instagram and updates her feed daily.


Sasha Trautvein aka @sahsadidntwakeup is a fashion influencer on Instagram, he lives In Russia but travels all over the world on fashion adventures. He has 299K followers on Instagram and posts regularly. His posts consist of photos of his streetwear style with urban backgrounds. Sasha is good to follow for fashion inspiration if you’re interested in street style.




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As the #metoo and #timesup campaign gathers momentum on both sides of the Atlantic, Carbon today launches an irregular series of shoots and features promoting messages of equality and justice - conveying the strength, inspiation and enpowering voices behind the shift in society’s perception of civil rights and the treatment of women. 50 carbon | fashion


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UK & around the world

sisters start makeup brush brand in their garage and now its worth £12million Welsh sisters set up £12million makeup brush brand ‘Spectrum’ in their garage and now Little mix and Abbey Clancy are fans. Sophie andd Hannah Pycroft, from Barry, Wales, lauched the ‘world’s most instagram-able makeup brush brand’ for four years. Sweetheart brushes, unicorn tear sponges, Glam Clam vanity cases...just a sneak peak into some of the lush-worthy creations by Spectrum. They spotted a gap in the market for trend-led beauty tools whilst on holiday in Gran Canaria, and from there, Spectrum was born.

amazon buys ‘ring’, maker of smart home products Amazon said Tuesday that it has aquired ‘Ring’, a maker of internet connected doorbells and cameras, pushing more deeply into the home security market. The deal is worth around $1.1 billion, according to a person briefed on the deal who would speak only anonymously because the terms were private. Ring is best known for a doorbell with a security camera inside. The device allows homeowners to monitor visitors at their front door through an app on their phone, even if theyre not home. Amazon has made home automation a major focus because of the success of its Echo family of products.

uk WEATHER: SEA FREEZES OVER AT ISLE OF WIGHT HARBOUR Video footage shows the sea frozen over at Benbridge Harbour on the east coasr of the Isle of Wight. Tempuratures on the island dipped to -6C overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday. The Met Office has issued a number of warnings for more snow to hit the south of England over the coming days.

SULPHUR COULD BE KEY INGREDIENT TO CLEARING ACNE FOR GOOD, EXPERTS SAY The natural chemical has been used in skincare for centuries, but went out of fashion because of its potent stench. Sulphur may be more known for its egg-like smell rather than its skin - boosting properties, but the natural mineral has actually been used in skincare for centuries and has been proven to combat an array of skin condistions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

meghan markle speaks out in support of #metoo and Time’s up in first official appearence with william, kate and harry Meghan Markle joined Prince Harry, as well as in laws to be, Prince William and Kate Middleton, for a group event. The group took seats on the stage at the first ever Royal Foundation Forum, where they discussed their passions and projects for the coming years. But what received the most attention, was Markle’s comments about women’s rights. she specifically referred to the MeToo and Times Up movements.

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cUMBRIA EARHTQUAKE: HOUSES SHAKE AS TREMOR OF 3.2 MAGNITUDE HITS COUNTY An earthquake with a 3.2 magnitude has struck Cumbria, the British Geological Survey says. Residents reported that buildings were shaking when the tremor hit shortly after 7:30am on Wednesday. It is the second earthquake to strike the UK in less than two weeks. Tremors of 4.4 magnitude hit Wales and were felt hundreds of miles away on February 17 - the country’s biggest quake for years. Earthquakes of around 3 magnitude occur once or twice a year in the UK, BGS said.




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Many couples are put off by public displays of affection that will label them as cringey. Different countries are starting to be publicly affectionate in different ways; couple dressing is how to show PDA - the Korean way. Couple dressing, yes couple dressing is the new fashionable way to make it known that your significant other has been claimed. The co-ordinated couples that carefully select their outfits as a symbol of their affection for one another.There has been many weird and wacky trends to have come out of South Korea in the past wearing pollution masks as accessories, fake braces and so on. The couple dressing, ‘matchy matchy’ trend, is the newest trend that is booming. In the UK we assume that it is internationally known for boys and girls to never go shopping together; destined to end in disasters. This could all change if the next outfit that is purchased needs to be coordinating to your partner, making it easy to shop together. Many might warm to the sound of noticeably showing others that you are taken but in practice do you really want to be dressed the same as your partner? To any other country unless you’re a twin, dressing in matching outfits is social suicide, but anything goes in fashion and it wouldn’t be the first time we’d see trends that have been ‘naff’ explode amongst fashionistas. This new craze is called the kou-peul look and si- mi-leo look. Asian 1990s sitcom T V helped popularise this trend, and shops in South Korea are selling his and hers apparel. Will, 22, who now lives in Atlanta but prior to this was born and raised South Korea, says that he loves the whole South Korean style scene that is erupting specifically couple dressing. “Couple dressing is cute and I would dress the

same as my girlfriend if I could but I don’t live in South Korea anymore, I live in Atlanta”. Despite not living there currently he is still aware that this is the ‘norm’ there but it still hasn’t caught backing and exposure globally. This shows that being round a trend makes it normal to the point where no one bats an eyelid as it becomes socially accepted. This trend is still unusual to everyone else as they haven’t been exposed to it enough so is still seen as alien. To Will, although probably biased, “they dress better than anyone else, I wish I could dress like them”. Will it catch on as well elsewhere not from a fashion aspect to just follow a trend but to strengthen relationships; makes both individuals feel apart of a fashion community that they are sharing with their partner. The inhabitants of Korea are highly conformist as their culture is one of which that is submissive to elders and authority. Pop culture is the main attribute that has such a power monopoly over their style; specifically K-POP that exists in South Korea. It holds authority over its population the same way a dictatorship would. K-POP is the abbreviation for Korean pop, a music genre that now encompasses a whole subculture. The cultures stars hold so much power in their society and can influence their society in every way. Even the fashion based around this popular culture has been named K-FASHION. Couple styling most likely came to the forefront of k-fashion due to the exposure it was given by k-pop stars. The rest of the population then follows in suit towards the desired trend. The trend needs to gain more exposure globally to desensitize people from it so that it becomes normal and then maybe we will start to see couples with coordinating outfits in the UK.


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It’s the hottest ticket in town and the must attend event for any fashionista, so what happens backstage at the London Fashion Week Festival and who did Carbon spot as names for next season? Holly Andrew reports 62 carbon | features

it’s the fashion event of the season; where crown prince and princesses of the fashion world mingle with real royalty in a boiling pot of new trends, up and coming talent and amazing style. Armed with one of the hottest tickets in town, thanks to the success of a former Southampton Solent graduate currently running the show, Carbon is getting a front row seat. Staged London Fashion Week at the stylish Store Studios, 180 Strand - this is the only event that gives you unparalleled access to the industry to experience the best of British and international fashion including a showcase of designer and trend catwalk shows, designer shopping and industry talks. I for one couldn’t wait. Once I had arrived at LFWF, I met Jessica Duke, the PR manager for the festival. She took me inside and gave me a wristband with ‘staff’ written across it, I was still in shock to think the first time I’m going to LFWF, I’m going backstage as well! Sitting in the same room as Queen Elizabeth II was in just days before, we take our seats to watch the first Trend catwalk of the day. With styling from Steve Morriss, Fashion Director of LOVE magazine and each model sporting a pair of Kurt Gieger’s, the show begins. With Vintage Vacation to start, models walk out wearing blues, florals and stripes. Socks and sandels? Grab your own pair of Kurt Gieger’s, because as of now, that’s the new style. New Wave is up next, monochrome and spots was the main hit of this show. Reds, blacks and whites were the key features, oh and small bags. Lastly, Cyber Sports. Gen-Z yellow is the colour that stood out the most during this show, a pink velvet tracksuit follows close behind, finishing with a very sparkly pair of flowing trousers. After the catwalk, I enjoyed my own personal tour of the festival. With over 150 stands to choose from, including a small area styled by Lucy Williams from Made in Chelsea. It was shopping heaven. Not only was there shopping, Toni and Guy, Ruuby and PAN-N-ICE also joined in with the fun. However, my bank account didn’t agree, so, moving swiftly on. Away from all the shopping and the hustle and bustle of the public, I’m being taken backstage to one of Jamie Wei Huang’s shows. Huang is a luxury womenswear label which combines conceptual ideas with modern silhouette, and she did just that. Backstage is just as crazy as you’d imagine it to be, hairstylists at hand with combs, hairspray the likes in their back pockets, makeup artists swiftly behind with everything under the sun. Then, in walk the models. Normally, I’m the tall one of my friendship groups, but never have I felt so small. Maybe this is what my friends feel like. No time for talking however, they’re just getting ready for yet another dress rehearsal before the next show at 2pm. Stripes and long sleeves seemed to be the running theme for this show. Also styled by Steve Morriss, the shoes were once again a big favourite of mine. Looking almost impossible to walk in, the heels consisted of big chunky platforms, to balls. Yeah, I know, crazy. Then they’re off, for the dress rehearsal. It’s so weird to be seeing this all backstage. Whilst I was stood there in the daze of it all, Jessica points out Steve Morriss, cue me freaking out just a tad more. LOVE magazine has been one of my favourite magazines for so long, and to actually be in the same room as the Senior Fashion Director was so over-whelming.


After the craziness of the show I sat down with LOVE magazine’s Steve Morriss to discuss his take on how the shows had gone this year. How did you decide what trends to curate for London Fashion Week Festival? I started by taking an overview of the season, then trying to choose trends which were distinct enough from each other to make an interesting show. What do you love most about London Fashion Week Festival? It’s a chance for a wider audience to engage with fashion and experience fashion in a way that is normally only reserved for press and store buyers. Hopefully it provides some inspiration and an entertaining experience. If you could pick a favourite trend, what is it and why? From the 3 trends I’ve presented at LFWF, I’d say Cyber Sports, as it really represents how the lines are blurring between high fashion and streetwear, and I like all those technical performance fabrics. How do you think digital is influencing fashion today? I think digital and social media has a big influence on fashion now - it allows designers and brands to have a more direct dialogue with their consumers and vice versa. What has been your most memorable London Fashion Week show? Most recently it was Richard Quinn’s much-anticipated show at LFW AW18 the Queen was in the front row and presented him with an award afterwards, and the collection was great - I love the way he uses print and pattern. What do you love most about your job? The variety, the fast pace, the travel and all the interesting people l get to work with. If you had any advice for anyone wanting to get into fashion, what would it be? Try and develop your own point of view or style in whatever it is you want to do whether that’s design, styling, hair, make-up or another area of the industry. Get as much experience as you can as you may find out there are jobs in fashion you never realised existed.

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Astrofunk, only a year old, is a small DJ group based in Orange Rooms, Southampton. It was started by a group of 5 friends, sat in a lounge all wanting to create a new way to show off their talents. Overall, the group consists of; Operations Director and DJ: Oli Johnston, Operations Manager and DJ: Zane Zephirin, Business Advisor: Dwayne Dyer, Events Director and DJ: Dan Parsons, Publishing Coordinator: Sean Ohara, Promotions and DJ: Harry Gibbons, Stock and Site: Sam Libby, Creative: Jordan Xavier, Music Selection and DJ: Matt Baines, Head of Writing and DJ: Cal Sørensen, Relationship Manager, PA and Artist Liason: Josh Twine and DJ: Marley Cooper.

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For Oli Johnston, one of the Djs who specialises in House music, his goal for 2018 was to get the team into Switch, well on the 2nd of January his goal became a reality, when he was asked to do just that. As for the rest of the year? Firstly Hopefully they become a touring party. With lots of festivals coming up during the summer and just before, they have high hopes for their team. Not just English festivals, who wouldn’t want to play at a foreign festival? Collaborations are also big with the boys, hopefully they’ll be working with other Bristol brands, and bring them to Southampton.

ASTROFUNK is a social brand and platform for us as DJ’s, muscians and personalities to grow. Astrofunk is quickly becoming one of the most well known event brands in Southampton. With a podcast with weekly listening of up to 5K to regular features on local and national radio, they’re seen as one of Southampton’s next big talents. Oli Johnston


So, we know what they are all about behind the decks, but are these guys like you and I or are they really on another planet? Carbon fires a few candid questions at Oli and Harry (Astrofunk’s Head of Promotions). First album you bought yourself? Oli: Beatles Compilation 1 Harry: Mcfly - Motion in the Oceon

Netflix and Chill or Party and Thrills? Oli: Party everyday Harry: Party and Thrills

First gig you ever saw? Oli: Spector @ Sub89 Harry: Twenty One Pilots in Birmingham 2012/13

Ultimate venue? Oli: Printworks Harry: Fabric or DC-10 Ibiza

Most memorable University moment? Oli: Partying with My Nu Leng during my first month. Harry: Bournemouth Beach day or playing in the Bunker with ASTROFUNK

Sliders or trainers? Oli: Trainers (sliders can get in the sea, but not mine, i like them) Harry: Trainers

Ultimate dinner location? Oli: The Diner Harry: Ranchos Top Astrofunk tune to play? Oli: Good To Know You ( Dimitri from Paris) Harry: Mark Funk - Beause of you


Three piece suit or shit shirt style? Oli: three piece suit everyday Harry: Shit shirt Happily single or ready to mingle? Oli: happily single, found out not worth it. Harry: happily single

What sets them apart from other DJs? They’re an inclusive collective where they have many DJs who have different styles, all coming down to a Disco/House/Techno realm where as a lot of other promoters focus mainly on one genre. Each DJ is different, with different styles, you’ll always be discovering new music you’ve never even heard before. Oli told us how Astrofunk has allowed him to change. It has given him a platform to be able to play the music he wants to play. However, Oli hasn’t always been a house DJ, he used to be a bassline DJ, he then got into the bass scene, it was a cool new wave of electronic music. Astrofunk has always been one step ahead, and when he joined, this gave him the opportunity to change his music. He was involved with the team to an extent before the summer. He attended the second ever Astrofunk as well as the third one. at this one, he spoke to Zane about helping with lighting and started helping there, then eventually ended up doing more lighting and the production on the second garden party was so big, they thought where do they go from there, and now he’s running it. Astrofunk hasn’t changed much, the events at Orange Rooms are very much the same, however before it was only events there. Now they’re expanding cities and new countries. Speaking of events, Budafest is top of the list, as well as performing in the Bunker, alongside none other than Annie Mac on the 30th March and MK on the 2nd June. They have also just announced a brand new event that’s happening on the 7th May, called The Lunar Landing. Not only will the be playing just in Orange Rooms, the team will be doing a tour of their favourite venues. For now, there’s a few collaborations coming up, some big, some small, but all exciting. Although if you’re too impatient to wait for the next event, which happens monthly in Orange Rooms, they’re always doing livestreams with fellow Southmapton brand Goat Shed. Even better, they will soon be doing their own livestrams, they currently have Astrofunk radio, with around 1.5 thousand listeners for their last show.


A new year brings with it a whole new list of plans - and for the fearless traveller, a whole new list of adventures and sites to see. 2018 is the year to experience the world with new eyes. Here, we bring you 3 extraordinary destinations that will for sure, be making an appearance on your bucket list for 2018 and beyond . This is the first in our series of travel to the world’s top destinations on a shoe string. See how the other half live then trust us to find a pocket friendly alternative that will see you ticking off those far flung destinations before you graduate. 70

bangkok Bangkok, a city known for outback shacks, gleaming temples and floating markets. Experiences and adventures await you at every turn, whether that being catching a tuk tuk along the bustling Chinatown or taking a long tail boat down the river. Be prepared to taste exotic flavours from local dishes served at humble street stalls to breath-taking cuisine at romantic rooftop restaurants. Whether you choose to stay at a luxury hotel or a surprisingly cheap hostel, you will always be welcomed with the famous Thai hospitality. Bangkok never ceases to amaze.

Norn Yaowarat Hotel £££ Wanting value for money and a guarantee of a good night sleep? Then we recommend the Norn Yaowarat Hotel ( 3*) which is a modern Chinese style hotel located on Yaowarat Road, rated Superb on This hotel is ideal for the solo traveller and backpackers and is just a step away from the Subway station, located in the heart of china town. The reviews from tripadvsior say it all, not only does this hotel bring great service but at a reasonable price. Have a look for yourself!

The Bed Station Hostel £ The Bed Station Hostel is another amazing place to stay in Bangkok! This property has one of the best-rated locations in Bangkok! The industrial style hostel provides dormitory-style or private rooms with air conditioning, along with everything that a backpacker could want and need such as Shower facilities, free toiletries and slippers. Bed Stations location is prime for the city of Bangkok as it’s right next to the BTS skytrain that can take you to some of the best attractions such as MBK and Chatuchak


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Costa Rica is beautifully diverse full of majestic volcanoes, stunning river valleys and misty cloud forests. The ‘Arenal’ area is surrounded by an abundance of rainforests and has a perfect picture volcano at its front door. There are also many activities within this area such as fishing, hiking and canopy tours making it the ultimate bucket list destination for travellers.

Arenal Backpackers Resort £ From, camping, couchsurfing or staying at a backpacker’s dorm, ‘Arenal Backpackers Resort’ brings you a variety of private rooms, safari tents and dorms, ideal for any budget. In ‘Arenal’, backpackers will be able to sleep well, relax by the pool and enjoy their days submerged in the heart of nature. Located 2.2 miles from the slopes of the Arenal Volcano, this hostel offers its guests complimentary Wi-Fi access, luggage storage, and a snack bar. The property also has an outdoor pool. 95% of guest reviews say their stay either exceeded or met their expectations on

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The Arenal Springs Resort £££ However, if you are looking for something a bit more luxurious, ‘The Arenal Springs Resort (3*)’ is the perfect getaway for anyone looking to have the comfort and amenities of a modern hotel at their finger tips. The Colonial style cabins transport you to another world and no matter where you are in the resort, that being the pool, restaurant or your room you will always be able to spot the ‘Arenal’ Volcano. Every morning you will be greeted by a complimentary breakfast, this hotel really offers guests a mixture of both comfort and accessibility.


With its world-famous rainforests, ruins and beaches, Peru is an amazing and affordable place to visit. The laid back country is a backpacker’s paradise and there are no shortages of hostels and hotels in backpacking hubs like Peru. Starting off in the capital, Lima is a good place to begin. Here you can visit the many amazing museums and archaeological sites. Walk the endless beaches, party into the early hours of the morning and taste the exquisite cuisine. Peru’s capital brings to you an authentic and unique experience.

Anituga Miraflores Hotel £££ For travellers looking for something a little more up scale than a guesthouse or hostel, Peru offers numerous midrange hotels, that provide amenities such as Wifi, included breakfast and hot showers. The ‘Anituga Miraflores Hotel’ in Lima is an excellent example of this, offering comfortable rooms in a quiet setting, but also perfectly situated close to fine restaurants, shopping and lively

Loki Lima Hostel £ And those looking to stay somewhere a little more socialable, we recommend ‘Loki Lima Hostel’ which offers great features in the heart of the popular Miraflores. The rooms are modern and come with an ensuite bathroom. They also have both indoor and outdoor common spaces, giving you the option to relax or party in complete comfort.


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a graduate’s road to success:

fine artist Leslie Atoh talks about how his degree opened up a whole new world of opportunities for a young boy from Ghana.

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The young artist Leslie Attoh moved to London at seventeen years old, born and raised in Ghana. He started his studies in 2014 studying Fine Art at Solent and later graduated in the summer of 2017. Portraiture is his main passion he admires the reactions and expressions of people. Bringing out someone’s personality and story through his work. He brings strangers into the studio and interviews them, as he doesn’t know the subjects it would gives him more freedom to express and experiment with a range of techniques he wouldn’t normally be comfortable with. This grew his skill set, he dived deep and out of his comfort zone to create amazing artwork. He’s driven to his subjects from their stories “If I feel like someone has a story to tell, if they come from a broken background, someone who has been through different times, I like to portray that through my subjects, to bring story to life through portraiture and bring the emotions they’ve been through in their faces”. He conveys his story and experiences; his childhood growing up in Ghana. Those hardships allow him to be sympathetic and understanding to others which is portrayed in his work. Since graduating Leslie has achieved a remarkable amount within a short period of time. Leslie was applying for jobs in the creative industry whilst travelling around Europe. He was persistent and emailed many different companies about jobs and work experience, he attached a cover letter, portfolio and link to his Instagram. Eventually he heard back from a company called ‘Rogue Films’ they offered him 2 weeks work experience which went really well so then they offered him a further 4 weeks. Work experience is a great way to gain inside knowledge of the real working world as well as creating relationships with people in the industry. Leslie needed to make money so he could buy more art materials and focus on promoting his work, he applied for hospitality and bar work. When working in a bar he would chat to customers, he used this a free publicity; speaking to so many different types of people with different backgrounds and connections, you never know who you’re going to be talking to. This creates links and followers. Leslie said “I’m a chatty person, if you want to be creative you have to be very chatty, open and friendly. Even if you don’t want to” – he chats to anyone and most of the time shows them his work. Leslie puts himself out there attending lots of events and exhibitions to speak to people about his work. Advice from Leslie is “Be very creative, don’t stop creating and don’t have any boundaries. Appreciate your difference. Don’t put your eggs all in one basket, try other mediums, try other platforms, there are no limits in creativity. Be confident, believe in what you are doing and keep pushing forward to break the boundary”.


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One of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary artists, Kev Munday, shares his love of Southampton, his run in with the police and how his art is making a difference



ev Munday’s exhibition “Stand Together” is being held in the Solent Showcase in Southampton until the 14th April where he will continue his work in the exhibition

throughout this time. His work is all about making people think, his work reaches a wide audience and this was his aim. He wants to create pieces that everyone can relate to,

from a children’s bedroom to bars and restaurants. Where did the love and inspiration come from?

they have to go work for an agency and get a job, but try and get signed by a gallery and get as many shows as you can by yourself first Which artists inspire you?

It originally came from my love of street art as a teenager, I studied fine art then later studied a degree in graphic design. I graduated from Solent Uni twelve years ago and have been making art ever since which then later turned into a full time career. I never thought I would be an artist until I started studying Graphics. So you worked full time in tesco to earn living as well as making your art, what advice would you give to a young creative who also has to make a living elsewhere?

Keith Haring is definitely an artist thats inspired me, he does the Change4Life illustrators which are famously known everywhere. What is your working process? I always normally start with one small icon, character or object and build from there. I practice and doodle a lot to keep creating new illustrations which I can add to my new pieces. It’s important to me that each line is executed cleanly. Every detail is as important as the next one. I describe my work as bold, vibrant and energetic.

Just keep going basically. When people finish Uni they think


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even am my alarm awakes me, I stumble out of the top bunk trying not to disturb the others in my room at this ungodly hour. I shower quickly making sure I’m in time for breakfast. Downstairs by 7:30 I help myself to a coffee, orange juice, jam and of course a croissant. Why travel to Paris and not eat the local cuisine? We travel as a pack to our local metro station and get off at Alma-Marceau station. Surrounded by your typical French apartments, it’s beautiful. The Yves Saint Laurent Museum was only a short walk from the station. Queuing in the rain like typical

British tourists, we weren’t fazed. The security guard looked like he just stepped of a Yves Saint Laurent catwalk show, beautiful people EVERYWHERE, including a regular stream of chauffeur driven cars delivering what seemed to be the Paris elite direct to the door where they breezed past security without care. After about 20 minutes queuing we were finally let in by the handsome security guard, no first-class treatment for the fashion students. The grand red-carpet staircase welcomed us into the building, is this the Oscars? Wearing faded black jeans and a black puffer I sure felt out of place. The room to my left was breath taking


two large windows as tall as the ceiling with an expensive chandelier in the centre. After dropping off our coats we headed into the museum. The room was full of mirrors, with Yves Saint Laurent’s garments surrounding the room. Wondering around the museum and I stumble upon a room, it was empty except for one person sat in the corner of the room... I was hesitant to introduce myself but I sucked up the courage and asked what he was doing. He had a familiar face and I asked for his name “Yves Saint Laurent” he said in his French accent. I could have sworn he was dead but he had a very trusting face so somehow, I believed him. The questions I wanted to ask him started brewing in my mind. Yves Saint Laurent seemed like a very modest guy, almost shy and unconfident. He didn’t realise his potential. I asked him a few questions: How did your industry begin?





YSL: I was introduced to Christian Dior after winning a drawing contest, I was hired on the spot by the age of nineteen I became Dior’s second in command. After Dior’s sudden death I found myself a twenty one year old as the creative director of Dior What made you give up such an enviable position at Dior to start up your own brand?

YSL: I wanted to make a name for myself, I didn’t want to be hidden behind Dior’s brand. I wanted to start from scratch and make my own identity. Who are you influenced by? YSL: I’m influenced by many artists one in particular, Mondrian and his geometry work, it really brought bold splashes of colour to the French Fashion Industry in that time. What do you think it was that made you stand out from the rest? YSL: Definitely my adaption of tuxedos for Women, it really took away the barriers between men and women’s fashion. There are three types of designers in the industry, the big ones, the real one and those which know how to make a women’s heart leap merely with a simple dress or suit. Which designers have done this for you? YSL: I think there have only been two so far. Only Balenciaga and Chanel have truly marked their eras and profession. I don’t think I’m anywhere near them. I was star struck.. I didn’t want to waste too much of his time as he looked busy, I thanked him for his time as I left the room, turned around to say good bye and he was gone with no door or window he could have exited from.

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