Sneinton: The new fashion capital? Turner Prize winner turns up in Nottingham Kapow! Female superheroes and why we love them
Levine “I bought a Burberry coat for £2.50”
PLUS: What’s on in the city this week
CONTENTS 3 Editors letter and what’s on
An introduction to this week’s edition of Quack! magazine alongside details of upcoming events.
4-5 Paris, Milan... Sneinton?
After the success of Nottingham Fashion Week, will the city become the next fashion hotspot? Nott’sballooningfashionscenePic:CallumBaigrie
Here at Quack! our aim is to celebrate Nottingham’s unique appeal. This last week has seen the launch of the first Fashion Week, a reflection of just how far Nottingham’s own creative industries have come in recent years. Naturally, we were catwalk-side and we’ve brought you a first-rate round-up, from highlights of the show on pages 4-5, to interviews with the city’s best and brightest in the fashion world, including local girl and BBC Radio 1 host Alice Levine on page 6.
Elsewhere, if you like Game of Thrones, check out page 7 on the links between the city and that glorious TV phenomenon. Ever wondered why all the superheroes are men? So did our writer, Vicky Lomax. Read her column on why women are finally taking their rightful place alongside Superman and Batman as saviours of the world. And don’t forget, there’s more from Quack! at www.cbjmagazine.co.uk, including our interview with comedian Lucy Porter.
6 Interview with Alice Levine
We chat to the television presenter and host of Nottingham Fashion Week about her style and favourite places to shop in the city.
7 West Bridgford to Westeros Eight Nottingham links to Game of Thrones
8 Wonder Women: The rise of female superheroes/Simon Starling: The Grand Tour
An analysis of the impact of female superheroes in the film industry alongside a review of the solo exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary by Turner Prize winner Simon Starling.
What’s on this week Museums at Night: Movie and Special Tour The Galleries of Justice, Nottingham is hosting its own ‘Night at the Museum’ on Wednesday and Friday - an after-hours tour, giving guests the opportunity to see if history really does come alive at night. It follows a screening of family film Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller. Wednesday 11 May, 6-9pm. Friday 13 May, 5–8pm. www.galleriesofjustice.org. uk Bubble Rush Bubble Rush, the world’s frothiest 5km run, takes place this Sunday at the Forest recreation ground, Nottingham. This foam-filled adventure, organised by Nottinghamshire Hospice, includes coloured bubble
stations, high-powered foam cannons and a free white T-shirt to wear during the run so you will have your very own colourful creation to take home. The course is suitable for all ages and runners and will be raising money for a range of charities. Sunday 8 May, noon-2pm. www.nottshospice.org Ladies Day
Heels at the ready and with your best dress hat retrieved from the back of the
wardrobe, it’s time to take part in another glam Ladies Day at Nottingham Racecourse on Saturday. The event offers a bubbly afternoon filled with fizz, fun and fashion, featuring live music, best-dressed competitions and fashion shows. 7 May, 11.50am - 6pm. http://nottingham. thejockeyclub.co.uk The Music of Queen: A Rock & Symphonic Spectacular More than 70 performers will join the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra plus a full rock band and stars from West End musicals to celebrate Queen’s greatest hits at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. The rock rollercoaster gets underway at 7.30. Friday 6 May.
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Cover: Callum Baigrie
Editor George Ellis Contributing Writers Caitlin Kelly Chloe McNab Emma Turner Jodie Armstrong Stewart Thorpe Vicky Lomax Printed by NottinghamTrentUniversity-Centrefor Broadcasting and Journalism Cover photograph Callum Baigrie Feature photograph Callum Baigrie Published by NottinghamTrentUniversity-Centrefor Broadcasting and Journalism Visit us as: www.cbjmagazine.co.uk
PARIS,MILAN ...SNEINTON? Style icons and international fashionistas were blown away by the wealth of design talent on show in the city at Fashion Week. But will we ever rival the world’s style capitals in the future? Jodie Armstrong reports
t’s been a whirlwind week with style gurus, fashion bloggers and beauty influencers descending on Nottingham to see the city’s fashion showcased on the catwalks. At venues across the city, indie designers rubbed shoulders with high street labels and catwalk watchers hobnobbed with top TV presenters, in a collaborative celebration of the city’s style. So after a successful first fashion week, what comes next? Nottingham has a proud history with the creative industries, ever since the dawn of the lace industry, and it’s a mecca for fashion students all keen to follow in the footsteps of Sir Paul Smith. But can the city ever rival the international fashion capitals of the world and hold its own alongside the catwalks of Paris, New York and London? “There’s no reason why Sneinton Market couldn’t be the next Camden Market,” says Paul Stephenson, director of October England, a printing company and design consultancy with over 25
years of experience in fashion. “Nottingham could become a vibrant fashion space again and Fashion Week was a great start but we need to do more. “We’re sitting on a nice little rainbow here, let’s stick it up in the sky and let people see what we’re about.” While it may be hard to imagine this now with Sneinton Market only having just been refurbished, Nottingham does have a booming creative culture. “Nottingham is an amazing city with amazing people,” says Style Show stylist, Lola Royle, who was also head stylist for London Fashion Week this year. “People here have got that real charismatic flair and I think that came out during fashion week, as we had such a variety of looks with something for everybody,” she adds. While other fashionable cities around the UK such as Manchester and Liverpool have put themselves on the fashion map with their own dedicated fashion weeks, Nicola Tidy, director of the Business Improvement District, which was
reason why Sneinton Market can’t be the next Camden”
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involved in the creation of Fashion Week, thinks that Nottingham has something else to offer And she says it is the city’s range of niche independent outlets that distinguishes Nottingham from the rest. “There’s something for everybody here and it’s really about telling the world that Nottingham is a great place to come and get whatever you want, whatever you need, whatever your shape and whatever your size.” Paul says that with an upswing in fashion activity, it’s the best time to get retail buzzing again in the city. “There’s been a resurgence in local brands and independent designers recently and I think it’s really important that this is capitalised on. Let’s seize on this and give them the showcase that they need.” Lola says it was important that she try and represent everything Nottingham’s culture has to offer on the catwalk. She adds: “We wanted our show to inspire people so we basically brought the shopping to the catwalk.
“We showcased outfits for all budgets, choosing pieces from highend designers, and mixing them with bits from Primark, Topshop and other high street stores, and then vintage pieces. “I’m always blown away by all the vintage and independent stores here, especially the Made in Nottingham store. I’ve been working with Nottingham retailers for the last couple of years but going down there and being able to see all the different brands was amazing,” she adds. With tickets for the Style Show selling out on both days, Lola and Nicola are already looking forward to next year and hope that Fashion Week will become an annual event. But has it put Nottingham well and truly on the fashion map? Nicola certainly doesn’t rule out Nottingham moving into London Fashion Week territory. “Never say never,” she says. “Nottingham has its own style: it’s quirky and I think our activity during these events promotes that,” she adds. Nicola also thinks that the high student population in the city and the great talent that comes with that puts Nottingham’s fashion offering leaps and bounds above the rest. “Nottingham Trent has a brilliant fashion department, which is well known across the country and perhaps across the world. “And this fashion week wasn’t just about trying to get people to spend money. It was also about raising awareness for students’ work because they are the people who are feeding into fashion for the future,” she says. She adds: “We’re a young city. The average age here is really low, round about 23, and I think that’s maybe where we differ slightly from cities like London or Leeds. “It’s just slightly younger, slightly edgier, and that’s what makes it different.”
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FASHION EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
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Alice in Wonderland
Bottom:Alice:designerand presenterandtopstylist,Laura RoyleatNottinghamFashion Week . Pic: Callum Baigrie
Alice Levine, BBC Radio 1 presenter and style icon, shares her fashion favourites and style secrets with Chloe McNab
eeston-born celebrity, Alice, 29, is a big fan of her home town’s fashion history. “I love Nottingham fashion, the high street is amazing and there’s so much choice,” she says. “The history of Nottingham’s fashion is also really inspiring, especially the development of the lace industry.”
Shopping in the city
Alice says: “My parents still live in Nottingham so I’m here all the time visiting. I live in London now, in Hackney, so it’s a completely different vibe. “When I’m in Nottingham I have to rein myself in but I love shopping in M&S, vintage shops like Cow and charity shops. “The ones in Beeston are especially amazing. I grew up shopping in them with my mum.” Alice is now a designer herself, creating her own garments for Finery’s Forever Collection, launched April 2016 alongside actress Vicky McClure, who is also from Nottingham. Noted for her vintage style, Alice proudly wore a blouse from her line to greet the press ahead of the Style Show. Yet she says she was surprised to be asked to present - “Perhaps everyone else was busy.”
Alice says she is a huge fan of braids and bomber jackets. “River Island’s silver bomber jacket is ‘the one’,” she says. “I’m also a big fan
of botanicals, this season’s floral trend, as you can see by what I’m wearing.” Alice wears a floral print, high neck dress from Warehouse, which is another one of her favourite stores. At Nottingham’s Style Show she had her hair and makeup done by Bobbi Brown and she wasted no time asking for the same hairstyle as the models. “I wasn’t supposed to have a braid for Fashion Week but I insisted,” she says. Alice admits she slept in hers the night before and says she plans to make it last. “If you see this on Instagram in two weeks, you know why. I’ve got dry shampoo, it’ll be fine,” she jokes. “I really like that kind of undone, romantic, ethereal look”. Top stylist Lola Royle says: “Plaits are massive this season. They’re the perfect summer look, especially for festivals.”
Get her vintage look
Alice is inspired by vintage fashion and gets some of her best loved items from unlikely places – from Beeston charity shops such as Sue Ryder and jumble sales. And she’s proud to admit she haggles. “What’s your best price? That’s obviously the best question to ask when shopping,” she says. Alice mixes her items together with fashion finds from more luxurious stores. “Nobody wears head to toe vintage,” she adds.
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“I found a Burberry trench coat for £2.50 at a jumble sale”
Inside her wardobe
“I don’t often buy expensive things. My most expensive item of clothing is also my cheapest,” Alice says proudly. She says she managed to find a Burberry trench coat, which can sell for up to £1,500. “It was at a jumble sale for £2.50. It was so exciting, I was sweating. The lady running it told me it didn’t fit me but I didn’t care. It was one of those moments when you have to say ‘just take the money’.” Now Alice has conquered radio, TV, food and fashion, is there anything this girl can’t do?
FEATURE GAME OF THRONES
West Bridgford to Westeros From the city’s rival footballing clans to the weekly invasions of wildlings into the Old Market Square, Nottingham has its fair share of symbolic Game of Thrones references. Stewart Thorpe takes a look at the legitimate links Joe Dempsie
The West Bridgford actor and Nottingham Forest fan plays Gendry, the illegitimate son of Robert Baratheon. He was offered the role after auditioning for the part of Jon Snow. But what do we know?
Grey Worm’s Notts lass
Actor Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm, has been in a relationship with West Bridgford actress Aisling Loftus for five years.
Hollywood stuntman Molotov Jukebox
The gyp-step band are fronted by Natalia Tena, who plays wildling Osha. Molotov Jukebox toured the UK in April where they chose Nottingham to kick it off.
Hucknall stuntman Curtis Rivers has featured in three Game of Thrones episodes, including the Bear and the Maiden Fair, when Brienne battled an angry bear. He also deputised for James Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies.
An annual invasion
Paul plays the red priest Thoros of Myr, but would the actor have been as successful without his studies at Trent Polytechnic? We’ll never know, but we’re not going to argue with the comedian turned actor.
Ned Stark’s face
West Bridgford baker Dawn Butler scooped gold for her depiction of Ned Stark’s impaled head at the International Craft and Hobby Fair, Birmingham, in November 2015.
R. R. Martin’s visit
Walder Frey, a womanising father of 12 and two members of the Kingsguard, Barristan Selmy and Maeryn Trant, visited Nottingham in late May for EM-Con, the film and television convention.
In 2005, days after A Feast for Crows was published, the Game of Thrones author visited Waterstones for a packed book signing and Q&A session in front of a legion of Nottingham’s finest wildlings.
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Vicky Lomax Wonder Women: The rise of female superheroes
In cinema, actresses taking the lead roles portraying strong characters isn’t anything new. The recent rise of female superheroes in a male-dominated comic book universe is, and it’s exciting
t last, coming to a screen near you: a female superhero we can really look up to. The long-awaited Wonder Woman film, starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian comic book queen, hits our screens in 2017. Aside from Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse, what I’m really looking forward to seeing is women finally take the spotlight but this time presented as strong, independent characters who can stand on their own two feet, without needing a man to hold their hand at the last moment. In the trailer for Suicide Squad, which will be released on August 5, the focus is on female supervillain Harley Quinn. Yet the way she is presented in it highlights the issue that comics and film studios have themselves created by their stereotypical portrayal of woman in the past. For example, in one scene, she is getting dressed outside in front of a group of men who proceed to drool over her, sexualising the character purely to satisfy male voyuerism. It’s hard to believe that such a powerful female superhero as Wonder Woman has never headlined
“Studios are clocking how to create compelling heroines”
her own movie 76 years after she first appeared in comics, whereas those top lads Batman and Superman have each had numerous films and franchises in different decades Female superheroes have starred on screen before – Elektra and Catwoman had their own movies in the 2000s – but they suffered from poor scripts and direction, causing the films to flop spectacularly. Despite A-list casting, Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner no less, their characters lacked meaningful depth and the films focused too much on sexualisation over substance. Hollywood has tried to change this by bringing us Anne Hathaway’s improved version of Catwoman
in The Dark Knight Rises, the empowering Black Widow played by Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers franchise, and Scarlet Witch played by Elizabeth Olsen. So this is a step in the right direction, suggesting movie studios are finally starting to clock how to create compelling superheroines. And TV studios have also joined the team, bringing us the feministleaning Supergirl series and Netflix’s Jessica Jones, which represents a different and darker superheroine to what we are used to. Marvel’s first movie featuring a female heroine lead is also on its way, Captain Marvel is due to be released in cinemas in 2018. The ever-rising popularity of female superheroes brings renewed hope for the future. Yes, some of the characters still wear unnecessarily revealing clothing and are sometimes catered to male audiences, but they are no longer just damsels in distress and inferior to their male counterparts. They are portrayed in a much more diverse way than ever before, and it’s an exciting approach. Let’s hope our superheroines will be stealing the show and dominating the box office soon.
Review Simon Starling: The Grand Tour n The largest-ever exhibition in the UK of works by Turner Prize winner Simon Starling is on display at Nottingham Contemporary until June 26. Through a theme of manufacture and transformation, Starling’s art pushes us to think about how materials and objects can appear in contrasting forms by drawing on a range of eras and places. Starling analyses the physical properties of photography in The Nanjing Particles. Two giant sculptures were formed by inflating a segment of an 1875 photograph. The piece Red, Green, Blue Loom Music
incorporates a self-playing piano. Through a hole in the wall is a film of the piano’s looms moving back and forth, continuing the theme of object transformation. Project for a Crossing sees Starling build a boat inspired by British engineer Frank Kirk and made from magnesium taken from the Dead Sea. Starling’s use of objects, images, sound and film create an alluring depth to this multi-faceted passage through time, weaved together by various objects of industry and manufacture. Caitlin Kelly
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