Cellardoor summer 2010
Summer of Love issue o
Cellardoor welcome to the summer of love issue.... After a shaky start, Summer’s finally here and so is our Summer of Love Issue! We hope that it’s the perfect thing to read on a hot Summer’s day.
This issue is jam-packed with interviews from the guys at Wildfox, Wren and Oh! Nena,, more beautiful photoshoots than you could shake a stick at and we talk to musician Leddra Chapman. We also take a look at the art of letter-writing, wonder who wins over bikini vs. swimsuit and, of course, our favourite Austen Addict is back... We hope you enjoy! Amy and Jade xoxo
Photography: Charlotte Boeydon
Photography: Charlotte Boeydon
cellardoor contributors Stefany Alves Karolyn Andrieu Charlotte Boeydon Eleonore Bridge Alexandra Cameron Lena Cameron Bethan Cooper Lauren Doughty Emma Frew Sophie Goodenough Bethany Howson Suzanne Jones Jason Lear Zara Martin Kat Nicholls Rikard Osterlund Charlotte Pearson Amy Peck Neil Rook Jade Stavri Nicole Trundle Abi Williams Emma/Gotham Hipster
Photography: Alex Cameron
8. Handbag Envy 11 . We Love 12. Blogger in the City 15. Love Letters? 16. Battle of the Bathing Suits 18. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun 24. Road Trip 28. Days of Summer 38. Oh Those Summer Nights 52. We Are The Revolution 56. Leader of the Cool Kids 60. Picking Daisies 68. Tales of the Independent Women 72. Story of a Girl 78. Folk Sisters 82. Street Style 84. Record Collectors 86. Summer Romance 89.You Pretty Things 95. Truth Be Sold 98. E is for Elephant 100. Swishing 102. Ramblings of a Jane Austen Addict 104. From Paris With Love 112. Cox and Cox Photography: Stefany Alves
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Charlotte Pearson explains exactly why a handbag can lead to somewhat irrational behaviour.
‘It’ bag, the term used by the fashion industry to describe a high-priced popular bag, which fast becomes a best seller. Some come and go in one season never to be seen again. However, a select few become instant classics and no matter what may come and go, they are stubborn and stay at the top of your wish list - bags such as the Chanel 2.55 or the Hermés ‘Birkin’ bag. After a brief break, designers have brought the ‘It’ bag back. Gone are the showy, OTT bags and in their place are elegant and understated revamps. This new breed of bags are desperate to claim a place on the most coveted lists. One bag this year is a real contender to be here every season and is top of my must have list, it is the Mulberry ‘Alexa’ bag. Now I try not to let jealousy affect me, however, the green eyed monster has raised its ugly head when it comes to this bag. I find it incredibly hard not to be jealous of the über-cool Alexa Chung anyway, not only does she get front row tickets to Chanel and Dior’s catwalk shows, but now British brand Mulberry has made one of the coolest and most coveted bags in her honour. Mulberry’s obsession started when designer Emma Hill saw Chung carrying the brand’s masculine briefcase-like ‘Elkington’ bag. The bag was updated by Hill, to a more feminine and soft style and she decided to name it after her muse. This in turn means that Alexa probably has one in every colour to drape over her arm. Satchels seem to be in vogue every season, and are a great, practical, investment buy. A range of designers have brought out their own versions in previous seasons, including Louis Vuitton, Prada and, of course, the original Cambridge satchel company. However, none have received as much press as the ‘Alexa’. My search for the perfect satchel has been going on for months. I have looked on the high street and on eBay, but my search has turned up loads of cheap looking overpriced bags of poor quality. Then when I had lost hope, I saw it in a magazine; tanned leather, two straps with buckles at the front and two handles - one for a handbag and a strap for across the body. It was beautiful, love at first sight. I wanted, no needed it. Then the heart stopping moment, the price: £795 for the oversized, £695 for the normal and £450 for the
clutch (I was complaining when I was finding bags for £100). On the other hand, I am a firm believer in cost per wear. If I used the normal sized ‘Alexa’ ten times the cost per wear is £69.50, for the right bag that should last me a few years and would be more than worth it. This idea also helps the twinge of guilt to subside ever so slightly. I know that, to many, spending that amount on a bag seems a lot. However, when you compare it to the other bags out at the moment, it is practically a steal. The Chloé ‘Marcie’ starts from £670 to a whopping £12,440, the Dolce and Gabbana ‘Miss Sicily’ costs £1,290 and the Chanel ‘Cocoon’ is £1,625. In comparison you are saving a thousand pounds. I must also admit that I do in fact own a Chanel 2.55 bag, black quilted with a gold chain handle, elegance personified. I bought it at a vintage shop for £500, it retails at about £1,500. I love it, it is a classic bag that goes with everything and cost per wear is down to about £20. Now one justification I have with buying the ‘Alexa’ from new is that I spent £500 on a pre-owned bag, and for an extra two hundred I would have a brand new bag, previously owned by no one. As with most ‘It’ bags, shops create their version. Dorothy Perkins, ASOS and Mischa Barton’s Agnes bag are true contenders, at a fraction of the price. However, if I was to describe the perfect satchel the ‘Alexa’ would be it and even though Coco Chanel said “imitation is the highest form of flattery”, I don’t think any other bag can compare to the original. I suppose in many ways I am trying to justify spending that amount on a bag but, in the words of Madonna, we’re “living in a material world and I am a material girl”. I take pride in the fact that I am saving the money to buy rather than putting it on my credit card. Obviously, this has nothing to do with the fact that the bag is sold out practically everywhere, so even if I wanted to I couldn’t get one; let’s hope I can get on a waiting list.
xa e l The A Illustration by Neil Rook
We Love... Summer’s finally here after what has seemed like the longest and coldest Winter ever! Never did we think that we’d groan as snow hit the ground, but after the the whitest winter in 11 years, the blue sky and yellow sun have left us all slightly perkier. The cellardoor team compiled a list of all the things that make Summer the best season of them all.
bumble bee’s c am warm evenings c beach trips c BBQ’s c smell of sun tan lotion c beer gardens c sand between your toes c white magnums c sunshine c ice cold cider c flip flopsv lilos c new sunglasses c surfing c cold showers c beach hair c........ chillaxing c a good book c short shorts c picnics c ffes estivals
Living in New York City, I’m immersed in a whirlwind of culture, food, street-style, and fashion. In February of 2009 I created my blog, Gotham Hipster, devoted to my love of New York and to launch my career in fashion journalism. I’m still in high school and yet I feel like I’ve already found my passion in life; writing about the two things that
are second nature to me, fashion and New York. I’m constantly striving to find inexpensive places to shop and eat (New York isn’t the cheapest place to live, by any stretch of the imagination). My research has led me to find my most beloved hidden gems. I also love to support these little neighborhood stores by highlighting them on my blog.
blogger y t i c e h t in The Statue of Liberty, yellow cabs, Central Park and, of course, Carrie Bradshaw – just some of the things New York City has been home to. As one of the most famous cities in the world, the sights and scenes have been captured in film, television and photography so much that they are as familiar to us as our own back gardens. It’s no wonder that we all feel we know the place so well. But we’re sure there are more than a few hidden gems, so we asked native New Yorker and writer of blog Gotham Hipster, Emma, to share some of her favourite places.
Along the cobbled streets of Nolita is Dinosaur Designs (250 Mott Street, near Prince Street), the first international outpost of an Australian brand devoted to jewellery and other objects made of resin. Each bracelet, necklace or even plate is so unique and vividly displayed, encased along the
glass walls. Each time I wander into their tiny store, I feel transported into a museum, showcasing these colourful gems. Whether you fancy chunky bracelets or thin, the one thing you won’t find in the shop is patterns. But there is something particularly desirable about their minimalist approach.
Through my excursions to the different neighborhoods of New York I’ve discovered some truly distinctive vintage stores. Local Clothing at 328 East 9th Street (between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave) in the East Village is in a league of its own. Although the store is quite small, it’s extremely well edited and has an intricate mix of clothing circa
1980’s and tribal patterns. Occasionally, you’ll find designer brands. I’ve found a coveted YSL red & black, equestrian-style blazer for $80. Accessories and shoes are where they truly excel. From vintage, perfectly beat-up leather Coach bags to purple lace-up boots, my heart belongs to Local Clothing.
When visiting New York, don’t be afraid to venture out of Manhattan into Brooklyn, New York’s most populous borough. Sweet Melissa’s Cremerie (276 Court St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn) is one of the cutest dessert shops I’ve ever been to. Everything about the brand has a charming, oldfashioned soda shop ambiance, from the décor to the vintage seltzer bottles. It’s the perfect place to retire to on a hot summer afternoon, after hours
Skyline illustration: Gregor Louden
of shopping along nearby Smith Street. I suggest paying homage to Alice in Wonderland by sipping tea accompanied by scrumptious sandwiches, while seated in their backyard garden. But my favourite part of the Sweet Melissa’s experience is indulging in one the “Summer Camp” sundaes with homemade Valrhona hot fudge over vanilla ice cream with graham crackers, toasted marshmallows, and freshly whipped cream.
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LoLveetters? Jade Cooper-Collins asks what’s happened to the humble letter?
It was once the only form of communication, but it seems the art of putting pen to paper is dying out. According to a recent survey to commemorate National Letter Writing Day earlier this year, one in ten children have never written a letter and more than half have never received one. Before mountains of bills and junk mail, we had the letter. The one where your old friend fills you in on all her latest gossip, or more importantly the one where the crush confesses his love. Well, we can dream... I still have a whole box full of keepsake notes that were passed between me and my friends at school, each one holding a different memory - from break-ups to first kisses. Once upon a time, writing a letter would have been the only way to contact anyone. If you needed to urgently tell your heart’s desire something, she’d have to wait days for that little note to cross the country before reaching her hands. The feeling of anticipation and suspense would be all part of the fun and maybe that’s what we’re missing these days, the drama and the romance. Receiving a letter is exciting; you can’t deny the feeling of excitement that rushes through you when you rip open the envelope. Something that the click of opening your email inbox just can’t beat. A handwritten letter holds a much more personal touch than a
generic email typed by a machine. In this age of technology, it’s no surprise that at least half of all 7-14 year olds have typed an email. Now don’t get me wrong, we’re far from ungrateful. I for one cannot be parted from my laptop for more than a few days, but sometimes it’s nice to pick up a pen and write a few notes to loved ones. To me, this information about letter writing doesn’t come as a huge surprise – it’s a perfect example of the difference that technology is making to our lives. Whilst everything is now smaller, quicker and easier than it was even as few as ten years ago, does that mean that it’s OK for us to leave everything else behind? Ten years ago, you would have found me reading a book, watching a video or listening to a CD. Today you’re more likely to find me reading my friend’s Facebook profile on my laptop (via wireless internet no less), watching a 3D blu-ray disc or listening to my iPod. Get my point? It’s nice to keep a little old with the new, and while I’m all for embracing new things, we don’t have to push old traditions out. Writing a letter is definitely worth making the effort; after all, it is the “hallmark of human civilisation”. So what are you waiting for? Grab those notepads and get scribbling - and don’t forget your stamps!
battle of the By Bethan Cooper Illustrations by Jason Lear
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Summer is finally upon us. Already the layers of winter hibernation have been shed, snow white legs creep out from underneath Maxi dresses to catch a glimpse of the glorious July sun, and the smell of fake tan assaults your nostrils as hoards of women hit the shops in search of the perfect summer staple – swimwear. You can find them raiding the racks with only one question on their minds: Bikini or Swimsuit?
The Victorians championed the conservative ‘swimsuit’, a dress of the non-see-through woollen kind. Hide all, show nothing seemed to be the motto of public bathing. Once the Twenties let loose, so did the style of swimwear. Skirted bathing suits with cutesie details like belts and frills swung the doors wide open to adventurous costumes. Despite its biggest rival, the bikini, the swimsuit refused to give up; fashion designers then and now found ways of creating new styles and shapes, keeping this iconic item alive. The truth is, not everyone can tan; those English roses tucked under umbrellas to keep their petals from burning are more likely to want to cover up than risk a red belly. Not only is there a practicality to covering
up, but there is also a distinctive but intangible quality to a gorgeous woman who prefers to keep her physique to herself. After all less is more is it not? It whispers elegance and hints sophistication, only a real woman can pull off a swimsuit with the poise and grace of a runway model. Designers are sending their models down the catwalks in gorgeous arrays of colours, sequins, cut out sides, and fabulous patterns. Now more than ever women are spoilt for choice. Let us not forget the obvious safety benefits: there is a far lower of a risk of indecent exposure commonly caused by diving or unexpected waves (this includes both tops and bottoms). As well as the ability to run and not hurt ourselves or slip a nip.
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SWIMSUIT Historians have shown us that the bikini was born far before its ‘official’ debut as the two-piece swimsuit in 1946. In fact, paintings and murals from the days of ancient Rome boast numerous images of women sporting costumes that look suspiciously similar to our modern take on the bikini. Even before the barely-there cosies of 1946, women from all four corners of the globe had been spotted in more modest variations of the two-piece invention. However, the skimpy bikini as we know it first appeared in the fashion capital, Paris (ooh-la-la). Fashion designer Jacques Heim, and engineer Louis Réard both launched the bikini into the world of fashion in a race to claim the title of ‘the smallest bikini in the world’. Réard won with the very worthy G-String bikini, named aptly after the Bikini Reef, the site for post-war atomic bomb testing, the ideal label for the fashion bombshell.
Despite my efforts the votes are in and counted (drum roll please) and the winner is…
There is no doubt that the bikini is the only real garment choice for tangetters and sun-lovers - minimum coverage, maximum skin. Unless of course you’re on a nudist beach and have no inhibitions, then a seamless tan is a given. Cut away one-pieces may be visually alluring, but try explaining that tan line! Women are no longer a set measurement, the ability to pick and choose a top and bottom to suit your size, frame and figure, allows for a tailor-made fit. Underwire, triangle string, halter, bandeau, you name it - someone sells it, variety is the way forward. The bikini screams adventure, daring and youthfulness, and let’s admit it, it’s down right sexy. Women love it and men adore it, this confidence oozing summer item ticks all the exciting boxes, however, it may not be everyone’s cup of earl grey.
But why? Zoe: Bikini. It’s flattering and much more fun. Clare: Bikini. I am a sun worshipper, I can’t deal with tan lines and it’s hot being in a bathing suit all day. No fashion reason for it, bikini = minimal lines. Hannah: Bikini - I feel three years old in a swimsuit and I’m
not sure that I can pull them off. Grace: Both, swimsuit at a poolside, and bikini on the beach. You can be two different people, classy or sexy. So there you have it, whilst the swimsuit may have all the glamour, you just can’t beat a good old bikini.
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Ju st Wa n na Fun No oneâ€™s hotter than clothing brand Wildfox at the moment, so Emma Frew had a few burning questions for them...
You are childhood friends, what was it like the first time you met, and do you have any secrets for staying such good friends for so long? Kim and I met when we were about 12
Your lookbooks have become infamous, they are so unique and always fun. How do you come up with the themes for the photographs? We work very hard
years old at a summer theatre camp in Santa Barbara. We bonded over the fact that we were both in love with JT. We spent a lot of time watching the Lion King and drawing, and not much has really changed since then!
on planning the books, we won’t reveal all of our secrets about it but our designs definitely reflect the theme we choose. We have an amazing photographer, Emir Eralp, who really brings our imaginations to life, a good photographer is key. Past themes have been the movie Dazed and Confused, Born in Beverly Hills, Wildfox Dolls and It’s Witchcraft.
What were jobs you doing before Wildfox, did they have any influence on you starting You’ve got a really strong the label? I had a lot of funny jobs when celebrity following, has there i first moved to LA (6 years ago)! I was an extra on The OC, a cocktail waitress, and a freelance been anyone spotted wearing journalist for OK magazine. Kim was a waitress your designs and thought to for a while at a nice restaurant in Hollywood and yourself, we’ve made it? worked as a designer for a clothing company downtown. When I was looking to get into fashion a few years ago she got me a job which was a great introduction to the clothing business. We both then left to start Wildfox in 2007.
Emily: Beyonce!! Kim: You never really feel “making it”, it never feels that way. But i was truly excited to see Lohan in something when we started. I hope she makes a comeback from her sadness, cause she seems so nice and very stylish!
When you started, did you have a Wildfox girl in mind? There are You both have such great a lot of girls who we love and look to for style personal style who or what inspiration. We both shamelessy love popstars and pop culture. It’s really hard to name one inspires your own fashion girl who has inspired our designs as our muses sense? Emily: I like wearing what makes me are more like movies and stories. I think this is shown by our lookbooks!
feel happy. I think i’m going to start dressing all 70’s all the time, but I’ll probably get over that
idea in about a month. It’s just different phases, sometimes inspired by movies or fashion blogs or books. Once I read This Side of Paradise and tried to dress as if i went to Princeton for two months. I’m crazy. Kim: So many things can inspire personal style; unless you have a stylist putting things together for you it’s never going to be absolutely consistent. I personally am inspired by different things depending on where I’m going, like the cemetery summer screenings in LA where I love to wear long dresses and hats or a tutu, but going shopping or to a party will be totally different, t-shirt and skirt with sky high heels. It’s fun to wear different things every day and create your own characters! My one problem is I’m so tall, it is not a blessing.
Do you any favourite designers or places you love to shop? Emily: I love the brand Lover. I always want everything they do and they always have a theme to each line. Their clothing reminds me of Lolita if she had gone on a classy camping trip. At home I live in 80’s sweatshirts from vintage stores. And YSL shoes are so comfortable and they last forever. Kim: I love Jeffrey Campbell shoes, Luella, Alexander Wang, Jeremy Scott, Chanel, vintage stores and more!
Where do you get your inspiration from - do you have any favourite blogs or magazines for ideas? Emily: We obsessively buy magazines. We have 5 shelves of them at the office, so it’s a problem. My favourites are are Jalouse, Self Service, Bazaar, Elle and of course Martha Stewart Living. Kim:I can’t live without British Vogue, Australian Vogue, Teen Vogue and Lula.
And lastly, what’s next for Wildfox?
We’d love to see an actual Wildfox retail store, mostly because it would be so fun to decorate! We also talk about doing a make up line or expanding to swimwear, which would be a dream come true to design.
TRUTH OR DARE Wildfox is inspired by, amongst other things, friendship and sleepovers, so we thought we would play a game of Truth or Dare with the the girls. After all, no sleepover would be complete without some Â revelations - and a John Hughes movie or two!
Truths - Celebrity crush?
Emily: John Krazinski Kim: Gaspard Ulliel Â (French boys...)
Your most embarrassing moment?
Emily: I fell the other day in front of some guy from NSYNC.
The best piece of advice you have ever been given? Kim: Learn Photoshop! Emily: Read a lot of books.
Dare - Show us an embarrassing photo of yourselves! (see left) Kim after her boyfriend painted her face like a Mexican wrestler.
Sophie Goodenough’s brightly and beautifully designed Campervan Project caught our eye a while ago, so we caught up with her to pick her brains and find out the thoughts behind it.
Can you tell us a bit more about the Campervan Project, and what inspired you to start it? I was inspired by a road trip
love India. I have recently returned from Kutch in India. This is where all tribal artisans create the most stunning embroided and printed textiles
through Nevada and California in a motor home. We tied it in with the Burning Man festival, a small city of art cars and mutant vehicles. I was inspired by the elaborate decoration at the festival, the fusion of art, music and community. The weird and wonderful vehicles ignited my imagination. I left dreaming of creating my own vehicle. I then went to India where I was blown away by the truck decoration. It is very important for the trucks to be as elaborate as possible with beautiful and extremely colorful designs dazzling the roads. I studied Surface Design at LCC, I decided to tie this in with my love for travel and a ‘travelling home’. I decorated the van inside and out as part of my degree, it was an ambition task that took me 3 months and I loved every second of it.
As children we often drove around in a beaten up Camper visiting numerous camp-sites around the UK, would you consider a similar summer road trip in the van? Yes, I love using my van as a travelling
How would you describe your style?
the camper van.
My style is colourful, vibrant, (I always pick my colour pallet first) eclectic and experimental.
home to discover new places. At the moment it is the Jelly Festival wagon. This summer I am organising the Jelly Festival in Norfolk. We are using my van to promote the festival, using it as an advertising tool, handing out flyers and jelly! You should come along!
Do you have any plans to tackle any other types of transport with your unique stamp? At the moment im still adding to
And lastly, as this is the Summer All the bright colours and pattern issue, what are your favourite things this season? My favourite things about remind us of Morocco, are there any about this season are festivals, going to the beach (I live by places you’d love to travel to? Places the sea), relaxing in the Sun, BBQs on the beach, arts I would like to travel are Peru, Guatemala, Morocco anywhere with exciting textiles and surface decoration. I
and craft shows and spending warm evenings in the van by a river with a picnic, music and friends.
HAT £6.99, Uniglo VEST £15, Adidas NECKLACE £55, Disney Couture
Da y s of Summer Photographer Ben Ilmoni Stylist Jade Stavri Stylistâ€™s assistant Lauren Cardoe and Felicia Models Emerald and Leana @ Elite Make up Kaori Mitsuyasu Hair Soichi Inagaki
LEFT DRESS £145, Ella Moss CROP TOP £16, Urban Outfitters SHOES As Before RIGHT HEADBAND Zara Carpenter WAISTCOAT £45, Mina UK DRESS £65, Insight SHOES £125, Kate Kuba BAG £46, Urban Outfitters
LEFT HAT £6.99, Uniglo VEST £15, Adidas SKIRT £20, Rokit NECKLACE £55, Disney Couture SHOES £35, Adidas
RIGHT SHIRT £68 DENIM SHORTS £30 SHOES £26, All Urban Outfitters VEST £120, Belle and Bunty BELT £6.99, Uniglo
SWIMSUIT £50, Insight
T-SHIRT £58, LNA
LEFT CROP TOP £16, Urban Outfitters JEANS £105, Nudie NECKLACE Stylist own RIGHT VEST£50, Adidas
LEFT BIKINI TOP £33.50 BOTTOMS £38.50, both from Seafolly NECKLACE £38, Disney Couture RIGHT SUNGLASSES £97, Calvin Klein BIKINI TOP £6, Tu @Sainsburys
HEADBAND Zara Carpenter WAISTCOAT £45, Mina UK DRESS £65, Insight
SWIMSUIT £50, Insight
T-SHIRT £58, LNA BAG £15 Vans
o H t Ho s e summer nigHts Photographer Rikard Osterlund Stylist Jade Stavri Stylistâ€™s assistant Lauren Cardoe Photographerâ€™s Assistant Chris Marchant Models Beth @ Elite Farah @Select Make up Kaori Mitsuyasu Hair Soichi Inagaki
SWIMSUIT £45, Rokit
LEFT T-SHIRT £ 45, Belle and Bunty JEANS £80, Insight RIGHT HAT Price on Request, Beinstock Speirs TOP £12, Rokit JEANS £65, Insight
DRESS ÂŁ245, Belle and Bunty
LEFT SHIRT £15 CORSET £95 SKIRT £25, All From Rokit RIGHT HEADBAND £25, Chatham Girl SHIRT £160, Splendid SHORTS £3.99, Uniglo
WAISTCOAT £70, Replay SKIRT £55, Supreme Being
HEADBAND £25, Chatham Girl SHIRT £160, Splendid SHORTS £3.99, Uniglo
DRESS ÂŁ245, Belle and Bunty
WE ARE THE REVOLUTION Sisters Anais and Lillian Yim couldn’t understand why going ‘Organic’meant going without style. They soon put a stop to that by creating the beautiful ‘Organic’ canvas bag line One Language. Creating unique and sustainable products, Anais and Lillian are helping to change what it means to go green, one handbag at a time! ’
Interview by Emma Frew
One Language are canvas bags with a difference. They are chic and stylish but also environmentally friendly. What made you want to do a line solely of bags? When
canvas bags started really showing up around 3 years ago, we couldn’t find any that we actually wanted to carry for our everyday needs. And the ones that were large and structured were all around $500 or more, which we didn’t understand. So we thought why not create functional canvas bags that we wanted to wear? How did you come up with the name? Love is a universal language, therefore it’s ‘one language’ across the world. We want you to feel good carrying our bags, which is why all our bags are lined with handwritten inspirational quotes that we’ve personally kept throughout the years that have inspired us to do this collection.
Is it hard sometimes working with each other as not only are you partners in a business but you are also sisters? Have you always had a really close relationship? Not at all. We’ve always been very close as sisters and we share the same passion for what we do. I think we’re very lucky to have each other not only as family, but as business partners as well.
Have you both always wanted to work in the fashion industry or did you have a back-up career?
Anais: I never thought twice about working in another industry. I just knew this is where I wanted to be and I feel very lucky to know that from the start. Lillian: It was always fashion for me as well, but I had thoughts for studying law.
One Language is based in New York, was that where you grew up and do you think that the city has had an influence on you personally and professionally? New York City is a huge part of our lives. We grew up in Dallas, Texas, in a suburban community and we enjoyed our childhood very much. But once we had moved to the city, we felt as if we had found another part of ourselves. We’re still southern girls at heart, but right now it’s an exciting place to be in our lives in this powerful and influential city.
Do you have a One Language muse, someone who you always have in mind when you design? We’re always kind of designing
for ourselves more than having this ideal customer. We believe that if you incorporate the things that you feel are important then people will respond to it as well.
Our favourite thing about your designs are the unique and handwritten quotes on the bags lining. What gave you this idea? We wanted to incorporate somewhat of our personal selves into the brand identity. The quotes that are found on the lining are all the quotes that we’ve collected in our notebooks throughout the whole development process over the years. Most of our quotes come from our notebooks that we write in and are quotes by historical people and designers like Oscar Wilde or Charles Eames. One of our favourites is: “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” - Oscar Wilde.
You are both very passionate about the environment, do you like being classed as a green company? We do believe in sustainability, but we’re not fighting to be labelled as ‘green’. We just want to be able to give our consumers the option to make better choices environmentally through our products in a simple way.
What do you both like to do to relax when you aren’t working? Eat! Where do you look for inspiration for your new designs, do you have any favourite blogs or magazines? We lose ourselves on sites like ffffound.com and stock up on a bunch of magazines, but we mainly get our inspiration from things we see and hear in the city. But we’d love to start travelling soon for inspiration!
Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in the fashion industry as a designer? Make sure you love what you do and have fun while you’re doing it. I know that’s what you always hear and read from people who are doing their own lines, but it’s so true. Doing something like this isn’t all laughter and fun times; you’re up day and night packing orders, sending out press kits, dealing with budgets and it gets tiring. So you really have to believe in it and love it to fight all the obstacles that come along, and still want to do it all over the next day. Contact One Language: facebook.com/onelanguage Twitter.com/One_Language
Leader of The Cool Kids Interview by Emma Frew Warning! The following interview may result in you falling rather heavily in love with the clothing label Wren and in turn spending all your hard-earned cash on beautiful dresses instead of sensibly saving it for that rainy day we hear so much about. Neither the designer and founder, Melissa Coker or Cellardoor will be held responsible for your actions (we will be unreachable anyway, as we too will be out buying up all the Wren clothing we can find!).
So how did you get started in the fashion industry? Through an internship at Helmut Lang during college.
What made you take the leap into starting your own label? After working in editorial, I worked for
some large corporate apparel companies providing conceptual direction. That’s when dreams of my own line began.
Wren is still a fairly young label but it’s already so established, did you ever imagine when you first started out that only a few years later you would be so successful? That’s so nice of you, thank you. When I started out, I really had no idea what was going to happen. It was all so new to me.
You named the line after Jenny Wren a character from the Dickens novel ‘Our Mutual Friend’. What was it about this character that attracted you? She is a dark little creature who
makes dresses for dolls. There is a winsome element but it’s more complex because there are so many contrasts to her character. I liked her as a study in contrasts which is what Wren is about.
Do you have a specific Wren girl who you design for? I definitely design clothes that I would want to
wear, but there is also a team of girls who really embody the Wren aesthetic and I often think about them as well…Alexa Chung, Leith Clark and Tennessee Thomas.
What is inspiring you for your new collection? I felt very inspired by spring and the optimism that the change of season seems to bring. That’s been leading me to pretty, colourful floral prints and a palette of quite happy colors.
Do you have any plans to expand your line in the future? I would love to do a range of accessories, especially shoes.
How would you describe your own personal style? Winsome with a tomboy’s touch. And, finally if you could pass on any words of wisdom to the Cellardoor readers what would it be? Make things fun!
by Alexandra Cameron
Tales of the Independent Women Interviewed by Emma Frew
Meet Daniela Ordonez, Andrea Moreno and Valentina Alvarado, the designers behind Headwear line Oh! Nena. Barely out of their teens, these girls from Venezuela are a force to be reckoned with. Designing headbands Ms. Waldorf would covet, I have a feeling that (fashion) world domination isnâ€™t too far away for these three feisty, inspiring, young women. Â
How did you all meet and how long have you within the company? We do everything! First we all been friends? Valentina and Andrea have been friends since the age of nine, which is why all three of us are long time friends.
When did you decide to start Oh! Nena and what made you choose to design headbands? We started in December 2008. We are naturally curious and always had a sensibility towards fashion. That’s why we decided to start a project that would fill a creative need. Accessories are something that have always interested us, they complete the outfit. And headbands or headpieces are an accessory that bring up and reassures femininity, as well as giving a distinctive look to the outfit.
It’s a really interesting name, how did you come up with it? Oh! Nena comes from a song of an Argentinean singer/songwriter called Fito Páez. Later we realized that a band called Tlx used the phrase on one of their songs too. We thought it was a fun, cute and catchy name.
You are all from Venezuela. What is the fashion industry like there? Here the fashion
industry is hard, it adjusts itself with the context we live in, and there isn’t much support so we work with our hands. However, this helps us to have a more resolute attitude and to find ways of making things happen.
You are all still really young but have achieved so much with Oh! Nena already, would you say that your age has worked for or against you whilst starting your business? If we had to decide between both extremes, we would probably say that it has worked for us, since we are still young and there’s a long way to go. We’ve been achieving most of our goals pretty quickly.
What is the process of making the headband like, do all of you design them or do you all have different roles
make a concept-based collection, design the headbands, buy the fabrics, sew the piece together and then the whole
production for the photo shooting, without leaving the administrative side behind. We are managers, administrators and designers on our own enterprise.
Your lookbooks are beautifully shot with a modern, edgy feel to them. Do you feel like they are an important way to get across what your brand is really about? Totally! It’s something we have always set as our premise: to visualize the girl using the piece giving it the whole look. We like to look at the whole picture; obviously it doesn’t limit our customers but we love to create the atmosphere around our pieces.
All your headbands are named after different girls, what made you decide to do this and are they named after people you know? The idea came from two different sides, on one hand a photographer friend of ours suggested it and on the other, a Venezuelan band was naming their songs after girls. We just thought it was such a cute idea so we decided to name each piece after girls, making it a complete ode to womankind.
How would you describe your own personal styles? Let’s say we can sometimes be picky, moody and a mix of everything when it comes to style. Where we come from influences us, but also where we’re going, from our roots to what we read online. A merge of different sources both old and contemporary.
Do you have a Oh! Nena girl in mind when you are designing? If we said no, we would be lying! Sometimes, we think of a specific girl who inspires us to develop a new look, hence the pieces, but it can be influenced even by a song.
Have you always wanted to work in the fashion industry? Yes. Either fashion, art or graphic design; we were going to be related in any of those creative ways.
What would your advice be to anyone who was planning on starting their own fashion line?
It’s always hard to begin something from scratch and the fashion world isn’t a game, but it you ‘act’ as a creative and responsible person it’s incredible. It’s a 24/7 job in which we truly believe. And advice? Never be afraid, follow your own dreams and never give up, with time good things will come.
Is there anyone who you would love to see wearing your headbands? Of course! So many cool girls Karen O, Chloe Sevigny, Kate Moss, Natalie Portman, Erin Wasson, Leighton Meister, Alexa Chung... we could go on!
Do you have any favourite fashion blogs or websites that you love to check out? We always check fashion
magazines, blogdiaries, streetstyles like Purple, The Contributing Editor, Jak and Jil, Coute Que Coute, etc.
And finally, what influences your designs and can you tell us anything about your new collection? We are influenced by many things; it depends on the concept we’re developing. The newest collection is called The Pink Opaque, and the name comes from a Cocteau Twins album. It is about that decisive and natural element that is atmosphere. The pieces in this collection are handmade and well elaborated; texture, pastel tones and ethereal & intrepid looks.
l r i g a f o y r sto Cellardoor catches up with new girl on the block, Leddra Chapman
Photography by Rikard Osterlund Styled by Jade Stavri
You’ve been singing since you were 12, what inspired to you start at such a young age? I’ve always sung, whether it be in choirs or just around the house. As I was growing up there was always music playing in my house, whether it be on the record player or my dad’s band.
How would you describe your music to somebody who’d never heard it? I would say acoustic folk pop with honest lyrics and a chilled out feeling.
What inspires you to write your music? I am inspired to write by everything from books, films, friends, family and personal relationships.
What’s been your proudest moment in music?
The proudest moment is probably when Sir Terry Wogan first played my single ‘Story’ on BBC Radio 2. That was a really special day.
Do you come from a creative background? My Dad played in a number of bands throughout my childhood and this influenced me and it also gave me opportunities to explore instruments and music equipment at home.
Is there one gig you’ve played that really sticks out in your mind as being amazing? I played at the Jazz Cafe in London earlier this year and that gig was amazing. Having a sold out crowd singing back at me and people like Ant & Dec there will always be a very proud moment.
How does it feel when people compare you to artists like Alanis Morissette and Joni Mitchell? It feels amazing to be included in the same sentence as both of those singers. They are to this day big influences and so it really does make me smile to be compared to them.
If you could duet with anybody, dead or alive, who would it be? I think it would be amazing to do a duet with someone who comes from a very different music background to me. To duet with a guitar band would be amazing, and I think doing something with the likes of Snow Patrol or Muse would be special.
Youâ€™re an ambassador for Quiksilver, how did that come about? They came across my music on MySpace about two years ago. From there they showed me their womenâ€™s clothes and I fell in love with them. It has been amazing to be part of the Quiksilver family ever since.
How would you describe your own personal style? My style is quite relaxed and natural and in the Summer months I definitely like a bit of a bohemian style.
Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years? As long as I am still writing, recording and touring as an artist then I will be happy. I love what I do and in ten years I hope to have progressed naturally and to still be a performer.
And finally, as this is the Summer issue, whatâ€™s your favourite thing about Summer? The best thing about Summer is the opportunities to see friends, have barbecues in the sun and it not getting dark until late at night.
folk Sisters Amy Peck chats to the staves, a trio of sisters making waves in the music industry.
You may not have heard of the Staves yet, but this trio have been quietly working away for many years, playing local gigs, writing music and honing their unique mix of haunting melodies, clever lyrics and perfect harmonies. The Staves consists of three sisters; Emily, 27, Jess, 23 and Millie, 21. Coming from a musical family, the girls grew up singing together and had thought about becoming a proper band for years before they actually did it. Meeting the girls in their cosy kitchen on a Sunday morning, they are all suffering a little bit from hangovers, as they arrived back from Nottingham in the early hours of the morning. They are currently supporting Joshua Radin, an American singer/songwriter, on his UK tour. Jess, who is in her final year at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), met Josh whilst performing with a friend, Thomas J. Speight. Joshua asked if she would like to do the same thing for him on his tour in the US. Jess ended up on tour with Radin, performing backing vocals
Photography by Jynx AKA Broken Path
There are three lead vocals.We sound like cheese and crackers with red wine! Photography by Thomas J Speight
and also opening the show with a support act. When Radin came to do his UK tour, he asked all three girls to support. The UK tour takes them all over the country from Portsmouth to Edinburgh. The Staves have played three tour dates so far, the highlight of which was playing Shepherds Bush Empire. Millie described it as: “nice and intimate despite being a large venue”. They are still buzzing from this gig, and the celeb-filled after-party at which they had to keep reminding themselves they were “legitimately allowed to be there”. As Millie describes turning round and seeing Zach Braff introducing Jess to Kevin Spacey, it is clear that they’re finding the experience a little surreal. After completing the tour with Joshua Radin, they have several gigs booked in over the summer including the Communion night at Notting Hill Arts Club and Ronnie Scott’s. The girls feel very lucky to have had so many great opportunities, particularly as they currently have no management or record label. Jess says LIPA have been really helpful. “They have industry people coming through all the time meeting students and scouting. That’s how we’ve made a lot of our contacts and just through meeting people at gigs and so on.” These contacts appear to be paying off for them as they were recently asked by a contact at Island Records to record backing vocals for Tom Jones’ new album, which Emily describes as “raw, earthy, simple songs”. They were disappointed not to meet the man himself, who had already recorded his part, but the producer was Ethan Johns, whom they had dreamt about working with for years. Johns has worked with the likes of Ryan Adams and Kings of Leon, and his father, Glyn Johns, worked with artists like The Eagles. This opportunity is just one of the random things that can happen in an industry which Jess describes as unlike any other, “with no need for qualifications or CVs”. With influences as varied as Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, Crosby Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell and The Beatles, the girls find it hard to define their music. Jess eventually settles on “singer/songwriter, but the difference is there are three lead vocals with our stuff. It sounds like cheese and crackers with red wine!” Emily adds that it’s hard to define. “It’s acoustic and folksy, stories with lovely singing and nice harmonies.”
They credit the current folk scene as a major influence as “there are so many interesting people making great music”. “The weird thing about this new folk scene is that you’ve got these folksy bands who haven’t been played on radio, who haven’t had a number one single, but their albums are going in at number four in the album charts and that’s without any radio play. That’s almost unheard of. It’s a really brilliant time for our sort of music, the music we love listening to, writing and playing,” says Emily. When asked to describe the highlights of their careers so far, the Shepherd’s Bush Empire gig is obviously cited, but they also mention spending a month in Nashville last summer with a friend of Jess’s from university. They stayed with her family, who are all musicians and have a recording studio at their house. They managed to play a few gigs out there. Jess describes one night when they played at a bluegrass inn. “There was this band playing, and they were really good. One of the guys in the band said something like, ‘Does anyone want to come and sing a song?’ We got up and did one of our tunes a cappella, and obviously in Nashville that’s what they do. They loved it, which was cool. Then we asked if they knew Jolene. And they were like, ‘Hell yeah, this is Nashville!’ So we did that too.” The girls also spent a snowy week in Wales in January where a musician friend, Tom Billington, was recording backing vocals for his new album. They recorded at Rockfield Studios, where Oasis recorded What’s The Story Morning Glory? It’s residential, the studios are on a farm and the girls clearly loved being immersed in music day and night. “We stayed in this farmhouse and all ate dinner together round this massive table. Just a load of people who didn’t really know each other in this all encompassing musical environment where you eat together and play together. We recorded 17 songs in five days, which would normally take a month, and it was great. Everyone knew the songs enough to do them but not enough to relax into it, so there was this real nervous energy and it was great, really good fun. Everything was live but normally it’s done in layers, but we did it live trying to get the whole way through the song without fucking up or laughing,” remembers Emily. With a new EP out and lots of gigs lined up for over the summer, I suspect it won’t be that until this talented trio’s dream of headlining Shepherd’s Bush Empire comes true.
We love the way the way she has toughened up her floral harem trousers with the leather jacket and masculine bowler hat. We bet theyâ€™re comfy too.
You canâ€™t beat a band tee and denims. The perfect combo for chilling out at a festival or lazing around at the park. The cute beanie and printed trainers add a quirky tomboy touch.
Maxi dress. Check. Florals. Check. Denim jacket. Check. This girl has all the vital componets for the perfect summer outfit, and weâ€™re loving her hippie vibe right down to her carefree wavy locks.
We love the quirky twist on a classic sixties look, and yellow always brightens up an afteroon. Oh and forget Susan, weâ€™re desperately seeking that beautiful clock bag.
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Record Collectors by Kat Nicholls Her fingers ran softly over the thick cardboard sleeves, every now and then picking one up to study the art work. This was all she cared about. She had all her favourite songs on record already and didn’t care for ‘collectibles’, she just wanted the cover art. She particularly liked the ones which looked battered and well loved, the brand new ones were too vibrant and plastic-y for her liking. Today was pretty much the same as every other mindless Saturday morning spent record hunting. Only a few things stood out… it was the first day of summer, not on the calendars or anything, but in Robyn’s head it was. She could feel the sun getting stronger, maturing overhead while even the pigeons looked magnificent in its light. It was definitely the start of summer, she could smell it. She could also smell something else, something different in the shop today… it smelled like cut grass mixed with ocean spray. Turning around she saw what was causing the oddly enticing smell - a guy. A clean guy, she thought with surprise, that’s pretty rare for this kind of shop. He was rifling through the ‘D’ section looking incredibly stressed and put out. “What you looking for?” She couldn’t help but ask (he was the nicest thing she’d seen all year). “Umm, ‘Deer Hunter’? Their first album.” She blushed as she realised she had bought the last copy. “You’re going to hate me.” “You’re about to buy it, aren’t you?” “No….I already have. Last week, I’ve been looking for the vinyl copy for weeks... Sorry.” She really was, she didn’t want to cause that face to frown. Instead he smiled and looked to the ceiling. “Never mind hey, clearly it wasn’t meant to be. What’s that in your hand?”
“Oh I don’t know, some folk singer…” “You into buying random records then?” “No, I buy them for the cover art. If the music’s any good then I just consider that a bonus.” His smile got wider. “And here I was thinking I was the only person that did that.” It was pretty much then she decided she wanted to marry him. They continued chatting and eyeing up records for another hour before deciding there was nothing left in the shop for them. “Coffee?” he asked. They headed to Robyn’s favourite café where she sipped on a latte and he gulped down black coffee - his only vice she found out. They swapped stories and discovered the tiniest details about one another; Robyn hated her red hair but loved her freckles, Jacob hated his feet but loved them in Italian shoes. Robyn lived there in London, in a boathouse by herself, Jacob lived in Scotland and was in London for the summer to study philosophy. Robyn had never had a boyfriend, Jacob was in a long term relationship with his childhood sweetheart. She hated to admit it but this particular fact felt like taking a bullet. “Can I take your number?” He asked, taking her off guard. “I don’t know anyone here apart from my aunt who I’m staying with, would be nice to hang out with a fellow record fiend for the summer.” His smile would be the death of her. “Sure, sounds great. You’ll have to come by the boat house and listen to that Deer Hunter album, it really is good.” He smiled one last time and scribbled his number on a napkin. The next two months flew by with conversation and extraordinary ‘friend dates’ as he liked to call them. The first time they met up she took him to the
river to show him her house, fully decked out with flea market furniture and an assortment of knick-knacks picked up while travelling. They listened to ‘Deer Hunter’ and serenaded each other with air guitars. The following week he got to pick the place. He picked a train station. “Think of a number between one and ten.” He demanded sweetly. “Umm…four?…What are we doing?” “We’re going to platform number four and seeing where that train takes us.” He said matter of factly. She laughed and held his outstretched hand as they ran for the train. They ended up three hours outside of London and saw the most amazing things. “Look!” she squealed. “Look at that ditch, it”s full of plastic balls, do you think that’s where every ball goes that gets kicked over the fence and doesn’t come back goes?” “For sure,” he said, convinced she was right. They shared the same attention to detail, far more than the average train passenger. “What about that?” he said, pointing to the road beneath them. There was a teddy bear lying by the side, looking worse for wear. “Well, that’s obvious” she said, whispering so no one else could steal their conversation, “A child obviously had as much fun as he could with that bear and has decided to pass the torch on. He’s left that bear there so that another lonely child will see it and have as much fun as he had with it.” He was staring at her now. They laughed at each other’s shared fantasies. “We’re nuts.” She chuckled “Yeah, but I like us nuts.” The rest of the summer together looked something like this: picnics at night (because you can’t see the stars during the day, stupid), Chinese takeaway on the beach (fish and chips are so passé), parties in friends’ tree houses and Polaroid pictures of them in funny hats. “It’s going to suck when you leave,” she thought out loud after their 5th tree house par ty. He didn’t say anything out loud but was reciting one
hell of a monologue in his head. Alas, soon enough the day came when dear Jacob had to leave Robyn and return to Scotland, and his girlfriend. Her pain on this day was even greater than she had rehearsed. Her soul mate was leaving her and there was nothing she could do about that. “Don’t go,” she said, looking at her shoes. “What?” He was only half listening, trying desperately not to cry. “Just, don’t go.” “I thought that’s what you said.” A tear was threatening his eye, but he refused to give it power, determined to stay strong. “You, my freckled friend, are the most amazing person I’ve ever met.” He looked up trying to will the salty water to flow back into his eyes. “But now is not the right time for us. I have a life in Scotland, I have a girlfriend. Who I love.” That killed her. She wasn’t fooling anyone, her tears were erupting thick and fast. She couldn’t speak without choking on them. “One day, if it’s meant to be, we will meet each other again. I promise you that. Come on, we’ve seen the stars together haven’t we? If it’s written, it’s written.” His poetic reasoning only made it worse. “You are the best person I’ve ever met. Ever.” She wasn’t quite so articulate, but the sentiment was there. “So are you.” He let one tear fly by before rubbing his face and grunting in that manly way men do when they’re trying not to cry. He couldn’t say anymore, he stepped on that train and left his soul mate crying on the platform. It was about another hour or so until he realised he had just made the biggest mistake of his life. He hadn’t even saved her number. All he could do now was pray that the gods of fate would be on his side and cross their paths again one day. He prayed that same prayer every night for a year before he had to move to London for his new job. Every redhead that walked by filled his heart with hope that somewhere in the crowd was his redhead, making up a silly story about the man that handed out free papers.
Summer Romance Have you ever looked at someone’s flawless face and wondered how they’ve managed it? We know we certainly have. So we asked celebrity make-up artist, Lina Cameron, to give us a helping hand. She gave us our very own tutorial on the best way to achieve that fresh, summery look. CLEANSER is always my essential starting point Scarlett Johansson and I swear by Eve Lom. Invest in a simple muslin cloth and leave your cleanser on for 30 minutes, then take your cloth and very gently in tiny circles exfoliate, massaging the skin with little swoops and rubbing it very gently in to the skin. SPF 45 is a must have. The best advice I can pass on is to use a sunscreen every day, rain, hail or shine, under your make-up - either SPF 45 or 50. It is the singular best anti-aging habit you can get into, and perfect for the pale and interesting look shown opposite. Prevention is always better than cure and protecting your skin from the elements is essential. I love Linda Meredith SPF 45 because it is so light in texture, smells amazing and is the perfect base for make-up. FOUNDATION Do not cake yourself with foundation. To enhance and even the skin use two shades of foundation, taking time to blend and make sure it looks natural. You only need the tiniest bit of something like Bobbi Brown Foundation sticks to ensure your skin looks healthily and balanced. You need a lighter foundation for the centre of your face with a shade 2/3 times darker to contour the cheeks and raise the cheek bones. PRIMER This is a very natural, fresh faced look, so eyeshadow is not necessary. However as the eyelids are a naturally greasy part of the face and you want your make-up to stay put, I recommend Laura Mercier Eye Base Essentials, which is technically an eye primer but looks really pretty on its own too. Next, use a pale neutral colour to line the inner lower rim of your eyes and really open them up.
BLUSHER For a soft focus look I would use a cream blusher – Topshop and Illamasqua both have beautiful peachy pink shades. Lightly dab and blend with your fingers, building layers of the colour as necessary. For an even more angelic radiance, take Mac Strobe Liquid and smudge over the top of the cheekbones, the Cupid’s bow and carefully on the inner corner of the eye. LASHES This romantic summer look is natural and healthy, so with your now glowing skin and enhanced cheek bones all you need is subtle definition around the eyes. To save time over the summer months, invest in a good lash dye. You can get this done professionally, but if you want do it at home make sure you spend time with the instructions. MASCARA Curl the lashes with a simple curler and then add a swipe of waterproof mascara – sweep it gently over the lashes once to give it that extra volume. Waterproof mascara is much more effective at holding a good curl, as it is oil rather than water based – Maybelline’s range is great. BROWS If you are blessed with naturally full eyebrows all you need to groom your brows is a slick of clear brow gel like Bobbi Brown’s Natural Brow Shaper. If you do want a bit of extra definition use a touch of powder rather than pencil, which can look too strong. Comb through and set with the gel as above. LIP GLOSS For the finishing touch, pat onto your lips a touch of the same cream blusher you used on your cheeks, blot, and then use a sweep of clear lip gloss with some shimmer (this needn’t be expensive, I like Stargazer) to complete your romantic summer look!
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Zooey Deschanel . . . by Amy Power If anyone ever asked me who my ‘girl crush’ is, I wouldn’t even hesitate before saying Zooey Deschanel. Best known for acting in films such as Elf, Yes Man and (500) Days of Summer, Zooey Deschanel is the epitome of ‘young, hot Hollywood’, having been brought up in LA by a family in showbiz, and yet this seems to have put her feet on the ground rather than letting her ego inflate as is so often the case. Not only is she a celebrated actress, but she’s also one half of musical duo ‘She and Him’ (check them out) with M. Ward, an indie folk band who have been making a name for themselves doing festivals since 2006. As well as setting the world alight with her acting and musical abilities, Deschanel definitely has some serious style icon credentials. Her vintage look has won over the hearts of many fashion critics, and if clothes could describe a person’s
personality alone, Deschanel’s charming and pretty style would say it all. Channelling vintage starlet with more than a little added quirkiness, she always looks amazing and I would have no qualms about stealing the entire contents of her wardrobe from her. Deschanel grew up watching old movies, and this is abundantly clear in everything she does – from her style of clothing to her tone of voice when she sings. She could easily be mistaken for one of the Hollywood actresses of old, grouped with the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth. Whether she’s making films, music or just wearing the most adorable outfit ever created, she’s one girl who will always have a project on the go and I have no doubt she will continue to be disarmingly charming for many years yet.
Jane Birkin . . . by Abi Williams Jane Birkin is an enchanting woman who famously rebelled against bourgeois social norms, whilst enticing both men and women in the swinging ‘60’s. Her ability to play the sex kitten with an intelligent quirky Englishness ensured that she always attracted both attention and adoration. However, don’t underestimate Jane Birkin as just a simple wanton sex goddess. As well as being talented as an actress, model, singer (famously singing ‘Je t’aime moi non plus’, airplay of which was banned across Europe due to its saucy nature) and film director, she is renowned for her impeccable style. She has an elusive charming ability to emulate and achieve a youthful hybrid of French-chic and English-scruff. Her style of bra-less pinstriped t-shirts, short hemlines and absolute femininity is as relevant and revered today as it was 50 years ago, with stylists and modern-day fashion icons constantly referencing her in their image inspiration.
Now in her fifties, her obvious passion for life has not faded but dramatically increased. Alongside a tireless dedication to humanitarian work, she’s currently touring around the world as a solo singer. She also continues to stick two fingers up to the norms of celebrity culture, this time by letting herself age naturally - and she looks fiercely fabulous. J’adore Jane Birkin. She epitomises a seductive yet playful chic and colourful life that one can only aspire to. What’s not to ‘admirez’? She visually combines the cultures of the English and French in a sumptuous way, has explicit and passionate affairs with romantic older men, is multi-talented, and to only sweeten the deal, she is so adored by the fashion pack that Hermès created the infamous (and much coveted) Birkin bag in ode to her. Jane Birkin, I salute you. Long may you reign over my heart (and inspire my haircuts).
Rachel Bilson . . .
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by Suzanne Jones I’ve been a fan of Rachel Bilson ever since I first saw the Pilot episode of The OC, many years ago. Summer Roberts was a fan of preppy, pastel palettes and well put together outfits, and at the time that fitted me perfectly. Since the days of The OC’s California sun and style, I’ve watched Rachel’s fashion choices evolve with her modern mix of designer, vintage and lesser-known labels to create a wonderful result. From casual skinny jeans and plaid shirt combinations to detailed dresses in colourful hues for parties or premieres, Rachel isn’t afraid to experiment with her clothes. She knows what styles suit her petite 5’2 frame, and sticks to tailored basics combined with decorative accessories, keeping her look simple yet interesting. When dressing up, Rachel picks anything from a bodyconstyle cocktail dress in tie-dyed shades of pink and blue, to
a floral printed floor-skimming gown, often paired with subtle make up and her hair left natural to balance out the look perfectly. She dresses smartly in tailored trousers and silk blouses, and her casual go-to items include skinny jeans, cotton t-shirts and the ever-popular Ray Ban wayfarer sunglasses. Her easy going attitude and all-American good looks are mirrored in her fashion sense, creating a look that combines staple basics, flattering cuts, feminine touches and quirky accessories… and not forgetting a handbag collection any girl would dream about. No matter what the occasion, Rachel always seems effortlessly dressed yet perfectly suited, and that’s something that comes not just with great clothing choices, but great personal style. Rachel Bilson has been my style icon for quite some time, and it seems she’ll be staying that way.
Truth Be Sold by Emma Frew Turn on the TV at any given time of day and there she is staring back at you explaining how her big volumised hair got its ‘MOJO’ back. Yes I’m talking about Ms. Cheryl Cole. How did she get her ‘MOJO’ back I hear you cry? Well, she claims it was from using the L’Oreal shampoo that she is brandishing about in the advert. But on closer inspection - though blink and you will miss it - if you look at the left hand corner of the screen, you will see that in actual fact her ‘MOJO’ is not just courtesy of the shampoo she is advertising, it is also helped by the ad being “styled with some natural hair extensions”. So, why are beauty brands using all this fakery in their campaigns? And worse still, why are some of them still not owning up to doing it? It seems like beauty advertisements, whether they be in glossy magazines or on TV, are getting more and more unrealistic as the years go by. They are selling an unattainable image to us the consumers. No matter how much you use of the mascara, foundation, lipstick or whichever product they are advertising, you will never look like
28 percent of beauty adverts in Magazines admitted in tiny print that their ad’s had been enhanced.
the digitally enhanced image of the model or celebrity that appears on the ads. A recent survey by The Sun newspaper found that 28 per cent of beauty adverts in magazines admitted in tiny print that their ads had been enhanced. Although another 44 per cent of ads which seemed to have been altered in some way did not have a disclaimer on their adverts and did not admit to any adjustments. It is thought that only 28 per cent of beauty adverts show the products accurately. Unsurprisingly, mascara adverts were proved to be the worst offenders with a massive 58 per cent admitting that they had airbrushed the lashes to look longer, whilst 42 per cent said they used artificial lashes. Shampoo adverts like the aforementioned L’Oreal one are among the 23 per cent that use models with artificial hair extensions. The message this sends to me is that the brands making these adverts don’t believe in the products they are selling, so feel they have to resort to trickery and false effects. As a regular customer of many major brands, I find this message hard to believe. Some products I use actually do what they say on the tin. Albeit to make your lashes longer, your lips plumper or your skin brighter, as crazy as it sounds, some really do work. This is the bit that baffles me the most; why are brands not proud enough of this to show customers their products in action on their adverts? When L’Oreal was investigated by the
Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about their adverts for misleading consumers with their Telescopic mascara, starring Penelope Cruz, It was discovered that she was wearing false lashes as well as the mascara, something which the ads had not stated. The L’Oreal spokesperson responded by saying: “It is common industry practice to make use of some artificial lashes in order to ensure a consistent lash line under filming or shooting conditions - the ASA had previously accepted on more than one occasion that this industry practice was not misleading.” Although L’Oreal were ordered to place a disclaimer on all future Telescopic ads, there was no apology for misleading their own customers, only a toned response trying to excuse the fact or give reason, depending on which way you look at it, for why they couldn’t rely on their mascara to have the desired effect its adverts claim it can. There was a very similar case with Rimmel which led to an advert being banned until they added a disclaimer stating the use of false lashes. Is getting their wrists slapped and being made to put a disclaimer on some of their ads really enough to get these massive brands to stop mis-leading their customers? There are a few exceptions to the rule - Dove launched their famous ‘Real Beauty Campaign’ in 2004, which saw real women, not airbrushed or retouched in any way, using their products in ad campaigns and TV commercials. Body beauty brand, Mama Mio, have
also recently launched their first ever fully unretouched advert featuring a 42-year-old model as she truly is. But is this enough? We are not stupid or gullible enough to believe that adverts haven’t been altered, but it is hard for some of us not to compare ourselves to these unrealistic images. Although beauty companies have to project a type of fantasy image to entice customers, whether it be using the hottest model or the biggest pop star in their ads, it just doesn’t make sense to make their product be the ‘fantasy’ part of the advert. Beauty brands have to make a change. So how do we do it? How do we make them change their minds about their adverts? The only solution I see is to tell them how we feel. We, the consumers, have to let them know if their fake ads are putting us off buying their products. If them not owning up to what is real and what is fake in their adverts makes us annoyed. Has seeing that unattainable image made us feel bad about the way we look? If they know exactly how we feel then it is in their hands to change it. If you feel strongly about this, then please take part in my survey and be as truthful and honest as possible. All you have to do is fill it in and tell me how these ads make you, the people who buy the products, really feel. So please clink this link to go straight to the Survey on false advertising in the beauty industry. You can follow the campaigns progress and find out the verdict from the survey on my blog, Is This Real Life?
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Zara Martin is a TV presenter, actress and model best known for her work on MTV and Current TV. She has a passion for fashion fashion,(having having recently hosted ‘Live From Fashion Week’ for the BFI during London Fashion Week) Week and andaadeep deepknowledge knowledge and and love love of of Art Art (she (she writes writes a blog on art/ culture/fashion at zaramartin.blogspot.com). Here she tells us of the increasingly harmonious relationship between art and fashion. 1. The feeling of complete serenity in art class. 2. The recurring hissy fits/refusal to go to school if I didn’t like my ‘outfit’. These are my very vivid childhood memories. Although I don’t think that the latter is entirely normal, art and fashion have been points of interest I’ve carried throughout my life. I don’t think back then (the hissy fit stage) I had already recognised the intrinsic link between them, what was obvious though, and in my defense, what I was ‘demonstrating’ is the evocative power that art and fashion possess. Andy Warhol describes an artist as being “somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason - thinks it would be a good idea to give them”. Could this not be applied to fashion designers too? I don’t really need that David Koma mini-dress, but it would be a good idea to have it. In fact, it would be a great idea to have it. Point proven! It may be flippant to say that artists and fashion designers are one in the same; however it only takes a glimpse at a London Fashion Week catwalk to identify a cross over. There are countless examples of this – the happy marriage of art and fashion - however, a conservation campaign called Elephant Parade is the best, and most current, one I can think of. OK, so I may be a bit (a lot) biased here, but thanks to them, these two beautiful creative worlds have never been so prevalent in my life. Let me explain… Elephant Parade London 2010 was the brainchild of Elephant Family, a charitable organisation I can now say I am honoured to be a part of. Solely dedicated to saving the Asian elephant from extinction and abuse, this summer The Family (as I like to call it - I don’t think anyone else actually calls it that) enlisted the help of the global art and fashion communities to shine a light on the crisis. And this is no small light either. Elephant Parade has been London’s biggest outdoor art event on record. Throughout May and June 258 life-size baby elephants were located all over the city, each custom-designed by a different artist or designer: Marc Quinn, Alice Temperley, Cartier, Diane Von Furstenberg, Issa, Issac Mizrahi, Jonathon Yeo, Jitesh Kallat, John Rocha, Lulu Guinness, Manish Arora, Matthew Williamson, Tommy Hilfiger and Solange Azagury-Partridge are just a few
of the recognisable names. And they let me to design an elephant too! When I say, “design an elephant” what I really mean is “collaborate on a design for an elephant with the astoundingly talented fashion house BodyAmr”. Joking aside, I have been a big fan of BodyAmr since I first came across the label a few years ago and it was an absolute pleasure working with designer Amr Ali, who is a true artist. I also gained an insight into the creative process…Past collections have heavily drawn upon David Hockney, Dada and The Orientalist movement for inspiration, as well as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood - yet again proving this omnipresent art/ fashion connection. As a brand, BodyAmr encapsulates a lot of themes that I, myself, identify with. Amr describes the BodyAmr woman as “sharp witted, she embraces her masculine and feminine sides and loves to laugh. Her style is timeless because it’s all about attitude.” Well, if nothing else, I love to laugh! We began the design process as Amr was preparing for his LFW catwalk debut, entitled ‘A Vanguard’ (extremely fitting to how we feel about Elephant Family as an organisation and their role in the conservation of the endangered Asian elephant). This heavily influenced the final result, but put it this way, if our elephant was a dress/jumpsuit/pair of shoes or all of the above - I would wear it! Thanks to the Evening Standard for handpicking our design to sponsor, our fashion-inspired-piece-of-artelephant was on exhibit (or just ‘sitting’) right outside Harrods for everyone to see! That was, until the end of June when all of the 258 elephants were rounded up and ready to be auctioned off by Sotheby’s to raise some much needed cash to benefit the Asian elephant and 20 other UK-based conservation charities. Some much needed £2 million, to be exact. Art, fashion and charity – now that’s one trend that I hope is here to stay.
SWISHING by Charlotte Pearson
The idea of throw away fashion is fast becoming a thing of the past with everyone tapping into their social conscience. Launched in 2007, Futerra’s clothes-swapping or ‘swishing’ parties, in 2009 alone, saved 700kg of clothes from a truly tragic end at a landfill. Women have been swapping clothes with family and friends for years; so it was only a matter of time before it became a trend. Swishing is clothes-swapping on a larger scale. Events take place all over the country and with the help of websites such as http://www.swishingparties.co.uk, http://www.swishing.co.uk and http://www.swishing.org, women can post where and when their swishing events are happening in the hope of a massive turnout. The concept is simple, everyone brings at least one item of unwanted goods - either clothes, shoes, accessories or jewellery. Items have to be good quality and in very good condition, something you’d be proud to pass on. The party-goers then have at least half an hour to browse the items on offer before the swish begins. As soon as the swish opens, people can take what they want. Part of the appeal is not knowing what you might leave with; your once favourite dress could turn into a pair of skinny jeans, or those unloved shoes could be that to-die-for bag. In most cases, events are completely free; all you have to bring is some clothes to swap. Avid swisher Lucy Shea describes swishing as the perfect way to “save money, save the planet, and have a party. Swishing parties are for all those women who want to combine glamour, environmental protection and frugality.” Lucy is the director of Futerra, a sustainability communications agency who work on everything green and ethical, from climate change to corporate responsibility.
Swishing is fast becoming a global craze, with events happening everywhere from Tokyo, the States and New Zealand to here in the UK. It is the eco-chic way to refresh your wardrobe and your style. “Swishing allows women to look fabulous and save the planet, killing two birds with one stone. The rate that Swishing has spread is amazing, we hear inspiring stories of parties all over the world and International Swishing Day celebrates the originality that every party and every country brings to the mix,” says Lucy. The first international day of swishing was held on the 9th January 2010. It was a great opportunity for women to swap any unwanted Christmas presents and aimed to help stop the estimated three million tonnes of waste (1.2 million of which is clothes) that is usually created in the two weeks over Christmas. There were events all over the globe and its partners included the BBC, Women’s Institute, The V&A Museum and international supermodel Erin O’Connor. Most of us have a few shopping horror stories; rushing around shops with loads of bags, getting hot and flustered and being thoroughly annoyed with sales assistants. However, swishing is a fun, friendly and sociable way to shop that has none of the shopping pitfalls - no queuing, overspending or heavy bags. Browsing the clothes for an hour, every swisher gets to go home with a piece of clothing they will treasure until they’re ready to pass it on again. Swishing is the perfect way to shop; it’s eco-smart, free, and social. So if you have a wardrobe full of clothes you don’t want, be eco-friendly and arrange a swishing party, just remember girls no scratching, biting or pinching.
The swishing craze is sweeping the nation with events the length and breadth of the country. Here are a few that are coming up: The Big Swish - 10th July, 2pm – Platform Restaurant & Bar, London The Big Swish - 13th July, 7.30pm – The Long Acre, London Swishing Sunday – 18th July, 2pm – The Coven Deli, Wigan Top of the Swaps – 18th July, 2pm – The Lexington, London Swishing For A Sustainable Future – 29th July, 7pm – St Francis Church, Thorpe Willoughby, North Yorks
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When we stumbled upon Parisian Eleonore Bridgeâ€™s apartment on her blog, we fell in love with it - and we knew you guys would too. Eleonore describes it in her own words...
My apartment’s a 26m² studio with a tiny bathroom and toilet. I did it everything by myself as I’m a designer/interior architect. My main decorating rule was to fill the place because it’s a small apartment, and when a small apartment is full it looks bigger. I used furniture from Ikea as a base, and then accessorised with antiques and small objects. I’m exactly like my grandmother, she has many many little objects in her home and I love that, I need to be surrounded by all the things I love. I never use direct light, it creates horrid shadows, I prefer the diffuse light a lantern offers. But if you want it to light a room you need to have many of them. So I bought different lanterns and built a sort of pendant. I bought the telephones on eBay, I love collecting them. The exception is the older one (a 1920’s phone), it was found in the street in Paris by my fiancé. I love to collect antiques, my grandmother gave me many of them - bakelite discs,
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