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COCO INDIE

IMAGINATION NATION


LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

WINTER 2015

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CONTRIBUTERS

Leanne Dixon- Photographer Vivienne Mok- Photographer Alkan Emin- Photographer Eugenie Archambault- Photographer Helen Sobiralski- Photographer Juan Alvarado- Photographer Maite Pons- Photographer Aleksandra Kingo- Photographer Marissa Fernandes- Photographer Valentina Melzi - Photographer

IMAGINATION NATION

CONTACT THE EDITORS Editor In Chief - Kristina K

submissionscocomagazine@gmail.com

E-mail us to submit or for any inquiries.

www.cocoindie.com

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reererererererererer From day one we always said that this magazine would be about our contributers and the imaginative worlds that they live in. Now it’s winter and our second print issue. After a 7 month hiatus we are back and ready to continue Coco Indie where it left off. We want to drift into the worlds that our talented contributers create for us.


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CONTENTS EDITORIALS Pg.003 Pg.011 Pg.033 Pg.047 Pg.059 Pg.069

LOLITA LILY PAD JUSTINE NOEL A TALE ABOUT... PAPER GARDEN

Pg.079 Pg.091 Pg.101 Pg.111

MARYSIA & TOLA WHITE MORNING NEVERLAND PRETTY LUCKY.. 002

INTERVIEWS

Pg.025 Featured photographer ALEKSANDRA KINGO


Lolita

Photography by JUAN ALVARADO Model: LIZZIE GUNST @ JE Model Mgmt Styling & Hair by ELIZABETH ZEPEDA Make up by JILL MARIE MLYNCZYK

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Lily Pad

Photography by HELEN SOBIRALSKI Photographers Assistant PHILIPP PRIMUS & NANCY EICHLER, Model: GINA STIEBITZ @ Next Generation Styling by INEZ HENATSCH, Stylists Assistant: HELENE WENSCHUH, Hair & Make-up by JULIA HAUER 011


(Title Page) Dress | ISABELLE De HILLERIN, Necklace | CRYSTAL & SAGE, Long Necklace | MARIPOSSA, (This Page) Sweater | Vintage, Skirt | Vintage, Jewellery | CRYSTAL & SAGE, (Opposite Page) Earrings | Stylists Own.


Dress | Stylists Own, Headpiece | Stylists Own


(Opposite Page) Dress | Vintage, Necklace | CRYSTAL & SAGE (This Page) Skirt | ISABELLE De HILLERIN, Pullover | Stylists Own, Ear Accessories | Stylists Own


(Opposite Page) Dress | Made by Stylist, Necklace | Stylists Own (This Page) Leather top | ANTONIA GOY, Skirt | JULIAANDBEN, Pearl Veil | Photographers Own


(This Page) Vintage Dress

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(Both Images) Dress & Jewellery are VINTAGE


INTERVIEW

“Klutz is an attempt to prove to myself that being clumsy is normal and only worth a good laugh”


ALeksandra kingo

talks to us about her series ‘Klutz’

CI: Tell us a little bit about yourself. AK: My name is Aleksandra, I am 23 and I am a London-based photographer & art director from Vilnius, Lithuania. I like minimalism, the colour pink, and awkwardness in fashion. I am a keen traveller and movie-lover and I always wear red lipstick and a pair of funny glasses.

Gaining inspiration from personal experience (recording my own clumsiness on a daily basis) as well as cinema, I have restaged some of the situations, focusing a lot on mis-en-scene, which resulted in ironical yet powerful and emotional imagery. As a young woman in her early twenties, I find this research highly personal and important.

CI: Tell us how you got into photography? AK: It all started in early teenage times with an old film camera that one of my friends wanted to throw away but gave to me instead. At the time i would carry it with me everywhere proudly, feeling arty and cool, capturing friends as well as creating romantic visual scenarios. The decision to make it a career as well as my transition to fashion happened after I moved to London. I have always been fond of not just capturing moments, but of creating and directing visual stories myself, focusing on mis-en-scene and sculpting my photographs thoroughly. This is what fashion is all about a scenario and a fiction, so I thought that fashion industry was the most natural place to be.

CI: What inspired you to shoot this series? AK:Over a year ago, I stumbled upon Julia Fullerton Batten’s work, and her pictures were the first step towards building up the project. In her work Julia explores adolescence, growing up, youth, insecurity and awkwardness. It initiated my thinking about my own life, my ongoing transition from a teenager into an adult and the things i am insecure about. I have always been very clumsy, constantly bumping into table corners, having my lipstick smudged and forgetting umbrellas in trains, and despite always trying to be ironic about it i secretly treated it as a sort of weakness of mine, something that sometimes made me really upset with myself. Klutz is an attempt to prove to myself that being clumsy is normal and only worth a good laugh. The movies part came later during research - 50’s-60’s cinema is often my main visual reference and when I paid attention to the way women are represented in some films, all links and pieces came together in a picture much bigger than my own self-reflection.

CI: Tell us about your series Klutz. AK: Klutz is an editorial exploring a common stereotype that women are generally clumsier than men. This cliché is widely used by filmmakers when building up a female character – sometimes not being able to hire an imperfect or actress, but still having a need to give the character some flaws, and sometimes simply not bothering thinking the character through, they often make the woman a klutz.

(Image) Jumper: Maison Martin Margiela


(Top Image) Dress | Beyond Retro, Shoes | Topshop (Image Left) Dress | Top Shop Boutique (Opposite Page) Top | COS, Trousers | & Other Stories, Shoes | Bimba y Lola

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CI: How do you think this stereotype of women being cast as “clumsy” in movies effects the way that woman might see themselves? AK: Same way like the ‘stupid blonde’ ‘manic pixie dream girl’ cliché does. All these character stereotypes contribute to both men and women tending to classify and label one another and trying to fit into certain frames by applying a set of characteristics towards their identity. At the same time, the ‘cute clumsy girl’ is much more real that other ‘character clichés’ and probably not the worst role model. She is often very easy-going and down to earth, and is the girl that can allow to laugh at herself and not to be sexy all the time. However, like the rest, it is usually quite superficial and commonly not developed further than it is required to show her relationship with the main character (that is often a male/ boyfriend). To sum up, none of these clichés should be taken too seriously.

CI: Do you feel that the movie industry as well as fashion industries are moving into a more empowering direction for women or do you feel as though there still isn’t enough awareness surrounding how woman are portrayed in the media, movies, magazines etc.? AK: Of course, the female image mass media is selling is still often way too perfectioned and is usually far from reality. It is in fact a part of a game, and I sometimes play that game too, smoothing the model’s skin a bit more for the sake of a good picture. However, I feel like there is a change in all the fields: slowly but surely media becomes a bit more liberal and starts to accept and celebrate a woman the way she is. I think Internet and social media play a massive role in this change - fashion becomes more interactive, it becomes interested in individuality and imperfections. Moreover, celebrity feminism trend became huge last year and that


(Opposite Page) Dress & Collar | COS

INTERVIEW


(Top Image) Trousers | & Other Stories, (Bottom Right) Bra | Stella McCartney (Left Bottom) Jumper | Uniqlo


plays a massive impact too raising awareness and inspiring everyone around. Brands and magazines release more and more shoots that are almost unretouched (like post-pregnancy Lara Stone for System or a recent Kate Moss editorial in Vogue Italia), feature older women without trying to look too young and not advertising anti-ageing creams (Jessica Lange for Marc Jacobs beauty or recent Celine campaign for instance), and are not only sticking to skinny body standard. One does not have to be perfect to be on trend anymore. There are still lots to be worked on, but overall I think it is a good and healthy direction Perfection is boring.

to set up light like Julia Fullerton-Batten does, to be hired by Toiletpaper Magazine guys one day, to shoot a Prada campaign and to make a sick music video for someone famous. See more of Aleksandra’s work here: www.aleksandrakingo.com

(Image) Jumper & Shorts | COS, Shoes | Topshop

CI: What do you feel you have learned by creating this series? AK: I think Klutz series was a great internal change in the direction I work in – I have learned to celebrate the imperfect, to admire the awkward and not to be scared to make a fool of myself. CI: How do you want others to perceive the series? AK: With a great amount of irony : ) CI: What are your creative hopes and dreams for the future? AK: I feel like am still in the very beginning of my creative path, so at the moment I feel like traveling a lot, gathering up lots of crazy ideas and bringing them to life and being playful with fashion. I am also getting involved with moving image – after directing a couple of fashion films, I am now learning to film & edit myself. My sneaky creative dreams would be to learn

Photography by ALEKSANDRA KINGO Photography Assistant: DMITRY YERMOLAYEV Styling by ELLIS WOOD Make-up & Hair by NERINGA SUTKUTE, JANG SOMI, ALINA MILOS & KRISTOPHER SMITH Models: ALINA @ First Models, TATIANA @ D1, ESMEE @ Elite & LINDA SOPHIE HUEMPEL


Justine

Photography by VIVIENNE MOK Styling by VIVIENNE MOK & VIOLETTE TANNENBAUM Hair & Make-up by VIVIENNE MOK Model: JUSTINE D. @ Crystal


(This Page & Opposite Page) Blouse | Vintage, Skirt | Violette Tannenbaum Shoes | Gordana Dimitrijevic, Stockings | Tabio, Flower Hairclips | Karuna Balloo


(opposite Page) Shoes | Gordana Dimitrijevic (Bottom Image) Top and Skirt | Mes Demoiselles... Paris Shoes | Gordana Dimitrijevic, Flower Hairclip | Karuna Balloo


(This Page) Top and Skirt | Mes Demoiselles... Paris, Shoes | Gordana Dimitrijevic, Flower Hairclip | Karuna Balloo, (Opposite Page) Dress | Asos, Shoes | Adidas


Dress |Asos, Shoes | Adidas


Noel

Photography & Art Direction by ALKAN EMIN Styling by VANESSA SANCHEZ, Hair & Make-up by ALEXANDRE DESLAURIERS Model: NOEL @ Chantale Nadeau 047


(Title Page) Dress | STELLA MCCARTNEY, Earrings | CAROLE TANENBAUM COLLECTION, Neck Piece | MARIE COPPS, Shoes | CHOLE, (This Page) Cape | BADGLEY MISCHKA, Bra | DOLCE & GABBANA, Skirt | BERMAN & CO, Earrings | CAROLE TANENBAUM COLLECTION, Cuffs | MARIE COPPS, (Opposite Page) Top | MOSCHINO COUTURE AT THE ROOM, Skirt Hoop | MARIE COPPS, Panty | CALVIN KLEIN, Stockings | DONNA KARAN, Earrings & Necklace | CAROLE TANENBAUM COLLECTION, Shoes | CHOLE


(This Page) Blazer | BRUNO CUCINELLI, Belt ( Worn as top) MARIE COPPS, Necklace | CAROLE TANENBAUM COLLECTION, Pants | BERMAN & CO, Shoes | CHOLE (Opposite Page) Jacket | ALICE & OLIVIA at the Bay, Shorts | BERMAN & CO, Earrings | CHRISTIAN DIOR, Brooches | CAROLE TANENBAUM COLLECTION


Neck Piece | MARIE COPPS, Blouse | CARVEN at Holt Renfrew, Skirt | DOLCE & GABBANA, Earrings | OSCAR DE LA RENTA, Cuff | CAROLE TANENBAUM COLLECTION


Dress | STELLA MCCARTNEY, Earrings | CAROLE TANENBAUM COLLECTION, Neck Piece | MARIE COPPS, Shoes | CHOLE


Corset | AGENT PROVOCATEUR, Skirt | PHILLIP LIM, Jewellery | CAROLE TANENBAUM COLLECTION, Clutch | EDDIE PARKER at Holt Renfrew, Shoes | GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI


(This Page & opposite Page) Coat | FRENCH CONNECTION, Bodysuit | WOLFORD, HeadPiece | MARIE COPPS, Necklace | CAROLE TANENBAUM COLLECTION, Shoes | CHOLE


A Tale About GRACE

Photography & Styling by EUGENIE ARCHAMBAULT Model: RICHERE-CELESTE SAVOIE Assistant: EUGENIE DOUCET

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(Title Page & This Page) Dress hand made by EUGENIE ARCHAMBAULT


(This Page & Opposite Page) Dress | H&M


(Opposite Page & This Page) Dress | VINTAGE (THRIFT SHOP)


Paper Garden

Photography by MARISA FERNANDES models: KIM @ Modeldistrict & LEA @ Modelwerk Set Design by SANDY NICKEL, Styling by CARINA MUSITOWSKI, Make-up & Hair by BRITTA MEYERLING


(Title Page & This Page) Headdress | ASOS, Dress | ASOS, Rings | MADE, Shoes | JUST FAB (Opposite Page) Rings | H&M, Shoes | JUST FAB, Skirt | CARINA MUSITOWSKI, Jacket | H&M


(Opposite Page) Head Band | ASOS, Rings | PIECES, Dress | COAST, Earrings | ASOS (This Page) Dress| JUST FEMALE, Headdress | ROCK N ROSE, Jewellery | H&M


(This Page) Dress | H&M conscious Collection, Rings | BONZO ITALIA, Necklace | ASOS (Bottom Image) Skirt | CARINA MUSITOWSKI, Blazer | H&M, Top | GINA TRIKOT, Shoes | & OTHER STORIES, Gloves | & OTHER STORIES Head Dress | ROCK N ROSE, Belt | ASOS


(This Page & Opposite Page) Skirt | CARINA MUSITOWSKI, Blazer | H&M, Top | GINA TRIKOT, Shoes | & OTHER STORIES, Gloves | & OTHER STORIES Head Dress | ROCK N ROSE, Belt | ASOS


Marysia & Tola

Photography & Styling by VIVIENNE MOK Hair & Make-up by VIVIENNE MOK Models: MARYSIA @ Visage & TOLA 079


(Title Page, This Page & Opposite Page) Dresses | VINTAGE, Shoes | ANNE VALERIE HASH & Models Own, Stokings | TOPSHOP, Bracelet | VINTAGE


Dresses | VINTAGE, Skirt | VINTAGE, Shoes | ANNE VALERIE HASH & Moodels own, Bracelet | VINTAGE, Stockings | TOPSHOP


(This Page & Opposite Page) Dresses | VINTAGE, Shoes | ANNE VALERIE HASH & Models Own, Stokings | TOPSHOP, Bracelet | VINTAGE


(This Page & Opposite Page) Dresses | VINTAGE, Shoes | ANNE VALERIE HASH & Models Own, Stokings | TOPSHOP, Bracelet | VINTAGE


(This Page & Opposite Page) Dresses | VINTAGE, Shoes | ANNE VALERIE HASH Models Own, Stokings | TOPSHOP, Bracelet | VINTAGE


White Morning Photography by LEANNE DIXON Illustrations by AMY ERICKSON, Model: AMANDA @ Profile Models, Styling by BIANA NICOLE Make-up by: CHANTELLE ROOSTAN Hair by: MICKY @ Face Addict Hair Junkie Photographers Assistant: JONNY DIXON

Clothing|Jewellery & Accessory Credits: JADE MELLOR|www.jademellor.com NATASHA JANE | www.natashajane.co.uk UMA KANGAI | www.umakangai.com ELLIE AIR JEWELLERY | www.ellieair.co.uk VELVET ECCENTRIC | www.velvet-eccentric.co.uk


Neverland

Photography by MAITE PONS Designer: CARLA NAVES, Make-up & Hair by MARTA SAEZ, Model: NATALIA LUPPENS

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Pretty Lucky Gi r ls

Photography by VALENTINA MELZI Styling by ELENA MONTI, Hair & Make-up by FRANCESCA GALANTINO, Models: NASTYA @Icemodels Milan & DARIA @ Urban Mgmt 101


(Left) dress: Asos, hat: Federica Moretti (Right) dress: French Connection, fur coat: Gil Santucci


(Left) shirt: Alberto Zambelli, pants: Cristiano Burani, shoes: Charline De Luca(Right) top+boyshorts: Alice Tamburini, skirt: Alberto Zambelli, shoes: Asos


(Left) fur coat: Compagnia Italiana, t-shirt: Angelos Frentzos, skirt: Giles, shoes: I’m Isola Marras (Right) fur coat: Zara, skirt: French Connection, shoes: Isola Marras


Shirt: Piccione Piccione, pants:  French Connection, shoes: Alberto Moretti


(Right) dress Longchamp, shoes Black Dioniso, bag Gedebe (Left) dress Giulietta, shoes Black Dioniso, bag Gedebe


(Left) shirt: G2G, skirt: Gallo, shoes: Alberto Moretti (Right & Centre) top: Blugirl Folies, skirt: Giles, hat: Federica Moretti, shoes: Asos


(This Page) (Right) sweater: Duyan, skirt: Messaggerie, shoes: Ash (Left) dress: Asos, boots: Ash. (Opposite Page) Dress: French Connection, hat: Federica Moretti


Enter the Garden

SUBMIT to our Spring 2015 issue submissionscocomagazine@gmail.com

Image morguefile.com


STOCKLIST (In no particular order) JADE MELLOR

COAST

MASON MARTIN MARGIELA

NATASHA JANE

BADGLEY MISCHKA

BIMBA Y LOLA

DOLCE & GABBANA

BRUNO CUCINELLI

ANTONIA GOY

UMA KANGAI

BERMAN & CO

STELLA MCCARTNEY

TOPSHOP

CHRISTIAN DIOR

COS

ASOS ISABELLE DE HILLERIN

ALICE & OLIVIA

GORDANA DIMITRIJEVIC

CARVEN

JULIAANDBEN

UNIQLO

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

BEYOND RETRO

ADIDAS

GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

& OTHER STORIES

CRYSTAL & SAGE

PHILLIP LIM

MES DEMOISELLES PARIS

CAROLE TANENBAUM COLLECTION

H&M

CARLA NAVES

MOSCHINO

FRENCH CONNECTION

ALBERTO ZAMBELLI

MARIE COPPS

WOLFORD

CRISTIANO BURANI

DONNA KARAN

CARINA MUSITOWSKI

CHARLINE DE LUCA

ROCK N ROSE

AGENT PROVOCATEUR

ALICE TAMBURINI

GINA TRIKOT

EDDIE PARKER

ALBERTO MORETTI

JUST FEMALE

VIOLETTE TANNENBAUM

PICCIONE PICCIONE

ANNE VALERIE HASH

KARUNO BALLOO

BLUGIRL FOLIES

JUST FAB

MARIPOSA

DUYAN

MADE

PEARL VEIL

MESSAGGERIE

ELLIE AIR JEWELLERY

VELVET ECCENTRIC

G2G

ASH

GALLO

FEDERICA MORETTI


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