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the concept I AM LDN is a trendsetter, an independent arts magazine, a philosophy, a fashion guru and a lifestyle. The magazine encourages a lifestyle based on knowledge, passion, humour and one that is deep rooted in LDN’s style. I AM LDN documents observations of London life and sometimes brings other cultures, arts and ideas to it’s readers attention. I AM LDN only just arrived but I AM LDN is the best. Pledge your allegiance to the strategy and keep up with us. This is 5 the understanding.

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i aM art - norcun ozagi 12.

the streets find a new st giggs 14.

i am poetry - vicki pr 16.

i am comedy - ola c 19.

i am poetry - ko 20.

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azz is making a comeback i am discussing “divercity” i am classifieds

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Editors letter:

a message to the fans

Thank you all so much for tuning into I AM LDN. All contributions and suggestions are much appreciated. We have a new bi - monthly format in order to give our website, and all that goes with it, more time and energy. In this issue we have our freedom rock fashion shoot, There’s jazz, comedy, art, we document fashion week’s in ldn and nyc and there’s a really intriguing piece of photo journalism on London rap!! which i love as it really personifies what i am ldn is about. I AM LDN is a spring board for creatives doing interesting things in london. The arc of this issue is freedom and expression. Freedom and expression in it’s most raw and uncut state. i am ldn is made for those who appreciate expression. Much of this issue was decided with the ethos of not allowing us to be pigeon - holed and wanting to consistently suprise and document an eclectic mix of life, ldn & art. I Hope you Enjoy the issue!!

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Through my photography I explore a personal journey that illustrates the experiences of my relationship with my family, my surroundings and environment. My work deals with feelings of togetherness, loneliness, powerlessness, possibility and identity. The photographs represent how different cultures and beliefs can eliminate the separation between love and tolerance. I use my family as metaphor to illustrate how different elements can be unified. The resulting images are often imbued with a sense of humour that illuminates and transcends the intricacy of intimacy and problems of differences. To see more go to: iamldnmagazine.com/portfolio

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The Streets find a new Star

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aving brought us the likes of Tinchy Stryder and Kano previously, Mike Skinner has done it again by teaming up with underground sensation Giggs. The Street’s is certainly an apt moniker for Skinner as his ability to keep an eye on the underground urban scene has seen them introduce many future stars to the mainstream. The latest collaboration is with South London rapper Giggs. Hailing from Peckham, Giggs also known as Hollowman, already released an album on his own SN1 label and won the BET award for Best British Hip-Hop act 2008, leading to Skinner reaching out to work with him. “I basically wanted to create a beat for him to rap on with me. Mainly I have just done remixes for people, not collaborations, so now I am just trying to put myself out there and this works really well.” He continues: “I heard of Giggs after his Talking the Hardest freestyle, which was when everyone heard of him. I just thought he 12 sounded really authentic. The way his

voice just sits in with a beat is good and that is something that you can’t really work on”. The single is called Slow Songs and the video is set in a dilapidated house and depicts the type of life that both Giggs and The Streets are familiar with. “It is basically me in a crack-house until Mike comes in and opens the door for me to get out, symbolic of how he is opening doors for me in the mainstream” explains Giggs. Giggs has had to battle for recognition as a criminal record prevents him from performing live and has found airtime hard to come by because of his explicit, often violent, lyrics “It shouldn’t take a song with Mike for me to get love from the industry. I didn’t just get a buzz yesterday from The Streets, I’ve been working hard for a long time to do this mainstream thing. I hope this song gets a positive reaction.” Giggs has slowly been creeping into the mainstream, getting airtime on 1Extra and making


numerous appearances on the Tim Westwood show, as well as collaborating with Shola Ama. Skinner believes he can finally help him make the transition. “The reason why DJ’s don’t play Giggs on the radio is because most people haven’t heard of him, other than in inner-city and rap DJ’s. He needs to come up with a crossover sound, something more far reaching. There is no beef with any DJ’s. It just comes down to how big the song is now.” Slow songs is out now. Words: Jasveer Singh Gill

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i am poetry

(untitled) Everyday people are on the streets Taking a stand Defending something Fighting for anything and everything That is precious Rare Vulnerable In a world of crushing indifference That rouses on for self interest Revealed in the most common and Generic Of fashions How does one truly Discover, learn, reach, express Everything is coloured. Our view of life Of love. Of morals Is dictated to us. By adverts By newspapers By ordinary people made rich by us and deemed prettier Than us Because we choose to hold them In high esteem Because they dance across Our silver screens If not them, then radicals. Two kinds. 14


The fundamentalists. One cannot reason with and The ambitious who sacrifice their ideas On the altar Of absolute power Only to become absolutely corrupted Or die young and painfully but eternally Martyred Find a courtyard. Or a mountaintop. Or a tent somewhere. And live. Spill blood on an easel, not Paint. Find a way to get away To avoid conformity and non-conformity in One fell swoop In today’s definitions both are conformist Or take a tried and tested route. Individual now because no-one’s following it Pick up a pencil An A4 lined sheet And write about your day. Or better still write about What you feel. Or think. Express yourself. i am vicki princewell

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thought this was a rather abstract topic but one thing that did become apparent was that there are many ways that people feel free and express themselves. We can talk about religious freedom, the abolition of slavery or the end of colonialism. We can talk about expressive dance, rap, comedy and the many other ways people express themselves. We could also discuss the importance of lawyers and businessmen expressing themselves in a formal way. Given these many ways, there are many reasons it is important that we are free and can freely express ourselves. So, freedom and expression are important: • • • • •

First and foremost, so I have something to do and get paid for. So some girls know to keep their toes in hibernation. (See first issue of I AM LDN Magazine) So guys know that girls don’t get turned on when you leave the price tags on your clothes. So I can get paid So eventually women will realise that sleeping around does not make you a strong woman. Maybe once you feel “free” and have “expressed” yourself

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to all the men in London, you’ll get that feminist nonsense out of your system. So “funky” guys can get away with buying purple corduroys. So black guys can stop being hard-bodied and actually dance at a party. So women make an effort to understand men, and men can realise they’ll never understand women. So I can tell the world “Jesus Christ is Lord” and not get beheaded like this is Afghanistan. So I can carry on getting paid. So maybe one day black actors will stop aspiring to be a gunshot victim on Holby City. So hopefully Channel AKA will start making some money, and start paying their artists. So “I AM LDN Magazine” can be recognised as the greatest magazine of 2009, simply because they got Ola the Comedian to feature. So by the grace of God, black children will stop getting hit with whatever’s in their parent’s hand at the time. (Keys, USB Cable, Irons, Chicken bones…) So black people in the 21st century can still turn up late and laugh about it. So white people can finally admit that they’ve all said “n*gger” at least once in their lives So young boys can pretend to “make music” and flash their water guns at the camera in order to appear credible. So people can look past Estelle’s

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teeth and enjoy her music. So Nigerians can keep pretending they’re Americans or Jamaicans when and where it suits them. So I get paid more money than I did last time I got paid. So Soulja Boy and Mike Jones can get you to remember their names by repeating it over and over in their songs. So we can make sense of Beyonce marrying Jay-Z. So Giggs doesn’t go back to jail. So boys from Peckham stop assuming everything is a par once “Giggs” is mentioned and using that as an excuse to come and find me. So Boris Johnson can be regarded as a legitimate human being So Boris Johnson’s barber can be justified being called a barber So a black man can be elected President of the United States of America. So the US Presidential Hairdresser is forced to learn how to use relaxers. So girls have an excuse to shake their bums in hotpants for free on Youtube, and still insist they are not strippers/erotic dancers. So size 16 girls can still wear “skinny” jeans. So black guys have an excuse not to apply for Cambridge or Oxford. So I can speak my mind and claim that I was just joking. So I can get paid.


i am poetry

a solitary moment of clarity: in the london rat race

Freedom can be a song Freedom could be a movement Freedom is being uniquely you So sing your own freedom song perhaps someone might sing along.

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fashion week

with sarah young

lfw chillin’ boy george As a child, you’re often reminded by your parents about how lucky you are compared to other kids and how you should be grateful. As an adult, we are left to remind ourselves, but more often than not, forget. This is mainly because at times, with long working hours, the struggle to pay bills on time and dealing with the complex nature of relationships and friendships, the negatives sometimes seem to outweigh the positives. However, there are always times such as family occasions, special holiday moments, or simply eating chocolate and watching your favourite film, when you feel suffused with a sense of happiness and that feeling is remembered and cherished. We feel grateful, and all the other adult responsibilities and struggles suddenly seem worth it. Imagine that feeling of happiness and gratitude and multiply it a hundredfold and that’s my state of mind when Fashion Week season rears its beautiful head all over the world! I have been going to London Fashion Week since I was 17, but the first time that I have been nearly reduced to tears was at Paris Fashion week at the Vivienne Westwood show. It was set in the stunning Place Vendome and together with the beautifully crafted clothes and unexpected celebrity appearance (Pamela Anderson walked) I became aware that the girl who used to get teased for her dress sense at secondary school, was standing in the centre of Fashion, five feet away from the mother of fashion. That’s when the water proof mascara really came in handy.

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One season later, and guess what, time to conquer New York Fashion Week. As I touched down in beautiful NYC the box-shaped windows of the skyscrapers glowed with golden light and the gates of Manhattan opened up and took me into the heart of the city. After a quick pit stop at my hotel - The Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue who kindly hooked me up with a beautiful room featuring spectacular views of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Saks, The Rockafella Centre and Burberry HQ – it was straight on to DJ at Fashion’s Night Out. This is a project where all the boutiques stay open late and host parties – a fantastic idea. Fast forward five hours and my head felt as though it was going to explode (it was 7am in terms of my bodyclock, after all). No time for jet lag (or a sleep- in) it was time for NYC Fashion Week. Now the one thing that struck me about NYCFW is that it is a serious business. The women have perfect blow-dries, shiny black heels and power suits, accessorised with a deadpan expression and pursed lips. Oh gosh, my fake Hello Kitty tattoo, liquid leatherlook dress and thrift store Nike air force 1’s didn’t exactly help me fit in. I might as well have had ‘Hello, I’m from London’ written on my head. Great i like being the odd one out. Anyway, after seeing a few shows including Twinkle by Wenlan (beautiful cuts and feminine colours), model Erin Wasson’s first collection (Erin Wasson + RVCA) which featured masculine cuts, leather and metal studs, I was


invited to the Leifsdottir presentation where we were greeted by an exotic island/Versaillesthemed room and copious amounts of lotus flower champagne and marzipan cakes. It was here that I bumped into singer, Amerie, who was wearing a beautiful red flower print feminine Leifsdottir dress. During our catch-up Amerie revealed that she hates to wear too much makeup and enjoys the vibe of the UK and especially London and loved the super feminine vintage style Leifsdottir collection. Top chick. Fast forward a day or two and I found myself at the eagerly anticipated Y-3 show which was set in the incredible old military service building. The show was in the training hall and with about 2000 industry types comfortably seated, the show began. Lots of mesh and long baggy t-shirts being worn as dresses coupled with a strong bold colour palette of oranges and coal greys. It was a good show until one of the models selected a photographer from the press section and used him as a goaly whilst the models kicked footballs at the poor man - to shrieks of excitements from his colleges – and then it became a great show! Back in London, and what a brilliant welcome. First stop was the Johnny Blue Eyes show and party which was like stepping into a 70’s drag strip club - gold metal, glitter and body paint galore. It was good to be home! London Fashion Week is known for encouraging individuality, outlandish creativity and expressionism, and this season (the 25th anniversary) was going to be THE ONE. I actually don’t think I can hold back the highlight of my week any longer. It was meeting, chatting and chilling on a sofa with none other than Vivienne Westwood. After having a nice chat and interview with Boy George (wearing a Phillip Tracey Hat) my camera man and I slipped into the back, back , backstage, where there was ( without sounding utterly corny) a magical hush in the air. Noticing a group of photographers and journalists huddled in a tight circle, all we could hear was the snap of multiple camera lenses and an all too familiar soft Northen accent, and sat very comfortably in a dark green dress, with glowing red hair and alabaster skin was the goddess Mrs Westwood. Spotting me (I was wearing an Anglomania blueand-white striped VW dress) Westwood said, ‘Would that be one of my dresses?’ Confirming

that it was and that honestly it was the first Viv West dress I ever bought and I adored it (can you sense the nerves?) looking me up and down with a grin she replied, ‘Well you wear it very well, and you look lovely…yes the cut suits you nicely. In fact I made that design about 15 years ago!’. AAAAMAZIIIINNGG! Two hours later and it was time to consider what the best three shows of the week had been. I loved Jeremy Scott’s fun flintstonethemed collection featuring Daisy Lowe and Pixie Geldof. The green fuzzy dress was my favourite and i loved the humour and irony that was consistent throughout the collection. The Nike inspired Ashish collection was also perfectly pop culture, and the sequin mini-dresses with logos such as ‘JUST DO IT’ were a hit with the front row. PPQ were on point with the sock and shoes trend, and I also loved the 60’s inspired black and white striped dresses and the casting of beautiful black models was a winner too! I must say although i love New York Fashion Week. London this season was where it was at in terms of creativity and show stopping collections. What can i say, London never fails to impress! For more go to: iamsarahyoung.com

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Rewinding backwards to just over a year ago, I have a memory of myself landing in London and dusting the 6 months of travelling off my hands with a rather jaded look in my eyes. I’d had quite the field day in South America and in the midst of chasing the wanderlust, beers and ladies (some of these things being far more elusive than the others ;-)  I’d become rather taken with making pictures out of everything in front of me. Everything was new, novel and dazzlingly foreign. I remember looking over the rooftops as the plane landed back at Heathrow and honestly thinking that London just couldn’t present the same opportunity. My mum always said I was a stupid boy. I never trained as a photojournalist, I just fell into it. I certainly didn’t set out to be one and its not an area I would consider myself as a master of.

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The LDN the ldn rap ‘Grind’ ‘grind’

a photojournalist Tales of a Wannabe perspective of the Photojournalist underground scene

by Max Colson by max coulson

The rappers Kyza and M9 rehearse their set for their crew's ('The Orphans of Cush') imminent rappers kyza and m9 CD release party at London's Jazz Cafe

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But, perhaps if you’ve told the story well, being considered a ‘master’ is almost an irrelevance. I’ve got two photo projects to my name: the first being on full contact fighting in the UK and the second being the London underground rap scene. Both of these came about through stumbling onto things in London; you take a walk here, give a smile, send an e-mail there, chase people and see where the trail leads. London is full of it. My current project is on the London rap scene and is still ongoing. It all started because I had the fortune of chancing upon the brilliant M9, a rapper who I spent the latter part of my teenage years listening to, and who gave me an incredible amount of access to his life (NB - if you want rap music with a real lyrical edge I would advise you to check out his website http://www.myspace.com/m9ine). Access is of

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Rapper Rapper m9 & M9 his and daughter his daughter

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course an incredibly important part of making a story work. The more access you get into the area that you are documenting, the more you are able to discover, and the more you unearth, the more material you have for developing something that’s meaningful and coherent. Initially starting out with the generic aim of generally ‘documenting London’s rappers’, it was through M9 that I was able to find the door into something more resonant; the life of a hard working artist in London. Anyone at all familiar with hip-hop will have heard of the term ‘grind’ bandied about many times, and

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The Orphans of Cush drop orphans of kush some lyrics ‘drop some lyrics’

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King Kaiow of The IRS crew takes a breather in the midst of recording at their home studio

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most probably from an American rap tune. Yet whilst this term might be considered ‘American’, to my eyes there are no hip-hop artists anywhere that better exhibit the grind than British rappers. Faced with the cruel aftermaths of a crumbling music industry, a reluctant public and the purse tightening of the cold recession, the majority of the British rap scene juggle their passion in the face of financial uncertainty. This is the background on which M9 and the other rappers of the London underground operate and it is on this background that I have chosen to angle my work; my photos are

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a simple exploration of their stories as they pursue what they love in these hard times. Follow my story on Twitter @ www. twitter.com/thatposhbastard Check my website @ www.maxcolson. carbonmade.com E-mail me for kicks @ switchmaxcolson@ googlemail.com

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The Orphans of Cush

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jazz is making a comeback

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i am music

What’s your name and what do you do? Phillipa Leigh and I’m a jazz, blues and soul singer.

as you get older your perspectives change so if you are doing something creative my mum is proof that you can achieve your ambitions at any age...

How long have you been singing? I started singing professionally just over a year ago but I’ve loved music as long as I remember.

What’s LDN to you? I’ve lived in London most my life so firstly it’s my home. Just under a year ago I got my licence to busk on the Underground which means I now get to sing every day if I want to. And I just got my bicycle so I’m rediscovering London having always used the tube. So now I commute by bike and I busk on the tube!

What made you start? I trained as an actress at RADA and the singing lessons quickly became the highlight of my week. I was told I had a good voice and that I should consider being a singer as well as an actress. Eventually the singing just took over. Who inspires you? Billie holiday is probably my all time favorite singer. I guess for me, especially coming from an acting background so singing is about telling a story that’s what the words are there for. Telling the story and meaning it... And you can tell Billie holiday means it... I also love Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and more recently Nina Simone, Etta James, Aretha Franklin.... I could go on and on...; But, also a little closer to home my mum inspires me... She has recently got her first book published at the age of 55. I’m proud of her. There is a lot of pressure especially in performing to achieve when you are young but I think that the more experience you have

What about freedom and expression, what makes you feel free? I’ve done a few jobs that I hated and now that I’m singing for my living I definitely feel happy. Busking gives me the opportunity to sing every day... Of course life can still be stressful but that only happens when you care too much about the outcome... Gigs are always fun because they’re in some nice places. Sometimes when I’m singing on the underground someone comes up to me and says, “thank you” or “you have really cheered me up” or that sort of thing that makes me happy. But I get to do what I love everyday and not every one has that and having not had it myself before I really appreciate it . In terms of expression I guess being heard... I have always written poems and stories and stuff but only privately...

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But, recently I’ve been focusing on lyrics and a composer Phil Southgate, has been writing the music so watch this space for some original songs

com/phillipaleigh or my website www.phillipaleigh.co.uk

Where can we see you perform? I do quite a few bits and bobs and private parties so if you want to hire a band for your party at your house...

If you were a heroine what super power would you have?

I’m regularly at the charlotte street blues bar I have a slot every Thursday. That’s really exciting as it’s a cool new venue and we are getting together a brand new band to do bluesy music The Prince Albert pub in Camden is a lovely pub that has live jazz every Saturday night. I play there about once a month. I’ll be there 26th sept & 24th October Le Quecumber in Battersea is an amazing find originally set up in dedication of Django Reinhardt. I’ll be there and over 18th and 19th October my friend an amazing gipsy guitarist called Ritary Gaguenetti will be playing and hopefully I will get to sing with him 7th December. Where can we hear your music? I am really excited to have recorded my first demo cd of jazz standards with some amazing musicians mike Gorman on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and matt home on drums. You can hear some of the tracks on my myspace page www.myspace.

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Next I will be recording a blues demo and watch this space for my stuff.

I know it’s not very original but I really would love to be able to fly!


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“divercity” the importance of diversity in life

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f the sound and sight of the word diversity triggers an inadvertent urge to break dance – then you have been a witness to how individuals from different walks of life, race and background as a collective outshined other acts to win the 2009 edition of Britains Got Talent, begs the question, perhaps if flawless (another dance group in the tournament) were not so mono-dynamic, they would have put up more of a fighting chance? Let diversity rightfully personify the “city of London”, because both entities so far have used its diverse characteristics to its advantage. London is by far the most diverse city in the world; this article seeks to delve into the realms of London’s, diversity. According to the office of national statistics (ONS) by 2011 the population of London is projected to be around 7,749,200. 2,720,900 of which will consist of people from Black Asian and Ethnic minorities, in percentage terms this equates to about 35%. Readers, if you are a resident of London, then you would be proud to know that London’s immense diversity played a key role in winning the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic bid. That’s right Paris, we beat Ya! The ethnic

groups of London as a collective speak about 300 languages, this fact accentuated the regional yet universal /global sense of the London 2012 Olympic bid. An emphasis on cultural diversity that was unparalleled by other cities in the bid. In a sentence, we could say that London comprises of a “world in a city” as succinctly put by Regional Language Network (RNL 2008) a research paper on multilingual London. What are the implications of being such an international city? Visitors generally find it much easier to adapt in London irrespective of their culture, language or religion. My insatiable urge to learn countless amounts of languages was forged by London’s multicultural society. However, urge is one thing and available resources, time and dedication to satisfy such an urge is another. I blame London for making me feel inadequate. Moving away from my laziness; a multi lingual city has a number of plus points. On one hand it is easier to make fun of a stranger without being noticed. But, on a more serious note it promotes globalisation trade between London and the rest of the world. London on an international scale is highly integrated with contd >

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major cities all over the world. Says Opeyemi Bamigbetan an Engineering Graduate. It promotes international trade, as a Chinese citizen is more readily available to be employed to carry out company affairs that relate specifically to that region of the world. Consider our diverse city being a place where residents are so tolerant of one another, but does such tolerance create an open-minded environment that lacks a genuine sense of the cultural values that surrounds it? There is no definitive answer to this modern dilemma. Mainly because, the effect of such a diverse city on an individual’s ancestral culture is relative. For instance, some Londoners choose to be ignorant, and make stereotypical assumptions on the premise of other cultures and races. While others reach out, mingle and make friends in order to improve their understanding of other ways of life. Those who like to dine on differing dishes love the city of London for being blessed with restaurants from all over the world; Londoners like to indulge in foreign cuisine either because it creates an illusion of sophistication or probably simply because Londoners just love to eat, from being fishy about Japanese Sushi to trying Nigerian jollof rice, from being a Moroccan khoubz sceptic to being an Indian peshwari naan lover. There is no end to the abundance of gourmet cuisine where there are endless alternatives and choices.

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Naturally, the dynamism of Londoners allows for an eclectic array of fashion styles as well as designers. “People should start their own trends and not just follow fashion,” says Antony Brousse a 24-year-old International Business Graduate. In fact, quite a number of designers have stemmed from our Divercity, whose designs are indicative of the avantgarde and edgy tastes of London. The likes of Stella McCartney and Alexander Macqueen are supreme examples of radical yet mesmerizing city bred designers who have on a global scale promoted London’s sense of nonconformity. For instance, the spring 2009 London fashion week stage show of Stella McCartney’s (in collaboration with Addidas) showcased a collection of model gymnasts wearing her sporty apparel, achieved by transforming an empty hall into a makeshift gymnasium. Emphasis was clearly placed on flattering and feminine colours so ladies retain their elegant style whilst exercising, one for the lads perhaps. What specifically does London represent for you? For me, London is a city bathed in culture and blessed with a variety of continental aspects. So, if you are ever asked to describe London in one word, go with Divercity. Words: Olumayowa Oladapo


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