WE LC OME TO OUR DARK FA N TAS Y
CON TE N T S THE DARK FAN TASY I S S U E
STYLE ADVICE: AVANTE GARDE FASHION | 18 GRUNGE REVIVAL | 64 ALL BLACK EVERYTHING | 06
EDITORIALS: HIGHWAY TO HELL | 38 DARK ROMANCE | 08 TRES | 56 THE FINAL EXIT | 22
FEATURES: ITEM FOCUS | 71 MODEL FOCUS | 32
INTERVIEWS: BIZZLE REMODELED | 46 SINSTAR CLOTHING | 36
CON TRI BUTORS A B I G T HA N KS TO. . . .
Editor-In-Chief William Njobvu Fashion Director Molly Taylor
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Fashion Editor Samuel Schler Editorial Assistant Amy Harris Copy Editor Marie Louise Ferguson Design Contributors Chloe Smith | Ella Louise Romain Contributing Photographers Stephen Johns | Charlie Gates | Irina Chira Contributing Stylists Cherrelle Douglas | Nicole Carvalho
B I ZZ LE W E ARS BLAZER - CHESTER BARRIE | SHIRT - CHESTER BARRIE | TROUSERS - ASOS | SHOES - HUSTER’S CHIC
Contributors Jordan Bunker | Ling Tse | Suliet Oladokun | Adam Jones | Josh Ford | Chandni Mua | Laura Cleeter | Samantha Early | Adam Oei Churn Hong | Danielle Cardy | Ebony Lauren Nash.
“Only you can define what normal is.” So you’ve arrived. Welcome to our dark fantasy, the second issue of IDGAF Magazine. A huge thank you to the whole editorial team and the contributors. Darkness never fades, issue two will take you on a journey which will illustrate how I link all my sadistic thoughts to fashion. There’s a deeper meaning behind all of the content in this issue, especially the fashion editorials, your job is to figure it out. IDGAF Magazine are still fresh in the scene, we are only going to keep growing. I do hope you enjoy the dark content we’ve prepared for you. My addiction to horror, rock music and gothic fashion inspired the theme for this issue. It was an honour to interview Lethal Bizzle for the Dark Fantasy, please do read the engaging full interview to learn more about his music career and his step into the fashion industry. This issue is filled with fashion reviews, style advice, interviews and blood dripping editorails. Inside our Dark Fantasy, is where death, danger and fear are linked to fashion; this is done to convey the fearless approach I have on fashion and world overall. The world is your oyster, I want to teach my readers to be fearless with what they wear and to dress on their own accordance. Be your own person and don’t be a victim to society. Life’s to short too be a follower.
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We express the way we feel through our dress sense, rebel against your negative thoughts by dressing outrageous everyday whilst not giving a funk what anybody thinks. Only you can define what, ‘normal’ is, don’t let society define this for you; set your own trends. Enjoy, William Njobvu Founder and Editor-In-Chief
ALL BLACK EVERYTHING
Girls Wear: Julie Eilenberger SS14 | Boys Wear: Breaks London AW13 IDGAF: 6
“A simple black t-shirt combined with some black slim fit trousers or sleek black dress is all that is needed.”
Trends come and go in fashion, yet there will always be one ever present that the industry, both designer and highstreet, feel eclipse all other styles: all black everything. IDGAF takes a look into why the style is so popular amongst many and why you cannot go wrong. All black everything is so simple, so sophisticated and malleable for both casual and formal events. One outfit, two occasions.
the garment has on it, sometimes you have to appreciate a product’s fit and there is not a better colour to do that with other than black. With simplicity you appreciate a good fit, clean lines and the ability to express your style through layering.
It may be that because of its versatility that the trend is something more and more people tend to be doing now due to the easy nature of it. It can be the same shade of black or if slightly It does not necessarily have to be all black, different shades of black, yet its versatile nature although we strongly advise it, there are things will not change. A simple black t-shirt combined you can do to add that hint of colour and adding with some black slim fit trousers or sleek black a little something different. dress is all that is needed. That Jewellery and street wear are is not to say that is all you can going hand in hand at the minute, wear, but it’s definitely a look to “The beauty of all so finding stand out pieces of fall back on when you want to black everything jewellery to go with your black wear something simple. attire is certainly going to add that is that it alludes extra dimension. Why should we feel so good in itself from the ever all black? Well one reason we Another trend is experimentation changing trend with materials. Wearing all black choose to wear it time and time again is that whether you’re does not necessarily have to be all cycle.” wearing something from the one texture. Both high street and high street or a piece from designer labels have been using your favourite designer, to the blends to make exciting garments, untrained fashion eye, you can’t tell what’s what. mesh and leather being two prominent materials Black infuses everything together into one clean featured. By pairing up mesh or leather with look. your outfit it makes your look all the more interesting and not just a flat canvas. Just considering the last twelve months alone, we have seen many fashion trends come and go So that is IDGAF’s guide on all black everything such as florals, tartan and checkered. The beauty and why the trend is so popular. We are not of all black everything is that it alludes itself from saying you should be wearing black all day, the ever changing trend cycle. Autumn or spring, every day; we would not blame you if you did. it just doesn’t matter, the trend will be relevant. But it is a look that is timeless and when you are struggling on things to wear all black will be a Spring summer may just be around the corner, safe, but stylish option. but whilst many are currently fixating over loud colour and big prints, others are keeping things Written by Jordan Bunker simple with black. It is not always about what
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AGA INST THE CHARACT E R IST IC S OF SPR IN G, T HE SE B LAC K O U T F I T S I N C OR P OR AT E L E AT H E R PAN ELS S HOWI N G HOW D IF F E R E N T T E X T UR ES C A N B E U S ED T H RO U G HO U T T HIS SE A SON .
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The phrase Avant Garde sounds fundamentally like an eccentric battle cry exclaimed before a sword fight; however, is nothing of the sort. A French translation of the English word â€˜vanguard,â€™ it is historically defined as a group of pioneers that are at the forefront of experimental ideas in the arts, culture and politics. The phrase today is recognised as a fashion style - popularity of which has increased over the past decade. Like the name suggests, it embodies anything that is cutting edge and outside the norm: pushing the boundaries on modern day society, usually asking question or responding to some underlying theme or idea.
Jewel Mask: Designer: Lorand Lajos Model: Stephen Delattre Photographer: Thomas Sing
“It embodies anything that is cutting edge and outside the norm” It is important to emphasise that Avant Garde is not just advocated by pop sensations with a fondness for stationary and lean meats, but also by prestigious designers, with many exploring their fashion-forward styles during their runway presentations showcased at the most high-profile Fashion Weeks. Iris van Herpen presented her Capriole Haute Couture Fall/Winter Collection during Paris Fashion Week (2011), which featured her infamous ‘Slithering Snake’ Dress. Admittedly snake/reptile print is hardly pushing boundaries, but Herpen stretched the limit – significantly for the herpetophobia sufferers - in the form of black acrylic sheets layered upon each other to create three-dimensional slithers, giving the appearance the wearer is engulfed in a pit of black serpents. However, these daring designs are expected from an intern of Alexander McQueen, who was a vigorous supporter of the Avant Garde style by often presenting elaborate impractical collections, which even attracted the likes of Lady Gaga. In his distinguished Fall collection, presented during Paris Fashion Week in 2009, McQueen unveiled feather dresses that were moulded to encase the wearer inside to restrict movement which was simultaneously quite abnormal and quite striking. The male interpretation of Avant Garde style involves a lot less cow-andsnake-like conditions. For example, a literal take on this movement was provided by J.W. Anderson during his recent Autumn/Winter Collection,
Designer: Anja Dragan AW14 Image Credit: style.com
2013 presented as part the London Collections, with items ranging from body-con dresses to A-line skirts, which was all labelled as Menswear. This was somewhat extraordinary as he revealed a collection for men populated with thigh-high boots and frocks, ultimately exploring the gender boundaries of society. Yet, skirts aside another emblem of the style would need to be the jewel mask of Lorand Lajos. The striking mask carries many features that emphasise the Avant Garde trait. The mask covers the full face, yet has no mouth hole and is embellished entirely by jewels with the eye holes distorted by crystal stars. Characteristics that seem somewhat bizarre especially in the larger context that full faced masks are not socially reputable to wear. Avant Garde style, its true nature and role within the industry have been and likely always will be debated upon as it continues to push the boundaries within society, but one might ask, what is the difference between true innovation and just “shock factor?” How does wearing a meat dress in opposition to anti-gay policy promote the notion of equal rights? Or is it just a self-serving stunt? Lastly, does Avant Garde have boundaries itself? Written By, Ling Tse
Designer: Anja Dragan AW14 Image Credit: style.com
“One might ask, what is the difference between true innovation and just, shock factor”
Feather bow dress: Designer: Alexander McQueen Fall 2009 Image credit : style.com
THE FINAL EXIT Fashion takes a turn for the sinister this Spring Photography: Irvin Rivera /graphicsmetropolis.com Assistant Photographers: Benjamin Kui & Mike Deliguin /www.michaeldeliguin.com, Darwin Abad Models: Raina Hein @Photogenics & Hannah Jones @LA Models Designer: Masai Payan /www.masaipayan.com Stylists: Wilford Lenov / www.lenovstyle.com/ with Jose Galeana Hairstylist:Tokiko Inoue / www.makeupbytokiko.com Make-up Artists: Tokiko Inoue / www.makeupbytokiko.com & Amanda Carrete / www.amandacarrete.com
Dress: Masai Payan Ring - Marianna Harutunian Flower Ring - Marianna Harutunian Cuff - Marianna Harutunian Necklace - Sway Chic
Dresses: Masai Payan Flower Ring - Marianna Harutunian Necklace - Sway Chic
Dresses: Masai Payan Cuffs - Marianna Harutunian Earrings - Mariana Harutunian Necklace - Alana Hale (La Maison De fashions) Shoes - House of Devali Opposite Dress Masai Payan
Dress: Masai Payan
MODEL FOCUS CHARLIE ADSHEAD
Charlie Adshead has a youthful appearance and androgynous features which the world of fashion appreciates. He is able to wear a lot of different looks, whether it is a tailored suit with his hair slicked back or a fur coat with his curly brown locks on full display. Charlie Adshead was discovered in the Blue water shopping centre in 2013. He visited the shopping centre with friends and was about to leave when approached. You may be weary of the ‘smize’ technique, this is where models are required to express emotion through their eyes. Adshead is able to express a range of emotions and does melancholy very well. He has a slim physique with strong facial features, so is often used for Indie style photo shoots which compliments him perfectly. Ashead measures in at 6 foot 2.5 inches and has featured in many editorial shoots and catwalk fashion shows. He is signed to PRM modelling agency in London which has provided models for various established catwalk shows most recently as exhibited on their website ‘Paris Menswear shows’. He is also signed to New York modelling agency Soul Artist Management; Major Paris in Paris, Uno Models in
Barcelona and Independent Men in Milan. Ashead enjoys watching wildlife documentaries citing Steve Irwin as one of his heroes and enjoys hobbies such as skateboarding. The 18- year- old from a small village in Kent has cited ‘Inglorious Bastards’ as his favourite film.
“Adshead has appeared in fashion editorials for magazines such as Hero Magazine and Metal Magazine. He has also frequented on catwalk shows for Topman, Louis Vuitton, Antonio Marras, Raf Simmons, Julius, Acne Bill Tornade and Comme Des Garcons.” He describes his style as skater influenced, Goth mixed with casual smart. We are sure Adshead will continue to blossom as a model.
HEIGHT 6" 2.5' / 189 CM | CHEST 36' / 91 CM | WAIST 29' / 73 CM SHOES 9 UK | HAIR BROWN | EYES BLUE
To book Charlie please call 02070644920
MODEL FOCUS TAMSIN CARTER
Tamsin Carter has a look which is diverse and cannot be moulded to fit into one specific category. She is slim built and measures in at 5 foot 9 inches. She is signed to the PRM model agency in London. Her modelling portfolio ranges from images of her in black and white in a velvet suit jacket, hair slicked back with dark undertones and hints of avante garde. To a fresh faced, beach look in a simple straightahead pose. Her soft facial features enable her to experiment with a multitude of different looks. She has mastered the technique where she is able to express the moods of particular photo shoots through her eyes. In particular a mysterious yet strong, edgy expression is often used. She is expert at moving her body into various angles to create an interesting silhouette. Carter’s look is universal which makes it hard to pinpoint her into a particular style of modelling. Her work ranges from high fashion editorial photo shoots to commercial publications.
Carter has featured in shoots and catwalk shows for brands such as Tigi, Arteecollage, KaltBlut, Ong- Oaj Pairam and Bobby Glam. Her portfolio images on the PRM modelling agency website exhibit her talent. In every two images she displays a different look alongside a major change in the mood. There are two images shot in black and white, with no props.
“A diverse and edgy model Tamsin Carter carries an air of mystery which makes her images even more engaging.” Carter has a raw expression in her eyes which brings this shoot to life, she reflects the clothing by moving her body into interesting shapes. All words by Suliet Oladokun
HEIGHT 5" 9' / 176 CM | BUST 33' / 84 CM | WAIST 25' / 64 CM HIPS 34' / 86 CM | SHOES 5 UK | HAIR BLONDE | EYES BLUE
To book Tamsin please call 02070644920
"We have a diverse enough range that not only rock kids love, but the club lads that live it up in Ibiza"
Epitomizing the urban look, SinStar clothing has completely embraced the punk attitude firmly entrenching itself in the streetwear industry. Founded in 2011 by Ryan Stripe and Sam Bell - close friends and previous bandmates - the label is now growing into one of the biggest streetwear brands in the United Kingdom. SS14 for SinStar Clothing has cemented their strong urban look, infusing text with print, with much loved space and floral print playing a big part in the collection. Its stand out ethos is not the only driving force behind the successful brand, but also the belief that quality is highly important, leavin no stone unturned when it comes to making a strong line. Made from 100% lightweight Italian cotton, the collection is characterized by bold text and graphics, camouflage prints and other prints, and the creative use of white space. Maintaining it’s dark and edgy vibe throughout, the brand leaves no stone unturned when it comes to creating a strong line. The primary ethos is not the only driving force behind the successful brand, but also the belief that quality is highly important. SinStar for Spring/Summer 14 offers such a diverse range and takes influence from the American varsity trend, something quite apparent in 2013 and something that is set to continue this year.
The brand has taken traditional baseball tops and American style football jerseys and given them the SinStar twist, meaning strong all over print; however, simple typography is used as well for an alternative cleaner SinStar look presenting a nice balance between the bold and the simple. The contrast works well because it still captures the label’s gothic and edgy attitude while keeping with the binary opposite nature the brand represents - Sinners/Saints, Lover/Haters. The women’s line captures all of the boldness, idiosyncrasy and feelings present in the men’s collection, yet offers a slimmer fit and makes less use of all over print; instead, preferring a more graphic printed style. With its sinister and dark exterior, there’s a real attitude to SinStar Clothing! But it’s that attitude that is propelling the brand to new heights and IDGAF are very much excited to see what the brand has in store for 2014. After taking a look at SS14, we are predicting a very promising year ahead. www.sinstarclothing.com Jordan Bunker
BEHIND THE BRAND What was the idea behind this seasons range? Sam and I design continuously so the ranges are usually inspired by what’s around or places we’ve been at the time. Cool art or music that inspires us. That’s why we are always extending ranges and changing looks, but it will always be Sinstar because Sam and I like the same shit. Where did the idea for the lookbook come from? We wanted to go get pissed and have a good time in Los Angeles so that’s were we choose to shoot haha Space print has been exhausted by many brands over the past few months, what would you say makes your cosmo/space inspired prints different? It has been exhausted your right, but to be honest space is fucking cool and it blows your mind to think how small we are. Plus no one can print as defined and detailed as us, so we like doing them as statement pieces. I personally wouldn’t wear most of it but I think they look cool. The brand seems to have a very strong loud and bold ethos to it. Would you say that’s down to your music backgrounds? Definitely, we’ve been through a lot of shit times in our past that makes life a lot easier. We don’t give a fuck about what most people worry about on a day to day basis so it I guess it comes across
as loud and bold but that’s just our personalities shining through. We do what we like and people seem to like that. What would you put your online success too? Many brands find it very hard to establish themselves… We have the best customers in the world they buy every product we do and we have a diverse enough range that not only the rock kids like but the club lads that live it up in Ibiza also like. We spend a lot of time engaging with our customers and customer service is key. Do you find it hard to balance the brand with your band? Yes to be honest we rarely have time to play that much in the band anymore, but fashion is as enjoyable and we still travel the world and get pissed. Focusing more so on your latest products, you have clearly embraced the American varsity trend. Is this something you’ve been planning to do for a while? Our first ever range had varsity jackets in it we love that trend there’s nothing like an old school leather armed letterman jacket. The older and the more fucked up the better, that doesn’t mean you have to be a jock though.
“We love using just black and white prints at the moment and the simpler the better”
What trends/prints would you recommend for the upcoming season? Floral is big right now and monochrome. We love using just black and white prints at the moment and the simpler the better. What’s next for SinStar in 2014? We’d love to bring all our manufacturing back in house by the end of 2014. We are already well on the way and have all our printing in house and moved 80% of our production from abroad back to England. Its something were very proud off. There’s no place in the world like England.
“We don’t give a fuck about what most people worry about on a day to day basis so it I guess it comes across as loud” IDGAF: 37
High way to hell Creative Director: William Njobvu | Photographer: Stephen Johns | Stylist: Cherrelle Douglas | Assistant Stylist: Nicole Carvalho | Make up: Laura Cleeter | Hair: Samatha Early | Models: Grace and Taser @ Body London | Location: The Hoxton Hotel
Suit - Asos Shirt - Missguided Shoes - Zara Necklace - Stylists own Glove - Stylistâ€™s own
Jacket - Breaks Shirt - Asos Bow Tie - H&M Trousers - Oscar Quiroz Shoes - Editors own
Coat - Asos Crop Top - Asos Harness - Stylistâ€™s own Jeans - Topshop Shoes - Zara
Bra Top - Asos Joggers - Hide Label Coat - Nanunshka Shoes - Stylists own Bracelet & Clutch - Cindy Zhang
Dress - Asos Dress (underneath) - Namoi Oman Belt - Cindy Zhang Socks and Shoes - Stylistâ€™s own
Bomber Jacket - Beau Homme Shirt - Breaks Trousers - Editors own Shoes - Hustlers Chic Necklace - Editors own
Project Manager: William Njobvu Fashion Director: Molly Taylor Photographer: Charlie Gates Photographer Assistant: Adam Oei Churn Hong Grooming: Sara Exall Stylist: Cherrelle Douglas Assistant Stylist: Nicole Carvalho Interviewer: Josh Ford Location: The Hoxton Hotel
First Page Blazer - Chester Barrie Shirt - Chester Barrie Trousers â€“ ASOS Scarf - Chester Barrie This Page Coat - Chester Barrie Shirt - Chester Barrie Bow Tie - Velsvoir
British musician Lethal Bizzle is the business. Born Maxwell Ansah, the 29year-old hip-hop artist has frequented headlines over the past few years: Ferrari crashes, movements to get his catchphrase in the dictionary, number one hits – he has most definitely had his fair share of print space. We spoke with the artist-turnedentrepreneur backstage for his IDGAF photoshoot, and caught up with everything new in the World of Bizzle. Within minutes of commencing the interview, we already score the Lethal Bizzle seal of approval: he gives a “shout out to the stylist” for his “dench” photoshoot look. Now, we don’t take this word lightly: “DENCH” is Lethal Bizzle’s catchphrase for anything on the tremendous side of the spectrum. In fact, his entrepreneurial ventures have made it possible for people to wear his catchphrase proudly: a collection of snapbacks, beanies and sweatshirts can be purchased from his clothing line at www. staydench.com. Bizzle mentions, “this year we are really going to step it up, we’re going for that whole baseball, oversized t-shirt, varsity type of look”. 2014 is looking like the year for Dench clothing, he also mentioned that Dench will be introducing new types of materials in their designs such as Tartan. The designer finds the brand’s success as “overwhelming”: beginning as a catchphrase amongst his friends, flourishing into something that “just kept selling”, even though it “just says ‘DENCH’ on a t-shirt”. After the early success of the label, Bizzle took on an agent and watched as “it spread like wildfire”. However, Bizzle isn’t ever one to do things by halves, with regards to the future of the clothing line, he “really wants to take it to the levels” – challenging the likes of “the Nikes and the Reeboks of the world”. When most of us consider the concept of an urban clothing line to be far, far away from the golden greats of Hollywood, Bizzle has a surprising partner in crime
with his work: none other than Dame Judi Dench. Surprisingly, the 79-year-old actress is completely on board with the venture – Bizzle sees it as a compliment to the Dame, “DENCH means cool” – therefore, it can only be a good thing. Dame shows appreciation to the DENCH clothing line by sporting a trademark cap. When Bizzle released his number one hit back in 2004, technology was less advanced, Bizzle states, “Back when I released POW in 2004, there was no Twitter, I had to fight my way to the top”. Bizzle continues to work towards greatness. Despite the lack of social media aid, to this day Bizzle still reflects on the impact of his first hit: “Everybody has got a story about that record, it’s like a moment – it’s more than just me… It’s a statement with the UK music scene.”
“Dench Clothing, we’re really going to step it up this year. We’re going for that whole baseball, varsity, oversized t-shirt look.” Since the release of Bizzle’s first hit ‘POW 2004’, Bizzle has woven himself in and out of several industries or, as he puts it: “I like to stick my hands in a few pies”. On the same thread, he also refers to the “hunger” that engulfed him post-‘POW’: “it was almost like a drug, that’s when I knew – I love this”. With avid pleas from fans to create a new album following his last release in 2009, he is keen to get back in the studio. Most of his musical success he puts down to having “a real connection with the fans” and “making
music with my friends because we loved making music – it wasn’t about making a Number 1”. This attitude has followed him into 2014, with the musician hosting ‘DENCH’ parties that are heavily populated by fans. Bizzle’s fan base has grown, massively, since he started out in More Fire Crew. It is interesting to note that much of Lethal Bizzle’s success grew at a time preceding the influx of social media that we are bombarded with today. He notes, “I make video blogs on Youtube all the time now, I have built a closer relationship with my fans through this”. Bizzle also notes, “I was doing it for me and the fans – they’re keeping me relevant”. Bizzle expressed the love he has for his fans and how he wouldn’t be where he is today without them. “My fans are just so crazy; I love my fans so much, thank you”. When referring to career highlights thus far, Bizzle cites – with no lack of excitable animation, may we add – the time that JayZ rapped over the top of his track ‘POW’ at a previous gig in the Royal Albert Hall. He found himself completely taken aback that Jay-Z “acknowledged that – a UK record”, and managed to catch the Royal Albert Hall show after a trip to Amsterdam: “I went down and saw him do it and I was like – woah: surreal.” However, it hasn’t always been easy going for Bizzle and his particular music scene: back in the early 2000s, the grime scene had it “all taken away” as a result of negativity from stereotypes. The singer prevailed irrespective of the circumstances and continued to make music, helping “shine the light back on the UK urban scene”. A definite self-starter, he claims “If you chase things you can’t control, you’re going to find yourself in a vulnerable position” – he does what he does for himself. When talking inspiration behind his music, Bizzle is all about the party – Bizzle expresses the point that, making music that his fans can “wile out to” is right at the top of his priorities. His music creates an all-round party; music videos using footage of previous parties where his recent releases are being played – and fans are consistently going wild. Whilst he isn’t particularly forthcoming with exact details for his future releases, he promises “a lot of energy” and alludes to the potential of a release in 2014.
“We’re looking to introduce new materials in the Dench collection such as Tartan”
“I’m no different from anyone here, anyone in this room. Anyone can be here: clothing line, music career…” If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a something of a dancer, Bizzle is heavily involved with fan outreach opportunities, having previously incorporating fan clips into his music videos. Fans are completely centric to Bizzle’s work; with his new album, his aim “is to inspire people”, something that has become thematic throughout the course of his career thus far. We’re hoping to catch Lethal Bizzle in the midst of creating his fourth album release soon and cannot help but be intrigued by some top-secret “entrepreneurial ventures” that he finds himself currently unable to disclose. For the time being, he especially endeavours to inspire people to better themselves: “I’m no different from anyone here, anyone in this room. Anyone can be here: clothing line, music career…” Words by Ebony Lauren Nash To be honest, we reckon the sky’s the limit with Bizzle.
Suit - Chester Barrie Shirt - Chester Barrie Bow Tie â€“ Velsvoir
Blazer - Chester Barrie Shirt - Chester Barrie Trousers - ASOS Shoes - Husterâ€™s Chic
Coat - Chester Barrie Shirt - Chester Barrie Trousers - ASOS Bow Tie - Velsvoir Hat - Stylist’s Own (H&M) Braces - Stylist’s Own
TRĂ‰S LUST, CONTROL &DEATH
Photographer: IRVIN RIVERA / www.graphicsmetropolis.com Photog Assistant/Set: CHASE GREEN / www.chasethegreen.com Hair and Make-up: TOKIKO INOUE / makeupbytokiko.com Styling: TRACY HANG Models JUD BIRZA @NEXT LAURA JANSEN @IMAGES NY CHRIS JONES @ WILHELMINA All Jewelry pieces by Marianna Harutunian. Fabrics and clothing pieces by HLUBTRAY by Tracy Hang
Move aside pink frills and floral prints and say hello to Morticia Addams and Kurt Cobain’s love child of fashion. Arguably the past decade has been predominately the preppy, clean-cut scholar with many brands advocating only this style such as the likes of the American Apparel and Hollister, however emerging in spring 2014 from the ashes of menial talent of pop culture – apologises to the Directioners out there – come the revival of ‘Grunge’.
Project Manager: William Njobvu | Fashion Director: Molly Taylor | Fashion Editor: Samuel Schler Photographer: Irina Chira | Makeup: Chandni Mua | Models: Ben @ Body London | Frances @ Sapphires |Emma @ Body London | Stylist: Cherrelle Dougals | Assistant stylists: Nicole Carvalho, Megan Concessio IDGAF: 64
Coat - Euphorik London Blazer - Euphorik London Shirt - Gabicci Trousers - ASOS Shoes - ASOS
Him Shirt - Gabicci (as before) Jacket - Schott NYC Trousers - Euphorik London Shoes - ASOS Her Top - REIN by Rebecca Morter Skirt - REIN by Rebecca Morter Shoes - Zara
Though retrospectively the idea of Grunge has always existed; created with the combination of Doc Martens and acid wash jeans from the Mod and Rockers of the 60’s in addition to the tartan mini-skirts and oversized flannels of the 90’s. But what even has Grunge become now? Is it still the boyish fashion trend it was in the 90’s? Or has it matured and gain some sex appeal come 2014? Idealistically Grunge survived with its chunky platforms, band tees and lots of black with a small soft spot for the afterlife but now 2014 has arrived; we are seeing some key changes in the grunge style for its revival spring/ summer 14. Oversized band tees (and flannels again) are now seemingly paired with short skirts, bowl hats, dark blazers, trench coats, fishnets and layering of necklaces; this overly emphasising a loud and controversial dress code. This style has inspired many and many more to come spring/ summer 2014 such as the likes of Taylor Momsen (From the Rock band named The Pretty Reckless). The ‘transformation’ glamourized by the Media from pretty girl from Gossip Girl to the nail biting controversial vixen she is now. Labelling the style as somewhat liberating as it allows the person to dwell into the darker, edgier side of clothing with exploration to the rebellious gene within them – this in comparison to the clean cut fashion style of the ‘old school’ Hipsters. The oversized band tees and chunky heeled platforms are ostensibly more comfortable than button up blouses, dresses and the ‘pinchy’ toe stilettos so it allows the wearer to ooze a reckless fashionable vibe without having to feel uncomfortable. One might even add that the grunge ss14 style has the ability to give someone confidence to not only turn a few heads with hard core statement pieces, but to inherit one with a grunge yet smart look at the same time, giving the wearer an elegant rockstar look.
Grunge clothing itself has always been an abundance of black with small slithers of colours, whether it is just that luminous bright yellow that is used for the Nirvana (Band) logo or the several of red on tartan skirts. Therefore it’s safe to argue that the monochromic fashion style represented in the editorial shoot created in the eerie scenery of a graveyard draws many inspirations with the controversial fashion style of Grunge. So is the 90’s really back? Or is this just from the back burner of the Vintage craze that sparked the charity shop hunting and the Macklemore tune titled ‘Thrift Shop’? So wherever it makes you feel at ease with its darker colour palette or queasy with its morbid approach in style; Grunge is indefinitely finding itself a prominent trend in spring / summer 2014. Written by Ling Tse.
Shirt - Topshop Jacket - REIN by Rebecca Morter Trousers - Nanushka Shoes - River Island
Blazer - Original Penguin Shirt - Gabicci Trousers - ASOS Shoes - Dr Martins
Frances: Top - ASOS | Skirt - ASOS |Glove’s - Stylist’s Own Emma: Jacket - REIN by Rebecca Morter | Skirt - REIN by Rebecca Morter | Necklace - Rokit
“Idealistically Grunge survived with its chunky platforms, band tees and lots of black with a small soft spot for the afterlife”
ITEM FOCUS This issue IDGAF reviews three items from three different brands - Who will it be?
ITEM FOCUS SADIE CLAYTON
Shoes can make or break an outfit. The perfect shoe makes an impression and brings a simple outfit to life. Or can merely act as an extension of your personality. This winter features the statement shoe. This trend focuses on metallic colours, hard materials and the revamped platform heel. Trends such as the heel less platform shoe, seen on people such as Lady Gaga was embraced by the fashion forward in 2013. The New Year brings innovative shoe design, with inspiration from old age glamour, African prints and East Asian cutting patterns. New designer, Sadie Clayton has encompassed all these elements in her latest shoe collaboration with Charlene Ong. She combines triangular shapes; with round studs that should look hard yet has a fluid design. She is able to combine different materials and shapes to create a practicable platform shoe, if there is such as thing. The silver colour used adds a futuristic element. The small rough etchings made in the material give the shoe an authentic feel, suggesting that it can be worn and is not just an item that is only appropriate to wear on the catwalk. The cut out heel adds a quirky feature to the shoe, also making it easier to walk in opposed to a full wedged heel. This shoe design caters to those who enjoy experimenting with their fashion and want a staple piece to add to their collection. A shoe that will last the test of time and can be brought out and worn for various occasions. It can be worn on a night out with friends, to the new bar, latest fashion show or art gallery. This shoe can be worn with a long, ankle length block coloured dress or cropped trousers and a long coat. This shoe caters to all your fashion needs. Everyone needs one statement shoe they can wear to make a great impression. Written by Suliet Oladokun
ITEM FOCUS BEAU HOMME
Coming from the company Beau Homme; founded in October 2011 by George Bunker and Justin Mansfield; is the Modernist Anarchy Jumper. This features in their Spring/Summer 2014 collection labelled the ‘Modernist Anarchy: resistance to tyranny is obedience to God’. The collection under the somewhat controversial title includes menswear pieces ranging from: jumpers, suit jackets, to a variety of tailored trousers and coats;. This includes a tailored suit jacket and trousers decorated with an Escher’s ‘Relativity’ style motif. This collection has a strong palette of colour, using a range of blue and orange hues as wel as monochromic colours such as a variety of shades of grey creating an affect that both compliments and emphasizes the range of colours used. The Modernist Anarchy Jumper is a dark charcoal jumper with a design of a globe embroidered on the front of the jumper. The outline of the globe is embroidered in a deep orange thread whereas the individual countries are outlined in white. Layered upon the embroidered globe is an illustration that resembles an art easel. This is also embroidered with the same deep orange thread that is used for the outline of the globe. Ultimately this is the only design on the jumper as the rest of the jumper is plain. Adding to this, the jumper has a light blue variation where the sleeves are short and the complete motif is outlined in solid black. The design itself has been carefully created to embody the collection as the use of a globe emphasizes the ideology of God and togetherness however it’s distorted by the art easel placed upon it. Nonetheless, this may have some relevance to the idea of Anarchy –the main theme; it is then further emphasized as the art easel resembles an ‘A’ and is fully embroidered in orange whereas only the outline of the globe is. Ultimately it simulates the iconic Anarchy logo. However the choice to use an art easel may be to connote that art is used as a form of tyrannyas it exemplifies the Anarchy logo within the design. The jumper itself and the collection is both visually appealing and thought provoking with subtle embedment of ideologies and illusionistic motifs. Written by Ling Tse IDGAF: 72
ITEM FOCUS JACOB BIRGE
What is defined as the perfect clutch? One that combines style and space for your essential items yet is compact. Jacob Birge has created a clutch bag for your winter wardrobe. There have been many interpretations of the clutch bag ranging from block colours, to the diamanté encrusted. Birge takes a simplistic approach to the design suggesting that sometimes less is more. The two tone clutch bag incorporates the colours black and blue, showcasing a sophisticated yet stylish interpretation. The well recognised rectangular shape is used for this classic item. A small detail such as the black border adds definition and character. This item is featured due to its use of contrasting fabrics and colours. The reflective sky blue with the matte black fabric makes the clutch stand out. It can be dressed down with shiny, black harem trousers cuffed at the ankle or the use of contrasting colours such as yellow with small black and blue detailing accessories. The clutch can be worn for any occasion and due to its seemingly simplistic design, gives whoever wears it the ability to be creative in their fashion choices. The clutch bag is diverse and can be worn to a sat down meal at a restaurant, an event, a music show, a night out or even a shopping trip. The clutch can be made to glam up an outfit for those nights out due to it’s simple yet sophisticated style. Birge’s winter collection also features the clutch in pink and black. With the same elements incorporated such as the black border detail and the black matte fabric used with a shiny pink material. The clutch featured is narrow in breadth so won’t be a handful to carry. It is stylish, spacious and compact to fit all of the essential items used on a daily basis. Written by Suliet Oladokun
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