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@MCRFashionMag MANCHESTER FASHION MAGAZINE

DEBUT ISSUE: December 2013

Celebrity MUA Melanie Doyle Recreates the 20’s Look Top Winter Coats Jodie Mann: the Magician Behind the Lens

FUTURE TOP MODEL: AMANDA HENRY FASHION

Find Your Perfect New Years Eve Dress

BEAUTY

Skincare and Hair Winter Tips

DESIGNERS

Once upon a time in Peru By designer Monica Rincon


WELCOMECONTENTS

WELCOME/ CONTENTS DEC 2013 beauty 8 9 10

1920’s Make Up Tutorial

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Long Hair Don’t Care Winter Skincare

Perfect LBD Find Your Perfect Winter Coat Rock Your Christmas Jumper Catwalk Meets Highstreet New Year’s Eve Dresses

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Introducing Amanda Henry

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New Designer Monica Rincon

Monica Rincon Amy Davidson Unknown Kulture Lucia So

models Amanda Henry

photographers Jodie Mann

food Strictly Cupcakes Merry Twistmas

directory MUA, Photogrphers Designers, Models

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MESSAGE FROM

THE EDITOR EDITOR: Akbar

EMAIL: editorinchief@mcrfashionmag.com

WEBSITE: www.mcrfashionmag.com

Season’s greetings and welcome to the very first issue of @MCRFashionMag. This magazine will showcase each month Manchester’s up & coming and established talent in fashion. I started this project and our Twitter account over a year ago. After much thought and discussions with our many Twitter followers, the decision was made to start the magazine in Manchester instead of London. Manchester has a fast growing fashion industry, with its own fashion shows, boutiques, international modelling agencies, university fashion courses, new creative designers and so much more. Whether you work in fashion, study fashion, or love fashion, I hope you enjoy our debut issue, showcasing

tomorrow’s big stars.

handful.

I also hope you find the pictures on the following pages inspiring: with high concept photography from Jodie Mann, Hassan Jamil’s NYE dress photos, Melanie Doyle’s recreation of the 1920’s look with photography by Ian McManus, and our shoot with Llamas to showcase Monica Rincon’s fashion designs. The shoot with the brand new model Amanda Henry also produced many incredible shots, it pained Antonia Alice Bolcas and I to edit them down to just a

Elsewhere in the issue, you will find many other interesting designers and our contributor’s articles. Rachel Harrison has waded through this season’s many winter styles and put together a number of different articles. Pulling yourself together for winter wouldn’t be complete without an arsenal of beauty weapons and we have a number of articles dedicated to this. I would like to thank our followers on Twitter who gave us the encouragement to start

magazine contact Published online by MCR Fashion Ltd

magazine team EDITOR IN CHIEF: Akbar t. 07999046146 e. editorinchief@mcrfashionmag.com

advertising Akbar t. 07999046146 e. editorinchief@mcrfashionmag.com

MANAGING EDITOR: Antonia Alice Bolcas e. antonia@mcrfashionmag.com @antonialice

this magazine. I would also like to thank Antonia Alice Bolcas for all her work. We couldn’t have done it without our magazine contributors: Rachel Harrison, Hollie Wilkinson, Freya Budd, Rebecca Boe Florence, AnneMarie Odesanya, Kieran Wilson and Rosie Steedman (their photos and details are on the next page). This month’s contributors were chosen from our website bloggers and we highly appreciate their invaluable contribution: Krystal Gemma, Abi Kempen, Dylan Tiernan, Adri-

Photo taken in Britannia Hotel

elyn Christi, Dan Martin, Hannah Lambert, Jessica Broadbent, Menaz Ghafoor, Tabitha Merritt and Tara FrostedPlanet. And lastly I would like to thank Diloram Ibrahimova, Otabek Ibragimov, Faidhi Mustafa and Tim Gasanov for all their help and support. Send your feedback to our Twitter @MCRFashionMag. Also feel free to contact us if you would like: to contribute, be featured as a model, MUA, photographer or if you would like an editorial for your products.


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EVENTS THIS

DECEMBER 15 November - 22 December 2013

Manchester Xmas Markets

Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets return this winter to celebrate 15 magical years! Over 300 beautifully festooned wooden houses will tempt you with local and European gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys and don’t miss the amazing array of food and drink!

PRICE: £4.50 per child (plus booking fee) with a great gift whatever the age. MORE INFORMATION: www.manchesterarndale.com/ grotto_2013 29 December - 30 December 2013

Peter Pan - The Never Ending Story See the boy who never grows up in a live adventure you’ll

Manchester European Christmas Markets - Albert Square, M2 5RT: 10am - 9pm every day

08 November 2013 - 05 January 2014- Spinningfields

SPINNINGFIELDS ICE RINK

All other market sites: November: 10am - 7.30pm (bars open until 9pm), December: 10am - 8pmPRICE: FREE

The Spinningfields Ice Rink has a whole Snow Season of fun planned.. It is awash with Christmas activity, with late night shopping on The Avenue, letters to the North Pole, helter skelters and much more. There are a number of food and drink outlets surrounding the rink including The Long Bar and the big screen which will feature Christmas films and music to get people in the festive mood.

21 November - 24 December 2013

Manchester Arndale Grotto

PRICE: from £4.00 to £9.00 MORE INFORMATION: spinningfieldsonline.com never forget. Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story World Arena Tour is a high-flying, hi-tech fantasy adventure that combines the drama and excitement of live theatre with the epic visuals of a blockbuster movie. Venue Phones 4u Arena PRICE: £18 - £45 (+ admin & fulfilment fees)

Make sure you are the first to visit Santa this Christmas. Even Father Christmas knows Manchester Arndale is the best place to pick up all the hottest pressies. So put your order in when he sets up in his brand new Christmas tree star grotto in Halle Square from Thursday 21 November.

featured event

29 November 2013 - 11 January 14

Wanted! Robin Hood

This Library Theatre Company production staged at The Lowry brings the legendary characters of Robin and his Merry Men to life

TO BOOK CALL: 0161 820 9718 in a magical, fun-filled musical adventure. With brave heroes, daredevil kidnappings, a cruel Sheriff of Nottingham and a very feisty Marian, it will be a thrilling show for everyone aged six and above. This brand new adaptation of the classic tale, presented by the Library Theatre Company and written by Charles Way, is directed by Amy Leach, who directed last year’s award-winning Arabian Nights for the Library Theatre Company. MORE INFORMATION: http://www.librarytheatre.com/ event/wanted-robin-hood

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VISITMCR

City Hall is transformed for Christmas

by Kieran Wilson

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s soon as people think of Manchester, they think football. But if you look past that you can find a little magic in the city because it has plenty of amazing cultural places to spend your days and nights. To be honest there is no better time of year than

If you’re a bit of an art lover then Manchester has you covered, with EIGHT stunning galleries all across the city, and here is the best bit… they are all FREE! Christmas in Manchester, for one simple reason… the Christmas German markets and this year we have even more with a spectacular

Christmas German markets are very popular

nine different locations across the city and each one is different. For more information you can find locations and times on www. visitmanchester.com Also another amazing thing that Manchester has to offer is an Ice Rink in Spinningfields and also loads more, helter skelters, send letters to the North Pole and that’s only the start, for more information visit www. spinningfieldsonline.com Now after you’ve taken in the sites and sounds of the markets and the night is still young then why not visit one of our many amazing theatres across the city and catch a show, Manchester has many amazing shows to choose from right now, such as, Singing in The Rain, but hurry that


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ends 30th November 2013, if you fancy an old classic that will sure take your breath away, then go and see War Horse or if you still feel in the festive mood then why not catch A Christmas Carol, there are shows the whole family can enjoy no matter the age, for all the information and loads more shows then head to www.atgtickets.com. If you’re a bit of an art lover then Manchester has you covered, with EIGHT stunning galleries all across the city, and here is the best bit… they are FREE! Manchester Gallery really is a must see and it currently

Christian Dior: Designer In Focus exhibit, this is ideal for the fashion and art lovers, this unique exhibition features Paris and London couture.

has some amazing exhibitions which are, yes you guessed it, FREE… the one that catches our eye here is the Christian Dior: Designer In Focus exhibit, this is ideal for the fashion and art lovers, this unique exhibition features Paris and London couture, many outfits recently acquired by the Gallery of Costume. Stunning displays include day, cocktail and evening wear, and represent many of Dior’s seminal collections. After a hectic day of shopping and site seeing then there is no better way to enjoy the City than from the Hilton Hotel Cloud23 Bar, you can go and grab a cocktail and look out at the lights of Manchester seeing the hustle and bustle of this electric city from what feels like the sky.


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Long Hair, Don’t Care? By Rachel Harrison

Our hair is the crowning glory of our looks. Every woman craves hair that is long and full of life, not dull and lifeless that frizzes just at the sight of your hair dryer. As you would expect, girls with the perfect Rapunzel locks are not the sort of people to take one bottle of shampoo in to the shower with them, long hair take a lot of care and maintenance.

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irst of all, you need to find the best shampoo for your hair type. The best range of hair care on the high street for the best price, I believe is currently the Aussie range. They have five different types for each hair type so you are bound to find the best for your hair and its condition. The best thing about this range is that they all have heat

defence built in them, so helps to keep your locks split end free. Yippee! Use a thick conditioner on the bottom of your hair (not at the roots as this tends to make your hair greasier quicker, and no one wants that!) Team your Aussie shampoo up with the conditioner and every couple of washes, swap your everyday conditioner for Aussie’s ‘3 minute miracle deep

Try and avoid heat products as much as you can. Heated tools cause split ends and frizz if used too much conditioner’ which helps turn your hair soft and keeps fly-away’s and split ends at bay, and smells great too. When conditioning your hair, give the hair a comb through with a wide tooth comb as knots and tangles will be easiest to comb out when covered in conditioner. Another key product is Argan oil. This little gem helps rehydrate hair quickly and effectively. Concentrate on the end of your hair as this oil is intensely rich and applying too much will leave hair greasy and lank. Here comes the toughest part, try and avoid heat products as much as you can. Heated tools cause split ends and frizz if used too much. Always use heat protection and when blow drying, keep the setting on the lowest temperature to reduce damage. Don’t tie your hair up too tight as this can lead to damage and brittle hair over time and can even cause a really sore scalp if you pull your hair too tight! Your locks are going to be strong enough for a prince to climb up them in no time!


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WINTER SKINCARE

Your Top Beauty Must Haves By Rosie Steedman I know winter can be tough and it’s not just the long, dark nights and the cold- but what it does to your skin. If you suffer from dry skin, eczema or circulatory issues, get ready because winter time is when #2 Simple Kind #3 Glycolactic Radiall these symptoms #1 Simple: Kind to Skin Smoothing FaTo Skin Purifying will aggravate. To ance Renewal Mask prevent getting cial Scrub Cleansing Lotion For those who want more that itchy, tight, The first step is gently It is vitally important to from their beauty routine red, blotchy skin and try something new, exfoliating which recleanse your face. It is use a mask. They not only during winter what moves all your dead and best doing it twice a day, once in the morning help you relax and revive you need is a good dry skin. - £3.99 and once in the evening. but they lift everything beauty regime. from your pores and Remember to do that PRICE: £3.99 @Boots

#4 Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion Plus To maintain that beautiful, soft, shiny, silky baby like skin you had just a few months ago in the height of summer, all you need to do is moisturise. By moisturising you’re keeping your skin hydrated. To stop the loss of water from your skin you need a decent moisturiser that will have a rich texture and will replenish your skin. PRICE: £17 @Clinique

step before you tone and moisturise.

leave your skin feeling fresh and soft.

PRICE: £2.99 @ Boots

PRICE: £30 @REN

#5 Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream

#6 Aveeno’s skin relief body moisturiser

As well as the skin on your face, your hands are also a victim to the cold. Yes, wear gloves but apply any type of cream or balm and massage it all over the hands particularly focusing on in between your fingers as that’s where you’re prone to splitting your skin. Any hand cream with shea butter is a go-to product as it leaves a protective layer on your skin. PRICE: £19 @Clarins

But you mustn’t forget about your body. Even though it may be hidden under all of those layers of clothes, skin can get dry from the temperature changes. This means moisturising. Problem areas include elbows, knees, and backs- anywhere, stay protected! It is a gentle moisturiser which soothes the skin and leaves a nice natural scent and healthy looking glow. It is important to nourish and protect your body from the inside. PRICE: £5.99 @Boots


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Intense Seductive 1920’s Look

Celebrity makeup artist Melanie Doyle shares some of her secret makeup tips

The new winter collection by Artdeco charms us with its glamorous sparkly Vintage Glam range. This season it is all about deep purples on the eyes, contoured foundation to enhance features and highlighted lips to intensify the look of the 1920’s defined cupid bow lips with a seductive sheen.

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o emphasise cheekbones, you need to make the line of the hollow of your cheeks darker. The line is located right in front of your upper molars. Use Artdeco Glam Vintage Highlighter applied to the top part of your zygomatic bone (cheekbone) this will make your face look almost perfectly oval. If you do not want to wear lipliner, apply a small amount of foundation on you lips, and then fix it with powder and

now apply lipstick and Artdeco Lip Fix for a smudge free application. To give the illusion of a fuller pout apply Artdeco number 94 eyeshadow (pale white shimmer ) to the centre of the lips, a great technique for photo-shoots. When applying strip eyelashes, always measure the eye to cut the strip to the correct length apply the glue along the lash line and the strip edge with a very fine brush, this will ensure a perfect application that will last the night.


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Step by Step

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repare the skin by doing a double cleanse, then tone, moisturise blot and then apply Artdeco eyeshadow base to intensify colour and hold eye makeup in place. Apply a light application of Artdeco face primer to the face.

Using Artdeco skin camouflage creams apply a shade four shades darker than the natural skin tone to the hollows of the cheek and areas of the face you want to give a slimming effect and apply shade 3 times lighter to the areas you want to enhance such as the bridge of the nose, top of the cheekbones and the centre of the forehead. Apply High definition foundation mixed with Illuminating fluid in-between the gaps of the highlighter and shader and blend lightly with a domed shape brush. Set makeup with artdeco loose powder and do some additional shading if required with bronzer and apply Glam Vintage highlighter powder to the highlighted areas. Eyebrows was defined with 282.3 brow powder and Artdeco eyebrow filler to give a 3D brow look. Eyes - Eyeshadow - Glam Dark Purple, Matt Smokey plum and Matt Dark blue, eyeliner in Damask Violet was applied all over the lower lid and blended out to the outer edge, all three eyeshadows was applied over the lower lid and the dark smokey plum was applied to the socket and winged out and mixed with the matt dark blue to add definition. The lashes was curled with artdeco lash curlers, two sweeps of black mascara and the new Glam Vintage eyelashes. Creamy Violet waterproof liner was applied to the lip line and blended out with a small brush and then glam stars lip stick in shade Glamorous Flirt and finished with a sweep of Rosy Nude lip gloss. Add a touch of Vintage Glam Blusher to the apples of then cheek.

Celebrity Makeup Artist @MelVicMakup on Twitter Photographer Ian McManus @IanMcManusPhoto Contact Artdeco 01514212308


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Perfect LBD

by Rachel Harrison

ith party season just around the corner, what better to splurge on than something you can wear over and over again without it going out of style. Thanks to COCO Chanel the little black dress does wonders for every woman and will forever be a staple in every wardrobe. The most sought after pieces these days are the ones that the modern woman can take from work to play, from day to night, and can be worn a multitude of ways.

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When shopping for your perfect LBD, look for the following details to make the most of your money: 1. Modesty: Your dress should fit comfortably everywhere. You should not be seen

tugging or pulling at your LBD to keep it in place or to stay up. The best way to avoid discomfort is to opt for a dress that reveals minimum cleavage and is not strapless. If you’re partying the night away on New Year’s Eve, you do not want a boob related accident to happen. If you do want to show a bit of oomph, go for a dress with a lace or mesh bodice. 2. Material: You will get the most out of your dress if you go for a material that is figure-flattering and feels comfortable on you. If you want a figure hugging LBD, opt for a midi dress to show off your curves (e.g. dress number 8 above) but for some women, they could not think of anything worse than material clinging to you all night, if so

(From left to right) 1. £75, Topshop 2. £95, Miss Selfridge 3. £100, Debenhams 4. £42, Pretaportobello 5. £68, Topshop 6. £201, Farfetch 7. £45, Miss Selfridge 8. £45, River Island 9. £24, H&M 10. £60, Littlewoods 11. £208, DKNY 12. £149, Coast than a skater dress type would be the best bet (dress number 10) as this will still flatter your shape but is the comfiest wear! 3. Silhouette: Yes, an LBD is sort of neutral and looks great on everyone, but it should still fit your personality type! If you’re a little more glam, try an exaggerated hourglass shape but if you see yourself more of a rock chick, an A-line dress will be more your cup of tea. Ready for any occasion, the LBD will be your BFF for many years to come. Grab a pair of killer heels and you’ll stand out for all the right reasons as nothing says sexy like a little black dress.


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FIND YOUR PERFECT WINTER COAT by Rachel Harrison. When I was younger, I used to despise wearing a coat. When my mum made me put it on, it would be straight back off and stuffed in my bag as soon as I was out of sight of the house. Now, I’m completely the opposite, a coat doesn’t have to hide your outfit underneath but express you and your personality!

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our winter coat will be your biggest sartorial purchase of the year, so don’t rush and just slump for the first one you see, decide what style of coat will best fit you and your

lifestyle. First take your figure into account when coat shopping. Larger figures look best in lean cuts so avoid double-breasted coats or those made of thick material such as sheepskin or ‘puffa’ padded nylon.

If you have a smaller frame, take advantage of the petite ranges in shops and they will do wonders when looking for the perfect coat. Always opt for a coat that is around knee length as long coats can swamp your frame. Stick on a pair of long boots with your coat to lengthen your silhouette. Always consider where you’ll be wearing your coat to. To work? Leave room so you can fit a blazer on underneath as there is nothing more annoying than a coat being tight under the armpits. Take in to account the price when purchasing your winter coat; you want it to last at least a couple of years, right? So tartan may seem like a good idea now, but next year the craze may have moved on to neon green prints! (You never know!) If you are planning on buying quite an expensive coat, go for one you know will still be in style for Winter 2014/15. Happy shopping!

FROM THE TOP Parka, Topshop, £95. Yellow Duffle, Topshop, £89. Tartan leather sleeve, River Island £85. Fur, Miss Selfridge, £98. Check, Topshop, £89.


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Rock Your Christmas Jumper

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Christmas Jumper is to Christmas what a bikini is to summer so now is the perfect time to stock up for those frosty mornings! Whether your rocking a robin or pulling off a Fair Isle beauty, there’s a cheesy Christmas knit for just about everyone! Even if you don’t feel

Topshop have hit the festive nail on the head with these knits! Ranging from Fair Isle to Robins

brave enough to wear one yourself, why not buy it as a gift? Or treat the whole family to a Christmas Jumper so you can all wear them together whilst you eat your Christmas dinner? Christmas is not Christmas without a festive jumper!

Primark (Above) Primark have a great range of Christmas jumpers if you’re looking for more of a novelty, humorous jumper rather than a fashion based one. All these jumpers are ranged from £8 - £12 so is a great price whether you are buying for yourself or as a gift!

Topshop (Below) Topshop have hit the festive nail on the head with these knits! Ranging from Fair Isle to Robins, you will pull any of these off wherever you wear them to! Ranging from £42 - £50, any of these knits would be a treat to whoever you decide to buy them for.


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Miss Selfridge (Below) Miss Selfridge have truly done us proud this year, you can definitely feel the festive spirit coming on just by looking at these knits! Ranging in price from £37 - £48, these jumpers are a bargain for the amazing quality and design.

A Christmas Jumper is to Christmas what a bikini is to summer so now is the perfect time to stock up for those frosty mornings!

Next (Below) We are surprised at Next’s festive prints this year. From a great price of £30 £40, these jumpers will make amazing gift ideas for your family or friends. With a great range of novelty items to a bang on trend fluffy knit, there is definitely one perfect for everyone at Next!

So grab your mulled wine, turn on the fire and snuggle up in your new woolly festive jumper! Happy Christmas Jumper Shopping!


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by Freya Budd CATWALK MEETS HIGHSTREET PRETTY IN PINK

LOOK ONE CELINE CATWALK PRETTY IN PINK The latest Celine AW13 collection has sparked a new, feminine and refined trend for the winter, and high street stores (M&S, H&M, River Island, and Zara, to name a few) have blessed us with more affordable, similar items. Despite winter being a time of year where we are all admittedly guilty of ditching the lighter colours in favour for grey hues, black and navy, dusky pinks are definitely a welcome addition to our wardrobes. These pink hues were first exposed in Alexander Wang’s resort 2014

collection preview, and following this have been taken on by designers such as Victoria Beckham, Celine, Jonathan Saunders and Topshop Unique. So it only seems fair that those of us who are not millionaires to be given more affordable options. In order to achieve the effortlessly chic Celine look, team this faux leather skirt with a cosy high necked jumper, some soft leather heeled boots, and polish it all off with an oversized dusky pink coat – add a pair of tights for a daytime look, or go bare legged for an evening one. Not only will you look like you just stepped off the catwalk, you’ll also be prepared for the wintry weather!


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REBELLION

LOOK TWO REBELLION The combination of the Tartan and the Punk trend is one of my favourites this winter. The mixture of textures, such as lace, and a plaid shirt topped off with some heavy duty boots makes for a perfect amount of attitude whilst, however, simultaneously maintaining a level of femininity. Originally generated in the United States in the 1990’s, it looks like the grunge punk-rock aesthetic is rapidly making it’s way back into the fashion world, with designers such as Dries Van Noten, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Marc by Marc Jacobs including a dose of rebel in their Autumn

Originally generated in the United States in the 1990’s, it looks like the grunge punk-rock aesthetic is rapidly making it’s way back into the fashion world

Winter designs this year. With Dries Van Noten bringing a more ladylike approach to grunge by including organza shirts in their collection, and the majority of designers including plaid in their collections, it is safe to say that this look is definitely back for the winter. Mix your wardrobe up Versace style with the use of studs, chains and leather to achieve a refined punk look this season.


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OVERSIZED OUTWEAR

LOOK THREE OVERSIZED OUTERWEAR This season has seen coats which are a size – if not 3 – bigger than usual. The Autumn/Winter collections have all displayed oversized outerwear, with many designers such as Carven maintaining the feminine silhouette with the addition of a waist belt. Despite each designers coat being unique, there is one message coming across which is crystal clear – the bigger the better. Not only are they cosy, big coats are one sure way of adding a bit of effortlessly chic tailoring and structure to an outfit that would otherwise be lacking. Not only have they been paired with trainers on the catwalk, but the large coat/jeans/

trainers combination has been one which has also taken the blogging world by storm this year. They provide an effortlessness which is necessary if you want to maintain a smart-meetsoff-duty sort of look. Whether you favour fur, wool, or leather, there is definitely a design to cater to you this season. If it is a tailored look you are after – Whistles and Cos have an abundance of suitable candidates. However, if you are looking for a mixture of fur and a waist-cinching, figure defining coat, stores such as Zara, Topshop and River Island all have a variation of oversized coats ranging in colours and textures.


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FAUX FUR ACCESSORIES

LOOK four FAUX FUR ACCESSORIES With fur lining being exhibited in Nina Ricci’s outerwear and on the catwalk this season, it is definitely on it’s way back into trend for winter. Whether you prefer your faux fur to be in the form of a coat, stole, snood, mittens, or an edgy addition to a handbag, there are plenty of high street designs available at the moment. Zara’s combination faux fur handbags are effortlessly edgy, and will give any monochrome outfit a facelift. Especially when paired with a glitzy necklace or some fur gloves. Fendi, Cavalli and Versace are just a few to be mixing up the fur trend with bold colours such as reds,

Zara’s combination faux fur handbags are effortlessly edgy, and will give any monochrome outfit a facelift. Especially when paired with a glitzy necklace or some fur gloves.

emerald greens and mystic blues, and high street stores such as River Island and Topshop are right behind them. Whether you’re into bright colours or muted tones of brown and beige, fur is a sure way to add a bit of luxe to any outfit. Team a brightly coloured fur bag with a tailored black coat and a fur stole or a snood to achieve the look this winter.


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NYE DARE TO BE DAZZLING

Oromiss Sleeveless Sequined Bodycon Mini Dress Navy Blue £29.99


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HOT REVIEW

with sequins from top to bottom; This lovely navy blue dress is sleeveless for that sultry look- short but not revealing, flattering but not uncomfortably fitted. A classy option for a sophisticated, elegant look.

Forget about the princess, become a goddess

A night to remember... By Antonia Alice Bolcas Photography: Hassan Jamil Make up: Rachael Dutton

enough; when glitter, sequins and embellishments are finally at home and smokey eyes can get even smokier. My grandma used to say ‘The person you t is the longest are with on NYE, is the person night of the you will be with for the rest of year. It’s a new the year, and the way you look beginning, a new on NYE, is the way you will start, another look like for the entire year.’ journey. It’s New Year’s Eve, Therefore, the night of 31st of and it’s knocking on our doors. December became a magical Rachael Dutton and Oromiss night in my calender- where Clothing guides us- with the I always, but ALWAYS had to help of gorgeous Faeza - in the look my very best. search for our own New Year’s Eve complete look inspiration. Navy blue. Dark, mysterious and intense- navy blue is the Shine, baby, shine. new black this winter. It is this season’s standout colour, It’s that one night when and it couldn’t possibly stand glowing too much is never out more than embellished

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This Golden Rose Sequined Bodycon is the reason why you’ll wish your NYE party never ended. We can’t get enough of it as it managed to hypnotise us from the very first time Faeza tried it on. Shoulder pads, 3/4 Sleeves, Full back zip and subtly revealing back, all coming together embellished with golden sequins tinted in pale pink. As if it wasn’t good enough, it even gets betterthe dress is lined with satin-like lining, making it so comfortable you won’t even feel you’re wearing it.

Brunettes, take note... When a guy called Chris once sang ‘Lady in red, is dancing with me... Cheek to cheek. (...) I’ve never seen you shine so bright’ – he must have been thinking of this dress here. Sensual, seductive, the embodiment of femininity, a statement of beauty coloured in a perfect shade of red- a gleaming burgundy tone, this is the perfect dress for recreating a real-life vision of ‘Lady in Red’. Oromiss Clothing is an open cafeteria of sequined delights, while Rachel Dutton is the talented architect behind the NYE makeup masterpieces.


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Oromiss Shoulder Padded Sequined Bodycon Golden Rose ÂŁ30.99


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Oromiss Shoulder Padded Sequined Bodycon Wine ÂŁ30.99


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Make Up Tutorial By Rachael Dutton Rachael Dutton is a MCR based Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist with extensieve experience within the beauty and fashion industry, and she is now revealing her secrets to achieve the perfect NYE glam look... Set the base with a Mac paint pot. Eyes: Apply MAC pigmented glitter on eyelid Blend out with brown eyeshadow and powder to create a smokey effect.

Clean up all excess makeup off face. Apply foundation and concelearRachael used Mac Pro Long Wear concelear and Studio Fix Foundation from Mac. Set with translucent powder. Contour with bronzer: Around sides of nose, under the cheekbones and the neck area.

The Liner: Gel liner is better if you find it hard to create the ‘flick’. Rachael used Autograph, from M&S.

Glitter will look amazing for a complete NYE look. You can apply it to the top of your cheekbones as a highliter, and maybe some to your lipglose-get creative!

Start at the end of the eye to do the points, then follow inwards to inner corner of the eye.

Rachael used Ardell Professional Black Lashes to complete the stunnind NYE look.


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onica Rincon, the mind, soul and talent behind Crafty Clothing started the brand right after graduating, in her own house. She converted her loft into a studio and that is how the story begins.

Monica and Andy, her husband, are living a marriage dream. They are partners and companions in both life and work. Monica says ‘Andy takes care of finance, logistics, promotion and marketing and I do all the design making.’ Crafty Clothing is a fashion label entirely covered by

the couple, ‘from runner to editor’.The brand is based in Lancashire ‘Where we take full advantage of the North’s‘ amazing textile industry and make it the bedrock of our brand’. Her inspiration for the ‘Once upon a time in Peru’ collection


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Tree of Life Poncho The tree of life poncho Handmade cross-stitch Embroidery with bright cotton threads. £50 one size.

MONICA RINCON Once upon a time in Peru’ SS 2014... With Designer Monica Ricon by Antonia Alice Bolcas cues from Peruvian natives, Peruvian colour palettes and silhouettes. The fabrics used are only British sourced fabrics, as Andy and Monica are keen on using natural fabrics for their garments, while supporting the local textile production. The clothing line reflects their personal life-

a ‘natural mix of both British and South American’. Monica is originally from Columbia while Andy is English. Even though the collection is very close to their heart because of its personal swing, Monica wishes to experiment ‘Future collections will see us explore other cultures and interpret

them in our own designs.’ ‘Once upon a time in Peru’ is a high quality collection, where they resort only for the best raw materials available. Fine Merino wool, widely known as the finest and softest sheep wool in the world, is being used for the garments. ‘We


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use the best cloths our country makes. We buy them from a 150 years old shop in the West Yorkshire Valley that has had the Royal Family amidst their customers for the past century.’ The Latin vibe is brought to the collection by imported Aguayo fabric, straight from Lima, Peru- for an authentic experience of the Peruvian heritage. The best words to describe the collection: captivating, inspiring, original and innovative. ‘Once upon a time in Peru’ will mesmerize you with its daring and colourful embroideries and patterns while bringing you the privilege of wearing a truly unique garment. It throws us into a fascinating Peruvian land, designing the dream of expressing ourselves freely. The collection is the perfect blend of luxury, quality and authenticity while keeping its strong, defined character contoured by the Peruvian cultural influence. Collection available for purchase at: http://craftycloth.co.uk Or www.Etsy.com/craftycloth

Handwoven cross-stitch shawl Wool mix Handwoven cross-stitch shawl Wool mix. Amazing ‘Garden of Souls’, cross-stitch embroidery with neon threads, Classy Bohemian Chic. It can be worn as many different ways. Make a statement any season. £70 One size.


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Handwoven cross-stitch shawl Wool mix Amazing ‘Garden of Souls’, crossstitch embroidery with neon threads, Classy Bohemian Chic. It can be worn as many different ways. Make a statement any season. £70 One size.


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Handmade cross-stitch Embroidery poncho with neon cotton threads It can be worn as many different ways oversize scarf, crop top, shawl etc. £70 An asymmetric Coated linen waistcoat £50 and coated linen trousers £45


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Handmade edgy half batwing tunic inspired by Native South American style The fluoro cross-stitched embroidery of the peacock is the icing on the cake. The fabrics are pure luxury with the finest super fine mohair from West Yorkshire and imported Peruvian cloth woven by Natives. ÂŁ160.00 Coated linen trousers. ÂŁ45


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Handwoven cross-stitch poncho wool mix. Amazing ‘Garden of Souls’, cross-stitch embroidery with neon threads, Classy Bohemian Chic. It can be worn as many different ways. Make a statement any season. £70 One size.


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Rising Talent: Amy Davidson Interview by Rachel Harrison

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Fashion graduate from the My style icon has to be Manchester School of Art, winner Alexa Chung, her style of the prestigious Mulberry is effortless. She is a Accessories Award, we caught up great inspiration, I think a look with up and coming designer, Amy that is understated and pretty is Davidson. more intriguing than something

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glamorous and over the top. I think people are much more beautiful when they do not try too hard. How would you define your own style?

To me fashion is about creativity and originality. The most stylish people trust their intuition and do things My own style is usually their own way. Fashion is also pretty tops and dark about having fun and playing skinny jeans. I do a lot of dress up. It’s about creating running around in the day so I something that is interesting and want to be super comfortable exciting for people to look at. It is but still stylish. not about class or taste; anybody can have fun and look good no If, in some Freaky matter what their income/style Friday-like situation, is. you could live the life of another designer, who would it Who do you consider as be? your style icon?

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It would have to be Iris Van Herpen, her work is stunning. Each outfit is a masterpiece on the body. I would love to see how her initial inspiration develops into exiting fabric techniques; it must be very exiting in her studio. I love the label because it is so unique and original I have not seen anything like it before, creative fashion inspires me the most.

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What influences your pieces?

Anything around me, from architecture to lace. I will be inspired by something I have seen and then I research it in books (if possible) and I find great imagery to work from, which then develops into design ideas for shapes and patterns.


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How do feel your pieces reflect you and your personality?

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They are not too loud and showy, I try to let my designs and ideas speak for themselves, I am not too good at selling my work so I try and show as much as possible in my research. Sometimes an image speaks a thousand words.

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I love H&M, I can be confident when I go in that I will find what I am looking for, my favourite online shop would have to be ASOS as it has everything you need. I also like Esty for home made items.

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When did you realise that you wanted a career in the fashion industry?

When I was in high school my favourite subjects were art and textiles, so I applied to study Fashion at college and was hooked from then on. I love the process from initial designs to making the final piece, it’s really exiting. Fashion design is my hobby and the idea of doing something you enjoy every day is important to me.

What tips would you give to anyone wanting to get started in design?

Be yourself, only do things that interest you, when you’re not enjoying your work it will show. Be brave, fashion is competitive and you need to stand out from hundreds of graduates each year. Try it out and decide what part of fashion is for you, there are thousands of roles in the fashion industry from designers to buyers. It’s good to decide at the beginning if you want to make the clothes or style them.

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I see myself working for a designer or running my own business (if I gain enough experience in the industry) I know I definitely want to be designing or making.

With Amy’s amazing talent, anything is possible for her. With her unique, intelligent designs, she is definitely a designer to watch, so keep a look out! If you would like to see more of Amy’s beautiful work, take a look at www.amydavidson.wix.com/ amydavidson Also, check out her current range of bags that she has for sale at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ AmyDavidsonBags


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Brand Exclusive Unknown Kulture by Freya Budd

The past year has seen both the birth and rising success of a brand which possesses the capability to reshape the outlook of the current teenage generation. Not only on the clothes they wear, but also the ideologies surrounding the lifestyles they lead.

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nknown Kulture was founded in June 2012 by Nick Jenkins, Joshua Staynings, and Hadleigh Rolph in Cardiff, and is the latest brand to be taking the teenage generation by storm. With orders being placed from LA to Australia, they are definitely a brand becoming recognized for their individuality on a worldwide basis. Cofounder, Nick Jenkins, believes the brand has grown so rapidly because they see their target audience as “anyone with a shared ideology and values for positivity and progression in any way shape or form.” Jenkins makes it clear here that it is crucial to the brand not to target any particular group within society, especially as “there are too many boxes that people put themselves in.” He continues to add; “As soon as you put a label on who you are, you often stagnate yourself and don’t leave yourself space to grow.” After over two years of planning, designing, and editing, and the successful release of a


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Spring/Summer line this year, Unknown Kulture are looking towards releasing a new line. It is, in Jenkins words, the “progression” of the pieces which “is the best part of the whole process, because seeing something that starts out as a simple idea forming into a fully thought out functional product brings great satisfaction.” The work put into each garment is definitely worth it, and their debut t-shirt (released in 2012) sold out

The ideologies Unknown Kulture represents are entirely in fitting with the current generation of teenagers within a month. Despite being based in a city not reputable for it’s links to the fashion industry in comparison to larger cities such as Manchester or London, Jenkins believes that

Cardiff has “it’s own unique voice, which is becoming more prevalent every day.” This is definitely a matter of fact over opinion. Statistics show that from 2009 – 2011, the number of visitors to the city centre grew 48 percent from 26 million to 38 million, and following the growth of interest, Cardiff fashion week made it’s debut in October this year. Inspired by worldwide industry greats such as Hiroki Nakamura (creator of Visvim) and Nigo (the creator of Bape and co-creator of Billionaire Boys Club & Ice Cream), Unknown Kulture strive to achieve similar results in the sense that these brands “all have different aesthetics and styles, but they all make a high quality lasting product,” which is something Jenkins strives towards, and the brand was created primarily out of “the necessity to create something different.” Having just celebrated their first birthday on the 15th November, Unknown Kulture has achieved a significant amount considering they only released their first official line a few months ago. Despite the fact that their journey is just beginning, Jenkins remains “excited to see what the future has in store” for the brand. The ideologies Unknown Kulture represents are entirely in fitting with the current generation of teenagers – especially those who strive not to restrict themselves to one group or social standing within society. There is no doubt that their next line will do astonishingly well in gaining the brand further recognition, and in Jenkins’ words; “where it will take us and end up is unknown.” Anyone wanting to be updated on future releases can do so via http://www.unknownkulture.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ unknownkultureclothing https://twitter.com/UnknownKulture


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This evening I am flicking through the images of the innovative collection that is ‘Optical Wonderland’ by Lucy Sharrock, fashion graduate of Leeds College of Arts and owner of ‘LuciaSo’.

OPTICAL WONDERLAND by LuciaSo

Interview by Rebecca Boe Florence

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he words that spring to mind are silhouette, futuristic and fresh. I’ve never seen anything like these garments before, and isn’t that what everyone is looking for when it comes to the addicted fashion consumer inside us all? I am awe struck by handembroidered gems, a contrast of prints using screen and digital techniques, as well as silhouettes that trick the eyes into seeing an “optical illusion”. Sharrock describes her work as “Pushing the power of optical illusion to its limits and beyond”. In order to achieve this goal, she has used pattern cutting for every garment. Because her garments are so clean cut and precise, with sharp silhouettes, pattern cutting is essential to create the finished effects seen in the collection. “What are you really seeing?”

Where do you find inspiration? People and places around me. I love to travel and I love helping people. I love life to show through my collections and I design not for the sake of designing but for the sake of meaning something. I love just looking on Pinterest/ Internet and finding dresses and prints that I love. One day I’d love to have my own boutique. What, in particular, inspired you for “Optical Wonderland”? I took inspiration from the recent up rise in Illusion dresses that give larger ladies the illusion of a slimmer figure. I wanted to use pattern cutting, prints and colour to create silhouette illusions and


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create things that you thought were there when they weren’t. I wanted to change silhouettes without the wearer doing anything. Describe the garments in your collection? Classy, bold and innovative. Statement pieces that require no effort to pull off just require personality. Sharrock goes above and beyond to support these answers and achieve her goals. Her designs scream personality, and an adoration of being noticed. The prints are bold. Kaleidoscopes, faux furs and layered shapes dispersed into an array of different silhouettes on each garment. Nude coloured fabric is then used to contour the shape for the illusion of a more slender figure. In a world where women are body conscious no matter how great they look, garments like these are nothing short of a genius. “ I can’t wait for people to be saying ‘Oh my god that’s a LuciaSo’ ” It is no surprise that Sharrock has been nominated and named

as one of the new top ten fashion designers by Urban Coco Magazine. For this collection it took her six months to complete everything, from the research stage to the finished garments. What tips would you give to anyone wanting to pursue the road you are on? Never give up, pursue what you love. In ten years time I never want to say “Oh you know what, I wish” so anything that I want to do, I do it, career wise, travel wise and fashion wise. A lot of people will try and break you, so always be true to your creative heart and yourself. If you believe in something stick with what you believe. Also network, network, and network. It’s a lot about who you know and where you know them from so don’t hesitate to contact someone you haven’t talked to for a while who works for a big company, that one email could end up being your big break, don’t be afraid to ask. In a place as versatile as Manchester only the most original clothes will be noticed. Every piece in this collection is contemporary, fresh to the eyes, yet inspired by current trends. As well as creating a stunning range, it is easy to see forecasted trends throughout the garments in the futuristic silhouettes and colour palette of earth and gem stone shades.


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How would you describe the fashion in Manchester? A pot, full of unique style and personality. You will never meet two people the same in Manchester. I love the personality of the city as the streets speak, the people make impressions and people are stylish in different ways. I love the fact that some people are so confident and unique. A lot of people in Manchester aren’t afraid to express themselves through their style.

believe I’ve put outfits together/customized outfits because they would have never thought about it. If I like something I wear it and don’t care what anyone else thinks. I love innovative patterns and pattern cutting. I love one off pieces that can stay in my wardrobe for years. I have some designer pieces that are stable and versatile so I get all my wear out of them.

How would you describe your personal style?

Where do you shop the most?

I wear whatever mood I’m feeling that day. I follow trends but only if I like them I don’t follow the crowd I create my own looks. A lot of people say they cant

Independent boutiques, Primark, River Island and eBay. I love independent designers and jewellery shops but staple pieces I get from River Island and


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Primark. If I like something it doesn’t matter where it’s from. Sometimes I’ll pay £1 for a necklace and sometimes £40, I shop around a lot and if I am still thinking about it two weeks later I go and get it, cause I know I wont be able to get it out of my head. I love Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen so every year I make sure I update my Alexander McQueen collection with a scarf or a bag if I’m lucky enough. Where can people buy your garments? Currently, directly through myself, by contacting me personally. Facebook/ Twitter/Instagram websites will be up shortly but in the mean time just contact myself: lucysharrock2@ hotmail.com What are the price ranges for your products? £45 - £500 plus. I am currently thinking about doing a cheaper collection that is more casual and jersey based. Possibly screen printed leggings and T- shirts. Bespoke pieces and prices all vary on amount of detail, print and style. Any future fashion shows people could go too? At the moment no, but as I create and complete a new collection I would hopefully secure an appearance in a fashion show in Manchester or London. Any ideas for a future collection or product? There will be a new collection in the not so distant future but at the

moment I’m concentrating on being in the fashion industry itself to learn new things and mature myself. But I will definitely have my own boutique one day soon, in either Wigan or Manchester. Specialising in everything from swimwear to formal dresses. I am currently collaborating with a swimwear company to hopefully get some bespoke bikinis on the market. I just want to educate myself and learn every part of the fashion world before facing it alone with my own independent label and bespoke boutique. I am very excited for that time to come. I can’t wait for people to be saying ‘Oh my god that’s a LuciaSo’. And one day I know they will be… Her optimism and confidence is a must in the fashion industry, and it is well deserved. If I am left with anything other than the inspiration her determination has struck in me, It’s this single thought; It’s safe to say this isn’t the last we will hear from Miss Lucy Sharrock and her independent label LuciaSo.


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model interview AMANDA HENRY We first saw Amanda Noreen Henry at the “Fashion or Rubbish” fashion show, organised by Recycle Greater Manchester, at the MOSI Museum. She had the looks, the figure, the attitude and the walk of a top model. Amanda transforms herself on stage, she becomes fearless and strong, she makes the stage her own, completely captivating the audience. by Antonia Alice Bolcas

Towards the end of the show, I thought to myself, intrigued- ‘I have been working with and around models for years now, how come I’ve never seen this girl before?’ and so I begun the search for Amanda. I’ve tried different agencies, some specialty website- and finally, after a few good hours, I found

her pretty face on an online model database. Her profile directed me to J’adore Models website-where I scrolled through her pictures and her details, and after no more than 3 days- Amanda was sitting right in front of me. The Amanda behind the scenes is humble, unassumingly shy and polite. She is patient, observing, very calm and she carries an enthralling, mysterious aura around her at all times. I discovered that Amanda was only a 17 year old student, dreaming of becoming a full time model ‘But in case that doesn’t work, I’d like to become pshychotherapist’ , she said, in a serious tone. Her model inspirations are supermodel Naomi Campbell,

Victoria’s Secret model Chanel Iman and Harper’s Bazaar 2013 ‘Model of the Year’- British model Jourdan Dunn. Her ambitions are doing Fashion Weeks in London, Milan, New York and ultimately -being on Victoria’s Secret runway. She says ‘I want to do more fashion shows, runways and in time- build the confidence to accomplish my dreams’. She became a model after her family and friends convinced her she’s ‘got it’. Amanda finds Manchester a great place to develop her passion into becoming her life-long career, as the photographers and professionals found are highly talented.


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Stats: HEIGHT: 5’8” BUST: 32” WAIST: 25” HIPS: 30” DRESS: 6 SHOE: 6 Contact: www.jadoremodels.co.uk


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As for makeup, she doesn’t use much. ‘I go on youtube sometimes for beauty tutorials, but I don’t really bother much’, and she shouldn’t really bother at all. Amanda’s beauty is timeless. She has the features of young, innocent Whitney Houston meeting fierce Rihanna, taking the very best of both. Her family, especially her mum, are very supportive and proud- a vital part of her development as a fashion model. She even thinks about getting a gap year after her studies, so she can dedicate more time to the modelling industry. Going back to the time we first saw her, she revealed ‘Although it was my FIRST fashion show [what?!], I felt really comfortable, and I’d like doing a lot more. I love the fact that I’m walking on the runway, dressed in beautiful clothes and everyone is watching...’. When we first saw Amanda we thought she was a model with years of experience. We were amazed to find out she is at the very beginning of her career. During

our photo shoot she delivered wonderfully, (with a small help from Beyonce’s tracks), and she charmed us with her photographic presence, with her individuality and her alluring personality. One of the best things about this 17 year old beauty is her modesty- a trait most models tend to forget about in time. Amanda is now at the very beginning of a very demanding and arduous journey, but as Harvey McKay stated ‘Nobody said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it’, and we believe Amanda will one day look back to these days smiling, saying ‘Now, here I am. It was completely worth it.’


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Jodie Mann. Photographer. Storyteller. Magician with a Lens.

They say, a picture says more than a thousand words... This is certainly the case with Jodie Mann.

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ased in Grantownon-Spey, in the Cairngorm area of the Scottish Highlands, mystical if we may add, Jodie’s photos encompass a great deal of elegance and technique, evoking just the right kind

of curiosity. The Scottish photographer Jodie Mann is known to bring images to life. Manchester Fashion Magazine brought it upon themselves to highlight the fine lady with the lens and ask her a few questions about her art, her work and her life.

INTERVIEW BY Anne-Marie Odesanya

But beware her pictures just might make your jaw drop...

How did you become a photographer? Jodie: It all started when I discovered the wonderful world of makeup about


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Annie Woolston Scarf

8 years ago! It was not my immediate ambition to become a photographer; my main interests were in makeup artistry and then fashion soon followed. I began expanding my makeup collection and designs along with it, but soon found myself in need of a way to document my designs and styles. So, naturally I turned to the camera and studio lights! The more I familiarised myself with the process of photography the more fascinating it became to me. When I began using my friends as models for my ideas and posting the pictures up online, the feedback generated prompted me to continue, and it wasn’t long until I realised that ‘this was it’. Photography was something I wanted to take to a professional level. My sister’s involvement in the project as a concept and digital artist added a whole new level to the photographs I loved producing.

If you could describe your photography style? Jodie: Aesthetically, my

work can vary according to the project and client demands but my style is generally to create strong, powerful yet elegant and dramatic imagery with a little

bit of darkness thrown in. Since undertaking the creation of my first live exhibition, ‘Cold Light’, I realised that I wanted to be involved in the TV and film industry. My sister’s involvement in the project as a concept and digital artist added a whole new level to the photographs I loved producing. I was soon able to create images that went beyond realism and into the realm of something much more cinematic and narrative. My need to tell a story in my photographs is now imperative.

What intrigues you most about assignments? Jodie: One assignment is a

bigger process than it might appear. It has 3 stages: conceptualising, shooting, and editing – all are equally important and all require an enormous amount of thought. Since I began working with my sister, the conceptualisation process for my shoots has changed dramatically and has become something I’ve been increasingly interested in. There is a lot of exchanging of ideas and with more than one person’s input, ideas become bigger and less limited. It’s always interesting to see where these ideas stem from, whether it’s songs or art or films.

What was the most important lesson you learned from a photo shoot?


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The Washer Woman


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Jodie: One lesson that stands out in my mind Jodie: I recently did a look-book for is how I learnt that music is more powerful a tool than you can imagine. Playing an appropriately-chosen set of songs at a shoot truly helps to create an atmosphere – it makes it feel less informal, and can help not only to get the model into character, but to get me into the ‘zone’ as well! It’s particularly great if you have a sensitive or dramainfluenced shoot to do. All this being said, I never stop learning, and new lessons can happen during any process!

What was you most favourite assignment? Jodie: Without a doubt, the making of the

image entitled ‘Bean Nighe’ from the Cold Light collection. I loved being able to put my own spin on a fantastic Highland myth (specifically that of the ‘Washer Woman’), and working with my sister to illustrate it – her look and costume went through lots of different processes, and it was like coming up with a movie character! Shooting on location at Loch Garten was a pleasure and the model enjoyed herself too – she really threw herself into the character.

Any favourite clients?

Scottish luxury scarf designer, Annie Woolston. I was thoroughly inspired by such wonderful quality products that the concepts were great fun to create, and the photo shoot itself was a joy to carry out.

Whose work has influenced you the most? Jodie: It’s difficult to be specific about my influences as various different works from lots of different sources constantly inspire me. My best work tends to be inspired by stories, or the ideas surrounding a piece of work, rather than the immediate visuals. However, I do greatly admire the work of photographer Nick Knight and makeup artist Alex Box. Their work is so unexpected and incredibly striking and these are qualities that really enthral me and give me the best ideas.

Want to feast your eyes on more, head over to Jodie’s webpage at http://www. jodiemann.co.uk/ and see more of her incredible work! Jodie Mann is certainly not your ordinary photographer.


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StrictlyCupcakes! “Keep calm and eat a cupcake” It is imperative that you do so. by Hollie Wilkinson

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ravel to Preston’s cobbled Cannon Street and divulge yourself into sweet tooth heaven! From vintage willow tree, to dotty tea pots you are made to feel right at home in this beautifully enchanted atmosphere. The new traditional English tea room, is Cath Kidston and Laura Ashley, both travelling back to the 30′s. Think pink, pretty and perfect. Just a skip, hop and a jump on this soft wooden floor and your sat in your seat, greeted by rosy table cloths and a cage of delicious cupcakes.

But, take you’re eye off the mouthwatering cupcakes for uno momentos, and check out the pastel bunting hovering over the retro radio. It’s a pre war Elvis, galore! With endless pink flowers and gorgeous swirly cake stands, you won’t be leaving here unsatisfied. The doll’s house like tea room, is the perfect place for afternoon tea and cake. With one entire feature wall emblazoned with classic rose print, to hearts, books and ornaments all carefully placed on tasteful shelving on the opposite side of the room. China tea sets and twinings

tea are complete with top quality service from the ever so friendly and smiley staff. You can not possibly leave with out trying a famous cupcake. But be warned, the choice is endless. From simple to extravagant we have one hell of a choice on our hands. Chocolate lovers, you have a choice from Oreo to Malteezer, to After Eight to Rocky Road, to Chocolate Orange to Flake!! Or if you fancy something a little lighter, you have a choice from, Raspberry Delight to Carrot Cake, to Lemon Meringue to Strictly Strawberry. Only to name but a few, of course. All tasting deliciously divine. A ray of sunshine has officially gleamed over 42 Cannon Street, this is an experience one must not miss.”


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Beef heaven

Merry Twistmas Christmas with a Twist

By Jessica Higham If, like me and many people in their mid-20s, you feel slightly at odds with the Christmas period – you neither have your own house to celebrate in and heading back to your parent’s seems to transform you back a decade or two – there are plenty of ways of inject a bit of fun back into proceedings.

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his is where food comes in. If you do have the luxury of shaking things up a bit in your household, I say go for it!

Sides

I, for one, love the sides served up at this time of year; crispy roast potatoes, roasted parsnips, pigs in blankets - even some sprouts when they’re done well. However, if you want to Meat expand your repertoire and try something new, Turkey can be done well – but it can also be you could take a leaf out done very badly. Why not of our American friend’s book. Something like expand your Christmas marshmallow covered meat offering with sweet potato isn’t for something like beef? the fainthearted, but Needing less cooking time and attention than it can really liven up conversation around the turkey, you can forgo dinner table! both the early wake up call and increase your drinking hours.

Dessert Not one for Christmas pudding and watching a family member almost burn themselves? A dessert offering such as cheesecake again reduces your time as chef, as it can be made the day before, and eases off some of the pressures than can be found in a Christmas kitchen. Add your favourite flavours to really personalise. Try your hand at something new, put a twist on the classics, and you’re sure to fall in love with the holiday season all over again. Merry Christmas – or should I say Merry Twistmas?

Sweet potato topped with marshmallows - so wrong it’s right.


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Ma ke Up A r t i s t s

Melanie Doyle

Rachel Dutton

Antonia Alice Bolcas

https://twitter.com/ MelVicMakeup

http://www. rachaeldutton.co.uk/

@antonialice

Pho togr a ph e r s

Hassan Jamil

Ian McManus

Jodie Mann

contentphotographyhasanjamil. tumblr.com

ianmcmanus.com

http://www.jodiemann. co.uk/


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Desi gne r s

Monica Rincon

Amy Davidson

Unknown Kulture

Lucia So

www.craftycloth. co.uk

http:// cargocollective. com/ amydavidson

http://www. unknownkulture. com/

lucysharrock2@ hotmail.com

M od el s

Amanda Henry

Rebecca Nitta

Faeza Khan

Claudia Frances

http://www. jadoremodels. co.uk/

contact: Antonia@ mcrfashionmag. com

https://twitter. com/Faeza_ Khan_

www.starnow. co.uk/ claudiafrances


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