Moda De La Mode #1 New Beginnings
Moda de la Mode Contributors
Grace Molan Editor in Chief
Catherine Uy Veena McCoole Mauro Esposito Donny Lim Hollie Langan Kristie Sim Katrina Ferrari Brett de Jager Harriet Foxwell Samantha Negrin Megan Stahl Anne Hospers Sarah Critchley Ray Onzuka Cesar Exposito Harija Ravitharan Carla Florendo Joy Molan Jack Taylor Elda Yanuar Adi Dee Suwandi
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Moda de la Mode Editors Letter
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Dear Readers, You may be reading the first issue of Moda de la Mode online-in your office, at your desk or even on your phone or you may be holding the print copy in your hands, sitting in the back of the car on the way to a holiday or even high up in the sky in an aeroplane. Anyway, however you may be reading the first issue; I hope you feel inspired by the plethora of amazing articles inside this creation. The seasons are changing-gone are the days when the world is covered in darkness morning and evening. Now we are wandering towards a colourful horizon bursting with possibility and new opportunities. Now is a time for re-energising-a new beginning that is going to make your heart race and your eyes sparkle. Read on to discover who are fashionâ€™s fresh faces in our Katrina Ferrari and Brett de Jager features. What is hot and what is not in our fashion A-Z. What it is like to be a catwalk model for a day...the discoveries are endless and I hope you can enjoy your new beginning as much as we are enjoying ours.
Grace Editor in Chief
Moda de la Mode Q&A
Everyday is a party! Up and coming jewellery designer, Juhee An talks with Catherine Ava about the art of creating unique party pieces and what inspires her to set up her own business.
Upcoming jewellry designer, Juhee An, studied Design at Duksung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. As a young child she has always enjoyed making things. As she grew older, she became very interested in fashion and design. She’s traveled around the world, visiting many countries. “I love traveling and my pieces are inspired by the places I have visited.” Juhee has taken her love of design and travel by using a variety of unique jewels and metals to create her one of a kind jewellery pieces. Her jewellery designs are fun, eye-catching, and fierce.
designing and creating your own jewellery?
Her latest project has been creating pieces for Tarpii, the jewellery company she recently founded in May. Tarpii is known for its “party accessories” which includes costume themed jewellerynecklaces, bracelets, brooches, and even hair accessories. I sat down with the designer herself, to discuss more about her work and designs.
I am very interested in fashion and design. I’ve always created my own accessories and jewellery. I wanted to share my creations with other people that share the same interest in fashion and design. I decided to open a webpage and Facebook page to share my creations with the world. Along the way I’ve learned not to let anything discourage you. There are always struggles in life, (no matter what you do) but you learn from those struggles and that helps you become a better person / designer.
What do you think should be the essential qualities of a jewellery designer?
Above: Juhee An’s top 5 ‘party pieces’.
I can’t speak for other designers but I think that you should have a passion for jewellery design. Without passion you will not be motivated. Another quality they should have is interest in modern fashion and trends. Having knowledge of fashion and trends will keep help the designer create new trends in jewellery. What do you love most about
As I said earlier, I enjoy making things with my hands. So when I create a new piece and see others wearing my new creation, it makes me feel very proud. Every piece of jewellery that I make is an extension of myself so when I create a piece and it is sold somewhere in the world, it feels like a piece of me is going there too! How did you get your start in jewellery designing and what have you learned over the course of being a designer?
Anything you want people to know about your work? I call my pieces “party pieces”, but what that means to me is that everyday is a party or “special” occasion. I would like the people that wear my pieces to feel special every time they wear them! You can find more about Juhee An’s work here: http://www.tarpii.com/
Born in the Canary Islands but now living in Madrid to study, Cesar has the fashion world at his feet. He has always been aware of fashion and has dreamed of being part of the industry in the future, blogging since 2009 on his blog, Cocktail Tendenciero. Through his blog, he hoped to get spotted giving him a doorway through which to enter the cut-throat industry but is passport into the world of fashion came in an entirely different way. “In the last few days of January, I noticed there was a competition promoted by Cibeles Fashion Week, called ‘Coolpeople in Cibeles’. It is easy to explain what it was about. You had to upload a photo showing your style, with your own clothes, to their Facebook page, then, the favorite ones of the public, voted by "likes", and some others selected by a panel of judges would go into cibeles catwalk! I could not believe that it had become true, but I upload my best outfit and step by step people "liked" it, so I hoped that maybe I could win... But I'm so pessimistic and I didn't care about it. Finally one week before CFW the first 10 selected competitors appeared, I couldn’t believe that one of them it was ME!!!! But how!!!??? I started to jump in the underground and cry full of happiness! Days later appeared the other 40 selected. The date finally arrived, I was so nervous it was unreal. I arrived there and started talking with the other guys, we all were similar many of us had blogs, others were starting their careers as models etc. But we all were so so glad of being there. We had a rehearsal and then our moment of stardom finally arrived. I was the third model on the catwalk which made me feel more nervous but everything disappeared I was out there with people clapping and screaming. I couldn't believe it!!!! I was very very excited as it was such a new and fantastic experience and I want to repeat it all again!!!.
Above: Cesar on the catwalk at Cibeles Fashion Week.
Strike A Pose!
As the age of the supermodel moves on, the new kids on the block are taking centre stage. Moda de la Mode’s editor, Grace Molan catches up with Cesar from the blog Cocktail Tendenciero to find out more about his catwalk experience.
Pebelle: A Revolution In Tye Dye By Catherine Uy
Moda de la Mode Q&A
Pebelle(aka Petra Isabelle) Designer and founder of Pebelle, Petra Isabelle talks to Catherine Uy about all things Tie Dye. “Tie dye itself is unique-you can never tell for sure how it will look like. That’s what I like about it- a mixture of surprise, coincidence, and the work of colors,” says Petra-Isabelle, founder and designer of the brand Pebelle. It’s no longer only for hippies who never got over the '60s. It is a fun trend we all can embrace. And it doesn't always mean bright swirls of color with a peace sign. Forget the psychedelic patterns printed onto the dancing men and women at Woodstock. The dyed fashion has evolved into something with much more edge than just flower power, becoming more evident in today’s fashion world. Described as Re-think tie dye by ELLE UK, Austrian designer Petra-Isabelle’s work is a step into the future of this old craft. The Pebelle Brand has received much international press in not only magazines but music videos, and costume design. The label is run with all garments produced by hand under high quality standards. All pieces are unique in that one is never the same pattern. With self-developed dyeing techniques, she is able to produce a mixture of patterns working
among bold colors. Creating subtle prints, the dyed clothing stays figure flattering no matter what. Inspired by urban surroundings, natural phenomenon and pop culture, her work slowly but constantly creates bright works of art among the fashion industry. Her latest series of works titled “A Forest”, were exhibited in a fashion exhibit at the MQ in Vienna and is currently in production to be featured in a fashion book. And what’s more creative to achieve than being exhibited and featured in an international book? Well, I was lucky enough to get to interview the designer herself on the design process and what it really means to create quality articles of clothing. How long does it usually take you to construct a piece? I can’t exactly tell, but it’s a pretty long process. I create all the fabrics through dyeing. Depending on the patterns I’m doing plus the fact that every layer of color I add is one step of the work process, it can take a
whole day just to get one piece of fabric finished. If you calculate the amount of time needed to sew a textile into a dress or similar, you can imagine there’s a lot of time involved. That’s why my items are unique pieces. What do you believe makes a quality article of clothing? On the production’s side I think it’s the components that are used for an item – high quality fabrics, threads, and so on, a manufacturing process that works with small numbers plus a none-advantage oriented attitude. On the designer’s side the creative spark, the heart and the imagination- nothing is worse than watching designers repeat themselves to death- you can just see and feel when someone’s lost the spark. And last but not least and even most important the fashion consumer- lots of examples out there show us that even the finest garment can be doomed being worn by the wrong person. The way a piece of fashion is composed with other items, accessories – that is the main point where life’s injected.
What is the process in getting out your fashion lines?
have to say I do not see myself as fashion designer. I am a textile artist.
There are no rules for me- I do work on series once an idea hits me. Sometimes I work more into a fashion direction, sometimes more with art projects, sometimes its theatre or conceptual work- I do not want to be put into boundaries. Right now I follow an idea I had a year ago, I do re-create patterns from natural or urban surroundings, produce items with it and place a model in front to have the image taken. We started with the forest- which was a huge success for me- during the shooting I placed a scarf of mine on a tree branch- and as it hung down a butterfly came to sit on it- While I was watching I realized: the butterfly had the same colors as the scarf- I achieved what I wanted to achieve. Currently, we are in the process of planning a shooting with clothes I produced according to wall patterns I found whilst strolling through town. I’m already curious about the outcome. On top of that I have a street art project planned with a graffiti artist from Barcelona- we are just about to work on the first sketches. This totally new area for me, but as I said I love variety in my work.
What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
Where do you get your inspiration? I inhale constantly, mostly in my urban surrounding, but nature is a big fountain of inspiration too. My hometown Vienna is a very diverse place and therefore a main inspiration for me- the monarchy of the 19th century that still influences the way people behave, the architecture and so on, it’s very small but still has 8 countries surrounding it, with lots of different languages and cultures- this influence is enormous. Pop culture, mainly music and arts influence me a lot- Life without music would never be possible for me. What does fashion mean to you? Fashion is a way to express who I am; it can even show my daily moods. I analyze people through their appearance, as I do strongly believe to be dressed in a good way, which doesn’t need a lot of money, but the urge to make myself unique in some way. When did you realize you wanted to become a fashion designer? I can remember that I already did design sketches for my Barbie dolls at the age of five. Unfortunately for me no one really noticed this passion and I got sent to a normal school. It took me a while after finishing high school to realize I wanted to do something creative, I do come from families, which strongly believed creative job was like no job, so it took me quite some time to rip that out of me and just do what I wanted to do. But I
A lot of people doing fashion out there, apart from creativity it’s important to find a niche product to have within your works, one item is enough to make you step out of the amount of designers. Believe in yourself and your talents, I, for example, do not stuff myself up with the newest trends, fashion shows, color forecasts and so on- I don’t want to be influenced too much. The turnout is that lots of brands do produce similar things- don’t be scared to be different. Hard criticism is also attention you cause, so provoke. The works starts when you think, there’s no way this can be done. I strongly believe in avant-garde.
“I can remember that I already did design sketches for my Barbie dolls at the age of five. Unfortunately for me no one really noticed this passion and I got sent to a normal school....”
You can find more of Petra’s work at http://pebelle.com/ or read her blog at http://pebelle.blogspot.com/.
Photography_Michele Pauty (michele.sloshslosh.com) Photography assistance_ Thomas Kronsteiner Model: Mara/WienerModels MakeUp/Hair_Shlomit Migay (www.shlomitmigay.com) Styling/Concept: Pebelle Location&Set Design_ Das Wiener Zimmer/Conny Müller (www.daswienerzimmer.at)
Itâ€™s Couture Darling! Kristie Sim conjures up the magic of couture in her drawings!
Kristie Sim captures the beauty of next season with her exquisitely created paintings. You cannot help but lusting after these garments now!
Brett de Jager Is a punk on safari! By Grace Molan
What do you get when you mix menswear with punk, safari and bold bright colour? Brett de Jager of course!! It is not often that a recently graduated, fresh faced designer rises to become a nationally recognised and respected designer in such a short space of time but Brett de Jager has done just that. The recently graduated Brett de Jager has caused a storm in the fashion world with a plethora of attention and media hype surrounding his name and his graduate collection, ‘Punx on Safari’. Just as punk burst onto the London music scene in the 1970’s, Brett de Jager bursts onto the London fashion scene today, unsettling the traditional conventions of design and showcasing a futuristic, effervescent collection of designs which add a new dimension to British fashion. Being brought up on the vast, vibrant plains of South Africa; Brett de Jager’s childhood was infused with a rich and diverse culture which is unique to Africa and one which Brett recently rediscovered on an extended 7 month trip back to his homeland. Being based in London, Brett de Jager is at the centre of British fashion providing the perfect backdrop in which to show his latest collection. His latest collection which is named ‘Punx on Safari’ transports the wearer into a world where 70’s punk and African tribal warriors reign supreme. The flashes of red, orange, green and pink create an untamed fiery energy that is constantly at war with
“Just as punk burst onto the London music scene in the 1970’s, Brett de Jager bursts onto the London fashion scene today...”
the smart and defined tailoring. The collection combines punk ethos with African fabrics made in Ghana and explores the similarities and differences between the two, always with an element of danger lying just underneath the surface. This element of danger is what drives the collection onwards and gives it a fearless quality similar to that of African tribal warriors. It is also a collection of contrasts, not only in its theme but also the designs which feature smartly tailored cropped trousers paired with heavily draped, billowing shirts and cloaks all printed with iconic African prints such as zebra stripe. The collection also features another contrast, this time in the form of pith helmets in the zingiest of shades of pink, green and purple and punk style studded biker boots. It is yet another example of the culture clash of 1970’s England and the tribal lifestyle in Africa. The styling and attention to detail is outstanding and puts some of fashion’s greatest designers to shame. This collection celebrates Brett de Jager’s identity and embraces the cultures which make up the person and designer he is today. It illustrates how cultures which stretch both sides of the earth and which are so different can be juxtaposed to express the thrill, exhilaration and freedom of being alive. GM
Moda de la Mode Style What makes someone stylish? Grace Molan asks this age old question to designers Katrina Ferrari and Brett de Jager to discover the rules of style for both men and women. Designer, Katrina Ferrari shares her rules of style for women: 1.
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No matter how hot it is, under no circumstances commit to wearing a belly top, you aren’t on holiday or on the beach! That goes for men also, who walk around with their tops off, it is unacceptable-no one wants to see your beer belly or man boobs. NO ONE!! Linen trousers belong in the bin, they are not flattering and can make your thighs look like tree trunks. They crease every time you move and are see through, you just look like a giant wrinkly elephant. Everyone should own a pair of tights, I can’t live without them. Buy bigger and pull them up to your waist, they hold everything in and make you look slimmer. The whole g-string thing or thong hanging out from the 90’s is not a good look. Buy trousers that fit or wear a belt. Buy clothes that fit! Whatever size you are, don’t hid it by wearing baggy clothes unless you are super slim and can get away with it, and that goes for vice versa, super tight clothing is not attractive especially if it is so tight you can see the outline of your belly button. Don’t buy cheap clothes, the whole Primark obsession is so pointless. It sounds great, a top for £2 until you take it home, wash it and it shrinks or better yet, you walk down the street and see 5 other people in the same outfit-there should be a flashing light in your head and someone screaming ‘go home and change’ right now, don’t be tight, spend that little extra and you will get more for your money. Don’t be afraid to be that little different-beware there is a limit, but go for it! Why look like another high street robot?! If you are pregnant do not wear these tight vest tops with half your unborn baby foetus hanging out. You run the risk of looking like an extra from Jeremy Kyle. Skinny jeans are not for everyone, know your limits! Jumpsuits are the way forward, if you pick the right one for your body shape, it can be very flattering and can last you a lifetime.
Brett de Jager shares his rules of style for men: 1.
Colour! Do not keep it neutral and monochromatic. Blending is not desirable so be bold and stand out. Try mixing things up a little and experiment with colours as well as prints. 2. Dress your age! That does not mean you have to go all frumpy if you are over 40. In this metro sexual age, don’t let it all hang out and on show; it’s much sexier leaving something up to the imagination. 3. Pull your pants up; walking around with your backside hanging out is not a good look at any age. 4. White socks are for sport ONLY. Do not even get me started on socks and sandals. 5. Gym wear, such as tracksuits should only be worn at the gym or slouching around the house in and definitely nowhere in between the two. Shell suits on the other hand should not be worn at all. 6. A good pair of jeans will go a long way and can be dressed up or down. 7. Invest in a timeless classic, like a well fitted suit. You can always dress it down with a good pair of jeans. 8. Accessorise. Use contrasting belts, ties, neckerchiefs and even braces can make an outfit. Learn how to tie a bow tie. An untied bow tie hanging around your neck at the end of an evening is far more appealing than a clip on one stuffed in your pocket. 9. Wearing labels from head to toe screams wannabe with no individual style of your own. 10. A slim tie will instantly give any ensemble a younger, cooler feel and unlike wide ties, it looks good with a jean jacket as with a suit jacket.
Katrina Ferrari! The best kept secret in the world of fashion. By Grace Molan
Katrina FerrariThe woman behind the brand!
“Fashion is everything to me” exclaimed Katrina Ferrari in a recent interview on the Moda de la Mode blog and from looking at her designs I can see this statement to be true and full of emotion. Her latest collection, which is suitably named „Nocturnal‟ delves deep into the darker side of the world, taking inspiration from all things dark and otherworldly to create a collection that boasts the beauty of the night sky and of course, all things nocturnal. The complexity and her attention to detail of her designs is remarkable, not a single garment goes without some unique detail or slight quirk to set it apart from the rest. Her designs radiate a calm, graceful air despite the wide range of fabrics, textures and techniques that are used to create them and it is this that makes them so magical. They could easily be seen on the catwalk during the couture show fashion weeks whilst at the same time the looks can translate into everyday outfits, suiting the needs of real women who want the glamour of couture but at an affordable price. Katrina Ferrari studied fashion design at Middlesex University, England where she studied hard and was determined to make an impact with her work, often challenging the opinions of prestigious members of society. Her university collection, „Wistful Highland‟ (2008) was the collection that got her noticed by her tutors and proved to the world that she had potential to go far. In 2009 she followed the „Wistful Highland‟ collection with her second year collection, „Circus Freaks‟ and also in the same year she experimented with menswear for her collection „Hannibal Lecter‟.
Combining the skills and experience gained from her studies, Katrina Ferrari created her graduate collection „Hexanjagd‟ which can only be described as Lady Gaga combined with a warrior queen. The carefully assembled contrast of textures and techniques that made up the collection, ranging from decorative gathering to her signature draping techniques, awarded her a 1 st class honours degree and was chosen to be among the top 20 graduates of the year to show their work at Graduate Fashion Week and The Truman Brewery. This collection provided a pivotal moment in the career of Katrina Ferrari and gave her the confidence to branch out and follow her dream of starting her own fashion line. Branching out and going solo for the first time in her life was not going to be easy and the two key pieces of advice which helped Katrina herself and also her fashion line to succeed were “Don‟t give up!” and “This is your year, you have to do it”. The support of her family and peers was irreplaceable and soon Ferrari‟s fresh and dynamic approach to fashion design got her noticed all across the country and she is now one of the names to watch this year, having been labelled the designer of our generation. “I don‟t really have a muse, I always look at people like Daphne Guinness” reveals Ferrari when asked the question of what inspires her to design. It is possible to see the influence of fashion greats such as Daphne Guinness and Edie Sedgwick in the work
of Katrina Ferrari but there is something so much greater than just this influence that sets Ferrariâ€&#x;s work apart from the rest. An unknown quality, an energy that cannot be contained which permeates through the layers of sheer fabrics and balances the heavy weight of the woollen fabrics with the ethereal drapery of the sheer fabric. This energy is vibrant and powerful which is emphasised further by the wide use of the colour black in her designs. Katrina Ferrari is unlike any designer that has gone before, bursting onto the scene in a whirlwind of freshness, thought provoking design and a cascading river of elegantly draped skirts, she has the ability to harness her talent and allow it to carry her to the heights of her career. Ferrari is the biggest kept secret in the forever changing world of fashion. GM
A Brief Fashion History: Laced With Romance Catherine Ava looks back into the past and examines the glamour and charm of the Romantic Era. Words by Catherine Ava, Illustrations by Harriet Foxwell
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were used to create gowns. Hair accessories and ribbons adorned elaborate hairstyles as part of evening attire. No matter the occasion, knitted stockings and slipper shoes were the trend. As skirts became fuller, dresses started to look more decorative.
hether considered a state of mind, a trend
or an extension of one’s self, fashion is something we deal with everyday. Most of all, fashion is all about translating one’s self-esteem into a personal style, a form of creative expression. Whether you are able to dress in the latest designers or wear vintage, clothing accommodates the Fashionista in all of us. It has become a celebration of the diverse world in which we live. One factor is certain within the fashion world: change. We are constantly bombarded with new styles and trends. Fashion has continuously evolved throughout history. For generations it has defined different social classes, labeled different religions and even cultures. Not only is it influenced by society and culture, but more importantly by experiences and values of an individual. The term fashion has become a form of expression and art. We trace this concept back towards the Romantic Era. Romanticism had very little to do with things popularly thought of as "romantic”. The Romantic Era began in 1820 up to the late 1850’s. It derived its name from the Romantic Arts movement, in which art, literature and music focused on emotions and feelings. In this time period, a woman’s silhouette was characterized by a waistline moving down from under the bust to inches above the natural waist, with fuller skirts and a wide variety of sleeves. The 1820’s was a start of a transition between the Empire style and the new Romantic style. The Empire era’s well-defined high waistline had dropped down to just inches above the waistline. This developed an emphasis on a smaller waist, fuller skirts, and corsets. Petticoats became a huge trend, layers of them to support the widening skirts worn. The silhouette for the Romantic Era emerged with large sleeves along wide short skirts. Fabrics like silk and lace
“The most famous use of Romanticism in fashion is Alexander McQueen’s use of multi layered tulle skirts and delicate embroidery...”
As printed material established through fashion magazines, gowns were identified as they were to be worn by occasion. Dresses began to distinguish women’s fashion more and more. A brief look into fashion history tells us how our clothes and trends have evolved over the last few years. These days, designers have taken past clothing trends and incorporated them into their own designs. The most famous use of Romanticism in fashion is Alexander McQueen’s use of multilayered tulle skirts and delicate embroidery in his fall 2010 Collection. Even in this year’s spring and summer collections, designers have influenced a new mood with soft pastels, traditional lace, floral and feminine details. Designers like Fendi had tieredruffle sleeves and empire-waist chiffon while Dolce and Gabbana opted for a classic romantic style with delicate white lace. As iconic designer Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
Anglomania is for.....
London Calling! This year, all the attention is focused of Great Britain. Brit is it!!
ever before has Britain created such a stir in the world of
fashion. This year everyone has been talking about the royal wedding which has been said to have started the craze off, leading on to the dramatic trial of the fantastic British designer John Galliano and the glorious wedding of the supermodel Kate Moss. The anglomania this year does not just revolve around the British grown, big name, celebrities but also the vibrant and varied culture of Britain which is at its best in London. “The Masters of Style” exhibition at Somerset House, the Yohji Yamamoto retrospective at the V&A, the world famous summer exhibition at the Royal Academy and of course, London Fashion Week in September are just a small handful of cultural events on offer in London, only one of many of the fantastic cities in Britain. If you really want to pledge allegiance to cool Britannia you have to pay attention to how you dress. The distinct London look does not only take inspiration from the catwalk but it embodies a personal spirit which gives the look it’s famous edge, that eccentricity that sets it apart from other looks. The British fashion blogger, Susie Bubble is an expert on this look, incorporating key trends with her own unique, slightly kooky, sometimes crazy sense of style. The Brit look is one part catwalk, one part personal style and one part national pride.
Bloggers is for.....
Publish regularly to keep it current!!
his year has seen a massive boom in the number of blogs
present on internet and it has become even more apparent that if you do not have a blog, you are a no body in the world of fashion. More and more designers, such as Dolce & Gabbana, are giving bloggers tickets to their catwalk shows and because of this bloggers have become a very influential form of publicity for designers and more importantly the fashion industry as a whole. It is so easy to set up your own blog, just choose a name for it, register on Blogger/Wordpress/tumblr for free and then post content to it-anyone can do it. Never before has it been so simple to publish your thoughts and photos online. But why have some blogs become so popular? Why do some blogs get featured in articles more than others? The answer is simple, it is no use just writing amazing content that no one will read, you have to make you blog well known by promoting it on social networking sites, commenting on other peopleâ€™s posts, writing to companies you would like to feature, join a blog network but most importantly of all...publish regularly to keep it current. For some inspiration, why not check out these successful blogs and learn from the masters...
Colour is for.....
f you are an avid reader of Moda de la Mode blog, then you will know of the
“Let’s Start A Colour Revolution” campaign that I have been running since the middle of January this year. If you are not aware of this campaign, you are either new to my blog or have been living under a stone for the past 8 months as the campaign has caused a storm of reactions on my blog. Colour is such an important aspect of our lives. It is everywhere we look, in our clothes, in our houses and gardens, in our food and even in our dreams. We cannot escape from colour. If this is the case then why do some people insist on wearing black all the time? They dress head to toe in black as if they are going to war against the colourful designs that grace our catwalks season after season, black has become their armour against the rest of the world. I started the “Let’s Start A Colour Revolution” campaign in January originally urging people to brighten up their outfits with a pair of coloured tights but since that cold snowy day in January it has become something so much more than that. As we are now in the middle of summer, having perfected this seasons colour blocking trend and wearing it with pride, it is now time to think about how we intend to wear colour in the fall. The trend is still for colour blocking but this time with autumnal colours that have been boosted up to an eye popping level, even on materials like fur. Michael Kors, Thakoon and Gucci amongst others are the key players of this trend for this season. We suggest you dig out an eye catching red statement coat to add a splash of colour to any outfit this autumn.
Learn how to make your very own Lady Gaga disco bra with this DIY!
1 Black Bra Glue Gun and glue sticks Newspaper to cover your surface Mirror mosaic tiles (I bought mine from Papermania)
1) Begin by separating out each tile individually so that you can get to them quickly once you begin gluing. Turn on the glue gun, load glue and wait for it to heat up. Once ready, place a small bead of glue onto the bra close to the wiring and fix the tile to the bra. Repeat all the way around the edge of the bra. 2) Build this up, repeating tile after tile, placing the tiles equal distance apart until you have covered the whole cup. Don't worry about the strands of glue that stick to the bra, they are really easy to peel off once they have dried. 3) Begin on the second cup, trying to copy the pattern of the opposite cup so that they look equal.
4) Cover the whole of the second cup, just as you did with the first until it is complete. Once it is covered, you can begin picking off any dried glue that has got stuck to the bra in the process.
VIEW (A-Z) Reduce. Reuse. Recycle
Eco-chic is for.....
o you think it is not that easy
being green? Well, think again! With the current craze for thrift store shopping it has never been easier. Being green doesn’t just mean wearing organic cotton and shying away from leather and fur, it can also mean buying vintage and second hand clothes which saves the energy it takes to make brand new garments. Buying from thrift stores also allows you to create a unique and personal look that is different from what is on sale on the high street. They always say it is worth the searching when you find a treasure amidst the jumble sale, so what are you waiting for? Go searching for that eco-chic treasure today. Best Thrift Stores: London Absolute Vintage-15 Hanbury St, E1 Beyond Retro-112 Cheshire St, E2 Traid-61 Westbourne Grove, W2 Cancer Research UK-24 Marylebone High Street, W1
Best Thrift Stores: New York Vintage Thrift Shop-286 Third Avenue, Flatiron Housing Works Thrift Store130 Crosby St, Soho Cheap Jack’s- 303 Fifth Avenue, Midtown East
Best Thrift Stores: Paris Free ‘P’ Star-8 rue steCroixe-de-la-Bretonnerie Gabrielle Geppert-31&34 galerie Montpensier Marie Louise de Monterey-1 rue CharlesFrançois-Dupuis Yukiko-97 rue Vieille-duTemple
Fashion Week is for.....
ashion week creeps up on us
twice a year and is an event where designers can showcase their work in front of buyers and the press. The major fashion capitals such as Milan, Paris, London and New York hold semi-annual fashion weeks showing woman and men’s ready to wear and couture. But when did fashion week start to become popular? In 1943, the first New York fashion week was held in order to distract attention from French fashion during World War two. During the war key members of the American fashion industry were unable to travel to Paris and the American designers were constantly being accused of being reliant on the French for inspiration. New York fashion week gave designers the opportunity to show the media what they could offer the American market. The fashion publicist Eleanor Lambert organised the whole event, labelling it “Press Week” to encourage fashion journalists, who had previously ignored American designers, to feature the designers in their magazines. As you can guess, the event was a huge success and even magazines such as Vogue approved and featured more and more American design.
BY INVITATION ONLY...
Strike a Pose!!
We love Mother Monster
ove her or hate her, Gaga is
here to stay! Not only does she make amazing, inspiring music she also causes a stir in the world of fashion. Her most iconic dress has to be the meat dress which is made from layers of Argentinean beef that has been covered in chemicals and dried by taxidermists to stop the garment from going off. It has now been put on display at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, America and has been painted to keep the ‘fresh’ look after it began to take on the appearance of beef jerky. She has also been known to say that she keeps all her outfits in a secret house somewhere in the USA so that she can have a museum of Gaga when she is older. It better be a big house as if she carries on being as influential as she is now, she will be around forever!!
Moda de la Mode’s Favourite Gaga Songs: You and I-Born This Way Bad Romance-The Fame Monster Dance In The Dark-The Fame Monster Brown Eyes-The Fame Monster Hair-Born This Way Edge of Glory-Born This Way Americano-Born This Way
Hello is for.....
With the world of fashion expanding at an alarming rate, it is important to be able to communicate with people from all around the globe. Learn how to say hello in all different languages so that you will never be out of step.
Itunes is for.....
Listen up! Have you ever wondered what the stylish and creative people in the world of fashion listen to? Well, we have it covered for you here...
Nicci StBruce (Blogger) http://city-kidssting.blogspot.com/
Lights “Fall Back Down” Justin Bieber “Overboard” Fm Static “Tonight”
Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah “Same Mistake” Zola Jesus “Sea Talk” Lykke Li “I Follow Rivers” Katrina Ferrari(Designer) Billy Fury “Last Night Was Made For Love” The Smiths “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” Modern Romance “Queen of Thr Rapping Scene”
Grace Molan (Editor) Moda de la Mode Magazine Russian Red “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” Madonna “Frozen” Lady Gaga “Hair”
Brett de Jager (Designer) Culture Club “That’s The Way (I’m Only Trying To Help You) Heart “Alone” Sheila E & Prince “Love Bizarre”
Monsieur Mauro (Blogger) http://monsieurmauro.blogspot.com/ Vasco Rossi “Mi piaci tu” Mina “L'ultimo gesto di un clown” Sebastien Tellier “Look”
Jet Set is for.....
We all love to travel but have you ever considered yourself be part of the ‘Jet Set’? A real jet set traveller flies to far-flung places off the beaten track, but what is stopping you compiling your own list of places that are unique to you?
Moda de la Mode’s List of Global Wonders Drinking cocktails in the Hemmingway Bar in the Ritz Hotel, Paris Rolling your own cigar in Cuba Going up the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day Paddling in the sea in Brighton Going to Yoga class in Bali Watching a Flamenco show in a dusty old tavern in Spain Paying homage to Frida Kahlo at La Casa Azul, Mexico. Dancing at Rio Carnival Throwing a coin into fountains in Rome Taking the cable car to the top of Mont Blanc Swimming in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland. Having tea at the Ritz, London Having lunch at Le Club 55, St Tropez
is for..... Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld has been an integral part of our fashion scene for as long as we can remember. But who is the man behind the glasses and flowing white locks of hair? This private designer was born in September 1938 in Hamburg and then moved to Paris to finish his studies. His career really began however in 1955 when he won first prize in the contest organised by The International Wool Association. The young Karl Lagerfeld had created a coat which was produced by the legendary designer Pierre Balmain and it was this coat which awarded Lagerfeld the opportunity to become Balmain’s assistant at the age of 17. During this time, Lagerfeld worked with Balmain as well as becoming the assistant for Jean Patou, both positions allowing him to delve deeper into the world of architecture, art, music, history, fashion and most importantly 18 th century French. He is an innovator, an inspiration, a style icon and a genius. He revolutionised the way women dress with the exploration into ready-to-wear in the 60’s and even was called on by FENDI to modernise the use of fur in fashion. In 1984 he went solo and set up his own fashion line ‘Karl Lagerfeld’ and it was this move that signalled a change in Lagerfeld. No longer was he just a designer, he was empowered to move forward in his career and embrace his love of photography as well as illustrating Hans Christian Anderson’s book ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’. His talents are never ending and are often very diverse; he even is a publisher and bookstore owner for ‘7L’. Karl Lagerfeld never fails to entertain, inspire and motivate people across the globe and it is this quality which makes him the great designer he is today.
LOOKBOOK is for.....
Why has Lookbook.nu suddenly experienced a boom in popularity and what is it that draws people to the site every day?
It is 9.00AM and I find myself sitting at my desk, trawling through the thousands of updated looks on the look sharing website Lookbook.nu. I am drawn to the way everyday looks can be put together so uniquely to create an inspiring outfit worthy of being on the page of a glossy fashion magazine. People from all corners of the world come together and share their sartorial creations with everyone and anyone, but what is it that makes the site so popular? According to alexa.com, the site has 22% of its page views from the US with only 19% of its page views coming from search engines. It also tells us that users spend an average of 4 minutes per visit to the site, proving just how popular it is. People use the site for all sorts of things but one thing everyone has in common is that they use it to promote themselves either as models, stylists, bloggers, photographers or designers. By posting looks on lookbook.nu, they are becoming part of the digital generation where everything is at our fingertips and everything depends heavily on visual content. A ‘look’ hierarchy has almost developed with certain people becoming Lookbook ‘celebrities’. Due to the sudden boom in the number of fashion blogs on the internet, it is no surprise that Lookbook has experienced a boom too. Anyone who has posted a good look on the site will no doubt see an increase in traffic to their blog but is a society based solely on looks a healthy place to be?
Moda de la Mode is for.....
Have you ever wondered what inspired me to start a fashion blog? Do you want to know more about my blog, what makes me post and what I look for in other blogs? I share with you the journey of Moda de la Mode blog and give you some advice for starting your own blog.
Moda de la Mode was started on the 9
November 2010 after years of pouring over fashion magazines such as Vogue and blogs such as Style Hurricane and Fashion Is Spinach. My aim was to create a place for people to go where they could discover the latest fashion news and trends, interviews with inspiring people in the fashion industry and street style from all corners of the globe. The site also boasts fashion DIY projects and photo shoots with some amazing, talented people from the world of fashion. th
Over the months, I have built the blog up and have gained a good solid readership which has motivated me to search high and low for the latest designer or for this season’s must have accessory to feature on my blog. The biggest challenge for me was getting the blog well known and promoting my work. It is all very well making a lovely looking blog with interesting content but you need to guide people to your blog so that your work can be appreciated. I found social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and IFB were amazing platforms to showcase my work and meet with like minded people. It is through these sites that I have found most of my interviewees for my blog. Despite this, there is no substitute for commenting on other people’s blogs. I tried the monthly comment challenge where you post ten comments a day for a month and it is a great way to see what other bloggers are doing as well as driving traffic your way. Being a blogger has helped me realise my dream of working at a fashion magazine and without my blog, there is no way on earth you would be sitting here now, reading this. It has given me a creative outlet for my thoughts and has given me confidence in my ability as a writer, without it I would have not achieved half the things I have done in the past 10 months. My biggest piece of advice to any budding blogger out there is to stay true to yourself, don’t be influenced by what other bloggers are doing...your readers read your blog because they like its style. It is so important to be unique and stand out from the crowd, especially with the large numbers of fashion bloggers around now.
New Beginnings is for.....
New beginnings are exciting, scary and full of risk but they hold an element of hope, that moment of escapism that draws us to making a change in our lives. When was the last time you did something for the first time? Not only are new beginnings the theme of this magazine, it is a new beginning for Moda de la Mode Blog too. Why don’t you step out of your comfort zone and start your new beginning today!
There is an age old saying that teaches ‘Everyday is a new beginning. Stay away from what might
have been and look at what can be!’ This saying is one that can be related to anyone in any country across the globe. A new beginning doesn’t have to be something life changing, although it most often is, it can be something as little as listening to a new radio station. Despite this, it is important to make changes in your life so that you can experience new things and as a result, grow and develop as a person. New beginnings are inevitable, they are written into our lives the day we were born and they determine and define who we are as people. By deciding to do something you are carving your future, maybe subconsciously. You are closing doors behind you but also opening new doors and walking into new opportunities. When was the last time you did something for the first time? It is daunting starting something new, striking out on your own and daring to be different. When I first came up with the idea to start this magazine, I was terrified!! Terrified that I would not get any submissions and that it would all fall apart and never work. I sent out emails to everyone I could think of, begging them to work with me on this project, posted numerous blog, Twitter and Facebook posts alerting everyone about my new idea and I turned into a fashion magazine crazed nerd, buying ten or twenty fashion magazines a month. The response I got from people was incredible and I soon was inundated with submissions. It would be a lie to say that everything has been easy but it sure as hell has been an unbelievable journey. At the beginning of this year, I never would have thought I would publish a magazine, being only months since I set up my blog, the idea seemed crazy to me. I guess you just have to see where life takes you and just roll with it.
Are you in search of a blog that combines travel, fashion, style and photography? Moda de la Modeâ€™s sister site One Girlâ€™s Wanderlust offers just that. The concept of the OGW blog all started one night whilst I was babysitting. I have always wanted to write and my two main interests are fashion and travel, so naturally I wanted to combine the two. I had it all planned out on the back of a piece of paper, what I would post, where I would visit for inspiration and even what I wanted the banner to look like. Once I had the idea in my mind, there was no stopping me; I was a woman on a mission. The excitement of choosing a name for your blog, designing the layout and seeing your work published on the internet for the world to see is just incomparable to anything else in the world. I have never looked back. Today you can find street style, travel photos, designer profiles, travel reviews, DIY projects and so much more. Let your wanderlust take control and be inspired by OGW!
Precious Stones is for.....
Our obsession with precious stones has gone back centuries with ancient Kings and Queens showing off their power, status and wealth through their bejewelled garments and jewellery. This year jewels are prevalent everywhere from the catwalk to the high street and we can once again indulge ourselves in the beauty of these wonderful gifts from Mother Nature. One person who shared our obsession with precious stones and gems was Grecian goldsmith Sotaris Boulgaris, when in 1884 he set up the jewellers Bvlgari. Nowadays, Bulgari is highly prestigious and successful company with stores worldwide selling the most beautiful, handcrafted jewellery to wealthy and famous people all across the globe. Many actresses and film stars have been dedicated followers of Bulgari including Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren. Liz Taylor's love affair and burgeoning passion for Bulgari was summarised by her husband, Richard Burton, in 1963 claiming that "I (Burton) introduced Liz to beer and she introduced me to Bvlgari". She was hardly ever seen without a set of Bulgari earrings in her ears or one of their heavily adorned necklaces fastened around her neck and it was not long before
she became an iconic figure for the brand later stating that "Big girls need big diamonds". The same can be said for Sophia Loren, who was also an iconic follower of the brand and wore Bulgari jewels in her films and also at many lavish parties. There is something about the cinematic stars of the 1950's and 60's that just fits so perfectly with the creations of Bulgari. Maybe, it was the vivid colours of the sensual rounded cut gems that brought out the sensuality and femininity of the stars? Who knows, but thanks to this seasonâ€™s obsession with all things jewelled, it is now even easier to get in touch with the inner star in us. It is not just Bulgari who have presented bejewelled creations this season, but also designers like Dior and Chanel have jumped on board this trend and have presented us with the most exquisite collection of fine jewellery imaginable. Cascades of diamonds flowing from a white gold chain or deep, dark sapphires centred around a ring of diamonds are main features in any collection this season and they all strive and succeed to personify the sensuality and glamour that so many of the 1950's screen icons possessed. But how does this trend feature in our everyday lives? It is true, we cannot all be as glamorous as Liz Taylor or Sophia Loren and because of this the high street is offering a plethora of gemstones and precious stone jewellery this season in every shape and colour. There is only one thing they all have in common and that is that they are the key accessories that make up the oh so fashionable 70's boho hippy trend that is popular all over the world this summer. Without these gems, the trend would be incomplete and as a result would fall apart. What we are seeing this season are large, unrefined, naturalistic gemstones adorning our rings, necklaces and bracelets. These gem stones evoke a feeling of freedom and a peace with nature and they are all worn in a laid back way along with a wide variety of other accessories all in complementing colours or materials. It is so easy to wear this look well and we have such an abundance of bejewelled jewellery in the shops this season and at such affordable prices it is impossible to say no. There are no excuses for not getting in touch with your inner Liz Taylor or Sophia Loren this season so embrace your sensual side and wear jewels with pride-this goes for men too as there are many bejewelled rings that would look fabulous if worn correctly and with heaps of confidence
Quiz is for.....
During fashion week, you are most likely to be found:
VIEW (A-Z) Have you ever wondered what your dream job in the fashion world would be? Take the Moda de la Mode quiz to see if you are a creator or a reporter. Photo by Megan Stahl
a) Backstage where all the action is of course. b) On the front row c) Stomping down the runway Your favourite movie is: a) Lagerfeld Confidential b) The September Issue c) The Devil Wears Prada Who is your idol in the world of fashion? a) Valentino b) Anna Wintour c) Kate Moss On the weekend you would most likely be spending your time: a) Customising your old clothes b) Updating your blog with the latest fashion news c) Doing photo shoots with your friends When you are planning a party, you get most excited about: a) What you are going to wear b) What sort of pictures you are going to take c) Who is going to be there and see you looking fabulous.
Results: If you got mostly A’s: You are most definitely a creative. You love nothing better than creating something new and what better job for you that a fashion designer. Mostly B’s: You are a reporter baby! You are so interested in fashion that you just want to live and breathe it. You would be happiest working for a big fashion magazine. Mostly C’s: You are a model darling! You are happiest being the centre of attention and you love the way you look. Being a model is the perfect job for you.
Reading List is for.....
I sat down and read ‘Fashion Babylon’ from cover to cover. It combines everything I could want in a book: a light read, juicy gossip, insight into the fashion industry and it is so funny. I found myself laughing out loud in so many parts. It is an essential read for anyone interested in the world of fashion. Eat, Pray, Love is one of the best books I have ever read. It is split into three sections, Italy, India and Bali and is written in the form of a diary with Liz, the author, detailing her thoughts and conversations in a light hearted, entertaining way. Having seen the film as well, the book is a hundred times better and you get to learn more about her personal journey, something which is rushed in the film making her seem selfish and ungrateful. This book is a honest and personal account of life in general.
Lose yourself in a book this summer and be transported away into another time and place. Grace Molan picks out her favourites. ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ is the most beautifully written book I think I have ever read. It exquisitely details the life of a peasant girl sent away to train as a geisha and evokes a far off land, another culture and a different way of life. I could not put this book down, as soon as I was introduced to the characters; I was swept along with their actions till the very end. This book is a must read and you have to read it before you see the film as the film just does not compare to this masterpiece.
This book is so much more than just a good beach read. It delves deep into the past, uncovering hidden family secrets as well as the horrors of the Spanish civil war. I read this whilst I was on holiday and expected it to be a fun, light read but I was transfixed by the detailed plot which jumps from modern day to 1930’s. I would recommend this book to anyone going to Spain on holiday or at least with an interest in Spain. It combines a love story, history, a search for the truth and much more.
Street Style is for.....
See what stylish people across the globe are wearing with Moda de la Mode street style!
Photo: Anne Hospers
Photos: Megan Stahl
We Love Tights!!
Tights is for.....
Everyone should own at least one pair of tights. They are an essential part of my winter wardrobe and I cannot go a winter without buying more pairs of tights. They just finish an outfit off so well!! Nowadays you can buy some really pretty ones made from the most exquisite lace, some really saucy ones made to look like suspenders and stockings, some bright colourful ones and even photographic tights with images on them. The choice is endless so there is no excuse for not wearing them, they even make you look slimmer as they support your stomach and hold everything in. Every woman should have a pair of tights in her wardrobe. Make sure, however, that there are no holes or ladders in your tights as that is a sure fire way to ruin your look.
Underwear is for.....
Underwear is an essential part of our lives. It is something we just cannot live without and it is something everyone has to wear (or so we hope) so therefore why not make it look as stunning as possible? Throw away your old undies, no one wants to catch a glimpse of them, NO ONE!!! It is time to invest in something pretty and feminine. It not only looks absolutely fantastic but it will boost your confidence and as a result will make you look amazing!
Vintage is for.....
Vintage has been an ongoing trend for the past couple of years with everybody embracing the past and bringing it into the present. Here are some vintage inspired street styles from a festival of Vintage at the Farnham Maltings, UK.
Wanderlust is for.....
Wanderlust-A desire to travel or to understand oneâ€™s existence.
Ok, letâ€™s admit it! Everybody experiences a sense of wanderlust some time in their lives. It may be mistaken with restlessness but we all experience wanderlust. The desire to travel away, escape everyday antics and explore the beauty the world has to offer. You may like to go off the beaten track or stay in 5* luxury hotels but where ever you dream of going, you must give in and travel there. Buy that flight, book that hotel, take loads of photos but most of all experience something new. We all need new experiences and new beginnings in our lives and what better than to talk about it in out New Beginnings issue. Wanderlust is inevitable so start dreaming of all those places you wish to go to and make a list. Keep an inspiration diary so next time you feel a sense of wanderlust; you can look inside the diary and pick a destination you want to travel to. Exploring is essential to developing into a well rounded human being, so what are you waiting for? Give into your wanderlust today!!
Xoxox is for.....
It is easy to forget the things you love in life, especially when life gets very hectic. Take time out of your day to make a list of all the things that you love in life...remember all the small things too, they are often the best! Here is my list to help you get started:
My List of xoxoxâ€™s 1. The smell of sweet peas 2. The feeling of getting into a fresh, clean bed 3. My copy of Vogue magazine arriving in the post 4. My family 5. My dog 6. Knowing that I never have to go to school again 7. Feeling the sun soak through my skin 8. Happy memories 9. Old tickets 10. Polaroid cameras 11. Label makers 12. Creating layouts 13. Painting my nails 14. Finding shapes in the clouds 15. Remembered dreams 16. Reading magazines 17. Autumn 18. Winter boots 19. Exploring new places 20. Getting my hair cut 21. Hearing the rain when I am inside 22. Warm log fires 23. White chocolate
Yikes!! is for.....
We <3 this look
Yikes! Are they really wearing that? How many times a day do you find yourself saying this? Hmm...Well, don’t be the victim of this awful situation either. If you follow these rules for looking stylish at the beach then instead of Yikes, you will hear ‘OMG, I love it!!’ your trip to the beach a more relaxed one.
Every summer, everyone in the UK prays for good weather. A nice long summers day, sun shining, a cool breeze drifting through the trees and a nice place to swim. In reality, English weather just isn't like this. We get the odd few days at the beginning of summer that build up our hopes of a heat wave but the hot weather never materializes leaving us still wearing jeans and jumpers while the rest of the northern hemisphere enjoy highs of 30 degrees. It is important to enjoy and make the most of our changeable British summers; after all, we have been waiting a long time to catch a glimpse of the sun's rays. A time old tradition in England, whenever there is news of a hot day on the horizon, is to head down to the beach for the day, car packed to the roof with beach things, and sit and soak up the rays. According to John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean and therefore we have salt in our blood, in our sweat and in our tears. We are tied to the ocean and when we go back to the sea-whether it is to sail or to watch it-we are going back from whence we came." so it is no surprise that so many of us dream of holidays on hot sandy beaches and that each year the main summer holiday consists of a trip to the beach no matter where you are in the world. Whilst you are at the beach, however, I believe there is a strict code of conduct by which to stick by unless you want to run the risk of offending others or causing them great shock. By this I mean fashion wise of course. The beach is a place to relax and have fun but this does not mean you can throw all traces of style out the window once your foot is enveloped by the fine golden sand. Here are just a few rules that will stand you in good stead when you are at the beach and will maybe even make
1) Get rid of any old swimwear. This is a must, if any items of swimwear have gone yellow from sun lotion. Bin them!! If any are starting to show signs of too much wear and tear, bin them too. Do not think of the cost, just do it. It is so much better for everyone concerned if you just bin them and buy yourself a new bikini, tankini, swimming costume, board shorts etc... 2) Make sure you are all shaven, waxed, cut and filed for the beach....yes I mean all areas for women and the necessary areas for men. Just because it is more common for women to pamper themselves, does not mean men can be excused and for the record...women like guys that look after themselves. Just make sure you don't use too much fake tan before you go to the beach...you don't want to end up like an enormous walking cheesy puff. 3) Unless you are going to Le Club 55 in St Tropez, you do NOT need to wear any jewellery to the beach. It is just a hassle keeping it hidden when you are in the sea and everyone knows there will be tears before bedtime if anything awful happens to your precious rocks. 4) Wear a hat....the wide brim variety are super fashionable at the moment and nothing is more sad than sun stroke after a day at the beach. Be sun safe guys!! This means sun cream too. 5) If you are going to be beach in England, you will most probably need to wear layers. This could include a rain mac depending on the weather. Make sure you have a sufficient amount of clothes so that you are always prepared and a good pair of sandals for if it is sunny or a good pair of Wellington boots for if it is not. With these five rules, you should be in a decent state for the beach but the key thing is just to enjoy being there. No tweeting, Facebooking, blogging or texting...just appreciating your surroundings.
Zzzzâ€™s is for.....
Do you ever get bored of fashion? Designer Faye Fraser is the antithesis of boring with her wild and crazy designs!
Photo: Faye Fraser, Jenny Kendall, Model: Rui Liu
Faye Louise Fraser, 22 from Northamptonshire is a woman of many talents. Currently living between South East London and Northamptonshire (where her workshop is based) she works part time in Berty and Gerty, a Camden vintage boutique, is part designer and part stylist. Working in the vintage boutique, Faye gets to meet alot of interesting people and it's also a form of inspiration for her design work; "I handle all different vintage styles and shapes of garments which feeds into my own garment ideas." Alongside this she is working on a couple of knit orientated projects, so there is never a dull moment! Faye Fraser studied at Leicester Demontfort for an art and design foundation and then got onto the BA Honours in Textiles Fashion and Fibre course at Winchester School of Art from which she graduated last summer. From studying textiles and then specializing in Knitwear she came to develop her own style which was working with Lycra. "Don't get me wrong I love the whole Eco-friendly thing and I try to up-cycle fabrics, incorporate vintage pieces within my work, use pure wool yarns that have not been heavily treated (apart from the Lycra of course); but I like to go against the norm and Lycra provided this 'abnormality' when it came to creating interesting fabric structures. This was also formed by my fascination of the rebellious couture designers such as Westwood, Mc Queen, Galliano (aside from his recent failings), JCDC, Muglar that have all saturated my research work ever since I studied design; with the combination of the newer 'it crowd' designers such as Henry Holland, Mark Fast, Gareth Pugh etc." Though its not just the fashionista's that have led the way for her inspiration, music has played an enormous role,"I think music and fashion go hand in hand and I have been involved with electronic music (putting on club nights, seeing new DJ's basically immersing myself in my free time etc) for a long time". Along with this scene you meet so many other artistic people who then allow for even more creative scope (especially graphics and all forms of print- "I am quite the lover of graphic patterns!")
I have a brother the same age as me and we could not be brothers: we have two different closets and we are just the opposite. You think the word 'opposition' and you think of our closets. I am methodical, precise, and I am nicknamed 'Mr. Perfection' while my brother's closet is a set of pieces of furniture where he throws his clothes. The difference is not the visual impact but the practical environment, and I mean the time to be used to select an item. How do I organize the closet? Easy. I began by dividing the room in half, a wall for winter clothing and the other for summer clothing. Obvious and practical subdivision, so you do not have to make any 'change of season' every six months, also because sometimes I still always need a jacket or sweater on hand for the crazy weather; then I break the wall down into sectors: blazers, jackets, coats, sweaters, shirts, t-shirts and polo shirts, jeans and trousers, accessories (ties, bracelets, necklaces ...), and finally shoes: everything is well divided and well organized in each compartment, and I stack or hang clothes by colour, from the darkest to the lightest and usually at the bottom I put the jolly items, the ones that might be okay for an impromptu. I admit that it is not simple to keep your wardrobe or closet organized, because we are really tired at night and we do not always want to tidy up the mess created in the morning because you do not find the right outfit ... But convenience is a must and then .... Let's change closet and let's go to my brother's closet; we have already said that it is messy, but I spend a few words on his closet too. Every three months my mother tries to put it in order, but within two days it looks the same as before. Jeans are crowded, and it appears a sculpture of jeans made by Renzo Rosso, not to mention the t-shirt and sweaters... The chair is used as an alternative small closet. But let's move on! And how do YOU organize your closet?
Is it possible for two brothers to be so different?
Io ho un fratello della mia stessa età e potremmo non essere fratelli: abbiamo due closet separati e sono l'esatto opposto. Pensi alla parola 'opposizione' e pensi ai nostri due closet. Io sono iper preciso, ordinato e sono quindi soprannominato 'perfettino' mentre mio fratello è un insieme di pezzi d'arredamento sulla quale lancia, ammucchia vestiti. La differenza sostanziale non è l'impatto visivo ma la praticità dell'ambiente, e cioè il tempo da impiegare per scegliere un item. Come organizzo la cabina armadio? Semplice. Inizio nel suddividere in due la stanza, su una parete abbigliamento invernale e dall'altra abbigliamento estivo. Suddivisione ovvia e pratica, in modo da non
Mauro Esposito talks about his relationship with his brother and their relationships with their wardrobes.
dover far nessun 'cambio di stagione' ogni sei mesi, e dato che comunque a volte ho sempre bisogno di una giacca o golf a portata di mano dato il tempo pazzo; dopodiché suddivido in settori: blazer, giacche, cappotti, golfini, camicie, t-shirt e polo, jeans e pantaloni, accessori (cravatte, bracciali, collane...), e infine scarpe: il tutto risulta ben suddiviso e ben organizzato in ogni scomparto, e impilo o appendo gli abiti per colore, dal più scuro al più chiaro e a lato in fondo solitamente metto i capi jolly, cioè quelli che possono andare bene per un'improvvisata. Ammetto che non è semplice tenere sempre in ordine il proprio armadio o closet, perché s'arriva la sera stanchi e non si ha sempre voglia di riordinare il disordine creato la mattina perché non si trova il giusto outfit... però la praticità è un must e allora.... Cambiamo closet e andiamo in quello di mio fratello; abbiamo già detto che è disordinato, ma spendo due parole anche sul suo. Ogni tre mesi mia madre tenta di metterlo in ordine, ma nel giro di due giorni è uguale a prima. I jeans sono ben ammucchiati, potrebbe sembrare una scultura di jeans fatta da Renzo Rosso, e non parliamo delle t-shirt e felpe... La sedia serve da sostenitore, lo usa come armadio alternativo. Ma sorvoliamo! E VOI come lo organizzate il vostro armadio?
Vintage Gigolo Donny Lim and Devin T recreate some iconic vintage poses and combine them with their love for vintage clothes including menâ€™s platform shoes and Freitag bags.
Blogger Style Grace Molan talks with Carla Florendo, the girl behind the successful blog Little Miss Violet, and discovers the secrets behind this blogger’s style. GM: What pieces and styles are you interested in right now? Who or what inspires your wardrobe? CF: Being that it is summer, I am really interested in comfortable pieces that I can wear and withstand the heat in when I dress up these days and most of the time this translates to lose fitting, oversized garments. I am currently in love with oversized everything! I love that they are breathable and easy to move around in plus the lousy fit makes the whole outfit look stylishly laid back. However, a lot of oversized items can look dull and boring if you don’t know how to pick the right ones. So whenever I buy something, I pick bright and eye catching colours or pieces made from interesting sheer fabrics. My style inspiration is Andy Torres, the blogger behind Stylescrapbook. She wears drapey items perfectly and I just can’t help wanting to have those beautiful drapey skirts and dresses she has in her wardrobe. Although, I know it is very difficult to find such items without really hunting for them. GM: What is the one item you wish people wore more often and why? CF: Where I am and where I am from (Macau), I wish people wore pointed heels more often. In Macau, girls wear platforms, wedges and platform
sneakers more often that high heels. It is probably because fashion here is very much inspired by Japanese fashion, hence the towering platforms. On the other hand, in the Philippines, flip flops and flats are the most common form of footwear. I know that the Philippine’s fashion industry is already making a name for itself and that there are many new designers and fashion bloggers I have respect for, but the majority of people, from what I see, still prefer comfort over style. The reason I want people to wear pointed heels more often is because when I see people wearing something, I am motivated to wear it too. It is all about influencing people around you. GM: Which celebrity would you like to style and what would you make them wear? CF: I think I would want to style Blake Lively. She is a perfect style icon herself and I think that whatever I make her wear, she’d be able to pull it off perfectly because she has a perfect body and a gorgeous face to go with it. Her signature style on Gossip Girl is showing off her cleavage so I think I would make her wear something with a low neckline, high waist skirt or trousers and topped off with a stylish blazer. Although actually, I would make her wear something that I had made myself, I like to sew and make my own clothes. That would be awesome if that happened.
(Right Image, wearing oversized yellow trousers from a local store called Friendly, shapewear from Vedette, Oversized Cardigan from Men’s section of H&M, brown platforms from a local store, and a necklace from Grosse) (Middle Image, wearing oversized sheer polo from Black Moss, Floral skirt from Zara, Steve Madden Zebra print pumps, Zara clutch, and necklace from Grosse)
GM: If you could predict one item that is going to make a revival this season, which is it? CF: I don’t really have an idea as to what particular item is going to make a comeback this season because vintage is already an ongoing trend in the fashion world. From how I see it, any vintage item is a must have and it all depends on how you are going to style it. I see different staples from different eras worn by bloggers, sometimes as an accessory and sometimes many pieces combined together in one outfit. I can tell you; however, some of my favourite vintage items that have made a revival are part of the ongoing vintage trend. 1)
Richelieu, commonly known as Oxford shoes. Originally they were made from leather, but nowadays they come from different materials in different colours. I like to pair flat ones with a flirty dress or skirt because the masculine feel of the style offsets the femininity of the dress or skirt. 50’s flirty dress. I love the dress makes me feel very feminine, especially when it comes in a floral print or polka dots. When I hear of vintage this iconic piece is one that usually pops to my mind. I see many bloggers wearing different versions of this dress and it is probably one of the most common pieces we can see in the vintage trend. The vintage shoulder bag. They come in different sizes and different styles. I like the fact that given the right design, the bag can look very expensive. Trust me though, you can find many of these vintage style handbags, beautifully made from leather but for a reasonable price. I have a few pieces that I bought for only a hundred something dollars (HKD). Military jackets. I love military jackets! They can make a simple outfit look very special and stylish. You can wear it with a dress to contrast the feminine look with a masculine staple. They are just the perfect statement piece.
GM: What are the staples in a female’s wardrobe? CF: The pieces every female should have in her wardrobe are: 1.
Little black dress-A LBD is the
Carla’s fashion DIY skirts (above)
“My style inspiration is Andy Torres, the blogger behind Stylescrapbook.”
ultimate item every girl should have. I read a book called “How to wear high heels” and according to the book, a black dress is the perfect item to save you whenever you don’t know what to wear to a party or event...I can’t agree more. Black pumps-Also another item which can go with anything; Jeans, dress, skirt...You cannot go wrong with black pumps. Tailored suit-A girl should have at least one suit in her wardrobe, just in case. They can be very useful, job interviews, meeting up with the boss etc. White blouse-It is useful for casual occasions and can be also worn inside statement pieces such as jackets and blazers. Blue jeans in the right size of course, and the right shape. Denim is never out of style.
If you want to see more of Carla Florendo’s style, then visit her blog: http://misscarlaviolet.blogspot.com/
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Me and Mrs Jones Veena McCoole sits down with Addison Dempster, who opens up about her life, her style and her story. She oozes with charisma, from the spiky tips of her textured blonde hair to the soles of her glossy Country Road wedges. Her crisp Dublin accent is incredibly distinct, and her animated, quirky expressions are a reflection of her sparkling personality. Addison Dempster is known for her eclectic choice of dress and infectious enthusiasm (no one wears a slouchy cable knit when it‟s 30°C outside unless you‟re Addison, who is terminally “homesick for the cold weather in Ireland”). Her slightly strewn, choppy blonde tresses are flaunted to perfection albeit the occasion, and bare an odd resemblance to her slightly frazzled, excitable personality. As she delves into her well-stocked memory, she recalls an anecdote or two with a burst of her distinguished chuckle; a signature accessory that Addison never leaves the house without.
VM: Introduce us to your new retail concept store Me and Mrs Jones. AD: I decided to open the shop in Singapore because I‟ve been living here for 13 years and I felt that I needed to bring some new labels into Singapore, so I looked to America, to Australia, and beyond and found some fantastic brands to bring in, so it‟s a hugely exciting journey for me.
you bring in to Singapore: AD: One of my favourite brands is Velvet by Graham and Spencer, owned by two English girls who are based in the United States. It‟s really just functional, everyday wear and there‟s lots of Tshirt material used, but they do very cool designs and I thought it would be perfect for our climate here in Singapore. The other two were Australian designers; one of which was Rebecca Thomson. I loved her styles, I loved the way she used fabrics, I loved her textures. The other one was a girl called Gale Elliot. She was a supermodel based in New York, and after she decided she‟d had had enough of modelling, she went into fashion design. Her label is called Little Joe NY, because she was still based in New York at the time. After some years, she decided she wanted to expand and move to Australia, and that‟s how I got to know about Gale (through her feature in Australian‟s Women‟s Weekly.) I decided I liked her stuff, so I contacted her, and that‟s sort of how that came about. VM: Tell us about yourself as an individual and your progression into the industry: AD: It all stemmed from my experiences as a teenager, really. When I was 15, I spent a year in Canada. It was an amazing experience, „twas way back in 1982. Coming from Ireland in the 80s, it gave me a different aspect of life; trekking, skiing on weekends, ice-skating, sailing, all that stuff that you wouldn‟t have been exposed to if you were living in Ireland. It was a really impressionable year for me; I was in high school, I was a cheerleader and I had a great time, so when I came back to Ireland, I was itching to do something.
VM: Tell us about some of the international brands
Fashion has always been something I‟ve been very
The glowing chance for her to fulfil her teenage dreams arrived two years ago, and she snatched it with both hands. She‟s still glowing at fortysomething; she‟s got the killer body of someone half her age, two beautiful girls and a husband, and the job of her dreams. Although aging is inevitable, it‟s definitely safe to say that Addison‟s stylish wardrobe and keen eye for fashion are here to stay.
interested in. I remember myself when I was 10 years old, standing in the bathroom with makeup and just putting it on and taking it off, over and over again. Red raw, my eyes would‟ve been. It was just an interest I had in makeup or fashion, and maybe interiors; I suppose they‟re all linked because they‟re all artistic. I look at myself as an artistic person as opposed to a logical one. I think we all excel in one or the other, so I‟m definitely more artistic. I wanted to do something in fashion but there was nothing in Ireland in 1983 to enhance that. The only way I could do it was through a correspondence course, so I chose the International Correspondence School based in the UK. I learnt a lot of stuff there, and then I left to do a secretarial course, because I felt more inclined to pursue office work. I honestly didn‟t know what I wanted to do, actually. When I was 18, I applied for a retail job at Next and I got the job, which was exciting for me, although it was a really junior position. I worked at the flagship store on Henry Street in Dublin, and I worked in the cosmetics department because at the time, that‟s where my interest really was. I worked up the ladder from there; I became a floor supervisor and subsequently, a buyer. After 6 years or so at Next, I decided I wanted to work with an Irish designer. I approached Brown Thomas, which is basically the Irish equivalent of London‟s Selfridges or Harrods. This job again, was in retail. I loved retail, I always have. I love the idea of a customer coming into a store and saying “I don‟t know what I want,” because then you can really play with fashion; you can
introduce someone to a different style or a new colour. I remember a lady who came into the store one day who I ended up dressing for an event. She said something to me that I‟ll never forget: “You‟re the first sales assistant I have ever come across who has been very honest with me.” I was so taken aback by this, because it‟s so hard in this business when you‟re just a sales assistant who has such a slim chance of recognition. This gave me the courage to say to myself “you‟ve got what it takes.” And like anything in life, it‟s about being a believer in yourself, because without that belief, you‟ll never be able to succeed and flourish. MDLM: What drew you to fashion? AD: It was always just an interest of mine; it‟s an expression of an individual‟s style, taste and personality. Even now, I walk down the street and I‟m so captivated by so many things, be it a pair of great earrings or some cute shoes, I‟ll take it all in. I‟ve always had an “Eagle‟s Eye” for fashion and style, simply because I‟ve been so interested in it for so long. MDLM: What does it mean to you on a personal level? What has fashion done for you? AD: Well, I‟ve changed a lot in terms of fashion, and I guess it‟s safe to say that fashion‟s changed me. I‟ve gone from the prissy, bob haircut, pearl necklace wearing girl to a more versatile dresser. What I love about fashion is that it lets you change your identity from day to day. So today I can decide I want to be more boho, or I can decide to be more classical or more edgy. It‟s amazing because you‟re given the flexibility to do that through fashion. But whether one embraces this freedom is entirely their choice. Some people are happy to be in a pair of jeans and a tee, whereas I feel an outfit is never complete without accessories. You‟ll never catch me in just a T-shirt and jeans, I‟ll always accessorize, because that way, I feel confident enough to go and see the world. A famous French model for Chanel, Ines de La Fressange, who is now 50 years old and back modelling for Chanel once said, “When you dress in the morning, there has to be a story to what you‟re wearing.” And that is what goes through my head each morning when I dress. MDLM: How did this process come about for you, and what has your “new beginning” been like? AD: This has been a dream for me since I was 16 years old. When I came back from Canada I thought “the world is out there, go explore it and do what you want,” and I knew I had to do something in retail. Two years ago, a huge opportunity arose for me because I didn‟t have very many overseas commitments so I was able to decide to make this dream happen and open a store. And this is when I decided that I needed to look at labels that weren‟t available in Singapore, yet would be wearable here all the same; labels that people would appreciate. We‟re not hardcore, we‟re not Massimo Dutti, and we‟re not a generic chain store. We‟re different
and we offer a different experience, and we decided to open the store at home for this very reason. I didn‟t want to go into a department store, I wanted people to come to my house and get a one on one experience on a personal level. A lot of women know their style, but like anything else, we all can sometimes get into a rut and end up sticking with the same things. I have a very defined vision for the store, and it‟s important to me to deliver this experience to my customers. For instance, I‟ll say to a customer “have you ever tried this neckline or that colour?” I want to try and push people‟s boundaries and make them realize that there are more possibilities for them in terms of fashion than they think. However, at the end of the day, I need my customers to be comfortable with what they have bought; that‟s the most important part. I‟ll be brutally honest with all of them, which is what I was first praised for, and which is what I‟ll always be. I‟m not going to try and sell something for the sake of a sale. MDLM: Tell us about your business partner for “Me and Mrs Jones.” AD: I just wanted to try this dream out with my really good friend Priscilla Ang, who‟s a local Singaporean whom I‟ve known since I moved here. She‟s very much in the background as she does the administration and monetary management, where I am the buyer, the visionary of the business; where we‟re going with it and how we market it. MDLM: What‟s more important to you, trends or style? AD: For me, definitely style. I do look at trends and keep my finger on the fashion scene, but I personally don‟t follow trends because I find them very fickle. That personal decision is reflected in my store as well; so the stuff I bring in isn‟t influenced by trends. Instead of educating customers about trends or telling them what to wear and what not to wear, I find it better to inform them about the different ways you can style something, like a T-Shirt. However, it‟s fun to go out occasionally and buy something that‟s bang on trend like a gorgeous floral dress, wear it for the season, and put it back in your wardrobe till next year when perhaps you‟ll accessorize it differently. MDLM: Who is the Me and Mrs Jones woman? AD: I think the Me and Mrs Jones woman is someone who knows who they are and who is aware of their lifestyle, someone a lot like me. There‟s no point in having a sequined dress in your wardrobe if you live on a farm surrounded by pigs, because you‟ll probably never wear it, will you. You have to dress for your lifestyle, and that‟s something that I‟ve brought onboard to the Me and Mrs Jones philosophy. MDLM: Tell me about your personal style; what are your favourite brands and what are your ultimate wardrobe essentials? AD: Oh my God, I am such an accessory queen. (laughs) Predominantly earrings, rings and that sort of stuff. I love mixing it up, I love high-street and designer clothing, but I‟d say my wardrobe is more high-street then designer, and for me it all comes back to how you put an outfit together. Like I said,
fashion‟s just a little storybook. It‟s about how you feel right now. Do you feel like putting your little dress on with a pair of cute kitten heels or a pair of killer heels? MDLM: Do you have any hopes and aspirations for the progress and growth of Me and Mrs Jones? AD: I suppose when we started out it was all about bringing in labels that weren‟t available in Singapore, but now we‟re more of a lifestyle store. So if you‟re going to a girlfriend‟s house for dinner you could pop into the store and grab a nice set of coasters or a great necklace along with a bottle of wine or some flowers, something quirky. We brought some other things into the store that weren‟t centred entirely on fashion; for instance we have retro ice bags that were used back in the 70‟s and people love it! I have this quirky side to me; I‟m not your mainstream, which is why I don‟t follow trends. I‟d hate to be considered mainstream. MDLM: Do you have any advice for young, upand-coming fashionistas who have an interest in the industry and want to break into it? AD: Like any other industry, it‟s really tough. You have to have a passion for it, and that‟s what I have with what I do; I get a joy from it and I love seeing people who say they‟ve gained compliments and confidence due to their clothing choices. You have to really like what you‟re doing, and if you‟ve got that flair for fashion, everything will just roll out before you like, I don‟t know (laughs), a red carpet?! Like Veena‟s article? Check out her blog at http://seven-inch-stilettos.blogspot.com/
I feel like I'm in a peculiar relationship for a college junior--I've been with my current boyfriend for nearly five years, and we've been living together for the last two, the last one half of which was on our own in our one bedroom apartment. My boyfriend is the support engine behind my personal fashion blog, Fashionwrites, and is most-times my reluctant creative director behind the lens. He is the very first to "like" every one of my posts, is my advertising guru on Facebook, telling everyone he knows (with disregard for my embarrassment!) about all of my current endeavors, looks away from his work to choose which picture is better when I plead, and so much more--without him, I never would have shared my passion for blogging or fashion. He's the reason for all of my new beginnings. He's given me a fresh start on life, which before, for me, was falling apart. He mended my life together like a needle and a thread would to a ripped, jaded blouse. The ashes of the old year have been swept up and thrown in the garbage--along with the illegal aerials and rocket launchers, the hotdog bun packages, and the burnt out coals. It’s January 23rd, 2010, and I’m on my rug, avoiding the cold wood floor. I wrap my feet in the loose ends of my red Christmas tree-patterned pajama pant. I pull at my long sleeves and cover my frigid fingers. My boyfriend lies on my bed, humming to his favorite Hawaiian song, wearing an open sweater and sweats. His curly hair dangles over the edge a quarter of the way down the side of the bed. I’m sitting, all wrapped and warm, in front of my closet, staring at a row of spiralbound notebooks lining the entire lower shelf. The far left are filled with chicken scratch written with blue ink, gray pencil led, and shiny gel pens. The middle books are filled with larger words, more punctuation, and typewriter-straight handwriting. And the book at the far right is filled with space. I hadn’t documented my private world of fantastical daydreams or incessant droning for over two years when once I wrote every day. I pulled out the empty orange notebook and jotted a few words with my standard black G2 pen. The words fell onto the blue lines, saying nothing. I stopped and re-read. It seemed artificial, void of meaning, like a needle without a thread. My words jab at the pages, the pieces of cloth, and pick and prod my life but say nothing. I can’t weave the words into sentences, into thoughts, or into a story. They fall apart into loose pieces, scattered across the pages of a spiral-bound notebook. The book lands back on my shelf with a thud. I pull out my MAC laptop from the corner of my bed and sit it on my lap. Flipping it open, the screen lights up.
Is it possible to find true love when you are young? Ray Onzuka shares her story with Moda de la Mode and explains the hidden benefits of finding the one at such a young age.
“Kamea,” I say to my boyfriend, “who am I?”
He’s the reason for all my new beginnings. He’s given me a fresh start on life, which before, for me, was falling apart.
“A short, little Asian girl who dances Tahitian and does Judo and has long hair and a big forehead and too many clothes.” I look at him. He fiddles with my tiger-striped comforter that wrinkles beneath his constant shifting. “Should I start a blog?” “If you want to.” “It’s just something you can write on, right?” “I guess.” “I’m serious,” I say, pulling his attention away from the comforter’s fraying hemline he keeps picking and up at my face. “Okay. Then I want you to do it,” he says. His finger is still looped beneath the thin piece of thread he’s bound to break any second.
“You just need to get back into it. Don’t worry,” he says smiling, “you’ll get it.”
“I’ve been trying to write, but I’m not writing how I used to.” He tosses the thread to the floor.
“But it’s just my journal, and I can’t even write anything I like.”
“You. Shut. Up.”
“Your journal?” Kamea’s thick eyebrows raise and his brown eyes widen. “Yes, my journal.” Yes, my journal, and, for the thousandth time, no, you cannot read it. I’ll tell you everything, except for what’s in these journals. No, I don’t want to make you feel excluded. No, I’m not hiding anything from you. Yes, I do tell you everything. No, you may not see it pretty please for all the gummy bears in the world. I nod with pursed lips. His disappointed face is back on the piece of string. My face is back on the computer. I click the “E” icon and watch a large window envelope my screen. Loading… “If I make a blog, I can just type my journal entries, and they’ll be saved on the Internet.” “Ok.” He pulls on the string. “Ok.” “Yup.” He yanks. “Yup.” I Google “blog,” and “Blogspot” pops up as the first link. Here I go. I’m starting a blog. I half laugh-half sigh. I’m such a dork. “I’m about to put up my life story. I’m about to make a bestseller, babe.” “Does that mean I can read it?” His eyes light up with an innocent, begging hope. He breaks the string. “Really, babe?” I’m ready to punch away at the keyboard and enter a deep, moving, and inspiring post about my life. I’m ready to begin writing, writing, writing. My writer’s itch is burning to craft an epic story that has never been told in this same way, command the ridiculous and complicated language, break the rules that has taken me 19 years to learn, and say things—without really saying them. But I can’t. Name. Email. Blog name. Damn it. “Babe, what am I going to write about?” “You’re not going to write about yourself?” He’s trying to smash the thread back into place. “I am, but that hasn’t been working the way it used to. Weren’t you listening?”
My writer’s itch is burning to craft an epic story that has never been told in this same way, command the ridiculous and complicated language, break the rules that have taken me 19 years to learn, and say things-without really saying them.
“Do what you want to do, babe. I’ll help you if you want me to, but you have to do it—you have to do what you need to do.” He smiles. He pulls at new pieces of threads in the fraying hemline. When he yanked out the thread, he created a gap, separating the one thread into two. He pulls the two ends and ties them together in a taut and binding double-knot. Flattening out the hemline, he turns over on his back and lies there. I turn back to my screen. “I’m going to write about fashion.” He smiles like he knows exactly where this is heading—to the rest of my life. And since then, he has been by my side, the manager of a budding business, the heart of the fast pace, the love of my life. I won't ever be as strong as him, as courageous as him, nor as kind. He's either a crazy kook or a powerful man to have patience enough to be with someone as ridiculous, time-consuming, self-conscious, needy, emotional, sensitive, and awkward as myself. I have enough crazy for the both of us, in which case the latter must be true. I'll make him irritated, angry, and overwhelmed, but despite all my frustrating flaws he'll still carry me, stop my tears, and hold me until I fall asleep.
Love In The Library Photos by Hollie Langan, Models: Joy Molan and Jack Taylor
Body Beautiful! Could the fashion industry be experiencing a new beginning? Sarah Critchley investigates the changing views on body image within the world of fashion. with the debate of the pressure which the modelling industry puts on model’s to be able to meet the figure which Hilary Alexander quoted earlier, as ‘5 ft 11in, no hips and no chest’. However this debate also proved phenomenal in fashion causing some modelling agencies to reject those who have not got, what the government call, a ‘healthy BMI’, and a rise in larger-than-the-norm models appearing on the catwalk.
Year after year, fashion has been adding to its own dimensions from designers incorporating new and upcoming concepts into the bubble underlined ‘fashion’. Yet it can be seen that fashion is undertaking a new beginning, a beginning which is characterised by individuality and philosophised by postmodernism of the body. At Paris Fashion week 2011, model Andrej Pejic took ‘Jean Paul Gaultier’ show by storm when he stepped out on the catwalk modelling a woman’s wedding dress. The reception which Andrej got was phenomenal, and by majority, positive. He has since been voted into 98th place on FHM’s list of the world’s sexiest women, and Hilary Alexander, Daily Telegraph’s fashion director described Andrej as ‘obviously beautiful, he has the most amazing figure...a lot of designers strive for this impossible ideal, for someone who is 5 ft 11in, no hips and no chest.”. Clearly, Andrej has made his mark, and whilst fashion enthusiasts think this is a positive thing, the tabloid’s have had more difficulty in accepting Andrej’s modelling and have issued a number of headlines which can be seen as negative and downgrading. This however is not un-characteristic of the tabloids, which are noted to stir sensationalism. It is apparent that Anrej is pushing the boundaries which society has in place for ‘gender roles’, and can contribute to the efforts of the rest of society whom are accepting gay couples, civil ceremonies and transgender personalities a lot more in recent years. In regards to fashion, it’s definitely signalling a change in this industry, coming close to the recent issue of Size 0 which struck fashion,
“Of course, the comment that fashion doesn’t care about body image is a paradox.”
These recent events in the fashion industry can be a sign that we are moving into a more postmodern era, epitomised by a society for not caring about body image, and accepting the subject, in this case, a man who was modelling a dress – the dress is the subject. The dress was so widely accepted, that celebrities, such as the music star Rhianna was seen wearing it on the red carpet. Of course, the comment that fashion doesn’t care about body image is a paradox. Fashion is body image; it is personality and concepts merged into clothing and the image which that creates. But it’s about accepting those personalities, and not rejecting certain ones. In the past decade the previous sub cultural images such as ‘goth’ among others, have been used by the fashion industry and marketed, as ‘edgy’ and ‘cool’ not as a subculture at all, with bags and other accessories displaying studs and spikes. But the question could be asked ‘will fashion ever accept fully unmarked, untouched beauty?’ Over the past year, the ‘natural’ beauty look has been revered as a marketing tool and far from the perceived real concept of untouched beauty, with all the pigmentation, spots, wrinkles and all, which has been so far regarded as ‘flaws’ from being the perfect canvas. However using this example, it could be considered that there is a long way to go until fashion and beauty are regarded to enhance rather than replace and to accept rather than reject, but it’s clear from Anrej’s example on the catwalk, there is a huge change in the fashion industry, not just from celebrity figureheads such as Lady Gaga and Illamasqua being far from the mainstream, but the change is on the catwalk, as high as fashion could go, where people look for inspiration, and which influences society in a much larger way.
Moda de la Mode Q&A
Stars and Rabbit GM: What inspires you to make music and how has music shaped your life? E: A sore heart and all the music that accompanies it. Music makes my life. The way I sing or write or all the tones that pop out are all shaped by the music that I have been listening to.
Grace Molan catches up with Elda and Adi of Stars and Rabbit to talk about life, advice and of course, music. GM: What advice would you give someone trying to break into the industry? E: Do and actual action, one thing leads to another.
A: Everything that has happened in my life. Especially the death of my father. Music helps me balance the values of my life. GM: I love your band name, it is so original and unique. How did you come up with it? E: It was my personal twitter account name way before we started the band. Back in collage, some friends called me rabbit because one time they caught me eating carrots raw. And ‘stars’ is something to accompany the rabbit to make one cute name.
A: Stay true to your music. GM: If you could perform anywhere in the world, money is no object, where would it be and what would your show be like? E: Pine or savanna woods. Simply acoustic, at night with small lanterns, everyone brings their own mat and they sit around us. A: London and Barcelona!!! GM: What 3 items would you save if your house was on fire?
A: It is Elda’s idea and I kind of like it!
E: Wallet, Blackberry, lifetime doodle book!
GM: Have you always known you wanted to make music? If not, as a child, what was your dream occupation?
A: Documents, guitar, laptop
E: I think I have always known I want to make music.
E: We are shaped by different tastes in music and somehow Adi can interpret my thoughts into something we actually love in the end. Vanessa Carlton, Tegan and Sara, Lene Marlin, Emiliana Torrini, Russian Red, Jewel and a lot more.
A: I grew up surrounded by musicians, my father and his friends. I got so familiar with music ever since. I’m a let it flow person. Whatever comes and goes. I enjoy the process of it without leaving my connection to music. I channel it instead. If not a musician then a footballer, long live Maradona!!
GM: Do you both have the same taste in music-who influences most of all?
A: Coldplay, Radiohead, Emiliana Torrini, Sigurros GM: Describe your music in one word! E: My sanity
GM: What is the best piece of advice you have received? A: Heartfelt. E: If you stop singing, it is a crime for humanity. Follow Stars and Rabbit on Twitter: @starsandrabbit A: I remember what my father said: ‘Be something meaningful for the family, the environment, even the world around you if you can and always be neat’.
Photos by: Yanti
Moda de la Mode Q&A
Ebony Bones Singer-songwriter, actress, record producer, Ebony Bones talks with Megan Stahl about Paris, fashion design, fashion blogging and her musical career. Since she first burst onto the musical scene in 2007, native Londoner Ebony Bones has been known internationally for both her eye-catching, charmingly quirky personal style and ear-catching, eclectic, multiinstrumental music alike. Last May, I was lucky enough to escape the hot Parisian sun and share a few minutes with Ebony while she was in Paris for the Solidays music festival. We chatted about music, style around the world, and her true feelings about fashion before heading out onto the street to snap some street styleinspired photos. M: When did you first start becoming interested in music and fashion? E: Well, I‟ve never really liked the word fashion to be honest... I feel that it‟s just a word just to describe a dictation almost to what the industry feels individuals should be wearing, whereas style is more representative of somebody‟s personal characteristics. My mom was working for Missoni when I was a child so I spent a lot of time in Paris and Milan, and that‟s how I kind of got into fashion. The music was from collecting records ever since I can remember, and one of the first vinyl records I owned which was one of “Jem and the Holograms,” this cartoon I was really into in the eighties. I started collecting soundtracks and things like that and then that progressed to other things [which were] a bit more credible.
M: Do you dress differently from your friends?
My mom was working for Missoni when I was a child
E: I think in London a lot of people have their own characteristics and aren‟t interested in fitting into a certain perspective, or stereotype, or pigeonhole. I was always a big fan of stealing things outside of charity shops, customizing them. For me the clothes on stage are quite fun and it‟s always interesting to kind of play with color and shape and silhouette. M: So you don‟t dress the same way offstage? E: It depends, I mean, it‟s very difficult to walk around wearing some of these huge things that are as heavy as a carpet. My day-to-day style is a bit more comfortable. Most times, the stage costumes are very colorful and eye-catching... candy coating for the poison. M: And you design some of those, right? E: I co-design some of them. My good friends do a lot of the designing as well, from Alison Gaukroger to Timothy Andrews, but a lot of the band costumes I do myself.
M: Have you done other designing?
what Timothy Andrews does, Alison Gaukroger, the individuals that I work with. And anybody who‟s not afraid to just do exactly what they want to do.
E: No, it doesn‟t interest me actually. I‟m definitely more interested in the musical aspect. We just finished doing the new album, we went to India to record with an orchestra, which was fantastic. I‟m currently rehearsing, in a couple months, at the Theatre du Chatelet, for an opera I‟ll be starring in.
M: Who are you inspired by musically? E: Who am I not inspired by? I really dislike all of the sort of music that‟s going on at the moment, which I try to avoid. I grew up listening to lots of punk and lots of funk, and anything in between. From the B-52s to the MC5 to Parliament. Most recently, who am I listening to? The Naked and Famous from New Zealand, Dry the River, who are a new band from the UK. I‟m more of a retro girl really; if I‟m turning something on its normally some random vinyl I found in a charity shop.
M: What is it about? E: It‟s actually from the same makers as the Damon Albarn[of Gorillaz]‟s “Monkey: Journey to the West,” like the sequel for them to that. It‟s the “Coronation of Poppea,” which is a quite famous Italian opera. It will be kind of a new take on the original version. At the moment there‟s lots of other amazing people starring in it so I‟m really excited, and it‟s a challenge for me. M: And you like Paris? E: I love Paris; I split my time between London, Paris and Switzerland. M: You don‟t like the word „fashion,‟ but do you follow fashion trends or collections? E: I‟m really bad at following fashion trends, I know it was [men‟s] fashion week this week. I probably didn‟t go to half of the ones I was invited to, even though I find male fashion week a lot more interesting than female fashion week. I feel that it‟s important to respect the artistry of fashion if that‟s what you want to do, and not just cater to what you feel the masses will be interested in, which is sometimes what those designers end up being forced to do, just to sell. M: Did you go to some shows this week, though? E: We were meant to go to see Givenchy and Acne, and we didn‟t go to a lot of them because of Solidays. M: How was Solidays? E: It was amazing; I headlined my stage and played at midnight. M: Who are your favorite designers? E: I‟m a big fan of Vivienne Westwood because I grew up on the road that she lived beside. I would see this crazy red-headed woman every day on my way to school with a basket, riding her bicycle and think, “who the hell is that?” Then I realized years later it was the lady herself, Miss Vivienne Westwood. I also like the idea that she was never really trained as a designer [with] any sort of schooling, and it‟s very organic for her. There‟s Gareth Pugh... I love a lot of new, up-and-coming designers who are coming out of schools. I love
M: I‟m a fashion blogger, so I‟m curious... how do you feel about fashion bloggers?
I am a big fan of Vivienne Westwood because I grew up on the road that she lived beside.
E: Some of them are amazing; some of them aren‟t so amazing. So it depends, what sort of things do you document? M: Yeah, I agree, there‟s a very cookie-cutter blogger style these days. Mine is my personal style and my favorite designers. E: And who are your favorite designers? M: Christopher Kane, Walter van Beirendonck, wacky stuff like that. E: I saw the photos of the new Givenchy male collection and it was just fantastic, the prints are mind-blowing. M: Yeah, I love prints; I also love Basso & Brooke. E: Sure, I used to wear a lot of their stuff in my first shows, they‟re quite amazing. And London-based as well! M: I would love to go to London Fashion Week, there‟s a lot more color than in Paris maybe. In Paris the clothes are amazing, but the street style here is less inspiring I think, than in London. Is there a city where you‟ve really loved the style of people on the street? E: Everyone in Portland [Oregon] seems really well dressed, and then New York or LA. A lot of my friends are from Portland. The other week when we were here for the Beth Ditto show, everyone in there seemed to be from Portland, I think they basically were her friends who flew over.
Tokyo is always well dressed, but it‟s crazy, when I was in Mumbai, even though people do have a lot of facilities there, their sense of urgency was really represented in their style of dress. There was lots of color and [feeling of] “well, this is all I have at the moment and this is all that was clean so I‟m wearing it.” There was a magic to that, with these really vibrant colors... everyone just kind of walks around with this amazing Care Bear smile and it was very inspiring. I bought shit loads of material there that I‟ve done nothing with so far. M: I would love to go to South Africa too for the street style, wearing color is just as normal as wearing black. In that way, Paris kind of gets me down sometimes. E: I think that every city kind of goes “Well, in London they do this” and London we all say “Well, in Paris they do this” so the grass is always greener. M: Where do you get most of your clothes these days? E: I‟m in the studio at the moment so I‟m not really bothering; I‟m just wearing t-shirt dresses and things that could be made in two minutes. M: Have you bought anything in Paris this trip? E: I haven‟t actually, where‟s a good place to shop in Paris? M: I‟m always in the Marais, at Free‟P‟Star, the vintage stores there are so good.[Free‟P‟Star] has three different stores now, and there are one euro bins that I literally just sift through. E: That‟s fantastic. We were in a vintage shop in Amsterdam and I bought these earrings, it was amazing. They had some fantastic stuff in the vintage shops in Amsterdam, but some of them were overpriced a bit. M: That‟s how I felt about London. E: Yeah, it‟s ridiculous! M: I was wondering about the good vintage stores and my friends were telling me to go to the East End Thrift Store, and it was 15 or 20 pounds for a cape... I can‟t do it. The Marais is great. It seems like I‟m looking for different things than everyone else, no one really wears a lot of color here. E: Yeah, I noticed that, there‟s a quite a conformed style in different areas as well. It‟s nice when people dress up to come and see the shows. For a long time that was the only part of Paris I saw, people dressed up for my shows, it seemed that was the whole of Paris. And then I was like, “hang on...”
M: There was “Swing at the Top,” [garden party/concert in Paris] did people dress up for that? E: It was very colorful that night! It was fun, it‟s nice to let people step outside the comforts that they‟re used to. M: Where did you get your necklace? E: I make a lot of these, but this was made by my friend Timothy Andrews. It‟s very foamy and light, so I can also perform in it and not feel like it‟s going to knock my boobs off. I have bits of jewelry that I collect and things like that. M: It would be cool to take a picture of your outfit. E: Oh sure! I like your color, it‟s very inspiring, and especially considering everybody including myself is in black today. M: Thanks, I kind of love standing out in Paris with bright colors. E: Yeah, people seem kind of conservative. Parts of New York are surprisingly conservative as well, until things come out at night. M: It seems like in Brooklyn there‟s more of a uniform too; the hipster uniform. E: Yeah, it‟s everyone. But there‟s always a uniform, like in Williamsburg everyone has a sleeve tattoo. It‟s like, how different are you when everybody in this bar has one?
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Euro Trip My journey began at the international gate in the Newark airport. I was going to Europe for six months completely on my own. I had never been so excited. There were going to be new languages, new fashions, new cuisines and cultures. I’ve always been passionate about fashion and food, and I knew that there was so much for me to learn while in Europe. Ready to truly discover myself and another bit of this world, my first stop: Lisbon, Portugal. My main stay while in Europe was Lisbon, to learn Portuguese and immerse myself in this culture. I really consider this city a hidden gem in Europe, not yet overpopulated with tourists, very old-world quaint. When I flew into Lisbon I first noticed the beautiful terracotta rooftops and all the colors. Portugal is quite known for the tile art, or azulejos, throughout the country. Almost every building is covered with these azulejos inside and out, they bring a great vibrancy to the city. Lisbon is an extremely hilly city sitting right on the Tagus river. One thing I noticed right away, in the fashion, was the complete lack of heels! This wasn't because of the hilliness but because of the intense cobblestones, or calçada portuguesa. The cobblestones are amongst the oldest of any European city, hand-made and not touched for centuries, a stiletto would never last. It definitely gave Portugal character. I noticed there were similarities and differences in the way that the Portuguese dressed. Of course, in the famous Baixa Chiado area, there are the international stores like Zara and H&M. But there are also many small boutiques that have pride in selling merchandise from strictly Portuguese designers (my favorites: Loja do Chiado and Alma Lusa). In the winter
Photos and words by Samantha Negrin everyone was very colorful and bold layering different fabrics and sporting a lot of great boots. I mean, great boots. A Portuguese designer I fell in love with, Catarina Martins, designs the coolest cow-boy style, city-chic boots - in a fabulous, bright selection of colors. I’m very into the color blocking trend these days, even for fall and winter… it adds fun to an otherwise dim-lit outfit. Lisbon is not very high-fashion but more laid back and relaxed. On the first Sunday of every month there is a craft fair at the Jardim de Estrela, "star garden." I purchased most of my jewelry here, including matching necklaces for my mom and I. The sweetest Portuguese woman, who I will always remember, sold them to me. They are beautiful statement pieces - tainted metal with every color of the rainbow glossed on. They really remind me of Portugal, they almost look like a modern twist on the Portuguese tile. I spent a lot of time on the Lisbon to Cascais train, the line that runs along the river to all the ocean beaches. The beaches in Portugal are amongst the best in all of Europe, so the fashion really reflected that. In the summer many people pulled out their linen pants and straw hats, which I always gravitate towards. Easy breezy. There is a huge surfing community which I really loved; it brought a great aura to the Portuguese lifestyle. When I think of Portugal now, I think of quaint cobblestone neighborhoods, the ocean, pasteis de nata (best Portuguese pastry), long lunches, wonderful people and bright colors. While Lisbon was my “home-base” during this adventure, I wandered to Spain for a bit of time as well. I loved the vibes in Spain, especially Madrid. The chocolate and churro
combination pretty much won me over. One thing I really enjoyed in Spain was the red hues everywhere, the ruffled skirts and the music. I picked myself up a beautiful red hand fan while I was there to really fit into the Spanish lifestyle. I also discovered a Spanish jewelry designer, Tierra, which is now in my top five favorite jewelry designers ever. Tierra is inspired by flowers, everything hand-made with environmental-friendly products in tons of natural colors. That’s exactly what Spain reminds me of. I definitely noticed my thought patterns and my ambitions changing throughout this experience. I was immersing myself in other cultures and learning new things every single day. This is what I wanted to do, expand my mind. I also went to visit Prague and Budapest, which both have the greatest architecture I’ve ever seen. Both cities were so enchanting with huge castles and rich history. The vendors on the Charles Bridge in Prague had some of the coolest, unique jewelry and art I'd yet seen in my travels. I felt that the jewelry almost mirrored the architecture of the city. In Budapest I was pleasantly surprised by the free-spirited and liberal atmosphere. I went to a restaurant/bar/hangout called Szimpla Kert (Simple Garden). It was an abandon building that someone resurrected and turned into a huge "hang out" for young people. It had roughly ten different rooms, inside and outside, all with different lighting and music depending on your mood. There was a huge projector displaying images of nature on the main wall, computers, hookah pipes, TVs and more hanging upside down from the walls
and ceilings. Sounds weird right? It is, but it's the good kind of weird. I have never had better vibes from a bar before, one of the highlights of my Euro-trip. I finished my journey in Italy. When I was not stuffing my face with pasta and mozzarella di bufala, I was admiring the incredible street style. I’m from New York but have never seen street style as I did in Milano. I’ve always loved Italian designers such as Missoni, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana… the list goes on. It was like a dream, the streets were comparable to a runway. While in Italy I took the train all over: Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice, Salerno and finally the ferry to Capri. Each one of these areas had such different styles it was very cool to see. With Milan having the chic attitude, Venice had such a relaxed summer-y feel. I definitely got inspiration from all over, and I enjoy blending that inspiration into my own twist with my everyday outfits. My visit to the island of Capri is another highlight from the trip. Knowing that Audrey Hepburn was a regular visitor and got a lot of her style inspiration from Capri, I was very excited. As I drove along the cliffs of the island, all I saw below was clear blue water where you can't even tell where the sea and the sky meet. The shoe makers of the famous Capri sandal were everywhere, ready to hand-make and customize your order. The seafood was incredible, and the shot of fresh Limoncello after each meal was a serious treat. When this trip was over, I realized a lot of my shopping tendencies. While I really like high fashion for great inspiration, I love buying vintage, one-of-a-kind pieces more. Most of the things I’ve collected and brought back to the U.S. are all vintage that I found at a street fair or small boutique shop. I think these are the most special and tell the best story. Today every time I put on one of the pieces of jewelry or pairs of shoes, I remember exactly that moment. I like to think that all the things I picked up really give a feel for the city I bought it in. When I look at a particular piece I get reminded of the architecture and colors in that particular place. Fashion is one of the most important forms of expression and I want anything I wear to reflect me. This entire experience has shaped my life not only because of the amazing fashion inspiration I now have, but because of the [sometimes hard, sometimes easy] experiences I had interacting every day. The great people I met along the way, the delicious food I got to try and the new knowledge of all the history that Europe has to offer has truly changed me. Now I just want to travel the world and see how differently, or
“In Budapest, I was pleasantly surprised by the free spirited and liberal atmosphere”
similarly, people live. I carry inspiration from my travels in my fashion sense, in my cuisine and in my attitude at all times. There's so much to explore and learn, I'm excited for more!
By: Samantha Negrin, www.dragonnfruit.com
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