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THE FIRST LETTER... This is the very first issue of NOWISM Magazine. Firstly, we want to take you through the concept and what NOWISM means to us. NOWISM as a title symbolises what we believe to be an ideology that is rooted in the discovery of what is now. Which, is why we will make it our duty to discover new talents in many creative fields, whether that be fashion designers, photographers, graphic designers, musicians, illustrators or even fashion models and muses, over the course of NOWISM’s lifetime. We aim to create a platform for these talents to showcase their abilities. However, NOWISM also stands for a system of practices which encompasses all that we, as a collective, are looking at now. We believe that the here and now cannot exist without the past. So in other issues we may pay tribute to our favourite creatives, influences and movements from distant eras. The concept behind the first issue was to really introduce ourselves in an entirely new light. We, the collective behind the magazine wanted to express, introduce and focus on what we were genuinely interested in. The article on Fashion + Music was a great opportunity to talk about aspects of popular culture and fashion, something that interests us immensely and also utilise the talents of our collaborative artist Annie Driscoll, who has also designed our handmade front cover. We wanted to tell you about the places we’ve been and the places we dream to visit. The Parisian magazine section, the Tokyo and Paris section is all a part of us sharing our own and would-be experiences. We would like to make a special thanks to everyone who has been involved in the creation of this magazine. Friends, strangers, mothers and fathers. This is the first attempt we have had at creating a magazine so it truly has been a labour of love. Our lack of experience in this field has hopefully created something worthy of your sight. We hope you enjoy it! Best, Abigail Frieslander + Angel Nicholls Editors

cover art designed by Annie Driscoll. 5


Photography + Styling by Angel Nicholls Modelled by Melanie Astbury + Rob Mills

Get to know the fabulous people that have been involved in creating the very first issue of NOWISM Magazine.

22 A FASCINATION WITH ACCESSORIES Photography by Angel Nicholls

18 VINTAGE NOWISM declares it’s love for vintage and guides you to the best vintage stores from here to New York city.

26 JUST HIM Photography + Styling by Angel Nicholls Modelled by Elliot Angell

40 ALL BLACK Photography by Angel Nicholls Styling by photographer + Abigail Frieslander


42 FASHION + MUSIC Illustration by Annie Driscoll Words by Angel Nicholls

An interview with Susanna-Cole King, the most romantic writer of this digital age.

46 SUSIE BUBBLE Fashion’s most talked about blogger is introduced to our readers. If you don’t already know Susie Bubble, where the heck have you been?


56 NEW TALENT WIND HOME View the interesting array of Street Portraits by a talented father of two.



Designs by Victoria Jensen Photography by Verity Roberts Modelled by Gemma McCabe Art Direction by Abigail Frieslander + Angel Nicholls

An interview with Kristina Hogg Designs by Kristina Hogg Photography by Angel Nicholls Modelled by Gemma McCabe Art Direction by photographer + Abigail Frieslander



Photography by Angel Nicholls Words by Abigail Frieslander

NOWISM’s favourite three french magazines. Make sure you pick up a copy or you’ll miss out.

92 TRAVEL PARIS + TOKYO NOWISM explains why Paris and Tokyo are at the top of our destination love list.






ANGEL NICHOLLS Editor of NOWISM Magazine / Student / Assistant Buyer / Photographer. Angel, also a Fashion Communication and Promotion student has been well immersed into a number of fashion related roles. She has a keen eye for photography and styling and would not dare to miss out on a slice of homemade Victoria sponge.

Editor of NOWISM Magazine / Student / Blogger. Abigail, a Fashion Communication and Promotion student, about to approach her final year, has already had first-hand experience of the fast-paced fashion industry at a young age. We thought we’d also mention Abigail’s love to play dress-up with her adorable cat Fliss.




Annie has recently graduated from Middlesex University with a degree in Illustration. Her talent has been showcased in the likes of Sketchbook magazine, so we’re lucky to have her. Creative and inventive, Annie loves to play around with different mediums to produce exciting, new works of art.

Kristina has recently graduated from De Montfort University with a BA Hons in Fashion Design. A talented designer with a flamboyant flare to her designs. Kristina features in our New Talent section.

Victoria graduated from London College of Fashion in 2009 with a BA Hons in Fashion Design Technology womenswear. Enthusiastic about life and culture, Victoria’s collections are imaginative and bold. The artistic creations of this young designer can also be found in our New Talent section.


WIND HOME Photographer / Father. With a style of photography that seems to document the depth of time and place Wind, has caught the eye of NOWISM.

GEMMA MCCABE Model / Student. Gemma is a Politics student whose passion also resides in modelling. A sensation in front of the camera, Gemma features in both Kristina Hogg and Victoria Jensen’s fashion collections for this first issue of NOWISM Magazine.



Blogger / Free spirit. Susanna has spent her life buried in literary classics and making her own adventures. A talented writer from the US, she has donated a beautiful blog post and featured in the pages of NOWISM for this first issue.

Photographer / Student. Verity is a photography student at Nottingham Trent University in her first year, learning and discovering the world through her lens. All of Verity’s work are visualised by strong ideas and concepts making them all the more interesting.



Dancer / Model / Law Student. Robyn, studying Law at Nottingham University is also an awardwinning ballroom dancer. Robyn features in the Vintage photoshoot along with the beauty that is Charlotte Gray.

Model / Blogger / Student. Intelligent Manchester University student who dabbles in photography. Wellknown in our London inner circle for the beauty of her prose and sublime ability to pose.




Model / Student / Perfectionist. Charlotte, an extremely talented Fashion Design student loves the city of New York because, in her eyes, it’s ‘the best city in the world’. She features in our Vintage section alongside the gorgeous Robyn Price.

Photographer / Graphic Designer / Model. Rob is a talented and creatively driven individual. He splits his time with working at one of Britain’s most well-known brands, freelance work and an active lifestyle. Rob features as our passionate leading male in our editorial: Good morning, my sweet.

Model / Ski Instructor in-thetraining / Pacman extraordinaire. Elliot leads a sport-focused and up-tempo lifestyle. Energetic and humorous and a gem in front of the camera. Elliot features in our main male editorial entitled: Just Him.





Melanie wears the sheer temptation of a see-through babydoll by AGENT PROVOCATEUR, complimented by the delightful pale pink hue of a TOPSHOP lingerie set



Rob ravishes the woman of his dreams in a pair of deeply dark, blue jeans from REISS as Melanie enjoys the rough and the smooth of his ways in light blue ZARA jeans and a classically sexy LA SENZA bra



This page: With lips rouged a dangerous red by MAC COSMETICS, the seemingly virginal long white dress is tainted with overt sexuality. Opposite page: The preparation of seduction for any woman is never truly complete without the reddest lipstick and laciest ensemble by REISS


This page: All of heavens seven virtues are personified and contradicted all at once with the incredibly angelic and devilishly inviting TOPSHOP white chiffon dress. Opposite page: As Melanie tidies the evidence of a morning well-spent in beautiful TOPSHOP lingerie she ponders whether the new washing powder has actually achieved a brilliant white.




NOWISM has a love for vintage that will never falter or distinguish. But why has vintage clothing become so popular? Ten years ago charity shops and vintage clothing was practically unheard of and if you were seen to shop in any of those stores you would definitely not be held in the best regard amongst your peers. However, now it’s the height of fashion. It’s amazing that clothes your grandma or grandad might wear today is now being sold on the high street and in local charity shops to the fashion know-it-alls. How can a six pound knitted cardigan from Oxfam be the height of fashion when its probably been worn for a lifetime or two? Vintage fashion has clearly made a comeback in the last few years. Rummaging through a vintage warehouse can make your style stand out whether you have the tightest budget or are after those sought-after collector’s item vintage garments like a real Ossie Clark, all to yourself. Who could want for more? NOWISM has collated a list of great vintage shops, in select cities that are sure to amaze and inspire you. Go on, make the effort and seek them out: COW - Nottingham Ryan Vintage - Manchester What Comes Around Goes Around - New York Beyond Retro - London Rag - Paris Laura Dols - Amsterdam



Credits: Photography by Angel Nicholls, Words by Abigail Frieslander and Angel Nicholls


Make yourself the envy of your friends and chic computer geeks alike with the smudged leopard print MULBERRY laptop case for APPLE and metallic pink heels from KG by KURT GEIGER.



Reach new heights with the towering wedged heel of an AGENT P R O V O C AT E U R shoe and flash your champagne coloured MULBERRY wallet with what seems to have endless storage space for your cards and cash.



No man is safe when you strut down the street in a pair of gold heels with bright orange suede, designed to turn heads by KG by KURT GEIGER and blind the onlookers with the bright white of a patent leather MULBERRY Bayswater handbag.


Be provocative with the sheer middle of an AMERICAN APPAREL body. Make sure you accentuate those curves with the tight hug of a Hervé Léger bodycon skirt and a vintage real fur belt, stylist’s own.

JUST HIM photography by Angel Nicholls



This page: The boy is in black and white yet full of vigor in a Yohan Serfaty suede knit and Takeshy Kurosawa black jeans. Opposite page: He is prepared for a concrete homeland in a PHILIPP PLEIN white T, jeans as before, patent black Creative Recreation sneakers and let’s not forget the customised metal cased Casio watch.




This page: An unpredictable way to adorn the male form is to throw on a ladies vest by PHILIPP PLEIN and broadcast your spirituality with NIALAYA bracelets; realised in India but handmade in Hollywood.

Exert your rock ‘n’ roll power with metal so weighty and cold; take your pick of jewellery from ELEVEN and layer. Team with a VINTAGE WEAR belt, skinny TOPMAN jeans and JADED BY KNIGHT peaked woollen hat to define the attitude.


This page: Everything as before but with the added glamour of a Swarovski adorned and customised shoe from JADA STYLES and Parisian artistry by OD. Opposite page: Is it the dystopia of a modern future printed upon your chest, or is it simply just another cool wordless statement by JADED BY KNIGHT? ps... Your VINTAGE WEAR belt is the shit.



Sheer is the word in a season of body exposing fabrics and this longsleeve Tshirt by BR UNO tempts any man to take the risk.





This page: Make a subtle modern nod to tribal with style in a LANEUS creamy white Tshirt, then finish off the look with jeans as black as night by MC NERD



Effortlessness is easy for the man, especially when in the comfort of a dark grey longsleeved top by LANEUS.



Charlotte and Robyn play dress up after hours, all in black. Charlotte wears the sexiest of vintage dresses with torn mesh sleeves and a sheer elegantly embellished oversized shrug from TOPSHOP.


Robyn wears the moody yet playful tutu style skirt by ASOS, a soft rubber bandeaux from AMERICAN APPAREL and a lacy bolero from TOPSHOP.

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The distorted fantasy of shape, texture and silhouette that once could only be found on the haute couture catwalks of fashions most visionary of visionaries can now be found upon the backs of music’s most proliferating artists. Beyoncé, Rihanna, La Roux’s Elly Jackson; the new fashion dynasty. And, Lady GaGa, the queen of it all. This fusion between music and fashion is no less than a great phenomenon of this modern age. But what has spurred this on? It seems that in this global economic downturn which, has seen even the glistening English penny dull to a dirty shade of copper, one question lurked over fashion: is it a designers duty to reflect the times we are in or offer us a sense of diversion and escapism with designs that are so far removed from all that we currently know? Well, before fashion

could decide for certain Lady GaGa exploded onto the scene with her chart-topping single Just Dance in 2008. It was a refreshing club hit that’s music video was both visually pleasing and hedonistic. She wore a disco ball bra whilst gyrating to quick and heavy beats, that quite frankly, we all went gaga for. People’s homemade versions went straight up on eBay for sale. And it was only a matter of time before pop’s new princess would be catapulted into super stardom, be crowned queen and command a sense of style that was worthy of nothing less than haute couture fashion which, would make for be the perfect accompaniment to her music. Thierry Mugler, Dolce and Gabbana even Giorgio Armani is amongst the list of high profile designers that just love to dress the newly crowned Queen GaGa. Giorgio Armani even created a bespoke ensemble for the singer to wear during her performance on American Idol this year. It was a Chantilly lace and crystal masterpiece that albeit left little to the imagination, was so full of imagination that it was difficult to forget! So, you see, it seems prêt-a-porter or ‘ready-to-wear’ fashion simply is not in GaGa’s vocabulary. ‘I need fashion for my music and I need music for my fashion’, as she stated in a live interview for Show Studio. It’s all about the showstopper when she goes on stage and we would all be terribly disappointed if she ever settled for less. Furthermore, this trend, if it could be called that, has spread like wildfire through the a-list superstar singers of today. Beyoncé, wore Dolce and Gabbana in her music video, Beautiful Nightmare that seemed to reference C3P0 from Star Wars in all its glory. The beauty of avant-garde fashion is slowly exposing itself to the mainstream once again. Another star that has immersed themselves into fashion is Rihanna. Her outlandish costumes from futuristic biker girl to zebra print all-in-ones proves her chameleon-esque ability to change up her look to keep her fans interested and push the boundaries of good and bad taste. But, this trend does not only reside on the other side of the Atlantic. British pop-stars like Paloma Faith, Florence Welch and Elly Jackson each have their own distinctive senses of style that go hand-in-hand with their on-stage persona. Elly, a former privately educated pupil of Royal Russell School in England found stardom with La Roux after being signed to independent French music label Kitsuné Music and releasing In For The Kill. Her trademark quiff and androgynous style defines her look whether she is dressing in monochromatic colours for a futuristic edge or a kaleidoscope of colour to achieve her equally androgynous look. The fashion is an integral part of all of these artists and seems more ingrained into the industry now more than ever. However in an interview with T 4 ’ s Miquita 46

Oliver, Elly Jackson stipulated that she thought that this phenomenon was no new thing, that fashion has always had an affinity in music, it was just that at times it may have been less noticeable because the clothes did not scream at us as they do now. And she is right. Compare the outrageous fashion of musical talent Bjork when she wore that swan dress, designed by Marjan Pejoski in 2001 to GaGa’s equally as shocking outfits worn on stage that are also equally as surreal. NOWISM asks, what is the difference? The difference lies within the sex appeal. Any and everyone shunned Bjork for her outlandish outfit yet we praise Lady GaGa and simply marvel at her gusto and energy to wear such a thing. Quite simply, the music is not enough. The fashion is not enough. The performance is everything. It’s about the energy and aura that a star projects. That potent postmodern bricolage of good and bad taste. Beyoncé, Lady GaGa, Rihanna and even Elly Jackson, to some degree, possess a sense of overt sexuality. Lady GaGa stages performances with bare flesh of male and female that takes place in a surreal fantasy; set and costume included and we love it. Whether this affinity is new or was always simmering under the surface of music, it is here now. And we, as an audience or witness to musical talents of our era do not want to be reminded of the financial dystopia we find ourselves in. Smaller budgets call for greater innovation. We yearn to be whisked away, swept off our feet and escape with our favourite stars. Is that not what fashion is for? Is that not what music is for? We would not help create or pay notice to these marvellous icons if it were not so.


This is Susie Bubble.. She is on the top twenty fashion blog list and gets a front row seat at Chanel. Susanna Lau created Stye Bubble in March 2006 and is now one of the biggest fashion icons around. A true fashionista, Susie photographs every exciting purchase made and documents her daily life whether it be in London today or New York tomorrow, there is never a dull moment on Style Bubble. Susie also had the opportunity as commissioning editor at but has recently resigned due to other projects on the go and to spend more time on the blog. Susie enjoys looking at the sea, reading Penguin classics anniversary books, Shimmery make up and macaroons from Laduree. Style Bubble is admired by its unique take on fashion and interesting posts. Want to find out more about Susie Bubble, why not read her blog at



blogger the romantic prose of a dreamer whose humble beginnings have carved out a writing style that is arguably as profound, awe-inspiring and wise as any great novelist of yesteryear. Her name is Susanna-Cole King and her blogs are amazing; find them at Full of depth and insight. They aim to inspire the reader and ignite a fire within. NOWISM has had the pleasure of interviewing the young writer and finding out what makes her tick.

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When did you first begin to write?

At the age of twelve, or so. Later, I fully abandoned the art for some time, maybe, two to three years, before retreating back, and immersing myself in it, once more.

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What inspired you to start blogging?

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Who is your most influential blogger?

Living in New York City for the summer.

There’s this little blog named Ferns and Moss, as well as, a series of blogs, by a trio sisters (I don’t know any of their names, with the anonymity of the web, I suppose it’s not a surprise), all of which mostly collect photographs and memorabilia from the 60s and 70s, very psychedelic, free spirits and such. If I had lived then, I would have unquestionably been a hippie, and I glean a great deal of inspiration from these eras.

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Will you ever translate your blog into a book?


Do you have any future prospects for ‘Girl meets


Can’t say that I do.

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Who is your favourite writer of all time and why?

Perhaps. There’s been an outpouring of requests from readers for it, so, I’ll see. If anything I’d choose a selection of blog entries, and a collection of unread, unpublished poetry and prose, and include them together in a small volume, preferably hand crafted and bound, but my budget may not allow for this.


Sylvia Plath, though I’ve just begun to read the work of Henry Miller, and already, I’m enamoured, and reckon he could rival for the title of my favourite writer. As for Sylvia, what I like is her imagery, and how atmospheric she was in her writing. She wrote for all five senses, and not many authors do. What I find in both of

them, or in their books rather, is a sense of home, like being enveloped into a warm body, or being in the presence of beloved kin or friends, such a softhearted sensation of comfort and closeness.

Q. Who are your most inspirational designers and why? A. I don’t have any, and if I’m being frank, I find it most mind-boggling that society consumes clothing at such outrageous prices. I could live quite happily, for an awfully long time, on what some spend on a dress they’ll only wear once. Thus, I’ve come to mostly ignore the designer world, and I don’t mean to come off condescending, funny enough, my conscious simply could not live comfortably with such luxury. Occasionally, I come across it, of course, look at it, absorb it even, admire the colours, the craft, the construction. I don’t take many cues from it though. Q. A.

How would you describe your personal style?

A bit bohemian, and especially inspired by the traditional dress of other cultures, such as African tribes, as well as, traditional styles from India and the Native Americans. Many tribes gather from nature, and adorn themselves solely from natural resources, which I find especially lovely. The sea, and surfing, play into my style, as well. In recent times, I’ve come to fully embrace being natural, and mostly uncultivated. I don’t dye my hair, blow dry it, straighten it, rarely ever even cut it. I don’t bother with make-up, save for special occasions. I like the juxtaposition of femininity and a touch of ruggedness.

Q. Who is your favourite photographer and why? A. Sally Mann. Sometimes I think I’d like very well like to live in her photographs, I can stare into them for such stretches of time, they’re ambiguous, raw, poignant, and nonetheless magnificent. And it is not only her unflinching lens, she’s intriguing in herself,

self-possessed, questioning, philosophical. I have an admiration for her as an artist, and as a person.

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What makes a most visually outstanding photograph?

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What was your upbringing like?

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What is your best or earliest childhood memory?

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Do you believe in fairies?

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What is your favourite meal?

Nothing alone that I could name, it’s never any one thing. Easier it is to say what I don’t like in a photograph, and that is when it looks overwrought, posed, over-edited, too perfect. I am drawn to flaws, ambiguity, photographs shot on film, organic scenes, the ones that feel like a memory of your own.

In retrospect my upbringing was unorthodox, though it seemed in no part peculiar to me then. We had lived in the deep south, the mid west, and the mid-Atlantic, by the time I was ten. Neither my sister nor I attended school, and we never had money, or much of it, which bore us into being of the innovative sort. We lived in a theological seminary, for some time, a strange haven for a child. I spent much of my days reading, and frolicking about in the forest, (and sometimes reading in trees). The land, the books, brought me up too.

One of the earliest memories that I have is falling faceforward over the handlebars of my sister’s bicycle. I was maybe four, she was two years older, and when she left her bike for a bit, it became too tempting for me not to try and sneak in a ride. I wasn’t a child of consequences, I didn’t consider them, I was all heart and impulsiveness. When I mounted the seat, I could no longer lean to place either of my feet on the ground, and I landed like a four-legged creature, my knees taking the brunt of my tumble. Mostly, I remember my sharp intake of breath, the searing sensation of skin shrivelling away from my wounds, and the smell of blood in the sun.

Sure, I suppose. I believe in God, in ghosts, in aliens. I’m hardly a scientific sort, I go all on soul.

No favourite, though my taste buds never grew up, they seem to have been stunted in childhood, and thus I like best the kid-friendly staples, such as spaghetti, pizza, cheeseburgers and fries, chicken tenders. I am teased about this an awful lot, but least I don’t have to jump through many hoops to fix a meal that I like, and it’s fortunate, because I’m a disastrous cook. 52


Where can you see yourself in five years time?


Still living freely, unless life surprises me otherwise.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009 “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

I have dreams now, of desolate roads, and lonesome motels, ingrained on elapsed lands that offer shoddy rooms with cobwebs and lingering shadows, and anonymity to a drifting soul.

I think I’ll drive, all the way, to California, blaze the boundaries of my country, east coast to west. To drift through space and reminiscence, in the sleepy bones of my scruffy Volvo, its twin windshields, gritty and encrusted with remnants of northeast winters, framing the shifting terrain further on and following.

I crave the sweet delirium of insanity, of summer when heat crawls on exposed flesh, eating away the mind’s good sense. My need for a definite destination is absent; the stained maps of inked routes of purpose are to be abandoned. I wish only, to go.

The widespread dream of traveling is not unlike a castle in the sky. We gaze upon it, marveling at all its promise suspended in air, but we venture to guess that it is far above reaching: too pricey, too uncertain, not now, we’re busy, perhaps, later‌

We consult maps; we consult costs, fishing with the tips our fingers in the lining of our pockets and tousled couch cushions for extra change to pay our way to the locations we daydream of.

Don’t go with a plan. Don’t go to be guided throughout on a tour. Don’t go to reside in a resort. Don’t go for luxury. Take a battered suitcase. Take any vehicle that runs. And take to the road.

Traveling is at perspective, merely a state of mind. We go for the prize of poignant liberty. We go when deadlines begin to chew away at our sanity, when our minds clatter into a dead end, when the days all look the same. We go to be aware of ourselves. We go for second sight, for vigor to flourish in our essence, for the emergence of character, for igniting light within.

Then there is the lack of limitations, the stretch and scribble of well worn roads. The curtains of undone hair, delicate like bicycle streamers in the wind, weaving through widemouthed windows, then snapping in the rapid shift of regions. The melodious breath of youth-forgotten freedom, fluently filling our lungs once again...a revival of our spirit, and of our soul.

How often do you travel? Do you wish to travel more, or to travel at all? Where do you dream of going? Why? If you travel, has traveling taught you anything, about the world, about yourself? Other thoughts?

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P H O T O G R A P H E R They call him Wind. The picture above is from a private collection of family photos of Wind Home, four years old. His explorative nature it seems has always been a part of him. Wind’s unique way of photographing is more akin to the documentation of his life and what surrounds him. An impressive selection of images by the photographer is entitled: Street Portraits. He explores the homeless in his Hometown of Eugene, Oregon in the US from a unpredictable and almost entirely new perspective. A sense of depth, wonderment and sombre tranquillity is immersed in every photo; These are real people and this is how they live...


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“She is a woman who is living on the streets of Eugene with her husband right now. I photographed her a while back and this is the five bucks I paid her for allowing me to photograph her. She's a very nice woman. I've since found her and given her copies of all her photos both digital and print.� -Wind Home


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“She calls herself Rocket and plays music for money while traveling around. I'm not sure where she is from or where she is going. She was very nice and allowed me to photograph her for a while. Hope you enjoy the photos.” -Wind Home

“He lives on the streets and calls himself Pappy. Seems to be a nice guy as far as I can tell. He said that he has two daughters so I printed him out two copies of his photos so he could send them to them.” -Wind Home




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Credits: Photo credits: Photographer Wind Home Wind@Home, Words by Angel Nicholls.


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designer Kristina Hogg is a talented graduate designer from De Montfort University. Her intricate designs featuring detailed appliquĂŠ and digital prints are inspired by the renaissance period and its Parisian courtesans. Visit the NOWISM blog to see the full video interview about her collection at www.


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What is the inspiration behind your collection?

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How would you describe your personal style?

I first looked into renaissance jewellery and the women who wore it like Parisian courtesans. I was also heavily influenced by the bold colours and random 70s-style fabrics used by Christian Lacroix. Jean Paul Gaultier was also a key inspirational figure with his bodycon designs and underwear used as outerwear. So once I had all my inspiration and had developed prints from the jewels I had collected I then focused on the silhouette and made the outfits. The concept behind it had a lot to do with sportswear also and was influenced by menswear tailoring.

I kind of change it all of the time. I don’t think there’s any particular style. Also, I think it doesn’t really matter what clothes you have. It’s about how you wear them. I don’t think conscientiously about what I wear. I like to make my money go a long way though so I tend to buy lots of cheaper items but I will spend a lot on one garment if I think ‘I’ve gotta have it’ and it’s worth it.

Q. What were you interested in when you were younger? A.

I was always into crafts so I even liked glass painting, jewellery making. At about 16 years old I got into textiles. I participated in the Audi Young Designers of the Year Awards and got into the final, because of that I was chosen to go to Germany so I thought: ‘I must be quite good at this’.

Q. What advice would you give to anyone studying to be a designer? A. Persevere. There are so many obstacles so you really need to focus on the end goal. Keep being inspired. Work hard. And also, sometimes it’s more about who you know rather than what you know in the industry, so keep building contacts! Q. A.

What do you get up to in your spare time?

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What are your favourite magazines?

Ha ha. I don’t really have spare time. I’m always sewing, always have a project on the go whether it’s for myself or for other people.

I’m very disloyal to magazines. I just like to pick different stuff up. When I was at university it was really great because there was a market nearby where they sold magazines for a £1. They were always really good ones like back issues of Tank, Pop or 10 magazine, for example.

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Credits: Designs Credits: by Kristina Designs Hogg,byPhotography Kristina Hogg, by Photographer Angel Nicholls,Angel Modelled Nicholls. by Gemma McCabe.


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Photographed by Emma Jensen

designer Meet Victoria Jensen who graduated from London College of Fashion in 2009 with a BA in Fashion Design. Her collection is fit for girly fairy-tale and frivolous fantasy. Victoria’s inspiration for the collection came from 60s pop culture and menswear tailoring. Victoria grew up in the suburbs of Essex and proved her talents after studying a diploma art foundation at LCF and then being awarded runner up in a work wear design competition. Although Victoria is a suburban girl, she loves the city, shopping and creating new designs.


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Credits: Designs by Victoria Jensen, Photography by Verity Roberts, Modelled by Gemma McCabe.




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ant to look super fabulous this Summer? Why not try seasonal foods to satisfy your taste buds. All you need to do is fill your trolley with a selection of berries, tomatoes and some green goodness and you are ready to go. This season, green vegetables including peas, asparagus and broccoli are all members of the super food cabinet. However spinach and leek are the height of excitement due to their intense flavours, crunchy textures and of course, their feel-good factor.

One of the most famous super foods with its classified humble talent is the light freshness of spinach. The flavonoids contained within this leafy green help make this one of the worlds most legendary foods. The spinach leaves contain a secret weapon, lutein, which is there to combat any possible damage to our bodies. The nutrition is also at its best, with the content of calcium within this food helping to strengthen any weak bones. Spinach, an all inclusive vegetable that can accompany any dish to enhance its flavour and keep us healthy. However, the leek is seen to be the most interesting of all the greens due to its subtle colour ways and its perfected layers of supple skin. Vitamin C and potassium help make this skinny super food more enticing for the human body. Not only can this vegetable be found in leek and potato soup, but it also can be used to create exciting dishes such as leek and emmental cheese souffle or why not try smoked haddock and leek risotto. Whatever the choice, you are guaranteed a great seasonal dish. Beef, plum, cherry and buffalo are all part of the tomato family and all have one thing in common, Lycopene. This powerful anti oxidant can be found in most super foods but unlike others the tomato has an overwhelming percentage of Lycopene within its flesh. The bright red carotenoid pigment has proven to combat against prostrate cancer, thus making it a serious contender in the shopping trolley. Onto the berries who love to be mixed, pureed or thrown into a juicer. The more natural, the better. These family members are full of nutrients and vitamins that help reduce the risk of cancer and also help to keep your immune system high. The best example to give you is strawberries, packed full of antioxidants, bursting with flavour and vibrant in colour. Whilst they make a mouth watering ‘super’ snack there just as good for your skin so why not try and make a strawberry skin cleanser to make it all the more exciting. These days you can put anything you eat on your skin and it seems to be okay. On an average day, any of these magnificent fruits or vegetables can be consumed. Whether that be a couple of berries with your Special K for breakfast, sliced tomatoes in your salad lunch or even a side order of steamed spinach on your dinner date. These super foods within this seasonal period are not only tasty, colourful and fresh but also have great health benefits that you would be foolish to miss out on. So next time you grab your trolley don’t forget these hearty heroes!


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Credits: Words by Abigail Frieslander, Photography by Angel Nicholls.






Size does matter. Glint magazine is an oversized publication that is, to say the least, amazingly visually astounding. NOWISM loves to paw over the pages of Glint, oohing and aw-ing over the enviable fashion editorials. A fashionista’s must have for sure. So if you find yourself in Paris, be sure to pick up a copy. Ask at the newsstands on the Metro and a Parisian gentleman will be sure to help you out.

Jalouse. A riveting combination of prettiness and edge. You might not speak french so let the imagery do the talking. Romantic and dream-like. This magazine is a favourite of ours for it’s quirky insight on fashion that has playful and commercial appeal. Although it appears to be for a younger demographic we have found the content to be quite adult with editorials playing with the boundaries of voyeurism and commentary on the devastating sex appeal of the female form.


Nudes of controversy. Purple Magazine made a stormy entrance into the world of fashion when it launched in 1992. NOWISM loves the raw and unapologetic sex appeal that Purple has developed over the years. With founder and editor Olivier Zahm, it is a magazine that is constantly pushing the boundaries of good and bad taste but always in the height of style.





Paris, is one of the most romantic cities in the world, as well as being a fantastic place to shop and visit local french pâtisseries. You can’t go wrong in Paris as it has something for everyone whether you want to shop all day and night or visit the Eiffel tower. There are many art galleries and exhibitions that take place throughout the year so be sure to visit the Pompidou centre, featuring modern and contemporary art in Europe. Bars and restaurants in Paris are an exciting night out if you don’t understand French! Although most of the waiters and bar staff do speak a little English. Bastille is our favourite nighttime haunt. This set of photographs illustrate the beauty and diversity of Paris, a must visit for 2010.

Photographs by Abigail Frieslander


Photographs by Rachel Farshi & Sarah Lewington

What is so wonderful about Tokyo? If you love an exciting and vibrant way of life and want to visit the other side of the world then why not travel to Tokyo. It’s one of the fashion capitals of the world and is densely populated with approximately eleven million people. It oozes with exhilaration, always first with technology and when it comes to fashion, the city is already looking towards the future. Beautiful imagery has captured the essence of Tokyo and what it stands for, the love of new culture and a unique way of living. If your looking for a vibrant and busy place to shop then Shibuya is the place to go, which is located in Western Tokyo. However if you quite like peace and quiet then Rikugien Garden is one of Tokyo’s most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens. The fashion essence set by the younger generation of Tokyo teenagers has had a dramatic affect on the cities overall image to tourists and other fashion capitals. It is this style and other features of Tokyo that attract people to the city and make it one of the wonders of the world. NOWISM recommends a visit to both Paris and Tokyo for an array of delicious delicacies, a unique experience of culture and a trip your sure not to forget. 95

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NOWISM Magazine: a candid look into the lives, fashions, work, arts and cultures that inhabit the world.