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TRAWLING THROUGH BRIGHTONS SHOPS SNOOPERS ATTIC 7-8 Kensington Gardens, Brighton Attention all Vintage lovers, this shop’s name says it all – it is the new ‘attic’ at the top of Vintage heaven, Snooper’s Paradise, selling trinkets from every era, from all over the world, in Brighton’s North Laines. This shop, which only opened this February, sells a collection of hand-made to vintage clothes, accessories or anything that may take your fancy. Perfect for snugly winter jumpers or the height in festival chic, this shop is perfect for your inner child – don’t go there if you don’t want to let it loose. They also offer alterations with their in store sewing machine/design counter where they are continuously creating new, interesting and beautiful items to sell in store.

EDITORS PICKS [LEFT] Acne Leather Jacket – Approx. £790 [BOTTOM LEFT] Jas M.B. Grey Wool Backpack – Approx. £350 [BOTTOM RIGHT] Etoile by Isabel Marrant Knit Jumper – Approx. £200

EDITORS PICKS [BOTTOM LEFT AND MIDDLE] Circus Kinetica’s Ethereal Metal and Feather headband’s – Perfect for dress-up or simply for a daring fashion day! (HEADBAND £38, EARPIECE £24) [BOTTOM RIGHT] Fringed vintage suede skirt (£35) [TOP LEFT] One of Jobee Jo’s hand-made ‘Where the Wild Thing’s’ inspired animal hats/hoods are the perfect indulgent winter buy – I am in love with mine! (£60-90)

TRIBECA 21 Bond Street Brighton A shop that is still going strong after 9 years – now we see how they have such strong labels with unbeatable buying. Although the price point is quite a bit higher than Snooper’s Attic and other Vintage stores the quality and trend factor makes it entirely worth it. Everything in this shop conveys a certain style that cannot be priced – perfect to lust after. I, myself, am lusting after the grey wool Jas M.B. backpack … in case anyone wants to buy me a Christmas present. The labels in this store read like a who’s who of ‘just made it’ trendy people in the fashion industry. Despite being open for 9 years, the owner/buyer of this shop clearly stays on the ball of what’s new and interesting in fashion. The mixture of labels from edgy cool, acne, to more comfortable basics like Vanessa Bruno is perfect for layering this season. This combination produces a look of unpretentious cool which is an inevitable influence of the area in Manhattan, New York, who gave this shop it’s name – Tribeca. The mixture of labels makes certain that their clientele is not one particular woman – she is not young nor old, edgy nor boring she is simply comfortable and fashionable.

Forties Fashion Affair Ever attempted to recreate the 1940’s look and failed? Or have you simply been too scared to embrace your inner glamour? Daisy Moon Ellis is here to tell you how to capture the era perfectly.


Fashion is a cycle: a constant re-discovery and re-invention of trends from past eras. After a soft and silky 1970’s summer of floppy hats and flowing shapes in warm oranges and yellows, it seems fitting that we’re returning to the sophisticated allure of the 1940’s this Autumn/Winter. A favourite era of mine, the fashion of the 1940’s evokes a very subtle kind of glamour and sensuality: the stockings, the tight curls, the red lips and, of course, the pencil skirt. Indeed, Forties glamour was all over the catwalks this season. From the smart and structural twisting of fabric at Donna Karan, the black silhouettes tinged with fur and lace at Topshop Unique, and the striking fuchsia shrugs teamed with moody lipstick at Gucci, there was a real sense of exotic elegance, power and, above all, high glamour dominating the catwalk. Of course, the staple piece recurring throughout these looks is the pencil skirt. The pencil skirt is so simple, yet so grown-up; so unassuming yet so powerful. It screams sexuality, and at the same time sophistication. There are many high street stores where you can find your perfect pencil skirt at an affordable price: ASOS offer a gorgeous selection of tartan and dogtooth print skirts, which you can team with a faux fur shrug for a heritage chic look. They also

sell simple jersey skirts in a variety of colours for only £20, which, while they do not necessarily create an authentic 1940’s shape, are a great wardrobe staple. You can find leather and cut out lace pencil skirts at Topshop to inject a stroke of fetishism into your Forties affair. Finally, and somewhat surprisingly, New Look manages to kill two birds with one stone. They combine the 1940’s trend with our new favourite skirt length, the midi, with their stunning and simple camel skirts with a cheeky front-split. However, if you’re really looking to encapsulate the style of the 1940’s, it is worth checking out the multitude of vintage shops lurking around Brighton. In my experience nothing compares to the shape and cut of a genuine 1940’s piece. It is easy to re-create the beauty of the 1940’s by using modern pieces. Team your perfect pencil skirt with a plain black shirt and a hounds-tooth blazer or a faux fur shrug. Top the look off with a few pearl necklaces, knotted together, and a pair of statement heels. Make-up should be kept simple and classy: a matte face, flicked eyeliner and deep red lips. I’ve put together a selection of example pieces, a kind of 1940’s mood-board, for you to take inspiration.

the 1940’s evokes a very subtle kind of glamour


TOPSHOP £35 £35



NEW LOOK £19.99 £30


FASHION Lazy Oaf- Jazzy blue Mittens. £15. Lazy Oaf. An excellent gift for those who are hard to buy for. OR just a little present for yourself..

The Kooples. Buckled vintage-inspired boots. £285. The Kooples. Sometimes it really is worth investing in a pair of quality boots. The leather is sturdy but soft, the look is tough yet sexy.

Wool and the Gang- Jolly Pocket DIY Scarf. £95. Urban Outfitters.


Beautiful, vibrant colour. Brilliant way of getting creative, plus a new twist on home-made presents

Obey- Blind Sided Beanie. £35. Obey. Always a good idea to keep your little ears warm. The muted shade means you can wear it with anything, plus it works on boys and girls!

Mango- Metallic stripe dress. £54.90. Asos. Christmas and New Year party season looms.. so many different events, so many different ways of wearing this dress. Casual with thick tights and loose hair, or more chic and dressy with a great pair of (very high) heels and a chignon hairstyle.

Kurt Geiger- Samurai chunky heels. £395. KG London. Who wouldn’t brave the snow and ice in these? Potentially dangerous but who cares when they look this good?!

Gloverall Wet Wax check lined cape. £270. Urban Outfitters. LOVE the toggles..very Paddington Bear without being too serious. Also v. practical for typically English weather.









FASHION remained. Chanel ensured that black was no longer a fashion faux-pas, but a style institution. In the late 1920s, the cinema became an increasingly popular past-time. Screen sirens like Bette Davis and Jean Harlow were the superstars of their day, not only smouldering on the silver screen but influencing audiences in terms of fashion. Without Technicolor, costume designers were left to deal with monochrome. Starlets were often head-to-toe in inky black. Femme fatales, fallen women and even Betty Boop were often shown in black halter dresses as opposed to the conservative styles of wholesome Hollywood heroines. Black was portrayed black as dangerous, mysterious and naughty; that little bit of bad that we’d all like to be. Black is back this autumn/winter. From sophisticated The vampish look of these glamorous sex symbols is echoed tailoring at Jil Sander and Yves Saint Laurent to subversive today by Scarlett Johansson, Dita Von Teese and Italian fetish trends at Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton, fash- designers Dolce & Gabbana. ion’s love affair with black isn’t set to end any time soon. Dark and diverse, black is bold and shy, smart and sexy. And who could forget Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Black conforms, but it also screams rebellion. In a world with Tiffany’s? In a simple black floor-length gown designed by so many colours, why is it that we are drawn to a shade so Hubert de Givenchy, Hepburn became an enduring epitome sombre and arguably colourless? Just what is it about black of style and elegance. Standing outside Tiffany’s in pearls that keeps us coming back? and sunglasses, Hepburn oozed class, fuelling women’s desire for black. Dark, morbid and negative; it’s no surprise black gets a It doesn’t stop there. From classical musicians to rock’n’roll bad rap. Victorian and Edwardian mourning rituals dictated that widowed women wore black for at least two years, subject to strict dress etiquette codes. But as the decades wore on, one designer was set to bring black to the forefront of fashion. Black was about to meet Coco Chanel.


The LBD, or Little Black Dress, is a wardrobe staple. On those days when just don’t know what to wear the LBD takes you from day to night, casual to cocktail. Black remains the go-to shade for drama and sexiness. As Dior once said, black is “the most popular...convenient and...elegant of all colours. You can wear black at any any age...almost any occasion”. Yet, 85 years ago, the world had yet to meet their new favourite garment. With the backing of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, who proclaimed that “the woman who hasn’t at least one Chanel is hopelessly out of fashion”, Coco Chanel was already a tastemaking designer. But the LBD was about to become one of Coco Chanel’s signature items, stitching her name into the history of fashion. In 1926, American Vogue published an image of a simple black dress, the first of which not designed for funerals. Short, straight and calf-length, decorated with a few diagonal lines. It was Chanel and it was in Vogue; the combination proving irresistible to fashion fans. Suddenly black had shaken its dark status as women began to realise what black could do for them. Slimming, flattering and streamlining, women took note of black’s simple elegance and versatility. The cuts have since changed, from floor-sweeping to thigh-skimming, but the colour has


superstars, black is the colour of choice for a large number of performers. Edith Piaf wore a black shift dress throughout her career, earning her the nickname ‘little black sparrow’. While this was intended to focus the audience on Piaf’s vocals, many performers use black to convey a sense of rebellion and naughtiness. It is no surprise therefore that black characterises many gothic, rock and emo subcultures, which draw on black’s shadowy connotations for a subversive style. Think Alison Mosshart from The Kills, The Ramones, Kiss, My Chemical Romance...the list goes on. Punks in particular take black’s fetish aspect to the extreme: take Vivienne Westwood’s bondage trousers. Music fans want to resemble their favourite bands, and if Joey Ramone wears black leather jackets and skinny jeans then guess what; the fans are soon to follow. Black is many things. It can be anything you want it to be; it all depends on the way you wear it. But no matter what, black is timeless. So don’t listen to Anna Wintour when she tells you that another colour is set to take the fashion world by storm: black is and always will be the new black.



n recent years there has been a significant increase in models walking the catwalks with a little extra in the name of art. Once considered a predominantly male art form, tattoos appear to have spread from the Naval base to haute couture in a matter of years. Flick through any high profile publication from Vogue to Harper’s Bazaar and this trend will become apparent as designers embrace the inked body on catwalks, neglecting the perception of the model being a “blank canvas”.

audience when advertising, visualizing who’s buying the specific brand and marketing it towards them. A customer looking to purchase a classic cut YSL tuxedo jacket would not expect the hands extending from the jacket to be heavily tattooed, especially on promotional material. The advertisement reflects the client’s taste, the expected owner of the piece and their personal style.

Essentially, the model is employed to showcase the given clothing. Stereotypically both catwalk and editorial models Many designers themselves are in favour of sporting a cus- are expected to make clothes look desirable, increasing tom skin. Creators such as Marc Jacobs and John Galliano sales as a result. For an item to sell it is important for audiimprint visuals onto their skin; it is almost expected from a ence focus to remain on the clothing they are being sold. creative mind. The artist’s themselves are gaining high pro- Whilst having a familiar faced model can be profitable to files within the fashion industry: tattooist Scott Campbell sales, in certain situations anything that detracts attention for example, has inked Jacobs and a string of high profile away from the item could be labelled a sales faux-pas and catwalk models alike. therefore would be entering dangerous ground, unless of course that is the designer’s intention. When I speak of the “tattooed model” I am referring to the average 5’11” supermodel. I am not addressing the “alternative scene” where fame can be achieved through the amount of imagery one can cram onto the skin. Nor am I specific to those whom have even a couple of relatively large-scale pieces. Lily Cole for example, has only two small designs, lettering to her ankle and a heart outline on her inner wrist. These pieces are not so to speak “rebellious” nor are they large, but they mark an end to her being a

TATTOOS ARE SPECIFIC TO THE WEARER; THEY LEAVE A MARK OF PERSONALITY ON THE SKIN “blank canvas”. Tattoos are specific to the wearer; they leave a mark of personality on the skin, something that will remain when showcasing collections on the catwalk. Personally, I am of the belief that for certain “contemporary designers”, tattoos can complement the brand image perfectly. However, for certain classic lines, heavily inked models may not quite portray the demure image intended. Designers have to consider their target LILY COLE


FASHION It is also worth considering the reaction to ink by varying groups and ages. Whilst tattooing has increased in popularity drastically over the past ten years, the art form is still frequently rejected as “normal”. Unfortunately this is a viewpoint that I believe will largely remain embedded within society. Stylizing the skin with permanent materials will always be considered a social taboo, regardless of how a tattoo is presented and whom it is upon. Some of the more conventional fashion brands know this all too well, sex sells, yet not if the client rejects overt sexuality. It would be financially endangering for a brand to knowingly go against what the customer requests and expects of them. Fashion brands have a certain reputation to uphold and for some companies this is significantly more important than others.

Personally I believe there are certain brands, such as Vivienne Westwood, where tattooed skin can emphasize not only the success of the overall visual but also the profitability of a collection. As fashion adapts to keep up with the contemporary age, followers will generally be of an open mind to adaptation; therefore the presence of inked skin will be embraced. However I believe when considering tattoos, which are a choice, it is important to consider the opposition. Certain brands thrive on a classical image and it would be detrimental to these established brands to adapt their image dramatically. Whilst as an individual I disagree with the discrimination of body art, it has become apparent that the industry is yet to fully embrace it. Essentially, the need for the “blank canvas” is far from dead.


FLOGS That marvelous creation, the interweb, has brought us many wonderful things: internet shopping, Facebook and of course the blog. Virtually anyone can express their thoughts, beliefs and feelings on any number of subjects ranging from politics and philosophy to sandwiches. And among the spectrum of blogs covering everything including the most absurd and mundane aspects of our lives is of course - the fashion blog. A successful fashion blog can turn the ordinary fashion fanatic with a computer into a style icon, an authority, a fully fledged member of the fashion community and also, of course, very rich. The fashion blog can bring us inspiration as we desperately wade through our wardrobes in search of something to wear. They nourish us with the latest trends, they inject us with style tips, and they bring us reports from the front line of fashion. Perhaps you might think I’m becoming slightly melodramatic here but millions of us are following these bloggers as if they’re the second coming. If you haven’t already become as tragically obsessed as I am with these blogs then run now to the nearest possible computer and find out what you’ve been missing out on!

RING MY BELL: ASHLEY MADEKWE I stumbled upon this blog after some rather excessive googling but who can now say that the time I spend on Google is a waste? Ashley Madekwe is an actress by trade and best known for her portrayal of ‘Bambi’ in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, but she is also one of the UK’s most popular fashion bloggers. Her blog is made up mostly by photos of her modelling effortlessly chic ensembles that include mixing an Alexander Wang clutch and shirt from Zara or Prada shoes with a jacket from Topshop - when it comes to combining high street and high fashion this girl knows how.

scream out “we’re young, beautiful and having more fun than you mere mortals could possibly dream of” and indeed, as we scroll down the page, tears of joy splashing onto the keyboard, we do dream.

The blog also has regular giveaways of clothes and jewellery, allowing us lucky few to feel, if only for a moment, like a celebrity. There’s also an online shop where you can buy some of Ashley’s clothes and accessories (some of them brand new) that she can no longer fit in her wardrobe - or as we might know it, Heaven. The Not only does Ashley dress like an A-lister, she hangs out with items she sells ranges from high street clothes to a Mulberry bag, them too. One post includes photos of her partying with Matthew Herve Leger dress and Christian Louboutin shoes, all at seriously Williamson and Mischa Barton on New Year’s Eve; photos that just bargain prices!


THE SARTORIALIST: SCOTT SCHUMAN It has for some time now been a dream of mine that one day The Sartorialist will approach me, take my photo and expose me to the world for the style icon I am. Needless to say, this is yet to happen. It is an honour above all else for any fashion lover to have one’s picture posted on the Sartorialist’s blog; an honour bestowed on men and women across the world as Scott Schuman, with his camera over his shoulder, travels from city to city and captures on film the style, flair and creativity of ordinary folk like you and I. His aim: to inspire and be inspired. A short film I recently watched about the Sartorialist showed him approaching a woman in New York and asking to take a photo of her - she turns with a look in her eye that says “leave me alone, pervert, or I will call the police”. When he explains who he is she blushes, poses and then apologetically blurts out “I love your blog!”. And so do I.

The fashion blog can bring us inspiration as we desperately wade through our wardrobes in search of something to wear. They nourish us with the latest trends, they inject us with style tips, and they bring us reports from the front line of fashion. Perhaps you might think I’m becoming slightly melodramatic here but millions of us are following these bloggers as if they’re the second coming. If you haven’t already become as tragically obsessed as I am with these blogs then run now to the nearest possible computer and find out what you’ve been missing out on!

SIMPLE STEPS TO MAKE YOUR BLOG, THE BLOG. MEET INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE Start fraternising with the perennially voted ‘best dressed’ Alexa Chung, have cocktails in some trendy Parisian bar with Emmanuelle Alt and become Phillip Lim’s new best friend. Yes, I know, easier said than done. But there are some more straightforward ways to network - last June, Vogue Italia’s Editor in Chief Franca Sozzani was in London for the Vogue Experience where aspiring fashion journalists and photographers got the chance to meet her, to discuss their careers, aspirations and ask questions. Basically, keep your ear to the ground for opportunities such as these because in fashion, as in all industries, it’s all about networking.

PHOTOS, AND LOTS OF THEM! Whether the snaps are of you modelling some exciting fashion experimentations, or are simply documenting the style of people on the street, - make your blog look engaging! The more professional your blog appears the more credibility it can gain - but you can also keep it simple as long as it stands out from the crowd. And believe me, there are so many fashion blogs out there, it’s a large crowd!

FIND OUT SOME SECRETS AND THEN BLAB THEM TO THE WORLD Discover the best places to shop, fashion hotspots, unearth a vintage Chanel bag in a dingy underground thrift shop. Become the go-to -girl/guy to all those bright young things desperate for their next hit of the ‘cutting edge’. Personal experiences are part of the appeal of blogs – it’s like fashion with a human face. So tell your eager readers some of fashion’s best kept secrets and you might just receive some loyal followers.

BE ORIGINAL! With millions of blogs to contend with yours has to be bigger, better or simply satisfy a niche in order to get noticed. You can be specific (fashion for students on a budget), wacky (check out 14 year old fashionista Tavi Gevinson’s blog, be as differentiated as possible.

PLUG, PLUG, PLUG This is where the big bucks can be made. You can start off small - go to little boutiques or meet aspiring designers and offer to review or give them exposure on your blog. This way you can give your readers something they can’t get anywhere else and you might also bag a few freebies in the process. If you’re blog becomes successful (Susanna Lau receives about 10,000 hits a day) then you can start selling some advertising space on your blog and watch the dough roll in and the ‘Jimmy Choo Fund’ grow and grow.


THE RAGGEDPRIEST INTERVIEW BY CHRISTIAN ILBURY WITH REBECCA KOPPIT [HEAD DESIGNER AT RAGGED PRIEST] What is the Ragged Priest? The ragged priest is a vintage re-worked company based in Essex. How did it begin? We started as a small vintage eBay store and then created a sample collection of re-worked vintage items to present to Topshop as a concession. It all went from there really!

Do you think online shopping is integral to the success of a men's fashion brand? Yes, I think men are a completely different consumer to women, I think they are sleeker in their shopping styles. They like the process to be simple and the garment to be necessary but still fashionable and individual... Well in my personal opinion ha

Do you think that menswear is a different market in other countries? What are your influences? Not really I think generally menswear markets are similar.... It is hard to say all of our influences, as we have grown we Unless we are talking about Japan but there is just style in have increased our work force and job roles. We like to work the water over there. as a team... Like a big family so we all bring different things to the brand. Personally as the head designer I am influenced What can we expect from Ragged Priest in the future? a lot by film and music. We like to constantly challenge ourselves .... There will hopefully always be a new project on the horizon! How successful have you been? As a brand we have been very successful in a short period of time. Our success of womenswear allowed us to branch out into menswear and footwear. We also have some exciting new plans for bags and a surprise too.... But you didn't hear that from me! Why do you think it’s been so successful? I think we are offering something a little different to most menswear brands. We are able to react very fast on trends as we make everything in house and we aren't scared to be experimental whereas I think a lot of menswear brands like to play it safe. Our menswear will be launching on our website very soon @ PHOTO CREDIT: WWW.THERAGGEDPRIEST.COM


SELF You may have seen SELF featured in the likes of GQ or you may have even seen Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) adorned in a SELF sweater. This winter SELF has created their Autumn/Winter collection based on the juxtaposition of bright and dull colours woven into the classical nautical style. Oversized jackets and jumpers scream high end fashion for the mere sum of a daily wage. Featured on Topman and ASOS, SELF is somewhat screaming the blues out of the winter with its pink raglan sweater. It’s still a young boy in the world of fashion but SELF manages to convey itself as one of the most exciting labels to burst onto the commercial market. But there’s a lot more to SELF than meets the eye. Founded in 2007 by Andy Chu and Mark Budd, SELF is the love child of two fashion giants. Budd the has worked Maharishi and Belstaff and Chu, trained at London’s Central St.Martins and with Stella McCartney before designing fabric for the likes of The Gap and Ralph Lauren.

You can find SELF A/W range at ASOS or Topman or alternatively at

LONG The long and the short of it… The brand was created in 2008 by two young, London based designers by the names of Gareth Emmett and Rhys Dawney. The aim was simple - to create super stylish, super length t-shirts with a skinny fit. The Duo stayed away from complicated prints and took their designs back to basics. Simple shapes are used as the brands signature statement with all t-shirts printed by hand, making each one unique. LONG is an extremely exciting range of t-shirts. Each t-shirt, although explicitly simple, is so individual. The brand screams originality through it’s symbolic designs. The boxy –cut-square tshirts are on-trend and the black and white palette is effective with a pair of jeans.

You can find LONG clothing at or alternatively ASOS or Topman




OLIVIA (left) Occupation: Student at college Describe your style: I'm inspired by Olivia Palermo & Alexa Chung Favourite place to shop: Highstreet & the lanes Jacket: Matalan Bag: Primark Shirt: H&M Shorts: Beyond Retro

GEORGIA (right) Occupation: Student at college Describe your style: I love boys' clothes Favourite place to shop: Charity shops, anywhere cheap, borrow from friends Jacket: H&M Shirt: H&M (but it's my friend's) Shorts: Dirty Harry Shoes: Doc Martens

ROSE Occupation: Student at college Describe your style: I have no idea! Favourite place to shop: The Lanes, Topshop, 'Recyco' in Bristol Jacket: Recyco Top: H&M Leggings: My Yard Shoes: Keep

LOUIS Occupation: Student at college Describe your style: A mix of nerdy & modern Favourite place to shop: The Lanes, & of course Topman Jacket: My sister's Shirt: Topman Jeans: Topman Shoes: Beyond Retro Bag: My dead great aunt's (!)


TOM & LAURYN Occupation: Students at Brighton Uni Describe your style: Tom: Getting dressed is just a magical process every morning. [laughs] Well, it's more like a crazy hurricane actually! Favourite place to shop: Urban Outfitters, small clothing labels, Monroe Apparel Tom: Jumper: Monroe Top: Band tshirt Jeans: My mum's Shoes: Topman Lauryn: Jacket: A friend's Dress: Topshop Shoes: 'Borrowed' from my boss!


BEN & GEORGE Occupation: Students at Sussex & Brighton Uni Describe your style: Anything cheap will do Favourite place to shop: Charity shops, East Spirit

GRACE & GRAHAM Ben: Denim vest: Charity shop Cardi: Charity shop Jeans: H&M Shoes: TK Maxx George: Cardi: East Spirit Shirt: H&M Shoes: New Look

Occupation: Students at college Describe your style: Graham: I'm inspired by space travel... And old men at the Marina market. / Grace: Audrey Hepburn Favourite place to shop: Online & the Marina market Graham: Jacket: Shop in Plymouth Jeans: Shop in Plymouth Grace: Coat: Levis Top: eBay Jeans: H&M Shoes: Vans

AN INTERVIEW WITH AN INSIDER An interview by Lauren Hardiman joined versatile and talented photographer Sean Myers on a global buy shoot at the head office of Burberry. Although this may not jump out at you as an embracing opportunity at first, it is an integral part of the inner workings of Burberry as a company. It allows shops all over the world to prepare for the gorgeous accessories and leather goods to land on their doorsteps, and shows them how to correctly display them, possessing a hint of visual merchandising. And I personally, found it wonderfully insightful. After a quick chat with Sean, we headed to the showroom to begin his day at work to shoot these global buy and guideline images. After what seemed a tedious amount of fiddling with leather


I PHOTOGRAPHED AN OLD ARMY BASE IN JAPAN, WHICH WAS OWNED BY A COUPLE WHO SOLD RETRO 70S AND 60S GOODS wallets and cufflinks, the atmosphere changed as a presidential walk through was announced. A flurry of activity ensued and I realised just how important the presentation of such a high profile brand encompassing years and years of British heritage, not to forget a leading name in international fashion stakes, actually is. Everything surrounding Burberry is perfect, well turned out and exquisitely finished – just like their

muses, used in the company’s campaigns and look books. With the walk through looming, Sean and I decided it would be a good idea to explore deeper into the building, and I visited a look book shoot for next year’s menswear. The atmosphere was wonderful, fizzing with enthusiasm and enjoyment, a love for what they were doing, and I began to think, are all creative professionals this in love with their jobs..?

How did you get into photography? My dad was a photographer, so I was very lucky that I could work for him when I left school; and then I started working for some photographers that he put me in touch with, so I did that for about five years, I was an assistant for five years. [Sean pauses and smiles, I wonder whether he’s back tracking through his vast collection of past work].Then I went out on my own, I started doing food photography and then moved into interiors and still life.

What other companies have you worked for in the past? Sony, ummm… I do a lot of editorial work, so more, magazines, so, ‘World of Interiors’, ‘ELLE Decoration’, ‘Grand Designs’, um.. is that enough?! More than enough… What was your most memorable job? Like a photo shoot you’ve worked on or something like that..? I photographed a house in an old army base in Japan, which was owned by a couple who sold retro 70s and 60s goods, they converted their house and it was just really quirky and interesting. I sold the story to ‘Elle Decoration’ and that, well, kind of launched my career as an interiors photographer. What was the first ever job you had? First job on my own as a photographer was for a woman’s weekly magazine, I can’t remember, Ella or one of those.. Just doing recipe photography and yeah.. that was the first job!

What’s it like to work for high profile brands such as Burberry?

What's your favourite aspect of the job?

It’s really, really good! They’re always really busy, always a lot going on. And it’s always a good name to say to other clients you work for!

That I don’t have a boss; I work for myself. So, if I do work for a client I don’t enjoy working for, I have the choice not to do it again. Yeah, just being able to control what I do, that’s why I enjoy my job.

FASHION Is Burberry’s heritage important to you?


Ummm..*Another smile+ it’s not something I really think about. It wouldn’t make much difference to me whether I’m working for Burberry or Prada, or any other luxury brands. Its more as long as its an interesting product from a photographers point of view.. I think maybe it’s just different if you’re a stylist or someone more involved in fashion.

Do you have any advice for budding fashion photographers?

flow, all money stuff. That’s the hardest side. I think photographers; were really good creatively, but were not necessarily good businesspeople.

Finally, what is your favourite view..?

In Tokyo, from the top of the a hotel, the 52nd floor or something.. And that’s that, our interview is over, I bid Sean good bye after a few cheeky photographs by the River Thames, and What do you hope to be doing in ten my day at Burberry is over. I have been years’ time? inspired by Sean, as he is professional, yet so undeniably down to earth. A joy My dream job is to be working for Casa to talk to, gain guidance from, and inVogue, which is an interior supplement produced by Italian Vogue, so I’d love to What do you personally find most chal- terview. He loves what he does, and do that and maybe catalogues for Con- lenging about your job? anybody could be jealous of that. ran or Habitat, something like that? The business side of it, you’re essentially running a business on your own. So the taxes, VAT, paper work, cash Yes! Test! The key is test shooting. So try and get together a team of photographer, stylist, hair & make up. Then together you can approach model agencies and try to test with new faces, you know, young girls who need work for their portfolio. So yeah, just keep testing and getting out and showing people.


AN INTERVIEW WITH AN INSIDER I recently had the opportunity to do a little interview with Jane Postlethwaite, owner of Brightonbased fashion blog ‘StylistBrighton’, & who has been involved in fashion for the past 10 years. Tell us about you, your work & your blog.

How has the internet & social media influenced your career? What’s the best thing that has happened to you as a I live in Brighton & I’m originally from The Lake District. My consequence of the work you do? degree was in textiles for fashion, & I studied at Winchester School of Art. I've worked as a fashion stylist on all Blogging & social media have definitely changed my life kinds of projects for magazines & books, I model, I love my over the past 5 years. Social media was used to promote Nikon camera as I'm partial to taking photographs, & I act. my freelance work as a fashion stylist, photoshoot coordiI’ve been using social networking sites to write blogs, take nator & model, & I also gained experience working in TV photos & make videos under the name StylistBrighton or production on various projects, both on set & in post pro'The Brighton Fashion Stylist' for around seven years. duction. Through Youtube I have been picked up by various In 2010 I set up my Youtube Channel, 'StylistBrighton’, to companies for work as a model, online video presenter & showcase fashion designers, artists, events and anything to produce video content for campaigns. When you’re else creative or interesting in & around Brighton. No one freelance you often end up with your fingers in lots of difelse seemed to be doing it, & I was out meeting all these ferent pies to try new things & make money! interesting people so it made sense to video or blog about them! I was also given access all areas at Brighton Fashion How would you describe your personal style? Week for some exclusive photography & video footage, including interviews with Barbara Hulanicki, founder of leg- Eclectic! I never plan too much on what I am going to wear. endary fashion label Biba - she is a such an interesting, ex- Maybe that’s more eccentric than eclectic. Let's just say it citing & down to earth person to be around. all tends to fall into place last minute. I love vintage, especially jewellery, printed fabrics & sequined jumpers. I am very serious about my layers in the colder months - I can't stand being cold. Thermals and long cosy socks are a must! PHOTO CREDIT: JANE POSTLETHWAITE

I put this down to being from the Lake District, but it could just be because I’m getting older…

fad. I have always loved dressing up. The best style often comes from young people who use their imagination on a small budget. What do you think are 3 key pieces everyone should own? Another thing I would say about fashion is don't take yourself too seriously. There’s nothing worse than someone Firstly, something you have inherited or that has been given who takes them self too seriously, especially in the fashion to you, that means a great deal to you & has some history. I world. Enjoy fashion and have fun with what you wear. The have a collection of my Nanna's jewellery, shirts, scarves same applies to what you do in life. and belts. I treasure them. Secondly, something with cashmere in it is really worth pay- Find out more about Jane on her website ing for such as a jumper or socks. Once you experience & at her blog cashmere nothing else comes close. & Thirdly, I’m a big fan of scarves. Not only is good scarf great for wrapping round for warmth but it also adds some style to an outfit. I often & her Twitter: wear two scarves twisted together to make it look more interesting. What’s your advice for people who are trying to develop their own look? My advice would be to wear what you want to wear. Sounds cheesy but stay true to yourself. You don't have to wear something just because it’s in a magazine or the latest

-Harriet Heaven


FOR YEARS BRITISH FASHION HAS BEEN SHADOWED BY ITS COUSINS NEW YORK, MILAN AND PARIS BUT BECKY MELOY EXPLAINS WHY BRITAIN IS FLYING THE FLAG FOR FASHION he Burberry trench and the Mulberry Bayswater. Two undeniable classics, and two of the many reasons why British fashion is some of the best in the world. However, for years now New York, Milan and Paris have been ranked above us in the fashion stakes. Sure, we’ve been at the forefront, known for our innovative and creative designers, but now London has over taken its fashion rivals, and proudly stands at number one. It seems Britain has never been so in vogue. Over the past two years we’ve gained an Icon in The Duchess of Cambridge, and lost one, in the unforgettable Alexander McQueen. Kate’s stunning dress, designed by Sarah Burton, certainly created a surge of interest in British fashion. The world went Royal Wedding crazy, the streets were packed with parties, whilst everyone waited with baited breath, to see the dress. And the wait was definitely worth it.

It’s not hard to see in London that fashion is everywhere. Whether you’re in Camden Lock, or Sloane Square, there’s a mix of everything from vintage to designer. People aren’t afraid to be bold and try something that makes you take a second look. Designers are now producing more merchandise than ever in this country, homage to the skill and materials available. Erdem’s pieces are made entirely in England. Famous for their unique prints and embroidery, and favoured by celebrities such as Kiera Knightley and Ashley Oslen, this is even more evidence that we have enough skill internally to compete in craftsmanship. Now garments really are home grown.

Fashion here is exciting, it creates a buzz unlike any other country, a fact we should all be extremely proud of. When it comes to cultivating talent, our fashion institutions are among the best. Central St Martin’s are of course setting the benchmark for aspiring fashion designers, producing world famous alumni, such as Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane, Matthew Williamson and John Galliano. Year upon year it turns out the original and groundbreaking fashion elite. Fashion design is now accessible to the masses, gone are the days of only the elite being educated. Thanks to bursaries and scholarships, talent which once would have remained undiscovered, now gets a chance. London Fashion Week is a date that any aspiring designer, journalist or stylist needs in their diary. Here is where the formidable British designs are showcased, and every year, it never disappoints. Finding the best and exciting new designs, the ones that you know will shape the high street and create ripples around the globe.



Topshop’s appeal has spread across the globe, with them opening a flagship store in New York in April 2009. When celebrities visit London, their first port of call seems to be the Oxford Street store. Phillip Green has created a multi million pound empire, with the help of Kate Moss and Christopher Kane to name a few, who provide that designer feel but with a high street price. This makes designer fashion more accessible to everyone than it’s ever been. It seems it doesn’t matter how much it costs, its how you wear it. There appears to be a ‘give it a go’ nature here in the Isles, even if all your experiments don’t work, then at least you’ve tried it. We’ve been doing it for the past 50 years, the likes of Twiggy with her Sassoon haircut and Geri Halliwell with that Union Jack dress. Our originality has finally been recognised. Regardless of us holding the title, I’m proud to be a part of the British fashion scene and will continue to fly the flag.

As well as the high end, the British high street has boomed over the last few years. It has the ability to create clothes, influenced by those on the runway, at a fraction of the price.



EMMY THE GREAT Promenade’s Louise Ronnestad interviewed Emmy the Great in conjunction with a sold out gig with support from Stealing Sheep and Nimmo and the Gauntletts at The Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton this autumn. How does your second album (Virtue) compare to the first (First Love)? It's a fuller sound, with more personal subject matter masquerading as less personal subject matter. What are the benefits as a solo artist? No need to compromise! But then that becomes a problem eventually, when you realise that other people's opinions are often better than yours. Tell us some more about working with Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) in Lightspeed Champion. We were both backing singers in Lightspeed at the same time but am I'm sure you can imagine I was better at staying in the

background, so I tended to do more gigs! How do you always manage to balance vulnerability and sass in equal measures? Aw that's my favourite thing anyone's ever said to me, thank you. My parents raised me to be confident, but the situation I grew up in in Hong Kong made me sort of electric with insecurity. Might be something to do with that? Did you enjoy the sold out gig at The Duke of York’s in Brighton? It was brilliant! What a fabulous venue that was. I left my laptop behind though, on a seat. One of the miseries of touring. -LOUISE RONNESTAD

‘This Christmas’ available now from all good record stores and through itunes


NIMMO & THE GAUNTLETTS NIMMO AND THE GAUNTLETTS’s debut EP ‘Young Light’ will be released on 23rd January 2012 on their own Town House Records. Here is Sarah Nimmo’s comment on the recording process NIMMO AND THE GAUNTLETTS were formed by childhood friends Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett at Hampstead School in Kilburn, North London. Originally an acoustic 2 piece, Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett with the addition of Josh Faull, Hannah Rose and Jack Williams – are now a fully fledged line up based between Brighton and London. They share a diverse range of influences particularly The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac. The debut EP ‘Young Light’ [TOWN HOUSE RECORDS] is an energetic, diverse and honest record. Sarah Nimmo: “I hope that ‘Young Light’ is not only a statement of where ‘we are now’ but also an indication of where we could go. We learnt a lot from the recording process and working with Ian Grimble. Working with Ian helped discipline our writing process as a band. Making your first record changes your perspective on writing and constructing songs. We are a very creative band and sometimes need reigning in when writing new material. I guess Ian helped guide us this way.” -LOUISE RONNESTAD


THE PROMENADE HI GUYS, IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU EXPLORE THE UNIVERSAL BEAUTY AND DARKNESS OF YOUTH? Jack Ridley: That’s a big one. Well, I don't know if we can speak universally, but it’s a real compliment to have it written about us. I guess being young is all we really know, there is beauty and darkness in any age I’m sure, but a lot of our lyrical content is about things we have been through. Getting old scares me; I’ve always felt much younger than I am, probably due to a quarter life crisis.

BEST GIG SO FAR? Jack Ridley: I don’t think we have a best, they are always really different and we have been lucky enough to play some great places in the last few months. Main stage at Winterwell festival was a great experience, but we didn’t have Remi on drums because he had an exam so it definitely wasn’t our best. Hoxton Pony was really great, just a great buzz to it, the basement was completely packed. It was also the 2nd Anniversary of Lady Hollywood’s death, so it always sticks out.

TELL US ABOUT ’STERLING SWELLS’. Jack Ridley: ’Sterling Swells’ was written over quite a long time so the two verses where written in very different states sort of like a beginning and end. It was one where the lyrics came in little drips, mainly inspired by very specific moments of imagery. The song is about how a place can bring two people together, or the promise of a place, and then tear them apart. As it was written over a long time it shifts from fondness to sadness and it feels quite detached now. I like to think of it as our 'Sandy' by Bruce Springsteen, using the romantic imagery of a classic seaside town as the backdrop. If I ever write a song half as good as 'Sandy' I will be a happy man.

BAND MOTTO? Jack Ridley: Ha, we have a lot of motto's, which will have to stay a secret, I don’t think you would want to know! I’d say our main one is singing 'We're the three best friends that anyone could have' from The Hangover. Usually when we are driving to play a show, or after there is some sort of bickering. Alan is an inspiration to us all.

...AND ’LADYHOLLYWOOD’? Jack Ridley: ’Lady Hollywood’ is about a very close friend and her two young children, everyone called her Hollywood, it suited her perfectly.

2012 MUSIC PLANS? Jack Ridley: Plans for 2012, we are recording an E.P in January, which will come with a full length film for the five tracks, so that is our main focus at the moment. We will be doing a tour after that and hope to have our new beautiful website with all our music, videos, merchandise, blog etc. up and going very soon. The rest we'll take as it comes, we are drafting some very interesting plans for autumn but nothing is confirmed, you will have to wait and see. We are all really excited about the whole thing. -LOUISE RONNESTAD






Steve McQueen, quite apart from being the only man to hold a Turner prize and a Bafta, is fast cutting a career for himself as the fore-runner in a little known and upcoming genre: films never to see on a first date. Having made that very mistake with his debut Hunger, this time I made sure I sat happily alone, as Shame opened the 9th Cinecity film festival, complimentary Irish mule in hand. Its lucky for me I did so, Shame is dirty. It's positively filthy. Having said that, it is also wonderfully sensitive. Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New Yorker struggling with a crippling sex addiction and a visit from an emotionally


dependent sister (Carey Mulligan). Moonlighting as a director, McQueen's history as an artist is again put to good use on film with a determined palette of desaturated neutrals Within this world, colour suddenly becomes a statement. As wonderful as Michael Fassbender always is, this time in a physically demanding role, handling it with impressive precision and control, it is actually Carey Mulligan who wows in this one. I'm not usually a fan of her restrained English sweetness but here she surprises as a loud and brash American, pulling it off effortlessly with a heartbreaking melancholy.


The Rum Diary is directed by Bruce Robinson, starring Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart and the stunning Amber Heard as Depp’s love interest. Johnny Depp is back in the Caribbean but this time he has dropped the pirate costume. The Rum Diary, based on the eponymous novel, tells the story of New York journalist Paul Kemp (Depp) who, during the Eisenhower-era America, travels to the paradisiacal Puerto Rico to work for a local newspaper. There, he swiftly picks up the habit of drinking, well, around the clock, resulting in all sorts of turmoil and continuous laugh out loud moments. There is hardly a single scene not involving alcohol! At one point Kemp drops the infamous morning-after line, “I’m never touching alcohol again.” Ring a bell? Let’s just say that if you’re one of those often hungover college students, you will easily relate to Kemp’s character. In the midst of all the mindlessly funny intoxicated moments, however, The Rum Diary includes some very touching moments as it shows us the exploitation of the poor native people in Puerto Rico in the 1950s and deals with the usual idea of Western colonies intent on destroying and exploiting Puerto Rico and its people and turning it into a capitalist paradise. The Rum Diary is beautifully shot, the costumes are to die for and let’s face it, who doesn’t love Johnny?






Brighton’s hidden gem the historic Brighton Ballroom, was handpicked by US band Real Estate as their venue of choice on the 23rd October. A band born in the depths of one New Jersey summer, Real Estate have brought their own take on dreamy surf rock to the popular music scene. The gig was a hazy evening of swirling melodies and gentle echoes and the perfect opportunity to reveal their sophomore album ‘Days’- a sharper and stronger version of their self-titled debut, to a British crowd. Beginning the set with ‘Easy’ the laid back vibes captivated the audience and stayed close to what the boys do best, shaping wistful tunes and connecting them to summery surf pop structures. Each song was played with smooth efficiency owing much of the precision to guitarist Matt Mondanile, whose jangly guitar playing added colour to each song. On stage the boys were charmingly casual and almost bashful, mostly letting the music speak for them and seemingly feeling happiest when absorbed in their own instrumentals. The set reached halfway with the soft and sombre ‘Green Aisles’ which took a rather melancholic look back at innocent times, creating a nostalgic feel which spread across the packed audience. Finally encoring with ‘Beach Comber,’ one of the few tracks played from their first album, the boys left the audience swaying in a trance hoping for more. A beautifully intimate gig, for a remarkably effortless band, it provided the perfect opportunity to hide from Brighton’s chilly autumnal winds and left the audience with dreamy smiles and memories of past summers. Definitely a band to watch out for, their album ‘Days’ is out now. - EMILY HOGSON


His name cannot seem to escape the lips of those who are familiar with the UK’s electronic bass music scene. Not only because of producer and DJ Julio Bashmore’s incredible ability to create his own sound in a world where originality seems to be disappearing, but also because his tunes give off this distinct ‘feel-good’ sensation. Seeing him perform at Digital on the 15th of October was a treat. The venue attracted a mixture of Vintage-clothed hipsters and those rocking the cap-and-sneaker look, who all seemed at home with the venue's edgy charm. People were waiting excitedly as he approached the decks muttering, well, shouting, at each other how much they couldn’t wait to hear his epic tracks. A favourite being ‘Battle for Middle You’ an upbeat dance track with strong 90’s house undercurrents and looping rhythms which energised the crowd. This followed onto ‘Ask Yourself’ which rapidly transformed the atmosphere with the track’s hypnotic melodies and seductive beats. Bristol born Bashmore’s first love of house music is clearly evident in his range of music produced, meshing various forms of dance music with strong bass lines and integrating this unique take into the ever-expanding boundaries of electronic music. Bringing smiles to the dance floor, as well as interesting dance moves, the evening climaxed with a memorable remix of old favourite R-Kelly’s ‘Ignition’. His infectious sound left the crowd wanting more, and for those of you who haven't seen him perform live yet, you best get on it... -NATALIE PETIT




Ye Ye Fever is a unique and free night hosted by four local Djs who are more than willing to share their love of African rhythms on the third Friday of each month. Expect sounds from Highlife and Soukous to Afrobeat and Kwassa Kwassa and everywhere in-between. Settling in Brighton’s own Green Door Store which brings its own spin of ‘shabby-chic’ to the table, its cobbled floors and warehouse decor provides the perfect backdrop for the summery tunes and contagious dance beats. Attracting a mix of crowds from hipsters to die hard Afrobeat fans of all ages, no other night is more welcoming. With “lights down low / vibes up high”, expect a thoroughly enjoyable if not rather sweaty evening, but most definitely not one to be missed.



Brand New Sussex Society- Below The Line have created an underground electronic music project hosting a dance filled night once a week at The Tube. Showcasing the cream of up and coming and established Djs and producers, the sets are even streamed live on so music lovers never have to miss a set. It’s the perfect night for forward thinking music fans, and for those sick of seeing the same big names on the same posters every week. A Lovingly created night hosted by the people who truly appreciate quality electronic music, keep your eyes peeled for a night of good vibes and good people coming together. Be part of something different and experience one of Brighton’s relatively unknown but nonetheless, incredible music nights.



Doyle & The Fourfathers are a London based band that are coming to Brighton with The Undertones including a gig at Concorde 2 on the night of 10th December. Inspired by Scott Walker, British Sea Power, Radiohead and David Bowie, the band’s sound is a refreshingly honest mix of nostalgia and originality. The most notable achievements of 2010 include performing at the successful ‘Save 6 Music’ protest gig at the 229 Club in London and playing a live session for Marc Riley on his BBC 6 Music show. Now, the single, ‘Olympics Critical’, mixed by legendary producer Graham Sutton, will be released to coincide with a UK tour in December 2011 with headline gigs around the country.



The Duke of York has more to offer than the title of Britain’s oldest cinema. As a classic Picturehouse it shows a wider variety of films and documentaries than most mainstream cinemas. Some screenings are followed by question and answer sessions with the director, actor or a mixture of the cast and crew. Not just current films are shown but classics and cult classics frequent their screens regularly. Some of these are accompanied by extras only a Picturehouse would include. Such the screening of The Big Lebowski, which will have employees, dressed in full Dude attire while serving his drink of choice. Classics themed to the season will be also be screen including Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve. The cinema also includes a balcony, bar, counter to buy a variety of snacks and coffees. Both NUS and Orange Wednesday deals are available.



The Regency England High Fashion Collection is a fantastic exhibition that is currently at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton and offers the chance to view, in the cloth, men and women’s fashion from centuries ago. Also regency life is documented including aspects that influenced their style. Brighton and Hove residents are able to attain entry at almost half price with proof of address.




V&A MUSEUM 24TH SEPT ‘11-15TH JAN ‘12 Focusing on two decades of postmodernist art in forms that vary from photography to sculpture and fill three rooms. There are also several talks one of which titled ‘Introducing Postmodernist Fashion’ on December the 3rd, held by Clair Wilcox who curates the V and A’s textiles and dress department.


TRAVEL MAMZ’ELLE SWING 35 bis, rue du Roi-deSicile, 75004 This tiny shop is filled with authentic fashion from the 1900s to the 60s. Even better – the owner is the sweetest lady


SHOPPING IN PARIS Walking along the seine past Les Bouquinistes, sipping a chocolat chaud at Angelina’s, visiting le Pompidou, or even watching the taking photobooth pictures at Palais de Tokyo. Wherever you go in Paris, you will always be amazed at the intense beauty of Paris with everything it has to offer – the shopping included. To make it even more exciting, the city is huge – each arrondissement offering completely unique experience and fashion style. Paris has an amazing selection of vintage shops – including both designer and second-hand clothes from over the decades. Throughout the different arrondissements, you can find anything your heart desires – from Chanel jackets and Hermès scarfs to swinging fifties dresses or sixties coats. The best place to start your adventure? The trendy le Marais (4éme arrondissement). If you’re looking for all the shops in one place – your best bet would be to visit Printemps, Galleries de Lafayette or le Bon Marché. When you’re at Galleries, make sure to visit the roof for a stunning (and free) view of Paris.

COIFFEUR VINTAGE 32 Rue de Rosiers 75004 Great bags and boots in the window display, lovely dresses and vintage sweaters. Average prices between €5€20

FREE ‘P’ STAR 8 rue Ste-Croix-de-laBretonnerie 75004 Crammed to the walls with vintage jackets, shoes, bags, everything! Massive discount box and hardly anything over €30

NOIR KENNEDY 22, rue du Roi de Sicile 75004 The coffins and blood covered wedding dresses in the window may scare some off, but once inside you’ll be amazed by the selection of cool, rockerstyle gems

PARISIAN STYLE AT HOME THE KOOPLES 7 South Molton St. London W1K 5QG Chic with a vintage feel, this brand mixes the best of French and British elegance.

ZADIG & VOLTAIRE 140 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9AY Relaxed yet rocker style, featuring pieces made with plenty of luxurious fabrics.


Coffee has become increasingly popular in recent years, and in Brighton we’re spoilt for choice with hundreds of cafes. Whether you’re looking for the perfect cappuccino, a quick bite to eat mid shopping trip, or a more unusual setting for that all important first date, Brighton’s Café’s deliver. If you don’t know where to start, check out Promenade’s by no means exhaustive guide to help you get started. Words and Photography by Alexandra Hepworth

TOULOUSE SAUSAGE & CHORIZO CASSOULET Chef and Manager Stephane, of Brighton institution Tic Toc Café, shares his Toulouse Sausage and Chorizo Cassoulet, the perfect antidote to a cold winters day, to be enjoyed with friends and a bottle of wine. Serves 8 to 10 2 bags dry cannelleni beans 2 onions, chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped a large handful fresh parsley, chopped a large handful cherry tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato paste 3 chorizo sausages, thinly sliced 8 Toulouse sausages, chopped (Tic Toc buys its from The Sausage Shop in the North Laine) 1 litre Chicken Stock Salt and Pepper to taste Soak the dry cannellini beans for 8 to 12 hours, before boiling for 40 minutes. In a large saucepan, add the onion, celery, parsley, tomatoes, paste, sausages and chicken s tock. Add the cooked beans and some fresh water and leave to slow cook for at least an hour, but can be left for longer.

Tic Toc Café, 53 Meeting House Lane, Brighton

Established in 2008, Tic Toc Café is a quirky coffee shop, inspired by the café’s of Amsterdam’s Jordaan district. Serving open sandwiches and homemade cakes, as well as an ever-changing choice of seasonal specials, Tic Toc is not just about fantastic coffee.

For light bites: Brighton Coffee Company 35 Kensington Gardens

For a proper cup of coffee: Small Batch Coffee My Hotel, Jubilee Street

For the quirkiest café in town: Marwood Coffee Shop 52 Ship Street

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„food, family stories and foodie design‟, showcasing cooking, recipes, the authors Italian food heritage and

family, and eating out in Brighton. Promenade discovers The Graphic Foodies top eating out tips and just what it is that makes Brighton such a foodie capital. What is it about Brighton that makes it such a Foodie centre? The open-minded nature and cultural diversity in the city has lent itself to a varied and exciting food scene. There is really something for all tastes and, being Brighton, dietary preferences! If you know where to eat and avoid the tourist-fodder restaurants you can experience some really great food. Also, the food festivals each Spring and Autumn are getting bigger and better each year and celebrate some of our fantastic local producers. I feature a lot of local restaurant reviews and events which I hope Brightonians and visitors alike find useful.

What’s your favourite go to restaurant that never disappoints? The Chilli Pickle never fails me with its wonderful, regional Indian food. The passion from the husband and wife team that run it filters all the way to your plate. My favourite dishes are their legendary Oxtail

“If you know where to eat and avoid the tourist-fodder... you can experience some really great food.” Madras, the mixed Tandoori Platter or the Tandoori Seabass. It’s a real asset to the local dining scene.

On a budget, where would you head to for a bite to eat? I like Pho for a virtuous and filling bowl of their Beef Brisket soup or there are plenty of smaller cafes serving great food like Lydea Nia. Some of the more premium restaurants like Riddle and Finns also have


some wallet friendly options on their menu too if choose wisely so there is no need to scrimp on quality. Where’s the best place to grab cup of coffee (or tea!)? I love Cocoa Patisserie in Queens Road. Admittedly, here are plenty of other places if you are a coffeegeek (Small Batch, Taylor Baristas or Ground for example), but they make the best pastries and the mood of this place is a slice of Paris. I love it.

Any new restaurant openings, undiscovered Brighton gems can share with us? The BBQ Shack serves some incredible pit-smoked Texan BBQ food, I can vouch for their pulled pork sandwich. The fact that hidden inside The World End on London Road makes it all more appealing!

And finally, your last meal, what would it be? My mum’s Italian Wedding Soup, homemade ravioli or Aubergine Parmigiana. I can only hope to half as good as her in the kitchen, she’s an incredible cook. -ALEXANDRA HEPWORTH


Food Origins Have you ever thought about the origins of your food? Convenient as supermarkets may be, consuming more locally produced goods has a lower impact on the environment, supports local farmers, and is fresher than a lot of food we buy in the supermarket that can be transported from thousands of miles away. Luckily for us Brighton residents, our city provides a wealth of opportunity to buy more local, Sussex-produced fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and other products – thereby capping our “food miles” and supporting local businesses and farmers. It may be unrealistic to ONLY consume local products, of course, but going to a farmer’s market for your weekly veg supply and buying what’s actually in season is a great way to support Brighton’s already impressive commitment to local sustainability.—Veronica Czajkowska

Local Food Shops

Farmer’s Markets

- Farm, 99 North Rd. Brighton BN1 1YE

- Churchill Square Farmers Market, every

- Thorne‟s Foods, 39 Upper Gardner St.

Wednesday,, 10am-4pm

Brighton BN1 4AN

- Fair Trade and Farmers Market, Friends

- Infinity Foods, 25 North Road, Brighton

Meeting House, Ship St, 3rd Saturday of each


month, 11am-4pm

- Muesli Mountain Market, 43 Southover St.

- Farm Market, 73 North Road, every Saturday,

Brighton BN2 9UE


- Grocer and Grain, 1 Surrey St. Brighton

- Gorgeous George Street Market, 4th Saturday


of each month, 10am-2pm

Directory adapted from Harvest Brighton & Hove,

- Upper Gardner Street Market, every Satur-


Being a student, it seems enough of an ask to shop for groceries healthily and economically. To then be expected to shop in an organic, local, seasonal and eco friendly way may seem a bridge to far. Could a Vegetable Box Scheme be the answer? An avid cook and a lover of good ingredients I have been intrigued by these schemes for some time. I ordered a 1-2 person veggie box from Baracome Nurseries, Lewes for £10.70. Three days later I had half an allotment sitting by my front door. The box featured potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, Chinese cabbage, red cabbages, carrots, tomatoes, leeks, a huge beetroot and rainbow chard. Not bad for a Tenner. To buy the same at Sainsbury’s would cost a whopping £17.65. So considering it’s cheaper, seasonal and better for the environment, I am officially a convert. Sainsbury’s vegetable aisles may have actually seen the last of me. -Gabi Adams

Eat well for £1.80 pp

Casarecce Pollo Picante

Southern Indian Vegetable Curry This seasonal curry is just one example of what can be made using the vegetable box scheme. Let your imagination go wild. Serves 4 2 tbsp vegetable oil 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed. 2 large handfuls of spinach or the leafy end of the chard, shredded. 1 large onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped a thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 4 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped a bunch of curry leaves 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 ½ tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander ½ tsp ground turmeric 1 tsp garam masala 1 can of coconut milk fresh coriander, chopped

500g Casarecce pasta 400-500g of chicken breast fillets 200g cherry tomatoes 300ml double cream 150g spinach Small red chillies, chopped Olive Oil 1 chicken OXO cube, crushed (serves 5) Mix chillies with olive oil. Add OXO cube & chicken, marinate. Fry chicken until cooked then slice into strips. Allow to rest. Cook the pasta according to the instructions. Put chicken back into pan & let strips fry a little more. Add cream. Squeeze tomatoes over pan then cut up and throw into pan. Stir & simmer. Add spinach and allow to simmer for a few minutes. Season to taste. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce. Shona Yeung

In a wok or large, deep pan on a high heat add your oil and mustard seeds, when they start to pop add the onion. When the onion begins to soften, add the garlic, chilli, ginger curry leaves and spices, fry that for 3-4 minutes the add the chopped tomatoes and sweet potato and season. Fry this for another 2 minutes to develop the flavors then add the coconut milk, cover and simmer until the potato is soft all the way through. Add the spinach or chard and wait for it to wilt, taste, check the seasoning, then serve with rice, scattered with the fresh coriander and a wedge of lime to squeeze over.


UNDERWHELMED? OVERWHELMED? MY UNIVERSITY STRIFE. Excuse the maudlin title, but you’d obviously have gone onto Facebook searching for photos of me downing shots with neon dots on my face if I’d put ‘My University Life’, wouldn’t you? I’m sorry babe, but there aren’t any. Whether this is indicative of me being antisocial to the brink of friendlessness, or simply not being able to find the nearest supplier of neon face paint doesn’t matter too much. What does matter is how I grew to become such a cow in the first place, especially at a time when I should have been waxing lyrical on philanthropy.

THERE WAS A BEARDED MAN SURROUNDED BY BEER CANS, WATCHING DAVE AND WANKING It all started with the screaming. I often think I’m one of the only girls on campus who isn’t partial to it – The drunken variety, that is. I’m all for screaming when there is a clear and present danger, or if the only magazine in Co-op is Anglers World, but otherwise? It makes me wince in physical pain. The first time I heard those deathly howls, I thought the only solution would be a spray of mace and a kick in the testicles. Of course, this wasn’t the case at all. While I can’t be completely sure of the details, I’ve always presumed it was because my sisterhood had just been told that jeggings had gone out of production. Makes sense no? If not, it’s that they were all told that it was mandatory to wear a chastity belt to Carnage. I can’t decide what would be more devastating. Although, as soon as I compare it to everything else that happens, screaming starts to croak... After skipping gaily to the TV room for the debut of TOWIE season 3, Julia and I were delighted: The room looked completely empty! Sadly enough, this

wasn’t the case – There was a bearded man surrounded by beer cans, watching Dave and wanking. I would not have had much of an issue with this if he hadn’t spent the entirety of TOWIE talking over it, daring to dismiss it and asking us what we were studying. Another time, I was woken at 5am to the sound of a man banging on the house adjacent house, wailing to be let in. Unfortunately, it didn’t take him too long to notice that my boyfriend’s (Yes I am one of THOSE people who take boyfriend with them to University, as those he was a covetable designer accessory. I’ve known him for a while, though. It still makes me laugh when people say, “Oh... Did you meet here?”, as if to take one look at my child-bearing hips and think “Gosh, someone’s looking for devotion in the form of a blob of sperm.”) window was slightly open, prompting an attempt to climb into the room like some sort of clumsy demon. Luckily, he didn’t get very far before my significant other exclaimed, “Mate, what do you think you’re doing?” An altercation ensued and as soon as he had been directed to the TV room, all seemed well. But it wasn’t. What were intended as directions to the TV room were interpreted as directions to the front door. It was only the next day that a housemate said he’d woken up to the same man standing over his bed. In retrospect this is hilarious, but if he were to have entered my room the only weapon of defence I would have to hand would be a tampon. I’ve grown to believe that people leave their pubes on the shower wall intentionally, too. They could simply enjoy rubbing their genitals against it but I think the former is much more plausible. As to what encourages them? Who can know, but sometimes I wish they’d be a bit more creative. Stranger though, is how so many seem to make a sitcom out of their friendship group. From stoners and sycophants to grungers and gatecrashers, everyone has a character and amongst the frivolity, set mealtimes and clubbing days it’s all very secure. Here’s hoping it stays that way, because I have yet to experience it. I’m far too busy blasting 2009 dubstep remixes out of my boyfriend’s room to embarrass him. PICTURE:







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