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SUMMER ISSUE - JULY 2013 Editor’s Letter Promenade is, always has been and always will be a magazine written by you, for you. With each and every issue, we deliver the articles you want to read, the clothes you want to buy and a run down of what you should go and see or hear in the world of arts and culture. This issue? We’re taking on summer 2013. Library books and caffeine pick-meups are swapped for lazy days spent scanning through Promenade with a cocktail in hand, or a glass of Pimms in the closest beer garden. It’s time to catch up with what’s hot in fashion, like the meteoric rise of model Cara Delevingne, up and coming Sussex menswear brand Bishop Attire and the opening of H&M’s new highstreet venture & Other Stories.
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Of course it wouldn’t be a summer edition if we didn’t highlight this season’s key festival trends, alongside an exclusive and extensive Bestival preview - including DIY nautical costume and make-up. We also pinpoint the best cultural festivals around, as well as sharing our experiences on why you should avoid those dodgy burger stalls. On top of that, Promenade #4 reviews Michael Kors make-up launch, weighs in on the body image and sexism debates, interviews the delightfully eccentric Astrid’s Tea Party and asks whether Spring Breakers was just too Disney to be taken seriously. This issue of Promenade is certainly eclectic, but that’s what Sussex Style, based in one of the most eclectic cities in the country, is all about. Dive in.
Editor-in-Chief: Isabella Silvers Sub Editor: Kate Eringer Women’s Fashion Editor: Charlotte Harding Men’s Fashion Editor: Abraham Baldry Fashion Director Lily Edwards Beauty Editor: Helen Roberts Arts & Culture Editor: Liviy Gordon Photography Co-ordinator: PaVan Wilder Creative Director: Christian Ilbury Graphic Design: Christian Ilbury
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Fashion 4 5 6 8 10 14 16 18 16 22
& Other Stories 10 Reasons Do You See What I See? Trends Sexism Festival Fashion Keep Calm & Cara On Religion & Fashion DIY fashion (Bestival) Editorial
Mens Fashion 40 Art & Fashion 41 Brand Focus: Bishop Attire 42 Dry & Dirty? 43 Future Nostalgia
Beauty 44 46 47 50 56 58
High Street Vs. High End Michael Kors Ethical Beauty Beauty Editorial (Bestival) Bronze Or Burn? Beauty Online
Culture 62 66 68 70 74 78 80 82
Music: Astrids Tea Party What’s On: Lichtenstein What’s On: Brighton What’s On: Bowie What’s On: Festivals What’s On: Cult. Festivals Food: Festival Food Film: Spring Breakers
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10 REASONS TO LOOK FORWARD TO SUMMER
Promenade’s alternative thinker Heather Gwyther is not so keen on this season’s summer trends. Avoid these at all costs. But if you can’t; avoid her. Denim shorts with tights As with veganism and cycling, the only thing I will ever say to wearing denim shorts with tights is ‘no thank-you’. Then again, I don’t even like denim shorts themselves – they make my thighs look like the beginnings of an admittedly tasty pâté.
3 4 Heather Gwyther takes a look at H&M’s latest venture, marketing itself as a brand which prizes personal style, but quality product. A cross between sister brands H&M and COS, should we pay attention to what it offers? Read on for the full story. Earlier this year, I made a solemn announcement: no clothes, shoes or accessories were to be bought by my fair hands throughout the course of 2013. Because I am full of shit and content to remain so, it didn’t happen. I suppose my philosophy is this: if you’re doomed to be full of shit your whole life, you might as well do it IN STYLE – praised be consumerism! Speaking of which, have you been to Other Stories yet? Or, to state its full name, & Other Stories. Personally – and I know how much you all care about my opinions – I would never rhapsodise on And Other Stories. Punctuation is a lovely thing, but it has nothing on a clean sentence; omit the & from the brand without remorse. H&M won’t mind, they chose an even simpler domain name – Stories – for its website. If you hail from a comatose town where the local Topshop is still selling coral bandage dresses, the Other Stories website might just save you from an promenade -summer
otherwise clodhopper existence. With gifs galore in a quadrilateral heaven, the homepage reeks of Tumblr. Not that this is a bad thing – the dynamism of a flowing maxi dress far surpasses its static counterpart. While I was given a cheeky free shipping code with my receipt at the Regent Street store, other online shoppers will be subjected to a bastard shipping fee of £6! You get a free sample of an ‘elegantly scented’ beauty product though, so, whatever. As Other Stories is part of the H&M group, it was always destined to peddle vast quantities of one thing: Swedish fierceness. This is the corporation that brought us COS and MONKI, after all. So what to buy? From innovative tailoring to vibrant prints, their range is diverse enough for everyone – I bought the Abigail Lorick printed jeans, in case you were interested. Aside from the clothes, you’ll find the best Nike pieces in their shoe range. That said, it would be wiser to buy these in Office - bless their 10% student discount. As far as the Regent Street store itself goes, I shall leave you with this: lovely staff and squishy changing room carpets. Clearly, I’m an avid listener of Other Stories. So when are they going to have a bloody sale?
Tights and brown shoes Looking like you just hopscotched in dog shit is not chic. Tights and white shoes Think of it like this: Curly hair? Cute. Fringes? Cute. A curly fringe? Not cute.
Disco pants I actually had a pair of these, once, but a prophet came to me one night and told me to destroy them because everyone would be wearing a pair in 3 years – they were right! They do make you look like a babe though, which - if you spent over £74 on the American Apparel ones - is only fair.
Exposed zips Perhaps clothing manufacturers have become too lazy to put invisible zips into their products, which is a shame because exposed ones are ugly. You should not have time for this when it comes to your wardrobe, sisters.
Visible bras When it comes to compatibility with clothes, the only bras you really need are either nude or black and nonpadded. Besides, your other underwear should transform you into such a diva that you wouldn’t want to wear anything else anyway.
Lace dresses These had their time about half a decade ago. And now they must leave. Slogan t-shirts We already know you’re a dweeb! T-shirts with a pocket What are you supposed to put in it? A condom?
People who don’t dress however the fuck they want In all seriousness, this is the most important point. I might still bitch about you, though.
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DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?
Hannah Ellison takes stock of this new era of body image crisis
ur society has become obsessed with the visual. Of course, the very nature of the fashion and beauty industry relies upon its connection to the visible image, but, over recent years, this phenomenon has altered and infiltrated our culture with pretty dangerous results. It’s nothing new for the fashion industry to be criticized over its representation of an unhealthy ideal - the stick-thin model with never-ending legs - but we seem to have entered a whole new era of this fixation with being ‘perfect’. It seems that social media is, at least partly, to blame for the attack on our self-esteem. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr all have their part to play in the development of this self-denying culture and promotion of unrealistic ‘beauty’. We are constantly surrounded by the lives of others - how they look, what they’re doing, what they’re wearing, what they eat - which leads us to compare and question ourselves in relation to everyone else. Does she look better than me? Is he having more fun? Should I be doing what they’re doing? Why don’t I look like that? We are persistently pushed to perform in the same way as everyone else in the social media community. So what has changed in this new era? In short, we are constantly shown images that we see as more perfect than we see ourselves, leaving us in a perpetual state of wanting to look like everyone but ourselves. This continuous visual display of ideal has led to some twisted trends. Views expressed on social media sites suggest many users see skinny as the perfect figure. On Instagram, the #thinspiration craze in early 2012 caused much controversy, where Instagrammers posted a photo of someone, usually a celebrity, whose figure, usually very skinny, they desired. Not particularly healthy. But #thinspiration was nowhere near as destructive as the #proana trend that appeared on Tumblr shortly afterwards. Proana stands for ‘pro anorexia’, and blogs offer tips on how
to become super skinny; skipping meals, not eating after 7pm, not eating anything bigger than size of a small cup... and so on. Other blogs simply glorify the disease, using gifs and memes that read, ‘Because everything looks better on skinny girls’, and then add a series of hashtags below like #thin is beautiful, #anorexia. This trend is disturbing and really says something about how we are encouraged to view ourselves in this modern and misguided society. Both #thinspiration and #proana have been banned by Instagram and Tumblr, which at least shows that some action is being taken. So what factors have resulted in trends like these? The fashion industry is still coming under huge amounts of criticism from health professionals for the size of its catwalk models. Top modelling agencies, like Storm and Elite, are very cagey about the requirements for their potential models - Elite mentioned a 5’7” height minimum, but don’t say anything about dress size or weight. Storm on the other hand don’t publically list any requirements at all. Yet they are still choosing models that in no way represent the average British woman. The fashion world persistently push this subliminal message that skinny is beautiful, but, in a society overrun by the visual, it’s a lot harder to ignore than you think. Fashion and beauty advertising, in particular, play on our insecurities to sell products. Companies will use tall, unblemished, perfectly toned specimens to imply that, if we use their product, that is how we will look, without mentioning the amount of airbrushing used to ‘perfect’ the image. This is most apparent in adverts for clothes and make-up, or facial cleansers that will allegedly cure you of every tiny spot. We are presented with these flawless beings, who are supposed to have used said product, and led to believe that, if we do the same, we will become as flawless as the airbrushed model on the TV. Even if we know (as most
of us probably do) that it doesn’t work like that, we still buy into it, because it’s incredibly difficult not to. These adverts are everywhere. And behind the ‘you can look like this!’ message is the more sinister ‘you should look like this’. But we don’t, none of us do – not even the model that we saw in that advert. Few of us have access to professional make-up artists, expert stylists and personal trainers every morning before we leave the house. We can’t get a photographer, who’ll know our best angle, to follow us around parties and can then edit out any imperfections in the photos before they go up on Daily Mail Showbiz the next day. And if we did have access to all of this? Well, then we could probably look like models too. It has become hard, in a world obsessed by the visual, to simply accept who we are. Every day, we are surrounded by ideals that we feel the need to replicate. In fact, it’s not even the stereotypical ‘ideal’ that is the only problem – it’s the culture of comparison. By being continually exposed to this concept of perfection, we are forced to try and calculate how much we would have to do in order to reach that goal. And then, maybe, we’ll start looking at those around us to see how far they are from reaching that goal. Are they closer to it than we are? How did they do it? Thus the obsession starts. We put ourselves under ridiculous amounts of pressure to try and achieve the standards we think we have to reach. But, despite all the criticism that it has come under, the blame for this crisis of image cannot be laid solely at the door of the fashion world. It may have started out as the main offender in the ‘skinny is beautiful’ myth, but now it is just one of many industries endorsing the idea that the ‘perfect’ look exists. Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. The definition of beauty will differ from one person to the next. But it is almost impossible to remember this in our society that refuses to let go of the perfect archetype. promenade -summer
With summer just about peering through those pesky clouds, it may be difficult to envision what sort of get-up we’ll be eager to get our hands on next season. But having said this, the autumn/ winter collections of the Big 4 (New York, London, Milan and Paris) walked the catwalk months ago, leaving more than enough time to brew over next season’s trends. Here’s a quick look at some of our favourite styles…
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In this day and age, seeing girls in boy’s clothes is no longer a particularly surprising sight - especially in Brighton. The New York collections have built on this ‘gender bender’ trend, creating an edgy and risqué look. It is the look of the headstrong woman, chic and sophisticated, she has it all and is so comfortable with her femininity that she is not afraid to take some pointers from the careful tailoring and detailing of high-class menswear – definitely not a look to be mistaken for the frumpy, oversized borrowed-fromboyfriend attire. One of our favourite spins on this trend is that of Jason Wu, who uses a statement shape featuring big shoulders and emphasis on collars, keeping things feminine with a nipped in waist and girly pleats. Calvin Klein also focuses on figure, using belts to give a feminine shape to masculine garments. Unsurprisingly, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has got this look spot on, taking inspiration from menswear’s sharp, linear silhouettes and English gentlemen’s fabrics. She teams these with provocative slits and low v-necklines.
The London catwalks were laden with texture this season, with all sorts of feels, consistencies and fabrics making a powerful appearance. Velvet, fur and feathers were just a handful of materials found at the Christopher Kane show alone, not even mentioning the abundance of fabric-frenzied collections in the London shows. There was no single texture that made us swoon, but those that we found particularly striking had a tendency to were dark and mysterious. This magnificent melancholy mood was taken on by Erdem, who rejected his signature neo-lady-like lace to jump on the dark and sinister bandwagon. Pretty and delicate lace was replaced by feathers escaping out of sheer layers, revealing an edgier Erdem look we have taken a strong liking to. The rock-regal textured look was also seen in Julien Macdonald, seen through deep racer-backs and mesh inserts.
Designers often see the autumn/winter season as an opportunity to cleanse their palettes and tone down the bright and sometimes garish colours of spring/ summer. This turn towards sophisticated neutrals was championed by the major Italian fashion houses, but, of course, those who succeeded in achieving a powerful but subtle palette set the bar. The Gucci show channelled dusty brights such as cobalt, mustard and fuchsia to incorporate a vivid and exciting twist to the collection’s main focus on jet black. Fendi used earthy background colours of browns, navys and blacks to tone down their punky acid brights.
We probably have the hype surrounding Baz Luhrmann’s modern take on The Great Gatsby to thank for the fashion of bygone eras brought back to life. Moving on from the twenties, designers showing in Paris Fashion Week collections looked to other decades and even centuries for influence. Yves Saint Laurent encapsulated the effortless style of 90s California grunge in his collection, with the likes of leather miniskirts, biker jackets and baby doll dresses. We can’t wait to see how this will translate onto the high street this autumn. Sarah Burton’s take on Tudor style for Alexander McQueen had us in awe. The intricate designs embodied the most elegant and ornate courtly womanswear., and while we won’t be seen in full Henry VIII get-ups come September, the beauty of this collection makes it more than worth a mention!
Shape: Gender Bender
Texture: Materialistic Mood
Colour: Palette Cleanser
Motif: Memory Lane
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his season, sexism is the new black. You’d think it preposterous, but alas, hipster misogyny, where it’s fun and sexy to discriminate against women, has become a worrying new trend creeping into public consciousness; dusting sexist discourse off the shelves and rebranding it in a glittering, disturbing new package. Endorsed by thongs for 8 year olds, numerous ‘clit lits’ (á la 50 Shades), girls-gone-wild style reality shows and celebs like Rihanna and Beyonce flaunting their scantily clad bodies to young, impressionable fans all advocate the lazy misogyny of our contemporary society. And the worst thing? Women are buying into this ‘raunch culture’. The 50 Shades of Grey trilogy glorifies oppression and submission of the female form, projecting the idea that a woman is a man’s sexual play thing, catering to his every desire. The National Union of Teachers raise fresh concerns about how sexism and inequality shape women’s lives, stating that ‘far from being 'ironic' or 'empowering', the rise of new sexism is damaging. Schoolgirls are growing up in a world where it is normal for women's bodies to be seen as sex objects’. Sexism is becoming disturbingly normalised.
The Everyday Sexism Project notes that it seems to be increasingly difficult to talk about sexism, equality and women’s rights in a modern society that perceives itself to have achieved gender equality. In this supposedly liberal modern age, to complain about everyday sexism or suggest that you are unhappy with the portrayal of women leaves you likely to be labelled uptight, prudish, a militant feminist, or a bra burner. Laura Bates of the ESP believes this new sexism employs banter as a cover, an attempt to make sexism socially acceptable; ‘a clever silencing tool to shut up people who try to object’. Alissa Quart in NYMag calls this ‘hipster sexism’, where ‘the objectification of women uses irony, mockery and satire. It is rooted in the idea that sexism is an outdated and archaic institution in which people do not engage anymore, thereby making the demonstration of sexism seem ironic. The objectification of women can also portray itself as self-aware, but fashion photographer Terry Richardson and American Apparel’s CEO Dov Charney push the boundaries. Jezebel blogger Jenna
“...girls-gone-wild style reality shows and celebs like Rihanna and Beyonce flaunting their scantily clad bodies to young, impressionable fans all advocate the lazy misogyny of our contemporary society”. Sauer’s cites the story of model Jamie Peck and her fateful experience with ‘porn chic’ photographer Richardson:
honestly points out that revealing the wrongfulness of their behaviour risks hurting you more than it will them.
‘I told him I had my period so I wanted to keep my underwear on, and he asked me to take my tampon out for him to play with. Before I could say "whoa, whoa, whoa!" dude was wearing only his tattoos and waggling the biggest dick I'd ever seen dangerously close to my unclothed person. This is where I zoom out on the situation. I'm not sure how he manoeuvred me over to the couch, but at some point he strongly suggested I touch his terrifying penis. Doing this stuff, the only explanation I can come up with is that he was so darn friendly and happy about it all, and his assistants were so stoked on it as well, that I didn't want to be the killjoy in the room. My new fake friends would've been bummed if I'd said no’.
Susan Douglas, author of Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message notes ‘because it’s done in the spirit of irony, anyone who criticises their ‘art’ is forced to ask themselves, ‘is this endorsement of sexism or a parody of it?’’.
AA’s Dov Charney has had countless sexual harassment cases filed against him, including a rumour that he forced a former an employee to give him oral under his desk. The photographers ideas clearly imbue his work with x-rated ideas on women, while American Apparel ‘s billboards are often banned for being distastefully explicit in all their glory and barely-there attire.In light of such allegations, it is surprising more have not come forward to vilify these fashion pervs. But then again, who would believe a bambi eyed young model over these fashion powerhouses with immense control within the industry. Long-standing relationships with influential magazines and commercial clients make it difficult for models, interns and employees to step forward; Sauer
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Cases closer to home have recently lit up many of our laptop screens in the form of ‘Tell Him/ Her’ or ‘Rate Your Shag’ Facebook pages. Predictably, these pages depict a levelling disproportionate interest on girls. Fuelled by revision-period boredom, they have given way to a whole new voyeuristic form of sexism. Scrolling down the Sussex Tell Him/ Her, I quickly find examples such as ‘____think you’re pretty because stupidity isn’t going to get you far’ and ‘eventually, ____ is gonna run out of Rugby boys to ruin... What sports team is next?’ Other forms of sexist cyber bullying make their mark on the sexist debate, with the allowance of violent images of women being abused and raped retained on social networking site, whereas images of breastfeeding mothers and pages such as the ‘International Lady Garden Society’ are removed and reported for ‘damaging’ content. Apparently images, such as the one pictured, offend and violate community standards. Yet, take a short stroll around Facebook and you will find a plethora of pages overflowing with exploitative, misogynistic and pornographic images of women and girls. Some examples include Slut Paradise and Sex Slut Teens. Are you starting to see the problem here? I certainly am. I understand some of you might be thinking ‘so what if I upload suggestive pictures squeezing my tits together/
posing suggestively in an inconspicuous bikini... I can do whatever I like’. And yes, as 21st Century independent women, we have the freedom to do whatever we want to do, be it burning your bra or getting down on your knees for ‘Uncle Terry’. But we need to challenge what, who, how and why we have come to think mocking and participating in sexist acts is okay, and the consequences of our barely-clothed bodies plastered across the internet, objectifying ourselves for any perverted individual to see. Up for this challenge are a new crop of bright young neo-feminists, fighting against the undercurrent of oppression by dragging it to the surface to confront it. Modern feminism is just about believing in equal rights for women and men. So, unless your greatest hopes and dreams are pinned on becoming a misogynistic housewife with no rights or privileges, then you are in fact a feminist. Caitlin Morgan, columnist for the Times, is a notable feminist front-woman. Her new book, How to Be a Woman, introduces feminism to a new generation. Morgan is no preacher - ‘women should be able to bitch about other women – being a feminist doesn't mean you're a Buddhist’ - but serious feminist discourse runs throughout her refreshingly insightful account of everyday issues. Campaigns for women by women, such as One Billion Rising and the recent Chime for Change concert all mark significant gains in appreciating and standing up for women. There has also been considerable backlash to Facebook’s discriminatory pages from Uni Lass, celebrating women’s achievements, and Manchester Uni’s parody ‘Rate your Spag’ page to name a few. More than 50,000 have tweeted in support of cleaning up social media, while around 5,000 have emailed brands about distasteful advertising. A separate petition online has also gathered more than 220,000 signatures. It’s not cool, hip, or sexy to be sexist, so put gurrl power back on your vagenda and clue up on the 50 shades of feminism, ready to subvert these worryingly negative stereotypes creeping back into fashion and our everyday lives. And if I didn’t persuade you, there are plenty more where I came from. I’m sure another self-professed feminist can change your mind...
Hats are essential for hiding greasy locks towards the end of the weekend when dry shampoo can no longer work its magic! Also a savior from the (sparse) summer sunshine, hats are true multitaskers. Miss Selfridge, £28
Release your inner hippy and decorate your hair with one of this season’s most popular trends, flower garlands. Blame Lana and those video games. If it’s good enough for Kate Bosworth, it’s good enough for us! Topshop, £20
A pair of shades goes without saying! They are an absolute must-have for hiding the hangovers and late nights - the bigger the better, ladies. Also, avoids the do-I-don’t-I morning debate over putting on make-up. Put these on instead. Asos, £12
LOVE the print on this Zara dress, £45.99. Dresses are an easy all-in-one outfit that come in so many styles, cuts and patterns. Choose the right one for you, pull on and off you go. -Lily Edwards
Generally, any sort of playsuit is a huge no-no at festivals due to the trauma they cause in the toilets, but these dungarees are just too delightful! Channel acid-rave mixed with back-toschool cool by pairing with a neon crop top. Motel dungarees in paisley print, £48
Brighten up a plain tee with this statement piece. Chunky jewellery is more easily found than delicate jewellery in backpacks and scrambled tents. Zara, £19.99
FESTIVAL FASHION Yet another annual guide to what to wear at this season’s festivals, because while festivals come around every year, trends come and go. Every year, achieving a super-stylish festival look becomes easier and easier as brands create collections especially for our beloved weekends spent drinking and dancing in fields across the country. This year, on top of naming a current-season trend ‘Festival’, Topshop have teamed up with one of Promenade’s ultimate style crushes Kate Bosworth to do so. Festival sites are fast becoming a playground for fashionistas to experiment with their individual style and show off their personality. So if you’re stuck for what to pack in your rucksack this summer, here are our faves.
Neon satchels are so on trend this season, and perfect for holding your festival essentials in style. The colour is a great accessory for your new-found tan…if you get one. Accessorize, £25
An oversized jacket, like this denim one with tribal detailing across the shoulders, is a lightweight essential to keep you warm when the sun goes down. Team with denim shorts for a double-denim-delight. Pull and Bear, £49.99
This sequin skirt adds a nautical sparkle to any outfit. Perfect for Bestival! Why not team with our jellyfish umbrella? See pg. 20 Topshop, £60
They might be a cliché festival uniform, but this is for good reason. Invest in a pair of comfy, durable and luxurious Hunters to keep your feet warm and dry, also protecting your precious shins from mountains of mud. Hunter Wellies, £85
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romenade takes a look at model of the moment and youth sensation Cara Delevingne, and her eyebrows. Just what is all the fuss about?! Read on and let Charlotte Harding reveal all.
BELIEVE THE CARA HYPE. Not since the days of the Amazonian Naomis and Cindys or heroin chic Kate has a model so vehemently broken into the public eye like Miss Delevingne.
KEEP CALM CARA ON
Of aristocratic ancestry, she could have followed the well-trodden path of society ‘it’ girl, sipping Crystal, dating a royal (probs Harry) and being of ‘famous for nothing’ fame. But this is not the case; Cara is the leader of the new model pack where personality prevails over the size of your hips. A buzzing ball of infectious energy who just won’t quit at taking over the fashion world by storm, via Storm model agency, Cara is EVERYWHERE. This blonde top model is a hyperactive lightning bolt, whose bushy brows and firecracker personality have snap, crackled and popped new life into what had become a rather dull industry of faceless, anorexic, Baltic girls, mustering size zero personality (at a push). Cara puts the cool back into Britannia, with many fashionistas already lamenting her as the new Kate. With the way she’s going, this isn’t far fetched and Cara could soon be filling Moss’s Vivienne Westwood boots as the most famous clothes pony of our generation.
Cara haters bitch about her ‘ok’ face, massive eyebrows and diminutive stature, which I suspect is just a case of the green eyed monster. But who cares, the fashion world loves her. From Bailey to Karl to Hedi, who recently placed Cara as the new face of YSL (lets erase those Marilyn Manson ads from our memories). The Vogue covers have also started rolling in, including the debut cover of Teen Vogue. Alexander Shulman gives the 20-year-old her seal of approval; ‘one of the things that people want from models is the sense of their personality. Cara conveys that; it's a spirit of fun and individuality.
Because she's not conventional, she's a little short, she's got a quite a quirky face, that's what I like about her’. With 1.7 million Instagram followers (and counting) and endless Tumblr pages capturing her every move, we are taken along on her rollercoaster ride with up-to-the-second photographs of where she is and what she’s doing. The Cara brand has taken on a life of its own, countless Twitter pages devoted to nearly every part of her body, five alone for her eyebrows (one for her left and right brow) and even an account for her virginity, thigh gap and boobs. Extensive. At her ripe old just-past-teen age, she’s racked up shows and campaigns galore, making me feel slightly bitter as I sit in the depths of the library, glancing through her jet-set Instagram feed. It’s hard not to like a girl who seems like the rest of us, with the exception of being rich and famous, who doesn’t take the fashion world around her too seriously. I think everyone’s secretly a little bit in lurve, who doesn’t smirk at all those goofy faces she can pull?! You can’t deny you’re a little bit jealous...she even looks great with bird shit on her face. How is that possible?! Even a recent cocaine scandal seems to have passed her by. Is she TRYING to live up to her label at the new Kate?! Dropping a small packet of suspicious looking powder on her doorstep in front of hoards of paps, Cara’s reaction was to laugh and do a little dance to deflect attention. The next day, images of her sparkling at the Met Ball and locking lips with Sienna Miller conveniently caused the incident to be brushed under the carpet with her image fully intact; no one wants to pop the Delevingne bubble just yet. Cliché or not I don’t care, Cara is my numba 1 gurrrlll crush, cross-eyed and gangly in her onesie. Try your hardest (which I certainly have), you cannot resist the Cara charm.
FASHION THE NEW...
Fashion and religion haven’t always had the easiest relationship; the combination of the two often results in controversy or offence to one or other of the parties involved. However, London Fashion Week A/W 2013 saw the return of the pious theme, with prominent use of religious imagery and particularly Catholicism. Dolce and Gabbana girls graced the catwalk with elegant, regal attire with printed saints and angels, echoing renaissance paintings from Michelangelo and Bottiecilli. Alexander McQueen followed suit with a couture collection inspired by medieval attire and religious motifs. But is it possible for religion and fashion to ever truly work in unison, without causing conflict? Catholic art is aesthetically rich, using both the dramatic baroque and rococo styles to produce emotive pieces. Many fashion designers are inspired by the opulent nature of this religious art and this informs the decadent tones, embroidery and fabrics. The
iconography can also be used by musicians in their costume choices, proving an easy way to link to religion and the ideas within it. However the line between using religious iconography respectfully and creatively, and using it to purposely create controversy is a fine line indeed. Madonna, the Queen of Pop, infamously used catholic iconography for her video ‘Like A Prayer’, which also showed flaming crosses and Madonna sexually fantasising about a Saint. This uneasy mix of sexuality, violence and religion resurfaced fairly recently when Lady Gaga portrayed herself as a leather-clad nun, laden with rosary beads in her video for ‘Alendrajo’. The response from the Church wasn’t positive, claiming blasphemy, while director of the video Steven Klien argued that it was the musician’s ‘desire to take in the Holy’. Clearly, all art is open to interpretation then.
So how does this trend translate from catwalk to real life? Crosses became a prominent trend from 2010, and still adorn all style sets, including high-street fashionistas, the Chelsea set and hipsters. Images of the Virgin Mary and other saints drip down from couture outfits to street fashion, in which denim jackets, jewellery and leggings are all emblazoned with the iconography. It would seem that Christianity, particularly Catholicism, is the most popular choice with western designers rather than certain other religions, possibly due to the fact it could create political unease and media attention. Buddhism has also become prominent in fashion, although mostly in jewellery engraved with symbols and imagery. Some argue that wearing these objects of worship purely for fashion is demeaning and trivialises Christianity. In addition, the increasing trend of wearing anti-crosses, particularly amongst the alternative groups, has caused a stir.
Religion may not be compulsory, as it has been in the past, but it is still an important part of life for some and inspiration for others. Fashion is an industry that is always pushing boundaries and provoking tension, easily achieved when using religion. It can be argued that the two are polar opposites; one promotes spirituality and constraint while the other, materialism and self-indulgence. The relationship is therefore conflicting for some, while for others can link in co-existing ways. It is doubtful that the worlds of fashion and religion can ever be balanced without some offence being caused, but it is undeniable that that religion, used as inspiration in all creative forms, has produced some of the most exquisite, memorable pieces. The use of religious iconography in fashion need not automatically be interpreted as debasing spiritual beliefs, but rather embracing and celebrating them in a different form. -Rebecca Legister-Anderson
- ZOE KILLINGBECK
Cut your bubble wrap into long strips. Attach them around the edges of your umbrella with Cellotape
In keeping with this year’s nautical Bestival theme, Zoe Killingbeck shows you how to make your very own jellyfish umbrella. Keep yourself cool or dry in four simple steps.
You will need:
• See-through dome umbrella • Bubble wrap • Tissue paper • Curling ribbon • Black and white card • Scissors •
Curl the ribbon with scissors and attach with tape to the umbrella edges. Add some tissue paper and more ribbons to the inside structure of the umbrella. It is up to you how many tentacles you fancy, how big and bold do you feel?!
Cellotape, double-sided tape
Cut out your eyes from white and black card and glue them together, I stuck on the eyeball at a quirky angle for a friendly jellyfish! Then stick onto your umbrella with double sided tape. promenade -summer
Tada! Your jellyfish is done. Get out there and enjoy Bestival!
Escaping the doom and gloom of the library during exam period, Sussex style took a trip to the beach to bask in the sun and dip our toes in the sea. Glam up swimwear this season with oversized clutches, bold colours, animal prints, and of course statement jewellery to add that MUCH NEEDED sparkle when the great british summer fails us
OH, WE DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE Photographer: PaVan Wilder Stylists: Lily Edwards
SJ wears swimming costume, Beyond Retro; necklace, Mawi @ Union. Charlotte wears bracelet, Bex Rox @ Union
Emily wears swimsuit, We Are Handsome; swimming hat, Beyond Retro.
Charlotte wears bandeau top, American Apparel; bikini pants, Primark; jacket, Zara; body harness, Naomi Teal @ Union.
SJ wears swimming costume and hat, Beyond Retro; bag, Feather M @ Union; scarf, Saima Majid. Charlotte wears bikini, H&M; bracelet, Bex Rox @ Union; hat, Beyond Retro; sunglasses, Urban Outfitters.
Emily wears bag, Feather M @ Union; shorts, Zara; bandeau, stylistâ€™s own.
Leather and denim in summer? Yes! Who said leather was just for winter? Take off those tights and let your favourite winter leathers, previously locked away in the depths of your wardrobe, carry you through all year long a la Balmain & Dsquared runway looks s/s â€™13. Song-I wears blue fringed suede jacket, white leather bra top and black leather shorts, all Beyond Retro. Bertie wears Denim jacket, Levi. Denim leotard, Opening Ceremony. Denim skirt, Whistles. Necklace, ASOS.
Charlotte wears bikini, H&M; bracelet, Bex Rox @ Union; bag, Feather M @ Union. SJ wears swimsuit, Beyond Retro; clutch, Sole Clutch; necklace, Mawi @ Union.
Make up: Terri-Ann Aubrey-Smith Fashion Assistant: Olivia Gordon Photography Assistants: Keri-Ann Ludlow, Ruby Stone-Sharp Models: Sarah-Jane Kimbley, Emily Bunclark, Charlotte Harding.
credit: Ellie Demaus
Art-print t-shirts are set to be a huge trend this summer, conveying a sense of culture on catwalks from London to Milan. Miss Go and Mr GuGu, artsy clothing companies, are at the forefront of this trend, which sees classic painterly prints rendered onto t-shirts, meggings and jumpers. Art from the classical period right up to the present day is represented, with most brands offering prints for both men and women. Promenade takes a look at this artistic new menswear trend with some exclusive images shot in the capital of chic, Paris. -Abraham Baldry top l: Mr Juju Jumper credit - Elle Demaus top r: Aloha from Deer jumper bottom r: Aloha from Deer jumoer bottom l: Mr Juju
Bishop Attire is an underground clothing company that is starting to make headway in the Brighton style scene. The independent clothing company was set up at the start of 2013 by three Sussex students who wanted to bring the feel of outdoor outfits for skiers, snowboarders, surfers and skaters to affordable, stylish clothing. Bishop Attire’s head designer insists ‘I design with myself in mind, in the same way I design everything I do. I ask myself, would I wear that? Do I want that? Is this something I’ve been looking for?’ The co-founders of Bishop Attire are also keen skiers, and have purposefully incorporated elements of style both on and off the slopes. Whether bossing your first off-piste of the morning, or glugging down that first round of apres-ski, style doesn’t stop at the slopes. The ethos of Bishop Attire is to bring that skislope swagger back with you. The newly established company’s name has raised a few eyebrows. Many were intrigued; for some, it
provoked thoughts of a more perverse nature, which for one deviant may or may not have called to mind genital piercings… But the real reason for naming the company Bishop Attire was not to provoke these thoughts. The institutional title, Bishop, is transformed into something totally different, something cool and fashionable, in just the same way as Bishop Attire take an original approach and reinvent sporty styles of clothing. The products are made with their customer in mind - you can be confident that your quality t-shirt will not shrink after the first wash, but will remain comfortable every single wear. The environment is a theme very close to the Bishops heart and they have also made a conscious effort to choose suppliers that are aware of their carbon footprint and are proactive about reducing their impact on the planet. This is embodied in our new range of t-shirts that are durable and stylish for snow, surf or partying and comfortable, for recovering from your fast-paced life.
Dry & Dirty? Feeling less than fresh with skin like sandpaper? Is your face a reflection of your bad beauty habits (or lack of)? Promenade’s male beauty expert Ben James has the answers. Summer is well and truly upon us, so guys, we need to up our skin-care game. Gone are the days of the sweatclad, shiny-faced gentleman, let’s vow to stay fresh-faced and effortlessly flawless in these modern times. Beauty products needn’t be exclusively for the females. In fact, the male grooming market has exploded in recent years; from serums to moisturisers, sunscreens and mattifiers, the trek through Boots can be overwhelming. But there’s no excuses not to anymore; the male beauty market has all bases covered. Let’s get back to basics: cleansing is a crucial, though often overlooked, step in the skin-care regimen. The virtues of a well-exfoliated and cleansed face extend far beyond your soap-and-water affair, unless, of course, irritated, tight-feeling skin is your thing. Dark Angels (£6.25) is a mud/charcoal hybrid cleanser from Lush with black sugar, scrubbing away tired looking skin. This product is great for those with oilier skin, or for those of us that tend to get particularly slick in the summer months. Rhassoul mud eliminates any grime in the skin’s pores, whilst the charcoal balances the amount of oil produced, as well as giving this refreshing facial cleansers its soot-black pigment. For normal to dry skin, cleansing is just as important. Dark Angels' counterpart, aptly named Angels on Bare Skin, is an equally affordable method of cleansing without irritation. Since Lush uses mostly natural ingredients, you can’t go far wrong with this ground almond and chamomile face-purifying paste. Containing three nourishing natural oils, treat your face with this gem and your skin will beam. Both are the same price for 100g of product, which will not only last ages, but cleanse and exfoliate at the same time, ultimately saving you those precious pennies. promenade -summer
Moisturising is another must, even for oily-skinned folk. If you’re looking for minimal fuss and a fantastic all-in-one, why not consider a lotion with built in sun protection? Not only is the sun responsible for the first (and most unsightly) signs of aging, it goes without saying that protecting ourselves from harmful rays is imperative. Clarins have a fantastic selection of sunprotective moisturisers, as do brands like Clinique, Dermalogica, which both have men’s lines. These all come complete with an eye-watering price tag, though; hardly student-friendly. Instead, reach for La Roche Posay’s ‘Anthelios’ range which is easy on the wallet, though certainly not lacking in quality. The XL Extreme Face Fluid (£16.50) is perfect for those in the market for fuss-free UVA/UVB protection with added moisture. It absorbs almost instantly and mattifies the skin, leaving no tell-tale white mask and is seemingly forever on a 3-for-2 promotion in most Boots stores. La Roche Posay offers another steal for combating spots. Targeting all stages of acne-prone skin, their Effaclar Duo (£13) serum is a genius solution gentle enough to be smothered all over, or specifically just where you need it. Blemishes vanish almost overnight, it’s akin to a miracle. Alternatively, a strategic use of concealer is a quick solution in your time of need. Forget gender stereotypes, if you do this well, it will be undetectable provided you’re equipped with the right shade. MAC offer a free colourmatching service, and the in-store make-up artists are no strangers to men waltzing in. Their Pro Longwear Concealer (£14.50) is a lightweight fluid that offers 15hour wear and stands up to even the hottest of summer days. It’s essentially a second skin in a bottle and is incredibly difficult to mess up. All products mentioned come packed in either black or white gender-neutral packaging; suitable for all male bathroom cabinets. Stepping up your routine needn't be a stressful process; following these simple steps is too easy to not at least have a good crack at and you'll be feeling and looking like a better version of yourself in no time. Remember: there are no longer any excuses for looking anything less than dapper.
FUTURE NOSTALGIA Kira Knight takes a look at the trends from back in the day making a big splash in the S/S ’13 style scene.
The seasons have aligned and it is finally summertime, which means that we can stop dressing like penguins and start treating the outside as somewhere to GO, rather than ‘the chilly space between buildings’. That said, when summer approaches it can be hard to try out a new original look that hasn’t been done to death before. We can, of course, grab the patterned shirt and shorts, summer classics that will never go out of style. But for something a bit different, several street inspired trends have emerged this season that look set to influence your wardrobe over the coming months. In the last couple years, we’ve caught fashion nostalgia; from the slick and suited look of a Gatsby gangster to an edgier Mod get-up, this summer is all about 90s retro. It’s time to get grungy - think Kurt Cobain pre ‘94, and Courtney Love if she’d been a little less fond of heroin. There are of course those quintessential items needed to instantly incorporate a grunge vibe into your wardrobe. Flannel shirts, Doc Martins and pretty much anything tie-dye. Keep it dark and casual, this style needs to be easy going to look ‘cool’.
The second style that looks set to be a staple this summer comes from the European hip-hop scene of the 80s. Getting this look right is about integrating the cool-but-carefully-constructed feel into your clothing, minus the boombox and breakdancing on a flattened cardboard box (I still think this is a magnificent idea). It’s all about sportswear, and for this, vintage stores, charity shops and Urban Outfitters are your new best friend. Brands like Adidas, Reebok and Puma are key, but also keep an eye out for Sergio Taccini, Fila and the like. Also good are bomber jackets, windbreakers and skinny jeans paired with bulky trainers. Clashing patterns and colours make for a bolder look, or just choose a couple items to spruce up a daytime look. In regards to street style, the 80’s and 90’s have made a massive comeback. There is nothing wrong bringing a bit of attitude to your clothing. In fact, there is a lot right with it. The best thing about these fashion statements is that the expense needed to make a great look can be minimal. It’s all about how we personalise it and make it our own. So get rummaging! Who’s feeling Fresh now?
90’s anti-chic hollers back to a culture dominated by youth that had rebellion just about nailed. There are no rules as to how you wear this look. You could stick to shorts, and add a sufficiently ripped black t-shirt, to create a summer outfit with a grunge twist. Add a checked shirt or two to jeans (never chinos), and don’t do your hair in the morning. Bed-head is the perfect grunge hairstyle. promenade -summer
HIGH STREET VS HIGH END
Splurge or save? Victoria Black weighs up the costs and benefits of high-end make-up against that pitiless student budget.
Of all the modern day make-up bag essentials, many beauty fanatics swear by the products they believe they can trust and continue to buy over and over again. But with so many competing brands and a continually expanding choice of products, it is difficult to know which products really work and which aren’t worth splurging on. Beauty budgeters constantly question which products you can get away with saving on, but can you really get a cheap foundation from Superdrug that offers full coverage? Then again, is a classic red lipstick really worth its £20 price tag? Promenade wants to guide you through the products we believe you can get away with saving, on and those we believe that are worth the investment.
HIGH STREET While some products are worth cashing the pay cheque for, some high-street products work just as well with a much more purse-friendly price-tag.
A product many of us splurge on, but often not worth the indulgence. Many high-street brands, such as Maybelline, L'Oreal and Maxfactor, offer great mascaras and a range of wands to suit the style you require. Volume, length, colour or curl, there is plenty of choice on the shelves at a low cost.
While it’s impossible to deny that pricier eyeshadows tend to stay put for longer and are more likely to contain better-quality ingredients, cheaper eyeshadows are a great way to tap into trends without too much investment. It’s easy to stock up on a range of colours to suit your every mood, with my top pick the MUA Eyeshadow Pearl at just £1 each from Superdrug. Offering a huge colour collection and a surprising amount of pigment for their price, they also have super staying power.
HIGH-END Lip colour
Similarly, many quality lipglosses and lipsticks can be picked up cheaply at any local make-up stockist. Glosses rarely last the test of time, so there’s no real reason to invest in a branded lipgloss. L'Oreal Glam Shine 6 Hour Lip Gloss and Bourjous Effet 3D Lipgloss (£7.69) are both affordable and with a growing colour spectrum, there is little need for an expensive lipgloss. As for lipsticks, Chanel, M.A.C., Dior and Giorgio Armani can't be beaten, but it is possible to find a great, longwearing lipstick in your local drugstore. Try Rimmel, Barry M or Max Factor for cheap but creamy lipsticks in a range of shades.
Nail varnish, changeable and chippable, is another product that can easily be bought at good quality for as little as £2.99. Despite makes such as Chanel offering a few on trend shades per season that are worth the investment, alongside a palette of staple tones, iconic high street brands like Barry M offer a vast range of polishes, from gelly to crackle, glitter to matte - all at purse-friendly prices. However, when using a budget brand, I would recommend a top-coat to ensure a long lasting look.
Foundation is a key product and make-up staple. I would recommend buying a high-end foundation which will also take care of your skin. Providing the base for the rest of your make-up, foundation is an essential product, and when using a product everyday you want something you can be confident isn't bad for your skin, as well as covering any imperfections. While you can get a decent branded foundation at Boots or Superdrug, the chances of you finding the perfect shade for your skin colour can be hit or miss. High-end foundations often last longer then cheaper foundations and provide a smoother, lighter, more even coverage; the perfect beauty base. However, many of us cannot afford to use a high-end foundation on a daily basis. Therefore I would opt for a mid-priced foundation for day-to-day application, such as Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid (£7.99) or L'Oreal Infallible Foundation (£12.29). For special occasions, try Mac Studio Fix Fluid (£20.50), which also provides an SPF of 15. Another option would be Oil-Free Nars Sheer Matte foundation (£29.50), which, semi-justifying the 30ml bottle’s price tag, lasts well and promises a soft, matte finish with sheer, buildable coverage controlling shine throughout the day. It also comes in 20 shades for those hard to define skin tones.
A good foundation is worth the money as not only do they stay put, they provide a completely different type of coverage to cheaper alternatives. Many high-end foundations also offer a vast colour range to choose from, and a free match-up session to find a colour and type that suits your skin perfectly. Nothing beats the discerning eye of a make-up expert when it comes to finding the right formulation for your skin tone.
Bronzer is another product many make-up artists believe are worth the investment. Made with a much higher quality pigment, these more expensive products can be layered without looking 'caked on'. Hula by Benefit (£24.50) is a great bronzing staple and definitely worth the investment. It offers an all-over shade with a matte finish, keeping your skin looking flawless. Another highly recommended bronzer is Mac's infamous Bronzing Powder (£19.00); a lightly frosted, tinted powder that highlights and gives skin sheer, natural colour. Similarly, pressed powders benefit from the same pigment quality as bronzers, allowing shine to be kept at bay all day without a tell-tale ‘caked on’ finish. Clinique's Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder (£21.00) given even coverage and is worth forking out for. promenade -summer
Helen Roberts gets a sneak peek at one of the most anticipated cosmetic collections for 2013, inspired by family history and reinterpretations of fashion. Strong, simple and sophisticated, sexy, sporty and glam; Michael Kors’ vision for his brand new makeup line echoes the power and grace of a long line of Kors women.
sexy, sporty and glam. According to Kors himself, ‘these elements have always been in the DNA of the Micheal Kors woman, it’s just that she feels more strongly about one of them at certain times’.
First, using his grandmother for inspiration, Kors took heed of her penchant for pattern, colour and bold jewellery, and her tendency to enter rooms with an air of Elizabeth Taylor. Next came Kors’ mother, a natural, classic, sporty woman contradicting her own mother’s look. When Kors attended the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, he considered the two inspirational women in his life and questioned how, with diametrically opposed styles, they could both still be sexy.
These aren’t make-up bag basics, so don’t expect sleek foundations and inky mascaras. These products, including nail varnishes, lipsticks and glosses, create a strong look; shades of nude and taupe for Sporty, shades of crimson for Sexy and deep violets for Glam. Each mood also has its own accompanying fragrance, and the collection also boasts a full range of bronzing and tanning products. Perfect for when the summer sun begins to fade!
Using these experiences to question the definitions of sexiness and style, the Kors aesthetic was born promenade -summer
THE ETHICS OF BEING BEAUTIFUL Hannah Ellison brings the conscious to cosmetic, as she examines the world of ethical beauty products in the UK. Will you make the change?
Due for release in the autumn, the Kors collection will be sold exclusively at Kors stores and Macy’s for a limited run of a year.
THE ETHICS OF BEING BEAUTIFUL credit: demotix. com, wesleyann.edu, warstory.co
The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) recently won a hugely important battle against animal testing. In March this year, it was announced that cosmetic products sold anywhere within European Union must be 100% free from animal testing. Until very recently, any of the EU’s global trading partners were free to endorse and accept animal testing - but no longer. Great news for animal lovers and fans of ethical beauty, but maybe not such great news for the beauty industry? A spokesperson for Cosmetics Europe – the trade association representing many European cosmetic companies –said that ‘by implementing the ban at this time, the EU is jeopardising the industry’s ability to innovate’. But should this ‘innovation’ really depend upon such unethical practices? And how ‘innovative’ is it to rely on animal testing, when we are now aware of how harmful this is to both the environment and its animal inhabitants? I think it’s time for the beauty industry to think outside the box. We know it’s possible for the cosmetics industry to use natural ingredients tested in ethical ways – this is how huge companies like The Body Shop made their name. So why hasn’t the trend caught on? Too expensive, possibly? If you compare the prices of these all-natural-non-animal-testedenvironmentally-friendly products to the regular chemical-laden brands we would usually subject our bodies to, there is admittedly a significant cost difference. Shampoo is a perfect example. You can walk into any Boots or Superdrug and most likely find a shampoo for a couple of promenade -summer
pounds, whilst in shops like The Body Shop they tend to cost at least £4.50 for a bottle half the size. And, in this consumer society, cheap and cheerful will nearly always hold out against the ‘is it really worth it?’ phenomenon that plagues the ethical beauty market. But...it might actually be worth it. All the chemicals that go into our favourite products aren’t doing us much good. We’ll see the advert for the new miracle ingredient in our favourite shampoo brand, which will instantly transform our tresses to make them healthier and glossier. But in actual fact, this ingredient is probably a mass of chemicals that could harm our hair’s natural shine. And, even if this ingredient has been proven to work, the sulphates and parabens that appear in most shampoos will slowly erode the naturally occurring oils in our hair, making it dry and dull. Because of these effects on hair, I will always spend a little more for better products, without forking out vast amounts. A smaller bottle of £4.50 chemical-free shampoo can actually last longer than the bigger, cheaper brand. The chemical-free stuff tends to be thicker, meaning it is often easier to use when watered down. The tiniest amount of the shampoo can coat your hair, allowing a smaller bottle to last virtually twice as long. The same goes for our nails. We don’t want dry, brittle nails from overuse of chemical polishes and removers, but it’s difficult not to be persuaded by cheaper price-tags. A 250ml bottle of Boots Essential Nail Polish Remover only costs a pound, which in itself is a pretty persuasive argument for students on a budget.
Yet instead, the real price we pay comes in the form of damaged talons. Even the acetone free removers still contain harmful chemicals. As an ex-nail biter, my nails struggle to look healthy – which is why, wherever possible, I buy chemicalfree products. The latest I’ve found is Fresh Therapies’ new Eden Natural Polish Remover, using a blend of all-natural ingredients, kind to nails and skin without harming the environment in the process. This product has received rave reviews from beauty blogger Sugarpuffish (Sugarpuffish.blogspot.com), who noted that a major benefit is not having to don a gas mask just to remove your nail polish. The toxin-free formula completely eradicates that awful chemical smell so often associated with removers. She goes on to say that the Eden nail polish remover actually nourishes nails, making them less brittle. This all sounds great, but there is a catch - a small 50ml bottle is a pricey £9.00, and with significantly cheaper options out there, I’m not sure how convincing the ‘all natural’ argument will be to those on a budget.
dry out my nails – in fact, my nails felt stronger when wearing the polish. But, again, each 15ml bottle of polish is £10.50. It’s may be a small price to pay for good quality nail vanish, but the option of paying less is always out there.
I also recently tried out Nailgirls London, a new company founded by two sisters set on selling polish free from harmful chemicals and animal testing. It’s seriously lovely stuff. Firstly, they have such an array of colours it’s difficult to know which to go for. I settled on the bold and vibrant Teal #2 and the subtler Pink #18. Potentially because of it being toxin-free, the formula is a little thinner than I was expecting and I did have to use a second coat. But the results were fantastic. Even when using the more muted tone, the polish gives your nails a gorgeous shine that lasts a whole week. It didn’t
At last, it is possible for cosmetics to be ethical, toxin-free and a whole lot better for us! So maybe the recent push for more conscious beauty products won’t jeopardise the industry’s ability to innovate, but actually force them to try new things. Right now, the cost of natural cosmetics is just that little bit too much for most of us to buy them on a regular basis, but could that change with these new laws against animal testing? Hopefully – our bodies deserve the best.
And the reason behind ethical beauty products tending to cost more? I caught up with Nathalie from Arbonne, an ethical beauty company specialising in anti-aging skincare, who explained that more expensive products come from more money put into the science and research methods used to create the product, ultimately giving better quality and more assured results. Nathalie is confident that toxinfree products are well worth the extra cash, stating ‘anything you put on your skin is in your blood within 17 seconds. Over a period of time, putting harmful chemicals and parabens on the body will cause damage’. So, it’s sort of like a cosmetic version of the ‘you are what you eat’ principle – in the end, we pay for what we put on our bodies.
-HANNAH ELLISON promenade -summer
BE BEAUTIFUL AT BESTIVAL! Give your face an
underwater makeover to fit with the nautical theme of this yearâ€™s
sparkly turquoise and fishy face paint!
Not only will
you look incredible and stand out from the crowd, but the sparkles are great for covering under-eye bags and hiding the hangovers!
UNDERWATER PRINCESS You will need: Powder eye shadows Glitter Diamantes Eyelash glue Vaseline MUA uses Barry M glitters and powders, and Paperchase diamantes. 1. Firstly put your base make up on: foundation, concealer, mascara etc. 2. Add a layer of powder blue shadows around eye area, going above the brow and below the eye. 3. Apply Vaseline to the area 4. Using either a brush or your finger, dab glitter on the area, making sure it sticks to the Vaseline. 5. Using the eyelash glue, apply a selection of diamantes. 6. Add a light dusting of shadow dust to your lips for an underwater feel. promenade -summer
ENCHANTING EYES For a more simple and subtle look, give this a go. You will need: Eye shadow dust Glitter Vaseline MUA uses Barry M dazzle dust. 1. After applying your base make-up, add layers of different shades of blue eye shadow dust. Start with darker blues on the lids, and spread the shadow out so it becomes lighter and more silverly on the cheek bones and brows. 2. Add Vaseline on top of the colour, making sure you dab it lightly so as not to smudge the powder. 3. Add layers of fine glitter to give a delicate, magical appearance. 4. Highlight cheekbones, and the inner corners of your eyes with some light silvery eye shadow dust. 5. Keep lips simple with a peachy tone so as not to draw attention from the eyes.
beauty photography: PaVan Wilder makeup: Terri-Ann Audrey Smith
FISHY FISHY You will need: Face paints Vaseline Glitter (Set of brushes) 1. After doing your base make up, use a thin brush to draw the outline of the fish on your cheek. Start at your mouth so you position the fish in the correct place. 2. Using bright colours, fill in your fish. Add any detail you wish, for example scales or like us, stripes. 3. Give your fish an eye, adding eyelashes if you want it to be a girl. 4. Lightly dab Vaseline wherever you want glitter, then apply glitter on top. 5. Apply bright lipstick to give yourself a perfect fishy pout! promenade -summer
BRONZE OR BURN? With the summer season well and truly upon us, there’s only one thing on our minds when it comes to our skin in the sunshine – bronzing. For the dedicated tan addict, sun bed sessions may be the technique of choice. But considering the availability of Fake Bake, the impact it has on your bank balance and, most importantly, your health, is it worth it?
UV Tanning It’s cheap, it’s effective and it gives you a gorgeous golden glow - ten minutes under a sun bed is the equivalent to a full day basking on Mediterranean beaches. The benefits are clear, offering a quick and easy solution to pasty skin. But what about the risks? Using a sun bed at any age increases your risk of developing cancerous melanoma by up to 25%. If you are under 35, this risk jumps to 59%. The link between cancer and UV tanning has been well documented in recent years, but that still isn’t enough to put some sun worshippers off. How about the visible effects on your skin; deep-set wrinkles developing from an early age alongside brown spots on your skin…not exactly desirable, right? Though UV rays and exposure to vitamin D are beneficial for beautiful skin and general wellbeing, the concentration of rays soaked up while using a sun bed means extra safety precautions must be taken to avoid these health hazards before you step into the salon.
-HELEN ROBERTS promenade -summer
Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion £17
Garnier Ambre Solaire £9.50
Today’s definition of ‘Hollywood glamour’ promotes an envious golden glow, often encouraging unhealthy habits to achieve something that is unnatural in our beloved British summer. Yet the beauty industry are diversifying, developing a modern look and encouraging acceptance of all shades of beauty. Having a paler complexion is now becoming commonplace on the red carpet, take Dita Von Teese and Emma Watson for example.
This light mousse product applies smoothly and evenly with tanning gloves, developing a natural looking golden glow in two hours. No signs of that signature lingering self-tan smell, either.
Gradually building up a tan whilst moisturising is an easy way to create a natural, bronzed appearance. Clinique’s tinted lotion keeps skin supple, while gently building a warm colour.
Lancome Flash Bronzer Face Gel £23
St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse £33
Rimmel Sun Shimmer £2.99
Harsher on the student loan, but definitely worth it. St. Tropez never fails to build a natural and beautiful tan, with the mousse the top selling product in their tanning range.
If you want a quick, cheap, bronze top-up before a night out, instant tanning products such as Rimmel Sun Shimmer are ideal. Legs get a quick and even glowing finish, which can be washed off at the end of night. Be sure to apply with gloves if you want avoid streaks and smears.
Fake tanning products can contain elements that are harsh on facial skin, causing irritation, acne and oil production. Instead, use delicate products designed for this sensitive area. Lancome’s lightweight gel multitasks, moisturising, tanning and eliminating excess grease.
Celebrities such as Kristen Stewart and Nicola Roberts are renowned for embracing and encouraging a natural skin colour, staying away from both the bottled bronzer and UV damage from salon treatments. Nicola takes this a step further with her make-up line designed specifically for fairer skin tones, Dainty Doll. Sending a strong message to feel confident in the skin you’re in, no matter whether you’re alabaster or ebony, choosing natural beauty over imitations of tantastic actresses is a sound step towards building self-confidence; the most beautiful asset.
Fake Baking For those that want a middle ground between sun-kissed and safety, fake tan is a healthy option for getting that glow. Whether you opt for an in-salon spray tan or take-home sunshine in a bottle, selecting the right brand to give you even, nonstreaky coverage is vital. Why not try out my top 5?
BEAUTY ONLINE THE WHO, THE WHAT AND THE WHY OF
Promenade gets to grips with the booming virtual beauty revolution, chatting to four up-and-coming names in the online beauty community. Eleanor Spain asks this stylish sisterhood for their opinions on tea, tinted moisturiser and YouTube tutorials. One night two years ago, after a particularly awful episode of Made in Chelsea (in which I couldn’t not stare nor care for anything apart from how perfect Millie Mackintosh’s make-up looked), I curiously tapped out a few searches in the hope of maybe finding an interview with her make-up artist. Here appears one of the many faces of the growing phenomenon that is the online beauty community, Tanya Burr (youtube.com/tanyaburr). A qualified make-up artist and seasoned beauty addict, Tanya was never-the-less perched simply on the end of her bed, grinning into a small video camera. She nervously begins ‘Hi everyone!’ to her (now) 800, 000 YouTube subscribers, and starts an ‘everyday make-up’ tutorial on a barefaced Millie Mackintosh. I had found exactly what I was looking for, but nothing could prepare me for what came next. Obsession. This month, I caught up with four of my absolute favourite beauty YouTubers in what can only be described as a Beauty Bloggers Anonymous meeting. Firstly, offering up her views is Brighton born-and-bred Vivianna of Vivianna Does Makeup (youtube.com/ ViviannaDoesMakeup), whose blog feature ‘The Weekend Post’ provides readers with handy revision-avoidance ideas in the form of mini facials and Sunday afternoon pampering (oops). I also chatted to Essie from Essiebutton (youtube.com/essiebutton), whose downto-earth attitude and frequent digressions into what she saw on episodes of Judge Judy always leave me howling. I was excited to meet a friend of Sussex Style with a rapidly growing YouTube channel, the lively and approachable Amy of The Camera Lies Beauty (youtube. com/TheCameraLiesBeauty). And last, but not least, Maddie from Clothes and Curls (youtube.com/clothesandcurls) who - like a beauty big sister - warmly encourages her YouTube viewers to make their favourite cuppa and sip along as she updates you with her impulse product purchases. I knew these four girls would be the best at helping me uncovering what makes the online beauty community a must-watch, must-join phenomenon.
Let’s start at the very beginning; how did it feel to publish your first blog or video to the world?
Amy: At first I wasn’t nervous. When my subscriber count hit 100 I started thinking, oh, wow, there is some pressure here. But by that point I had fallen in love so it was too little too late! Essie: I watched YouTube videos and read blogs from afar for many, many months before taking the plunge myself. After weeks of trying to film my first video, I decided to just DO IT! Thebeauty community welcomed me with open arms and I’ve made lots of friends through it. I’ve often had run-ins with people who can’t quite understand what I’m watching or reading. Have you struggled to explain at times? Amy: It can look a little odd when people come into my room after I’ve filmed a video and there is a camera on a tripod with softbox lights at the end of my bed.... if you know what I mean! Essie: YouTube is such a big part of my life that it would be very tricky to keep it quiet, but I can understand the embarrassing aspect of it. Especially telling people who aren’t really aware of what YouTube is! Maddie: Initially I was worried people might find talking to the internet about make-up a pretty weird hobby. But lots of my friends and family know and I haven’t had a single bad reaction. I’m really proud of what I’ve created and the following I’ve built up so I don’t think bad reactions from people would bother me. Vivianna: My sister was the first person I told about my YouTube channel. Her response? ‘Wow you’ve put a lot of time into this haven’t you - you really haven’t been revising for your exams?’. No, no I hadn’t. How do you think the word ‘community’ is central to the online beauty world? Vivianna: It’s something that I love to watch, take part in and learn from. I love having a chat with my subscribers about products or recommendations - I always end up going through my video comments with a pen and paper in hand! Amy: It extends outside of the online world, I recently went to a YouTube ‘meet-up’ and was overwhelmed by how lovely all the huge YouTubers I subscribe to were when I met them.
top to bottom, left to right; Amy, EssieButton, Maddie & Vivianna Essie: I just think the whole concept of YouTube is amazing. It has something for everyone. If I want to learn how to do something, I YouTube it! Maddie: The community is so supportive and friendly. I love reading my subscribers’ comments, and of course watching other people’s videos. It is honestly the best hobby I’ve ever had. Sometimes girls treat bloggers and YouTubers like ‘gurus’, how do you feel to be influencing others? Essie: To be honest, I feel like it’s the other way around. It’s so great to see people accepting me for who I am and encouraging me to be myself! I hope that I can do the same for my viewers because I spent a lot of my youth trying to act like the ‘cool’ girls. Things got a lot better for me promenade -summer
beauty when I just let go and did what I wanted to do. Amy: Some of my viewers are young, impressionable teens so I feel honoured that I can help try to instil a view that you can and should wear whatever you want and express yourself. I am careful to promote that make-up should be fun and enhance your natural beauty, and shouldn’t become something to hide under. Do you feel there’s more authenticity in seeing someone talk openly and freely online, as opposed to reading a PR-heavy magazine campaign? Essie: I really love that it is ‘regular’ people making videos about subjects that interest them. Maddie: Absolutely. You get honest opinions from real people. I find that a lot of mainstream beauty campaigns exploit women’s insecurities in order to sell products, and that really bothers me. I would love to think that the online beauty community is where women could turn to for a bit of female solidarity (though there are some lovely guys who make videos too) and to talk about make-up and fashion in a way that’s not going to make them feel crap. There are always cups of tea and coffee bobbing about in videos as you girls film. But how do you most enjoy watching YouTube? Maddie: I don’t know why but watching other people talk about make-up while I put on my own make-up in the morning is one of my favourite things to do. It’s a crucial part of my morning routine. I also love to watch a couple of videos in bed with a cup of tea in the evening. For me it’s better than anything TV has to offer. Vivianna: It really is like TV to me! YouTube is something that I like to have buzzing on in the background when I’m getting ready in the morning, eating my breakfast, or winding down at the end of the day. Amy: It’s kind of an any-time-of-the-day-or-night thing for me too. I’ll watch a few videos when I’m getting ready in the morning or if I can’t sleep. Told you I was obsessed! Although I can promise you, I’ll always have a cup of tea in my hand when I’m watching too! Essie: I spend A LOT of time taking baths, and setting up my iPad on the ledge is relaxation at its finest! Many professionals have finally caught on to this fantastic whirlpool of beauty chatter and are getting stuck in too. Charlotte Tilbury, Caroline Hirons and Lisa Eldridge have years of industry experience. But, when Lisa sat down to film her ‘Meeting the Ex – Chat/Make-up Therapy’ YouTube post, you can see she’s just like every other Beauty YouTuber in wanting to share not just her makeup tips, but her life experience too. We all know the men and women in suits should use their ‘executive powers’ to swap out the sugar-coated advertising for a review like “it smells incredible but it’s so expensive you might want to save this one for the Christmas list”. But we all know they probably won’t. Stingy no-returns policies on cosmetics and that tight student budget make promenade -summer
it all the more worthwhile to search for honest reviews about what you want to buy before you buy it. That’s where the online beauty community comes in, and it can’t wait to hold you by the hand as you whizz through all those make-up halls and high-street aisles, covered in lipstick swatches. Before long, you’ll be ready to tackle sneering snooty shop assistants, armed with newfound beauty know-how. Welcome to the sisterhood. -ELEANOR SPAIN top: Tanya Burr, bottom: Michelle Phan
TOP 5 BEAUTY BLOGGERS With blogging and ‘vlogging’ taking over the world (wide web), Promenade’s Helen Roberts hand picks the top 5 trustworthy beauty channels in the online community, promoting real passion and knowledge for cosmetic products rather than brand-sponsored advertorial posts. 5th Place – ChloeMorello
Subscribers – 213, 846 Video Views – 14, 340, 003 An Australian beauty queen with a desire to share anything health, cosmetic and fashion related. A part of the community for just over a year, it’s clear how dedicated she is to her passion. Her videos make viewers feel engaged and invited to join her world.
4th Place – FleurDeForce
Subscribers – 678, 747 Video Views – 51, 158, 359 This young Brit is taking over YouTube one video at a time. Her passion for cosmetics and creating a strong community has developed a vast FleurDeForce family fan base. Her upbeat and natural videos make you feel like you’re in her bedroom, sharing details of everything from the best mascara wands to girly relationship advice. Her followers feel like she’s conversing with them as a friend rather than through a make-up tutorial.
3rd Place – TanyaBurr
Subscribers – 863, 886 Video Views – 58, 207, 765 Tanya is an enthusiastic freelance make-up artist based near London, developing her career through the world of YouTube. She has created looks for high-profile fashion events like London Fashion Week, and her high definition videos give an in-depth, detailed look at application of make-up for different events, styles and celebrities. With a chatty and comfortable style to engage all viewers, Tanya Burr is a perfect balance between professional and pleasant. She’s also Millie Mackintosh’s make-up artist; say no more.
2nd Place – PixiWoo
Subscribers – 1, 045, 283 Video Views – 157, 758, 139 Sam and Nic, creative sisters, are two touring make-up artists based in the UK. Proficient in many styles, PixiWoo stay true to what they know and don’t lead on other areas of beauty and style like other gurus attempt. They have developed an extensive library of videos, from celebrity red-carpet looks to Halloween make-up, so you are sure to find all you desire.
1st Place - MichellePhan
Subscribers – 3, 823, 635 Video Views – 711, 832, 374 Now an ambassador for Lancôme, Michelle has truly shown the world the place beauty has on YouTube when done with dedication. A self-taught make- up artist previous art school experience led Michelle to see the face as a canvas, developing her skills through combining these areas of knowledge. As her video style developed from basic tutorials into professional and inspirational short films, Lancôme took notice and brought her on board to promote their products. Michelle remains true to her own opinions, only using brands she was proud to promote. She is a genuine voice to be advised by and to learn from.
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We like to think our particular brand of noise as Rhythm & Dance
ASTRID’S TEA PARTY
Lily Edwards meets the enigmatic Astrid, front woman of up-and-coming Brighton band Astrid’s Tea Party and goddaughter of Edie Sedgwick (she wishes). Join us and hold on tight as Promenade takes a trip into her wild world... Lily Edwards: Your band, ‘Astrid’s Tea Party’, are establishing themselves as one of Brighton's coolest new bands. Where did you meet and where did the band’s name come from? Astrid: We met at ‘TRIAL BY JURY’ in Nevada. After 40 days and 40 nights, we were the last men standing, with the exception of a few pink rabbits, so decided to form the Tea Party named after our common religious experience. This seemed the most obvious thing to do - it was our calling really. LE: This seems like a pretty impulsive decision - what made you want to form this band? A: Well, for me, it was either get a job on minimum wage selling dog meat wrapped in pastry for the nation’s favourite bakery, or form the Tea Party. It was a lifestyle choice - to be or not to be, that is the question etc. A life as a starving artist or puff pastry, obesity and heart disease… It was a damn close run thing, but eventually, insanity prevailed and the Tea Party was formed. This could be the start of something small. LE: Astrid, tell us about yourself? photography: Emma Landsdown promenade -summer
A: In my preferred version of reality, I'm born
under a bad sign, the offspring of Astrid Kirchherr and Lou Reed. Howlin’ Wolf is my Grand Daddy, Miles Davis my Godfather, Edie Sedgwick my Godmother (who no thanks to Bob kept me on the straight and narrow), Tom Waits is my favourite uncle - though not so much since he stopped drinking…and Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider are my clockwork guardians. Not forgetting my favourite Aunt, Coco Chanel. This is my truth, which should not be disputed, the alternative story is so much weirder you couldn't possibly believe it. LE: I'm interested to see your comments on Edie Sedgwick and Coco Chanel - why are these people important to you? A: Where do I start? In Edie’s case, a lot of people look good but anyone who was the simultaneous muse of Warhol and Dylan, two of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century, especially during their creative peaks, deserves righteous acclaim. Who can forget that she survived her own self-inflicted attack in blowing up her Manhattan apartment whilst pursuing recreational activities…how rock’n’roll is that? It just has to be respected - if she were alive today no one would have heard of Paris Hilton and the multitude of day-trippers following in her wake. promenade -summer
A: It’s impossible to over estimate the cultural significance of this woman who did so much to advance woman's causes in the last century. She achieved all this using the medium of style iconography - without a stone being thrown. I mean, can you imagine a world where wearing trousers, jackets, ankle skirts (not to mention every woman's essential the LBD) was regarded as a revolutionary act?! She led this change, and in doing so, fundamentally altered for the better how women are viewed in society. Is my soapbox beginning to crack and give way yet?
LE: And Coco Chanel?
Fashion is temporary, style is permanent
Spearhead to Alabama 3 - an eclectic mix one could say. LE: How would you describe your sound?
A: We like to think our particular brand of noise as Rhythm and Dance - dance music for people who don't go clubbing or rock music for those that do. We are the bridge across the great divide - I hope that's sufficiently pretentious… LE: What is the band hoping to achieve?
A: No, style is important to me. Fashion is temporary, style is permanent. So says Astrid.
A: Our aim, like all good beauty pageant contestants will tell you, is nothing less than world peace… or if this can't be achieved, at least peace in the flat that we share. This, and to establish the band as the ‘go to’ band if, to borrow a phrase from a certain Brighton icon, you want a break from the norm. Come and see us live - why go to a gig when you can go to a party?
LE: Let's talk about music - what are the bands influences?
LE: What are your next plans where can people see you?
A: The usual roll-call of the great and the good. Those who challenged the status quo (not, I might add, the Octaganerian two chorders) and the prevailing attitudes of the time. So, from The Velvets to Joy Division, Kraftwerk, The Clash, Tom Waits,
A: Well, you can generally see various band members in a confused state at venues around Brighton. Keep up to date with us on www.facebook. com/astridsteaparty for further dates
LE: So by this can we conclude fashion is important to you?
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review Greeted by a vibrant, canary yellow entrance, it’s clear from the offset that this retrospective reflects the fun, vivid world of Roy Lichtenstein, one of the most significant pop artists of the generation. The exhibition is hosted at the Tate Modern, the perfect backdrop to celebrate Lichtenstein’s eclectic yet distinctive works. The exhibition itself is vast, a maze divided into 13 rooms. Each room has a different theme to encapsulate the vast and varied collection left behind by Lichtenstein after his death in 1997. The Tate grab your attention from the very start, sustaining it with all things colourful even though Lichtenstein’s most iconic pieces are shown at the beginning. Kick starting the tour we have ‘Room One: Brushstrokes’, introducing us to his renowned colour palette of yellow, red and blue, while also hinting at his significant use of the ben day-dots technique to come.
LICHTENSTEIN: A RETROSPECTIVE REBECCA LEGISTER-ANDERSON TOOK A TRIP TO THE TATE FOR THIS FULL-SCALE RETROSPECTIVE, FEATURING DRAWINGS, COMIC-STRIPS, BRASS WORK AND STEEL PAINTINGS FROM THE KING OF POP ART. PREPARE TO GET DOTTY.
The room ‘Early Pop’ shows the beginnings of the artist’s famous use of pop culture pastiche. Playing with famous commercial imagery, Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are the main subjects representing the spirit of childlike mischief in his paintings. ‘Look Mickey’ (1961), a rework of an illustration from a children’s book owned by one of Lichtenstein’s sons, draws upon that familiar palette of primary colours. Up close, quirky details begin to reveal themselves, including bleeding over outlines and original pencil lines. This is where the artist’s sense of fun really comes through, wittily adding these bleed lines associated with the poor printing quality during the 1960s. It’s clear that Lichtenstein wasn’t aiming for perfection, but a mischevious tongue-in-cheek uplifting spirit. His most recognised works were held in the largest room of the exhibition, under the theme of ‘War and Romance’. Taking inspiration from American action comics and girl romances from the time, Lichtenstein reworks emotional and action situations through the ‘pregnant moment’ of femme fatales and dapper action heroes. The vibrancy of the paintings strike you like the cartoon explosions within them, despite being 50 years old. ‘Wham’ (1963) is a perfect example of this, reworking a comic panel of an aircraft blowing up another in battle. Spread across two large canvases, the artist omits some details from the original comic, including speech bubbles and cropping. The image still packs a punch. The vast size allows the spectator to become completely submerged in the individual dots that create the rich tones and detailed shading.
‘Drowning Girl’ (1963) is another highlight, embodies the gendered stereotypes presented within pop culture during that era; an extreme close up of a female’s face swept in waves reveals her reluctance to be saved. Despite his iconic style, Lichtenstein was adamant he shouldn’t be pigeon holed into one style and proved himself to be versatile. Room Six, is ironically titled ‘Modern’, after the 1930s movement. The abstract sculptures of brass instruments reflect his love of jazz music and wish to pay homage to the art deco movement. ‘Brass and Glass’ (1968) is a key piece, a trumpet with a large rose tinted mirror attached to it, again revealing the artist’s wit. Not content with paint and canvas, the artist also experimented with Perspex to creating gorgeous shimmering seashores in the ‘Landscape/Seashore’ collection. Because of the exhibitions huge scale, there were moments when I began to lag. After the excitement of the paintings in the beginning, his minimalist work seemed less captivating. The length of the exhibition hinders itself and could have been made shorter by excluding some rooms, including ‘Mirrors’ and ‘Perfect/Imperfect’. The finale consists of wintery Chinese landscapes, Lichtenstein’s last paintings before his sudden death. Mellow and tranquil, it’s a stark comparison from the beginning and initially left me a little underwhelmed. But, on closer inspection, the paintings held their own still beauty with muted tones of blues, greys and white. ‘Landscape with Boat’ (1996) is the last painting of the exhibition. Similar to others in the room, it features calm colours and a vast bluey-grey sea on a expansive canvas. But suddenly, your eye is drawn to the bottom left corner; a tiny man appears, painted in a red top in a bright yellow boat. A curveball, used as a throwback to those colourful comic-strips. Lichtenstein’s sense of humour tells us not to take art too seriously. This retrospective left a lasting imprint in the mind. Despite his most iconic pieces being half a century old, his work strikes a chord within modern society. What Lichtenstein had originally created to critique pop culture has now become a part of it, and both long term fans and new comers will still be drawn to and excited by his work for years to come – much like a child enthralled by their favourite hero in a comic book.
A SUMMER’S DAY OUT IN BRIGHTON
Zoe Killingbeck strolls through Brighton in search of the best attractions, eateries and bars. Join her as she whiles away her hours in the sunny seaside streets.
completely necessary. I buy an ornately carved wooden box and a silk smoking gown for those languid summer evenings.
I am gently woken by the bright sunshine creeping through the curtains and the distant sound of seagulls. First things first, time to decide my summer’s day outfit. I go for light denim vintage dungarees over a white lacy shirt with trilby and round vintage shades to complete the look. Sun cream on, and I am ready to hit Brighton.
Time for some culture as I head to the Royal Pavilion, an extravagant pleasure palace. Oriental architecture both inside and out with stunning gardens.
In search of more culture, I take a peek around the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, home to an eclectic mix of interactive displays and dynamic, innovative galleries. Of course, I head straight to the fashion and art section.
Now - the almighty difficult decision; where to have lunch? Brighton is home to an exotic array of culinary delights. In the North Laines I stumble across a cute little Thai restaurant called Sui Anna, with shells hanging from the ceiling and sea designs on the wall. It isn’t long until my chicken massaman curry arrives alongside a heart shaped rice stack and a cute carrot flower. It is full of flavour but very light; just what I needed.
I continue to meander my way through the North Lanes. I enter a turn-style opening to the wonder that is Snoopers Paradise; filled full of every hoarders dreams and everything you never realised you wanted. It is a struggle to leave without buying something ridiculous...but promenade -spring
The sun is enticing me so I make my way to the sea front. Time to bathe on the beach and paddle in the sea.
Something smells good; it’s coming from the pier. I head through the arcades to the waffle stand and have the Belgium chocolate waffle. Eaten sitting on a deck chair looking out to sea, it’s heaven.
The evening sun is beginning to set as I take a trip on the Brighton wheel. I can see for miles. Brighton looks beautiful.
The sun has gone down, so why not indulge myself in a film at the Komedia picture-house cinema. At the bar I order their infamous ‘Dukes Dogs’, with sweet potato wedges on the side. They arrive wrapped to keep warm, so I can take them into the screen with me (along with my glass of wine). I find my seat with expansive legroom and wait for the film to start.
Still not done with Brighton I head down to the sea front to take in the Brightonian nightlife… First, for cocktails, I find myself in The Mesmerist, enshrined in burlesque style. To continue the merriment I head to Casablanca, a live music jazz club. The sound hits me as I climb down the steps. Drinks deals and live music are the perfect end to my day, as I dance the night away.
DAVID BOWIE IS David Bowie is back, and in a big way. After a ten year absence, Bowie has been catapulted both to the top of the album charts and the style stakes, thanks to a number one comeback album, ‘The Next Day’, and a retrospective exhibition ‘David Bowie Is’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition, the fastest selling in the museum’s history, features over 300 objects from the Bowie archives, including instruments, handwritten lyrics and costumes, alongside audio and video footage. ‘David Bowie Is’ offers a truly eye-opening account of just who this British rock icon really is. The exhibition begins in Brixton. Before there was Bowie, there was David Robert Jones; a young creative heading up the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long Hair. David was clearly destined to be different, and proud of it. After a spell at an ad agency, Bowie realised his skill with words was better suited to song-writing, and so began a 50 year career that shows no signs of slowing down.
Taking inspiration from the world around him, Bowie used books, films and exhibitions to build his on-stage characters, actively building ‘David
Bowie’ as a musician. The description of Bowie as a ‘bizarre, self constructed freak’ is perhaps unflattering, but it acknowledges that the Bowie we know today is a carefully thought-out, artistic representation of a combination of influences. Constantly seeking new inspiration, Bowie strives to be an instigator of new ideas, and sure enough has shocked many an audience or critic along the way. This androgynous, flame haired character had no problems rocking stages in outrageous, provocative costumes; a Starman quilted jumpsuit, a full face of glitter make-up or a black fishnet bodysuit with two gold hands covering his chest (and another for his you-know-what). Bowie’s gender-bending sartorial decisions made him both a style icon and an unexpected sex symbol for men and women alike. But before you make your judgement, see these costumes in the flesh. While feminine in nature (a short playsuit with rabbit print, or long ‘man dresses’), their stature is unmistakably tall, broad and masculine. Is there not something sexy and strong about an artist so comfortable and creative with their personal image? promenade -summer
what’s on Credit:V&A Website
The more impressive aspect of ‘David Bowie Is’ is the depth of Bowie’s creative involvement with his career. The exhibition shows 50 years worth of costume sketches, handwritten notes on stage movement, album cover mock-ups and replica stage designs. This is of course on top of handwritten song lyrics and musical scores. There is no way Bowie can be seen as the product of a label. Personally involved in absolutely everything he has created, he was and remains a true artist, the likes of which don’t come around often.
visitors dance their way through the eras of Bowie thanks to headsets that respond to sensors in the floor, playing the right audio at the right time. Hear interviews, singles and live performances as you watch otherwise silent lips on screen. Look through peepholes in full size doors to glimpse some of Bowie’s behind-the-scenes inspirations, rifle through records documenting his history and watch video footage inside a replica recording studio. Witness his style evolution on mannequins as you take a thematic tour of Bowie and immerse yourself in his inspirations through photographs, artefacts and a book mobile suspended from the ceiling. And last, although certainly not least, choose between one of three performances of ‘Heroes’ shown on giant blocked screens, before taking a look at costumes revealed behind each cube of screen as the image cuts to black. It’s a stunning visual set up, but don’t take my word for it. Catch this stunning exhibition while you can; you won’t regret it.
TODAY’S STARS OWE A LOT TO BOWIE
Bowie’s influence is extensive, in both music and fashion. As Tony Parsons put it in 1993, ‘[I have] seen lesser talents carve entire careers out of his passing phases’. Bowie wanted to be a trendy person, not a trend. Whether inspired by his creativity or attracted to his flamboyant way of dressing, today’s stars owe a lot to Bowie. Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring/ Summer ’13 collection paid homage to the Ziggy Stardust days, sending models down the catwalk in tight, bright leotards, blue eyeshadow and unmistakably ‘Bowie’ copper locks. Revered by the industry as a persisting inspiration, it’s no wonder Gucci chose to sponsor the exhibition.
The success of ‘David Bowie Is’ lies undoubtedly in Bowie as a compelling subject, but the three years of preparation put into this exhibition have yielded a remarkable result. An innovative experience,
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David Bowie once claimed that he has rocked his last roll, but somehow I don’t think that can ever be true. Hot tramp, we love him so. ‘David Bowie Is’ is at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 11th August 2013. Tickets are sold out online, but more are available at the V&A on the day. -Isabella Silvers
festivals WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT THAN ELTON JOHN?! If there is one festival you go to this year, make sure it’s Bestival! Stevie last year, Elton this year, festival organiser Rob Da Bank just can’t get it wrong! With this year marking Bestival’s tenth birthday, the team are going all out to make this the biggest and best Bestival ever. As well as Elton, Snoop Dogg and Brighton royalty Fatboy Slim are headlining (if you missed him at the Amex stadium last year, don’t be foolish enough to miss him again at Bestival). As well as these fantastic headliners, there’s an enormous array of other acts including Sussex University’s very own Jessie Ware, along with Cyril Hahn and even Sinead O’Connor to really mix it up, together making arguably the best line up of any festival this summer. One of the best things about Bestival is its original boutique feel, so often lost in other major music festivals. There is so much more than music; supported by the Arts council, the Bestival team put maximum effort into transforming the site into an extraordinarily creative and magical haven. Allow yourself to be sensually seduced by the firework display, the wishing tree, and the variety of delicious food stands. Take a tourist-styley photo in front of the iconic B.E.S.T.I.V.A.L. lettering, watch movies in the enchanted forest, or pay a visit to Videopia, which gives festival-goers the chance to star in their own Hollywood Movies! And finally, if you want to prove to the big man himself that you really are feeling the love tonight, you can get married in the inflatable church. Renowned for its innovative fancy-dress atmosphere, Bestival-goers do not slack when it comes to creating their costumes.This year the theme is nautical; think sailors, sea creatures and pirates. Or perhaps you fancy yourself as a mystical mermaid? Or a starfish? Although that could prove very problematic when you need to pay a visit to the portaloos. However, do not fear if you are lacking in that creative, costumemaking streak. Head to the Prangsta tent, full of promenade -summer
BESTIVAL 5-8 SEPTEMBER ISLE OF WIGHT
professional stylists and make-up artists who will transform you into a nautical wonder with something from their specially made HMS Bestival collection! Here at Promenade, we are particularly excited about the announcement of ‘The Port’, a brand new dance arena ‘dedicated to a decade of dancing’, complete with a lighthouse, ‘dirty little rum bars’ and a lifesized ship where world-class DJs such as Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin and Annie Mac will be blasting (sea-) sick beats from the decks. Rejuvenate after a heavy night in the Soul Park where you can enjoy a hot-tub, pampering and let the very nice people in the homeopathic tent nurse you back to good health in time for round 2 (or 3, or 4...). Or let the hair of the dog work its magic, and lounge in the shade of a parasol outside the Bollywood tent with a delicious concoction from the Indian-themed cocktail bus. Another great thing about Bestival (too add to the long, long list), is that the toilets are actual portaloos, as opposed to what can only be described as ginormous shit-pits with little holes for you to hover over (or in my case, accidentally drop your phone down) which makes toilet trips a whole lot less traumatic. It’s more magical than Hogwarts. It’s madder than a hatter. It’s no wonder that Bestival won the Best Major Festival Award last year. And, understanding the financial woes of us students, the kind Bestival crew are offering a new 10 week payment plan to help peasants like us afford all the fun. You’d be a fool to miss this weekend of nautical debauchery: whoever you are, whatever you’re into, Bestival is the perfect way to say farewell to the summer. Enjoy magical mischief and many, many drinks with your friends on the beautiful Isle of Wight, singing along to Snoop Dogg’s ‘Young, Wild and Free’ surrounded by decadently decorated fields and people! Oh, and Elton John.
DOUR 18-21 JULY BELGIUM
For those of you who fancy a festival abroad this year, Dour is shaping up to be the best choice! Held in Belgium, it is cheap and easy to get to, and seems a perfect compromise between the unpredictable and often wet weather in England, and the disgustingly hot weather in Croatia in which you drip with sweat whilst sitting in the shade, which combined with a hangover is most unpleasant. Tickets cost €125 which at the time of writing, works out to be around £106, although don’t forget to consider transport costs as well. A little tip for those who choose to fly - go from London City Airport; last year it had the cheapest flights to Antwerp and was the easiest airport ever with really helpful, friendly staff, making the hungover flight home slightly more bearable. AND you get complimentary drinks on the plane to help get you in the partay mood. The line up has something for everyone, featuring a huge variety of genres. The list is endless, from Four Tet and Bonobo, to Erol Alkan and Booka Shade, or Funeral For A Friend if that’s more your cup of tea. I am particularly excited about Jurassic 5.
MOREFEST 23-25 AUGUST DORSET
If you’re just too cool for the big, mainstream, commercial festivals then grab your organic and probably home-made cider and head to Morefest. Tickets for this teeny tiny countryside knees-up are only £65, so perfect if you’re on a tight budget this summer. And the line-up is oh so exciting! Ed Solo and Deekline are resurfacing on the festival scene, along with Krafty Kuts, Laid Blak, Congo Natty and Bristol’s up and coming dance DJs Eton Messy who are almost overtaking majesticcasual as the cool new youtube channel for the hipsters. For such a little festival, it’s a pretty big line up. WE CAN’T WAIT! and you get a free t-shirt with your ticket... how can you say no?!
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Fancy a dose of culture this festival season? Victoria Rodrigues O’Donnell lets Promenade in on the coolest events to be seen at if you want more for your money than alcohol-fuelled festivities. With countless magazines commanding you to buy in to the latest festival must-have items and band upon band added to epic line-ups, you may have thought that the only thing to check-off your to-do list this summer is a major music festival. But it’s not all about 60s Granddad-rock, ironic headliners and silent-disco tents, there are numerous other festivals that celebrate food and drink, vintage clothing and literature, not to mention music festivals across the world. So, instead of moping over photos of celebrities soaked in California sunshine at Coachella and the extortionate price of Glasto tickets, pencil some of these alternatives into your diary and get cultured. promenade -summer
THE VINTAGE FESTIVAL 27-28 JULY GLASGOW
Have a penchant for vintage clothing and crave a couple of days celebrating seven decades of ‘British Cool’? The Vintage Festival will be right up your street. Wayne Hemingway and his wife, Geraldine, are holding the festival for the third year running, this time debuting in Glasgow as part of the Merchant City Festival over the weekend beginning 27th July. From fashion and beauty to music and film, as well as food and drink, there’s something for every vintage lover at this festival. Perfect for those who prefer looking at the world through rose-tinted glasses.
FOODIES FEST. 12-14 JULY BRISTOL
Fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie and looking to try new dishes al fresco? There are plenty of food festivals up and down the country catering for all culinary persuasions. If you want to try a bit of everything, visiting Bristol between July 12th - 14th for the Foodies Festival is a must. Chocolate theatre, a drinks theatre, food from across the world and freebies galore; what more could you want? Perhaps your taste buds prefer something more Veggieorientated? Head to Birmingham for their Vegan Fair on 6th July; perfect for lots of cookery demos and various ethical plates to try.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS VARIOUS DATES SPAIN/CALIFORNIA
If staying in Blighty isn’t on your agenda, there are several festivals across the world you could try, budget allowing. Spain boasts massive music festivals like Benicassim and Sonar as well as the quirky Tomatina Festival in Buñol, which is essentially a giant food fight involving 120 tonnes of tomatoes. A ticket to California could lead you to the Outside Lands Festival starting on 9th August, where music, art, food, and drink meet in the Golden Gate Park. The line-up features big names like Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend as well as emerging Brit songstresses Jessie Ware and Emeli Sandé.
top to bottom, right to left: vintage festival, tomatina festival, london literature festival, city of london festival, outside lands festival credit: flickr, avaxnews, weekendnotes, thistle blog, rollingstone.com promenade -summer
CITY OF LONDON FEST.
27-28 JULY LONDON
If you happen to be in the capital this summer, catch the City of London Festival across the month of July for an exciting way to start off your summer. Based around the themes of city walls, trees and conflict and resolution, the city will offer a wide variety of events including street theatre, dance and talks. Thought provoking and definitely something different, with over 100 free events you’ve no excuse not to.
LONDON LITERATURE FEST.
27-28 JULY LONDON
After all that travelling and taste-testing, sitting back with a nice page-turner and a glass of wine might be a great way to spend your lazier summer days. Literary festivals across the country are hot tickets this summer. Make sure you visit the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre. From the 20th May to 8th September, there are a whole host of events featuring authors like Lionel Shriver and Claire Tomalin.
Whilst these are only a few festival suggestions, there are thousands more both on our small island and worldwide, festivals that celebrate culture from everything from the arts to food and drink. Depending on your location and budget, it’s incredibly easy to find a festival this summer which will provide memorable experiences to suit your tastes, whatever they may be. promenade -summer
Katie Spooner puts her money where her mouth is, so you don’t have to. Take her tips to make the most of your culinary festival experience.
Spread your wings
Now is your chance to try something new! Put down the chips and curry sauce in favour of a juicy ostrich steak, roast wild boar burger and stone fired pizza. Sounds gourmet, right? Festivals get many up-market companies from all over to cater for them, so instead of heading to the grubby burger van, take advantage of the more adventurous options on offer for the same price.
It is far too easy at festivals to pass up on meals simply because they are expensive or queues are long, but it is worth the wait. That £5 charge and 15 minute wait will keep you energised for the day and line your stomach for the possibility...ok probability of heavy drinking.
Take care of your tummy
You should leave a festival with fond memories of your summer, so don’t ruin it with an upset stomach! Try and eat some fruit and veg to keep things running smoothly, and drink plenty of water. Don’t let your favourite band be spoiled by a bad case of indigestion – or worse… On a similar note; if it looks dodgy don’t bother – why get iffy food just because it’s cheap? You paid a lot for the festival tickets in the first place, don’t take the risk.
Take some with you
Some people go all out and drag along gas cookers and raw meat. Our advice? Just take the essentials. Even if it’s just a packet of biscuits, energy drink and some bread – think how thankful you will be at 5am, drunk as a skunk and a craving only good, solid carbohydrate will satisfy. Ritz crackers are always a good idea. Plus it’s lighter than a cooker, always a bonus.
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If you take food SEAL IT
Following on from my previous point and inspired by a sorry tale from an unfortunate friend who spent last year’s Reading Festival sleeping in a soup of pot noodle and beer, seal your food! Learn from his mistakes and package everything in multiple plastic bags. Use food clips and tin foil so your food stash doesn’t go soft or get wet. If possible, a cool box is a brilliant addition to your festival survival kit and will keep those beers cool in the sun. Bliss.
Drink in your tent
Festival arenas are notorious for extortionate drinks prices, so if possible save your money and drink wherever you are camping. Head to the local shop and stock up with fellow campers and you won’t have to spend half an hour queuing for a small cup of vodka lemonade that is 80% ice.
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REVIEW: REVIEW: SPRING SPRING BREAKERS BREAKERS own way... it was invigorating’, with Gomez adding, ‘I’ve never been that liberated as an actress’. Maybe this is why the dialogue was questionable, with the film as a whole lacking any direction at all. Lines and scenes were repeated over and over, not translating into Korine’s hoped-for fragmented rhythmic style. Instead, it just seemed lazy and monotonous. With Franco’s final line ‘this is the freakin’ American dream!’ echoing in my ears as I leave the cinema, I feel a bit dazed and blinded by Breakers sleazy glow and sex-ploitation of these pop-star or Disney screen sirens and their hallucinogenic antics...it was an experience, to say the least. It felt like a toxic, colorful music video with the mock-violence of a video game padded out for 93 minutes, including endlessly repeating images and thumping music. I left without understand what the point
of the film was. Maybe the point is there isn’t one at all, and the film is just a comment on America’s saccharine sweet ‘Disneyfied’ culture. Love it or hate it? Art or bullshit? I’ll leave you to decide. If you didn’t want or get to catch the film in cinemas, I’d recommend you go old skool and watch the 90s cult classic ‘Kids’ starring Chloe Sevigny - a grittier, more realistic look into teenagedom that still resonates today. If that’s not your thing, another one to watch out for this summer is ‘The Bling Ring’ directed by another arty fave Sofia Coppola, starring Emma Watson and a gang of celeb-obsessed teens breaking into celebrity homes in order to live the high life in Hollywood.
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Spring Breakers is no High School Musical. Think Disney, but on drugs, breaking out of prison after committing a robbery. Charlotte Harding looks into the film that divided opinions this spring, deciding whether or not it is in fact worth all the controversy. Spring Breakers is a lurid portrait of Disney princesses gone bad, a kaleidoscopic assault on the senses and a film not to be taken too seriously, if at all. A classic cautionary tale, minus the caution, Breaker’s plot is set around four neon bikini-clad gurlzzz; Faith (Selena Gomez), Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Cotty (Rachel Korine). They rob a diner to fund their Spring Break vay-cay for a bit of fun and would live happily ever after... except this isn’t the Disney version. Director Harmony Korine’s vision is a mesmerisingly dark nightmare, where the heroines have an appetite for excess and becoming embroiled in gangster mobs, sex and violence. *SPOILER ALERT* After a few days the bubblegum dream pops - Faith can’t hack their newfound party-hard lifestyle and leaves the more promiscuous three to wreak havoc in pink unicorn emblazoned ski masks. Climax is reached in a scene involving promenade -summer
James Franco fellating a handgun. Full of powerful parodistic performances, Franco is a highlight of the film as Alien, revelling in the self-glorification. Rocking up on screen to bail out the four young teens in a sports car with ‘BALL-R’ plates and dollar sign hub caps, baring chrome grilled teeth, does wonders for the ego. Harmony Korine, infamous in the underground cinematic indie scene touts his latest foray into directing as ‘a drug experience; a hallucinatory pop poem’. These sugar-rush escapades are an ode to the MTV generation of overexposed, hyper sexualised teenage ‘porn chic’ girls, aka those of ‘Girls gone Wild’ and ‘Geordie Shore’ fame, played out to the dayglo score of Skillex’s speaker shredding dubstep. In some senses, Breakers is hard hitting (especially to the eardrums), but I feel like I’ve seen it all before. Korine creates a hyper-real world full of luminous pop culture iconography that seems more of a pastiche of new age pulp; a parody or joke that none of the actors are in on. The Breakers girls, at one point, said to one another ‘act like you’re in a movie, or something’. Hudgens gushed in a recent interview that ‘there was no dialogue; we had to find our -Charlotte Harding
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