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FASHION AND FRIGHTS Joe Jonas wears RUGBY by RALPH LAUREN. Photographer Kenneth CapPello.





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fASHION AND frIGHTS Joe Jonas wears RUGBY by RALPH LAUREN. Photographer Kenneth Cappello.



18. Jonathan Saunders and Kit Neale talk menswear 22.Brunch with the Dsquared2 boys, Dean and Dan and Catching up with Print Queen Mary

Katrantzou 24. Marios Schwab and Unique Head of


Design Karen Bonsen speak ahead of the shows


26. Bits of Beauty and some essential Accessories

Leona Lewis wears toM FoRD. Photographer thoMas giDDings.




Editorial Director & Publisher Huw Gwyther Assistant To Editorial Director & Publisher Charlotte Harrison Editor Becky Davies Creative Director Way Perry Art Director Felix Neill Sub-editor John McDonnell Entertainment Director Seamus Duff Executive Fashion Director Anthony Unwin Fashion Director Julia Sarr-Jamois Fashion Editor Matilda Goad Contributing Fashion Editor Abigail Sutton Deputy Fashion Editor Alex Harley Designer Joe Fleming Beauty & Grooming Director Michael Harvey Fashion Assistant Francesca Prudente Advertising Director Stuart Jackson Advertising Manager Ben Duggan Italian Representative Kmedia Srl Paolo Cassano | (+39) 02 29061094 Spanish Representative Kmedia Spain davidcastello@kmedianetes | (+34) 91 702 3484 Contributors Kate Bellm, Justin Borbely, Brendan and Brendan, Yale Breslin, Hayley Louisa Brown, Will Broome, Stuart Brumfitt, Coquito Cassibba, Jessica Callan, Chi, Felix Cooper, John Davidson, Priya Elan, Holly Falconer, Luke Freeman, Giuseppe Gasparin, Thomas Giddings, Alistair Guy, Nik Hartley, Bella Howard, Jesse John Jenkins, Amarpaul Kalirai, Toby Knott, Benjamin Lee, Maxine Lennerd, Ben McDade, John McDonnell, James McMahon, Eva Donaldson, Paul McLean, Mark McMahon, Natalie Monroe, James Mountford, Max Ortega, Chad Pickard, Piczo, John-Paul Pietrus, Roger Rich, Tim Richmond, Alex Sainsbury, Emma Sells, Lonny Spence, Alastair Strong, Kristin Vicari, Andrew Woffinden Interns Cristina Filpo, Francesca Turner, Kiki Kaur, Chanelle Best-Williams, Diana Galloway, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson Managing Director Huw Gwyther Sales Director Stuart Jackson Financial Director Nigel Thomas Colour Reproduction Ph Media With Thanks To Ralph Wills Print managed by Logical Connections Printing Wyndeham Press Group Printed In The United Kingdom Special thanks to Ai Communications Limited, Atul Pathak at COS, Sadie Mantovani at Ralph Lauren and Scott Morrison at Diesel Reproduction of any part of this publication is strictly prohibited without prior permission from the publishers, including all logos, titles, and graphic elements Rollacoaster Magazine 133 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LB Tel (+44) 207 243 9966 Fax (+44) 207 243 9967 Rollacoaster Is Published By Visual Talent Ltd All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2011 By Visual Talent Ltd Mobile app available from



28. Fragrances you’ll want to smell again and again 30. An exclusive chat with stunt dog Doogie Howser MD 32. Chats with Will Broome and David Guetta, plus more gossip from Jessica Callan 34. Our Grumpy Git John Davidson gets melancholy and Calvin Klein’s Kevin Carrigan shares his holiday snaps 36. Ms. Dynamite talks about her comeback 40. Seamus gets up and personal with Katy B, and Example delves into the biscuit tin 42. Courtesy of COS 50. Professor Green. The Rap Star 54. Marc by Marc Jacobs A/W2011 58. ROLLAPOSTER with love from Will Broome 60. Selfridges shopping with The Saturdays 61. Eva Donaldson interviews One Direction via Skype 62. Bad intentions of an Ivy League Bloodsucker 68. Leona Lewis. The Voice 72. A Cyber Goth accessorises up 78. Joe Jonas. The Breakaway Brother 82. New season wears from Lacoste 86. P-p-p-p-pick up some Original Penguin 90. Diesel as modelled by Beaver Fall’s Sam Robinson 94. Some fashion inspired by Ms. Addams 100. Reebok’s Slot – some seasonal sportswear 101. Tea with Antoni & Alison; word from Selfridges Manchester and M&S

102. MERINO. No Finer Feeling 104. Rugby – An Ivy League of their Own 108. Monster – Fury, fuzzy things to keep you warm

114. A column by Natalie Monroe; Going Out With Jonny Woo and some Deadly Serious Album Reviews

One thing we all have in common is the ability to feel fear. Horror is a uniform human facet. This applies whether you are a successful pop star guided by the most influential man in commercial music, like cover star Leona Lewis, or a young singer going solo, armed with the hefty bedrock of the screaming success he achieved with his brothers in a massive boy band, like our second cover star Joe Jonas. Similarly, fresh, real and talented British musicians Professor Green, Ms. Dynamite, Example and Katy B, who we are proud to include in our pages, feel the odd tremor of anticipation every now and again. That makes them human. But as the saying goes, “Face your demons,” and when doing so you may as well look the part. Some immunity could be gained fromknowing how to place a shirt into a short, like that; understanding when and where to add that accessory; making a sensible choice of coat to hide under; and noting it is unacceptable for men to tuck their trousers into boots. Another way to style out dread is to take relish in it, like our Grumpy Git, who is moodier than ever. Other regulars including Jonny Woo, Kevin Carrigan, People’s Pets and Natalie Monroe are also back. As always, a big thank you to our contributors, model bookers, celebrity publicists, makeup artists, pre-press repro house and – last but not least – our fabulous advertisers.

Becky Davies




Words Becky Davies, Photographer Rhys Frampton, Fashion Editor Way Perry

Words Becky Davies, Photographer Rhys Frampton, Fashion Editor Way Perry

Striped knitted sweater £351 and black wool trousers £390, red pattern cardigan £756, shirt £365 and black wool trousers £390 all by Jonathan Saunders. Hair GOW TANARKA using L’Oreal Professional Make up ADAM DE CRUZ at BOOK using Shiseido Men Photographic assistance ROKUS DARULIS Fashion assistance ALEX HARLEY and FRANCESCA TURNER Make up assistance HOLLEIGH GALLON Models KYLE FORDE at D1 and JACOB BARBER at ELITE LONDON Shot at BIG SKY STUDIOS

Jonathan Saunders graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1999 with a BA in printed textiles, resulting in him winning the Lancome Colour Award. In February 2008, after nine seasons of showing his womenswear collection in London, Saunders switched cities to New York. Then, in September of that year, he presented his first collection for Pollini in Milan, something he fits in around his four-seasonal womenswear collections. If that wasn’t enouth, for A/W 2011/12 he created his first menswear collection. We caught up with the Scot to find out a little more. What made you decide to start doing menswear? I had always played with the idea of doing menswear, and as we offered unisex styles in previous collections it seemed natural to develop the line into an entire collection. It also means that I can design styles that I would want to wear – exploring different concepts from what I do with womenswear. Is there anyone you had in mind when designing the collection? Me, I guess. The collection was about creating simple, wearable styles that can become part of your everyday wardrobe. Nothing too technical or complex, but really classic. What menswear did you wear before you produced your own line? I love Prada mens-


wear. When you started, people talked about how you could engineer a print so that it would drape around the female form. Was that what you imagined your asset to be when you started out? I started out in print, gaining my BA in printed textiles before attending Central Saint Martins, so it was no surprise that it would become part of my signature. I often draw on inspiration from textiles and use print as the starting point for many of my designs, allowing it to create the shape and form of the garment. Have you always wanted to be a fashion designer? No, I originally studied furnituremaking but I didn’t care much for carpentry and moved into print design from this. What is your signature menswear trademark so far, if any? Much like my womenswear, I guess it’s the play on print and colour. What is your favourite piece in the collection? The grey twill trench coat – a classic shape updated for the modern man. Do you have a worst and a favourite thing you have read about yourself? I try not to read articles about myself. What is your favourite horror show? True Blood. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you? My pet dog Amber having emergency surgery to remove a plastic ball she had just eaten.

Black latex short sleeve shirt and check trousers by Kit Neale, black suede boots courtesy of Asos, all priced on request by Kit Walter Neale. Hair GOW TANARKA using L’Oreal PROFESSIONAL, Make-up ADAM DE CRUZ at BOOK using SHISHEIDO MEN, Photographic Assistance ROKUS DARULIS, Fashion Assistance ALEX HARLEY and FRANCESCA TURNER, Make-up Assistance HOLLEIGH GALLON, Model JACOB BARBER at ELITE

Kit Neale showcased his Ravensbourne graduate collection in June of this year. Before becoming a menswear designer he worked under Gareth Pugh, Duckie Brown and Tom Scott. But it was during his stint at Wonderland magazine, as an intern, that he really decided what he wanted to do. This collection, which he jokingly refers to as “contemporary fetish wear”, has won him accolades including: Ravensbourne’s “One to Watch”, and he was awarded a Keen/Accelerator Test Trade Grant last month. Rollacoaster caught up with him just before the completion of his debute collection. Tell me a bit of your history. I moved to London at 16 and, for some reason, I just wanted to do fashion. Where did you move from? I grew up in London, I used to live Peckham way. Well, East Dulwich really, but I don’t see myself as being a bit of Dulwich. My parents and me moved to Portugal when I was 13. I came back at 16 and started interning at Wonderland [Rollacoaster’s big sister magazine] for two years. Was it while you were at Wonderland that you decided to be a designer? Yes, Way [Perry], who I was assisting, really helped me out. Did you always know it was menswear that you wanted to do? Yeah, I don’t understand womenswear – I just don’t get it. It’s drapey.

Also, I don’t understand the female body. Do you design clothes that you’d want to wear yourself? No. I would never wear anything that I make. I would really like to try the latex, but I haven’t yet. You haven’t even been tempted to try it? No! And it’s been sitting in my house for weeks. Have you got muses, or anyone that tries it on for you? Um, just boys… ha ha ha. Just gimps that come round? Yes, just gimps and Gaydar calls… ha ha ha. But it is kind of my chat-up line at the moment: “Do you want to come round and try on some latex?” No, I’m joking. Where would you like to be stocked? Dover Street Market would be a dream. I love Liberty as well. And Barneys. Is there one piece in the collection that you based everything around? Not really. My whole ethos really changed from the strong idea I had at the start. As soon as I created an outfit I saw the whole thing in a different light. But I do love the latex – I think it is a real achievement to be able to do it in a contempary form. Can you think of the scariest thing that has ever happened to you? I think it is at the moment, the feel of putting my clothes out there. What is your favourite horror film of all time? Silence of the Lambs – actually my collection is a bit Silence of the Lambs.



Words Becky Davies, Photographer Fraser Tyrie, Fashion Editor Alex Harley

Words Becky Davies, Photographer Lonny Spence, Fashion Editor Anthony Unwin

Black wool overcoat £975, black tuxedo jacket £1,290 (sold as suit), white shirt with pin collar £360, denim dungarees £260, black felt hat £115, red leather boots £480 all by Dsquared2 available at Selfridges. Hair AIMEE ROBINSON at CAREN using BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Make up CAROLINE SHUTTLEWORTH using SMA, Fashion Assistance FRANCESCA PRUDENTE Model GEORGE WATSON at PREMIER

Silk daffodil jacket price on request and silk daffodil peplum and skirt with Swarovski crystal £1,600 by Mary Katrantzou available at Harvey Nichols. Make-up Kelly Cornwall at Premier Hair & Makeup using Mac Pro Cosmetics, Hair Bianca Tuovi at CLM using Moroccan Oil, Fashion Assistance Matilda Goad, Photographic Assistance Ronan Gallagher, Model Leomie at Premier model Management, Retouching Callum Sadler, Thanks to Snap Studios

Dean and Dan Caten, or “The Dsquared2 Boys” as they are known in fashion circles, have a bubbly energy that one has to embrace. I meet them for brunch in Portobello. Both are wearing white shirts, thin black ties and pale denim. They talk in unison, mostly saying the same thing, at the same time – ergo perfectly haphazard tidbits and an inviting insight into their world. Why is it Dean and Dan and not Dan and Dean? Dean: I was born first. Dan: But they are our real names. Anyone who talks about you refers to you as being really fun. Dan: Fun? Dean: We don’t mind fun! Did you grow up feeling Italian, as you have Italian heritage? Dean: Our father is Italian and was raised by our grandmother, who is very Italian. Dan: Yeah, we have pasta and we eat pizza, so it is kind of cool to get in touch with our real heritage, ha ha. Who is the person you were most excited about dressing? Dan: We get excited when we see young kids wearing Dsquared2 and looking really cute. Dean: They have saved their money to buy it. And sometimes they’ll come up to us and to say hi! Dan: We saw a whole family once, like the mum and the dad and the kids. Sometimes I ask people whether they prefer cats or dogs, but I think you prefer dogs, don’t


you? Dean: I don’t mind a little pussy sometimes… Dan: We had five cats! But after having a dog… Both: We had cats when we were young and stupid, and we didn’t know how to look after them. You do dog-wear though, don’t you? Dan: We did little dog collars for charity. It was really cute. We did an event in LA and they brought all these stray dogs. Some of them were SO CUTE! Dean: I wanted to take some of them home. Did the dogs get on well with each other? Both: Totally! They were gentlemanly. What is your favourite horror film? Dean: We are not really horror-ish types of people. Both: Carrie! Yes, Carrie is the best horror film. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you? Dan: When we were really, really young and we lived in that house! Dean: Oh yeah, that was really freaky. Both: We lived in some weird house. Dan: Our room was here [draws out a square with his hands] and the bathroom here. Dean: And we were the only ones at home! Dan: Yes. Dean: Then the bathroom light went on, and then went out. Dan: And there was no one else in the house and the walls were going [pulls hands towards and away from each other, as if the walls are retracting]. Dean: We were 16 and we were in our underwear and we just ran out of the house, in our underwear! Dan: We could never go back in the house.

Mary Katrantzou attended Rhode Island School of Design before completing her BA and MA at Central Saint Martins. After graduating, she worked for fellow Greek designer Sophia Kokosalaki, until in 2009 she was awarded a NEWGEN sponsorship where she showed under the Topshop umbrella.

Her trompe-l’oeil interior details to her designs – such as perfume bottles, lampshades and one dress featuring a sun-drenched pool (that could have been taken right from a David Hockney painting) – caught the eye of buyers and critics. As her label grew so did the sillhouettes. Soon the structure and size of her frocks was matching the boldness of her prints. We are expecting even more good things in the future but, in the meantime, we caught up with Mary to see what she is up to right now. What can we expect to see from your upcoming A/W show? Industrial fabrication in synchrony, with the formal beauty found in nature. We took that quite literally in places! What inspired you to become a designer? I never dreamt of becoming a fashion designer. My approach to design is an artistic one and I like to encompass different influences into my work that embraces art, fashion, history and design. What is your most exciting fashion moment? When I

won the Swiss Textiles Award in 2010 – absolutely unexpected! Where are you stocked? We are now stocked in over 120 stores in 45 countries worldwide. Here in London we are stocked in Harvey Nichols, Dover Street Market, Joseph and Matches. Where are you based? Our studio is based in Islington, north London. We just recently moved in and we are very excited. What is your day-to-day uniform? I wear black – head to toe. Have you ever turned up at an event or walked down the street and bumped into someone wearing your designs? I have, and it’s always quite amazing how it makes you feel. It’s really nice seeing your work acknowledged and it’s always a great compliment. Who were you most excited about seeing in Mary Katrantzou? Anna Dello Russo looked stunning in the Jewel Tree dress when she wore it to the S/S12 Chanel show. What is your favourite design to date? That’s a tricky one – I do love the Kite Runner dress from our A/W11 collection. It’s the one with the koi! What is your favourite fashion era? The swinging twenties that liberated women from traditional fashion canons and led to new ideas. What is your favourite horror film? Psycho – always a classic. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you? Going on a rollercoaster... No pun intended!



Words Michael Harvey, Photographer Amarpaul Kalirai, Fashion Editor Abigail Sutton

Words Ruby Warrington, Photographer Brendan and Brendan, Fashion Editor Matilda Goad

Raglan shirt dress £810 and lace-up boots £760 both by Marios Schwab, horror hat from So High Soho £8, ankle socks by Falke £8. Hair Teiji at David Coffin Management using Bumble and Bumble, Make-up Anita Keeling at Jed Root, Photographic Assistance Andre Laing, Fashion Assistance Francesca Prudente, Model Katie Whitely at Select

Black sailor top £70 and black sailor trousers with stripe trim £85 both by Topshop Unique. Hair Hiroshi Matsushita using Bumble & Bumble, Make-up by Natsumi Narita using MAC Cosmetics, Photographic Assistance Mike Rudd, Fashion Assistance Francesca Turner, Shot at MKII Studio

Judging by the black and white publicity pictures of most young designers you’d be forgiven for thinking them aloof at best, dark and intimidating at worst. This is because each graduating student from the likes of Central Saint Martins is instructed that if they ever smile in official publicity shots, their BA/ MA instantly becomes null and void. If you can channel Lord Snooty and someone from the Baader-Meinhof gang in your shot, then chances are you’ll end up an international design star. If the designer’s got some sexy Euro-ethnicity going on then so much the better. This is Golden Rule #4. It comes after Golden Rule #3, which is: Only ever wear jeans and t-shirts if you want to be taken seriously as a designer, and Golden Rule #2, which is: Don’t use your fabric scissors to cut paper. For information on the rest of the rules you will need to wait for me to make them up. Marios Schwab, though, is funny, friendly and warm. (That’s warm personality – not warm to the touch.) He talks about living in Dalston and hanging out with his boyfriend and how he makes a killer Greek salad. He’s also a bit of a design star – an award-winning Central Saint Martins alum (tick) and as popular with fashion editors as he is with his worldwide customers. Greco-Austrian Schwab’s collections show evidence of two of


the Holy Trinity of fashion. His intelligent collections will register with serious fashion press – but they are also “wantable” enough to catch the eye of buyers. Schwab’s smart, sexy, fit and flare dresses are young in spirit but with a grown-up sensibility about them. Schwab achieves his wonderful aesthetic by subtly framing body parts. “I exaggerate certain parts, like the collarbone or the pelvis.” The draping, seaming and strapping draw your eye. When we meet in August I ask how the collection is coming along. “We’re in good shape and it’s going well. But of course we will end up working until the very last minute. You always do.” I ask if he’s disciplined. “Yes, you have to be but we have a good team and we work well together. His inspiration for this collection is chiaroscuro, so expect stark contrasts with light and dark. Schwab’s been watching a lot of black and white movies recently (more of those light and dark contrasts) and I wrap up our brief meeting by asking about horror films. “I love that one with the crazy fan, Misery. And I remember how scary The Blair Witch Project was when I first saw that.” Now, I mentioned the Holy Trinity of fashion and you’re probably thinking I forgot the third. I didn’t. That’s the moody black and white publicity shot.

Karen Bonser joined Topshop as a designer in 1999. The Nottingham-born girl is now head designer for the high street giant’s catwalk collection, Unique. She kindly sat down for a quick chat with Rollacoaster. What do you look forward to most about your job when you wake up in the morning? My favourite part is researching and coming up with the new season trends, absorbing myself in a certain historical period and constantly looking for inspiration. So I always look forward to that in the mornings. Who is your right-hand man or woman? I can’t really pick one, as Unique is really a team effort. Emma Farrow, our Design Manager, is undoubtedly as obsessed as I am, and Tara Grant, our Accessories Designer, is very talented and is almost nerdy in the way she immerses herself in every little detail. What makes Unique unique? When we’re designing we try to achieve something that’s never been seen before, with lots of unusual and intricate elements. We want people to expect the unexpected. What is your default look for the office? I always wear a piece of black, and usually something waist-cinching. Is the office a bit of a catwalk in itself? I often get inspiration from the amazing girls here in head office – it’s the reality run-

way! Some of the girls have been on mood boards, and we’re always taking pictures of the team for the blog, Inside-Out. How did it feel to be the first high street brand to show on schedule? It feels amazing to be showing alongside all the young designers we’ve worked with over the years through our sponsorship of the NEWGEN scheme. What are your favourite shows on the London schedule? Vivienne Westwood, Giles [Deacon] and Christopher Kane all offer something unique and innovative. How would you describe the typical Unique shopper? The Unique girl is someone who’s not afraid to stand out, who experiments with fashion and, most importantly, someone who loves fashion as much as we do! What is your favourite horror film? I’m too much of a scaredy cat to watch horror movies, but I have been watching The Vampire Diaires. A lot. What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you? We bought some old Victorian dresses and blouses from a vintage store, and one particular blouse with very severe boning really stood out from the rest. The team played a practical joke on me where they kept moving it around – every time I turned around it would appear in a different place. I was terrified for days!

BOOTYFUL Words Michael Harvey, Photographer Alastair Strong, Beauty Editor Adam De Cruz, Fashion Editor Way Perry

Glowing skin [Left]. Check. Killer lips. Check. It’s all about lightness of touch with your base. Here we used L’Oreal’s Anti-Dull Skin Primer (£10.20) and Studio Secrets foundation (£16.33), but only on the parts that need it – so under the eyes and the corner of the nose. Show some restraint. But not when it comes to lips. Use Infallible Lip Liner in Blush Obsession (£5.10) as a base for the entire lip – which also gives your lipstick something to grip on to for more staying power. Then we used tonnes of Color Riche in Kiss & Blush (£8.16). And we mean tonnes.


When you want a more finished look [Right] – to give your face a really radiant creamy glow, you’ll need to put more time into your base. We started by blend mixing Dior’s Capture Totale Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum (£65) with the Diorskin Nude foundation (29.50). Apply as you would your moisturiser, massaging your skin as you go. The mix will melt in to your skin and it will glow. Use Radiance Booster Pen (£25) to cover the odd imperfection, but only if you need it – skip it if you don’t. For doll-like eyes it’s all about mascara gloopage. We used Diorshow in Black Out (£22). Start with a dollop (or gloop) at the base and drag it out to the tip. You’re aiming to stick 2 to 3 lashes together as you go. Let it dry, and repeat. Keep repeating until your lashes can be seen from the moon.

Left: Black hooded dress £75 and black vest top by House Of Dereon £55, glasses hand crafted by Alex Harley Right: La D DE DIOR 25mm watch £8,100, La D DE DIOR 38mm watch £4,000, paper tiara hand crafted by Alex Harley Hair PAUL MERRET at JED ROOT Make up ADAM DE CRUZ at BOOK Fashion assistance ALEX HARLEY and SAHAR FADAIE Make up assistance HOLLEIGH GALLON Model ANASTASIJA TITKO at ELITE Shot at DIRECT PHOTOGRAPHIC









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PEOPLE’S PETS Doogie Howser MD lives in east London with Press Manager for Whistles, Virginia Norris Words Becky Davies, Photographer Alistair Guy

Where were you born? In Romford, Essex, but I don’t like to talk about that. I now live with Virginia [pictured] in east London. I am also very proud of the five generations of German sausage I have in me. Do you have any brothers or sisters? I have several. As a teenager I lived with my sister, as flatmates, in Essex, but we have since parted company – family feuds run deep in the Dachshund community. What do you do in your spare time? I like to take my frustrations out on my favourite toys, the camel and the swan. I enjoy shipping my belongings from the living room in to the bedroom, and then back again. I also like watching TV, mainly action films, and I particularly like Saving Private Ryan and Die Hard. I also adore my daily trips to the park. Do you meet up with friends in the park? There are a gang of sausages I hook up with when there: Ralph, Fritz and Oscar. I also have some lady friends that I’m always very excited about seeing, mainly Elizabeth Taylor, Boo Boo, Lottie, Meg, Honey and Victoria Young. Where does your name come from? My adopted mother, Virginia, was a fan of nineties TV show Doogie Howser MD. I must point out that my stage name is actually Robin's Ray of Sunshine, but that was only developed for Crufts. Sadly, because of my wonky tooth I cannot enter, but other than that I’m perfect… Can you touch-type as fast as the teenage character in the nineties TV show? Not at all, at best I scribe one claw at a time. Crufts may be a no-no, but you are a professional stunt dog. When did you realise that was what you wanted to do? I was always very active as a youngster and also quite a daredevil. Since my hip operation, last year, I haven’t had much work – just a few small gigs. I’ve also gained a few pounds, but I am hopefully on the mend, and will be back to doing what I love very soon. Are you a jumper or a jacket kind of guy? Both. I like to mix it up. Mulberry makes super-soft sweaters, like the one I’m wearing today. I also own a Mac and trench, which I wear over sweaters in the colder months.


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WILL BROOME Words Becky davies, Photographer Luke Freeman

DAVID GUETTA! Words Becky Davies, Photographer Alistair Guy

What inspired you to become an illustrator? I went to St. Martins to study fashion design, believe it or not. I nearly switched to the graphics course in the second year to do illustration. I can’t remember why I didn’t, probably because there were more girls on the fashion course. It was obvious to me, after doing the MA, that designing clothes wasn’t how I’d make a living, so I drifted into this. When did you start providing illustrations for Marc Jacobs, and how did that come about? In 2003. My girlfriend was pregnant, had left me for another man and I was spending my days lying on the sofa watching Gladiator, listening to Johnny Cash and drinking… heavily. A friend of mine works with Marc Jacobs and asked me to do drawings for T-shirts. I think she felt sorry for me. I’m very grateful she did as now I do lots for the whole Marc by Marc brand. I was given the green light from Bistrotheque’s Pablo to nick some Wedgwood crockery you created for their pop-up store at the Royal Academy, and have lived to regret not doing so. You should have done. I was actively encouraging people to steal it. I saw someone at one party empty the whole cake stand into their bag: stand, plates sandwiches and all. I won’t say who it was. Do you possess a full set? Yep. Lucky me. Was it a buzz seeing it scattered around the restaurant? Of course. They were very cool to work with. They let us do whatever we wanted. What is your favourite of the little creatures you have created? Errrrrrrrrm. That’s a very hard question. I like Miss Marc, who’s accidentally become a sort of “iconic” little character, I guess. I do get a buzz when I see someone wearing something with my drawings on it – shallow I know, but there you go. Is a Will Broome illustration hanging on the wall of anyone really exciting? I’m not sure. I’d like to think so. What projects are you working on at the moment, or are coming up? I have ongoing things with Marc by Marc Jacobs. I’m going to NYC in a few weeks to do something special for them, but if I told you… I’d have to kill you. I’m drawing “live” in Harvey Nichols for Marc by Marc soon too. I’m going to Hong Kong soon too, for my exhibition there. I’m excited about that, I’ve never been. You have been noted for your candid comments on fa-


cebook and Twitter. What are five things you are currently loving and/or not loving so much? I like Facey and Twittz, but I do have an industrial-strength habit. During X Factor last year, Facebook was SO funny. It was kind of like having my funniest friends all together in one room. I work alone, sometimes for days on end. I live on my own too. I think I’d get much more stir crazy if it wasn’t for the odd update. I like “trash”: Big Brother, that jungle programme or whatever. Don’t get me wrong, I like galleries, books, Radio 4, intelligent conversation, good food too. Dislikes: • I HATE blokes who tuck their jeans in their boots, or wear espadrilles. • I don’t like Peter Andre – he drives me insane… or perhaps it’s inasania. I’d describe him as “talent dismorphic”. His actual “talent” is diametrically opposed to his opinion of his “talent”, and he tucks his jeans into his boots. There are other “celebs” I hate. Jeremy Clarkson. Robbie Williams. Amanda Holden, amongst others. But, Andre will always be number 1. • The overuse of the word “amazing”. Lots of times when I hear people saying: “Wow… it’s ammmmaaazzzzzing! Amazing,” I think, “That’s not even ‘quite good’, never mind amazing, you dick.” • I hate the phrase “banter”. • I think I dislike football. I used to love it, now I prefer cricket. The older I get, the more I hate the players, the pundits, the fans… the “banter”. Likes: • I like good Scotch eggs. The Harwood Arms in Fulham do the best ones, by the way. • I like going for dinner with Joanna, we plan our ITV2 show. • I like hanging out with my daughter, Lola. • I like my bike. • I like it when the Chinook helicopter flies over my flat. I pretend I’m in Vietnam. What is your favourite horror film? I like An American Werewolf in London and an obscure film called Rawhead Rex we used to watch when I was growing up. What was your scariest moment? Turbulence at 35,000ft coming back from San Francisco.

What are you doing in London today? I am promoting my new album, Nothing But the Beat, and tonight I am playing at Brixton Academy as part of my first UK tour. How important is it for you to tour? I was a DJ before I became a producer. I wanted to make music because I wanted to make the tracks that were missing in my DJ sets, and then I loved it more and more. So, yes, it is very important – all my inspiration comes from clubs. You have worked with a lot of influential artists – who would you say is the least high-maintenance? When we are in the studio we are all living for the music, and because we are working together we respect and admire each other – so usually it is really friendly. People like and Akon have become real friends. And Estelle and Kelly Rowland. Making a song together

is intimate. That makes people working together extremely close. Who came up with F*** Me, I’m Famous? [his Pacha club night?] I was not famous at the time so it was a joke. It is now quite strange. Was there a defining moment when you first realised you were becoming successful? The first time I was in Ibiza I went to Space and was with Erick Morillo, who was my absolute hero at the time. I went over to say hello and he said: “Wait, I want to show you something.” And he played “Just a Little More Love”, my first record. I also had no idea that the record was the biggest record there – so it was my favourite DJ playing my song and everyone in Space singing along to it. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you? Um... Oh, I nearly died. Ha ha. That was pretty scary.

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When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go. But one big-name fashion designer puts her collections before anything. Even basic bodily functions. She was so taken by some new designs, she didn't want to go to the bathroom and break her concentration. So she simply oohed and ahhhed her way through the rack of clothes and stunned staff while urinating on the floor at the same time. A certain Hollywood superstar likes to shrug off her downtime clothes and pretend that she throws on any old thing, lying around her palatial homes. But, in fact, she has a stylist who helps her go through her

spare rooms, filled to bursting with freebies from top designers who are desperate for her to wear their wares. Every look is carefully planned and styled, whether she’s papped at the airport or out at the shops with her kids. She’s the drop-dead gorgeous actress in one of the world’s top TV shows. But her real-life persona couldn't be more different from her on-screen, sophisticated character. She appalled diners at a top LA hotel recently by belching her way through endless bottles of beer, swearing loudly and guffawing and snorting.


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I love being grumpy. Really I do. In fact, I revel in my special capacity to see the dark side of every situation. As far as I’m concerned, that proverbial glass is always half-empty. And if Bleak House should ever again come on the market, I’ll most certainly be putting in an offer. The only problem with being grumpy all the time is that you’ve nowhere to go if things get much worse. Everyone’s already used to hearing me bleat, moan and grumble. I’m routinely melancholic, and always cloaked in the fog of malcontent. So when something really bad happens – like, oh let me think, a global economic meltdown or Adele releasing another of her whiny songs – well, there’s simply no new level of gloom I can reach. As I’m already hogging the baseline of grim negativity, I certainly can’t be hurtled into deeper depression. I’ve already bottomed out – I can’t go any lower. But many others are sinking to my level. Grump is on the march. Recent events have driven hoards of previously upbeat individuals to join me down in the gloomy sub-basement of misery mansions. This sudden surge in melancholy has nothing to do with the miseries imposed upon so many by the Cameron-Clegg cut-crazy coagulation government. It’s not a response to those disturbing riots in our once great and relatively ordered cities. It’s not even related to the arrival of Michelle Collins on Coronation Street. Britain’s darkening mood is merely a backlash to all the mandatory jollity mobilised around this year’s Royal Wedding. On that early summer morning, troths were duly plighted without any interest, help or involvement from me. In fact, splendidly oblivious to the bunting, the street parties, and the global TV coverage, my day passed in a blur of unrelated shandyshifting. Well, the mere mention of anything royal has always inspired me to reach for a strong drink – half-empty glass after half-empty glass of it. But I just didn’t care about the curious union of slender Kate and the lad who’s destined to wait about 225 years before he is allowed to become king. I didn’t think the occasion, or either of its principal players, especially mattered. Others, however, allowed themselves to think very differently. And that’s where the rot set in. Some poor fools actually believed they were tuning into a real life fairy-tale. A few even thought Kate Middleclasston was metamorphosising into a style icon. But initial euphoria wasn’t snuffed out by the new duchess’s strange footwear choices or her disquieting dependency on long-sleeved dresses from Reiss. The world was not knocked off its axis by her


husband’s utterly trend-proof championing of chinos with an unrolled hem. What really fuelled the great British grump was their royal highnesses’s humdrum ordinariness – their disgracefully downto-earth, no-nonsense practicality, evidenced in a disturbing refusal to stand on ceremony. Rather than harness the services of liveried royal flunkies, they actually push their own trolley through Waitrose. I’m sure royal flunkies, sensing imminent redundancy, will be tabling an emergency motion at the national congress of the Union of Bowers and Scrapers. But surely we all believed that becoming royal would be even better than joining the ranks of WAGS and EuroZillion winners. Didn’t we assume such lofty status meant never having to carry one’s own prosciutto and parmigiana out to the state landeau? Queen Victoria was seldom amused, despite having the vast British empire to make her feel properly important and a brooding Mr Brown to tickle her amply upholstered funny bone. Our young royals are required to smile a lot more, though they’re clearly less indulged. It transpires they may have to fit in a dash to the shops for two litres of semiskimmed and a box of Persil between the state opening of Parliament and the Royal Variety performance. Worse still, they’re required to endure the Royal Variety performance without the half-dozen shandies that might make this ordeal of dubious entertainment seem vaguely amusing. Reality is biting. And everyone can now see the assumption of royal status in the 21st century falls short of a thrilling, boundary-redefining, having-itall experience. Victoria Beckham has greater hauteur, Kate Moss and Jamie Hince wear nicer clothes, even Carol Vorderman goes on better holidays. You’re surely not still wondering why melancholia is spreading like wildfire through the hamlets of Cheshire and Essex? Becoming royal had been named the number-one aspiration for post-modern idlers. Not any more. In fact, there’s every possibility that you’re now waking up from a dream of loveliness, and finding the world decidedly darkened. Don’t abandon all hope just yet. Empathy is at hand. If you find yourself levelling with my gloomy mindset, let’s hook up and grump the night away. We’ll marvel at the all-pervading misery of contemporary life, concurring that positivity is the outlook of dolts, madmen and gibbering fools. We’ll diss, denigrate, moan, and grumble. We’ll deride everyone from Michelle Collins to those royal recentlyweds. Hell, we might even share a half-empty glass of shandy. For, as Gordon Gekko once so very nearly said, grump is good.


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1. Heaven! 2. The spectacular views of Vesuvius and Ischia from the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento are breathtaking. 3. The best bruschetta I have ever eaten. It was at a very special restaurant on Ischia called La Pace that you can only get to by boat. 4. My vacation wardrobe – always hues of navy and blues. Perfect for the Mediterranean. 5. The fabulous view from my room at the Hotel Punta Tragara. It is on the quiet side of Capri and has amazing views of the island’s fabulous crystal blue water. 6. We stopped one night in Sorrento and stayed at the famous Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria. You can arrive by boat and take the elevator up the cliff to the hotel, where the view and rooms are beyond! It’s all very old school. They also have an amazing living room where you can have some refreshing iced tea or drinks. 7. The famous Faraglioni stacks off the coast of Capri, only reachable by boat – what an amazing, architectural structure. 8. I always rent a boat for cruising around Capri. It is the best way to see the island. Images courtesy of Calvin Klein’s Kevin Carrigan

BACK WITH A BANG Words John McDonnell, Photographer Justin Borbely, Fashion Editor Julia Sarr-Jamois

After more than half a decade away from the limelight, Ms. Dynamite returned to the stage over a year ago and found herself confronted with some of the most confidence-sapping criticism she has faced in her accomplished career. “What are you doing? Look at you – you’ve got a son,” screamed a voice as she performed in front of an eager crowd at a Leeds nightclub. What was most shocking for the singer and MC was that the voice was coming from inside her own head. Ms Dynamite, born Niomi McLean-Daley to a Scottish mother and Jamaican father in north London, exploded onto the UK garage scene with instant anthem “Boo!”, her debut single with producer Sticky, who discovered her as an enigmatic teenage hopeful on a pirate radio station. Having dreamt of becoming a primary school teacher, her advent into a career in music was in no way planned – but it was very much welcomed early on. “I’d been living in a hostel since I was 16 and I started on Raw FM when I was about 17 and I got really popular really quickly and started to do raves and make sort of £25. Which was like a million pounds to me at that time because I was living on £25 a week,” she gushes, as if reliving the excitement. “I was feeding myself, clothing myself and having to get to and from college, so when I started making a bit of money out of it I was like, ‘Right, I’m sticking with this.’ But I genuinely enjoyed it.” In a little over a year she’d worked with So Solid Crew – the kingpins of urban music in the UK at the time – and won the Mercury Music Prize for her debut album, A Little Deeper. Worldwide success, including acclaim in the U.S. – a rarity for British urban music artists – soon followed. Despite this, the young singer was always wracked with self-confidence problems. “In terms of singing, I’ve always had an issue. I used to think to myself, ‘Oh my goodness, I sound like a cat being strangled. What are they hearing? Why are they paying me to do this – they’re crazy!’” Soon, these seeds of doubt began to blossom into suffocating weeds which entwined her and began to sap her creativity. When, in 2003, she became pregnant with her son, and she knew she would be forced to postpone her career, it was more a relief than anything. After her second album, 2005’s Judgement Days, failed to make any sort of impact on the charts, she was more than happy to turn her back on her life as a recording artist and become a full-time mum. Last year, Ms. Dynamite made an unexpected return guesting on DJ Zinc’s hypnotic urban house roller “Wile Out”. Back, and more


powerful than ever, was her rambunctious energy and infectious patios-suffused rhymes with which she first made her name during UK garage’s heyday. A slew of guest appearances later – including on Magnetic Man’s ragga-tinged dubstep ditty “Fire” and Katy B’s “Lights On”, an ode to dancing till the bar staff start sweeping up the plastic pint glasses from the dancefloor at the end of the night – and it was clear that Ms. Dynamite had not lost any of the lyrical flair and exuberance which first enamored the nation close to a decade ago. But when I catch up with her on a humid August afternoon in a photographer’s studio in north London it appears that not all is as it used to be with the 30-year-old. As she struts about in front of the camera in a tight black bodycon with exaggerated epaulettes, looking like a cross between an X Factor judge dressed for the live show finals and a late-90s Daphne Guinness, she couldn’t appear further removed from her teenager-next-door image for which she became renowned. You looked totally at ease in that high-fashion outfit during the shoot today, and I’ve noticed that in the videos I’ve seen you in this year your image has been more stylised. What’s the reason behind the change of look? Since I had my son there’s been a lot of growth, internally, on a personal level, and I feel like, you know, I’m a woman at the end of the day. And I think that the sort of more feminine side is something that I wasn’t expressing. I felt more comfortable being more masculine and more kind of hard. I wasn’t comfortable with the fact that, for a lot of women, being more feminine is getting your tits out, to be frank about it, and I didn’t know where the balance was. Whereas now I feel very feminine and I think I’m in a space of wanting to explore. I’ve always been into fashion, but I think it’s just gone through different stages. When I started and I was in leather tracksuit bottoms or whatever – I designed those tracksuits. I always had a big say in my style. Do you regret taking time out when you did? I think, honestly, it was the best thing – and not just because I took time out to be with my son. Urban music was going through a tough period then and it was a struggle for anyone to make it big. You’ve come back when it’s taking off again and Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah are the biggest pop stars in the country. Honestly, it was a total fluke. For me, it was a gift and a Velvet ribbon by VV Rouleaux £5.94 per metre, wool lace top by Giles from £1,500, rich cotton turtle neck body (underneath) by Falke £99 Opposite: Velvet ribbon by VV Rouleaux £5.94 per metre, goat fur coat by Giles from £2,500, rich cotton turtle neck body by Falke £99


curse that I didn’t have that belief in myself, because it prevented me from growing any more because I was so stuck in this place of being happy to be what I was doing. I wasn’t really in control of my career – I was just happy that I wasn’t living on £25 a week any more. I didn’t have a plan, I was just going with the flow. It was really cool and I loved it, but I didn’t grow. I spent a lot of time, internally, beating myself up a little bit [about] the whole sort of responsibility thing – not being able to step outside my box and explore who am I and live a little bit because I was so afraid of being something that wasn’t gonna be good for everyone else. In the time out, obviously it was amazing because I’ve been with my son and doing what I felt I needed to do as a mum. But he’s older now – he’s eight – so he’s ready for me to sort of get back into music in a way that I was before. I think it would have been detrimental to him if I’d done it any time before now, but I also feel that I just didn’t have the self-belief to achieve what I could have achieved if I’d done it before now. Do you think your career would have tailed off if you’d carried on through after your second album? The urban music scene was definitely struggling at that point. I think it definitely would have – but not necessarily because of a scene or because of other people or anything like that. I definitely wasn’t ready for it, I didn’t really want it – but I was happy to be there because it was so much better than what I’d ever experienced before. Live shows used to freak me out completely because I was so nervous. I was really, really good at putting on a front – I was very confident, don’t get me wrong, I just didn’t believe in myself as a performer. Whereas, all this time away has given me itchy feet. I’ve become a lot more comfortable within myself as a performer. I’m not trying to be a Whitney Houston or a Mariah Carey, I’m happy with the tone and the ability I’ve been given – which I didn’t before. Do you think now is a better time to be a solo female artist? It’s a really exciting time – there are loads of young people just coming out and doing their thing. There are lots of female artists – Katy B, Adele, Emeli Sandé – who are amazingly talented and not trying to fit into the stereotype of what a woman should be, not trying to sell their body. They are letting their talent speak for itself and I love that. It’s very inspiring and it means that things are changing. I’ve known a lot of women that have amazing voices and they just want it so badly and they don’t get it but by the end they do end up half-naked. It’s just like, “Was it really worth that?” Are you going back to your dancefloor roots with this album? The stuff that I’ve done so far –


which have all been collaborations with other people – has been about me finding my feet. Are you testing the water with all these collaborations – seeing how people react to you after the time away? Well, it wasn’t really seeing how people react to me – well maybe it was subconsciously – but for me it was more like, “OK, what am I doing here?” I haven’t done music for so long, it’s like, “What do I do and how do I do it?” So me doing these tracks with Magnetic Man and Redlight, it definitely was a case of going back to what’s the easiest for me to do, which is MCing. There’s no rules, you don’t have to hit a specific note – it’s like breathing to me. Is your new single, “Neva Soft”, a statement of intent for the new you? No, for me it’s about being true. Being not soft is being real. And being real can be crying, being real can be being weak, being real can be being vulnerable, but it’s about having the power and the strength to show your emotions – and that’s my own realisation of myself. In the past I found it really difficult to cry. The worst thing in the world could be happening and I would never cry, because I was like, “I’m not weak, I’m strong.” And it was coming to the realisation that, actually, you’re very weak because you can’t even cry. What’s your aim for this album? I’ve turned into a bit of a hippy as I’ve got older – whatever it’s gonna be it’s gonna be. I’ve had a majorly successful album and then an album that crashed. And for both, in terms of the success of the albums, I can genuinely say that I felt the same. It’s people’s feelings and opinions and I don’t want it to ever be fake. If people are not feeling it, they’re not feeling it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy when my music is well received, and to know that I’m inspiring people. But I’m never upset that someone doesn’t like my music. For me, success is based on happiness. If I’m not happy doing something it could sell a billion copies but if I’m not happy it’s not successful. If the barrage of dancefloor-destroyers that she has appeared on in the past 18 months are anything to go by, there is no question that Ms. Dynamite still has the talent and hunger to leave an indelible mark on the UK music industry once again. But if her reinvigorated career is to flourish it is clear that there is one major obstacle she must first overcome: herself. “I think for me to succeed, the only way that’s gonna happen is if I believe in myself on all levels.” Ms Dynamite ‘s new single “Neva Soft” is out now. Velvet ribbon by VV Rouleaux £5.94 per metre, wool & goat hair dress by Giles from £2,500, rich cotton turtle neck body (underneath) by Falke £99. Hair Carl Reeves at Caren using Kevin Murphy, Make-up Adam de Cruz at Punishment Ltd using Laura Mercier, Photographic Assistance ALEXANDER HOOD, Fashion Assistance Gabriella Karefa-Johnson

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Releasing her debut album, On a Mission, earlier this year, the singer-songwriter, Brit school graduate and Mercury Prize nominee has been praised for her honest lyrics relating to wild nights out and relationship issues, not to mention her knock-out live performances. We get up close and personal with the young star to find out about some of her preferred tastes. Personal style My style is like my music: I can be quite Tomboy-ish and laidback. But on the other hand I am quite girly and like heels. I’m always in jeans, or sweater dresses with Vans and tights. So I’m like a hip-hop, chic, girly girl. Personal shopping I shop everywhere and anywhere. I will get a vintage playsuit or jeans and a vest. I love Nicholas Kirkwood shoes and have a nice collection of them. I acquired some good stuff from River Island the other day and I love Topshop. Favourite fashion items I love nice gold hoop earrings or silver hoops – I like the way hoops come through my hair. I also like Vans – I’m always in white Vans. I live in them. Makeup essentials I like to have a bit of colour on my cheeks, and a pink blush makes me look healthy. I am quite proud of being fair skinned and I’ve never gone for the fake tan look – so I work with products that are good for paler skin and keep it natural looking. MAC foundation is good. Best advice Zinc, who is one of the producers on my album, said: “Don’t ever think anything is out of your reach for what you want to do.” He remembers when Roni Size said he was going to start a live band and play festivals and all the drum ’n’ bass DJs thought [sarcastically] “alright” – then he went and won the Mercury Prize and everyone realised he went and did it. I think if you have a vision for something, don’t be afraid to go for it. Everything is possible. Soundtrack before a night out I really like Frank Oceans’s album and Kelly Rowland’s song “Motivation”. I love it! It reminds me of being 16 and listening to


slow jams. I remember my brother was into that stuff and it was his way of getting girls. It is such a tune. I just bought Jill Scott, Beyonce and SBTRKT’s new albums. Ritual before a gig During my shows I jump up and down a lot on stage, and I noticed I was getting shin splints from jumping so much. So I’ve started doing stretches and stuff before I go on – I feel like such an idiot doing it, but I have to or I’d have sore legs for weeks after. Performing on stage I get nervous before going on stage – but you have to, to be excited. I remember why I wanted to do this and feel happy about it. The crowd is the reason I jump around on stage and get shin splints. I walk on and think, “Right, I’m not going to jump around today,” but then the crowd are jumping so then I’m off jumping. The crowd gives me so much energy. Favourite place to go out with friends Loads of places in Brixton – Hootananny in Brixton is wicked. They have a lot of live music there. On a Mission is written about a lot of different places and real scenarios where I’ve been with friends: “Lights On” is about being in Fridge Bar in Brixton where the MC would say, “Big up to everyone still dancing with the lights on” at the end of the night and I thought, “Why has no-one written a song about this?” “Perfect Stranger” is about a friend who was walking through the crowd of a festival and saw someone and their eyes just met and they made out – it’s about knowing what someone’s thinking without talking to them. When relaxing at home I will watch Come Dine With Me. I love the omnibus, but it is so dangerous. I will have things to do and I’ll sit down and the first episode will come on and then the next one… you can’t not watch them all! Pink Angora jumper by Whistles £95, black jeans by French Connection £65, cat eye sunglasses by Alexander Wang by Linda Farrow £216 Make-up Natsumi Narita using MAC Cosmetics Hair Carl Reeves at Caren using Kevin Murphy, Fashion Assistance Cristina Firpo

We know him as Example, but the artist known to his mother as Elliot Gleave has come a long way since first arriving on the scene as a white rapper from Fulham. His current incarnation as a pop singer has won him mainstream success, leading to a busy summer schedule touring festivals across the globe. Example’s third album, Playing in the Shadows, kicked off with lead single “Changed the Way You Kissed Me”, and digital downloads secured the Number 1 spot for him in the UK charts. We caught up with Example for the Halloween edition of Rollacoaster to see what makes him tick. And what better way to reveal the inner workings of his mind than to follow in the footsteps of Tinie Tempah and Simon Bird by delving into the Biscuit Tin! What did the last text you sent say? “Fuck off, I ain’t meeting in east. That’s ridiculous – I live in west London and I hate east London.” Who is your favourite designer? I’m not really into my high-end fashion… I’ve probably got more Marc Jacobs than anyone else. And Persol sunglasses. I like a Belstaff as well. What is your earliest memory? It was being on top of a mountain when I was very, very young. My dad was holding me and we went in a cable car up to a glacier. I think it was in France. I would have been three or four. What is your favourite holiday destination? My favourite type of holiday is action. I can’t relax. So, like, skiing. I’ve been skiing every year since I was about five. I also did Snowbombing. I’ll go on holiday with my girlfriend and she’s happy to sit by the pool for, like, seven hours and I have to get up, go for a swim, go to the gym, go for a run, find someone to talk to at the bar, come back, sit down, talk to her for a bit. What is your favourite song of the moment? I’ve been listening to Frank Ocean and The Weeknd. I love listening to grunge and Motown and ’80s and ’90s hip-hop. My new album’s completely inspired by the lyrics of Nirvana and Pearl Jam

and Kasabian. I love the fact that a lot of that music is about self-deprecation – it picks up on the small nuances, relationships or personalities of people when you’re slightly down or depressed. Sometimes if you just talk about the happiness it’s kind of boring and my album’s really melancholic and really quite moody, but the music is uplifting. Savoury or sweet snacks? It depends what mood I’m in but, generally, I’d go for savoury. If I’m on tour, I’d probably reach for a pack of Monster Munch over, say, a Mars Bar. Who was the last person you told you loved? My sister this morning, on Skype. She lives in Sydney and I only see her once or twice a year. What’s your favourite smell? American Hot from Pizza Express. When it arrives, I just sort of… Ant or Dec? I don’t know the difference! They’re one in the same, aren’t they? Don’t they swap names each week? Have you ever been starstruck? Yes. Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Gary Lineker. [Noticing the looks of confusion] If I saw Gary Lineker now I probably wouldn’t be but when you’re watching him on TV as a kid playing football and you see him for the first time you’re like, “(gasp) Gary Lineker!” What’s the spookiest thing that’s ever happened to you? I don’t believe in ghosts or anything supernatural. I think it’s a load of bollocks. What’s your favourite horror film? I like Aliens. As is Rollacoaster tradition, we asked Example to think of a question to include in the Biscuit Tin. Without hesitation he comes up with: “Shaven or unshaven?” I wonder what he’s referring to…

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PROFESSOR GREEN Words Becky Davies Photographer Rhys Frampton, Fashion Editor Way Perry

There is something enigmatic about Stephen Paul Manderson, the artist better known as Professor Green. An archetypal rap star he is not. “People take themselves too seriously,” he says. “Especially in rap. There is a bravado: you’ve got to be the cool guy with the sunglasses and the bitches,” he tells me, stretching his arms out as if he has one on each side of him. The boy from Hackney is actually very polite with an infectious sense of humour. It was only last year that he became one of Britain’s biggest new artists with the release of Alive Till I’m Dead, featuring hit singles “I Need You Tonight”, “Just Be Good To Green” and “Monster”. Professor Green’s cheeky lyrics made him stand out, his own personal favourite being: “I don’t menstruate but I am a bleedin’ c***.” “Great play on words, wouldn’t you agree?” he affirms. The debut album entered the charts at number two and has been certified double gold. This October sees the release of Pro’s second album, AtYour Inconvenience, the first single release, “Read All About It”, featuring guest vocals courtesy of Emeli Sande, is a haunting bulletin about Pro’s father, who hanged himself when the musician was 18. Also arriving next month, evolving from the success of his YouTube video series, is Professor Green Unseen, a fly on-the-wall T4 show documenting the everyday antics of him and his mates, as well as Professor Green Unseen After Hours, the latter we expect to document even more heightened antics. We meet up with Pro at his Bermondsey flat to find out more about him. Is it true that Professor Green comes from selling marijuana and being clever? Not from being clever, just from selling marijuana. Basically, what happened was, this was even before I started rapping, I was at my mate’s house and someone said something about weed when I corrected him, and he said: “Oh what are you, some type of professor? Professor Green!” And it just stuck. I don’t like people calling me Prof – it’s a bit too much like poof. But people don’t usually call me Prof, they call me Pro. How were you discovered? I used to battle. And Mike Skinner saw me battle at Brixton Academy and took me on tour [with him], and I battled at every stop of his tour. When we came off that tour we stayed in touch and he sent me a beat for a track, which I made into “Stereotypical Man” and that was the start. Are you going to get “At My Inconvenience” tattooed below “Alive Till I’m Dead”, and then continue down when you release new albums? No, I got that tattooed and then it became the


album title. But I do wanna get more stuff done. I don’t rush tattoos, so it is kind of good that my tattoo artist is extremely busy and in and out of the country, so quite often I’ll make an appointment and some promo will come up and I’ll miss it. Who is your tattooist? Demian Cervera. What is the meaning behind your finger tats? Fine Line – balance. “Read All About It” is going to be the first single release. Is that your favourite track on the new album? I don’t know, there are a lot of them on the new album that I like. I chop and change. And once I start performing it will keep changing because it’s weird like that. At the moment I don’t really like performing “I Need You Tonight”, because it just becomes the obvious one. Once I release this album I can perform ones from this and chop it up a bit. The song is obviously autobiographical. Is it therapeutic to be able to write and produce songs about your personal experiences? It helps me understand what is going on in my head sometimes. It definitely helps me, because I don’t get much… I’ve tried talking to people and it doesn’t really help. Because I think I’m smarter than everyone else [he laughs], so music and writing music is therapy for me. What is the most annoying thing you’ve ever seen written about yourself? OK, I’ll tell you what really annoyed me and what wound me up the most was a review in the Financial Times. The FT! It said that I should have stuck to my roots a bit more. In the Financial Times – which I found ironic. Initially it was anger that I felt, but then I thought it was funny. It was almost like disbelief: how can the Financial Times suggest that I should stick to my roots? What do you think of one of our cover stars, Leona? Because you are both from Hackney, right? I don’t think she saw the same side of Hackney as I did. I never saw her on my estate. I never saw her at the swing park. Is it the sort of place where you would know her, both being about the same age? Everyone knows everyone in Hackney, if you’re about like that, but she wasn’t. So no, I never saw her at the swing park; I never smoked a spliff with her; and no cans of White Lightning were passed. She wasn’t involved. You are doing a new TV show ­– what is it about? It is basically me and my moron mates being morons. Do you work with these mates, or are they just mates? I do work with most of them. Some of them, like Louis who is involved in it, is someone that I don’t work with. I’ve just known him since I was 11. He actually works in a school in Wood Green teaching children who have had problems with the law and Black printed T-Shirt £115 by Alexander McQueen at Browns. Opposite: Black hooded sweater by Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci £365 at HARVEY NICOLS.

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problems at home – so he has a pretty heavy job and has to deal with some pretty heavy stuff. But when he comes out with us he obviously lets his hair down. He is also 6’8”. He is hilarious. He is one of the funniest people I know and one of my oldest friends. Then you’ve got Chris Benns, who is a stylist. He was probably the most obnoxious. He is the type of person you meet and you like, then you hate and then you realise that underneath all the bravado he is actually quite a nice person. Then there is my DJ, IQ, who is one of the most brilliant people I know, but he wrestles a lot with himself. When he’s up, he’s up and when he’s down, he’s down. He will make for an interesting episode. Not everyone will have their own episode, but it will sort of lead towards a said person per episode. It is practically what we have got on YouTube, but on a bigger scale, which is quite worrying, because people that watch me on YouTube source me out, and they watch it because they like the idea of who I am, or they like my music. They probably have a better grasp of my humour and what we find funny. But what is worrying is that someone that doesn’t care for me or my music is going to turn over and decide very quickly whether they like me or not, so I think this will be the beginning of: “Pro Green, you are a prick!” as I am walking down the road. But surely people will just find it funny? It depends. You catch the wrong side of the sentence and you’ll be like: “What an obnoxious twat.” I dunno. I act the stereotype out as a joke sometimes, which people who know me get, and find funny. Or I pretend to be obnoxious because it is so ridiculous. And if somebody catches a glimpse of that, they are going to think: “What a twat.” I do have a say in what goes in and what doesn’t, and I wouldn’t let them show me in a bad light, as you can edit things to make someone look worse, but I’m not going to be like: “I’m not having that in because it’s embarrassing.” And it’s important that those bits go in. That’s why the YouTube clips did so well, because we put out everything. We have got some wicked pranks lined up too. What is your favourite horror film? Child’s Play – it’s gotta be. Chucky was a real psycho, but at the same time I found it kinda funny, like Freddy [Krueger] funny. I think I was too young when I started watching horror films; I didn’t think they were scary. I thought Freddy was funny – then it kind of occurred to me that he wasn’t – he was a bit wrong. Like Noddy too. Well it’s not really him at all, it’s Big Ears – you don’t really realise because it all seemed fairly innocent as a

child. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you? I had food poisoning – campylobacter, but they didn’t know it at the time. I thought I’d had food poisoning before until I had that. I lost a stone and a half in four days. Pretty good for weight loss. Before they found out what it was they carried out all these tests and they thought it was inflammatory bowel disease. And when they gave me a tablet for it, the doctor said there was a 50/50 chance of it working. And I said: “What happens if it doesn’t work?” And he said: “We’ll have to remove part of your bowel,” and walked out. And I just sat there and though: “what?” Is there any song you wished you’d written? Katy Perry, “I Kissed a Girl.” I did kiss a girl, and I quite liked it. It’s a song I relate to, so much so I may as well have written it, to be honest. Is there a question you always wanted to be asked but never have been? Nah, I’d make a terrible interviewer. I moan about interviews being mundane sometimes but I can’t think of anything interesting to ask myself. Fortunately, that’s your job – ha. What other artists are you liking at the moment? Emeli Sande, Wretch 32 and Little Dragon. Do you prefer sweet or savoury snacks? Savoury! What is your favourite complex carb? Potatoes. Roast potatoes. What was the last thing you tweeted? “Lighthouse Manderson.” What does that mean? Like a lighthouse [he says moving his head around]… What, looking around? What were you looking at… oh, girls!? Yeah. Coca-Cola or Pepsi? Coca-Cola. Dogs or cats? Dogs. What’s your dog called? [He cried at the door through the entire interview]. Alfie. How long have you had him? Four years. Cats are selfish little things. They only come around if they want food, and rub themselves against you when they want to get off. What is your favourite fragrance? Aqua Di Parma. Wooden floors or carpet in the bedroom? In the bedroom, carpet if I had the choice – this flat is rented. Professor Green begins his “At Your Inconvenience” tour in October. And all fans pre-ordering the album will receive the title track as an instant gratification.

“Everyone knows everyone in Hackney, if you’re about like that, but she wasn’t. So no, I never saw Leona Lewis at the swing park”

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MASK BY MARC BY MARC JACOBS Photographer Vincent Dilio, Fashion Editor Anthony Unwin

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THE SATURDAYS Words Stuart Brumfitt, Photographer Holly Falconer, Fashion Editor Jeanie Annan-Lewin



In four short years, foxy fivesome The Saturdays have gone from being another hopeful pop ensemble to becoming the biggest girl group in the UK. Now with a third full album (as well as last year’s EP) under their belt, they’re major enough to be headlining their first arena tour – and my God they’re giddy about it. They love playing the crazy north, loyal Scotland and Una’s homeland of Ireland, but the four southerners in the group can’t wait to say, “Hello Wembley!” Here, RollaCoaster says, “Hello Una, Frankie, Mollie, Rochelle and Vanessa!” Since we’re out shopping this Thursday morning, is there anyone in the public eye whose style you like? R: Blake Lively. She always looks amazing. V: Kim Kardash! And J-Lo. M: I love Olivia Palermo. She always looks really classy and sophisticated. Tell me about your new sound. F: The two singles are quite dance and clubby, but I’d say that a lot of the tracks on the album are pop and R&B. It’s the most excited I’ve been about one of our albums, because we’ve written most of it. M: Everyone brings different things to the table. Vanessa, Rochelle and Frankie wrote a track that could have been on a Brandy album, whereas me and Una did a track that could have been country pop. I love a minor chord! You’re doing a massive arena tour this winter. Which venues do you like playing the most? U: No offence to down south, but up north they’re a little bit more loud and crazy. For me, V: I love a Friday night! It’s the party. Well, it depends what day the party’s on. R: She loves a night out, this one. Are you the party girl then? R: Yeah, without a shadow of a doubt. I like a Sunday because usually I’ve been out on a Saturday and I like to have everyone at my house on a Sunday morning. It’s sometimes more fun than a night out, having a fry-up and everyone sitting on the sofa chilling. Especially if this one [Vanessa] is over. She’s still pissed! V: She tries to tame me. She calls it “Roch’s Rehab”. She just says, “Stay over a few days. You’re not doing this. You’re not doing that.”


R: I cook her dinner, we watch films, and I’ve got a hot tub at the minute as well, so we get in that. The other day it was me, her and Marvin! V: And I was like, “Well this is great! Us three in the hot tub.” I was like the spare part. Most of you are in high-profile relationships. Isn’t that a huge pressure? U: I’ve been with Ben [Foden, rugby player] for three years and when I met him first I didn’t have a clue who he was or know anything about rugby, so it’s not like I’ve jumped into this high-profile relationship. F: Me and Dougie [Poynter, McFly bassist] were in the same thing and he was in the spotlight a lot as well, so it was more attention, whereas Wayne [Bridge, footballer] is not really interested in press and it’s quite refreshing. M: It is difficult. David [Gandy, model] and I had just started going out when everything came out. It was really difficult because we were only just dating and people were saying, “They’re together!” I’ve just driven past Waterloo station and there’s a massive poster of him in a D&G ad. It is weird to get your head around, but you have to look at it light-heartedly. Vanessa, do you want a relationship or are you happy single? V: I’m quite happy. I’m making the most of the single life. R: She should. When I was single I was out every night. And when me and Marv split up last year I was out every night. I know you all like R&B but what other influences do you have as a group? F: When I started the band, I would never have listened to any R&B whatsoever. I was like, “Hell no!” My favourite bands were Brand New, The Bronx, Paramore. I still listen to that now, but I do listen to a lot more R&B from being around the girls. Mollie is very stuck in the 90s and Una’s a bit more into acoustic stuff. M: I love listening to ’N Sync and Britney, but I like current music too. When I was growing up, I knew all the words and I wanted to be Britney and marry Justin, so it’s really happy memories. The Saturdays are on tour in December in support of their third album which is out in November.


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ONE DIRECTION Words Becky Davies, Photographer Roger Rich, Fashion Editor Way Perry



Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are British-Irish band One Direction. The teenagers, who finished third on last year’s X Factor, now have a combined Twitter following of over 2,537,536 and a huge tweenage fan base. When we turn up on the Rollacoaster shoot, the boys, who are huddled around a laptop watching the video to the debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” for the first time, make an immediate first impression. Harry is very friendly (he offered us some of his Twiglets); Liam is considered; Louis very tanned; Niall very talkative and Zayn mysteriously smoldering. As I am neither a tween, nor a fan, I called on the services of 11-year-old Eva Donaldson to interview the band via the medium of Skype.




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Do you still stay in contact with your old friends? Niall: Yes, we all stay in touch with our old friends because… we just do. Obviously we don’t see them as much as we used to, but whenever we go home we still see them. Louis: And sometimes we bring them out to see us at work. Do your parents still tell you off if you are naughty? All: Yeah, mine do. Harry: When I go home and go out, my mum still tells me to come in at a certain time. I don’t really have a set curfew, it just depends on the occasion. But I do need to be bathed and in bed by 7pm [laughs]. Where did the name One Direction come from? All (except Harry): Harry! Harry: Um, I literally thought: “What would sound good on the show? What would sound good if Simon had to say it?” So I said it a couple of times, and thought it worked for us. Do you still stay in touch with Simon Cowell? Louis: Simon makes the last decision on everything we do. He’s the big boss so he is the one to impress. Liam: Yes, he is important. Niall: [Sings] Hallelujah! Who is your most famous phone contact? All: That’s a good one... Chipmunk, [James]Corden. Liam: Leona Lewis or Michael McIntyre – but my phone

has deleted everybody. Who is the best dancer? All (except Zayn): Zayn. Liam: Zayn has the most confidence, anytime, any place, anywhere – Zayn has got it. The best singer? Louis: We’ve all got different sounding voices. Liam: It depends what your taste is, I suppose. Who is the most popular with fans? Niall: HARRY! Louis: Harold. Who do you think has the best style? Liam: Well Louis won a little award in the… Niall: I’d say Niall, as it rhymes with style. Liam: Well his name [pointing to Harry] is Styles, so if we are going on names… Liam: We’ve all got our own individual styles… Niall: And we’ve all got one Styles – Harry. Harry: We all have different styles, we dress differently. Niall: We blend together. Zayn: Like cheese on a baked potato. What is your favourite horror film? Louis: Mine’s Bambi. Liam: Wrong Turn – but that’s not a very generic one. Harry: The Exorcist is a good one. What’s the scariest thing that has happened to you? Louis: Oh my God, I’ve got an absolute blinder. I was about 15 or 16 and babysitting all my little sisters – I’ve got four young sisters. Next thing I know – I was asleep, obviously – there was this voice going: “Excuse me, excuse me!” So I woke up and there was this random woman stood over my bed, who I have never, ever, ever seen before. I thought, “Am I dreaming?” And she was like: “Excuse me,” and I said, “Yes?” And she was like: “Your little sister is downstairs crying, where are your parents?” And I was like: “They are out, I’m babysitting.” And she said, “Well you aren’t doing a very good job babysitting them, are you!?” Basically, this drunken woman had come in off the street because my sister had run out to her crying “mum, mum” because she’d had a nightmare. One Direction’s debut single “What Makes You Beautiful” is out now.


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Grey wool bomber jacket by Rag & Bone £435, white cotton shirt £75 and grey wool sweater £90 both by Tommy Hilfiger, two tone frames by RayBan £120 available at Sunglass Hut, gold ‘Scarab’ ring by DomINIC Jones £325 Opposite: Jed wears striped blue cotton shirt by Polo Ralph lauren £105, orange scarf £60 and canvas belt £40 by Tommy Hilfiger, printed grey t-shirt from Topman £14, navy cotton shorts by American Apparel £44, white cotton socks by Tabio from £18, gold ‘Scarab’ ring by Dom Jones £325, black leather loafers by Russell & Bromley £275. Tom wears green check shirt by Burberry Brit £150, green scarf by Tommy Hilfiger £60, white printed t-shirt from Topman £14, brown leather belt by Polo Ralph Lauren £80, beige cotton shorts £44 by American Apparel, white ribbed cotton socks by Tabio from £18, black leather loafers by Tommy Hilfiger £110. Fangs used throughout by Charles Fox £13.20.



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THE VOICE Words Seamus Duff, Photographer Thomas Giddings, Fashion Editor Anthony Unwin

It is early August in London and Leona Lewis is singing. It’s subtle and barely loud enough to be heard, but her lips are moving and the delicate sound of her soaring voice can just be made out. She is standing in the middle of a large photo studio for our Rollacoaster cover shoot and a nearby soundsystem is blasting out classic hits like Whitney Houstin’s “Queen of the Nile” and “Set You Free” by N-Trance and she simply cannot resist but sing along. It is easy to imagine that if she were to allow herself to project to full live-performance volume, she would easily match the vocals of the original singers – or effortlessly exceed them. It was over five years ago that a shy Leona Lewis first appeared on our television screens as part of the third season of The X Factor. Back before the production values were grossly inflated, hopefuls auditioned in an enclosed room in front of judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, and Lewis’s breathtaking rendition of “Over the Rainbow” made a seemingly uninterested Cowell snap to attention and declare, “That’s what it’s all about!” In the following weeks, the transformation between the timid girl backstage at the live shows and the powerful vocalist in front of the microphone had the nation falling in love, and on December 16, 2006, Lewis triumphed over runner-up Ray Quinn to become the first female winner of the competition. As the photographer clicks today, the shy girl that was first on our screens is hardly visible. Appearing confident, relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera, Lewis laughs and jokes with the crew over the course of the day and is sure to thank everyone before we leave to talk at a nearby café. It has been almost two years since the release of her second album, Echo, and Lewis has been spending the last several months in recording studios in London, Sweden and LA as she works on the third. “I can’t wait for people to hear it,” she says over cappuccinos. “There is a real trip-hop feel to some of it and then there is a real dance feel,” she explains. Although fans of the ballads of her first two efforts need not worry as there are still enough of those to keep everybody satisfied. “You’ve still got to get those in there,” she smiles. It was during the course of her sell-out 2010 UK arena tour, titled The Labyrinth, that Lewis decided it was time to shift gears with her music, and her forthcoming album is, in part, a result of the tour’s success. “We remixed a lot of ballads into uptempo, energy-driven songs [to perform live],” she recounts. “And a lot of my fans were on Twitter saying, ‘We want to hear you do something uptempo like on tour’. I really wanted that to spill over into the album,


which is why we did ‘Collide’.” Released last week, “Collide” is the first single to be drawn from the new album and reveals the more dancefloor-friendly beats fans can expect to accompany Lewis’s signature vocals. The single was intended to be a stomping return for Lewis following months out of the charts and, although well received by critics and fans alike when it was first played on air back in July, online commentators quickly claimed the song “ripped off ” the track “Penguin” from musician Avicii. This accusation was swiftly rebuffed by the record label and Lewis herself, and she explains as we talk that she and Avicii were to release “Collide” together. “It’s just not in my morals,” she tells us, mortified by the plagiarism accusations. “Why would I do that when it would blatantly get found out? Everything I have done is clean cut and above board and I’ve never done anything dodgy, so the one thing that people can turn into a negative, they will. I think it’s only a handful of people who want to ramble on about it, but it doesn’t bother me,” she states, adding defiantly, “Most people know it’s not the truth. And I know it’s not the truth.” Putting the situation behind her, the single nonetheless serves as a great precursor to the forthcoming album for which Lewis has worked with talents like Emeli Sandé, Sia, and long time collaborator Ryan Tedder. “He’s a cool guy to work with,” she breathes, still impressed by his song writing abilities. “He can do Adele and then he does One Republic, and then the couple he has [for me] are properly dancy – I love that diversity.” It would seem obvious that Lewis and Tedder would reunite having worked together on her biggest hit, 2007s “Bleeding Love”, which rocketed to the top of music charts the world over and has sold in excess of 4.6 million copies. However, Lewis isn’t pressuring herself under the success of her biggest hit. “I was so happy that it was a success and I definitely wanna have records that are as big because I want to keep going. But when ‘Bleeding Love’ came out there were five people who tried to make ‘Bleeding Love’ again. And when ‘I Gotta Feeling’ by Black Eyed Peas came out, ten people tried to recreate that. And it never works. Unless you do something completely different or progressive, then you are just selling yourself short – and I wouldn’t want to do that.” It must also be encouraging that Simon Cowell trusts her enough to allow her to create the album without him breathing down her neck. “It’s been amazing to have him and he has given me free reign on this to say when it’s finished. Otherwise I would have had to have released the album by the end of last year – which would have been

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really crazy,” she says with a sigh of relief. “He is really good to have on side and I guess he really believed in me since the beginning and has always backed me up.” Cowell remains the most famous person in Lewis’s phone book (“No one tops that”) and they speak on the phone “a couple of times a month – especially when the album is wrapping.” Would he answer if she were to call him now? “His PA might pick up. He is crazy busy.” And what would he say if he did answer? “Have you finished the album yet?” she laughs. Although more self-assured than when she first came to the nation’s attention, one of the attributes that makes Lewis so likeable is that she hasn’t let her incredible fame go to her head. She still lives in Hackney, spends her allocated holiday time catching up with her family and manages to avoid desperate tabloid-grabbing behaviour. She reveals a story about one of her tattoos that demonstrates her wicked sense of humour (we nearly choke on our coffee as she offers to “get me tatts out”), but then shows her compassionate side when she explains the small heart-shaped tattoo on her chest started to fade the day her tattooist died. It is not the supernatural edge of this story that strikes us, but the heartfelt empathy she expresses for the wife and young child the tattooist left behind. Aren’t celebrities of her calibre only meant to care about themselves? Aren’t they supposed to make outlandish statements and attend events looking like they dressed in the dark? Doesn’t she worry that some people may consider her personality a bit… boring? “I’ve read it,” she says. “Especially from one journalist who has never actually met me. But it doesn’t bother me. I’d rather be seen like that than a harsh, brash person. If my friends said that, then I’d have something to worry about.” With a hectic work schedule, Lewis doesn’t always have much time to spend with her friends but relishes every minute when she does. For fun she enjoys nights out at bars and clubs, hosting games nights at her house in Hackney or hanging out in parks – and hints that she may enjoy a night on the sauce more often than the press would be aware “I don’t drink at events or when I know that I’m going to be photographed. I’m smart like that,” she smiles, before bashfully revealing she last got drunk two days previously during a night out at London restaurant Nobu (“I had the white wine to myself and it must have been really strong…”). Exiting the dining venue, Lewis successfully concealed her intoxication when confronted by an audience of awaiting paparazzi at the establishment’s doors – something she wasn’t expecting. “I’ve never had that many paparazzi standing outside anywhere,” she gasps. “I guess I’ve never been to Nobu before. Maybe they called them?” Furthermore, she wasn’t expecting all the positive press she received from fashion gossips about her “on trend” attire the following morning. “That was nice!” she beams. “Normally they’re like, ‘She looks like shit!’” Also present in the resulting paparazzi shots is German boyfriend, Dennis Jauch. The pair met while Leona was on her 2010 UK tour and Jauch (pronounced “Yow”) performed as her backing dancer. Lewis roars with laughter when we point out that dating your backing dancer is a very Madonna thing to do, but appears reserved when asked if she will give more details about their relationship. “I try not to talk about it too much or give anything away. It’s really important to have that as part of your private life,” she states flatly, and seems pleased when

we concede that we had been unsure whether she was even seeing anyone before the Nobu photographs, as her conversations about or appearances with Jauch are almost nil. “It is a definite worry that the press would want to expose anything from romantic relationships to life with your family. I don’t want my brothers or nephews or anyone to be in the media because they haven’t chosen to be there. They don’t have a voice in it, so it’s not fair on them.” Our shoot today is the first part of weeks of promotional work for Lewis and our time to talk is running out, so we quickly ask a final question while we have her in the flesh – does she keep in touch with X Factor runner-up, Ray Quinn? Her entire face lights up at the mere mention of his name. “Oh Ray!” she exclaims. “Little Ray! [A pause] No. I haven’t spoken to him in ages.” And yet she seems to know exactly what he has been doing for the last year and a half, suggesting she keeps up to date with her fellow X Factor finalist’s progress. We said she was compassionate. Little over a week later and Leona Lewis is back in LA putting the final touches to her album. In the time since our shoot, London has descended into anarchy with riots raging across the capital over a three-day period. Lewis’s home area, Hackney, became engulfed in the street fighting and the star was at home when trouble started. Two cars were torched near her front door and her dad came close to being swept up in the carnage while travelling to her house to deliver a CD. “He saw this guy smash in a Mini’s window and throw a petrol bomb in there, so he called me and was like, “Erm, how badly do you need this CD?” and I was like, “You need to run home right now!” It was insane.” She describes the violence as both “disgusting” and “traumatising” but insists Hackney will remain her home. “You have to remember it is a very poor area and they’re taking away funding for youth programmes but I just think [the rioting] was literally some hood rats that jumped on the bandwagon to go a bit insane. There are actually some really lovely areas in Hackney.” Staying in LA for ten days, Leiws is “keeping on top of things” by remaining on British time. Her resulting early mornings followed by hours in the studio and then heading to bed while the sun is still blazing show an incredibly hardworking attitude. But hard work is the nature of the business and there are a number of busy months ahead with scheduled television appearances, album promotion, performance dates in Japan and a mini tour of America – the last of which she is especially looking forward to, having initially been scheduled to support Christina Aguilera last year on her North American tour, which was cancelled at the final hour by the American following a number of personal issues (“How very dare she!” she jokes). When she thinks back to the person she was on The X Factor, Lewis feels she has changed exponentially, but naturally. “I’ve come a long way since then and I’ve grown as a performer, as a singer, everything. I was in that weird teenage-adult stage for a long time – making decisions that perhaps weren’t right, but I’ve realised in the last couple of years that I have grown up and I know myself so much more.” And in the time that we spoke has she got back in touch with Ray Quinn? “No!” she wails apologetically. “I just haven’t had any time. I’m sure we’ll bump into each other at some point. I need to... because he’s so cute!”

Horror Films As it turns out, Leona Lewis “loves” horror films and finds it a tough call between Interview With A Vampire and 70s horror film The Manitou as her favourite. “I remember watching The Manitou at a young age and being disturbed by it. It’s about a woman who gets cursed and grows a native American from her back. It’s really random. And scary!”

Most terrifying moment London riots aside, Lewis’s most terrifying moment involves a creature of the eight-legged variety. “A friend and I were driving on the edge of a sheer drop up in these canyons in Malibu and we saw the shadow of something on the road. As we got closer we saw the shadow was the biggest tarantula! We had to swerve out of the way because it was in the middle of the road and was so big. That is my scariest encounter because I hate spiders.”

Glassheart, the new album by Leona Lewis, is out on November 28th

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JOE JONAS Words Yale Bresnin, Photographer Kenneth Cappello, Fashion Editor Anthony Unwin

Joe Jonas is back home… well, sort of. The New Jersey native is spending time across the bridge in New York City, but now he’s shy of his two brothers, leaving behind the tween-candy-pop trio that catapulted them all to young heartthrob stardom. As of late, Joe Jonas has been a band of one, venturing out on his own, taking the microphone and showcasing his debut solo effort, Fast Life. Gone is the Disney-endorsed image, the much-publicised purity rings and, most importantly, his wingmen (and siblings) Nick and Kevin Jonas. His new album has laid bare Mr. Jonas’s voice, shedding the layers of the once worldly recognised trio to a single vocal range, providing a soulful and infectious tonality suffused with hints of heartbreak and melancholy. His latest sounds have been influenced by nightlife and the techniques of DJs, not surprisingly for someone who just turned 22. From nights out with his friends (“Black Light” and “Fast Life”) to the soother side of Jonas’s range (“I’m Sorry”), he’s been able to expose dramatic melodies on his solo debut, which is infused with danceable beats. He called upon hit-making producers like Danja and Rob Knox who, collectively, have worked alongside some of his counterparts, namely Britney Spears, Leona Lewis and Rihanna. His first track release off the album, titled See No More, was co-written by Chris Brown, and was finally able to give Jonas the freedom he wanted – being able to put 100 per cent of his ideas and motives into his tracks, creating a unified moment with Mr. Joseph Jonas at the pulse. He wanted to carve out a voice of his own, bidding adieu to the sounds associated with The Jonas Brothers and work on creating an album that showcases his singular talent, albeit, a coming-of-age one – bridging the gap from his tweens to teens to young adulthood. He’s worked hard to create a musical journey – drawing upon sound advice he received from a lyrical and technical icon, Mick Fleetwood. “I’ve always been a huge Fleetwood Mac fan. And in the past, it always happens that I’ll be listening to an artist for a few months and then I randomly meet them – completely out of the blue,” Jonas says with an excitable grin. “It happened this time in Hawaii. I was about to go golfing with my brothers and someone tapped me on the shoulder, and this tall Santa Clauselooking man with the voice of god said, ‘Hello, how are you? I’m Mick Fleetwood.’ I literally flipped out.” But it was the following words uttered by Mr. Fleetwood that both inspired the vision and perspective of his debut album – words of wisdom that have provided guidance and reassur-


ance to the risks he’s taken thus far. “He gave me great advice,” Jonas says. “He told me to take my fans on a journey, musically – and that’s what I’ve been trying to do. I’m always trying to change up my sound and work with artists that challenge you, and I’m getting involved with artists that I wouldn’t necessarily work with. He enforced me to take bizarre risks in order to grow both personally and musically.” He paid close attention to the beats and vibes found in nightclubs, transitioning in and out of sound-pumping venues in Los Angeles and Miami, taking close note of what songs resonated with the crowd, the tempos that got the club bumping, and the sartorial choices of young and old club-goers, which influence the mood of the venue. “We’d listen to certain DJs and see how they worked the crowd. It was so new to me. What was so cool was that the music and vibe would vary from city to city – Miami clubs and LA clubs are totally different. But with this project, my aim was to find a sound that was completely universal.” Venturing out on his own came with scepticism and fear, but he’s learned confidence can go a long way, especially when in the throes of launching a solo career. “I used to be scared of taking risks,” Jonas states with utter confidence, “but not anymore. This album has been a huge journey for me. I’m on my own – just me.” Jonas has been spending time showcasing his latest effort, catering to a crowd of those above the legal drinking age, but diminishing the size of the audience. “I love performing in environments that cater to people over 21. I love big concerts, but I’d be happy playing at a small spot, just jamming out and having a blast. When I start doing more of my DJing, I want to learn creative ways to hide who I am. I’d like to spin at my after-parties, wearing a mask or something. There’s something that I like about blending in and being ‘normal’.” But then it dawns on me. Most young men, barely touching their twenties, who have been at the centre of the global limelight, fawned by millions for years, don’t necessarily have both the respect and courtesy that Mr. Jonas conveys. He’s aware of his surroundings, knows his pulse in the realm of celebrity, is aware of the trepidation and criticism of his solo effort – but still retains the poise and etiquette of a seasoned professional – although barely into his twentysomething years. The word ‘normal’ clearly doesn’t resonate here. But unlike most men who are embarking on Vintage athletic pullover by Rugby £149. Right: V-neck cable-knit jumper £149 and white cotton Oxford shirt £69 both by Rugby, sunglasses by Yves Saint Laurent price on request.

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“Mick Fleetwood told me to take my fans on a journey, musically – and that’s what I’ve been trying to do.”

tour in light of their debut album, Joe has been hand-picked to open for Britney Spears on the European leg of her tour, news that he announced to me, before he Tweeted his best-kept secret to the world moments after we departed each other. “It’s a musical fantasy. It’s also an older audience and I love her new album. But I like to work. I like to keep myself busy, and something like that is a dream come true. This is absolutely insane and I’m pretty pumped”. Focus, as it appears, is the key to Jonas’s success. Like most young men, he’s technologically connected, but has no problem ignoring his iPhone for an extended period of time, a quality hard to find, especially among our phone-in-hand generation. “I don’t think I’d have a problem putting this thing away,” he says, pointing at his mobile device. “In fact, I’ve done it before, and have no reservations”. That being said, he switches gears, and when the conversation continues on the digital path, he gets excited like a pre-pubescent teen. “I must admit, I’m an iPhone freak. I have this DJ app that I mix songs on. It’s really fun. And I’m a big Twitter guy. It’s a great way to interact with my fans. I have this awesome moviemaker on my phone that I make little movies on and then Tweet them. And have you seen Hipstamatic? It’s the best camera. I try to take something every day and the images end up looking like postcards”. But his excitement is reserved, especially when it turns to growing up. Although he isn’t afraid to walk the streets alone, in time he’s looking for privacy, especially when it comes to a place of residence. “The place I found in LA is pretty private,” he says, “but eventually, I want to find a home. My dog needs a yard; I want a pool – maybe even a jacuzzi. But luckily, where I am now, it’s pretty private.” His goals are set high, and one day he wants to channel his inner love for the world of culinary cuisine and venture into opening his own restaurant. “Every time I go to a new city, I try to immerse myself in the culture and try new things. If you’re ever


in Los Angeles though, I have a slew of restaurants you have to check out. In fact, if you don’t, I’ll be mad.” He strong-arms local spots that he endorses, and for all inquiring minds, he’s a regular patron of Street, Little Dom’s, Osteria Mamma, Mexicali, and Pace. Take his word for it. Sound aside, he’s drawn upon a younger, more influential and artistic culture to help gain momentum on his debut disc. He’s a huge street art fan and has called upon confidante Curtis Kulig to scribe the text on the artwork of his first single, “See No More”. Kulig, known for his tag “Love Me”, which is scrawled all over New York City, has also used his penmanship skills on the cover art, showing Jonas’s grown-up movement. “His stuff is awesome. His writing just works perfectly and we started hanging out. Now, he’s a good friend and we try to hang every time I’m in New York”. So it seems, as Joe and I meet at Miss Lily’s, a Jamaican jerk hut that is co-owned by Kulig. “I love this space,” he enthuses. “The women are beautiful and the food is great. I would love to jam out in the back space one day.” The conversation slowly turns to Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, two of his musical influences who recently passed away. “I was in New Orleans visiting an ex-girlfriend and I was watching TV and all of a sudden reports came on stating Michael Jackson died,” Jonas somberly states. “Then, the text messages started to flow in. Constantly. The hardest thing for me was that I didn’t get to see him perform live. It was heart-wrenching.” And Winehouse, whose demise occurred a few days before I met with Jonas, was gaining headline attention internationally. “She was such a talent. A talent gone too soon,” he says. “She died at 27, you know,” he says with a timid grin. “God, I hope I make it.” Joe’s single ‘Just In Love’ is out on October 16 and his debut solo album, Fast Life, is out on October 24. He’s supporting Britney on her UK tour in October. Blue highland wool jacket £900 and denim trousers £211 both by Marc Jacobs, black pocket T-shirt by American Apparel £15. Grooming John McKay at Defacto for dior men, Fashion Assistance Matilda goad, Rasaan Wyzard, Digital Technician Matt McGinley





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SAM ROBERTSON Words Seamus Duff, Photographer Alastair Stong, Fashion Editor Way Perry


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“I was totally shitting myself,” exclaims Sam Robertson, the lead star of E4’s recent comedy hit Beaver Falls. The 25-year-old actor (who plays Andrew “Flynn” Spencer in the show) has joined us in a south London studio to showcase the autumn/winter collection from Diesel, and has us rapt with one of his tales from the TV show’s South African film set. “For the last episode, my character is contemplating suicide and goes to the actual Beaver Falls and climbs to the highest peak. So we filmed the scene on this cliff with the waterfall beneath, and there was such a sharp drop. There was lots of planning, but no one had factored in the weather and it had started to rain, so when it stopped I returned to the cliff edge to film and kind of slipped. The whole crew gasped and my heart leapt,” he recalls, running a hand through his hair at the thought of the nervewracking experience, before quickly snapping to reality. “Obviously, I was all harnessed up, so even if I did fall, I would have been pulled back up by the safety guards. So it was all cool.” Having come into acting seemingly by accident, the young Scotsman says working on the show (which followed three hapless Brits who had

blagged themselves jobs at an elitist American summer camp) was by far his most enjoyable job to date, since first appearing on screens in ITV’s long-running Coronation Street. “Most actors would say there was one element of a job that was underwhelming, but everything about it was fantastic – the location, the weather, the cast, the crew. I’ve got my fingers crossed for [a second series] because I think there is potential to return to the summer camp a year on and see how everyone’s changed. And to go back to South Africa to film for three or four months with those guys would be great.” Robertson found his break in acting when he auditioned for a role in Corrie playing Adam Barlow, at the time he was a student and undertaking some part-time modelling. His next role took him closer to home in Scottish soap River City, following which the actor feels he is “soaped out”, but is optimistic he has what it takes to embark on a long career. “There is a stigma in the acting worked if you are a soap star,” he confesses. “But people have already shown me opportunities and now I’ve done this E4 show. The number of people from British soaps who have


“Most actors would say there was one element of a job that was underwhelming, but everything about Beaver Falls was fantastic.”

gone on to do really well are very small, but in Australia there are loads. Guy Pearce, Heath Ledger, Chris Hemsworth and a fair few Australian actresses have all come from Home & Away and Neighbours. I don’t know what the difference is between them going to Hollywood and the Brits. But Rob Kazinsky was an actor in EastEnders [he played Sean Slater] and he will be in The Hobbit. So it’s happening for him. I’ve got an agent in America and they believe I can do the same, but it’s easier said than done. And I think you need to be able to do a great American accent and mine needs a bit of work.” So while Hollywood looks like a more long-term plan, Robertson does have his sights on someone in the industry that he would love to work with that resides across the continent as opposed to across the Atlantic. “I would love to work with Pedro Almodóvar,” he says enthusiastically. “I know he loves Spanish soap operas and I think if you watch his work – or maybe being from a soap background – I totally see him mixing in elements to his film-making. There will be certain scenes that are filmed like a soap but they’re in a film and in a really stylised way. I would love to be in something like All About My Mother.” And how are his language skills if he were to work with the Spanish director? “Absolutely terrible,” he laughs. “I don’t know a single word but I would learn it for him. I read somewhere that Antonio Banderas went to Hollywood without knowing English and he has carved out a career. So if


Antonio Banderas can do it, so can I.” However it is not just acting that Robertson has his sights on as he also hopes to take to the charts. “I could always play guitar and now I’ve written a bunch of energetic rock n roll songs and maybe I can do something with that,” he begins, accepting that audiences sometimes find it difficult to tolerate an actor-turned-musician. “The Americans have always done it, from Elvis being the biggest music star to being in some of the biggest movies. I think in Britain it’s not been as accepted. But now you’ve got Plan B, Ben Drew, who has taken off musically but he’s a good actor, and Riz Ahmed who was in Four Lions does some music as well. So I think people are more inclined to give actors a chance if they can sing. Hopefully they just won’t compare me to Adam Rickitt.” Beaver Falls The Complete Series One is out on DVD now ‘K-Caval’ navy wool sweater £180 by Diesel, silver bull head ring £303, silver snake ring £271, silver skull ring £287, metal ‘Geo Elipse’ ring £789, ‘Oxford’ ring £1,573 all by Stephen Einhorn, silver skull ring from £424 by Duffy available from Kabiri at Selfridges. Opposite Left: ‘Joppo’ black jacket £200, ‘Stanley’ black cotton shirt with sequins, ‘Thavar’ dark wash jeans £120 all by Diesel, black wide brim fedora by James Lock & Co £225, the shoes are Sam’s own. Opposite Right: ‘Leste’ green soft leather jacket £900, ‘Larkee-T’ light jeans £190 all by Diesel, Diesel x Adidas trainers starting at £130 available in stores nationwide. Hair PAUL MERRET at JED ROOT Make up ADAM DE CRUZ at THE BOOK AGENCY using SHISEIDO MEN Fashion assistance ALEX HARLEY and SAHAR FADAIE Make up assistance HOLLEIGH GALLON Shot at DIRECT PHOTOGRAPHIC


WEDNESDAY’S CHILD IS FULL OF WOE, (SHE ALSO LIKES PRADA, FRENCH CONNECTION AND MOSCHINO) Photographers Chad Pickard and Paul McLean, Fashion Editor Matilda Goad Organza dress by Prada £1,930, cream peter pan collar blouse by Whistles £110. Right: Black perforated patent leather and wool coat by Yves Saint Laurent price on request, blue turtleneck by French Connection £32




Velvet dress with Swarovski crystals by Mary Katrantzou £3,240, cotton shirt by American Apparel £37. Left: Silver boucle riding trousers by Moschino price on request, malachite green suede short belted jacket with fur collar (not shown) by Gucci £3,140, striped silk shirt by Sandro £175


Cream three-quarter sleeve pullover by DKNY £284, patent skirt by Fred Perry £350, silk shirt by Jonathan Saunders £535 at Right: Brown dress with sequined swallow print by Miu Miu £2,266



REEBOK’S SLOT Photographer Piczo, Fashion Editor Matilda Goad

Top left: Hoodie £40 and cotton track pants £40 both by Reebok. Top right: Ribbed hat £40 by Stone Island, backpack by American Apparel £32, T-shirt £25, black cotton shorts £30, black cotton socks £8 and black low-top shoes £40 all by Reebok. Bottom images: Jacket £60 and grey mini shorts £35 both by Reebok, black bando cut-out swimsuit £235 by Liza Bruce, wrist band £3 by American apparel. Make-up artist Caroline Shuttleworth using MAC Cosmetics, Hair Hiroshi Matsushita using Kiehl’s, Photographic Assistance So, Props Stylist Ryo Fujii, Fashion Assistance Cristina Firpo, Models Henry at Selectand Agata at Next


NORTH WEST Words Becky Davies

While scribing in my yellow Moleskin notepad, with my yellow pencil, and supping a strong builder’s tea from my Pantone 109 mug, I’m thinking I want some beauty bootie. I call a friend from my special edition yellow-back leather Blackberry and she tells me I need to “get with the programme” and that Selfridges has “moved on” since celebrating their centenary. Now the luxury Mecca has turned its affections to its most recent development: the new Selfridges Manchester Exchange beauty hall. Launching this month, this mighty space is doubling in size to 20,000 square feet, and moving to the lower ground of the North West store. Exclusives like a Nars’s replica of their New York Bleeker Street counter and an interactive wall at Lancome are joining favourites including Dior, Armani and Chanel. As part of the Manchester Exchange Square’s remodelling a new accessories hall will spread the store’s entire ground floor – arriving this November.

ANTONI & ALISON Words Becky Davies Illustration Alistair Guy

Design duo Antoni & Alison fancied presenting something that “wasn’t the end of work, but the middle.” So later this month, as part of Open House Weekend, they will be opening their spectacular 1820s mid-terrace workplace to the public. “You always see models in the dresses and everything is finished and everything is perfect and everything is – ta-da!” Antoni declares. “You never see behind what is actually being done – the pre-ta-da!” “We are going to do a tour every hour,” he continues. “They’ll come through the front door and we’ll give a little history about the house and where we started [over the road in a council flat]. On the next floor we will show examples of our past work; although the V&A has the first ten years, we’ve got the rest. And we wanted to show some film footage we have made. And then you will come up here [where we are chatting and drinking tea] and see where we work.” At the end of the tour everyone will be lead to the basement kitchen where they will be offered a cuppa

in one of the tea cups and saucers rescued from the Women’s Institute’s closing down sale – they have 500 pieces of the Berylwear crockery.

SNUGG If it is warmth and comfort you are after, slip your toes into these – they will ensure you stay as snug as a bug in an UGG this winter. Classic short black sparkles, £195 at:


The House of Mr & Mrs Antoni & Alison 80 Southwark Bridge Road SE1 0AS Saturday 17th September 10am-5pm A big thank you to A&A for the above T-shirt design.We shall be handing them out at our party this week.

You may be stopped in your tracks while walking down the high street this autumn by the Marvellous & Striking new campaign images at your local Marks & Spencers. Teaming up with infamous fashion photographer Rankin (with styling by the very talented Mr Way Perry) M&S are giving Twiggy, Dannii and Myleene the boot in favour of some fresh young blood in hot models Sophie Byron, Suki Waterhouse and Louise De Chevigny for the Limited Edition range. Further hotness is found in the Autograph range, which has upgraded from the usual line-up of Premiership footballers and such like, to the Hollywood A-list by employing Ryan Reynolds, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and David Gandy for this winter’s campaign. Try not to get too distracted when browsing for your winter underwear.

COLOURFUL? They come in bright, dazzling shades of red, green and yellow, as well as earthy greens and browns, and just plain black or white. Wesc, or “We Are the Superlative Conspiracy”, have a capacious range of headphones to suit the tastes of any earphone fan. Starting at £35.99, for an in-ear pair and rising to £79.99 for premium styles.



If you are one of those tactile types who stroke garments while strolling through a clothing store, then this is something for you. Australian Merino fibre is so light-to-the-touch that feeling is believing – it is on a par to cashmere and silk, as far as softness and thickness is concerned. So this season, as part of a global campaign, The Woolmark Company are promoting the natural benefits of Merino to the fashion folk gathered at London Fashion Week. So if you come across some you should definitely give it a little feel. Photographer Piczo, Fashion Editor Matilda Goad


Roll-neck jumper by M Missoni at Selfridges £305, ribbed tights by M Missoni £195, white wooden flat round bangles by Pebble London £15 each. Opposite: Epstein jacket by Mark Fast in collaboration with Woolmark £1,255. Make-up Artist Caroline Shuttleworth using MAC Cosmetics Hair Hiroshi Matsushita using Kiehl’s Photographic Assistant So Fashion Assistance Cristina Firpo Model Beth Brown at Premier Model Management Shot at Studio Private


AN IVY LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Photographers Brendan and Brendan, Fashion Editor Matilda Goad

All clothing Rugby a/W11 by Ralph Lauren All accessories Ralph Lauren Collection Vita wears herringbone wool jacket £299, tweed shorts £149 and cable knit sweater £99 all by Rugby, black leather quintin brogues £450 by Ralph Lauren Collection Right: Axel wears blue cotton oxford shirt £69, navy blazer with gold buttons £349 and wool college scarf £59.Vita wears white cotton oxford shirt £69, navy blazer £259 and wool college scarf £59 all by Rugby




Above: Axel wears beige slim fit chino £89 and cable knit cricket jumper £149 all by Rugby. Left: Vita wears beige cotton belted dress £169 by Rugby, brown leather Irena Penny loafers £350 by Ralph Lauren Collection. Socks throughout from a selection at Tabio Hair: Hiroshi Matsushita using Bumble and Bumble, Make - Up and Grooming Natsumi Narita using MAC Cosmetics, Photographic Assistance Mike Rudd, Fashion Assistance Francesca Turner, Shot at MKII Studio


MONSTERS AND BEASTIES AND FLARES Photographer Lonny Spence, Fashion Editor Anthony Unwin


Brushed mohair coat £1,700 and brushed mohair hat £225 both by Prada, red suede strappy heels £140 by KG* Kurt Geiger, red tights £22.50 by Fogal, turquoise mongolian lambskin bag £669 by Emporio Armani, red turtleneck £19 by American Apparel Left:Wool sculptural cape £1,395 by Burberry Prorsum, jersey skirt £30 by American Apparel, red cotton gloves £35 by Cornelia James, sunglasses from a selection at Starstruck Vintage



Black and white degrade fox and mink coat price on request, black leather belt £420 and black feather hood £5,530 all by Yves Saint Laurent, yellow cotton gloves £35 by Corneila James, black leather wedge monk shoes £595 by Burberry Prorsum, ‘Regent Pouch’ bag £350 by Aquascutum, yellow tights £6 by Jonathan Aston at Left: Yellow coat with white collar £1,550 by Miu Miu, turtleneck jumper in twill colza £930 by Hermes, yellow leather gloves £104.95 by Sermoneta, red grainy leather luggage bowling bag £1,295 by Burberry


Blue wool coat £730 by Diane von furstenberg at Selfridges, royal blue oversized knit £59.90 by united colors of benetton, stone blue leather trousers £890 by Acne, blue scarf £115 by Paul Smith, blue suede gloves by Roksanda IllinCic made to measure on request, tights £6 by Jonathan Aston at, jellybaby bag £120 by KG* Kurt Geiger Right: Goat fur jacket by Just Cavalli price on request, caramel wool twill lean flare trouser £227 by DKNY, sleeveless turtleneck £23 by American Apparel, coral napa flamenco bag £1,095 by Loewe Make-up Kelly Cornwell at Premier Hair & Make-up using Mac Pro Cosmetics, Hair Bianca Tuovi at CLM using Moroccan Oil, Fashion Assistance Matilda Goad, Francesca Turner, Photographic Assistance Ronan Gallagher, Model Leomie at Premier model Management, Retouching Callum Sadler, Special thanks to Snap Studios



Natalie MONROE

Sequined dandelion dress by Miu Miu £3,215. Photographer Lonny Spence Fashion Editor Anthony Unwin Hair Bianca Tuovi at CLM using Moroccan Oil Make up Kelly Cornwell at Premier Hair & Make up using Mac Pro Cosmetics Fashion Assistance Matilda Goad, Francesca Turner Photographic Assistance Ronan Gallagher

Agony Aunt

HOT LIPS Painstakingly sticking Swarovski crystals to my lips for a performance, once, was probably one of the most uncomfortable and ridiculous embellishments I have tried to date (I ripped the crystals from a pair of customised stilettos and used nail glue). I have since matured, and so has the art of lip design. Try these transfers available from

Dear Ms. Monroe, I find myself very attracted to tramps, and on a regular basis after a night of heavy drinking I find myself waking up next to a gentlemen of the street, after a night of passion! Help!


Ms. Hobolover Dear Ms. Hobolover, One has to question what you’ve been drinking on these nights out. Petrol? My friend had sex with a homeless guy once. When I asked how its was? She replied: ‘Hot and stinky.’ So believe me when I say you are not alone (though she has been sectioned since then). If you want to stop, move somewhere like Chelsea or Belgravia, where I hear there are no tramps or undesireables. And burn that copy of Trading Places so you’ll be out of temptation’s way. If you do want to continue (whch I have the feeling you might!) why not volunteer at your local homeless shelter? Then you can have your pick of the guys under a protective roof – with showers to boot! BUT if you are to continue on this ripe-smelling fetish, do me a favour and use protection. Nobody wants to give birth to Oscar the Grouch (complete with metal bin). OUCH!

Words cannot describe how happy I was when my pals Sink The Pink started their weekly dance class. To date, classes have included: a routine to “Judas” (Lady Gaga); disco (including the electric slide) and 90s – all taught by professional dancers. Not only was it the best workout I’ve had in years but there is a dressingup rail. Afterwards you are invited to watch a dance-inspired film with shandy, fizzy pop and crisps. Tuesdays at The Bethnal Green Working Man’s Club, 7-10pm.



Photographer Alistair Guy

WHAT: GGs cocktails & Japanese BBQ WHERE: 54-56 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3QR WHY: Late drinks, cocktails and good music SPECIAL FEATURE: The Tokyo Street food served from a robata grill JONNY SAYS: The “Beef Curtan” was a bit chewy, but I’d recommend the “Scallops & Cock Mayo” or “Chicken Wilitori.” But seriously the food on the menu is divine.


Natalia Kills ‘Perfectionist’ (Cherry Tree/Polydor) 19.09.11 Kills by name. Kills by nature. This album is killer.

Evanescence ‘Evanescence’ (Wind-Up Records/EMI.) 10.10.11 They’re back? But we thought their career died?

Nicola Roberts ‘Cinderella’s Eyes’ (Polydor) 26.09.11 Luscious pop to make your heart bleed.

Steps ‘The Ultimate Collection’ (Sony) 03.10.11 They’re back too?! Kill us. Please.

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