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FRONT COVER IMAGE Photographer: Nancy Hesp Photographer Assistant: Adellaida Ngowi Stylist One: Nancy Hesp Stylist Two: Fabiola Pimpong Stylist Three: Hannah Sweeney

PHOTOGRAPHER: Nancy Hesp STYLIST: Hannah Swenney

Left page Jacket: Zara Skirt: New Look Dress: Primark Bolwer hat: Topshop



Adellaida Ngowi

Denise Larsen

Fabiola Pimpong


Editor:Denise Larsen Art Direction:Denise Larsen Photographer: Nancy Hesp Photographer Assistant: Adellaida Ngowi Stylist One: Hannah Sweeney Stylist Two: Fabiola Pimpong Stylist Three: Nancy Hesp Features: Fabiola Pimpong, Hannah Sweeney

Welcome, welcome to Status Mag. As the cold nights are drawing in, I bet you are all wondering where to go this winter, well, we have that covered, with a sneak peek at the list of new hangouts that you can find yourself at. With lots on how to... customise your denim, or even how to transform your new winter beanie into a veiled beanie. In this month’s issue we speak to up and coming stylist Ayishat Akanbi on what it’s like to style JLS and Labrinth and we also have an interview, with Designer of Reclaim Bags, Sophie Postma and how a project that she did at University sparked her interest into becoming what she does now. We take a look at the social craze that’s becoming more popular by the minute which is Blogging and we’ll also show you which top 3 fashion bloggers to look out for. We are taking a look at what’s hitting the cinemas this month and the new top ten albums and singles you should be downloading. We also cover the latest trends hitting the high streets in our editorials with double denim, tartan and why you should be brightening up your wardrobe this winter. Enjoy reading from the Status Team.

TAURUS (20 April-21 May)

GEMINI (May 21 - June 21)



Taurus loves the adventurous styled labels. Ruled by Venus, who can blame them? Your Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Taurus is loyal and tends to have a good luck piece in their wardrobe that they hold onto. You live not according to reason, but according to fashion. You admire bold patterns and can spot a bargain from a mile away that most cannot. Your Fashion Icons: Rihanna

Youth and versatility are a Gemini’s watchwords. You love your traditional patterns and put effort into dressing for every event you attend. Gemini girls will love the idea of taking a staple piece and mixing it with something contemporary and modern. Gemini has a thing for biker boots, ruled by Mercury, they can play around with fashion and pull off any style and make it their own. Gemini will be the best dressed in anything black or red with an edgy touch to it. Your Fashion Icon: Nicola Roberts

ARIES (21 March-20 April) CANCER (21 June-22 July) COLOUR BLOCKING IN STYLE


The star sign most associated with naturally elegant tastes. Aries are the trendsetters of the Zodiac. Aries appreciate a trendy and offbeat style with a splash of bright colours that draws attention to them. You are strong and artistic, not afraid of rifling those bright pinks! Aries girls are fun- loving and quirky, so anything too serious or dark is wrong for you!

Cancer will take time to put outfits together but prefers a spontaneous flashy approach to their fashion choices. A Cancer can take one simple piece in their wardrobe and design an entire outfit around it. Biker jackets stand out perfectly for a Cancer, you radiate elegance and understated chic. Avoid bright colours! Your Fashion Icon: Alexa Chung

Your Fashion Icon: Poppy Delevigne

LEO (22 July-22 August)

VIRGO (22 August-22 September)



A Leo knows how to dress to impress and has a sense of luxurious style that comes across as first class all the way. Leos live for style and has a regal presence and demand attention that tends to make tasteful decisions when it comes to their wardrobe. Forget about chunky knit jumpers but strive to aim for the striking luxurious faux fur. White is the colour that makes you shine, this pure colour appeals to Leo’s secret desire for purity, practicality and sensibility.

Detail and perfection are of utmost importance to an average Virgo girl— she can’t bear simple and plain. The Virgoan wants flawless tailoring, sophisticated clothes, with attention to detail. They tend to have a little bit of everything in their closet. Virgos love wearing clashing patterns that can get them noticed, personally, professionally and socially. Your Fashion Icon: Solange Knowles

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Rolo Neck Jumper: Primark, Fur Gilet: H&M, Tartan Legging: Topshop, Chain: Rocket


FASHIONSCOPES Girls, find out your trend of the month by our very own Fashion scopes. Get your styling tips to wow your classmates.

‘Every month we give you guys our low down of the best tracks out there at the moment.. Here they are!’

DRAKE – WORST BEHAVIOR Is there a Drake song out there that isn’t good? But unfortunately we can’t say the same about the video. Not only is it 10 minutes long, but its very, very confusing. Luckily the song is a lot better and here at Status we’re counting down the days to March when we get to see the fab Drake in concert! Song: 10/10 Video: 4/10

MILEY CYRUS – WRECKING BALL A great song about heartbreak! We love the natural look that Miley has in the video.. And we love the fact that her tongue stays in her mouth for the whole 3 minutes! Song: 6/10 Video: 6/10

KANYE WEST – BOUND2 Kanye West’s album name had a lot of people gossiping, but it wasn’t until he released the video of song Bound2 that really got people worked up! The song itself is (we think) amazing! A really good concept about being in love and finding it (awww!). Here at Status, we love the video even more! Kim Kardashian is sitting on a bike while Kanye West is riding it. If you haven’t heard the song or seen the video get onto YouTube! Song: 9/10 Video: 7/10

ROBIN THICKE – BLURRED LINES This is the type of song that will never get old. Really good vibes and although the video is simple and not too over top we love it. The video really does make you love the song that little bit more! Song: 8/10 Video: 9/10

LIBRA (Sept 23 - Oct 22)




Libra girls, you are blessed with the ability of chances with your wardrobe to turn a spur of the moment idea into a trendy outfit. Libras live in a world of denim and blues – some more than others. Libra is amazing with accessories and knows how to work them like no other.

Capricorn girls look the most Subtle, dignified and essentially conservative in stripes. She intuitively understands how to dress for the occasion and simply trusts her instincts towards her personal style. Capricorns tend to have a habit of transforming their physical appearance such as changing their hair color from time to time.

Your Fashion Icon: Rita Ora

Your Fashion Icon: Taylor Swift

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21)

AQUARIUS (20 January-19 February)



A Scorpio girl possesses a desire to look there very best. Colours like black, maroon and red lipstick will compliment your wild side perfectly! You look best in fitted, classic and tiger prints outfits and a nice pair of boots. You usually splurge on one quality piece and mix it up with your exciting animal prints collection.

Aquarians like to dress unconventionally but have a strong eye for quality pieces. Aquarius is not afraid to experiment with various styles and can incorporate new trends into their existing wardrobe. Aquarius will think nothing of dressing up in a kimono for the day if the fancy takes her. You are individualistic with a strong sense of your own style and personality.

Your Fashion Icon: Beyonce

Your fashion icon: Nicole Richie


WILKINSON - AFTERGLOW This song really is a feel good song. As soon as you hear it you instantly want to get up, get dressed and go on a night out! The video is just as good. It explores 2 people’s 5 year relationship and it really does tell a great story. Status LOVE it! Song: 8/10 Video: 9/10

RIHANNA – POUR IT UP Pour it up, pour it up! This is another club banger! This video is very err.. raunchy, ‘badgalriri’ indeed. Rihanna looks gorgeous in a jewelled corset bra and Marilyn Monroe like blonde wig. Bravo RiRi! Song: 8/10 Video: 9/10

Sagittarius is an optimistic, adventurous and independent/free spirit personality. Sagittarius loves to work with clothes and experiment with all styles and materials. Sagittarius look great in equestrian styles, nautical themes and metallics. Fitted sweaters, well-tailored pants is a no-no on a Sagittarius girl. Your Fashion Icon: Vanessa Hudgens

PISCES (19 FEB- 20 MAR) THE PERFECT FRINGE Pisces girl prefers to enter a room and observe rather than be the centre of attention. This is a sign of an artistic, creative and easily wounded individual. Pisces are sweets spirits who are more concerned with the world around them than they are when it comes to their choice of clothes. Pisces girl loves to be a perfectionist. Her clothes always follow the curves and movement of her body. They dress more for others than they do for themselves. Pisces are chameleons when it comes to fashion. They can surprise you with their choice of dress when you least expect it. Your fashion icon: Blake Lively


Crop top: Topshop, Hat: Topshop, Patterned leggings: Topshop, Leather skirt: New Look

White Shirt: Primark, Crop top: H&M, Leather Leggings: Topshop, Chain: H&M

Coat: Topshop, Jumper: Pringle, Skirt: Topshop, Necklace: Topshop

Studded Shirt: Primark, Jumper: Urban Outfitters


CINEMA As always here at Status magazine, we love to give you guys info about the hottest and best films out at the moment; so here it is!

Style is something that is important to every individual. It’s personal, but at the moment within the fashion industry, the new ‘in’ thing is sharing that style. Now we all love to be individual and have the feeling of ‘I got it first’, but why is it that when we purchase these new garments the first thing we want to do is show it off? There’s an easy and quick way to do this now and it’s become a craze seen in younger fashion fanatics. How? Through blogs and other means of social networking. Blogging has become the new phenomenon within the fashion world, everyday young (and old!) fashion fanatics post their ideas and outfits for everyone to see. Although blogs can be, for some, a past time and used simply as a hobby it can be a start to something special, using blogging sensation Susie Bubble as an example. There has been such a craze at the moment with blogging that there have been many competitions and opportunities with magazines and high street stores, it has become – a survival of the fittest between bloggers everywhere. It’s not just fashion being blogged about either; all over the In-



ternet there are make-up tutorials, beauty product reviews and hair extension reviews. Social media has made it ridiculously easy for people within the fashion the industry to communicate with each other through tools like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Facebook has been around for years, and although it’s quite personal bloggers are able to make pages relating to their blogs so that audiences can like them. As well as that, friends that they already have on Facebook can see their blog and interact with them through that. YouTube is more viral. This is where ‘vloggers’ (video bloggers) are able to shine. Video bloggers are able to share the same ideas and views as ordinary bloggers but through a camera. Most ‘vloggers’, record themselves doing make-up tutorials, showing their audience what they bought and where they can buy fabulous things too! If YouTube and Facebook wasn’t enough, Twitter has captivated so many individuals and the craze doesn’t look like it’s ending any time soon! Twitter is a social networking site where you can update a




short status about what you’re up to, or basically, whatever you want! The point is to gain followers, and also follow those who interest you. Bloggers Twitter pages enables their fans/audience a more personal insight into their lives, you get to know the blogger a lot better by being able to see what they are up to every minute of the day! Visual aids are used too. Instagram is new amazing app, created in order for people to post images of what they want, gain followers and follow others too. On Instagram you’re able to add filters to your images, in affect editing the image making it lighter, darker, overall, better. Bloggers, and a lot of other people within the fashion industry use Instagram to post images of their outfits, things they have recently bought and it’s another way for fans to keep in touch and get a deeper look into the bloggers life. In a way it has a similar concept to Pinterest, which again is image based. Pictures are posted, they can be repinned, shared to others, liked etc. The question that’s on everyone’s lips is,





The first is ‘Carrie’. A film about a young girl with telekinetic powers who is driven over the edge by her mother and cruel bullies at her school. Things go too far and Carrie finally takes matters into her own hands… Genre: Horror Running time: 100 minutes Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

The second film which is based on the scifi trilogy ‘The Hunger Games’. This second installment is full of more adventure and action and is definitely a must see! Genre: Action, Adventure and Thriller Running time: 146 minutes Directed by: Francis Lawrence

When two astronauts are stranded outside their stricken craft, the have to use each other and their experiences to save themselves. With short supply of oxygen will they be able to return to earth? Genre: Drama, Science Fiction and Thriller Running time: 91 minutes Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron

It’s been 15 years since college students Harper, Robyn, Lance and co have seen each other. Getting together for Christmas holidays should be fun shouldn’t it? But as time has gone on not all that was done all those years ago has been forgotten.. Will this Christmas really be full of joy and laughter? Genre: Comedy Running time: 123 minutes Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

Based on the life of legend Walt Disney. This film follows Tom Hanks (who plays Walt Disney) as he tries to get his first child novel onto the big screen. Genre: Drama Running time: 125 minutes Directed by: John Lee Hancock.

This film follows the life of a butler that worked in the white house for over three decades. Starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey this film is predicted to be a very a big hit. Genre: Drama Running time: 132 minutes Directed by: Lee Daniels.

Leather Waistcoat: River Island, Trousers: Zara, Necklaces: River

will it ever end? Has it changed the fashion industry? Well, I’m here with answers to both of those questions. No and yes. The fashion world is ever changing. It’s one of the most common industries known for evolving and adapting to new things going on around us. It’s so fast paced; there is always something new happening. Media and all other social networking sites have made it easier for important people to be recognised. There are even websites such as Independent Fashion Bloggers, which actually allows bloggers from all over the world come together, share blog links, interact with other bloggers and give bloggers the opportunity to advertise their blog. Bloggers are actually recognised as very important people within the fashion industry and some may argue that they are even competing with fashion journalists. Fashion blogging may be seen as a hobby or a past time, but it can seriously take you places if you are passionate and really just enjoy what you do. As a fashion blogger myself, I would say it’s amazing what blogging in your spare time can do! Reading other blogs, inter-

acting with others with the same interests as you, participating in competitions and sometimes if you are lucky, being approached by major companies/writers that would like to collaborate with you. Blogging can be that stepping stone for you to get to some major places, it’s fun and it’s a great hobby but can open some big opportunities for you. Some of the most famous editors and writes of magazines in the moment right now started from blogging. Here are some tips and tricks that I think will be useful for anyone deciding to start up a new blog: - Have a clear outlook on what you want to blog about, what are you passionate about? What do you love doing? Fashion, music, football? Once you have your main topic that you want to blog about everything else will fall into place and you will begin to have a following of people that will read your blog posts. - In order for me to write good blog posts, I keep up to date with fashion news and think about what my audi-



ence would like to read about. My reader has to be engaged, there’s no point writing something that will be seen as pointless or boring. If you know who your audience is it will make writing much easier – but don’t lose sight of what you want to write about, at the end of the day it is your blog after all! - Try to connect your blog to your other social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube (if you have these, and if you don’t, make profiles! Twitter is probably the most popular) - Try and get your blog out there. Wherever you can leave your blog link for people to browse, but careful not to spam – no one likes a spammer! - Get involved with every competition going! It doesn’t matter if you don’t win, as long as your blog gets recognition that’s all that counts. - Keep up to date with all fashion news. Subscribe to anything and everything you can! - Don’t be discouraged if your blog posts doesn’t always get comments. Most readers don’t usually like commenting on blog posts, especially if no one else has commented.








Fur Scarf: Asos, Jumper: Topshop, Skirt: Zara, Socks: Primark STYLIST 2: Fabiola Pimpong STYLIST 3: Nancy Hesp PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSISTANT: Adellaida Ngowi


- Be persistent. If possible, post everyday, or at least once a week. If you have a regular fan base, this may change if your posts become less frequent. But in saying that, if your posts aren’t complete quality, then don’t post at all.. No one likes anything mediocre, right? - Be up to date with the language and abbreviation used within the blogging world. OOTD – Outfit of the day, OOTN – Outfit of the night etc. - Always keep it fresh, clean and be YOU! Readers want to read your interesting posts and want to know what you have recently purchased, but they also want to get to know you. Don’t be too formal, keep it friendly and you’ll realise the followers will come rushing in! - Add Widgets to your blog, promote everything you have! - Make friends and connections within the industry. Realistically, it’s not always about what you know, it’s WHO you know. But don’t forget you’re involved within a very competitive industry and others are fighting for your spot too.



Don’t forget that STATUS magazine love when you guys send in your pictures and we won’t feel any different about you sending in the links to your blog. If you spend your time customizing or making your own clothes why not show case it online for others to see? If you’re worried about the traffic you think you blog will receive, worry no more! Send your links into us and we’ll add them into our next issue.

All these bloggers are young females from London and are also full time students at university, so it just goes to show that it can be done! It doesn’t look like blogging is coming to end anytime soon, and quite frankly I don’t think it ever will. It can lead to places, blogging is evolutionary. Don’t forget to visit my blog: fab-ama.blogspot. com Fabiola Pimpong

Now I know you’re probably thinking you don’t know where to start? Well here are some blogs that I think are very inspirational and are yet to grow into something amazing. Visit these to get you started, and for a great read!

Ok so.. Another dessert place.. But seriously, who doesn’t love ice cream, waffles, crepes, the list could go on. At dessert place Creams they literally do it all! And the prices start from as low as £3! (Venue details: 1465 London Road, Norbury, SW16 4AQ_ Score: 8/10 (fashion and beauty blog) – By Rami Coco (fashion/personal style blog) – By Jennifer (fashion/personal style blog) – By Taboka M





Chin Chin Laboratorists a place where science combines with food. If you love Science.. But more to the point, love ice cream.. GO HERE! Things steam up and things go boom but the best thing of it all are those things are edible! (Venue details: 49/50 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF) Score: 9/10




Grab your rollerblades and go skating around Battersea Park! A HUGE park that’s great for doing, more or less anything! So don’t worry, if you cant skate you can just chill or eat… (Venue details: Albert Bridge Rd, London, SW11 4NJ) Score: 6/10

Box park is a place to get your shop on, relax and have a drink or even some food. Located in one of the hippiest places in London- Shoreditch. Box park is the ultimate place to get the latest looks or an evening drink. Score: 6/10


PHOTOGRAPHER: Nancy Hesp STYLIST: Nancy Hesp Necklace: Topshop, Jacket: Rokit, Jeans: Lee, Top: Zara

Hangouts We know difficult it is to find good places to hang out with your mates on the weekend, so we’ve literally made your lives so much easier by mentioning the coolest places for you and your friends to chill! Take a look…










Rough Trade East is a great place to go and socialise with friends and meeting new people and enjoying some great music! There are gigs that happen in the evening and admission is free! Not only is there great music, but it’s easy on your pockets too! Although sometimes the queues are pretty long, its free! The overall atmosphere of the venue we think is great. Go and see for yourself guys! (Venue details: Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL) Score: 8/10

London Trocodero. Oh how fun it is hanging out here! Literally a place full of gaming! It’s a good place to go with a large group of friends especially those who are super competitive – and if you get bored with winning (although we don’t think you will) then you can go outside and walk around the beautiful streets of London. (Venue details: 7-14 Coventry St, London. W1D 7DH) Score: 7/10

Who doesn’t love bowling?! We absolutely love the American themed bowling alley All Star Lanes. As well as the bowling, you can get some pretty good grub too! From burgers to fries and even ribs (yum!) (Venue details: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, London, WC1B 4DA Score: 8/10

Now we know Rokit is a well known store and it’s not really a ‘hangout’, but we think its great! Go there and check out the latest vintage pieces.. You never know, you may be able to pick up a bargain that you could customise… (Venue details: 42 Shelton St, London, WC2 9HZ) Score: 7/10

Basketball Tee: Topshop, Cropped Jeans: Urban Outfitters, Checked Shirt: H&M

Crop Top: Asos, Jeans:River Island, Shirt: Primark, Trainers: Nike




Ayishat Akanbi is a London-based freelance stylist and consultant who has developed a reputation for turning celebrities into style icons. Her work with UK musician Labrinth put her on the map a few years back, and she has been building her client list ever since with the likes of artists JLS and Cher Lloyd. Ayishat is a determined, fashion-forward young stylist. With her love of fashion, We see her attention to detail and passion for fabric and colour through the celebrities and artists that she styles.

What is a typical day of work like for you? Never typical! my days at work can vary so much. I can spend one day in a basement warehouse at minus degrees with no reception or contact with the outside world, or be trawling suitcases up and down Oxford Street. How did you get into the job you are in now? ‘A beautiful accident’ I like to call it. I was just in the right place at the right time with the right ideas and the right determination. What do you like most about your job? Every day being differ-

ent, knowing that at any time an email notification on my blackberry could mean a brand new client, a magazine mention, or a work trip abroad! I am always kept on my toes as I work within an industry that is forever changing, improving, downsizing, expanding – that’s what we’d want from any career we had. What did you study in university/ college? I studied Media and Cultural studies. What advice would you give to someone interested in your career in styling? You want it? Go get it!

Anything worth having isn’t easy and I have learned that in many ways since I started just over a two years ago. There are many people that look so far when it comes to starting out in styling, I say, do it like I did and look amongst your friends, most people have a friend that sings, raps, acts- find someone with a talent you have faith in, commit to their image, be persistent and patient, and you never know he/ she could be the next Labrinth!

The brand that was born in 2011 by British based designer, Sophie Postma whilst studying Fashion and Innovation at Leeds college of Art. The brand uses recycled rubber inner tubes as the main material to create each individual, handmade piece. The concept behind the brand is to produce a sustainable range of handbags and accessories that will change people’s perceptions of recycled products and test the limits of re-use.

How did you come up with the name Reclaim Bags? Reclaim was chosen as it went well with the fact that the rubber inner tubes are all recycled. To reclaim, reuse, recycle. What experience/education did you need to start up your own business? Whilst I was studying at University the topics we covered were quite broad, so that gave me a well rounded set of skills, including design, manufacturing, marketing and promotion. What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out? If you really believe in yourself and your idea then it will work, just try not to take things too personally. When did you first become aware that this was the direction that you wanted to go in? The first Reclaim collection was my final collection coming out of University. I got great feedback from that and saw potential in the idea itself. That encouraged me to pursue it further. What challenges did you



have to overcome to get to where you are today? I think the biggest challenge is staying motivated when things don’t seem to be going to plan. It can be a lot of pressure. Someone once told me to ‘view every failure as being one step closer to success’ I think that is a great way to look at it. Where would you like you brand to be in five years time? The next step for Reclaim is to focus more on wholesaling to shops and boutiques. I would also like to expand into products for men, which should be happening next year, and also homeware. Who or what inspires you? A big inspiration at the moment is a company called Elvis and Kresse, who make beautiful bags out of recycled fire hose. I really love what they do. RECLAIM BAGS are currently trading at Spitalfields Market in London every Friday and Saturday at the Style Market you can also check them out at



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Patterned Leggings: Topshop Glitter Heels: Topshop Alphabet Tights: H&M Heels: Zara




make a veiled beanie. We found out what all the hype was about this month and the newest trend to grace our catwalk- beanies with a twist. This is the ultimate hat, it can suit all types of occasions and weather forecasts! Send in your final made beanie to @statusgram and we’ll share to our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Here’s the basis of how make your hat and how you can give your outfit an edge keeping in with the latest style.

1 A beanie hat that suits your style- plain, patterned, brightly coloured its yours choice!

Step 5 Have your needle and thread ready to sew

1 Piece of netting size or colour of choice

Step 6 Cleary sew where the material is pinned making a few stitches

1 pair of scissors 1 needle and thread that matches the hat

Step 1 Prepare your equipment required then thread your needle

Step 3 Then wrap the netting around the beanie bringing the edges to the front

Step 8 Check that the netting is secure and ready to wear!

Step 2 Place the beanie on top of the netting leaving an area of excess netting at the top

Step 4 Grabbing the 2 edges pin the in the middle to create a sheild around the beanie

Step 7 Make pinches in the netting and stitch to create a ruched effect

Send your pictures of your stylish new accessorie to @statusgram. To watch a video tutorial go to our instagram, facebook or twitter to see how one of our status girls made hers & how the team wear them & what they wear them with!


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Girls, Last month we set you the task of taking a demin item, any demin item and customizing it the way you want. We have recived a massive repsonse on instagram and we’re so proud of our status girls, check out some of the gorgeous items you’ve created! Take a look at our demin story this month for yours to keep and pin on your wall.

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Urban is defined in many ways from an urban area characterised by a high population density and can also be associated with race, class, gender and sexuality. Urban style is found in urban subcultures of graffiti, dance, and music. Urban culture can be any group of people whose beliefs, values, styles and attitudes differ from that of the prevailing culture. The relationship between youth, style and musical taste is highlighted by subcultures.

A subculture is a social group within a national culture that has distinctive patterns, behaviour and beliefs. This differentiates them from the larger culture to which they belong. If a subculture opposes a dominant culture, it is described as a counter culture. A lot of urban style and culture came out of Brixton, in South West London. Southwyck House estate, one of the many estates in Brixton was designed by a young Polish architect in the 1980s. Musician Alex Paterson from The Orb lived there from 19831986 and Damian Hirst also lived there. A front page spread in The Guardian in 1995 said that John Major (Prime minister) described it as” grey sullen wastelands, robbing people of ambition and self respect”. It was reported as being one Britain’s ugliest council estates and was known as a ghetto and a crime ridden estate. It was created to accommodate ideal living for people but it turned out to be an urban eyesore. By 1982, the problems had started, such as muggings, drugs, car theft and burglaries.

The blocks looked like an uninviting place and gained a fearful reputation. It was built in a horseshoe shaped structure and appears like a fortress with tiny turret windows. Another of the many estates is The Stockwell Park estate. In the 1960s the local authority was given the go ahead to build the estate. It was built to accommodate newcomers to the country - who were living in overcrowded accommodation. By 1989 Stockwell park estate was one of the top ten estates who were likely to riot and burn. The flats were rife with insects and rodents. Police were regarded as trouble, burglary had a huge hold. Social workers always came in two’s. People felt like they were living in a ghetto. The urban riots took place in Brixton in 1981, Lord Scarman was reported as saying “essentially an outburst of anger and resentment by young people against the police”. The Brixton riots took place as a result of the sub-standard housing, high unemployment, a high robbery rate and dislike of the police. Going back to the 1920’s, before the second world war, a lot of actors lived in Brixton as the late night trams ran from the West End.

This then gave Brixton its bohemian reputation. The street names in Brixton have been popularised in song and in past history. Names such as Coldharbour Lane, Electric Avenue, Acre Lane, and Railton Road. Electric Avenue was the first street in London to be lit by Electricity and is in the Eddie Grant song ‘We are going to rock right down to Electric Avenue”. Brixton has many eccentric wonderful characters, from the people that preach that’ the end is nigh’ to the people that have the freedom to dress in garish outrageous clothing and know that they are accepted. There are also many famous people who were born or started out in Brixton, such as Sharon Osborne, John Major, David Bowie and many others. It has seen the arrival of individual eateries in the Brixton arcades. Its nightlife includes the O2 academy, The Fridge, The Ritzy cinema, as well as comedy clubs and theatres. Gentrification in Brixton is hard to gauge as a new phase of development arises. This is bringing in shops such as All Saints, Gap and Starbucks. It is suggested that landlords would then start to raise the rents and it

would force out people who want to start their own businesses on a market stall who could not afford the risks of opening a shop. Brixton market caters for the local immigrant communities and is a base for local people. Many people think that this would put an end to the Brixton that is loved by its community and will go in the direction of Greenwich and Portobello markets. Brixton today is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of London. It is an exciting and vibrant place to live in and to visit. It attracts people from all walks. of life. I am proud to say that I was born in Brixton as it has made me appreciate people’s culture, to see the bigger picture of life and to have been part of the wonderful community spirit of Brixton. Brixton today has become what it is because of the journey that it has gone through, the journey of the past hardship of the people, of the coming together of people from different countries, their traditions and culture. Amongst all the economic difficulties, it has still retained its character and charm. .

We all know that us as women love to talk about our fashion. In a recent poll out of 20 fashion blogs only one was run by a man. Over the past five years blogging has become one of the easiest, most popular ways to get you noticed by the world, and also can be a ticket way into working in the fashion industry. Female Bloggers for example such as Susie Bubble and Bipling have been the trendsetters for this social craze. Now there is a new storm of fresh talent, making way in the blogosphere, known for putting their own unique style and twist on the latest high-street trends. It’s not only their style that their known for as more bloggers are giving their blogs that personal touch, giving their readers a taster into their lives, offline. With more and more teens starting up their blogs ready to inspire and show everyone what their about, this trend of social networking can only increase and grow. It has become so popular that even in the workplace now, not only do you have to have experience, but a blog is a necessity to have on your CV. It has become a tool for showing your work to future employers. These four fashionable ladies are becoming very well know bloggers and love to D.I.Y it and find vintage pieces for a bargain, both things that are very close to our hearts. So let’s introduce you to the up and coming fashionistas of blogging.

First up is 21 year old Lucy Rance’s, a fashion student from Hertfordshire, England who’s blog Lulutrixabelle is known for finding all her vintage goods for a bargain. Her personal style is projected all the way through to the design of her blog. With loud prints and colours, her fun and electric style stands out from the crowd.

Next up 24 year old Blogger and Stylist, Heather, from Effiesmakeupbox. Heather trained is fashion and photographic makeup at Aqua Rosa Make-up School in Manchester. After she finished, she decided to start up a YouTube channel and soon after followed her blog

And finally 20 year old Kavita. First staring up her blog when she was 16 years old and been growing in avid followers ever since. Since staring up her blog, Kavita is now currently living in Germany working for STYLIGHT.




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