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Contents ON THE COVER: T-shirt, £70, Wildfox at Harvey Nichols

Cherry Headband, £406.50, Piers Atkinson at Hervia Bazaar

Fashion 10 22 30 34 41


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Fashion News Editorial 1 - Seaside Daze Editorial 2 - White Romance Editorial 3 - A Summer Stroll Editorial 4 - Retro Muse

Interviews 9 13 14 - 17 73

A Stylish Guest - Jennie Sawdon Model Moment - Kirstie Bennett Feature Interview - Mary Katrantzou The Diary - Paul Clay

Beauty 50 - 51 52 - 53

‘Seaside Daze’ p.22 Photographer: Layla Sailor

Beauty Products - His & Hers Cosmetic Tattoos - Eyebrows

Shopping 6-7 18 - 19 20 - 21 46 - 47 49 54 - 55 56 - 57 62 - 63

Wishlists Stylist for Her Stylist for Him 10 of the Best Boutique Confidential Style Online Gadgets Home

Out & About 58 60 62 64 69


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Travel - Seoul Spirit Street Style Art & Culture - MIF Food Review - Trove Social Pages

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CONTRIBUTORS Kel Allen Kathryn Bell Nikki Dean Sven Eselgroth Christina Georgiou Zoe Hancock Bryan Harrop Sunita Matharu

Kirstie McNulty Emma Pilkington Alaka Prodhan Layla Sailor Sol-Sol Emma Thackham Pearl Westwood Ilana Young

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editor’s letter

Welcome to the summer issue

Summer has finally arrived – a time for holidays, music festivals, daytrips and adventures! Earlier this year I had an adventure in South Korea’s capital city, Seoul. I discovered a vibrant cosmopolitan culture and burgeoning fashion scene – a far cry from the stark, political propaganda images of the north that frequent our TV screens. Highlighting the contrast between north and south, read about my tour of the Joint Security Area (p.59), then check out the street-style of Seoul’s famous Gangnam district (p.60). Back in the UK I was lucky enough to meet another travel enthusiast – fashion designer Mary Katrantzou. With designs that perfectly embody the spirit of adventure, Mary talks about how colour and culture inspire her in our feature interview (p.14). From sleek & chic whites to playful brights, our fashion editorials present you with an array of wearable styles, suitable for a ‘Manchester’ summer. But not forgetting those of you heading off to somewhere more tropical, we bring you our top ten swimwear picks (p.46-47).

‘Retro Muse’ p.41 Photographer: Emma Pilkington

As part of our promise to support up and coming talent, we invited photographers, stylists, make-up artists and models to enter our ‘creatives competition’ and collaborate to produce an editorial spread suitable for STYLEetc’s glossy pages. In the winning shoot (p.41-45) photographer Emma Pilkington captured model Evie (pictured left), on location in Spinningfields. In the name of beauty, our MD Anna-Louise Gilhooley bravely volunteered to find out first-hand how cosmetic tattooing techniques have advance in recent years. Read about her experience on p.52. This issue is our most fashion packed yet, but we’ve not forgotten to mention the exciting Manchester International Festival taking place across the city this July (p.66). With eighteen days of art, music and theatre premieres there are many adventures to be had right here on our doorstep. We’d love to hear about your summer escapades. Tweet us @STYLE_etc and whatever you get up to, do it stylishly!

Mary Katrantzou p.14 Gemma meets Mary

Gemma Latham

Managing Editor | @STYLE_etc






This sophisticated leather travel wallet is perfect for keeping all of those essentials in one easily accessible place.

This gorgeous bright bikini is printed on one side and crochet on the other. Two in one means more case space ladies!

Handmade in England in the finest leather. This bag is perfect to take you from day to night with a vibrant splash of colour.

Aspinal of London Travel Wallet, £125 (available at

Missoni Reversible CrochetKnit Bandeau Bikini, £220 (at

BoBelle Berkeley Bag, £395 (at




Less is more this season. This loose-fitting shirt dress will keep you looking chic and sleek all summer long.

These quirky candy coloured numbers from Marc Jacobs scream fun, fun, fun!!

Part of the L’Occitane Collection de Grasse. This scent blends magnolia and blackberry to give wild, musky floral notes.

Lisa Marie Fernandez Swiss Cotton Dot Shirt Dress, £598 (at

Marc by Marc Jacobs Candy Turnlock Bracelet, £80 (available at Selfridges)

L’Occitane Mûre, £49 L’Occitane)

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Affordable, trendy AND an excellent sun protector - the perfect summer accessory is right here gents.

Classy and practical. This wash bag is roomy with a sprung opening, yet small enough to pack in your holiday suitcase.

A truly classic headphone in a range of chic colours. Fold them down to fist size, they’ll go with you everywhere and anywhere!

Esprit Straw Porkpie Hat, £19 (at

Embossed Explorer Leather Wash Kit, £129 (at

UrbanEars Plattan Headphones in Pumpkin, £49.90 (at





Wherever you’re off to this summer, be sure to turn heads with this very attractive, iconic carry-on suitcase.

Colourful rubber boat shoes. Light, water resistant, a grippy sole and side vents too. All you’ll need for boat, beach, and bar!

Take your favourite fragrance with you. Acqua Di Parma’s travel size spray is protected in a beautiful brown leather case.

Globe Trotter Special Edition 21” Carry-On Case, £950 (at

Swims Lace Loafer, £100 (at

Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta travel spray, £78 for 30ml (at John Lewis)

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A Stylish Guest

Jennie Sawdon

by Elle Rankin

In addition to performing at 100 weddings per year, singer songwriter Jennie Sawdon is also busy running her record label ‘Little Me Records’ and taking care of her eight month old son Freddie. Jennie lives in South Manchester with husband, actor Chris Geere. His latest film, After Earth starring Will Smith, is in cinemas now.

Were you always destined for a career in music? Yes, both my parents are very musical and sing themselves. They were always encouraging and supported my ambition to earn a living through music. How does it feel to have won Wedding Singer of the Year from two different publications? Wonderful! Both were essentially awarded to me by my clients, as they voted for me, so it means when other couples approach me about singing for them, they can see I have plenty of satisfied customers! How would you describe your style? My job requires me to dress with a measure of understatement when taking the stage on someone else’s big day, so I opt for a classic look. Throughout University my style changed a lot, but now, in my thirties, I think I have found it! What are your favourite stores to shop at? I absolutely have to shop at Oasis, as my sister is a senior designer there, so I get to wear her designs at every wedding! Your debut album ‘Fighting the Fairytale’ is compiled of original songs, where does you writing inspiration come from? It sounds awful, but in sadness and melancholy. I usually wait until my husband is away and I’m missing him, so I can draw on those emotions to execute the right chords and words to illustrate my feelings. I do write happy songs too though!

How does it feel to see your album selling on iTunes? It’s a brilliant feeling knowing that your music can be accessed all over the world. With everything going digital, you don’t need a big record company to produce or sell your music anymore. You studied opera at RNCM, but your album has definite tones of jazz and soul, was this a natural transition for you? All my life I have listened to different genres of music - from folk to jazz, opera to soul and pop. I always perfomed my own music, despite being advised to stop any sort of ‘jazz’ singing. I always found the transition fairly easy and believe the more versatile you are, the better. What has been the proudest moment in your career? Releasing my album! After years of bad management deals and aborted record deals, I decided to do it on my own and set up my label ‘Little Me Records”. It was

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the culmination of about 10 years of work so I breathed a huge sigh of relief when it was finally finished. Your husband Chris, is also in showbiz. How would you feel if your son Freddie followed in your footsteps? Terrified! We joke that with neither of us having a ‘proper job’ life can be stressful not knowing where the next mortgage payment is coming from. But we also have the excitement of things changing overnight for us and a wonderful quality of life too. Both of us are able to be around for Freddie a lot which is great. We would support him all the way, but no doubt we would worry for him as well! What do you do to relax? I am a gym bunny. I go at least 4 times a week. They have a crèche there so I get an hour to myself, and it means I can eat chocolate and drink wine, and let’s face it – that’s what we all want in the end.. Isn’t it!??

Fashion News

SCANDI STYLE SCOUT If one thing is for sure, it’s that our Scandi neighbours know a thing or two about fashion. We all know and love high street favourites H&M and COS, and have had a taste of the effortlessly cool Scandi aesthetic with designer labels Acne and DAY Birger et Mikkleson, but there’s so much more. Photographer Sven Eselgroth is currently embarking on a trip through Scandinavia, camera in hand, to meet and photograph some more of the labels to watch. Words by Christina Georgiou | Images by Sven Eselgroth


Designer Susanne Rützou

Hanna at Unique Models

Elegant and feminine are words used to describe the collections of Rützou. The label was founded in 2000 when Susanne Rützou (pictured below) set out on her own after six years with Swedish label Bruuns Bazaar, with the aim of creating a collection that reflected her personal style. Susanne is a hands-on designer and Rützou is led by her eye for timeless pieces in beautiful design. Expect eclectic bohemian prints, sophisticated draping and quality tailoring.

_Norse Projects

Vitus at Scoop Models

After establishing itself as a successful menswear store in Copenhagen in 2002, the team behind Norse spent a few years laying the foundations for their own label. Launched in 2009 Norse Projects turns out functional menswear taking inspiration from street culture, skateboarding, architecture and the Danish landscape. Collections focus on quality, with European sourced and sewn pieces and a paired back aesthetic.


Fashion News

_Velour by Nostalgi

Models: Hanelle & Nino

Designer Per Andersson

Velour was founded in 1997 when designer Per Andersson (pictured left) took over his grandmother’s clothes shop in Gothenberg and renamed it Nostalgi, offering clothes from different decades in an inspiring environment of art and design. Inspired by the store’s creative customers, Per Andersson launched collections for men and women under the brand Velour in 2005. Lines are simple and classic with a ‘preppy’ feel, and the focus is on quality fabrics and detailing in a palette of pale block colours to represent the coastal regions of Sweden.



Model Moment

Kirstie Bennett

As one of the top e commerce girls of the moment, with her face all over the likes of ASOS, online shoppers are guaranteed to recognize her. STYLEetc chat to one of Manchester’s most successful models, the totally gorgeous and down-to-earth, Kirstie Bennett. Interview by Siobhan Cooper

Where are you originally from? Unfortunately there’s nothing exotic about me, I’m a born and bred Mancunian.

I can appreciate a good fashion film but I can’t say I’m a fashion fiend, I love my comfort far too much.

How were you ‘discovered’? It was at a fashion show that I attended at Urbis during Manchester Fashion Week. I was approached by Debbie from Boss Model Management. At first she wasn’t too sure about my height, but gave me a card anyway. It wasn’t until a month later I went in to see them and luckily they gave me a chance.

What has been your most exciting job to date? I once worked on a Coca Cola commercial over in Budapest, that was really fun. We shot in some amazing locations, one night we were shooting at 3 am in a closed off fun fair, then the next day we were in a water park making the most of the slides.

Why do you think you have been so successful, especially in the e commerce world? This one’s a toughy because personally, I don’t have a clue. I think it may be because I have quite a girl-next-door look, an obtainable look that girls can relate to. Modelling can be pretty hard work, how do you keep your energy levels up? I make sure I have a good hearty breakfast and lunch, nothing too heavy but something with a good source of protein and foods that release energy slowly. In order to keep my energy levels up I’ll snack on nuts and fruit and, of course, a few good strong cups of tea always help keep me going. What would be on your ultimate studio playlist? It’d be quite an eclectic mix, anything from The Strokes to Bondax, The Temptations to N.E.R.D. As long as it’s upbeat, especially during the last few shots. You work in fashion but do you love fashion? I love catching up on the latest collections from fashion week and

Portrait image by Danny Craven Kirsty seen left pictured for ASOS


Do people recognize you on the street? I only got recognized for the first time last week, in a bar. But no, not usually. I look very different in normal day life, much scruffier and un-kempt. If you weren’t a model, what do you think you’d be doing for a living? I always think about this myself. If I didn’t model I would either be travelling, working on boats, a diving instructor or a journalist. What did you want to be when you were 5? I was pretty set on being a lawyer at a young age, all due to my mum being an Ally McBeal fan! And finally, - what’s your beauty secret? I really rely on the basics, lots of water, lots of sleep and a good moisturiser. Also, it sounds cheesy but I do believe you look your best when you’re happy, therefore I try to keep my spirits up and get those endorphins going. The gym, bananas and chocolate all help!

Mary Katrantzou

Feature Interview

The Magical Mind of Mary Fashion designer Mary Katrantzou recently visited Manchester, to talk about her SS13 collection in front of some specially selected guests at Selfridges Exchange Square. Gemma Latham sat down with Mary ahead of the presentation, eager to hear first-hand from the storyteller of an extraordinary fashion fairytale...

..It started with jewellery, magnified gemstones and gold chains; then perfume bottles with their cut glass shapes and jewelled shades. Next, adorned in ruffles and sashes, Mary led us through the looking glass to a world of palaces, boudoirs and verandas. Chiffon and chandeliers beckoned to balcony views of swimming pools and flower fields. From Elizabethan England to the 1920’s French Riviera, onto the orient and across oceans to the tropics, like birds of paradise flitting through a dreamscape of dizzy wonderment.

I get very analytical when we decide on the topic of the season. Apart from the obvious thing that is print, a lot of my work is looking at imagery. I start with research and because it’s so thematic and there is no end, I know everything about the postage stamps and bank notes by the end of the season. I like that because designers have an inquisitive nature, so you feel really fulfilled at the end of the season.

Through her innovative talent for “filtering the beauty in design”, Mary Katrantzou has taken us on a kaleidoscopic journey since she burst onto the fashion scene in 2008. Taking inspiration from iconic imagery, historic and cultural references are transformed into prints, woven into a tapestry and wrapped around the female form in a prizm of colours and silhouettes that flow from her ingenious imagination.

When I travel I take thousands and thousands of images, I am obsessive with it! It’s because of the way I work - that found imagery becomes a collage, then becomes part of the body, then I paint over it and start to see patterns in certain things. I use instagram so much! When you are travelling it’s a perfect way of capturing the things you see.

“I thought it would be interesting to tell the story of the world, but I didn’t know how. Then I thought. . STAMPS! It’s such a good way to show different cultural references. I love travelling with the stamp collection because people pick out different things. They relate to some of the colours, or the political figures, or the flowers. I mean they are so recognizable sometimes of certain countries, so I thought about what else does the same thing, and I thought MONEY! Again, you know, you never look at it for its designs, but some of the motifs are beautiful.

My print is not a kind of signature font, it’s a thematic print I build each season. It’s important for me to take it a step at a time and place the right print in the right medium. That’s the power with print, you can apply it! I wear a lot of black. Print and colour exist so avidly in my imagination that I feel the need to detach myself from my work. I want to be creative and use my colour sensibility in my work and sometimes that means cleansing my palette. Black is a uniform for me and my escape is my work. I love Azzedine Alaïa. He knows to design for a woman’s body and I always feel very feminine wearing his dresses.

There is something nice about collecting. I think I was one of the last generations to collect stamps. There is something beautiful in the way the stamps and old bank notes have a value, but now it’s only in collector’s albums. It’s very interesting to use as my inspiration because it allows me to put more of my own signature into the work, and show what’s modern about the designs and how people can wear them.


Feature Interview Seeing how other people style and experiment with my designs excites me. I love the way fashion icons Anna Dello Ruso, Miroslava Duma, Rhianna and Sarah Jessica Parker have worn my clothes. They are all very different women who all are adventurous with fashion and have great style but in equally different ways. I don’t have a style icon as such, but in my mind I design for a woman who is appreciative of design and art, as well as fashion. She makes a statement with her clothes and channels her personality through them.

work. It’s great when I get a day to myself here and there while I am away to soak up some of the city or place I am in. I will definitely go back to Greece for a few days to see my friends and family this summer. “ We were also treated to a sneak peak of the AW13 collection, which sees a darker colour palette come into play as Mary bridges the gap between urban architecture and nature in her imagery. A magical element prevails with the hours from dusk til dawn depicted across a spectrum of landscapes. With this collection we journey through moonlit-bathed city streets, cross a waterfall backdrop bridge, and follow winding roads through autumnal forest scenes leading to snowcapped mountains.

With the Longchamp collaboration I wanted to test the market and see how people would react to us doing accessories. It was a small capsule collection and it went incredibly well. I see the bags in unexpected places. I went to the airport and saw somebody carrying one; our sales manager saw one in the park. It’s nice to see, a great feeling of appreciation and acknowledgement, but I am too shy and embarrassed to go and tell them!

Through her designs Mary is creating the ultimate, never-ending fairy tale. Each piece paints a fantastical scene, which we are invited to (literally) step into, becoming our own leading-lady. The details of each adventure are ours to fill in...

I am looking to build a team to focus on accessories, for now we are taking baby steps. We have started doing little leather printed pouches in our stamp collection. For somebody who doesn’t want to commit to a fully printed dress it’s nice to just have something small and easy, like a laptop case or coin pouch. We do them in all different sizes and for me, because I mostly wear black, that bit of colour is something fun!!

Words by Gemma Latham | Images by Joe Gardner

I would love to tap into interiors as it’s something I studied and I enjoy doing. But I wouldn’t want to do it for just the sake of it. I wouldn’t want to just do a cushion, or some textiles… I would like to have the time and the team behind me to be able to take on projects collaborating on something bespoke to dress up the environment, I love doing that! It needs to be an aesthetic within which I feel comfortable creating something really special. We have been approached by hotels before which is very flattering, but I would want the right time to create certain things and do the best job. We have grown so fast and I like the team to take their time on some things. I couldn’t have got to where I am now without the support of the NewGen Scheme. It gave me the platform to showcase my work to buyers and press and allowed me to show at London Fashion Week, which is invaluable. When I received NewGen support, I realised how serious I was about making my brand a success and it gave me the confidence to pursue it. I was still fighting off seams, at that point, so I’ve come a long way. I was recently over in Brazil, which was amazing and really inspiring. It is very rare that I get to go on holiday, but I am lucky that I get to travel a lot with my Mary Katrantzou AW13


Feature Interview

“ A lot of my work is about filtering the beauty I find in design and transforming it into something wearable and really flattering on the body. �


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F E S T I VA L C H I C HENRY HOLLAND 1 Feather Wings, £35, Topshop 2 Snake Print Wellies, £125, Hunter at Flannels 3 Crop Top, £29, Glamorous 4 Print Shorts, £150, Alice & Olivia at Harvey Nichols Manchester 5 Dress, £50, Broken Hearts at ASOS 6 Kaftan, £79, Biba at House Of Fraser 7 White Ankle Boots, £360, by Malene Birger at Black White Denim 8 Parka, £235, Maison Scotch at Harvey Nichols 9 Beaded Rucksack ,£55, Urban Outfitters 10 Swimsuit, £90, Seafolly at House of Fraser

It’s time to grab your parka coat, don some wellies and show a bit of leg. This summer hit the festivals in style. Embrace your inner boho with prints, studs, feathers, you name it!


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OFFICE SLEEK ROLAND MOURET 1 Pale Blue Dress, £169, Reiss 2 Orange Heels, £49.99, Zara 3 Tank Top, £70, Topshop Boutique 4 Cotton Kilt, £69, Topshop Boutique 5 Leopard Print Coat, £275, Jaeger 6 Sunglasses, £215, Prada at Harvey Nichols 7 Striped Skirt, £535, Marc Jacobs at Selfridges 8 Shirt, £26, Glamorous 9 Leather Tote, £1,550 Victoria Beckham at Harvey Nichols

A great outfit is guaranteed to ease those Monday blues. Step away from the badly fitting black suit and dress to impress in super sharp shapes and bold prints. by Siobhan Cooper 19

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BRIGHTS SALVATORE FERRAGAMO 1 Baseball Cap, £35, The Quiet Life at 2 Leather Satchel, £130, CSC at Selfridges 3 Trainers, £120, Nike 4 Chinos, £276, Paul Smith 5 Sunglasses, £12, Topman 6 Mustard Shirt, £14.99, H&M 7 Chino Shorts, £35, John Lewis 8 Leather Card Holder, £110, Ettinger at Harvey Nichols 9 Embroidered Jumper, £95, 10 Canvas Backpack, £90, Herschel at 11 Watch, £50, Adidas 12 Yellow Brogues, £65, Office

If you’re not afraid to stand out from the crowd, we’ve hunted down the best bold and colourful picks, to ensure you’ll be turning heads at every corner. Mix, match and clash to your hearts content, then hit the streets and remind everyone it’s summer with your bright and breezy style. by Elle Rankin 20


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EL BURGUES 1 Washed Pale Denim Jeans, £35, ASOS 2 Pulse Brogue, £55, Office 3 Nike Blazer Fibreglass Exclusive, £74, Offspring at Selfridges 4 Silk Pocket Square, £40, Lanvin at Mr Porter 5 Collezione Wool Rich Blazer, £99, Marks & Spencer 6 Cotton Twill Shorts, £85, Polo Ralph Lauren at Harvey Nichols 7 Jacquard Cotton and Linen-blend Scarf, £270, Balmain at Mr Porter 8 Two-tone leather lace-up brogue, £85, Dune 9 Relaxed casual cotton shirt, £59.99, Austin Reed 10 Shore Leave Chino Shorts, £40, Urban Outfitters

If you’re the kind of man who favours a subtle, sophisticated summer look, then pastels are the route for you.These exemplary picks will ensure you look stylishly cool throughout every part of your day. Be it socialising, working or relaxing, these items are your go-to for a simple but effective ensemble. by Sunita Matharu 21


Photography | Layla Sailor Styling | Zoe Hancock Hair & Make up | Temi Aboderin Photography Assistants Connie July and Tara Nicole McKenzie Model | Kaitlin at Boss Model Management

Long-Sleeved T-Shirt, £100, Commes des Garcons at Hervia Bazaar Skirt, £190, MSGM at Harvey Nichols Sunglasses, £170, Wildfox at Harvey Nichols Glitter socks,£3.50, Topshop Silver Sandals, £24, Glamorous Pineapple Bag, £14.99, H&M Jewellery (worn throughout): Beachcomber necklace, £90, Alexis Dove at Green+Benz Russian Textile Bangles, large £10 and small £48, Jessica Flinn at Green+Benz , Pink Bracelet, £28, Unique at Green+Benz Pink Acrylic & Resin Ring, £8, (Dania Bailey Designs at Etsy) Rose Gold Vermeil Peony Ring, £890, Green+Benz


Printed Dress, £615, Holly Fulton at Hervia Bazaar Bunny Topper Headpiece, £289, Mich Dulce at Hervia Bazaar THIS PAGE

Ruffled Dress, £435, Alice and Olivia at Harvey Nichols Ostrich Feather Hat, £390, Piers Atkinson at Hervia Bazaar And in image over leaf:Glitter socks, £3.50, Topshop Sandals, £24, Glamorous

Lurex Dress, £125, Sibling at Hervia Bazaar Sun Hat, £14, TK Maxx Glitter Acetate Sunglasses, £225, Miu Miu at Harvey Nichols Glitter Socks, £3.50, Topshop Platforms, £40, Jeffrey Campbell at TK Maxx

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Behind the Scenes

behind the scenes of our Seaside Daze fashion shoot by Stylist Zoe Hancock

Shooting a summertime story in England is never the easiest of tasks, but thanks to the quaint seaside location of Lytham, a selection of bright and beautiful garments from the likes of Harvey Nichols, Hervia Bazaar and Glamorous, and some clever lighting trickery from photographer Layla Sailor we overcame the typically british weather conditions of the day to bring you our Seaside Daze spread!

Model Kaitlin was an absolute trooper, battling against the chilly drizzle to convince us all she was having a carefree day out at the seaside!

Helping out on the day, operating lights and cameras, were Layla’s amazing assistants - Tara Nicole Mckenzie and Connie July, both currently studying Fashion Promotion and Styling at UCLAN. Layla competing with Kaitlin for the cover shot! Accessories were key to the look of the shoot, bringing a playful edge and a summer vibe. Amazing headpieces by Mich Dulce and Piers Atkinson, the sunglasses on every girl’s wish list by Miu Miu and Wildfox and some beautiful footwear from shoe designer of the moment, Sophia Webster.


Leather Jacket, £600, DNM at Black White Denim Trousers, £35.99, Zara

Photography | Kirstie McNulty Styling | Caroline Sullivan at Fashion Stylist.Me Hair & Make-up | Cassie Steward at PHA Model | Klaudia K at PRM London

White Romance Bold and vivid or softly understated There’s a way to wear white whatever your style

Femme Fatal Tank Top, £104, 5 Preview at Black White Denim Rose Print Skirt, £420, Holly Fulton at Hervia Bazaar Sunglasses, £13, River Island

THIS PAGE Draped Jacket, £232, Ready to Fish at Black White Demin Sunglasses, £19.99, Zara PAGE RIGHT Organza Cut-Out Dress, £720, Victoria by Victoria Beckham at Black White Denim

Coral shorts, £70, J.Lindeberg (at Harvey Nichols Manchester) Black print shirt £375, Balenciaga (at Selfridges Manchester) Belt, £10, Topman



STROLL STAND OUT THIS SUMMER IN BRIGHT AND BOLD TAILORING Photography | Jon Shard Fashion Styling | Bryan Harrop at Boss Creatives Art Direction | Josh Taylor Model | Jared at Boss Model Management Hair and Make-up | Liz Rochford at Boss Creatives Fashion Assistant | Kylie Thompson Assistant | Duncan Elliot

Page left Jacket, £495, Junya Watanabe Man for Commes Des Garçons at Hervia Bazaar Shirt, £235, Commes Des Garçons at Hervia Bazaar Straw Hat, stylists own This page Jacket, £100, Topman Suit Shorts, £30, Topman Herbal print Shirt £265 Carven at Hervia Bazaar Sunglasses, £118, D&G at Harvey Nichols Belt, stylists own

Short-sleeved Shirt, ÂŁ245, Qasimi Homme at Hervia Bazaar Shorts, ÂŁ30, Topman Belt, stylists own

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The winners of our fashion editorial competition mixed vintage finds with retro-influenced designs by recent graduates Eve Tokens (GWEN&SYD) and Emily Patten (E.L Patten). We immediately fell in love with their sartorial-style city shoot which sees model Evie seemingly lost in an air of nostalgia.

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Photography | Emma Pilkington Styling | Sophie Benson Make-up | Emma Flynn Hair | Rachael Bottomley Model | Evie at Boss Model Management Shot on location in Manchester at Gorilla, Neighbourhood and David Wayman Flowers

Beaded Short-Sleeved Jumper, Stylists own Panelled Skirt, E.L. Patten

THIS PAGE Coral blouse, GWEN&SYD Cardigan, Stylists Own Crochet Trousers, GWEN&SYD Necklace, Vintage NEXT PAGE Coat, Vintage

Checked Dress, Vintage Polo neck, E.L Patten Sunglasses, Stylists own





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THE WORKSHOP INCLUDES: Two colour distressing, crackled paint effect, textured painting, use of clear, dark wax & coloured wax. Pots of tea, fresh coffee and home baked goods are provided. You also get a 1L tin of Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan and 500ml of Annie Sloan Soft Wax included in the price. * There is no need to have any prior furniture painting experience * WORKSHOPS COST £95 PER PERSON


Boutique Confidential

Hervia Bazaar is arguably one of Manchester’s best kept fashion secrets, due to a combination of its discreet location, niche clientele and cutting edge contemporary collections.


Tucked away in Spring Gardens (just off King Street), Hervia is frequented by Manchester’s most fashion savvy crowd and those seeking cutting edge, fresh designer brands. Hervia has an interesting background. Opened originally in 1993 in Manchester’s Royal Exchange Square, it was quickly named by Vogue as one of the UK’s finest designer boutiques, and was a fashion hotspot in the city. Tragically, the original store was destroyed by the IRA bombing in 1996. Undaunted, owner Oscar Pinto re-launched the store in its current location in 2010, with a vision to fill the gap of what had been missing in the northwest – a concept boutique supporting emerging British talent and stocking brands largely unavailable outside of the capital city. Walking through the door of the store is like walking into a five star hotel. What strikes you first is the central glass cabinet structure, which owner Oscar told us is an original piece from the Dorchester in London. Mirrored ceilings reflect muted and subtle light from grand chandeliers, and the central tiered fragrance stand oozes charm. Boasting a strong collection of menswear and womenswear, Oscar’s vision for the store is ‘timeless clothing’. He explained that this need not mean that the pieces are plain classics - they can be quirky and still stand the test of time. This season the store presents collections from Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons and Viktor and Rolf, all brands that echo this sensibility of timeless statement dressing. The store works closely with the British Fashion Council in order to help promote up and coming UK talent, such as Christopher Raeburn, Holly Fulton and Hannah Martin and has many collections from such designers that are exclusive to the north. The Hervia store enables designers to display their collections in a concept space without compromising their vision, allowing customers to purchase garments and accessories that embody the original excitement, innovation and dynamism of the person who created them. For the aesthetically aware, this store is a must visit.

Words and images by Kathryn Bell

Hervia Bazaar, 40 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 1EN 49

Beauty for Her

Jo Malone Osmanthus Blossom Cologne

SHOW Beauty Decadence Hair Fragrance

Presented in a gorgeously decorative bottle, this Limited Edition Cologne creates a pretty visual, and a delightful fragrance too with it’s light, exotic, summery scent.

Rose water, coconut milk, vanilla and patchouli combine to evoke sandy shores at every swish of your locks, with a light misting of this luxurious spray. Not just a pretty scent, it also contains vitamin E, aloe vera and Ultracas G20 to protect, and jojoba oil to enhance strength and shine.

Available from Harvey Nichols, £38 for 30ml

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Nail Polish

Available from Selfridges, £55 for 30ml

Ilia Lip Conditioner

Taking inspiration from the colours of a summer garden, get green fingered with this bold, rich shade from Illamasqua, with hardwearing finish and chip-resistant quality.

Enriched with moisturising cocoa butter and essential oils, soothe your lips with this no-tint formula that can be worn underneath lipstick and gloss or on its own for a naturally flawless look.

Available from Selfridges, £14.50

Available from, £20

Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Cream

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow

This anti-ageing moisturiser from the Origins Plantscription range uses raspberry plant stem cell technology to help improve skin firmness, with an added SPF 25 to protect against UV rays.

Part of Dior’s ‘Birds of Paradise’ collection, this eyeshadow pallet contains five lucious lagoon shades. Mix and blend to produce shimmery summertime eyes.

Available from Selfridges, £55 for 50ml

Available from Selfridges, £40

Summer is the perfect time to pair down your beauty regime. Keep things light and playful with some nutrient packed essentials and a splash of colour!

Her Beauty 50

Beauty for Him

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler

Lancôme Génific HD A skincare treatment that revives and stimulates the activity of genes and proteins for a healthy looking, visibly rejuvenated, younger-looking skin tone.

Trim and shave your way into summer perfection with this easily manoeuvrable 3-in-1 facial and body hair styling tool that trims easily, shaves closely and edges accurately.

Available from John Lewis, £56 for 50ml

Available from Boots, £20

Molton Brown 4 - in - 1 Sportswash

Kiehl’s Cross-Terrain UV Face Protector

Top to toe cleansing is sorted in one hit. With refreshing scents of nutmeg and lime, this wash acts as a shampoo, body wash, shaving gel and cleanser, so you can spend less time in the shower and more time in the sun!

Water, sweat and wind resistant with SPF 50, this is the only sunscreen you’ll need to ensure optimum protection from all weather types this summer. It goes on clear, absorbs deeply and is available in a convenient travel size too!

Available from Molton Brown, £16 for 200ml

Available from House of Fraser, £21.50

Clarins Men 2 - in - 1 Exfoliating Cleanser

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau Fraiche Body Splash

Specially formulated for men’s skin, this gentle 2-in-1 skin care essential cleanses, refreshes and exfoliates whilst reducing the drying effects hard water can have.

Presented in a stunning vibrant blue bottle, one splash of this refreshing fragrance awakens the senses and infuses the skin with uplifting floral, amber and summery citrus notes.

Available from John Lewis, £21 for 125ml

Available from Harvey Nichols, £85 for 236ml

If quick and easy are the main objectives for your summertime grooming routine then we’ve hunted down the best products to ensure minimum effort, maximum effect.

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Beauty Feature

EYEBROW ENHANCEMENT by Anna- Louise Gilhooley

Now, my problem is that I was a plucky teenager! Fashion trends, mono-brow phobia, and a teenage tweezerfest can leave so many women with a few lonely hairs where their eyebrows used to be. As one of those unfortunate overpluckers, I was excited to meet Jo who has over sixteen years experience in the beauty industry and was trained by industry specialist Karen Betts. Jo begins by talking me through the different eyebrow shapes suitable for my face shape, and drawing on temporary eyebrows so I can get an idea of how the semi-permanent make-up will look. Preparation is the key. Jo told me: “It takes time to agree the shape and consult with each client. Re-positioning of brows can give a dramatic, instant eye-lift effect.”

Beauty expert Jo Briggs

You may be surprised to hear that cosmetic tattoos (or semipermanent make-up as it is now better known) first became popular in the 1930s, with beauticians using vegetable dyes to add colour to the top layers of skin. As you would expect, the techniques and formulas used have advanced greatly since then. STYLEetc MD Anna-Louise Gilhooley recently paid a visit to beautician Jo Briggs, at her BeautyFX salon in the leafy suburb of Wilmslow, to find out firsthand just how effective the results can be.

Once we’ve agreed on a shape, Jo begins the procedure. It is surprisingly painless, no worse than having my eyebrows plucked or threaded. Using the Nouveau Contour Machine to deposit tiny hypo-allergenic implants of pigment into the dermal layer of the skin, Jo methodically and perfectly applies tiny individual hair strokes. Different shades of pigment are used to create a 3D effect. Jo repeatedly goes over the brow until she reaches the right density. Colours are mixed to each individual’s needs, to complement their skin tone and hair colour. The textured hair stroke technique results in an unbelievably natural I was amazed by how realistic the results were. These before and after pictures show the difference in definition Jo gave me. My new brows look so natural that although I can’t help shouting about them, if I didn’t I guarantee noone would batt an eyelid (or raise an eyebrow)!


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Semi-permanent make-up procedures at BeautyFX require two appointments lasting approximately two hours for the first and just over an hour for the second. A thorough consultation is included and all treatments are tailored to meet the individuals desired results. Effects are expected to last for up to 2-5 years.

Any treatment, any area for £250

Jo offers a range of semi-permanent make-up procedures including eyebrows, eyeliner, lip enhancement and camouflage treatments.


(usual prices range from £300 to £395)

BeautyFX, 62 Altrincham Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5NG | 07545 002 838

Discover the perfect brow shape for your face... High Curve

Soft Swoop

A long, smooth, tapered brow is the most flattering on long faces, giving the illusion of a shorter and wider face. This shape works for oval faces too.

If you have a diamond or heart-shaped face, a brow with a high curve will have a softening effect, making your face look slimmer and less angular.

Short & Sweet

Peak Angle

Square shaped faces with a heavy jaw can be balanced by a strong, angled brow with a sharp peak. A fuller brow also enhances youthfulness.

Round faces should steer clear of curved shapes. A flat or angled brow with a short tail has a narrowing effect and draws attention to the eyes.








STYLEetc present the top online hits for beauty junkies. Skip the queues, and get the ‘ooohs’!




Jo Malone’s online store is as luxurious as you would expect! Unless you know exactly what you want, scents could be quite hard to shop for online but Jo Malone’s clear descriptions and customer reviews make it much easier. Besides, it’s Jo Malone, so anything you buy is pretty much guaranteed to smell delicious!

Geo F Trumper is known to be one of the finest barbers in London and their online shop means we can take this fine shaving experience to our homes! The site has a rustic and classic feel and the price points aren’t too intimidating. It’s the perfect online destination for a classic country gent who wants to look great.

We totally love this site. If you want to get hold of some of the less obvious but fabulous brands out there, then this is the site you need to hit. There is a huge amount to choose from and to help you make your decision each item has a detailed description. They also note the products celeb fan base, and lets face it, if it’s in Beyonce’s wash bag, we want it!









Your next new look could be just a few clicks away! And don’t forget to stock up on all your most trusted brands.




If you’re new to beauty shopping online then is a great place to start. Navigation is really easy and they have a huge range of products. It’s also perfect for the beauty junkies who want everything from the latest skincare ranges to supplements to help keep them in shape. It’s definitely the one stop beauty shop.

The online destination for the shopper who loves luxury. SPACE. NK stocks brands that we know we can trust, such as Laura Mercier and Nars along-side some fabulous niche brands. The site may not be the place to shop if you’re on a budget but if you fancy splashing out on great quality then spacenk. com is just a click away!

Affordable and so much fun! Topshop’s relatively new makeup range just gets better and better. The basics are surprisingly impressive but what we really love are the colours! They have an amazing selection of on trend nail polishes and lipsticks to choose from, so, if you’re in the mood for experimenting, is the place to shop.

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Gadget Vision The latest must-haves for those technology lovers...

Powermonkey Discovery by Powertraveller Get rid of all those chargers and free up some luggage allowance for duty free shopping treats with this super snazzy, portable travel charger. Load up the Powermonkey by plugging into your computer via USB, then slip the stylishly slim and superlight gadget into your hand luggage and relax safe in the knowledge you have enough extra juice on hand to charge an iphone twice, a standard mobile 3-4 times, or boost your ipod/MP3 player by an extra 120 hrs. Ready supplied with more tips and ends than you can shake a stick at, you can even use it to charge your e-reader, Sat Nav or games console!


Powerspin by RPM The sun has got his hat on and that means crop tops and sundresses! If you want a quick and easy way to tone up your arms and look fabulously stylish this summer then this nifty little exercise gadget could be just the ticket, and it’s a doddle to use. Just six minutes a day spinning the steel ball around the tube as fast as you can will help to sculpt your biceps, triceps and even your abs!

£19.99 .



by Nikki and Kel from The Brand Detective

Veho MIMI X3 Wireless Speaker We have tested some seriously cool wireless speakers in our time but the Veho MIMI X3 is fast becoming our new favourite for 2013 as it not only sounds great but looks the bees knees and is completely portable. With dual 4.5W speakers and a separate 9W subwoofer, your favourite summer tunes are in capable hands with its 35 metre range. It comes with a USB transmitter for your PC, Mac or other apple devices, and the option of pairing more speakers so you can play music simultaneously in different rooms - perfect for BBQ’s with friends!


In Ear Headphones by BassBuds Yes summer 2013 is all about the BassBuds! Feel like a VIP and travel in style with these first class, in-ear headphones, complete with handsfree mic and MP3 controller. Available in 20 eye catching colours and finished with a luxury Swarovski element, not only are they super stylish & cosy in the ears, these bad boys surely know how to knock out your favourite tunes. Their advanced Crystaltronics sound technology means you can wave goodbye to any bass distortion and say hello to crisp clear sound. Take them for a jog on the beach or relax and catch some rays. The only question is which colour to choose?!




Seoul Spirit by Gemma Latham

My trip to Seoul coincided with the recent flare in tensions between north and south, following on from North Korea’s condemned nuclear missile tests. A few worried emails from friends had me checking the British Embassy website for updates in the hours leading up to my flight, but there were no warnings against travel so I boarded the plane and proceeded to enjoy some in-flight movies, quietly hoping we wouldn’t touch down in a warzone!

The first stop was Gyeongbokgung Palace, a vast and beautiful site shouldered by skyscrapers to the south and Mount Bugaksan to the north. Built by the Joseon Dynasty in the 1300’s, the site served as the main palace for over five hundred years and is a must-see for anyone interested in the more traditional and historic aspects of South Korea.

On arrival, I was reassured by the cheery face of Sun-Jung from the Korean Tourism Organization, whose only concern was to enthusiastically educate me about Seoul, the world’s third largest megacity. The luxurious 5* JW Marriott Hotel, is a city unto itself. A 34 floor tower containing 500 bedrooms, 5 restaurants, 3 bars, a fitness suite complete with an olympic sized swimming pool, indoor running track and climbing wall, and a spa, all housed above a palatial lobby lounge. Did I mention the underground shopping mall?! The renowned Marquis Thermal Spa beckoned, but determined to see what Seoul had to offer, I set out to explore.

The impressive JW Marriott lobby

Editor Gemma explores Seoul

In the afternoon I went on a tour of Panmunjeom, home to the JSA (Joint Security Area), which straddles North and South Korea. With tensions between the two making headlines back home, I have to admit I hesitated before signing a compulsory disclaimer which included the line “entry into a hostile area and possibility of injury or death as a direct result of enemy action.” Our tour guide didn’t seem fazed though: “Let’s go see some North Korean Guys!” she joked. At this historic site, where over the past sixty years leaders from both sides have met to negotiate, two imposing buildings face each other in a permanent stand off. We cautiously descended the steps leading down from Freedom House to the MAC Conference Room with strict instructions not to make eye contact or any easily misconstrued gestures, under the scrutiny of the binocular wielding North Korean guards.


Left: Gyeongbokgung palace Below: Seoul by night

Above and Below: Cosmopolitan Garosu-gil, Gangnam

The conference room sits squarely on the Military Demarcation Line meaning that, technically, once inside you are able to stand on North Korean soil. However the door to the North remains locked and guarded at all times by a ROK soldier, who was a master at remaining staunch whilst having his photo taken. Back in the city, the surreal experience of my Panmunjeom visit felt like another world. Seoul seems to exist in a protective bubble, unfazed by the recent developments causing the rest of the world to worry. “Oh it’s just Kim Jong-un posturing. He does this at least once a year.” a member of the hotel concierge told me. Seoul is vibrant, packed with people busy working, socialising and relaxing. “We believe shopping is good for stress”, Sun-Jung told me. Of course! I couldn’t visit Seoul without doing some style scouting in the famous Gangnam district. Following a peaceful breakfast admiring the city view from the JW Marriott Executive Lounge, the next day I hooked up with streetstyle bloggers Sol-Sol who took me to Garosugil. This pretty street inspired Psy’s viral pop song , which put Gangnam on the world map and is where all the style-conscious Koreans go to see and be seen.

Elegant, ginko tree lined streets make for a pleasant day out, with an abundance of fashion boutiques and art galleries to explore as well as plenty of cafes (serving some very good coffee and cake) to take a perch and people watch for a while. See overleaf for some summer outfit inspiration Seoul-style! Three days after I returned home, North Korea cut the hotline and cancelled the armistice agreement, putting the country technically back at war. However according to the FCO “there is currently no immediate increased risk or danger to those living in or travelling to South Korea” and “around 100,000 British nationals visit South Korea every year.” I for one definitely plan to return and explore more of this exciting city. For further information about Seoul please visit the Korea Tourism Organisation at: Finnair offer fast connections and smooth transfers between the UK and South Korea, via their hub in Helsinki. For further information and flight timetables, please visit:

Left: At the JSA, facing North Korea

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Street Style

Seoul style Images courtesy of Sol-Sol For more Seoul style inspiration visit

Simple sunshine shorts Sporty Chic

Double denim

Floral & feminine

Cycle, stripes & whites

Colour block, summer pop

Gemma Latham explores Garosu-gil with Seoul street snappers Sol-Sol, to find out what Gangnam style is really like. . .

Showing a distinctly European influence, Seoul fashionistas mix prints and basics with splashes of colour, resulting in a casual-cool aesthetic. Jewellery is kept minimal with sunglasses and headwear being the key accessories, adding a youthful, fun streak to outfits. The man bag was spotted in abundance, as were leather sandals, and a preference for flats. By Gemma Latham


Street Style

We asked fashion blogger Pearl Westwood to hit the streets, and it seems when the sun shines, us mancs opt for casual, comfortable cool..

Laura, 29 | Fave shop: Zara

Richard,25 | Fave brand: Vivienne Westwood Jodie, 21 | Fave shop: Topshop

Manchester style

Thea,15 | Fave shop: Cow

Dzastina and Lucy, 17 | Fave shop: ASOS James | Fave brand: Versace

Manchester is not exactly known for its sunny skies, so what do we all wear when hit by an unexpected weekend heatwave?!

Bright colours and smiling faces, from bold prints to colour blocking - anything goes so long as it is laid back and fun. Cool trainers from neon Nikes to faded white Converse were key to Manchester’s summer style. Many of the folk I met were on their way to Heaton Park for the Parklife festival, others out shopping, and many just making the most of the sunshine. By Pearl Westwood




With its wonderfully eclectic mix of cafés, restaurants, shops, bars and boutiques, there is temptation on every corner of West Didsbury. The recent Metrolink extension should hopefully go a way to encouraging more people from in and around the city to visit this wonderful and vibrant district.



Words and images by Alaka Prodhan On a lazy, sunny afternoon, there are few places more pleasant to wile away the hours than West Didsbury’s Burton Road. Of the many independents vying for one’s attention, Moth’s simple, pared down exterior quietly exudes confidence and class. Inside, this aura of understated elegance is carefully maintained. The first thing you notice is the smell. The fragrance is clean and crisp. In the corner, a single candle burns: geranium. The effect is immediate – you cannot help but feel calm, serene. 62

Home The second thing you notice is the variety. Furnishings and fittings share space with glassware, crockery, stationery, and a niche range of fashion accessories.

Along the walls, handbags made from Italian leather hang side by side with delicate fairy lights, whose tiny, Moroccan-style lamps throw intricate shadows on to the wall. In the centre, a selection of light fittings, slate-grey and Scandinavian, preside over a table filled with a cornucopia of homeware – ceramics, tea lights, salad servers fashioned from mango wood. Everything is modest yet luxurious, in a pleasing palate of grey and midnight blue, white and tan, with the odd splash of colour: a blue topaz ring; a trio of amber glass vases; a jade green handbag. Aside from being visually pleasing, there is also an enticing array of different textures. My fingers itched to touch the thick woollen throws scattered about, which contrasted with the crisscross of stacked wicker baskets and the cool, metallic curve of table lamps.

Moth quietly exudes confidence and class... you cannot help but feel calm.

I found myself resembling the creature which lends Moth its name: flitting and flying between each precious item, hypnotically drawn to their beauty as to a flame. Moth is, in short, a perfect representation of what Burton Road has to offer. Its look and feel is unique, and the standard and quality is high.

moth 154 Burton Road, West Didsbury | @mothstyle


Food Review

Treasure Trove Words and images by Alaka Prodhan

Living up to its namesake, Levenshulme’s Trove is something of a hidden treasure. From the outside, it gives little away. There is no name, no brass plaque or neon sign – nothing showy, nothing flash; but inside is a small café big on fresh flavours and mouth-watering artisanal artistry.

Eggs Benedict on sourdough with capers

It’s a Sunday afternoon, and sadly I’ve arrived a little too late to pick up one of the special loaves of bread, which are handmade on the premises each weekend. They’ve all been snapped up – this week it was a three-seed sourdough; last week, the equally popular garlic and chilli. But I’m in luck, as the freshly made bread is also used in the small but wellconsidered menu of sandwiches, salads and brunch specials. Spring greens with poached egg and mustard

I opt for a trio of Trove delights - the eggs Benedict on toasted sourdough with capers and caraway hollandaise; spring greens with poached egg and mustard dressing; and the smoked mackerel sandwich with wasabi mayo and watercress. The eggs Benedict is a revelation: the sprinkling of capers is an inspired addition to the usual bacon, poached egg combo, whilst the caraway hollandaise beautifully coats the toasted sourdough, which defies my pitiful knife-cutting skills with its satisfying tear and crunch. It’s a welcome rustic alternative to a soft, pliant muffin. Every mouthful bursts with flavour.

Smoked mackerel sandwich with wasabi mayo


Food Review

Trove is an instantly warm and welcoming place: a little snug, but clearly popular with the locals – some engaged in animated conversations over a steaming cappuccino and a slice of cake, others quietly poring over the latest broadsheet or bestseller.

The bowl of spring greens arrives next, the poached egg sitting on a bed of shining, sautéed veg, which is dusted with a smattering of sesame seeds. It tastes as wholesome and fresh as it looks: simple, healthy and delicious. Lastly, I tuck into the smoked mackerel sandwich, which is served on a hefty doorstop wedge of, again, freshly made bread. Similar to the eggs Benedict, it’s a simple, winning combination of bold flavours and textures.

The café started out small and simple, selling just soup and coffee, but gradually the couple have added more and more to the menu, becoming recognised good food heroes in the process. Trove is now an established part of the local community – active participants in the Levenshulme food and drink festival and educators in the making and baking of bread. But first and foremost, it lives up to its own, simple promise: real bread, a good brew and a place to eat and meet.

This is not food-to-go, carelessly thrown together and vacuum-packed en masse. It is careful, considered, made with love. I find it no surprise, then, to spot a single photo film strip of the cafe’s owners, Katy and Marcus, smiling and cuddling their sevenmonth-old baby, sharing shelf space with a Manchester Food and Drink Festival award for “Truly Good Food”. Trove grew from a shared love of food and organic produce, free from additives or preservatives. Katy and Marcus first started selling their own conserves at local markets, using jars which they had collected from bars and cafés around the city. Then, one day, they met a woman whose mother was selling the lease on her café in Levenshulme; they went to take a look, and the rest is history.

trove 1032 Stockport Road, Levenshulme | @trovefoods


A biennial event, MIF returns to Manchester this July, with a heady mix of music, performance and visual arts. A major event on the international culture calendar.

Manchester International Festival launched in 2007, with the fantastic concept of all pieces showcased being uniquely commissioned for premiere at the festival. MIF now attracts over 20,000 locals and tourists alike, for eighteen days of premieres and special events. Albert Square with its iconic white pavilion serves as the festival hub, but the packed programme will take place across the city, utilising many wonderful and unusual performance spaces. A highlight this year is theatre piece The Masque of Anarchy, starring actress Maxine Peake who will recite Percy Bysshe Shelley’s epic 91-verse political poem of the same name, about the Peterloo Massacre that took place in Manchester in 1819. The production with be staged in the Grade II listed Albert Hall, offering festival goers an unmissable opportunity to see parts


4 – 21 JULY 2013

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of this historic venue that have been closed and hidden since 1969. It opens briefly for MIF13, before closing for refurbishment as a new music and events venue. The Old Woman at The Palace Theatre sees the return of innovative theatre director Robert Wilson. During MIF11, Wilson directed The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic at the Lowry, where visitors were greeted by live Doberman dogs prowling the stage and a lighting design that was a work of art in itself. Manchester Art Gallery host do it 2013, a 20th Anniversary edition of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s do it series, which sees artists reinterpret the directions of others. Those involved include Yoko Ono, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Ai Weiwei and Gilbert and George.

The more adventurous MIF visitor should venture to Mayfield Depot - a disused railway station left to decay in recent decades. Whether it is an audio-visual feast with Massive Attack vs Adam Curtis, the immersive work of artist Tino Sehgal or bubbles and foam in Mette Ingvartsen’s Evaporated Landscapes, this venue is sure to disrupt sensory perceptions. MIF Creative activities explore the communities of Greater Manchester with The Biospheric Project transforming a three-storey mill in Salford into a urban research centre with a community food production hub where visitors can learn about window-sill gardening, flower bombs and urban bee keeping amongst many other innovative activities. by Emma Thackham Image credit: Festival Square by Karen Richardson


We are a charity helping disadvantaged women back to work through clothing donations, styling, interview training and confidence coaching.

Do you have what it takes to help women? Please get in touch for opportunities, to donate, or to host events.

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THE BOODLES CLASSIQUE The Boodles Classique 2013 tennis tournament final took place at Mere Golf Resort and Spa in Knutsford. Three-hundred guests gathered to enjoy some top flight tennis combined with fine food and wine, and live entertainment. by Anna-Louise Gilhooley

THE GUESTS Guests from across the region and the world of media and sport were treated to championship tennis from (L-R) Mikael Pernfors, Goran Ivanisevic, Richard Krajicek, Peter McNamara, Mark Philippoussis and Anders Jarryd, pictured here with models from fashion label Fenn Wright Manson.

Boodles Classique 2013 Players with Models from Fenn Wright Manson

THE CAUSE The event raised £10,000 in a charity auction for Enable Sport, this year’s Official Tournament Charity which works to give disabled athletes a chance to be able to compete by providing support and equipment.

THE BOTTLES! 1,000 bottles of champagne and 2,500 bottles of wine were consumed by over 1,000 guests at the 3-day event. CENTRE LEFT

Mark Philippoussis with guests CENTRE RIGHT Triumphant - Richard Krajicek and Mark Philippoussis BOTTOM RIGHT Goran and Richard

Overlooking the courtside action in the doubles

Images by Tim Edwards, Plough Studios Ltd.


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GIRLS NIGHT OUT WITH GLAMOROUS STYLEetc hosted a ‘Girls Night Out’ on behalf of online fashion boutique Glamorous, in the swanky VIP Gold Room at Sakura nightclub.

Lights, camera.. glamour!

THE GUESTS Celebs and fashion bloggers from across the northwest joined us to sip champagne cocktails and browse the rails of Glamorous clothing, including a sneakpeak at their AW13 collection. At the end of the event goody bags were given away containing Glamorous knit jumpers in an array of neon tones, BassBuds earphones, Sexy Hair products and Skin Health Spa vouchers.

The fash pack out in force!

Tulisa and friends

Many guests stayed on to party at Sakura’s Eivissa club night into the early hours. Penelope Armstrong of fashion-fade., and friends CENTRE LEFT Tulisa and friends: (L-R) Manchester socialite Sammie Orr, Tulisa Contostavlos, Michelle from the band Platnum and Waterloo Road star Chelsee Healey. BOTTOM MIDDLE Katrina Urwin of Hoochie Mama Jewellery CENTRE RIGHT

Images by Sven Eselgroth

Guests were treated to hair styling by Deansgate salon Too Funky and makeovers and nail art by NQ beauty parlour Seen on Screen. ABOVE:


by Gemma Latham

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SAILOR / STANNARD ART EXHIBITION Photographer-videographer Layla Sailor and illustrator, print and fashion designer Lisa Stannard presented a retrospective of their work at 2022 in the Northern Quarter to a delighted crowd of Manchester creatives. The talented duo have collaborated on many projects since they met as students in Manchester. Together, they create “playful, creative and colourful works with elements of traditional decorative arts, street style and religious iconography.”

Images were displayed around the venue, with videos projected onto the walls. Guests were treated to Russian sweets and cocktails whilst live Kokoshnik dolls and pastel ‘Milky Girls’ brought the artwork to life. Music from the Wet Play DJ’s enhanced the funky trippy vibe.

The vibrant Kokoshnik set

LAYLA SAILOR LAYLASAILOR.COM @laylasailor LISA STANNARD LISASTANNARD.COM @lisa_stannard Images by Elisabeth Kurtis and Nigel Maitland

Layla created this larger than life Yeti - named Milky - for one of her many fantastical photoshoots

by Gemma Latham


At Den Interiors we manufacturer totally unique pieces of furniture and have become known for our collection of imaginative designs. Our showroom in Bury also shows an extensive collection and a range of accessories. We promote a stylish, elegant yet comfortable mode of interiors and try to stay a step ahead through our distinctive interpretation of trends and an exceptional attention to detail and aesthetics.

Den Interiors New Victoria Mills Wellington Street Bury BL8 2AL Tel. 0161 761 3601

by Emma Thackham

WAKE-UP! I’ve never been a morning person, maybe that’s why a career in theatre was so alluring! My alarm goes off at 7am and I stagger out of bed. I’m training for a triathlon at the moment, so most days start with a banana and a session in the gym or pool. MORNING I get to the MIF office at 9am most days, desperate for coffee and like everyone I begin by wading through stacks of email. Today’s diary also holds some interesting meetings. The first is with the BBC Asian Network to talk about the visit of the astonishing Sufi Singer Abida Parveen who is playing the Bridgewater Hall on July 6th. It’s a real coup for Manchester and the only UK performance from this amazing artist. I run from this meeting to one with Dave Haslam (Hacienda DJ legend) to talk through the DJ’s he has programmed for our Festival Square site. This year he has come up with a range of local and national talent from Dialog to the brilliantly named ‘Disco Mums’. LUNCH-TIME

Is normally a sandwich at my desk, but today is lunch with Festival Director, Alex Poots, to catch up on all of the projects we are undertaking.

This year the Festival is presenting 20 world premieres and more than 30 events in total, so it’s difficult to stay on top of it! AFTERNOON Back to the growing piles of emails and a discussion with our Press Department about a Culture Show special on Masque of Anarchy. Actress Maxine Peake and Royal Exchange Theatre Director Sarah Frankcom have spent an afternoon rehearsing the piece with a film crew in tow and it’s been a really successful session.

The Diary

Paul Clay is Executive Producer of Manchester International Festival – a biennial festival of new music, visual and performing arts. Paul has recently worked as a consultant for Manchester City Council as interim manager of the Library Theatre in preparation for its merger with Cornerhouse, and as an advisor to the Home project, Manchester’s £25 million new space for Contemporary Arts, Theatre and Film at First Street.

Paul Clay

AFTER-HOURS The international nature of our work means that things don’t always happen in normal office hours. 7.30pm brings a conference call with the design team for the XX, they are LA based which means all of our conversations happen in our early evening and their early morning. The design is coming on very well, it’s going to be a truly amazing event for those lucky enough to have got a ticket. I relax in the bath with a large glass of wine before getting to bed around midnight. A final check of emails brings an invite to take Life and Death of Marina Abramovic which premiered at MIF 2011 to Chile in 2014, which might fit well after it’s journey to Toronto and NY later this year. It’s great to see works commissioned by the festival continue to reach new international audiences!

Images by Leemo Rante

Paul Clay, Executive Producer for Manchester International Festival, describes his working day...

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