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themeless ISSUE ISSUE III MARCH 2012


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Thomas Cole Simmonds falco verholen interview Michelle Dylan Huynh Ronnielle Karfiol kitty gallannaugh interview Theodore Williams Madeline Kim HANNAH DUFFY Ilona Anton MARTINA VACKOVA INTERVIEW


CONTENTS PAPER ROSES

010 026 032 038 050 056 066 078 092 102 116 illumine 124 Editorial by Faye Sampson

YOUSIF

Editorial by Conor Clinch

TWINS

Editorial by Meg Hutchison

CLANDESTINE

Editorial by Vivienne Mok

SWIFT

Editorial by Asami Zenri

WAN

Editorial by Edgar Berg

COMPADRES

Editorial by Hollie Carlin

FISH ‘N’ CHIPS

Editorial by Agnieszka Chabros

RED IN THE CITY Editorial by Lucie Goodayle

REBIRTH

Editorial by Marta Macha

BECLOUD

Editorial by Ailera Stone

COVER STORY by Elena Jasic

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POETRY

Editorial by Liz Dungate

PLETHORA

Editorial by Francesca Secolonovo

COAST

Editorial by Geoffrey Chuah

ANONYMOUS

Editorial by Hannah Nagle

LUSTER

Editorial by Dominic Clarke

RED

Editorial by Amy Nelson-Blain

INDISTINCT

Editorial by Brianne Daigle

DRESS UP

Editorial by Charlotte Bibby

SYLVIA&SELMA

Editorial by Federica Simoni

ROUGE

Editorial by Michelle Babb

DOTDOTDOT Editorial by Cat Lane

WENDYBIRD

Editorial by Katie Eleanor


ON THE COVER

Elena Jasic has contributed to every one of our volume II issues and so we thought it was about time she took our cover slot. Elena is a multi-talented wonder woman, not only did she photograph this absolutely beautiful story but she pulled pieces from Sheila Frank (www.sheilafrank.com) and LaureLuxe (www.laureluxe.com) to style the story herself. See pages 124 to 131 for the entire dazzling story featuring Brianna @ Streamline Model Management with make-up and hair by Kylie Boughter.


STAFF editor in chief: Bethany Grace editors: Katie Eleanor Gareth Rhys

photography editor: Lauryn Tomlinson fashion editors:

Le’Keisha Sims Jade Bigwood Tashi Hanlon

interviewer: Erin Kubicki writers: Katie Eleanor

Tahlia Pajaczkowska

scouting: Tahlia Pajaczkowska


LONDON CALLING Punk spirit, flamboyant colour, crazy designs and always a party; London has always brought a strong, fun and youthful spirit during fashion week. This season though they’ve really stepped up their designs with some of the best collections coming out of the once deemed “rave and club culture fashion week.” Something is brewing in those cobblestoned streets. This season, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzous and Gareth Pugh showed some of their strongest collections. Katrantzous has put digital printing back on the map and Gareth’s dark architectural shapes were to die for. But thats not all that was impressive, this has also been the break out season for new talent like Thomas Tait, J.W Anderson and Meadham Kirchhoff. Tait’s minimal, clean lined and sporty collection one of our favourites. Kirchhoff ’s candy coloured ladies paraded the show in this season’s pastels and fun cut mini dresses, cutout jackets and bold lips. We can only wait to see what they do for their next season! With London adding in a menswear fashion week as well, its bound to be something great and innovative.

By Le’Keisha Sims


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SPRING

PLAYLIST • • • • • • • • • • •

212 - Azealia Banks Off to the Races - Lana Del Rey Welcome to Condale - Summer Camp Under the Sea - Timefiles Traveller’s Chant - Rizzle Kicks Hot Right Now - Rita Ora Primadonna - Marina and the Diamonds Tennessee - Meg Myers No One Ever Wakes Up - Difficulty Comeback Kid - Sleigh Bells Heartlines - Florence & the Machine


Paper Roses

Photography: Faye Sampson Styling: Aliya Zaidi Photography Assistant: Stuart Berham Makeup: Carmen Goetz Model: Leah @ Leni’s Models

Top: ASOS Shorts: Glamorous Flower ring: Pilgrim


TOP: asos


Bikini top: sunseeker Headband: Her Curious Nature


Dress: ASOS Necklace & cuff: Pilgrim Bracelet: Topshop Sunglasses: Stylist’s Own


jacket: ASOS Jeans: Glamorous ring: Lipsy Headband: Stylist’s Own


Dress: ASOS Necklace: Pilgrim Bracelet: Topshop cuff: Pilgrim Socks: Gipsy Ring: People Tree Ring: Krystal


Dress: ASOS cuff: Pilgrim Ring: Krystal Headband: Her Curious Nature


Top: Topshop Shorts: Glamorous Socks: Gipsy Sunglasses: Stylist’s Own


Top: ASOS BikinI: Sunseeker Hotpants: ASOS


I once had a rabbit that was born with one eye, and I watched it sink teeth into my blushing thigh. I am lying in the arms of an old oak tree, my skin is bleeding from various points but I know he does not mean to harm me. ‘Lover, my braid is fraying’, I whimper, and so he repairs it with daisies that grow around his roots. I recall the time he told me that the sky was falling, hundreds of years ago, when lightning cast off one of his wooden arms. More clearly, I remember when he was just a boy, and we loved on a mattress we found discarded in my meadow. A crow lands in one of his uppermost branches; he sings me a melancholy song. ‘Fleeting fireflies have no time for crying children,’ my mama told when I was a young child. I sat over looking the ocean, my moon was just appearing in all his majesty above me. I sat very high on a cliff and I imagine the amount of steps it would take to fly off of the edge. I remember a film once, a silent, grainy, memory; a lady in a long Victorian dress outreaches her arms and soars down to heaven. My mama comes over to me and gives me jar of stars, my eyes are dry and my mouth is smiling, I am enchanted by their light. ‘Fleeting fireflies have no time for crying children’, she says again. Twin sisters live in the house opposite mine, the old mental institution that they had painted flamingo pink. Their garden was home to an albino peacock and I used to take my one-eyed rabbit over to play. The sisters wore lace every day, often white and moth-eaten (like my papery wings). I think that it entwined itself into their skin and made their wrinkles appear like floral patterns. The flamingo house was haunted by faeries, I think, the dust in the light was a magic potion and I swear I found a set of wings entwined in their rose bush once. I think the swan ate the faerie. I think the sisters ate the swan. I awake and my eyes are stuck together with petals, I am in my meadow and today the sky is lilac. Madame Butterfly is teaching her caterpillar young to fly. They jump from my fingertips and sink to the floor, I do not Madame Butterfly is well anymore. I am sad to see their bruising skin, and so I curtsy to the pussy willow and make them wings from her branches. The pussy willow is always incredibly kind to me, one day I wore my favourite dress to the river filled with mud, and she crafted me a bridge. Next time the caterpillar young jumped from my fingertips they kissed the violet sky. I think they are off to pay my moon a visit. I whisper them a story to whisper on to him. Violet, your tongue licks the necks of the creatures you slay, let me bring peace into your dying day.


MOTHER MADNESS KATIE ELEANOR BY Thomas Cole Simmonds // alongside a short story by katie eleanor


YOUSIF

Photography: Conor Clinch Model: Yousif @ Absolute The Agency Make-up: Sarah Foley Styling: Lisa Marie Mc Carroll


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SNIWT

Photography & Styling: Meg Hutchison Hair & Make Up: Siobhan Drew Models: Rachel and Kate @ Bookings


TWINS


Dresses: Topshop


Blazer: ASOS Dress: Minkpink Top: Topshop Necklaces: vintage


Necklaces: vintage Dress: vintage Top: Topshop


clandestine Photography, Styling, Hair & Make-up: Vivienne Mok Model: Maria Emilia @ Mademoiselle Agency


Bra: American Apparel Tulle Dress: Vivienne Mok Skirt: Vivienne Mok Garter Belt: Primark


Tulle & Fur Dress: Anne Valerie Hash Stockings: TopShop Shoes: Andre


Body: Pins & Needles Mini Lace cape: Vintage Lace collar: Atsuko Paris Lace socks: Vintage Shoes: Anne Valerie Hash


Hat: Urban Outfitters Gauze dress: Anne Valerie Hash Rose rings: Yukie Deux Points


Body with fringes: Asos Boudoir Tutu: Vivienne Mok Lace Stockings: Primark Shoes: H&M


FA L CO} VER HOL EN.

an interview by Erin Kubicki { featuring illustrations by falco verholen


SYN: So you’re an illustrator? Why choose this creative outlet over other talents? What drew you to illustration? FALCO: I’m on a video design course at HKU in Hilversum, the Netherlands.. but I plan on turning from an amateuristic illustrator to a more professional one. What I like about illustration is that there’s relatively little needed to get started: just some paper, a pen and a computer. Making a short film is a lot of work, so in my spare time I like to create little worlds in my illustrations. SYN: How would you describe your own work? FALCO: Let’s see.. I think my work is mostly like an outburst of thoughts and intense feelings that I can’t show in any other way. I find it hard to express myself in ‘traditional’ communication. SYN: Is your work quite personal to you then? FALCO: Very much so - every piece has an array of connotations and associations to me but I hope to convey something in my work that touches others too. I don’t believe that self-expression is the sole purpose of being an artist - at least not for me.

Although studying video design, Falco’s real art-vocation is illustration. His deep, intense designs conjoin twisted visions of everything from the human form to surrealist creatures of the imagination. Based in the Netherlands, his talent has crossed borders and now he’s here in Syn. We caught up with the young artist to talk on his work and inspirations.

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SYN: How does your work connect to others? How do you want people to react when they see your illustrations? FALCO: Although there’s no particular response I want to elicit per se, I like to convey a sense of wonder and mystery in my work that draws people in, the feeling that something is a little off.. ( I don’t like hardcore fantasy or sci-fi, but I absolutely love the surreal). SYN: How do you do that though? FALCO: Mostly through the composition and particular elements of my drawings. I like to combine things that have no apparent relationship to one another. And I’m an avid lover of people with objects for heads. Cameras, triangles... And as you’ve probably noted, I am fond of animals and nature SYN: Why base most of your work on animals and nature? Although you like the surreal you could argue that animals and nature were one of the most ‘realest’ subject forms? FALCO: That’s true. I like to turn the animals I draw into something different; spectators and facilitators of mystery. Maybe you could say I add some human characteristics to them.


SYN: So there’s a lot of young illustrators coming through at the moment - what makes you different, stand-out from them? FALCO: I believe my subject matter is pretty specific. For one thing, I absolutely love drawing men (preferrably in the nude) there’s a lot of naked women going around, but most art forms fall short of men - at least that’s what I’ve come to think. I juxtapose different elements together to create weird concoctions and connections. Of course, I draw inspiration from lots of other artists too but I think I’ve created a style quite my own. SYN: What’s your technical process when starting a piece? FALCO: I decide what elements I want to fuse, and then I go for it. I’ve only recently discovered the benefits of truly planning ahead; most of my work is like knitting elements together. I often discover new shapes in the lines and forms of my work, then proceed to work them into the drawing. But then again sometimes I work purely on instinct, beginning with a single shape and than transforming its edges and lines into a variety of objects, animals or people. SYN: How do you balance the two sides of your working persona? FALCO: Though I am mostly a rational being, I believe my instincts produce the best work I’ve ever done. Too much planning kills the work. These days I try to combine the two so I can create work that reaches more epic proportions.I consider my work to be pretty much confined to itself, not reaching out much. I want to change that and for that I need to plan my work in more efficient ways. SYN: What materials do you use? Is there one method you prefer? FALCO: For my purely traditional way of working I mostly use watercolors and sometimes acrylics. I mostly choose what technique fits the subject matter the most, then work from there. I like all techniques equally, though acrylics sometimes intimidate me they’re so sensitive. It can be pretty hard to get the lines I want. I plan on getting more skilled in the art of digital coloring as well. There’s such a vast array of possibilities there. Many of my friends make miracles happen with Painter or PhotoShop. They inspire me.


SYN: What’s inspirational about digital drawings? What would your response be to those who say digital illustration has less credit than that of an acrylic painting? FALCO: What inspires me most in digital work is the vibrant colors and the incredible sense of light. There’s a certain delicacy about the work of some of my favorite digital artists that I’ve hardly ever seen in traditional work. I used to believe that traditional work is the ‘real’ stuff and that digital work is just a copy, but I’ve changed my mind. It’s (at least to me) incredibly complicated to create stunning digital art. I think it deserves just as much respect. As long as some real work is involved, that is. If it’s just a bunch of digital, pre-composed effects thrown together, I don’t call it art. SYN: Who are some of your favourite digital illustrators? FALCO: I enjoy the work of Sam Weber, Ryohei Hase, Hi, Sam Wolfe Connelly, James Jean, Dave McKean, Edwin Ushiro, Stuntkid, Lois van Baarle, Ken Wong and many more. SYN: When did it click that you could make a career out of art, illustration? FALCO: First I needed it to convey my feelings but then I got a lot of positive responses on my work. I came to realize that good art is worth all the hard work and determination. SYN: Was there one particular moment that you can remember that sparked the need to draw? to get out your emotions? FALCO: I don’t recall a particular moment, no. But as a child I was pretty reclusive so creativity was my companion most of the time. I drew my own comic stories and recorded Lion King epics! SYN: Do you think creativity can be taught as a skill at university or wherever? FALCO: I think true creativity is sparked in the right side of the brain, so to say, and if things work out, the left, logical side of the brain sees to it that all necessary skills are acquired. Anatomy, perspective, colour theory that can all be learnt. Different forms of artistry ask for different visions so any degree of creativity can come in handy. SYN: If you were told you couldn’t draw anymore, no more illustration - what can you see yourself doing instead? FALCO: Directing video clips and creating small artistic games. I have a lot of creative loves. If I couldn’t be creative thought I’d join the army though on a moral level I’d probably object to killing people so perhaps the army wouldn’t be a solution... SYN: What’s your ultimate goal, where do you want you and your illustration to go? FALCO: I want it to be a source of inspiration and escapism for both others and myself. If I can convey just a sense of the otherworldly places I’ve been to in my head, I’m satisfied. And I want to get better, of course. There’s lots of room for improvement. But the inspiration will always be there, I’m sure about that. My ultimate goal isn’t restricted to just illustration - I want to be a full-fledged artist, expressing the stories in my mind as good as I possibly can, in any suitable medium, til I die.


swift photography: Asami Zenri styling: Hideyuki Sanbongi model: Lenke Anna Bartha makeup: Atsushi Kokawa hair: Hitomi Kaneda

Dress: Motonari Ono Gloves & Tights: Stylist’s own


Dress: Matthew Williamson


Dress: Motonari Ono Shoes: TOPSHOP


Dress: Maurizio Pecorado


WAN

Photography: Edgar Berg Designer: Jessica Conzen Model: Marina Kozlova @EQMODELS Makeup & Hair: Juan Romero


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orn in Melbourne, Australia; Michelle Dylan Huynh started shooting time lapse videos at the age of 16 in her downtime; originally a science major, Michelle turned to photography when she fell in love with the notion of capturing and creating a story with images, she has not touched a chemistry book since. Having parents working in the fashion industry, Michelle was exposed to the culture and soon developed her own aesthetic. By 17, she had her first fashion editorial published in a UK magazine, since then she has worked with many talented artists in their fields; while her work is continuing to evolve, she has a very particular style that is distinctly hers. When not shooting fashion, portraiture is another love of hers - intrigued by people in general, her portraiture work explores their traits and identity. Now aged 20, still freelancing and collaborating, Michelle is working on major projects that are soon to be exhibited in Melbourne.

FIND MORE OF MICHELLE’S WORK ON HER BLOG: www.hunterandthieves.com


compadres

Photography: Hollie Carlin & Grace Carlin Styling: Emma Breden Hair: Stephen Hamilton Make up: Sarah Elizabeth Abbott Models: Scott Simpson @ Nevs, Adam Forster @ Nevs, Rebecca S @ Models1 & Oliver @ AMCK


Jacket: Billy Boyce Trousers: Billy Boyce Shoes: James Kearns Shirt: Stylist’s own Bowtie: Stylist’s own

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Jacket: House of Sunny Shoes: Sarmite Ostanevica


Shirt: Alexandria Paton Trousers: Alexandria Paton Jacket: Alexandria Paton Shoes: James Kearns


Top: Billy Boyce Jacket: James Kearns Trousers: Billy Boyce Shoes: James Kearns


Karfiol

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“I started taking photos while still in school to explore a different kind of art. My passion for photography deepend while serving a mandatory stint in the army. It simply became an antidote to all the stress I was experiencing at the time. I shoot with girls I scout from my base and with upcoming models, always keeping my eyes wide open for fresh ways to re-create reality.�


fish ac hni pds

Photography: Agnieszka Chabros Styling: Sinead Hargreaves Hair & Make-up: Felicia Sarwono Model: Catherine Debicki @ Vivien’s Model Management


Dress: 60’s shift dress Sunglasses: Vintage Shoes: ‘Midas’ cream brogues


Top: Vintage white mid drift tie top Shorts: Vintage, ‘just jeans’ sunglasses: vintage


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kitty gallannaugh

Now that ‘everyone’s a photographer’; it’s harder to stand out, make your images, your talent known and recognised as your own. One photographer though that effortlessly does just this with such understated style is Kitty Gallannaugh. Shooting across fashion and portraiture for magazines to her own-run business, Kitty’s shots glisten with a warm, dream-like air. Here, SYN chats to the young lens-woman about her work, the industry she’s in and the opportunities coming here way.


SYN: How would you describe your own style? KITTY: I don’t think I know! Summery, girly, floral-pastel kissed, youthful, whimsical - I think that’s where I feel most comfortable. SYN: How much thought and planning goes behind each photo? Are they ever spontaneous? KITTY: I can plan for a month to a minute. Each photo is different, some shoots have been in the process of planning for 2-3 months, others can be a week’s planning and there are many that have just been spontaneous overnight thoughts. Every shoot is set up to a certain extent, but then on shoot, everything is spontaneous and new it’s what I love most about shooting. SYN: What’s it like being a freelancer at the moment, running your own photography business? KITTY: I’m personally loving the journey, it’s so exciting as you’re always meeting new people as well as friendly faces you already know! I think people have a warped idea about the industry being very cut-throat and back-stabbing, and it can be if you’re that kind of person, but it can be whatever you want it to be. It is competitive to a certain degree, yes, but it isn’t as dog-eat-dog as films or other sources make out. It’s fun, relaxed and full of quirky creatives who just want to make art and express themselves as much as you do.

SYN: What advice would you give to someone picking up a camera for the first time? KITTY: Jump right in! You never know what’ll happen unless you try and if you love it, then just don’t stop. Simple as, really! SYN: Why choose natural light? How do you play with techniques to get to where you are? KITTY: Natural light just feels so right, it gives me the freedom to jump around the woods and not have to worry about the lighting gear - I move too much to use artificial light. SYN: Do you approach your fashion shoots with a different mindset to other jobs and projects? KITTY: Absolutely. I’m commissioned to do lots of different sorts of jobs, one day I may be doing a family shoot and the next I’m doing an editorial so I have to wear different “thinking caps” for them.


SYN: What do you think of Tumblr’s effect on photography? The stylised images circulating the web, do you think Tumblr has helped photography? KITTY: I see Tumblr as a set of scales which are constantly outweighing one another. The nightmare for photographers is having their photograph put on a popular Tumblr without any link or credit and it circulating and spreading like wildfire - it’s very frustrating to see happen to your work. You think, “If only there had been my name attached to it, then maybe 1 of those 50,000 people who have liked or reblogged it will have brought me new custom.” On the other hand, when it is credited and it then circulates then you couldn’t be happier and it can be a wonderful networking tool. So in ways, yes, I do believe it has helped, but in others, it can just be more of a pain! SYN: What’s your main Inspirations/reference points? KITTY: Music, dusty childhood books, words, stories, nature, people in the street, emotions, love, light and that time between sunset and night when the sun is gone but the sky is still pale blue with stars - that is where I find my inspiration. SYN: Is there a picture you wish you’d taken but didn’t? KITTY: I think it’s easy for people to think that, but I try not to think about what I haven’t taken as opposed to what I should take. Whether I compare my work to other photographers and think, “I wish I’d taken that” or come away from a shoot and think, “I should’ve taken one like this..” it doesn’t matter to me because it isn’t possible to change anything. As a photographer, I think we’re always learning and taking new things on board. If we think about what should’ve been or could’ve been then we just get caught up and can’t push forwards.

...that time between sunset and night when the sun is gone but the sky is still pale blue with stars - that is where I find my inspiration.

SYN: What draws you to a subject, makes you want to photograph it? KITTY: Uniqueness. If something looks different to what we usually see then I want to get in there and photograph it. If there’s someone with the most extraordinarily pretty eyes or smile then my mind bursts into action and I have to capture it. I love diversity in people, how we’re all so different and have new things to offer. Every shoot is so new and refreshing because of what the person brings to the lens.


SYN: What would your dream shoot be? KITTY: I had this dream a year ago which started with me in the desert with 3 models. We were in the middle of nowhere and then came across this stretch of deserted war-planes which had been painted pastel pinks, blues, yellows etc. I told the models to scramble onto the wings and pose. My heart was leaping and my head was pulsing and as I reviewed the photos, I actually screamed out in happiness. For some reason I have never been able to shake those images from my mind since, maybe it’s a sign. I wish those photos were real, more than anything and maybe one day they will be.

i n ter v iew by Erin Kubicki { all images by kitty gallannaugh


SYN: If you could do any other profession what would it be and why? KITTY: I’d love to be a florist and own my own little shop with striped bunting and serve milkshakes to customers as they wait for their order. If all else fails, you’ll know where to find me.

SYN: Do you have a memory of when you reaiised you wanted to be a photographer? How did you pick up your skills? KITTY: Not at all really. I think photography was so much a part of me that there was never really a deciding point. I had taken all sort of snap shots as a little thing and had boxes spilling with the photos I’d taken. Most kids collected stamps or foreign coins, but I collected photos and albums. In the summer of 2003, my father bought our first digital camera, it was a point and shoot which I fell in love with. I would borrow it without anyone knowing and go to take photos with it. I began to practise editing photos for the first time and learning about colours and compositions, it became an obsession. When most other kids were out shopping or smuggling alcohol to their friends, I was pressed against a computer screen playing with curves and brightness. And from there I just never stopped until I found myself being paid to take photographs for people!

SYN: Your images are light, Spring/ Summer inspired - would you ever toy with producing more darker images? KITTY: I’m always trying to push my style in new directions and have done darker images to add a contrast to my work as well as taking away the safety net. I’m working on a whole new portfolio at the moment and there are some darker toned and atmospheric images there which I’m actually quite happy with for once! SYN: You’ve become well-established, really found a style at a young age - can you ever see that changing? How are you pushing things, moving forward? KITTY: I can see a lot changing, I feel I’m developing a lot as a photographer all the time, seeing new things and being brave enough to try them. You have to bite at the bit and just go for whatever you think will work. It can be daunting at times, but you just have to find the next thing to focus on. The way in which I edit my photos always varies and the way I direct a shoot always varies too, I’m always being spontaneous but it works for me. I move forward by being spontaneous.


SYN: You’ve already done some big projects and worked with some amazing people; what’s been your favourite project to date? KITTY: I think I’m actually about to embark on it in a couple of weeks time! Every project has been memorable in its own special way, whether it was making firm friendships with members of the team or remembering it for the good food I got to eat or how happy I was with the final images. However, I am about to shoot something I am so deeply passionate about and the mood boards, theme and location we’re shooting are so wonderful that I can’t stop thinking about it. This will probably be my favourite to date, I wish I could spill the beans on it, but for now.. watch this space! SYN: What motivates you to keep on with photography? KITTY: The appreciation people show. In a society where kids are growing up in such a digital world, it can be scary to think whether they’ll grow up with values for culture and art. But there are heaps of people who really appreciate both old and modern forms of art and that is what I find so encouraging. They are the people I want to share my photos with, they support my work, show me what they make and we all make one another happy by doing so. There is such a wonderful community of photographers out there and the people who appreciate those photographer’s photos too. Photography is my passion which became my career, and without it, I think it’d be like living upside down.

SYN: On your bio it says every photo you take has a story to whisper; do you try and keep your photos quite simple, elegant? Are you trying to keep a rawness to your photos? Why? KITTY: Every photographer has a signature style that an audience can identify as the artist’s, some photographer’s go for really surreal shots with rich colours whereas others stick to squares or black and white photography. I find my style does lie within the realms of simple and elegant - you don’t always need to be lavish and elaborate to create something beautiful (most people assume the more money you throw at a shoot for props etc, the better it’ll be). I use nature and sunlight and it makes my photos real and unhidden. I try to keep all the rawness I can. People relate to rawness, if they can see an emotion seeping out a photo then they’ll pick up on it and identify it, become emotionally attached and want to look at more. And that is why I try to keep my photos as clean and raw as possible.


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Photography: Lucie Goodayle Styling: Emma Breeden Makeup & HaiR: Lou Mack Model: Issadora Tanner


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Dress: L.2.Mae (www.l2mae.com) Hood: Laura Fauvel (www.notjustalabel.com/laurafauvel) Rings: Emilie Thomas (www.emiliethomas.co.uk)

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Dress: Velvet Johnstone (www.velvetjohnstone.com) Necklace & Rings: Emily Thomas (www.emiliethomas.co.uk)


AS THE WIND BLOWS Eleanor by Theo Williams


rebirth Photography: Marta Macha Make-up & Styling: Marta Morawiecka Model: Anna Wit @ Myskena Studio Illustration: Roksana Robok

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“This small series is all about where I grew up in Seoul. During the fall, my mother and I decided to return to the mountain we used to hike near our old house. When I returned back to Hong Kong, I merged the photos I took at the mountain with photos I took in my studio of my Korean model, Laura. I wanted to use these images to show a true depiction of the rich colors and textures found in Seoul’s nature.”

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Models: Gintare Siulyte, Gabija Urnieziute & Joginte Bucinskaite. Photography, styling & make up: Ailera Stone


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Illumine Photography & Styling: Elena Jasic Model: Brianna @ Streamline Model Management Make up & Hair: Kylie Boughter

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Bodysuit: Sheila Frank Pants: Laureluxe


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Dress: Sheila Frank Shoes: Aldo


Top: Sheila Frank Bottom: Model’s own Pants: Laureluxe Shoes: Aldo


Dress: Sheila Frank body chain: Laureluxe


Dress: Sheila Frank


Photography: Hannah Duffy Assistant: David Defalco Styling: Jenni Defalco Model: Kara Erwin Make-up: Jenni Defalco Hair: Aaron Overton

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Kara wears Ayten Gasson Lingerie


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Photography: FRED FRASER Hair/Make-up: LIZ DUNGATE Model: BRITTANY @ Next Models

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White angel dress by Nadia Nurieva Black dress by Anna&Olga Kamenevs

VARIATIONS

Photography: Ilona Anton Styling: Tatiana Ashakova Make-up: Tatiana Ashakova & Irina Rudova using MAC cosmetics and Atelier Paris Hair: Tatiana Ashakova using Wella Models: Daria Glushenkova & Ksenia Ganzina


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chiffon top by Anna&Olga Kamenevs Corset & skirt dress by Anna&Olga Kamenevs

Angel silk dress by Nadia Nurieva


Black and white French lace tops by Anna&Olga Kamenevs


plethora Photography: Francesca Secolonovo Model: Emma D from Oxygen Models Hair Styling: Luca Gallina Styling: Magdalena Marciniak Make Up: Yuko Murakami Assistant: Joanna Gregory

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coast

Photography: Geoffrey Chuah Styling: Shannon Meddings Make-up and Hair: Connie G Model: Ingrid @Chadwick models


Dress: Joveeba (wanderer dress) (www.joveeba.com.au)


Swim Suit: Nadia Racer Feather Print (www.whitesandsaustralia.com) Sandals: Carmen Stephens (www.carmensteffens.com)

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bikini: Roxy (www.roxyaustralia.com.au) necklace: Lovisa Multi Beads (www.lovisa.com.au)


dress: Joveeba (www.joveeba.com.au) wedges: Sam Eldemen Cork Platforms (www.samedelman.com)


Bikini: Lisa Blue Divinity High Waisted Cherub Bikini (www.lisablue.com.au)


bikini: Roxy (www.roxyaustralia.com.au) necklace: Lovisa Multi Beads (www.lovisa.com.au)

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Photography: Hannah Nagle Styling: Bousjie D’code Hair & Make-up: Vibeke Daahl Model: Michèle Worsley

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LUS TER PhotographY: Dominic Clarke STYLING: Louise Litchfield Hair & make-up: Alessia Pasquali Model: Natalya @ Profile

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Dress : Alice Lee Stockings : Playful Promises


Corset: Tamzin Lillywhite Skirt: Beyond Retro


Necklace: Topshop Boutique


Skirt: Farah Necklace: Topshop Boutique Garter: Tamzin Lillywhite


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Robe: Beyond Retro Belt: Alice Lee


Headband : Stylist’s Own Harness : Tamzin Lillywhite Jacket : Alice Lee Pants : Beyond Retro


Feather Gilet: Zara Harness: Tamzin Lillywhite Lace Pants: Beyond Retro


Bra: Lauren Barnes Hotpants: Lauren Barnes Harness: Tamzin Lillywhite Gloves: Beyond Retro


RED Photography: Amy Nelson-Blain Model: Sarah O’Boyle @ GEAR Management Make-up: Lu Wang Hair: Doran Lu

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Photographer: Brianne Daigle Model: Lane @ Ford StyliNG: Kevin Cheng Grooming: Brittany Daigle

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IN DI ST IN CT


SHIRT: Des’sert


Accessories: vintage hat: H&M


piece: KTZ


SCARF: damir doma


top: indu homme


shirt: IF SIX WAS NINE


FL i GHT OF/A GIRL Photography: Kassia Meinholdt Styling: Liz Vranesh Make-up: Dina Bree Model: Luccia Cafiero


DRESS UP

Photography: Charlotte Bibby Styling: Marika Page Grooming: Rebecca Rojas Retouching: De Luca Giordano Models: Dominic @ Models1 & Jonathon @ D1 Assistant: Sean Hood


on the left Jacket: Gozi shirt: Forgotten Future, on the right: Jacket: Jezebel & Toff


Jacket & shorts: Gozi hat: Izzue


Jacket: Jezebel & Toff sunglasses: Glassing


Shirt & jeans: Jezebel & Toff


Jacket: Gozi shirt: Forgotten Future pants: Jezebel & Toff


T-shirt: Izzue pants: Jezebel & Toff


T-shirt: Jezebel & Toff trousers: Gozi hat: Izzue


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silvia selma

PHOTOGRAPHY: Federica Simoni ASSISTANT: Diago Mariotta Mendez STYLING: Tiziana Lia MAKE UP & HAIR: Luka Watabe MODELs: Selma @ M&P ; Sylvia @ NEVS


on the left Sunglasses: Asos Jeans: Asos Jacket: River Island Socks, Shoes, Bracelet & top: Topshop on the right Sunglasses: Asos Shirt: River Island Harness, Skirt & Socks: Topshop


on the left Top, dress, socks & bag: Topshop Shirt: Cameo Shoes: Asos on the right Sweater, Bralet, Belt, Necklace: & SOCKS: Topshop Skirt & shoes: Asos Ring: Stylist own


Dress: Boutique Jumper: Topshop Socks: Topshop Shoes: Topshop


Hat: Asos.com Shirt: Topshop Skirt: Johann Earl Socks: Topshop Shoes: Asos Watch: Vintage


on the left: Dress: Topshop Jackets: Asos Ring and necklace: Topshop ON THE RIGHT: Shirt: American Apparel Collar and Cuffs: Topshop


Sunglasses: Asos Shirt: River Island Harness: Topshop


Shirt: American Apparel Collar and Cuffs: Topshop


MARTINA VACKOVA an interview by Erin Kubicki photography: bethany grace make up & hair: Theresa Matejicnรก

www.dannyrosefashion.com


There always seems to be an argument, two-sides of the blogging community; what do you think of it and other bloggers at the moment? MARTINA: Yes, I was going through some czech blogs and I didn’t like them so much at the time so I wanted to start my own and do it better. It is funny though because some of those blogs have changed so much over the years that they have grown to become my favorites.

What’s your motivation to regularly blog? MARTINA: I think blogging is the future, and you can see on many foreign blogs how far one can go in their career with a blog and how influential bloggers can become. I think it will help unite designers and the consumers of fashion more which I believe is important.

Has your location in Prague had an impact on your style or would you say you feel more moved by the more conventional fashion capital’s like Paris or London?

MARTINA: I would say I am more moved by fashion capitols like London or New York rather then Prague. Good things fashion wise are only few and far in between in Prague, but on the other hand this makes me more excited every time I see something inspiring or promising.

Describe Prague’s style? MARTINA: Please, don’t ask me that! I have no idea how to even make any sense of it. I would say confusing.

How would you describe your own style? What influences what you put on in the morning? MARTINA: It has changed so much since I started my blog, in a good way I think. I definitely wear more feminine and chic clothes now, and recently I was inspired by classic american sports wear so I just mix and mash all these influences together to make it my own. Most of my decisions I make on what to wear on a work day are based on if I do or do not have to wear high heels with an outfit because I am always leaving house at the last minute so I need to be able to walk fast. I try to be practical and choose an outfit which can be worn with flats or more comfortable heels. However on an off day I go for heels always and the higher the better; so skirts, dresses or palazzo pants are usually my choices.


Do you think having your own personal style is essential? Do you think its harder now to find a personal style today where there’s so many blogs, so many similar shops telling you what you should wear? MARTINA: Yes I think it is. Speaking for myself, well, not really. I love to incorporate new styles into my wardrobe but while trying to make sure that it somehow reflects my own and is suitable for my figure.


What makes you excited about fashion?

“Haha! what doesn’t make me excited about fashion? There is no such thing.”


Can you see yourself blogging for years to come yet? What are your plans for the blog, for yourself for 2012? MARTINA: I cant see myself without it. I am moving to Dallas, Texas in the summer so that will the biggest change that is ahead of me this year. The biggest challenge for both me and my blog is to make the transition as smooth as possible and hopefully attract more american readers.


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Photography: Michelle Babb Models: Abby, Dandilion, and Teresa Styling: Diya Liu (of In Her Stilettos) Set design: Maureen Stevens (of Inglenook DĂŠcor) HaiR: Brittany Baranowski + Lorie Golden Makeup: Julie Odom

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Dresses: Boudoir Queen Accessories: Stylist’s own


Corset: Megan Summerville skirt: Megan Summerville Petticoat: American Apparel Accessories: Stylist’s own


Dress: Boudoir Queen Accessories: Stylist’s own


Dresses: Boudoir Queen Accessories: Stylist’s own


Dress: Boudoir Queen Accessories: Stylist’s own


DOT DOT DOT ... Photography & Styling: Cat Lane Model: Ruby Faye @ Profile Make up: Emma Hardware


Dress: Dahlia Bow: Johnny Loves Rosie


Dress: Johann Earl Socks: Stylist’s own Shoes: Aldo


Jumper: Topshop


WENDYBIRD

Photography: Katie Eleanor Styling: Jaclyn Bethany Model: Annie @ M&P Set Design: Katie Eleanor Make up: Alice Moore Make up Assistant: Amber Pitkin Assistant: Kristin Dalton


dress: Wayward Daughter Headpiece & bag: Nicole Eymard


Dress & headpiece: Nicole Eymard


bag: Nicole Eymard Dress: Vivetta


bralette: Nicole Eymard


headpiece: Nicole Eymard Dress: Lady Petrova


Dress & headpiece: Nicole Eymard


Dress & headpiece: Nicole Eymard


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