Lauren Conrad ISSUE 2
The New Kid’s On The Block
Features 6 An Interview with Lauren Conrad 20 Never Too Young To Think Big 32 The Intern Diaries 42 The Muse 64 When I Grow Up
Fashion 8 Bright Young Things 24 Snapped 26 Stylist’s Own 34 The New Kid’s On The Block 44 The Success Story 66 Into The Wilderness
Beauty 54 The Top 10 Beauty Essentials
Music 58 The Musicians 60 CD Review 61 Play List 62 She’s A Moonchild
3 Editor’s letter 4 Contributors 67 Love List 77 The Letter By Dallas Clayton
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Sara Qaddoura ASSISTANT EDITOR Sophia Stuart-Clark ART DIRECTOR Hiba Qaddoumi FEATURES EDITOR Emma Frew www.isthisreallife2.blogspot.com FASHION EDITOR Ibrahim Kamara www.ibkamara.daportfolio.com BEAUTY EDITOR Sarah Wade ILLUSTRATORS Katie-Marie Macon www.katiemacon.blogspot.com Krister Selin www.kristerselin.com Gemma Luker www.gemmalukerillustration.com Martez Klarko www.martez-klarko.deviantart.com CONTRIBUTORS Nadine Ijewere Amie Trewin Emma Roberts Clare Greathead Ben Philpott Louis Eguchi Ella Catliff RaphaelJohn-Paul Parisa Walklett Cee Cee O’Neal Sarah Louise Johnson Margaret Kopec Lizi Hart Grace Gray Naomi Farmer Rania Qaddoura Monica Mao Christina Bunn RaphaelJohn-Paul Rashida Blair Claire Huish LogoBy Lucy Evans
Welcome Readers to issue 2 of Teenbook. It has taken us a while to get here but I hope you shall see that it was worth the wait. For this issue we wanted to look into this generation of entrepreneurial teens. How they have created success at a young age and developed this success into viable businesses that any adult would be envious of. Our cover star Lauren Conrad is a great example of when hard work pays off so make sure to check out her feature with some great insights. We also look at the bloggers who now are considered industry insiders. We are lucky to welcome some new members into our growing team; Ibrahim Kamara a stylist extraordinaire as Fashion Editor, Hiba Qaddoumi our creative visionary as Art Director, Sarah Wade will be heading up our Beauty team and Sophia Stuart-Clark has come on board as our Assistant Editor. Our ‘Young, Bright, Things’ photo shoot was one of my favourites from this issue as well as the spread with 3 graduates from Central Saint Martins titled ‘The New Kid’s On The Block’. Also Emma Frew interviews some up and coming musicians that you should be sure to keep an ear out for. Finally to close his letter I urge you to check out our blog and not forget to email us if you have any questions or suggestions. . . Love Sara Qaddoura firstname.lastname@example.org www.teenbookmag.com
CoverBy Krister Selin www.teenbookmag.com
Contributors We posed our contributors with the following question;
“What did you want to be when you were a teenager?” Sarah Wade Sarah studied English Literature and Language at University of Brighton but never really felt that the degree was for her, so after graduating she decided to begin a journalism course. After many phone calls, emails and more phone calls she secured herself work experience at Grazia Magazine and then at Vogue in the Health and Beauty section. Now, whilst editing the beauty pages for Teenbook she is also desperately searching for a French Bulldog and a paid job in a magazine.
Ella Catliff www.ella-lapetiteanglaise.com Is a 20 year old blogger living in London and making her first steps into the wonderful world of fashion. After leaving school in 2009 with no idea what to do an obvious solution to this dilemma presented itself a couple of months in to the unplanned gap year: “to pursue what interests me above all else and try to turn my lifelong love affair with fashion into a career”. After interning at high profile companies in Paris and London and covering LFW she divides her time between studying at Central Saint Martins, freelancing for a variety of different publications and writing her blog.
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Ben Philpott A third year BA Film (Hons) student at University College Falmouth (a wonderful little rainy place in Cornwall. With a keen interest in journalism and who is highly dedicated to his love of music and film. Ben can be found occasionally ranting about the latest releases in music and film on The Digital Fix and Rushes Magazine Falmouth.
“An electrician for much of it, then we got the internet. Now I write about things I can’t make myself.”
Sophia Stuart-Clark Journalism graduate with fingers in lots of different pies. After completing internships at the Press Association and The Times, Sophia aims to further her career by working in media. She is also planning to launch a fashion boutique website and a picture blog in 2012.
“An Actress. (I even got a prospectus for RADA).”
Krister Selin www.kristerselin.com A Finnish freelance illustrator currently based in Bournemouth, UK. He graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from the Arts University College at Bournemouth in 2011, studying BA (Hons) Illustration. His illustration style explores the relationship between structure and fluidity resulting in atmospheric pieces, achieved through the combination of tactile methods alongside digital image making.
“I always wanted to do something regarding the creative arts. I think I wanted to be an architect or a graphic designer when I was growing up.” Lizi Hart A final year student at the London College of Fashion, a self confessed shopaholic Lizi has more than four wardrobes full of clothes. Living in London she enjoys exploring new places and being surrounded by fashion and shops at all times. She can often be found sat drinking hot chocolate, reading a magazine and finding out the new trends.
“I always wanted to be a grown up, looking back I think the teenage years were definitely the most fun, seeing friends everyday at school.” 5
An Interview With
Lauren Conrad Lauren Conrad talks fashion, books and her new TV show From TV star, to fashion designer and author, life is somewhat busy being Lauren Conrad. Leaving behind Laguna Beach and The Hills where we watched her grow up, Lauren talks about her new ventures. By Emily Frew and Sophia Stuart-Clark
e watched as she pined for Stephen Colletti, tried to save the doomed Jason, fought and lost with Kristin Cavallari, cried and laughed, celebrated and consoled her way to growing up under the ever watchful public eye and giving us possibly the best break up line yet. Currently working on her next book series, ‘The Fame game’, launching her new clothing line, website and new TV show, Lauren has come a long way since a bunch of camera crew turned up at her high school in 2004. Earlier this year Lauren Conrad fans were given some bad news, as Lauren’s new reality TV show for MTV was refused to air. Focusing on her growing fashion line for the network, Lauren admitted, ‘I think they made the right decision in the end and I made the right decision for the line.’ But that didn’t stop Conrad. Starting her clothing line, ‘Paper Crown’ with her childhood friend, Maura McManus had its risks, as the mix of business
fitting name for the clothing line.’ Confident that her fans will love her debut winter collection, Holiday 2011, Conrad explained, ‘Holiday is all about feeling feminine and festive’. With a mix of glamorous gowns, flirty party dresses and elegant separates Lauren is excited about the collection.
‘I have always dreamed of being a fashion designer.’ Lauren’s passion for fashion doesn’t stop there, as she continues to develop her clothing line for Kohl’s department store called LC Lauren Conrad. ‘I have always dreamed of being a fashion designer’. But its not just her clothing lines that have caused a stir, her own style has also been hair -raising. Making the change from brunette to blonde, LC admits, ‘I love being blonde, and there are so many shades that it allows you to go darker but still have the lift that blonde gives hair’. Never missing a trick, Conrad published a book, ‘Style’, providing an encyclopedia of help, advice and how to’s, to the perfect wardrobe.
‘I love being blonde.’ partners and friendship is not always a recipe for success. But launching the new winter collection Lauren admits: ‘It has been a wonderful working relationship, much easier than I expected.’ The simple yet stylish collection is everything that you would expect from Lauren Conrad: ‘beautiful staple items for a girls wardrobe, with added flair and style.’
‘I loved playing with
paper crowns when I was young.’
Paper Crown is just one of many projects in Lauren’s entrepreneurial empire, but clinging onto her childhood memories, Paper Crown, the name of her new clothing line is taken from her love for playing with paper crowns when she was a little girl: ‘I Loved playing with paper crowns when I was young and we all agreed it was a beautiful and
With a constant stream of questions coming from her fans, LC has also just set up two new websites. Lauren explained, ‘laurenconrad. com and thebeautydepartment.com are great projects to share all my tips about hair and makeup with my fans’. We may all be fans of Lauren Conrad, but I found myself asking, who does a girl who has everyone looking up to her, look up? To which she answered, ‘There are so many amazing designers that I look up to, from Diane Von Furstenberg to Peter Som to Alexander Wang’.
‘It is really rewarding to see hard work pay-off’ Since the day she stepped onto our television screens Lauren Conrad warmed our hearts and has fed our fashion cravings, yet she seems to do it all so effortlessly. From her meteoric rise to fame and her transition into an entrepreneur, LC maybe one of the best example of a success story that started when she was a teenager. But Lauren assures me, ‘there have been and always are bumps along the way, but it is really rewarding to see hard work pay-off.’ ‘I’ve always followed my dreams, but stayed true to myself along the way, and I’d tell anyone to do the same.’
Bright Young Photographers: Paris Walklett and Sarah Louise Johnson Make Up artist: Rashida Blair Stylist: Ib Kamara Assistant stylist: Christina Bunn Models. Karolina, Shenque and Tenishia from Models 1. Harry from M&P
Harry wears Oak Jacket Green Element, Humor sweater, MQT Brace Chinos, Nick trainers. Karolina wears Denim Shirt Lazy Oaf, Rutme striped sweater, Freedom Printed Tights by Pamela Mann, pink wedge Primark. Shenyue wears rutme cardigan, Sin Star t-shirt, Pamela Mann 3D Footless Tights in Cerise and yellow shoes. Tenishia wears Sweater, belt H&M and yellow shoes Primark.
Shenyue wears Rutme scarf, Lazy Oaf Denim Shirt with Big Cat Dress, Rutme cardigan, Pamela Mann 3D Footless Tights in Cerise and yellow shoes Primark, Rutme cardigan. Teneshia wears Rutme cardigan, Rutme shirt, Rutme leggings and open toe heels H&M.
Harry wears Humor sweater, Humor shirt, MQT Brave Chinos.
Harry wears Humor cardigan, MQT chinos, Fez Head T-shirt Lazy Oaf, Nike vintage trainers. Karolina wears Ruthme Cardigan, Hello Crop T-shirt Lazy Oaf, blue jeans, Belt New look and black shoes Primark
Karolina wears Rutme dress and black shoes Primark. Harry wears Humor sweater, Humor shirt, MQT Brave Chinos and JD trainers. Tenishia wears Rutme cardigan, Rutme shirt, Rutme leggings and open toe heels H&M. Shenyue wears Rutme cardigan, Lazy Oaf Denim Shirt with Big Cat Dress, Pamela Mann 3D Footless Tights in Cerise and yellow shoes Primark
Karolina wears Rutme shirt, Rutme blue jeans and yellow shoes Primark Teneshia wears Rutme jumper. Sheque wears Dotty Reversible Jumper with Watermelon Crop T-shirt Lazy Oaf. Karolina wears Rutme Cardigan
Harry wears, Humor cardigan, Humor Tshirt, MQT MICKY chinos and Nick vintage trainers. Teneshia wears Humor shirt, Rutme Chinos, pink wedge Primark. Shenyue wears, Rutme Sweaters, blue jeans, Rutme scarf and heels H&M. Karolina wears Rutme shirt, Jeans and yellow shoes Primark
Never too young to start thinking big?
The rise and rise of the teenage entrepreneur...
It’s February 2011. New York Fashion Week. The much-hyped Band Of Outsiders show is about to begin. Flashbulbs are going off in all directions as the press swarm the venue, all vying for a million dollar snap of the fashion elite seated on the Front Row. By Ella Catliff 20
rom behind the sea of cameras, you can just about glimpse the trademark pristine bob of Vogue US Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour. So far, so fashion week. But as the throngs of paparazzi part it becomes apparent that it’s not the Editirix extraordinaire they’re after. No, the object of this media frenzy is in fact a minute, eccentrically dressed teenager seated just to the right of La Wintour. Who is this gawky, bespectacled youth? And why are the paps so desperate for a piece of her when there’s fashion royalty mere seats away? Well, this is no ordinary teenager. Blogonista extraordinaire Tavi Gevinson launched her now internationally renowned site, www.thestylerookie.com, at the tender age of 11. By the time she reached her teens Tavi had featured on the cover of Pop Magazine, written for titles such as Harpers Bazaar and collaborated with cult London brand, Borders & Frontiers to design and sell
her own T-Shirt range. Adored by the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang, Tavi is now as much a front row fixture as Anna herself and such media attention is no new thing to the teen hailed as fashion’s “next big thing”. But Tavi is not the only youngster making her name in an industry dominated by people thrice their own age. Not so far away, 15 year old food blogger Nick Normile is appearing on NBC Philadelphia, sharing his culinary secrets with millions of viewers. Back home in London, 19 year old Amber Atherton is busy scooping up awards for her thriving online Jewellery business, MyFlashTrash.com, speaking at prestigious conferences and kitting out the likes of Alexa Chung and Kate Moss in her carefully sourced bling. Now if that’s not enough to make even the most selfassured teens feel just a tad inadequate then I don’t know what is. But who are all these teenage entrepreneurs? How do they manage to emerge fully-formed and launch thriving businesses without so much as missing a
maths lesson? In a society where Justin Bieber outsells Beyonce and The Social Network – a film based on the story of adolescent billionaire and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg - is dubbed “movie of the year”, is it still ok just to enjoy our teenage years? Or should we replace cinema trips with business meetings and worry about bank balances rather than boyfriends? After all, who cares about first dates when making your first million by 20 could be on the cards. I’m sure I can’t be the only person who’s had to endure a “when I was your age...” lecture or two in my time. It seems that anyone over the age of thirty feels dutybound to make sure that us youngsters know just how good we have it nowadays and yes, in many ways we do. Mobile phones, laptops and the countless other handy gadgets we have at our fingertips doubtlessly make life that bit easier than it was during our parents teenage years. But as Spider Man once so succinctly said, “with great power, comes great responsibility” and indeed the privileges that come with growing up in the 21st century bring with them a pressure to excel from an excruciatingly early age that our parents never had to contend with. It’s impossible not to respect and admire teenage entrepreneurs like Tavi and Mark Zuckerberg. They’re talented, hard working and thoroughly deserve all the success they get. But having their extraordinary success stories constantly thrust at us by the media can be extremely demoralising to young people struggling with teenage life. As well as the increasing demands placed on us to get the very best grades, compete for limited places at top universities and maintain a whirlwind social life are we now supposed to become fullyfledged business people before we’ve even finished school? Impressive though these wunderkinds may be, young people everywhere could be forgiven for feeling a tad inadequate by comparison when in fact they are guilty of nothing more than being normal teenagers. Whilst tales of teens turning over millions of pounds a year, taking the fashion world by storm and launching their own international brands might make that 3rd place trophy you won at sports day look a little less impressive, there’s no suggestion that this level of achievement is, or ever will be, the norm. No one’s actually
saying we should all be running our own businesses by the time we reach sixth form. But surely the fact that we have the option of doing so isn’t a bad thing? Young people and their opinions and ideas are no longer dismissed or written off without even being considered. Whereas in the past we would have had to wait until leaving school or even graduating from university before being taken seriously by the professional world, now thanks to the increasing success of teenage entrepreneurs, bloggers and businessmen and women there are no limitations as to when young people can start to build their careers. Seeing our contemporaries pursue their ambitions and succeed is positive whether it inspires you to start a business of your own or simply to revise for your A levels. The fact that some teens have managed to launch their own businesses, blogs and magazines should be fundamentally encouraging for young people everywhere as it proves that incredible opportunities do exist, if we want them enough to really work for it. Given the hype around young bloggers and business people today you’d be forgiven for thinking that teenage entrepreneurs are relatively new phenomenon but in fact, that’s not necessarily the case. Take Richard Branson. Now the 5th richest person in the UK and undeniably one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, Branson was unceremoniously booted out of boarding school aged 16 for poor academic performance. That same year he launched his own magazine, Student, which became an overnight success. Four years later the first Virgin Records stores opened and the rest is history. The same goes for Lord Sugar. Sugar started out as a teenage street trader and by 2011 his various ventures
had earned him an estimated fortune of £770 million. The crucial difference between when these young entrepreneurs started out and the likes of Tavi today is that thanks to the wonders of social networking and increased communication we now hear a whole lot more about these success stories right from the start. But say there are indeed many more successful teenage entrepreneurs than there used to be, why could this be? Well nowadays the barriers to enter the business arena are far lower than they used to be due to the wonders of modern technology. Ten years ago it would have been near impossible for a penniless youth to share their fashion musings with an international audience or produce their own movie. Now thanks to web sites like blogger, Wordpress (incidentally founded by 12 year old Matt Mullenweg) and YouTube it’s possible to start out as a writer or film director with little more than an idea and a healthy dose of selfmotivation. Just look at Justin Bieber. Whilst becoming a platinum selling artist by the age of sixteen is impressive, if Bieber couldn’t have posted videos of himself singing onYouTube would he ever have snagged a record deal? Watching other people succeed is never straightforward. Seeing pictures of Tavi sitting next to Anna Wintour on the Front Row at Fashion Week no doubt brought up some pretty ugly emotions in most of us. But those twinges of jealousy and insecurity are no different to what we felt aged twelve when someone stole our spot on the netball team. Whether it’s because they’re intelligent, talented, motivated or simply lucky there will always be people who do better than us in certain things. That’s just life and it wont change as we grow up so the sooner we learn to deal with it the better. It’s impossible to say whether it is indeed easier to become a teenage entrepreneur nowadays and if there are many more of them around. Either way, there have always been and there always will be young entrepreneurial people in business many of whom enjoy great success. I’ll bet that even the pushiest of parents won’t bank on their offspring making millions in their teenage years but for those of us who do, I say congratulations.
Ones to Watch Name: Tavi Gevinson Age: 15, started blog aged 11 Claim to Fame: Founder and writer of fashion blog www.thestylerookie.com “Made it” Moments: • Being seated next to Anna Wintour on the front row at the Band Of Outsiders show during New York Fashion Week, February 2011. • Having a party in Tokyo thrown in her honour by Comme des Garcons’ designer, Rei Kawukabo, aged just 13. • Being chosen as the inspiration for Rodarte designers, Laura and Kate Mulleavy’s collection for US store, Target.
Name: Nick Normile Age: 18, launched blog aged 15 Claim to Fame: Chef-intraining and founder of cult culinary blog, foodieatfifteen. blogspot.com “Made it” Moments: Landing an apprenticeship at top Philadelphia restaurant, La Croix. Getting a thumbs-up from renowned food writer, Michale Ruhlman, who read and commented on Nick’s review of his book. Being awarded a prestigious “Best of Philly” award for his blog by Philadelphia Magazine.
Name: Bip Ling Age: 21, launched blog aged 20 Claim to Fame: DJ, Model, Blogger and “it girl” “Made it Moments”: • Being chosen as the face of US retail giant, Forever 21, when they opened their first UK store this summer. • Dj-ing at LoveBox 2011 alongside international mega stars including Snoop Dogg and Kelis • Being dubbed “one to watch” for 2011 by a certain Vogue editor who even went so far as to say Bip would “take over the world”. Watch this space...
Name: Charlie Lyne Age: 20, launched blog aged 16 Claim to Fame: Founder and Editor of movie blog, UltraCulture. com and contributor to the BBC’s The Film Programme “Made it” Moments: Ultra Culture being named “Blog of The Year 2011” by Sky Movies. Joining the BBC’s The Film Programme after Jonathan Ross’s departure. Being invited to speak (to students his own age and older!!) as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.
Name: Amber Atherton Age: 20, launched business aged 18 Profession/Claim to Fame: Founder and CEO of cult online Jewellery boutique, MyFlashTrash.com “Made it” Moments: • Featuring on the cover of Matchbox Magazine, April 2011. • Snagging a walk-on role in Brit flick Chalet Girl starring Ed Westwick and Felicity Jones. • Being asked to return to her old school, Benenden to give a talk on her glittering (no pun intended) career.
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We love George’s relaxed day look from his chequered espadrilles to the thick rimmed glasses.
Gintare’s wore a monochromatic palette wearing a white and black blouse with black boots.
Top - Zara Trousers - Zara Ring - Topshop Bag - Topshop Shoes - Topshop
Top - Asos Rings - Topman Jeans - River Island Shoes - ASOS Bag - Ted Baker
We got an 80’s vibe from Raphael’s look in a bright orange t-shirt and braces with acid wash jeans.
Top - Forever 21 Shorts - Urban Outfitters Shoes - Urban Outfitters Necklace - Vintage Fair
Sammy wore a chic black and white lace ensemble topped off with some suede loafers.
Scott took geek chic to the next level in his custom chinos and exposed red socks and loafers.
Top - Mendoza Trousers - Custom Made Shoes - Vintage
Vest - Urban Outfitters Shoes - Dr Martens Sunglasses - Topshop Necklace - Claudia Pink
We love Stephanie’s oversized blazer and patent Dr Martins Combination. Blazer – bought in San Francisco
Accessories can make an outfit as shown by Vivien with her Zara fringed bag and fedora hat.
Top - American apparel Shorts - All Saints Wedges - Office Accessories - Pandora, Links & Topshop Watch – Toy Watch Bag - Zara
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Hope Von Joel:
Illustration By Martez Klarko
For AW’11 Converse took the illustrious heritage and iconic style, that has seen their classic sneakers and Chuck Taylor All Star logo omnipresent since the 1900s, to create their first ever dedicated Bags & Accessories Collection. The debut collection reflects the simple and versatile styling synonymous with Converse complete with the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star logo, steel eyelet details and the ever versatile canvas.
Back to School...
A handful of the UK’s finest experts on style and self expression representing fashion, music and culture reminisced about their own unique style from their school years, getting nostalgic about what it means to be an individual at school. Provided simply with a canvas duffle bag from the Converse Bags & Accessories launch collection, a ‘back to school’ pencil case and school notebook, they got creative to express their school style in their very own special way.
About: Stylist and Accessories Designer Hope Von Joel’s fashion credentials begin at home, as Niece of Supermodel Jean Shrimpton, Hope studied knitwear at Central Saint Martins, working for the likes of Alexander McQueen and Gareth Pugh, before becoming Fashion Editor at The Super Super. From styling London Fashion Week shows for Charlie Le Mindu to fashion editorials for titles such as Elle Girl, Tank, Arena, Oyster, Dansk, and UK Vogue, Hope is now contributing Fashion Editor at Fiasco and one half of the talented design duo behind Eye of the World Designs with Liam Motyer, creating stunning handmade wooden accessories, available exclusively at Browns Focus. What band’s style influenced you at school and why? School it was definitely blur!! Nivarna and pulp! Describe your school style or your favourite accessory? Unfortunately we had to wear school uniform but my trick was always dress underneath with style. Favourite accessories was an old doctors bag and a big paisley Indian scarf to keep warm! How did you style up your school uniform? With a super big smile, fur muff to keep hands warm and old second hand shoes in a shiny 60s black and white!
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Liam Motyer: What band’s style influenced you at school and why? Grunge and Nirvana, basically 90’s music like the Smashing pumpkins. Describe your school style or your favourite accessory? Probably just a hair band to tie my really long hair back. How did you style up your school uniform? Long hair, Nirvana tee underneath my shirt so you could see the smiley face, Dr Martins…basically anything grunge and skater. The Inspiration Behind the Bag: School was all about skateboarding and listening to music so the bag reflects that but it’s also inspired by the film Back to the Future, the first one in particular - where Mcfly steals the skateboard from the kid and does a wheelie. At school we also loved design technology and woodwork and using all the crazy workshop tools! We wanted to create something beautiful to touch, with a nod to the old school with the reclaimed wood and the future with the super slick red flock I think we achieved something pretty fresh!!
About Alexis Knox: Style Mentor on T4’s Style the Nation alongside Giles Deacon and Nick Grimshaw, Alexis Knox is an expert on expressing personal style. By Day she is Fashion Director at Notion magazine and a renowned stylist and by night she is a host at the surrealist club night ‘Circus’ produced by the infamous Jodie Harsh. Describe your school style? Accessories to the max! I went to a Convent school where the uniform was pretty strict.... a kilt! So it was all about customising to the max with plastic bangles, kids accessories and gweebo bunches! What was your most coveted item? I really miss my Shellys 6inch real chunky black platform school shoes! What band was inspiring your style? UM SPICE GIRLS OBVS! Every one wanted me to be Baby Spice and all I wanted to do was rock the Scary Spice leopard and camo combos! What inspired your bag? Cartoons! The bag is called Connie, Connie the Converse Duffle!
http://brittaburger.com and http://cooler.mpora.com About: Britta Burger is a London based stylist, photographer and journalist from Austria. After her degree in literature and linguistics she completed an MA in fashion journalism (London College of Fashion). Britta is Acting Fashion Editor at Cooler magazine and London Fashion Editor of Flux magazine. What band’s style influenced you at school and why? Nirvana. It was all about grunge back then. Describe your school style or your favourite accessory? Grungey - beige corduroy Levi’s, grey lambs wool sweaters, my grandad’s old cardigans, mini kilts and over the knee socks, embroidered waistcoats, my favourite items were a black vintage tailcoat and a floor length navy military double breasted coat with gold buttons - it was two sizes too big and I thought it looked amazing (we obviously didn’t have to wear uniforms...) How did you style up your school uniform? I went to school in Austria, we don’t have uniforms there. But I remember being so impressed with them on my first trip to England as a teenager that I wore my own version of a British school uniform for at least a year... The inspiration behind the bag: I worked on the bag whilst I was back home in Austria which was where I grew up. I’m a big fan of the author John Updike and his ‘rabbit’ tetralogy, the duffle bag really reminded me of all-American High-School basketball heroes, the whole sporty collegiate style. It’s also about the way I grew up, the whistles remind me of my parents who were sports teachers and the poms poms, which I made with wool from my Grandma’s house, are kind of like balls.
http://youworkit.co.uk/ About: Ripe for reminiscing is some of the team behind London’s coolest 90s night, Work It. Work It have a reputation for drawing the biggest crowds with a cult following craving their unique blend of music, hosting nights and events for Selfridges, Lovebox 2010, Warner Music, London Fashion Week and Vogue Fashion Night Out. Describe your style at school? My style at school was your general London rudeboy schoolboy. What was your favourite accessory? Favorite accessory would have to be a fake Gucci/Prada strap pouch from Vauxhall market! What band’s style influenced you at school? Definitely So Solid Crew. What was the inspiration behind the bag: I just thought back to being at school and it was all about graffiti, so I wore the bag out, made it dirty and drew all over it. I did name drop a bit though and wrote the names of the people I looked up to in year 11 when I was in year 9. Today we’re wearing my little brother’s school uniform.
Sara - Work it: Describe your style at school? I went through a brit pop phase first (lots of velvet blazers!), then I started to channel a “hip hop honey” look. Lots of baggy trousers. What was your favourite accessory? Hoodies What band’s style influenced you at school? Eternal
Sam Voulters: http://vicestyle.com
About: Fashion Editor at Vice, Sam Voulters is 22, stylist, brand consultant and writer. Describe your style at school? It started with the pinnacle of nu metal and went down hill from there. What was your favourite school bag? I had a CAT backpack with tippex all over it. What Band’S style Influenced you at school: I had a Goth phase at 11-12 so that was all about Slipknot, when I was 13 I started going out with this girl and we were hippies and walked around Camden bare foot, then I got a Shot jacket and became a chav, then heard the Libertines and it was all about that for a while, and when I was16, it was all nu rave…that was a colourful time. Inspiration behind the bag: It’s a monster, no reason.
THE INTERN DIARIES
The fashion industry can be one of the most difficult to break into, many people of all ages turn to internships to widen their knowledge and create some vital contacts. But what does working in fashion PR entail, Amie exclusively shares a week in the life of intern at Coffin On Cake PR.
MONDAY Monday is always an early start! Alarm rings at 6am and aim to leave the house around 7am, to give me enough time for the hour+ commute to work. I live a fair way from the city so I stay there for the remaining four nights of the working week in rented accommodation, but being at home for Sunday helps reduce my weekly rent spending. I arrive at my des k at around 8.45am and immediately log on to my emails. Needless to say the media doesn’t have weekends off so I spend the morning collecting all the coverage that our clients have received in magazines and online over the weekend, and screengrab the data to show the brands we represent. Social media is also a huge PR tool for generating talk about certain products and events, so we have to keep an eager eye out for what celebs, bloggers and other influential figures with substantial followers are tweeting about, and collate any relevant ‘mentions’ as soon as they happen. I finish work anywhere between 5.30 and 6.30pm and head to my flat on the other side of the city, which I have managed to rent for a reasonable rate for three nights a week.
TUESDAY I was very fortunate that a couple of weeks into my 12 week internship the PR agency won the bid for a big contract with a major brand, so I have been able to see a PR campaign at work from the word go. It has been exciting to establish the products’ niche, in terms of where it fits amongst celebrity targets, personalities and media titles, and to learn how to go about launching a brand’s new product line in a creative, unique and striking way. Today I research and write up a list of potential targets for FOC’s (free of charge gifting) that suit the brand, but that also have the potential to connect with a variety of social platforms and genres to maximise the products’ appeal. By the afternoon, many of the FOC gifts have been beautifully packaged and sent out to our celebrity targets. I stay late at work tonight in order to do some research as tomorrow our company is pitching a bid to a potentially huge new client. I also lay up some colourful pages to help our creative director ahead of tomorrow’s important meeting.
Thursday It goes without saying that to work in fashion PR you have to be on top of the latest trends, fashion reviews and previews. Most mornings I will have a look and the celebrity images from that week to see what fashions are trending and what we may have in our showroom to suit. Once we have created an attractive ‘lookbook’ we can pitch ‘get the look’ ideas to a relevant media title. Seeing a celebrity in one of your brands products (or even something very similar) is gold dust in terms of generating revenue for a brand. Come afternoon we start receiving our first thank-yous from some of this weeks FOC celebrity send outs, so I immediately start checking emerging pictures and social media accounts of all our FOC targets to see if their wearing or talking about their newly received gifts. It’s such a buzz when you get feedback and start seeing great results from the campaigning and hard work. My first spot is of Una from The Saturdays wearing a bikini we sent her for her holidays. By the following morning her picture and the bikini are already featured on Cosmopolitan Online. After work I drive back to my hometown. Due to financial constraints I only work a 4 day week with the PR company, as it allows me to come home, earn some money at my old summer weekend job and also pay minimal rent in the city.
Wednesday Each week we receive many call-ins from the press needing samples for different shoots. They may request specific items that we have in our showroom or request that we pick items ourselves that are suited to the theme of their shoot or feature idea. This morning, Nuts Magazine has requested we send a selection of t-shirts for a ‘best t-shirts’ feature. I help the account manager handpick the samples for their shoot, with the hope that their fashion desk will choose to use them and thus secure valuable coverage for our clients. Picking items for shoots is fun as it requires a bit of imagination, but at the same time needs a balance between individual taste and judging what may or may not appeal to a wider audience. A good understanding of the media title in question, its values and its demographic is always crucial. After lunch I go through all this weeks magazines to see where we have scored coverage from previous call-ins. It’s exciting that we score many hits on a regular basis and across very diverse accounts, from teen mags, to lads mags, surf mags, high fashion glossies and music magazines. It’s interesting to see how the pitching and presentation of a product varies accordingly. Any coverage found is the magazines is scanned and saved, ready to be presented to our clients at the end of each month.
Friday/Saturday I work Friday and Saturday in a surf shop called Zuma Jays. It’s been my summer job for five years now! As its peak summer (tourist!) season, the shifts can be ever so long at around 11 hours, but thankfully the staff are fun and the long hours mean I can earn extra pennies to fund my internship! Sunday On the whole I get Sunday off from the surf shop and like to spend the day by the sea with my family and boyfriend, before heading back to the buzz of the city for another week bright and early Monday morning! The great thing about the internship is the variety it offers within a fast paced environment, so thankfully each week is slightly different and you’re always kept on your toes!
Fashion Charlotte Barry
The New Kids On The Block
Say Hello to fashionâ€™s newest cool kids. These four London College of Fashion graduates have made such a impact with their final year collections that we just had to introduce them to you. Charlotte Lucy Barry, Nova Chiu, Stine Riis and Yashin Kim sit down to talk to Teenbook about being the next big thing.. 34
Models: Kate and Rachael from oxygen Photographer: Nadine Ijewere stylist: Ib Kamara Assistant stylist: Cee Cee Oâ€™ Neal makeup artist: Grace Gray
Charlotte Barry Do you feel your degree at London college of Fashion has prepared you for working in the industry? Charlotte I think so, yes, it has given me all the skills and the creative freedom, definitely. I feel like I am not restricted by materials and basic concepts. The one thing I donâ€™t think I was prepared for was the business side of the industry. That was quit lacking but thatâ€™s with most creative degrees. With most creative people they find business minds to do that side of things for them. From the design part especially the textiles, because itâ€™s so specific I could not have gone to a better place. Nova During my three years at LCF I have become a professional and disciplined designer who is ready to take on any task brought forward. Stine Well I got a lot of good creative skills there. I think the fact that you are in an international environment it pushes you forward and the competition makes you want to do your best. We have great teachers who give you good advice. Now I am considering starting my own business and doing lots of research around that area because the degree just focuses on how to
Charlotte Barry be a good designer but starting your own business you need to know a good amount of knowledge in business. Yashin They gave us lots of knowledge about the fashion industry and the college is already very famous. Personally I think the college has helped me to find out more about myself and my talent. How did you prepare yourself for your graduation collection? N I just made sure that my inspiration was followed correctly and that I was true to myself throughout. S I was doing research for like six month in my final year. I was doing lots of internships and constantly thinking of what I wanted to do for this collection. Trying to figure out the essence of my designs. What was the inspiration behind your collection? C The inspiration came from Pompeii and Herculaneum. They are two ancient
Fashion Donald Judd. They were working with two materials at their time. I tried to use share fabrics and chiffon to get that different textures and shade in to one garments. Robert Morris and Donald Judd wanted art to be about the experience of the art and not about the artist and that’s what I wanted with my collection. It shouldn’t be about me and who I was but how a customer feels when she wears it and hopefully the customer will feel strong and empowered. Y I had a concept of charming and colourful corals. Corals take a long time undersea to be created. They were very splendid, but do not look bauble at all. I
Stine Riis Romans cities that were destroyed in the volcanic eruption; I am fascinated by the famous body-casts, and the intense colours and textures throughout the cities. I wanted my collection to have the ‘perfect ruin’ feeling. I was inspired by the ruins to experiment with colour and texture, and that is how I got started with my embroidery ideas. N The inspiration for the collection came from my hometown of ShangriLa, in China. The collection specifically focused on the ethnic groups in the area. I went back to China before starting the collection, which definitely helped to develop the collection. I know that not many designers in China have the opportunity to come and study in London, so I am so grateful to have had the chance. S I used two artists Robert Morris and
Stine Riis added some more unique sea creatures into my concept. The aesthetic views of the Rococo period which I have been fond of and the clothing that appears in the paintings of Antoine Watteau inspired me to do my work. During my time as a student, I have always wanted to make clothes that could make people happy when they wore them and that remains the same when I first started to do this work. Antoine Watteau and the people of Rococo aimed to have a truly joyful life, so I really liked the concept I had chosen. Your collections were all very well received; did you expect that response from the critics? C It’s one of those things, as confident as you are in your own work, you are terrified. The day before the show I was on the bus with a friend and I started crying and I was like what if everyone hates it, what if everyone sat there watching the show and then afterwards and they are all like, it’s great expect for that one. What was that doing there? It’s that doubt that’s normal, it’s natural to have. It would be dangerous to be over confident. All the press have been saying nice things. When Vogue listed me as one of their top graduate students, I nearly died. It’s been very humbling and I am very grateful.
N I’m actually still in shock at all the attention I received from the press. I worked extremely hard on creating the collection and I am so happy that it was so well received by LCF and the press. When I was awarded ‘Collection of the year’ at the press show I was so surprised. When my name was called out, it meant the world to me. It was so surreal. S I didn’t know I was going to win the Biddle Sawer Award. That was a big surprise and all the response I received was amazing and has given me the confidence to continue in this business. It’s always good to get your work out there; knowing people are seeing it and hopefully enjoying it. Y When Vogue featured me as one of the best graduates this year in an article I was so happy and I felt really proud. Do you feel pressure to top your current collection? C It’s very funny you asked that, I have a quote on my bed room wall by Karl Lagerfeld. He said success is difficult because the next thing you do everyone will say it’s not as good as the last time. He was saying that in relation to having filled various shoes along the way and I totally understand where he is coming from with that. It’s like with a musician, the difficult second album,
Fashion everyone is expecting so much from the second album. I feel slightly pressured but at the same time I felt so much pressure just for the first collection. But I feel more confident in my own work now. N Absolutely, I blew myself away with the last collection. I can only hope for another collection as successful as that. S NO! Every time I have done something it has been better than the last time and that’s my motivation because I want to do it better. I know it’s going to be different as I am going to try to make it easy to mass produce as it will be going into production. Y I slightly feel pressure but after my show I thought, because I love what I do I can do it all over again. Is there any designer that has inspired you over the years? C I’ve never really had a set favourite designer, it changes from season to season; it’s a good thing because there are always new things. I do love Marni. Their shapes are always very clean and classic and there is always a good textile element to it. I love the British heritage brands, Burberry, mulberry and Paul smith. They have this kind of slightly quackery thing to them. N I have been inspired my many designers over the years, but the one that stands out for me is Hussein Chalayan. I love the ideas that he comes up with. To me, he is one of the most original designers out there. His Spring/Summer 2007 collection was absolutely amazing. Y JC DC CASTEL BAJAC. I love about his designs. I like joyful, colourful and humorous design. His collection is the kind of designs that I want to produce but represent me. He is very creative that’s why I want to work with him. I respect what he stands for. What’s your next move to make it big in this notoriously competitive industry? C I have just been offered a place on the Masters course which I am really happy about. I want to be able to play around more, push things further, so I’m hoping it will work out perfectly. I have got a few things lined up, I am in Poland for three days showing with the two other prize winning collections. I am also working on some new things which I am also very excited about. N My plan is to work for a major label and then after a couple of years experience I hope to set up my own company.
S Well right now I am trying to explore my opportunities and my idea is to get more experience and at the same time I am trying to figure out how to start my own business. I am doing lots of research; I am going to start out with a small collection of silk shirts, jackets, trousers and dresses and go from there.
Yashin Kim Y I will be going to Paris. Paris has lots of my favourite companies. I do want to open own my own label one day. At the moment I am not sure about my future, I just want to follow my feelings. If you could give one piece of advice to our readers what would it be? C Do your research; find out what’s best for you. If it’s something you really want to do don’t give up, don’t let anyone tell you
it’s a bad idea. Take your tutors advice, they do know things. Everyone thinks you should be horrible in fashion but be nice, people like nice people. Work hard play hard, be your best. Fashion is properly the most accepting industry in the world; the big gold star advice is to be yourself. How cheesy is that! N Fashion designing is not the same as shopping. It takes a lot of hard work,
Yashin Kim dedication and creativity to be successful, only serious and dedicated designers will make it in the industry. It’s not all glitz and glamour. Be prepared to work long hours. For my last collection I had to hand stitch every individual bell and wooden bead onto my garments. Some days I was working for 12 to 15 hours. S Find out what your good at and what you’re not good at. Work more on the
things you’re not good at and improve on the things your good at. Go out, meet people and find out if they can give you advice. Don’t rely on college work alone, go out and network as its hard work to be successful. Y I think the most important thing is to be creative, have new ideas. Fashion is art so don’t let anything hold you back. You are the designer you dream to be.
Bay Garnett Interview by Emma Frew
Contributing Editor at Vogue, celebrity stylist, muse to Mathew Williamson, founder of one of the coolest indie magazines of all time, Bay Garnett is one busy, talented, all-round awesomely lovely lady. She took some time out to talk to us about what it’s like being Bay....
ou have had such a successful varied career as a stylist in the fashion industry, can you tell us about how it all started for you? It all started with charity shops. I was living in New York working as an assistant in an office, and every lunch break and weekend I would head out to the Salvation Army’s in queens, the Bronx - all over New York. I just thrifted passionately. And the Upper East Side thrift stores were incredible too. Have you always wanted to work in the fashion industry? I’ve always loved images - I grew up looking and pouring at images from the 70s. I loved the glamour and allure of it. It’s pretty heady stuff! So I never really loved fashion for fashion
sake, but loved the images. What is being a Contributing Editor at Vogue like? When you first started were you intimidated by the magazine’s prestigious reputation? I never was, because when I started contributing I was so into thrift clothes and cheap date magazine (which I co-edited) that I didn’t feel intimidated by vogue. Working on Vogue shoots must be so exhilarating but at the same time must come with their own negatives too, like sometimes working with awkward celebrities. There was an incident a few years ago when Cheryl Cole reportedly walked out of her first Vogue shoot you were styling; did it feel strange to be connected to all the Cheryl Cole press at the time? Yes it did. Heat magazine isn’t my world, and I have little interest in it. I found it upsetting and strange. Also, very surprising as the day didn’t go like that. As a stylist do you find it odd when certain celebrities are held up as fashion icons even though most of the fashion world know they have a stylist dressing them every day and it’s not even their own style, do you ever feel in situations like that, stylists don’t get the recognition they deserve?
Stylists are paid well by the celebrities; therefore they are fulfilling a job. They don’t need praise on top of that. As well as being a stylist you also set up the cult independent magazine Cheap Date with Kira Jolliffe. What made you and Kira decide to close down the magazine? We just did. We wanted to do other things. Besides, we didn’t know how to make it earn any money. Are you still as big a thriftier as you were when you set up Cheap Date? No way. Little time to do it, and not nearly as into it as I was. What do you think the secret is to having good style, do you
“I think some people are born with a certain “flair” and originality - some people are born to be “sheep” and follow what everyone else is doing”
think it’s something you’re born with, a sort of instinctive thing that you’ve either got or you haven’t? I think some people are born with a certain “flair” and originality - some people are born to be “sheep” and follow what everyone else is doing. But I think tons of style and knowledge can be learnt from books and ideas. You have recently collaborated with Louis Vuitton on the project ‘Double Exposure’. Working with such an iconic design house must have been so exciting. Are there major differences in the way things work when styling with designers rather than magazines? Magazines I love as you are putting the looks together in a way that is to do with the character that you have made up in your head. I almost see it as movie stills, or an album cover... You have worked with so many designers and creative people, what has been your favourite project or shoot you have worked on? Maybe my first vogue shoot. Kate moss in mine and Anita pallenbergs old clothes. Or me and my boyfriend Tom shooting Amber Valetta in the desert for British vogue. Joshua tree-now there’s a cool place. Who has been the most inspiring person you have worked with? Anita Pallenberg - an old friend and a bona fide style icon. She has inspired me no end - such an original. You now have children, has your view on fashion and how you dress changed since having them? Yes, you come become much less obsessed with the way you look after you have children- I used to be obsessed with playing with different styles and looks on myself. Now I don’t. For anyone reading this who would love to be a stylist, what would be your best advice for them? To try and do your own thing and not be intimated by fashion. Thrift! Look at old pictures! Go to an art gallery - richer than trying to copy what other people are doing in fashion. and finally, in 5 words, how would you sum up your life as a superstar stylist so far? I’m not a superstar stylist I’m afraid! I’ve been very lucky so far.
Model: Sian - Oxygen Photographer: Margaret Kopec Stylist: Ib kamara Make up artist: Monica Mao
Grey jump suit stylist own Yellow belt, h&m Open toe wedge, stylist own Blue waistcoat, Vintage
Cropped Tee shirt, Rip Curl Denim Short, Rip Curl Game Slim socks, Pull-in Trainers, Converse
Checkered Shirt, Rip Curl Stella Black Vest Top, Rip Curl Argyle Print Socks, Rip curl Converse at Surfdome.com
Fashion Karolina Hello Crop T-shirt £35 Lazy Oaf and Rutme black trousers. Shenyue wears Dotty Reversible Jumper £45 Lazy oaf, Rutme blue jeans £40.
Tinky Winky Checkered Shirt, Rip Curl Stella Black Vest Top, Rip Curl
Checkered Shirt, Rip Curl Stella Black Vest Top, Rip Curl Argyle Print Socks, Rip curl Converse at Surfdome.com
Fashion Black blazer, Mexx Pink and blue dress, Aqua Orange bangles, Primark Black booties, Matalan
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Glasses, stylist own Blue jacket, Vintage Black necklace and Red bag, Primark Denim shirt, Rip Curl Stripe trousers, Zara Turquoise stilettoes, Topshop
The Musician By Emma Frew
Dan Mangan is already a super famous dude in his homeland of Canada and his next plan is musical world domination. Or something similar we’re guessing and we are pretty sure that after you’ve heard his new album you’ll be happy to live a mangan-ruled nation. Oh and he’s pretty cute, not that it matters....obviously! Meet your new (musical) crush.
eing a famous musician is... Hopefully the consequence of a really great career and body of work. If being famous is your goal, you’ll lose focus on the creative side pretty quick. You can’t predict what people are going to like so it’s important to just narrow in on what is creatively fulfilling for yourself - I think often the honesty comes across and is actually what lures people in. My favourite song on my new album is... Probably “How Darwinian”, just because it sounds nothing like any other song I’ve done before. I remember rehearsing that one and working out the 3 over 4 bass line and getting excited about it. There are a lot of layers of noise happening - it was fun to mix.
Dan’s new album Oh Fortune is released on December 5th
My album is called Oh Fortune because... It’s a phrase I found worked well to describe my obsession with nostalgia, time, existence, peril, disaster, luck, victory and a lot of other fun stuff. It’s both a lament and a celebration at the same time - a juxtaposition that probably works its way in to the music as well. I like that the album is kind of dark, but also filled with movement. When I was younger I wanted to be... A veterinarian. But then I started playing guitar and that changed. I still dig animals. Looking back, the advice I would give my teen self is... Relax. High School is such a pile of crap. When you’re in it, you feel like it’s the whole universe. When you’re out of it, you
realize that life is really just beginning. Most people who peak in High School spend the rest of their life trying to re-live the glory days. Others who keep growing and learning and travelling and getting involved in cool creative projects always end up being the cool ones as adults. My favourite place in the world is... My covered balcony at home. It’s magically cosy even if it’s freezing out. There’s a great couch out there from the last tenants and it’s a perfect place to hang with friends. These days I don’t get home much so it’s especially dear to me. I couldn’t live without... Teenbook Magazine. Singing for Prince William and Kate was... Strange. It was on Canada Day for 300,000 people. I met them really briefly and they were friendly. They were all dressed up in some nice costumes. They were quite good looking. If I could tell you one thing it would be... Question everything and read lots of books. Listen to good music. Don’t be afraid to get vulnerable when it comes to things that matter. Spend time with people who make you feel good and don’t bother with those who don’t. Put out good energy in the world and it’s exactly what you’ll attract. Also, don’t be lazy and don’t be a d*ck. Being a fully fledged grown-up is... Pretty cool. I can watch a movie on a school night no problem.
By Ben Philpott
SBTRKT – SBTRKT Dubstep is growing up fast; fresh talent has begun to emerge proving that it’s more than just for drunken club fiends getting their wob, wob, wob fix. Burial’s 2007 masterpiece Untrue took the fundamental notion of dubstep into the world of atmospherics and in turn gave the genre the propulsion needed to be recognised outside of the dance world. SBTRKT (pronounced subtract) however is a danceable, striking and adventurous effort from the London producer Aaron Jerome. SBTRKT employs a range of guest vocalists, among these being Little Dragon, Sampha, Jessie Ware and Roses Gabor. Sampha’s vocals are among the most effective, delivering a creamy R&B vibe perfectly suited to the strung out electronic arrangements. Like James Blake, SBTRKT embodies singer/songwriter sensibilities only to further prove they suit such a subversive musical outfit, however sonically Jerome’s work is varied and original enough to stand alone in his own domain. Lyrically it’s no slouch either, with each track delivering a narrative to a varying degree of success, giving a feeling of cohesion throughout. This is a mature landmark in the genre and with a record that tenderly attends to every musical mood; SBTRKT’s amalgamation of breakbeat, dance, soul and electronica is just begging to be unmasked. Young Turks Records
WU LYF – Go Tell Fire to the Mountain Who the hell are WU LYF? The Mancunian cult indie 4-piece have made quite a name for themselves over the last 6 months and not just for their music. The band has remained notoriously protective over their publicity, denying interviews and going as far to delete their own Wikipedia page. Their debut LP is proof if any they deserve the hype. Ellery Roberts’s abrasive vocal rasp is not dissimilar to Tom Waits but remains wholly within his own signature. WU LYF’s empowering strain of psych-rock frequently nods to the elevating nature of post-rock outfits like Explosions in the Sky; only more messy with an attractive lack of composure. Their accessibility is questionable, with Roberts’s lyrics often remaining incomprehensible under his own growling vocals. Regardless, their approach to fame deserves applaud, clearly as both remarkable musicians and business savvy artists. For those who take to exploring music, WU LYF offers enough layers you might just get lost. LYF Records
The Horrors – Skying Emerging in 2005 looking like a bunch of extras from the Adams Family, The Horrors made a name for themselves for their outlandish garage rock and ghastly appearance. That was 6 years ago; today The Horrors are clean cut, experimental psych-rock geniuses. After wowing naysayers in 2009 with their sophomore ode to Joy Division; Primary Colours, they are back... and they’ve changed... again. Skying is an inspired, full bodied work that offers an extensive look into the music the band clearly love so much. Mixing everything from 80s Cure-esque melodies to modern dancepunk, they have made a product wholly original while still allowing their inspirations to shine through vividly. Faris Badwan’s baritone melts in with the bands soaring arrangements, rarely wasting a tune to drudgery. Skying may not be what fans were expecting but when have they ever adhered to predictability? It’s arguable that this is just a 10 track love letter to the bands record collection, but who cares; it’s the finest love letter this bunch of Southend lads is likely ever to write. XL Recordings
Illustrations By Gemma Luker
A list of ironically cheesy songs picked using the entrepreneur/aspiration theme for the purpose of dancing around and singing into your hair brush, not that we do that of course!
Destiny's Child – Survivor Nicki Minaj – Fly (Feat. Rihanna) Katy Perry – Firework Christina Aguilera – Fighter Noah And The Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. Journey – Don't Stop Believin' The All-American Rejects – Move Along Queen – Don't Stop Me Now Kanye West – Stronger Dixie Chicks – Not Ready To Make Nice Eminem – Lose Yourself Britney Spears – Stronger Tinie Tempah – Written In The Stars (Feat. Eric Turner) Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway Nina Simone – Feeling Good
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She’s A Moonchild The Brit School’s successful alumni include the likes of Leona Lewis, Jessie J and Adele and the next name that will soon be added to that list is the lovely Charlene Soraia. Teenbook got to know her a little bit better.... By Emma Frew
nterview’s can be awkward to start with sometimes Charlene, so let’s break the ice, with a little quick fire question roundOk, so no cheating, first answer that comes into your head in this exact second What’s your favourite song?King Crimson’s Moonchild. I knew from the first moment I heard it that it would stay with me forever. I really ‘get’ it… What’s your favourite TV show?At the moment it’s got to be Merlin on BBC One! Who’s your biggest crush?My biggest crush (other than my boyfriend) is… erm… maybe… The entire cast of Merlin plus Alan Rickman? Thing you couldn’t live without?A guitar! Lennon or McCartney?Oh! Tricky!! Lennon’s sand and glue voice might just beat McCartney’s melodies
No today… Though I love him megatons too! Favourite place in the whole world?My patch... (room)… So, now we are practically best friends after that deep and meaningful ice breaker, can you tell us a little bit about how you first discovered your love of music? Well I was one of those babies that never stopped crying when I was born and my dad used to shut me up by playing guitar and singing to me! I was his biggest fan! (and probably the smallest at the time being a baby and all!) But whilst growing up I used to steal his guitar, lay it across my legs and play it. I say play it, but really I was just strumming and changing the tuning, singing to myself. I’d play until I broke a string, and put it back… and blame it on the cat with her sharp claws! Anyways, that didn’t last long because by the time I was five I was sick and tired of him telling me off, so I asked for my own
harlene’s Album is out ovember 21st
guitar and the rest as they say, is history! You went to The Brit School, what was that experience like, is it really like FAME with everyone dancing on tables or is that just a myth? Well we used to have a jukebox in the canteen but I don’t think I ever danced on the tables! I was in the music strand, not musical theatre, so I was busy writing songs, not learning dance routines to musicals! I didn’t do any dancing at BRIT, just music! The press can sometimes be a bit negative towards The Brit School and the people who come from there, they seem to think you are less authentic if you’ve been to a ‘stage school’ do you think people like yourself and Adele are helping to prove the critics wrong? The difference between the BRIT School and any other performing arts school/college/university is that they really look after their students. They teach them how to not be exploited and how to stay true to yourself as an artist. You don’t learn to be an artist, you already are, you just need to develop your craft a bit. Also what a lot of people don’t realise is there are plenty of people who go there and get sucked into the social side of life and lose track of what they want and what they are there for. In life if you put the effort in, you’ll get something out of it. I truly believe that… Your album, which is coming out November 21st, is called Moonchild, what inspired the name? Well I’m a bit of a lunatic in the literal sense and I feel Moonchild describes the album, and me, better than naming it after one of the song titles or leaving it blank! To me music is about art, and I believe the album to be a piece of art and as it’s my first full album, I thought it best to name it after how I see myself. I suppose its also paying homage to my favourite song! You have done a stunning cover of The Calling’s, Wherever You Will Go for the new Twinings advert. What made you
choose that song to cover? Well they commissioned me to do it, and I thought I’d give it a go and see what happened. Luckily they liked it and they thought it really worked with the footage and so they used it which was really nice of them! I made it available to download on iTunes ‘cause I thought maybe some people might like it and want it, but I never expected to get to number 3 in the singles chart. That was crazy! I’m still trying to understand it now! You have always wrote your own music, what inspires your songs. Are they always auto-biographical? A lot of the time they are autobiographical, but it’s not like it’s a strict rule I have. I don’t have any rules to be honest. I have many instrumental things that don’t bear any relevance to my life! But usually it’s when a certain part of life is over and I look back and I figure out what it is I was trying to release. Music is an art form, a form of release. All creativity is a form of release and I think all people need to learn how to let go. But lyrically I write about what I know or what I feel. It’s usually a spontaneous thing; I can’t sit down to write a song from a preconceived idea like many can, it just happens when it happens. Usually after hours of meditative trancing out whilst playing guitar. I see colours when I write and I write in that colour, or that scene or that mood or however you want to define it, but it’s real to me. At BRIT they used to tell us to think outside the box but I never believed in the box to begin with! And finally Charlene, if you could pass on one piece of wisdom to our Teenbook readers what would it be? You are more than capable of achieving what you see in your mind to be a possibility. If you truly desire something, you can and will make it happen. You know within yourself what is right and wrong, so don’t get too lost with the rest of the world- there will be plenty of distractions but learn from them! You have always been ready to be who you wanted to be, it’s not an external thing, so allow yourself… give yourself the permission you seek. If you do things for the right reasons, you can’t go wrong… Only you know what is best for you. Other than that, water fights are pretty fun, and hurt a lot less than paintballing!!
WHEN I GROW UP… When I grow up I want to be… are familiar words, but your dream job often seems a million miles away. Emma Frew talks to four models from D1 Agency who are living the their dream sooner than they thought.
Name: Katy Sexton Age: 17 From: London Discovered: At Wireless Festival
What is it like being a teenager in the modelling industry? Katy It’s fun and I’m enjoying myself but at the same time it is difficult because I have to juggle modelling with school. Paige It is very exciting and it is nice to be able to meet new people. It can be quite time consuming, but it’s all worth it. Kyle It’s strange. As I’m only 16, I am usually the youngest model at a shoot and I get treated differently. It’s hard to explain, but I always sense that people ate acting differently because of my age. Timothy- It’s good fun, because I have got to do and see things that I wouldn’t have otherwise. There are a lot of elder models, but that hasn’t caused me any problems. What have been your favourite shoots so far? Katy I did a shoot for ‘Annabelle London’, which was really enjoyable. I was working with another model and we just had fun and got to wear young, cool clothes. Paige Definitely has to be ‘The Ones 2 watch’ shoot. Kyle I have to say that I’ve enjoyed every shoot that I’ve done. Every shoot is different and the each photographer has their own way of doing things. One of the most memorable so far, is when I got chosen to go to New York for the new Calvin Klein Campaign. Timothy My favourite shoot was for iD magazine in Paris, photographed by Paolo Roversi.
Who are your role models? Katy I really look up to models and actors that have grown old gracefully such as Dame Helen Mirren and Dame Judi Dench. In an industry where you are pressurized to look young, actresses like them break the mould and are dignified in their ageing, while still managing to look beautiful. Paige Emma Watson is my role model. She has accomplished things as an actress and a model that I dream to be able to do in the future. Kyle My main role models are my family. Timothy My parents. Did you always want to be a model? Katy No. I was scouted by quite a few agencies, but I didn’t really think it was the career path that I wanted to take. But I’ve always loved fashion and the people at D1 have always made me feel relaxed and hav never pressurized me to commit to a career in modelling. So for now, in between school and University next year, I’m just doing it for the experience and for fun and will see where it leads. Paige Since I was young, I always wanted to go into modelling, and now that it has become a reality, it is definitely the industry I want to be in. Kyle Not really, but after my first shoot, I was completely hooked. Timothy No. I hadn’t ever considered it before I was scouted.
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Do you think that new TV shows such as ‘The Model Agency’ and ‘Dirty Sexy things’ offer a true reflection of the modelling industry? Katy Some of the TV shows make the modelling industry seem really brutal and that hasn’t been my experience. Although I do think that you have to be tough skinned to be in the industry. A modelling career is not easy, so TV shows such as ‘Dirty sexy things’, where the models really tell the camera what they think, are great, as people should know the truth. Paige They definitely gave me a different idea of what the modelling industry was like before I entered it. I think that a lot of what is shown on the TV shows is blown out of proportion, as I haven’t experienced that side of the industry yet. Kyle For some of the shows, what you see, is what you get, but in the case of ‘Dirty Sexy Things’, remember some scenes have been made for entertainment purposes. Timothy I have only seen ‘The Model Agency’ and most of it is completely true. Have you picked up any beauty secrets that you can pass on to us? Katy I love working with make-up artists as you get lots of beauty tips, like using clear mascara on your eyebrows for a sleek and sculpted look. But the best advice I’ve been given is to avoid the sun. Like most teenage girls, I’m a sun worshipper, but in the modelling industry, photographers don’t like tanned models. Too much exposure to sunlight also ages the skin and that is never good in an industry like modelling. Paige I have learnt a lot about looking after my hair and skin. Exfoliating for me is extremely important. Also combing your hair before straightening it will ensure that no knots are straightened into the hair, causing hair damage. Kyle The best tip is a good nights sleep! What is the best advice or biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your modelling career? Katy I think the main thing to remember as a model is, take everything with a pinch of salt. You have to be happy in your own skin and have a good agent behind you. Everyone has different opinions, so never change yourself because you think its how you ‘should’
look. I went to a shoot where the stylist told me how dreadful my eyebrows were and suggested that I shaved them off. However, at a shoot a couple of weeks ago the makeup artist said that I had ‘perfect’ eyebrows that complimented my face, so thank goodness I hadn’t shaved them off! Paige I have learned not to get my hopes up. There is a world of opportunities, so don’t worry if one thing fails. Timothy Always be polite; it makes life a lot easier. Modelling is a notoriously body conscious industry. Has becoming a model given you more or less confidence about your body? Katy Becoming a model has made me look at myself in a different way, but I think most teenage girls are body conscious anyway. I am lucky as I can eat a lot and don’t easily put on weight. When photographers tell you, you look great in pictures that really gives me a confidence boost, but I don’t hold it against them if during a shoot they say ‘that’s not a very flattering angle’ because even the smallest models look bigger from certain angles. Paige For me, modelling hasn’t changed
Name: Paige Stevens Age: 14 From: Stevenage Discovered: Shopping in Oxford Street
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Name: Kyle Forde Age: 16 From: London Discovered: by photographer, Jamie Morgan and scouted by D1 Models last year whilst walking for Ozwald Boateng’s show.
my body confidence at all. I have always been quite confident and consider myself to be lucky, as I haven’t had to change my diet at all. Kyle It’s definitely given me more confidence. I would never have dared walk around without a shirt on, but given the little privacy you get during shoots, you just get used to it. How would you describe your style when you are away from the cameras? Katy I’m fairly casual but always wear one or two pieces that really stand out. I love high street shops like Urban Outfitters and Topshop, but will always mix popular trends with something unusual. Kyle it hasn’t really got a name. It’s just me.
Name: Timothy Kelleher Age: 17 From: London Discovered: AT Reading Festival
Is there any model whose career path you would like to follow? Katy Obviously I would love to have a career like that of Gisele Bundchen. She is effortlessly beautiful and manages to keep out of the public eye. I also love Heidi Klum, who not only models but also discovers new talent on ‘Project Runway’ Paige I would really like to follow in Gisele’s footsteps. She has had a long, successful career as a model and has also experienced the film industry. Kyle To be honest, I never paid that much attention to the modelling world before I was scouted. I just enjoy what I do. Timothy it has to be Clement Chabernaud. Were your family and friends supportive of you becoming a model at such a young age? Katy Yes they were, but I didn’t really publicise it as I’m not a full time model and I wasn’t sure how far it would go. Also, I think my family wanted me to be wary of the industry, as it always seems fairly ruthless. Paige My family and friends have been extremely supportive as its something I have always wanted to do. Kyle Obviously you have the odd person who is not particularly supportive, but you soon realise who your true friends are. Timothy My family were a little bit nervous but have always supported me and have become comfortable with it, over time. Do you have a dream campaign or cover you would love to land? Katy I would love to work for Topshop as their campaigns are always colourful and young, but I adored Emma Watson in the Burberry campaign a few years ago, so I would also love to do that one day. Paige I would love to do something for Vogue or perhaps a big clothing line like Topshop. Kyle Every shoot is as important as another to me, so all of them are a dream. Timothy a Burberry campaign would be amazing. Finish this sentence. Being a model is…? Katy Great for meeting new people, (often hugely talented ones). Paige Not as easy as everyone expects, it can be very time consuming and you have to be committed, but in the end your efforts will be rewarded. Kyle Enjoyable. Timothy Better than working in Tesco.
We love Stephanie Finnan’s book, How to prepare for a career in fashion.
This YES NO MAYBE rucksack is top of our love list. The front is made of Velcro so you can change your look as often as you like.
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Into The Wilderness Photographer: Claire Huish Assistant Photographer: Louis Eguchi
Stylist: Naomi Farmer Make up: Clare Greathead
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The Letter By
Every issue of Teenbook will have a letter in it for you. Written by someone who we think is pretty inspirational and hopefully you’ll agree. First up is author Dallas Clayton. We could tell you all the reasons why we think he is such a big deal but why do that when you could just read the letter he wrote for you and discover his epic-ness all by yourself. Buy his books/read his blog. They will make you smile. A lot.
Dear Teenbook readers, I think the most important thing to remember about all of this is that at the end of the day most of it isn’t even real. Therefore you should find the thing that makes you most happy while making the most other people the most happy and do it as often as you can until it stops making you happy. Then, if you have time left over you should try and find another thing that makes you happy and do that thing until it also stops. You should continue this pattern until you learn more than you ever thought you might know, visit more places than you ever thought you might visit, or until it all vanishes in an instant. If anyone tells you that this is not a realistic plan you should inform them that airplanes didn’t used to exist and look at how well they’ve caught on. Also pretend it’s your birthday often. Also get a nickname. Also try not to sleep inside, it can get boring. Dream big! Love, Dallas.