ATLAS THE OBSESSION ISSUE
Volume II / Issue 7 /March 2014 / Audrey Kitching / Laura Cammarata / Eleonore Vanden Eynde /JC Thonar / Genoveva Artega-Rynn / Jack Codling / Ricardo Uroz / 2W Studio / Bryony Hipkin / Harry Bartlett / Millie Maidens / Claire Caillaux / Her Curious Nature / Sere RivĂŠrs / Erica Russel / Milos Mlynarik / Natalie Armin / Jamie Cowlishaw /Esteban Vargas /William Evans /Kelvin Barron /Ally Lindsay /Beccy Nuthall /Anna Blachut / Sarah Louise Johnson /Antoinette Holmes /Lucy Hawes 1
ATLAS MAGAZINE Editors-in-Chief Megan Breukelman & Olivia Bossert Copy Editor Bryony Hipkin Social Media Co-Ordinator Sophia Kahlenburg
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Contents 4 Editors Letter 6 Atlas Asks 8 Palm Springs 14 Girl, Obsessed 18 A Comic Story 28 Blue 34 The Pack 40 Ocean Eyes 48 Her Curious Nature 52 Thereâ€™s Something About Mary 54 Living Amish 66 London Collections Mens: My Obsessions 68 Fortress 74 London Fashion Week Reviews 76 Birds of a Feather 84 Sere Rivers 86 Milan Fashion Week Street Style 92 Plastic 100 Featherweight 108 The Chrome Issue
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bsessions are a part of our daily life--they are what drive us. They fuel our passions and desires. Our obsession is definitely Atlas. Our magazine is growing in ways we couldn’t have imagined a year and a half ago. We are receiving more submissions with each issue and the quality of that work just keeps on improving. In this issue, we really wanted to explore the obsessions of the fashion industry. For some, it’s scarves. For others, it’s Japanese culture. Amongst the pages of the Obsession Issue, you’ll get to read interviews by the likes of accessories label Her Curious Nature and online superstar Audrey Kitching. You’ll also see work by some amazing creative teams, who you can tell are obsessed with what they do. We’re definitely obsessed with the Obsession Issue. Are you? Megan Breukelman & Olivia Bossert Co-Editors-in-Chief
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What Were You Obsessed with as a Child?
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Willam Evans is an up-and-coming fashion journalist, about to complete a degree in Fashion Design at Falmouth University, United Kingdom
was really into drawing when I was around 6. I would spend hours and hours copying and tracing from comics to manga, but also messing around with watercolours and pastels. I don’t think I was particularly good at it but I enjoyed it so much. At that time, I was also a little ballerina. I loved dancing in my pink tutu. I attended ballet classes up until the age of 8. Then came the hip-hop phase and I really loved that. I did it for around 10 years but dropped it when I started university in Italy and also discovered photography. Due to a lack of time, I had to choose. I have always been attracted by foreign languages and I have always loved English most of all. I have been studying and practising it all my life. My other big passion as a child/teenager was music. By translating lyrics and practising my pronunciation, it became a natural tool learnt the language with. I am also a bit ashamed to say I used to listen to all the boy bands of the 90s/00s. From The Backstreet Boys to ‘N Sync to Blue. I was also in love with Spice Girls. Very cheesy, I know... Thank God one day I discovered Nirvana and Depeche Mode. That was quite a big change!
s a child I was obsessed with (no surprise here) clothes. It was more the excitement of dressing up dolls and toys and the imagination and fun behind clothes that I fell in love with as a child rather than just fashion, although that came later in life. As a child for me it was more Barbie than Marni, less kenzo and more Ken. I was that kid who loved to play with toys like any other but for me it could go to a whole different place when I had toys. Undoubtedly the reason I then became so obsessed with the film Toy Story. I could create an entire world in my head; I think Barbie may have been to just about every place I could possibly imagine, with a wardrobe to match. I sometimes wonder whether my obsession for fashion now has spun from the subtle influences I had as a child playing with dolls and dressing them up, my Toy Story Woody doll, his denim skinnies and plaid shirt reminds me so much of the Chanel Dallas collection and Ralph Lauren’s western world. I am reminded of the sugar coated prim outfits I used to put dolls in when I see collections from designers such as Meadham Kirchhoff and Elie Saab now. To me it has always been about the dreams and imagination in fashion. Rewind 15 years and you’ll still find that same boy in a world of his own.
Laura Cammarata is a 22 year old Italian fashion photographer living in London
Esteban Vargas is a 25 year-old photographer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina
ur treehouse was a place of refuge; a special space built by dad’s hands & shared with my neighbor’s boney legs, arms & manic laughter. There was a certain way to use the braided rope near the slide, the skylight leaked while it rained, & when a big kid sat in the swing it shook violently. The sand was khaki beneath our soiled sandals and seemed so deep we could big to China. The moment the frost would thaw, the smells of the perfect summer days were around the corner. School days were spent dreaming of the moments we could play in the sparkling sunshine without jackets & dirty our hands admiring our sandy creations. Priscilla would excitedly burst into the backyard waving the new things her mother bought her; I would yelp with delight as I spotted a dolphin
felt attracted by Japanese culture ever since I was a kid. Its particular sense of aesthetic and the way they preserve their millenary customs in contrast with their advanced technology. My first close encounter with the Nippon world was, of course, by Japanese animation. I spent most of my free time watching anime and bought mangas every time I could. A fine day, at the comic store, I found one that particularly caught my attention; silver colored and larger than usual, the cover starred the illustration of a girl, which made reference to a photograph on a fashion magazine. It was entitled “Paradise Kiss”. Without having a clue about the story line, I bought it. It told the story of Yukari, an average high school girl, and the
binder in her hand, neon kittens firting with sunfowers illustrated on a folder, erasers tiny & pink shaped like unicorns. I valued the smaller more precious items like new rings with the words “girl power” or “best friends” printed across the lime green bands. Immediately we would get the senescent coal shovel & dig & dig & dig & unearth the large rusted toolbox my dad gave me, meticulously flicking up each latch. Time after time we would add these dazzling, playful objects to the cold dark treasure chest to accompany a dusty Care Bear with a faded rainbow belly. After the latches were fastened on the toolbox and the sand packed neatly down we would lie in the sand as the golden hour approached staring at the sky gabbing childishly about how we would come back & look at our treasure & appreciate it even more when we were grown-ups.
change it meant for her life when she had a casual encounter with a group of fashion design students, who found her perfect to model in their final school year’s fashion show. At the beginning she took this proposal as a waste of time, but after getting deeply involved with these four guys, she discovers the courage and passion required to be part of the fashion industry. A story full of drama, alongside a unique aesthetic and the creation of sublime characters (who wore Vivienne Westwood; that’s how I got introduced to her work) When I finally got to read the fifth and last volume, I found myself in front of one of the saddest endings, but somehow, I imagine that just like the main character, my casual encounter with this manga changed my life, too.
Ally Lindsay is a New York City based photographer & collaborator
PALM SPRINGS PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING Jack Codling MODEL Elliot Baker
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Girl, Obsessed An Interview with Audrey Kitching By Erica Russell
hat are some of your eternal obsessions? I’m eternally obsessed with bubble baths, lemon water, rainbow feathers, the perfect candle, autumn, sleeping in, road-trips, kittens, late night takeout, designer sunglasses, chocolate covered strawberries, sunrise hikes and fluffy oversized jumpers. What does an obsession mean to you? It can have a positive or negative meaning depending on how you look at it. I tend to be an optimist so I use the word in more of a carefree, creative sense. I see obsession as something that you love and something that makes you feel good; something that you crave such as the feeling of butterflies when you meet someone new. How do you know when you’re “obsessed” with something? I know I’m obsessed when I can’t keep my concentration without the thought of something particular reoccurring in my mind, which happens many times a day actually now that I think about it. I may have an obsession with obsessions. What is it like having people who are “obsessed” over you? I don’t take myself too seriously, so the fact that someone would fly across the country just to meet me melts my brain in the most affectionate way possible! It’s a positive feeling for sure, just one I find hard to cope with and relate to, because I just exist as myself. When does it become dangerous? Where is the line between healthy and detrimental? I think obsessions cross a line when they are affecting your life and others in a negative way. An obsession with shoes is one thing, but if it grows until you are spending all of your rent money and can’t afford to live, then it has surely crossed a line. We need to be strong enough to keep ourselves in check, but because an obsession is so encompassing it can be hard to reel ourselves back in at times.
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When does inspiration evolve into an obsession for you? I definitely have an obsession with the very notion of inspiration itself! I think that it’s a good thing most of the time. But sometimes when I should be sleeping for a job the next day, I’m huddled under my covers with my iPad at strange hours of the night surfing Pinterest. I can’t help it. Being inspired is my drug. It’s what fuels me. What do you want your imprint/impact to be when you leave this world? My wish would be for everyone to learn to love themselves, stop judging others, treat animals and the earth the way they should be treated, and take care of their bodies and minds. If you don’t nourish both correctly, you will never function at even a small percentage of your full potential, which seems like such a tragic waste. It takes work to live a positive and inspiring life. It’s not easy but I can promise that it is worth it. What’s more important: fashion or style? Style trumps fashion, hands down. Anyone with enough plastic cards and paper bills can buy fashion. Style is something you curate and express within yourself. No one has the exact same style. And without style, fashion couldn’t exist! Style is what you are born with and grow into and evolve. It’s fascinating to watch. What do you think of the fashion industry right now? I personally think that the industry takes itself a bit too seriously for my taste. Fashion and style is about expression and fun. Fashion week has turned into a wealth-fueled popularity contest a la Mean Girls. The whole core and point of it has vanished into some strange high school scenario. I always feel like I fit into the indie side of the industry much better. I’m not anti-mainstream by any means, I just think it can be watered down and fake at times. I prefer art for the sake of art and fashion for the sake of expression.
HAIR Kim Garduno MAKEUP Dinessa Belli PHOTOS Ally Lindsay STYLING Erica Russel
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A COMIC STORY
PHOTOGRAPHY Laura Cammarata STYLING Erin O’ Keefe MAKEUP Clio Zammatteo HAIR STYLIST Yasutake Kosaka MODEL Veronica Zoppolo @ New York Model Management PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANT Giuseppe Alaimo
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Coat Misha Nonoo Pants Misha Nonoo Top Nicole Miller Shoes Schutz 19
Coat Misha Nonoo Pants Misha Nonoo Top Nicole Miller Shoes Schutz
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Dress Cynthia Rowley Jacket Milly Bracelet Pono Shoes The Office of Angela Scott
Jacket Ports 1961 Skirt Ports 1961 Shirt Clover Canyon Shoes Jen Kao
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Jacket Richard Chai Love Pants Richard Chai Love Necklace Rebekah Price Shoes Schutz
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Jacket Clover Canyon Jacket Anna Sui Skirt Alice and Olivia Shoes Edmundo Castillo Earrings Succarra
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BL UE PHOTOGRAPHER Ricardo Urroz STYLIST Courtney Ann HAIR Elin Nyberg for Davines MAKEUP Cherry Le MODEL Bro oke @ Major Models NY
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Necklace JoomiLim, GemmaRedux Shirt Ralph Lauren Vest Diesel Shirt Diesel Shoes Converse
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Earrings GemmaRedux Necklace JoomiLim Shirt Leviâ€™s Dress Diesel Shoes Diesel
Necklace GemmaRedux Shirt Pantsand Opposite: Overalls Diesel Shoes Diesel Earrings GemmaRedux Bracelet JoomiLim 32 Atlas Magazine
Headband Jane Bond Earings Linda’s Dream, Dream house Dress Stinak Fur Bracelets Radka Kubková, Dream House Opposite: Headband Kamila Vodochodská design Dress STINAK 34 Atlas Magazine
THE PACK PHOTOGRAPHY 2W Studio STYLING Veronika Metz MAKEUP Andrea Ciganekova HAIR Sonia Slansky MODELS Martina, Johana, Josephine @ 2W Scout 35
Dress Vendula Niklovรก Shoes Leiser Rings Lenka Kohรกkovรก, Dream house Pleated Jumper United Colours Of Benetton Skirt Monika Vaverovรก Dress Kamila Vodochodskรก design 36 Atlas Magazine
Headband Vulpecula, Kamila Vodochodskรก design Leather Vest Vintage Jean Jacket vintage The Address Idea, Lace Dresses STINAK Leather Shoes Gianvito Rossi Jacket Vintage Organza Dress STINAK
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OCEAN EYES PHOTOGRAPHER Genoveva Arteaga-Rynn CLOTHING & JEWELRY Created By Freya Edmondson SHOES Model’s Own DESIGNER/STYLIST Freya Edmondson, collection name Kenchiku MAKEUP & HAIR Scarlett Jeavons-Golding MODEL Nicola Smith
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Her Curious Nature Interview by Bryony Hipkin Images by Emma Dudlyke What do you get when you throw together talent, creativity and an obsession with quality hair accessories? Simply, Her Curious Nature. Founder Sabrina Ismail started Her Curious Nature with no formal qualifications and has watched her customer base grow exponentially. Featured in glossy monthlies Vogue and Tatler, Sabrina’s brandhas catered to a wide audience of fashion followers and stylish individuals. Having visited Sabrina’s studio three years ago, it was a delight to catch up with her newest work and discuss how her business has grown.
our accessories and collections have only become more beautiful over time. As a child did you enjoy dressing up or have a fascination with hair accessories? Yes absolutely. As a child, I always loved dressing up, as a family we were definitely into creating costumes and crafting. Hair accessories came a little later, but it was always an area I was creative in. Your influences come from British heritage and exotic inspirations from Arabic costume. Do you find it easy to combine these two loves, or do you find that some pieces lean more towards one direction? I’d say that the pieces are predominantly more one than the other, although side by side they work beautifully. I do try to include smaller elements of both in all of my work, such as the luxe embellishments of Arabic costume. The finished result is usually either more heritage, or more exotic looking. Apart from these inspirations, is there a time period or era that you feel drawn to? I draw upon the Victorian era the most. There are definitely hints of other times, but that era is the most inspiring. Not simply the womenswear but the menswear is equally as interesting to me; the attention detail and craftsmanship is particularly key. I’m also fascinated by the distinction between the apparel for different occasions and situations. The era that is probably the most apparent in my ready to wear collections would the sixties and the seventies. The colours and prints are among my favourites.
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STYLIST Siouxsie HAIR Jessica Mueller MAKEUP Sandra Bermingham MODEL Ellen Burton @ Profile STYLIST ASSISTANT Ashley Gianna Hallett
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Being picked up by Topshop must have been a high point for you? Being recognised by Topshop was certainly a high point. Still being such a young brand to have such an established British retailer see the potential in my work was really exciting. Even more recently you collaborated with Issa, how did that come about? It was a bit of a domino effect to be honest; it started when Hillary Alexander bought some of our pieces from Topshop to feature in the London Fashion Weekend advertising campaign. At the time, Hillary was also working on the trends catwalk and called in some of pieces for the show. Issa was another of the designers showing at Fashion Weekend and it was Hillary that suggested the collaboration. You’ve managed to create a sensational brand without any formal training. What piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own brand? There are advantages to doing things the more unconventional way, but at the same time there are many disadvantages. Experience is the most important factor; learn what you can while working with different people before you make the leap yourself. I got to see inside your studio about three years ago now, it was an Aladdin’s cave, truly beautiful. Do you find it helps to be surrounded by your work? It is always helpful to see how my work has evolved, and how one piece can influence another, or the opposite, in fact -- how different each piece can be. You can purchase Sabrina’s accessories on ASOS, in the Topshop flagship on Oxford Street and online at www.hercuriousnature.com
THERES SOMETHING ABOUT MARY WRITTEN BY WILLIAM EVANS ILLUSTRATION BY MILLIE MAIDENS PHOTOS BY LUCY HAWES
eet Mary Katrantzou, the woman who made prints the real big power player in fashion, launched an international fashion empire with just eleven ready to wear collections, made lamps and stamps wearable and created a capsule collection for Topshop that sold out within seconds. Look around you on the streets of London (the home of Katrantzou’s name sake brand) and any other fashion capital in the world for that fact and you’ll see women wearing pieces from all of her previous collections; from foreign currency print to 3D floral embellishment. It’s clear that the ideas and intentions Katrantzou so solidly set in stone when she first began her label in 2009 have manifested and blossomed into a fashion label that takes the world of print and pushes past boundaries no one has ever even attempted to break. Each collection tells a story, with each garment within the collection acting as an emotional and intriguing chapter, ultimately ending with clothes that leave you eagerly anticipating the sequel. There isn’t a single factor alone that can be pinned down as the main catalyst that produced such a powerful designer so synonymous with her fashion label; a label that now stands as a winning streak amongst designers around the world. The world can’t get enough of her designs, but just why has this label become one of the biggest names in fashion in a relatively short space of time? The story begins in 2009 in front of a packed audience full of fashion’s most esteemed editors and the industry’s most respected buyers and stylists. Mary Katrantzou’s first fashion show begins and Jourdan Dunn opens with a simple long tube dress covered entirely in the print of a crystal perfume bottle. A silent execution of her baby steps into the design world, yet the collection packed a colourful punch and made a strong graphical statement. Perfume bottles smashed and broke down into more complex shapes and aesthetic dimensions that flattered and shaped the body as the collection developed on the runway. It was a promising start for the Greek designer who was spinning London into a print frenzy. Katrantzou set out with a positive attitude and a warm heart which may have influenced her designs in the beginning, adding a touch of humour and a dash of ‘fashion down to earthiness’ to her designs that in turn allowed for bold printed pieces to feel familiar and welcome. Her Spring/Summer 2011 collection saw a continuation of the shapes, fabrics and inspirations from the previous two seasons. Architectural shapes on the shoulders dispersed and melted into soft flowing dreams of floral chiffon and embellished metal flowers that stood to attention amongst the cloud like fabrics. Kantrantzou’s biggest break and undoubtedly the moment when she put her foot down and went full speed on the pedal of fashion was when she presented her Spring/Summer 2011 collection at London fashion week. The inspiration for the collection came from a very true place, her mother had a furniture making factory and Mary Katrantzou herself had always wanted
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to be an interior designer, which made the collection feel all the more special and sincere for the audience and the customers in waiting. She drew inspiration from photographs of Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, but it wasn’t the models in the pictures that stood out rather the room itself in the photograph that caught her attention. The symmetry and accurateness of the prints on the chiffon and silk blend umbrella dresses looked more like abstract 3D art than clothes. Pendants of embellishments hung from the bottoms of skirts and wall mouldings came to life as heavy necklaces; if it didn’t seem like you were at home yet she added chiffon curtains that aligned perfectly with the printed picture of a L.A living room and its windows. Print can be expected and at times mundane but there are a batch of designers taking fashion print and turning it’s on its head and customers cannot get enough (Anna Dello Russo bought almost the entire S/S 2011 Mary Katrantzou collection). Peter Dundas at Emilio Pucci loves his beach babes and Peter Pillito made Miranda Kerr look even more gorgeous in their printed scuba dress. Mary Katrantzou designs for the modern woman with a style conscience who shops for herself and determines her own style. It’s difficult to sum her customer up in such a precise way; Katrantzou switches between themes in her collection so rapidly it’s hard to image just one type of woman who would wear her prints and stick to one way of wearing her designs. I guess in a way the Mary Katrantzou women is all visual in her head but deep down loves the idea of imagination to take her and her dress on a trip into a world beyond fashion. If there’s one thing Mary Katrantzou has proven it is that she can execute an idea better than most, her ideas aren’t just fanciful imaginations that exist only in museums; these are real clothes for the modern thinking woman. Whether it’s the chandelier skirts from SS2011, the European bank notes pant suit from SS2013 or the typewriter prints from FW2012; it’s likely that her customer is usually left feeling spoilt for choice. If there is one thing you take from Katrantzou’s label let it be this; she took the woman out of the room and put the room on her, if the shoe fits then wear it; literally and women don’t get bought flowers anymore instead they buy themselves a bouquet of Mary Katrantzou’s finest ruched roses. With eleven successful collections down, the label looks set to go from strength to strength, with no doubt another eleven collections to come that will be even more triumphant than the last. You can always guarantee that where Mary Katrantzou is concerned, in fashion, a house is always a home. 53
Hat Maison Michel Jacket Donna Karan Dress H&M
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LIVING AMISH PHOTOGRAPHY JC Thonar ART DIRECTION & STYLING Eleonore Vanden Eynde PRODUCTION STUDIO L.A HAIR & MAKEUP Sophie @ ilovemakeupfor MAC & L’OREAL MODELS Marie & Fionna @ Be models Alban & Rex @ Dominique models
Hat Maison Michel Shirt H&M Jacket Minju Kim
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Hat Vintage Earrings New Look Shirt Miu Miu Jacket Dolce & Gabbana
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1.Hat Maison Michel Shirt Supra Quintescence Pant Paul Smith 2. Shirt Filippa K Wasitcoat Zegna Pant Bellerose Jacket Calvin Klein Shoes H&M 3.Jumper H&M Skirt Marc by Marc Jacobs 4. Hat Maison Michel Dress Minju Kim Scarf Martin Margiela
Hat Vintage Dress Rue Blanche
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Hat Maison Michel Suspenders Asos Shirt H&M Pant Paul Smith
2. Jumper H&M
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Shirt Miu Miu Dress Apron Christian Wijnants Hat Maison Michel Shirt Agnes B Pant Bellerose
Shirt Miu Miu Dress Apron Christian Wijnants
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: MY OBSESSIONS London Collections Men’s
WRITEN BY HARRY BARTLETT ILLUSTRATIONS BY MILLIE MAIDENS
o no surprise, LC:M has proven to be another phenomenal season full of fine tailoring, blurred gender barriers and parties galore. After rubbing shoulders with the likes of David Gandy, Oliver Cheshire and Sam Way on the front row, this season had already gotten off to a spectacular start. An endless supply of male models strutted into my peripheral vision (and contact list) including Jimmy Q, Harry Curran and the previously mentioned. Though I did feel repugnant next to these giants in the modelling world, sitting on front row allowed me to get a perfect view of the shows, allowing me to see all the final details without any obstruction or by looking through a camera screen at a low resolution image of the highly intricate details of this season’s greats. This season was full of diversity making each collection unique and desirable in their own way. As shows go, my particular highlights had to be Christopher Shannon, Katie Eary and Topman Design. But when it comes to making a splash, the Oliver Spencer show proved to be the big hitter on the social media platforms after one of the water pipes burst, showering one block (with front row guests including David Gandy, Oliver Cheshire, Dermot O’Leary and Tinnie Tempah) in hot water, including myself sitting on second row. Quite frankly, I was drenched and at the time I had no idea what was happening. The lights started going down, everyone had found their seats and then I got a spray of hot water down my neck. Lots of screams started and people began fleeing the area, leaping over benches like a scene from 28 Days Later. In a blind panic, I realised I had left my Vivienne Westwood backpack (which quite frankly I was not leaving behind), so in an act of pure bravery, I ran towards the water, blurring my glasses and fogging my vision, like walking in to a burning building to save my beloved treasure.
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Hats off to Creative Director, Patrick Grant. During the evacuation, we had a quick natter about the surge of hot water and back in we went 15 minutes later, sat back in our (thankfully dried) seats and held tightly onto our personal belongings, just in case. For a second time, the lights dimmed and thankfully, the show began. To no surprise, Oliver Spencer had indeed put on another incredible show. But there’s no point crying over spilt boiling water, I want to talk about my obsessions this season. Firstly, the piece I am infatuated with has to be Christopher Shannon’s cigarette jumpers. The whole collection was utterly stunning but these sweaters stood out based on their simplicity and desirability. It was a really nice idea to have three different designs in three different colours (red, green and black). If I could put a bet on it, I would say these are going to be one of the big sellers from AW14. If you’re looking for a fine tailored suit with a bit of quirkiness, I suggest you check out E Tautz. There was not one piece I didn’t lust for in this collection, but if I had to choose one, it would most likely be the grey threepiece suit with stitching and embroidery details. This suit is a beautifully fit and the colour wouldn’t be out of place on a young James Bond (think back to the Sean Connery/Roger Moore generations). But rather than keeping it all plain Jane, E Tautz emphasized each look with oversized coats, bold colours and ankle swinging trousers. Saville Row tailoring traditions have been broken and I love it. My last desirable piece is not a runway show, but an accessory from the LC:M showroom at Victoria House. Marwood is a brand I am constantly following, checking for every new development and design. This season they created one of the most desirable pieces I think they have ever created. Much like E Tautz, size and pattern played a big part in Marwood’s AW14 collection that complimented her pieces superbly. My favourite item had to be the oversized (both width and length) black and grey zig-zag scarf. It sounds simple, but words cannot describe how fixated I became with it. I definitely tried it on multiple times across the three-days at LC:M. But clothes weren’t the only obsession; London Collections: Men would not be complete without a lethal quantity of champagne and after parties and this season delivered. We went back to the warehouse, demanded more stock and came back heaps. Esquire, Fred Perry, YMC x Liberty, KTZ and River Island were amongst my party highlights but Superdry really did turn it up to eleven. Their party felt like a warehouse rave! It was the first party where people really let loose and were properly dancing and getting their dutty wine going. With Nick Grimshaw DJ’ing and a free supply of cocktails, this party had to be my obsession… If only more after parties were quite like this, the world would be a more inebriated place. As seasons go, this has to be the strongest for LC:M in my opinion and what a collection it has been. I cannot begin to tell you how many garments, accessories and shoes I have started craving since the shows finished. I may well be having withdrawals. A brilliant time and I am counting down the days till the next season of London Collections in June. Bring it! 67
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Wedges Jessica Simpson Tank Mok Theorem Jacket Joyce & Jade Shorts Viktoria & Woods
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London Fashion Week Autumn Winter Fourteen YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST Writen by Claire Caillaux Illustrations by Antoinette Holmes
Bernard Chandran I have a new name for Chandran’s collection: Catwoman goes job hunting. Sexy as hell, sleek as hell and tailored to perfection, this is what your same-age-as-you-but-twice-as-successful boss’ closet looks like; pure class that literally has ‘that new car smell’. From the moment the music hit the room like a whip, I knew it was going to be a sartorial education. One by one the fast paced and fresh faced coat hangers models strutted their confidence in some of the best potential work clothes I have ever laid eyes on. Accentuating all the right in’sand-out’s with tucked in waists and long sleeved dresses, the collection seemed to scream less skin = more sex. From the g-e-n-i-o-u-s bootie to boot leather add on’s to the impeccably tailored tailleur dress, I am now convinced there is nothing sexier in the world than a woman showing nothing but a peep-toe. The LadyTux was another home run, with its all-in-one colour variations and quasi floor length lapels; it would be enough to give Neo a boner. My sartorial boner, however were the poli-tonal leather jackets with that crisp trope l’oeil collar peeking out the top, mmmm sah goood. Basically, guys, Bernard Chandran managed to design the most elegant dominatrix alive and I want to be her. I want to be her now.
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Jamie Wei Huang As the lights dimmed at Freemasons’ Hall, the air thickened with anticipation (as well as pungent BO as the fashion crowd isn’t one for taking off their meticulously planned layers even in a 25°C room). Slow, steady and as ice cold as the weather designed for, a schoolgirl silhouette emerges onto the runway with a fuck-you-attitude that paralleled the officially re-written rules of pleating, waist lines and symmetry. Every piece bore the (rigid) shapes of a catholic education, with a touch of rebellious youth in every fur lined, coacher embellished popped collar. It was a case of outerwear done ohso-well. From the pleasantly exhibitionist cousin of the rain boot to fur lined arm cuffs and pocketed belts (which, to be honest, I didn’t really get but, A+ for effort and convenience) this collection redefined what FW14 style will look like in a way few designers know how – with realistic convenience in mind. I tip my fur lined Balaclava to you, Jamie Wei Huang and pray to one day be able to afford that orgasmic fur trimmed oversized leather jacket which I may or may not have had an actual sex dream about last night. In short, this collection made me envy the polar vortex and seriously consider pulling a bank job to afford every piece.
FEATHER PHOTOGRAPHER Sarah Louise Johnson STYLIST Kelvin Barron MAKEUP Sian Duke using Cosmetics Ă La Carte, Ciate and Eylure HAIR Eugene Davis using Beauty Works Hair Bumble & Bumble and Diva Pro Styling MODEL Leila @ Profile Model Management
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Dress Natasha Zinko Earrings Persy
Dress Patricia Bonaldi Earrings Persy
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Dress Vivetta Hat Alexandra Harper Millinery
Dress Bora Aksu Necklace Persy
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Dress and Neck Piece Tube Gallery Rings Joanique at Wolf & Badger
Dress Vivetta Head piece Jolita Jewellery
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Sere Rivers Fashion Illustrator Interview by Bryony Hipkin Photography by Elizaveta Porodina
At seventeen, most of us are unsure about our future. We might have a hobby that we pursue, but not many of us have a rare and raw talent that has already manifested itself. Sere Rivers, at only seventeen, blows her fans and followers away with breathtaking illustrations. We got a chance to speak to the talented German student to discuss her current work and plans for the future.
hat is it that drew you to fashion illustration? What drew me to fashion illustration? I fell in love with Haute Couture a couple of years ago and started drawing dresses that I imagined in my head. So firstly, when did you first decide that you wanted to pursue illustration? It was not a decision really. It was more like something that I’ve loved and done all my life. I always knew that I wanted to do something creative when I got older, so I decided to study fashion design and to focus on fashion illustration. Did you always have a flare for illustration or do you find that you have to work hard at it? In Germany we say “Ohne Fleiß, kein Preis” which means something like “you need to work hard to achieve your goals” and I think that this is true. At the beginning, I was not able to draw the way I can draw now. I drew every weekend from morning to night, but to be honest, it never really felt like work. It felt more like a few hours than a few days because I loved what I did and that made time go by quickly. It wasn’t really hard work to me because I enjoyed doing what I was doing, but it was very exhausting.You need to put so much time and passion into your work.
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There is a strong theme of florals throughout your work (do tell me if I’m wrong!) Do you find inspiration particularly through nature? Partly. I usually do not paint flowers in their correct and natural way, because I do not like copying things... I always give my own touch to them, change the petals or create whole new flowers. I paint them the way that I’d like to see them in reality. You also spend your time working on fashion design. If you could work for any designer, who would it be? I cannot really answer that question, because every designer is amazing in his or her own way and surprises me with their collections every time. If I chose to concentrate on runway fashion, it would be very minimalistic, haute couture dresses, but on the other hand very avant garde and pompous. I honestly can’t tell you why I have two styles that are so different from each other. If I could choose, I would like to be involved with Valentino or Maison Martin Margiela’s designs. Where in the world would you like to live and work once completing education? I’d definitely like to live and work in Paris. I love everything about that city. Is there somewhere in particular that you go to feel inspired? I sometimes go in the woods because it is completely quiet there but mostly I feel inspired at home, as I have created my own little castle, in which I feel very safe. I get my inspiration from nature and my home.
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