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VOIX MEETS MODE

‘SPRING’ INTO AUTUMN/WINTER 14


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GENĂˆSE ISSUE: Genesis: the origin or mode of formation of something.

#ORIGIN #SOURCE #ROOT #BEGINNING #COMMENCEMENT #START #OUTSET This is our #GENESIS, our beginning, the Commencement of something inconceivably greater than we could ever comprehend Welcome to the outset of the rest of our creative lives.

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LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

CREDITS: Producer & Fashion Stylist: Sophie Etchegoyhen Brancher (colorsens) Photography: Juan Pablo Gonzalez Cabrera (colorsens) Art Direction: Manu Rey (colorsens & ddb) Make Up: Gervasio Larrivey Clothes: Ejercito de Salvacion Photographer Assistant: Litus Marciales (colorsens) Assistants: Evelyn Campos y Natalia Martinez Bon Models: Binta y Tao Conrad

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Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed, And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed: But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st, Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st, So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Shakespear’s Sonnet 18.

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Enchanting dawn of autumn days, So clear, so cool, so calm, O’er all creation breathing forth Thy sweet refreshing balm! The woodland dons its brightest hue, Its rainbow-tinted gown; Each soft and dreamy breeze that blows Brings showers of crimson down. Old earth now groans beneath her load Of grain and fruited vine, That thickly hangs o’er orchard wall, And drips with mellow wine. The birds fly lazily above, Bathed in thy misty light, While on the hillside loll the kine In morning’s gold delight. Wrapped in thy folds of golden mist, This restless soul of mine Is lulled into a blissful dream Of peace and love divine.

Found in “Autumn (From a book called ‘Snowflakes’)” authored by Esther Nelson Karn

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We wrap up Spring/Summer in a voluptuous cocoon of love, for her to hibernate, regain her strength in the wake of her showcase. It is that time to let her withdraw in order to shed off surplus beauty and regain her glorious blossoming nature through rebirth ready for the next season as we showcase the adornment of Autumn/Winter 2014.

CREDITS..................................................................................................... Curation & direction...............................................................Stephanie Legend Photography & Editing................................................................Edvinas Bruzas Post Production .................................................................John Paul Zampetti Hair & Makeup...................................................Moni Balogun & Leo De-Valentino

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MASTHEAD.................................................................................................. Editor In Chief......................................................Thomasina-Stephanie Legend Creative Director.......................................................................Edvinas Bruzas Art Directors...................................Edvinas Bruzas & Thomasina-Stephanie Legend Fashion Directors.......................................Rachael Ryan-White & Paulema Gaspard Beauty Director.................................................Moni Balogun of Monique Artistry Post Production Team......................................Kelly Morrison & John Paul Zampetti Location....................................................................London, United Kingdom Contact..............................................................press@voixmeetsmode.co.uk

VoixMeetsMode – VMM, is a self-published bi-annual online publication and film portal dedicated to discovering, collaborating, promoting and showcasing new luxuries within Fashion, Film and the Creative Arts. Emerging talents from all over the World are an integral part of our foundation, heart and soul of what we do and who we are.

VMM is a strong supporter of sustainability, continuously seeking out new ways to improve our sustainable footprint and at the same time further be at the forefront of promoting and educating through our platform the high importance of sustainability.

All layouts and designs are the properties of VoixMeetsMode All work submitted and images have been published with the authority of the owners and permission given to be used on all VoixMeetsMode site, blog and social media platforms. Property of www.voixmeetsmode.com Copyright Š 2012-2014

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CONTRIBUTORS “TEAMWORK IS THE ABILITY TO WORK TOGETHER TOWARD A COMMON VISION.THE ABILITY TO DIRECT INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS TOWARDORGANIZATIONAL OBJECTIVES. IT IS THE FUEL THAT ALLOWS COMMON PEOPLE TO ATTAIN UNCOMMON RESULTS.” - ANDREW CARNEGIE

MALIN M. RUBERG

VIKTORIJA MACKINYTE

Professional dancer and VMM’s Model for Free Spirit and Transitions editorials

Fashion Media student at London College of fashion and VMM’s Empowerment editorial model.

SAFFRON THORNHILL

ANNA DRAY

Makeup artist

Fashion Illustrator

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YANA DAVYDOVA

IVANA PETRIISKI

Fashion Photographer & student at Westminster University

Model for VMM’s Winter’s tropical heartbeat

INGRID ASONI

YEN KIM

Founder & CEO of Asoni Haus PR.

VMM Model

MASTERPIECE PR

ANASTASIJA ZUKOVSKA

“COMING TOGETHER IS A BEGINNING. KEEPING TOGETHER IS PROGRESS. WORKING TOGETHER IS SUCCESS.” - HENRY FORD

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CONTENTS............................................................................ LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL....................................................11 SPETLOVA..........................................................................49 UNA BURKE..........................................................................57 ROBERT WUN.......................................................................67 ANJA FRERS.........................................................................79 YOUNG BRITISH DESIGNERS......................................................89 MAREUNROL’S.................................................................93 ZARA OXBOROUGH...............................................................105 EKI ORLEANS......................................................................107 AUTUMN’S FREE SPIRITED GLAMAZON.....................................111 THE LIGHT THAT DEFINES THE DARK.......................................119 DESTRUCTIVE GLORY...........................................................127 EMMA ALINGTON.................................................................139 EMMA EDGAR......................................................................149 SAYAKA GANZ....................................................................155 AMY DAVIDSON...................................................................165 HYUN SEON JEON................................................................167 KÄRT PÕLDMANN SHOES......................................................169 KIM KWANG LONDON.............................................................171 LORENA SOSA....................................................................173 CABRERAS.........................................................................175 SEUNG MI KIM.....................................................................177 ROSIE GAULT......................................................................179 SANGMIN PARK...................................................................181 EVIE CHEUNG......................................................................183 MAGDA-SIMONA DANILOAIA...................................................185 SILVIA FADO SHOES.............................................................187 YOUNGWON KIM..................................................................189 MELINE KATCHI SHOES..........................................................191 TAESOK BAGS....................................................................193 MICHELE HARTMANN SHOES..................................................195

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JOSEPH ALEXANDER............................................................199 VMM FOR NINA RAI..............................................................205 CARMINA BLANK.................................................................213 MARINA HOERMANSEDER......................................................223 LAUREN GOLDING................................................................233 GUYHYUN JEE....................................................................243 MIGUEL MESA POSADA.........................................................253 EDEN DIODATI.....................................................................261 YOUNGWON KIM X GROUND ZERO..............................................273 SILVIA FADO ......................................................................281 MICHAEL AZU.....................................................................287 CAROLIN HOLZHUBER..........................................................291 ORARE..............................................................................297 ELINA GLEIZER...................................................................307 MOMENT...........................................................................313 PAPIROGA.........................................................................319 MAI THEORY.......................................................................325 BAGS BY M.........................................................................335 LIAT BRANDEL GILON...........................................................341 PRISON BREAK...................................................................345 TOMBOY BY KIMBERLY HAWMMOND........................................255 MODERN GEISHA BY SIMON-HARTMAN ......................................361 TRANSITIONS....................................................................367 THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME...............................................381 PHENOMENAL WOMAN.........................................................387 PIPPA DAVIDSON................................................................409 CHIARA CAPOCCI................................................................417 MIN WU.............................................................................425 CHINYOW ZHANG................................................................437 YASYA MINOCHKINA............................................................447 THE DARK KNIGHT...............................................................457 WINTER’S TROPICAL HEARTBEAT..........................................465

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CHINYOW


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EDITOR’S MUSINGS Dedicated To:

VIJA VILCINS ANNABELLE ENOS-EDU Thank You For Pulling Me Back On The Track In The Face Of Rejection. Thank you for believing in me and believing that I was much more than I saw myself.

INVICTUS Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeoning’s of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley (1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

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When you have a vision, that vision stays with you. It bombards you day and night. It even has the ability to upset your sleep at night when it believes that you are not doing everything within your capabilities to make the vision come to life. Visions have a profound heartbeat of their own, a heartbeat that controls your own heartbeat. That heartbeat that implodes fear into our very veins when it feels us slipping away from the designated path of our true purpose in life. Visions are embedded deep within us as purposes. Purposes that must be fulfilled before we can find peace.

But the fact still remains that no matter what vision, dreams, goals and or ambitions we have, the journey is never that simple or easy. There will always be storms and challenges thrown at us to alter the course of our path or even attempt to alter our directions even when you are on the right path. Sometimes it can be as bad as life itself backing you into a corner and waiting to see what you would do. Will you just stay in that corner and accept defeat willingly or will you go within yourself and search for that lifeline and come out lashing out and fighting to the death as your life, your entire being depends on it?

Well for me, my vision, dreams, ambitions and all that is within me have been on a battle constantly for years. At the beginning it was due to me not wanting it enough to chase after it and when I finally realized how much I wanted my vision to come alive, for it to lead me towards the path of my destiny, my purpose, worse battles began. Even when I have been on the right path, I have been backed into various walls by life. Giving up has never been an option and will never be an option. I have had to learn to search deep within me and possess that which has been embedded in me. I have had to overcome my fears and replace them with believing not just in myself but in the power of my dreams, my vision and thanks to being backed up against a wall in the face of almost reaching my dreams and it all being snatched away in the split of a moment, a new ‘GENESIS’ was born. When my colleague Eddy (creative director) and I sat down to discuss what we wanted for this issue, I remember saying to him, it was time to start at the beginning. To show the world our ‘GENESIS’, our true vision for VMM both in content and in style because we both believed that as much as we put a lot of love, effort and hard work into our first issue, it did not reflect the vision we have for this platform and it was time to go back to the very start and create that which we want to portray and depict to the world. Even after looking back on this issue, we both believe that we still haven’t hit the nail on the head but we are pleased that we are on the right path to creating that which we envision to be the next big thing within online publishing.

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As creators, it was highly important that we brought to the forefront our creative and collaborative abilities and this issue gave us that playing field to experiment, learn and broaden our creative foresights giving us greater scope to develop our ideas and concepts further for issue 3.

The best part of this issue for me has been the interviews. When we decide on a topic or theme to focus on for an issue, I start researching and looking out for names that I would love to interview to get a level of understanding about what they do; how they do it, their experiences and struggles, what keeps them afloat and what advice they would give to people that would like to follow in their footsteps and its really fascinating to either read or listen to their answers and responses. This issue is packed with some of the most exciting interviews one can imagine and I can only ask that everyone take the time to read through each interview because there is so much you will learn from them.

Working on this issue has been a tremendous blessing and pleasure because it has opened my team and I up to some of the most amazing creative talent out there. Individuals that are just as passionate and hard working as we are from all around the world. Collaborating with them has been mind blowing and we celebrate them through our Genesis because in reality it is their beginning as well. A big thank you to everyone that contributed in making this issue come alive. I truly appreciate each and every single one of you.

Thank you to team VMM for putting up with my crazy demands and ideas because when I think of it, I know it can be done and I refuse to take no for an answer and unfortunately they have had to experience it and fortunately have come to see the lengths to which their creativity stems and has no bounds or limits. Thank you all for realizing just how amazing you all are and believing in the vision of VMM.

I could spoil it all by going on and on about what is in this issue and who we featured and all that, but I rather not. I rather you take a ride through the pages of our genesis and discover for yourselves, enjoying each page as you turn it. We appreciate all the support we have gotten from our readers, the positive feed back, the criticism that has positively influenced our growth and those that have patted us on the back for taking the right step in a direction that needs broader awareness and light thrown at. We appreciate all of you and hope that this issue, this genesis is the real beginning of greater things to come for both sides of the mirrors.

Thomasina-Stephanie Legend Founder & Editor-In-Chief

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Newham College ofFurther Education Hat: Maliha Khanom Dress: Leticia Ngaiula Accessories: Viktorija Agne (LCF) Illustration: Anna dray


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“A MAN WHO WORKS WITH HIS HANDS IS A LABOURER; A MAN WHO WORKS WITH HIS HANDS AND HIS BRAIN IS A CRAFTSMAN; BUT A MAN WHO WORKS WITH HIS HANDS AND HIS BRAIN AND HIS HEART IS AN ARTIST” LOUIS NIZER

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ALUMNI

They sought for the sky, reached the sky, touched the sky and keep soaring high.

Meet the Alumini’s making it happen.

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SPETLOVA What sort of woman are your pieces aimed at? “Any woman who appreciates craftsmanship, high quality and who wants to stand out from the norm.” via telegraph online. Dubbed the “London queen of texture” by the Telegraph online, Martina Spetlova truly is majestic with her creative flare and prudent infusion of textures and colors.

What we love about Martina is

how she continually explores significant signature strengths that she strives to perfect in each collection. Through her collections, one can see the poetic themes of refinery – where she never tires of refining the techniques that intrigue her with their sense of mystery and complexity. Having previously studied chemistry in Prague, Martina’s decision to study fashion was birthed out of a strong desire to create. Graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2010 with a well-deserved distinction in Fashion textiles, Martina solidified her signature style, which is the patchwork with mixes of bold block colors of textile and leather. When one takes a journey through her archives of amazing garments & collection, quality craftsmanship springs out at you giving you the intricate notion and sense of distinct design coupled with an essence of boldness & power. Each collection has an independent chemistry that has the ability to communicate its story both on its own and collectively. CREDITS: Photographer Adam Goodison Creative consultant & stylist Cynthia Lowrence-John Hair & make-up Maria Asadi @ Phamous artists Model Flo@select

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UNA BURKE

Úna Burke is a multi-award winning Luxury Leather Accessories Designer and Artist.  Born and brought up in North County Roscommon, the West of Ireland, Úna studied and completed a BA in Fashion Design at the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2003. In 2007, Úna received a distinction for her MA in Fashion Artefact and her graduate collection, ‘RETREAT’, won the London College of Fashion ”Off Catwalk Award for Design 2009”. Ms Burke’s journey has been one of positive influence with the strong desire and conviction to showcase and emanate change through the telling of specific stories embedded within each collection she creates every season. Each  piece produced in Úna’s South London Atelier is crafted entirely by hand using British and Italian Vegetable Tanned leathers, earning  the brand the ‘Positive Luxury  Butterfly Trust Mark’.  With her work being concept based there are often human stories behind the designs and influence is taken from psychological, military and medical sources meaning her styles  are timeless, elegant and sculptural.   These pieces are  designed for the discerning customer who appreciates quality and creativity.

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ROBERT WUN Robert Wun’s ideal girl >> “I envision my muses in my dreams when I am designing,” he says. “They must be striking, independent and bizarre in a sophisticated, yet appealing way.”

Robert Wun is a luxury fashion label, based in London and aimed at creating ingenious garments with a sophisticated vision, to inspire independent individuals with original beliefs and strong identities. The chaotic interplay between Nature and artificial forms is the centre of the design ethos: through resourcing in the novelty of nature and the revolutionary forms of the artificial world, Robert Wun believes in such contradictions – promising ideas generated through the process of complexity. Dictating the new ‘futuristic’ through innovative manufacturing yet with uncompromising attention to traditional values; creating harmony by combining enlightening ideas with sophisticated craftsmanship, bringing a new dimension to luxury garments and also to the young London fashion industry.

After graduating from London College of Fashion in 2012 with a graduate collection that set him apart from the crowd entitled “BURNT”, Robert Wun was ready to lay out his vision for redefining his ideas of wearable art that depicted a strong inter-relation with Mother Nature. Strongly inspired and awed by the long standing relationship and love between man and Nature, his follow up collections after Burnt, explores and seeks to understand how this fascination and bond between Man and Nature has evolved over time focusing his attention on specific themes and concepts. Robert’s AW14 collection “VOLT” highlights innovative construction techniques with ultra modern silhouettes and eye-catching accessories. Fusing futuristic surrealism with exaggerated silhouettes, bold daring colours and carefully executed fine tailoring that captures the intricate but purposefully placed subtly and yet very visible custom made trimmings that convey Wun’s classic signature to a tee, Robert proves yet again that he is more than capable of creating luxury garments that can essentially become wearable art pieces. His uncompromising attention to detail and traditional values in tailoring pulls through his ideas of depicting the processes of complexity through sophisticated craftsmanship that builds firmly on his design aesthetics which becomes beautiful and breath-taking to watch as it develops into real form luxury.

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“THE

MOST

WE

CAN

THE

BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE

MYSTERIOUS.

SOURCE SCIENCE.

THING

OF HE

ALL TO

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ART

AND

WHOM

THIS

EMOTION IS A STRANGER, WHO CAN NO LONGER PAUSE TO WONDER AND STAND RAPT IN AWE, IS AS GOOD AS DEAD; HIS EYES ARE CLOSED.” ALBERT EINSTEIN

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ENTREVUE

Part

1.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it” - Peter Drucker

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ANJA FRERS Fashion photographer Anja Frers is a budding artist with a visual talent so strong yet subtle. Her images are soft with hints of sensuality that define the characters of her subjects. She makes it her ultimate goal to create images and visual stories that are not just beautifully stunning but packed with semiotic symbolisms that depict the importance of humanity and how to her, models are a whole lot more than just clothes hangers representing the newest trends. Anja has perfected her skills and expertise in pulling through and critically portraying varying characters with an embedded soul within all her images even when it’s a simple beauty headshot. Her work is not only always accurate in portraying sensuality, character and identity, it also captures a precision that flows with a depth of incredible beauty and aura of luxurious sophistication that can never be under sold.

Anja Frers style to us is sensual, picturesque and fluidly poetic with strong elements of a confident creative whose love for creating meaningful visuals with the model whom she places at the center of her inspiration and allows her to set her creativity loss. VMM sits down with the phenomenal artist to find out a bit more about her passion for photography.

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VMM:

When

did

you

get

into

VMM: You have won a lot of awards

photography?

which depicts how amazing you are, what would you say is the secret to

I really started photography at the age

your being so successful?

of 20. It is very important to stick to ones way VMM: Why photography? What do you

and believe in it, to find your style and

enjoy about it?

to keep going with that and develop that style and aesthetic no matter

As a child, I loved to sketch. Drawing

what others might say, the negative

and sketching were a favourite pastime

comments that will be thrown your

and I could not get enough of it. I was

way, it should not stop you if you know

deeply engrossed in art and beautiful

what your style and aesthetics are. It’s

paintings.

them

a question of personal taste if someone

through sketching and drawing. Always

likes your photograph or not and you

pushing myself to get the images I

can’t please everyone, otherwise you

was trying to sketch and or draw

become mediocre.

Trying

to

recreate

develop into other forms or stories. For me photography is a different way

VMM: What advice would you give

of “drawing”.... it starts with an idea

to young people trying to get into

that I have and that idea just keeps

photography as a career?

developing.... and often I find myself still sketching storyboards.

Always pay strong attention and look at which direction/medium of photography

VMM: Was it a difficult process starting

makes you excited and you would wish

out?

to follow. Not every photographic style and its approach is the same, so really

In the beginning it is very difficult to

make sure you understand and know

find good models and great styling.

that it is what you really want to do.

When you are in this industry and you

Secondly, have a little financial nest

are not that well known yet, it is nearly

egg prepared before you go out there

impossible to get a styling-letter from a

because you are not going to land that

magazine and with that a great model

advertising job in the first week of being

for a fashion story that is up there

a freelance photographer yourself. Like

with where you want to be. When you

everything else in this business, landing

begin, the ideas you have, they are

that first paid big job as a freelancer

phenomenal. You are buzzing to create

takes time. It takes a lot of sacrifice,

beautiful images but the reality is as I

dedication,

said, getting the team together at the

staying

beginning is hard.

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strong

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your work fresh with new ideas that push mediocre boundaries and are up to date with industry standards. It is a lot of hard work and if you are not prepared for any of that, then do not go into it.

Fundamentally, stay on top and do not let events overwhelm you. Endeavour to always work on yourself, your photography  and find and keep the joy you experience within what you are doing.

Finally please don’t sell yourself short and or under value yourself or your work at anytime in order to please anyone. Know your worth within the industry because you are not doing yourself and others in the market any favours by undervaluing yourself.

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YOUNG BRITISH DESIGNERS

Life is all about ‘moments in time’. Some of those moments are more significant than others; sometimes we have the opportunity, in one of those moments to do something new, something brave, something unique and something that will change our own life or those of others. These are the moments that really matter, when we have to decide whether to take a brave step into a new world, or remain with the familiarity of habit. These are the special moments in our lives...Young British Designers is all about those special ‘moments in time’. It started with a small group of people with differing ages, differing backgrounds, some shared experiences...but most importantly a real thirst to pursue a vision about which all were really passionate: original brave design, new talent, a fair way to work and the opportunity to take a risk; a life changing risk.Which is exactly what our new British designers do every day - they take brave steps, every time they create a new design, every time they show their own, very personal creation to a critical world.

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We love British design, there’s just something about it, it’s not the sophisticated je ne sais quoi of our European cousins, or the high-octane desirability of our US counterparts. It’s just so cool, so ground breaking, so ‘chuck away the rule book’ and all with a British twinkle in the eye.Young British Designers is proud to have created the first dedicated retail environment purely focusing upon young talent working in this country (and by young we mean still in the formative years of their brand, we don’t really mind if they start designing at 60 or beyond).

Our designers are at the core of the Young British Designers retail experience. We believe that their talent speaks for itself and in doing so gives us the chance to present our customers with something new and unique: a perfectly curated collection of the best that emerging British fashion has to offer - a wonderful place to create a highly individual style statement and to love the wearing of it. The best of fashion starts at a ‘moment in time’ - this is that time.

VMM: How does YBD work in terms of

also keep everything peeled on Twitter/

buying? Do you approach who you like

Instagram etc. to pick up any brand

or want or can designers contact you?

new talent that may have been hiding its light under a bushel.

We work in every way we can to uncover/discover

the

very

best

of

VMM: What do you look for in a

emerging British based design talent.

designer’s collection? Is there a specific

We visit LFW, GFW and the degree

thing that makes you know that this is

shows but we also have around 15 new

the one?

designers write into us most days. We

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Yes. But it’s inexplicable. Our designers

season because the return didn’t meet

are both fiercely Avant-garde and also

the algorithm. This leaves the designer

gently romantic. They range from the

in a potentially fatal situation with

rule

other retailers having walked away and

breaking

J.W.Anderson

to

the

quietly unconventional Renli Su who is

placed their commitments elsewhere.

joining us for AW14. But you do tend to know within seconds of opening a

VMM: What advice would you give to

look book email. Does it make me thrill

young people or anyone who would like

to the very core? Am I excited? Maybe

to go into fashion/product design?

even uncomfortable, a little scared? Does this look like a brand new label in

All retailers have a responsibility to

the making? Do we long to have them

nurture

as part of Young British Designers?

ensure

our it

blossoming

succeeds.

We

talent

and

take

ours

immensely seriously and would never VMM: Since setting up YBD, what

insist upon an exclusive.      

are some of the challenges, problems or issues that you have faced whilst

Don’t just want to go into it. Need to.

running the business?

Know that this is the only direction that will fulfil you, overwhelm you, exhaust

There are many day-to-day issues that

you and energise you. And reach out

face a business like ours, not least

to everyone you can for experience,

because we actually invest our own

support, chocolate and tea. But then

money in the talent we believe in as

don’t compromise on your vision. Just

opposed to offering online rental to

reach for those stars.

emerging designers. But there is one huge issue that really riles us and that is of other stores, online or not, insisting upon exclusivity with a new designer. This happens again and again and is so detrimental to a fledgling brand that needs to gain as much exposure as possible as quickly as possible. Some of the biggest names in retail do this and, whilst we can always understand exclusives on colour-ways or a few pieces, to insist upon exclusivity at such a crucial stage of a designer’s career is incredibly short sighted. We have known this happen and then brilliant young talent get dropped after just one

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MAREUNROL’S

Marite Mastina-Peterkopa and Rolands Peterkops are the creative duo and founders of the luxury design brand Mareunrol’s. Both from Riga, Latvia, which is rich in culture and history and has one of the oldest Indo-European languages, the duo studied fashion design at the Design and Art College of Riga, the Latvian Academy of Art and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

This creative duo became the first brand to ever win two main awards back to back at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion & Photography in 2009. Their creative partnership stands on the solid foundational aim of showing that “the impossible is possible”. They continuously push the boundaries of art and installations infusing every creative medium known possible into the presentation of their garments to communicate a story. Stories that are vividly inspired by diverse and various things coupled with moments in time captured in thought and created into space. Being truly inspired and captivated by almost anything that seems interesting or peculiar at a certain moment. That could come from their own emotional experience, misunderstandings and coincidences, or the stories conjured up in their fantasies. They tend to focus on the very trivial of things that due to the haste and rush of everyday routine life that we are so used to and become accustomed to, we tend not to pick up on or notice.

Their approach to their creative story could be influenced by an empty kitchen, dull elements, a moment captured in a hundredth of a second. “Sometimes we are influenced by strong personalities who are able to be who they actually are, and are not afraid of being misunderstood; the ones who welcome the challenge of breaking conventions, thus having inconceivable input in the future” (Via NJAL).

Their clothing and collections are never unaccompanied when presented to the world. On the contrary, the talented duo always make sure that there is a powerful story visually recreated into a spectacular art form be it in film, photography, exhibition and or live combination of curated mediums of the afore mentioned always accompany the Mareunrol’s clothing with specially designed sets, scenography, video projections, installations, photography - any creative output that helps to communicate their story.

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VMM:

What

attracted

you

both

to

personalities who are not afraid to be

fashion? Why fashion design? What is

themselves and or be misunderstood

it about fashion design that stood out

by society. We tend to lean close to

collectively for you both?

those that do really challenge and break conventions and redirect their own destinies.

We see fashion not only as clothing, but also as an entire embodiment of visual emotions. It is the combination of things

Great people in cinema, music and

and feelings, looking for undiscovered

photography

emotions and tastes. There are various

inspired the outcomes of our work

tools we use to find it - set design,

greatly. From the likes of Jacques

sound,

sculpture,

Tati who is a master of composition in

misunderstandings

cinema to Roman Polański who was our

and culture. That’s what we want to

main muse when we made our puppet

emphasize in our works. Our aim is to

project titled ‘Tenants’. We channelled

show that the impossible is possible.

inspiration from his well-acclaimed film

photography,

coincidences,

have

influenced

and

The Tenant and Repulsion. To us, Fashion is the building of feelings in the most inconceivable ways and of

VMM:

How

does

your

partnership

all sorts of tools that manifests in the

work? Are you both happy working as

form of visual ‘language’ - material,

a partnership and would you advice

space, and sound or even set design. We

young creative to do likewise if they

are attracted by the vastness and the

could?

opportunity to combine and connect various disciplines through which we

We are very different therefore we are

can disclose reveal the message of

very critical of each other and we think

fashion, our visual ‘language’.

it that is the plus that truly makes our collaboration work and thrive so well.

VMM: Where do you get your inspiration?

It is important for us that the design

Who would you say is a big influence on

and the things we create have strong

your design aesthetics?

argumentation

and

they

live

their

lives in the long run. If our ideas can For

us,

inspirations

from

withstand our self-criticism, the idea is

Sometimes

worth creating and developing further.

the approach we take can be influenced

To work in tandem with someone, one

by something as trivial as an empty

has to trust, listen and be able to hear

kitchen. Other times it can be dull

criticism and not get offended by it

elements, or a moment captured in a

but rather see it as a positive channel

hundredth of a second. Sometimes

towards development.

anywhere. It really varies.

come

we are strongly inspired by strong

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VMM: How hard was it setting up the

VMM: What is next for MAREUNROLL’S

business? Was it difficult to break into

now

the industry?Â

conquered every area of the creative

that

you

have

more

or

less

industry from fashion design, to film, The greatest difficulty for beginners is

installations but to name a few?

the financial kick-start, which affects both starting a business and retaining

Currently

it. Another difficulty in this business

with some of the best young Latvian

is the issues of economical barriers.

architects we are invited to work in a

Young designers are forced to adapt to

team to design the pavilion of Latvia

the market to survive. Most buyers seek

for Expo 2015 exhibition, which will

low prices, while the cost of fabrics

take place in Milan.

and materials is increasing, resulting in a direct and intrusive commercial dominance. The Internet has reduced the value of magazines, publications and fashion photography.

VMM: What advice would you dish out to anyone who would like to follow in your footsteps? What should they do differently?

The advice would be not to become complacent with what you do, always keep the desire to strive for higher goals. It is worthwhile to assess the time and opportunities that are given. Real work experience is what develops thinking and the ability to manage the real world the best.Â

VMM:

What

would

you

both

do

differently if you had the chance to start again or do this all over again?

Probably nothing.

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we

are

in

collaboration


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“I

ALSO

BELIEVE

INNATELY AND

THAT

SHARE

ALL

A

APPRECIATION

CRAFTSMANSHIP,

WE

LOVE

OF

BUT

FINE

MOST

DO

NOT HAVE A REFERENCE POINT OR ACCESS TO EXAMPLES OF IT… THE INTERNET… AWAY

HAS

DRAWN

FROM”MAKING

VICARIOUSLY

SO

MANY

THINGS”

EXPERIENCING

TO

WHAT

OTHERS HAVE CHOSEN FOR US IN LIEU OF US IDENTIFYING AND PURSUING A

UNIQUE

PERSONAL

JOURNEY.”

WILLIAM L. GOULD

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BEYOND THE RUNWAY

“I want to make clothes that people will wear, not styles that will make a big splash on the runway” ― Oscar de la Renta

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ZARA OXBOROUGH

Zara Oxborough is a fashion Innovation graduate from University of the Creative Arts Epsom, specialising in womenswear. Her final collection entitled ‘The Inuit’ was shown at Graduate Fashion week 2013. ‘INUIT’ is a minimalistic and textile focused collection inspired by the cultural influences of the Inuit people and the arctic landscape. Fabric choices were inspired by the arctic landscape and terrain, featuring soft sheepskin and rabbit fur, wool, leather and coated waterproof cottons.

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WHITE, GLORIOUS WHITE

Always fascinated with Japanese fashion and the concept of ‘wabi sabi’, her designs feature the concept of space between body and cloth. Minimalistic and chic silhouettes that don’t necessarily highlight the curves of the female form, but remain feminine and sophisticated. Classic designers remain solid influences in her design work, which are often merged with her intrigue of travel and exploring different cultures.

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EKI ORLEANS

Imagine the hypnotic beat of African drums, the seductive rhythm of salsa and dancing to samba on a balmy night in Rio, and you have the spirit of the Eki Orleans AW14 collection. Music has always been a powerful source of inspiration for Eki Orleans Designer, Hazel Aggrey-Orleans and this season she translated her love for Afro-Cuban music into an extraordinary collection, aptly named ‘Rhythm’.

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RHYTHM

Featuring the Eki Orleans signature silks and ethereal chiffons, the Rhythm collection is replete with exquisite garments that seem to move to their own harmonious beat. “ I wanted to capture the rawness of the African drum and the melodic elements of samba, in a way that inspired spontaneity, fun and playfulness�, explained the designer. Using a dazzling array of golds and blues in sensual and sophisticated silhouettes, the designer created modern and elegant pieces that are indeed fun and playful.

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AUTUMN’S FREE SPIRITED GLAMAZON

CREDITS: Photography: Edvinas Bruzas Styling & Curation: Stephanie Legend Hair & Makeup: Moni Balogun (Monique Artistry) Model: Malin M. Ruberg Editing: John Paul Zampetti Dress By: Carlotta Zeitelhack (Newham College Of Further Education) Coat By: Charlotte Barrett

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““YOU

CALL

YOURSELF

A

FREE

SPIRIT, A “WILD THING,” AND YOU’RE TERRIFIED SOMEBODY’S GONNA STICK YOU IN A CAGE. WELL BABY, YOU’RE ALREADY IN THAT CAGE. YOU BUILT IT YOURSELF. AND IT’S NOT BOUNDED IN THE WEST BY TULIP, TEXAS, OR IN THE EAST BY SOMALI-LAND. IT’S WHEREVER

YOU

GO.

BECAUSE

NO

MATTER WHERE YOU RUN, YOU JUST END

UP

RUNNING

INTO

YOURSELF.”

― Truman Capote, Breakfast At Tiffany’s: And Three Stories

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THE LIGHT THAT DEFINES THE DARK

CREDITS: All Clothing Designed by Rachael Ryan-足W hite Curated & Directed By Stephanie Legend Photography: Gianluca Pantaleo Styling: Katharina Geissler Hair & Makeup: Katharina Geissler Model: Martha Haywood

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DESTRUCTIVE GLORY

CREDITS: Hair: Angela Plummer www.angelaplummer.com Photographer: Abi Oshodi www.ao-photography.co.uk Make Up Artist: Flora Losilo using Mac & Nars Stylist: Crystal Deroche www.crystalderoche.com Model: Bryony Robertson

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“WE DON’T CATCH HOLD OF AN IDEA, RATHER THE IDEA CATCHES HOLD OF US AND ENSLAVES US AND WHIPS US

INTO

THE

ARENA

SO

THAT WE, FORCED TO BE GLADIATORS, FIGHT FOR IT.” ANNA FUNDER

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ENTREVUE

Part

2.

“Art-making is not about telling the truth but making the truth felt” ― Christian Boltanski 138


EMMA ALINGTON Emma established herself as a ceramic designer after graduating in the summer of 2013 with a First Class Honours Degree from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Following on from the success of her graduate show, she has since had her work featured in London Design Festival, Red Magazine, and her work is currently stocked in a handful of independent retailers. Working from her ceramics studio in Berkshire, Emma is building her own brand as a designer-maker working on her own collections, as well as on custom orders for retailers, specialising in high end handcrafted functional ceramics. She is also working in collaboration with London-based Little Carousel Gallery, producing a line of luxury bespoke children’s tableware gifts. Emma also works on commissions - working on commercial projects with clients from restaurants and retailers, as well as private commissions from the UK and New York.   Quality craftsmanship and emphasis on creating beautiful, functional pieces are central to her design process. Sharing how and where her pieces are made build integrity. She hopes that by bringing both material and sentimental value into her work, a timeless appreciation is created.   An integral part for all of Emma’s work is her back stamp and logo. It includes her ‘Alington’ family heraldry, which is a striking design feature as well as her unique branding and identity. Turning the traditional into something for the contemporary home is an element that she aims to bring into her work.  For Emma, “designing is creating gifts for people”.

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lead you to where you want to be.

VMM: Why did you decide to go into the field of Ceramics? What appealed

Learning

you to it?

knowledge

material about

and

technical

ceramics

was

I have always been creative. When it

obviously a huge part of my course,

came to sixth form, I took ceramics

but learning how to work with others,

as one of my A levels. At this stage,

how to think professionally, building a

ceramics was still rather an alien topic

network, and just being in a creatively

to me. That was definitely the spark

fuelled campus with like-minded people

that got me into the field.

for 3 years – these are the things that count.

VMM: Has it been difficult breaking into VMM: What is the ceramic industry like?

the field?

Would you describe it to be as cutthroat as the fashion industry?

So far I think it’s been more about finding where I want to sit within the field, rather than ‘breaking into it’.

The ceramics industry in the UK has an

There are so many different pockets

enormous amount of heritage attached

within the British ceramic industry;

to it. In recent years many factories

trying to establish myself / my brand

have had to close, and sadly even

with a completely clean slate – that’s

many degree courses in ceramics have

been the difficult part so far.

ended. I think people who work within the industry have a mutual and loyal

VMM: Do you think having a higher

appreciation for ceramics, though. I feel

education qualification helps in breaking

it’s the responsibility of this generation

into the field of ceramics?

to get it back to where it was. It is very encouraging to see the ceramic Martins

industry having a revival in recent years

gaining a degree in ceramic design has

– but even with competition ever on

undoubtedly led me to where I am now.

the increase; it’s far from the cutthroat

However I think the qualification or

ways in fashion!

My

time

at

Central

Saint

grade you graduate with only scratches the surface of what you truly gain - it’s

VMM: What are some of the difficulties/

about the experiences and opportunities

challenges you have faced since trying

you have along the way which help to

to establish your brand after school?

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I completely threw myself in the deep

personal and has a strong narrative,

end in running a business. Yes – I had

something which I hope stands out.

ceramic knowledge at my disposal, but

In

I had no idea on how to run, let alone

balance a traditional shape or style with

start a business. After graduating, I

a contemporary aesthetic. Something

was aware of the ‘business head’ I was

that

lacking in order to push forward. I was

is important to me – for example,

enrolled onto a local scheme, which

something that could be used in any

helped me write a business plan, and

room of the house. Bringing a sense of

provided funding for start-ups.

longevity into a product is what I hope

Another constant challenge is managing

adds sentimentality and appreciation.

to juggle many different aspects of the

VMM:

business at the same time; accounts,

raw materials? Is this difficult to do

marketing,

especially for your collections as they

PR,

following

up

leads,

terms

has

of

inspiration,

more

Where

than

do

you

I

one

try

and

function

source

your

are so unique and different, am sure

and then there’s the actual time spend

you put a lot of effort into making sure

designing and making. I try and plan my

that the raw materials are the best of

time very carefully.

the best.

VMM: Your collections and pieces are

I source all of my materials from various

so unique and different each with a

companies in Stoke On Trent; the home

story of their own. Where do you get

of the potteries. Despite the vast array

your inspiration? What inspires you

of different clays available in the UK,

to create this unique and very avant-

I am always drawn to porcelain. It has

garde looking ceramic pieces? They

a beautiful material quality; though it

are nothing like we have seen in a long

does

time.

and warping can be a problem with

communicating

with

clients

etc.

have

its

challenges!

Cracking

porcelain. My family’s history has played a huge part in my recent work; the Alington

VMM: What is your vision for your

family crest and coat of arms has been

brand? Where do you see it going,

a decorative feature on many of my

becoming or yet still how big do you

designs, as well as being a prominent

envisage your dream?

part to my branding and logo. It’s very

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I absolutely aspire for ‘Emma Alington’

think it’s especially important to keep

to be a highly established home wares

the momentum going from after you

brand, with a good design, high quality

graduate. Secondly, it helps to ask

and passion at the heart of it. I would

yourself the difficult questions; it really does help. Things like - What is your

love to venture into things other than

niche? What are the short/long term

just ceramics, but that’s way down the

goals? How sustainable is your way of

line!

practice? How do you plan to expand? How are you going to price your work?

It’s early days so far, so my next step

All things which are easy to hide away

is to look into getting my designs

from, but they all help get the ball

handcrafted in larger batches in Stoke

rolling.

on Trent, which will enable me to target larger shops and hopefully expand as a

Having

a

balance

brand.

determination and enthusiasm is vital.

But even in these first few months, I

VMM: Do you think there is a lot of

have learnt that my ‘business rudder’

awareness

has a certain sense of self-direction! I

ceramic industry especially for young

try and stay open to any opportunities

people still at sixth form and college?

about

of

getting

passion,

into

the

and not to be too ‘tunnel-visioned’ on what is or isn’t in my plan. It is very

Sadly, no. I can remember back doing

daunting at times, but excitement and

my ceramic A Level thinking ‘why don’t

determination fuel me through.

more people know that you can do this as a career?!’. It links back to my

VMM: What advice would you give to

comment above about this generation

aspiring ceramic designers?

being the driving force of the ceramic industry. I have a huge amount of

I think firstly, be very aware of your

respect for all of my ceramic tutors

strengths. These are things that will

over the years for inspiring so many

help you get off the ground. Whether

people to do ceramics. I feel a certain

it’s whom you know, or what resources

responsibility now to try and inspire/

you

raise awareness of this and future

have,

or

any

initial

ideas

for

generations.

future projects/business ideas etc. I

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VMM: What is next for you after such an amazing entry into luxury ceramics? What should we be keeping our eyes peeled out for?

I will be launching my new collection at Pulse 2014 in May this year, and I also have some new stockiest lined up which will hopefully help to raise my profile. Though success won’t happen overnight, I’m a firm believer that the harder I try, the luckier I get. And so far, that approach seems to be paying off.

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EMMA EDGAR

Emma Edgar is a fashion and knitwear designer from Northern Ireland. Her custom designs emphasize handwork, craftsmanship and appreciation for raw materials. Emma graduated with a BA Hons degree in Textile Art, Design and Fashion from the University of Ulster in 2013. Her graduate collection titled “Native Notions” shows off her structural and patterning potential which includes a combination of knit techniques, embracing weave like patterns as well as chunky textures. The designs focus on the visual spectacle while attempting to push the limits.

After graduating, Emma has worked along side the costume department of the Universal Pictures production of Dracula: Year Zero, a studio assistant for London based designer Christopher Raeburn and Fashion Designer for Art on Fashion Ltd.

VMM chats with the budding designer about herself, her vision and the industry as she navigates her way through it as a graduate.

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VMM: Tell me about yourself, in your

designing

knitwear,

but

throughout

own words.

my degree I became largely passionate and inspired about knitwear design.

I am a young ambitious, hardworking

For me, knitwear is an exciting form of

and passionate designer - a BA (Hons)

expressing my ideas, these allowed me

textile art, design and fashion graduate

to emphasise handwork, craftsmanship

from the University of Ulster. After

and appreciation for raw materials.

graduating I have worked as a costume VMM: What are you passionate about?

trainee for Universal Pictures - Dracula Untold, a studio assistant intern for Christopher

Raeburn

&

a

I

fashion

am

extremely

passionate

about

fashion! Working from the beginning,

designer for Art on Fashion Ltd.

with trend research at the very beginning VMM: How would you describe yourself

to producing a final outcome gives me

first on a personal level and then

great satisfaction.

secondly as a professional? On a personal level I would describe

VMM: What inspires you as a person

myself as being a people person. I

and also what inspires your work?

enjoy being around and meeting a lot of different people. On a professional level

As a person I am always greatly inspired

I am a creative thinker. I like to explore

by various cultures around the world, I

alternative solutions to problems and

love to research the ways many different

have an open mind about what will

people live and show this through my

work best.

designs.

VMM: What made you study fashion

VMM: Where do you get your ideas for

design?

your collection?

I knew from a young age I would further

In the past I have always appreciated

my studies in design, I’ve always loved

different cultures, which I investigated

sketching

through

my

ideas

and

expressing

previous

projects.

Native

myself through my designs. When I was

America greatly inspired my collection

studying my degree is when I knew that

‘Native Notions’ The romanticism of

was the area I desperately wanted to

my

work in! And I have growingly become

Indians

more passionate about it.

memories -I have shown this through

childhood also

playing created

cowboys

and

inspirational

the combination of knit techniques, VMM: Why knitwear? Why this sector

embracing weave like patterns as well

of fashion designs?

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intended

on

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VMM: What are some of the challenges

VMM: What advice would you give

you have faced as a recent graduate

anyone who is interested in either

designer?

going into fashion design (knitwear) or going to study fashion design at higher

As a recent fashion graduate designer

education level?

I have had the challenges of my work being seen. It’s difficult for a graduate

For anyone who is interested in any

designer

fashion related study, they have to have

to

show

their

talent

and

passion.

a passion for the industry, as it is a very difficult

qualification,

which

entails

VMM: What changes would you like

long sleepless hours, painful sacrifices

to see improve within the industry

and dedication and unfortunately it

especially

is not a fairy tale. You have to really

patterning

to

students,

graduates and freelancers?

put in the work to see the results and sometimes this takes years but the

I would like to see changes in the

results will show. Also take the time

opportunities given to those who are

to enjoy every painful journey because

student, graduates or freelancers. For

funnily enough, there is always a lesson

me, I feel that the industry is all about

in it that will elevate you to the next

whom you know or if you are a recent

stage and or level. If you fail to enjoy

graduate you haven’t gained enough

the moments, both good and bad, you

experience.

feel

fail to recognise the opportunities that

hasn’t given us the best chance to prove

are opened through those situations.

our talents. You need experience to gain

This has always ben challenging for

experience but with the limited number

students and creative all over but when

of design houses and other businesses

you master the act of appreciation, you

not wanting to take certain risks, we

end up truly seeing the best even when

the graduates end up suffering. One

it is clearly going wrong.

Which

I

personally

has to then take matters into their own hands and do whatever they can to

VMM: Whats next for you for the future?

gain experience. This can be by starting something small, even if it’s the one off

I do not know what the future holds

you make when you have the funds,

for me, being a recent graduate, I have

you just have to keep at it. That is all

gained a lot of experience from the time

I can do. It’s important for changes to

I left university and hope to continually

take place, changes towards graduates

grow and further my talents within

and freelancers. Positive changes that

the fashion design industry. I look to

will help both parties.

embrace great opportunities to expand my skills, experience and vision. We will see what tomorrow brings.

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SAYAKA GANZ “CREATING ENERGY AND HARMONY FROM DISCARDED PLASTIC OBJECTS, TRANSMITTING A MESSAGE OF HOPE” HER PHILOSOPHY “I believe it is very difficult to think far into the future in terms of our ecological foot print. So often our predictions are wrong, and there are not guarantees for anyone’s future. I do not want to condemn the use of plastic or our desire for a more convenient, easier life. However, we must be aware that convenience has hidden costs. I believe the best way for artists to help reduce waste is to show how beautiful these materials can be, and what can be done with these mundane objects and materials. When we think of these things as beautiful, we value them. If we value our resources we will waste less”

HER STATEMENT “Driven by a combination of my passion for fitting odd shapes together and a sympathy toward discarded objects, I create animals from post consumer plastics. I spent my early childhood in Japan but I grew up in several different countries. Japanese Shinto philosophy teaches that all objects and organisms have spirits, and I was taught in kindergarten that objects that are discarded before their time weep at night inside the trash bin. This became a vivid image in my mind. The constant need to adjust to a new environment also gave me a strong desire to fit in and to create harmony around me. I only select objects that have been used and discarded. My goal is for each object to transcend its origin by being integrated into an animal/ organic forms that are alive and in motion. This process of reclamation and regeneration is liberating to me as an artist. Building these sculptures helps me understand the situations that surround me. It reminds me that even if there is a conflict right now, there is also a solution in which all the pieces can coexist peacefully. Though there are wide gaps in some areas and small holes in others, when seen from the distance there is great beauty and harmony in our community. Through my sculptures I transmit a message of hope”

Sayaka Ganz is a Japanese sculptor born in Yokohama, Japan. She grew up between Japan, Brazil and Hong Kong. Ganz has explored various medias from ceramics to printmaking before settling on sculpture and welding as her expressive vehicles of choice that identifies elements of Japanese influence in her work.

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Using reclaimed plastic household objects as her materials, Ganz’ recent sculptures depict animals in motion. Sayaka Ganz collects most of her working material from dustbins and charity shops, and friends and family donate the rest. She uses various forms of thrown away plastic, from cutlery to sunglasses and baskets, and sorts them into many different colour groups. Her work is collected and exhibited in London, Tokyo, Takaoka, Isle of Man, New York, San Francisco, Monterey, Toledo and Fort Wayne.

VMM reaches out to the extraordinary and highly gifted and talented sculptor to discuss her work further.

VMM: What inspired you to go into

to improve my communication and time

sculpting?

management skills.

I have always loved to build things with

How did people first react to your

my hands and move shapes around in

work?  Were they positive and how has

space, even as a child. It felt quite

that spurred you to carry on?

natural for me to explore 3D art, and once I started welding in a one-day

I was fortunate and got mostly very

workshop during college, something

positive reactions from the start. They

just clicked in my mind.

gave me a lot of encouragement and motivation to keep making more. It’s

VMM: How hard was it to get established

hard to say what would have changed

in the industry?

if the reactions had been negative, or non-existent. I probably would have

It’s difficult for me to gauge that.

kept making something no matter what,

I guess it was not as hard or mean

but perhaps not in the same style. It’s

spirited or mysterious as I had imagined

impossible not to be influenced by

as a student. Once I started making

people’s reactions at all.

sculpture, and had done it for a while, I naturally started to get to know other

VMM: What are some of the challenges

people in the field and they got to know

you have faced since starting your

me too. It definitely took time and

career?

effort, but not any more than what was healthy for me to be doing anyway for

I’m a full time artist now, and most of

my own development. In addition to my

my income is from commission work.

skills in sculpture, I made a great effort

Scheduling the right amount of work is

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always a challenge. Knowing my own

far have happened because I decided to

capacity, inclinations and weaknesses

trust the person or the organization and

is very important. I tend to have a hard

move forward with the project with

time turning people or opportunities

people I have never met face to face, or

down, so when I’m put in a position

at a place I have never been to before.  

where I have to choose between two On

often in between jobs not knowing

literally just kept saying yes until one

when

commission

day I reached a point where I physically

or pay check. Staying positive and

could not take any more jobs without

motivated to work even with that kind

driving myself crazy or not meeting

of uncertainty is also a challenge.

any of the deadlines. Once it became

I’ll

get

my

next

saying

“no”

jobs that can be difficult, and I’m also

to

opportunities,

I

a necessity I found it quite easy to say VMM: How have you dealt with them and

“no”, and I felt no hesitation what so

managed to keep going strong all this

ever. Now I look at each opportunity

time? (The reason for asking is to let our

carefully and only say yes to the ones I

readers understand that every business

am truly happy to do, regardless of who

or career has issues and problems that

is asking me. When I decline I try to

will be faced. But it is important for

describe as accurately as possible the

them to know that nothing is easy

reason this opportunity is not right for

and its all about working through your

me at this time, and I have not had any

challenges to move forward)

problems with people getting offended.

My mother gave me a great gift, which

VMM: Can you describe your sculptors

is a positive outlook about life. I tend

and what you use to make them?

to not worry too much about the future and I find it relatively easy to trust the

When

you

see

my

work

from

the

right people. I think that’s what got me

distance you only perceive the overall

through my struggles.

form, which is relatively naturalistic depiction of animals in motion. When

When I have to make a decision about

you see them up close you start to

something that I know will impact my

notice the individual plastic items that

future, I will find out everything about

all align and converge to create this

each option that I can but there are

overall impression. The individuals are

always some factors that are unknown

some times bent, scratched, stained,

or unknowable. Some of the most

or otherwise marked from use. I only

exciting projects I have worked on so

collect

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items

from

thrift

stores

or


from dumpsters or donations. I never buy any plastic items new. They are

Roughly how much would it cost you to

tied together with electrical wire and

make one sculptor (If you do not mind

become three dimensional impressionist

our asking)?

brush strokes. It depends on the scale and complexity VMM: Are you a big supporter of

of the piece. It can take anywhere from

the

friendly

3 days to 10 months. The cost similarly

campaigner? Is that why your sculpting

varies depending on size, complexity

are made out of recycled pieces? How

and type of labour it requires. It costs

important is this to you?

anywhere from $500 to $50,000.

My philosophy aligns well with the

VMM: Where do you get your inspiration

environmental movement but my main

from for your ideas?

motivation is slightly different than

Inspiration can come from anywhere.

that. My belief is that there’s great

It can be a place I happened to visit,

potential in these waste materials. The

or a conversation with my mother, or

Shinto animist philosophy teaches that

something I happened to see on TV.

environment

and

eco

even plastic kitchen items may have spirits or souls and be alive in ways

VMM: What advice would you give to

undetectable by humans and therefore

anyone who is interested in following

should be treated with kindness and

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EDITOR’S LUXURY DISCOVERIES

“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up in the morning and see the light.” ― Miles Davis

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AMY DAVIDSON

Amy Davidson, who graduated from Manchester Royal College of Art and won the Graduate Fashion week Mulberry Accessories Award in 2013, is an accessory designer whose incredible attention to detail and intricately impressive use of material has set her above the rest of her competitors.

Amy’s collection of intricate laser-cut briefcase-style leather bags, were inspired by Gothic Architecture, a theme she discovered on her trips to France. She channelled inspiration from the intricate details surrounding the Cathedral buildings and the ceilings. Her fascination with the delicate nature of lace and its fine detailing, also contributed to the design detailed laser cut patterns that are strongly inspired by gothic architectural imagery. Davidson’s mastery of the laser-cutting technique and use of idiosyncratic materials illustrates her versatility and is a refreshing take on artistic fashion.

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HYUN SEON JEON

Hyun Seon Jeon is a contemporary footwear designer brand that creates architectural, conceptual and unique designs for women who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Development from the prestigious London College of Fashion.

The designer highly focuses and gets design influences from architectural shapes with clean-cut lines. Every design features its own uniqueness, delivering innovation and feminine look whilst still being simple with aspects of commerciality / ready to wear.Â

This collection autumn / Winter 2013-14 collection consists of 10 different styles. The concept of this collection is architecture, mainly consisting of Gaudi’s works in addition to some other ground-breaking architecture. Both traditional and contemporary architectures are looked at for inspiration. The collection is inspired from the concept in terms of shape, pattern, material, colour, and heel structures.

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KÄRT PÕLDMANN SHOES

Kärt describes: “Timeless shoes are simple and quiet, yet with an expressive mood to attract, like the twinkle in the eyes. Secretly gliding from modesty to the opposite extreme. These shoes are made in love”.

Incorporating golden age paragons with reflections on the present, Kärt Põldmann’s footwear is driven by modern interpretations of another generation’s ideal. Educated at Estonia’s Tartu Art College and the Estonian Academy of Arts, each local shoemaker, using only the finest quality leathers from premium Italian tanneries, individually craft pair of Põldmann’s shoes. Working with local cobblers, she has developed a uniquely artisan production method for the creation of her collection, while her Nordic heritage continues to significantly influence her designs.

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KIM KWANG LONDON

Kwang states >> “My first love is women’s footwear but I’m also passionate about womenswear.  

Inspired by natural materials, I create a contemporary and refined silhouette for the independent and sophisticated woman who isn’t afraid of standing out from the crowd. I push creative boundaries by combining masculine strength with feminine elegance juxtaposing sensual proportions with dominant structural high heels that exaggerate the female shape. My favourite sources are always natural materials as traditional connotations to create a tough and modern silhouette for the passionate yet modern and very contemporary woman”

Kim Kwang gained an MA in Fashion Footwear from Cordwainers College (London College of Fashion), as a Jimmy Choo Scholarship student, and a Graduate Diploma in Fashion (Womenswear) from Central Saint Martins. Prior to London, Kim Kwang studied in Milan at Istituto Marangoni receiving an MA in Fashion Womenswear, as a scholarship student.

Before establishing his own brand, Kim Kwang worked alongside Jimmy Choo on the Jimmy Choo Couture Shoe Collection, as a footwear designer.

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LORENA SOSA

2014 Handbags collection “Nothing to Hideâ€? by Lorena Sosa TucumĂĄn-born Lorena Sosa has developed a contemporary jewellery and accessories collection which seeks to blur the lines between garments and accessories. This effort to deconstruct boundaries aims to attribute new meanings to compositional methods and materials native to northern Argentina.

The essecense of her work is to fuse together the idea of morphology, complex patternmaking, the use of technology and the role of human labour in metal making. She makes metal craftwork part of everyday life. Her poetic landscape is composed from timeless regional features, charged with feelings that take on contemporary forms. Laser-cut acrylics, handcrafted metals etched with acid, and cotton textiles are combined with delicate silk thread embriodery. All this results in design pieces conceived and produced in minute detail, redolent of aromas from the earth, mountains, forests, humanity, humidity and the sun.

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CABRERAS

The outer-most city limits, where urban culture gradually fades into the beginnings of a rural world; this is the place that inspired the range of designer handbags by Juan Cabrera and Carlos Chiarinoti, the founders of the luxury fashion label Cabreras.

Emblematic of countryside life, horses and cows provide the conceptual inspiration for cosmopolitan and contemporary pieces. The convergence of textures and materials such as leather and colt hair, as well as traditional hand finishes; make up the aesthetic and constructive essence of the work. A functional character pervades the pieces, created through the use of trims and straps reminiscent of saddles. The structure takes inspiration from observing the different ways in which peasants carry loads when trekking in the countryside.

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SEUNG MI KIM

BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design & Development (London College of Fashion) “Changes in form, illusion and technology” SeungMi Kim is a creative and very modern brand that stands to represent contemporary luxury. It is strongly inspired by a variety of art theories and art works that get interpreted into modern footwear. The value of the brand is enhanced through the combination of special skills with each design having its own unique and significant meaning. Her A/W13-14 collection ‘Cubism’ was inspired by the theory of cubism and cubic paintings and sculptures. The main objective of the theory of cubism is to reproduce the surface through three-dimensional views and the basic perspective rule is abandoned and shows the same object via different sides. This rule was combined with the brands design, which resulted in very modern conceptual and fashionable pieces. SeungMi Kim used and incorporated 3D printing, which is hidden on the inside instead of shown on the outside to give an element of change to the shape of the shoes. To create an optical illusion a point colour was used. On the whole, the collection shows dramatic elements of materials, colour and design.

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RASANNA GAULT

Rosanna Gault graduated from London College of Fashion in 2012 with a first class honours degree in Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation. Her inspiration for her collection came from Victorian architecture and artefacts, which are found in her hometown city of London. She focuses her attention on the exact detailed structures that were created during the Victorian era. With strong attention to detail, she interprets the ideas and techniques that were incorporated in creating some of the finest artefacts during the industrial revolution and translates it into fascinating final products for a premium level consumer.

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SANGMIN PARK

SangMin Park graduated from Royal College of Art, London in 2011. His love for designing shoes is eminently conveyed in every collection she creates. He constantly works on finding ways to create both comfort and genius style that is not just modern but artistically contemporary. His ‘Incomplete’ and ‘Gubi’ collection are amazing replicas of his constant search for creating comfort for the modern woman. “The Gubi Collection gives more freedom of movement to the wearer” To SangMin Park, footwear is an accessory that people use on a daily basis. Some are worn all day long, stood on for long hours, moved in over varying terrains, whilst at the same time the feet is put through rigorous forms of activities. According to him, there is an irony in the thought that shoes are meant to protect a wearer’s feet but at the same time does restrict the feet. With that thought in mind, SangMin Park designed the Gubi collection that gives individuals a greater level and freedom of enhanced movement within the shoes. His inspiration for the Gubi collection was derived from his fascination with the visual forms of stems and leaf, their structure, shape, and flexibility. He adapts the aesthetics of stems and leafs via technical construction to create the flexibility of the shoes thereby according the collection its combined elements of beauty, simplicity, elegance and more importantly functionality.

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EVIE CHEUNG

Evie Cheung graduated from London College of Fashion in 2013. Her handbags are simply beautiful and elegant pieces that would drive any woman crazy with desire to own one. Her collection is based on Origami and the colours and textures seen in butterflies. The materials used for this collection consists of leather and laser cut Perspex held in place by silver screws. Industrialism and nature is translated through the use of materials; two opposing ideas. The Perspex represents fragility and the screws give an industrious feel to it. The mood of the collection takes inspiration from minimalism seen in the clean lines and three-dimensional forms.

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MAGDA-SIMONA DANILOAIA

THE CHANGING FACTOR Through their very ambitious first accessories collection – ‘Manifesto on Luxury’ – the new luxury leather goods brand is giving completely different meanings to what luxury is. Using intricate moulding techniques to create handbags out of one single piece of leather, the moulds being created by hand by the designer herself (MagdaSimona Daniloaia), the final result is nothing like what you would find on the highstreet, or even in the most prestigious luxury boutiques. It is the luxury of the future. Not to mention their fully bespoke service, where creativity has no limits and you can create your own unique product from scratch with the designer. With an invitationonly group of customers, good luck trying to show off one of these items at your next dinner-party.

Promoting style rather than fashion, the products do not reflect present trends, rather being items to be bought, worn, treasured and passed to the next generation. Furthermore, the lifetime warranty may not impress the fashion victims but will definitely impress the women who want to know what they are paying for. The collection – limited to 20 pieces per style - is made through intricate moulding out of one piece of vegetable tanned leather and has precious elements like hand stitching, silver plated hardware and suede lining. Not to mention the cutting edge way the products are coloured. All in all, it is just exquisite. As for the bespoke services, there is nothing more you could wish for. You can either order your favourite handbag that you have always had in mind but never found or play the game and unleash your creativity by working on the product with the designer.  The Changing Factor already has bespoke projects for some of London’s up-andcoming and requests from socialites. How long is it going to take until we all fall under the spell?

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SILVIA FADO SHOES

With a strong interest in architecture and a background in knitwear design, Silvia Fado recently completed a Masters in Fashion Footwear at the London College of Fashion.

For her latest collection, Kinetic Traces, Silvia was intrigued by the relationship between the movement of the body and Fashion footwear design on the one hand, and high performance Sports footwear and body movement on the other. She wanted to explore the philosophical and aesthetic consequences of changing the dynamic of that relationship. The principal functions of footwear are often sacrificed in Fashion. This project brought Sports footwear fundamentals to high-end fashion. Sports footwear design is based on function and wear ability, which are not features commonly applied in Fashion footwear. Silvia Fado has been analysing comfort elements in footwear, particularly impact absorption, shoe weight, traction (the relationship between shoe and surface) and upper durability. She sought to bring these concepts into the design of high-end women’s high heels. The central concept of the project development was impact absorption, which was studied from a mechanical point of view because heels are structures, which are affected by many different forces during the process of human motion. 

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YOUNGWON KIM

The concept for Youngwon Kim’s MA collection can be referred to the broad notion of postmodernism. Since Postmodernism was too broad a concept, the creative and very talented designer narrowed her emphasis down to certain characteristics that are in direct opposite to the general ideas of formalism. Interested in designs that go beyond the existing framework and form, Youngwon Kim challenges and modifies what is already formalized as a form or a set of rules, that she tries to develop into a collection of new footwear designs that stretch the boundaries of visual, technical and functional forms to an extent to which the original wearable function of footwear is not undermined by the excess of design as she attempts to seek new possibilities of footwear design and develop these ideas consistently.

The outcome of this collection is aimed to show a new form of footwear that is hard to be conceived in the industry. This is geared to illustrate some new possibilities and directions, at the same time, interact with the current trend without ruling out the functional aspect of footwear. In this Youngwon Kim intends to build a collection of designs with a realistic touch, which will feed new ideas into the industry and communicate with the customers through design. Moreover, living in the era of postpostmodernism with a number of much cherished and memorable designs, it is her personal aim to design shoes that will last through time with its beauty intact.

Her collaborations include Kay Kwok London and Ground Zero

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MELINE KATCHI SHOES

Meline Katchi is a Master of Arts alumnus of  London College of Fashion, which she pursued on the prestigious Rectors Award. She has worked at Alexander McQueen Hq, London,  Cole Haan, NYC,  British Luxury Brand Teatum Jones  as well as  LD Tuttle, Los Angeles, who also creates footwear for  Helmut Lang  and  VPL. She was the winner of the DATO JIMMY CHOO AWARD 2013 and nominated for VOUGE X MUUSE AWARDS 2014.

Meline Katchi incorporates product innovation through process innovation, utilizing methods of tectonic architecture and challenging existing fabrication parameters to develop new methodological tools used to create modular transitional footwear that guides the consumer into a new era of flat pack footwear.

The display is presented both as packaged flat packs and the footwear’s tectonic transformation onto the lasts. This is done intentionally to represent their inventive precision as well as visually attract the viewer/consumer to the operational methodology and relationship form completely flat to a three dimensionally functional object. There is an adaptation here, a complete product that could potentially alter behaviour through the transformation of simple systems.

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TAESEOK KANG

This collection explores narratives of sexual human body and addresses the question of palpable sensations that manifest from the sexual instinct of a human being and the range of sexiness from subtle to extreme.Â

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MICHELE HARTMANN SHOES.

Michele Hartmann Shoes is a London based new luxury brand that has been conceived for a modern, confident and independent woman, who is a leader, not a follower. Founded by Michele Hartmann, a London College of Fashion BA (Hons) in Fashion Design Technology, with a major in footwear graduate, MH shoes delectably sexy with a grounded feel and design aesthetics. Michele’s graduate collection that inspired her founding her own label channelled inspiration from a poem by Oscar Niemeyer (1907 - 2012) an Architect who recreated Brazil’s sensuous curves in reinforced concrete and built the capital of Brasilia on the empty central plains as a symbol of the nation’s future.

“I am not attracted to straight angles or to the straight line, hard and inflexible, created by man. I am attracted to free-flowing, sensual curves. The curves that I find in the mountains of my country, in the sinuousness of its rivers, in the waves of the ocean, and on the body of the beloved Woman.”

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“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it” - Confucius

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CREDITS: Curated & Directed for VMM by Stephanie Legend Photography: Edvinas Bruzas Styling: Stephanie Legend Hair & Makeup: Moni Balogun & Leo De-Valentino Hair accessories by Nina Rai Couture Dresses: Clair Napierski (LCF) Dress pg210: Alberto Vicente Pereira (LCF) Editing: Kelly Morrison

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The costume elastic, the dresses gymnastic, The wonderful suits for the tricycle-­e ss– Though skirts be divided, I’m clearly decided, It isn’t my notion of Rational Dress! See gowns hygienic, and frocks calisthenic, And dresses quite worthy of modern burlesque; With garments for walking, and tennis, and talking, All terribly manful and too trouseresque! And habits for riding, for skating, or sliding, With ‘rational’features they claim to possess; The thought I can’t banish, they’re somewhat too manish, And not quite the thing for a Rational Dress! Note robes there for rinking, and gowns for tea-­d rinking, For yachting, for climbing, for cricketing too; The dresses for boating, the new petticoating, The tunics in brown and the trousers in blue. The fabrics for frockings, the shoes and the stockings, And corsets that ne’er will the figure compress: But in the whole placeful there’s little that’s graceful And gir ish enough for a Rational Dress! ‘Tis hardy and boyish, not girlful and coyish– We think, as we stroll round the gaily-­d ight room– A masculine coldness, a brusqueness, a boldness, Appears to pervade all thi novel costume! In ribbons and laces, and feminine graces, And soft flowing robes, there’s a charm more or less– I don’t think I’ll venture on a dual garmenture, I fancy my own is the Rational Dress!

‘On Traditional Dress’ by Punch (1895)

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CARMINA BLANK Carmina Blank is a Berlin based designer and ESMOD graduate. Her collection named “SOLIDS” is based on the manipulation of shape and material. She fuses elements of the fine line between wearable and unwearable, abstract clothing. The collection features a  nude colour palette, accented with metallic elements.  Feminine silhouettes under oversized shapes adding a very bold element to the collection in this dynamic combination of the organic and the manufactured. Her vision is modern, minimalistic and harmonious. The achieved change of shape and material alters the static perception of the viewer and creates a new state of reflection. Inspired by the artist Simona Pries and David Nash, the collection incorporates industrial materials including beech wood and acrylic glass. Laser-cut and blue-painted acrylic glass was shaped under heat and sewn into  a narrow leather strip. This gave an otherwise completely static material a newfound flexibility. The result was three-dimensional belts, necklaces and cuffs. Further understated fabrics were used to ensure a harmonious combination of different materials. Two-ply silver insulating material was separated and through the isolation of the flexible and sew able cotton wool used as an outer material, lining and shoulder padding. The triple bonding of the fine cotton jersey created a neoprene-like material. The grain of wood was taken up and further developed through the use of Moiré silk taffeta. The lining of all pieces with a two-ply net also resulted in a moiré effect. The described change of material and shape finds a foundation in the entire collection, further

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MARINA HOERMANSEDER

After discovering her talent at Central Saint Martins London, graduating from Esmod Berlin and interning at Alexander McQueen, French-Austrian designer Marina Hoermanseder presents her Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. The leather corsets molded to the body, orthopedic support apparatuses, naked cats and brain structures inspire variations of leather straps and twisting buckles as well as flowing fabrics. These themes are dominant throughout her designs.

The color scale includes muted nude shades such as beige, grey, rosÊ and taupe and is accentuated by blueberry and green elements. Leather skirts made of straps and buckles are contrasted with draped blouses, elaborate leather capes combined with cashmere shorts and leather bodies with winter coats. Details like leather buckled sleeves put the designer’s individual stamp on the entire ready-to- wear collection. The fetish elements and progressive cuts of the clothing are bound to stir up the fashion industry.

CREDITS: Art Direction: Mody Al Khufash Photography: Bernhard Musil Postproduction: Dimitri.jp Hair & Makeup: Patrick Glatthaar Graphic Design: Patrick Mason Models: Nala (M4 Models) Tamy (Izaio) Styling Assistant: Julia Birkenstock, Jessica Cervonaro Photography Assistant: Falko Saalfeld Location: The Regent Berlin Website: www.marinahoermanseder.com Sales: sales@marinahoermanseder.com

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“Abstract Distortion” Lauren Golding a British design graduate from Kingston University, with an independent flare developed from an interest in travel and an ambition to achieve personal goals. Her minimal approach to womenswear takes on elements of menswear and sportswear to create a new modern edge, perfect for the no frills, no fuss girl who isn’t afraid to mix it up with a bit of boyish style. Her graduate collection “Abstract Distortion” was an exploration of minimalism

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“FRAGMENT” Guyhyun is a menswear designer, who studied at London College of Fashion BA Menswear. For A/W15, Guyhyun Jee takes to investigating the concept of fragments. Jee

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In this collection, Jee incorporates key fabrics such as fur against metallic silver leather and high tech bonded fabrics. Fur is used within the collection to symbolize human authenticity from primitive and folk imagery and crafted with futuristic fabric. 

Fur sponsored by Saga Furs Zip sponsored by Lampo Italy

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“POTOSÍ” Photography: Estudio Silva/Moreno Model: Marcela Tano

í Susana Parra Hair & Makeup: In Spanish Potos means immeasurable wealth, and it is also the name of the richest silver mine ever known on earth, located in Bolivia.

Commercial mining has meant a loss more than anything else for the greater part of Latin American people, excavations are seen as metaphorical scars to America’s territory. It is a collection about woven and non-written stories, where the fiber’s “geology” covers and heals those mining lacerations, The feeling of caryatids with aboriginal traits come to life with paths that simulate geological strata in open pit mining. Because the real wealth of Latin America is not in precious metals but in the ritual way of living and weaving within communities. What satellites can see is everything but the real wealth of people.

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In a world jaded by mass marketing and cynical exploitation, women seek the opportunity to experience luxury fashion that stirs the soul as well as the senses. Eden Diodati fuses timeless design, the innovative use of natural materials with centuries old craftsmanship. Marrying pret-a-porter with progressive philanthropy, Eden Diodati manufactures ethically in social cooperatives in Italy and now Rwanda providing sustainable employment to formerly marginalised women. A collection inspired by the transition from darkness to light; from the void to new beginnings. Genesis - a story about the creation of life and our collective origins.

Founder and creative Director Jennifer Ewah’s breathtaking designs and ethical commitment are producing unique high-end garments and accessories, handmade by newly trained artisans in partnership with Eden Diodati’s social cooperative and ngo partners.

Blending aesthetic innovation with intricate craftsmanship, Eden Diodati embodies the future of luxury: stunning fashion with a compelling, compassionate heart.

AW14 draws inspiration from the elemental components of life, the iridescent incandescence of light, DNA and molecular biology, and the spirit that breathes life into souls as well as cells; a notable example of which is the clasp of the “Trust Molecule” bracelet, modelled on the molecular structure of oxytocin, the hormone that makes us love and trust others. Featuring printed silks, GOTS certified organic silk in jewel shades, alongside intricate jewellery and accessories; Eden Diodati is bringing deeper meaning to luxury.

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“THESE ARE MY NEW SHOES. THEY’RE GOOD SHOES. THEY WON’T MAKE YOU RICH LIKE ME, THEY WON’T MAKE YOU REBOUND

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Forrest Gump: Those must be comfortable shoes, I bet you could walk all day in shoes like those and not feel a thing. I wish I had shoes like that. Nurse at Bus Bench: My feet hurt. Forrest Gump: Mama always said there’s an awful lot you can tell about a person b their shoes. Where they’re going, where they’ve been. I’ve worn lots of shoes. I bet if I think about it real hard, I could remember my first pair of shoes. Mama said they’d take me anywhere. She said they was my magic shoes.

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YOUNGWON KIM X GROUND ZERO

An amazing collaboration between Youngwon Kim and Ground Zero for Ground Zero’s A/W14 collection sees footwear designer Kim creating four unique pairs, heals and boots that truly portray the unique edge, sculpture of beauty that is the resonant foundation of Ground Zero’s design aesthetics.

The talented brothers Eri and Philip Chu established GROUND-ZERO in 2003. Each collection is like a new experiment to which no rules apply. Like a physicist GROUNDZERO believes that each and every garment represents a mix of elements. The unique graphic print has become a signature. Merging creativity with craftsmanship, each of the two brothers is combining his fortes to give a strong direction to GROUND-ZERO. “Zero could be everything” – GROUND-ZERO will not limit itself to being just a fashion brand. It can be diverged into anything, from graphic arts, music, video, art installation and more. The possibilities of GROUND-ZERO are endless.

For their A/W14 collection, GROUND-ZERO, incorporate their well known bold and unique graphic prints that intersect with clean, irregular-cut silhouettes with artwork prints based on a revival and distortion by social media of their childhood cartoons and the digital age.

Distorted check patterns are translated onto matte neoprene for a contemporary take on fabrication, as well as their graphic prints are transformed as it surfaced on wool texture, resulting metaphorically as the colour fades, the memory is restored with something new. Reflective and light fabrics such as satin and silk are enhanced as panels for the bold and heavier materials wool, neoprene and leather. Contrasting colours are sweet in ivory, citrus and cucumber, in playful silhouettes where side seams and hems are shaped forward. This collection reveals the fragmentation of their memories, playfully combined to create a new collage of imagery which are collected from the past, applied with modern techniques that captures the moment, and followed by the finished ensembles which represents the future.

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“KINETIC TRACES” Working with an architect helped her study the interacting forces in the structure of the high-heeled shoe during movement. Also collaborating with a photographer made possible to see the continuous movement broken down into individual parts as a diagram.

To realise the absorption function, Silvia introduced an element of internal movement into these structures. She collaborated with an engineer partner to develop these mechanisms and an industrial partner to enable production of the final product to an appropriate standard for the target market.

Impact absorption was then developed using different mechanical methods not typically used in Fashion, adding features such as springs, rubber balls and, pneumatic hydraulics and metal rings.

The metal ring function is a new system developed by the industrial partner that she worked with, allowing regulation of the absorption effect depending on body weight.

The methodologies used in the creation of her collection include traditional making (leather work, traditional machinery making, metal work, wood shaping) and rapid prototyping (3D milling machine, laser cutting and 3D printing).

CREDITS: Photography: Elixabete Lopez. Photographer assistant: David Salas Hair stylist: Miky Mani Di Forbice

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“FOOL’S GOLD” Michael Azu graduated with a masters degree in fashion footwear from London’s  Cordwainers in 2013. Inspired by his many visits to the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, his final collection, ‘Fools Gold’ explored the corrosive yet beautiful effects of nature on decaying materials.

Initially, Michael’s plans were to design and dedicate each pair of footwear to a famous residence at the cemetery for example, Frederic Chopin, Eugene Delacroix, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, and Oscar Wilde etc. However, after several visits he realised that he was more drawn and attracted to the abandoned and decaying graves and mausoleums.  Whilst, most of the tourists flocked to all the famous graves, Michael started to think more and more about the abandoned sites.  He truly wanted to pay homage to the forgotten people at Pere Lachaise.  The people whose graves no longer got a visit by friends, family or loved ones because their lineage had ceased at some point.  It made him think about the value we as human beings find in things, that no matter how precious or valuable we may find something, nature will eventually find a way to erase all traces of it.  This corrosive effect nature has on the grave’s materials such as the wood, limestone or metal, most visitors to Pere Lachaise may find repellent, but Michael Azu found a way to celebrate the beauty that he saw reflected within it.

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“CONJOINED ILLUSION” The footwear collection ‘Conjoined Illusion’ is based on reflection, mirroring, visual illusions and conjoined twins.

Every pair of shoes consists of four carbon fibre soles that are connected, conjoined in different ways. The idea of reflection, mirroring and optical illusions can be seen in the design of the uppers respectively in the design of the heels/ platforms.   Visual illusions and mirroring are arduously to understand for our brain. Our cognitive faculty gets irritated. If we look at objects from different perspectives they seem to change their shape, but they are still the same.

The intention behind the designs is to somehow confuse, or disturb, or grasp the spectator for a long time. With her work, Carolin wants to challenge the eyes and the mind. The collection ‘Conjoined Illusion’ shows that footwear can be a work of art but nevertheless conveys clearly the grace of a pair of shoes.

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ōā r re I plead, beg I pray, entreat

For his ōrāre series, Los Angeles based photographer Joseph Alexander, takes inspiration from religious icons and religious garb. The elegant collection beautifully modeled by Nigerian-American model Eromomen Esoimeme, is breathtakingly striking.

CREDITS: Photography/Retouching: Joseph Alexander Model: Eromomen Esoimeme Head Piece Designer/Stylist: Christine Clauson Makeup: Lena w/ Sokora Vora Digi-tech/Set hand: Mikoro Fujihara w/ Sokora Vora

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“Conformity is the only real fashion crime. To not dress like yourself and to sublimate your spirit to some kind of group identity is succumbing to fashion fasccism.” ― Simon Doonan

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ELINA GLEIZER

“ALTER SELF” BE DIFFERENT, EXPRESS YOUR LOUD SILENCE Elina Gleizer is an Avant-Garde jewellery & accessories designer and goldsmith born, bred and educated in Israel. She graduated with a BA in design from Shenkar college of Engineering  and  Design from the Jewellery Design department, in Ramat-Gann, Israel.   Gleizer’s designs have a continuous  dialogue with human anatomy, form and ergonomics. They integrate a profound technique and material research; HAND-MADE traditional goldsmithing  with varied technologies and materials such as:  metal, wood,  leather,  semi-precious stones,  textiles and  plastics,  all creating  contemporary and fashion forward pieces of wearable art. She is very passionate about making extraordinary people express themselves in a rebel but modern elegance. Her designs are targeted at extraordinary individuals with strong unique identities who are looking to STAND OUT through innovation, originality and high product quality.

CREDITS: Model: Avital Gleizer Photographer: Marina Moshkovich Chris Makeup: Roza Shwartsman hair: Alex kosyakovsky

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MOMENT Our lives are ‘MOMENTS’ stretched’MOMENTS’ that seem to hold our time in eternity. To transition through our desires, hunger and passion. Pulling together so many memories and episodes of fashionable times thrown together by the spur of the ‘MOMENT’. By T.S Legend VMM proudly introduces ‘MOMENT’ a brand new luxury accessory brand created by designers Iva Stojković and Maja Miletić who describe their collaboration as a somewhat representation of an instance where their design skills meets the other halfway between strict, precise forms of Plexiglas combined with somewhat cold steel and fluid, gentle muslin fused with strong textures of rope. Their style and aesthetics are developed individually to create the identities of each piece they make. They use the advantage of their opposite technical skills and experiences in depicting the inevitable contrast of soft and hard as a direct representation of the world as we know it. The elements they use in the construction of their accessories are purposely connected with the theory of hard and soft depicting that we cannot exist without the other. As in human character or nature itself, the opposites fulfil, replace and support each other. Moments, blinks on the timeline, are created in the same way. If they are real, we remember them forever.’

Photo: Franjo Matkovic Photography Make up: Kristina Pavlov make up Model: Nikolina Ljubičić and Roberta Milevoj

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PAPIROGA Every day is different. There are days you would love to jump on the bed exultant whilst others hide under their quilts. Days you feel you are the soul of the party and others you’d rather turn the phone off and stay in peacefulness by yourself. Days where you will wear a suit with your best smile and others were you’d self-indulge until the break of dawn. Those days that you’ll rather sit down with a cup of tea, blanket while watching a film on your own, taking in the pleasure of your own company or the days were you just want to go out and sing under the rain. Days when you feel a lot more fragile. Much more stronger and or cheerful. You truly love and adore the catwalks but know deep down that real beauty does not have anything to do with the spotlights. It is around the corner, in any street. You rather not ask for a loan to enable you to be trendy, but at the same time, dressing like the rest of the world is not an option. You dream of being able to renew your wardrobe every morning, but you do not want to ever have to pawn your grandmothers ring just so you can have the pleasure of feeling unique. You love being yourself and being able to transition in looks and appearance everyday. Achieve your goal because you can. You are everyone and no one at the same time. The beauty of it all is, you are uniquely you - irreplaceable and truly, madly, deeply beautifully unique and totally out of this world. VMM welcomes you to enter into the world of PAPIROGA.

Papiroga is a handicraft brand that offers statement accessories with exclusive designs and limited pieces, which strives to change the moods of the powerful, elegant and unique women that wear it. Estefania de Oliveira, Leire Urzaiz and Daniel Coma-Cros founded it in September 2011.

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MAI THEORY

Founded by Patcharakan Vongprasert and Sylwia Mikinka, both current students at University of the Arts London, Mai Theory is a London based statement jewellery brand that creates stylish pieces made to enhance any outfit. Each handmade design embodies personality through rich textures, a sophisticated colour palette and sourced tactile materials, found in the likes of shoes and handbags. With a fun presence for any occasion, their world-traveller eclecticism feel allows Mai Theory to effortlessly carry you throughout day and night, wherever you are.

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BAGS BY M Illustrations by Anna Dray for VMM “In a good book room you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them” — Mark Twain

By M. is a new brand of Ladies Handbags designed by Maria Marigliano Caracciolo. VMM is proud to bring to you the launch of their first collection of bespoke book shaped clutches.

All of their products are made in Italy and inspired by the country’s culture, heritage and traditions: made and customized for you by Neapolitan craftsmen, according to a century-long tradition developed in the area. Each detail of your Book Clutch is personalized according to your preferences: colour, material, decoration, and of course the title you wish to carry with you.

The bookbinders technique, patience and pursuit of excellence have remained unchanged over the centuries being passed down over the generations: The culture, heritage and traditional craftsmanship still remain to this day. By M. uses only the finest leather, silks and gold leaf to create beautiful and elegant clutches which are a pleasure to touch, like books of past centuries. Drawing from an extensive background in the history of bookbinding, By M. Book Clutches are made using the same techniques as the original workers. Only where modern practices are indispensable to the quality does By M. make adjustments. Quality remains at the forefront of their practice.

The exquisite By M. book clutches are handcrafted in a traditional Neapolitan bookbindery located in Palazzo Marigliano, Maria’s family home. Palazzo Marigliano, built in the XV century, is situated in the heart of Naples on Via San Biagio dei Librai – literally the “Street of the Book Sellers”. It is in fact this street that sparked Maria’s inspiration for her first collection.

Visit www.bagsbym.com to get your very own

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“FAKE REALITY” Liat Brandel Gilon is a Fashion Designer based in Tel Aviv. She graduated from Shenkar School of

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CREDITS: Curated & directed by Stephanie Legend Photography: Edvinas Bruzas Styling: Paulema Gaspard Hair & Makeup: Leo De-Valentino Accessories by: Suraporn Pasaprates Clothes by grad designers: Tracey Sampson, Anna Yates-Housley, M-SEW by Meagan Wellman and Rachael Ryan-White. Shoes: Michelle Hartmann Shoes Model: Yen Kim

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TOMBOY BY KIMBERLY HAWMMOND

CREDITS: Model: Taiwo Kayy Photography: Kimberly Hawmmond Styling: Kimberly Hawmmond Hair and Makeup: Kimberly hawmmond

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MODERN GEISHA BY SIMON-HARTMAN

The Simon-Hartman brand was born in 2009 from a vision by founder MelissaSimon-Hartman, a London College of Fashion / University of the Arts London graduate who was determined to create statement footwear and accessory pieces which could be seen as works of art rather than just something to wear. The essence of Simon-Hartman is to capture the spirit of artistry, creativity and great craftsmanship.The aesthetic of Melissa’s shoes and accessories are anything but simple, each design is painstakingly crafted with intricate details, beading and embellishments, every material carefully sourced to beautifully complement and adorn each creation. Making everything a show-stopping piece, that elevates every outfit. Each piece accentuates a woman’s natural beauty, from the curve in her arch, to the extension in her neck. Simon-Hartman is the brand that is coveted amongst those looking to make an everlasting impression.Simon-Hartman made its official debut in 2013 at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Berlin gracing the feet of the models showcasing the collection of British celebrity fashion designer and stylist, Romero Bryan. This received critical acclaim from fashion elite, making Simon-Hartman the must have shoe and accessory brand for those wanting to make a statement.

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“Change; we don’t like it, we fear it, but we can’t stop it from coming. We either adapt to change or we get left behind. And it hurts to grow; anybody who tells you it doesn’t is lying. But here’s the truth: the more things change, the more they stay the same. And sometimes change is good. Oh, sometimes change is everything. Grey’s Anatomy”

TRANSITIONS CREDITS:

Curated & directed by Stephanie Legend Photography: Edvinas Bruzas Styling: Stephanie Legend Hair & Makeup: Moni Balogun of Monique Artistry Model: Malin M Ruberg Accessories by: Agne Viktorija & Amy Cheng Clothing designers: Tracey Sampson, Xianfen Gu, and Korlekie Illustrations by Anna Dray Bag by Evie Chung Editing: Tetyana D Head wear: Ayisha Danis (Newham College student)

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Photography and Editing: Kirsten Thys van den Audenaerde Make-up & hair: Citty Van AartDesigner: Clothes: Hannelore Slechten - graduation collection Models:Tatjana DN, Riona Noire, Sara Scarlet, Eline Vi

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phenomenal woman DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF LEGENDARY DR MAYA ANGELOU Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honeybees. I say, It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist,


And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can’t touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them They say they still can’t see. I say, It’s in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Now you understand Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need of my care, ‘Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Maya Angelou

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Mündigkeit IGALINIMAS EMPOWERMENT AUTONOMISATION EMPODERAMIENTO RESPONSABILIZZAZIONE

CREDITS:

Curated & Directed for VMM by Stephanie Legend Photographer: Edvinas Bruzas Editing: John Paul Zampetti Hair & Makeup: Moni Balogun of Monique Artistry Styling: Stephanie Legend Model: Viktorija Mackinyte Designers: Korlekie, Xianfen GU, Charlotte Barrett, & Sarah Buchanan Accessories: Viktorija Agne & Amy Cheng & Charlotte Barrett Bags by: Evie Cheung Shoes: Stylist’s own

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“In youth, it was a way I had, To do my best to please. And change, with every passing lad To suit his theories.

But now I know the things I know And do the things I do, And if you do not like me so, To hell, my love, with you.” ―  Dorothy Parker,  The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker 392


Madonna: “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” ― Marianne 395


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“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it is over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.” ― Mary Oliver 403


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THE ART OF CREATING “One of the strangest things is the act of creation. You are faced with a blank slate—a page, a canvas, a block of stone or wood, and a silent musical instrument. You then look inside yourself. You pull and tug and squeeze and fish around for slippery raw shapeless things that swim like fish made of cloud vapour and fill you with living clamour. You latch onto something. And you bring it forth out of your head like zeus giving birth to athena. And as it comes out, it takes shape and tangible form. It drips on the canvas, and slides through your amusical strings, and slips along the edge of the sculptor’s tool onto the surface of the wood or marble. You have given it cohesion. You have brought forth something ordered and beautiful out of nothing. You have glimpsed the divine.

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PIPPA DAVIDSON

Pippa Davidson graduated from London College of Fashion - BA (Hons) Fashion Contour, in 2014. The female body inspired her graduate collection. It is the main reason why she studied contour design. The body presents endless possibilities for shape and construction; it’s a source of inspiration that constantly renews itself.

CREDITS: Photography: The VOW Studio MUA: Karen Spencer Model: Rose Channon�

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CHIARA CAPOCCI

Chiara Capocci is a London based Italian designer whose love for simple distorted shapes is highlighted within her strong affection for minimalism.

CREDIT: Photography by Gianluca Pantaleo

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Chinese born, London based designer Min Wu’s AW14 collection’Atmosphere and Automation’ sees the use of unconventional fabrics to better convey her concept. Wu’s inspiration for the collection was the skyline as seen from the window of an airplane, above the clouds.A vibrant palette of rich turquoise, sky blue, tangerine and fuchsia accents melded seamlessly into the cream and white of the garments like flashes of a beautiful sunset through the clouds. Wool, viscose, neoprene and power mesh made for an interesting textural collage. Wu’s designs are inherently futuristic with a ladylike twist. Wool pencil skirts with central splits to the thigh were teamed with laser cut tank and crisp white shirts.

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BODY FURNITURE

Xinyao Zhang is a recent graduate from London College of Fashion where she studied fashion jewellery. Her final collection is based on the idea of comport and wearing furniture on the body for accessories. Furniture as we know, is a support or structure created to bring comfort but at the same time infusing pleasurable elements of interior design to make it creative and appealing. Zhang incorporates similar ideas for her collection where she wants to create unique pieces of body furniture that will help ease our discomfort and rather give us pleasure by taking away some of the stresses we undergo on a daily basis.

CREDITS: Photographer: Vincent Cui MUA: Neko Wei Photography Assistant: James Stewart Model: Yen Guo

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YASYA MINOCHKINA

Yasya Minochkina was born and raised in Ukraine. After studying at Central Saint Martins and Royal Academy of Fine Art she moved to Moscow and founded a namesake-clothing brand. Yasya Minochkina’s style is a combination of femininity, wear-ability and modern approach to cut, color and shapes. The heart of every collection is a dress — mini, midi and maxi — accompanied with tops, skirts and suits. The designer tries to make cut look laconic and pure. The most common colors for her collections are black and grey, also she uses pastel shades: mint and pale blue. Yasya Minochkina practically doesn’t work with prints, except when she draws it herself or something very minimalistic and modest. Minochkina is strongly concerned about new technologies: she follows the innovations in the textile Industry. The designer buys fabrics from mostly from Europe and Japan. She prefers basic soft cotton, wet silk and a mix of wool and polyamide. She uses natural silk even to create lining and buys accessories of high quality for her clothes. Yasya Minochkina makes comfortable and high-quality clothes that put her at the driving seat of control of every level of the production.

CREDITS: Starring: Irina Lebedeva. Styled by: Margarita Zubatova. Hair & Make Up by: Ekaterina Stolbova. Production by: Liza Kologreeva.

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CREDITS:

Curated & directed for VMM by Thomasina-Stephanie Legend Photography: Edvinas Bruzas Editing: Kelly Morrison Styling: Paulema Gaspard Hair & Makeup: Leo De-Valentino Models: Yen Kim & Anastasija Zukovska Clothes: Anna Yates-Housley, Rachael Ryan-White, M-SEW by Meagan Wellman, Accessories by Tracey Sampson Shoes by Michelle Hartmann Shoes

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Curated & Directed By Stephanie Legend Photography: Davydova Yana Editing: Tetyana Styling: Rachael Ryan-White Makeup: Saffron Thornhill & Moni Balogun (Monique Artistry) Hair: Moni Balogun (Monique Artistry) & Rachael Ryan-White Accessories By: Looks Fashion Model: Ivana Petriiski

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MOD’S BY BOBBY ROGERS FOR VMM3

THE PRECIPICE ISSUE ...

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A huge thank you to everyone that made this issue possible. From the designers that responded and replied my emails, to the creative artists that submitted work from all over the world and those that we have had the pleasure of collaborating with here in London. You all made this vision possible and we greatly appreciate each and every single one of you. We at VMM are truly honored and greatly privileged to have collaborated with all of you on different levels. Thank you all so much.

I urge you all to continue to believe in the power of your dreams and visions as

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CONTACT US www.voixmeetsmode.com Email: press@voixmeetsmode.co.uk Twitter: @voixmeetsmode Facebook: voixmeetsmode Instagram: voixmeetsmode

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THANK YOU TO THESE DESIGNERS THAT SENT US PRODUCTS AND CLOTHING FOR OUR EDITORIAL SHOOTS:

ANNA YATES-HOUSLEY.........................................WWW.AYATESHOUSLEY.COM M_SEW BY MEAGAN WELLMAN.............................................WWW.M-SEW.COM CHARLOTTE BARRETT...............................................................VIA LINKEDIN SARAH BUCHANAN..........................................WWW.SARAH-BUCHANAN.CO.UK VIKTORIJA AGNE ACCESSORIES..............WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/VIKTORIJA.AGNE AMY CHENG ACCESSORIES.....................................VIA SHOWTIME.ARTS.AC.UK MICHELE HARTMANN SHOES............................................WWW.MHSHOES.COM TRACEY SAMPSON.....................................................TRACEYMSAMPSON.COM RACHAEL RYAN WHITE DESIGNS..............................VIA FACEBOOK & LINKEDIN XIANFEN GU.....................................WWW.SHOWTIME.ARTS.AC.UK/XIANFENGU EVIE CHEUNG BAGS...............................................VIA SHOWTIME.ARTS.AC.UK KORLEKIE................................................WWW.KORLEKIECOLLECTIONS.COM

GBEMI ONOLAJA FOUNDER OF LOOKS FASHION FOR LENDING US AMAZING ACCESSORY PIECES. CONTACT VIA FACEBOOK @LOOKS FASHION

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO TUTOR ESTHER SMITH OF NEWHAM COLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION AND YOUR STUDENTS CARLOTTA ZEITELHACK, AYISHA DANIS, LETICIA NGAIULA AND MALIHA KHANOM. WE APPRECIATE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THIS ISSUE AND LOOK FORWARD TO MANY MORE WITH OTHER STUDENTS IN THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU TO KIMBERLY HAWMMOND FOR SUBMITTING HER WORK TO US.

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THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE BEEN A PART OF OUR GENESIS. ITS BEEN TRULY AN HONOR. ANJA FRERS.............................................................WWW.ANJA-FRERS.COM AMY DAVIDSON...................................AMYDAVIDSON.WIX.COM/AMYDAVIDSON BYM (CLUTCH BAGS).....................................................WWW.BAGSBYM.COM CAROLIN HOLZHUBER...............................................CAROLIN.HOLZHUBER.AT CABRERAS.....................................................CHULOCARTERAS/FACEBOOK CARMINA BLANK...................................................................VIA FACEBOOK EDEN DIODATI..........................................................WWW.EDENDIODATI.COM EKI ORLEANS............................................................WWW.EKIORLEANS.COM EMMA ALINGTON................................................WWW.EMMAALINGTON.CO.UK EVIE CHEUNG...........................................WWW.SHOWTIME.ARTS.AC.UK/EVIE1 ELINA GLEIZER.......................................................WWW.ELINAGLEIZER.COM GUYHYUN JEE.................................................SHOWTIME.ARTS.AC.UK/JEEGUI HYUN SEON JEON....................................................................................... JOSEPH ALEXANDER........................................WWW.JOSEPHALEXANDER.COM KART POLDMANN SHOES.....................................WWW.KÄRTPÕLDMANN.COM KIM KWANG LONDON...................................................WWW.KIMKWANG.COM LORENA SOSA.....................................................WWW.LORENASOSA.COM.AR LIAT BRANDEL GILON.................................LIATBRANDELGILON.WIX.COM/SITE LAUREN GOLDING................................................WWW.LAURENGOLDING.COM M A R E U N O L ’S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W W W . M A R E U N R O L S . C O M MICHAEL AZU...........................................................WWW.MICHAELAZU.COM MOMENT...............................................................................VIA FACEBOOK MIN

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