This issue, we’ve gotten all patriotic as we still can’t get over the wealth of British design talent we witnessed at London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2012. We’ve been speaking to our favourite designers and been dressing the best new musicians in the coolest labels the city has to offer. Ultimately, after wrapping up this issue, we came to the conclusion that our city is still alive and kicking some serious ass.
Jay-Z’s latest prodigé just so happens to be from home turf. Despite being born not more than two decades ago, Rita talks to Michael C Lewin about her time at theatre school, working with Craig David at fifteen, being flown over to LA by Jay-Z at eighteen and having a number one single. After all this, she’s still maintained her West London feisty and undeniably loveable attitude.
Seb Law and Alexis Knox dress Mike Hadreas, AKA Perfume Genius, in the stunning apparel of Kris Van Assche. Bronya Francis explores the theme of The Outsider before talking to Hadreas about his latest album, Put Ur Back N 2 It.
Michael Cragg talks with 17-year-old Swedish beauty and singer Amanda Mair. Rachael Rodgers styles her in the clothes of one of our favourite designers du jour, Holly Fulton.
Lauren Down catches up with Gwilym Gold, who is releasing his debut album a year after coming up with the Bronze Format with some brainy Goldsmiths professors and music producer Lexx. He discusses the benefits of never hearing the same version of a song twice.
John-Michael O’Sullivan speaks to Gordon Richardson, the Creative Director of Topman, about his love affair with fashion. Accompanying shoot styled with clothes of beautifully intricate prints from the new Topman Design collection.
Aaron Francis Walker styles and tweets the self-made MC starlet. Even though Cleopatra (real name) is signed to Atlantic records, she’s fiercely independent, putting out her own mixtapes and filming her own music videos in between commercial releases. Personality-wise, she’s totally opposite to her namesake, sweet and determined to have a positive influence on her audience. We love Mz Bratt.
A romantic collection of photos showcasing our favourite pastel pieces this Spring.
Inspired by the original artwork of Chris Bracey; shot at The New Curiosity Shop exhibition curated by Daniel Poole.
Seb Law speaks to one of the leading lights in the new vanguard of British designers, Michael Van Der Ham. Lauren Down catches up with Channy Leanagh, front woman of Notion faves Poliça, at SXSW. Bronya Francis chats with writer Pat Long about his new book, ‘The History Of The NME’. Tim Dellow reports on how Death Waltz Records are reviving lost classic soundtracks in ‘Zombified!’ Ailie Robertson talks to the delightful designer duo that is Agi & Sam. Alix Blankson gets to grips with the most in-demand illustrator this year, Hattie Stewart.