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NEW TO H ISSUE
Hallowed is a short film directed by Chris Turner (Hungry Man Productions / Favourite Colour: Black), based on Dante’s Inferno and featuring a bespoke remix of Eye Robot by Plaid.
George Williamson (of the English National Ballet) said: “Through this work I wanted to reach out to the wider creative community and demonstrate what I’m doing. This video involved a huge range of creatives and that’s also what we want to be doing at English National Ballet; collaborating and absorbing the art forms that exist around us, fusing them with our work and building new traditions showing ballets’ ability to provoke feeling and relevance alongside other art forms. We are willing to give artists the platform to voice their own work. If people like this video and think they have something to say, they should get in touch with us and let’s make it happen!”
NEW FASHION STORY ARRIVES IN ISSUE H
HOPE IS A WAKING DREAM
Photographer John Akehurst at CLM
Fashion Director Tilly Hardy
Make up Karina Constantine at CLM Hair and Make up
Hair Maarit Niemela At D&V Management
Model Talis Kyra at Select Model Management
H ISSUE Updates
2 new fashion stories HIT the site.
check the out.
H & H NAILS.
Make up artist Holly Silius and jewellery designer Hannah Warner joined their professions and have pushed the boundaries to create a range of 2D and 3D metal nails under the name H&H. We caught up with the lovely Holly and Hannah of H and H nails to hear about there past, present and what they are looking forward to in the future.
Tell us a bit about yourselves.
We both met in Miami in 2010, at a music festival, through mutual friends trying to change our friends flat tyre. We spent 2 weeks partying and having fun and then prolonged our flight so we could stay a bit longer! We both have travel interest and love for art and design, architecture and have strong creative backgrounds including sculpting and painting. I, Holly, studied art and have a degree in prosthetics, sculpting and wigs at London College of fashion, I went on to work in film, theatre then fashion taking a little from each industry and using it all in designing. Hannah studied Design and jewellery design at London Metropolitan before moving to New York and studying Gemmology at GIA and then set up HannahWarnerJewellery. We both love jewellery/gems/stones and precious metals so the collaboration was perfect for adorning the body in as much metal and jewels as possible.
What has been your favourite project/collaboration since you’ve worked together?
They are all fun, we can’t pick a favourite as we have been given so many amazing opportunities in such a short space of time of launching our brand. From being invited to the Mugler show in Paris, March 2012, where our first collection was used by the renowned manicurist Marian Newman, the thistle nails stood out so perfectly and then being invited for our collection to be used in the window displays of Harvey Nichols London in September 2012 and most recently Beyonce using them for her promo tour video!
Nail style/colour for SS13?
Its got to be polished rose gold for us in the Scraper design.
What are or were your aspirations at the age of 26?
Working in fashion and being creative and successful in something we love
Pick a word beginning with the letter ‘H’ that best sums you up.
For each letter of the alphabet, pick a word followed by a sentence that inspires you.
A- Africa- LOVE AFRICAN TRIBAL COLOURS and prints
B- Beyonce because she’s cool, effortless but sexy and edgy
C- Cats…love their sexy slanted catty eyes and arrogance
D- Darkness of the night, midnight deep blue endless
E- Ecstasy feeling of fun, frivolity and letting go
F- Feminine- love the sculpture of the female torso curvature, boobs and bum
G- Gratitude to be able to have the opportunity to do what we love and keep on doing it.
H- Horse - galloping away and the adrenaline you get is like a surge of creativity
I- Indigo- the deep indigo colours of ancient Egypt deeply influence H&H
J- Jaguars, their speed and mysterious beauty
K- Kindness…a very important quality
L- Luminosity- the vibrancy of summer and its colour enhancing your mood
M- Moody attachment to the dark in our designs
N- Naughty…everyone deserves a little bit of this!
O- Opportunities in abundance create more ideas so keep taking them!
P- Picasso paintings
Q- Quitting…its NEVER an option!
R- Rhianna’s endless style change ups and personalities that shine through
S- Shapes we love angles
T- Tamara de lempicka- beautiful feminine strong bodies
U- Universe…the world we live in
W- Westwood hardworking ethic and her amazing progression through the fashion industry is iconic and so inspiring for young designers
X- xxx we love kisses
Y- Yves saint laurent- his art collection is the best we have ever seen would love to have sat in his house sketching
Z- Zeitgeist- of the now, be in the present and enjoy
You can contact Holly and Hannah Here.
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Cosmetics a La Carte
To most it is impossible to imagine walking out of your front door with a bare face, especially with the likes of TOWIE stars making us believe a fake tan is part of daily routine. It was getting to a point where I was almost unrecognisable due to how awful my makeup routine had become. It was time for a re-haul and off to the professionals I dragged myself.
Cosmetics A La Carte are renowned for their bespoke range and luxurious attitude. Their comfy boutique in West London (very apt location) is a coven of exquisite makeup treats. My mother was never one for makeup herself so I had many questions to ask my personal makeup artist First on the agenda… how do I get rid of these sleep deprived dark eyes???
4 mins later and I am transformed from ‘hangover hell’ to ‘always fresh in the flesh’. A La Carte’s secret light concealer really does hold a secret. Since the age of 14 I have constantly searched for an under-eye concealer that not only conceals but gives the illusion that I am not wearing any foundation at all. Hello finish line because I’ve found it here!! Right, next port of call - eyeliner. Whats the best solution? Liquid, pencil, brush? And what colour is hot for the season? Take note ladies, black is not the new black! Try a midnight blue for a less harsh approach to your flicks.
Its not all makeup makeup makeup though. In order to get the best out of your tools you must have a decent canvas. A La Carte teaches you how to look after your skin with makeup removers, primers, toners and moisturisers. If any of you have been taking tips from Kim Kardashian you will know a good primer is key. This Rose Dew primer not only smells like a dream but makes your face feel like its been baptised in the river of eternal youth and your makeup is not going anywhere with this base!
Now you think, well I do anyway, if it is good then it is whacked on with a hefty pricetag. You get what you pay for right? And as I normally shop for makeup at my local market I usually pay for drug infested war paint. WRONG! A La Carte might have the vibe of a rich housewife’s dream but the husbands are also looking pretty happy with affordable prices. Yippee!
Primped, primed and completely pampered I head off to the lions den that is London Fashion Week with my survival kit courtesy of A La Carte and a face that makes me ready for any photo hungry bloggers. MEGA THANKS MAKEUP QUEENS!!
With Ashish you wonder in anticipation what he is going to come up for each season, however deep down you know it will include sportswear, have an element of glam and definitely incorporate sequins. Lucky for me, these are 3 things I cannot live without.
This is season saw Ashish pay homage to the workers of Britain, the builders/ mechanics/ decoraters/ cooks!! High Vis vests and patchwork overalls were given a glam makeover and rolled on sequins. Lets stick two fingers up to the recession and have a kiki! Things are about to get interesting again.
Androgynous models with wild back combed hair were emblazoned with comical tag lines. My favourite being ‘I’m having a shit day, thanks!’ This will definitely be top of my wish list for AW13. Ashish carried through his trends and ideals from SS13 with a subtle move on in themes. The 90’s denim, patchwork, sequins and grey tracksuit items made the cut from the previous season. This is good news for all of us who are worn down by fast fashion and are looking for something real, just update your wardrobe with a sequin high vis and patchwork apron and you are good to go.
Images sourced from Style.com
As I walk into the beautiful Portico rooms high in the corridors at Somerset House I am met with a blank wall graffitied in ‘Breakfast club’ quotes and 80’s lyrics. This looks set to be about everything I love.
Next thing you know 4 men come in with ladders ad bring the wall down to reveal some American style lockers. I am so confused at this point I sheepishly ask one of the PR’s whether I had missed the show. Reassuringly she explains their are 4 settings and I am now about to witness the second. Is this a new take on the salon show? More like a static theatre production? I don’t know but I was excited to think I was on the cusp of a new wave of fashion show production. Out come the models in what seemed to be a modern take on a cross between John Waters, ‘Cry Baby’ and ‘Grease’ with new girl of the moment, Chanie Munn as Rizzo.
Out come the models in what seemed to be a modern take on a cross between John Waters, ‘Cry Baby’ and ‘Grease’ with new girl of the moment, Chanie Munn as Rizzo.
90’s hyper colour were blocked graphically into 50s shapes whilst cartoonesque conversationals and simplified Basquait graffiti made up the prints. In terms of fabric there was an array of leathers, structured cottons and bright tweeds to give tailored shapes and iconic items like the the bomber.
This has to be my favourite collection of theirs to date, however I bring this shrouded with biased thoughts as all these films mentioned are in my top 10 all time favourite list.
O is for Osman Yousefzada
Simple yet highly intelligent and directional pieces. The clothes are exceptionally precise, well-tailored and finished but are softened with sensuous draping that is inspired by Osman’s interest in ethnicity and the costume of ancient cultures.
See his designs in our current issue G in the story Gemini
We love him here at TWENTY6 Magazine.
Jumping back in time it was a pleasure to witness past looks from design powerhouses including Mary Quant, Ossie Clark, Givenchy, Chanel and Dior.
The Retrospective team use designs from the days of yore that pertain the predicted rends of the coming season. This ingenious concept is the brainchild of Bourne & Hollingsworth and was open to the public as well as industry representatives. It was superb to see a combination of looks and pieces that reflected both the past and future. Both a visual and mental pleasure that was achieved with panache.
The SS13 Fashion Fringe winner, the boy who came from NE China has certainly done good in WC2 London. As the final show of the season with added prestigious accolade receiving pressure on top the designers collection that continued from SS13 by admiring the bold and extravagant designs of Gothic periods from days gone by.
Highly architectural pieces which based their centre of structure at the waist. Wang used brilliant red leather, rough herringbone wool, snakeskin details and accompanying metal bodices and abstract neckpieces. Reinforced jackets extended out from the body and impressed as much as the linear dresses with cut backs and complicated draping.
Hair and make-up added Asian edge with mysterious lines painted across the models faces, some where then masked with peaked visors while their hair was pulled and taped to create a spout that cascaded and pinned to the back of the visors, a look that I can only describe as Kung-Fu chic.
A collection that came out with attack Wang impressed the abundant western and significant Chinese press in attendance. Even in my haste to get to a comfy bed with London Fashion Week now technically over I managed to overhear numerous “excellent” ‘s from domestic editors and “Yōuxiù”’s from their Chinese counterparts which can be approximately translated as superb. At TWENTY6 we are effortlessly inclined to agree.
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The ethereal beauty of Ilincic herself paired with her background in architecture certainly translates to produce elegant structured pieces of a consistently high standard. Having firmly established herself as “the Queen of colour” over the past few seasons Ilincic has taken her feminine demi-couture methods and applied surprising use of colour and fabric to brilliant effect.
Pale pink consumed a large proportion of the collection in PVC and a magical radiant taffeta where the shine illuminated from the fabric itself without coating. Other colours used were a juxtaposing combination of intense green, black and burnt brown seen on a selection furs and coated or embellished fabrics.
The magnificent Savoy ballroom provided a stylistically charmed background that harmonised with the Aldo collaboration lace-up heeled boots that were suggestive of fairy-tale princesses in the pink numbers and their fabulous evil stepmothers in the dark and acid green.
The Serbian-born designer certainly cast her spell and with the recent British Fashion Awards Red Carpet Award under her belt I am positive we will be seeing Roksanda Ilincic remaining a firm favourite of not just those of us here in London but world over as well.
The East London railway arches that played host to Conchita Perez’s AW13 catwalk show had a distinctly haunting, cave-like feel. Fluorescent columns of light and a bed of dry leaves paved the way for the models, this mix of natural and artificial that was to be seen throughout the show.
Dramatic styling of tough ankle boots, madly back-combed hair and heavy make-up that focused on grunge eyes and an imprint that runs down the side of the models faces resembling teeth or a tyre mark. The dark mood was momentarily lifted by nude tones and whitewashed jeans, and a light tactile textile, evocative of the scattered leaves, causing a swishy movement for skirts.
The look was urban with black and greens featuring heavily, as well as leather in the form of waistbands, cigarette pants and structured cropped jackets. Accentuated shoulders and high-necklines had an eccentric Victorian feel, although pieces like the sculptural blue jacket with these enhanced features had a strong sci-fi resonance.
China’s official statement on fashion was made just before the Ji Cheng show with a lavish drinks reception where mini Asian gastronomic bites were available to sample and not forgetting a glass of fizz. After speeches by the head of the Shanghai Fashion Week organisational committee and a delightful introduction from Ji Cheng herself it was into the show space and on with the show.
Popular with Chinese designers Cheng blended her heritage with western tastes. A lot of black was used in situ with Manchurian buttons, Qipao style dresses minus the high necklines in addition to cultural influences. Scale detailing on the garments mirrored the projected goldfish on the back wall which represents longevity in traditional Chinese philosophy. Crushed velvet and silk were shaped elegantly into a wearable collection with a final statement gown complete with scalloped train.
Now in the year of the snake I am sure we will see more designers liked Ji Cheng weaving up fashion’s ladder of influence and acclaim.
Pringle of Scotland
Pringle of Scotland is the iconic brand founded in 1815 at the birthplace of the scottish knitwear industry. from the beginning technical innovation has led to the creation of knitwear as outerwear, the signature argyle pattern and the classic twinset.
The pringle of scotland autumn/ winter 2013 collection offers a clean and structured silhouette, softened through the use of luxurious knits and a colour palette that builds from white, chalk, praline and caramel tones through to vivid cornflower and sea blue. there is a 1960’s influence, evident in the constructed shapes and rounded seaming on coats and tailoring.
Traditional knit techniques are used to innovative effect; a crochet fur stitch hand knit sweater in cashmere is worn with an intricate multi stitch dress that incorporates bubble stitch, flat pleating and lacing, whilst a tubular knit dress and cardigan are realised in technical yarns that play with tension to create a textural hand feel. this experimentation is progressed through the weaving of feathers through a hand knitted sweater, and their application in strips to a knitted coat, creating a voluminous, fluctuating silhouette.
Throughout the collection knitwear pieces are treated as wovens and vice versa, creating a sense of ambiguity; knits are patterned through a transfer printing technique, usually the preserve of wovens, whilst a broken argyle pixel pattern appears on knit jacquard trousers. a reversible knit sweater with argyle jacquard is reminiscent of a woven brocade, whilst a knitted gilet coat and sweater combine technical yarn with the finest merino, presenting an ottoman effect.
The brand’s iconic argyle is presented in varying forms, from a more literal interpretation on a knitted dress with devore effect diamonds, to the subtle formation of pixelated prints, to the use of sharp angles that mimic the points of a diamond seen on the v neckline of a tuxedo jacket and in the rib hem detail of a cashmere knit.
The twinset concept is developed through the matching of elements throughout looks; from the yarn on a knitted sweater that is mirrored in the knitted pocket panels of the trouser, to skirt and trouser suits that pair double weave fabrics, to the trimming of a knitted dress and cardigan with matching tubular knit piping.
All the shoes were by Manolo Blahnik.