Wednesday, 27 June 2012

The Photocopy Club

A few weeks ago, the Photocopy Club and Brighton Fashion Week have come together at Create Studios to present a selection of fashion editorials by photographers from the UK and the US.

The Photocopy Club is a Brighton-based bi-monthly exhibition founded by Matt Martin.The concept was to create a platform for contemporary photography which makes art accessible and affordable to everyone. Since its launch in November 2011 it has attracted attention from just about every corner of the world and received submissions from places including Russia, Australia, Canada and America.

As a change to the normal submission, the photographers have been asked to produce images specifically for this one off show. This time, the Photocopy Club has had the honour to showcase some stunning work of  Valerie Philipps, who has photographed icons such as Kim Gordon, Amy Winehouse and Scarlett Johansson and produced work for commercial clients such as Nike, Dr. Martens and Urban Outfitters. Valerie Philipps launched a brand-new, unseen row of photographs at the Photocopy Club yesterday which attracted (well deserved!) a lot of viewers and attention.


The show also featured work by:
Valerie Phillips
Kenny McCracken
Alex Wein
Kevin Mason
Natasha Bidgood
Lara Alegre
Francesca Allen
Daniel Evens & Brendan Baker
Sam Hiscox
Eleni Mettiyear
Sam Clifford-Harding
Paul Vickery

All the prints were on sale for as little as £4 with all the proceeds helping the Photocopy Club to release a book of their best submissions so far. “With art becoming increasingly only affordable by the rich, photocopying seemed like the obvious medium to turn this on its head,” explained Martin. “It’s about allowing people to own art again.”

The future is looking more than good for the Photocopy Club. In October they will release a book which features the best work and the exhibition layouts of the first six shows. Matt has also been asked to put up shows in various towns all over the UK and even to showcase in San Francisco. 

All photos by:
Manon Pauffin

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Guide to Caviar

As a convinced vegetarian I do sometimes feel a strong urge to shake people and shout my opinion at them. But I think articles like these make all shaking and shouting unnecessary as it speaks for itself.

This, people, is why you should think twice about what you're eating.

Joe Goode

Joe Goode, a Northbrook College graduate with high ambitions and a huge dedication is launching his brand new collection at this week's BFW-Zeitgeist show. I had the pleasure to find out more about Joe, his  ambitions and what to expect from his never-before-seen collection.


After graduating, Joe gained some great insight into the straining and competitive fashion world during his work experience at Full Circle (fashion house) and his time working with and for Jane Bowler. In this time he has learnt to defeat the levels of pressure involved in this industry and feels now ready to spread his wings and set up his own brand. Joe Goode is planning to particularly focus upon high-end design and is always prepared and willing to push the boundaries of the fashion world. With such an ambitious and eager spirit I have no doubt that in the near future we will be able to purchase our own Joe-Goode-designs in his very own store.

During his BA Honours degree in Fashion design, Joe mainly focused on menswear design and the ways in which fashion for men has explored and impelled the boundaries. His previous collection "Symbolics skin deep collection" was inspired by African body art and modification; in particular the use of skin scarring, body painting, and the reformed body among African tribes based in Southern Sudan, Africa. He also looked at traditional African dress and the ways in which this contributed to the "making up" of identities. He narrowed his focus to the study of masculine fashion trends; this is shown throughout his colour pallet, shapes and silhouettes.


The resourceful mix between the African body modification and casual tailoring creates an effortlessly cool feel that could definitely appeal to a vast amount of young people.


Despite the success of his first menswear collection Joe will be showcasing 7 womenswear designs at Brighton Fashion Week. He feels too restricted within the menswear branch. Women are much more likely to push the boundaries and especially in a time where the fashion world is ruled by icons such as Nicki Minaj he is able to utilise the full potential of his imaginative designs. The silhouettes and shapes of his garments are strongly influenced by Tinie Tempah, Jessie J and by the queen of the exceptional and flamboyant looks, - Lady Gaga.


Joe Goode is increasingly attracted to detail and shows this more than clearly in his wonderful embellishments and bead works. He is well known for his unique and highly complex techniques which he mostly taught himself. Some of the beaded imagery of faces takes him up to 6 weeks to do as he hand makes all of his designs and puts a lot of dedication into every single garment. But all the hours and sleepless nights are worth it then Joe always finishes his work to an exceedingly high standard.

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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Hello boys!

It's that time of the year again where all the dapper boys are dressing up to come to London town for the menswear shows.
Here's some eye-candy for a lovely Sunday-afternoon...

(images via StreetFSN &

Charles of London

Original, provocative, forward thinking and prevalent. Charles of London are kicking down the doors of convention. Injecting humour, horror and honesty.


Susan Mihalski and Mark Charles are the dynamic design duo behind the label "Charles of London". When Susan and Mark realised that the streets of London could not offer them anything that catches their attention, they decided to  shake things up a bit on the high street. Not much time passed until their designs got a lot of attention by the famous London "fashionistas" and everyone wanted to know where to get their own Charles of London garment.


Having found a market niche, they continuously gain followers and fans thanks to whom, their designs and ideas are spreading like a virus all around the world. You can find Charles of London designs in shops all around the globe. From New York to Berlin, Milan, Hong Kong and Australia, everyone wants a piece of the highly original designs.
No wonder looking at their designs can easily be confused with an LSD flashback then the couple draws inspiration from all different kind of sources, such as the legendary David Bowie, experimental punk bands like "the Plasmatics" or "the Cramps", Lurid dreams and Future Premonitions.


"Inspiration comes from the desire to provoke a reaction, to remain a step ahead of the game and the gratification of throwing a two finger salute to the high street."


The designer duo hopes to start setting up a small chain of Charles of London stores in a few years time. We all can get excited about this, then Charles of London's designs have no age restriction, they're suitable for any "individualists, queue pushers, electro glam-punk stained attention seekers and aliens."
And it gets even better: - All designs are conceived, sourced and produced in the UK.

But remember. . . being cheap comes at a price!

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Monday, 18 June 2012

Paula Alicia Studeli - Alic Deli

Boxing. Body awareness. Bodywork. Shaping the body. Show an attitude. Consciously striding. Strength and grace. Second skin. Generous cuts. Movement in the clothing. Tension. Ease. A new elegance.

Paula Alicia Studeli, a Swiss fashion designer, is inspired by the sport of boxing and sprezzatura, a Renaissance term describing the ability to make physical exertion appear effortless by controlling facial mimicry.


During her time at university, Paula used to take boxing-classes twice a week, which has become her main inspiration for her collection "ROUND 2". "The intense footwork which is consistent with the clear and direct movements felt almost like a kind of box-dance." Values such as generosity and precisionplay an important role in her collection. "I am interested in the counterparts of the clothing, which together, build a dance defined by conscious movements and rhytmic shuffling.




The elegant clothing has (in a figurative sense) the power to protect and strengthen the wearer. ALICDELI women want more power and grace.

My target group is not determined by age but by their mental and physical attitude.

Women who wear Alic Deli stride through life, they don't drag their feet!

Read more about ALIC DELI!

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