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Country People Fashion Podcast: The Royal Wedding What we Think of the Dress, the Rings and the Hats

3 May

How to find your individual style in second hand shops and why is it popular?

28 Apr

Probably, it is now part of student culture to wear something vintage. Wherever we go, we can see young people dressed as if they just appeared from the 1980’s or 1990’s for example. In Sheffield the amount of vintage clothing shops has doubled. There are about five vintage shops in the city centre and at least three of them have opened in the last year.

Shop on Division Street in Sheffield has no name, because the shop owner Nick has specific idea about his policy in selling second hand items. It is therefore people who want to find their individual style by combining something old and quality with something new and trendy. He said: “I remember when I was a student in London in the 1980’s I used to shop at Camden and Portobello flea markets, every single shop there looked exactly like mine. This is nothing new!  My store looks eclectic, like in the 1980’s and I think students of the 80’s were the beginners of the individuality, they were trying to find their identities through clothes.”  Nick believes that old clothes used to be better quality, because it is still wearable after 20-30 years, whereas if we buy clothes from Primark buttons are falling off the next day. High street shops and fashion magazines recreate the vintage look – all the patterns and style is now being copied from the most popular eras like the 1960’s or 1980’s for example. Therefore, this store offers unique and genuine pieces of clothing from the era each individual is interested in. It is also cheaper than high street prices, which makes it attractive for students especially.

The Freshman’s store on Carver Street is one of the oldest in Sheffield. Its owner Matthew and Paul in business for a very long time and have experience in sales in different places around the world such as Los Angeles and New York. Their shop is different to Nick’s store, as it looks neat and clean. Every item of clothing is ironed and carefully hanging on the rail. There are a lot of accessories, mirrors and lights, which creates an atmosphere of an individual and independent shop.

Generally it doesn’t matter what type the vintage or second hand shop is. People who buy pieces of clothing from previous eras find it attractive for various reasons. Firstly, it has been advertised a lot in the fashion world and has been very popular among students and hipsters. Secondly, it is always nostalgic to go twenty or ten years back, wear it today and stand out from the crowd.


All pictures by Yvan Rodic (Facehunter)

By Tanya Andrejeva

World Snooker Championship – 2 days to go!

13 Apr

The World Snooker Championship is the highlight of the snooker calendar. Held at the legendary Crucible Theatre in Sheffield since 1977, the event draws the best players from around the world to compete, in front of sell-out crowds, for the most coveted prize in the sport. The world’s top 16 seeded players are joined by 16 more that have battled through the qualifying rounds.

Officially starting on April 16th the Wold Snooker Championship is ready to be hosted at Crucible theatre in Sheffield. Tudor square is being prepared to translate all games outside the theatre for those who didn’t get a chance to get their tickets. It is an annual event in Sheffield, and it attracts a lot of different audiences – not only snooker fans, because it puts Sheffield on the map and draws lots of attention during the whole tournament.

Theatre’s management keep preparing their staff for the busy times: “Everything is ready to host the tournament. We have some improvements and we want to make this championship highly serviced and professional,” says Andy Cooper, the senior operations manager.

Tudor Square, Sheffield

By Tanya Andrejeva

Award Winning Student Fashion Designer: Fascinated With War and Russian Royal Family

27 Mar

Since Kate Harrod won the award for the Best Student Fashion Designer for her spectacular and unusual dress, she’s been followed by a number of magazines and journalists, who wanted to get an interview with her, to highlight her success.

Kate told me how she was inspired by Russian Royal family and their tragic life to create this strong award-winning dress. As you can see from the pictures it is massive and very impressive. Red leather top is decorated with epaulette, which Kate ordered from America and had delivered on the day of the show, the medals are real – Kate bought them from a vintage fair paying £30 for each. She has put a lot of effort and money into that dress and obviously is very pleased with the result, as is everybody else.

Kate’s fascination with Russia started when her grandmother visited St. Petersburg in the late 1960s. As a little girl Kate remembers how she used to play with fur hat and other souvenirs her grandmother brought from Russia.

Kate’s approach is very individual and well researched, as she avoided the cliché imaginations about how Russian culture influence on clothes design. That’s why she has chosen the specific period of time reflecting the most dramatic events and designing the award winning dress. She said: “The brief was to choose a country to base your dress on and I immediately interested in Russia. But I thought I’m not going to down this typical theme like Russian dolls or architecture of Russia, I thought I’m going to go a bit deeper.”  She was fascinated how Royal family was so unite and close, they all seemed very lovely to Kate, although they all had so tragic death. Kate was so interested in the story of life and death of the last Royal Family of Russia and war during that period, that she  wanted to fit it into her dress. The Queen and her daughters were wearing diamonds in  their corsets, so when killers shot them bullets were reflecting from them for a while, that is why Kate put a lot of effort and creativity to make the corset. Also because it is traditional for a wedding dress to have a corset. With colours Kate wanted to bring the reflection of country and war, but also she wanted to accent the fact that the whole family died.  “I wanted to make quite a dark dress, as opposed to traditional white or cream wedding dress, so I let my imagination and creativity to go wild.”

By Tanya Andrejeva

International Women’s Day: Three Women in Fashion Who Inspire Us

9 Mar

Since this week we are dedicating our site to influential British women, we decided to take a look at some of the women who have rocked the fashion world, whether it be by their unique approach to fashion, their model status or their attempts to incorporate their lifestyle into fashion. We have looked at veteran of fashion, Vivienne Westwood; controversial model and her contribution to high street fashion, Kate Moss and wannabe designer Katie Price, who is taking her unique style to the catwalk.

Dame Vivienne Westwood (born Vivienne Isabel Swire in Tintwistle, Cheshire, England on 8 April, 1941), is the English fashion designer largely responsible for modern punk and new wave fashions.
By her mid twenties, Vivienne Westwood’s life seemed to be passing in a distinctly unremarkable way. At 25, she was married to an air steward; she lived in Willesden, went to church and taught in a local primary school.
Then something remarkable happened, she met Malcolm Mclaren, future manager of the Sex Pistols, and he led her into the underground of the late 1960’s street. He lectured her on the political power of art and liberated her creative desires from their bondage in working class conformity. Westwood became a subversive seamstress of pop.
Her first designs hung in Let it Rock on the King’s Road in 1971. Five years later the boutique, now named Sex, sold ripped T-shirts, chains and assorted bondage gear and Westwood was dressing Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols.
In the early 80s her collaboration with McLaren was a result of the first catwalk show – The Pirate collection. Pirates were the answer. The early 1980s was the time of the New Romantics, an urban arts scene that eschewed gender distinctive dress to delight in the theatre of courtier costume and whirls of eyeliner. Catching their mood, Westwood looked back to the 19th Century for her first collection, which she called Pirates. By the mid 80s her shows were shown on catwalks of Paris, then further collaboration with huge designer as Giorgio Armani.
In the 1990s Westwood had many awards in fashion, and she was appointed as professor of fashion at Vienna. This was the time when she launched her menswear collection Cut and Slash. She continued to open new shops across the UK and abroad in places such as New York and Milan.
Her designs combine a fearless unconformity with a sense of tradition. She is renowned for her gentle parody of Establishment styles, her use of very British fabrics such as Harris tweed and tartan, her re-use of historic garments such as the corset and crinoline. Yet, her approach has always been practical, driven by a curiosity about how things work, a process she describes as ‘learning through action’.

  • Educated in University of Westminster, Midlesex University and Goldsmiths.
  • In 1971 opened her first shop with McLaren at 430 King’s Road, London called ‘Let it Rock’
  • 3 times awarded Fashion Designer of the Year by the British Fashion Council
  • Awarded OBE by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll
  • Has two sons from different marriages – Ben Westwood and Joe Corre
  • Collections include wedding dresses, fragrances, menswear.

Katherine Ann Moss was born on January 16, 1974 in Addiscombe, Croydon, South London, England.  She was first spotted by model agency boss Sarah Doukas as a 14-year-old at JFK airport, and started her modelling career doing unremarkable shoots for teenage magazines. Photographer Corinne Day, one of the key players of the early Nineties “grunge” period, spotted her potential and snapped the adolescent topless and wearing a Native American headdress. The picture was published on the front cover of style bible The Face, and a Generation X icon was born. She has appeared on over 300 magazine covers. She is one of the most recognized supermodels in the world.

Unlike many of her contemporaries, who lost their hipness through over-exposure or as a result of the fashion industry’s constant need to reinvent itself, Kate has always been at the cutting edge of style. Today she is Britain’s wealthiest model, with an estimated fortune of nearly ₤15 million.

In 1998 Kate made headlines when it was revealed she’d checked into London’s celeb-friendly rehab centre The Priory after suffering what was termed “exhaustion”.
After splitting with Johnny Depp in May 1998, Kate was involved with a number of relationships, including one with Jefferson Hack, the former editor of style magazine Dazed & Confused, with whom she had a child. Lila Grace was born in September 2002, but by early 2004 her parents had decided to call it a day on their relationship.

She soon began dating singer Pete Doherty, whose addiction problems were well documented in the press and in September 2005 Kate became entangled in a drugs furore herself after tabloids showed pictures of her allegedly using cocaine. She lost several major modelling contracts, including Burberry, and issued an apology.

Still the darling of the fashion world despite her tumultuous personal life, she went on to land a deal with high street chain Topshop to design her own range, cementing her status as a style leader.

  • Attended Ridgeway Primary School and Riddlesdown High School in Purley.
  • In September 2005, she was caught up in a cocaine scandal as pictures of her allegedly snorting cocaine were published by the Daily Mirror.
  • Won the ‘Sexiest Woman’ NME Award in March 2007.
  • Launched a fragrance and body lotion range with Coty in 2007.
  • Released a collection of clothes exclusively for the TopShop chain in May 2007

Katie Price (born Katrina Amy Alexandria Infield in Brighton, East Sussex, England on May 22nd 1978) has been in and out of the headlines since she found fame as a Page 3 Glamour Model.

At the suggestion of a friend to have professional photographs taken, she decided to pursue a modelling career. After sending the picture to a modelling agency in London she was invited to their studios for photo shoots and to discuss a contract.

In 1996 she was offered a job as a Page 3 model in The Sun and appeared in topless photos under the name Jordan. 

Unhappy with the size of her breasts, she had enhancement surgery to increse her natural 32B/C to a 32D. The Sun, however, later barred her from Page 3 after announcing they would only hire ‘all natural’ models. She still continued modelling for magazines such as FHM, Maxim, Nuts, Loaded, Vogue, British Elle and the British Edition of Playboy.

In May 2002 she gave birth to soon Harvey Price, whose father is footballer Dwight Yorke. Shortly after his birth, Harvey was found to have a condition known as septo-optic dysplasia, meaning that the development of his optic nerve was unpredictable. It has later been discovered he is on the autistic spectrum, gains weight easily and finds walking difficult.

In 2004 she appeared in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…..Get Me Out Of Here! Where she met future husband Peter Andre. The couple married in September 2005 and had two children Junior Savva Andreas Andre (born 13th June 2005) and Princess Tiaamii Crystal Esther Andre (born 29th June 2007.) However the couple divorced September 2009. She later remarried cage fight Alex Reid in February 2010 but the couple announced their separation in January 2011.

Her popularity may have taken a dive since her split from Pete, but her brand hasn’t. She has successfully released books, perfumes, a hair care range, an equestrian range, bedding, reality shows and has recently created her own fashion line.

Although not everyone will agree with Jordan’s fashion choices, she has teamed up with designer Lamis Khamis to bring you Day 22. On the 22nd (which is the day she was born on) of every month they will add new limited edition piece to the collection as they wanted “a brand that is fresh all the time.” If you are interested in buying any of the Day 22 collection go to www.day22.co.uk

Jordan may not be in the headlines for all the right reasons, but she has transformed herself into a smart and savvy businesswoman, and this is inspirational to many young girls out there.

  • Attended Blatchington Mill School, where she swam for Sussex in regional competitions.
  • At the age of 13 modelled for a clothing line, however the project’s photographer was found to be a convicted pedophile.
  • In 2002 she was treated for cancer. She had a leiomyosarcoma on her finger and the tumour was removed.
  • Price is a keen horse rider and has taken part in Dressage competitions.
  • After many years at ITV2, she left the channel and signed a new deal worth a reported £10million with Living TV in 2010

All pictures courtesy of Google

By Carrie-Ann Vessey and Tanya Andrejeva

Did You Know That 8 March is International Women’s Day?

8 Mar

8 March – is International Women’s Day – a global women’s day celebrating political, economic and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. The day is celebrated in UN countries, but in some places like Russia, China, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia – 8th March is a national holiday.

Clara Zetkin drawing by I.Brodski

Clara Zetkin

The International Women’s Day was suggested by Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) during the second International Conference of Working Women in 1910 held in Copenhagen. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration of women – a Women’s Day. Zetkin’s suggestion was greeted by hundreds of women involved and approved the idea; therefore International Women’s Day was established.

International Women’s Day is a holiday of ordinary women, who have become creators of history. Historically, it is based on centuries-old battle of women for their rights and equal contribution to social life alongside with men.

In the UK it seems that a lot of people have never heard about this day and therefore don’t even know that traditionally in some countries women are treated with flowers and compliments from their partners, husbands, friends, fathers etc. It is the best day to say compliments and cherish women as they have achieved so much since they got their right to vote and be equal to men in most aspects of social life.

Coming from Latvia – (the post Soviet country), where the majority of people are still following the Soviet traditions and celebrate holidays like 8th of March, I was surprised none of my British friends had ever heard about the Women’s Day. I have always took it for granted that somebody has to give me some flowers and say how beautiful I looked that day…Even in primary school, mothers were making their sons give a flower to every girl in the class and it didn’t matter whether one fancied a girl or not, it was a gesture of respect. Of course some girls were treated with chocolate as well, because they usually helped them with homework. It is considered that a man’s behaviour is quite rude if he doesn’t greet a woman he knows – a mother, a wife, a girlfriend, a colleague or a friend. He’s expected to say some compliments at least, if not – he’s not brought-up well. Usually, it is not the case with men from Eastern Europe, they are willing to present some flowers quite often, especially when it’s Women’s Day – it is a great reason to make women smile.

Although, some people in the UK might be aware that such day exists, but there is no tradition to give flowers to women in their families or at work, which is quite disappointing, because women deserve to get flowers every day.

By Tanya Andrejeva

Sheffield model is told size 8 is “too fat for London”

1 Mar

London fashion week has just finished providing new trends for next Autumn/Winter season in clothing, make up and …size. According to the latest reports some designers use larger models for their shows now. The Look magazine for example is holding its annual competition for curvy supermodels. The girls, who entered the competition, are size 12-14 modelled high street clothes, and are featured in Look magazine. Since the magazine started to use curvy models every week, there are more fashion shows using slightly bigger models. Designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Mark Fast have used larger models on the catwalk as well as a number of fashion magazines such as Elle, Glamour, V magazine have used plus size models, but it was a one-off thing considered as a sensation of fashion and put under “special” feature, which means it is still not a standard approach for fashion magazines or high end designers to use plus size models alongside size 6-8 models.

Hannah S. Groves

None the less, a lot of models can easily be turned away for being “too fat”. Hannah Groves, 24 from Sheffield has been modelling for several years in the North,  she is signed to a Manchester modelling agency. She did catwalk shows, editorial photo shoots, modelled bridal wear and lingerie. She told me how difficult it is to get a modelling job in London, because it is so competitive and the girls are really small there. She was offered to go down to London to attend castings and possibly a job after. Spending 2 weeks there, long hours of waiting in corridors with other girls, who didn’t talk or smile at all – was a tough experience for Hannah, even more because in the end, after her hard work the agent eventually told her she was too big. “I am size 8 that is usually fine in the North. Because I have never worked in London really, the models are usually smaller there, and if I would go to London I would be a bit too big.” she says.

Hannah S. Groves

Obviously, someone’s real life experience is illustrating how conservative the fashion world is. Designers, editors, stylists – they are trying to bring a change, but it’s only seen as a temporary trend, because fashion is so relative and so fast paced. Probably, in the fashion world people like to know what to expect from the fashion and when someone is trying to bring a change, they don’t really accept it, at least not so fast. After all models are showing clothes, it should look like it is hanging on the rail. When models are encouraged to bring more personal style into fashion – they start to look different – it is not always working for conservative traditional fashion houses with reputation – and the are still dictators of world’s fashion.

By Tanya Andrejeva

Turn up the heat

15 Feb

Valentine’s Day might make us think about a lot of things like love, partners, relationships, gifts and so on. To make an ultimate and sultry Valentine’s Day, lingerie is the essential part to consider.

What is so magical about the lingerie? Is it the idea that it covers the most sensual parts of the body leaving the imagination to complete the look? For some it is clearlya  more seductive look when woman are wearing stockings, suspenders and a corset for example. As it is not so revealing, it entitles secret and teases the imagination. If Valentine’s Day is all about love, lingerie will make it hot.

On the other hand it is hard to guess whether modern men need all that, as most of them are busy with their own looks and style. Talking to people involved in  long-term relationships I often hear that a lot of things turn into routine, so probably the majority of people are not really bothered about making their Valentine’s day special with lingerie dressing-up. On the other hand it would make sense to dilute the routine with tempting lingerie. So why not to check Agent Provocateur new collection, as well as special edition for V day from Victoria Secret and luxuries from La Perla. It looks so enticing that it cannot be underestimated – high fashion lingerie costs more than high street clothes, shoes and accessories all together.

By Tanya Andrejeva

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Fashion is fast: Plus size is acceptable today, but it is not tomorrow

6 Feb

Since Karl Lagerfeld’s change of heart towards plus size models, the media have been concentrating on “curves” for so long, trying to get attention of fashion designers to normal size women that now it is seems realistic to have curvy models on the catwalk even for Karl Lagerfeld shows. The Chanel designer once said: “No one wants to see round women”, but obviously his opinion has changed, as he has taken pictures of curvy models for the V magazine’s much talked about Size Issue. Lagerfeld had cast his recent show with a slightly more curvaceous model Crystal Renn, not seen on any Chanel catwalk before. This fact was considered as groundbreaking for the house, but there is also an emphasis on personality of models, they are encouraged to be themselves instead of robotic look-alikes.

The trend for womanly shape has probably started with wondrously pneumatic Lara Stone, whose forms were not accepted by many designers, but later she took over the fashion world completely. She appeared in dozens of advertising and campaigns and been featured in every major fashion magazine. The most in demand model in the business, among the hundreds of slender, androgynous models, who predominate, her silhouette is feminine and curvy and clearly accented by breasts. Karl Lagerfeld said about her: “She made shape trendy and invented a new kind of girly femininity”.

The rising acceptance of “plus size”, allows models to have more freedom to evolve and make the “healthy” look popular. The recent pressure on models to fit into size zero standards is not so strict anymore even in high fashion. Although, it is highly unlikely that the fashion world will turn round and forget their standards, but there’s a possible shift to acceptance of slender, but shapely models with feminine bodies in the industry. After all, a lot of people who love high fashion and high street fashion are not size 6, so it allows them to push the boundaries and forget the stereotyped principles of fashion.

Brilliant example to how plus size women can be still popular in high fashion is singer Beth Ditto, who was featured in a number of photo shoots for fashion magazines, being a special guest at the most famous fashion shows at the front row, even more walking on the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier show and posing naked for Love magazine cover.

With the help of celebrities, the high fashion industry is willing to push the boundaries and stereotypes, but it will always remain very fast paced – plus size is acceptable today, but it is not tomorrow.

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By Tanya Andrejeva

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