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YMC: London Collections: Men S/S 2014 Catwalk Review

YMC bring their cool, laid-back attitude to London Collections: Men, presented at the Old Sorting Office on Monday 17 June.

Written by Matt Bramford

YMC S/S 2014 by Natasha Likes Tea Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins borrowed legendary designer Raymond Loewy‘s slogan ‘you must create‘ to launch their label back in 1995. The brand […]

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize – 2011 Nominees

Receiving a Mercury Music Prize can make or break an artist or band's career. Here we run through the 12 very different acts that have been shortlisted for one of UK music industry's most esteemed awards.

Written by Emma Barlow

Elbow by Natasha Thompson Next month 12 acts will nervously wait to see if they will be announced as the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize winner for 2011. The Mercury’s are […]

Album Review – The Travelling Band: Screaming Is Something

With their sound deeply rooted in rock, folk and country The Travelling Band’s second offering Screaming Is Something will please the ears of acoustic music lovers everywhere.

Written by Emma Barlow

The brand new album from The Travelling Band features all the trademarks of a good folk pop album, including introspective lyrics, fantastic harmonies and, as no self-respecting nu-folk band would […]

An interview with Oak fine fairtrade jewellers

We catch up with Jo-Anne Owdud and Parul Tolentino, owners of Oak: a fine jewellery boutique selling gorgeous forest inspired Fairtrade jewellery. Lovely.

Written by Hannah Bullivant

Illustration by Faye West The inspiration behind Oak jewellery is evident in its name. Delicate leaf motifs, woven twigs and acorn designs abound, all inspired by the mighty Oak tree. […]

All aboard the Craftivist Collective and Climate Rush campaign to end excessive train fares!

UK train fares are some of the most expensive in Europe, and they are about to rise further, at great cost to both people and planet. The Craftivist Collective and Climate Rush are taking a stand.

Written by Hannah Bullivant

Train Illustration by Alison Day I love trains. I’m actually sat on one right now, as I write. The sun is just beginning to set and the pylons are casting […]

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Menswear Day Catwalk Review: J.W. Anderson

J.W. Anderson showcased his unique approach to menswear on Wednesday during London Fashion Week, with illustrations by Gabriel Ayala, Aniela Murphy and Natasha Thompson!

Written by Nick Bain

Illustration by Natasha Thompson This write has taken far, far longer than it actually should have, which is no reflection on the beautiful collection I saw relatively on Wednesday morning […]

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Masha Ma (by Naomi)

Amelia's Mag fave Masha Ma returns with her second solo collection at Fashion Scout… with fabulous illustrations by Maria del Carmen Smith, Avril Kelly, Maria Papadimitriou and Natasha Thompson!

Written by Naomi Law

Illustration by Natasha Thompson Autumn Winter 2011’s ‘DeCon’ is the second collection Masha Ma has shown at Vauxhall Fashion Scout; her MA collection was bought by bStore and she has […]

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The London Fashion Week Virgin: Estethica Review

Thoughts from a London Fashion Week virgin and a review of Estethica, the ethical fashion showroom, featuring Little Glass Clementine, Goodone, Joanna Cave, North Circular, Ciel, MaxJenny, Lu Flux, Tara St James, and Kumvana Gomani.

Written by Hannah Bullivant

My first experience of London Fashion Week was less in at the deep end with the big kids, and more of a splash about in the shallow end with armbands […]

London Fashion Week A/W 2011 Catwalk Review: Carlotta Gherzi for Sado

Carlotta Gherzi treats us to ‘Frozen Flora’, a beautiful collection of tailored dressed, leather jackets, wool coats and ball gowns. Illustrations by Emma Block and Natasha Thompson.

Written by Emma Block

Illustration by Emma Block When I asked a friend for London Fashion Week advice, I was told that I would need a pair of sensible shoes and a pair of […]

Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration launch party illustrations: meet more illustrators!

The final bunch of illustrations from my ACOFI launch party covers a host of evening guests - by Natsuki Otani, Erica Sharp, Lesley Barnes, Yelena Bryksenkova, Gemma Milly, Abigial Daker, Emma Block, Faye West, Gareth A Hopkins, Jo Cheung, Kellie Black, Lisa Stannard, Natasha Thompson, Katie Harnett, Karina Yarv and Ani Saunders.

Written by Amelia Gregory

6 Day Riot‘s Tamara Schlesinger by Natsuki Otani. There were so many amazing guests at my ACOFI launch who didn’t come down to the afternoon tea party that it seemed […]

Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration launch party … by Jess

Finally and after much ado, Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration got its much-deserved launch party. Guests were in for a whirlwind of colour and creativity - just like you get with the book itself.

Written by Jessica Furseth

All photography of Lily Vanilli goodies by Sally Mumby-Croft. “So what do you do for Amelia?” a gentleman partygoer asks me. I tell him I’m one of her writers, and […]

Goodone: eco fashion designer Nin Castle talks upcycling and collaborations

She's well known for her fabulous body-con knitted dresses, but designer Nin Castle has her sights set on changing mainstream fashion through collaborations with the likes of Topshop and ASOS. Here's an extract of her feature in ACOFI.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Goodone A/W 2009 by Natasha Thompson. Goodone is a tight-knit team who share a passion for sustainable design and fair business practice. At university, designer Nin Castle decided to recycle […]

Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration is OUT NOW!

My new book hit the shelves just in time for Christmas 2010. Read on to find out more about Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration

Written by Amelia Gregory

So, the book is finally here! You can find it at Tate Modern, Magma, Design Museum, Serpentine Gallery, Tatty Devine, Cornerhouse, Arnolfini and many other good independent book stores across […]

Museum of Everything: A Review of Exhibition #3

It’s back but not for long. The Museum of Everything has once again put on one of the most intriguing and eccentric exhibitions in all of London and it’s not to be missed.

Written by Emma Barlow

The Museum of Everything by Abigail Daker Returning for the third time the Museum of Everything’s simply named Exhibition #3 has been put together with the help of British pop […]

Stars of the Cabaret: Review of the Boom Boom Club

The Boom Boom Club cabaret troupe dazzles their audience at the underground Bath House in East London every Thursday night.

Written by Jessica Furseth

Illustration by Natasha Thompson This is an odd place for a cabaret, I thought as we cleared the little church yard only to find a gritty-looking chain pub and a […]

London Fashion Week S/S 2011 Catwalk Review : Issa

A Brazilian take on Bollywood and some eye-popping party dresses were the order of the day at the Issa S/S 2011 catwalk show at Somerset House.

Written by Lauren Smith

With Illustrations by Natasha Thompson Hold on to your hats kids, the turban is back! Or it is if Issa has her way. According to the Brazilian-born designer S/S 11 […]

My Best Friend’s (Eco) Wedding

Weddings have such an enormous environmental impact these days, as Fashion Editor Matt's friend Lydia discovered. So she did it the eco-friendly way…

Written by Matt Bramford

Mr and Mrs Collingham, illustrated by Krister Selin When my oldest pal Lydia announced her engagement and subsequent wedding, I struggled to imagine her having a generic do with a […]

In praise of the Mooncup.

The Mooncup elicits passionate reactions from all quarters, from gagging to adoration to utter bemusement. Here, Hannah Bullivant looks at what causes such reactions, and asks 'Is it worth it?' With illustrations by Natasha Thompson, Faye West and June Chanpoomidole.

Written by Hannah Bullivant

Illustration by Natasha Thompson The Mooncup is a menstrual cup. Yep, a rubber cup that collects period blood. To the uninitiated I accept that this sounds a little gag-worthy – […]

BIBA is BACK!

Biba is poised for another comeback as House of Fraser relaunch the iconic brand across it's stores in early September. Will Biba inspire customer fever and sell outs once again? 

Written by Miranda Williams

BIBA, illustrated by Abi Daker It was the now legendary Barbara Hulanicki that brought Biba into the lives of so many young people.  Barbara, with her husband Stephen, had previously […]

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize – A Preview!

Emma Barlow takes us through the line up of stellar nominees in this years' Mercury Prize ahead of tonight's glitzy awards bash at the Grosvenor House Hotel…

Written by Emma Barlow

Laura Marling, illustrated by Natasha Thompson The nominees: Biffy Clyro ‘Only Revolutions’ Villagers ‘Becoming A Jackal’ Corinne Bailey Rae ‘The Sea’ Mumford & Sons ‘Sigh No More’ Paul Weller ‘Wake […]