A Few Thoughts On…Miss Vogue

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Admittedly, I judged it by its cover. Obviously the decision to put Cara on the front was always going to be a winner, but to me it looked just like Teen Vogue which surprised me because I’d read a few interviews in the run up to the launch of Miss Vogue and the editors seemed to emphasise that it was only “inspired” by Teen Vogue, rather than being the British version of it. So to see the exact typography favoured by many a Teen Vogue I have stacked up in my room kind of threw me, I just thought that if they were going for an entirely fresh approach, it shouldn’t look exactly like its American counterpart?

But anyway, those worries disappeared as soon as I opened the first couple of pages; it radiated that cool British-thing from all angles. And to silence those who think it’s wrong to showcase pricier items to teens, Alexandra Shulman’s Editor’s Letter reminds us that “the fashion is meant to inspire even if you’re a bit short on cash”- which stands for most high-fashion magazines these days, whether aimed at a younger audience or not. It was refreshing to see ads for familiar high street stores such as H&M and Miss Selfridge, as well as their clothes being used in the editorials which was a pleasant surprise!

The features throughout were fresh and original, and struck just the right tone for the audience; which stretches a few years above that of the Teen Vogue crowd in my opinion. I think the idea to launch Miss Vogue is an excellent one, I only wish I could have got my hands on it when I was in my teens- is it still acceptable for me to want to read it at the age of (nearly) 22?? I still remember buying my first Vogue back when I was 14. Natalie Portman was on the cover and I distinctly remember feeling so grown up while sitting reading it in my bedroom, refusing to acknowledge the fact that most of the content was way over my head and I couldn’t relate to it at all- the feel of it in my hand and the images of the clothes were enough. Then there was Teen Vogue, my first being the February 2006 issue with Gemma Ward on the cover shot by Patrick Demarchelier if I remember correctly, and I absolutely fell in love with its aesthetic and was hooked for years. Although in saying that, again I couldn’t relate to a lot of it; but this time because everything was priced in dollars, I couldn’t enter any of the competitions and I couldn’t for the life of me work out what age a “freshman” was.

So basically what I’m trying to say is that the British/Irish teens need Miss Vogue. British fashion is where it’s at right now, and everyone wants a piece of it- so the timing is perfect. This first issue manages to give the right amount of edgy-ness, it’s less cookie-cutter perfect than Teen Vogue, and that’s exactly how it should be. I, for one, am hooked.

What does everyone else think?

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Printic Polaroids

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After seeing the idea on this beautiful Czech fashion blog, I just had to try out Printic for myself. Does anyone remember how great actual Polaroids used to be? I remember getting one of their cameras for my 10th birthday or something, and it was just the most exciting thing being able to pull the lever and see your picture come out at the end, and not knowing quite what it was going to look like until it EVENTUALLY came into focus. I definitely still have that camera lying around the house somewhere, does anyone know if they still produce Polaroid films?? Anyway, when I saw that there was an iPhone app that could do the same thing with my favourite photos without having to dig out the monstrosity of a camera, I downloaded it straight away…

It’s so easy to use- you just pick your images from your phone/Facebook/Instagram, edit them if needed and then you send them off to whoever you like (or yourself of course)! You can save addresses too which makes it even easier the next time; which there most definitely will be after the reaction I got from my best friend and my sister when they received them in the post a few days later. You can even add a message to your photos- I didn’t realise this at the time and the lovely Printic people were nice enough to let me add one on via email after I’d completed my order. This (hopefully) made up for how late I was in getting my best friend something for her birthday…and I would recommend adding a message in general otherwise this person is just going to receive a load of photos in a bright orange envelope, with everything written in French (they are printed in Paris if you live in Europe, and San Francisco if you live in the States), not having a clue who they’re from and immediately assuming they have a stalker, as my sister did. Whoops!

 

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Final Shots

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Leanne Keogh- NCAD

Leanne Keogh- NCAD

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Jennifer Belton- NCAD

Jennifer Belton- NCAD

It’s been another fun year being Fashion Editor for my university newspaper. Here are a few of my favourite shots!

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Sweet Talk

This is the new Jessie Ware video for Sweet Talk. It is literally the cutest video I have ever seen, guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

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Flea markets in Berlin. Vintage shops in Budapest. Absolute heaven.

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One Look, Three Ways

Last year I was the Fashion Editor for my college newspaper The University Observer, and this year I said no to doing it again purely because I’m doing my finals this year and I should probably be spending more time in the library than pulling clothes for shoots. But I just love it so much, it’s somehow happened again- except this year I’m doing more styling and less writing, which I’m actually enjoying more. We’ve got such a great team- my housemate Kate does the make-up, my trusty photographer Caoimhe is always there to direct the models and think about lighting and all the other stuff that I haven’t a clue about. Then there’s the models, which are pretty much all my friends who I manage to persuade to get involved! This issue I used my friend Fara who does do quite a bit of modelling herself, and is a complete natural. The whole process is always a bit mental, but the buzz from working under pressure, but then achieving exactly what you want and getting that perfect image in just amazing. Obviously we’re all inexperienced students with no budget whatsoever, trying to squeeze in shoots in between lectures and limited to the amount of clothes which I can physically carry- but we all love it, and what we learn is invaluable.

For this shoot, I took one item and styled it three ways- College, Weekend and Evening. So I took these snake-print tailored trousers and worked them into the three looks. The clothes are all from Penny’s and this amazing vintage shop on Drury Street in Dublin called The Harlequin. We were running in and out of public toilets to get Fara changed, as well as doing make- up touch ups outside in the rain, and being in a major rush the entire time because Fara had to go to work,  but it was all worth it in the end, I think she looks just great.

What do you think?

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Jessie Ware


So I went to see Jessie Ware in The Sugar Club in Dublin last Monday and I’m just obsessed. It was the first date of her solo tour so it was really special for her as well as us- she seemed genuinely overwhelmed at the fact we were there to see her and that we actually knew the words to her songs, which made me love her even more. There were even a few technical glitches with sound and microphones etc, but that just added to it.

She looked incredible as well, I absolutely love her style. Known for her trademark up-do and huge earrings combo, she was also wearing these amazing high-waisted, black velvet trousers with a cropped black polar-neck, cropped jacket and chunky black heels. Her look was such a perfect combination of 90’s grunge with a feminine twist, and I loved it so much that when I got home I tore my wardrobe apart looking for a grey, long sleeved polar-neck which I bought last winter but never really wore, and I haven’t had it off me since!

Her voice was so soulful and incredibly powerful, something which I actually don’t think comes across to the same extent on her records- you just have to see her live… She chatted between nearly every song, making the gig so intimate and relaxed; a perfect match to the cabaret-club style venue which had lots of cute tables and candles dotted all over the place. To top it all off she even hung around after to get photos and sign autographs, and this is when I discovered I’d found my hair twin. We could definitely be friends I think!

And for any of you who don’t know her music, watch these videos and you will be converted… She’s going to be huge.

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InterRail 2012: Amsterdam

Our first stop is Amsterdam, and it has absolutely flown by! We only stayed two nights because we wanted to make more room for staying at our next stop- Berlin, which we are waiting on a train to right now.

Amsterdam is quietly and traditionally beautiful, in stark contrast to its seedy reputation for drug-taking and red-light wandering. Yesterday we visited the Alexander Zijp market and took a few snaps. Here’s Jennie enjoying an iced coffee in the heat…

Midi-skirt: River Island

Spotty top: Zara

Backpack: Topman

Sunglasses: ASOS

Hat: The Hundreds (courtesy of Michael Nevin)

And so onto Berlin…It’s been a short and sweet trip here, apologies for the shortage of photos- more next time!

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Time to Travel

Only 2 weeks to go! On the 15th of August I’ll be embarking on a much anticipated trip around Europe. After Barcelona I had to do something to deal with the coming-home blues, so I’ve been working non-stop since in order to afford an interrail around mostly eastern Europe lasting until the 5th of September.

We’re starting in Amsterdam, then heading to Berlin, Krakov in Poland, Prague in the Czech Republic, Ljubljana and Lake Bled in Slovenia, then a quick tour of Croatia, and finally Budapest. Although the route isn’t exactly set in stone so who knows where we’ll end up!

I plan to blog from every stop, with photos of everything from street-style to what I’m having for dinner, that’s if we can afford food. Wish us luck, and see you there!

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Summer Snaps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last posted, the summer is flying past faster than I want it to… Here are a few snaps of what has been happening, mostly of gigs and DJ sets it seems. Barcelona was beautiful, someone get me back there right now!!

 

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