Interview with Ben Gilbert.

4 Apr

 


Today we were given the chance to grab a short Q&A with music journalist Ben Gilbert, questioning his views about fashion within the music industry and his own personal style. Although Ben is clearly fond of designer labels, he admits he isn’t a fan of following the latest trends, sporting his favourite Grandad jumper and desert boots. Ben also talks further about fashion influences within the music industry, mentioning fashion icons such as Lady Gaga that ventures further from music, gracing covers such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan.

“I do a fair bit of shopping online. My girlfriend gets as much fulfilment when shopping for me as she does herself, we were looking at Paul Smith, YMC and Flannels.”

Listen to the rest of the interview here….

 

By Emma-Louise and Alex Gage

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Music has lost its mystique says music journalist Ben Gilbert

4 Apr


After being a music journalist  for approaching 15 years, Ben Gilbert has witnessed the changes in the industry first hand. Growing up listening to The Beatles and The Velvet Underground, Ben speaks of the ‘mythology’ that surrounded bands. A sense of mystique that has now been lost on today’s artists due to social media, the rise of twitter and the cult of celebrity. With Lily Allen posting every 5 minutes about what she’s had for lunch it ‘devalues the magic of the musician.’

Music consumption is everywhere now. Twitter and Facebook play and enormous part in the discovery of new music, but what is music worth if it’s given or taken away for free? There are so many cases of piracy and illegal downloading these days. There is a feeling of a new found lack of respect towards musicians.

We are now in the era of convergence. ‘Old and new media collide.’  Ben talks of Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable and The Velvet Underground. He read about it, but never saw it. ‘You used to have to use your imagination.’ Media is now unlimited, you just have to choose a general direction to follow.

Ten years ago production companies were worried that home taping was killing music. If only they knew what was to come!

Interview with Tui from POP magazine

2 Apr

This time last week, Elle and I were lucky enough to grab an interview with Tui, who is the junior fashion editor at POP magazine.

We made our way down to the POP magazine headquarters, which is situated just around the corner from Regent Street, on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

As soon as we walked into the plush building, myself and Elle looked at each other as if to say “WOW, I can’t believe we’re actually here!” Once we had signed in with the receptionist, we headed for the lift and made our way to the third floor of the building, where we waited outside the offices to meet Tui.

After about 10 minutes of waiting nervously, she finally appeared from the office with a big smile on her face. We shook hands, introduced ourselves, and made our way back outside the offices to sit in the park which is located just outside the offices on Hanover Square.

We set up our audio equipment, and jumped right into the interview. She was such a pleasure to chat to, and she really was an inspiration to both of us. She spoke about fashion in a completely different way to what we first imagined. Instead of relating fashion to the whole designer catwalk scene, she told us that fashion should relate to your own personality rather than copying everyone else’s style. And we couldn’t agree more! She’s made us look at the fashion industry in a completely different light.

We managed to ask her a whole range of questions relating to her role in the magazine and her opinions on fashion.

Make sure you check this interview out…  I’m sure it will give you a huge insight into what the magazine is about and Tui’s view on the fashion industry!

Interview by Shani Wortley. Recorded and edited by Elle Douglas.

UK fashion blogs: the new way to find your fashion advice

2 Apr

As most of us are aware, the internet is helping to take over almost every industry in the world. There are so many websites out there, and you can find pretty much everything you need through a a good ol’ Google search and the click of a mouse! The same is happening for the fashion industry. Gone are the days when we had to raid the shops for the perfect outfit for your night out, as you can normally find everything you need on the stores website.

Nowadays, you don’t have to research the shops and the fashion world for the latest trends. This is thanks to a little thing we call “fashion blogs” (just like this one!). There are so many of them out there, and they all focus on a different aspect within the fashion world.

So for today, I’m going to pick out a couple of my fave fashion blogs that are based in the UK, so that you can head over to their website and check them out for some more fashion tips!

Okay, so one of my favourite fashion blogs would have to be London’s Style Bubble. This blog is written by a young lady who called herself Susie Bubble.She is a British born Chinese and lives in the UK. On her blog, she claims that her interest in fashion developed when she was at school as a way to rebel against her parents and the ‘popular’ people at school. As she grew older, her interest started to develop and it is now her “number one passion.”

The reason that I love Style Bubble so much is because it covers all different areas of the fashion  world. The obvious choices to write about are the clothes, but she also looks at the artwork in books,  films, and also the history of fashion. She also updates the blog every day, which is very important on the internet as we want to be up to date with what is going on right now. The design of the blog is very neat, as you can easily navigate through each page and find exactly what you are looking for. Her blog is also very visual, as she uses lots of pictures to illustrate exactly what she is talking about. This is perfect for a fashion blog, as we need to see the styles that are used in clothing to see whether it appeals to us or not. Susie has also put together her own Style Bubble shop map, where she has pin pointed all of her favourite shops in London for you to check out!

Make sure you check out this blog… Susie puts so much time and detail into her writing, it’s definitely worth a read. I’m pretty sure you will be able to find anything on here to cater for your fashion needs!

Another favourite blog of mine would be Face Hunter. The motive of this blog is quite simple. Yvan Rodic, who also has a weekly column in The Guardian, sets out style scouts located all over the world to snap up photographs of people in the streets to see what they are wearing.

The reason I love this blog so much is just because of the simplicity of it. It doesn’t go into huge essays about fashion, and what everyone should be wearing. It focuses on one of the simple areas in the fashion areas – what everyone on the streets are wearing. Snapsnots include so many different types of people and style of clothing – you are bound to come across an outfit that you will fall in love with to add some inspiration to your wardrobe from normal people on the streets.  Again, just like Style Bubble, the blog is updates reguarly so there will always be some new images for you to gawp at as soon as you log on. Just like the blog, the layout is simple too. It doesn’t include too many links on the website, but you can navigate around simply and smoothly. The blog is supported by The Face Hunter Show, which supports a range of different video clips so you can visualize their street style hunt. This helps you to visualize the locations that they are hunting for street style in, and how different locations may affect different styles of the streets. This is a perfect example to show how blogs are becoming so popular, as they are available to converge all different types of media rather than just sticking to images and text that would be printed in a magazine.

Go and have a scroll through Face Hunter for yourself… You may even spot a gorgeous outfit being modeled by someone in a city near you!

Another blog that I like to keep up to date with is Go Fug Yourself. I discovered this blog in one of my Multimedia Journalism lessons, and now I can’t stop reading it. This blog was set up back in 2004 by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. The aim of this blog stands out more than any other in my own opinion. These two lovely ladies update their blog everyday with mocks of celebrity’s not so great efforts on the red carpet (hence their name. Fug is and abbreviation for Fugly, which means ‘fucking ugly’).  Although this is probably not the nicest way to approach the fashion world, it is great fun to read. In the media these days, we are constantly being reminded that certain celebrities are always looking their best and we should strive like them. With this blog, it reminds us that not even the rich and famous pick out the right outfits for an event!

I love the layout of this site. You can connect with the site through social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter so you can grab all the latest news without having the check the blog constantly. The posts are short and sweet, with images to show the celebrity style and a blunt comment on why it doesn’t work for them. I would say it’s quite a niche blog, as it focuses on celebrity fashion and gossip. One particular post that caught my eye on Thursday afternoon commented on Milla Jovovich’s outfit that she sported on the red carpet. Looking at the first picture, Jessica has simply ridiculed the pose that Milla is doing within the picture, referring to them as ‘finger guns.’ Yes, she does look like an idiot. Scrolling further down the page, the last image shows a little ‘mishap’ with her outfit. Yep. Milla’s nipple is on FULL view. After Jessica talks about the style of the dress “has A LOT happening” in the post, she refers to the last image with “…and then, speaking of “a lot is happening at the top of this dress,” this was brought to my attention”. It had me in stitches. I think it’s great that these two girls are not afraid to give their own opinions on celebrity style.

Jessica and Heather have even published their own book entitled “The Fug Awards”, which is available at Amazon. The girls made their own awards for celebrities with the worst styles on the red carpet. Personally, I haven’t had the chance to grab this book yet. But if it’s as funny as their blog, I’m sure it will be a sensational read. Plus it will make us feel a little bit better about ourselves!

So there you have it. Just a select few of my favourite fashion blogs out there. Make sure you get Googling to see if you can find any more decent blogs, and let us know if you come across any others that are worth reading!

All images are taken from the blog’s own websites.

IT’S AN OUTRAGE!

1 Apr

It’s that time of year to part with your savings and head down to your local travel agency, and book a well deserved holiday this summer! As shops give the heave-ho to wooly jumper’s and coat’s, what better way to spend this weekend dreaming of sun, sea and sand by checking out the latest swimwear collections!?

Many high street shops have already displayed a wide collection of swimwear with some great new styles, noticeably from brands such as LaSenza, Topshop and Seafolly to browse through. However, as designers hit the catwalk with their latest swimwear for 2011, many display some questionable pieces that may raise one of two eyebrows if worn on the beach!

Here are my top ten questionable swimwear of 2011….

10. The 12 year old girl
Resort underwired bikini. Littlewoods. £15.00.

You may question why this is on my top 10 list. But with it’s outdated print and style it looks like something you have pulled out from the attic from when you were 12. The DD top and mid waist shorts are a big thumbs down, which will make a curvy woman look short and square.

9.The Flashdance
Pink Star Print Swimsuit. River Island. £29.99

Not quite sure if they are reaching to Glee of Flashdance fans, I can’t see this piece flying off the racks anytime this decade.

8.The desperate housewive
Beach Bunny Ready-To-Wear.Vogue.
Vogue have a few questionable pieces in their new S/S collection this year, which I could argue are certainly not ready to wear. This piece in particular would be nearly impossible to sunbathe in, with metal hoops that could leave nasty burns on your front and sides. Okay to look at, but not something worth packing for holiday.

7.The crocheted look
Crocheted Monokini. Victoria’s Secret. £115.00

I once worked in Australia’s top designer bikini store, and from experience, I know this style is a BIG fashion no-no. The crocheted style in the middle never seems to fit, if your body is too small it will gape, and if too long it will not fit your bust correctly. Besides, if you are hoping to get a tan, this one-piece will leave behind some not so trendy patterns. Even the Victoria’s Secret model doesn’t sell it for me.

6.The plain Jane
Mis Softee Halter. Juicy Couture. £54.00

If it doesn’t look great on the model, it probably won’t look great on anyone else. The sagging top is very unflattering along with the pasty colour. The mid waist shorts also shout out uncool.

5. The Jordan wannabe
Beach Bunny Swimwear. Vogue
Another piece from Vogue which questions their target fashion market. The uncomfortable looking one piece looks like something from Katie Price’s wardrobe.

4.The uninviting goth
Studded Black Bikini.Lilth.
The gothic look on a whole is a fashion blunder for spring/summer. This tacky looking bikini will make everyone run far far away. If you are a fan of the gothic look, take a leaf out of singer PINK’S bikini look, where she mixes cute skull bikini’s with feminine frills.

3. The minimal queen
Minimal Cutout.bikini-brasil.co.uk£85.00.
It’s hard to grasp everything about the not-so one piece. Look closer and you may find a tiny strip they may argue as the bottoms. Wear it and you could face many angry parents telling you to cover up on the beach. This particular suit must be extremely uncomfortable to wear, and I hope in the future we will never see it become a major fashion trend.


2.The parent’s nightmare
Crystal Encrustaed Black Mesh String.Malibustrings.£59.00
Yes. This is a bikini. The title pretty much sums up what is wrong with this ghastly set.

1.The D.I.Y
BodyPaint Bikini.Futureclassx.com.Prices as requested.
Art or fashion…or neither? I certainly think that this wannabe fashion trend disaster  deserves to be placed at no.1. Creator Mark Greenawalt suggests his body paints are “The perfect future form of swimwear. Water resistance, stays up and on and even, sexy tan lines.” Hmm…. i’m not so sure about that.

Camden Vs Knightsbridge

31 Mar

The area of London dominated by Harrods and Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge is home to some of the worlds most famous stores. In fact the area is so intricately linked that it is possible to take an underground tunnel directly from the tube station to Harrods. Knightsbridge is the luxurious, extravagant area of London with a reputation for designer clothes.

Despite its reputation and links to the Harrods store, the area is one of the most unspoilt in London, with few offices and numerous restaurants and shops – Knightsbridge is the place to kick back and relax after a hard days shopping.

People from Knightsbridge are from hight class of society in London, their clothing style is usually classic, and simple, but expensive !

Let’s have a look to some of the clothes people wear in Knightsbridge

On the Other hand we have Camden…

Camden Town, in Northern London, is one of London’s most fashionable neighborhoods for teenagers (if not the most fashionable of them all). Full of hipsters, goths, mods, emo kids, and absolutely every style under the sun, this is the place to go if you want to be ahead of the game with all of the trendsetting teens.

5 instructions to live in Camden, and have its clothing style :

1) Wear a lot of black. The Camden look is often very gothic.

2) Wear huge platform shoes.

3) Buy PunkyFish outfits.

4) Dress vintage.

5) Shop at the outdoor markets.

 

This is it. Now, which one do you like most ? Let me guess..

Debenhams – The perfect department store!

31 Mar

Debenhams is one of the biggest clothing department stores within the UK. You can find pretty much everything you need there, thanks to its wide selection of brands that are available. However, they don’t just stick to selling women’s/menswear. They also sell home furniture to give that added sparkle to your home, essential electricals such as iPods, laptops (even electricals for the home such as a kettle!), and gifts to treat your loved ones with.

In Harrow, we are lucky enough to have our own MASSIVE Debenhams situated in the town centre. It includes departments such as Dorothy Perkins,  Jasper Conran, OasisWarehouse and our personal favourite high street store… Topshop of course!

With such a huge variety of items and departments to choose from at Debenhams, its hard to pick out all the top buys. But, look no further! Just sit back, relax, and I shall try my best to pick out some great buys that are available from this amazing store!

The first item I have picked out is from Debenhams own brand, Red Herring. This vintage style tea dress is a must have for your summer wardrobe. Its adorable floral design will definitely make you stand out from the crowd. With ruffled sleeves, they give off the perfect feminine vibe, which is perfect for this season. As most of us know, floral designs were very popular last summer, and they are going to stick around for this season too! Pair this dress up with some red accessories, and it’s guaranteed that you will catch a lot of eyes!

Grab this little number for only £38!

A girl can never have too many shoes, right? Absolutely correct! These stunning toepost sandals from Oasis are a perfect pair for this seasons BOLD colours (as mentioned in my previous post on bags). Again, the ruffle front of the shoe helps to give off that feminine look, which is perfect for all of us girly girls out there! Electric blue is going to be a BIG colour this season, so if you’re not confident enough to buy a pair of bright blue trousers, these little beauties are the perfect alternative.

Show off them newly painted toenails in style for only £30!

This next item is more casual, but is equally as popular! This dark peach front knot t-shirt is from the H! By Henry Holland collection. Throw this on for an urban look, thanks to the extremely cute knotted front. The cropped design also helps to give that chic look that will be ‘oh so popular’ this season. The peachy colour is one of my favourites. It will look perfect with that summer glow of yours, and is one of the colours that will be in this season. Pair this shirt with a pair of denim shorts for the ultimate summer chic look!

You can’t NOT get this shirt, as it will only cost you £10!

Our wardrobes definitely wouldn’t be complete without a little black dress, whatever season! This black mesh detail dress, designed by Star by Julien Macdonald, gives off that popular vintage vibe whilst sticking with the original ‘little black dress’ idea. The mesh detail at the top of the garment makes the dress look very sophisticated, and is perfect for making yourself look all glam for that evening out. The belted waist also helps to show off your curves- the perfect feminine figure!

So glam up your wardrobe for only £27.50… Thank you sales!

Hurrah! More florals! But this time, on a jumpsuit! This black poppy print jumpsuit is available from H! By Henry and Holland. Jumpsuits are inspired by the 70’s revival, so they will definitely be making their mark this season. This jumpsuit has been perfectly matched with the multi coloured floral pattern to bring out the feminine side in you. Perfect for a beautiful summers day, or evening! If you don’t feel that you are confident enough to wear a jumpsuit, there is a matching poppy print fifties dress, which is equally as stunning!

Jump into this outfit for £35!

Thanks to the popularity of the 90’s revival, denim is making its way back this season with a bang! For the ultimate casual day look, why not grab these white denim shorts? Designed by H! By Henry Holland, these shorts are perfect to team up with any bright t-shirt… whether it is cropped or oversized! Neutral colours look great when they are paired up with brights, and this will give off the ultimate chic/urban look that everyone is craving this season!

Show off your pins in style for a measly £22!

So there you have it. A range of different items and different designers, all available at one store. Make sure that you pop down to your local Debenhams this summer, or visit their website to see if you can spot any bargains for yourself!

All images have been taken from the Debenhams website.

The MAC face.

31 Mar

MAC undoubtably is the best make-up for the flawless look. With A listers such as Lady GaGa and Cyndi Lauper designing their new range there’s no way you can go wrong. MAC products are used globally by all you beauty junkies! If your new to MAC products or you need too know more information about them, your in luck! I will take you through step by step, each product you will need to achieve the “MAC look”.. happy reading !

Firstly, we need to prep the skin. To do this we use a pre-make up conditioner which is called a Primer. “Prep & Prime”. The primer helps to calm any redness, soothes the skin and blots away any excess oil. Its really important you use a primer as it helps your foundation, 1, stay on all day and 2, keep the flawless finish. Apply this under your foundation, all over your face.

Next up.. Concealer. “Pro Longwear Concealer”. A concealer is absolutely vital when thinking about any new make up. Were going to apply the concealer under the eye. Add a bit onto your ring finger and slowly dab under the eye area. This is going to banish any dark circles and make those tired eyes look bright! This will leave your eye area feeling comfortable and leave you with a matte finish. Your eyes are the most gorgeous part of your face, its what gets noticed first and what everyone looks into, so having an under eye concealer is going to illuminate the delicate area, leaving a twinkle!

Foundation.. “Pro Longwear Foundation” . This foundation is going to give you the most glamourous coverage. The clue is in the name. Its a long wearing foundation which lasts up to 15hours, so no need to top up your make up during the day! The foundation also has an spf 15 included and helps to control any oil when its hot. As well as keeping your skin feeling fresh, your skin will look flawless and illuminated. For best results id advise using a foundation brush. They help you achieve a fuller coverage and give you the studio look.

The MAC look is classically known as being “Flawless”. To achieve the flawless look we need to set the foundation so it doesn’t look shiny in any areas. “Studio Fix Powder” combines a good coverage with a velvet texture. This can be used with the sponge you get with it or simply with a big brush. For the extra full coverage and matte finish, i’d suggest using the sponge to go over your foundation with. If you want a slightly lighter coverage, you should use the brush and simply dust over the top. This powder contains something called Silica, which absorbs oils on your skin, helping to maintain a matte finish.

The Blush is pretty self explanatory. For the ultimate MAC look, I would advise you too, look in the mirror, smile and find where the apple of your cheek is. Use that as a starting point and follow your cheek bone right up to the hair line. This is going to emphasize your cheek bones as well as adding a spot of colour to your face. The colour is entirely up too you. For extra va va voom, repeat the action until the colour is beautifully bright.

As previously stated, eyes are your most gorgeous feature. So lets add some emphasis! The traditional MAC eye consists of shadow, liner and mascara. So first of all we start by using shadows. Apply a light base colour all over your eye lid. MAC eyes are dark and mysterious. So have a selection of 3 darker colours you can use. Use the darkest one on the end corners of the eyelid, slowly raising just below the brow bone to create a smokey eye. A tip for this is the “V”. With your brush draw a sideways “V” . So it should look like “>”, then work your colour blending into the V into the lighter base colour. Each time you get closer into the eyelid change colour to add a slightly more variety to the smokey eye. Once you have finished with the shadow, prepare a liquid liner or a pencil liner ( black ) and carefully draw a line across your top eyelid. For the ultimate MAC look, flick the liner out off the end of the eyelid.Lashes are a major biggie! Read my previous post about false lashes to achieve this look. All MAC fanatics wear false lashes to make their eyes look uber duber gorgeous!!

Eyebrow pencils are a complete essential. No matter if you have dark eyebrows, they need attention paying to them! Use  “Eyebrow Crayon” and there is no way you can go wrong. Slowly draw on your brow, following your natural arch shape. For more emphasis, draw slightly above and below the brow then colour in. This is a must girls!

And finally, those luscious lips! Lips are also quite essential when forming the MAC face. COLOUR COLOUR COLOUR. Start by using a lip pencil. Outline your lips then lightly colour your lips with the pencil before applying the lipstick. This is going to help keep the lipstick on and add 100% more emphasis on the colour. Choose your colour for whatever mood your in. Make sure you always apply a colour, this is completely necessary and there should be absolutely no excuses! MAC have hundreds of colours so the world is your oyster.

Try using these tips by your self and start the MAC face… you’ll never look back!

 

 

History of eyeliner

31 Mar

Used to define the eyes for aesthetic appeal, eyeliner has made its way from a primarily female-dominated market to a growing popularity among men. Its history dates back to ancient civilizations and has been worn by both men and women alike.  Over time, the ingredients have changed but the basic styles and purposes remain constant.

Let’s have a look at the history of eyeliner.

Ancient Origins

Used in Egypt and Mesopotamia in 10,000 BC, Eyeliner and other cosmetics were not only used for aesthetics but also to protect the skin from the scorching desert sun.  Research has also speculated that eyeliner was worn to protect the wearer from the evil eye. At that time, Kohl was often painted around the entire eyelid to create an almond-shaped effect and was used by both men and women.

Ancient Egyptians added lead salts to their black eyeliner to ward off bacterial infections.

Everything Egyptian

The 1920s were an era commonly associated with many changes in women’s fashion, and women felt freer to apply makeup more liberally. Besides, the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, fascinated the world by the Egyptian queen’s beauty and more specifically American women who had finally won the right to vote and thanks to the influence of actresses like Clara Bow, seemed to assert their independence more freely. These latest started recreating the Egyptian eye by using eyeliner without any restrictions. (Dark, thickly lined eyes were very trendy.)

Tomb of Tutankhamun discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter and George Herbert,

A New Use for WWI

During the 1940s, everyone was doing his or her part to aid the war effort. Little to no makeup was worn at this time to conserve resources. The shortage of items during the World War I led to an interesting use of eyeliner. In fact, instead of being an make up product, Enterprising young women, used it to draw long black lines down the backs of their legs to simulate the look of wearing stockings that were uhnavailable at that time.

1960’s

The 1960s brought about the invention of liquid eyeliner and it was used to create thick black and white lines around the eyes in the makeup fashion associated with designers like Mary Quant. The sixties saw the emergence of the cat eye.

Peter Philips (Chanel‘s creative director) created this stunning cat eyes look for the 2009 fall show: An exaggerated spin on 1960s eye liner, combined with soft pink petal pale lips using Chanel Rouge Allure in Mythic.

Today

Today eyeliner is commonplace and comes in a variety of colors and applications.  Many women add it to their daily makeup routines.  In the late 20th and early 21st century, heavy eyeliner has been associated with Gothic fashion and sometimes even Punk fashion

Eyeliner of varying degrees of thickness, particularly on males, has also become associated with the emo subculture and various alternative lifestyles.

Gothic Girls: Catwalk Trends for S/S 08

Emo boy

Materials

Eyeliner can be found in four main formulas available on the market: each type will produce a different effect.

1.Liquid eyeliner is an opaque liquid that usually comes in a small bottle and is applied with a tiny brush or felt app licator. It creates a sharp, precise line.

Christian Dior style liner

2.Powder-based eye pencil is eyeliner in a wood pencil. It is generally available in dark matte shades.

Lancome, Le crayon Khol

3. Gel eye liner, which is a softer gel liner that can be easily applied with an eyeliner brush. It can be precisely applied and is much softer than Kohl. Gel liner usually holds up very well.

Bobbi brown Long wear gel eyeliner

4.Kohl eyeliner is a soft powder available in dark matte shades. It is most often used in black to outline the eyes. It comes in pencil, pressed powder, or loose powder form. This type of eyeliner is more likely to smudge.

Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner

Hair and Nails for the Fashion Forward

30 Mar

WAH NAILS and BLEACH LONDON the two hottest salons to hit East London (and soon the world). Fabulously outrageous and ultra trendy, WAH and BLEACH are taking over with their hip new trends.

 

 

First up, WAH. WAH opened it’s first salon in August 2009. Not just a nail salon, there held jumble sales, record launch parties, art shows and film nights. Their popularity soared, keeping up to date with the newest place-to-be in LDN, Dalston. Ever since WAH has gone from strength to strength, opening up a section in Topshop Oxford Circus and Harvey Nicholls in Dublin. Keeping it kooky, cars, bars, clubs, at the Grand Prix, in an Airstream, in Japan, at festivals, at The Brits, for celebrities, for fashion people, for kids, for music videos, at work and at home. They vow to ‘translate fashion into fingertip art’. And that they certainly do! Head here for reasonably priced, gorgeous and individual nails. Here are a few of my favourites.

 

 

 

 

Click here for official price list and nail options!

 

Next in line, it’s BLEACH. This salon’s style has boomed in the last few months, with copy-cat-cuts popping up everywhere. Spotted on everyone from your average joe(anne) to the coolest of celebs. Lily Allen, Pixie Geldof and  BLEACH are grungy, they’re funky. Situated on Kingsland Road in Dalston, there’s no cooler place to be.  Apart from the section they also have in Topshop Oxford Circus! The out-there and the unkept is IN. I never thought I could say I would purposely dye my hair so that it looked like i have 5 inch roots. Bleach and bright block colours and even rainbow, BLEACH has set these odd trends and everyone is reeling in it. Here are some of the looks they offer, my favourites and some cheeky celebs sporting them!

 

Get down to WAH and BLEACH, both on Kingsland Road. Nearest tube is Hoxton or get the train to Haggerston. Grab your confidence and rock these looks ASAP!