List of Content
6-11 ‘Local Skateboarder’, Chris Mann
12-13 ‘Costa Rica, Biggest ‘Waves’, Surf Spots
14-19 ‘Graphic Designer’, Jono Wood
20 “ON A BLUEBIRD DAY”
30-35 ‘Pro Snowboarder’, Tini Gruber
38 ‘On Trend’, report
39-48 Spring/Summer trends 2013
50 “REMEBER THOSE CHILDHOOD GAMES”
54-57 ‘Life of successful model, Chris Kightley’
58 “BOHO GOTH”
64-67 ‘Make Up Artist’, Jeannine Lecher
68 “JAPONISME MEETS SURF”
74-75 ‘Raptor Jewelry’, feature.
76 “TROPICAL SCIFARI”
ART & MUSIC
84 ‘Story Teller’ Exhibition by Tim Walker
92-93 ‘Tips for Exhibitions London May-June‘
94 ‘Artist on Trend’ Niky Roehreke
96-99 ‘Snowbombing Festival’, feature.
100-103 ‘Upcoming Events London’
I SSUE # 1
I’m proud to announce the first ever issue of Bluebird magazine. As a devoted person in the extreme
sports scene, especially freestyle skiing, there is never a better way to enjoy a day as on a ‘Bluebird’.
For many of you this expression might be new. The word epitomises perfect weather; blue sky with sun
shining upon us! It makes you happy and positive through out a day. Bluebird magazine is exactly all
This first issue concentrates on people within the world of extreme sports, particularly their successes
and the certain lifestyle it encompasses. By interviewing these people, it is inspiring to see that dreams
can come true if you work hard enough and believe in yourself. This might be something you always
hear people say but it’s more realistic and relatable when you read someone’s personal story. Local
skateboarder Chris Mann will reveal the truths about the London skateboard scene. Jono Wood, a
successful graphic designer, will lead you through his journey and unravel how he ended up landing
his dream job within the realm of extreme sports. Chris Kightley, fills us in on his transition from a Pro
Snowboarder to a Supermodel. And professional make-up artist Jeannine Lehner will describe how
the Austrian fashion world works as she lives amongst the alpine mountains!
A key element of this magazine is to deliver the latest fashion. By featuring articles such as ‘Best Surf
Spots’ and ‘Spring/Summer Trends 2013’, Bluebird combines a youthful lifestyle with a unique influence
from the world of extreme sports. The latest Art & Music news is delivered to you within the last part of
the magazine. Having difficult planning some fun for the weekend? Then look no further…upcoming
and trendy events are scouted out and brought to you first, including a special review on the biggest
music festival in the mountains ‘Snowbombing’, local art exhibitions and many more!
I would like to wish a massive thanks to everyone who contributed to this magazine and hopefully it
will be a nice Bluebird today!
What is your full name?
Christopher Steven Mann
When and Where were you born?
Barnsley, northern England, 19.
How many years has it been since you first started skating?
I started skating in 2004 about 8 years.
What inspired you to start?
I was playing football a lot and then it was this book in
school, about skateboarding and that was when i started i
guess, bought my first skateboard.
What was the name of the book?
I don’t know, a pretty shitty book just about skateboarding really.
Which famous skater do you reckon is your idol?
I don’t really idolize people but I could say just a couple of
my friends. It’s nice to be inspired by people but I don’t really
idolize. I got a lot of influences but not idolizing you know
what I mean.
Now, what do you think about Sean White skating skills?
The snowboarder? yeah I haven’t really paid attention to him,
but he is a bit gnarly isn’t he?
You reckon he’s better off focusing on hitting the slopes or the
I say the skatepark , ill go in between!
As a local skateboarder in London, where would you consider
the best spot to skate?
at the moment Mile End skate park.
Compared to other places around
London, why is it the best?
It’s not like a best spot, it’s just a good place to meet people,
warm up and just really to relax and chill out. They’re is always
a good crowd of people as well.
Would you consider the city popular for skateboarding?
Because it’s not like anywhere else in the country or anywhere
else in the world, it’s unique. The ground is really bad everywhere,
very different, more harder and rugged. That’s why you
have to try harder to land all your tricks. definitely.
Have you accomplished anything through skateboarding, if so,
what has that been?
Traveling and meeting new people. There are a few competitions
I came first in just local ones in Sheffield and Cornwall,
run by skate shops. But the main thing is really the people
In the snow-skate and snow world, there is always the subject
of sponsorship, have you ever been sponsored by any skateboard
brands or currently are?
I was riding for a company in Nottingham called Nise, but I’m
not riding for them anymore. I still got my skate shop sponsoring
me from home though, Avit skateboard shop. There is this
german company that might be interesting in sponsoring me,
called Ten, so we’ll se how that goes...
Is there a particular brand you wished to be sponsored by?
No I’m not really bother by it, I mean if someone asked me
than I would be keen. Some people are desperate for it
though but I’m not that bothered about it.
With skating, shoes easily get torn up and don’t last long, if you were to choose your ultimate
skate shoe - which one would it be and from what brand?
I got some really nice DC shoes from a guy called Ed who works at the DC office... it really
was the best shoes I’ve ever had but I can’t find them anywhere now. They were like suede
ones called Studio. You can find them now in crazy colors but not classic ones like black and
Are you aware of the fashion within the skateboarding culture?
Yeah, I get a lot of criticism for my clothes though haha!
Oh really, why?
Just because I don’t like a lot of the skateboarding brands, I just wear clothes from normal
high street shops when I skate. There are a few brands that i like and rep. I’m not really into
logos and prints. Sometimes I wear it when I rarely like something but i think ’less is more’.
Do you think it is important how you look while skating - perhaps more at skate competitions?
I don’t think it matters if it’s on the street or in a competition. Yeah, surely it’s important how
you look but it’s not just about the clothes. For example, someone comes out skating in a big
camouflage hoodie and a big hat, I’d be like wow as in the person really stands out! I’m not
saying it’s important but if everyone would wear the same it would be boring. There are so
many different styles which keeps it interesting.
How would you describe your own style then?
As I mentioned earlier, I’m not a big fan of logos more towards the simple way. Usually black
trousers and white t-shirts, could even say a little bit dark but in the end very simple.
Photo credits: Joel Peck & Reece Leung
Which skate-wear brands would you consider your favorite?
I like the stuff Analog were doing before the went on recession.
A lot of the Altomont stuff is good as well, it’s a quite
new company just a couple of years old.
What is it you like about Altomont then?
They make simple thin t-shirts and hoodies which for me is
good as I can wear it normally as well.
Many skaters use shoelaces tied around their waist, do you
think it has become more of a trend rather then comfortless?
Yeah, definitely. I always used to have a shoelace around
my waist but after turning 18 I swopped to belts. I still wear
shoelaces sometimes. I just put them under my belt. Incase
your shoe laces rips on your shoes you’ll have a spare one! I
do think it is more of a younger generation phase.
Would you think about what shoelace to use?
Nah...but I always have black shoelaces on my shoes as they
are black too.
Why not other colors?
I don’t know really, I guess I’m weird in that way!
There is this new brand made by the Helgasson snowboard
brothers 7/9/13 who makes rad shoelaces, have you ever
heard of it?
No...but there is this brand called Kr3w which make jeans with
shoelaces already inside them.
What is your favorite piece of clothing going for a everyday
Black jeans and a white t-shirt. it’s normally just that!
What do you bring on a day of skate, name your 5 most
Phone, wallet, keys, skateboard, a lighter. A lighter is handy,
you never know when you need it. For example if your shoelaces
fray you can just burn them back together and maybe if
I’m up for a cigarette as well, haha.
Cap or Beanie?
neither! I don’t wear hats. Strictly hair haha!
To go back a little bit more about life experience in skateboarding,
What is the best thing about the scene?
You can meet people from anywhere, any background, rich
people and poor people but you’ll all share the same interest
- skateboarding. It’s definitely a good thing . At the end of the
day everyone is there to skate. It just makes you more social,
there are always events going on, good opportunities to meet
new people and travel of course.
Considering the bad news about South Bank skate park,
how do you think we can try and save it? if there still is a
I think what they are doing at the moment is the right thing
to go around it. Making events there, petitions, making people
recognize how iconic the spot is and how much it means to
some people especially in London. That is probably it.
Finishing off with the last question, from going locally to world
wide, where would you say the radest place would be for
Best place for skatebording....it doesn’t really matter to be
honest. As long as you are with your friends you can skate
anywhere you want, have a couple of beers, relax and still
have fun. So I would say anywhere is good for skating. There
is nothing good or bad, every country is different. It can be
perfect for different things.
The Biggest Waves
Costa Rica is a legendary surfing location and is seen as more of a ‘hardcore’ destination. The recent
rise in surf camps, guiding and surfer friendly accommodation has seen things become a lot more comfortable
for traveling surfers in recent years. Its geography makes it a classic trip choice, having two
coastlines — the Caribbean and the Pacific — which both produce great waves and have quality surf
spots. The Caribbean side has a short surfing season and produces large swells from tropical storms off
Mexico. The Pacific coast has smaller but more consistent surf generated by low pressure systems located
off New Zealand.
The major swell season is April to October, but the clean surf season is December to April when swell
from deep antic lows reach the Pacific coastline with offshore winds a common occurrence. Typically
morning surfs are offshore and afternoon are light onshore, make sure you are up early to get those
classic glassy sessions.
Costa Rica is a country that is blessed not only with consistent
waves year round but also many great surf spots. If you
are a fan of pointbreaks (lets face it - we all are!) then Costa
Rica is your ideal destination. Costa Rica waves of note are
Playa Naranjo (featured in the Endless Summer II video) and
the quality right rivermouth pointbreak at Potrero Grande (Ollies
Point). There are also tons of spots just waiting to be discovered.
Costa Rica surfing is definitely recommended, and for the
adventurous it could be the trip of a lifetime.
When/where are you originally born/from?
I was born here in the UK in Kingston-Upon-Thames, just outside of London in 1979.
What sort of graphic designer are you?
That’s a tough one. I’d like to think I do a bit of everything but right now I am very much focused more in graphic design or
illustration, I think that is how most people may have seen my work. Although I didn’t start out with that in mind. I was very
much based in painting and drawing studying traditional techniques throughout my school years and from there I moved into animation
at university continually evolving my work and skills as I progressed.
When did you feel you wanted to be creative for a living?
I guess I have always known I wanted to go down that path in terms of pursuing my art but it was more a dream that I could
turn it into something I could call a career rather than always having that in mind. When I was just a small kid I didn’t have
a dream of becoming a fireman or an astronaut I just wanted to draw. So I guessed it all stemmed from there and my parents
have always been very supportive of any decisions I made.
How long have you been working in the industry?
As a designer? A fair few years now, but I came through a very different path to get where I am today. During my degree in
animation I was given the opportunity to continue another passion of mine as a professional snowboarder. You’ll have to understand
that this was a number of years ago and was a very rare and abnormal offer. I spoke to my family and my tutors and
decided to defer a year and spend it in the mountains whilst I was still young and my body was in one piece. It proved to be
the best decision of my life. I continued on drawing and snowboarding and The many years away I spent trying to get my foot
in the door and meeting the people who would in fact help me pursue both career paths.
Was it tough to get where you are today?
Yes, I’m not going to lie. it takes a long time to climb each rung of the ladder. Hoping that people will take you seriously and
indeed like your work. In the beginning there was a lot of working for free or mates rates just to try and get your work out
there. From there you can build on that and approach the next client always looking to aim a little higher every time. My advise
would be if you are in design to make money then it isn’t for you, It takes a lot of passion, sleepless nights up working, and
self promotion but it is certainly worth it in my opinion. Being able to hold your work at the end of the month is a rewarding
What is your story behind why and how you started with graphic design?
I first started moving my work to the more digital side of graphic design almost by accident. I was working with Gravis Footwear
on a number of projects until they needed a photoshop layered image for a screen print. I’ll be honest to that point I had no
idea how on earth to work photoshop so I had to set about learning it from scratch by myself. This was before youtube tutorials
Who have you worked with, which brands would you consider your biggest accomplishments?
I have worked with a whole bunch of people in all aspects of design. Gravis Footwear, Analog clothing, Burton Snowboards,
Capita Snowboards, Habitat skateboards, NIKE, Redbull, Monster energy, I even designed a restaurant logo for Jenson Button.
It’s all very varied and that is one reason I love my work and I’m proud to be working with such amazing brands.
Why do you reckon they want your designs in front of others?
to be honest I don’t know, perhaps its the bold style or brands can associate with my work, but there are so many amazing
people out there, I do feel very humbled and lucky to be doing this.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from every thing from every day life. Travel, friends, family, relationships, news, environment etc so like my
work it changes from day to day.
Do you have a website where we can easily find your work?
It’s usually on jonowood.com but right now it’s under construction as it’s in the process of being updated. but you can find a
bunch of my skateboarding art at www.habitatskateboards.com and my snowboards at www.capitasnowboarding.com
Is there any interesting stories behind your designs?
I like to keep my designs personal to me, Including a lot of things i’d like to say for example, or convey a message. Also where
I can I tend to use friends within my work as despite it sometimes being seen by thousands it still keeps it very much something
that means something to me.
Lets talk about your newest Capita Snowboard Designs, they are really cool and funky with lots of color. Perhaps you can tell us
what inspired you particularly for that design?
With my work for Capita, the guys are very good at giving me free rein over what to do. They provide me with a title or some
initial ideas and leave me to work on them. So for my first year with Capita I based my idea around sirens. They were zombified
women who’s reflections in the water made them still look beautiful. The idea lent itself perfectly to the shape of the board.
For my work for the new upcoming seasons work we wanted to keep a similar look and feel but draw in aspects of traditional
horoscope imagery and make a sort of psychedelic collage of bits and pieces to build up a complete piece, and hopefully we
managed to pull it off. With art designed to be seen by a mass market and a huge demographic it is sometimes tough to create
something for everyone, but then again no one s going to like everything that is just how art is.
Where are you based?
Right now i’m based just outside of London but that is the beauty of my work and the internet. I can literally work from anywhere
and I love that as I love to travel.
London is very Artsy. Do you consider it a good place to be for a Graphic Designer of your sort?
That’s true it is very Arty, and I love the diversity of it so yeah its a good place to be a designer but there is a lot of competition,
which is healthy.
What would be the worst that could happen while working on a project?
I would say, touch wood, that it would be a hard drive crashing during a large project and losing everything. the thought of that
make my toes curl.
What would you say to others who has the same dream as you within the Extreme Sports World?
If it;s truly what you want, you can make it work, but it takes a lot of patience and passion. My biggest pointer would be presentation.
A good portfolio opens many doors.
Outside Graphic Design, what else do you enjoy?
My main thing would be keeping active. I like snowboarding, skating, surfing, climbing, running etc it helps keep me in the right
frame of mind. Sometimes it’s hard to wake up and be creative every day if you are just not feeling it.
Leading question” where would that be?
Do you like fashion?
Yeah, I try and keep myself looking respectable but I am no means a follower of fashion.
How would you describe your style?
I guess right now I’m kind of running a biker/fisherman/street urchin kind of vibe. Slight beard, longish hair, Brixton fiddler black
hat, black double breasted pea coat, black skinny jeans and black vans.
Which would be your 3 best styling tips for a guy?
-Where what you feel best suits you don’t do what everyone else is doing, be the leader not the follower.
-you can never have too many coats, hats or shoes
- never ever where joggers outside unless you are doing sport. its not a good look haha
If you have to choose beanie - cap or hat?
Would you consider working with famous fashion designers if you would get the opportunity?
I’m not sure it would be my thing, but I’m looking forward to hopefully working together with other brands and pushing the opportunities
I where my work can go.
If yes, which one would you pick? ( if you can name one)
okay, to the last question, were do you see yourself in 10 years?
That’s certainly the toughest question of all of them. I don’t really know what i’m doing from week to week or month to month,
but most importantly I hope that I am happy and doing what I love.
Photographer: Anthony Harle
Stylist: Nicole Helm
Make-Up: Jeannine Lecher
Hair: Nicole Helm
Assistant: Bri Nelson
JACKET (LEFT), COLOUR WEAR, JACKET (RIGHT), ARMADA, BIKINIS, H&M, BAG, H&M, RINGS, MARC JACOBS, H&M,
TOPSHOP & VINTAGE, NECKLACES, H&M, MISS SELFRIDGES, ZARA & URBAN OUTFITTERS, GOGGLES, OAKLEY &
VON ZIPPER, BEANIES, YOKI. LIPSTICK, MAC COSMETICS.
BEANIE, YOKI, GOGGLES, OAKLEY, RINGS, LINDEX, H&M, MARC JACOBS, TOPSHOP,
BRACELET, VINTAGE, LIPSTICK, MAC COSMETICS.
JACKET (LEFT), HORSEFEATHERS, JACKET RIGHT, COLOUR WEAR, BIKINIS, H&M, NECKLACES, H&M, MISS SELFRIDGE, VINTAGE, RINGS,
DOROTHY PERKINS, MARC JACOBS, LINDEX, SUNGLASSES (LEFT) ZARA, (RIGHT), & OTHER STORIES, LIPSTICK, MAC COSMETICS.
SUNGLASSES, ZARA, CAP, VOLCOM, RINGS, MARC JACOBS, LINDEX
& VINTAGE, LIPSTICK, MAC COSMETICS.
(LEFT) BIKINI, H&M, SUNGLASSES, ZARA, BEANINE, YOKI, NECKLACES, WALLIS, GINA TRICOT & VINTAGE,
(RIGHT) BIKINI, H&M, SUNGLASSES, OAKLEY, NECKLACES, TOPSHOP, MISS SELFRIDGE, EARING, PRIVATE.
Where are you originally from?
Autria, Zell am Ziller, born.
25th August 1990.
What is the best with being a pro snowboarder?
Get to travel around the world for sure, meeting new people,
getting to ride the coolest parks in the world.
Do you reckon benefits would be different in the extreme
sports world if you would live in a different country, lets say ...
Probably yea, in Austria its all about ski racing. They don’t
really know what freestyle is within snowboarding and skiing.
Thats why it’s so important to start having it in the olympics.
I’m very excited about that. It’s good to bring this type of
sport out there.
Which country has the best park / mountain conditions in your
America for sure, then it depends what time of year it is. I
would say the summer in NZ, Hintertux Glacier in Austria in
autumn, then the winter I would say Breckenridge and Keystone
america. It’s good for training early before competitions and
then just stay there till spring. After winter in Spring, Mammoth,
North star, all the resorts around lake tahoe really...and the
best thing is, everywhere you go you meet the same people
riding park. So you always ride with your friends where ever
you travel. It’s kind of a small world.
Name your 5 current favorite riding tracks on your iPod?
I like to mix up all lot of different music, hiphop, rock... but
personally I don’t really like to ride with music.I like the idea
of it but it’s quite antisocial when someone comes up and
wants to talk to you in the park you know. Mostly there are
big speakers on the mountain already so there is always some
sort of music.
Do you know what the future is going to be like for you?
I don’t really think about it too much, just wanna enjoy every
second of life and go with it.
Besides snowboarding, do you have any other hobbies?
climbing in the summer, hiking, swimming... but it’s more like
chilling in the sun than swimming haha.
Best place to do these things?
At home in the Valley. Achsau is very good for swimming, it’s
village near where I live. They have a nice little bridge you
can jump of into the fresh mountain water.
Let’s talk about fashion, is the outwear fashion important for
you among the sport for girls?
Yes it is. It describes what sort of rider you are. Some people
like to be more like a rocker - super tight pants and others
goes for a more baggy look. It describes a little bit of your
own style but I wouldn’t say it describes someones personality.
Which are you current outwear sponsors?
Billabong, Salomon, Smith optics and Hotzone snowboard shop
What is the best with them fashion wise?
Billabong is amazing with the fact that they also make street
wear as well as summer collections and bikinis. That’s of no
surprise as they originally are a surfer brand. I like the fact
that a lot of products are organic, which I think is cool. The
clothes in general i would say are very stylish. I am very
stoked to be riding for them....then Salomon, make the best
boots I ever had in all my years of riding. They are sneakers
a like and so comfy I can wear them all day long on the
mountain without my feet aching.
Can you tell me about the new winter 13/14 season billabong
It’s nice, I like it. They got three different lines. A fashion
fit, a rider fit and a Parker fit. Personally, I always choose
the rider and parker fit as they are taller in their designs and
more comfortable to ride in. I think the concept is really cool
and the fact that there is a whole range of colors to choose
from. Another good thing I like about is the good quality in the
Do you follow the current fashion trends on the side ?
oh yeah you know, I’m a girl so I like watching Germany’s
next top model haha. I’m not really following it though and I
do like to read fashion magazines, especially when I travel a
lot its nice to have one with you on the plane. That is about
it how much I follow it!
Which is your ultimate favorite piece of clothing ?
In winter definitely beanies and in summer I love wearing
shorts and flip-flops.
Would you consider yourself a fashionista among your friends,
if not than how would you describe your own style?
I think they are all very stylish, I would describe my own as a
What would your ideal outfit be on a night out?
It really depends on what sort of night out it is... tonight it’s
Gauder and I’m wearing a ”dindle” a traditional austrian dress!
Haha okay, that sounds like a fun party. Let’s say on a normal
Again it depends what you are planning to do....but I would
say a pair of jeans, a nice top... something I feel comfortable
in. Kind of everyday wear but a bit nicer.
High heels on top of that?
Yeah I would. If I was to go out in Zillertal where I live,
probably not... but other places, here and there, big events I
enjoy to wear them. Most of the time I shock my friends by
wearing them as they don’t see me that often wearing such
type of shoe!
Ah nice! I think that’s a good thing, gives you more of a wow
Or maybe they think I just can’t walk in them, maybe thats
How would you describe women’s fashion in the extreme sports
world down the mountain that is?
Really good yeah. They are all dresses like my kind of style.
It all make sense, I mean, all of them got their own sponsors
to represent them....so, everyone is looking good!
So you don’t think it needs a boost?
Not necessarily, I think it’s really good actually! The things you
see on the catwalk is not really wearable...
If you were to end up on the cover of a fashion magazine,
which one would you pick?
Probably Rolling Stones, hell yeah!
Last question, the hype on nikes has been around for quite a
time now, would you still rock them old vans or try the trendy
nikes if you have to choose?
Vans, just like it better. I’ve never bought a pair of fancy
nikes honestly. I do like the brand for running shoes. Good on
your feet and all but I do love my old vans.
Some people wear their vans as they are a part of their life,
how long have you had your longest for?
Almost a year, so not that long! I do wear them a lot so...
Spring and Summer is upon us. Taking us back to the 60’s
where we can see an emergence of mini skirts, flower power
and Mods. Marc Jacobs came out strong with Louis Vuitton’s
collection paring up the models two by two. Big checked prints
in black and white contrasted with neon’s in yellow and green,
not to mention the little oriental twist with Japanese blossoms.
Other designers such as Missoni and Moschino focused on the
more colorful palette by use of flower power and space age.
Mustard yellow blended with grasping pinks are huge this
season and add colour to the flowery spring/summer catwalks.
Maybe it’s going be a grand flourish season?
The roaring 20’s is another era taken on for inspiration
this season, combining a focus on the architectural Bauhaus
movement, Art Deco and Gatsby Glamour. The latter trend is
based upon Baz Luhrmann’s recent movie adaption of F. Scott
Fitzgerald’s classic ‘The Great Gatsby’. The flapper dress and
the flare skirt are key elements seen across a plethora of
runways including that of Nina Ricci, Marchesa, Versace and
Vanessa Bruno. These pieces create a swaying motion which
encapsulates a glamorous confidence. Fashion houses such as
Martin Margiela, Matthew Wiliamsson, Hervé Léger and a number
of other designers embraced the structuralism of Art Deco;
embodied with sequins and beads. This encourages females to
show their sexy side and not to be afraid of showing of those
legs on a warm summer’s evening. During daytime Miss Wang,
Michael Kors, Bluemarine and others have all shown an interest
in flared skirts. This trend has been adapted in various colors
and can be seen across a number of runways. Its effortlessness
ensures it to be a key contender for the upcoming
A few more experimental designers took a trip to the japanese
folklore; boosting the traditional cuts with fresh Asian motifs
and blossoms. Etro, Pucci, Miu Miu to name a few, displayed
a fantastic variation of innovative dresses inspired by kimonos,
adding an essence of sexy and edginess through volume and
cut outs. This oriental inspiration is sure to be glowing this
Nature is another key trend that is flourishing this season.
Big names such as Hermés, Matthew Williamson, Gucci and
Jeremy Scott embraced this style in a variety of different ways.
It is a grand mix of various designs featuring Romanticism,
Tropical, Flourish, Under the Sea and Wildlife Safari to name a
few. Oversized garments and big prints epitomize this movement.
Kenzo’s collection represented a strong significance of
the tropical wildlife safari by pairing khaki, bright orange and
turquoise patched up with a twist of leather and big tropical
prints. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim made it easy to attract
their audience for a holiday takeout to the Japanese Jungle.
Designers stretched their inspiration to island life such as Isabel
Marant swaying us into Hawaiian beach theme. Other islands
such as Fiji, Tahiti and Bali have had an impact this season
as we find exotic bird prints appearing in shows such as Just
Let’s not forget that the 80’s are making a huge come back
with fresh twists as icons of the decade such as Madonna,
Grace Jones, Annie Lennox and Michael Jackson are being
used for inspiration. Dsquared2 and Galliano’s shows have
even gone to the extent of using models that reflect these
icons. Sexy cut outs with S&M bondage designs using black
and white leather are also a prominent trend this season as it
takes us back to Helmut Newton’s spectacular yet controversially
erotic photography. The popular sports trend, which was
most likely inspired by the London 2012 Olympics, continues
to have a presence on the runway. David Koma’s whole collection
was inspired by female tennis players. It introduced us
to diamond cuts and asymmetrical bandages wrap dresses with
a low waist and flare skirt designs. Using the court as his
inspiration, Koma uses net fabrics combined with bright oranges
Recurrent trends of the 90’s are also hitting the stands,
with minimalism, grunge and androgyny. Balmain, Balenciaga,
Chalayan, Haider Ackerman and a few others mix up 90’s
androgyny with 80’s power woman suits. Clean and sharp cuts
combined with backcombed hair and monochromatic colors are
key. More so, it looks like grunge is also going to be a big hit
this season. Using a mixture of different prints and elements,
teen spirit is about to take over the high street. Betsy Johnson
presented a crazy show as usual with lots of color blocks
and clashing prints compared to Philip Lim who focused on
the t-shirt slogans with denim and flannel shirts. Grunge is a
wide collection of mismatch pieces that work perfectly together.
This time represented in a modern way that is healthier and
more natural. Minimalism seems to be very popular this spring
and summer. Jil Sander, Armani, Céline and Topshop Unique
showed us effortless designs of how you can take minimalism
to the next level. Many designers took on minimalism using
clean shapes, representing purity and simplicity. Jil Sander womenswear
collection can be described as understated elegance
full of freedom, making summer 2013 seem so breezy. Giorgio
Armani took his collection with control over sharp geometrical
shapes embracing the flamboyant silks and organzas of a blue
and gray color palette. Very elegant and neat bringing us up to
the blue night skies, he also tried stepping outside of his zone.
Adding to his minimalistic style he combined shimmer and stars
in a blurry futuristic way.
H & M
Photographer: Andrea Optional
Assistant photographer: Slone Mesly Dayce
Stylist: Nicole Helm
Styling assistance: Elie Esteve & Jane Marle
Life of Successful Model
Chris Andrew Kightley
Where are you from?
I am for Tamworth,
How old are you?
What made you consider modeling?
To be honest, nothing really consider me choosing modeling. I
got scouted while I was working in Costa coffee...I didn’t think
of it really.
When was this?
This was four years ago over the summer in Essex.
How old were you when you did your first shoot?
16 actually when I think about it. I wasn’t a real model then
though. I did a shoot for Bliss, it’s like a 16-year-old teenage
magazine in England, it’s quite embarrassing but they paid me
50 pounds haha!
I bet you were stoked by that?
oh yeah! I was well stoked, I kept on calling the editor every
week about when it was coming out, I bet she was well sick
of me haha. Now I don’t care if I’m in Italian vogue or GQ
What is the scariest thing of being a model?
Waking up one day and realizing you are getting old.. probably...or
your first wrinkle haha. I don’t really know...that’s the
best I can come up with.
Seeing you on big billboards for example River Island, When
did you realize you are becoming to have a more successful
career as a model?
I didn’t realize really just until a couple of years ago before I
did River Island and as well as Burton. I wasn’t serious at all
about it before.. but since I was booking big jobs and editorials
all around the world, I realized it is a career and there is
a lot more jobs to come and campaigns. So now I’ve taken it
Which is the craziest job you ever done?
The craziest job I’ve ever done must have been for
Calvin Klein fashion week in Berlin. I had to be a living
center piece for the main show which consisted me
a long with a few other models laying down naked on
the podium. It was just at the main entrance of the show
and of course you had all the celebrities on the front
row watching you. I remember that Sylvester Stallone was
there and the cast from Twilight and many more. So it
was very wired and very uncomfortable laying there naked
in front of all those people. It’s not a thing you do everyday
So you were totally but naked??
yeah that was the most odd thing about it, I wasn’t allowed
to move a muscle, I just had to lay there. So
yeah it was a pretty crazy experience.
How did you end up with England’s most leading model
agencies, Models 1?
I’ve been with them now for the past year. To be honest,
it was quite difficult to get with the Agency as such
a prestigious agency that they only take the best models,
with the quite resent editorial I’ve done with BMW
Germany, big editorials with GQ and Vogue magazine and
fashion shows such as Alexander Mcqueen and Calvin
Klein, they saw potential in me.
You’ve done a lot of catwalks, which one would you consider
your most famous walk?
Certainly Alexander Mcqueen which also was my first ever runway
show I did in Milan.
As a model, you must travel a lot, which is the best place
you’ve ever been sent off to for a job?
That’s a tricky one perhaps which are the one(s). There are
so many I can’t really decide...
But if you have to name one?
Okay, then I would have to go with my first shoot I’ve ever
done on a tropical island. I went to Mauritius. It probably was
one of the best first trips on my list.
Which job has been the most successful you have accomplished?
They are all successful but I would have to say the one with
the most wow factor was a very recent one i did with BMW in
LA. It was a private shoot, top secret! So we had top security
trough the airport and jet flights flying in the sky keeping out
the paparazzi’s. We even had three police patrol vans cutting
off all roads around us. It was pretty crazy, American style. All
this because of a new car never promoted before.
Let’s talk about fashion, which 3 brand would you say are
My fav brands I like to wear is Scotch&Soda, a brand from
Amsterdam, I love them Calvin Klein boxer shorts and Jean
Paul which is a norwegian brand.
Why exactly them?
Scotch&Soda really suits my build compared to other brands.
CK, I just love the comfiness and JP because of their good
quality and stylish looks.
Do you have to be aware of fashion trends as a model?
Yes, a lot but it’s always hard and difficult. As a model you
create new looks and styles but it can either look cool or
stupid. So you have to be really confident with what you wear.
To be honest, I know a lot of models who doesn’t really care
about their style or what they wear in anyway...
What do you think about the spring/summer 13 trends then,
tropical prints, cool huh?
I think their crazy. Personally, it’s not my taste. I prefer more
plain, stylish and simple than outrages and colorful fashion. But
you know, this is what people design. I prefered the spring/
summer 11 collections. They were nice and simple, Black and
white with lazy cuts. Nowadays they try to work with crazy
school boy looks instead.
If you go shopping, which 3 stores are you a regular shopper
I’m not a regular shopper at all haha. If I’m in London and I
see a nice shop and clothes in the window, ill probably go in
and try them maybe even buy them! But I don’t tend to go to
certain shops I go to them all really...
Do you ever get to keep anything, clothes, accessories after
shoots or catwalks as a model?
Sometimes you do, if your lucky and if you’re a cheeky one,
you can ask. Mostly it depends what job you are doing and
what’s it for. Working with big campaigns, they will always
let you keep the suits as well as getting paid. With fashion
shows they will give you something like a rolex watch or an
Armani suit rather than pay you.
That’s sounds good!
Yeah it’s really nice! Some of my friends got loads of free
stuff from an Armani show worth thousands of pounds!
Living the model life seems pretty sweet, has it been easy for
you to get where you are today in the industry?
No, it hasn’t been easy at all. At first it was a struggle
because I was a snowboarder with no money and it’s very
difficult if you don’t have a foot on the ladder or lacking connections
with people in the industry. Thankfully a couple of
years after just doing casting in London, I met my manager
who still is managing me today. His name is Paul. Since that
day I met him, he gave me more confidence to become a
model and spoke to me about what to do and how I can
make it happen. Of course he made all of that come true.
With lots of hard work and stressful times, working two jobs as
well as modeling part time, eventually he put me with the right
agencies around the world. Today I’m signed with 8 agencies
and thanks to him I now have constant work with the biggest
names in the industry.
What is the worst thing that can happen on a shoot?
haha that the clothes wont fit, it’s so embarrassing! It happened
to me one time. They brought the wrong size and they
had to cancel the whole shoot. I was angry because at the
end of the day, I don’t get paid on behalf of other peoples
Name the 5 most important things you always need to have
on you as a Model?
Shaver, Iphone, Ipad, money and hair-wax.
Who is the most famous person you ever come across in the
Well, there are two actually. I’ve met David Coulthard, formula
1 driver at a Hugo Boss party once in London. Then I shared
a lift with David Gandy, the super model from Dolce & Gabbana.
Although I didn’t realize it was him until he walked out
Would you consider yourself with a fashionable personality, if
not which one would you describe yourself being?
I don’t know what to say to that. In private I don’t really care
that much about it. I’m very relaxed. I wont talk about it unless
someone asks me.
As a former sponsored snowboard rider for Burton, the guys
must be pretty jealous of you making it in both worlds, huh?
Very true, haha. No, but all of my old friends from snowboarding
who I grew up with and was riding with since I was
11, they were very surprised I started a life as a model after
Is snowboarding one of your biggest hobbies aside modeling?
Yes, of course! You can’t snowboard for 12 years professionally
and just stop... snowboarding is most certainly my main
Okay, down to the two last questions, If you had to choose,
Snowboard shoes or fancy designer shoes?
I find them both comfortable and I lived with both of them all
So I’ve heard you are having a baby boy soon with your
lovely girlfriend Jeannine, Congratulations, do you think you’ll
be aware of baby fashion and dress him fashionably to be the
coolest kid in the playground?
Yeah of course. He’s going to be dressed in Ralph Lauren
and have a match suit, haha! Jokes aside, he will definitely
stand out and be noticeable from a distance!
Photographer: Daria Belikova
Stylist: Nicole Helm
Make-Up: Alina Milos
DRESS, ZARA. NECKLACE, MISS SELFRIDGE & TOPSHOP.
SHIRT, TROUSERS & GOLD BELT, ZARA, SILVER BELT, URBAN OUTFITTERS, NECKLACE, VINTAGE.
DRESS, ZARA. NECKLACE, MISS SELFRIDGE.
DRESS, HAT, NECKLACE, ZARA.
DRESS, HAT, NECKLACE, ZARA.
Make up Artist
Where are you from?
I live in Austria, but I’m half dutch and austrian.
As an employee at MAC cosmetics in Innsbruck, how did you
end up in the beauty industry?
Well I think every make up artist would love to work for MAC
cosmetics, it’s not that easy to get to work for them you have
to stand out of course and put a lot of effort into it. Getting
into the make up industry is very hard, you have to be
very good and know everything about your work. As well, even
times today I have to do some work for free to get in contact
with important people.
Do you have any advice for people wanting to become a make
Be different and outstanding, do your own thing.
Can you tell me a little bit about MAC cosmetics, why are
they so popular around the world?
Everyone who knows something about make up knows MAC.
They work with the biggest events and fashion shows around
the world. MAC always put their heart and soul into their
company especially for the MAC AIDS foundation, Viva Glam.
It connects all of us within the brand, MUA’s to the Founders
and creators of the MAC Viva Glam campaigns. They have a
grand passion for helping people of all ages, races and sexes
affected by HIV and AIDS. Personally, it’s an honor to be
work for them.
Did you find it competitive to find job as a MUA in Austria?
No because with my history and my experience it’s not that
hard in Austria. Believe it or not, fashion is upcoming nowadays
here in Austria. We’ll see how the competition will be then!
How long has it been since you started your career?
I went to Amsterdam as soon as I finished high school to become
a Make up artist. I was 19 at the time so it’s been 8
Do you work freelance on the side as well?
yes and I do have quite a bit of work at the moment.
As a freelance, do you have your own website?
Yes, you should check it out; www.JeannineLehner.com
Which is the most fun job you’ve done?
I can’t really tell you that because I love most of the jobs I
do, they are very different from each other which make it a bit
of a challenge and fun!
Have you done anything commercially?
A few things I have done has been published in small magazines...but
I’m still waiting for the big Vogue job :-)
Where do you find your inspiration from?
That’s a hard one... I get inspired by a lot of things I see.
Sometimes I can be very creative and sometimes I just can’t
come up with anything. Mostly I get inspired by people on the
streets I would have to say.
Do you consider yourself working in the high fashion industry in
the near future?
I hope I will, that would be my dream.
If you could extend your experience in fashion which of he
Fashion Capitals would you pick to live/work in ;, London,
Milan, Paris or New York?
New York, definitely.
What is the best about being a Make up artist?
That you can be as creative as you want and have your own
style and ideas.
Do you have any other hobbies outside your job?
Well here in Austria, I love the nature and all the activites you
can do around here. For example snowboarding, climbing or
swimming. They got really beautiful lakes around here..
Do you follow fashion daily?
Well, yes of course.
Which are you favorite magazines and good inspiration for
I love Italian Vogue and ID magazine. I also read a lot of
blogs of other MUAs.
What sort of Make Up defines your particular style?
I like it very natural with something outstanding, like a very
bright lipstick for example.
Going more into fashion, where would you go shopping on a
normal day of shopping spree?
I love second hand shops but I will always find something in
ZARA, River Island or Topshop.
If you could choose any designer in the world, who would
design your wedding dress?
Definitely John Galliano! I would love to get married in a dress
like Kate Moss was wearing on her big day.
Make up is an everyday routine for most of women around the
world, you have probably seen the best and the worst walking
down the street, what is your best make up tip for women?
Really take your time to choose your foundation, this is so important.
There is nothing worse then not having the right tone.
Sometimes a make up emergency is needed on a night out,
which are your 3 ’must haves’ in the purse?
Concealer, tinted lip balm and powder.
Okay, last question. There is always a lot of talk about the
fashion and beauty industry being questioned as art. Do you
consider Make-up is a form of art?
A most definite YES.
J a p o n i s m e
Photographer: Giovanni Martins
Stylist: Nicole Helm
Stylist-assistants: Elie Esteve & Jane Marle
Make-Up: Louise Hall
Hair: Jonathan Hughes
JACKET, SHIRT, ZARA, TOP & SHIRT, BERSHKA, BIKINI TOP & JEWELRY, RIVER ISLAND.
KIMONO, SCARF & SHOES, ZARA, KNIT TOP & JEANS, H&M, JEWELRY, PRIVATE.
KIMONO, SHORTS, BAG, BIKINI TOP & NECKLACE, ZARA, JEANS, H&M, JEWELRY, PRIVATE.
KIMONO, SHIRT & TROUSERS, H&M, RUCKSACK, TOPSHOP, JEWELRY, PRIVATE.
JACKET & DRESS, ZARA, SHIRT & BAG, RIVER ISLAND, SHORTS, LEVIS VINTAGE, RINGS, H&M & TOPSHOP.
Raptor Jewelry is a custom jewelry line that embraces eccentricity. Each pair has a personality and a name to match! In addition
to charisma, each pair carries a bit of Native American culture by means of precious stones, feathers, or leather. They’re all
hand made rendering no two pair alike, so revel in the beauty and individuality of Raptor.
The designer behind the brand is 25-year-old Ashlee Hatcher. Her passion for creating jewelry is grand and with hard work the
brand has grown tremendously. She has reached success in a very short time and actresses such as Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria
and Steven Tyler are clients on her list to name a few. Ashlee’s name for her Jewelry-line Raptor mainly comes from her
fascination of Jurassic Park. More specifically the scene when the kids are running around in the big metal kitchen trying to get
away from the Raptors. But on a more professional note, Raptor’s are also birds of prey. Seeing as all Ashlee’s earrings have
both feathers and ferocity, she thought it was a fitting name.
The inspiration for her lines comes from everything and everybody she encounters. She takes full advantage of all her senses.
The world can be as ugly as it is beautiful but Ashlee tries to focus on the latter. She makes it a point to soak up all the
positive and use that to make something beautiful.
To describe her brand in styles and looks she has several categories she puts them into. ’Simply feathers’, ’hand made wire
hoops’, ‘dream catchers’, ‘chain danglers’ and ‘big gold hoops’. In an interview with Ark Collective she mentions ”I’ll honestly
make anything that dares to cross my mind but as a group, I’d say they all carry a touch of class and a bump of funk!”. Here
are some of her latest designs.
SHIRT, VINTAGE URBAN OUTFITTERS, SHORTS, DR. DENIM, SHOELACE, URBANOUTFITTERS, JEWELRY & SUNGLASSES, TOPMAN.
Photographer: Giovanni Martins
Stylist: Nicole Helm
Make-Up: Polly Mann
SHIRT, PULL&BEAR, T-SHIRT, HAT & JEWELRY, TOPMAN, SHORTS, H6M, SUNGLASSES, URBAN OUTFITTERS.
T-SHIRT & JUMPER, ZARA, TROUSERS, TOPMAN CONCESSION BRAND, JEWELRY, TOPMAN, SCARF, H&M.
T-SHIRT & HAT, ZARA, BOWTIE & SUNGLASSES, TOPMAN.
T-SHIRT, SHORTS, HAT & BAG, ZARA, ACCESSORIES, TOPMAN.
CRUISER SKATEBOARD, URBAN OUTFITTERS, NECKLACE, H&M, SUNGLASSES, TOPMAN.
” I don’t want to sound mystical but sometimes when you take a picture something takes over and leads you”
- Tim Walker
Mystical images, indeed what can you say about Tim Walker’s exhibition ’Story teller’ at the Somerset House,
London. Leaving an incredible eye-opener for the fairytale wonderland.
Walker, the story teller, these exact words. One of fashion’s most leading photographer, started off his career
only at the age of 25 in Vogue fashion. He has worked with the most renowned people in the fashion industry
as well as major fashion labels. Tim Walker is probably the most unfashionable fashion-photographer of them
all, yet inspires with fantasy, magic, emotion and art. His photography is one of a kind, original, highly creative
and imaginative. It’s recognizable instantly and that is something that today is rare to find.
The exhibition consists of many narratives and props used from the editorials that are put on display. Placing
these in different rooms creates a cohesive story. Leading us through these spaces, quotes by Walker himself
are placed dancing around the walls explaining his romantic notions of imagination and photography:
“Sometimes when you’re taking a picture an extraordinary sense of luck and chance takes over and propels you
to make pictures that you couldn’t in your wildest dreams have imagined. This is the magic of photography.”
Entering the unexpected door leading to the first room, the resemblance of Willy Wonka was brought to the
attention. Inside, a life-sized Spitfire painted in baby blue color - a prop from a 2009 British Vogue shoot
starring Lily Donaldson - has artfully ‘crashed’ through the fireplace. In addition of mixing the surreal tapestry
of a blue sky falling apart contrasting with the walls of the setting - this was a divine tone for the rest that is
yet to come. The beautiful romantic white swan, the giant bumblebee playing the cello, the huge skeleton and
the 15ft tall child’s doll that once chased Lindsey Wixson through the woods for Vogue Italia. But despite these
extravagant center pieces in every room which create their own stories of this theatrical staged exhibit; all eyes
are primarily focused on the photographs that in fact brought them to life. A decoration on white walls blended
by fashion editorials mainly from Vogue magazines, portraits of; Vivianne Westwood, Helena Bonham Carter and
Alexander Mcqueen and additional personal work.
In one scene, Kirsten Mcmenamy is up against a giant spider, while in another room, Malgosia Bela is posing
nude in a bed with a jumbo snail facing down. Stella Tennant is in a pink cloud among the rhododendrons
of an English country garden, Agyness Deyn stands in the sand dunes of Namibia amplified with real
sand on the bottom of the room. Perhaps brought from Namibia?
It can be argued that we are used to value the beauty of the photographic works. By looking into the wellcreated
framework which have been granted for the making of it; the experience of being confronted by these
constructions is something we are not commonly used to. The notorious installation props stationed around
the different areas of the exhibition looses that bit of magic. An instant reaction from imagination to reality;
the works of beauty from being in existence becomes drift apart; a disappointing and unexpected repercussion.
For all one knows, it can be discussed as a matter of the presentation. The sculptured props appears
equally with the photographic works. Moreover, the photographic pieces can be argued to work alternatively
independently without loosing its magical flair that comes within Walker’s images. Subsequently, ending the
show with the sculptural props in an exciting composition with splendor in amazement individually. However,
the magic of fantasy in fairytale of the unreal is beyond an astonishment and by no means does it make up
for an interesting exhibition as it stands.
Far from it, his fairytale photography empowers the audience, the people - to be swooped into endless
imagination. It is grand, it is fantasy and it is beautiful. Tim Walker is one unbeatable man when it come to
true originality and genius feat of excellence in photography. He is the Willy Wonka of the fashion photography.
It is unquestionable that it is a must see exhibit as additionally the admission is free.
written by: Nicole Helm,
Tim Walker Story Teller, supported by Mulberry, runs from October 18 - January 27, 2013 at Somerset
Photographer: Giovanni Martins
Stylist: Nicole Helm
Stylist-assistants: Elie Esteve & Jane Marle
Make-Up: Marie Bruce
Hair: Jonathan Hughes
& Stephen Tschaepe
JACKET AND TROUSERS, ZARA. BAG, MIU MIU. JEWELERY, H&M.
DRESS, TOPSHOP. PURSE, CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA. RING, NEW LOOK. NECKLACE, PRIVATE. BRACELET, H&M.
JEWELERY, MELODY EHSANI.
TOP, MISS SELFRIDGE, BELT, ZARA, SKIRT AND NECKLACE, TOPSHOP, CLUTCH, BALENCIAGA. SHOES, NEW LOOK.
BRACELET AND EARRINGS, H&M.
JACKET, RIVER ISLAND. SKIRT, ZARA. BAG, MARC JACOBS, NECKLACE, TOPSHOP. EARRINGS AND BRACELET, H&M.
LONDON, MAY - JUNE
Roy Lichtenstein at Tate Modern is a momentous
show, bringing together 125 of his
most definitive paintings and sculptures and
reassessing his enduring legacy. The first
full-scale retrospective of this important artist
in over twenty years, it showcases such key
paintings as Look Mickey 1961 lent from
the National Gallery Art, Washington and his
monumental Artist’s Studio series of 1973–4.
Other noteworthy highlights include Whaam!
1963 – a signature work in Tate’s collection
– and Drowning Girl 1963 on loan
from the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Here, curator Iria Candela presents some of
The Dairy Art Centre, a new not-for-profit art
center in London’s Bloomsbury district, opened
to the pubic on April 25. Collectors Frank
Cohen and Nicolai Frahm have taken over a
150 sq m former milk depot into a showcase
for art, music and dance. Starting with the
biggest UK show by the multi-faceted Swiss
veteran John Armleder.
Armleder has filled the Dairy’s irregular, casual
gallery spaces and outdoor sculpture yard with
works from the founders’ collections as well
as new paintings and installations designed for
the art centre. Armleder curated the exhibition.
The result is an engaging mixture of
wall paintings, mixed media pieces, “Furniture
Sculpture,” “Pour” and “Puddle” paintings,
neon combines, sculptures and canvas paintings.
Ellen Gallagher is not a particularly well-known
figure in London, UK and it is bold of the Tate
to devote a large exhibition to the American artist,
born in 1965. The Tate’s decision to stage her
first British show pays dividends: Gallagher’s work
is not entirely free of the curse of portentousness,
but she has a redeeming feature – much of her
art is simply gorgeous to look at, with a sumptuous,
complex surface, absorbing in detail and
This summer she is displaying two exhibition on
each side of the world. A substantial survey at
Tate Modern in London will be followed by a
20-year retrospective at the New Museum in New
Zombie Surf Party Zine are throwing an art exhibition
this May with various illustrations and skateboard photography
from Guy Jarrett, Michael Biddulph, Matt Musk,
Helena Long, Liam Clark and Becci Atkinson. These
5 met through skateboarding in the Norwich area and
have various goodness to share. This will be set up
for you to pop into from 2nd-12th May at the Basement
Gallery, (under Lomography) at 117 Commercial
Street, East London, E1 6BG.
Artist on Trend
Niky Roehreke is a german/japanese illustrator currently
living in New York, Brooklyn to be more exact. She
graduated from the Central Saint Martins Graphic Design
course in London in 2008. Since then she’s been
drawing, doodling, painting and making collages (almost)
every single day. Today there are many ways to communicate
but Niky strongly believes that the hands remain
the most powerful and honest, sometimes magical way to
All her work is handmade and she likes to emphasizes
that by creating ‘hand’ motifs in to it. From watercolor
to hand drawing and collage, Niky plays with colors and
shapes nicely. This makes her work standout in fashion
magazine such as Jalouse, Tokion, Nylon or Flare. With
her unique style and obsession with hands, the fashionable
illustrator is one of a kind. Niky Roehreke is definitely
an interesting artist to watch out for. Here are some
of her latest work.
Snowbombing, one of England’s most popular city festivals. Situated in
the beautiful mountains of Austria, it brings the slopes and fresh air into
the music festival. It is an exciting and one of a kind festival in Europe.
Starting off as an aprés-ski promotional nightclub
scene to increase sales of ski holidays in
France 13 years ago, it moved on in 2005
into the cosy austrian alpine village of the
Zillertal Valley, Mayrhofen (aka M-town). This
has been a successful place for the festival
and has been growing ever since. Primarily the
focus is on snowboard contests during the days
at the lPenken Park which also features DJs
such as Skream and Mistajam. These DJ’s are
situated in the restaurant right next to it, Grillhof
alm. The Snowbombers can enjoy a nice
lunch on big beanbags on the snowy mountains
and a cold beer in their hands. During the
afternoon, this year Snowbombing offered one
street party early in the week and as many as
two forest parties for the final two days. The
street party which normally is half way trough
the festival is free for the non snowbombers
as well to have a little fun. With The Cuban
Brothers on stage and many more, this is
the best day for fancy dress. The theme for
this year was Mardi Grass Carnival. Browsing
around, not everyone follows the exact theme.
Many outfits are eye catching, some provocative
in a comic way. Everything from a walking
penis and vagina, to Teletubbies, Shrek
and Elmo from Sesame street. The costumes
are to be amazed by! People put great deal of
thought and a lot of effort into the fancy dress
annually to maintain good spirits.
After the Street Party the night continues in
the Racket Club.This club is a focal point
through out the week where all the nights
activities commence . It is the biggest venue
out of the 9 used during the week. DJs and
bands both play live sets to their audiences.
On the live line-up the most anticipated acts
were, Kasabian, Katy B, Rudimental, Disclosure
and Above & Beyond along with famous Example
with his no.1 hits in on the UK charts.
Example who’s now performed for his 3rd time
at Snowbombing is a great proof of how Artists
and DJs themselves love to come back
and play at this peerless festival. Other venues
Mayrhofen proudly presents; their own igloo
which featured Kasabian with a private set on
With limited tickets, not everyone gets the pleasure of enjoying
this intimate venue. A surprise for all Snowbombers was
the announcement of two forest parties. Standing on the second
last day in the forest party, the sun is just about to go
down, Disclosure goes up live on stage. Playing their electro
beats straight up on made everyone jump up and down. Highlighting
their performance with their latest top UK hits ’White
Noise’ and ‘Latch’ it was without doubt one of the best live
acts on the line up.
Looking back at previous years, due to limited capacity at the
forest parties, there has been disappointments for some festival
goers. Due to this reason organizers listened to the customer
feedback and as a result the additional forest party was included
. The unique alpine party atmosphere accompanied by the
multiple big name mainstream artists have been key in making
snowbombing become the most successful festival in the
Presenting Rekordelig as this years main sponsor,
this Swedish cider was on the menu for all to enjoy.
Snowbombing began gathering momentum in 2009
and 2010 when big names in the electronic music
scene such as; 2manyDjs, Fat Boy Slim, Example,
Pendulum, The Prodigy, Chase & Status, Benga and
Skream, Madness, Magnetic Man, Tinie Tempah,
Mark Ronson and many more were announced. Having
Volvo as their main sponsor and Eristoff Vodka
made their reputation grow highly. Sadly Volvo
withdrew sponsorship in 2011 and Eristoff since last
year. Due to this a few changes have been made
but nevertheless the spirit of Snowbombing is still
there and it continues to grow.
The Festival is a happy time in Mayrhofen. ”Hansi
the Butcher” at Gasser keeps all the snowbombers
from being hungry, all the local bars serve the
highest quality beer, Zillertaler from its own austrian
valley brewery. The spirit is on top and the weather
forecast in general is promising hot spring weather.
The fancy dress themes every day engage people
to put an effort in and actively go all out for the
week of holiday they’ve booked. The fashion is most
definitely interesting on the streets and the mountains.
It is impressive to see heavy costumes rocked all day
and all night.
The concept of Snowbombing gives you a full
package holiday including the festival wristband
and accommodation. It was the 9th edition in
the little alpine village this year. However Gareth
Cooper, (founder of the festival) never thought it
would become this big. He assumed it was just
a clever marketing ploy to sell more holidays.
Nevertheless, the road has not been straight all
the way to the top of success as it has become
today. Mr Cooper, finally accomplished his goal
after 7 years of trying. He never stopped believing
in his idea nor gave up and thanks to him 8,000
people can come and enjoy a full week of madness
in the Austrian mountains!
As a dedicated Snowbomber, you’ll know everyone
else are missing out. If it is your first time, it is
promising you will end up coming back next year.
Nothing beats fresh air, skiing or snowboarding
combined with the best Dubstep, drum n bass,
deep house and live DJs and artist in the world
on top of a mountain, in an igloo, forest and on
the streets of the alpine village, Mayrhofen. Snowbombing
never fails and delivered this year again
as usual. So join next year if you’re not busy the
week after easter!
Something about a Secret Cinema sounds like an exciting and a fantastic night out. The release of the film, theme and location
is kept secret until the day has come. It has been announced as ”the biggest cultural event of the year” but there is more to it
than just a secret cinema. By recreating an after movie set with the film’s theme and actors setting the mood, the night is about
to start. DJs are hitting the decks and live music rocking the stage. Not to forget , there are more hidden surprises inside. You
just have to be curious and look what’s behind those unmarked doors, props from the actual film and loads more. Have a look
around, socialise with actors you just saw in the movie and enjoy the excitement of a secret night full of surprises! It is most
definitely an event to book into your calendar. The price is not cheap but affordable, perhaps a once in a life time experience
to add to your bucket list. For £43.50 you will have a night full of unexpected events to remember! If you wish to additionally
splash the cash and eat, exquisite chefs from Copenhagen and San Francisco are there to impress in the Secret Restaurant
called ”The Future Paradise Dinner”. So book it now, tickets available at secretcinema.org.
Lovebox is a one of a kind, weekend festival located in the heart of Hackney in Victoria Park. Compared to other big name
Summer festivals, this mini city festival has many big names which will not disappoint. The festival covers a wide variety of genres
to suit everyeone, including pop, hiphop, drum n bass, electro, rock to name a few. It simply is a must to get a ticket. The
glue that binds Lovebox together across all three days is the care and attention with which the acts and artists lovingly present
on dramatic stages against the beautiful backdrop of London’s oldest public park on a site whose facilities we endeavour to
improve upon year on year. Come and taste the best culture London has to offer. Amazing food, a colourful, flamboyant atmosphere,
impeccable style, impressive art installations, and of course, a line-up that is too good to miss.
The Queen of Hoxton has one of the best rooftops in Shoreditch, east London. Who would’t want to pay this palce a visit, relax
on the terrace and sip a chilled beverage under the sunshine either after work or on a hot spring or summer day. With two bars
and a barbecue, this venue caters for all. As Summer embarks upon us, the Queen of Hoxton organises a yearly open air cinema
on its rooftop. With up to five screenings a week, the chance of catching a movie is easy! As it is outdoors, you may be
worried about the surrounding noise...but don’t panic, the crew have thought about that! A pair of wireless headphones are given
to each viewer. So come up, have a drink, sit back and enjoy a movie. To book tickets and find out more about the Rooftop
film club screenings, go on their website: www.queenofhoxton.com
Field Day is a one day music festival based in the heart of East London with an eclectic choice of acts. Focusing the music
scene on its renowned underground electro artists, this day will provide you with an endless party until dawn. Nevertheless, the
beats of top UK listed talents such as Animal Collective and Bats for Lashes play live into your ears. Field day started off as a
small event seven years ago, however has since grown exponentially. Other big names hitting the stage include Disclosure, Julio
Bashmore and many more! Book your ticket now, for a feisty price of £49.50, it’s worth every penny for witnessing 80 different
artist playing in one day! http://www.fielddayfestivals.com