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Get crafty with Hackney Walk’s Stitch Academy

Get crafty with the new Hackney Walk’s Stitch Academy this summer. If you’ve always hoped to become the next budding shoe designer, interested in learning the ropes of a fashion bizz or just joining in with the community of like minded people and creative folk, then this one is for you.

The series – curated by acclaimed Stylist and founder of interactive fashion platform OKgrl Louby Mcloughlin – will be hosted by some of London’s most prevalent and exciting designers and creatives. Running for five consecutive weekends from 23 July 2016, these exclusive once in a lifetime opportunities will allow attendees to try out their skills under the supervision of these world-class experts.

Rising star Mary Benson who has worked for designers such as Alexander McQueen and Richard Nicoll kcked of the shenanigans last weekend in an interactive workshop on print making. British designer Henry Holland will put on an exclusive talk followed by a Q&A. SWHQ, the studio of celebrated shoe designer Sophia Webster will present a shoe design tutorial curated by Sophia herself and will host a competition for attendees. Not one to miss.

To register for a free ticket go to www.hackneywalk.com. Entrants will be notified on a first come first served basis.

Schedule for consecutive weeks:

Saturday 30 July: Sophia Webster HQ, Shoe Design Tutorial and Illustration Workshop

Sunday 31 July: The Mushpit, How to make a Zine

Saturday 6 August: Henry Holland, Fashion Talk and Q&A

Sunday 7 August: BLEACH London, Creative Hair Colour Workshop – curated by Alex Brownsell

Saturday 13 August: Sharmadean Reid, Nail Art Masterclass

Sunday 14 August: Piers Atkinson, Festival Headwear Workshop

Saturday 20 August: Holly Fulton, Jewellery Making Workshop

Sunday 21 August: Louby Mcloughlin, Styling Workshop


You’re invited to Ryan Lo’s Retrospective Show

1883 caught up with Ryan Lo ahead of his retrospective show this Saturday at London’s Southbank Centre. Ryan’s approach to fashion design is fun loving with an undeniable super sweet approach to femininity, garnering him attention from Lulu Kennedy back in 2012. Speaking of the NEWGEN sponsorship experience and how it helped his career, Ryan said, ‘It put me on the London map in the quickest possible way! Now I am everywhere (in all the fashion parties!) haha”.

The retrospective itself is unique in its approach to inclusivity, open to the public in two time slots with over eight seasons of work on display to look up close. Sabrina Henry, Fashion Curator for Southbank Centre, said: ‘We’re delighted to showcase Ryan’s collections at our first ever dedicated fashion weekend. Fashion Undressed with MasterCard explores fashion and creativity in all its forms and uncovers how these influences work to create our personal style and individual identity.”

So here’s our interview with Ryan ahead of this rewarding project, where he describes his journey in his own fun and fabulous way.

Tell us a bit about your journey so far. 

I am Arya Stark in the House of Black and White. I am none and nothing!

How would you describe your approach to fashion design?


You’re known for your super sweet and feminine designs. One of our favourites was your SS15 ‘LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME!’ collection complete with mermaids. How do you arrive at these characters?

I was really into ABBA the movie with Meryl Streep [Mamma Mia]…. so it just made sense to do the Amanda Seyfried Greek mermaid hair and I just went with it!

Take us through the steps you go through to realise an idea into a collection. 

Mood> Music> Shoes> Clothes

Why do you think such schemes are integral to helping younger fashion designers?

Its just fucking great, they give you money, put a spotlight on you and you show your work at Fashion week!? Can not be better!

Do you have any tips for younger designers? 

Don’t start your own thing until you know you are going somewhere. Have faith in yourself, be realistic and have lots of fun doing it! Enjoy the moment!

What’s it like being a young fashion designer in London? 

Hard but fun

What led you to create a retrospective of your work?

Southbank Centre’s Fashion Curator Sabrina Henry approached me and I said ‘YES!’ it was the right timing.

How did you come to choose your favourite looks for the retrospective?

I work with my favs and Victoria Young on the styling; there are 3 sections Florals (Plants)! Bunnies (animals)! Sugar-plum Fairies (Food/ Human) to cover all of the senses!

Your show is open to public, helping to bring the catwalk experience to a mass. Why was this important for you?

Whitney Hudson ‘I’m Every Woman!’

Ryan Lo’s retrospective will be held as part of the Southbank Centre’s “Fashion Undressed” Festival on Saturday 23rd July 2016 at 1pm and 2:45pm. The festival explores ‘real fashion for real people’, bringing together big names from across fashion, music, art and technology to celebrate and better understand fashion and its societal impact.

Words by Sofia Khan

About last night with the New Faces at Models 1

Last night 1883 partied with the team from Models 1 for the opening of their latest exhibition at Protein Studios. The exhibition focuses on 10 of the brightest new faces to watch shot by upcoming photographer Jesse Laitinen in a series of portrait prints and moving image.

Model and DJ Amber Le Bon and Max Bloom spun the decks with delectable canapés served by Author and Chef, Tess Ward as attendees mingled with the new faces set to light up the catwalk come next season. The 1883 team spotted model Refaya Davis, who walked for a number of shows for SS17 London Collections:Men alongside model Anoushka Barnett, whose unmistakable personality is clearly visible in her portrait.

The concept of “New Faces” is to bring together elements of art with new ideas and images to help models portray and showcase their individuality through images. The series itself realizes this with visceral and energetic artwork by artist Rosanna Webster.

Featured Models: Anoushka Barnett @anoushkabarnett | Eva Jurkeviciute @evajurke | Hannah Gillespie @gillespie_h
| Lily Cordelia @lilygarget |
Lydia Hemmington @lydiahemmington | Aaron Lewins @gucciloafers420 | Adrian Hobbs |
Nathan Wrigley @nathanwrigley | Omar Camara @omarr_james | Refaya Davis @refayadavis

“For Twelve Weeks This City Is Ours”

The Warehouse Project will return this September for a 12 week series taking place across Manchester. 

The WHP16 lineup includes some of the most exciting and influential names from across the board, including M.I.A., Flume, Mura Masa, Autechre, Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Ben UFO, Skepta, Four Tet, Adam Beyer, Nina Kraviz, Laurent Garnier & many more. 

As well as taking place each weekend at its spiritual home of Store Street, The Warehouse Project will spread its wings to take over several venues across Manchester: Old Granada Studios, The Albert Hall, Manchester Academy, plus some intimate shows still to be announced….

For those who have registered for the pre-sale, tickets are available from 9am on Thursday 21st July. General sale tickets will be available this Friday 22nd July at 9am, via The Warehouse Project website: www.thewarehouseproject.com

Borderless at BAC

Each year Battersea Arts Centre welcomes over 160,000 people to its building, inspiring the local community, including 3000 young people, to get creative. They also work with over 400 theatre artists to put on over 650 performances.

In August & September 2016, Battersea Arts Centre and former Roundhouse music programmers GOAT Music will collaborate to present Borderless, a series of music gigs celebrating the UK’s best homegrown talent, alongside unique artists from around the globe.

Borderless heralds the return of live music to Battersea Arts Centre, the venue for one of Time Out London’s Greatest 100 Gigs of all time; The Jam in 1977. Other famous names that have played at the Grade II* listed old town hall include Fleetwood Mac (1968), poets Ivor Cutler (1976) and Alan Ginsberg (1979) and more recently The xx (2012) and Mercury Prize nominated Kate Tempest (2014), who developed her award-winning epic of every day Gods, Brand New Ancients with Battersea Arts Centre.

Borderless will take place in the intimate setting of the beautiful Council Chamber. Reached via grand marble stairs and adorned with wood panelled walls and a vaulted plasterwork ceiling, the venue has all the makings to create a tantalising music spectacle. Gig-goers will be able to enjoy food and drink in the Scratch Bar on the ground floor or visit from a private bar upstairs linked directly to the Council Chamber meaning there’s no need to miss a beat. Expect to hear everything from Afrobeat to Reggae to Malian blues, in addition to some of the freshest artists currently sound-tracking the underground scene and playing the festival circuit across the year.

For more info and tickets click here.


Sunfall 2016: Ascending above London Festival Mediocrity

The London day festival phenomenon is loved by some as an opportunity to cut loose without straying from the confines of a sleeping pattern ingrained in office working hours, whilst loathed by purists as the money spinning, wallet burning death rattle of the Capital’s electronic music scene. At most they are places where you are more likely to exchange sweat with a topless muscle-clad shuffler than have a genuine musical epiphany.

When Sunfall was announced, its mission statement clearly set it apart from the rest: Booking a select cut of music for the real heads, with only Jamie XX to offer as a more crowd drawing headliner, and promising a high brow, higher quality affair.

We turned up at the crack of noon to see what the new kid on the block had to offer. The muggiest July in our living memory wasn’t going to stop us getting there early to assess the festivals organization. All new festivals have their teething problems and Sunfall was no exception; toilets suffered some painfully long queues and bars suffered from stock and service issues. But while so many city festivals suffer from crippling sound issues that make it impossible to really lose yourself in the music, Sunfall’s clear no-compromise approach to sound was apparent. Not only because they plastered a full spec sheet for the very impressive rigs at the entrance of each tent; the team had clearly used all their expertise to overcome the council’s draconian stranglehold on decibel limitations. The wobbles of Digital Mystikz rumbled with full gravitas and Omar-S’ kicks slapped clearly over the screams of the crowd – the sound was broadly solid.

Our musical highlights started with the the Yussef Kamaal Trio warming us up with some light speed, free-form, jazzy drum work to get the hips going. As the other tents slowly trickled with more people, the North stage was already packed by 3pm for Fatima Yamaha. A clearly excited crowd bayed for more as he jammed through his breakthrough hits; What’s a Girl To Do and Half Moon Rising.

Hunee once again provided a highlight performance, our tip for best festival DJ right now, seamlessly blending his usual soulful groovers with some heavier curveballs including Instra:Mental’s “Pyramid”. Some extremely sweaty throwing down ensued.

Nothing related to Outlook or Dimensions Festival would be complete without a Mala appearance and his weighty Digital Mystikz set culminated in Sir Spyros new dancefloor shell with Teddy Bruckshot.

Om Unit brought forth the more frenetic tempos, dropping an insane footwork Rhythm and Gash edit. As a mass exodus began to see headliner Jamie XX on the main stage, those more 4/4 inclined stuck with the steampit of the North Stage for a relentless set from Omar-S.

Staying true to the festivals namesake, the embers of sunset found the festival fittingly as Jamie XX took to the stage. Playing a set sprinkled with enough of In Colours to keep the fanboys out there au fait with proceedings, while interspersing the more obscure to keep heads locked in. He kept up the tempo delivering a solid set before humbly taking a bow.

We looked back on the ochre skies and the revellers making their way to their afterparties of choice to consider the day a start of something exciting for South London. By swerving the gloss and glam of many day festivals in order to offer real forward thinking music and quality production, we can see Sunfall coming into its own over the coming years and we look forward to its return. With the kinks worked out, Sunfall will fully ascend above London festival mediocrity to be the selection of choice for music heads of the City and beyond.

Words by David March.

IWP’16 winner Teatum Jones stocked now in Harvey Nichols

Earlier this year the International Woolmark Prize winner was announced, and awarded to none other than Teatum Jones. The design duo of London-based womenswear brand, Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones, took a modernist approach for their AW16 collection, transforming merino wool into a graphic and wearable collection.

Their winning AW16 collection will exclusively be stocked in the UK at Harvey Nichols from July 14th. Speaking of the collection, Buying Director at Harvey Nichols, Anita Barr said, “I was blown away by Catherine and Rob’s presentation; their innovative use of Merino wool has resulted in a stunning collection that is truly representative of what British fashion stands for today.”

The collection is inspired by a Wool Utopia conceived by English nun Agnes Morrogh- Bernard in 1892, whereby she founded the Foxford Woollen Mills to weave luxurious woollen blankets and restore hope to an impoverished town. Using a mix of 17.5 micron and 19.5 micron Australian Merino wool for the clothes, and 23 micron wool for the accessories, the UK design duo partnered with a specialist guipure lace mill in France, convincing them to use wool for the first time, to create innovative, vibrant geometric Merino laces.

The Teatum Jones AW16 Collection will be sold in the UK exclusively at Harvey Nichols. Prices range from: £295 – £950
and available to buy now


Fickle Friends share their #inspo ahead of Latitude Festival

Fickle Friends are nothing if not hard working. Since their first release over two years ago, the Brighton 5 piece have clocked up over 55 festivals across Europe and the UK, embarked on a 32 date UK headline tour and rung up over 5 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud. If that wasn’t impressive enough they did all of this without a label or manager.

Now, having finally had their hard work recognised by Polydor who signed them at the start of the year, Fickle Friends officially re-released a new version of ‘Swim’, their first ever single. ‘Swim’ is a sun-kissed indie-pop gem, driven by big sugar-coated hooks and slick electronic-tinged.

The band took some time out of their busy schedule ahead of their set at Latitude Festival, to answer a series of questions all via their distinctive instagram photos.

Instagram photo that best describes you…


…which shows your inspiration for Swim


…what you do when you think the camera is off


…greatest selfie


…your dream escape

…your colour palette


…what music means to you


…current mood


…festival paradise / reality






Baby G are back with issue 2 of Pretty Tough Zine

After last year’s success with their 21st birthday relaunch, BABY G are back with a bang to release their second issue of Pretty Tough Zine. The ethos behind the zine is pretty simple, profiling a gang of the country’s most exciting creative talent who celebrate female solidarity and friendship.

From athletes to artists, from beauty moguls to bloggers, each have been handpicked for their professional prowess. Featuring the likes of thought-leading womenswear designers Charlotte Simone and Clio Peppiatt, super chic chefs The Meringue Girls, encapsulating what it means to be a ‘Pretty Tough Girl’- synonymous with BABY-G’s ethos of fierce creativity, individuality and originality.

For the second installment Baby G teamed up with Babyface – the all-girl creative agency. Speaking of the collab the gals say, “Collaborating with BABY-G on the second issue of their Pretty Tough Girls zine was such a fulfilling and exciting project for us as BabyFace to be involved in. We’re so honoured to have worked with all the women featured and to have come together with BABY-G, a brand we’ve looked up to since we were children.”

And a remarkable job the team have done with the new issue, stripping back the aesthetics and design to help reposition the watch away from the 90s roots and into the context of today.

Watch: Hugo Boss Fashion Film ‘Rhythm & Moves’

1883 takes a look at one of our favorite new fashion films ready for AW16, this time by none other than Hugo Boss.

The new film celebrates vibrancy, with an altogether Hitchock/Mad Men feel, set in an office where things taking an unexpected and peculiar feel. Fast editing, pin-sharp suits and subtle accesories lends towards a dynamic and contemporary reshape for the brand.

Directed by the visionary Barnaby Roper and starring young Dutch model Sven de Vries, the energetic mood of the film is perfectly in sync with the new BOSS Menswear collection. Strikingly contemporary silhouettes and fabrics meet iconic motifs and materials – houndstooth, pinstripe and
corduroy are all reworked for a bold new aesthetic.

 Hugo Boss AW16 Collection will be available to buy from the first week of August 2016