‘You don’t need fashion designers when you are young. Have faith in your own bad taste. Buy the cheapest thing in your local thrift shop, these are the clothes that are freshly out of style with even the hippest people a few years older than you. Get on the fashion nerves of your peers, not your parents- that is the key to fashion leadership. Ill-fitting is always stylish. Be more creative – wear your clothes inside out, backward, upside down. Throw bleach in a load of coloured laundry. Follow the exact opposite of the dry cleaning instructions inside the clothes that cost the most in your thrift shop. Don’t wear jewelrey-stick band-aids on your wrists or make a necklace out of them. Wear scotch tape on the side of your face like a bad face-lift attempt. Mismatch your shoes. Best yet do as Mink Stole used to do: go to the thrift store the day after Halloween, when the children’s trick-or-treat costumes are on sale, buy one, and wear it as your uniform of defiance.’
Extract from “Role Models” by John Waters

I found the piece above written by John Waters very poignant and amusing. It’s upsetting to see young people head to toe in designer’s clothes, being slaves to fashion and consumerism. We should be setting the trends and not the other way around. This is the time to have fun with it and express yourself, as past the age of forty you need all the help you can get! Here are some photos of my friends taking advantage of their youth and beauty! Lets not waste youth on the young.

Alice Goddard above wears embroidered jacket from Portobello market.

Oliver Thame wears hoodie which he customised by recycling a piece of beautiful vintage embroidered silk which he appliquéd onto the sweatshirt. His pink hair looks real flash.

What are you wearing Ollie?
My girlfriends T-shirt and DMs I painted gold.
How would you describe your look?
Decadent Martian.

Milligan Beaumont wears mauve marabou skirt. If she were in a house in Harry Potter it would be? Hufflepuff. She’s a QT.

Above is Sonny Tassel: the epitome of art school.
Bleached his trackies to make em look like they were covered in something rather unsavoury.
Style staple? Nipple clips.

Dilara Findikoglu wears flowers on her skirt on her shirt and in her hair. Proving that there is no such thing as too much of a good thing.

Finally here I am in the Co-op wearing 1950’s nylon dressing gown, Luke’s Parka and buffalos.TTFN my loves.



A while ago, me and the lovely Carianne Moore held an exhibition to launch the photographs from our recent collaboration… The images on display where shot by me, the subject; fellow TIGI ambassador Mimi Wade with Makeup from yet another Street Squadder Lucy Wearing, and hair by Louis Byrne.

The private view was a huge success, thanks to everyone who came down – we had such a brilliant night. Thank you so much to the

theprintspace  for providing the prints and to BLOC for hosting the exhibition. ICN were on hand to provide the delicious japanese food and we had Miguel Alvarez taking wonderful pictures. The lovely Josh Quinton & Alpha Deluxe supplied the night with a disco soundtrack – perfect evening.




Nicolas Jaar @ The Roundhouse

On February 2nd, I made my way down to The Roundhouse in Camden to experience Nicolas Jaar, and a couple or his record label buddies, live on the Clown & Sunset Showcase tour. I was lucky enough to catch Nicolas Jaar last time he was in town at Fabric in Smithfield, which I have to say was one of the best live shows I have ever experienced. No wonder he was voted the number one live act in the Resident Advisor polls last year. I can’t remember voting, but it is an accolade well deserved.


Jaar, a 22-year-old American-Chilean musician, has been at the forefront of electronic music since 2010. He has a string of EPs to his name and his debut album Space Is The Only Noise, which dropped a year ago to this very month, received huge critical acclaim from just about every amateur and professional music media outlet. Again, the evident consensus is well deserved. Anything and everything that Jaar produces is widely talked about in the music press; whether it is a track with an unlikely collaborator in the form of Scout LaRue, the teenage daughter of of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, or his new self-proclaimed ‘Rock’ project DARKSIDE. And, yet again, it is all deserved. His music is interesting, innovative and nothing like anything else out there, which is why I couldn’t resist the London leg of his tour.


It was absolutely freezing, with inches of snow falling the next day, but that didn’t matter once you were inside the dome-shaped building at full capacity. Dome-shaped because, of course, The Roundhouse is a former railway engine ‘shed’ where once upon a time trains had to be turned around, instead of having an engine at either end. Jaar came out to little or no applause, as it was dark and no one noticed him coming onstage. He started with an enormous piano piece, played live, which served to reinforce his musical talents, but probably bummed out some of the younger crowd who were there to dance to his more electronic and bass heavy discography. But, they too were not let down as the rest of the hour and a half was full of it. Jaar played an eclectic mix of tracks from his album, EPs and newer singles and edits. At the end he was even joined by guitarist David Harrington, the other half of DARKSIDE. Another show I will not forget, as long as my mind lets.


Until next time… Andy.


Thought I’d best tell you about one of my favourite up and coming music acts in light of the BRITS last night … I give you you Icona Pop.

Icona Pop are a Swedish pop duo who, beside being utterly charming in person, also happen to make devastatingly amazing music. Soaring vocals, catchy electro beats and superb dancing all make the Swedish pair a joy to see live.

Having had the fortune to work with them on a shoot recently Aino and Caroline are all at once laid-back, confident, easy-going and driven. They make you feel like you’re one of their gang and it’s the best gang in the world

Destined for great things, I think they’ll be making great waves in 2012, ones to watch for sure….



This is Oonah and this is how to use make up to make your face look like it hasn’t got any make up on it. Does that sound pointless?

Perfect skin is a trend staple for every season whether it be for the catwalk, editorial, advertorial or just going to the shops. Having clear luminous skin will never go out of fashion.

Here’s a few tips to get effortlessly clean and clear beautiful skin that does actually require just a little bit of effort and more contradictions.

Most importantly look after your skin.  For normal/ combination skin I recommend Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.  Sensitive skin/ skin prone to being oily, Avene thermal water range and for Mature skin ReVive Skincare. 

– Massage your Moisturiser into your skin using circular motions to wake your skin up.

– Get your glow from a tube.  Use a little of any luminising primer. I used Laura Mercier’s Radiance primer on Oonah.

– Match your foundation to your chest not to your face.  Work it in don’t slap it on, only use it where you need it.  Build up the base until you have an even skin tone.

-Use a concealor that matches your foundation. Liquid concealors are best for around the eyes especially on mature skins. Heavier products will highlight fine lines but then they are better on blemishes.

-Cream blusher gently rubbed into the apples of the cheeks creates a more natural skin finish I used MAC Fabulush for a natural flush.

-Set with a powder using a brush focusing on the T zone.  Don’t over powder.

-Groom brows with clear mascara / brow gel

-A light brush of mascara. Brown for red heads, brown/black for blondes and bruntettes, black for dark brown/black.

-Tinted lipsalve adds a bit of colour and evens out the natural lip colour. Making you look pure and super healthy even if you don’t feel it.


Sami’s gluten free photo-shoot cookies!

It’s great to be on a photo-shoot doing the job you love with a great team, but my goodness its hungry work!

It’s essential when doing any work to keep your energy levels up, but one of my all-time pet peeves is heavy doughy pizza or carb filled pasta at lunch time, it makes me really sluggish in the afternoon, certainly not the best state to be in for creating massive hair on gorgeous girls!

I have found (through much testing) that salads or sushi are the best option for munch time, they are delicious and keep you going, and they are both super healthy meals to have That said we all crave sweet instant energy foods like sweets and cake, so I came up with a less carb intensive version of my very favourite treat, chocolate chip cookies!

For my fabulous gluten free treats you will need –

  • 150g Ground almonds
  • 100g Rolled porridge oats
  • 200g Round rice
  • 2 Teaspoons sea salt
  • 260g Unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 330g Packed light-brown sugar
  • 200g Granulated sugar
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Bar of  dark chocolate smashed to pieces
  • 200g Toasted pine nuts.
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 °C, and line a baking tray with grease proof baking parchment.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugars.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl mix together the ground rice, salt and almonds, combine well.
  5. Mix your dry ingredients into the wet a tablespoonful at a time with the mixer on a medium speed (or your arm!)
  6. Add the smashed chocolate and pine nuts
  7. Drop a tablespoon of mixture onto the pre-lined baking sheet; make sure there is 2 inches in between each cookie. Bake for 15 minutes and then let them cool on the tray for 10 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.

This recipe will make about thirty cookies, plenty for you and all of your friends. Enjoy!



“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.”
William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Harriet Verney interviews JJ NOKI Artist, Ethical Designer…

After 15 years of pioneering ethical fashion in a ever expanding commercial industry JJ NOKI has once again expressed a positive critique on globalization and consumerism through promiscuous, phallic and playful sketches of thumbs at the WHISPER GALLERY.;
The exhibition entitled “UNFAIR” hosts works from EINE, WILLIAM BLANCHARD, and MARK ELEY. NOKI produces detailed pencil drawings of severed swollen thumbs, inspired by Allen Jone’s erotic furniture and sculptures
A series of one colour screen-prints taken from NOKI’s original pencil drawings will also be complimented by an edition of his works re-worked by Mark Eley.
The man behind the mask sheds some light on his new venture…

Is this the first exhibition of your sketches?

JJ: Yes I haven’t drawn in this way since 1988 to get into Edinburgh College Art..

Harriet: You are renouned as a forward thinking ethical designer…pioneering a movement in fashion that today is internationally recognised. Now a collaboration with Mark Eley and provocative sketches of thumbs…how did it come about?

JJ: Why thank you for that prestigious platform ha ha but that is precisely why I needed to connect with my artist again.. Fashion is an easy expression for me, something that evolves naturally everyday, to make it more enjoyable day. To create the NokiNHS you need the collaging of the brand its textile, graphics and brand value. These drawings liberated me from all those global shackles.
The “Co-Lab” piece with Mark is a fun piece, a celebration to his dedication to the craft of screen printing..
“The drawings are a whole different fear factor to accomplish.
A blank bit of paper can be a dark wilderness to failure… At any point the pencil will expose the inability to draw at a competent level. Something I aspire to, is the perfection to the manipulation of light shade and proportion…

Harriet: Who was your thumspiration?!

JJ: My mum needs that title. I drew our family dogs in 1988 for her birthday present and they have hung by the fireplace ever since.
Every time I go home I would always think ” Did I draw them” I said this to my mum and she blew her top and blackmailed me into drawing her new dog Mr Bloo..

The reason for the Thumb was a visual symbol about pressure: being under its fetish of want, need and desire.

Harriet: The sketches are described as a positive critique on world globalisation. How so?

JJ: They are originally very small drawings blown up by 2011% to represent my journey since 1988… The world we now live in since then, has scarily come true to me. When your from darkest of Scotland and denied brands i.e. things, and you dream of the multiple choice of those things but realise the dark consequences the world goes through to provide those ‘things’ these drawings were my natural reaction to the love/ hate I feel towards my globalised life…

Harriet: At public and press events you usually adorn yourself with a mask, but didn’t for the launch of UNFAIR at WHISPER GALLERY?

JJ: I wore my trusty New Era cap that pulls down at any given camera moment.

“Im also so proud of these pieces”

I felt a sense of liberation from the NokiSOB mask..

Harriet: In the end what makes your cocks stand out in comparison to the other artists?

JJ: Harriet, Dahling! This is not a competition its a celebration of original East end artists that colonised a run down London area to express their individuality for it to be overrun by charlatan artists and desperate brands. We just decided as a group (curated by Martin Tickner and Dave Dorell) to take our originality, to the west end in reaction to the mediocracy!
But I do appreciate the compliment to liking or wanting to lick and sit on my thumbs ha ha..


by Harriet Charity Verney.