It goes without saying there are certain ‘measures’ that social media platforms have put in place to ensure that users are kept away from content they might find “inappropriate”. For Instagram, that means content that includes nudity, violence, self-harm, etc – you get the jist. In theory, it makes sense, however Instagram has the handy feature that allows users to report content they personally find inappropriate, and account holders can often find their content removed, with no explanation as to why it was deemed as such.
Pics or It Didn’t Happen is anthology of just some of those Instagram images that have found themselves unceremoniously stripped from their digital homes. While the pictures in question vary in content, from full-blown nudes, nip-slips and period-stained clothing to screenshots of text conversations and images that genuinely see no cause for removal, the book itself is more a musing on the age that we live in. While to some, these images are a reflection on and documentation on real life, for others they’re regarded as offensive.
Artists Arvida Bystrom and Molly Soda, both of whom are known for sharing their work online, curated this book as an open conversation about the ongoing battle of social media vs. art and reached out to their own Instagram followers to submit images that they’d personally had removed from the platform. This resulted in a beautiful hardback compilation of the so-called “lost” posts of Instagram, many of which shared certain traits. “A common theme among the photographs submitted to us is the type of bodies pictured: primarily white-passing, thin, cisgender. This leads us to wonder: who feels more entitled to post these kinds of images?” state Bystrom and Soda in the introduction.
And it’s a good point; In the "age of oversharing" there are more voices and views than ever, and while this book kind only represents one perspective on the issue, it is nonetheless a beautifully curated compilation of images that has no doubt sparked a very timely conversation for the “Instagram generation”.
Pics or It Didn't Happen is published by Prestel and available to buy here.
Summer might be just around the corner but that doesn't mean it's time to trade in boots for sliders just yet. Firstly, because I live in the U.K, so whilst it might be Spring, and the sun may be out – it's obv only a matter of time before the rain kicks in and we all remember we don't live in Spain. Secondly, I'm the kind of person that basically wears boots year-round, 'cos they're practical and make me look tougher than I actually am. The trick, mes amis, when it comes to wearing boots outwith Winter, is to shelf your fur-lined DM's for a more...summery pair. That means switching black leather finishes for something that brings some bright vibes to your day - even if the weather doesn't.
Right now, I'm loving the collab between London-based artist, Camille Walala and the traditional British work boot brand, Cat Footwear. Mixing Cat's rugged and hard-wearing boots with Camille's bright and poppy, Memphis-inspired aesthetic, this collaboration focuses on quality and craftsmanship with a vibrant edge. My personal fave from the collection is a monochromatic masterpiece in the form of Cat's much-loved Lyric boot, which Camille has updated with a repeat 'Liquorice' pattern and a cool translucent gum sole – perfect for rocking in the London sun (if we get any).
Shop the Cat x Camille Walala collab here.
Hot on the heels of their latest minimalist release, Vans are back with a vibrant new collaboration – this time in the form of a colourful capsule designed by Philly-based artist, Kendra Dandy. Drawing MAJOR inspo from the playful vibe of the ‘60s, Kendra’s trademark quirky illustrative style adds a fun and carefree edge to some of Vans’ trademark pieces. Tees, backpacks and lace-up Authentics are given a bright graphic update with Kendra’s kitschy illustrations of ice-cream, eyelashes and sunny-side up eggs - a Pop Art take on an old classic, just in time for summer.
The Vans x Kendra Dandy capsule collection is available to shop now online and in Vans retail stores from April 19.
Don't you just love it when two childhood faves team up? It's like when Britney had that cameo in Sabrina the Teenage Witch (best episode EVER) - you feel like all your christmasses have come at once and that you live in a world that where dreams CAN coexist with reality.
Anyway, that's exactly how I feel about this Baby G x Hello Kitty collab. Nothing screams '90s accessorising quite like a chunky, plastic timepiece and Baby G's were an indestructible force to be reckoned with that every cool kid had, so the resurgence in Baby G's timepieces alone brings forward all kinds of nostalgia, but it joining forces with my fave little kitty brings a whole new set of #feels.
As a kid, I sported a bright daffodil yellow Baby G and my super-girly sister had a super-girly lilac number, but you can bet we'd both have much rather had this sweet Hello Kitty number. With it's '70s graffiti vibes and trademark HK branding, this watch would be just as at-home in your collection when you were eight as it is now. Truly timeless, and really pretty cool.
The Baby G x Hello Kitty collab is limited edition (only 100 pieces available in the UK!) so hurry up and visit https://baby-g.co.uk/HelloKitty if you wanna cop it.
Stance are pretty much top-of-the-game when it comes to pulling off cool collabs. From Gucci Mane, Rihanna and Willow Smith to Colette and Sanrio, whether you're a brand, store or artiste, you're pretty much a no-one unless you've had your own sock collection with Stance.
Hot on the heels of the aforementioned Sanrio collab, Stance are set to launch their next collection inspired by a classic animation; Disney's Beauty and the Beast. I was pretty sceptical when I first heard about it, thinking that it would err more on the side of novelty than anything else, but trust me, you're in for a treat. Instead of heading down the "let's just put Lumière and Chip on some socks, that'll be cool" route, Stance have instead taken inspo from key elements of the original Disney animation as well as the upcoming live-action re-release. The 5-sock collection features patterns inspired by France's Rococo architecture, royal crests and of course - that iconic rose. My personal faves are the Rose Classic Crew and the sheer Rose - perfect for staying casual but still feeling like the Belle of the ball.
Stance's Disney Beauty and the Beast collection is available now at Stance.com
The '90s are back. It's a fact. We've seen it all over the runways, as well as in the street-style snippets we've seen from all across the globe. What's the giveaway? The uptake in denim of course.
Although denim's been a sartorial staple since the '50s, I'll forever think of it nostalgically in my denim dungaree-clad '90s childhood, as well as the pivotal denim moments that we saw during that decade. Think TLC's oversized dungarees, the Versace Jeans campaigns, Coolio's denim-on-denim-on-denim look and of course, Britney and Justin's double-denim moment (okay so that was 2001, but we'll let it slide).
So, it seems fitting that the shoes that were huge in the nineties (and likely even more popular now?) riff off of the denim resurgence - say hi to the Vans Denim Pack. The iconic Vans Old Skool's in black and white leathers are given a denim tongue-twist and classic easy-fit white and blue tees have a cute, embroidered Vans script logo. My standout piece for sure has to be the denim coach's jacket, embroidered with 'Vans Off The Wall' text, 'cos what's more nineties than that?
Here's a lil peek at some shots from the lookbook, featuring the badass Vans UK skate team rider, Stefani Nurding.
The Vans Denim Pack is now available here.
Nike are putting a fresh spin for Spring 2017 on one of last year’s most beloved sneaker models - the Thea. Reinterpreted in a lightweight flyknit upper (for the first time ever), this sneaker has a sleek silhouette and trademark Air Max cushioning and if they're anything like their OG Thea predecessor, they’ll be comfy AF too. The epitome of casual but cool, the Air Max Thea Flyknits come in four colorways; Black/White, Glacier Blue, University Red and 'Bright Melon" (more commonly known as variation of pink). Pretty fly, huh?
You can catch the Nike Air Max Thea Flyknits on nike.com now.
For those of you who know me, you'll know I'm obsessed with all things skate-culture. From cult-classic films like Beautiful Losers and hard-hitting modern documentaries like Skateistan to the many books that showcase the evolution of skateboarding throughout the last four decades - I'm into it all. I even dress pretty much like a (ever-so-slightly more refined and womanly) 12-year-old skater boy. Having said that, in all of the skate paraphernalia I've immersed myself in over the years, never before have I seen a project as unique and interesting as Skateboarding.3D by Sebastian Denz.
Denz, a photographer and avid skateboarder himself, along with a custom-made camera, embarked on a trip documenting some of Europe's best skaters - resulting in this very publication. In this format, the already striking images of skaters in their natural environments are intensified, it literally brings another dimension to this art form and immerses the reader in a world of halfpipes, backyards and bowls.
The concept itself seems simple enough - we've all seen a 3D movie, or read a comic strip with those kitsch little blue-red glasses - it left me wondering why a book like this hadn't been created before. It's photography with an added depth, a book you feel like you're living within. This book is a must-see, whether you're interested in the skating world or not (This is officially backed-up by the "oohs" of 5+ colleagues when I passed it around the office) and if you're into skating, well, this is an absolutely essential addition to your collection.
Skateboarding.3D by Sebastian Denz is published by Prestel and available for purchase now.
Have you every thought about the outfit you're gonna die in? Chances are it's a fleeting thought you have almost every day (Should I really leave the house in these holey leggings I've been wearing for 3 days straight? What if I get hit by a car? Is this how I want the world to remember me?! IS THIS WHO I HAVE BECOME?!).
More important still is the outfit you'll be buried in. The clothes you'll be bound to forever, as you saunter on through the gates to whichever afterlife you deserve. Lyst.com conducted some morbid yet presumably rather enjoyable research and found that 85% of people have considered what attire they'd like to be adorned in at their own funeral. For the remaining 15% of you - you should probably care more. You're gonna be wearing that shit forever.
If all this talk of uniforms for the afterlife has got you questioning your own coffin-clothes, Lyst offer a seemingly spooky 'try before you die' service, which is basically the same thing as a return policy, but with an edgier, more seasonal name. But my favourite thing to come from all of this has to be the fact you can contact Lyst to request a bespoke 'Death Threads' package, whereby in the unfortunate circumstances that you do meet your maker, they'll inform your next-of-kin of the killer outfit you pre-selected for this very occasion. I'm not quite sure how they find out you've died, but it's a cool idea all the same and some very clever Halloween marketing from a company who have produced some stellar campaigns as of late.
For those who care or need to know (I'm lookin' at you, mum & dad...) I would like to be buried how I lived; in a band tee, leather jacket and beat-up Vans. And maybe toss in some Oreos too, I'll still be hungry.
Usually, magazines compile a book-version of their "greatest hits" after they've achieved superstar status in the industry. Take Vogue, Dazed and i-D, for example; big-hitters in the editorial world that have gone on to release books that document their decades in the industry. Whether they're a household name or a cult legend, the one thing they all have in common is years upon years of
influencing and inspiring audiences worldwide. So it may come as a surprise that the London-based, internationally-distributed magazine, Schön, have just released a hardcover book that chronicles the best bits of their time as one of the world's most celebrated independent style titles; a status they've achieved in just seven short years.
Schön: At the Forefront of Fashion chronicles some of the most striking editorial images from the magazine, neatly juxtaposed with key quotes pulled from just a few of their high-profile interviews. It's a visual dream, which clearly showcases they high-level of Schön's editorial content throughout the years. With cover stars ranging from Gigi Hadid to Coco Rocha and interviews with the hottest names in fashion and music, Schön has already cemented it's place as a premier global style publication and this book is testament to that.
Schön: At the Forefront of Fashion is published by Prestel and available for purchase here