SPREAD | ANOTHER MAN COVER STORY ISSUE 23 | 4.10.16



If you've been with me for a while you might remember a post I did where I shared photoshoots and interviews that caught my eye, well, this is me rebooting that. I spend a lot of my time reading books and magazines for inspiration on anything from styling to poses for my own images. They're a portal of creativity and I can't resist buying one every now and then. There are some stories or photo sessions floating around that may have been forgotten about, or you may not have had the chance to read, so I'm going to start it up again and talk about some spreads I adore from the many publications I own. What better way to start then the new issue of Another Man, featuring one of my favourite humans, Harry Styles. Sadly, I can't share all of the images with you but it only takes one quick Google to find them. Or hey, be old-fashioned and buy the real thing!

Although Styles is the star of this issue, it also includes many elements from other aspects of the music industry. As the three different covers suggest, expect 'Elvis Presley, punk pin-ups and a special document curated by Harry' - I'm sold! When the rest of the world and I waited in anticipation for the magazine to be released after seeing the three blank Instagram posts from the man himself, I knew it would be an issue I would be completely in love with. It's no secret that I have a lot of time and admiration for Styles, so obviously I was going to be sold as soon as the news broke. I'm a regular reader of Another Man and that took my expectation to a whole new level. Harry could have gone in so many different directions by choosing a different publication to go for like GQ, or maybe an all round music magazine like MOJO, but he went for the artistic route which was the perfect move. Being a creative person who appears to write in his journal, have a fascination with his film camera and a dress sense that is more than flamboyant and out there, it only seems right to choose Another Man as his first solo project.



Photography - Willy Vanderperre | Styling - Alister Mackie

It's obvious why I am so head over heels with the photoshoots in this issue, styled and shot like Mick Jagger was when he first hit the scene in the late 60's with his shorter mop and occasional grandpa sweater, to his 70's get-up of wacky blazers and longer hair. The styling is pretty much perfect, one image from the 'Anything That's Part of You' section in particular sending me into a frenzy with the over-sized floral Gucci suit and converse that have definitely been around for more than a decade. Not only are the main points to the image perfectly Jagger, but even his painted black (I want to see it painted, painted black. Black as night, black as coal - The Rolling Stones - Paint it, Black) nails and dog collar by Fleet Ilya are the greatest accessories that would make any rock-star leap with joy. It's magical when men embrace a commodity typically bought by a woman and wear it like they've been doing it for years like it's no big deal, it certainly shouldn't be and Styles is making that known. That is one of my best-loved aspects of Rock, both the music and the movement, it embodies an attitude and lifestyle that is naughty, adventurous and completely free do be yourself in.

It's clear that Harry would wear all of the pieces used for the images, which makes it a breath of fresh air. When brands or magazines style a well-known person, they tend to forget about how they actually are. They choose them because of their attributes and distinctions but overshadow it with clothing that they would never be seen in, but this time round the great Alister Mackie has styled it perfectly to fit with Harry's own approach to style, knowing he would of course wear the numerous wacky trousers on show.



Photography - Alasdair McLellan | Styling - Alister Mackie

Pages 200 - 220, which feature the shoot 'Tomorrow is a Long Time', are more subtle and very much influenced by Paul McCartney, with hints of Mick Jagger thrown in. If you know much about Jagger you may have seen the photograph of him getting his hair cut much like the one seen in the spread. As well as that, the coat Harry is wearing on one of the first pages (and seen above) is a replica of one that Mick apparently bought for £4 from Carnaby Street in 1965, later to wear for a performance. Can you see why I adore this issue yet? Quite literally everything I love sprawled on to 56 pages inside of my favourite magazine.

As much as the styling is a huge part of the document for me, I also find it fascinating that Paul McCartney has a part in it also. The phone interview between them is almost run by Harry asking Paul for advice, as you would when on the phone to a former Beatle. What I find funny is that I feel like it's our time experiencing something similar to what Beatlemania was, and I wonder if Paul thinks the same and is happy he's handing his knowledge of fandom and success over to someone new. The other written pieces are just as fascinating like the article by his sister, Gemma Styles, who often writes her own journals for major publications for The Debrief and many others, now ticking Another Man off her list. She gets real about him as a person as any sister should stating "Everything he does seems to be effortless, even now; watching him leap around a stage in front of thousands of people he seems untroubled and free from self-doubt. It's easy to be jealous - he's one of those people who are just good at things, we all know one - but to assume this means he takes it all for granted, or doesn't worry, or try, would be oversimplifying him unfairly." a declaration we can all understand having people who are just the same in our own lives.

It seems hard to get to know someone who is in the public eye, as the majority like to keep their personal lives under wraps, but that's a trait I really admire about Harry (and the rest of the One Direction boys, come to think of it). Many 'celebrities' do want their lives on show and that's up to them, but for me, I like the element of the unknown and it makes me look at them like normal human beings which they still are. Fair enough, they have bigger paycheques than you or I may ever dream of, and a lifestyle of jetting around with other showbiz friends, but strip that back and they are just like us, wanting to get away from the madness of life back at home or listening to Stevie Nicks to take the edge off. We are more like them than you think, and reading this specially curated document by Harry Styles has made me realise that even more. To have so much in common with a boy from Cheshire that once worked in a bakery, who is now a full blown super-star makes me feel like maybe one day I can achieve such amazing goals in life like the many people we see around us.

A huge thank you to Another Man for tugging at my heart and making this an issue that will forever stay with me.



All photographs used are from the Another Man A/W16 issue. Full list of creatives involved in making the story:
Styling - Alister Mackie
Writing contributors - Chelsea Handler, Paul McCartney, Gemma Styles




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GIRLS IN GRIMMY | 26.10.15



I've walked past the Nick Grimshaw x Topman range nearly everyday since the launch on October 15th and it's been a painful couple of weeks let me tell you that. I fell in love with it when seeing a little sneak peek on social media after the preview party back in June. Monochrome goodness and leopard print at it's finest, It was obviously going to make me weak at the knees with all those rock star vibes. I read somewhere that he wanted it to be the kind of clothes a posh boy wants to wear to look scruffy and I love that idea, who wants to look prim and proper all the time? It makes me think of some teen that wants to go out and be a little naughty for the night and he should do it in one Grimmys patterned shirts instead of his freshly ironed Oxford. Go on, be a little messy and untuck that shirt.

Shirt - Topman, waistcoat - Vintage, jeans - Newlook, boots - Asos (Depop), hat - eBay, necklace - Topman, rings - Bloody Mary Metal


With the range being a pretty big hit in the men's department I had to put my spin on it by being my usual self and wear clothing 'made' for the opposite sex, and why the hell not? 'But it's a mans shirt' you say, blah blah blah I really don't care and neither should you. I think it's bad ass and I will wear it no matter what, fashion is about wearing what you want and how could I pass up this shirt? Well I couldn't, OK? Men's or women's if you like it, don it. Also, did you see Harry Styles wearing it? Of course that's going to make me want to wear it even more than I already did. I do wonder what Nick himself would think of a woman wearing or promoting his clothes though, would it be bad for his line or would he think it was cool? I like to think he'd enjoy it as much as I do because lets get real, gender isn't needed for a t-shirt or in general.

The collection looked dreamy on both Nick and Harry and it's completely my sort of thing too. I love the leopard print coat so much I've had it looming over me for days now but am still yet to press the 'Buy Now' button which is what I usually do when I love something on a high level, thinking about an piece of clothing night and day is ridiculous but it is the jacket of my dreams, quite literally. As for the item I did go ahead and purchase though, I adore it and it's taken centre stage in my large stash of shirts. The shirt screams Styles so I really did have to wear my glitter booties with it, I tried to steer away but I just couldn't, it needed some brightness with a little girlie - grunge added to the mix, (these are all excuses if you couldn't tell) the perfect combination.

I do like Nick Grimshaw and let's face it his personal style is on point and totally the male version of mine at times so I was certainly going to be a supporter of his Topman range from the start. He really has out done himself and created some great one-off pieces that also make great outfits when put together, which is something I really like about it. You could wear any of the tops under any of the jackets and you're sorted.

Now listen Mr Grimshaw, although I don't have man-size feet I do think it's time you brain stormed some shoes because I'm sure they'll be just as rad as the rest of it. I'm thinking leather rocker booties that would make any indie band member proud to be seen in?! Time to get scrap booking!

TIGERLILY x

A HOMAGE TO THE KINGS FOR LONDON FASHION WEEKEND | 28.9.15


On Friday I took a trip to the capital for London Fashion Weekend, the part of fashion week that's a little more toned down and tame - basically a celebration that all the not as cool people can enjoy, I'm talking about purely myself here. I'm yet to experience LFW but hey, there's always next year am I right?! Experiencing just a little part of it was great fun though, seeing designers collections and a catwalk show along with dozens of stylish people was seriously inspiring. But I'll save that for my next post, for now it's all about the OOTD I wore for such occasion.

Dress - Missguided (similar), belt - Missguided, shoes - eBay (Asos originally), denim jacket - Depop, ring - Bloody Mary Metal.


I wanted to dress true to my style with an outfit that really reflects 'me', so rocking some gear majorly inspired by the rock 'n' roll era, that Harry Styles lad and the one and only YSL is what this chicks all about, it was sort of an homage to the greats if you will. I am and forever will be obsessed with Yves Saint Laurent and the S/S collection that we saw a few months back was so inspiring for me. I always think of velvet, stars, glitter and the rock genre when YSL comes to mind so this outfit was majorly taken from that.

On the subject of Styles and YSL - two things that go marvellously in the same sentence, these boots are my version of the many pairs of boots and trainers that Saint Laurent has come out with, the metallic gold boots that Harry wears are my all time favourite shoe that I long to own, seriously just give me all the glitter and metallic boots please! My not as fancy but still pretty bad ass booties are an Asos special that I won on eBay for £3.60 including postage, yep you did read that correctly it wasn't your mind playing tricks on you because you're tired after a long day at work, honest! I feel so sorry for the lady who sold me these because they originally retail at £45 so I am very sorry lovely lady on eBay but you have made me very happy if it makes you feel any better?

I think if I was made into a cartoon character that wore the same clothes every episode (why so cartoons never change clothes by the way?), this would be my outfit. It reflects me and my style perfectly.

TIGERLILY x

THE SEVENTIES CALLED

26TH MAY 2015
OUTFITS
LISTENING TOO: THE BEATLES - NO REPLY ♫ Top - Forever 21, jeans - M&S, jacket - thrifted, hat - eBay, sunglasses - Topshop, boots - M&S, watch - Topshop.



And they want their everything back. I'm literally taking a trip back in time with this outfit and I'm so into it. We all know seventies styling has come back in full force and I've always been head over heels in love with it. Although I think it was a great time for fashion, the people of the seventies will probably disagree. I love the tassels, bell bottoms, colours and the music, all of it is right up my street!

Another reason to love the seventies is because many of the greatest bands (I personally think anyway) come from that era from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and obviously The Beatles to name a few. I'm a huge fan of rock from that era so the fashion side of it does come with it as I do find myself looking similar to those who attend a Bob Dylan concert. The Beatles are the star of the show in this case and I'm looking more like a roadie from one of their shows instead.

I showed you guys this crop top in my most recent Forever 21 haul on my YouTube channel and went on and on about how much I adore it so I wont go on about that too much. I do seriously love it though because the shape and the cut is super unique and makes a change from my dozens of other band tee's. It's also got the classic seventies colours with the yellow and the orange, I really wish I owned a suede jacket because that would of made this outfit extra dreamy. Oh dear, that's next on the list now!

I've got to mention the fact I'm wearing a pair of burgundy cords, like seriously am I turning into my Mother already? I'm not complaining as she is a hella stylish lady but I never thought I'd wear a pair of cords again. I wore them years ago before I even cared about skinny jeans and thought I would never look back. But as a true lover of style around that era, I was completely drawn to these cords. I think it's stupid to say you'll never wear a certain item of clothing because believe me it's easy to be swayed...

I ended up scrolling through way too many sites before finding this seriously retro hat on eBay and my goodness it was stressful, I wanted one so badly. I've wanted one ever since seeing my main man Harry Styles wearing one while looking ridiculously cool walking through the streets of London during winter. I really do get swayed too much by his style because even if he was donning a neon pink cat suit I would probably give that a go too. He just looks good in anything and is quite possibly the male version of myself.

To top it all off I've got my favorite ever pair of sunglasses to add an even more old school vibe. I have so much love for all of these items that this OOTD is one of my top and yes, I would like to be buried in it, ok?

TIGERLILY
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