Rena Niamh Smith

Fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer

trentemøller stands up to homophobes, racists and misogynists on facebook | read

Danish electronic musician and producer Anders Trentemøller has spoken out against hate speech amongst music fans. He used his Facebook page to ask that "if any of you in any way hate homosexuals, people of different colour, or women, please do this one favour for me - leave me alone! Don't come to my shows and don't buy my music!!!"

​alexander wang opens first european flagship in london | watch

Days after the announcement that he and the grand dame of Paris, Balenciaga, will not be renewing their vows for another season, Alexander Wang has opened his first European flagship store in London, a testament to the incredible success of his own label. "I think that London has the best shopping in the world," Wang told Vogue, adding that, "I always knew that London would be the first city that I would want to open a flagship in in Europe".

taylor swift is launching a fashion collection

There's no doubt that she's an object of cultish fandom the Western world over, and now Taylor Swift has set her sights on conquering Chinese hearts... and wardrobes. Ahead of her 1989 world tour arriving in Shanghai in November, Swift has announced that she is designing a fashion line for Chinese retail site, due to launch this August, in a move that's set to seal her world domination.

A Snapshot of Britain Back Then

Who? For almost 50 years, the Amber Film and Photography Collective created and collected work to represent marginalised communities and their disappearing landscapes. “We felt that the working class were not represented and if anything, were parodied rather than given a genuine voice,” explains Finnish photographer and founding member Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. This week, Newcastle’s Laing Gallery will present a retrospective of their work, an exhibition Konttinen calls “long overdue”.
Wonderland Magazine

LCM: E.Tautz SS16

Expounding the simple vision of mid-century architecture, E.Tautz SS16 was all about clean lines and minimal colours. For SS16, E Tautz added a new chapter to British designers’ book of self infatuation. Patrick Grant used as starting point the Festival of Britain. This was the first Labour government’s attempt to celebrate British technology and design and to promote a feeling of recovery on the centenary of the Great Exhibition following the Second World War.

The radical Derek Jarman films you need to watch

It was a monologue from Judi Dench – reciting Shakespearean sonnets in a speech ripped from Derek Jarman’s The Angelic Conversation (1985) – that soundtracked the Alexander McQueen SS16 show. “There’s a bit where she’s reading The Tempest,” said designer Sarah Burton backstage of the sample. Considering the collection’s theme of men lost at sea, and the mythical possibilities of the oceans, this was no coincidence.
Wonderland Magazine

LCM: Matthew Miller SS16

Matthew Miller’s crumpled take on frayed at the edges workwear will have you eager to do overtime. For SS16, Matthew Miller riffed on that self-imposed modern uniform that millions wear every day – namely, workwear – and made us all wish we worked in an office. Slender models with the blank stare of the desktop drone moved monotonously to Savages’ words: “don’t let the fuckers get you down, don’t let them wonder why you frown”. Wide and double-breasted jackets were worn with cropped pants.
Wonderland Magazine

LCM: James Long SS16

James Long takes us to rave in Brighton wearing ruffles and clashing psychedelic prints. The soundtrack by Death in Vegas and Tori Amos set the scene of rock star dressing room for James Long’s SS16 collection as the first tousle-haired model emerged. Cotton chinoiserie paisley prints on ruffle shirts, waitcoats and clashing prints in psychedelic shades were worn easy over wide leg pants. “Unashamed” was a key word in this show

Everything you need to know about London Collections: Men

Now in its seventh season and newly expanded from three to four days, London Collections: Men returns to the capital tomorrow for a long weekend of catwalk shows, film screenings, presentations, talks and glitzy after-parties.The British Fashion Council ’s menswear answer to London Fashion Week, some would describe it as the nattier, edgier younger sibling. Launched at St James’s Palace in 2012, the week has enjoyed endorsement by everyone from Tinie Tempah to Samuel L Jackson to Boris Johnson

Tracing female hysteria on film

Carol Morley’s new film The Falling hits screens this week, a dark portrayal of an outbreak of mass hysteria at a girls’ boarding school in the 60s. It is the story of a best friendship turned sour, sexual awakening and the twilight of childhood, which channels the kind of eerie energy seen in Picnic at Hanging Rock. Morley once again addresses the otherness to the charisma normally associated with young women.
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