Alternative Fashion & Pop Culture
Alternative Fashion & Pop Culture
Meet Aggretusko, a 25 year old red panda with a passion for death metal karaoke and a strong dislike for her office job at a Tokyo trading firm. The brain child of Japanese super-brand Sanrio and the star of her own Netflix series, Aggretsuko fuses all the kawaii of Hello Kitty with the grim reality of adult life. This is a series that will appeal to anyone who likes a bit of edge with their cute.
MyM's Emily Valentine sits down with Adelaide, an English model with a passion for Japanese fashion currently living in Tokyo.
From traditional kimono to colourful street wear, Japanese fashion is as diverse as the country itself. British business Butikku is bringing something refreshingly different to the UK; clothing, jewellery and accessories from independent designers in the Japanese fashions scene.
Meet Shinkurose AKA Debbie and Emily, a mother and daughter dream team combining their design, pattern cutting and sewing skills to create beautiful handmade garments and accessories inspired by the street fashions of Tokyo.
Meet Minori, a shironuri artist from Japan. With many strings to her bow including designer, artist, costumer maker and fashion icon, Minori has made a name for herself at home and abroad, turning heads wherever she goes with her signature white-painted face and elaborate clothing.
Tutus, tulle and turning en pointe,; ballet is a beautiful dance form, and the fashion associated with it is just as romantic. We sat down with Manchester based dancer Kat Edwards to chat about how she got into Japanese fashion, which styles she follows and her favourite brands.
The Tea Party Club has been organising fashion events for a decade now, but its last ever event at London's Institute of Directors proved the most lavish yet, with Japanese ffashion brand Angelic Pretty flying in from Japan to attend.
The name Kurebayashi should be familiar with any fan of Japanese youth fashion. A regular in popular Japanese magazine KERA, Kure-chan is a cute and colourful model with a love for decora style and her own fashion range.
Emily Valentine met the fashion blogger who’s not afraid to go bright and bold.
With a Tokyo music tour under her belt and a debut solo EP on the cards, Megan Valentine is fulfilling her dreams of being a solo performer. Her aqua anime-inspired hair and love for edgy fashion give Megan a distinctive style that definitely help her to stand out from the crowd! MyM sat down for a chat to find out how combining her love for music and her passion for fashion have helped Megan shape her identity as a musician.
Emily Valentine celebrates cherry blossom time with Calıfornian model and J-fashion enthusiast Chiffon Fleur.
Emily Valentine sits down with Danny, a J-fashion fan from Brighton who proves that kawaii isn’t just for girls.
The kimono is one of the most iconic and beautiful of traditional Japanese garments. Emily Valentine chatted with Tokyo-based kimono enthusiast Anji Salz to find out more.
Tis the season to be kawaii, and MyM'S Emily Valentine has been on the hunt for this season’s cutest and most colourful fashions and accessories.
The Tea Party Club recently hosted its annual London fashion extravaganza, and MyM’s Emily Faulder was there to share a brew
With a chart-topping musical career spanning 15 years, Perfume are one of Japan’s most influential girl bands. MyM's Emily finds that Perfume: A Gallery Experience makes perfect scents.
Sanrio’s latest star in a long line up of cute characters is the lazy (yet adorable) Gudetama. MyM's Emily chats with Gudetama,the world’s laziest egg, about his rise to the top.
MyM's Emily sits down with the ladies of Dreamy Bows, who are bringing Tokyo street style to the UK with their J-fashion pop-ups.
Devotees of Hello Kitty are in for a treat this summer ...quite literally. MyM's Emily took a trip to Soho café Cutter & Squidge to experience their new pop-up.
MyM’s Emily joined the London leg Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda's TIME AFTER TIME; a world tour that’s capturing the essence of kawaii.
If you've a passion for snapping Japanese street style you can't help but be inspired by the cute and colourful fashion found in Tokyo's Harajuku district.
MyM’s Emily speaks to La Carmina, a professional traveller, author, journalist, blogger and TV host with a passion for Japanese pop culture and alternative fashion.
Interview with Kyler Zeleny, photographer and author of photo book 'Found Polaroids'
Review of 'Secret Moments of Maikos' by Philippe Marinig, a photobook exploring the intimate world of apprentice geisha.
Interview with Casey Meshbesher, founder of women's street photography movement 'Women in Street' for the Women's Issue #21.
Interview with fashion photographer Katja Stuckrath for Issue 19 of #Photography Magazine (p.74)
Interviews with migration culture photographers Emanuele Cremaschi (p36-39) and Daniel Castro Garcia (p92-108) for Issue 18 of #Photography Magazine.
David Williams – you may know him as the photographer who shot ‘Men with Cats’ – a project that threw him into the spotlight and bagged him features on a huge range of sites ranging from Huffington Post to Mashable. So what’s David been up to since breaking down the crazy cat lady stereotype and going viral online?
We're big fans of visual storytelling, and were delighted to be sent a copy of Huw Alden Davies' new photo book 'Prince' to review. Offering an insight into the life of the artist's father John, or 'Prince' as he has been known as for most of his life, the imagery and narrative work together to build up a picture of a man who is both unique and familiar at the same time.
On Landscape Project, the brain child of photographers Minna Kantonen, Dafna Talmor and Emma Wieslander, seeks to instigate discussions and debates around the representation of landscapes. With two group exhibitions already under their belt in London and Rome, the collective’s most recent project On Landscape #3 took place at the picturesque Lower Hewood Farm in Dorset.
The Free Range art and design graduate shows, held each year at The Truman Brewery in East London, are a fantastic platform for creative students to showcase their work to the public, and get noticed by industry professionals. The photography exhibitions are spread over two weeks, and after the resounding success of week #1 (you can read a round up of our favourite work here) we took a trip back to Brick Lane to see what photographic gems we could uncover during week #2.
It’s that time of year again, where students from universities up and down the country descend upon The Truman Brewery to showcase their final year degree projects at the Free Range exhibitions. Free Range has been running since 2001, and is a fantastic platform for students from creative degree courses, such as fashion, art, design and photography, to showcase their talents.
Celebrating Tanabata in Japan Summer is a time for festivities and fun in Japan and as Tanabata (Japan's Star Festival) draws closer, people up and down the country get well and truly into the party spirit. Celebrated on different dates in different regions, Tanabata kicks off on 7th July and continues throughout August with festivals,...
With over 70% of the Japanese population eating rice once a day and Japan sitting in the top 10 largest producers of rice globally, rice is a core part of the Japanese diet. Incorporated into a myriad of dishes, from sushi and onigiri to curry rice and donburi this seemingly humble grain is packed full...
With four national holidays crammed into 7 days, Golden Week is a time of great celebration in Japan. Children's Day (or Kodomo no hi), the final day of the Golden Week celebration, is a time for families all over the country to join together and wish health, happiness and prosperity upon their children.
Sake is one of Japan's most famous exports and this delicious alcoholic drink made from fermented rice has a unique flavour that can be enjoyed either hot or cold. New to Japan Centre this week is a range of premium sake from Sudo Honke, a Japanese brewery based in Obara, Ibaraki Prefecture.
Japan Matsuri returned to London in late September, transforming Trafalgar Square into a vibrant celebration of Japanese culture.
Back in 2008, Hayao Miyazaki penned the manga series Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises), inspired by Tatsuo Hori's ‘The Wind is Risen’, a fictional story based on Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the infamous Zero Plane used during the Pearl Harbour bombings.
A self published magazine celebrating the global appeal of Japanese culture. Covering lifestyle, travel, food, art, fashion and events in collaboration with a number of Japan focused brands, personalities and creatives.
Student and Graduate Advice
International student housing marketplace Student.com have been busy bees over the past year, gathering feedback from over 100,000 students in 426 cities around the world. And the results are out! Giving interesting insights into student accommodation booking trends, the research also highlighted student's favourite cities to study in.
You've spent the last three or more years studying for your degree, completed all your exams and handed in all your coursework. Now, your time at university is over and it's time to have a think about what you want to do next.
"An initial phone interview is often used as a way to sort the best from the rest." Once the recruiter has filtered through all the job applications, they may want to chat to a few potential candidates. An initial phone interview is often used as a way to whittle down the numbers and sort the best from the rest.
They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but it's hard not to sometimes. Why study somewhere dark and dingy, when you could be getting your degree while surrounded by elaborate gothic architecture that would give Hogwarts a run for its money, or cutting-edge modern design.
With more and more school leavers opting to head to university, the job market is becoming increasingly saturated with eager and talented graduates. While your in-depth understanding of the works of Shakespeare or the ability to code an entire website in record time could help you get your dream job, there are some other (less theoretical or technical) soft skills that might come in handy as well.
Rejoice, the long-awaited summer break is just around the corner. But, while it might be tempting to spend your days watching Netflix and eating your body weight in ice cream, why not make this summer a productive one? These days work experience usually extends further than making the tea and opening the post.
St. George is England's dragon-slaying, princess-saving patron saint. 23 April was St. George's Day, marking the anniversary of his death. But who is St. George and why (and how) do people celebrate? If you're a new arrival in England, here are a few things you may not know about England's chivalrous national icon.
Your gloriously long student summer holiday is just around the corner, but before you can relax you're going to need to get through the dreaded exam season. If the thought of coursework deadlines and test papers sets your heart racing and anxiety levels rising then you're definitely not alone.
One of the most important decisions you'll make as a student is where to live. Moving can be expensive and stressful (especially when you're fleeing the nest) so doing your research could save you a serious headache in the long run. First up you'll need to decide what sort of accommodation suits your lifestyle and personality.
Whatever stage you are in your career, there's a strong possibility that you'll have to put together a presentation at some point. Talking in front of a crowd (or even a handful of people) can be daunting, but with a few key pointers you'll be well equipped to handle the nerves.
Released earlier this month, the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject are a fantastic way of finding out which universities are the best in the world for your chosen area of study. Rolling with the times, QS has introduced four new subject areas this year, making these the most comprehensive rankings yet.
The 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject are hot off the press, with 900 universities from over 80 countries ranked this year. You won't have a better chance to find out which universities are at the top of their game for your chosen subject of study.
As the job market gets more and more competitive, finding new and innovative ways to job hunt could be the key to finding your dream job. Signing up with a recruitment agency, joining LinkedIn and browsing online job sites will all help you in your quest for employment.
Watching films is a great way to escape from uni work for a few hours, and you might find yourself learning a valuable life lesson or two along the way. So why not grab some popcorn, settle down in your comfiest chair and take your pick from these 4 university-themed movies.
Guest post: Emily Valentine Whether you're a student looking for an internship or a fully-fledged graduate, having an up-to-date and well-written CV and cover letter is vital. Writing these can be daunting though, especially as it's easy to make mistakes but by following these handy pointers you should find yourself well on your way to bagging your dream job.
Guest post: Emily Valentine Whether you like it or not, essay writing is part and parcel of completing a degree. Even those who usually excel at written work can find themselves feeling the fear when faced with the prospect of putting together a lengthy essay or dissertation. But, fear not.
Guest post: Emily Valentine Ranked #3 in the latest QS Best Student Cities 2017 , London is home to some of the best universities in the world, and with over 40 higher education institutions boasting a huge variety of courses, your study options will be as diverse as the city itself.
Guest post: Emily Valentine At some point during your degree, you're probably going to be asked to put together some sort of online portfolio, personal website or blog. But where do you start? Luckily the days where you needed coding skills (or a sack full of money) are long gone.
Guest post: Emily Valentine Climate change and energy efficiency might be the last things on your mind when you're up to your neck in uni coursework. But these issues are hitting headlines right now, and will become even more important in the future.
When you're drowning in a sea of dissertation research at 4am, it's easy to feel like university is the last place you want to be. While it can be tough at times, especially when exams and deadline dates are looming, there are many activities you can indulge in to make student life more rewarding.
Networking is a helpful tool in any career - but how do you go about doing it? Inspiring Interns list their top tips on how to be a networking pro.
Christmas is over and you're feeling a bit sorry for yourself. You've spent your last student loan payment on presents - possibly one or two festive drinks - and that beach holiday to Barbados is definitely going to have to wait. But fear not, because January doesn't have to be everyone's least favourite month.