29 Jun 2013


In 20 minutes time, I see myself...On the settee with a cup of tea.
During a photo shoot, I am usually thinking about...Lunch.
Manchester is...My home.
Female models are...Thick skinned.
My diet consists of...Whatever happens to be in the fridge.
I currently smell of...Morrisons own brand shaving foam. Classy.
I'm listening to...Marvin Gaye.
Growing up I wanted to be...The fella that digs up the road to fix the pipes.
I love a good...Butty.
Modeling has taken me to...Singapore, India, Milan, London, Hebden Bridge, Bolton and more.
I was scouted...Walking down the street in Manchester. Debbie Burns swung her car over, handed me a card and asked me if I wanted to be a model. I said why not.
My best side is...Both.
On a typical day I...Will wake up at least once.
My number is...Mine.

| Model | Jacob Crosby | Boss Model Management portfolio Storm portfolio |
| Photographers | Jeff Hahn | Barry Craske | Sarah Jones | Luke Elijah | Danny Jacobs | Callagahn Walsh | Emma Parry | Jeff Chang |

[ Images c/o Boss Model Management ]

23 Jun 2013

mka X Bik Bok

Shut. The. Front. Door.

No, your eyes do not deceive you. Those images are indeed a small sneak preview of the latest design collaboration between Norwegian retailer Bik Bok and style icons, the Olsen twins. 
Taking inspiration from the Scandinavian 'It girl'; this coming autumn, Mary-Kate and Ashley will be launching not one but three collections for the Nordic brand.

 With such a strong awareness of style and unique taste, from what we can see, the collections will be a sure hit. Think Mary-Kate's bohemian spirit juxtaposed with Ashley's more formal attire, pieces will range from melt in the mouth leathers, angora knits, woolen jackets, superfine jersey and stacks of jewellery; a far cry from any form of 'homeless chic'.

Now, all that's left is to figure out how to get our hands on it.

17 Jun 2013

art etc.

Define art.

In some opinions, it's a form of communicating to an audience who are needy for visual stimulants; an expression of an individual, who in turn presents an interest for other individuals.
In others, it's simply picking up a worn out paintbrush, mixing five colours together to create an unusual shade of brown and creating a GCSE masterpiece.

Any presumptions we had on the subject were realised last week, when we attended the opening night for the Manchester Metropolitan University's School of Art degree show. 

With degree show season in full swing; the MMU night has always been a keen favourite for attendees. A chance to mingle with dynamic and imaginative minded grads and a few art connoisseurs, whilst also uncovering that thing we love the most; hidden talent. Sipping on one (or more) of the generously offered drinks too goes down quite well, but that's besides the point. 

The wealth of disciplines exhibiting is enough to catch the interest of any individual. From having your saliva tested for it's Ph balance within Interactive Arts, to observing a couple of swings motioning themselves in Sculpture, you either 'get it' or you don't, neither really matters.
There are the more distinguishable disciplines, such as painting and print, but with so much obscure creativity hanging around you'd forgive us for mistaking a fire exit as one of the exhibits.

When we got to the point where we thought Verity had had a bit too much white wine with orange; don't knock it, it's actually quite nice; we decided we'd destine into the new Art school building, housing presentations from specialists within fashion, including embroidery and textiles. If you were paying attention to Graduate Fashion Week at the start of the month, you'd be as eager as us to get a first hand look at some of the collections displayed in house, including that of Robert Mills.

The night proved to be a success not only for the exhibiting graduates but also us. We happened upon a number of innovative designers, presenting creations we found both aesthetically appealing and quite simply stylish, a selection of which we will be featuring here on Otterly Charming. With three dimensional design pieces, or jewellery, that promote individuality and prints that we can envisage at LFW; be sure to keep an eye out on any upcoming posts involving these talents.

The exhibit will continue to be on show to the public until the 19th of June, so make sure you feed your creative sides and go view it.

12 Jun 2013

isabel marant pour h&m

Just when we thought the blessed matrimony between high street and designer was coming to an end; this week H&M proudly announced that they will be collaborating with highly sought after Parisian designer, Isabel Marant. 

With the news arriving to us like sweet music to our ears, the coveted collection is set to hit stores and online this November; exactly a year since the Maison Martin Margiela x H&M success.

“I am flattered by this collaboration: H&M works with the best designers and this invitation is an exciting honour. I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality" - Isabel Marant.

Appointed as H&M's most popular collab to date; Marant's signature style and ultra French chic will be mimicked throughout a wardrobe of must-have pieces, for both women and teenagers, as well as a menswear collection, a first for the designer. Delivering a veritable mixture of bohemian charm, urban edge and a rock 'n' rebel attitude, a certain je ne sais quoi; November certainly can not come quick enough.

| Join the Queue - 14th November 2013 |

5 Jun 2013

a united nations of fashion.

Where else would you find an exuberant yet nail-bitingly nervous gathering of students; together showcasing an eclectic cocktail of psychedelic styles, over-oversizing, geometric prints and articulated shapes that even Anna Wintour has never seen? The answer - Graduate Fashion Week. 

Kicking off last Sunday, GFW returned to London for it's 22nd year. Acting as the global platform for the creme-dela-creme of emerging talent; over one thousand BA students from forty colleges across the country, will each have had the chance to parade their creations down the runway, alongside students from sixteen international universities including the Istituto Marangoni.


As the four day long event is considered to be the perfect opportunity to get yourself noticed; after only one day in, some distinct styles and key looks seemed to have already emerged. A melting pot of designs filled with animated tie-dyes, well detailed fencing-type face masks, structuring like non other and forceful colour palettes, as well as an overall general feel towards the streetwear vibe or 'sports luxe' trend we see quite often. Not to mention clear inspirations from elements such as David Bowie, children's 90's television shows, and even Game of Thrones; looks that are testing  the boundaries within the fashion industry. 

Not to be outshone by the homegrown talent, the International Show commenced on day two; a chance for us to gain a glimpse at what's being brought forward by fashion students from around the globe.
Mix together bodybag-esq designs from Istituto Marangoni Paris's Sasha Nassar along with Imogen Stubbs' nu-rave, lego-like glasses and you have a complete new visionary look.
Star of the show, in ours and many other's opinions, was that of Angus Chiang of Taiwan's Shih Chien University, who went on to be awarded for Best International Collection. Think Russian cosmonaut goes to Mardi Gras; a kaleidoscope collection full of psychotomimetic, neon colour schemes alongside an adornment of pom-poms. If anyone has seen Disney's 'Alice in Wonderland', imagine covering a boiler suit in 'Mome Raths' and calling it fashion.


With day three having welcomed the turn of our home institutions, Manchester and Salford, we were more than eager to see what was in store. Mythically inspired, knitted headpieces and an army of flocculent garments; quintessentially mancunian.

Graduate Fashion Week, it would appear, is not for the fashionably faint hearted. A few hit and misses here and there, but not one piece you would find impossible to accompany with a more toned down style of dress and subsequently call it your own. Come A/W and we sure one of us will be sporting acidic, mesh all-in-ones.


The week will have culminated in a Gala Awards ceremony tonight, in which a handful of student's will be honoured with the titles of Menswear, Womenswear and Print & Textile designers of the year, as well as the esteemed overall title of Designer of the Year. 

Here are a selection of our most desired looks from this year's shows; we're already appetent to see how next year's graduates will top these.





| Images | www.gwf.org.uk |