Extraordinary Realism & A Fascination With Detail: New Works By Nigel Cox at Coates and Scarry

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 13.49.56Nigel Cox’s minimalistic oil paintings capture an extraordinary realism. Oblivious references the subjects, and our own, frequent obliviousness to the world around us. He is inspired by ordinary people going about their everyday lives and the disassociation from their environment by immersion in routine. He captures their moments unawares.

Often painting his figures from a viewpoint where no face is visible, Nigel Cox portrays them against a vague, vast, empty landscape. A deliberate move, designed to focus the full attention on the figure, who are solitary, confident and calm with an inner peace and strength and at one with their surroundings. The paintings reflect solitude, tranquillity and confidence, giving every day scenes an unexpected and surreal feeling while keeping them solidly within the real world.

The artist’s love of large open spaces and lack of clutter is obvious as is his fascination by detail.

He’s coined the phrase Photorealistic Minimalism to describe his work. His paintings provide the viewer with a glimpse beyond the clutter of everyday life, conjuring up notions of escape and peace, offering sanctuary from the frenetic world outside.

Cox’s background included a period of time working as a radio officer on ships, and a lucky break came when he was offered a place on Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Transglobe Expedition – the first circumnavigation of the globe along the Greenwich Meridian via land, sea and ice. He was later commissioned to paint the first and, so far, only portrait of Sir Ranulph. Cox is also known for his incredible portrait of dance legend Carlos Acosta.

Cox paints primarily in oil on linen, building up thin layers of precise paint, developing depth and detail, and bringing an important warmth to the work. The resulting paintings are smooth to the touch and glow with a subtle inner light and life.

The artist says of one seminal moment in the development of his work:

“While travelling through Liverpool Street Station on a sunny day in 2004 I noticed a girl sitting on a seat in the concourse reading a book. I sat down on the floor against a pillar and photographed her, amazed that no one else noticed how wonderful she looked. For her, the Station no longer existed. She was immersed in her book and was oblivious to everything around her. She had, unwittingly, removed herself from this place, transporting herself elsewhere. I was captivated by how special people can be when removed from the crowd and how wonderful it is to observe them, alone, in this state.”

This idea developed in Cox’s mind and formulated his signature style.

The show also introduces a new element in Cox’s work. He has begun developing the backgrounds, introducing vague, grey fog so prevalent in his early work, to show scenes of modern political turmoil – soldiers, military helicopters emphasizing our common obliviousness to the modern world around us despite being more connected than ever through the internet and social media.

Coates and Scarry and Cox will also host a charity private view to benefit the Terrence Higgins Trust on Thursday 20 November from 1800 until 2100.  A limited edition of two specially selected prints will be released on the night, with all proceeds going to the Trust.

The Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity with centres across England, Scotland and Wales. The Trust provides information and advice about HIV and sexual health and offers a range of services including sexual health checks, counselling and support groups.

Oblivious – Open from Monday 10th November 2014 until Saturday 22nd November 2014,

1100 until 1900 everyday

Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6BN.

www.nigelcox.com 

www.coatesandscarry.com 

www.tht.org.uk

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After Nyne Founder’s Third Poetry Book ‘To The Lions’ Released Today

 

BookCoverAfter Nyne HQ are pleased to announce that To The Lions, the third poetry collection by our founder, and editor in chief Claire Meadows is released today for kindle and paperback by Dagda Publishing.

A powerful, puissant collection of 15 poems laden with vibrant imagery. Dealing with love, loss, heartbreak, and the strength that allows one to overcome, To The Lions is reminiscent of the best works of Anais Nin, Sylvia Plath and WH Auden.

Reg Davey, founder of Dagda Publishing says ‘John LaZar, of Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls fame, described Claire as being as good as Ginsberg, and I have to agree with him. I’ll be entering this one for a few poetry prizes over the coming months.’

Pick up your copy of To The Lions here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lions-Claire-Meadows-ebook/dp/B00MRD6CTG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412070206&sr=8-1&keywords=to+the+lions

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The Phoenix Has Risen Again on London’s Cavendish Square

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 16.25.52The Phoenix on London’s Cavendish Square has been reborn in a blaze of glory, boasting a totally revamped basement area complete with state-of-the-art sound system, a new diner-style menu and a larger selection of draught beers, cask ales, quality wines and ciders.

While the whole pub has undergone a bit of a facelift, the famous basement bar and stage area is completely transformed, with rustic wooden tables for downstairs dining, sleek banquette booths for group meet-ups and a dedicated bar to save on any unnecessary stair-climbing. Meanwhile, industrial wooden walls, neon signage and of course, a glitter ball, ensures the space is ready to host the live music, standup comedy and legendary club nights for which the venue is famed.

Speaking of which, the pub’s reopening and shiny new sound system will see the return of singalong extravaganza, Friday I’m In Love, over-28s club night, Coffin Dodgers Disco, and a host of brilliant comedy events, which have previously featured such stellar gag-merchants as Frankie Boyle, Ed Byrne, Al Murray and many more. Meanwhile, there will be special DJ nights throughout the year, with the likes of The Horrors, Belle And Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub having previously taken to the decks.Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 16.28.04

With downstairs dining now available, The Phoenix’s food offering has also had a refresh, with the new Ruby Jean’s Diner menu specializing in finger-licking, home-cooked Americana, available for lunch and dinner. Menu highlights include such Stateside staples as Hot & Kicking Sriracha Wings, a Chilli Dog with homemade chilli and melted cheese, and a NY Deli Sandwich with pastrami, sauerkraut and Emmenthal.

On top of all that, there’s also a belt-busting range of thirteen mouth-watering burgers, customizable with a selection of all-American toppings, including peanut butter, fried pickle and mac & cheese. Better still, between 12 and 6pm every Tuesday, there’s 241 on all burgers.

More comfortable with the Union Jack than the Star-Spangled Banner? You’ll feel right at home with The Phoenix’s new Sunday menu, focusing on a choice of traditional roasts, served with homemade Yorkies, roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy, available between 12 and 9pm.

The pub’s drinks offering has also been spruced up with a selection of world class wines, ciders and artisan spirits. However, the beer offering is the star of the show, showcasing a rotating range of seasonal craft beers, including Lagunitas IPA, Brooklyn Pennant, Adnams Mosaic Pale Ale and Meantime Californian Pale Ale, while four rotating real ales are also on offer.

Finally, with the festive season fast approaching, The Phoenix is already taking bookings for Christmas parties, with a two or three course Festive Menu (£20.50 / £24.00) offering the usual Christmas fare, and a Festive Sharing Platter (£20) also available. The multi-functional basement can accommodate everything from a Christmas quiz, to an end of year awards ceremony, allowing you to celebrate in style with a completely bespoke event.

The Phoenix

37 Cavendish Square

London

W1G 0PP

020 7493 8003

www.phoenixcavendishsquare.co.uk

www.facebook.com/phoenixcavendishsquare

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Exclusive After Nyne Reader Offer: Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition 2014

Carry Akroyd SWLA, Granite, Gannet, Annet

Carry Akroyd SWLA, Granite, Gannet, Annet

Whether depicting a wasp or an albatross, a bear or a beetle, at the beating heart of The Society of Wildlife Artists is the quest to capture the essence of that creature and its place in the world. What connects this art is the celebration of the natural world and the love of the subject.

The 51st annual exhibition of the SWLA will showcase the very best of art inspired by the natural world. This year the ‘Out of the Frame’ room will feature the Society’s bird migration project collaboration with the British Trust for Ornithology. Four artists spent 2 weeks in Senegal with BTO scientists looking at the wintering grounds while other members visited summer breeding grounds in the UK. The amazing journey of our summer visitors is told in the resulting work.

There will be a full programme of events during the course of the exhibition including talks and practical demonstrations, which you can see at the Mall Galleries website (details below). The programme includes Portfolio day where artists can receive advice from senior SWLA members and the President’s Tour an informal event looking at key works in the show.

In an After Nyne exclusive, we have teamed up with the Mall Galleries to offer free admission to the exhibition to our readers as a thank you for your loyalty. Simply mention ‘After Nyne’ at the Gallery Desk when you arrive or when you call to book your ticket. 

Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition
30 October to 9 November, 10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)
Admission: £3, £2.50 Concession, Free to Mall Galleries Friends, SWLA Friends, National Art Pass holders and under 18s
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
www.mallgalleries.org.uk

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IRFÉ Spring/Summer 2015 Collection Blurs Lines Between Style & Function

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Among the European Fashion Houses you will hardly find a Fashion House with such Imperial credentials as the Maison IRFÉ, which was founded in 1924 in Paris by the princely couple, who gave their initials to form the name of the House.

She was Princess Irina Romanova, a young dazzling beauty ,niece of Imperor Nicolas and the favourite granddaughter of Tsar Alexandre III

He was Prince Felix Yousoupoff, Count Sumarokov-Elston was the descendant of an ancient tribe, one of the most handsome men of Russia. The heir of a fabulous fortune (the Yousoupoff were deemed to be wealthier than the Tsar himself), he was closely related to Russian and European aristocracy

The idea of opening their own Fashion House came to the Prince after a trip to the United States (according to rumour, in order to open the Maison IRFÉ, he had to sell the unique diamond “Polar Star” to Cartier jewellers). The inauguration of the Maison IRFÉ took place in 1924 in the Ritz hotel, Place Vendôme, and culminated with a spectacular ball.

The appearance of the models after midnight, among them was Irina Yousoupoff, who made a lasting impression even on the blazes Parisians. Irina was famous in the French capital for her beauty. Her Aristocratic allure and flawless features attracted the most famous photographers who took countless pictures Irina wearing IRFÉ.

The sleeping beauty IRFÉ was brought back to life by its new owner Olga Sorokina, reopening doors in 2008, that had been closed for 80 years, and presents nowadays a prêt à porter de luxe during Paris fashion week. The collections are made by the best french and italian ateliers. The commercial network is currently expanding and already counts 50 points of sale over the world.

The IRFÉ Spring Summer 2015 collection is divided in 3 themes:

A surplus theme, military chic, placing great emphasis on parkas, army jackets, chinos, bermudas, a denim, clean tie and die section, and a more sophisticated graphic black and white theme, sharply cut, for an evening feel.

Cold and dark colours with touches of light and bright colours form the palette of this collection.

Navy, Night, Khaki, Macassar, Black, White and Natural with touches of Gold and Orange.

Luxurious and technical fabrics highlight the volumes and proportions :

- Lamb skin, japanese denim, coated linen, washed crepe de Chine and amazing double face cottons.

- Mink baggy pockets, piercings, rivets, eyelets and zips punctuate this collection with a definitely contemporary style.

See more from the collection at http://www.irfe.com

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TCA Abu Dhabi to Organise New Jordi Savall Concert for Abu Dhabi Classics Season

Jordi Savall © David Ignaszewski

Jordi Savall © David Ignaszewski

The world premiere of a concert by award-winning Spanish composer Jordi Savall is to be held in Abu Dhabi this November.

‘Ibn Battuta: The voyager of Islam’ is a highlight of the newly revived Abu Dhabi Classics annual international concert season which will run from this October to May next year and is presented by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).

Grammy winner Savall will be joined at Emirates Palace Auditorium on November 20 by Hesperion XXI, an ensemble of 16 musicians playing traditional Arabic instruments. Together they will take the audience on a journey through music following the travels of legendary 14th century Arab traveller Ibn Battuta.

Abu Abd Ibn Battuta was an explorer, voyager and writer and one of the most important Muslim travellers of the Middle Ages who journeyed around 120,000 kms in 29 years throughout the Middle East, the Maghreb, Africa, Europe and the Far East. His travels were recorded in the voyage report ‘Rihla’ which is the contextual base for Jordi Savall’s new work.

As a driving force of the current revaluation of historic music, Savall will guide the audience through time and space, performing music Ibn Battuta heard during his visits to royal courts, palaces, public spaces or small villages.

Savall, who composed the unique ‘for one night only’ concert especially for Abu Dhabi Classics, said: “For me, to be part of the 2014 Abu Dhabi Classics Season is an exceptional opportunity as I have never played in the UAE and I am curious to discover a new audience, a new way to listen to music and a new sensibility to embrace it. I feel very honoured to be part of this year’s list of artists who will come to fill the magical nights of music.

“The programme is a mosaic of musical pieces that combines musical traditions of the two shores of the Mediterranean and the Middle East at the time of the most famous medieval traveller, Ibn Battuta of Tangiers.”

Joining Savall on stage will be Moroccan Driss El Maloumi, widely considered one of the best Oud players of his generation and one of the Arab world’s leading artists. He has been universally praised for the quality, purity and delicacy of his playing and music and is known for mixing traditional Moroccan Sufi music with modern jazz and baroque music.

Emirates Palace auditorium

Emirates Palace auditorium

The music will be complemented by readings from Arabic speaking Spanish poet Manuel Forcano from the traveller’s journal, allowing music and words to intertwine and recreate Ibn Battuta’s adventures through the Middle East, Turkey, Iraq and Iran from 1314 to 1336.

HE Zaki Nusseibeh, a board member of TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “It’s a privilege for us to welcome to Abu Dhabi such an exceptional musical talent as Jordi Savall. His dedication in bringing ancient music back to life is unsurpassed and in delivering a world premiere to the capital dedicated to the life of one of the Arab world’s most historic figures, he is offering us a rare and unique opportunity to witness a groundbreaking work of art.”

‘Ibn Battuta: The voyager of Islam’ is being recorded by leading French national classic music station  Radio Classique who will air it over a series of shows, while French television will also record the performance and broadcast it in Europe. A compilation CD of the concert is also to be produced and released by Alia Vox – Savall’s own label.

A second concert presenting another part of Ibn Battuta’s travels, including his experiences in India, Mali and the Far East, is scheduled for the 2015/16 Abu Dhabi Classics Season.

To register an interest in buying tickets for the concert visit www.abudhabievents.ae

Abu Dhabi Classics runs from October until May and brings some of the world’s best classical performers and orchestras from East and West to a host of venues throughout Abu Dhabi including the cultural hub of Saadiyat Island and the historic Al Jahili Fort in the emirate’s heritage heartland of Al Ain.

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After Nyne Music Recommendations – September Edition

Music is such a big part of what we do at the HQ, and Recommendations time is one of our favourite times of the month. We try to curate an eclectic range of tracks, but most of all, go with what we love.

These are the tracks that we’ve come back to time and again over the past month.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to tweet us your opinions on our choices at @AfterNyneHQ. We love to hear from you.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 15.05.49LuvBug ft Talay Riley – ‘Resonance’ 

Born out of love for 90s house music and raves, LuvBug have been collaborating together for 18 months combining their skills as DJs, producers and songwriters to deliver tunes that will be played across dance floors and festivals, from here to Ibiza. Lead by Marvin Humes, together with producer/remixer/bootlegger, The White N3rd and Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter JKAY, LuvBug are bringing their devilish beats and hooks to the dance scene.

“LuvBug has been a project in the making for a long time now and I’m so excited that it’s finally out there!” says Marvin, “Working with JKAY and N3rd over the years has been brilliant and I can’t wait for everyone to hear all of our music!” JKAY adds, “We all grew up listening to lots of house and garage and now seems like the perfect time to dip into those kinds of sounds again” The White N3rd continues, We all had the same goal in mind and that was to make every mutha fucka dance to this shit, that’s it…”

LuvBug have been in the studio working with a variety of talent including Becky Hill (UK #1 hit with Oliver Heldens on (Gecko Overdrive)), MNEK (featured on the BBC Sound Poll 2014) and songwriter Wayne Hector (Nicki Minaj, Britney).

Their debut single ‘Resonance’ ft. British R&B vocalist Taley Riley will be released September 28th through Polydor. The song is a dancefloor-destined future hit, splicing Riley’s of-the-moment falsetto with mutant, subterranean house beats. The track has already set the blogosphere alight appearing in the Top 10 of the Hype Machine Chart and garnering well-received remixes from MNEK “This is a 24ct solid gold rework of the housetastic original” (Music Is Your Radar) and Friend Within.

Click here to see the video for ‘Resonance’. Track is out September 28th.

www.luvbugmusic.com

 

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Mazes – ‘Astigmatism’ 

Mazes have never been ones for hanging around. When they have songs, they get them out there. If they should find themselves snowed in and unable to get to the studio, they’d grab a shovel and dig a pathway through. It’s precisely what the trio had to do during a recent trip to upstate New York for the creation of Wooden Aquarium, the band’s brand new album.

“The studio was completely isolated; an idyllic place to make a record. Green, remote, backwatery, fewer distractions… but things made a turn for the worst the night we arrived,” remembers singer and guitarist Jack Cooper. “Our van was broken into and gear stolen within an hour of being in New York. Then around three feet of snow fell over night. We had to shovel our way to the studio every morning. It was interesting being snowed in – you get busy and knuckle down.”

Completed in just two weeks between the sub-zero conditions of commuter town Cornwall, New York and the heart of Brooklyn, Wooden Aquarium marks the apex at which Mazes’ music to date meets. Recorded completely live and laid down entirely onto beautifully thick two-inch tape, the trio also had company in enlisting the skills of Parquet Courts’ producer Jonathan Schenke. “If it wasn’t for Jonny, things would’ve got a little bleak,” admits Cooper. “The dynamics of our band are very English, so can be quite tense and focused. I think that comes across in the music, but Jonny kept everything light and breezy.”

Stream lead track Astigmatism here: https://soundcloud.com/fatcatrecords/astigmatism-mazes

Wooden Aquarium is out now on Fat Cat Records

http://www.fat-cat.co.uk

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 15.12.49Client – Refuge 

We can’t get enough of Client, and their track   ‘Refuge’ from their  album ‘Authority’
‘Authority’, released on August 25th, delivers the goods and is an addictive powerhouse of minimal electronics, groovy rhythms and mercilessly catchy melodies, laid on with skill by these pioneers of female electronica.
‘Refuge’ is about a lifetime of making mistakes, however, when one door closes another door opens. Accompanied by a stylish and fascinating video we witness many stories intertwining  and the one thing that connects them all is nothing is as it appears to be for our perceptions can be deceiving sometimes.
Indulge in the Refuge video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvY7BYhuJD8
Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 15.17.51Toydrum (Introducing Joel Wells)
– Void & Form
While James Lavelle has put UNKLE on hold, Pablo Clements and James Griffith, members of the seminal project since 2007, have forged a new musical partnership, TOYDRUM and are based in their own studio in Brighton, the TOY ROOMS. They produce and compose for an eclectic mix  of projects. They are releasing their first Mini Album on their own UNDERSCORE COLLECTIVE label on 29th September.
Both Clements and Griffith have extensive musical histories spanning many collaborations and projects, and they continue as a prolific and productive force at the TOY ROOMS studio today. The upcoming mini-album is the first of a series of releases which comprehensively demonstrates their continued creativity and ability to deliver music that matters. ‘A Distant Focus Vol 1’ is a continuation of their success and pushing their sound forward from the music they created as UNKLE.
Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 15.24.11Juan Wauters – Water 
In 2000, Alberto Wauters left Uruguay to live in a basement in Queens. Two years later he called his son, Juan, to join him. Juan Wauters crossed the threshold into manhood when he arrived in New York.
Working at a factory, the father and son pooled their money to bring their family to the borough of opportunity. With no friends to speak of, Juan turned to music to take control of the loneliness of his isolation.Juan Wauters presents himself as a kind of playground philosopher: a gum-poppin’ dude with holes in his sneakers staring hearts and daggers into the center of the universe from behind a pair of beat-up Ray-Bans. His lyrics are so simple that on first listen they usually sound stupid; his naïveté is as hard-won as a Zen monk’s.

His album ‘North American Poetry’ out now on Captured Tracks.
Let us know what you think of our recommendations, and even recommend your own,  at @AfterNyneHQ
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Limited Edition Just Cavalli Sweatshirts Exclusive to Online Store From Today

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photograph by Luca Maria Morelli

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photograph by Luca Maria Morelli

Just Cavalli loves the cool new generation and, in response to this, has created two exclusive models of sweatshirts – “Mirage” and “Python” – which will be on sale from today exclusively on the Just Cavalli website.

From being considered mainly as a street style item to an easy to match piece, the sweatshirt, omnipresent in the last Just Cavalli collections, has become absolutely the most versatile garment in the everyone’s wardrobe: combined with long or short skirts for a bon-ton touch or with simple jeans for a more urban style, the sweatshirt is suitable for any outfit or occasion.

The Just Cavalli women’s sweatshirt is made of neoprene jersey with a knitted neckline and it has an over fit.

The undisputed protagonist of this model is the Mirage print, must have from the Fall/Winter 2014 collection, it represents a woman of the Renaissance period and was inspired by a painting loved by Roberto Cavalli.

The Just Cavalli men’s sweatshirt is made of cotton jersey with knitted necklines ribbed in contrasting colours and it has a regular fit.

The Python print, in the shades of grey, dominates the entire garment and confers a classic Cavalli touch.

View the full Just Cavalli collection at store.robertocavalli.com/justcavalli

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From Monroe to Meir – The Times ‘Great Women’s Lives’ Shines The Light on Female Luminaries

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 11.31.44‘One of the encouraging themes of the collection is that scientists, writers, performers, politicians and campaigners are not born, nor are they made. They make themselves… Most of all, it’s courage that’s celebrated here.’ Lucy Worsley

What is it that makes a woman great? The answer, as revealed in these 125 obituaries from The Times newspaper, has changed over time in ways that can’t fail to fascinate.  With entries dating from 1872 to 2014, Great Women’s Lives – edited by Sue Corbett, and the latest in The Times’ series of anthologies of its obituaries – focuses attention on pioneering achievements by women, not just from Britain but around the world.  It revisits those lives who have all, in their own way, played an important part in women’s educational, professional, social, cultural and emotional journey over the best part of two centuries.

The anthology starts with the obituary of 91-year-old pioneering mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville (d. 1872) and concludes with that of 110-year-old concert pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommer  (d. 2014). In between come a formidable trio of later scientists: the discoverer of radium Marie Curie; the unsung heroine of DNA, Rosalind Franklin; and the only British woman to win a Nobel Prize for science, Dorothy Hodgkin. Plus a further quintet of great pianists: Clara Schumann, Myra Hess, Eileen Joyce, Tatiana Nikolayeva and Moura Lympany.

Interspersed are women prime ministers from Golda Meir of Israel (d. 1978) to Margaret Thatcher (d. 2013);  actresses from Sarah Bernhardt (d. 1923) to Marilyn Monroe (d. 1962) and Elizabeth Taylor (d. 2011); novelists from George Eliot (d. 1880) to Doris Lessing (d. 2013); singers from Jenny Lind (d. 1887) to Joan Sutherland (d. 2010); plus aviators, a mountaineer, a Channel swimmer, war correspondents, ballerinas, sportswomen,    botanists, US first ladies, iconic members of the British royal family, and more.

As a freelance journalist, Sue Corbett writes for The Times, but also for the Sunday Express. For The Times, she writes features for the Military Matters pages and also a wide range of obituaries. Over many years, she has written obituaries of gardeners, artists, actors, journalists, novelists, equestrians and craftspeople. For the Sunday Express, she writes general features and property pieces. She is a former chief sub-editor of Country Life magazine, a former law reporter and a qualified barrister.

The Times Great Women’s Lives: A Celebration In Obituaries

Edited by Sue Corbett

Foreword by Lucy Worsley

Published Sept 2014,

£20.00 Hardback

ISBN: 978-0-7509-6056-4

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‘Blurring the Line Between Old-School Glamour & Hyper-Modernity..': Behind the Cover of #AN4

Janet Devlin in Beverly Animadu

Janet Devlin in Beverly Animadu

The seeds of inspiration for the cover of After Nyne Magazine 4 (#AN4) were sown at this year’s Regent’s School of Fashion & Design Graduate Show. The breadth of talent on display at that show at the Old Truman Brewery on a balmy London evening was a sight to see. There was guts, real guts…a fearless blend of urban grit, and sensitivity.

There were two graduate designers that immediately stood out for us. At opposing ends of the spectrum were Carole Fosse – whose gossamer-light pieces recalled the silky sexiness of old-school Hollywood – and Beverly Animadu, whose bold tailoring worked in tandem with her sensitive awareness of fabric to create maximum effect in each of her pieces.

We knew immediately that these were the designers we wanted to work with for our cover shoot for Issue 4.

Our next step was securing our cover star.

Janet Devlin – in all her ethereal beauty – has long been an artist who has intrigued us. Our proposal was to take her ‘not quite of this world’ image, and pare her down to her natural beauty to fit After Nyne’s minimalistic ethic – her aquamarine eyes touched by the barest minimal makeup. Her vivid red hair back away from her face (care of After Nyne hairdresser Yu).

After Nyne's Craig Hemming with Janet Devlin

After Nyne’s Craig Hemming with Janet Devlin

The two designers – Carole’s pieces in flesh tones and black, Beverly’s piece in vivid blue, which could have clashed dreadfully – worked together entirely. An effect that was not unnoticed by Janet, who commented

‘I loved the differences between the work of the two chosen designers…so different..but worked together on this shoot so well.’

The effect was old-school glamour with the gentle subtlety of Carole’s pieces, thrown forward into hyper-modernity by Beverly’s work and the makeup, which was by After Nyne’s own Jess Whitbread.

After Nyne’s Creative Director Craig Hemming goes on to explain

‘We wanted to push the boundaries with Janet’s image. And we wanted to play with opposites in terms of the designers. Though the designers are different, there’s an equal appreciation of texture, cut and design.

‘With After Nyne, It’s about being fearless. And Janet saw that, worked with that, and was a pleasure to shoot.’

See the full photo shoot at http://www.afternynemagazine.co.uk 

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