Fashion Editorial: Darya by Martin Edwards

Darya is both a fashion model and a highly-skilled computer programmer at one of the world’s largest social media companies. I wanted to show her versatility at its best by working on a theme of Red and seeing what our team could accomplish together.

Undershirt – Stradivarius Top – Josephine Bloom Jewellery – Accessorize
Trousers – ASOS Undershirt – Stradivarius Top – Josephine Bloom Jewellery – Accessorize
Skirt – Boohoo Jumper – Lazy Oaf Tights – Accessorize Boots – New Look Jewellery – Accessorize
Suit – Asos Undershirt – Stradivarius Boots – New Look Jewellery – Accessorize
Jumpsuit – Lili Eva Bartha Boots – New Look Jewellery – Accessorize
Jumpsuit – Lili Eva Bartha Jewellery – Accessorize





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Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA to be released theatrically in over 600 theaters worldwide

Netflix confirmed today that Academy Award® winning director and writer Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA, produced by Esperanto Filmoj and Participant Media, will be released in over 100 theaters in the United States and more than 500 theaters internationally in over 40 countries, curated by Netflix by territory around the release of the film on the service on December 14th.

The theatrical presentation of the film began in the United States and Mexico on November 21, already selling out theatres in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, London and Toronto, among others.

The passion and pride from viewers in Mexico created a reported “ROMA fever”, leading to an increasing number of theaters reaching out to exhibit the film. ROMA will be in nearly 100 theaters throughout the country this weekend.

This weekend the film will continue its expansion, hitting nearly 50 theaters in the US and over 200 theaters internationally. The innovative roll-out allows consumers worldwide the opportunity to experience the film theatrically, both before and during the film’s global streaming release, where it will be available to over 130M people.

Photo by Carlos Somonte

The film premiered earlier this year at the Venice Film Festival where it took home the Golden Lion for best film and has played in nearly 70 film festivals to great acclaim worldwide. The film has received numerous accolades, including recently being named Best Picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle, a prestigious award from the American Film Institute and 3 Golden Globe Award nominations. All of this further affirming that this timely story about human condition demands to be seen.

“We love this film and our goal is to bring this cinematic experience to audiences everywhere, and our theatrical plan, combined with the reach of our service, has made ROMA an event film and cultural moment,” said Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film group. “ROMA has played in festivals all over the world and we’re expanding our theatrical engagements, not only in major markets, but also in places like Honduras, South Africa, and Iceland. When the film premieres on December 14, we will be in 600 theaters worldwide.”

“Alfonso and everyone at Participant believe strongly in the theatrical experience,” said David Linde, CEO of Participant Media. “Choice and increased audience diversity around the world are also very important, and this incredible combination of the two worlds is something very exciting.”

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BMW Vision iNext – The Vehicle Of The Future

The BMW Vision iNEXT provides an insight into the future of personal mobility. The latest Vision Vehicle from the BMW Group symbolizes the dawn of a new era in driving pleasure – and is celebrating its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Far more than a vehicle alone, the BMW Vision iNEXT represents a building block for the future of the BMW Group, encompassing technology, design and new ways of thinking that are set to filter through across the company and its brands.

BMW Vision iNEXT

Human-centered design
Mobility is an intrinsic part of our lives, our experiences, our sensory beings. It is, in short, a basic human requirement. Consequently, deliberations about the future of mobility revolve more than ever around people, our emotions and our mobility needs and preferences. The possibilities offered by autonomous driving, electrification and ever-greater connectivity will in future open the door to completely new experiences and ways of shaping a journey by car. At the same time, they also promise to change our desires and lifestyle habits.

BMW Vision iNEXT

A boutique ambience on wheels
Drivers will have ever greater freedom to decide how they wish to use the time spent travelling in a car. The design of the vehicle’s interior will become increasingly important, with the feel-good factor playing a more prominent role. The all-electric BMW Vision iNEXT has therefore been created as a mobile space that offers real quality of life and addresses the need for a new “favourite space” in which we can be ourselves and relax. The resultant design exudes emotional appeal and conveys a positive sensation when entering the vehicle.

The geometry of the iNEXT cabin is composed of just a few, clean-cut lines, placing the focus on materials and colours. A mix of cloth and wood creates the kind of sophisticated feel associated with furniture design, helping to give the interior its special “boutique” character. The inside of the car is awash with warm, welcoming colours, such as the nude shade Purus Rosé, Brown and Beige, while the shimmering metallic Mystic Bronze accentuates their effect. The rear compartment is dominated by the petrol-coloured Enlighted Cloudburst cloth upholstery with its intricate Jacquard weave, which runs asymmetrically across the seat area and extends into the side panelling and parcel shelf.

BMW Vision iNEXT

Smart technology – integrated out of sight
Smart technologies will help people in an ever more unobtrusive way in the future. In the BMW Vision iNEXT, these technologies stay in the background and out of sight – hence the name Shy Tech – and are only deployed when needed or at the driver’s or passengers’ request. There is virtually no need for either screens or buttons. Functions can be operated using surfaces made of materials such as wood or cloth, like the Jacquard cloth upholstery in the BMW Vision iNEXT. Control of the vehicle is therefore tailored in every respect to the requirements of the people travelling in it.

BMW Vision iNEXT

The exterior: precision and clarity
The exterior of the BMW Vision iNEXT is also brimming with innovations. The new BMW i design language is clearly visible with its striking lines and clear forms, including powerfully sculpted surfaces curved like muscles onto the flanks. The stunning Liquid Greyrose Copper paint finish, which gradually changes in shade from warm copper to dark rose, projects unbridled dynamism and gives the exterior still greater impact.

The BMW Vision iNEXT features a very modern take on the classical BMW four-eyed front end, complete with super-slender headlights, while cameras (rather than exterior mirrors) show what’s happening behind. The windscreen merges seamlessly into a large panoramic roof, providing a clear view of the car’s innovative interior.

At the rear, the horizontal lines and surfaces create a wide and dynamic stance, and the slim rear lights cut deep into the car’s tail. The air flows along the roof of the BMW Vision iNEXT all the way to its trailing edge, and this combines with a diffuser – illuminated for extra effect – to enhance the car’s aerodynamics. The diffuser is an attractive styling element and a highly functional one, too: besides its positive influence over the Vision Car’s aerodynamics, it also increases electric range. Taking its cue from racing cars, the diffuser adds to the sporting presence for which BMWs are renowned – without a single exhaust tailpipe in sight.

BMW Vision iNEXT

World premiere in California
The BMW Vision iNEXT is celebrating its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2018. The BMW Group’s Vision Car will herald the beginning of a new era in driving pleasure and mark the next step in the Munich-based company’s ongoing model offensive. The BMW iNEXT production model will roll off the assembly line at Plant Dingolfing from 2021, the new technological flagship transporting the company’s strategic innovation fields (D+ACES) onto the road.

What’s On Your Playlist, Hozier?

HOZIER has just released the EP ‘Nina Cried Power’ – which precedes his acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Irish musician also recently announced a massive UK and Ireland tour which he will embark on towards the end of the year. But before he begins travelling, we wanted to catch up with Hozier after listening to his new release. Alongside our full interview, we asked Hozier for his five go-to tunes – which we’ve turned into a Spotify Playlist. 





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Adam Crookes: Pop Culture & My Magazine

It’s not just about knowing what is popular, it’s also about understanding why.

CROOKES Magazine is now almost three years old and it continues to morph and change its form to keep up with pop culture.

For me, it’s not just about knowing what is popular, it’s also about understanding why. If there is a television show that I don’t like – that doesn’t mean I can just ignore it and pretend its not relevant. I guess it’s just about taking notice – if someone is listening to Travis Scott’s new album, I want to understand why.

I wouldn’t naturally be a Post Malone or Troye Sivan fan – but that doesn’t mean that I don’t listen to their music. I do. They’re two incredibly influential artists right now. But unlike a fan, I focus on understanding what makes them popular whilst I’m listening. At the moment, I’m really interested in what Drake is doing. As an artist, he is managing to turn each of his releases into a cultural event – tapping into the zeitgeist of any moment.

The fringes of pop culture are also just as interesting. When Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ hit cinemas last February, another film called ‘Phantom Thread’ also began screening. The 1950s-set period drama from Paul Thomas Anderson centered around an Oscar-nominated final performance by Daniel Day-Lewis as a obsessive and controlling fashion designer. I was blown away by the film.

Then a month later, whilst Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ swept the box office – I saw Lynne Ramsay’s gritty-thriller ‘You Were Never Really Here’ starring the chameleon-like Joaquin Phoenix. I honestly think Joaquin Phoenix is the best actor working today.

In late-March, I saw Alex Garland’s new film ‘Annihilation’ on Netflix. By the third act of the sci-fi thriller, I was feeling pretty uneasy. I couldn’t turn it off because I was watching it with other people – so I stuck with it. As the credits began to roll, I was completely freaked out – it felt like a mini-existential crisis.

Sometimes I’ll completely disagree with what is considered popular in culture. In May, British rock band Arctic Monkeys – fronted by masterful lyricist Alex Turner – released their fifth studio album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’. The release marked a drastic departure from the pulsing baselines of their acclaimed fourth album ‘AM’, swapped with piano-driven lounge music. Contrary to the general consensus among die-hard fans, I found the album bloody impressive. It was exactly what I was looking for in that moment, even though I wasn’t expecting it to sound like it did or be what it was. Though unfortunately for the Monkeys, this sudden change wasn’t what everyone was looking for. Unlike its predecessor, the album can’t really be considered a hit – when taking into account its reception. People don’t really like change. Especially when an artist makes art that resonates with people in a unique way. That’s what Arctic Monkeys did with ‘AM’ – there has never been another record like it, they tapped into the zeitgeist of the moment.

Andy Warhol – who pioneered the Pop Art movement of the 1950s once said: “In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes”. It’s a quote that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. We’re in the future, so what does he mean? I started looking into the ideology of the Pop Art movement. The artists wanted to make art for the masses, having felt that earlier art was elitist. Commercial items and cultural icons were often incorporated into the pieces. Back then, this artwork could be seen by thousands if it were included in an exhibition. But now with social media, anyone can post their own art online and have it potentially seen by thousands, maybe even millions. Pop Art is about making art for the masses – so in 2018, this includes Instagram posts, Snapchat stories, memes and GIFs. Also, Warhol opted to use printing techniques that were used for mass production with his art. Similarly, applications like Photoshop or Instagram and Snapchat are being used to mass produce art right now.

In a way, maybe CROOKES Magazine could be considered as Pop Art – the covers are designed to be seen and shared by the masses. That’s ultimately what the magazine is for, what any magazine is for.

When it started to snow across England back in February, I began working on an art project – a collection of work that I’ll put on the magazine website, almost like a mini-online exhibition. I dug out my family’s old VHS camcorder, that had been untouched for almost twenty years. It’s pretty special. You can almost create a timeless look to the imagery – with what your shooting neither looking old or new. From the stuff that I’ve been creating so far, its fair to say that I like abstract work. The idea that an image can be interpreted in dozens of ways, without being at all conclusive.

I want even the most die-hard fan to learn something new about their idol in the magazine.

Since the beginning, I’ve always felt that CROOKES Magazine and pop culture are heavily aligned. From the styles of photography to the questions that are asked in interviews. In the interviews, I want even the most die-hard fan to learn something new about their idol when they’re reading the article. You never want an interview to be too serious either, it’s got to be fun and have a few bizarre questions in there. One of my favourite questions to ask is “what’s the strangest food combo you’ve ever had?” – I remember Emmett Scanlan saying “egg and rice krispies” and Jack Maynard saying “chips dipped in chocolate milkshakes”. With the photoshoots, I want fans to see their star in a completely new light – literally. What’s the point in commissioning a photoshoot that presents the star in the same way they’ve always been seen in? And why ask a ton of questions that they’ve already been asked before?

At the end of the day, the sole purpose of talent being featured in the magazine is to promote their new work – whether that be a film, a TV show, a new song or all three. As long as the feature helps to promote the new release, it can be presented in a lot of different forms. I’ve been playing around with a few different ideas and testing a few different things. One idea I tried out recently was a Print Edition with Cameron Boyce – ultimately I’ve decided to not pursue making any further Print Editions because I feel there’s no growth in print at this time.

I’ve always been prepared to fight for every reader that I get.

In the same way that vinyl records have been revived, I think in a few decades time we’ll be seeing a return in print magazines. Print magazines are still selling – but any editor in the printing game knows that the clock is ticking. The people running these print magazines are far from stuck in a bubble though – they’re bulking up their online presence whilst sapping the remaining dollars left from the newsstands. CROOKES Magazine could be doing this, but I’d rather get the website in a really strong position to contend with each outlet as they head to online one-by-one. I’m going to be spending a lot of time soon researching why exactly vinyl has made a comeback (beyond the obvious reasons of nostalgia), so that I can see how this translates to the return of print. That’s a whole other article.

I always try to make sure that the variety of talent featured in the magazine is as wide as possible. If a new season ‘Riverdale’ or ‘Stranger Things’ is about to start airing – why don’t we have one of the actors talking to us? Even if they’re not a ‘lead’, I’ve learnt to never underestimate the power of a show’s fanbase. One share on social media from a TV show ‘fan account’ can light the spark to hundreds of readers – that happens a lot.

If I see someone listening to an artist on their Spotify, I’m going to try and get that artist featured in the magazine. I’ve always been prepared to fight for every reader that I get, and so I should. I have to give people as many reasons as possible to visit this website – and simply giving them the address isn’t enough. That may be enough if I want them to visit once, but I aim to be able to get my readers to visit at least once a week to see what’s new.

Adam Crookes


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