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To be a teenager is to live in a parallel universe to the world of grownups and little kids. Teenagers have their own vocabulary, their own jokes, their own heroes. They scorn our rules, but police their own society with exacting systems of etiquette in which the simple matter of making conversation with a member of the opposite sex is as bound by convention on the top deck of a bus as it ever was when Jane Austen was observing a country dance.
At the nub of teenage rebellion is their compulsion to flaunt their difference. Why else do you think they come down to breakfast sporting those white iPod earphones or in the case of year-old Ryan Noel-Hartley outsize headphones in unignorable fire-engine red if not to tell the rest of the world that teenage lives are lived to a soundtrack we can't hear, aren't invited to hear, and wouldn't understand even if we did?
How do the teenagers of today want to dress? To find out, we asked four teenagers — year-old Marla, and year-olds Grace, Will and Ryan — to choose and model two outfits of their choice one casual, one smart for G2. Fashion styling, it turns out, is second nature to a generation who have grown up with wall-to-wall fashion coverage and are too young to remember a time before Gok and Brix, let alone Trinny and Susannah.
All four knew exactly what they wanted and where to find it. The first surprise was the almost complete absence of trends. They are more concerned with what their peers are wearing than they are with what Miuccia Prada is inspired by this season. Neither are they particularly interested in what celebrities are wearing, although the exception that proves the rule was, inevitably, Alexa Chung.
Or, as year-old Marla Zion put it with impressive self-awareness, "being completely predictable, I guess I'd have to say Alexa Chung". And many of the old rules about how-to-look-cool seem to have fallen by the generational wayside: Ryan wore a T-shirt with a motif of gunmen against a peace sign — "it's by Banksy.
It's against war and stuff" — which he said was his current favourite piece of clothing, along with a pair of bright yellow Converse. Music played a much bigger role than catwalk fashion.
Ideally, he said, he'd like a pair in every colour, to coordinate with any outfit. Will Spratley plays guitar and sings in an alternative rock band "I guess we're a bit like Muse" and gets his fashion as well as his music from the pages of NME. He doesn't dress like Muse. He liked Kings of Leon's look "in their denim phase" but these days is "more indie". Check shirts and Fred Perry polo shirts rule his wardrobe.
The girls, too, mesh clothes with music. Grace Horigan, 15, who came to our shoot after sitting two GCSE exams that day, had chosen a day outfit "for a festival" — high-waisted denim shorts, flowing white top, boots, feather necklace — while Marla, who has wanted to be in a band "since about year two" is the lead singer and guitarist in a band, Forever Making History, who recently played their first pub gig.
She is comfortable on stage, but wrinkles her nose and shakes her hair over her face when I ask her how she would define her own style. The Hurley brand is based on skateboarding and surfing styles straight out of California. It's also popular among BMX and motocross fans, thanks to team sponsorships, and is now sold worldwide. For teens who want stylish, quintessentially British casual wear to throw on outside of school hours, Jack Wills is the UK-based brand to try.
Known as the king of denim worldwide, US-based Levis is a popular jeans brand with teens situated all around the globe. They offer quality denim in different cuts, styles and colors, and show no signs of going out of style. When prepping for a big night like Homecoming or Prom, the jewelry a teen girl chooses can make or break her outfit. LisaBerck offers beautiful and youthful necklaces and earrings, in addition to handbags and shoes, in the US only.
NEXT is a UK-based retailer that offers high quality fashion, basics and footwear for both teen boys and girls. Their online store now ships to 72 countries worldwide. New Look has a designated clothing line for teens where they can easily access trend-driven fashion at low prices. They are primarily based in the UK, but their online store ships internationally.
US-based Nike is an enduring brand. It's popular worldwide with both those looking for high-performance gear when playing sports and teens just aiming for a sporty look.
Their performance clothing, equipment and footwear is popular with both teens and adults internationally, and their online store ships to 33 countries around the globe. US clothing brand Old Navy is Gap's younger, more affordable sister. Their online store offers plus and slim sizes for both teen boys and girls worldwide. PacSun is the original surf-inspired clothing line from California.
They offer casual clothing, sandals, jeans and accessories - and now ship internationally for teens all around the globe. Primark is an Irish company that offers clothing, footwear, accessories and home goods. Primark's tagline is "Fashion for Less" and it's particularly popular with teens due to its low price positioning. Primark doesn't sell online and only has physical stores in Europe and the US currently. With everything from shirts to handbags, there's something for every trendy teen boy or girl.
UK brand River Island sells clothing, footwear and accessories to teens based internationally. These skirts were often made of wool felt fabric in bright colors, including the world famous poodle skirt. The s circle skirts were worn with tucked-in, tight fitting blouses. It was usually tied together with a wide belt, flat-heeled shoes and bobby socks or anklets. Actually I can just remember the London trams running around in places like Streatham in south London.
I always remember looking forward to visiting my Aunt Vi,s who lived in Rigindale road there where trams were the kings in that area at the time.
And of course the steam locomotives of that period I wish we could turn the clock back. And not to forget the green electric trains every thing seemed so uniform and the Queen Mary and Elizabeth smart looking ships.
I can also remember my first piano and organ lessons and my 1st pair of longs I was about eleven or twelve at the time couldn,t wait to get into them.
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