Both 25 and both hailing from London Town, Bertie Brandes and Charlotte Roberts are veritable fashion-peas encased in a shimmery Prada-kind-of- green pod; Bertie is the Contributing Features Editor at i-D and Charlotte is a freelance stylist and consultant and original WAH Nails seraph and together they are the co-founders and Editors at Large of girl power zine,The Mushpit.
Bertie has become somewhat of a mouthpiece for Generation X/Y whatever you want to call us post '85, pre '92, millennial (eugh) babies, and is author of some of our favourite lunch-time reads (Iron Bru in hand) such as her Guardian musings; 'Lucky or damned? For my generation it's a bit of both' and 'Would I go down a drain for my iPhone?'. We're always sure to pick up a copy of i-D and happily shared the shit out of Bertie's thought provoking 'in the mood for nude' which dissected our society's current infatuation with Photoshop. Char's work as a stylist and casting-director is just as prolific and makes up a large part of the screen-shots in our photo-gallery. From Nike, to Claire Barrow, Christian Cowan-Sanluis, ASOS, Garage Magazine and JuJu footwear, Char's worked with the biggest and bestest of them out there.
We first thumbed an all ready well-thumbed copy of The Mushpit as we sat foils-in at Dalston's Bleach hairdressers. Ok, look, first all all the cover was a sheepish looking Kevin Federline adjusting the garter of a less-sheepish looking, stripper-heel-clad Britney Spears at their timeless 2004 LA wedding ceremony, so we were going to pick it up. Then we opened it up; from essential think-pieces like 'Lies You Tell At The Sex Clinic' to '10 Reasons You Don't Want To Work In Fashion' via must-reads like 'Kissing Like A King' we knew we'd found a tome for our heady and mysterious times. The latest issue, Musphit #6, 'the confusion issue' features BabyFacer, Grace Pickering shot Tyrone Lebon, as the super-babeing cover girl and the launch party looked a hella fun with the girls swapping Marques'Almeida dresses half way through. We're totally set on collecting all the issues and showcasing them in a downlight glass cabinet next to our Sylvanian family collections and other important paraphernalia in what will become our inevitably become our nostalgic shrine to all things two-thousand-and-teens and our wrinkle-free-twenties in London.
Both the girls come together on styling projects too; working through the night on Ryan Lo presentations (did y'all see SS15?) and most recently on a cute Marques'Almeida-laden Baby G shoot.They also have a shared column on i-D.com, namely, 'miss manners never lies' that you're welcome to think of a an internet-finishing-school that'll shed a light on all things Ps and Qs and ensure you never step a satin-ed foot out of place. Phew! You can also find the pair frequently propping up the bar at one of our favourite watering holes on the strip, The Alibi, where they host their infamous Mushpit nights which invariably end with everyone dancing around to J-LO. Issue #7 is on the tropical-sunset horizon and the girls have promised us that it'll blow issue #6 right outta your martini glass (well sort of, issue 6 was pretty super). We can't wait. See you in the pit, guys.