29 January 2010

Friday's ffffound

Gorgeous girly pink tutu ballet dresses make me want to get my pointes out and pirouette around listening to classical music dreaming of being in the Royal Ballet (erm, not in a childish Angelina Ballerina kind of way, but more grown-up Drina... I used to love those Drina books).  Or just buy ballet tickets.

12 January - 16 March
Royal Opera House
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WeSC launch and the East Thrift Store party

Last night I went to launch of WeSC's new store on Carnaby Street.  I didn't really know the brand apart from their name standing for the achingly hip 'WeAretheSuperlativeConspiracy' and that their main focus was on menswear, but the invite said Swedish-designed streetwear so I thought of Cheap Monday and Acne and went along.  

There were some cheery separates, thin turquoise stripy tees, bright layered knitwear and cool tomboyish jackets but it was all a bit he was a boy she was a girl, can I make it anymore obvious?

I'm sure it'll do really well on Carnaby Street with Soho graphic designers who buy their brightly-coloured urban designer garms, checked shirts and limited edition hi-tops there.


Then I headed East to the East End Thrift Store's monthly party to scour vintage finds, try on spangly sequined 80s body con dresses, lots of old baseball and hockey jackets and watch girls dress as boys and boys dress as girl dancing around to a DJ with a free bar to top things off.  Totally worth the trek East.
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28 January 2010

Dita Von Teese in Elie Saab

DVT has been living it up during the couture shows in Paris - one of my favourite of her looks this week is this eye-popping electric blue Elie Saab number from his new RTW collection.



A big fan of Dita Von Teese and a massive fan of Elie Saab's luxurious, feminine creations; this is a match made in heaven.  Dita perched front row during the Lebanese designer's show yesterday as the couture shows come to a close.
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Best News Ever: Shunt Vaults is re-opening

Shunt is very pleased to announce that due to the immense support from Network Rail, Thameslink, Turner and Townsend, Mace and Southwark Council we are able to remain in our current location under London Bridge Station for another year.


Opens again Friday 5th February, 8pm – 2am Tickets can be bought now.  Buy tickets, you say?  Oh no need, I'm just a lifetime member, no big deal.

Viva la Shunt!
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Precious

Icon's latest release Precious (Based on the novel Push by Sapphire) is out in UK cinemas tomorrow. 

I went to the press screening and loved it.  A surprisingly uplifting story about a girl in thoroughly depressing circumstances who focuses on self-improvement and wrestling her hopes and dreams with a tough reality. 


The characters are portrayed with raw emotion, especially Gabourey Sidibe who had only done am-dram before, and snaps to Mariah Carey for her fantastic turn as the make up-free guidance social worker trying to deal with Precious's raw and grim situation. 

Even though it's early in 2010, I think it's safe to say it'll still be on 'films of 2010' lists by December.
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27 January 2010

American Perez

The fantastic NOT JUST A LABEL newsletter went out today featuring a profile of up-and-coming designer duo American Perez. Based in Barcelona, two young hip kids under the names of Natalia Perez and Jorge Bolado Moo are onto their second collection of dreamy, girly separates and playful, colourful dresses.

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26 January 2010

Email Rainbows

Sweet work from Chris Gray’s wickedly dry illustration portfolio Aint Life Grand. Great image from an even greater blog by Hayden Hunter.
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25 January 2010

Kate Hudson in Emilio Pucci

Kate Hudson (BFF request still pending, what's going on?) looked amazing at the SAG Awards at the weekend; her sleek, clean dress cut a simple silhouette which she dressed up with almost $2m in Cartier diamonds.

Wearing Emilio Pucci, Kate outshone her Nine co-stars (especially you, Nicole Kidman, what is that?)
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Product Profile: Mitchell and Peach

The lovely Mitchell and Peach sent me a gorgeous body cream made from honey, organic cocoa and Vitamin B5. It rubs in easily without stickiness and the whole collection of luxurious bath and body products is made from beautifully-fragranced, natural ingredients.

Their simple collection focuses on four indulgent products: bath oil, body cream, shower wash and soaps, made organically in the rolling hills of the English countryside. Ahh, bliss.

Body cream - 180ml, £36 sold at Harvey Nichols and online
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22 January 2010

Friday's ffffound

I ffffound this great shot of Jean Shrimpton taken in the 1950s looking elegant and perfect, as usual. Any girl who accessorises like that with elbow-length gloves, veils or hats is golden in my book.

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Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll's fantasy tale helped shape my imagination, along with every other child who read it. I love the magical world the book creates; the bizarre creatures, illogical characters and just the whole pretty girl prancing around in a pretty dress thing in general.

Alice in Wonderland - Vogue US, December 2004

This is one of my favourite Annie Leibovitz shoots/ Vogue spreads/ shots of Natalia Vodianova (that's three lots of enthusiasm). The enchanting fashion story shows the Russian super in a glamorous take on the children's classic, all beautiful couture dresses in various shades of blue by all the big names.

I am excited about Tim Burton's 3-D reinterpretation next month (although I'm sure it'll be a generic Tim Burton film: same tried and tested format with Johnny Depp playing the same character, but you can't go wrong with that story.)


To celebrate the launch of the new film, Stella McCartney has collaborated with Disney on a jewellery line using Plexiglas and Swarovski crystals in the shape of the characters and I'm sure they're destined to be instant collector's items.
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21 January 2010

Wu-Tang VS The Beatles

An interesting new record's just in; I'm a massive fan of both The Beatles and Wu-Tang Clan (never thought I'd link the two in the same sentence) so I can't wait to hear Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers.


The album consists of Wu-Tang lyrics over Beatles music, mixed with vocals from both bands and a whole lot of sampling. I'm always dubious of mash-up albums but a hip-hop Beatles record sounds promising. Could either be sacrilegious or spectacular, or both...  I'm halfway through it now and so far, so good.

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20 January 2010

Chanel No 6

When I grow up I want to be Chanel Ambassador. This is old news, but I still don't think I've found a job I'd rather - Chanel named five it-girls as brand ambassadors last summer and I'm not entirely sure what they do, but imagine being affiliated with Chanel for being a party girl and wearing Chanel. I like parties. I like Chanel.

Lagerfeld chose Vanessa Traina, Poppy Delevigne, Caroline Sieber, the fabulous Mrs Terry Richardson (above) Jen Brill and the sleek, monochromatic Leigh Lezark to freshen up Chanel's beauty brand.

At the Chanel SS10 show in Paris, Lezark (above) said: "I test out products before they hit stores and give my opinion and what I love about it." So hand-picked to try on clothes, contribute to design, fly out to the Paris shows and various fashion week parties, keep your favourite pieces and no doubt hella Chanel beauty products? And get paid?

Karl, do you need a sixth?
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19 January 2010

Menswear in Milan

Menswear collections often focus on outerwear and this week the AW10/11 season is no exception: Milan has been about coats, coats, coats. Hooded, tailored, long, blazers, fur-trimmed, retro, slim fit etc etc.

I love the tweed suits in petrol blue (above) and an unusual washed teal/ dull bottle green (hard to describe, what is that?) colour in Ermenegildo Zegna's collection. Some suits were shapeless, some were dandy (below), some were oddly Bugsy Malone with the long lapels, 20s trilbies and long swishing coats but all had a touch of geek chic which works for me. Plus, coloured leather gloves and woollen art teacher blazers? Well done Ermenigildo Zegna.

Gucci was camel-heavy and chanelling the brown heritage vibe - the look was all about the toned-down, nostalgic country gent of yesteryear complete with sensible loafers and the signature retro red and green stripes. Soldiering on in the same "timeless" equestrian direction as womenswear, then.

CP Company was bizarrely hit and miss veering from bland American mountain ranger in sportswear, to urban, rugged hobo to simple, slick monochrome (above). This guy looks quality; the hits are high hits. The colours were muted and dark, apart from a few autumnal shades of mustard yellow and reds (below).

Like Gucci, another big gun failed to deliver: Versace's collection fell flat on its face with a hideous 90s Matrix vision of shiny leather jackets and "futuristic" cuts. The less said the better, in my opinion.

Roberto Cavalli, as ever, was frivolous, flamboyant and fun (above). Smart narrow trousers, slim dinner jackets, dark shiny fabrics, Vivienne-esque tartan and his playful leopard print pulled the collection together as grown-up and sexy and wearable.

FYI I genuinely care about the menswear collections, it has nothing to do with the models.
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15 January 2010

We Love Tilda

Oh yes we do. Pringle of Scotland has gone up in my estimation as they've chosen Tilda Swinton as the striking face of their SS10 collection.

On the collaboration, she says: "Pringle for me is completely eternal. It makes me think of my grandmother's twinsets, which I have known since I was a child. Being part of a modern Pringle now is really rocking for me."

A heritage brand famed for their safe, luxury knitwear choosing an edgy, unusual model shows some creative thinking from their marketing department. It's good to see a big, old brand successfully moving with the times and, bizarrely, I think it's a great match. Watch the video campaign.
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Printed Puff Shoulders

I'm increasingly becoming a fan of Next, who keep upping their womenswear game. They've taken on the stunning Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley to front their new Runway collection and this dress screams "buy me".

Graphic print - tick, emphasised shoulder - tick, wearable black - tick, lashings of colour flashes - tick, yet still a high street price. I remember a few dresses, including this bad boy, jumping out at the SS10 press show and ogling all the beautiful shoes. I do love high street fashion but I'm still a massive snob because I'm always surprised when the chains deliver and frequently have "I love your dress, where's it from?" "Next" "Next, you're kidding?" type conversations.


But I'm going bravely purchase and hold my head high. And the shoes, because 70 pairs just isn't enough.
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14 January 2010

Halston Reignited

For the past few days, fashion sites have been awash with rumours about Sarah Jessica Parker's involvement with Halston. Shortly after photos circulated of her filming the second Sex and the City movie wearing a vintage white Halston dress - now seen on teaser posters - Halston told the media that they would be working with SJP. I assumed she'd just be fronting an advertising campaign but Halston today confirmed that the SATC star will not only be the face of the brand but also creative consultant (actual role still TBC), most likely within Halston Heritage.

I'd never paid Halston much attention until Patricia Field chose a couple of pieces and Marios Schwab was appointed creative director back in Autumn. I remember loving his 90s bratop dresses, and the contrast between beautiful draping and powerful structured pieces at his SS07 show and I've attended four shows since as it's always a LFW highlight. Schwab will be debuting his first collection at Halston next month at New York Fashion Week and the fashion world eagerly awaits...

Beautiful ruched draping at Marios Schwab ready-to-wear AW09/10
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Triwa Watch

I love unusual colour pairings and the bottle green/ royal purple combination on this watch looks fabulous. I rarely wear either colour but I like the idea of it cheerily clashing with most outfits in a thrown on, I-just-stole-my-boyfriend's-watch kind of way.

Triwa Purple Chrono Men’s Watch, £125 sold at Urban Outfitters

I really like the gold and the clunky plastic strap. Although I doubt I'll actually buy it as I am so commitment-phobic when it comes to watches; I haven't had one since I was about 12 when my mother forced me to wear one every day in effort to curtail my horrendous timekeeping. It didn't work then and I doubt a watch can save me now...
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13 January 2010

The Watsons in Burberry

Emma Watson is the face of Burberry's Spring/Summer 2010 campaign, which is fresh in stores and online now.

The 19-year-old Harry Potter star is joined by her (very bloody hot) younger brother Alex. Wait, younger? In my eyes, she's teeny tiny Hermione, how old is he? Apparently, he's 17 and I think that's too young for him to be hot. He's cute, then.

Alex Watson, Emma Watson and George Craig (some generic indie singer from some generic indie band - sums up cool, diverse "Young Britain", you see?)

This is the second campaign Emma's fronted for the British brand; the adverts cover all three Burberry brands: Prorsum, London and Brit which were shot by Mario Testino and styled by the wonderful Christopher Bailey. Christopher spoke of Emma's "classic, effortless beauty" and "incredible talent", Emma enthused about how "special it was working with Mario and Christopher again" and her brother rhapsodised about how excited he was on the shoot. Whole lot of happy back-slapping there!

I prefer her first Burberry campaign from last season (above) which was darker, moodier and edgier ergo much cooler. I know it's from the SS10 collection, but I'd never drop £600+ on a pastel-coloured trench even if it does have beautiful ruched sleeves. Frosty lilac for outerwear should be confined to editorial pages because in reality you'd be terrified to wear it outside.

This was Alex Watson's first modelling assignment but he has just joined Select's books so I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him.
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8 January 2010

Friday's ffffound

I saw this excellent image from Hong Kong-based illustrator Johnny Cheuk who works with graphics, watercolours and pencils.

I love editorials featuring fashion illustrations - there's an influx in talented artists creating beautiful imagery to contrast with standard cut-outs and photoshoots - and it's nice to mix it up. Good old ffffound.
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7 January 2010

Pink in Vogue

British Vogue's February issue is on sale today with regular coverstar Natalia Vodianova pretty in pink wearing a frothy, frou-frou Fendi dress, shot by favourite photographer Nick Knight.

February 10: pastel and pink

With Carine Roitfeld's outstanding creative vision at Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia going from strength-to-strength in the international market with their blossoming artistic direction, experimental cover shoots and iconic black issue, the visionary Anna Della Russo at Vogue Nippon causing a stir at fashion weeks with her attention-grabbing style, Vogue India steadily gaining worldwide credibility with beautiful coverstars like Freida Pinto in 2009 and Anna Wintour reigning supreme as Fashion Queen with her loving, loyal readership, it seems Vogues in all corners of the world are cementing their status as leaders of the fashion world and pushing boundaries and we're… not.

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6 January 2010

15x15

At the end of last year, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his beauty superbrand, Francois Nars compiled a book comprising 15 celebrity friends looking resplendent in Nars make up with each image inspired by a product name.

Francois shot all the images himself, and my two favourites are Marc Jacobs in classic cherry-red lips and glossy nails and the ever-fabulous Daphne Guinness in dark and glittery monochrome, both of which look like they should be framed and proudly hung on white walls. Gorgeous.

15x15 is at the top of my coffee table book wishlist (which is always pretty sizeable, even after Christmas)… £80, very limited edition indeed
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