31 March 2010

Sleeveface meets Christian Marclay

One of the many coffee table books I was thrilled to cross off my Christmas wish list was Sleeveface.  A blog-done-good, the website and book showcase one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion.


I'm going to be bold and say that this is one step back but still effective and amusing; DJ Christian Marclay has merged cover artwork together, pairing Michael Jackson with Donna Summer, David Bowie, Doors etc...


Both entertaining but I'd recommend Sleeveface as a great gift for anyone who likes glossy coffee table books, music, innovative photos, record artwork, jokes and Morrissey (I tick all those boxes)...  Sleeveface: Be the Vinyl, £8.99
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30 March 2010

Planet Red Corsage Necklace

This is currently my new favourite necklace, which I bought at the Planet concession in John Lewis.  It is so huge and so red it doesn't matter what you wear with it, but I opt for a nice plain black dress (me?  In a black dress?  Never...)

This flame necklace features fabulous fabric flowers on a black cord.
  • Length 26.4 inches (67cm)
  • Fabric 100% Polyester
  • Unlined
  • £39
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26 March 2010

Friday's ffffound

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Product Profile: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Urban Decay's number 1 selling product is a two-in-one beauty miracle: a smooth primer with staying power and gorgeous colour.


Used alone, Sin is a grease-proof shimmering golden champagne shadow but used before any other products, it becomes a high-powered eyeshadow magnet.  Expect vibrant colour that lasts all day, a touch of added sheen and no creasing.

I love Urban Decay's tongue-in-cheek naughty names (like Benefit's sexier older sister), beautiful packaging and high pigments for a shot of intense colour, especially across the eyes.


I've been a firm fan of Oil Slick and Goddess for years, in particular Goddess (pictured) for its midnight blue shade and electric blue microglitter to make blue eyes pop and dark eyes sparkle.  Wetting the eyeshadow applicator and brushing a wet, darker slick of sparkly dark navy on the lashline works a treat too.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin
£11.50 at Debenhams
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25 March 2010

Sweet Mother of God

KG by Kurt Geiger's Eleanor is a slender-heeled classic court platform with a stunning animal print leather in contrasting metallics.  Dammit.  Kurt Geiger's on a one-man mission to annihilate my bank account.

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24 March 2010

Garnier Eye Roll-On

Garnier's lovely PR sent me the aforementioned product which is currently sold exclusively at Boots and online.  The caffeine in Garnier's first ever tinted roll-on product refreshes and hydrates tired-looking eyes, and the mineral pigments work immediately on dark circles. 


It's a great post-moisturiser, pre-foundation product which acts as both a concealer and eye treatment.  I'm a firm fan of tingling beauty products (Carmex 4 life) and the refreshing sensation when you apply it is a perfect pick-me-up for brightening morning eyes.  It's now the UK's number 1 eye care product, with one sold every fifteen seconds.  I'd heartily recommend it for party girls who want a quick fix cover-up!

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23 March 2010

Come here baby

'... and kiss me like you mean it'. I went to the Barbican to see the Magnetic Fields last night.  Stephin Merrit's five-piece band played a beautifully soporific, genre-spanning, note-perfect set of songs from their illustrious 21-year career.  The programme notes states that he doesn't like twee music, but this is that.  In a good way.


Merritt's incredibly low bass baritone voice, combined with his ubiquitous ukulele-strumming, soaring cello, vocal harmonies and the band's funny quips and tangential, nonsensical chat made for a great show.  I would have liked to hear less of their latest album Realism (because I don't know it) and more of their massive 3 disc 1999 release, 69 Love Songs (because I know it very well).  They wheeled out a song by The 6ths which made my night, played the crowd-pleasing I Don't Wanna Get Over You, the excellent Lemony Snicket-inspired Shipwrecked and ended on Papa was a Rodeo.  Fantastic.


I'd never seen them live before, but everyone who has raves about them and my high expectactions were met.  What I wasn't expecting was a great supporting act by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot's Zebra Finches next door…  In a new commission for The Curve, the French artist "creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways."


Basically there are loads of little birds hopping about on plugged-in electric guitars. A must-see.


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19 March 2010

Friday's ffffound

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17 March 2010

Best Wedding Invite Ever

Stolen from Topshop's pretty good Inside-Out blog, this is the best wedding invitation I've ever seen.


Originally posted on Matt Dorfman's Motherboard, the designer heads up the art department of Universal/Motown Records and posts his freelance work on his blog. Hell, I'd marry the guy who'd designed this.
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12 March 2010

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Sex and the City 2


I am so excited about the second Sex and the City movie coming out later this Spring.  These stills have just been released showing the four girls living it up in the Saharan desert and belly-dancing onstage in Morocco.


I bet Patricia Field had fun sourcing their fabulous maxis in exotic, vibrant colours and combining ethnic dresses, bright summery holiday clothes, glamorous accessories and her huge statement costume jewellery.


The plot has been kept under wraps; no one knows why they're in Africa and so we'll just have to wait until it comes out... Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up.
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10 March 2010

Chanel Les Trompe L'Oeil temporary tattoos

Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, created 55 hand-drawn temporary tattoos for Chanel's last show in September in Paris.  Focusing on the signature Chanel chains, double-C logo pendants and pearls, these delicate designs are typically monochrome and add an edge to any outfit (SJP wore the chain bracelet with her Chanel Couture at Sunday's Oscars).

Chanel iconic fake tattoos - fashion & beauty blog

I really like the chain designs and in particular the garter for the thigh.  I love bird designs but I'm not sure on the bizarre décolleté necklace and Oriental cherry blossom leg designs, although most of them are very cool.  I was particularly taken with fake tattoos as a child (particularly glittery pink Mizz covermounts) so I'm thrilled that my favourite design house has reinvented them as as a sophisticated, stylish alternative to jewellery and body art.  Top of the lust list.  Originally stocked in boutiques, concessions and the Chanel Selfridges counter; obviously sold out but all over eBay

Chanel iconic fake tattoos - fashion & beauty blog
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9 March 2010

British Vogue Deja Vu

The April issue of British Vogue is out and - would you look at that - another pink cover, with a firm favourite super in another girly creation from a safe powerhouse designer.  Boring.

Kate Moss in Prada, April 2010 Vogue cover

This is Kate's 29th cover. That's ridiculous; no one's face is that interesting - it's tedious and I'm starting a boycott!
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8 March 2010

Red Deck Shoes

Today I am wearing red leather deck shoes from Gant and I can't tell you how much they amuse me.  I've happily ventured down the mocassin route before, I love a statement shoe and I've had deck shoes before, but they were cheap Topshop ones.


Today I am wearing Proper Boat Shoes. I had a voucher from the Gant opening last month and bought these bad boys in its Regent Street store yesterday.  To the Hamptons!
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Oscar Highlights

The leading ladies of Hollywood were out in force last night, with varying degrees of success.  There were lots of safe dark dresses - I love black, but it needs to be a spectacular dress if you're walking the red carpet; it shouldn't be gothic Victoriana. Or slutty.

Charlize Theron was a surprise disappointment, looking like she let a little niece choose her gown, in a sickly sweet pink, but that aside the current nude trend still proves to be popular, with swathes of girly tulle, a soft feminine palette and beautifully-fitting dresses.  My favourite looks were:

Jennifer Lopez looking grown-up and sculpted in her Armani Privé gown, although - J-Lo at the Oscars?  Please don't say she's trying to dabble in acting again. For everybody's sake.


Cameron Diaz channelled vintage Hollywood glamour in her Oscar de la Renta gown (Oscar at the Oscars? No you didn't) with classic red lips and a swept side parting.


You can always trust Maggie Gyllenhaal to throw a spanner in the works and that she did; the Best Supporting Actress nominee wore a big, summery print on her Dries Van Noten strapless dress and stood out in a sea of romantic hues and plain fabrics. A bold and bizarre choice for the biggest and most glamorous ceremony, but it works.

The show-stealer for me was Demi Moore in a gorgeous Atelier Versace tiered gown in an incredibly flattering blush nude colour which complemented her skin tone perfectly.  She looks youthful, radiant and tasteful.  She's 47 and this is such a beautiful age-appropriate, age-defying, ageless gown.  And the award for Best Dress goes to...
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5 March 2010

Balmain AW 2010/11

It was the Balmain AW 2010/11 collection yesterday as part of Paris Fashion Week and Christophe Decarnin is still focusing on the strong shoulder and stuck to his signature sexy, tight and short party dresses for party girls.

The collection was wearable, more feminine than the previous season's harder military focus and consistent with his celebrated aesthetic; shredded edges, military buttons, skintight lamé floor-length gowns and lots of flesh.

The collection featured transparent blouses worn with velvet brocade coats, plenty of gold embellishment with rich purples and plum, with the standard lashings of black. Very 70s rock and roll (in a good way).

I'd love to see Angelina rock this look, below.  One part vampy dominatrix (girl likes her leather), one part Lara Croft (girl likes her army bullet belts) and one part sweeping floor-length Oscar glamour (Brad Pitt and Angelina are skipping this year's awards but I'd love to see this on the red carpet on Sunday).


I'm almost getting bored of Balmain.  Every season brings in more rapturous praise from the fashion press and more covetable pieces I can't afford.  Sigh.  Go away...
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The Brickhouse Launch

Last week I went to the reopening of The Brickhouse on Brick Lane, in East London.  The weather was atrocious.  Absolutely atrocious.  I didn't have an umbrella as it was a sunny morning, but by 7pm the torrential downpour actually rained off my make-up.  I had eyeliner streaming down my cheeks and I turned up looking like a sad, wet clown.


But The Brickhouse redeemed our evening with plenty of champagne, cabaret performances, a jazz singer, trays of gorgeous canapés, circus acts, hula hoop girls, vodka and passionfruit cocktails, an upbeat and fun crowd and the night culminated with us dancing on stage to the DJ's early-90s hiphop tunes.  A very fun Thursday.


The space is a loft warehouse conversion with white-washed walls, glossy tables at different heights spanning the three floors, leather booths, walls made of flattened tyres, loungebeds and private dining areas.  The PR raved about delicious-and-great-value food - and as it bills itself as a supperclub and Shoreditch's answer to fine dining - I'm going back again to sample the menu (and get back on stage)...

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4 March 2010

Lady Gaga on Jonathan Ross

Lady Gaga ooh la la filmed The Jonathan Ross Show on Tuesday (airs Friday 5 March, 10.35pm on BBC1) wearing not one, not two, but three telephone-inspired outfits.  I wonder if that's something to do with her current single and sixth consecutive US number 1, Telephone. 


The singer announced earlier this week at the MAC launch with Cyndi Lauper (what a sick pairing) that she was celibate and added to this on the show that she doesn't "have time to get to know anybody, I’m single and alone .. nobody would put up with my craziness."


She also said, rather amusingly, that she feels "completely detached from the celebrity world.   You never see me falling out of nightclubs" before trotting out of the studio, into London's Buddha Bar and had to be helped by a bouncer as she drunkenly stumbled out later.


She talks about Alexander McQueen, having no friends, wears lots of phones on her head and performs her latest single from a British red phone booth.  I'm sure it'll make for entertaining viewing.
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