29 June 2010

Jodi Bieber: Soweto Event

To coincide with the publication of her new book Soweto, South African photographer Jodi Bieber (that's Jodi not Justin) will be discussing this new body of work as well as her career from humble beginnings as a darkroom assistant to renowned photojournalist.  More on Bieber's career.

I'm a fan of Bieber's candid portraiture, political reportage and stylised photojournalism but unfortunately unable to attend tomorrow's event. I bet it'll be an insightful and inspiring evening with one of the most recognised female photographers.

6.30pm Wednesday 30 June, at HOST Gallery, 1 Honduras Street, EC1Y 0TH.  Soweto will be available to buy and have signed by Jodi on the night.

25 June 2010

Friday's ffffound

this slogan and poster print might have been done to death
but I quite like this one...

24 June 2010

Good ol' Rafa Nadal

It's time for my annual gratuitous Wimbledon post.  Thank God for tennis.  Thank God for Rafa Nadal and his World No. 1 arms.  Sigh.

I'm still a massive fan of the beautiful, talented and pristine Roger Federer, but sometimes I wish he would do less collapsing to the ground and weeping into his hands when he wins, more celebratory testosterone-fuelled pumping the air...


18 June 2010

Magnificent Obsession: Peter Lindbergh's Ewan McGregor and Natalia Vodianova Vogue shoot

Oh God I love this shoot.  Peter Lindbergh photographed Ewan McGregor and Natalia Vodianova (massive fans of both - especially as Ewan McGregor is now synonymous with a debonair, sharply-dressed gentleman of the early 60s since Down With Love) for American Vogue's July 2010 issue. 

It's a classic, romantic mid-century whirl of crisp taffeta, feminine silhouettes, cocktail gowns and tailored dinner jackets.  I'm practically salivating.  The fall collections' most vivid moments had all the autumnal brilliance of a 1950s domestic drama...

The American dream, c. 1957: two cherubic children; Dad's a gray-suited young executive on the rise; Mom runs their fashionable new house in a bedroom community not far from Manhattan. Louis Vuitton embroidered silk sweater, leather skirt, gloves, and bag. On Ewan McGregor: Dior Homme suit. On twins: Isabel Garreton coats and bonnets.

She's dressed—like Jane Wyman in a bittersweet Douglas Sirk romance—in one of the chic full skirts that came in with the New Look in 1947 and reigned until the early 1960s as the emblem of the 1950s woman: traditionally feminine, nurturing, decorous. Ralph Lauren Collection taffeta jacket and skirt.

The Universal Studios/Sirk look focused on a lush, overripe Technicolor palette—like the hypervivid kaleidoscope print of her dress and the cherries-in-the-snow shine of her bag and slingbacks. Prada wool-and-silk-radzimir dress, handbag, and kitten heels. On twins: Ralph Lauren Childrenswear cardigans. Fleurisse dresses.

11 June 2010



10 June 2010

It all kicks off tomorrow...

Pretty exciting! 12 June: England vs USA/ 18 June: England vs Algeria.  The suspense is killing me...

8 June 2010

Lady Gaga My Little Pony

Finnish art student Mari Kasurinen customises My Little Ponies to resemble film characters, pop stars, artists and commissioned ideas.

My little Lady Gaga (2009) - My Little Pony + Mixed media - SOLD

I'm fond of stylish collectables and I was VERY keen on My Little Pony circa 1990-4 as I obsessed over My Little Pony: The Movie, but this "sculpture" leaves me asking two questions:

What age is the cut off for buying novel, ultimately useless things like this? And how much do they cost..?

Forever 21 Jewellery

When I was in Los Angeles last month I went into the Forever 21 store in the Beverly Center (I think they mean Centre...) and was delighted at the inexpensive plastic rings on offer.  A firm believer in either the real deal or no metal at all, I've convinced my friends on the merits of plastic jewellery for a hit of glitz without tarnishing.

The shop itself had some pretty foul things in and I had to dig through bowls of gaudy silver chains and cheap girly tat, but I was very keen on this delicate little ring.  Until it broke, after approximately 10 wears.  I suppose you get what you pay for, but I'm still going to buy a replacement online.
  • Thick clear acrylic ring
  • Oval-shaped top and rhinestone accents
  • 1.5" approx length x 1.1" approx width
  • $5.80.  That's right, $5.80.
I got this one as well, which is inferior but still does the job.  Hooray for acrylic cocktail rings, Forever 21 and international shipping.
  • Faux diamond acrylic ring
  • 0.9" height x 1.0" width
  • $4.80
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