26 January 2011

Primark's Louis Vuitton Dress

Wow, check out Primark's Louis Vuitton rip-off dress from the label's feminine AW2010 collection.  Sheer plagiarism!  Slightly lacking in volume, but a netted skirt underneath could give it the 50s nipped-in-waist, full-flaired-skirt boost required.

I like the belt even though I'm not normally a, er, tan fan - it works with the delicate floral print and the whole thing is all very Italian summer...  I'm going to wear it in Tuscany.

Black LV-Look Dress with Belt, £15

The fact they call it 'LV-Look' makes it OK - 'inspired by' rather than 'stolen from', huh?   It arrives in Primark stores in February and is certain to be a blink-and-you'll-miss-it sellout. 

I won't leave the Oxford Street flagship without it, even though I've struggled with finding Primark items before and I promised myself over a year ago that I wouldn't buy any more low-quality, unethical cheap Primark tat.

BUT, this is the exception to the rule.  Gimme that tat.

The oft-imitated Louis Vuitton

21 January 2011

Nails Inc Southbank Grey Nails

Ladies and gentlemen, I have some big news: I have a new Favourite Nail Varnish.  Controversially knocking off Nails Inc's Floral Street and OPI's Alpine Snow off the top spot - after being on my nails 90% of the time for the past 2/3 years:


19 January 2011

Hunting the Nike Dunk Heels

I am currently hunting down these beasts: the Nike Dunk high heeled trainers in bright red and white.

I can't seem to find a supplier in the UK, but there are a bunch of retailers in the USA and, worryingly, fake-land China stocking them.  Where there's a will, there's a way and they will be mine...

Nike Dunk Heels red and white heeled trainers women's sneakers

The Nike Dunk trainer was originally a high-top basketball sneaker, below, which came in seven colourways representing different college basketball teams in the States.  It gathered a cult following as one of Nike's most popular kicks ever.


14 January 2011

James Hyman Photography

On Wednesday I went to James Hyman Photography's private view of its latest exhibition 'Convulsive Beauty', which is a multi-artist show exploring the legacy of surrealists' pyschological and sexual freedom and features some cracking Brassaï and Man Ray works. The show presents vintage and contemporary photography from Atget to Anna Fox and highlights include studies of female hysteria played out in mid-twentieth century cinema, such as black and white photographs of Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and Jane Fonda in heightened states of agitation and arousal.

The new exhibition in the adjoining James Hyman Fine Art is 'Peter de Francia's Paintings: A 90th Birthday Retrospective'. The gallery's fourth solo showcase of one of Britain's most respected painters is the first large-scale exhibition of de Francia's work since his solo show at Tate Britain in 2006.  The retrospective featured many never-shown-befores and a massive recently-rediscovered first version of 'The Bombing of Sakiet', which is his most famous painting.

I really like the breadth of his work which focuses on different aspects of humanity; the political, dark depictions of war and pain offer a stark contrast with the bustling everyday scenes portrayed in a cheerful, vivid palette. The artist himself was at the opening collecting praise and birthday gifts with a big smile on his face, which was very nice to see indeed. My favourite from the show was called 'Railway Carriage, Tunis (1960)' but I can't seem to find it online anywhere... 

CONVULSIVE BEAUTY and PETER DE FRANCIA PAINTINGS run from 6 January to 5 February 2011 - JAMES HYMAN 5 Savile Row London W1S 3PD
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