27 May 2011

Friday's ffffound

When bad fashion and animal cruelty combine... I bet this is in Milan and I bet he's too hot.  And gets laughed at by his bredren.

Happy bank holiday weekend!

Leather Tassel Loafer Flats

Yesterday I bought these Leather Tassel Loafer Flats from New Look.  Versatile, bargainous and patent black; everything I'd look for with a smart everyday flat and they're good for channelling preppy, librarian geek chic.

'Genuine Leather upper with classic loafer tassle front and flat chunky heel. Perfect with tapered fit trousers and a boxy tee.' Also available in Tan.


22 May 2011

Bianca Hall vs Rob Ryan

The wonderful interiors store Rose & Grey is selling this cutesy 'Rubbish without You' hand-pulled screenprint by Bianca Hall.  The papercut effect and sweet words is a bit Rob Ryan and the shape and pattern is like a doily but the simple black and white keeps it the right side of soppy, making it a perfect gift.

Or if you're not keen on the sentimental words, Rob Ryan has created similar monochome prints with an intricate design sans text, like the gorgeous one below.  I met the artist at the book launch in 2007 for 'This if For You' which is full of his delightful, colourful, whimsical work.  He's gone from strength to strength, illustrating book and album covers, collaborating with Paul Smith and being featured in Vogue and ELLE.  He da man (of laser-cut screen prints)...


20 May 2011

Friday's ffffound: Tilda

Tilda Swinton by Jean-Baptiste Mondino

Antik Batik's Adeli Dress

Antik Batik's girly Adeli sequined cowl-back girly dress in a girly lilac is for sale on The Outnet.  I don't think I've chosen to wear lilac or lavender purple for the best part of a decade, but I really like this slip-on, show-stopper of a dress which is perfect for cocktail evenings and summer parties.  It's just so girly.

'Antik Batik makes spring's pastels shimmer with its sequin-showered cowl-back mini dress, guaranteeing that you'll dazzle at your next celebration.

Lavender cotton-jersey, iridescent lilac sequined mesh overlay, red stitching, long sleeves, low cowl back, hook-fastening chain across shoulders.'

19 May 2011

Phillips de Pury's Photography Auction

In London today? Free at 5pm? In the market for some big-impact artwork, with a couple of grand plus to spare and a penchant for iconic fashion photography? Well then head down to Phillips de Pury & Company, my friend. Today’s photography auction comprises some seriously stylish, mainly black and white prints from a stellar line-up of the best fashion and portrait photographers from the 20th and 21st century.

The lots include one of my brother’s and my favourite prints, George Hoyningen-Heune’s Divers along with diverse works from the likes of Richard Avedon, Terry O’Neill, Irving Penn, David Bailey, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut Newton, Norman Parkinson, David LaChapelle, Mitch Epstein, William Klein, Michel Comte, Diane Arbus and many more. Phew.

Photographs Auction, 5pm 19 May 2011

Divers, Horst with Model, Paris, 1930
Estimate £7,000-£9,000

17 May 2011

New Look AW11 Press Show

The New Look AW11 press show last week showcased the high street store's upcoming collections including 'Electric Lady'.  The seventies-inspired collection features lots of satin, faux-fur, delicate lace and an autumnal palette of deep plums and scarlets, midnight navy and glossy cobalt, brown tweeds and rich greens. Here are my favourite picks.

New Look press day favourites | UK style blog

12 May 2011

Friday's ffffound: sunkissed beauty

Giedre Dukauskaite shot by Alexandre Weinberger for L’Express Style
Giedre Dukauskaite styled by Virginie Benarroch and shot by 
Alexandre Weinberger for L’Express Style


11 May 2011

Superdrug Beautycard Launch Party

Superdrug held a launch party last night to celebrate its new Beautycard at the Haymarket Hotel pool.  It’s such a great venue for a chilled event with its relaxing colourful lighting system, long sleek pewter bar and tranquil swimming pool complete with loads of glamourpusses walking around sipping Pommery Champagne and having beauty treatments.

There were plenty available including manicures, false lashes, hand massages, pedicures, eyebrow-threading (in public! The horror!), facial consultations and foot massages.  I got my nails done by the lovely Sophie at The Illustrated Nail and went for a gorgeous jade green colour by Andrea Fulerton with gold half moons painted with the India gold striper.  I love bright nails and experimenting with nail art but I’ve never had half moons painted before and I’m admiring my fingertips as I type...

In addition to the new loyalty scheme (hooray - about time!), Superdrug has also launched its own range of hand-made false lashes (available in all stores on 6 July) which some girlies were applying in a whopping eight different varieties.  I naturally chose the biggest and most dramatic, the Double Volume Edition 40 for ‘ultimate volume and length’ which were wow but pleasingly, with loads of liquid eyeliner already in place, not transvestite-proportion wow.

Also new this summer is GOSH’s extended selection of perfume and preservative-free primers, including an anti-wrinkle one with collagen-boosting ingredient and the Velvet Touch Foundation Primer Cream which contains Vitamin F and MPC™ (Milk Peptide Complex) to reduce fine lines and improve skin elasticity. Last year I got the Velvet Touch Foundation Primer below, which gives a fantastic silky base. I forget how good primers are and I rarely use it, but when I do I notice my skin looks softer and feels velvet-y so I really should…

Another exciting treatment was trying out the latest in anti-ageing technology – I felt like I was in TRON (or the TRON-soundtrackers Daft Punk) with the brand spanking new LED Light Mask Therapy helmet on my head.  The futuristic mask emits red light onto the skin which stimulates and energises cellular activity, creating collagen and elastin for an improved complexion.  The natural light therapy is available in the High Street Ken branch (£45 for 20 minutes) as part of the beauty chain's plans to bring high end beauty services to the high street at competitive prices.

10 May 2011

Jonathan Saunders Negative Flower Dress

Today I am wearing my very first piece of clothing designed by Mr Jonathan Saunders.  I'd been eyeing up the Odet block-colour jersey dress but I (hate hand washing so) went for the negative flower T shirt dress.

Featuring contrast negative floral print to the front, scoop neckline and short sleeve styling.  Half of my wardrobe is monochrome so it goes with everything.  Hoorah for cool machine wash (much better...)

6 May 2011

Friday's ffffound: vintage Chanel

80s or 90s Chanel ad featuring Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista

5 May 2011

Juicy bright Halston Heritage dresses

Summer's coming and that means that when dressing we're allowed to cite ridiculous influences like bright florals, mouthwatering fruit colours and nature.  Doesn't it?

In this corner representing oranges and bananas, we have these gorgeous silk satin shirt dresses from Halston Heritage, American 70s label Halston's hip younger sister diffusion line, which has been going since 2009.

I like the balance of the modern, fresh colours with the old-school seventies glamour of the ever-so-shiny satin fabric which is smartened up with the tailored detailing of the pointed collar and buttoned cuffs and I like both oranges and bananas. Juicy.
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