29 July 2011

Friday's ffffound


Mark Fast Summer Goes By FAST Party

Last night I went to the super duper knitwear designer Mark Fast's Summer Goes By FAST party at Paradise by way of Kensal Green.

Brazilian model Ana Araujo (Ronnie Wood’s done extremely well for himself there…) was in a white tux jacket with cigarette pants, Jade Parfitt was in the designer's short black leather dress and Paloma Faith, Zara Martin and Peaches Geldof all wore Mark Fast too.

favourites from the ss11 collection

Cocktails flowed courtesy of Iceberg Vodka, there was hella dancing (my new Steve Madden wedges are really comfortable, you’ll be thrilled to know) and a lot of girlies wearing the designer's knitted, fringed, bodycon dresses so I was inspired to compile my favourite pieces from the current seasons and have nailed them high up on my wish list...

favourites from the aw11 collection

28 July 2011

Steve Madden Watchout Suede Wedges

Today I'm wearing my brand spanking new black suede Steve Madden Watchout wedges.

'Make a statement in these platform wedges. The slits going up the side leave a little space for some skin to show through, oh so sexy! Slip these on, lace them up and be ready for a day of serious attention. If you're feeling daring, pair these with sheer black tights and a little black dress!'

  • $109.95
  • 5 inch heel
  • Suede upper

If you're feeling daring, wear them with black tights and an LBD?  That sounds like a pretty safe way to wear them, Steve Madden site copywriter!  Anyway, as it's during the day I am indeed wearing them with black tights and my Jonathan Saunders Negative Flower dress...  The 1.5 inch platform makes them pretty comfortable to wear and not too high for daytime.

I love the cut-out lattice pattern although, as my colleague (clothes designers have such beady eyes...) spotted, the synthetic sole is actually a different shade of black to the leather upper which is a little disappointing for the pricetag.  (But I still love them.)

22 July 2011

Friday's ffffound

Jokes calling spoke cards from yourbikeishot.com

21 July 2011

Woop Studios: Collective Nouns in Pictures

Woop Studios is a fantastic new online gallery from Miraphora Mina, Eduardo Lima, Harriet Logan and Mark Faulkner, who were united by a love of words and images. Having spent the last decade working in graphic design on the Harry Potter franchise, the group are continuing to target da kids with their colourful first collection.

The original limited edition prints combine the alphabet with graphic design with a focus on education and learning, making perfect gifts for typography aficionados, print fans and children alike. Each print comes with ten facts about the animal depicted - educational for kids and cool for design-conscious parents, what's not to like?


15 July 2011

Friday's ffffound: the hottest editorial

Courtesy of Vogue Paris last month.  Elle est si belle!

9 July 2011

Lou Taylor's Vintage Magazine Covers

Inspired by the wonderful Rob Ryan, Brighton-based illustrator Lou Taylor started making papercuts and is involved with a fantastic project recreating illustrated Vogue and Harper's Bazaar magazine covers from the 1920s and 1930s.

She's also designed these nuts alphabet eyelashes and King Kong 3D glasses.  Neither of which can be used or worn, but they look pretty cool:

Alphalashes for twenty6 magazine

 King Kong 3D specs

8 July 2011

Friday's ffffound


7 July 2011

Warehouse AW11 Collection Preview

Warehouse just sent an email out featuring these four fabulous outfits from their upcoming AW11 collection. 

In particular, I love the pink and grey checked Clueless 60s pinafore.  And the (work-appropriate) ladylike 70s Jaeger-style blouse tucked into the royal purple A-line skirt.  Clashing outfits - either with contrasting prints or bold colours - are winning outfits and there are plenty to come this autumn...

6 July 2011

Dwell Candles and Dinosaurs

I bought these three large Marrakesh tealight holders, £14.95 and six Morrocan tealight holders, £17.95 from Dwell recently. 

The pretty Morrocan-inspired gilded glass votives are decorated with an intricate pattern in different metallic shades to go in any room.

The shape protects the candle flame from draughts, making them perfect for outdoor use too.  I like tying my coloured glass lanterns and jam jar candles with string to the railings on my terrace and I can picture these with ivy leaves running in between them, twinkling nestled amongst flowers in plantpots.

You can be really creative with outdoor lighting  - experiment with fairy lights/ solar lamps, spotlights/ uplighters, wood-buring stoves/ fire pits, tealights/ lanterns and even BBQ light - to turn your garden into an extra room for when it's dark.

Following on from the metallics theme, I also inexplicably bought this Tyrannosaurus Rex, £24.95.

'The Tyrannosaurus Rex may have been one of the most terrifying carnivores of all time - but it is even more impressive in chrome.  Designed in accurate detail, this chrome-covered ceramic sculpture of a T. Rex will captivate anyone who sees it.'

Obviously there's no need for anyone to have a 25cm tall dinosaur ornament in their house, but there are NO REGRETS HERE, THANKS VERY MUCH.  Unlike the multi-purpose indoors/ outdoors candles, this bad boy will be staying inside guarding my flat from baddies and captivating people.

5 July 2011

Pippa Middleton: Tatler's August Coverstar

Blimey, this is the most un-Tatler cover ever - using a wedding photo from April and adding floral decoupage?  It's so "here's one I made earlier" crafty!

Pippa Middleton lands her first magazine cover with a black and white photo of the maid of honour surrounded by oversaturated colourful flowers and it's already grabbing as much media attention as her derrière during the royal wedding.

Tatler's August issue, onsale Thursday 7 July

As the Duchess of Cambridge continues her tour of north America with Prince William, her younger sister continues to rack up the column inches.  Back in 2008, Kate Middleton's bridesmaid sister was named Britain’s most eligible person by the society magazine and I'm sure, after the response from this issue, it won't be the last time she graces its cover.

It'll be interesting to see the sale figures as this will almost certainly be the glossy's bestselling issue of the year; everyone wants a bit of Pippa right now...

4 July 2011

Oasis Sale Highlights

When trawling the shops and department stores a few months ago to find a bridesmaid dress for my brother's wedding (next month *SCREAM*), I came across this raspberry Print Contrast Strap Prom Dress from Oasis, which is now in the sale. 

The nipped waist and 50s flared prom shape is similar to the Louis Vuitton AW10 collection and indeed not dissimilar to Primark's rip off 'LV-look' dress, but updated in fresher colours and a bolder pattern.

It was £75 but now it's down to £50, so I really should give it a go.  Besides, I haven't bought anything from Oasis since this Rosalind Prom Dress aaaaages ago, so my wardrobe could do with a little summery Oasis update.

Another nice sale item is this Colour Block Kimono Dress, which was £60 down to £40.  I don't normally embrace the loose, 70s style but I like the elegant fluted bracelet-length sleeves, bright turquoise colour and simple slash neck.

1 July 2011

Friday's ffffound


We Love Tennis

And its stars...

Here are two of my favourite shots of Rafael Nadal, from his first Armani shoot which was emblazoned on the side of the majority of London buses in January.

There has since been a second batch of shots of Nadal and Megan Fox photos as the new spokesmodels/ faces/ bodies of Armani Jeans and Emporio Armani underwear in March, but these two photos are the best.

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