31 October 2011

Cream Tea Time Ceramic Lamp

Visit Laura Ashley to brighten up your home as the dark nights draw in...  This cool table light and its eccentric Alice in Wonderland-inspired design is very British and on my wishlist:

This highly fashionable and quirky table lamp comprises a stack of classic cream china teacups, and comes complete with its own white fabric shade.

28 October 2011

Friday's ffffound


27 October 2011

ASOS autumn highlights

Every payday, I like to do my bit for my country and its economy by spending my way out of the recession.  When the UK is firmly back on its feet, you can thank me and my relentless splurges.  You're welcome.  These treats have arrived at my desk today.


21 October 2011

Friday's ffffound: Kiss Me, Stupid

NYE 1965 at Compton Goethals Hall in New York City
Taken by Joel Meyerowitz

20 October 2011

Versace for H&M

I'm excited about the Versace for H&M collection which launches next month (is it lame that I've had the date in my diary since I first heard the line was coming out?  Yes.  Yes, perhaps it is, but then I had the H&M for Lanvin launch date in my diary too...).

Silk dress

The collection is typically Versace; sexy, playful pieces with a touch of the nineties and beautifully-cut dresses with flirty skater hemlines in black and bright pops of colour.

Pink silk dress

My favourites from the colourful 90+ piece collection include this studded leather dress which Anna Dello Russo wore during Paris Fashion Week.

Leather dress

Donatella Versace said "for the collaboration we've brought back from the archives, as well as from more recent collections, some of the icons of Versace, such as the bright prints, the Greek key and daring cuts. I can't wait to see how H&M's wide audience will make these pieces their own."

Nor can I, love.

Versace for H&M launches in 300 stores on 17 November 2011

Yellow silk dress

18 October 2011

SWATCH: The Blum Collection

Tonight I'm going to the exhibiton opening of Phillips de Pury & Company's collection of SWATCH watches which has been touring the world before it ends up on auction in Hong Kong next month.

One of the most complete collections of its kind, there are more than 4,350 items including rare prototypes, hybrids and production variants never offered for sale.

"When the Swatch was introduced in 1983 it was a revolutionary concept and an instant success. Today, 28 years since its introduction, Swatch continues to be a vibrant, cool, fun watch and fashion accessory and is an important part of the cultural history of our times. Despite its numerous fans around the world, nobody, including Swatch, had succeeded in amassing the ultimate, most comprehensive collection of Swatches including all special editions and countless prototypes than the late Mr. Peter Blum." Simon de Pury, Chairman Phillips de Pury & Company.

American painter Keith Haring’s collaboration is represented in the collection by a set of his four Swatch models released in the United States along with the first ever model (of only 120 pieces produced), the Swatch Puff design and artworks from the archives including works by Vivienne Westwood.

A must for watch and jewellery fans, 80s enthusiasts and lovers of iconic design.

London viewing 18-24 October 2011
Phillips de Pury & Company, Howick Place, London

Auction 24 November 2011
Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Hong Kong

17 October 2011

Alice by Temperley Tiger Playsuit

Last week I ordered this Alice by Temperley tiger stripe playsuit in the Cocosa birthday sale because it'd be foolish not to, right?

Despite the loud animal print, as it's in grey and quite a loose, casual fit in soft cotton, it's very wearable.  And as long as I dress it up with chic heels and simple black accessories, I won't look like a toddler in a romper...

14 October 2011

Rob Ryan and Victorinox

Last night Victorinox held an event with the wonderful British artist Rob Ryan to celebrate 'Modern Art Cutting' and the launch of the new Tomo design, which is a modern reinterpretation of the classic Victorinox Swiss Army knife.

The Tomo (the Japanese word for companion) was created after Victorinox worked with designer Kazuma Yamaguchi and the collaboration merged Japanese design aesthetics with Swiss precision.

‘Modern Art Cutting’ is Victorinox’s take on Kirigami, the ancient, intricate Japanese art of paper cutting and the brand asked King of Papercut Rob Ryan to create a range of designs for fans to craft themselves using Swiss Army knives.

Rob Ryan's beautiful A1 artwork

There are three original stencil designs to download and master with the help of Rob's masterclass film which demonstrates the best ways to use the Victorinox Tomo as a creative tool, including tips for achieving the high levels of detailing.

Rob Ryan explains his inspiration: “The Swiss Army Knife is an almost perfect thing – the variety of tools, along with the ingenuity of design, is fantastic. What I find really inspiring, though, is the thought that these simple little tools accompany people along the journey of their lives, sitting there in their pockets all the years through, always ready and waiting to help. I like the idea of a father handing down the knife that his father gave to him when he was a young boy to his young daughter or son, and how this cycle continues down through generations. I see these tools as useful & helpful things that as such help people to help other people.”


Friday's ffffound: 25 Years of Def Jam Recordings

There's an article over on NOWNESS about Def Jam Recordings and its origin in 1984 when Rick Rubin met Russell Simmons, they created the hugely influential rap label (and a multi-million dollar empire) and changed hip-hop forever.  Rizzoli is publishing a tome called Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (£19.71) and included in the book is this wicked photo of P.E. crazy, crazy P.E.:

Honey dripper/ sucker sipper/ big dipper/ sucker dipper

12 October 2011

White Cube Bermondsey opening night

Last night I went to the opening of White Cube Bermondsey, the giant south east outpost of Jay Jopling's other White Cube galleries; Mason's Yard in Piccadilly - which was his first in 1993 - and Hoxton Square in the East End.

In a converted 1970s warehouse on Bermondsey Street, the huge 58,000 square foot space is Europe's largest commercial gallery and is split into three exhibition spaces, with a wicked bookshop, private viewing rooms, a massive warehouse and auditorium which was showing artists' films.  We stumbled into Jake and Dinos Chapman's The Organ Grinder's Monkey featuring Rhys Ifans, a hefty dose of strong language and nudity.

The art gallery launched in time for the Frieze Art Fair, which means that the opening event was filled with minted, impossibly polished, impeccably dressed art collectors flown in for annual event; the glossy, moneyed art movers and shakers seem to be more into their labels than the fashion crowd because everyone looked slick as a seal.

Jay Jopling was joined by ex-wife Sam Taylor-Wood, her fiance Aaron Johnson, Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin, Gilbert & George, Lily Cole and, OMG, Michael Stipe.

The gallery exhibits lots of YBA big names; Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, amongst others, and the inaugural show features a bunch of internationally-recognised artists and takes a fresh look at contemporary abstraction.

Structure & Absence runs 12 October - 29 November 2011
144 -152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ

11 October 2011

Paul & Joe Sister Hilton Silk Biker-Style Dress

This just arrived courtesy of The Outnet:

The simple, laidback style and wearable blue/grey colour means it'll go with everything; I can keep it smart for the office and dress it up for after hours.

'Opt for a cool downtown look in this biker-inspired silk dress and studded leather boots.

Storm-blue silk biker-style dress with an asymmetric zip through front to fasten. Paul & Joe Sister dress is sleeveless, has a short collar, silver stud detail, two zipped front pockets and epaulets.'

  • £72.50 WAS £145
  • 100% silk
  • Dry clean

7 October 2011

Friday's ffffound

All you need.

5 October 2011

Joules Millie Wellies

These Millie Wellies arrived today from Joules

'New dressy Joules wellies with a twist. Mid height for practical on and off comfort that looks great with skirts, dresses or skinny jeans. Matching front bow for a touch of low key glamour in classic colours.'

I was given the French Navy pair at their press show last spring but unfortunately, after about ten wears, the rubber started leaking.  Which was rubbish (and wet) but at least their returns department promptly issued a replacement pair and this time I went for shiny red, perfect for stamping around in puddles like a big kid.

4 October 2011

Shoesday Tuesday

Today I'm wearing these Sequin Wedges from New Look:

'A statement party shoe. Peep toe design with criss cross front strap and buckle fastening on ankle. All over sequinned design with high 14.4cm wedge heel.'

And whilst I was at it, I also bought this Multi Stripe Satin Tunic:

'Satin effect dress perfect for a smart casual look. Scoop neck design with capped sleeves. Narrow horizontal stripe design descending into thicker stripes with a light weight loose fitted effect. Button up back fastening complete with diamante stripe buttons'

I don't mind buying (no offence, New Look) fairly low quality, cheap and cheerful items as long as they replace older inexpensive treats from the high street.  These shoes replace a pair of once-patent-now-scuffed pair of black heels and this dress replaces both a blue patterned satin minidress and a similar black and blue stripe cap-sleeve dress, both of which were purchased in 2007 for about a tenner each. 

Streamlining and updating my wardrobe.  It just makes good sense.

3 October 2011

Melvita Apicosma Skincare Launch

I recently went to a launch event hosted by Melvita to learn about its new innovative, honey-based Apicosma skincare range, try the latest products and have a relaxing hand massage.

At the cutting edge of organic beauty products, Melvita is currently patent-pending for its unique blend of three honeys (Thyme, Acacia and Orange Blossom) which has been proven to create a triple action moisturising quality never before used in beauty products.

DR. Elizabeth Devilard PHD in cellular and molecular biology has used her expertise in dermatology to run tests proving the efficacy of the Melvita 3 Honey Blend, by using a transcriptome DNA skin test showing the synergistic qualities of this unique blend.

Ultra Nourishing Body Balm, Skin Softening Nourishing Body Milk, Extra Rich Hand Cream, Repairing Lip Balm

Science aside, I’m back in London after a break in France and Italy, and the only moisturiser I took with me was the Apicosma Ultra Nourishing Body Balm and I can testify to its claims to moisturise delicate skin and replenish lost nutrients in dry skin. Boy, am I soft.

It has given my skin a really sheeny, supple quality and my skin feels nourished and protected. And of course, being made from three honeys, it smells delicious too. Stock up for winter skin!

Available in November 2011 in the Melvita, Wholefoods and selected John Lewis stores
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