Victor at Melanthos reminded me how excited I am at the imminent arrival of the Joy Division film Control. I’m more of a New Order fan than Joy Division but I can guarantee even if you’re not familiar with their music, the film will be beautifully shot as it’s directed by Anton Corbijn.
Control is actually a biopic about Joy Division’s 23-year old lead singer Ian Curtis who committed suicide on the eve of Joy Division’s first U.S. tour. It’s based on the book Touching From a Distance, by Curtis’ wife, Deborah (which I still haven’t managed to buy).
The release date is 5th October – don’t miss this one.
Three new celebrity frangrances launched yesterday proving that despite some people’s protests (ie, mine), the celebrity bubble is far from deflating. Kate Moss’s Kate, the Beckhams’ Intimately Beckham Night and Gwen Stafani’s L are all set to slug it out on the perfume counter in the coming weeks. All very well and good except according to NPD research, sales of women’s celebrity fragrances dropped 17 percent last year and for the first time in the last decade US customers bought more make-up than fragrance. Uh oh, are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yup, the next big thing could well be celebrity make-up ranges. Apart from the odd Mac hook-up this is an area ripe for exploitation. I mean, no need for pesky meetings to look at fabric swatches or toiles, or sniff endless test tubes of noxious odours, a simple Pantone colour chart and a rummage in the old Louis Vuitton make-up bag to haul out some old favourites, and voila, Keira Knightley’s exclusive new range for Chanel, Kate Moss’ exclusive new range for Rimmel and Jessica Simpson’s exclusive new range for Wet n Wild. I’m not sure how much more of this I can take…
As a child of the eighties I just can’t kick the casette habit. i-Tunes? Huh, what that? CDs? I have about 10 tops. Vinyl? A fair few scratched Transvision Vamp 7-inches and David Bowie albums. But it’s my creaky old tapes that I still play to death – some are twenty-odd years old and still going strong. And it looks like other peeps have a soft spot for casettes if these creations are anything to go by. Transformers, purses, wallets, tape dispenders (geddit?) are all recycled from old well-worn casettes. Check em out here:
Oh my gosh, Susie Bubble has given me a Rockin’ Girl Blogger badge! I’m in shock. I have to tag five other female bloggers (only five?) to receive this honour. Argh where to start? My Bookmarks list gets longer by the day and I really have no idea how some people (www.kingdomofstyle.typepad.co.uk) manage to do a post a day if not two or three. Michelle and Marie I’m taggin’ ya! Oh hang on, you’ve been tagged already? Damn, OK, I take that back…
Emma at www.alarmclockcatastrophe.blogspot.com (sorry I don’t know how to do those linky things) is a must-read for her laugh-out-loud rambling observations about fashion, life and…everything really. Emma, thanks for the laughs, I hereby tag you.
I’ve also recently discovered Style…A Work In Progress (www.styleawip.blogspot.com) which is a mine of fashion information and opinions. Style, you’re tagged.
Oh, I know, Allure (allure-allure.blogspot.com) is another recent discovery. I’m tagging her because I love her taste in both music and fashion, Morrissey’s rockin’ on her blog right now…Allure I tag you!
I can’t remember how I came across Vanity Pages (www.vanitypages.blogspot.com) but her posts totally crack me up. This lady talks a lot of sense! Vanity, you’re tagged too.
And LML at www.modernmarie.blogspot.com has the cutest ideas. Reminds me what it was like to be young…LML I’m tagging you!
Now the tagees have to tag 5 of their favourite female bloggers…
Isn’t it funny how when you look at everyone’s link there are always a few blogs you recognise? Like, you could stumble upon a blog through a random Google search (like i did when Goggling ‘Gap johpurs’) and lo, it will have one of your favourite blogs linked. I just find it weird considering how many people there must be in the blogosphere that the same fifty or so people are linked all over. As for Susie Bubble and The Sartorialist, well you could probably play Six Degrees Of Separation and keep coming back to those two.
Keep on bloggin’ y’all!
OK I know I said I never shop high street but guess what? I lied. While passing Gap today I decided to have a quick nose at what was new. Firstly the new in-store photography is beautiful. Mikael Jansson has shot the likes of Amanda Harlech, Chanel Iman and Cat Deeley (she’s unrecognisable…in a good way) for the new Classic Redefined campaign. I tried to find these pictures on the internet but the Google gods were against me so I’ve snapped them with my Casio Exilim from the little magazine thingy I picked up. Say what you like about Gap but the photography is always shit hot.
All the new stuff is in now in so I had a good root round. Guess what I bought? The jodhpurs! My reasoning was that I don’t want to look like a fashion victim (snob that I am) but if I don’t get them now then if and when I do decide I want them, it’ll be too late. That’s hype for you. I thought I was above it but clearly all those ‘must-have’ pics in Grazia, Vogue etc have sucked me in.
I have to say, having tried them on they probably will be going back. They remind me of a well-loved pair of army surplus combats I had ages ago. For the first few wears they were great, then they developed saggy knees. When the bum started drooping that was the final straw. These Gap ones have no stretch, the pockets are really badly finished and the button holes are too small for the buttons (don’t you hate that?). But I love the colour (I got the green ones) and they do make a change from my Nudie jeans. Only time will tell if I’ll be wearing them at fashion week along with every other two-bit fashionista.
Update: Result! I found some pics on prettylittlepradas.blogspot.com (L-R: Coco Rocha in my jodhpurs, Cat Deeley – yes that’s her! – Amanda Harlech)
No reason for this post other than to add to my stock of style eye candy. Rather disconcertingly they seem to be getting younger every day. I finally bought the spring/summer Self Service mag (mag? It’s more of a book now in its ridiculous hard cover format) after months of baulking at the price (“£16! I’ll buy it next week…”) and inside spotted the fabbest shoot featuring French girl band Plastiscines. Check out the video for Loser at www.plastiscines-music.com.
Style.com’s blog has a post on the new wave of cool French punk-inspired bands including Second Sex. Haven’t checked out their music yet but it transpires they’re part of a group of French bands playing at The Dirty Water Club in Tufnell Park on September 7th.I’m so there…
The Luella store is now open! It opened on Monday (cor they kept that quiet) and it’s looking rather good. In my five-minute recce I spied lots of dark wood (including reclaimed floorboards from the 17th century I’m told), painted carved horses heads, the obligatory freebie stickers and badges (um, I presume they’re free, I certainly nabbed a handful) and some gorgeous Luella-tastic clothes.
My favourites: pink cashmere knits, ‘Love, love, love’ T-shirts, bib-front shirts, metallic heart purses and – of course – handbags aplenty.
The shop is next to Jo Malone on Brook Street (off New Bond Street) but you really can’t miss it, it has a giant lit-up heart in the window.
On the whole I love fashion although I’m more interested in the psychology of fashion and the aesthetic beauty of clothes than simply what’s in and what’s out and what some overexposed celebrity is wearing. But it has to be said, sometimes I despair at what designers expect us to wear. I know I don’t have to wear it but if everyone else wears it I do have to look at it. So I hereby present my top 5 ‘”Euwww, I’m not wearing that” list.
Number one: Chloe’s orthopaedic clown shoes.
Come on Paolo Melim Andersson you surely jest. This smacks of trying too hard and being ‘extra’ – ie shocking for the sake of it. Call me boring but I’m stubbornly sticking to my stack heeled boots.
Number two: Giles’ out-there knits
Am I the only one who doesn’t *get* Giles? I can see the boy has talent but he seems so hamfisted with all his collections. He clearly has ideas but I don’t think he executes them with finesse, he seems too keen to shock. I am really hating these comedy cardigans. They seem to serve no purpose other than to offend me. And what the hell is that poor girl wearing on her feet?
Number one: Prada’s entire collection
The plastic-y suits in vomit colours, the footless socks that flatter no-one and the teddy-fur outsize coats. Don’t even talk to me about the plastered-down hair! Emperor’s new clothes anyone?
August’s Allure magazine alerted me to a bizarre beauty phenomenon – Hairpetting. This is a new, um, sport? where the object of the game is to stroke a passerby’s hair without getting caught. WEIRD!
Check it out here, it’s the funniest thing!
“Going back to the blogs, there’s a bunch of people who’ve said, “Oh, we liked the way he used to look, when he was grungy, and now he just looks like every Chelsea queen, blah blah blah,” and I just think, You know what, I’m just going to do what makes me happy. And I’m the same exact person, so if my haircut is too Chelsea for somebody, and if I’ve changed from funny awkward ’70s reading glasses to contact lenses, and if I’m tan now and in slightly better shape, well, it’s too bad. My behavior and my likes and dislikes are the same.”
Thanks to Maholofashion I read this fab interview with Marc Jacobs. I wasn’t sure about his geek-to-buff makeover but he explains it all in the interview. And also gives insight into his life. Guess what? He’s just like you and me, he has insecurities, he finds it hard to have balance in his life, he feels like an outsider (don’t we all?). Go Marc!
Read the interview here: http://www.out.com/detail.asp?id=22725