I’ve always been a worrier, even though in the grand scheme of things I don’t have that much to fret about (ain’t that always the way?). I’ve had a charmed life, never suffered too greatly and always managed to overcome the problems that did come my way, but that doesn’t stop me worrying about the ‘what ifs’. So when I decided to ‘make an encouraging banner’ for Learning To Love You More. I didn’t have to think too long and hard on the message I wanted to convey. ‘Worry about it later’ is a motto I made up years ago* and it’s a handy one for those interfering niggles that won’t go away. You tell yourself that now is not the time to worry, arrange an appointment with yourself to ‘worry about it later’ and of-course, by the time later comes round, your mind is usually engaged in some other activity of a non-worrying nature. Well it works for me.
I sent my banner to Nicky Peacock who is putting it in an exhibition at the Co-operative Building in Middlesbrough from 25th July. I can’t make it up to Middlesborough but if you’re in the area, do visit, it will surely be inspiring.
*and also a lyric from my favourite Clash song
I’ve been tagged by Make Do & Mend to do the page 123 tag. And I’ve got a funny feeling someone else tagged me to do this too, but no recollection of who it was.
1. Pick up nearest book
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the 5th sentence
4. Post the next 3 sentences
5. Tag 5 people, and acknowledge who tagged you.
[Taken from Simon Doonan's Eccentric Glamour, an interview with New York Observer editor Alexandra Jacobs]
Where do you wish to be buried and in what?
I want to be cremated, then stored in aforementioned husband’s favorite piece of architectural pottery or scattered in Central Park
Not that thrilling is it but I do recommend the book, a total hoot! I think a lot of people have done this tag already but if not I tag these 5:
The Musings of Ondo Lady
Queues at Gucci, Miu Miu and Prada, jumble sale-like piles of 50% off Marc Jacobs, what do you know, it’s day one of Selfridges sale…
“It is time to straighten ourselves out, we are too slovenly. Everything seems to be allowed, even eating and drinking in a church square while stripped to the waist.”
Giorgio Armani wants his fellow countrymen to smarten up
If you haven’t got round to seeing the Viktor & Rolf exhibition, here’s an added incentive. On Thursday 26th June, London-based fashion illustrator Tanya Ling gives a live illustration performance inspired by Victor & Rolf’s A/W 09 collection at the Barbican Art Gallery. Ling is a former employee of Christian Lacroix and her work can currently be seen adorning Louis Vuitton’s Resort collection. The performance starts at 8.30pm and is free to same-day ticket-holders (subject to availability).
“My mother is absolutely wild. When Colonel Massoud, an Afghan rebel, came to Paris, he’d stay at my mother’s place. She’s friends with Aung San Suu Kyi. When I had my appendix taken out she kept it. Then there’s my father, who is silent, super beautiful and combs his hair with a fork.”
Lou Doillon in New York Times’ T Magazine blog
“Please make sure to arrive at each show you attend on the hour. Please take your seat quickly, so that designers are not forced to hold the ‘start of show’ based on their guests’ arrivals.”
CFDA president Diane Von furstenberg writes in a letter sent to show-attendees last week. (Don’t worry, she also implores designers to start their shows on time.)
Gok Wan and Alexa Chung have a new TV programme starting this week called Gok’s Clothes Show. I know Alexa and Gok are the nation’s sartorial sweethearts but really, there is such a thing as overexposure. Our TV channels need to get a bit more creative with their choice of presenters and content. Can’t we have some new blood? Does every Sunday supplement, website and fashion weekly need to have a swimwear-to-suit-your-shape feature
written by Gok?
Here’s an idea, how about an intelligent programme about fashion rather than the tired old celebrity and makeover formula – surely by now we all know that dark colours are slimming and boot leg jeans flatter heavy hips? And there must be other well-dressed people out there than flipping celebrities? Another thing, fancy calling it Gok’s Clothes Show! There’s only one Clothes Show and that belongs to my beloved Caryn Franklin. (That said, I’ll still be watching it on the iplayer – I’ll report back on my findings.)
Update: OK, I’ve just been Googling and it looks like the programme is now called Gok’s Fashion Fix. Probably because they realised that The Clothes Show was there first and Caryn and co might sue their asses.
One of the results of the economic slowdown is being a bit more picky about what one chooses to fritter one’s money on. Those little £20 Primark splurges which all too often end up neglected and unworn (and still tagged) in the carrier bag aren’t quite so clever any more. Neither is the prospect of the summer sales so appealing. Where once the idea of vastly reduced See By Chloe would have me hot-footing it to Harvey Nichols faster than you could say “I’ll take two”, now I’m dreading the lure of the sales and the subsequent guilt of buying anything new.
So I’m embracing the concept of Using What You’ve Got. I’ve always been against that oft-repeated advice that says you should throw away anything you haven’t worn for six months. Six months! That’s not long enough at all. Six years maybe, but even that seems ungenerous. To prove my point, I recently unearthed a pair of John Moore boots that had been hibernating in my wardrobe for some years. John Moore boots are stompy Commando-soled bovver boots from the early nineties, very much part of the Westwood/Christopher Nemeth/Joe Casely-Hayford deconstruction period. Think Westwood pirate boots crossed with a monkey boot and you’re fairly close (oh dear, don’t they sound hideous?). I had a well-worn pair back when I was a fashion student, and then happened upon another pair about eight years ago in a clearance sale. They haven’t looked quite right with anything I’ve been wearing in that time but a chance encounter with some two-year-old Levi’s that had been put on the back-burner soon resulted in an impressive new outfit. By turning up the hems of the skinny Levi’s and pairing with the John Moores, plus throwing a high-necked swiss-dot blouse in the mix, I came up with a new take on an old look, suggesting something of a sweet-skinhead hybrid with a nod to Victoriana.
Clever as ever, TopShop is also championing the Using What You’ve Got initiative as part of its first ever Green Week which starts on Monday. They’ve partnered with Rubbish magazine to launch TopShop Wants Your Rubbish, a fun but practical website all about reusing, recycling and restyling. Lucky Londoners get a special treat with an-instore clothing workshop at Oxford Circus by Cheap Date’s Kira Jolliffe. Although a sensible part of today’s make-do culture, Using What You’ve Got is also a great deal of fun. If you’ve committed something to the style Siberia of your closet, it’s very much a case of out of sight out of mind, which means it’s all too easy to forget what you own. So that when you eventually unearth said New Look poncho/Maharishi combats/Adidas Gazelle trainers (delete according to age) you also find there are endless new outfit possibilities when you add it to all the things you’ve bought since you last wore it.
Mind you, it’s not all plain sailing. Using What You’ve Got can end up creating more gaps in your wardrobe than it plugs. Chuffed as I was with my new turn-up Levi’s-and-John-Moore-boots marriage, I couldn’t help but feel something was amiss. If only I had a nice cherry-red Margaret Howell Harrington jacket, then my outfit really would be a goer. Which brings me to the inevitable question…when does the Margaret Howell sale start?