Painted ladies


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).

Quote of the day


“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

Quote of the day

“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.)

Rant of the day: Gok’s Clothes Show


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 ghost
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.