I’m off on a bloggers’ day trip to Paris on the Eurostar on Saturday. Where shall I go during my 3 hours shopping slot? I want to go to Colette but haven’t got further than that. I’m giving myself €100 to spend all day so I will mostly be window shopping but may stretch to the odd T-shirt, book or
Hermes Constance bag cloud Post-it notes.
What would you recommend for someone on a strict budget?
I wanted to introduce you to my label Glovedup Gloves.
Pioneering creator of fashion-forward fingerless gloves since 2001;
I started the business to put gloves back onto the fashion agenda.
8 years on, and a glance in the fashion mags,
or at all the fingerless mitts on the AW09/10 catwalks;
Alexander McQueen, Armani Privé, Chanel, Fendi, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton,
and you’d have to agree that either I saw into the future, or I helped make it happen.
Worn by Anna Piaggi, Dita Von Teese, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, La Roux, Madonna, Peaches (the original not Geldof)
Photographed by Mario Testino, Miles Aldridge, Solve Sundsbo, Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh
Styled by Arianne Phillips, Lucinda Chambers, Patti Wilson, Karl Templer
And featured in i-D, Harpers Bazaar, Numéro, Tatler , Vogue (UK, Italia, Nippon, Russia), W, among many others
I work alone; a mega-multi-tasker.
And I make most of the gloves myself.
I fact I do everything Glovedup myself;
the press, photography, website (www.Glovedup.com), and all the dull jobs too.
It’s a DIY endeavour and I do it for
glove not money.
I sell exclusively online at www.Glovedup.com
Shipping gloves all over the world, not masses, indeed not really enough!
Junya Watanabe’s polished pointed girls’ Oxfords
Lanvin’s mens wool poloshirts with grosgrain collar
Sacai’s girls’ underwear and mens utilitarian nylon and knitwear combos
Undercover’s punk graphic tees
Lanvin’s Little Black Velvet Dress – long sleeved with a wee train – heavenly!
Joe Casely Hayford’s silk scarves
H by Harris’ quilted suede laptop case
Dashing Tweeds’ reflective capes
I didn’t dare take pictures having been told off for using a pen to write notes. “Sorry you can’t take notes,” “But I’m press,” “Ok, but you can’t use a pen, you’ll have to use a pencil,” “Why?” “For health and safety reasons.” Jeez!
[Comme pic via Bish-Shops’ retail blog]
Another day, another seen-it-before high street collaboration, or so I thought. But when I rocked up to the Hed Kandi for Miss Selfridge launch I got a pleasant surprise. There in front of me was a new idea! I kid you not, Miss Selfridge has embraced an original take on the collab theme – hooking up two brands that genuinely have the same audience via an illustrator rather than yet another celebrity-in-inverted-commas. The three-way hook-up, it’s the future I tell you!
Do I sound jaded? I guess I’m just a little bit over the bandwagon-jumping of the ‘Fearne Cotton/Peaches Geldof/insert any other name here designs exclusive collection’ ilk, complete with predictable interview quote of ‘I couldn’t find anything I wanted to wear so I designed my own’. Snore. Instead, we have the creator of Hed Kandi’s iconic club babes (you know the ones, their almond eyes and lithe figures are all over the London Underground) designing a collection with the Miss Selfridge team inspired by the girls on the
record CD covers.
Bloody hell! There I was popping in to Borders on Oxford Street to ‘use the facilities’ and I was greeted by the world’s biggest queue for the tills, coiling every which way around the ground floor. There must be a new Harry Potter book out, I thought, but no, it’s much more sinister than that. New Look has bought five Borders stores and the Oxford Street branch is one of the unlucky ones. Almost everything is half price (but not the magazines, natch) hence the frenzy.
What a sorry state of affairs. What on earth is going to happen to the rest of our bookshops if this is happening to Borders now? What can we do? I don’t have anything against New Look but there is already a flagship store in Marble Arch (unless they are downsizing and swapping sites), is our appetite for jazzy leggings so great that we need two branches of the same store in the same street at the expense of a bookshop? It’s all too sad!
Apologies for the protracted absence, I’ve been flat out working 15 hour days on a shampoo commercial coinciding with a run of ‘Christmas-in-July’ press days. I’m pooped!
Anyway, Simon Foxton’s much anticipated exhibition, When You’re a Boy was finally unveiled yesterday at The Photographers’ Gallery. The menswear stylist has worked with Penny Martin to create an insightful exhibition which shows the different sides of his arresting work. What attracts me to Foxton’s work? I think it’s the always-human element present in his styling. Much of it is portraity and the work that isn’t will have a humorous or playful element or be somehow more than about just the clothes and more about the character. I guess I like his street casting a whole lot too.
My favourite Foxton i-D shoot, ‘Strictly,’ featuring a boyish Edward Enniful poses ‘questions about ethnicity, Englishness and masculinity’ and looks as fresh today as it did when it was first published in 1991.
The wall of framed portraits by a range of different photographers provides a genius personal touch – I love the one of the boy in double denim with his back pockets overflowing with colourful bandanas (no close-up unfortunately, I didn’t want to ruin the surprise).
In the centre of the room is a long glass cabinet housing Foxton’s precious scrapbooks which I decided to save til last. Ever the scrapbook fiend, this for me is a crucial part of an exhibition like this and I’m glad Penny Martin as curator decided the scrapbooks were worthy of inclusion. As with photographer Tim Walker’s scrapbooks and sketchbooks, it shows something of the artist’s inspiration and creative thought process. Apart from this, it’s fascinating to be reminded of long-lost male faces from the 80s fashion scene and rather sweet to see Foxton’s ballet ticket stubs and 80s club flyers so neatly archived.
For those interested, there is a programme of accompanying events. Check on The Photographers’ Gallery website for info.
Following on from the APC new-shop-in-Dover-Street post, I spotted some building goings-on in Poland Street last week. A nosy enquiry to the builders suggests YMC will be opening in a month or so.
I don’t know what you call these spinning charms but I’m slightly obsessed with them. They’re very good for playing with when bored/nervous/agitated and look so pretty! I’m a great lover of what I call ‘gifty’ jewellery – those cutesy charms in the shape of hearts, horse shoes, Coke bottles etc on thin chains that look so personal when layered together. This is the type of jewellery that Benna specialises in, I love the Annina Vogel Love, Luck and Travels necklace with lots of charms on one chain and Sabrina Dehoff’s apple pendant.
Miss Bibi’s pendants are more offbeat with matches, axes and chairs dangling from her chains although I prefer the marginally more sensible spectacles and pasta bows…
I know I’m way too old for it (even though I don’t really believe in such crap) but there’s something very fidget-friendly about Me & Zena’s Love-o-meter necklace, I’d probably twirl that arrow until it fell off.
But back to the spinning charms. This particular one is by Allumer, a line of luxury friendship jewellery by Natasha Leith-Smith. The bracelets come packaged in a wee matchbox and there’s a small selection on My-wardrobe at 60% off and loads on Kabiri.