Random Fashion Coolness’ tweets have got me obsessed with looking for mohair sweaters on Ebay. During the cold snap I was glued to my big fluffy Dennis-The-Menace-striped sweater which was super-snuggly and big enough to layer three or four other sweaters/vests/T-shirts under.
I’ve got my eye on these:
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I much prefer the shapeless cuts of the vintage knits to the more fitted new ones, they just seem to have the right silhouette to go with skinny jeans. I tried this Brora one on at the weekend but it didn’t flatter. Anyone else know any good sources for shapeless vintage mohair?
The premise of the Pop Life exhibition was to explore the link between art and commerce as initiated by Warhol and his many commercial tie-ins and spin-offs and later by Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami and their various enterprises.
It made me finally realise that in today’s popular culture there are few successful creative artists who don’t consider the benefits of the commercial hook-up. Whether it’s a musician or actor sidestepping into modelling (Lily Allen for Chanel, Eva Mendes for Calvin Klein Jeans), an actor/model/singer dabbling in fashion design (Emma Watson for People Tree, Kate Moss for Topshop, Victoria Beckham) or an impoverished fashion designer embracing other more lucrative opportunities (PPQ for Sky+, Giles Deacon for Cadbury’s), the days of the creative who was famous for one thing and stuck to it are long gone. These days, it’s a given that anything is possible.
It’s hard for me to accept because I would prefer people stick to what they’re good at but as a creative myself, I know how hard it is to resist the lure of the commercial. However much creative integrity one may have, ultimately everyone has their price.
I just made it to the Pop Life exhibition at the Tate Modern before it ends on Sunday. Some brilliant work in there but truthfully I was mostly excited by the Warhol and Haring rooms. The YBA stuff just isn’t visually exciting to me and I don’t really care about their ‘message’. Plus I guess I grew up with the excitement of Warhol and Haring so they mean more to me emotionally.
“I always have it in my head that if your name is in the news, then the news should be paying you. Because it’s your news and they’re taking it and selling it as their product.”
It’s pictures like these that made me want to be a fashion illustrator back in the day. These pics are from Lulu Kennedy’s blog. Now, the question is, what is 8A magazine?
UPDATE: Ah, this is 8A magazine
I went to this pop-up shop at the Wonder Room in Selfridges yesterday. The presentation was a bit sterile (you should’ve asked me to make a moodboard wall for you Selfridges!) but I did enjoy looking at the vintage magazines and a particularly nostalgia-inducing stripy Westwood suit from Rellik. The plaid and denim shirts from Beyond Retro ticked the grunge box but weren’t anything special. More my bag was a Hacienda Classics CD set, which made me go all tingly-spined and misty-eyed thinking of this. I may have to go back and buy it.
Milla Jovovich by Bob Richardson (father of Terry). This is from a whole set of tear sheets I have kept from various magazines and ad campaigns from the 1990s. Bob Richardson shot campaigns for the Italian brand, Alberto Biani and around the same time shot some similar pictures for Italian Vogue using Milla and Kirsten Owen. The brand’s focus was on androgynous tailoring and almost every picture featured Milla or Kirsten in a hands-deep-in-pockets slouch. Timeless and beautiful.
I’m officially over winter now, my head is in spring – even if I’m still wearing hiking socks and Timberland boots. To celebrate the arrival of SS10 trickling into stores, here’s a taste of Current Elliot. Boyfriend jeans are still a mainstay of the collection but I was more interested in the non-jeans offering – chambray playsuits, gingham pocket dresses, paint-smeared utility shirts and the most perfect sailor top ever. Bring on spring!
At the beginning of last year, a friend alerted me to the blog, What Katie Wore. The premise of the blog was simple, as a love letter to Katie, her boyfriend Joe would document her daily outfits but with a twist – she had to wear a different outfit every day for a year. Word spread, the blog became a cult and we have spent the past 12 months witnessing Katie’s many fine ways with coloured tights, playful jewels and a cheery knit.
Today the blog reached its 365th day and the end of the challenge. Not! Katie and Joe have had such good times with the blog that they’re carrying it on. Good decision!
I love that something as simple as playing dress up can be such a brilliant source of entertainment to so many. Katie’s style is a million miles from mine but just looking at those colourful ensembles makes me reach for the red cardigan instead of the grey. On the same subject, Susie Bubble wrote a post this week in answer to someone who had sent her quite a puzzling email. The crux of his message was the complaint that ‘fashion has turned into cries for attention rather than practicality’, and he cited ‘bizarre trinkets and bright colors’ as being major offenders.
I was completely bamboozled. In this day and age, how on earth can anyone be seriously offended by what people wear when they are simply being creative and fun? Now, more than ever, with the internet allowing fashion access to all, there is no need to wear boring clothes unless you want to. There is nothing more delightful than catching sight of someone who takes real pleasure in what they wear (and maybe stealing a little bit of their look for your own. Er, guilty!).