“I always say that I would rather spend a week at Rikers Island or the hospital than do Fashion Week. Don’t you think it’s like school? It’s sort of divided up into periods and it has mean girls and you go from one class to another. It’s the worst.”
Lynn Yaeger, New York Observer, 2009
What excellent news for Tatty Devine. The jewellery duo Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine have been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours for services to fashion. While perspex jewellery might be quite a mainstream thing now, these girls pioneered a certain fun, youthful look that has been copied far and wide since their launch in 1999. (more…)
Playing with my books is my favourite way of whiling away the post-Christmas days. I don’t buy as many interiors books as photography books these days, but if you’re looking for thrifty styling inspiration, then I’d recommend this one.
Sarah Bagner is a non-stop creative juggernaut. Her Supermarket Sarah walls are a stroke of genius retailing – super-styled walls that are instantly shoppable, curated with a themed mix of craft works, vintage finds and emerging designer pieces. (more…)
Another gorgeous SS13 ad campaign, this time from Club Monaco, shot by Venetia Scott. Nothing ground breaking here, just a set of Scott’s trademark ‘about a girl’ studies set in New York locations. Quietly beautiful with a very slight whiff of Marc by Marc Jacobs about it (maybe in the casting?). I love how Venetia frames the model low down in the photo with lots of space above… (more…)
When it comes to ad campaigns I’m a bit of a realist. I prefer the classic portrait shot to the bells and whistles fantasy arrangements. So I’m loving Steven Meisel’s Prada ss13 campaign – gold standard models (go Kirsten Owen!), wearable styling (even the fright-shoes look good) and a nice plain background. All my boxes ticked… (more…)
Years and years ago I bought a photo book by Alexander Liberman called The Artist In His Studio (it’s out of print but you can still find it on Amazon and eBay). I was (and still am) a bit obsessed with artists and their paraphernalia.
In this month’s US Vogue, Annie Liebovitz has produced her mini-version, featuring the studios of Jeff Koons, John Currin and Jasper Johns. I loved the accompanying interviews and the close-up of Jasper Johns’ charcoals and pastels. I definitely think she should do a follow up to the Liberman book.
On a side note, another publication that offers regular peeps into artists’ studios, and writers’ abodes, is Apartamento. I’ve just finished reading the last issue which featured the bookseller Conor Donlon and the writer Duncan Fallowell (below) who has every nook of his atelier stuffed with books. I can’t decide if this is heaven or hell…
I never used to be a jewellery person but this year I’ve really found my jewellery mojo. I tend to like either very simple dainty pieces, like a Dinh Van Menottes chain, or big slabs of chunky heavy metal. (more…)
I never know quite what to make of Meadham Kirchhoff. Fiercely independent, one minute they’re anti the fashion system, the next they’re playing the game – but strictly on their terms. The Topshop extravaganza was their first big foray into the mainstream, followed by a collaboration with Amazon (Amazon? You can’t get more mass than that!) and now a neat project with Farfetch.com.
Along with Gary Card, Margot Bowman and Melinda Gibson, Benjamin Kirchhoff and Ed Meadham have created custom festive giftwrap (above) for the curated online marketplace and to go with, cooperated on a behind the scenes video. Farfetch managed to get a pretty good insight into the design philosophies, inspirations and processes from the famously prickly duo.
The giftwrap is a lovely way of adding some Meadham Kirchhoff magic to Christmas wrapping (especially as their RTW line is not cheap) and even more so if, ahem, you’re the self gifting type. But be quick, the custom wrapping paper is only available until 19th December.