Where do you stand on the current nineties mania? Over it already or fully paid up member of the revivalist club? I’m still in the latter camp; the ’90s was my decade in terms of defining a style and an aesthetic. I clearly remember being enthralled by all things Lang, Comme and Yohji although my budget rarely stretched beyond a CDG tee or a Lang fragrance. Continue reading
Satisfying my love of all things cut-n-paste and collagy, Emma Cook’s AW13 collection has just dropped at Net-a-Porter.com. To celebrate, do enjoy this playful mini-film bursting with trippy cut-out flowers, dinosaurs, crystals, tigers and stellar constellations that reflect the surrealist influences of the collection. (Then nip over to Net-a-Porter to get the look…)
Emma Cook satin bomber, £400
Selfridges is the undisputed leader of innovation when it comes to London’s department stores. While Liberty may be the go-to for a great edit and unexpected finds, Harrods for ultimate luxury and Harvey Nichols for the newest labels, Selfridges is the retail risk-taker and rule-breaker.
This summer’s big takeover has been all about denim, from the newly-opened £6 million Denim Studios on the third floor, to the fantastic windows depicting the nuances of every denim tribe you can think of. Here’s what I learnt from the personal shoppers and alterations team at my recent Disneyrollergirl Denim Workshop. Continue reading
Still not bored of girls on rollerskates/bikes/skateboards…
Along with Michael Roberts and Antonio Lopez, Tony Viramontes was a major influence in my early quest to be a fashion illustrator. His dynamic brush strokes and androgynous subjects are just as impactful now as they were in the eighties. Good to hear there’s a monograph coming out in October courtesy of Laurence King to celebrate the illustrator who died in 1988 at the age of 33.
A month before sees a 1stDibs.com sale of original Viramontes artwork and Polaroids, which until now have resided in the Viramontes family lockup in L.A. Mark your diaries for September 4th to snap up a gem or two…
Beauty snippets: the fashionisation of beauty, Dries Van Noten X Chanel, Jo Malone London, Marni, Aerin Lauder, Downton Abbey
THE NEW YORK TIMES ON THE FASHIONISATION OF BEAUTY
In the same week that Marc Jacobs Beauty leaked a handful of its products on Sephora, (the entire range officially launches next month), the New York Times wrote a story on how fashion designers are innovating in make-up. Highlights include the influence of Chanel, Dior and Alber Elbaz. You can read the whole story here… Continue reading
Who doesn’t love a good, heartwarming music documentary? If you enjoyed Searching for Sugarman, you must look out for The Heart Of Bruno Wizard. I caught a screening at the East End Film Festival and am impatiently waiting for distribution news so I can see it again.
Bruno is one of those people that I’ve seen out and about and chatted to over the years but never quite understood what he does. The Heart Of Bruno Wizard is his story, told by first-time director Elisabeth Rasmussen. Of course, this isn’t really a music documentary at all but a heartfelt portrait of an artist. We follow his story from punk provocateur (he called his band The Homosxuals ‘to keep the record companies away’ – brilliant!) to artist, political activist and displaced Londoner. Cheesy as it sounds, The heart of Bruno does indeed come across. He’s an old school poet for the people in the same mould as Joe Strummer who never sold out and still carries his message in whatever art medium he can, to whoever will listen.
There are some excellent talking heads featured in the film, including fellow Warren Street squatters Stephen Jones and Marilyn. The music and archive home movie footage are fantastic too. You can get a taste in the trailer here…
This month’s Vogue has a shopping page called Desert Storm inspired by Instagram-filter shades of tan, sand and parchment. For me it conjurs up Michael Kors ad campaigns (it’s Mario Testino’s tenth year behind the lens), Mykonos landscapes and the denim-and-suede-clothed staycations of my 1980s childhood. Thus blue and tan is my all-time favourite high summer colour combination. Shop the edit below…
ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT:
TOP: Danielle Romeril top, £610; Thierry Lasry sunglasses, €325; Kenzo mesh clutch, £70
MIDDLE: Kayu clutch, €160; Ami men’s sweater, £280; Philippe Audibert cuff, £120
BOTTOM: 3.1 Phillip Lim shorts, approx £209; Ancient Greek sandals, appox £134; Chloé bag, £435
After years of being bodyconned to death, I’m soooo glad to see fashion taking a looser sportier turn. The nostalgia for the 80s/90s buffalo-grunge-androgyny years is certainly helping (although don’t mourn bodycon too much if you’re a fan, it’ll be back in a jiffy for sure).
Alongside the looser, boyish silhouettes, I’m drawn to these Fagin-esque A Child Of The Jago hats. This is the Buffalo Stance shoot in the current Vogue, a kind of buffalo-meets-hard-times-meets-Galliano mash-up in which A Child Of The Jago’s bulbous Wild Bill bowler features in every shot. Continue reading