Art

Coming soon: Bloomsbury mania from Jo Malone London



Jo Malone Bloomsbury Set limited edition Spring 2017

If you haven’t heard of the Bloomsbury Set by now, all will become very very evident by the New Year.

A frequent inspiration for fashion, interior and textile designers, the English bohemian coterie of the 1920s is having quite the creative resurgence. (more…)



On seeing, doing, making, thinking, living



'SHELF LIFE: The Ornaments Are Talking To Me' by Mark Clarke is at The Bowes Museum
I’m terribly guilty of being a bit lazy when it comes to travelling out of London, but I feel I should remedy that with a couple of promising out-of-town exhibitions.

At my book launch, Iain R Webb told me about the exhibition SHELF LIFE: The Ornaments Are Talking To Me (above), that has just opened at the Bowes Museum in County Durham. Assemblage artist Mark Clarke presents his modern day memento mori as a bittersweet response to his mother’s battle with dementia. I love any form of assemblage, collage or mixed media, possibly a reflection of my own hoarding collecting tendencies. (more…)



Don’t miss: Sarah Moon X Nars



Sarah Moon for Nars Mind Game mini velvet lip coffret
I see so many beauty collaborations and new launches, it seems like brands have to launch something new every month now. And yet, really, how many eyeshadows does a girl need? Oops, silly me, it’s nothing to do with need, it’s pure unadulterated want and lust.

As such, the Sarah Moon for NARS collab is one of my favourites of the year. (more…)



Trend report: For Burberry and Jonathan Anderson, art and craft are king



Burberry aw16 Makers House

Craft is trending for SS17 (or is it AW16?) and I don’t just mean complex embroideries and hand tooled leathers. Although, yes, those too. More that designers are celebrating all manner of craft and makers, in particular two of LFW’s most important designers,Christopher Bailey at Burberry and J.W.Anderson’s Jonathan Anderson. (more…)