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Yikes, where is the time going? This week is the last chance to see Lichtenstein – A Retrospective at Tate Modern and I managed to get my eye in fashionably late last week. If you love his classic dot artworks, this is a chance to see them in huge scale which is really not to be missed. Most people are familiar with the War and Romance era, the comic-book style ‘WHAMM!’s and melodramatic close-ups of women in distress. Less familiar for me were the mid-70s Artist’s Studios compositions – fictional studios featuring his own pictures hung on walls as well as a nod to Matisse’s The Dance. By this point in Lichtenstein’s career, his painting style was well established and widely referenced in mainstream culture, so this appropriation of his own work was his wry commentary on that.
It’s interesting studying the technicalities of some of these paintings up close. In a lot of cases the pencil marks are clearly visible; it’s nice to see the imperfections of such immaculately executed pieces. The exhibition begins with Lichtenstein’s early, controlled brushstroke works and finishes with a group of 1996 paintings called ‘obliterating brushstrokes’. These loose strokes are juxtaposed with his ‘pop’ lines and dots, they’re much smaller than his better known illustrative pieces but have just as much impact. I couldn’t tear myself away.
For some reason I was under the impression we would get to see lots of prep drawings, sketch books and the like. Maybe it was simply wishful thinking. These days everyone is so much more interested in the process – I guess we want to see the ‘magic’ in action. (Of course we never do.) But apart from a handful of prep sketches and some original comic artwork, there was little additional material. No matter, after the exhibition, I bought a copy of Roy Lichtenstein In His Studio, an insightful photography study by Laurie Lambrecht that scratches the itch of seeing the artist at work.
In other Tate news, I’ve been reacquainting myself with the brilliance of Matisse’s cutouts in preparation for a huge Tate Modern respospective next year. This will focus on his later works, when he would ‘paint with scissors’ by cutting straight into the colour to make his incredible large scale masterpieces. The exhibition is scheduled for Spring 2014.
I haven’t seen this out in the UK yet but as soon as I do, I’m grabbing a copy. ‘Style icon’ is a phrase tossed about with far too much gay abandon these days, but C.Z. Guest (real name, Lucy) really was one, with her unique mix of uptown couture and sporty elan (and of course that hair).
C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon by Susanna Salk is published by Rizzoli books
It’s weird how you don’t really get beauty street style blogs. I mean, there’s a bit on The Sartorialist and Vanessa Jackman but it’s not highlighted as such and I’m not so aware of beauty street style as ‘a thing’. And yet the changes in hair and make-up over the years are often more pronounced than in clothing trends. Continue reading
As you know, I’m a massive fan of self gifting. It doesn’t take a special occasion but hey, it’s Valentine’s week so that’s a good enough excuse. Of this little lot, my favourite piece is the Sarah Chloe bangle, which can be engraved to personalise (although I think it’s fair to say this wouldn’t be ready by the 14th). At £100 it’s a fairly affordable gift for someone super-special. The Fornasetti candle is divine and has the added bonus of doubling as a beautiful storage vessel after the wax has burnt down. And I’ve always wanted an apple bag. Impractical as hell but what a joy to behold!
ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT:
TOP: Each X Other jacket (available at Selfridges); Fornasetti candle; Lena Erziak apple bag
MIDDLE: Chanel blush; Chloe clutch bag; Marni print blouse
BOTTOM: Super Chic book; Hermes key holder; Sarah Chloe engraved bangle
Dear Vogue, please can you publish an updated version of More Dash Than Cash for millennial recessionistas? These two ancient copies have been well-thumbed over the years because their advice and pictures still ring true. But how good would it be to have some updated images from David Sims, Daniel Jackson and Alasdair McLellan in amongst the Bruce Weber and Arthur Elgort goodies…?
Some time last year, I was asked to contribute my thoughts on slogan T-shirts to a book that was being published by Bloomsbury. I met up with writer Stephanie Talbot and we discussed the non verbal communication of T-shirt culture, the communication of blogging and the genius of Maison Martin Margiela’s AIDS T-shirts. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
My personal highlight of this year’s Vogue Festival (which returns on 28-29 April 2013) was the Diane Von Furstenberg talk. What a woman! What incredible stories! And there’s more where they come from because Camilla Morton has just added Diane Von Furstenberg And The Tale Of The Empress’s New Clothes to her repertoire of modern fashion fairytales. Following on from Christian Lacroix And The Tale Of Sleeping Beauty and Manolo Blahnik’s The Elves And The Shoemaker, Morton has woven her version of The Emperor’s New Clothes into the legend of DVF and the making of her fashion empire. Continue reading
It’s going to be hard to avoid Grace Coddington over the next few weeks – girl’s got a memoir to promote! But why would you want to avoid the flame-tressed one? So far, I’m loving this i-D cover with its barely-there coverlines, Celine cobalt coat and cheeky wink. On the stands next week, there’s also an interview with i-D’s Terry Jones to look forward to…
Considering fashion and style blogging has been around for well over five years (this blog started in 2007), it’s odd how few books there are on the subject. Susie Lau and William Oliver have compiled Style Feed (published by Prestel), a brick of a tome documenting some of the most influential players in the global bloggersphere. Ordered chronologically, The Man Repeller, Vanessa Jackman, Style Rookie, Business Of Fashion and Advanced Style are included and (yay!) I get a good few pages too – thanks a million Susie!
Style Feed is available exclusively in-store at Urban Outfitters or online at Amazon and there’s a big old celebratory bash happening tomorrow at Urban Outfitters Spitalfields, which everyone’s invited to. One of the baddest-ass bloggers of them all, Fred Butler (also in the book obv) will be DJing. I might have to mug her for one of these.