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Form through colour: art and textiles

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If you love colour and geometric graphics it’s hard not to be drawn to the work of Josef Albers. Showing at Somerset House for another two weeks (until 31st August) is FORM THROUGH COLOUR, an exhibition of Christopher Farr textiles inspired by the works of Josef Albers, his wife Anni Albers and contemporary artist Gary Hume.

The Alberses (help, what’s the plural of Albers?) were influential Bauhaus artists – Josef specialising in colour theory, and Anni in textiles and weaving although both were multi-disciplinary. Josef Albers’ famous ‘Homage To The Square’ series is a way of showing how colours ‘read’ differently depending how they’re positioned. But they also make very pretty paintings. And textiles, as shown here.

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The exhibition is a collaboration with rug company Christopher Farr, so there are some items that you can buy – we went home with two Anni Albers cushions as well as Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color book, the result of his years heading up the design faculty at Yale. I also downloaded the Interaction of Color app, a playful colour exploration tool developed by the Josef and Anni Albers foundation in partnership with Yale University Press. It’s a great experimental plaything for designers and students, or even kids.

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FORM THROUGH COLOUR is at Somerset House until 31st August.

Sneak Peek: Arthur Elgort – ‘The Big Picture’

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Gotta love Instagram for sneak peeks. I saw this one on hairdresser Christiaan’s* Insta, it’s of Arthur Elgort with his next photo book, The Big Picture.

It’s being published by Steidl again who singlehandedly win the argument of why print is still relevant – theirs are just the best quality books in every way. The book comes out in November.

*Christiaan doesn’t need a surname, and is apparently working on his own book, fyi

Mastered: Bloggers doing it for themselves

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So I had a feeling 2014 was going to be a big year for blogging and I was right. Some of my blog buddies have achieved huge things this year, for starters, look how many fashion bloggers are writing books. Not e-books, but big printed things full of that weird stuff called paper. Susie Bubble is working on her second book (if you count Style Feed which she contributed to), while Sasha Wilkins/Liberty London Girl has just sent her convivial cookery book to print. Continue reading

Book report: Seven Sisters Style

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I’m so thrilled for Rebecca C. Tuite who has just published her book, Seven Sisters Style (Rizzoli, £22.50). I stumbled across her site a while ago, when she linked to a blog post I wrote about Vassar Girls. She later emailed to let me know she was working on this very book.

If you loved Take Ivy, you could consider this the female version, but it’s so much more than a photo book. Continue reading

Books and Bowie at Louis Vuitton

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Love books? Love Bowie? Love Vuitton? Here’s a treat for you then. Louis Vuitton has tapped David Bowie as its latest guest curator for its Curated Bookshelf. A secret gem in itself, the ‘Librarie’ can be found in the Louis Vuitton Maison in London’s New Bond Street, one of a number of Vuitton book stores that reflect different themes. Continue reading

Beach & Disco: Massimo Vitali

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Ahhh beaches and discos, my two favourite things. I love love love Massimo Vitali‘s cult photo book, Beach & Disco, perfect for perusing at this time of year while envying the likes of Marc Jacobs frolicking on the sands of St Bart’s and other beachy New Year destinations. Here’s Marc wearing his Orlebar Brown swimming shorts which depict their very own Massimo Visali-esque scene (thanks What’s-He-Wearing-nee-00o00 for the heads up)…

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London Fashion Week SS14: Day 5 highlights

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A new leathergoods name on my radar: La Contrie. It’s not cheap, it’s all bespoke and beautifully made – think Hermes, and you’re on the right track. The simple shapes in luxe skins stood out for me, particularly this crocodile bag…
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If you go down to Harrods today…

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Need a good reason to go to Harrods? Of course you do. Well here’s one: Valentino has created it’s very own pop-up shop to celebrate the unstoppable cult of the Rockstud. In situ until the end of the month, the Rockstud Rouge pop-up sells bags and shoes adorned with the famous pyramid studs, amid a selection of Valentino AW13 RTW in the expected shade of crimson. (Can I point out that the walls are studded as well…)

It bags may come and go but the Rockstud is in another league altogether. According to Harrods chief merchant Marigay McKee, “it has dominated the accessories market, growing in demand since its launch.” Continue reading

Heads up: Tony Viramontes

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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…

Martyn Thompson Interiors

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After my trip to the Saatchi for the Hermes Festival Des Metiers press preview, I nipped into Anthropologie for a quick browse. That’s a lie of course. There’s nothing quick about an ‘Anthro’ browse. I was there for the best part of an hour, upending every cup and plate and inspecting every book. Continue reading

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