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Koto Bolofo shoots the Commonwealth Institute



Koto Bolofo Commonwealth Institute

One for architecture buffs during Design Week: Koto Bolofo’s photo exhibition at 34 Cork Street. ‘Construction Sight’ shows Bolofo’s documenting of the transformation of the Commonwealth Institute into the Design Museum (which is moving from Shad Thames to Kensington High Street in November). The 1962 Grade II-listed building is special to me as I went past it every day for six years on my way to school. It’s at the entrance to Holland Park, which is also one of the loveliest parks in London, especially in summer. And on a completely selfish note, I’m so glad not to have to trek south to visit the Design Museum any more, the new site is so much closer to home 😝.

The building has been completely redesigned by John Pawson and as expected, there’s huge anticipation around its reopening. Unfortunately, the site is slightly obliterated by fancy flats that have appeared where the flag poles used to stand. That’s a shame as they could have had something more interesting to lead up to the entrance of the museum. On the other hand, I’m thrilled to discover there will be a Conran-owned cafe and restaurant with views over the park. Kensington High Street just got interesting again.

Bolofo talks about photographing the building (his first foray into architectural photography) to Wallpaper magazine here, and says, “I was doing 8-12 second exposures, which I’d never done before, so I wasn’t even sure the pictures were going to come out… I fell in love with the building. I photographed it like I would photograph a woman – for me, it had so much femininity. The lines, the curves, there is absolutely nothing masculine about it.”

Construction Sight is at 34 Cork Street, Mayfair, W1S 3NU until 24th September (10am-6pm)

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Koto Bolofo
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LFW SS17: Mother of Pearl’s Scorsese girls



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Amy Powney at Mother of Pearl always gives good reference. They frequently tend to music and youth culture, but not the obvious generic tropes of ‘punk’ or ‘grunge’ (#zzzzzz).

For example, for Mother of Pearl SS17, her main reference was New York Stories, the 1989 trilogy of short films by Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen. Specifically the female characters, including over-indulged 9 year old Zoe in Coppola’s Life Without Zoe (written by a young Sofia Coppola) and Rosanna Arquette’s Paulette in Martin Scorsese’s Life Lessons. Sometimes those sorts of references look good on paper but don’t translate to an entire collection. But I thought this was one of Mother of Pearl’s most cohesive collections to date, with voluminous pearl-dotted jackets, raw-edged, drop-waist dresses, ruffled cocktail frocks and banana-shaped trousers that suggested eighties attitude without looking retro.

The overall styling was excellent, with shoes by Bionda Castana, bare, glowy skin offset by big red lips (smooshed for rebellious effect courtesy of MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour) and even bigger hair. And it all looked completely commercial. Line it up on a rail and it’s ready to wear whether you get the filmic references or not.
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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Catwalk images via Mother of Pearl SS17
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Fall forward: Studio Nicholson AW16



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If I was a foot taller, this would totally be my London Fashion Week look. The tailored coat, the chunky knits, the super-wide trousers – who needs overstated, peacock-wear when you can just throw this lot on? The cherry red sweater and shirt combo is particularly speaking to me. Now that’s a look I could do. Ditto the tabard over shirt arrangement. It’s reminding me though, that I’ve reached the age where I need to start ironing things. Maybe I’ll stick with the knitwear then…

Studio Nicholson AW16 is coming soon…
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Read my last Studio Nicholson post here…

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Studio Nicholson
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Buy it now: Loewe 001 perfume



Loewe 001 fragrance

Just landed in store, these new Loewe fragrances look beautiful. I love the understated bottles and the packaging, which features botanical photography by German artist Karl Blossfeldt and elegant wooden bottletops. (more…)