Clock watching

In America, the clocks went forward this morning. In the UK we have to wait another two weeks. Not fair. Here’s something to help while away the days. I knew Jamin Puech made beautiful bags but who knew they designed such wonderful watches?

File under WTF

Who are they? And more importantly, why do they do it?

Who am I talking about? Those daft people who dawdle along Oxford Street during rush hour at a snail’s pace, dragging what seems to be their entire worldly goods behind them in an XXXL-size wheelie case. WTF?

Forget trying to do anything in a hurry in Oxford Street, you have no choice but to curb your pace to that of tourist-speed. This I can accept. Buy I truly don’t get why anyone would pull a wheelie case the length of the busiest shopping street in Britain. Have they just checked out of their hotel and decided to kill some time browsing the shops at ‘the shit end’ of Oxford Street? Or is the case actually empty, waiting to be filled up with goodies from Next, Primark and Jane Norman? The mind truly boggles. The strange thing is that you never see these spacial-awareness-averse weirdos inside the shops, only on the pavement (usually stopping short right in front of me). 

Can anyone shed any light on the matter? It’s not just me, others have noticed it too… And while we’re on the subject, I seem to recall an ancient London by-law that says people with suitcases can’t take them on public transport. If you have a suitcase – GET A CAB* (er, sorry make-up artists)!
*Only (half) joking

Sail away

“…And next to me I have a July 1981 Cosmopolitan (with Paula Yates on the cover) which has a 10 page fashion spread by Caroline Baker, shot in Antigua and almost all exclusively using Vivienne Westwood’s World’s End collection (with a bit of Laura Ashley, Laurence Corner and old-style Mulberry thrown in). Photography is by Neil Kirk, hair Trevor Sorbie (ringlets and rags a plenty) and makeup by Yvonne Gold*.” This appeared in an email from my PR buddy Rossana, so of course I insisted she send me the pictures. She duly Blackberryed them over to me, cover included.

If you don’t know who Caroline Baker is then here’s some background… As well as being among the first of the super-stylists, she also had a stint working for Vivienne Westwood, hence the abundance of squiggle-print. And look! World’s End T-shirts were £16 in 1981! Plus I have to laugh at the ‘ribbons from John Lewis’ credit. Caroline loves a bit of customising and on your head be it if you forget to pack her beloved bag-o-ribbons for a shoot…

Don’t miss the cover. Isn’t this brilliant? I believe there is still a wall of framed Cosmo covers in the Soho offices to this day…

*who is mentioned here