Films

Wake Up Punk



Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood

“There are bits of the film that make me cringe, but they are there because I think they answer important questions. At the time, when I decided to burn all of that stuff, it was an obvious provocation to people and I expected to be attacked for doing it. People accused me of trying to get back at my father over our relationship.”

OK, I’m very much looking forward to this Joe Corré documentary, ‘Wake Up Punk’, slated for release later this year. (more…)



Things to see in August: John Hoyland and Ed Ruscha at Tate



Pay Nothing Until April by Ed Ruscha

Some additions to my list of things to see and do this month.

Ed Ruscha (above) is the latest artist showing at Tate Modern’s Artist Rooms gallery, in the Blavatnik building. Running until spring 2020, the free exhibition will feature work from his vast six-decade output, including the famous text-based paintings (my favourites). See more here.

Meanwhile, Tate Britain has a display of John Hoyland paintings going up (more…)



Quote of the day: Marc Jacobs



Marc Jacobs by Irving Penn 2001

“A younger audience seeing things with fresh eyes isn’t looking for origin or reason. I always looked for origin. I wanted to know where the Adolfo tweed jacket came from. It came from Chanel. I wanted to know where the Chanel one came from. It came from a fisherman. I loved that. It was part of the seduction of anything. How did these things come to be? (more…)



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood



Once Upon a Time In Hollywood Quentin Tarantino costume designOnce Upon a Time In Hollywood Quentin Tarantino costume design

I’m pretty excited for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad Tarantino film, and as a bonus, you’re always guaranteed a memorable wardrobe moment or two. Reservoir Dogs was my favourite, with its incredible cast (does anyone else have an unlikely crush on Steve Buscemi?) and signature suits, while Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction ushered in the era of the iconic nail polish (Chanel’s Rouge Noir is still in demand today).

I spent weeks listening to the Charles Manson podcasts to get up to speed on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s post golden-Hollywood era mood. (more…)