Trendwatch – Pop Luxe

Kanye West Alexis Phifer Harpers Bazaar

As much as I adore fashion and popular culture, I have to admit I have no clue about contemporary music. Pardon me but I’m still catching up on all the old 60s soul, 70s disco and 80s punk music I haven’t yet listened to.

So even though I’ve heard of Kanye West I wouldn’t actually recognise his music if I was to ever come across it. All this mattered not one whit when I witnessed his apartment in US Harper’s Bazaar recently. Oh. My. God. This gaff is stuffed to the rafters with pop-tastic furniture, fashion and ‘objets’.

A stack of Louis Vuitton luggage may not sound that original to you but this guy has like, a tower of ten multicoloured monogrammed LV cases piled several feet high and the effect is totally museum-worthy. Then there’s the neon-green outsized Marc Newson Dom Perignon bottle grazing next to a Maurice Calka white fibreglass Boomerang desk.

Did I mention the super-sized Takashi Murakami flower-shaped pillows? This is my fantasy apartment and it all looks totally authentic. Even if it’s been interior-decorated you can absolutely believe the ideas have come from West when you see his collection of sci-fi-style sunglasses and OTT-print Bathing Ape sweats. West describes this look as Pop Luxe and I think he’s onto something.

Next in the pipeline is his clothing range, Pastelle – if it’s anything like his apartment I await it with baited breath.


Pen friends

Last Friday I happened upon an adorable new book called The Age Of Feminine Drawing. I started out in life wanting to be a fashion illustrator but what with one thing and another never fulfilled that ambition. This book reminded me of that bygone passion. There are pages and pages of whimsical, girlish and sometimes sexy sketches. Here are some of my favourites:
Jeffrey Fulvimari – This prolific illustrator has collaborated with top end designers including Louis Vuitton, Anna Sui and Helmut Lang and has a number of merchandising ranges including one called Bobbypin Girl. I actually met him once and he paid me the ultimate compliment by proclaiming me ‘a real live Bobbypin girl’. Ooh what a charmer!

I like the sketchiness of Australia-based Rebecca Wetzler’s illustrations. They make me think ‘I could do that’ (if I wasn’t so lazy).

Tina Berning makes drawing look so easy! These illustrations inspired me so much I went straight out and bought a Rotring pen (eek, £20!!!). Have I used it yet? Nope.



The newly redesigned US Elle is out and everyone seems to be raving about it. Out go the cheesy Gilles Bensimon shoots and in come some stylish new ones. I haven’t seen it yet but I nabbed these pics of Charlotte Gainsbourg photographed by Tom Munro from the website. Hot no?