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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…)



Things to see: Halston, the movie



Halston movie Frederic Tcheng

Frédéric Tcheng has done it again. If you loved Dior & I, you have to see HALSTON, which opens in the UK on Friday. It’s the story of legendary designer Halston’s rise and downfall, with a brilliant cast of characters retelling the story.

Alva Chinn, Pat Cleveland and Liza Minelli were my favourites, along with a coterie of hard nosed New York business types relaying the excesses of Roy ‘Hall-ston’ Frowick (his name was originally pronounced Hal-ston, but he rebranded himself with the fancier ‘Hall’ sound). (more…)



Deep cuts



cuts book Steve Brooks Gimme 5

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind month for CUTS, my hairdresser and London landmark of sorts. It’s a kind of ‘if you know, you know’ thing; it’s been around forever but was never treated as a ‘brand’, rather a word of mouth hangout that does very good hair. (Side note: they came out with the phrase ‘You Look Good’ long before anyone else.)

CUTS started in Kensington Market during the post-punk years, then progressed to Kensington Church Street (I would pass it on the way to school) and ended up in Soho where it’s been for a couple of decades. It’s where I went when I decided to go short in the early 90s. (more…)