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Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House

January 26, 2014

I was expecting hats, hats and more hats and Somerset House’s Isabella Blow retrospective did not disappoint. As well as some of her own designs, visitors were invited to feast their eyes on the mad and magnificent outfits Blow pulled together from her protégés’ collections. Because, above being a great milliner, a fantastically mad dresser, and a fashion editor who pushed the boundaries of many established magazines and newspapers, she was a sparkling talent spotter and developer.

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The exhibition starts with aristocratic family albums and an incredible hat featuring several taxidermied crows as well as a shoe, swiftly followed by some lace pieces by Alexander McQueen (discovered by Blow). Not the best presented room but it got better…much better.

Upstairs, hats Blow wore (her own designs and Philip Treacy’s), a collection of personal objects such as her favourite shade of lipstick, her fantastic shoes (including the mismatched ones Andy Warhol noticed her for)…

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My highlight was a (typed) letter she received from a friend after a party, which described entrance and her outfit, and really captures that when Isabella was in the room, no matter how mad her outfit, or casual her approach, she attracted people like moths to a flame.

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Two further rooms showed off further outfits worn by Blow. Because not only did she find new talent and hone it, she launched it by wearing it, wearing the designs by McQueen, Treacy, McDonald and Chalayan… What better endorsement for a designer than having the Fashion Director of The Sunday Times Style wear your clothes, accessories, shoes…! From an aristocratic background, she was very interested in armour and the hunt, wearing pieces by McQueen featuring feathers and antlers.

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Another room presents a striking black and white photoshoot she styled, and helped discover the models for. A magazine article displayed nearby tells the story of how she discovered Sophie Dahl, a completely random encounter.

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The final room downstairs presents key pieces and a viewing from the show McQueen and Treacy put together as an homage after her untimely death. Because although she was very good at putting others forward, and despite her outrageous, attention grabbing clohtes, hats and shoes, Blow was actually always hiding behind these costumes, deflecting attention onto others.

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All in all, a very interesting look at the boundary-breaking style of an elusive woman, who honed so much British talent, transforming UK fashion forever. Lady Gaga eat your heart out.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! ends on 2 March 2014 at Somerset House.

[Tip: no bags bigger than A4 size are allowed in and have to be checked into the (paying) cloakroom]

2012 in review

January 19, 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 27,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

June 30, 2012

Just finished reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Where to start?

Magical, moving, had me on the edge of my seat / the stairs / a park bench / a bus seat / my work chair /a patch of grass at lunchtime / my bed / my bedroom floor / the kitchen chair until I finished it…

The descriptions are extremely evocative and successfully create the Night Circus, a place I would love to visit again and again!

I think I have become a true rêveur  though I was already!

Deeply moved by this feat of imagination.

The great news is I can continue being part of this world as they have set up a card game on http://www.nightcircus.co.uk !

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Diamond Jubilee Bunting

June 24, 2012

My best friend Emily and I made some handmade bunting for the Jubilee!

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Here’s a how to video we made:

Watermelon Tiger

May 25, 2012

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Came across this terrifying yet amazing watermelon tiger the other day!! Reminds us all to be fierce but sweet!

The chocolate lovers wine

March 4, 2012

If you are a) a chocoholic and b) looking for a delicious dessert wine, look no further than Chocolate Shop, the Chocolate Lovers Wine.

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The bouquet smells of sweet dark cherries and cacao…

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The wine itself is a luxurious deep ruby red…a belle robe!

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Perfect to partner with ice cream, a sliver of decadent chocolate cake or in my case, incredibly dark peruvian and ghanian chocolate!!

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Available at the Cooperative.

Hay Fever at the Noel Coward Theatre

February 27, 2012

On Friday night I headed to the Noel Coward theatre on St Martin’s Lane, just behind Leicester Square, to watch Hay Fever.

Written in 1924 and set in the same era, Hay Fever is staged in an English manor house in Cookham, Buckinghamshire, home to the Bliss family.

The play starts on a Saturday morning, where we discover the whole Bliss family who have each invited a guest for the weekend and promised them the Japanese room, without informing the others:

Sorel – moody, 19 and wanting to better herself, she has invited a diplomat for the weekend

Simon – an artiste, and brother of Sorel, he has invited Myra, an older woman which his mother Judith loathes

Judith – ex-celebrated actress, she is now feeling her age and to compensate, she has invited a young boxing champion, Rusty

David – famous novelist and bread and butter winner, he has invited a flapper to entertain him

Needless to say the weekend descends into a rather entertaining farce!

The set is beautiful – shabby chic, white washed walls, canvases in a corner, 1920s lounging sofas, a grand piano and large French windows giving out onto ‘the garden’. The characters flit in and out of this main sitting room into the latter and upstairs to the bedrooms, into the library, the kitchen, the front door, …the whole house comes to life from the one room, a very clever way to set the scene and focus the audience’s attention not on what’s changed set wise from act to act, but the progression of the plot itself.

The costumes are beautifully 1920s (perfectly catching on to this year’s Gatsby trend). Judith’s green evening wear (pictured above) makes her resemble an Aztec princess. The children (young adults to be fair) spend half their time lounging around in silk dressing gowns and slouchy striped pyjama bottoms though even they manage to scrub up nicely.

The guests also have some great costumes – Myra, a true Londoner, has black and red dropped waist dresses, all the latest fashions. The flapper is all rosy pinks and floaty fabrics, the diplomat suited and the boxer smart yet rugged….very satisfying cast to look at!

 

What Hay Fever truly manages to capture, be it in the 1920s when it was written, or now, is the incredible ennui that humans experience. In this context it is the rich who go to extreme lengths to entertain themselves but we could apply this to modern society as well…it is only through entertainment that we distinguish days from others and make life count!

So hear hear to Hay Fever and pip pip!

 

 

Cast Information (taken from The Noel Coward Theatre website)

Lindsay Duncan leads the cast of Hay Fever. Lindsay is an Olivier Award-winning actress who has performed in numerous plays, television shows and films such as Doctor Who and Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, in which she plays Alice’s mother. Joining Lindsay in the cast is Jeremy Northam who is best-known for his role as Ivor Novello in the 2001 film Gosford Park. Co-starring in Hay Fever is Olivia Colman who has acted in television programmes such as The Peep Show, and Kevin McNally who is known for playing Joshamee Gibbs in The Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

December 7, 2010

Oh hear is a trailer of it! Enjoy!

Big Kid London Easter Hunt

April 5, 2010

On Saturday the boyfriend and I took part in the Big Kid London Easter Hunt and we had an eggcellent time (sorry had to be done)!!!

Organised by The Go Game and the Bearded Kitten, this hunt was a great way to spend an afternoon with lots and lots of random people up for a laugh! Only £3 each and all proceeds went to the charity Mind.

Here is a picture of our team. You can spot my boyfriend and i easily as we are wearing bunny ears 🙂

One of the missions was to catch the Easter bunny. Ed managed to catch her and then proceeded to complete the next mission ‘Bite objects which shouldn’t be bitten’.

We also bit Jesus..

and showed him a few of our party tricks!

One of the coolest missions was someone from our team had to do something they’d always dreamt of doing and never dared. So we persuaded the buskers under Blackfriars bridge to lend us their instruments and our team members briefly busked!

Next mission…make a moustache out of anything!

Ed’s attempt:

My attempt:

A very very enjoyable afternooon, running around like a crazy kid high on sugar and hell bent on winning! We came 7th in the end but not bad considering there were 27 teams! Happy Easter!!!

1920s inspired dresses

April 5, 2010

Having a 1920s theme for my birthday night out at The Cellar Door, former public toilets that Oscar Wilder used to hang out in, now an underground cosy speakeasy. Soooo been looking for the perfect 1920s dress and turns out they are all over the high street!

Dorothy Perkins has a strong 20s inspired collection. Shame their Petite range doesn’t match up!

Topshop also has some great dresses to shimmy to!

Also loving these dresses from Miss Selfridge which have more of an Art Deco feel..

Had to pop into Oasis and see what they had to offer as well…

Which is your favourite?