I am beyond excited about Illamasqua‘s first fragrance, “Freak” which launches at the end of the month. Frankly I don’t really care what it smells like, I just love the name, campaign, and of course, the adorable little silver snail on the bottle.
Are you a freak?
I feel like Betsey Johnson gets a lot of criticism for being “tacky”, over the top and intentionally oblivious to trends, but that is exactly what I love about her designs. This year her collection was a bizarre combination of old fashioned nightgowns, french maids, punk rock flare and trashy track looks, a good percentage of which I would happily wear (in public, too!). I love the chartreuse and fuchsia look, I need to immediately incorporate more of these colours into my wardrobe, and as far as I’m concerned, bone print never gets old. The same goes for sheer+stripes+ruffles (see third look).
I’m not entirely comfortable with the fact that some of the fabrics look like they were snatched off McQueen‘s cutting room floor, but I would still wear that adorable romper (above).
I’ve been desperatley seeking a matte, pebble-grey lipstick for a while now, so I was of course super excited to discover that Lime Crime is doing one. It’s called “Chinchilla” and its a soft purpley dove shade that’s being released as part of the Lip Noir collection, which I want all off. The lipsticks are supposed to be available in September, and I can’t wait to try them out. Check out Lime Crime online.
Arizona Muse stars in Yves Saint Laurent‘s dreamy spring/summer campaign video. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin captured the sexy side of seventies style in a glamorous pool-side setting, and let’s just say Arizona knows how to work a palm tree. Watch below;
Thoughts? As much as I always complain about black and white, double-exposure and slow-motion in fashion films, I feel like this video works because its not trying to be edgy…it shows off the clothes beautifully, and feels summery and a little bit tipsy. And its high time for midday Long Island ice teas, in my opinion.
Fashion films with traditional narrative elements are hard to come by, as are female fashion filmmakers. The “Miu Miu Women’s Tales”, a project which commissions short films from woman filmmakers, delivers both. Zoe Cassavetes directs the first of the series with a short entitled ”The Powder Room”, which “…delves into the ultra-feminine environment where gestures between women are traded in their rituals of opulence and beauty…Cassavetes’ film uses the romantic codes of the powder room to mirror the beauty and luxury of the Miu Miu universe” (via Dazed Digital)
Thoughts? I think its both beautiful to look at and communicates a compelling story without looking like an advertisement. It is just as much about the women themselves as the clothes they wear. This is what I want to do with fashion film; To give clothing a narrative purpose through moving image.
Today was the Affordable Vintage Fair at Bethnal Green, sponsored by Rag&Bow. As recently I’ve been on this intense vintage kick, I have been excited about this for weeks. For only £2 entry fee, we had access to loads of heavily discounted vintage stalls from all over England and, as an added bonus, a mobile tea & cake shop. Needless to say, it was AWESOME. I got a really cute skirt for only £9. All photos by Drooling Isn’t Photogenic.
In other news, HOLY BOLERO its cold in London these days. Got caught in the middle of an unexpected yet brief hail storm in Brick Lane today. Also I thought this sign was really great, its kind of hard to read in the photo but it says “The Devil wears Prada but the people wear £5 Plimsoles”
As promised, here are my thoughts on the Nicole Farhi SS11 show. But first! Check out my final walkthrough video from the show;
I’m really happy I caught Nicole at the end! Read on for runway review;
A Story for Candystore is a simple yet beautiful video featuring illustrations of Candystore garments. I love the idea of animated lookbooks for fashion collections, it takes it away from the land of models and makeup and into a fantasy land where clothes belong. There is something very sweet and unpretentious about the artwork. Video by Coloring Book Studio with drawings by Alyson Fox. Music by Weisse Geist.
I’m not a beauty blogger and I know nothing about makeup, BUT I am a sucker for a) cute packaging b) nail polish with funny names and c) Topshop. That being said, Topshop launched their makeup line this week in the UK so I moseyed on over to the Oxford Circus store to check it out. The packaging is super cute and sketchy looking, like it was doodled on, and they have a really wide range of colours and products.
I ended up only getting a couple nail polishes since the store was too crowded to have a proper look at everything. I got a milky yellow one appropriately called “bee’s knees” and a gray one called “cloud”. (More photos after the jump)
I really like the formula, it dries really quickly and only requires like two coats, so I am planning on going back to get more colours. They have a really crazy orange shade I’ve never seen anywhere else and a bunch of grays and blues. I also want to try the felt tip eye liner, but in all honesty I am a little concerned about some of the ingredients of the face makeup so I don’t think I’ll be trying those.
Any thoughts? Have you guys bought anything from the line or do you plan to?
I had been planning to go to the Space NK Lime Crime launch party at the Tottenham Court Road store where Lime Crime founder Doe Deere was presenting her “Candyfuture” range of lipsticks and eyeshadows. Unfortunately, I was unable to get back to London because of the volcano in Iceland so I missed the event :(
I finally made it back by train this week and I was still determined to get the blue lipstick I have been coveting…so I went and picked it up (the shade is called “No She Didn’t”) and ended up really wanting a gorgeous orange shade called “My Beautiful Rocket” and the lilac one called “D’Lilac”. What can I say, I was smitten with the adorable pink display and all the unicorns. I’ll probably start a collection, hee hee.
I tried to do an artsy-fartsy photoshoot but ended up looking like a goober as usual, but anyway here are my “best shots”.
This past weekend was the Fragrance in Fashion perfume intensive class at the London College of Fashion, taught by the fabulous Denyse Beaulieu of the blog Grain de Musc. I’ll be honest, I went in to the class with a fairly skeptical view on perfume; I always thought of it as an unnecessary and vain commodity tied in with royalty and celebrity culture. I think my negativity also may have come from my dad’s really sudden and aggressive allergic reaction to anything chemical when I was a kid; I grew up in a house devoid of anything flowery.
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I wish Allsaints wasn’t so expensive…I love the kind of a casual boho-rock aesthetic with lots of black leather and colour mixed through. The shop display on Kensington was gorgeous too, they had racks and racks of old Singer sewing machines along the windows.
I had to restrain myself TWICE from buying the following pieces, once at their section in Selfridges and once at the Kensington Church St. store. I adore the coat tails on the jacket, and the cross necklace looks much better in person; the crosses are heavily oxidized and some of them are a rusty Statue of Liberty copper green. Both are available online.
I would have to say Dazed & Confused is my favorite fashion magazine because they do some really incredible interviews with filmmakers as well as figures in fashion, and they always deliver with the fashion editorials. Also, they aren’t afraid of writing intelligently; a lot of glossies seem to think that its readers are allergic to words and just want to see pretty pictures of expensive clothes.
I just bought the february issue and I love that they featured the crazy Viktor & Rolf mesh creations, (I’d been dying to get a better look at the red gown with the cut out holes) as well as a piece about “emporer of anime” Hayao Miyazaki, who I love.
It also came with a free BE STUPID shirt from the new Diesel campaign…I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Diesel or their marketing technique of having people strive to “Be stupid: Smart may have the brains, but stupid has the balls”. I guess its – er -selling a lifestyle?