One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art - Oscar Wilde

Monday, 31 January 2011

Audrey Marnay for Longchamp

Love this: the Longchamp Spring Summer 2011 ad campaign starring Audrey Marnay. Happiness is a Longchamp bag and a canoe ...

Behind the Lens

It's no secret that behind every great photo is a great photographer. A great photograph is one with a story behind it: it captures the moment but makes you want to know what's going on before, during and after it was taken. I can not wait for the newest edition from super-publisher Taschen: Photographers A - Z; a collection of works from the most inspiring and influential image-makers of the last hundred years, including Cecil Beaton, Bruce Weber, Ellen Von Unwerth and Juergen Teller (to name a few). Note to self: pre-order copy asap.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Gots the Blues?

They do say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Well here's a fresh philosophy for the most stylish: if you can't quite beat those January blues, wear 'em, courtesy of Marc Jacobs. Yes please!

Dress by Marc Jacobs

Sweet Valli

To celebrate the launch of his Paris flagship, Giambattista Valli threw an intimate soiree for seriously stylish at Caviar Kaspia on the Place de la Madeleine. What was the theme?? Kings and Queens of the Couture Jungle?? Love these photos of the night (from the Purple Diary). Beautiful, lavishly decadent and seriously glamorous.

Bianca Brandolini 

Giambattista Valli, Margherita Missoni and Tatiana Santa Domingo

Charlotte Olympia

Be Stupid

Monday, 24 January 2011

90's Calvin Klein

I still love this ad campaign. I even had a large-scale poster of it pinned up on my bedroom wall when it came out in the 90's. It's sort of wholesome and natural; but a bit grainy and edgy at the same time. It was great then, and it still is now. Classic.

I have a feeling the 90's are going to stage a full on come back for Autumn Winter 2011. To whet your appetite: this silhouette from the Proenza Schouler pre-fall collection.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

This is Beautiful: Eleanor Amoroso

With her first graduate collection under her belt, 24 year old Eleanor Amoroso is now set to make her impact on the fashion world. What makes Amoroso so unique is that she personally created the entire collection using the 13th century Arabic technique of macrame, which is when the fabric is knotted by hand rather than sewn or knitted. How wonderfully old school. The collection is powerful, fierce and confident, as can be seen from the  sweeping dramatic fringing and the strength of the statement necklines and jewellery. Part of her inspiration for the designs came from African tribal clothing so this is a label for any modern-day urban warrior princess. 

Eleanor Amoroso Autumn Winter 2010

Eleanor Amoroso Autumn Winter 2010

Eleanor Amoroso Autumn Winter 2010

Jewels of the Kalahari Bushmen, photography by Boo George

Stolen Girlfriends Club

New Zealand based label, Stolen Girlfriends Club, was set up by 3 ex-surfers in 2005, and it is quietly building up a loyal international following. Their Spring Summer 2011 collection, Heavy Petal, has to be my favourite yet. I love the contrast between the soft colour palette and ethereal aesthetic (very Virgin Suicides), with defined details such as the occasional use of black; and the crisp, structured shirt collars, which add depth to the collection. To be worn with irreverence during the hazy days of summer.

Stolen Girlfriends Club Spring Summer 2011

Stolen Girlfriends Club Spring Summer 2011

Stolen Girlfriends Club Spring Summer 2011

Stolen Girlfriends Club Spring Summer 2011

Stolen Girlfriends Club Spring Summer 2011

The Virgin Suicides

Friday, 21 January 2011


It's not often that a menswear show causes such a great buzz in the fashion world. But then again, Nicola Formichetti does not do things by halves. He certainly lived up to his reputation with his first show as creative director for Mugler, which kicked started Men's Fashion Week in Paris. Formichetti, who is still best known as Lady Gaga's stylist, has set up to prove that he is so much more than that; and that he deserved his British Fashion Award (the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator) back in December. Undoubtedly, what we have here is fashion marmite in the extreme (with a very strong after-taste)!  Formichetti himself described the collection as wearable. Well, maybe if you're Bryan Boy or Jake from the Scissor Sisters.

Mugler, Autumn/Winter 2011

Mugler, Autumn/Winter 2011

Mugler, Autumn/Winter 2011

Mugler, Autumn/Winter 2011

Mugler, Autumn/Winter 2011

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Great Danes

Love this: Georg Jensen's new campaign starring Freja Beja Erichsen. As the supermodel said herself:

Georg Jensen is a Danish brand; I'm a Danish model and there are not too many of us. Therefore doing the campaign ... was something really special to me.

Well, isn't that just lovely lovely. I posted it as I think this is a beautiful image of her: she looks delicate and less 'fierce' than usual. I wonder what the Danish for gorgeous is?!!

Nice Ink

OMFG!!! Nicola Formichetti's new Mugler muse is Canadian model Rick Genest, or as he likes to be known, Zombie Boy, due to his entire body skeleton tattoo. Oh my Days!!! That must have hurt like a motherf*****! Hardcore. 

Rick Genest

Hella Happy Feet

H&M have announced their latest collaboration is going to be with Swedish Hasbeens. Don't tell BUT I am more waay more excited about this than I was the Lanvin collaboration. The cult label have created 3 different styles of their iconic wooden-soled shoes for H&M and the collection is set to hit stores on 20 April. I can't wait to get my hands on the opened toe, lace-up wedges (top picture), which I shall wear with shorts; 7/8th's; and flirty summer dresses. 

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

I Love Your Work, Harri Peccinotti

Below are some of my favourite images by uber-legendary photographer Harri Peccinotti. I don't know why, but they feel really relevant for right now. Maybe it is the bright colours in these particular pictures; or perhaps it is the exuberant celebration of les femmes fatales. Harri Peccinotti is famous for his graphic explorations of the female form, and he is undoubtedly an inspiration to designers and photographers, including Tom Ford and Terry Richardson, who love women for their femininity. 
Harri Peccinotti is someone I would love to meet - I bet he has some great stories under his beard!!   

Harri Peccinotti for L'Officiel magazine, 2009

Harri Peccinotti for the Pirelli calendar, 1968

By Harri Peccinotti

Editorial by Harri Peccinotti, 2009

Harri Peccinotti for Pirelli Calendar, 1968

Harri Peccinotti with Olivier Zahm, 2010

xoxo Gossip Girl

Just seen this promo pic of Leighton Meester for the brand new episodes of Gossip Girl (my favourite, not so guilty pleasure is back on screen next week)!

 Does it remind you of anything??

Inspired By???

Blair looks fresh. Me likeyyy. Channelling Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver - sooo very Spring Summer '11. Maybe GG is getting it's fashion mojo back!?!?

Monday, 17 January 2011

Drop it Like it's Hawwwt!!

Sales are finally over, and the SS collections are starting to drop, slowly, slowly, slowly. Dover Street Market has just re-opened its doors for the season with an inimitable line-up of designers showcasing their collections. I adore Dover Street Market; it's like falling down into a couture-filled rabbit hole. You never know who you might spot, and it's undoubtedly got the best VM in London. Check out Alber Elbaz's winning design for his space in the store. Checkmate, sir.

This is awesome: the New World Archive space, Flight of the Dragon Empress, designed by Michael Costiff.  Totally dying to get my hands on a true Native American war bonnet (back left).

Also loving:

Hussein Chalayan space, inspired by traditional Japanese puppet theatre. Amazing, the symmetry here.

The sneaker space designed by Michael Samuels

Get down and see for yourself!

Boyssss!!!! It's hip to be square (at Prada)

Men's Fashion Week, AW 11. While Prada's show was all about boxy shoulders and 70s silhouettes, one could not fail to notice this: the male models on the runway all sporting proper little pudding bowl haircuts!! Aww....they look so damn cute! Ooooh yes, boys - it's gonna be hip to be square!!

Playing it up backstage:

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Fashion Meets Music

Cool Britannia: Vivienne Westwood's design for the Brit Awards statuette

Pimp: Riccardo Tisci's album art for Kanye West's new single H.A.M*

*H.A.M - Hard as A Motherfucker. Word.