Hooray it's Friday! Thank Goodness we all say.
So what could be better than a new fashion film...
Before I start I have to say that I have never really felt engaged my Madmesoille Rotfield on any level.
Yes I respect her, yes I think she sometimes looks fantastic, yet somehow she has always left me totally cold.
After La Wintour she is probably the most recognisable fashion editor in the world. Perhaps too, the worlds most fashionable grandmother, she lives for fashion and prides herself on her ability to "tell stories" and to understand what makes an image truly iconic...
The film is directed by Fabien Constant with a cast list that reads like a who's who in fashion - Carine herself, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Sarah Jessica Parker, Donatella Versace, Kate Upton, Diane von Furstenberg are all captured on screen talking about how wonderful she is!
Carine Roitfeld ran French Vogue for 10 years, building a reputation as one of fashion's most influential editors. This film chronicles Carine's launch of her new magazine "CR Fashion Book." It gives a rare inside glimpse at the inner workings not only of Roitfeld's professional world but also her personal life. It is a film about transition, letting the audience watch as Carine moves to New York, starts a new business, and prepares to become a grandmother. And of course, its filled the the models, celebrities, and eccentric personalities that make the fashion world so captivating.
So is it worth a watch?
Yes it is but will I watch it over and over the way I did The September Issue and Valentino?
No, I can't honestly say I will...
Oh saving up for a big item is such torment! As I've mentioned before, I'm saving up for a decent camera, namely the Canon 6D (sadly, the 5D is just far beyond my saving up capabilities!). My cheapy Nikon has been great, and I'm glad I bought it when I did, but it just doesn't cut the mustard any longer, especially as I want to take more photos of the things around me and life in general. So I'm selling things (anyone want a set of Technics 1210's?), buying less and generally trying to be a little more sensible in my purchases.
Why then, do I insist on 'window' shopping on my favourite online shops? Is it the lure of the forbidden fruit? Or am I maybe just a bit of a shopping sadist, tormenting myself with things I simply cannot have? Who knows, but I do know that I find myself cooeing over the lovely wares in BengtFashion from some of my current fave designers, such as Eudon Choi and Leutton Postle.
And am I obsessing deeply over this blue Eudon Choi coat? Of course I am.
And I wouldn't be gutted of this Leutton Postle bag found it's way onto my shoulder.
For his first venture into interiors, the black, white and neon orange sofa suite blends monochrome photographic print with a 'sophistipop' feel
For Giles, bigger it seems is better!. So he ensured the proportions of his sofa were as generous as possible. Those with the space and budget can also splash out on a matching footstool (£750). “They can either provide an L-shape or turn the sofa into a bed,” he says. But methinks it is still pretty pricey at £3,500!!!
“I wanted the couch to be very clean and contemporary with high visual impact,” he says. “The monochrome theme with the photographic print gives it the ‘sophistipop’ feel which sums my tastes up well.”
As well as this collaboration Giles has also teamed up with DFS to launch the DFS Design Foundation, a programme specifically targeted at final-year undergraduate design students looking to kick-start their design careers. The overall winner will benefit from a tailored package of support worth in excess of £20,000 which will include: a cash bursary and a paid three-month internship, which will include the opportunity to work with Giles at his London studio and with DFS’ expert in-house design team. Yu can find out more here
Sorry, men of KOS, you are sorely neglected on here. We very rarely get sent any menswear to feature. Whilst neither of us are experts in the field, none the less we would love to feature menswear that at least tries to go beyond the obligatory printed tee. Actually, are there any men out there reading KOS? Hopefully there is and hopefully at least some of you will appreciate the work of french label, Brooklyn We Go Hard.
I personally love the minimal, modish slant the current collection, entitled Stonehaven, offers. The Jay-Z reference in the brand's name certainly doesn't conjure up images of slick, classic creations, yet this is what the new collection is all about.
The lookbook was shot amongst the breathaking scenery of Glencoe and Stonehaven, right here in Scotland. The majestic and famous mountains make for a perfect sweeping backdrop to the clothing. Scotland was the inspiration for the collection which they amusingly, and perhaps somewhat tweely, describe as "land of legends and adventures associated with a rich set of clothes, where elegance and ease are intertwined." I'm not sure about all of that, but our landscape certainly offers up colours unique in the UK, ripe for using as inspiration. Not to mention our rich tweed heritage. I'm a little disappointed they hadn't included some Scottish tweed in the collection, which would have brought even more depth to it.
The collection comprises of lots of natural materials, like wool, wax cotton and suede in shades of deep blues, anthracite and burgundy.
*Warning - Image Heavy Post*
Sometimes my brain feels like a grasshopper. Jumping all around wildly, never settling for a second.
The other night in my head went something like this...
I was looking at the Emmy dresses(!!!!) when I wondered what the Emmy statue looked like. I wracked my brain but honestly couldn't remember ever having seen one...
Which then led to me to wonder if it looked anything like the Bafta statue? Needless to say I had to google them both just to see (I know it doesn't matter a good godamm but I couldn't help myself)
Looking at images of the Bafta then immediately reminded me that I have been meaning to share the magical work of Shinji Nakaba with you for the longest time...
Blue Man ring carved polyurethane and silver
It's strange how some peoples work just resonates with you on some level. I feel a real connection to Shinji's work but could not really begin to articulate why!
Shinji Nakaba, is a jewelry designer in Tokyo who has been creating wonderful work since 1974.
What makes him so special is the way he sees possbilties to create beautiful objects from unexpected sources. He sees beyond the surface and is a true master of turning trash into treasure. The materials he chooses to use make his work unique and memorable. He uses not only precious metals and stones but also unexpected sources such as that found in polyvinyl water pipes, iron bolts, empty drink cans and bottles. Even fallen leaves and flowers ae reworked to give them another life.
Finding beauty in everything, each piece is a wearable sculpture. Nakaba himself says “I just want to bring brand new life to something that has no value.”
I use not only precious metals and stones but also something usual,such as aluminum Beer can or plastic bottle,or even some discarded materials.
He explains further saying - "I'm dealing all the materials equally no matter how precious or not precious they are"
Even a humble Ikea Salad Servers are reworked and carved with this inspiring mantra...
Ikea Salad Server carved plastic and gold ring
These Body Rings are individually carved from seashells! Sculptural and sensual they are quite simply sensational. I couldn't ever see my self wearing one but that does not stop me appreciating their beauty...
Then we come to his carved pearl work. These unsettle me slightly and are a million miles removed from the crass skull motifs that seem to have flooded the web and the high street. They are like little minature death masks. Tokens of love from the other side...
But for me the most special pieces are the carved plastic and acrylic.
Words alone cannot convey how much I crave this mooncat ring below. Meow.
And as for the Tangerine Beetle brooch! I would happily pin him to every item on my wardrobe...
I thought I would finish on a flower. His hydrangea flower brooch looks like real silver but is actually made from aluminum beer cans.
Now if you will excuse me, I am to plot how to get my paws on that mooncat ring...
So we lost yet another pointe teacher. That's the 3rd one to go in 2 years. And we'd only just started learning the Bluebird Variation. Well, that was all but 10 minutes of joy.
The world of dance is nothing if not a fast moving one, and the downside of having such young teachers is that they have careers to follow, rather than teach middle aged ladies pointe which, apparently, is not a viable career choice. Who knew!
We didn't have high hopes for her replacement, imagining we'd pretty much gone through all the decent teachers in Glasgow. I mentally prepared myself to wave goodbye to pointe. But, like any good Christmas miracle, the unexpected happened and, hoorah, a new pointe teacher came our way. And when I found out who it was I nearly died a fangirl kind of death. It was a young dancer, Constance Devernay, from Scottish Ballet. She trained with the English National Ballet and has been with SB since 2009. Um, yikes!
I'd seen her dance a great many times, and I loved her smiling presence on stage, so when I found out she'd be teaching our class I was beside myself with excitement...and I was terrified.
Monday evening was the first class with her. A tiny little powerhouse with a soft French accent, walked into our class, offering up a wide smile. We were so nervous. Getting a new teacher is always scary, but it's especially scary when it's with someone you highly respect and when you know you're not very good. Goodbye self confidence!
She was keen and enthusiastic, which was infectious. Some of the barre exercises were a little fast for us, but we moved quickly onto the centre and covered a lot of things. Most of which I couldn't do, but it was challenging and fun. Our other pointe teachers, with exception of our first one, didn't wear pointe shoes, but Constance did which made a huge difference, as you could clearly see the parts you're meant to be on demi and the parts you're meant to be en pointe, and the transitions inbetween.
Now she knows what's she's got to work with, I think next class will be even better. She's also going to continue the Bluebird Variation with us, which is amazing.
All of our pointe teachers have taught us incredibly valuable things, and hopefully with Constance we can take it to the next level.
Never in a million years did I imagine you could describe crochet as "mystic"
But that was before I came across the glorious "Mystic Black" Autumn/Winter 2013/14 collection by the wonderful Margot&Me...
MARGOT & ME is an accessory label based in Hamburg, Germany, which creates unique handcrafted necklaces and headpieces - elaborate and full of details. With great passion for traditional handicraft the designer Jessica Schröder launched the label, named after her grandmother, in autumn 2010 after her graduation in fashion design. She creates whimsical statement necklaces, collars and headpieces far from the mainstream. Every item is lovingly handmade and assembled in Germany.
The romantic inspiration behind these eclectic knitwear pieces combine the familiar and unconventional through archetypal details. Each piece of the collection tells a poetic story and impresses with advanced crochet, hand-knitting and embroidery techniques using the finest luxury yarns to ensure elegant colour details and wonderful quality...
“Where there is light, there must be shadow, where there is shadow there must be light. There is no shadow without light and no light without shadow...“
The new collection indulges in the dark mood of winter times. Inspired by madonna-like photographs the label created new complex statement necklaces, dreamy headpieces and playful bracelets with unexpected details and a feminine touch. Being focused on creating a complete black collection with a diversity of textures each piece has become a bright equivalent to emphasize the shadow and light theme of the collection.
The accessories are made out of finest shimmering mercerised cotton yarn and polished high quality brass chains. Lavish crochet trims, tassels, yarn covered wooden beads and velvet ribbons top off the collection.
With prices ranging from €89 up to €329 you will wear these pieces season after season. Buy them here
I am continually surprised by how much people expect me to have a closet filled with expensive designers garb. They ooh and ahh over how much money my wardrobe must be worth, when the reality is around 95% of my clothes are high street. I'm a graphic designer on a very modest wage and simply could not afford a closet filled with Celine or Balenciaga. When I can invest in something special, I tend to opt for bags or shoes, because I feel that handbags have longevity and shoes are the easiest way to update your look.
My philosophy is that it's not what you wear, but how you wear it. You can look as amazing decked out in charity shops finds as you can head-to-toe designer. Equally, some folks can look a bit cheap even in high end. Go figure! Generally, I will wear mostly high street, with one special thing, whether it's shoes, a handbag or maybe a jacket/coat.
My latest fave purchases come from Topshop and ASOS, in the form of some tartan trews and a furry vest. I particularly love the furry vest (from ASOS). It's like wearing a cuddly toy. The fact I love the two pieces together is an added bonus.
I also feel with high street you should consider your purchase as carefully as you would a designer piece - it may be cheaper but don't fall into the 'fast fashion' trap. I buy things I know I'm going to be wearing a year later, providing they don't fall apart of course, which is why you see the same things pop up on here again and again. It may make for dull outfit posts, but it's truthfully how I dress.
I recently got sort of involved in a 5 week long project called What I See, which asks women from all walks of life what they see when they look in the mirror. The aim was get the women who were asked to take part for the initial launch, to create a small video telling viewers what they see when they look in the mirror. Unfortunately, I was unable to make a video, hence the reason I am only half involved. The press chat says the project is about women being empowered by other women's stories, and whilst I don't really know if women are quite so easily empowered, it is none the less very heartwarming to hear their stories, some of which I'm sure we can all relate to.
I actually found it accutely difficult to answer the question without being entirely negative about myself. Eventually, I settled on "I see someone who does all the things she's told she's too old to do", with ballet springing immediately to mind.
The woman who will be going up on the site next, sharing her video is this lady, who is the leader of the Green Party in England and Wales. The site is open to everyone however, and if you wish to share your own video you can.