Saturday, 7 June 2008

Sat 7th June: Lets Get Lost

Bruce Weber generously gave a Q&A session after the showing of his new release last evening at the comfortably lush "Screen On The Green". Here he is afterwords, answering more intimate questions to the scardy cats who didn't put their mit up the first time round. I loved the way he translated his own experience of watching the film ("Lets Get Lost" about legendary jazz musician Chet Baker)..................apparently he has an inexplicable hunch that Chet is watching from heaven, and the film will unfold in a certain mood governed by Chet's feeling that day ............luckily Bruce thought this showing was a positive one, as Chet would have loved and approved of the atmosphere of this Islington cinema. I first saw a Bruce Weber film in 2001 at the Castro Cinema in San Fransisco. I chanced upon "Chop Suey" when I visited the beautiful 1920's cinema, just to see the Wurlitzer organ that is played in the interval. Who knows, perhaps this was a favourite film retreat of Chets when he wasn't playing his trumpet down at The Black Hawk...................

Friday, 6 June 2008

Fri 6th June: JCDC

The much anticipated store opening for Jean Charles De Castelbajac on Conduit Street happened last night. I had died and gone to multicolour heaven. Rainbows everywhere. Many of the guests had been lent outfits to sport for the occasion and here is Nova Dando in a current jumper and her own vintage leggings. It was sequin trompe l'oeil dresses and gold pendants a go-go. London's brightest and colourful crew turned out with the Super Super team for once resembling chameleons blending into the physcadelic backdrop.

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Thurs 5th June: Urban Outfitters

Sara is in today researching for Wren studio. Looking for websites that scroll horizontally, she came across the Urban Outfitters blog. What a nice surprise to discover that today's news from London is about my accessories...............and I reckon that this image is pulled from the blog as it is just a studio thank you whoever you are, viewing my daily picture posting and spreading the word........

Thurs 5th June: Work It

Sara herself had some press this weekend via a Lauren Cochrane article in the Guardian on Sat "Dig Out The Dungarees" picking up on the resurgence interest in 1990's R&B. Sara set up a new club night to bring back the classics that are not played anywhere else in London ........

"on both sides of the Atlantic are creating clubs dedicated to the 1990s sounds of their childhoods, like New York's 1992 (lauded by the New York Times) with Mariah Carey, MC Lyte and Janet Jackson on their playlist. Or London's Work It which boasts a hair fade on the flyer and plays everything from Luther Vandross to Bell Biv DeVoe; it also serves beer bottles in brown paper bags, New York-style, to girls in TLC-ish dungarees."

The next installment in Dalston is June 21st. Here are pictures from the last event by Simon Archer Hurlstone.

Weds 4th June: Time Out

This jaguar pearl necklace was originally made by Maki and I for a Patti Wilson Italian Vogue commission. "Fifi Trafalgar" was resurrected from the archive and now features in a report on 5 new London Jewellery designers in Time Out by Helen Jennings. The other designers profiled are Hannah Martin, Johanne Mills, Lina Peterson and Eleanor Ford. The edition's focus on jewellery is to tie in with "Coutts London Jewellery Week" happening from now until 15th June. It will comprise of exhibitions, catwalk shows, auctions and workshops.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Tues 3rd May: Outside, Inside

The latest campaign for Coin (Italian Homeware) was shot by Tim Walker and Andy Hillman. Maki helped make these incredible gigantic flowers and we luckily still have a few roses decorating the studio. (The plethora of cakes in the recent self portrait of Tim was shot at the same time with the props left over from the cupcake shot)

Monday, 2 June 2008

Sun 1st June: Garage Sale

After a Leicester Square Matinee of "Sex In The City", 4 girls trotted along to Soho for a riffle through the vintage sale on at The Black Gardenia. Here were the hosts on deck, looking suitably gorgeous in their Sunday afternoon spleandour................reassuringly untainted by the Bradshaw Blanhnik Brainwash we had just witnessed............

Saturday 31st May: Brit Chic

4 mini fashion films at the BFI as part of the Fashion In Film Festival. The 2 highlights being firstly "Pacemaker: Biba (1970) and secondly "Insight - Zandra Rhodes" (1981). It was fascinating to see both Barbara Hulanicki and Zandra Rhodes in their prime looking totally dazzling caught on candid camera in these fly-on-the- wall documentaries. Equally fascinating to see the scrumptious and sumptuous surroundings that they wonder both visionaries have had such success in interiors aswell as frocks. But the best, best thing was Zandra's eyebrow/s that morphed in design and positioning on a daily basis and put on in one stroke.

(Here is an original 70's Zandra fan invite that I have in my room............nestled upright in the Grace Jones record collection)

Saturday 31st May: Jones Goldmine

Spending the day with Alex Cunningham, I took her downstairs in a Covent Garden restaurant to share with her a wall of photographs I once discovered. A venue to some of Stephen Jones fashion shows from the 80's/90's, it is a like having a sneak into a family album with snaps of the varying models and audience of different seasons............