Monday, 30 May 2011
Friday, 27 May 2011
I followed the Channel 4 documentary Lily Allen: From Riches to Rags so was excited to be invited to the launch of the sisters’ new ready-to-wear collection on Wednesday. Drawing from original vintage pieces for inspiration (which themselves are still available to rent), this new range offers affordable pieces priced between £95 and £350. I loved the ankle-sweeping, pink printed seventies number best of all.
Held at Harvey Nichols, the party was great fun and was styled as a vintage fair. My favourite DJs, the Broken Hearts, were on the decks (I didn’t know but Nisha is half-Transylvanian like me!). Celeb in attendance included hairdresser James Brown, lovely Jaime Winstone, gorgeous George Lamb, smiley Edith Bowman, blogger Bip Ling, Lily and Sarah (obviously!) and their brother Alfie Allen.
Thursday, 26 May 2011
“A new series of work evoking the spirit of the golden age of cinema, decadence and scandal.”
I went to the private view of a new exhibition at Blackall Studios, ‘Beautiful and Damned’ by Pam Glew. The pieces were incredible; Pam lifts the colour from antique fabrics to form portraits of famous personalities from the 1920s. Josephine Baker, Louise Brooks and Charlie Chaplin were just some of the characters she has captured.
The technique used is so interesting; at first glance the works look like oil paintings but, on closer inspection, you can see that this is not the case.
My favourite portrait was of Louise Brooks, her severe bob and sharp bone structure work so well against the intricate antique fabric with its faded colours and delicate lines.
There’s a late-night opening tonight. The exhibition is on until Sunday 29th May at Blackall Studios, 73 Leonard Street London EC2A 4QS
For more information, visit www.maugermodern.com or www.pamglew.co.uk.
Sunday, 22 May 2011
I had the best steak of my life at the Hawksmoor last week. It was everything a steak should be: juicy, succulent and mouthwatering. I could not fault any part of it. The atmosphere and service were great too; sophisticated and warm.
There are two branches of the Hawksmoor, one in Spitalfields (where I went) and another in Seven Dials. I highly recommend a visit if, like me, you like your meat delicious and your cocktails strong!
Taking a break from dressing
The bags are inspired by William’s SS11 collection entitled ‘The Siren’s Song’ and the print features ‘mythical half-women, half sea creatures’ in a strong acid yellow against a marbled grey background.
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Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Saturday, 7 May 2011
On Thursday I went along to the launch of Wardrobe Mistress, a new online shopping destination offering ‘total wardrobe management.’ Its founder (above), the charming Francesca Salih (who previously worked at Net-a-Porter), says:
“Wardrobe Mistress will help identify what you are lacking in your wardrobe. We take away what you are not wearing and sell it for you, helping you make space for your new must-haves.”
Willow Magic is the site’s ‘virtual stylist’ and offers online fashion advice and blogs about the latest trends. The site itself is easy to navigate and has enough eye-catching pieces to satisfy even the best reformed shopaholic! I’m tempted by this Ashley Isham dress…