Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Here are the links to a couple of interviews I did recently - one on Silas Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors, and one with Mitchell Moreno, the director of The Spanish Tragedy at the Arcola.
Silas and I met over the summer to discuss his latest project for The Last Tuesday Society- The Little Shop of Horrors on Mare street. You may also have come across Mr Wynd- who is sometimes known as Viktor- in the Hendrick's Horseless Carriage of Curiosities and through his work for House of Fairytales. When I left he gave me a pig's nose, a bottle of Hendrick's gin and two tickets to the legendary Last Tuesday Society Ball- what more could a girl want?!I'll post after the ball with any pics that aren't too shameful- I've been particularly intrigued by Silas's facebook status updates looking for beautiful people willing to writhe around on the banquet tables, naked, covered in fake blood. For a fee of course. Anyone that broke yet?
An old schoolfriend of mine, Patrick Myles, is currently appearing in and producing The Spanish Tragedy at the Arcola theatre, directed by Mitchell Moreno and starring Dominic Rowan- you'll know his name soon as he's about to appear on stage with Keira Knightley (see how I restrained myself from giving her a special middle-name?)in Moliere's The Misanthrope. Anyway,Mitchell answered some questions about the play here, there's a 2 for 1 offer on til Friday, so go on, do something cultural, knock yourself out.
Friday, 23 October 2009
Last night I went along to Bush Hall to see Gabby and her band perform their new album.Not only were they superb, but the venue was filled with gorgeous stalls run by the wonderfully creative friends of the band.I was sorely tempted by the party ring necklace and custard cream badge on the Of Cabbages and King's stall, as well as all the fabulous underwear and fascinators from Rosa Bloom. Rosa was responsible for Gabby's show-stopping outfits I'm afraid my photos really don't do them justice; evidence of a lousy flash. The first was a pair of high waisted shorts with a massive bow on the back which Gabby wiggled throughout the first half of the set, before changing into a dreamy tulle ballgown. Her hair was, as usual, a show in itself, this time threaded with bright lights.I'm sure Gabby will have some better pictures on her style blog soon.
Some of you will already know that I worked with Gabby through Vintage Secret, where we lent her some outfits for her music video, summer festival performances and styled her for her shoot with Rankin. As is typical in the music industry, this collaboration came about through the small word syndrome, my boyfriend's band's drummer is Gabby's manager!Anyway, to my delight Naomi and I (and Vintage Secret!) were namechecked in Gabby's 'Thankyous' in the album sleeve- such an honour!Do have a listen to Gabby's music- she has a really unique voice- and if you like it buy her album, and become an animal yourself here!
Anyone stuck for things to do this weekend should definitely go and check out the first Anthropologie store in Europe, which opened on Regent street today. If all the sneak previewy blogs are anything to go by, its just as amazing as the San Fransisco branch I wrote about in my post after my trip to America- sadly I fear I'll be able to afford less than ever here, but I do often get good ideas from their stock and shop fittings- both of things to make myself and vintage pieces to look out for on ebay, etsy ,markets and sales.
One of my favourite artists, Kate Marshall, is in London at the moment working on a piece of performance art/ installation inspired by the book The Drowning Room. Ben Hudson has provided the soundtrack, and the experience will also cater to your other senses- smells included! Its on from 12-6 tomorrow, do stop by if you're in the Vyner street -Kate is definitely one to watch on the art radar.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Last night I went to the Pushing Pussy Records night at new Camden venue, The Blues Kitchen. The Palpitations and The Lovebirds were both playing sets, as TBK handed out samples of the food off their soon-to-be launched Southern soul menu- think pork belly, fried beans, battered shrimp- ooh, it was good!I'll definitely be going back for a full breakfast one morning- waffles, pancakes, bacon and so forth; a healthy start to the day I think. Here's a pic of Danielle, who I'll be styling for a photoshoot later this month.
Pushing Pussy Records is run by a lovely group of ladies, including acclaimed East London artists Tinsel Edwards and Twinkle Troughton.Tinsel was responsible for the gorgeous artwork on the bands' EP; above and below.Order yours here
Some other album artwork I've been really impressed with lately is that of Susan Burghart
for the much anticipated album from Katy Carr, out next month- you can read the 5/5 review it gets here. I'll do another post about the music itself nearer the time, but for now I wanted to show you the gorgeous aesthetic of 'Coquette'- heres the album cover, bits of the inside sleeve, a single cover and Katy's flyer. The single Kommander's Car is actually about an Auschwitz survivor's escape from the concentration camp in a stolen car- amazing.Again, more on the content soon, but here's a sneaky peak:
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Apologies for any cross-posting here; I know some of you read my Vintage Secret blog too, but just had to share our latest news here as well.Vintage Secret is on page 134 of the November issue of British Vogue!Have a look here.
Other VS news; we've teamed up with our most glamorous friends to bring you a new fashion/vintage/cake inspired event,' TART' at 40 winks-'most beautiful small hotel in the world' according to Vogue. More details here- I won't be at the first one as am out of town on another Guardian assignment (more on this to come), but I'll definitely be at the December one- Boys; a ticket to this would be the PERFECT present for a girlfriend/mum/sister....we're talking serious brownie points...
Monday, 5 October 2009
Click here for an update on the activities of some of my favourite up and coming musicians, as well as more info on when and where Vintage Secret will be setting up stalls this season