Sunday, 30 May 2010

Linksy Time

I've discovered some more amazing illustrators and blogs in my recent travels round the internet; perfect for browsing on a rainy Sunday.ENJOY!

Beautiful illustrations from Olaf Hajek

Stunning dresses from Maria Lucia Hohan.

Kristamas Klousch's work is exactly the sort of photography I adore.

The Fin de Siecle ; if History were taught like this in schools there'd be a lot more kids interested in studying!Beautiful literature, art and fashion from the end of the Victorian era.
And my new favourite blog, Rococo Vintage. Each post is a work of art; I particularly love the one on mermaids. I found the gorgeous 'Keep calm and be vintage' pic below on Rococo Vintage. I found the blog via From Besty With Love, who makes really sweet collages from all of the blogs she likes; she truly is queen of links. She also does lovely posts like this one full of inspirational images.
Happy reading & enjoy the bank holiday!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Bank Holiday Weekend events

Couple of fun events on this weekend; the London Zine Symposium is one of my favourite annual events. And the lovely Lost Society is the setting for a very British Pimms-fest, whatever the weather.

Exclusive Gabby Young charity gig

If you have £50 to donate towards Cancer Research, come along to this tomorrow night, at the amazing 22 Portsea Place! There'll be champagne, cupcakes from LoveBakery and some wonderful Gabberdashery stock- beautiful pieces from Rosa Bloom, and amazing artwork from my friends Tinsel Edwards and Twinkle Troughton. Twink has even created an amazing Gabberdashery logo for us; see below. If you make anything- be it clothes, jewellery, accessories or artwork, and would like to get involved with the Gabberdashery project, just email me . At the Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair on the 6th June, we'll be filling a whole car with Gabberdashery goodies!!!
Just in; pic of a beautiful,hand painted vintage jewellery box by Tinsel Edwards:

William Vintage Sale

Yesterday William Banks-Blaney held one of his famous sales, and it certainly didn't disappoint. I was blown away by his collection, which featured more than a few museum-worthy pieces, including this stunning Dior gown and beaded bolero which wouldn't look out of place in the Grace Kelly exhibit at the V&A!

Other classic gems included an Herve Leger bandage dress and an Azzedine Alaia playsuit as well as a stunning Hardy Amies ensemble (black and white print coat and dress below) and a number of original Ossie Clark crepe dresses.

There were even pieces by one of my all time favourite designers, Madam Gres; if you don't know her, have a look at her style here. This Jean Desses dress was probably my favourite, its everything I love about vintage- its delicate with an antique feel yet also totally timeless; this wouldn't have looked out of place on the SATC red carpet!

Some more classics: Beaded Dior:

Spectacularly avant garde Jean-Paul Gaultier-check out the sleeves!
You can read my interview with William on Bitchbuzz. And don't worry, I'll keep you posted on when the next sale is!
On another note, I'd like to share a little pic of me with the stunning Balenciaga bag the wonderful ladies at Kennedy Purple lent me. As beautiful as it is; I don't think I could ever bring myself to spend £800 on a bag, even if I had that sort of money. I would, however, spend £35 to borrow a designer bag for a week-for a special event or just as a treat. This is where Kennedy Purple come in-have a look at their great range of designer bags and accessories here.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Water Crystal Art

Crystal of water that has been exposed to the words 'Love/Appreciation'

Last night I went to a poetry-reading event, and one of the poets read a piece inspired by the work of Masaru Emoto. The scientist has exposed water crystals to different pieces of music and words in a number of languages.Perhaps its not so surprising that the vibrations of music can influence the crystalisation process, but, as Dr Mae- Wan-Ho observes:

' Emoto’s group showed that water can even respond to words. The same distilled water to start with, one tube had the message, "Thank you" written on it, while the other one had, "You fool!" The one with "Thank you" gave nice crystals, whereas the one with "You fool!" gave no crystals at all, and was very similar to the results produced by exposing the water to heavy metal music. And it did not matter which language was used: Japanese, Korean or English. The results were very similar."Love/Appreciation" gave a most elaborate, decorous crystal, so did "Soul". "Demon" (removing the left part from the Chinese character for soul) led to something that looks like a disintegration of the soul crystal. "Angel" made the crystal burst forth in a multitude of flowers, while "Devil" looked distinctly sinister.Even names were read by water. "Adolph Hitler" looked like "You make me sick" or "I will kill you".

Whether you buy into all this stuff or not, the crystals ARE beautiful- and the whole study very interesting.

Crystal of water that have been exposed to the words 'thank you'

Crystal of water that have been exposed with a playing of Kawachi Folk Dance Song

Crystal of water that have been exposed with a playing of Bach's
"Goldberg Variations".

Monday, 17 May 2010

Get Busy!

One of these days I'll find the time/talent to enter one of these myself, but in the meantime I'll just post them here and hope you guys get involved!

Are you a UK-based fashion business and are trading for no longer than 2 years in either womenswear, accessories, menswear, bridal or all of it? Check out BFC/ELLE Talent Launch Pad

Standon Calling T-Shirt Design Competition- A panel of established arts professionals will judge the designs, with the winner receiving two VIP festival packages including boutique camping, as well as seeing their T-shirt printed

Acupuncture Art Competition- Acupuncture Clothing are offering an amazing competition for all you illustrators, designers and artists out there for the chance to design their T-shirts and shoes with first prize winning £500 plus a free gift of a product where your artwork is used and runners up winning £200 plus a free gift of a product where your artwork is used.

You, Me, Bum Bum Train: One of the weirdest and most wonderful experiences around, and now you can be part of it;
If you would like to perform at this years show between July 2nd - 25th, go to the introductory meeting on May 22nd at 2pm. If you can't make this date they are doing the meeting again on May 25th at 7:30pm. Both meetings will be held at the new venue: 279 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9DA (by Bethnal Green tube). You must be able to commit to at least four shows during the run.Email Kate at to say which meeting you will show your friendly face at, and bring any other selfless silly souls you know who are also keen to create magical experiences for strangers.'

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

More music videos...

Know I've been bombarding you with videos recently,very lazy blogging I know, but have had my sister's 18th, my boyfriends 30th, my baby sister's 8th and my 26th birthday all in the space of about 3 weeks, so crazy busy!
I was sadly having my birthday shenanigans the same night Gabby Young and Other Animals played the Jazz Cafe, but you can read all about how amazing it was on the awesome Emerging Fervour site, and even see a secret backstage video of a NEW SONG below.

Stunning photo above by the uber talented Anthony Mark Saul. Gabby and I found the showstopping fringed body she's wearing on ebay-best part of my job by far!

Stephen Ellis is one of Gabby's animals (also her boyfriend!)and also a member of Revere.If you like Arcade Fire, one of my personal favourites, then listen to this new track from Revere, it has a similar spine-tinglingy, goosebumpy effect on me:

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Vintage Beyonce

I don't normally post links to music videos but I'm afraid I couldn't resist this one.Boy, this woman can move her ass.Pioneering the high-waisted knicker in a decidedly un-Bridget Jones fashion, I want all Beyonce's underwear from this video, plus the shoes, and the incredible eye-make-up.Oh, and her body, obviously.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Chateau Shoot

Here are some snaps I took over the bank holiday in a little chateau outside Bayonne. The house was dreamy, so armed with little more than liquid eyeliner and some fierce backcombing, my friend Gillie and I improvised our own mini photoshoot.The rest of the time we ate a truly obscene amount of cheese and drank a lot of wine; the weather was pretty crummy but the house was so spectacular that we didn't really mind.
Some very talented friends of mine have started running photoshoot workshops for 12-18 year olds; I can't think of anything I'd have loved more as a teenager.They even do fashion shoot parties, bringing their own props and costumes.Check out WeArePhotogirls.
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