Saturday, 28 August 2010

Corinne Day

A sad day for the world of fashion photography as we lose Corinne Day, whose iconic images of Kate Moss helped catapult the young model to fame.After a battle with a brain tumour, treatment for which was partly funded through the help of her famous friends auctioning limited edition prints of her work; Corinne passed away today. You can see more of her beautiful work here.

Kate Moss's first Vogue cover in 1993 was shot by Day, and had her looking youthful and fresh faced. Who could know that all these later she would be gracing her 30th Vogue cover?

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Oh Comely; Keep your curiosity Sacred

Despite more and more people reading online rather than buying print, there is still a steady flow of wannabe mags making their way onto the shelves of newsagents these days, all hoping to be the next Dazed and Confused or I.D. In all honesty, they usually fail, as rarely do they approach anything from a genuinely original angle. Which makes it all the more exciting when you come across a true gem like Oh Comely.I saw Annabel mention the magazine on her blog in a post about Lucie Ellen, a jewellery designer who I had recently approached to become part of the Gabberdashery collective. The fact that they'd featured her work raised my hopes; perhaps this was a mag for my tastes?After a bit of a struggle to find a WHSmith that stocked a copy (asking shop assistants for a publication called 'Oh Comely' raised a few eyebrows;in one branch I was almost directed to the top shelf..)I finally found a copy.

I was not disappointed. In the words of the OC team, its;
'a magazine about people and their quirks and their creativity, rather than money and what it can buy.It's a magazine that inspires people to be creative, talk to their neighbours and explore new things, rather than buy stuff or lose weight. Imagine sitting down with a cup of tea and a creative friend to hear all the strange things she says, all the curious stuff she does, and about the things she loves.'
Wow.Brilliant, huh?And it WAS like chatting to a friend who liked the same things as me.Only a few pages in was a feature on the amazing illustrator Sophie Blackall who I've featured here before, and her amazing 'Missed Connections' pictures depicting ads written by people hoping to hook up after a chance meeting.
A piece on The Impossible Project who bought up all of Polaroid's film production equipment to carry on the tradition.A lovely interview with charming songstress Emmy the Great in her home.An introduction to a fantastic creative, The Vamoose; the image below is taken from her blog, where you can get a much better idea of the magazine's aesthetic.(I am at my mum's this week with no scanner, so apologies for the shabby job I'm doing.)You'll also find thought provoking pieces on childhood friends, what it takes to curate a show, and a lighthearted look at the dedication of our postal service, tested by the O
h Comely team posting everything from a 10 pound note, to a banana, to bunch of keys.

The best bit for me, though, had to be a piece on Halfpenny Home Haberdashery. I am obsessed with Haberdasheries.And this lady keeps her chickens in hers!
The only product related article was where the team tested a variety of toasters to see which made the best toast.Very valuable research, if you ask me.
If you like my blog, then I'm guessing we have similar taste, in which case I'd recommend you go and buy yourself a copy of this pronto. Its £4, stockists here. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Polyvore and Looklet

Apologies for my absence. I have been sucked into what looks frighteningly like a bottomless pit of time-wasting opportunities; otherwise known as Polyvore and Looklet. Just humour me.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Art Boutique

Occasionally you come across a blog post that reminds you why the internet is so ruddy wonderful. I was just trawling the blogosphere when I saw Resistance Gallery's list of contributors to its Art Boutique, opening on the 3rd September. I started googling a few of the featured artists and have ended up bookmarking about 80% of them.They are all ace and totally my cup of tea.

Compulsive Behaviour

Amoel Barroco

Amore de mori

Also check out Armando's photography, Jules Newman(Ghoulia Peculiar),Patrick Siboni, Ladie Lucie Latex, and Rookinella's amazing felt creations below. Resistance Gallery has really outdone itself with this line-up.See you there.

Thursday, 19 August 2010


Today I popped into an East London boutique that is cool through and through; from the amazing artwork on its exterior walls to the great collection of handpicked vintage items inside. Vintroville's co-owner and actress Meryl showed me around; and she may just be my new style icon. As Vintroville is located right next door to The Premises, Meryl is more used to entertaining the likes of Florence Welch, Kelis and other fashion conscious musos.You can keep up with news of visits from their starry clientele on their blog here.

As well as stocking hand picked and cleaned vintage pieces, the store also sells some work by new designers. Gemma Bishop's hair accessories and LauraLaura's hand embroidered vintage knitwear really caught my attention. Everything in the store is refreshingly affordable too, unlike so many overpriced vintage stockists.Pop in for a browse, a styling appointment or even for alterations.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010


As much as I think Kanye West is an egotistical wanker, boy has he made a great video or rather 'moving painting' with Power.Or rather, Marco Brambilla has made a great video, Kanye just stands very still and looks, you know, egotistical. It kind of reminds me of a David LaChapelle photograph. Really love the elements of the Tarot card deck in there. If you're after a real laugh, just read the comments on youtube, people getting all riled up about it being a scene from the bible when actually the imagery is all ancient Greek, Egyptian or Tarot based.Pagan basically. Ha Ha!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

The Secret Arcade

For years now, one of my very favourite online shops has been The Shop Floor Project.Not only is it a gorgeous website, they stock truly original pieces by really talented designers and craftspeople, including some wallpaper designs that make be go a bit weak at the knees. So I am almost beside myself to discover that the mother/daughter duo behind the site have launched a new project; The Secret Arcade. Again, much of the beauty of the site comes from its olde worldy aesthetic; presented as an actual shopping arcade 'based on the Parisian shopping arcades from the 19th century' with 'real' shop windows for you to browse.Is this the future of online shopping?And shopping in general? More projects like Wolf and Badger that curate different selections of designers every season? Denise and Samantha created The Secret Arcade site to give independent e-tailers a platform from which to exhibit their wares and 'shine a spotlight on these special shops'.
I've already discovered a wealth of gems on the site, yet more fantastic wallpaper of the erotic variety by Louise Body.

Dreamy homeware from Ghost Furniture; described as the original upcycle store- 'flea market gone fabulous'.

More vintage finds from Willow and Stone like these tiny antique bottles.

Delicate beaded jewellery from Clara Francis. Other categories on the site include fashion and accessories, children, perfume and beauty as well as books,prints and art. Definitely one to bookmark for Christmas shopping. And I hear that the site will also be running events later in the year. Follow their blog to keep up with their news.

Shoe Time

Come September, iconic British store Selfridges will become home to The Shoe Galleries; the world's biggest single shoe shopping destination. To launch the event, not only will Selfridges be hosting a wonderful exhibition of Vivienne Westwood's footwear creations, but they'll also be offering you the chance to win a year's supply of shoes. All you need do is recount your most memorable shoe experience here.
When asked to do this, there was only one shoe I could write about. A pair of Choos?or Manolo Blahniks? Nope. Its Clark's 'Magic Steps' shoes that launched my love of footwear.And all due to one piece of advertising, which I strongly believe is more responsible for our generation's attitude to shoes in Britain than any episode of Sex and the City.

I wanted these shoes more than ANYTHING. I have since looked them up, and at first glance they are actually total dullsville. But remember, underneath they had that key in a clear bubble in the sole?Amazing!Jeez, we were suckers.But then here we are, yonks later lusting after the red soles of Louboutin. Anyway, my mother knew better, as mothers do, and refused to splash out on shoes 'that make you feel like a princess'(says so in advert so must be FACT)on the basis that they were a gimmick.Obviously she was right. I think many of our shoe shopping habits are formed by what footwear we were and weren't allowed as children. Is it some sort of delayed rebellion that we may now purchase shoes as impractical as we like?I certainly find nothing duller than going shopping for a pair of 'sensible shoes'; yawn. My favourite shoes these days come from Irregular Choice, Kandee ,Kitty Cooper and Charlotte Olympia .

Upload stories and pictures of your favourite shoes onto the Selfridges website. Good Luck!

Monday, 16 August 2010

Vintage at Goodwood

I very much wanted to entitle this blog post VAG as the Vintage at Goodwood festival has become known, but restrained myself for fear of unwanted hits from unsavoury googlers... for more on why the whole affair has been quite so controversial, check out Amelia's preview and review of the event; thought-provoking stuff indeed. You can also see my street style snaps; 'Now and Then' fashion piece for Mien Magazine here. I do have a long list of criticisms about how the event was managed, but ultimately had a lovely day mainly due to some first class company;

Natasha Bailie

Kate Baxter of Fabric of My Life

Alex Vanthournout of Alex Loves

The dubiously sponsored Style Studio....Primark isn't exactly famous for its 'vintage' values..

The lovely Supermarket Sarah with one of her famous walls.

Reem Alasadi
upcycles vintage pieces into beautiful new designs; from tablecloths turned into summer dresses to reworked necklaces and knits.

Creativity was encouraged by stalls selling Habberdashery staples, from drawers of vintage print material to jars of buttons.

Another great find was Mrs Stokes Vintage China- really lovely sets presented in beautiful packaging and very reasonable- particularly in comparison to other similar products available like Katy Potts 'luxury' vintage tea sets.

I made a speedy exit when the heavens opened; the site was dangerously short of shelter, hence these pics of packed out stalls when people ran for cover; it seemed the weather gods ignored this particular 'give me sunshine' teatowel...

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Chantal Powell

Here is some wonderful artwork for you to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon. By the very talented Chantal Powell.I'm a total nut for artists who reuse old objects,Chantal has done so beautifully.
The Lace Makers Guild, 2008. Box, lace fragments, glass, tinted photograph, edwardian locket.

Remaining, 2009. Engraved cigarette case, charred photograph and letter fragment
Untitled, 2009. Cast iron bed, 300 peacock feathers, thread.

Confetti installation 2009

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Poster Design Brief

So many of you guys are super talented, please lend us your skills and come up with a poster idea for Gabby's forthcoming tour!We'll print a limited number of copies to be sold at gigs, so you do stand to make some money from it too, as well as getting lots of lovely exposure. For inspiration see Gabby's official site and style blog; where you can also read all about our weekend running Gabberdashery at Standon Calling.A huge thankyou to all our contributors; if you'd like to get involved in the next Gabberdashery just drop me an email

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Wolf and Badger

Nano Cage by Troy Abbott

Last night I went to the Wolf and Badger party with a gaggle of bloggers (think this must be the correct collective noun?)where we were served Pimms in the pouring rain, true Brit style. Still, the grey weather didn't distract from the contents of the experimental boutique, which was bursting with sparkling jewellery, studded leather, feathered capes and sculptured shoes. Wolf and Badger enables a new generation of designers to promote and sell their products through an affordable temporary platform by leasing out space in their store to qualifying candidates. Stock varies from limited edition artwork like Troy Abbott's Nano Cage displaying video footage of a bird (I'd really like a goldfish- in- a- bowl version of this) to hand knitted blankets for newborns, cutting edge jewellery designs, menswear and womenswear. If you're an independent designer and would like to sell through Wolf and Badger, you can apply here.

Plates by Evthokia

I made a beeline for these feathered capes by Sia Dimitriadi. You can find more womenswear gems like the Alex dress by Chelsea Rebelle on the online store.

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