I’m wild again, beguiled again
A simpering, whimpering child again
Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered am I
Ann Demeulemeester AW14
Ann Demeulemeester AW14
Since writing the trend report on the Ziegfeld Follies, I’m starting to see the Alfred Cheney Johnston magic everywhere.
Take a look at this cheeky photoshoot by Ellen Von Unwerth, featuring Camille Rowe, for Grey Magazine, it’s almost as if she’s taken a Follie girl into the backyard!
The Pushettes are back in business this Saturday so fingers crossed it all goes smoothly. Hopefully I will have some pics to share next week.
I have a confession to make. I’ve been a bit slow on the whole blog front recently because I’ve been a little distracted.
The reason being, I am choreographing a routine for my Pole class to “Bad Things”. Some of you will immediately recognise it as the opening track to True Blood.
Now, I didn’t watch True Blood when it first came out – but when I heard the tune I thought it would make an amazing pole soundtrack (and I’m not alone, if you take a look at YouTube!)….
However, I thought it would be pretty rude to use a song without investigating the series – all in the name of Pole, you understand! Well, I’m nearly at the end of Series 1 and totally addicted. So I’m afraid vampires have come between me and my blog. Shame!
Anyway, I thought I would show you the next pic from my project – a Ziegfeld Follies girl, which funnily enough wouldn’t look out of place in a vampire’s lair. Clearly it’s providing food for inspiration – which can only be a good thing. Right?
If, and it’s a big “if”, the Pole routine is any good, I may well record it. I’m not hugely keen on the idea but I’m starting to think I should at least have some memorabilia before I get too old to do it.
Anyway now you know where my head’s at!
I watched the documentary Diana Vreeland – The Eye Has To Travel over the weekend and it is an absolute must-see. I was totally transfixed from beginning to end.
“I was the most hideous thing in the world”, Diana Vreeland told an interviewer in 1977 and perhaps because of this, she became the champion of the eclectic woman and the unconventional beauties of the world.
I won’t spoil her story here, you must definitely watch the film, but she was well known for her “Why Don’t You…” column in Harper’s Bazaar in the late 30’s which involved bizarre suggestions like “Why don’t you twist (your child’s) pigtails round her ears like macaroons!”
As you can imagine as fashion editor for Harper’s Bizarre and then Vogue, she delighted in the extraordinary and her fashion shots are still some of the most talked about. She launched many a face and made a huge impact in developing a more cosmopolitan consciousness in the world of fashion.
So I thought I would just highlight a few of her favourite people so you can get a taste for the film. Do, do watch it – it’s total escapism and a history of fashion all in one …..
The lady who discovered Lauren Bacall
Mick Jagger photographed by David Bailey 1964
Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes 1939
I shall now leave you for a week, as it’s half term here and it will no doubt be chaos….Cx
I now know the best way to get the presents you desire and that’s to write a post about them. Oh yes, some of those lovely 10 Best Books found their way into my stocking this year and I am one happy gal!
Now I’m not favouring one present over another, but I have to say Decades by Cameron Silver, which my cousin’s in law gave me, had me, (rather unfortunately for my family), totally mesmerised on Boxing Day.
The pictures are gorgeous. But the story of how this young cabaret singer who randomly started to collect vintage fashion, established a prestigious vintage store and essentially waited for the vintage trend to unfold, is totally fascinating. Needless to say Cameron Silver now dresses Oscar tipped celebrities.
So I guess you would like a sneak peek?
Camille Clifford 1905, Gibson Girl
Gustav Klimt 1918, Portrait of Johanna Staude
1924 Dress by Chanel
Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray 1938
Red Scarf by Clare McCardell 1946
Grace Kelly, To Catch a Thief, 1955
Monica Vitti 1965
Bianca Jagger in Zandra Rhodes
1980’s gets edgy! Loving those canary yellow knickers!
Now you know why I was rather uncommunicative!
I’ve seen so many books I want to get for Christmas that I’ve started making a list. Which has now turned into a post!
And if your loved ones are anything like me then these are sure to please on Christmas Day.
I’ve even added them to my Amazon affiliate store, so you can buy them straight from the links below:
My problem is I want ALL of them!
Happy Shopping! Cx
In August 1996 Vogue ran an article entitled “Does your house suit you?” Plum Sykes interviewed women whose homes reflected their whole style ethos.
One of these women was Yvonne Spore, a stylist, whose plaster pink walls enthralled my 17-year-old mind so much so, that I still have the article.
Believe it or not there weren’t even many images in the article other than the one below. But the description blew my mind.
“What just happened was this: she knocked out the interior of a suburban house, raised the roof, left the newly plastered walls their pinkish colour, put down limed-oak floors – “They look like they’ve been washed and washed” – and moved in her two beige cats and extensive wardrobe, the colours of which range from mother of pearl and oyster to cappuccino. She complements the house and the house flatters her style; it’s a créme-caramel experience.
As Lucille Lewin of Whistles says. “Yvonne just is vanilla. Her hair, her clothes – she even smells like vanilla”.
I wanted to be vanilla. I really wanted to be vanilla!
The whole idea of a style permeating through any and every outlet was incredibly appealing – I even bought some vanilla perfume from Body Shop to be just like Yvonne.
I think I may have gone slightly overboard on the whole perfume bit because vanilla now makes me feel slightly nauseous but four houses down the line, those plaster pink walls are still with me.
I can’t actually say that I have ever gone as far as to leave my walls unpainted (although that’s only because my husband would disapprove massively) but I do realise that I have a slight colour obsession, only not with vanilla, I’m vintage pink!
I can spot that slightly dusty salmony pink from a far and I’m hooked.
I can see it in the Zara Wood illustration I just bought, a vintage coat and a slightly saucy pin up pic I found at the vintage fair this weekend, my 1920’s lampshade and my grandmother’s beautiful Edwardian quilt cover – the colour even makes it way into my boards on pinterest.
So if you find anything which says to you vintage pink, send it my way! I’m building an empire.
Since Autumn is well and truly upon us I thought this photoshoot hit the spot perfectly. Cinnamon and spice in Spitalfields.
Mulled wine anyone?
“The Spitalfields House is in the east of London. It’s often rented out as a location and I used to shoot here a lot, mainly fashion and accessories stories. I grew up in Sydney, where basically things are new, so when I first arrived in Paris and London I found this kind of antiquity incredibly appealing. Floorboards and walls are marked from hundreds of years of use. You don’t have to work at creating an atmosphere.”
Thank you everyone who posted a comment. I’m now left with a bit of a dilemma!
I love Linda and Rachel’s entry. It really was a decade in which incredible women did incredible things and perceived themselves in a totally different way.
Since I can’t decide between the two I shall make you both winners and design an extra locket.
(if you could both email me with your addresses @ email@example.com I shall send them out asap)