December 6, 2013
Unless you live under a rock, you know that yesterday the world lost a brilliant visionary, peace maker, leader and all-round good guy, Nelson Mandela. Without wanting to add to the clamour too much, he has always inspired me in his words, his actions, poise, humility and determination to make the world a better place. Not to mention our shared love of rugby and jazzy shirts. Here he is, with his super on-trend Afro/ethnic print shirts. Oh, and the rugby world cup. May you rest in peace, Mr. Mandela.
N.B. You might think me facetious and frivolous for talking about this great man’s apparel on the day of his death, so I will leave you with the fact that Bishop Desmond Tutu thought Mandela’s wardrobe unbefitting of the man’s greatness and that a suit would be better. Mandela just liked them and wore them anyway. And if you were in any doubt, there are very very very few people who can lead a country on a world stage in such unconventional attire and command respect in the way he did. Proof that substance and style are an extremely powerful combination.
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November 3, 2013
A while back I realised that despite having comparable incomes, my friends were all leading far more interesting lives. They used their incomes to DO things, to travel. Weekends away, road trips, going to the country, exciting holidays. That sort of thing. Turns out I had been so focused on clothes, booze and fags for so long it hadn’t occurred to me to go away once in a while. To inspire myself with something outside of London. So that’s what I did.
In this brave new world that is starting to look scarily like adulthood, I am as broke as, but I am now culturally enriched. I have visited many places (well, about seven places). I have seen things I had not seen before. I have eaten things I did not know exist. Like a Devonshire cream tea. I leave London. I surf! It feels great.
Admittedly, doing exciting things means I can’t afford to wear exciting things, but realistically I never could to begin with, and it’s probably (definitely) better that I don’t spend my disposable income on clothes that I probably (definitely) don’t need. Except for the Canada Goose jacket that’s definitely (probably) in my future, because, you know, going surfing in November is COLD. You know?…
As a designer and Instagram sap, I take pictures, because, you know, I’m never not working and all that. Here is some of what I have seen in the past few months. Feels like the right thing to post given my summer holiday from blogging!
January 3, 2013
I spend half my life raging at flowers. Proper rage, ruing them, cursing the petal-y feckers and all their petals and funny shapes that often makes drawing them a pain in the kaboose. Luckily, they have a certain magic that keeps me from wanting to vomit all over them when I’m not doing textiles. Good work, flower magic. Good work flowers, being all petal-y and pretty. There was a discussion in the studio recently about favourites and I mentioned peonies as a forerunner for best one. They were deemed “fashion” flowers, in the way girls are deemed “fashion” – the “bitch” is silent, like the k in know. And the w, actually, now that I think about it…Anyway, bite me, they are gorgeous. And while we’re at it, if we’re talking fashion flowers, eh, like, everyone knows that chrysanthemums are the it flower for SS13, as seen all over Gucci and just about everywhere else. Pssssshhhhhhh.
Also, there are no real losers in this game. Flowers are pretty. End of.
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Gucci, Etro & Dries Van Noten, Spring Summer 2013. All images via Style.com
November 18, 2012
While I’ve been very bad at blogging for quite some time now I’ve been pretty productive elsewhere in my life. Here’s one of the moodboards I’ve been working from in the studio. Check, plaid, tartan. Whatever you wanna call it. It’s not newsworthy that grunge is back - even Look magazine is all over that shit. It is also arguable that plaid is not, in fact, back because it never really went away…it’s just more that it has been promoted…While print is having a maximal moment, a plaid is a simpler more minimal way of doing it. Loud without being fussy. This season’s plaids are in fresh new colours, as well as referencing classic 90′s styles. What I like about plaid for Spring Summer 2013 is the combinations of print and textures, á la Dries with the florals and the mettalics. Or Richard Chai Love with the washed out, painterly thing. And if all else fails, just throw on a mini kilt and matching jacket and look like a total Betty, as per Cher in Clueless. Way cool.
September 9, 2012
Dragons are the new tigers. If you don’t believe me, I refer you to Dries Van Noten’s AW12/13 collection. If you still don’t believe me, well, fine. But I’m telling you. Dragons rule.
August 27, 2012
These guys are dudes. They all like music and clothes and stuff. And they’re cool as f**k. Dudes.
BB King. He’s a dude.
Wayne & Garth. They’re dudes.
Muddy Waters. He really is the dude.
The Rolling Stones. They’re total dudes.
These guys are dudes. And it’s totally excellent news that Bill & Ted are coming back for another adventure. Will it be excellent? Will it be bogus? Who knows. But Keanu’s always been fine in my book.
And then there’s these dudes. <3 Outkast.
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July 18, 2012
Back in February I spent all the money I had on a flight to Bali. It was equal parts inspired and insane behaviour. Sadly, the too-poor-to-eat thing didn’t give me the awesome beach bod I was hoping for, because food that is bad for you is cheaper for you than food that is good for you. But that is a debate for another place (Channel 4 have a good series of documentaries if you are interested). Anyway, me and my not-even-nearly beach ready bod went to Bali and surfed, snorkled and generally acted the maggot. I went fishing at sunset and dived off boats. I absorbed the overwhelming culture, which was Aussie bogan style, and came home thinking it was perfectly acceptable to wear an oversize tie dye tee, leopard maxi, trucker hat and flip flops as a legitimate outfit. :/ Well when the place looks like this, who gives a shit about clothes…
Ps. I accidentally threw out a roll of film with all my favourite places on it. EPIC fail. Thank feic for my iphone….
May 23, 2012
Did I mention that I love my job? I love my job. That’s one of the most annoying things that people can say, ever. Sorry. To make up for my job smugness, here is some inspiration I have been working from recently. You’ll see why I am a smug cow.
I am having a cowboy moment, so what better to compliment it than a Navajo brief? Love the embroidery and hand stitching and beading on the garments, as well as the vibrant colours mixed with siennas and earthy browns. Festival wear sorted. Well, it would be if I wasn’t such a boring old fart not going to any festivals this year. Sob.
I think I’m going to get a feathered headdress and wear it around my house instead. Not weird at all, right?!
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May 10, 2012
Paris really needs to do everyone a favour and stop being such a beautiful, inspiring place; otherwise people are just going to keep on taking dodgy, arty farty pictures all over the shop.
Case in point: