Friday, January 25, 2013

Camille Dubourdieu

Looking at this girl I weep a little at the memory of the cream silk blouse I sold in my Etsy shop - if it had been my size it would never have made it in...sigh. 
At least the new owner thinks it beautiful, which makes me happy.
Image source from the talented photograper Vanessa Jackman

Valentino SS13 couture

Good work.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ulyana Sergeenko SS13

Well.  I have no idea if she passes the Couture exam or not but I don't really care as I have always had a thing for  50s style technicolour blocks of costume.  There is plenty of attention to detail if you look but the volume and simplicity is perfectly theatrical and feminine - references are Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz after all.  I like it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Yuri Vasnetsov

The Russian children's book illustrator that was part of the inspiration behind Ulyana Sergeenko's latest collection - I think it showed today, I haven't had a chance to see it yet I'm off to have a look.

sources from gazophylacium sanwichsinmayonesa

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Woven Scarf

I am lately on the hunt for one of these large scarves as seen on The Sartorialist.
I am convinced I will be able to locate one in the charity shops or maybe on ebay.  I can quantify this by adding that just yesterday I scored the Holy Grail in a Princess Alice Hospice shop - a man's navy blue 100% heavy cashmere cardigan with welted pockets.  £8.99.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I wanted to be her.

It was brought to my attention that Denise Huxtable from the Cosby Show is being channeled for inspiration lately.  Ah, a happy rush of reminiscence.  This was early eighties and in hindsight I can but marvel at how bonkers the styling was, I mean, she was wearing hareem pants pre Hammer time and layering collars over collars with linebacker's shoulder pads... yet always looked amazing.  The Cosby Show, for me, was all about when she was on set and for how long.  Transcendental. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

More headbands

for sale in Miss Devine Vintage

The Floral Headband.

Ok the one above is not strictly floral, or a headband but it is from the inimitable Ulyana Sergeenko, right, who I suspect lit the match to this trend.  I can't help but like its Elizabethan bent.
I love that the image on the right is meant to be Queen Elizabeth I.  Ah yes, the guilty pleasures of BBC2's 'The Tudors'...

images from elbows and knees and video and taceo

Friday, January 11, 2013

The In Crowd


Is there a collective term for a group of creepers?  A brothel?  Anyway, not being a fan of them aside, I really like this editorial.

Published in T Magazine photographed by Tyrone LeBon styling by Sara Moonves 
found via this lovely blog 

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Milena Silvano AW13

Image above Milena Silvano SS13 Source: via milena on Pinterest

Hand made and hand dyed from ethical sources,  her work is always artful and completely balanced.
Here is her blog, from where you can visit her shop to own something this lovely.

I am mentally blowing the dust off my silkscreen frame.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

“There's only one degree of freshness — the first, which makes it also the last” : Mikhail Bulgakov

The Devil comes to Stalinist Moscow, in the form of Professor Woland, accompanied by a retinue that includes a vodka drinking, talking cat that walks on his hind legs and a totes a Mauser.  Amongst the havoc wreaked over three days emerges a poignant love story; all this, interwoven with the philosophical, parallel plot line that allows you to eavesdrop at the meeting of Pontius Pilate and Jesus.  
It's impossible to surmise Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita succinctly.  Impossible to review without  achieving some sort of annoying evangelical tone.  So I won't (can't).  You have to read it for yourself.  I found out just the other night that this book was the inspiration for the Rolling Stone's classic 'Sympathy for the Devil'. 
What I will say, however, is that I read the '67 translation by Michael Glenny and found it to be neatly drier in humour and lighter of lyrical foot than the more modern translations but I'm certain that this is highly contentious to the Bulgakov purists.  Just me.  

And as for the Complicite stage production?  It had a visually powerful command and kept me alert for three hours, even elicited gasps at times but inevitably, a little flawed, as anyone who has read the book will already have it immutably nailed in their own imagination.

The still above is from the excellent Vladimir Bortko's Russian tv production.  Serialised on You Tube.  

* well, should anyone be paying mind, the burgundy, velvet cape stood me well, alongside a timely 20's floral silk blouse, black zara skinnies and zara asymmetric black stilettos.  I never got it together to document this and I am unlikely to do any outfit posts but then I never say never.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Complicite and The Master and Margarita

My favourite book is currently a Complicite production at the Barbican.  We have secured two tickets and a room at the Malmaison.
I feel it requires a velvet, burgundy opera jacket.  I was going to put it in the shop but maybe this is one I have to keep for myself...