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Sunday, May 25, 2008
Hi. Bye.

Guys,
Just a quick note to let you know I won't posting until June as I have a major exam on Wednesday, and then I'm busy moving out to go home for the summer. More regular posting will resume after that, also Sex and the City is out on Wednesday, which I will be interested in seeing even though Carrie annoys the shit out of me.

I know the teacup feature is on Thursday, but you know what? I drink tea on Sundays too. Shocking, I know.
This week's is by Ree Jin Lee, an illustrator and ceramics designer who has created this rather minimal tea-cup and saucer which I love (gosh, I bandy the word 'love' around so freely on my blog, it feels like the 60s and the word has lost all meaning, maybe I'll try some substitutes when I return).


Also, a song. Cover of the song "How Deep is Your Love" by The Bird & The Bee, which I prefer to the original. And not just because the original was sung by The Bee Gees, who also gave us the disco-dancefloor, mood-killer that was "Stayin' Alive" (I checked, they definately used the apostrophe instead of a 'g'. Way to be cool guys). On that note of sarcasm, "I'm outtie" (Tai, Clueless, 1995....I'm a veritable hotbed of pop culture references today!) because my Consumer Culture and Advertising revision/procrastination isn't going to do itself.

Love and abuse,
Meg!

EDIT: I just saw the guy who lives across from me naked, don't people have any good-old fashioned inhibitions anymore?

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Thursday, May 22, 2008
Sugar and Spice...

OiranLacey

"Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails
That's what little boys are made of !
Sugar and spice and all things nice
That's what little girls are made of!"

When looking at Audrey Kawasaki's work, I can't help but think of the Mother Goose nursery rhyme about boys and girls, which couldn't be more apt in some parts, and more wrong in others. Audrey Kawasaki (I'm probably going to keep typing out her full name because I like the name Audrey) paints on the somewhat unusual canvas of wood using oil and graphite, and the results are completely breathtaking. Inspired by manga and Art Noveau, her paintings occasionally evoke somewhat mixed feelings because they bind together the innocent and the sexual; enigmatic, ethereal women with 'come-hither' eyes frolic around in slightly surreal environments (bugs, animal skeletons and sea creatures are aplenty but appearances from men are somewhat limited). The eyes are what initially draw you further into the pictures; they might be bedroom eyes, but there's also something quite mournful there, while the detailing is also second-to-none. You can follow her process in her journal.






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Like a tall glass of...vodka?

Apparently these ads for Icelandic vodka, Reyka have been around for a while but I've only just found them and I think they're very cool. I always find that ads for alcohol can go three ways; there's the very dramatic ones (Guiness, Smirnoff), the slightly 'sluttish' ones where a woman wearing barely anything will make eyes at a narcassistic poseur in a nightclub (Barcardi), or the vaguely amusing ones which rely on sexism, stereotypes and typical blokeish behaviour (WKD, any English beer ad).
Reyka's ads feature a slightly sheepish girl with an excellent accent and cute clothes, in an animated world. Not much else to say except, they're different and I like them.

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Sunstroke mentality...

I don't know whether the gorgeous weather has made me go a bit mentally squiffy, but I am having the weirdest style moments.
I've been looking at this one-piece (!) bodysuit by Gorman and thinking, "You know what? I actually sort of like it better than their other clothes." Their other clothes incidentally, are also really nice.


And in other clothes news I never thought I'd type, I'm jonesing for a pair of harem pants. Yeah.
While Elfenkleid's SS collection confirmed that I do actually quite like harem pants, I've actually started thinking about buying a pair, and wearing them. The blue and black ones below are from UO, but there's a grey silk pair at Topshop which I am also lusting after...maybe if I buy them in 3 colours I'll get over this strange phase?

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Monday, May 19, 2008
What big eyes you have...

For those of you who thought that snowglobes were all about pretty scenery, snowmen, glitter or the Eiffel Tower, prepare to stand corrected. Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz create deliciously dark miniature scenarios which will probably dissuade the most annoyingly precocious child from trying to shake them up. If you liked Fargo, you will probably enjoy the fantastical imagery of the duo, who capture the all too realistic emotions of fear, alienation and futility in a medium which is normally associated with very different feelings; nostalgia, love etc. The ordinarily magical winter landscape becomes a desolate, bleak space where it seems Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz are making really quite relevant comments about contemporary life and human nature, and I'll tell you now that "The Nursery" scares the bejesus out of me.

Between Too Much and Me

'Islands' series

Winter Walk

Experiment with Red No. 720


The Nursery

'Travelers' series

Traveler 53 at Night

Traveler 63

Traveler 156 at Night

Traveler 132 at Night

Cold Front


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Hello? Oh...

It's music day, and I've picked out some of my favourite tunes of late, some mellow and some perfect for those days when you feel like dancing up a storm in your bedroom (yeah, I know you're not as cool as you'd like to think you are).

Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
Essential, every music collection requires some Mazzy Star.
Thursday - Asobi Seksu

How You Survived The War - The Weepies The Weepies are new to me, but they're pretty good. Very chill, melodic indie-pop.

Skinny Love - Bon Iver I told you that men with gorgeous voices make my knees go weak and Bon Iver is no exception.

You Drift Away - The Postmarks Easy on the ears (and good studying music!)

Lullabies - Headlights

Kill! Kill! Kill! - The Pierces ...Yeah, I think that is a ukelele but I still like it.

In My Room - The Last Shadow Puppets Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane of The Rascals get fancy with a string orchestra arranged by Owen Pallett from Arcade Fire, with those credentials, who needs my thoughts?...You do =) It's a good album, reminds me of James Bond...if he was from up North.

How Now - The Jealous Girlfriends Take it. Take it. Take it. This song has been on rrrepeat since I first heard it. Catchy as hell, and so freaking danceable! These guys are going places, and fast.

You and Me Song - The Wannadies Sugar-coated nostalgia, the best kind, no?

Breathe Me - Sia (Four Tet Remix)


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Sunday, May 11, 2008
Studying has a bad rep....

...but somehow I've been managing.
I have two exams this week, so posting will be resumed the week after!
Good luck if you also have exams at the moment!

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Fashion in Motion...

So about a month or so ago, Debonair made a list of the "Movies that Impacted the Fashion World" and while I agree with most of their choices, I have a few of my own...
Debonair's List (partial, in no particular order):
1. A Clockwork Orange - Definitive Punk
Combat boots, bowler hats, braces and exaggerated eye-makeup, the 'droogs' may have been delinquents but they were also well-dressed, dandy delinquents with lawless attitudes that put the Sex Pistols to shame later in the 60s.

Jean Paul Gaultier's Autumn - Winter '08/9 menswear collection sees the return of the Alex DeLarge influence (stylewise only hopefully).2. American Gigolo - American Sportswear
Julian Kaye was preppy elegance personified and tied up with a lavish Armani bow. He wasn't a likeable character but an undeniably smooth, charismatic fashionplate. Could anyone take their eyes off him?....I still can't - he is too, too lovely - I have a feeling that I should attempt to stop subjecting him to my examination but if men can look, I'm all in favour for the Female Gaze too!
Still dressing 'money' in the same elegant, nonchalant style today, Armani Spring - Summer '07

3. Annie Hall - Androgyny baby!
Long before there was Agy, there was Annie. Played by Diane Keaton, Annie Hall is the heroine of the only Woody Allen film I can stand, and that is partly because of the style embraced by the eccentric Annie. With her waistcoats, ties and what are now termed as 'boyfriend' trousers, Keaton was partly at the forefront of a huge fashion movement that exists today. I say partly, because I mostly credit the androgynous look to Yves Saint Laurent who created the "Le Smoking" tuxedo, which was an incredibly influential and important design. But in films, Annie Hall covered that base.

Tom Ford for YSL Spring - Summer '04. I find it weird that Tom Ford even designed for YSL just a few years ago. I think it's because Stefano Pilati's most recent collection was so perfect that I am distinctly underwhelmed by Tom Ford's sunglass and perfume collection. Did anyone else think that Ford was going to come back with something more incredible than a bunch of sexist, racy ads and an accessories collection?...He doesn't have anything to prove, his stint at YSL speaks for itself, but still I'm hoping that Hedi Slimane is working on something more....KA-POW!-like compared to Ford's return to fashion.

4. North By Northwest - Cary Grant aka Suave, Elegant Bachelor-type
Cary Grant is immaculate in this timeless, single-breasted grey suit. I don't need to say anything more, except that if you're sitting here wondering why Cary Grant is on this list, you need to watch more pre-1970's cinema (especially Hitchcock).

Personally, my favourite menswear designer, Neil Barratt, Autumn - Winter '07/8

5. Pulp Fiction - minimal chic
Who hasn't watched Pulp Fiction and wished they were either Uma Thurman dancing with effortless cool in a 50's style restaurant, or Sam L. Jackson in a clean black suit with a skinny black tie, being a badass in general? No-one.


Hedi Slimane for Dior Homme - Autumn - Winter '06/7


My Continuing List:

6. Wes Anderson - the vintage-styled eccentrics
Speaking from a biased viewpoint as a 'bit' of a Wes Anderson fan, I think he created a distinct style in the genre he works within (the indie flick). From the fur-clad Margot Tenenbaum, to the Whitman brothers, to Max Fischer, the characters are the epitome of upper-middle class bohemia; the sort of people who own expensive, well-made clothing but rather than buying it new, it actually belonged to some deceased relative who dropped dead of scarlet fever in Papua New Guinea.


Calvin Klein - Spring - Summer '06

Lanvin - Autumn - Winter '05/6

7. Breakfast at Tiffanys - chic femme
Breakfast at Tiffany's, starring Audrey Hepburn and THAT Givenchy dress, amongst some other gorgeous outfits, and Fred Baby (Paul Varjak) wearing some rather dashing, spiffy suits.

Alberta Ferretti - Autumn - Winter '08/9

Givenchy - Autumn - Winter '04/5

Valentino - Autumn - Winter '08/9

Valentino - Autumn - Winter '08/9

Lanvin - Spring - Summer '08

Paul Smith - Autumn - Winter '08/9

8. The Great Gatsby - roaring 20's
Drop-waisted, flapper dresses, big floppy hats and love-stricken dandies.

YSL - Spring - Summer '06

Betty Jackson - Spring - Summer '06

Elspeth Gibson - Spring - Summer '06

Emporio Armani - Spring - Summer '06

9. Rebel Without A Cause - the original teen
Leather jackets, dirty jeans, and reckless attitudes, somehow binge-drinking is somewhat less rebellious than James Dean racing towards the edge of a cliff.

Bottega Veneta - Autumn - Winter '07/8

Gucci - Autumn - Winter '06/7

10. Clueless - the preppy teen
Plaid skirts, headbands, knee-socks and mary-jane's. Before there was Blair Waldorf, there was Cher Horowitz...in Alaia. Meanwhile, Dan Humphrey...I mean Josh and the other male characters were mooching around in shirts over band tees, like guys who like Marky-Mark.

Preen - Autumn - Winter '06/7

Karen Walker - Autumn - Winter '06/7

Luella - Spring- Summer '07

Eley Kishimoto - Autumn - Winter '08/9

Eley Kishimoto - Autumn - Winter '07/8

Phillip Lim - Autumn - Winter '07/8

Versace - Autumn - Winter '04/5

Also duly noted, but not elaborated upon because I am tired:
The Thomas Crown Affair (original with Steve McQueen)
The Talented Mr. Ripley
The Fifth Element
Goldfinger

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