It’s not everyday that a rousing exhibition such as this presents itself so it’s always important to take advantage. Retrospectives are especially exciting as it offers a large selection of an artist’s work in one setting allowing the viewer to observe the breadth of their work and development.
I’m a big fan of Helmut Newton’s black and white fashion photography which to this very day continues to command our attention with its modern, edgy perspective. However, have a more difficult time finding purpose or pleasure in his female nudes of pornographic and sadomasochistic tendency.
As he himself put it, “I love vulgarity. I am very attracted by bad taste – it is a lot more exciting than that supposed good taste which is nothing more than a standardized way of looking at things… If the art world rejects me, all I can say is ‘good luck to the world of art.’ If I look for a real point of view, I’m not going to start by looking at what art will accept so I can conform to that. That’s why… sadomasochism still seems interesting to me today. I always carry chains and padlocks in my car trunk, not for me but for my photos.” -Helmut Newton, Press conference, Austria, 1984
Now that the temperatures are rising, perfume holds an even more important role in our daily routines. Heavier, thicker scents should be replaced with something light and refreshing such as my latest scent obsession eau de toilette Un Jardin Sur Le Nil by Hermès. One, two or ten clicks and I don’t seem to tire, the smell somehow intoxicates me with divine, exotic dreams of foreign travels to the likes of Egypt or Morocco as if out of an Agatha Christie Poirot episode from the 1989 tv-series with David Suchet.
In those dreams I find myself dressed in elegant beige linen garments, wearing a panama hat and fanning myself with a rare ostrich feather fan, or white peacock which will also do. The air is dry and warm, I’m lounging on a divan alternatively, out on an adventure with my beautiful pet camel snapping photographs of hidden ancient monuments or rummaging through a local market in search of treasures. Ah, the alluring power of scent!
If you’re anything like me and tend to enjoy watching silver screen films all weekend long, you might just appreciate this wonderful new collection on display in the fabulous Belmacz gallery. It gives a glimpse into the notoriously private world of Swedish screen siren Greta Garbo through items from her personal wardrobe including everything from elegant gloves, straw hats, dresses, handkerchiefs, a cooking apron, and a fabulously unique yoga suit.
The collection also features some wonderful inspired-by pieces such as this terrific Stephen Jones jersey ski cap, inspired by a hat Garbo wore in the film Ninotchka (1939).
Film, glamour, style, fame, fortune and a secret admirer too? It seems like Miss G had it all as this silk scarf with a personal love telegram stating Greta I love you guess who I am -r seems to prove. I wonder who it could be from…
Garbo may have been best known for her glamorous, feminine film persona but off camera she preferred to dress in more masculine attire. Letting Garbo’s personal flair be an inspiration for modern icons such as us, Manolo Blahnik created these ‘Piola’ brogues, which will be available to order for September delivery. Exciting, I’ll certainly be keeping a look out for them!
It might not be spring or summer quite just yet but the menswear of Bond Street is definitely turning up the heat, muy caliente!
Call me crazy, but I absolutely adore checking out the beautifully styled luxury windows of Bond Street and imagining the handsome men that might fill the equally handsome suits featured. It seems I have a certain predisposition towards the deliciously sharp suits and fashions of Italian brands Canali and Corneliani, which are just so undeniably sexy and stylish!
However difficult it may be, try to remain composed by keeping your tongues from wagging in your mouths as the staff really don’t appreciate you salivating on their goods or windows :( Bummer, I know!
It’s been far too long since my last visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum, so to make up for my absence and celebrate the reunion, I made sure to catch their spectacular Ballgowns “British Glamour Since 1950” exhibition. And, what a treat it was to see! It was beautifully put together with some truly exquisite pieces on display. I think this exhibit would make a lovely addition to their permanent collection, but oh well, we can’t have everything!
The ground floor acted as a retrospective, focusing on to die for historic ballgowns such as this fabulous fur cuffed coat and dress ensemble, seen above. What I wouldn’t give to live in an age where people still dressed like this, très chic. Yes, I certainly wouldn’t mind sweeping into an equally elegant room dressed in this outfit with hmmm shall we say the ever so handsome Cary Grant on my arm! Stunna…
Then, the mezzanine featured contemporary ballgowns by designers such as Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson, Alexander McQueen, Mary Katrantzou and more. But, in all honesty my heart lay with the ground floor designs. There’s just something so undeniably elegant and mysteriously exciting about the past compared to the present. However, regardless of where your preferences lie, I’d certainly advise anyone and everyone to see this beautiful exhibition before its demise on January 6, 2013. Hurry and enjoy!
These earrings and long pearl necklace are new additions to my Memento Mori Collection. The name Memento Mori was inspired by the Renaissance and Baroque thematic expression in art, which reminded people of their mortality as death was constantly present in society. My interpretation is live now, make the most of it and don’t get hung up on trivial matters. Not to forget, look fabulous while you’re at it! Carpe diem, anyone?