Monday, 26 October 2009

Leona Lewis gets the Westwood treatment

Vivienne Westwood has created some gowns fo Leona Lewis in gold lame and silver satin for her new single and album covers / videos.

According to Hilary Alexander

Each gown is made-to-measure in Westwood’s couture atelier in central London, constructed around a fitted, wasp-waisted, boned leotard, and features the designer’s signature cleavage-enhancing corset, allied to a romantic, crinoline-style skirt.

Lucky Leona!

Sunday, 25 October 2009


Columbia Road market was bathed in glorious sunshine today, I bought some gorgeous flowers for a paltry £7 and popped into the shops this morning. I stumbled across the newly monochrome Ryantown which has rebranded as Ryantoon for 6 weeks only until 15th November in which time only black and white products will be onsale.

Those in London should pop on down all details are on his blog, those who arent so close can check out his Etsy shop

I made this...

I have written a blog for magazine site Ctrl Alt Shift, you should have a read of it by popping by

For those who dont know about Ctrl.Alt.Shift read the below, it really is ace;

Following our launch in June 2008, we embarked on a mission to fight social and global injustice. As well as exposing madness and bringing the world to rights on the website and magazine we took action against countries restricting the travel of people living with HIV and highlighted the 50 million women missing in India. Given our love for all things art, music and culture, we teamed up with Vice, BALTIC, Sadlers Wells, and launched a film project which resulted in five shorts which are now touring festivals.

Ambassadors and talent who got down with the Ctrl.Alt.Shift cause included Julian Barratt, Martin Freeman, Chipmunk, Young Knives, Metronomy, Nan Goldin, Alexa Chung, David Shrigley, Matthew Stone, T Magic, The Streets, Mystery Jets, Boy Better Know and MPHO.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Free Fever Ray album with tomorrow's Guardian

The Guardian are doing a Mail On Sunday on us (that's not something that is typed regularly) and giving away a free album with Saturday's paper. The CD features a complete live show recorded in Sweden including a cover of Nick Cave's Stranger Than Kindness which has only previously been available on a 7".

Unlike the Mail on Sunday this album won't be coming in the paper wrap but will be downloadable - I mean, CDs just take up valuable space these days - this is also a great reflection of the demographic The Guadian appeal to.

Yo Majesty - Halloween video

I love this!

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Poetry In Bralle

Australian designers Turn Me On Design have collaborated with artist Andy Uprock to create a new jewellery line called Poetry In Braille.

amazing quote coming up:

"for a few years, i was roaming the streets of Sydney and putting up my poetry in Braille, creating a form of grafitti for the blind"
Andy Uprock

The jewellery line comes from such a perfect place that as soon as I read a piece about the collaboration I instantly wanted something from the collection. Nylon say: "Poetry in Braille forges a new experience in appreciating beauty in tactility" and no-one argues with Nylon.

Marina & The Diamonds ace new vid

Big things, expect big things

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Acne Pop Classics

Acne Pop Classics is a slightly more affordable and casual range from Swedish designers ACNE, the range includes luxe street inspired wear in soft fabrics and colours, designed for both men and women.

This sheepskin / leather jacket is so Chloe Sevigny - New York Cool it makes my eyes bleed

The Acne take on the classic trench

Egyptian print shirt

Ok, its not that cheap...but its still ace

Opening Ceremony I WANT YOU ALL

I think its the cold weather that's drawing me to all of these warm clothes - but dont they just look totally snug?

Pics from La Garconne

It's time to Exchange

I dont go to Fulham, never have, have never had much reason to tbh. Today I was reading about a reason to pop on down. Ot's called The Exchange and is a new second hand dress shop from interior designer Birgit Israel, you take your clothes and they give you half the money.

Ok, so its not eBay and lets face it they are probably catering to people who have the odd couture number shoved in a dry cleaning bag in their walk in wardrobe rather than the likes of myself but the idea is a nice one.

According to Daily Candy:

Really groovy pieces only, please: big names like Prada, Anya Hindmarch and Vivienne Westwood go down a treat, but items by independent designers will do as well. A just-opened second location offers secondhand designer menswear, children’s wear alongside more frocks for the ladies, and a special vintage corner — authentic Chanel, Givenchy and YSL.

Yeah, you get the drift, Fulham is the new destination for window shopping...

Tights please!

Urban Outfitters well and truly got me with their latest mail shot, which I received today, how? By advertising tights on the day that the weather turns arctic. There has been a lot of press around the House of Holland tights, my favourites are the letter print designs in black - even River Island are selling them if you prefer to pick yours up from the high street.

Urbo have some fab tights at the moment, here is a run down of my faves:

BDG Frenchy floral leggings

Printed Legging £28

Ripped tights £12.00 (you can't rip tights that evenly on your own!)

My faves, the HOH £10 letter tights

You can buy them all here

Because everyone loves a good book....

I have always wanted to go to the Hay On The Wye literary festival but felt that maybe its for people who don't say AMAZING every other word and shriek swear words at every opportune moment...Also, where the hell is Hay On The Wye?

When I heard that the festival was coming to London my ears pricked up, I mean, it's always easier to tackle something slightly alien when you know your escape route. The Guardian Hay Festival will be coming to London between 23rd - 25th October and getting settled at Kings Place - which is the home of The Guardian and I've always fancied a sneak around. LIterary names involved include Will Self, Martin Amis and Faye Weldon.

Why am I writing about this on my fashion blog you may ask? Well, Sophia Bennett who has written fashion novel Threads will be taking part in the mini Hay, this Saturday she will be hosting the Fashion with Compassion event. A limited edition issue of Threads will be available with a cover designed by the one and only Giles Deacon, £1 from each book will go to Save the Children. The event takes place from 11am in the St Pancras Room for those 11 plus hopefully I wont feel too stupid there then!) for more info go here

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte boots

Straps? Buckles? Bondage? All of the above. Having worked together for three seasons now, Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte's collaboration is now on sale exclusively at Dover Street Market alongside Kirkwood's existing collection which are also housed in DSM.

Sounds good...there must be a catch? Yeah, they cost £2,250 - eek!

image from DazedDigital

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Can you lend me this Chloe?

When I recieved my La Garconne email today introducing the Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony collection I was in two minds about opening it. My bad! Now I want this cardigan A LOT. $345 hmmm

New Issue of Dazed - The Imagination Issue

There is a lot of film focussed editorial in the brand new issue of Dazed including
"a bolt of youthful creativity comes in the form of a portfolio of young British actors shot by Matt Irwin, including rising stars, Nicholas Hoult, Imogen Poots, Aaron Johnson and Rachel Hurd-Wood." AND "Luminaries including Gareth Pugh, Stefano Pilati, Nick Knight and Alexander McQueen all reflect on the rise of the fashion film as a medium."

The November issue of Dazed & Confused is on sale on Thursday October 15

Monday, 12 October 2009

Kill Your Idols

What can I say? I love New Look's Idol range designed by Donovan Pascal and inspired by Debbie Harry. You may have seen Alison Mosshart from The Kills modeling the range, Idol will drop 6 collections a year, with the second collection dropping in November.

Think studs, lashings of black, spiked heels and studded bags....

Florence & The Machine vid - You Got The Love

Florence + The Machine - You've Got The Love

Florence and The Machine|MySpace Music Videos

Sometimes I wish I could be Flo for a bit, if only to dance around on moons and throw glitter in the air

Friday, 9 October 2009

New Drums of Death Vid

Made by the brilliant John Major's Daughters - perfect Friday afternoon dance on your chair vibe

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Diesel:U:Music Tour - London

Diesel held their annual Diesel:U:Music party last Thursday, The Big Pink and Heartsrevolution played live and lots of celebrities packed into the fantastic venue - a huge bunker underneath Westminster University.

I drank too many free mojitos and then got lost underneath the building - ace fun.

Best dressed celebrity? Lily Allen of course

Pics of the venue

**New Trend Alert**

LOVE magazine's Katie Shillingford with dip dye hair at Paris Fashion Week...erm, can I be her please? Thanks


It's officially October, I like to think it's official once it's few day into the month, so it's got a little cold and Autumnal which can only mean one thing - it's time to invest in a good pair of boots.

The last few years has seen lots of ladies donning knee high boots, often vintage or vintage look, this year it's all change thankyouverymuch and you have two choices when it comes to choosing your winter footwear: ankle boots OR over the knee boots.

Personally, I won't be rocking the over the knees - too expensive for a good pair - legs will look like sausages, that kind of thing - however, I see that as a reason for me to get at least two pairs of ankle boots.

Last year I was a fan of Miss Selfridge's PVC ankle boots with exposed silver zip, unfortunately I wore them so much they gave up on me completely one day and pretty much ripped in half. I also have a pair of brown boots with a gold ankle buckle and clompy walking boot heels that I'll be getting re-heeled this week. The only downside of those boots is that any contact with carpet and I become a whole bundle of static electricity, must to the hysterics of my old work colleagues.

So this leads me on to this year's new boots buy....

If money was not an option

Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

If I gulped (and practiced walking in them)

Cos ankle boots £129

If I wasnt bothered about being late in the day...

Office studded boots

The ones I might just buy anyway...

Office £70

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Wish You Were Here?

The Lower East Side and Carnaby Street are doing a shop swap, LES has had some of the Newburgh Quarter's most famour shops - Hurwundeki and Beyond The Valley to name but a few.

This weekend we are getting twelve boutiques from New York's Lower East Side inclouding Earnest Sewn (YES!), Hairy Mary's Vintage & Design and Shut Skateboards.

So videos from the New York swap are can find out more here

Wish You Were Here London Pop Up Fashion Shop Opening from Lost Not Found Productions on Vimeo.

WISH YOU WERE HERE PART 2 OF 2 from Lost Not Found Productions on Vimeo.