Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Friday, 12 March 2010
Monday, 8 March 2010
So, It is here. Alice In Wonderland by the kooky Tim Burton came out this week and I along with many went to see it. I was very excited to watch the film but to tell you the truth, I'm not sure what I make of it. Johnny Depp and Stephen Fry in the same film I heard?! Surely it can't get any better?... and I was right. The story line is not Alice In Wonderland, thus I felt it inappropriate to lead the viewer into thinking so with such a name. However, I did admire Burton trying to do a new take on the classic novel, seeing Alice thirteen years after her adventure in Wonderland, but the resulting actions seemed to anger me. I think Burton got Lewis Carol mixed up with C. S. Lewis as the movie seemed to turn into an adventure in Narnia. Wonderland was never about Good vs. Evil, it was about being ridiculous, and most probably high. The costumes were fantastic though, Alice, played by Mia Wasikowska, has an assortment of amazingly tailored dresses of blue and red; a look of customise-chic, whilst still maintaining the Victorian theme to the film. The Red Queen (NOT the Queen of Hearts - another unnecessary alteration) played by the beautiful and quirky Helena Bonham-Carter looked humourous but well drawn with her bulbous head and hair of hearts. She did play the character well, with convincing malice and indulgent ridicule. Johnny Depp aka The Ideal Man, played the Mad Hatter in an enviable costume but seemed to spoil it all with a really cringeworthy dance near the end. I was in shock seriously, I've never seen that man being anything but suave and it tore my heart a little, though I still spent most of the film eye fixed on his God-like bone structure. Arghh, his presence makes any adaptation bearable. I did not hate the film, but as a loyal and obsessive fan of Alice (as you well know), I felt a little hard done by that something as imaginatively idyllic as Wonderland had to be thwarted by a burst of battle reality. You could say it lost its muchness, thankyou Hatter. The visual effects were impressive, the intention admirable, but next time leave Disney well out of this Tim and keep it Burton old-school, consider Edward Scissorhands or Beetlejuice if you want to play it darkly. Definately, if nothing else you can do, just definately, absolutely, quintessentially, don't conclude with a song written by Avril Lavigne. Fail. Why did he do it? Well we're all mad here.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
They spotted the hareem pants trend.
The image is a bit small but click on the link and I'm third down far right.
Emerging Fervour is a great blog, follow it now or joing the fan page on facebook!
Friday, 5 March 2010
Its Goth Barbie with messy skater pumps and a serious need of new extensions. Not to mention the half sporadic gymnast/half moulin-rouge wannabe hairdo that is completely irrelevant and doesn't even try to be credible. I am getting angry. Those dresses belong on the halloween special of Snog Marry Avoid.
There is nothing about this video that flatters her in any way. Oh dear.
Why did you originally want to study at LCF and which course did you study?
I was working in Hong Kong teaching art and design and wanted a career change. I found out about the Cordwainers Footwear Diploma and it was exactly what I was looking for.
What did you do when you first left LCF?
I spent a year in bespoke footwear at Foster and Son, Jermyn Street, and went on to study at the Royal College.
How would you define your aesthetic?
Theatrical and streamlined.
And how would you describe your customer?
Someone who is very into fashion and design and not afraid to stand out. A confident, flamboyant woman, someone like Alison Goldfrapp or Dita Von Teese.
What inspires you most?
New technology. My recent designs have been inspired by industrial design, and vehicles.
Any industry 'tips' for our current and future students?
Be really brave, contact people directly and pester! Don't give up!
Her wedges are featured in the March edition of Elle magazine. Also mentioned is another piece footwear that you can feel free to buy for me, if you want, you know, as a little present, is this exclusive wedge from Camilla Skovgaard:
Image taken from Elle magazine, March 2010
So exclusive it seems that I cannot find a picture on the web, but you can reach her website here.
Monday, 1 March 2010
London Fashion Weekend finally concluded yesterday which means I can actually have a night's sleep and a day's lazing, I am surprised I have lasted this long to be honest. Anyway, here is a post of the catwalk that was on throughout the event, aiming to showcase the hottest trends for this Spring/Summer. Please excuse the majority of crappy photography, some of the models have amusingly awkward poses but it is the clothes I want to show off not the uneven angles. In my defence though, the pictures were pretty clear so any blurring is a result of uploading but I think they do the job. Warning: there are quite a large number of photos. The main themes for the coming season:
an infusion of feminine, pastel colours and cuts, floaty and lacy materials with a sophisticated finish.
Swallows and Amazons
a darker side to Candy Rock, womanly but edgy, with enough double-denim to make Zach from Saved By The Bell jump for joy, and playful yet androgynous city shorts. The trend gave light to brand Current/Elliot who are from the USA and don’t sell here in the UK but were showcasing at LFWend and were a denim look to watch out for.
(there is one we haven't seen before)
a selection of the prettiest retro evening dresses, each with a one-of-a-kind 50's handbag in original condition. For 1950's style swimwear and lingerie, Pistol Panties was suggested, and for hats it had to be Philip Treacy who was the official milliner for none other than the great late Alexander McQueen.
Betty Jackson's entire SS range was also displayed and there was an obvious love for the sorbet socks that most of the other trends also embody. (Expect more on this soon.)
The make-up look of the moment is all about light coral on the lips, and dusky blue eyeshadow on flawless pale skin (yay). Elizabeth Arden are one of the sponsors of LFWend and they had a new Melon colour lipstick that is set to be very popular. I've always like orange lipstick, I think it looks funky and flattering, and at the rate most of the UK female population are going with their obsession orange skin, they might actually blend in for once...
The catwalk kicked off with E! entertainment presenter Louise Roe, wearing an amazing orange playsuit from high-street Jaegar. I want this (as usual). However my sources have told me that she apparently wore the same outfit for all the shows this weekend which makes me question the state of hygiene of the ensemble.