So I hopped over to the Tate Britain to see the Kurt Schwitters exhibit. Unfortunately it is over now, but yah it was a really good. Schwitters was a German artist known for his collage. He fled from Nazi Germany to settle in Britain, where he made his mark on the British art scene. Many credit him for his role in the origins of pop art. Yeah you go Kurt.
I particularly liked his later works, when his work was highly political and cultural. He often used 'found' objects and magazine and newspaper cuttings to create topical collages such as his mentions of Winston Churchill. I tried out new Barbour jumper mentioned here for the successful outing.
So here's what I wore:
vintage barbour jumper, asos jeans, urban outfitters hi tops and jacket.
I just knew Cara would be on the cover. And here you have it: Vogue has released the an image of cover of the upcoming first edition of Miss Vogue out on Monday 6th.
There's not a huge amount of information known about the new publication, but it can be bought with it's 'mother,' regular Vogue. It's quite fitting to see Cara, personifying the teen mag with Mossy gracing the mama mag. After all, she has been named the new Kate Moss (apparently, much to Kate's annoyance) lol.
Up - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Trailer
IT'S OOUUTTT!!! Yes, I am one of those weird people who like Hunger Games. That is all.
Down - Generic male hairdresser fashion.
Think Danny O' Donoghue. The components of this look include a low v neck t shirt, a waistcoat and combat boots. So JLS and One Direction circa 2010. Not a good look then, not a good look now.
It is fitting to say we are now in Spring. March was an Arctic blast, meaning Winter dragged out for longer than usual. April boasts temperatures over 5 degrees, (score) which is pretty much a heat wave here. Here are my 4 things to look forward to this Spring:
1. The Great Gatsby - Possibly the most prolonged cinema release in history, but it's out on the 18th of May. (hopefully). Baz is sure to make it suitably (and possibly unnecessarily) epic and the fashion world is awaiting the Prada costumes. Gasp.
2. Miss Vogue UK - I am thrilled they are releasing a British 'Teen Vogue' called Miss Vogue. I have been dreaming about this for ages. I do like Teen Vogue and all, but I am really longing a home-grown version with all the Brit kids and all the current London-ness. Out 6th May with regular Vogue.
3. The British Spring Time - April showers and what not. Get your brolly out.
4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Musical - After the success of Matilda, Roald Dahl's classic tale is too becoming a west end must-see. This upcoming musical uses the songs from the 1971 film (the best one in my opinion) along with some newly written ones. This is out sometime in May.
During an outing to the fabulously hipster Brick lane, I bagged myself an old gem. Probably sitting in some dusty attic for years, (that would explain the smell...) this vintage Barbour proves to be one of my best purchases. Not only does she fit snug but she is also pure wool and was crafted with TLC somewhere deep in the Scottish highlands. Isn't she fine?
and there are elbow patches...
Apparently slogan tees are back in and so are beanies (Oh, I wonder which popular model of the moment sparked this little trend). I'm not one to follow trends (gave that one up a while back) but I am obsessed with this ingenious tee.
I had been scouring the net to find an imitation of the famous 'imitation' Hermes Brian Lichtenberg tees for centuries (yes, I exaggerate a fair amount) until I eventually found a rip-off of the rip-off in Urban Outfitters. Classy, is it not, my search for a genuine imitation of an imitation? The 'save' option is still expensive, so maybe it would be more fitting for it to be called the 'splurge a little less' option. I admit, the low-rider pick-up truck is somewhat snazzier than the SUV and 'south central' sounds all the more 'down with the kids' but the joke the same and it's half the price.
So, there you have it, if you want to be delving into the designer trend but are not made of money, fear not, there is a high street version.
So I found out about this little blogging competition called Passion for Fashion and I decided to give it a try. It simply entails creating 3 outfits under the themes: party, casual and beach/holiday all under £200 with the winner receiving a cash prize. Voilà:
This whole look has a dainty and girlish charm, inspired by all things early 20th century. The Art Deco style purse and headband is very 'gatsby' (the films out in May woop woop) and the whole look can only be described as 50s housewife meets Daisy Buchanan meets your grandma's doily(an unlikely style icon, I know). This lovely coral dress with its chiffon pleats needed some cutesy bow-clad shoes in a baby hue worn with a girly pair of socks. (yeah yeah, i know pastels are literally 'soo last year' but these shoes are just too cute). So here is the finished product, worn with an optional beehive.
This casual look exhibits a kinda 90s-cool grunge look. This Office copy of the famous Balenciaga cutout boots popularized by the likes of Rumi Neely are super covetable at the moment. I really love this ribbed knit and I can imagine it looking really good with these topshop skinnys. This backpack would look pretty epic topping this ensemble off but don't fret PETA, it's only snake look, not real snake.
For my beach/holiday look, I went for a bohemian look. Cue the beautifully flowy Free People Dress which screams boho beachiness. It is actually sold as a nightie, but hey, that doesn't mean it can't work as a cover-up. My favourite part of the outfit are the toms desert boots with a south american inspired embroidery. This bikini has an exotic Mediterranean vibe yet has a retro 50's style high waist and this humble urban outfitters backpack is the perfect utilitarian staple for all those holiday bits and bobs.
I'm pretty lucky to live in London. The London scene has so much going on in terms of culture and what not. So here is a recap of all the things now and the things to look forward to for the culture vultures:
In terms of 'la mode'- Cara and more Cara. if you don't know who she is, have you been living under a rock (try google-ing her)? (non-Brits you are excused) We've also got Rosie Tapner, Topshop's new muse, rising in the fashion world but she is no where near as big as Miss Delevingne. 'Mod' is all big but, well, its ok. However, gotta say, I have been re enlightened on the subject of beehives. Beehives don't have to be nasty things, that are so colossal they collect dust. Suki Waterhouse, Georgia May Jagger and Cara Delevingne herself are sporting the acceptable types and many bloggers like Olivia (from 'What Olivia Did') wear their beehives tres bien. It is a new goal of mine to attempt a beehive at least once. Also, Nicholas Kirkwood is making weird shoes look cool and the genius 'spoof' Hermes turned homies clothing have been seen on many celebs (unfortunately Miley Cyrus has been seen to wear them, which does decrease their coolness, but I still want one because they are hilarious. They sell cheaper versions (but still scandalously high) at Urban Outfitters.
Film - Go Abe, Katniss and Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis (Grimaldi Renaldo) on their Oscar wins. Anne has come a long way since her role as Princess of the fine nation, Genovia. GENOVIA, GENOVIA, the land I call my home (sorry, I feel a need to reminisce on the Genovian national anthem whenever I think of Princess Diaries). Also you go Daniel Day on your third one, method acting really pays off. And J Law, you go. Leading me on to HUNGER GAMES. Yes, I am awfully excited for the next installment: Catching Fire (my favourite book of the trilogy) and looking forward to Finnick and everyone new. I know it is out in ages but I am dead excited. We've also got the upcoming Great Gatsby on the way (after the release date was been pushed back like a hundred times) so that comes out in May. Also, apparently there is a new Iron Man (sigh, when you get to a third superhero film it is destined for failure (look at batman- too far...) There's a new Superman and the second Hobbit film in the verizon for later in the year.
London Exhibitions - Among many events Spring washes in, The V & A have the David Bowie is exhibition and the Tate Modern has the Lichenstein exhibition. March means the St Patrick's Day Parade too!
That's all folks!
I'm back in Blighty now, but in fair Ireland I visited some beautiful natural sites including the a waterfall and Glendalough (all to practice my photography). It was a nice trip because I got to explore the fine Dublin City and all its wonders including the Oscar Wilde memorial (Wilde looks as camp as ever) and the pub my great-grandfather once owned. Dublin is a great city for culture and has a strong literary tradition, yet it is still small and wholesome. Les vacances, C'etait bon.