Friday, 11 March 2016

Picking out things over fashion week AW 2016

Most days I spend a couple of hours scrolling down my social network feeds clicking on likes and linking up to the stories that fascinate me, obsess me and that are just amusing. I fill my brain with stuff, so much stuff I never knew existed, loads of stuff I do know, some I don't or have forgotten about and the tales of people's lives and my own in a never ending trawl of notes in the form of imagery, film and word. I heart the things that grab my attention on a whim, I leave short amusing comments and sometimes impart a modicum of information or view point. I just do what everybody else does and while the hours away looking and posting. I do go out into the real world and if the mood takes me, whipping out my phone and recording the moment. I’m always obsessed with style and fashion, the people who make it, the people who wear it and the people who write about it. 

London Fashion week is where I'm at and this season I helped out at Sibling with some big hand knits, it's sort of like a bit of therapy nipping up their East London studio and knitting away. I went to see Ryan Lo who I adore, Claire Barrow's art installation at the ICA. Popped by Peter Jensen who also did an presentation at the ICA. I took my place at Holly Fulton, Ashley Williams and Gareth Pugh... And of course Fashion East with newcomer Mimi Wade. I basically just go to my friends shows though. Either I'm in the supporting role or iD mag ask me to write a short review, which I love doing. I'm the sort who likes things on the basis of ‘would I wear it?’, yes that old chestnut, I just can't help myself, I pick out things I want and sometimes pick out things for friends, then I take a picture for reference or to post. 

Sibling... Yeah I knitted those humongous cowls.

Part of Claire Barrows vitrine installation at the ICA

Mimi Wade at Fashion East

Last month I learned a sector of the fashion world are saying that something has to give on the fashion calendar, seasonal showing dates and whatnot. I'm wondering if it will change? What do you think? Also I'm seeing the continuation of clothes for shows speeding down the catwalks… BIG showstoppers designed to wow us. Who wears these creations in real life? I know a few that would, but really we all know that designers like to throw a few bits of imaginative pieces in to up the anti and grab some choice moments on our news feeds as well as column inches and well keep us interested in the craft of dressing I love to pursue… And maybe you do too.

Com Des Garçon pile it on.

In London we talk endlessly about ‘street style’ but what is that nowadays? I'll leave you to ponder that one. In Milan there's a sense of business to fashion with an innate Italian chicness to consider, even when it's slightly wacky. In Paris it's all about the certain craft of cut and adornment at its core. New York considers the big sell but everywhere has taken to conceptualism to fashion highs. 

In the space of mere seasons Vetements is where our attentions lie right now what with the Balmain post of designer Vetements collective. What did you think of the drag coming down the catwalk? I have to say I was rather taken with some it and amused with other pieces of rather frumpy looking ensembles. Think they might have overlooked the diversity card though, there's a lot of chit chat online about the casting.

I saw a lot of things I wanted this a/w 2016 season I wanted I must say. I also thought some things were, dare I say it, designed with me in mind. I’ve been known to feature on a mood board or two, I’m not just making that up, I've actually seen it! This Gucci fella Alassandro do dah, bet I'm on his, I don't know him but every collection I've seen has a touch of the PJ’s to it. Where's my drag? What about Marc Jacobs, Margiela and Mui Mui, yeah I must be on their mood boards as well. I'm expecting a few care packages then!

    A bit of Margiela for you.

Oh we're most taken with the old (Yves) St. Laurent this season in my camp circles! Just look at what designer Hedi Slimaine has been rummaging around in… None other than the bottom drawer of an 80s disco fan and the drag queens of Shoreditch. Girl's are a bit on thin side but that's Hedi innit, he likes a very slender model and this lot looked stunning as they wobbled around.

   Campness over at Hedi Slimaine's St. Laurent drag box

Finally the king of fashion who's longevity never ceases to amaze me, good old Karl (Lagerfield), a mesmerising character, who saw Suzy Menkes having a dance with him on Instagram? Aside from that he's still got all the enthusiasm for his craft after decades of fashioneering, for that I salute you! 










Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Princess Julia X Space NK S/S Instore Campaign

My most recent outing as part of the Space NK instore campaign... #BeautyIntelligence

                        



                            
      


                            

      


























Friday, 9 October 2015

AN AUDIENCE WITH PRINCESS JULIA COMING SOON...

The Glory presents

 

‘An Audience with Princess Julia’


'The first lady of London’s fashion scene’ 

The Guardian

‘Princess Julia has been out every night for the past 34 years’ 

Tim Banks, The Gentlewoman

 

‘A journey through London’s counter-culture scene

 

‘An Audience with Princess Julia’ is a spoken word piece, taken from her own memoirs supported by short films and montage by her friend, DJ and similarly long-standing member of the club scene Jeffrey Hinton. Never one to dwell on the past she invites the inimitable drag and club personality of today, Jacqui Potato to create a performance inspired by her life and with a special guest to join her in conversation, ‘An Audience With Princess Julia’ is an inclusive, celebratory reminiscence of London’s glorious counter-culture tradition bought right up to date by it’s most enduring and much loved star.

 

Princess Julia would never boast to having seen ‘it all’ but she certainly has seen a lot in her very colourful life as a central figure on London’s underground club and fashion scene. From Punk in the mid 70’s to the New Romantics, Leigh Bowery’s club Taboo in the mid 80’s, The Blitz and through the rave scene of the 90’s to the present day. She remains the constant in a sea of change. Known as much for her own inspiring, flawless looks which themselves document the fashions of the day as for her music from her career as a DJ, her support for emerging creative talents, her work as a fashion and music journalist and for the force of her sheer personality alone; Princess Julia is uniquely placed to comment on how the city’s night-life has changed both aesthetically and musically and how it influenced the city’s wider culture and beyond.

 

Written and performed by Princess Julia

Film by Jeffrey Hinton

Directed by Jonny Woo

Set Design by Gary Card

Guest Performance from Jacqui Potato

Princess Julia’s wardrobe by Ed Marler and Ryan Lo

Writing Assistant Polly Rappaport

Art work supplied by Simon Nicholas Gray

 

Facebook event link https://www.facebook.com/events/1701432820090951/

Ticket link http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/search/?keyword=AN+AUDIENCE+WITH+PRINCESS+JULIA


Thursday, 20 August 2015

iD Magazine #COMINGOFAGE issue

a letter to your teenage self

It’s the age of insecurities, awkward firsts and growing pains; if only we knew then what we know now! To celebrate the release of The Coming of Age Issue, we’ve asked some of our favourite contributors to write a letter to their 16-year-old selves. Get nostalgic and pick up some pearls of wisdom, but always remember being grown up isn’t half as fun as growing up!


Thursday, 16 July 2015

SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER... News about a play I'm in

I have joined The East London Session Players for a Cameo role in Tennessee Williams Classic Suddenly, Last Summer at the recently opened pub, club and performance space The Glory, at East Londons Kingsland Road. The cast list is quite a wow with Jonny Woo taking the role of Mrs Venebles, John Sizzle as Mrs Holly, Moa Johansson as Cathy, Giorgio Spieglfeld as Dr Krutivitch and Little Jimmy Johnson as George, I play Miss Foxhill btw! 


Taking theatre to another level DJ and archivist Jeffrey Hinton experiments with sound and vision to create an other worldly ambience, costumes by Max Allen add to the drama. 

Jonny Woo in rehearsal 

Me in dress rehearsal as Miss Foxhill 

From Monday 20th July we begin a run of 7 nights. Here's the link to the event page https://www.facebook.com/events/456707967830913/ 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

FASHION INDEPENDENTS' DAY #FIDAY Thursday 28th May 2015

Style lovers amongst us know what it's like in the fashion world, it's a tough world to survive in! Seasons come and go and fashion week arrives with haste. At the end of each season designers get ready for orders and it's our independent boutiques who pick up on the unique designs that make London Fashion Week and the worldwide fashion calendar so special... 
We celebrate the many stores and tastemakers who cherry pick designers with Fashiion Independents' Day #FIDAY an awareness day where fashion commentators and bloggers run around London visiting stores and posting their experience on social media. The person with the most votes wins. In conjunction with Frock Advisor it's a fun way to explore the diversity on fashion scene from the catwalk to the street. So come and join us on Thursday 28th May either online or in person and support independent fashion boutiques.
Go to... http://frockadvisor.com for more information. 


Friday, 8 May 2015

Step back in time... Personal appearance at The Proud Archivist Wednesday 27th May


Some you might know I've been collecting my thoughts and experiences for a while now. Come and join me for a reading and Q&A later this month...