AUDIO >>> POLICA DARK STAR
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AUDIO : Iain Morrison – Homeward
As the temperature drops and the dreams of an Indian Summer are now with me, so is this cosy, colourful embroidered Kirsteen Stewart sweater (just perfect for those moments in the day when the clouds cover the once warmer Summer sun). You can browse the collection of sweaters here (another favourite of mine).
With a personal admiration for the fact that based in Orkney, Scotland Kirsteen has established her eponymous brand and successfully works there as a fashion and textiles designer, with a range of laser cut jewellery, knitwear, silk scarves, embroidered sweaters and a stunning collection of Scottish (sunrises and sunsets) inspired digitally printed pieces in her collections. I had the pleasure of finally meeting the charming and talented Kirsteen and her wonderful team this Summer at the Makers Market at EIFF. Thank you again for the perfect go-to Fall sweater.
In collaboration with Kirsteen Stewart
Tanya Ling is the artist and mother to model Evangeline Ling and fashion blogger/vlogger BIP LING. If you follow my blog, you will have most certainly heard mention and sharing of BIPS artistry (she’s genius) & BIPS MONDAY MORNING PLAYLISTS (which get me through long days at the studio).
The Tanya Ling exhibit during Paris Fashion Week in March, showcased some of her newest work titled Assemblage: explosive 3D collages on plates which were displayed so harmoniously amongst the most redolent of flowers in the Rambert Rigaud Fleuriste En Herbe in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Alongside these newer works were some of her acclaimed Fashion Illustrations and selection of her bold Line Paintings. Such a beautiful and enchanting moment during the Fashion Week madness.
Tanya Ling was born in Calcutta in 1966. Her childhood was spent in America, Africa and England. She studied at St Martins School of Art and after graduating in 1989 moved to Paris to work as a designer for Dorothee Bis and then for Christian Lacroix.
On her return to London she set up a contemporary art project space named Bipasha Ghosh with her husband William Ling. In 1996 the couple presented an exhibition of Ling’s own drawings, titled Bipasha Ghosh Lives that led to her first commission as a fashion illustrator for British Vogue. Since then Ling has contributed to leading fashion titles throughout the world and made work for clients including Louis Vuitton, Selfridges and Frieze Art Fair.
In 2002 Ling produced a ready-to-wear collection which was presented by Gavin Turk at The Mayor Gallery in London. Afterwards the collection was featured in the windows of Henri Bendel, New York, where the collection was sold.
In 2003 British Vogue named Ling one of the most important trend-setters in Britain and The Observer Magazine announced her as their designer of the year. Her A/W 2003 collection was shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.
Ling’s work as a fashion illustrator has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in numerous newspapers and publications. In 2009 she was appointed as the Creative Director of Veryta founded by Filippo Binaghi and Stefano Pilati and in 2011 over 50 for her drawings were acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
She currently lives and works in London.
91 Walton Street
London SW3 2HP
14th September — 18th October 2014
Open to the public Thursday — Saturday 11am — 6pm and at other times by appointment.
AUDIO : James Vincent Mcmorrow – Cavalier
As we prepare for Autumn to roll in, and we begin to pack our swimwear to make room for our knitwear, I just wanted to take this time to send a postcard to my loved ones (you were missed) from the sea. I spent the last 8 evenings alone with my headphones blaring out sentimental songs (have a listen to the link above) and watching this sunset from a beautiful spot in Brittany (not mine, theirs). Summer brought me new connections, inspirations, reflections and best of all a little bit of relaxation. It’s not over yet so enjoy the last few weeks while you can …
On receiving these two products in the post from Kiehl’s last month, my current morning and midnight skin rituals have developed into a religious routine. Gone are the days of waking up with traces of mascara on my crisp white cotton pillowcase. Instead I am now choosing to take care of those imminent crows feet that someone who packed my Kiehl’s goodie bag (after looking at my blog (perhaps not related)) indirectly suggested I might have. Yes, it’s true, I was a little horrified to find my package of Kiehl’s product samples to contain not one but two miracle products against the signs of ageing skin (crows feet and MARIONETTE LINES (first I’ve heard)). I admit I questioned my Photoshop retouching skills, of course, but then I faced up to the fact that indeed now was the time to try and test these products that might help improve my imminently ageing skin for the better. I guess I should thank the employee that packaged the sample parcel.
For the last month before going to bed I have been applying 3 drops of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate (photographed above) into a small amount of the Ultra Facial Cream to my freshly washed face…et voila…off I pop to Bedfordshire. I now wake with deeply moisturized and healthy feeling skin. After my morning shower I reapply the thick creamy Ultra Facial Cream which lasts the day at keeping my skin plump and moist for the whole day. After trying a whole medley of creams for my dry skin I have to admit that these two products are certainly here to stay (and I wasn’t paid to say that) in my daily routine.
In collaboration with Kiehl’s
Our conversation first started when I saw the newly retired lady hanging up her washing in the adjacent garden in her pink jersey pencil skirt, think black and white woollen striped socks and her Birkenstocks. I immediately envied her outfit, her glamorous haircut and her freshly painted red nails that matched perfectly with her lipstick. I complimented her directly and asked if I could take her photograph for my Blog and explained that she was “bang on trend” with current fashion. She laughed in disbelief that I liked her outfit, called in to her husband to share the news and posed politely but only permitting her ankles to this post. I’m not sure I got her best angle though as she had to rush off to the hairdressers and beauty salon that afternoon, to fix up what was already a pretty refined look in my opinion. Chantalle has spent nearly all her years living on a farm in the countryside outside Marseille I believe. Now retired, she spends her days between cooking, gardening and enjoying the daily chores at home and adding to a proud collection of colourful thick knitted socks ( I hear she even has ones with ankle pompoms).
This look got me thinking about my own get ups, though I haven’t yet committed to the sandal and sock combo. Perhaps my thinning black cotton socks aren’t something that will compliment my beautiful new tan leather platform sandals, so taking inspiration from the glamorous Chantalle I think I might start with a new pair of woollen socks now that skies are slowly turning towards Autumn.
What do you think about the “Birk’n’socks” look? Is this something you are loving or loathing … do share!
If you are wondering why there has been a lull in my social media exploits. Wondering where I am? Worshipping the sun of course! In this well structured, high quality and sophisticated swimwear, bought in the sales (of course) right HERE.
Swimsuit – Princesse Tam Tam
Best known for his captivating fashion photography and unique celebrity portraits, Rankin’s photographs have become synonymous with dynamic and intimate portraiture; shooting everyone from royalty to rock stars, supermodels to members of parliament. In this new exhibition, Rankin has selected some of his most iconic male portraits taken throughout his career, including eminent figures across the entertainment industry such as Werner Herzog, Malcolm McDowell, Damian Lewis, Michael Sheen, Tinie Tempah, Ralph Fiennes and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s most recognised faces and now respected as a leading photographer, Danish born to a Peruvian mother and Danish father, it was Helena’s passion for photography which was the catalyst for her modelling career. “Modeling, in the beginning, was for me a means to travel – to see the World and perhaps fund my true passion for photography, luckily it went well and I have been able to combine both, often shooting whilst I am away on modelling or design work.”
Photographs of me credit to Iona Spence
“ALWAYS WEAR BLACK VELVET”
(You might want to grab your headphones and turn up the volume for this one)
“Mother and daughter Amanda and Tallulah Harlech – both highly respected in the fashion industry – talk on stage about the stories parents tell their children, stories passed on through time and the new stories that are told in return. They will speak about the inspiration that stories, poetry and prose have on their work.
Amanda Harlech is a creative consultant and writer and artist with a long association with the couturiers John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld. Her daughter, Tallulah is a successful model, stylist and actress.”
The event is a collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library.
The event is sponsored by LS, Scotland’s largest stills and motion production company.
Katarzyna Dragan & Iona Spence
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