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What are you up to Karl?

When I first read that Karl Lagerfeld had an involvement with the upcoming ‘Totally Spies’ movie – and then saw this image – I had a horrible moment where I thought he was responsible for the shiny coloured catsuits you see above. But fear not! Although he deems to stand next to such monstosities, he quite obviously had nothing to do with the creation of them.
It turns out he is using one of his myriad of other talents and lending his voice to the bad guy, Fabu in the animated film, which is released in July 2009. Yes the film is animated, which means those lovely outfits above will not be seen on the big screen. Such a shame.

Filed under: fabu bad guy, fashion, karl lagerfeld, movies, Totally spies, voiceover

My Childhood Went Like THIS

At 0.05 – that was me rockin’ around the corner. HELL YEAH.

Filed under: advert, childhood, Commercial, eighties, memory, micheal jackson, music, pepsi, rip mj, tv

The September Issue

This is exciting. This September we can enjoy a behind the scenes documentary of The Devil herself Anna Wintour, editing the very important ‘fall’ – as the Americans say – issue of Vogue. The September issue is traditionally the biggest and highest selling of the year.

Anna Wintour rarely does interviews, so the fact she has allowed cameras to follow her is a brilliant opportunity for us to glimpse her ruling the roost of the fashion industry. In one clip we see her telling Oscar de la Renta he should not use a look in his collection – yes, she has that much power. She does have that annoying English/American hybrid accent though, but hey, she can’t have everything.

Filed under: Anna Wintour, fashion, fashion magazine, The September Issue, vogue, vogue magazine

Yayoi Kusama – Acension of Polkadots on the Trees

If you pop down to the south bank at the moment you’ll be greeted by this wonderful sight. Looking like a scene from Alice’s Wonderland or maybe Teletubby land, these 25 polkadotted trees are, of course, works of art. Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has been fascinated by dots since she was a child, she even hallucinates that her surroundings are covered in them, hence the trees.

This installation is part of the Hayward Gallery’s Walking In My Mind exhibition, which runs from 23 June – 6 September 2009. Ten artists, including Kusama have given us a glimpse into the workings of their mind. You can take a walk into Thomas Hirschhorn’s mind-cave constructed of masking tape, Chiharu Shiota‘s Japanese horror movie style webbed room or Pipilotti Rist‘s dark ‘sleeping room’ that had brainwashing elements about it…
It really is a fascinating exhibition, where all of the artworks are dramatically different and you’re actually given an insight into why an artist has created a piece of work rather than just being presented with it.

It’s well worth going to see and while you’re in the Hayward you can also visit Matthew Darbyshire‘s Funhouse, which features, among other things, this bull made from aluminum cans:

Filed under: Acension of Polkadots on the Trees, Chiharu Shiota, dots, funhouse, Hayward Gallery, London, matthew darbyshire, Pipilotti Rist, polka dots, south bank, Thomas Hirschhorn, Walking in my Mind, Yayoi Kusama

Michael Jackson 1958 – 2009

No-one can bust a move like you Michael. R.I.P. x

Filed under: Billie Jean live, Michael Jackson, moonwalk

It’s Time to Forget about the Time

Watches were once an item I wouldn’t leave the house without. From hideous Swarovski encrusted silver bands in my teens to my childhood watch that came with 12 different coloured interchangeable straps; the wrist has been subjected to poor design for far too long.
Denise Julia Reytan however is here to save our wrists with her faux-watch gold or silver plaited bracelets. From her T1impiece collection these retro Casio replicas rejoice in the good old-fashioned watch designs that can now sit happily back on our arms in a purely aesthetically pleasing fashion. This is not the first time though that the German jewellery designer has used watches and timepieces as inspiration. You may recognise her mini watch rings that were designed for H&M Divided in 2007.
Check out her site here for a peek into her colourful and eclectic world of fun trinkets, charms and silicone cast necklaces.

Filed under: Casio Watches, Denise Julia Reytan, h and m, Jewelery, Retro, Swarovski, Watch Bracelet, Watch Rings, Watches

Fairytales and Post-It Notes

Enticed by both the name of this site and the delicate wares it sells, Fairytales and Post-It notes is a range of really sweet jewellery, that’s different from most of the necklaces and rings out there at the moment. You can lift any outfit with these pieces, including real working telescope necklaces (amazing!) to ‘curiouser & curiouser’ emblazed statement rings, which would make Alice proud. Also in the range are the two pretty necklaces pictured above and they’re very reasonably priced, which makes it all even better. I am very tempted by the ‘drink’ bottle necklace and the huge rings…

You can see the pieces in the flesh at the Backyard market on Brick Lane every Sunday from 10.00am – 5.00pm.

Filed under: alice in wonderland, curiouser and curiouser, fairytales and post-it notes, fashion, gold skull ring, jewellery, necklace, online jewellery shop, online shopping, vintage

Central Saint Martins BA Graphic Design Graduate Exhibition 2009 – The Business Cards

This week you should definitely try and pop down to the OXO Tower Bargehouse on the South Bank for the Central Saint Martins BA Graphic Design Degree Exhibition 2009, I passed an easy 2 hours there today, there is a wealth of various talent on show and ideas presented.
As graphic designers / illustrators / photographers, it’s no surprise they’re quite good at coming up with inventive business cards that also reflect their work. Here are my favourites:

Jasiminne Yip:

Jessica Jane Barlow:

Sam Simmonds:

Tim Keeling:

David Geewai Ho:

Alex Harrison:

Louisa Brooks:

Jane Wan:

All of the students portfolio’s can be seen at 2009.csmgraphicdesign.com, an online interactive catalogue instead of a glossy printed one, meaning you can get a good look at all the work and it’s environmentally friendly. Excellent all round.

Now you can take a look here at the legendary Central Saint Martins Fashion Design Graduate Show 2009.

Filed under: Alex Harrison, Central Saint Martins BA Graphic Design Exhibition 2009, CSM Graphic Design 2009, David Geewai Ho, Jane Wan, Jasiminne Yip, Jessica Jane Barlow, Louisa Brooks, Sam Simmonds, Tim Keeling

JS 3 Tongue for Adidas A/W 09

Yes, this trainer has 3 tongues. I’m still torn between thinking it’s brilliant and hating it. That’s a good thing though, healthy. It’s the JS 3 Tongue and is part of the Adidas Originals by Originals Collection from American designer Jeremy Scott for Autumn/Winter 2009. Kanye West likes his work and, yeah, it’s growing on me.

Filed under: fashion, Kanye West, Originals by Originals Jeremy Scott Fall/Winter 2009 Collection for Adidas. adidas, shoes, sneakers, trainers