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Happy Halloween!

This year my Halloween costume shall go something like this:


Filed under: Alexander McQueen, autumn winter 2009, halloween

Showstudio @ Liberty’s

Just thought I would share our snaps from the Showstudio camera that was in the window of LIberty’s last week. The idea is that London’s fashionable folk wonder by, take a pic of what they’re wearing and Gareth Pugh will judge the best dressed and they will win £500 in Liberty vouchers. Obviously we did not quite pose appropriately for that as it was on the way back from the pub, our friend Robert however, bottom pic, threw his heart and giant scarf into it. Bet Gareth picks him.

Filed under: fashion, Gareth Pugh, Liberty's, robert william eaton, showstudio

The Book Club

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I’ve always welcomed the idea of alcohol and cake in one establishment. Just off Great Eastern Street is the beautifully chilled out, open plan bar/ cafe/ meeting place/ table tennis venue called The Book Club, previously known as the Home Bar.The bare brick walls mixed with eclectic 50’s style furniture and chintz style curtains say New York style apartment mixed with a touch of East London eclecticism. Perfect for winding down, meeting friends or playing a game of ping pong in the back room.

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Split over two floors the bottom has an impressive light bulb ceiling whilst the light and airy feel to the upstairs brings a welcome change for anyone tired of battling crowds at Broadway on a Saturday and shuffling along brick lane or Columbia Road on a Sunday!

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With evening talks, storytelling, brunch, music, newspapers, film, fashion, dancing, art, poetry, wine, ping pong and cocktails, The Book Club is looking to become a new hotspot.

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Hot Cocoa

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Flowers on the wall as you enter…

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Cloud of bulbs- the ceiling downstairs

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Filed under: bar, the book club

Pop-Up Jack White

Someone has an clever PR, don’t they Jack White? This Friday and Saturday, Jack White is hopping onto the pop-up shop trend and having his very own one in Shoreditch Church. He has not turned his hand to clothes design though, the shop will essentially be a big merchandising hold for his plethora of bands. It’s going to be in London on 30th (open 11am – 6pm) and 31st (open 11am – 9pm) October and Jack himself will be in town as the most recent of his bands The Dead Weather will be playing gigs at The Forum, Kentish Town and the Brixton Academy. The pop-up shop has previously been in LA and New York, where Jack popped in for an in-shop gig. Let’s hope he does the same in London.

Filed under: Jack White, jack white pop up shop, music, pop up shop, shoreditch church

Foale & Tuffin: Made in England

Sixties- a decade of optimism and hope, bright colours and refreshing modernity. No surprise really then that London is currently hosting two major exhibitions that look back to this era in a time when our present decade is in much need of all of the above. The National Portrait Gallery has gone with Beatles to Bowie as well as photographic display of the cultural icon herself, Twiggy. Meanwhile, opening today, the Fashion & Textile museum presents Foale & Tuffin: Made in England. We popped along yesterday to the press view where the adorably cute Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin were there themselves, sporting matching glasses and some great checked trousers- not quite the picture of Ian R. Webb’s description of “…cocky, feisty, bolshy…” but adorable nonetheless.

The intimate space has been curated around the theme of ‘recreation’ for a personal, nostalgic image that recreates their boutique, showroom and design studio.

The humble execution fits well with the equally ‘rags to riches’ style story that accompanies these two women who set off on a trailblazing career with just 200 pounds in their pockets!
Having met at Walthamstow Art School in 1955, the pair went on to study at the RCA before embarking on their own business venture that led them to their own boutique just off Carnaby Street and a credible amount of fans including Manolo Blahnik, Paul Smith (who’s supporting the exhibition), Mary Quant, Jean Shrimpton, Barbara Hulanicki and Terrance Conran.

The success of their label was propelled by their appearance in Vogue magazine. Old covers line the walls with much of the imagery showcasing the early works of photographer David Bailey.

A sixties soundtrack on repeat keeps you rooted in the decade, the clothes and imagery taking you back to the days of miniskirts, A-line dresses and bob-cut hairstyles. We cannot help notice though how many of the pieces would fit perfectly into Topshop right now. Our favourite was the Domino print dress (print designed by Zandra Rhodes):

An amazing belt…

Crazy print trousers!

Foale & Tuffin: Made in England runs from now until February 24th.

Filed under: beatles to bowie, david bailey, fashion and textile museum, foale and Tuffin, marion foale, national portrait gallery, paul smith, sally tuffin, sixties exhibitions, Topshop, twiggy

Look at this beauty!

This amazing satchel style striped bag is from Topshop and a very reasonable thirty English pounds. I’ve fallen in love and need it to house all my daily transportable things this winter.

Filed under: bag, fashion, Topshop

Backstage @ Viktor & Rolf S/S 2010

It’s no secret that I love Viktor & Rolf so let’s enjoy this video from backstage at their Spring / Summer 2010 show, with music provided by the stunning – and pregnant – Roisin Murphy, who performed live.

Filed under: fashion, Fashion Film, roisin murphy, Spring / Summer 2010, Viktor and Rolf

Paper Heart: The Review

It’s official, we are in love with Michael Cera! Last night we sat in the cleared out Beyond Retro, munched on free popcorn, sipped wine and left with an increased infatuation over the boy who so innocently manages to turn geeky naivety into something sweet and heartwarming.

The film was Paper Heart and although not out until November 13th, the lovely people at Beyond Retro put on a private screening where a handful of people joined for an evening of romantic awkwardness and sentimental sweetness as Charlyne Yi set about to ask the question ‘what is love?’. Her own disbelief sets her on a quest, travelling America, interviewing a mix of people for her documentary.
Whilst on her travels she meets Michael Cera who quickly becomes her own love interest. Taking the award for geekiest couple, we witness the pair’s growing love for each other as the camera crew follow their every move. I won’t spoil the ending for you, but this film comes highly recommended. Cute characters, sentimental story line, geeky retro fashion and the funniest film I’ve seen in a long time…what more could you want!

Filed under: beyond retro, charlyne yi, film, michael cera, paper heart

Uummm, Cock Jumper Anyone?

Now, I wouldn’t normally feature the latest fashion offering from Agent Provocateur but something about this piece of knitwear caught my eye….. Everyone loves a patterned jumper around Christmas time, probs not pop this on for dinner round your nan’s though.
WHO WOULD EVER WEAR THIS JUMPER??? It’s ridiculous. And if you do feel the need to own such a piece as this, you will have to part with TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY POUNDS of your hard earned money. I’m not sure about that at all.

Filed under: agent provocareur, fashion, jumper

Paper Heart at Beyond Retro

As winter draws in, a little heart warming love story is what we need! So Beyond Retro have stepped up and shall be screening a special preview of Paper Heart, the award-winning Sundance film. Starring Michael Cera (the innocently cute guy from Juno) and we’re expecting a romantic journey with plenty of vintage senitment! Check back for a full review of the film tomorrow….

Filed under: beyond retro, michael cera, paper heart, sundance, vintage