Monday, 9 November 2009

Shoe porn: Versace SS10

Well knock me over and call me Donatella! If my earlier shoe post was not enough for all you hardcore statement shoe fetishist out there, then set your peepers on these (you might need to grab some Kleenex, these just might send you over the edge):

Someone pass me a cigarette!

Something for your morning: Basso and Brooke SS10 Shoes

Morning... Or should i say afternoon!
For some (read 99% of the working population), Monday mornings conjure up feelings of dread despair and the feeling that nothing is right with the world until 'that' 3rd cup of coffee hits the spot. And on most mornings that would be me, but on this Monday morning, i am walking with the other 1%! There is a spring in my step, the world is not so bad after all...
Take a peep at these, might put a slight bounce in your step:

They are a small selection i saw last week from the Basso and Brooke SS10 show from London Fashion Week.
Hope they put a nice smile across your face today

Thursday, 5 November 2009

JCDC SS10- Colour epiphany

Up until a recent colour revelation at a JCDC SS10 press preview, most people who know me know that i have been going through, apparently what could be described as "mourning", in terms of my total adoption of a muted, mostly black colour palette in my every day dress ( i blame this on the goth/grunge trend).
I used to (as close to 4 months ago) have the rule that i did not, would not, shall never ever ever (cross my fingers hope to die, stick a needle in my eye) were black, and before then had a technicolour of brightly coloured garments in my wardrobe. In the recent colder months the staple has been black skinny jeans and leggings, black sheer tee shirts and over-sized tees and shirts etc etc. Now it seems i have had a colour epiphany.

Bring on the summer!

Luella SS10- All things nice...

The whole of the Luella collection was thoroughly impressive with the showroom holding far more items than were actually shown on the day. Like a little fashion magpie, i was instantly drawn to the vast accessory display and more importantly, the cute-sy keyrings. The collection in a few words: Sugar, spice, all-things-nice! There was far to much in the actual apparel collection for me to photograph and blog about, so here are a few of my favourite accessories and a smidge of my favourite garments.

Makes me smile a lot!
Still naughty in nautical next summer?
My idea of red carpet heaven. I love this dress! I want it!
What is the rule about spots and stripes again? Good together or not s good together?

Armani press day- SS10

This is a bit late as you might know that the Armani press day happened a few weeks ago, but i have been super busy shooting various things (fashion-wise, i don't mean bears and deer). There will be lots of behind the scenes images to come later, but i am now going to follow with my favourite pictures from the press days to date. If i could fill my life with all of these, i would be a happy woman*.
Hope you enjoy...

Brilliant bubble gum and pop-tastic colours seen in the accessories. All very summery.
I loved this beaded-mesh-y number. Ticks many of my favourite boxes...
Leather fringe (ra-ra) shorts. Pretty snazzy no? If i were a boy (in the words of Beyonce herself) i would definitely be running around London town in those (with my legs a-kimbo like the mannequin)!
I love a bit of tasseled rope around the neck. A bit like a glamorous noose...
Amazing jelly gladiator sandals
Is it an Espadrille? Is it a sneaker? Whatever it is, i love it!
Celia Blue- haven't seen too much of that colour in much of the SS10 womenswear trends. I love the high shine and gloss of the leather on this bag, the colours really compliment each other.
Lady Ga-Ga product placement....?
A bit of bling... Well actually, a lorra bling!
Jelly, wedge heel espadrilles!

* I do realise that money and materialistic things such as these cant give you happiness, but they do help on the way!

Friday, 30 October 2009

Happy Halloween!

This is my most recent video for Buckstyle. Beware, there is some blood and gore. Grab a pillow and get ready to hide...

Monday, 19 October 2009

Reid Peppard: Vermin Jewellery

This is Reid Peppard, and this is her vermin jewellery.

Rat alice band with red crystal encrusted eyes and tail.Pidgeon foot pendant (above)
I know it is shocking, but i would certainly wear them. I hate mice and rats and pigeons, but mainly i detest mice and rats (give me a spider or cockroach any day of the week). The very sight of something scuttling in the corner of my eye, gets me on high alert, jumping and yelping like a crazed woman. But there is something about Reid's taxidermy jewellery that just doesn't get that reaction out of me, quite the opposite.

Q. Why Taxidermy vermin as jewelery?

A: The are a whole host of reasons that led to me making jewelery out of preserved vermin. When I first came to London from California i was really taken aback by the constant presence of rats and pigeons in the city. I mean, these creatures that by most are thought of as disease ridden pests live in such close proximity to us, they feed off our waste. Really, they are a consequence of human overindulgence. In their deaths' there is a chance for us to reconsider our relationship with them. Taxidermy can evoke such visceral emotional responses in people-- it looks like something that’s alive, even when you know its dead, there is something about it that touches a nerve.

When taxidermy and jewelry are combined there is a real chance for something beautiful yet creepy, fascinating and macabre to happen. Essentially your dressing yourself with death..

And then of course my cat Panasonic brings me little treats that she has caught in the wild and what better way to make use of them..

Q: I am guessing you cant be too squeamish with guts and gore...

A: When you do it well, then taxidermy doesn't haven't to be all that gory. It isn't as gross as many people imagine. Having said that i really like gory movies so maybe my squeam threshold is set higher than most's.

Q: Did you study jewellry design?

A: No I did not. I studied fine art at CSM. It was a great place to be. I was surrounded by really amazing designers and makers from loads of disciplines the whole time I was there. When I need help with something jewelry or craft specific, I have a whole network of knowledgeable people who are willing to lend a hand.

Photo by Viktor Vauthier
Q: Do you think you will move on from vermin?

A: Yes definitely. I have some designs in the works (and specimens in the freezer). I am working on a grey squirrel bomber hat at the moment.. Actually some people call them Vermin too don't they? Well I am working with squirrels and foxes for the next collection.

Q: How do you think the brand will progress? There is only so much you can do with mice, rats and pigeons right...(or is there)?

A: I am really excited about the future of RP/Encore. I am looking forward to working with new animals and I don't want people to get tired of seeing ratties and pigeons!
In terms of progression of the brand, I am at a stage now where a few more clients and stockists would go down a real treat.

Q: Are you working on any collaborations at the moment?

A: Not as many as I would like to but there are only so many hours in the day. I have been lending stuff out to stylists recently and I am really looking forward to seeing how the have worked with my pieces. In a sense that's a collaborative process...
I did make some work for a Lady GaGa video-- fingers crossed they use it!

I've also been working with creative duo PolzerHoffstedt on a Swedish pop star's music video, which is shaping up to be pretty amazing.

Q: What will the next collection be like?

A: I cannot wait. I am really excited to get started. Expect the same kind of fusion of taxidermy and accessories. This time I am going to make some more elaborate larger pieces as well as the smaller stuff like necklaces and cuff-links. I want to up my game in terms of the complexity of the designs. I don't want to spoil the surprise though so you will have to wait and see...

Q: What is your favourite piece?

Photo by Viktor Vauthier

A: I love all my creations! My friend Viktor Vauthier took the picture of the girl with the white rat wrist chain. That is definitely one of my favourites... Also I wear a pigeon foot pendant almost everyday (pictured above).

Acne Paper Party Pics

Now i am not one to post party pics on this blog, but this was a party worth noting about. It happened on Friday at the Spitalfield Church in my manor, East London. Vodka was flowing and everyone who was anyone was there. It was too much fun, a great party to catch up with all the people you work with on a daily basis and don't get to see often enough.
The theme of the new issue of Acne Paper was enlightenment, spirituality, transcendence and paradise. "As human beings we sense there is more going on than meets the eye... We are reminded about these energies when entering holy places created by great craftsmen and artist... Even the most sceptical atheist, when gazing at the icons, painting and sculptures, feel that there is something godlike about it." A very fitting comment for the grand location.

(L-R) Excellent publicist (to Katie Eary and Katie Rowland) Sergio Pacini and me.

The cover story (above) this issue is a collaboration between Tilda Swinton and Paolo Roversi, plus i got a lovely Acne canvas bag (below), with Swarovski crystals to add to my ever growing collection of Acne. I love it!
Acne Paper 9 is available worldwide from today (19th October 09)