13 Feb 2017

MULTIPLE MANIACS THE MOVIE. NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED

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BLOOD, GUTS, GORE AND GLORY IN MULTIPLE MANIACS

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With John Waters movies, you know you should expect the expect the unexpected and quite often the unimaginable. If not the depraved and  certainly bad taste. In fact, the winning combination of Waters and Divine ensures that they probably wanted to out-filth each other!

The remastered release of his cult film Multiple Maniacs, stars his muse Divine, and is a personal portrait into their relationship (if nothing else!) Written, directed, edited, shot and produced solely by Waters, ensured that the disturbing content didn’t meet any paying public’s eye until it was released in 1970. And even then it was a mission to get it to anything other than strip club theatres!

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Setting the scene in the opener of the film, is a naked Lady Divine, bitching away at her long suffering partner, David; Before claiming the limelight and starring in the aptly named spectacle ‘The Cavalcade of Perversions’, showcasing the filthy and unimaginable. Seemingly a normal act, as a finale to every show, Divine comes in and robs the patrons at gunpoint, however after this show, she tires of just mugging them, and decides to murder them instead

Drag Queen Divine is simply divine, in adopting a bolshy over sexed, larger than life role, and you can see elements of this in her prostitute daughter’s character, Cookie- with whom she seeks refuge in the city, when she is on the run. 

Daily life continues, but revenge is on the cards when Lady D is tipped off that her boyfriend David is seeing one of the performers. Setting out with no holds barred, her colossal character is intercepted by two glue-sniffers, and she is floored and raped. Whilst contemplating these surreal events, a young boy in the shape of the Infant of Prague appears and leads her to the steps of a church. Unsure but intrigued, Lady D heads inside only to be seduced by an attractive young woman, and experiences anal sex involving a string of rosary beads. 

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This new twist is a added bonus to Divine’s mission. Now declaring herself lesbian, she is adamant to get revenge on her puny boyfriend. With more twists and turns, and religious flashbacks, the two couples meet again at Cookie’s apartment, where they are intent on murder. And those who like blood and guts will not be disappointed! With an exhausting and seemingly never ending monologue, Divine is joined by a lobster, and is completely unrepentant, cackling “you’re a maniac now Divine”. 

A film which doesn’t warrant a finale, Waters makes sure Divine stretches it out as long as possible, running through the streets of  Baltimore, insane, bloody, and wearing a mink coat, trying to kill anyone she can get at to the soundtrack of “God Bless America”. 

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For laughs, squirms and an insight to a drug addled mind, this remastered version is definitely worth a watch. Waters distributed the movie 46 years ago and now Maniacs is on general release with Janus Films and the Criterion Collection.

Book your tickets for a cinema near you. Opening this weekend. 

10 Feb 2017

LHOUETTE ‘POST URBAN GLAMOUR’ art for the twenty first century

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POST URBAN GLAMOUR AT 45 PARK LANE

Street art is no longer the bane of the city councillor’s life- forever being bleached off walls, only to return like annoying funghi.

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The transient nature of the fast paced lives we are leading, and the popular culture references that litter our lives, are steadily being transformed into works of art. 

The latest collection by artist Lhouette is case in point. Taking some of society’s most recognisable symbols and popular culture creations, he has worked them into beautifully juxtaposed artworks. 

The boy from Luton works figurines from his youth, including Officer Dibble, Top Cat and Luke Skywalker into a pastiche of commentary on urban life. 

With large and smaller scale assets to his collection, you can see the current exhibition at London’s premiere art hotel, 45 Park Lane. Enjoy the atmosphere, and a cocktail, and if you are considering building up your own treasures of contemporary art, all pieces are available to buy in limited edition until March 26th. 

For more, see www.lhouette.com

And the Post Urban Glamour range can be viewed here: www.dorchestercollection.com

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30 Jan 2017

Self Styled: The Book That Says It All

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If you ever wanted to be a stylist, this book is worth a look.

It’s been a while coming, but when I get a picture book, I like to enjoy the pictures! So when the beautiful hard back “Self.Styled Dare to be Different” arrived in my Christmas stocking, I was keen to savour the images. 

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A 250 page turner by photographer Anthony Lycett showcases his pick of the most stylish urbanites. The not so shy and retiring subjects who (in most cases are non models) were asked to bring and pose in their choice of daywear, and evening wear. With no magazine stylist involved, the unique personal outfit choices are mesmerising.

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With double page shoots for each model, colour, body shape and taste are explored to the max, and if you like to consume street style as I do, you become mesmerised by the masterpieces.

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Working with a diverse range of eccentric personalities including David Carter (hotelier and purveyor of whimsical magical experiences), Anett-Patrice Van York, Art Director and Photographer (who settled for a skeleton outfit) through to Brighton’s own Atters Attree, who is mostly known for his penny farthing bicycle antics, the sartorial choices are far from meek, and Anthony is keen to show how they represent themselves to the public.

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Providing a cultural reference point for the twenty-teen century, it shows that fashion is a personal choice, and how being individual is the only way to survive; With personal anecdotes to accompany the images, there is no doubt that it pays off if you dare to be different. 

What’s your story?

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17 Jan 2017

London Fashion Week Men

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Check out the reports from my favourite AW17 London Fashion Week Mens shows for @55Factory here:

With photographs by Christopher George.

 

 

 

08 Jan 2017

Happy new year, and happy new fashion!

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London Collections is back with a bang, and is rebranded as London Fashion Week Mens, so it’s no wonder you might have spied lots of #LFWM hashtags over the last few days. 

There’s a new home at 180 The Strand for the BFC, which has shown some very hot off the press shows, and Topman have cornered the Old Selfridges Hotel for their edgy designers. I have some personal faves so far, but watch this space for a review. Day four tomorrow! 

24 Dec 2016

Christmas comes once a year, so it’s time to fashion yourself up!

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Christmas Fashion at The Darling Mansions

The time has come to plan my own Christmas wish list, and although I have been leaving (quite a few) hints, I am hoping that something from the following selection will end up in my stocking. 

This is my dream Christmas day outfit….

Obviously Christmas means eating more roasties than usual, so this Maison Margiela jumpsuit is the perfect all day loungewear- smart enough to snazz up with these amazing new season Aquazzura leopard and zebra heels, which will add a little Christmas pizazz. 

This 80s style leather MISBHV two tone bike jacket with removable sleeves is a perfect statement, and will make my neighbours curtains twitch when I pop out for an afternoon stroll… and this double star ring by Alinka is I need for a subtle statement. 

My new years eve is set to be a glamorous affair. With a dress code of silver and gold, I don’t think I can manage the head to toe Barbarella look! However, I am eyeing up this sexy ruffled Ellie Saab jumpsuit, along with the snakeskin McQueen booties to dance away the night. 

The classic Oscar De La Renta gold leather jacket will break some matchy matchy rules and of course, every respectable princess has a blinging Rolex timepiece so she knows when it’s midnight!

Happy Christmas to you and yours. And happy shopping too! 

24 Dec 2016

Art and Fashion in The Hague

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Read my feature on the fabulous art and fashion exhibition celebrating the 88 year old Hubert De Givenchy and the infamous relationship he had with Audrey Hepburn. 

Out now in Candid Magazine

Hubert de Givenchy: To Audrey With Love

07 Dec 2016

TIRED EYELIDS NEED TLC

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BIOTRUE DAILY EYELID WIPES ARE THE KEY TO KEEPING FRESH EYES


If you are a regular reader, you will know I am a bit of an insomniac! And the lack of sleep coupled with my over worked, laptop staring peepers, means I’m always trying new potions and lotions to help me not look like I was up half the night! 

So when I came across BIOTRUE eye range for eyelids I thought why not! Anything to help refresh my lids at the end of the day, and the handy individually wrapped packs keep the pads safe. Not to be used as a make up remover, so you do all that jazz first, but they are a lovely way to finish off your ablutions and make your eyes feel fresh and perky. I use mine at night, but they would work equally as well in the morning- or anytime your eyes needed a pick me up. 

They are brought to you by contact lens experts BIOTRUE, so they are ideal for lens wearers too. 

Shop them here

03 Dec 2016

WoWeee what a fortnight of Soirees, Birthdays and Launches!

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November has zipped by in a blur for me! Although it is my birthday month, it always surprises me, and I can’t even begin to think about Christmas until the opening of advent calendars in December! I’ve even held back from watching all the campaigns apart from the Wes Anderson for H & M, and I can now officially declare Christmas open!

Here’s me donning my perfectly timed press gift from Ravel! Some saucy over the knee riding boots! Just need to dig out my whip!!!! I digress…

My last trip got me in the festive mood, as I jetted off to The Hague for the press preview and private view of the Givenchy exhibition “To Audrey With Love” which celebrates the iconic designers relationship with Miss Hepburn until the end, and is truly beautiful and a very personal journey. I also found out the Hague has Holland’s best hidden beach! So I will be proposing a press trip to experience that for myself in the summer… After World Travel Market my head is buzzing with travel pitches- salsa in Cuba and downtown LA have particularly resonated!

 

I also got to check out my perfect summer dress by Julien Mc Donald for Debenhams- how did he know I have been after a green maxi?? As it was press day season, I also got my face done by Elizabeth Arden on the same day! I fell in love with everything at Monsoon, and these cute as a button lucky charms at the Facets press day- by Dollie Jewellery. 

Being freelance I do get invited to the odd Christmas party.. odd being the operative word! But it was great to meet Gok Wan and Dawn O Porter at the Morena Morena do at The Trampery. I gave them both my card- watch this space! It seemed telly bods were on my circuit as I also bumped into the lovely Mark Heyes at the Boohoo do. He has lovely eyes! (And is a big believer in fast fashion.) I got myself into the festive mood with this fabulous faux fur head warmer at the Zakti Activewear birthday do, and picked up some gorgeous kit too! 

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This is me at the first birthday party for Zakti Activewear in Angel- what fun, and a stunning selection of inspiring gym kit! 

 

As I have just moved, I am on the lookout for housey bits this Christmas, but I did treat myself to some scrummy ankle boots from the gorgeous new website Sosandar. Check them out for classic on trend pieces that you can mix up with anything.

Love.

 

21 Nov 2016

55Pages magazine issue 11 is out now

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I am proud to announce that 55Pages issue 11 is out now, and is edited by yours truly.

Check it out for the most up to date news and features.

Filled to the brim with fashion, culture, art and social commentary- it is the must read for urban millennials. We talk politics like no-one else. We also work with the most talented artists, writers and stylists.

Pick up your copy in central London or read it here: https://lnkd.in/dWDXr2C

As Fashion Ed, I also styled this AW Agent Tokyo fashion shoot too which was lots of fun.

Credits

Photographer: Christopher Sims

Hair: Marlene Andersson

Make up: Julie Cooper

Model: Jeri at First Models