02 May 2017

TAKE TIME OUT TO TRAVEL, IT’S GOOD FOR YOU!

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TRAVEL WRITING and a bit of photography

So far (ignoring the freelancer’s nemesis bank holidays), the last month has been pretty hectic even in my diary! Not that I am complaining… Two press trips and research for designer Michiko Koshino, whilst putting together the latest issue of 55Pages. If anyone can do it, I can. 

First up was the most amazing place I have ever visited so far- the tropical island of Nevis in the Caribbean- and as I haven’t visited any others (yet), this has certainly set the precedent, and taking photographs of the sunsets (and sunrises) has got me well hooked! 

This was closely followed by a trip to Tunisia, which is relaxing in a different way. Watch this space for a spa review. Famous for their thalassa treatments, I was an eager guinea pig to find out more.. and ended up haggling for a bird cage in the medina..

What with press days, interviewing Clean Eating Food Guru Stacie Stewart and juggling research for Michiko, I really feel like I could do with a holiday..Erm, not that press trips are holidays at all. (Obvs).

18 Apr 2017

CARIBBEAN DREAM

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SWIMMING THE CHANNEL IN THE CARIBBEAN

It’s tough when I get asked to review luxury spas and hotels in hot countries.

Well actually it’s not that tough, but batting off the snide comments from my non-journo friends, claiming that I don’t do a real job is the tricky bit…But I battle on! 

So when I was invited to visit Nevis in the Caribbean, it was an adventure I couldn’t refuse to miss! And it was my first commission for Slink magazine- out now in the Spring 17 issue. It wasn’t all about drinking rum and The Four Seasons, promise…

 

I even had a go at swimming the channel between Nevis and St Kitts. All in the name of investigative journalism…

Read my feature here

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04 Apr 2017

Danny Cipriani interviewed by me for Schon! Magazine

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Danny Cipriani: Sharp Dressed Man for Schon! Magazine print issue number 32

I love doing interviews- it must be something to do with my naturally inquisitive nature… So when I get to interview celebs for Schon! Magazine I know they will always have someone interesting in mind….

Danny Cipriani was a very intriguing character.. Not just a rugby player (thank goodness- that’s not my specialist subject),but a fashion lover, and a real life lover. Not mine, I hasten to add!!! Read the full feature here, and check him out in some very extreme fashion.

 

09 Mar 2017

My first published article on The Bespoke Black Book

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The Bespoke Black Book is a fabulous little gig

Filled with luxury insights, I was delighted when the Editor asked me to write something for her; And since fashion week there has been no stopping me! 

Read my first article on the luxury trends I fell in love with here and if you’re feeling generous, my birthday is in November if you would like to start saving…!!! 

More coming soon.

09 Mar 2017

Whiskey in the city at Jackson & Rye

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When I was invited to pop along to a whisky tasting on a Wednesday night, I nearly sobbed! I love whiskey, but too much on a school night could end in disaster! 

However, the fine folk at Jackson & Rye have launched a Flight Night taster sesh on Wednesdays, to give the thirsty public a taster of their fine bourbons, and very fine they are! Read my feature in full for Flush here

01 Mar 2017

Balenciaga :Shaping Fashion at London’s V&A

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This summer’s blockbuster exhibition at the V & A museum will be a well timed 100 years retrospective, which was founded by of Spanish fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, whose groundbreaking designs changed fashion forever. 

Showcasing pieces that you might recognise, but not realise were Balenciaga, such as the tulip skirt, shift dress, raglan sleeve and and boxy shoulders, he was noted by his contemporaries as being a genius, and setting the rules for 20th century high fashion.

Christian Dior called him “conductor to the haute couture’s orchestra”, and the ‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ show is a homage to much of his seen and unseen work. Allowing visitors to closely explore the complicated craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into his creations, and radically, the V & A have x-rayed one of his gowns to expose the underlying workmanship that keeps it in shape.

Balenciaga shaped fashion in the mid 20th century, like no other, and his influence has filtered through to designs today- with JW Andersen, Simone Rocha and Erdem as noticeable devotees. Interestingly, now Balenciaga is under the art direction of experimental nous of Demna Gvasalia, (from Vetements) and the house is gaining a new cult following for it’s creative and forward thinking designs. 

The exhibition will showcase over 100 designs and drawings, alongside photographs of the some of the world’s most famous women who he dressed and is a must see for anyone who has a love of fashion. 

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will be on show at the V&A, London May 27th 2017–February 18th 2018

More details here

22 Feb 2017

London Fashion Week AW17

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LFW : My Fashion Editor’s Picks

London is a stylish city, there is no doubt about it, and it is always a pleasure to be one of the lucky ones to get to see the collections on the catwalks and earmark the trends for press. 

There is never one trend to come out of the shows, there is always something for everyone, and if I had to pick my faves, they would include 

Tartan

Embrace your prim and proper side, as seen at Mulberry and Preen, you don’t need to be a librarian, to enjoy this trend. In fact, let that hair down and embrace what else you can get up to in an office! 

Cowgirls

Double denim has always been a credible choice for the fashpack, and AW will see embellished denim, fringed shirts and oversized leather. And if you shop at House of Holland, all you need is a mule!

 

Cartoons for girls

Boys have been enjoying the cartoon character embellishments for the past few seasons, but with SpongeBob Squarepants celebrating his 15th birthday, Nickelodeon snapped up some of the hottest designers for a collaboration- check out Peter Jensen and Bobby Abley for their take. With Mary Katrantzou utilising Disney’s Fantasia, an House of Holland working Woody the Woodpecker on to the back of some rather fetching denim jackets.

The hills are alive with the sound of peasants

If you are over the bell sleeve, fear not, the new sleeve is all about the peasant! And why you’re at it, why not add some serious lacing and a pair of very impractical shoes, and you can channel your inner milkmaid. 

It’ll be all bright on the night

Fyodor Golan opened Fashion Week with a selection of ice l0lly hued catsuits, apparently inspired by the Powerpuff Girls and the humble Post It note! And if you are a glass half full kind of woman, you will probably already be in the queue for the in yer face colour blocking at Roksanda and Ryan Lo. You might want to tone the make up down. Or perhaps you might not! 

 

 

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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