Saturday, February 27, 2010

In the Mood for...quiet extravagance

Sunlight trickling in... snowy white sheets and a mountain of pillows
a dressing room worthy of a starlet, awash in delightful turquoise.
Venetian mirrors to reflect that dreamy-eyed morning gaze
a glorious garden perfect for that early morn barefoot chase
Eternally chirpy birds to greet you as powder your nose,
a grand sitting room lit in playful spirit
sweetly plump chairs to welcome you with cold drinks and winding prose.

all photography by Anson Smart

Friday, February 26, 2010

Calm amidst the Storm

Have been a tad preoccupied lately with nefarious legal projects obstinately waiting to be completed BUT, the fashion weeks' coverage on the blogs have admittedly been taking up the majority of my online time as well. So, just a quick nip in with two amazing pictures of the immeasurably cool Vika and I'll come back with more just as soon as I've freed up some non work space in the warehouse that is my mind.

Images captured by Mr Newton & Hanneli

Friday, February 12, 2010

Alexander McQueen's Legacy

The unbelievably sad news of Alexander McQueen's death prompted a look back at his incredible work that has enthralled the fashion world and would no doubt continue to be considered as works of art in their own right. As with many a genius mind, the clothes that came down the runway often reflected his current thoughts, inspirations and obsessions that could swing from one impressive end to another spanning the length of a collection to the next.
From poetic beauty to moody glamour, from whimsical prettiness to downright fury, dark mysteriousness to the outright bizarre, his work encompasses an entire range of emotions that make each collection an exciting, breathtaking spectacle. Drawing gasps in reaction to the splendidly exquisite or the shockingly harsh, McQueen never did anything halfheartedly.
Every show was a full spectacle where his painstaking hardwork and dedicated toil was always evident from the complex awe-inspiring pieces. With themes ranging from movies, to history, to nature, from his travels or even his family's origins, Alexander McQueen always offered a real treat and an uninhibited delight to the senses. What would fashion do now without its much beloved enfant terrible?

{All images from the archives on}

Spring 2005 Ready-to-Wear
Inspired by the 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock

Fall 2005 Ready-to-Wear
The sixties, rocker chic and old-school glamour with a Navajo touch

Spring 2006 Ready-to-Wear
The influence of Greek goddesses

Fall 2006 Ready-to-Wear
Revisiting his Scottish family roots

Spring 2007 Ready-to-Wear
Edwardiana and Courtliness

Fall 2007 Ready-to-Wear
Witchcraft & paganism

Spring 2008 Ready-to-Wear to Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear will be covered in a second part.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hermès & a kiss

Enduring love for Hermès and a tender kiss from its iconic horses...

Image 1-fgr love magazine, Image 2,4,6-Hermes, Image 3-kiss, Image 5-montanaherd

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Twenties inspired & Hothouse strawberries

Twenties-inspired and a chic country retreat by photographer Katya de Grunwald. Can't decide if I love the classic yet laidback clothes or the elegant interior more. A perfect marriage I say.
Also, I've been feeling a touch of 'greenhouse' envy. It's the result of looking through too many interior design magazines I think, and the inexplicable longing for hothouse strawberries.
It seems all so romantic but could be the result of the fevered pace and overall hustle and bustle of city living. Let's all escape into daydreams...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Turn of the Century Beauty

Such sweetly delicate features and that faraway gaze...I'm almost certain her beautiful fine-boned ancestor is sitting pretty at the National Portrait Gallery. The lady Marie.

Marie photographed by Eirik Slyngstad