Saturday, 26 February 2011

Shakespeare's Birthplace

This tudor house dates back to 1522 with the claim that it is the birthplace of the great William Shakespeare. One of the largest houses at the time it seats nestled in the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, and has an evolving history to great to mention. I ventured up there because the Royal Shakespeare Company were selling off 10,000 costumes!

I decided to do a quick shoot with my little Boston Terrier, Pixy infront of the great writers house. I dug up this old blazer at a vintage shop. The fit was great but the arms were too short! So, I let the seam allowance out with the intention of sewing them up again, but I liked the rough look better. Check out Galliano's Menswear AW 11/12 and D. GNAK by KANG D, unfinished seams are becoming a trend of late.


Friday, 25 February 2011

Soft Hercules

FAT Architects never cease to impress me. There approach to design is innovative and refreshing. This stool made out of stress ball material gives the illusion of a beautiful sculpture displayed in a contemporary manor. It is however a rather comfortable stool, that adds life and character to its surroundings.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Burberry AW 11/12

Since Christopher Bailey became the totalitarian 'God' of Burberry the brand is in my opinion priceless. This A/W collection is incredible. The mood was set immediately with Dusty Springfield's 'You don't own me' which gave it a vintage feel of empowerment. There were colours as forecasted but they were toned down beautifully. This show proves why Burberry is Britain iconic brand.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Fashion Week Outfit Testing Ground

I've ripped apart my closet over the last few days, everything I own is on the floor. It's London Fashion week and one has to look their best or at least their most outlandish. I did a shoot this morning to see how these WW2 canvas leggings would look like for tomorrow. They felt great and looked even better. They were bought for me in Paris for €3! A piece of history which I mixed with Topman wool skinny carrots and a H&M vest. I'll be adding a H&M cape on the day.

This alley is Ham House a 400 year gem tucked away in the wood on the river Thames just by my house. built in 1610 it was one of the finest Staurt Houses of that period  It was home to the whipping boy for future Charles I. He was favoured by the King for his years of undeserved punishment and was given this house in 1622.  Unfortunately it's not open to the public until April, when it is I'll be sure to get some shots inside for you guys.

Beautiful steel hull boat on the Thames Path just in front of the house.

London Fashion Week

Well London Fashion week is here and the great Sir William Chambers' Sommerset House is taken over by the well dressed and the ridiculous. I've been fortunate to attend a large number of events and shows in different locations across the city.

Highlights over the past couple days have to be Jean-Pierre Braganza at the Grand, the PPQ after party at the sky bar (a club on the 29th floor of an office building that over looks Westminster Palace) and Fyodor and Golan at the Free Masons hall. I'll be hitting a few more shows over the next few days. Whatever you do try to attend your nearest fashion week, it's an incredible experience.


Jean Pierre Braganza Show

PPQ After Party

Shayne Ward at PPQ After Party

Fyodor Golan

Edward Finney Dress....beautiful.

Bbert from Yorkshire Pearl

The Naked and Famous

Here's a weedio of The Naked and Famous, a NZ band I checked out a few days ago at Heaven. They have a great sound that this recording does not do justice.

While MGMT's second album was great, the punchy pop rock that made them famous seemed to fade in to the background. Their secret recipe for catchy melodies only known to the band some how leaked out and found its way to New Zealand.

MGMT ripp offs? You decide. Regardless I think The Naked and Famous are great and their album 'Passive me, aggressive you' should be a great soundtrack to the summer.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

The Tudors.

A Visit to Hampton Court is always inspirational. A Tudor palace, magnificently developed by Cardinal Wolsey and later Henry VIII, alongside a baroque palace built by William III and Mary II.

Having a membership allows me to guilt-free wonder through the palace. The brick work is incredible, and in amazing condition for being 500 years old in parts. 

I always dress with a mix of old and new. I wanted to wear a tudor cape but i don't think i can pull it off!
I posted a few random sketches of the Victorian decretive chimneys.