Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year!

Pablo Picasso, Dove 1949

We wish you a Happy and Peaceful New Year. 

Friday, 20 December 2013

Ghosts of Christmases Past

I felt pangs of nostalgia looking at these images of Christmases past courtesy of the Museum of London photography collection. Do you remember when?...

 1952- Christmas Tree sellers Covent Garden

1953- Selfridges Christmas display

 1953- Boys in Selfridges

 1954- Ice on Hampstead Heath

 1955- Regent Street Christmas lights

 1955- Christmas Tree Trafalgar Square

 1957- Hamley's window display

 1958- Lion and pigeons Trafalgar Square

 1958- Fog Trafalgar Square

 1960- Christmas lights, Regent Street

 1961- School Nativity play

 1962- Decorating the classroom tree

 1962- Newspaper sellers, Westminster

1970- Christmas lunch, Kingsgate Infants School

 1975- Unwrapping presents

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for your interest and support this year.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Sergio Rossi Butterfly Shoe

Still on the subject of butterfly inspired shoes, I thought the design of these Sergio Rossi beauties incorporates a really clever use of the butterfly motif and would have the girls salivating. 

These are a really nice flight of fancy and a tribute to the art and skill of cordwainers. They come in two different designs, and are satin and laser-cut gold leather with a 4 inch heel, retailing at £700.

Apparently they are sold out at most places, but perhaps, if you've been a really, really good girl for Christmas...

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Andy Warhol for Dior

Art/Fashion collaborations seem to be quite the thing now. The Alexander McQueen/Damien Hirst skull scarf collaboration produced some great results, and now Dior are using Andy Warhol's early shoe drawings to good effect also. I was fortunate enough recently to be able to see a private collection of Warhol's early illustrative shoe drawings. It was great to be able to get up close and examine them and his drawing technique first-hand, and in relative privacy. His blobby, linear drawing style was unique at the time, and the use of butterflies quite whimsical.

Raf Simons and the design team at Dior have realised the beauty of Warhol's early shoe drawings, and with the permission of the Warhol Foundation, put them to use decorating a series of Dior handbags and dresses for their A/W 2013 collection. It is not the first time that Simons has sought inspiration from artists, as previous collections have seen him using the work of artists from the Bauhaus movement as well as that of Picasso and Roualt. I really like the Butterfly Shoe illustration hand-bag and clutch, and think it is a particularly apt use of the art/fashion collaboration considering the drawings were originally commissioned for Harper's Bazaar fashion magazine in the 1950s.

The attention to detail on the dress below is pretty amazing. The designers and technicians have done a fantastic job of translating Warhol's whimsical butterfly imagery, and blobby line drawing technique into the textile medium with the use of sequins and beads.

Friday, 6 December 2013

R.I.P Nelson Mandela

"During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realised. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." 

"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." 

"Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity."

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918 - 2013