Madame Westwood & my dream collaboration

The recent Vivienne Westwood’s collaboration to rebrand the English National Ballet made me think about successful women and “girl power”, so I started fantasising about what would be my dream collaboration…with my top four women of all time!

The idea is simply overwhelming but here it goes in no particular order, Vivienne Westwood, Frida Kahlo, Yayoi Kusama and Janis Joplin!

Let’s just imagine that Kahlo and Joplin were alive, and right now this extraordinary quartet are in the same room, would it work? would they even get along? At some point Westwood would share her strong political views and talk about human rights, which I believe all four of them would quite enjoy considering they are free spirit and open minded.

Kusama and Joplin seem to have a lot in common, although there are a few years difference between them they both experienced the sex revolution and movement in the 60’s and this clearly inspired both of their careers.

In my opinion Yayoi was the queen of psychedelic art and her obsession with polka dots is her trademark, she was part of the Pop Art movement, an influence for Warhol and also the only female artist in that scene at the time. She  participated in protests against the Vietnam war, which often involved nudity so it wouldn’t be a surprise if Kusama and Janis had met during one of the protests, perhaps  even at Woodstock, the festival that celebrated what was happening in history at the time and which defined the 60’s.

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Yayoi Kusama in 1960

Janis performing one of my favourite songs, “Summertime” in Stockholm 1969

The voice of this woman doesn’t cease to amaze me,  it’s incredibly powerful and the spirit of blues.

Janis Joplin at Woodstock in 1969.

Janis Joplin at Woodstock in 1969.

Now, Westwood was clearly more interested in the 70’s Punk movement, a rebel at heart, daring and unconventional, she is from a completely different generation to Kahlo but they are  both visionary,  although Frida wasn’t a designer her distinctive look and style has had a  impact on fashion, just as Westwood has, both are and have been an inspiration to many artists and designers worldwide.

Westwood is an intelligent and talented woman, famous for reinventing fashion by combining English traditional 17th and 18th century elements with punk, while Frida has become the universal modern symbol for female suffering, which is reflected on her self portraits, she is the only female painter whose work fetch as much as Picasso’s or Pollock’s, they are both global icons.

So what do they all have in common? they are/were strong, ballsy and talented with unconventional ideas, needed a way to express themselves and whether it was consciently or not they made a difference through their art. Decades have gone past and they continue to inspire us, in music, fashion, art, film, photography and even performance.

I can’t  imagine what they would produce as a team but I know it’d be beyond expectations.They could be the fantastic four and I would quite happily live in a world ruled by these women, what a wonderful and magical place that would be!

Madame Westwood, a total visionary who changed Fashion forever.

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"It wasn't that I purposely wanted to rebel, I wanted to find out why it had to be done one way and not another", Vivienne Westwood.

“It wasn’t that I purposely wanted to rebel, I wanted to find out why it had to be done one way and not another”, Vivienne Westwood.

Vivienne Westwood Red Label SS13

Vivienne Westwood Red Label SS13

Her bright and colourful outfits and adornments, such as the flowers and ribbons on her hair have had an impact on Fashion, she is a style icon and her image has become so powerful that she is much more than an art star.

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The two Fridas

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Yayoi Kusama “Endless Love Show” 1966
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I took this photo when I visited Kusama’s exhibition at the Tate Modern in 2012, it was a glimpse into her hallucinatory world, full of  twinkling lights, dotty images and fabric-stuffed phallic objects.

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Kusama in Dots Obsession-Night.
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The Style Factory "My Room".

The Style Factory “My Room”, I’m so inspired by Kusama.

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Life is pink & beautiful

I have always associated happiness to the colour pink and that’s the meaning behind my favourite phrase… “Life is pink & beautiful”.

Pink lipstick, handbags, blouses, jumpers and the amount of things I own in this colour is probably a bit ridiculous.

It was a snowy London last week and it’s still pretty cold but I haven’t let myself  get under the weather this time, how? well, colour it’s all you need, also fur! I’m over the moon about  finally wearing this fabulous piece.

My pink rabbit fur pom pom jacket! Some people might actually think I’m totally shallow for going on about this piece but even looking at it makes me smile. What I wear says who I am and the outfits I choose each day say how I feel in that particular day,  it’s my pink fur happy jacket which describes me best.

Giorgio Armani AW11

Giorgio Armani AW11

Pink rabbit fur pom pom jacket “The Happy Jacket” by Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani Jacket AW11

Giorgio Armani Jacket AW11

Emporio Armani Sequin Flower Hardware Necklace

Emporio Armani Sequin Flower Hardware Necklace

Juergen Teller & The Pioneer of colour photography

Juergen Teller’s exhibition: Woo, opens tomorrow at the ICA, he is considered one the best photographers of his generation with a successful career in fashion and art photography.

His photographs are provocative and often controversial, he likes pushing the boundaries, whether it is of erotic nature or  an off-centre idea but the ending result is a marvellous picture that simply captures you,  it’s what designers or anyone that collaborates with Teller find so appealing.

A distinctive characteristic of his work in fashion ad campaigns is the imperfection of the images, they are not conventional fashion photos, there is a sense of raw beauty about them that makes them so real and almost natural.

Juerge Teller for Marc Jacobs 2010.

Juerge Teller for Marc Jacobs 2010.

The keys to the house No. 28, 2011.

The keys to the house No. 28, 2011.

Teller for Vivienne Westwood.

Teller for Vivienne Westwood in 2012

Model Irina Kulikova for  032c Magazine 2013.

Model Irina Kulikova for 032c Magazine 2013.

Bjork for Wallpaper Magazine.

Bjork for Wallpaper Magazine.

Kate Moss for Vogue

Kate Moss for Vogue

Scandalous shoot for 032C Magazine 2011.

Kristen McMenamy for

Kristen McMenamy for 032c Magazine.

I’m a fan of Teller’s work but when I look at his photographs I’m constantly reminded of William Eggleston, years ago when I was at university I came across his work and then I watched a documentary about him called “The Real World”,this film really changed my perception of photography,  it instigated a passion to take photos of anything and everything that attracted my attention, it also made me appreciate the beauty found in the smallest things we see in every day life, objects, an old faded wall or even a person walking down the street and it made me so aware of the colours in our surroundings, I thought it was wonderful and inspiring.

I guess what I’m trying to say is,  there wouldn’t be a Juergen Teller if Eggleston hadn’t exited, he is the beginning of modern colour photography and  the outcome of his dye-transfered printing method was incredible images and some of his most striking work. He was inspired and perhaps passionate about by the simple and strange things around him, it’s the colours in his photographs combined with the weird world that he captured behind that lens that I find so fascinating.

It is evident that Eggleston has been a great influence on Teller’s work, just as he has been to many others, in fact they did a collaboration for a Marc Jacobs ad campaign in 2007, featuring William Eggleston.

I’m a bit obsessed with the vision of this man and I wonder if seeing “The Red Ceiling” made me addicted to have a splash of red in my room. If you have never seen his work you will be hooked after this post.

Collaboration with William Eggleston for Marc Jacobs SS07.

Collaboration with William Eggleston for Marc Jacobs SS07.

William Eggleston "The Red Ceiling" one of his  most famous photographs.

William Eggleston “The Red Ceiling” one of his most famous photographs.

William Eggleston 1975

William Eggleston 1975

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1970

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Blue car on suburban street, 1970.

Blue car on suburban street, 1970.

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Near the Greenville, Mississippi in 1984.

Near the Greenville, Mississippi in 1984.

William Eggleston in Paris 2008.

William Eggleston in Paris 2008.

The 60’s Boom

I find fashion more interesting in Winter then than in Spring or Summer, but this time I can’t help day dreaming about the trends for SS13, one in particular, the 60’s.

It was The Sex, Drugs & Rock’ n’ Roll era and the most momentous decade of the century, the young rebelled against their parents and for the first time this generation lived by their own rules, in the 60’s a different way of thinking was born and their ideology stood for “Love, peace and freedom”.  This movement had an incredible impact on everything, from music to politics,  it gave us Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, Warhol and his muse Edie Sedgwick and in fashion…well, where do I begin?

The 60’s make a comeback this Spring/Summer and the creations seen on the catwalks are nothing but fun and bold, bright colours and quirky accessories, from House of Holland to Chanel, they all have  been inspired by this decade, even Love Magazine  will delight us with an awesome issue in February.

The  fun we are going to have dressing up is beyond exciting and I’m determined to not wear black, only bright accessories and  a pair of great sunglasses is a must.

YSL designs and the iconic women of the 60's

YSL designs and the iconic women of the 60’s

I can’t wait to see the beautiful fashion shoot and styling by Katie Grand for Love Magazine,” The Clean Issue”. It’s out on the 4th February.

Louis-Vuitton finale Paris Fashion Week

Louis-Vuitton finale Paris Fashion Week

Moschino girls SS13

Moschino girls SS13

Prada SS13

Prada SS13

Chanel SS13

Chanel SS13

Lindsay Wixan at Jean Paul Gaultier's show

Lindsay Wixan at Jean Paul Gaultier’s show

Chanel SS13

Chanel SS13

Simone Rocha SS13

Simone Rocha SS13

Cara Delevingne at Louis Vuitton.

Cara Delevingne in Louis Vuitton.

Final Moschino SS13

Final Moschino SS13

House Of Holland SS13

House Of Holland SS13

Moschino SS13

Moschino SS13

Gucci boys SS13

Gucci boys SS13

YSL boys SS13

YSL boys SS13

Balenciaga Rings SS13

Balenciaga Rings SS13

 60’s inspired items from  TopShop, shoes £75 and handbag £32

TopShop Shoes and Bag

Katz Cut Out Strap Shoes and Tri Hardware Chain Bag

“The must have item” and currently on my wish list

Fendi Sunglasses SS13

Fendi Sunglasses SS13

Bright & Fun January

It’s already January and a bit of a depressing month for some,  no more exciting  shopping trips in search of  the perfect  dress for  Christmas parties or just a great outfit for a big night out on NYE.

Shops displayed endless options of gold and silver dresses, sequins, beads and basically all fabulous things before and during the festivities season so, what’s next? What trend will cheer us all up and beat these January Blues?

Some of the trends for SS13 are white, black, bright colours, stripes and optical prints and sheer luxe. I did this shoot inspired by my mood in January, as the first month of 2013 to me it means excitement, happiness and positive vibes. I mixed monochrome with bright yellow, fun prints and bold shapes, there are also some sheer pieces.

Jacqueline Dumont, my lovely model, was great in this shoot and she really rocked each look. These outfits represent exactly  how I feel in this glorious beginning of the year!

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Monochrome, bright & bold!

Armani Jeans Coat, Luella top, AX leggings, H&M necklace, vintage ring and Marc Jacobs shoes.Image

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Emporio Armani blazer, Armani Collezioni dress and Balenciaga shoes.Image

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DKNY jeans long sleeve sheer  top, vintage polka dot top  from St. Cyr Vintage, Top Shop trousers, Giorgio Armani silk scarf and kneclace, vintage bracelet and Azzedine Alaia shoes.Image

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AX monochrome printed blouse, gold jacket and leggings and Azzedine Alaia shoes.ImageImageImage

Armani Jeans top, DKNY cape, AX pleated silk shorts, H&M socks and De Castelbajac shoes.ImageImage

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Vintage jumper from St Cyr Vintage, Luella customised skirt, H&M studded belt and glasses from Bricklane Market.

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Luella skirt and glasses, AX sheer striped top and bangle and De Castelbajac shoes.ImageImageImage