Joan Didion

“Do not whine. Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.”

Joan Didion is an American author best known for her novels and her literary journalism. Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Westward Leaning

Brilliant and affordable specs from Westward Leaning.

“We only have one frame shape, and only one frame size. We’re like the Model-T of sunglasses. So, as you might expect, we spent a long time designing what we believe to be the most universally-flattering, unisex, all-purpose, look-good, feel-good, ultra-sturdy sunglasses frame in the world. We took elements from all our favorite sunglasses, and put them together to create one frame to rule them all.”

 

MERCURY SEVEN - $180

MERCURY SEVEN – $180

 

 

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Friday, December 6th, 2013
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V Jewellery

Love the brilliant costume jewellery site, V Jewellery. This festive image below caught my eye.

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Friday, December 6th, 2013
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Tim & Sue

Tim Noble and Sue Webster take ordinary things including rubbish, assemblage and then point light in order to create projected shadows which show a great likeness to something identifiable (often self-portraits). The process of transformation, from discarded waste, scrap metal or even taxidermy creatures to a recognizable image, echoes the idea of ‘perceptual psychology’ a form of evaluation used for psychological patients. Noble and Webster are familiar with this process and how people evaluate abstract forms. Throughout their careers they have played with the idea of how humans perceive abstract images and define them with meaning. The result is surprising and powerful as it redefines how abstract forms can transform into figurative ones.

Parallel to their shadow investigations, Noble and Webster have created a series of light sculptures that reference iconic pop culture symbols represented in the form of shop-front-type signage and carnival shows inherent of British seaside towns, Las Vegas and Times Square. With the aid of complex light sequencing these signs perpetually flash and spiral out messages of everlasting love, and hate.

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Sunday, December 1st, 2013
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French Vogue 2004

Pamela Hanson is a British photographer and filmmaker, currently based in New York.

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Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Wreaths

I love these colourful wreaths made from gorgeous dried flowers.

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Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Kate Moss by Philip Newton

Philip Newton began working professionally nearly 20 years ago in the streets and studios of New York City, London and Paris.

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Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Isabella Blow: Exhibition

I was lucky enough to attend this exhibition at Somerset House on opening night. And it was a triumph. Filled to the brim with beautiful clothes and hats. A stunning collection, cataloging the art of creation and personal dedication to its achievement, spiced with a voyeuristic view of the birth, rise and fall of a true modern icon.

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Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Isabella Blow: Blow by Blow

In 1989, Blow married her second husband, art dealer Detmar Hamilton Blow, in Gloucester Cathedral; he is a grandson (and namesake) of the early 20th-century society architect Detmar Blow. In 2003, she and Detmar separated for 18 months. She had been experiencing a manic phase, exacerbated by Detmar’s mother asking he and Isabella to move out of Hilles to make way for Detmar’s sister, Selina.

She frequently did not come home at night. During their time apart, Isabella began seeing a Venetian man and Detmar had a relationship with writer Stephanie Theobald.

They reconciled in 2004, but in the three years prior to her death, Isabella’s lows were crippling. She was on heavy medication and had electroconvulsive therapy, but the depression always returned and she started the first of many (and eventually successful) suicide attempts.

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Mario Sorrenti

Mario Sorrenti is a photographer and director best known for his spreads of nude models in the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. He famously directed commercials for Calvin Klein, and has shot Kate Moss for the Calvin Klein Obsession ads.

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Monday, November 18th, 2013