Karl Lagerfeld has brought us KARL and masstige. Masstige is a mixture of mass market and prestige combined and compartmentalised into three parts. IroniK, ArtistiK and aKsessible. Inspired by Karl's silhouette and style the collection was lauched exclusively through Net-a-Porter on 25th january.
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Edited by amahrose - 30 Jan 2012 at 6:57pm
Label: Ăl Records
Personnel: Nick Currie, Neil Martin (emulator 2), Jane Davies (vocals)
Tracklisting: Lucky like St. Sebastian, The lesson of Sodom (according to Lot), John the baptist Jones, King Solomonâs song and mine, Little lord obedience, The day the circus came to town, The rape of Lucretia, Paper wraps rock, Rules of the game of quoits
Once described by Mojo as âEnglandâs greatest living artistâ, Nick Currie prefers to describe himself as someone who churns out âscruffy electronic pop for shy Japanese girlsâ. An obscenely talented and consistently controversial Scot, Currieâs debut was, however, as far from electronic pop as Landsâ End is from John OâGroats.
Highly literary and beautifully melodic, âCircus Maximusâ is a breathtaking mixture of gentle acoustic guitar and varied keyboard embellishments of largely acoustic sounds, thanks to the use of the emulator sampler. Currieâs fragile, melancholic voice is the perfect vehicle to explore the gamut of tragic biblical and historical figures referenced here. Particular highlights include the haunting âSt. Sebastianâ and chanted chorus of âLittle Lord Obedienceâ, alongside much lighter moments such as the folky âQuoitsâ and âThe Day the Circus Came to Townâ, which introduces an ongoing interest in cabaret (and chanson) stylings.
Considering how timeless and homeless much of Currieâs work is, Momus may well indeed be SCOTLANDâs greatest living artist.
Edited by amahrose - 30 Jan 2012 at 12:02pm
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Ideally we'd enjoy these body treats in this rather fetching cast iron bath from Drummonds.
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Edited by Viola Levy - 29 Jan 2012 at 6:57pm
By Milly Edgerley
Tuesday, 24 January saw the inauguration of Miuccia Pradaâs 24 hour museum designed by Milan-based artist Francesco Vezzoli and featuring AMO, Ren Koolhaasâ think tank. This exclusive space opened in Paris and, as the name suggests, closed 24 hours later.
Nestled in the heart of the historic Palais d'IĂ©na, the museum opened with an invitation-only dinner that saw faces such as Anna Wintour, Audrey Tatou, Diane Kruger, Marianne Faithful and Salma Hayek, amongst many others, in attendance.
Following dinner the space opened up into a nightclub where guests where entertained by none other than Kate Moss who was DJ for the evening, before the museumâs opening to the public the next day.
The event itself was uniquely innovative: Koolhaasâ think tank was divided into three sections each inspired by a particular type of museum space: historic, contemporary and forgotten, each instrumental to the sequence of events that take place in different areas of the ground floor of the Palais d'IĂ©na. Vezzoliâs work was ensconced in a large metal cage with films featuring Sharon Stone and Lady Gaga co-existing with sculptures of his favourite divas creating an atmosphere of this very personal tribute to femininity.
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The squad are made up of celebrity photographer and Cruella DeVille lookalike Louie Banks; screen printer and illustrator Nicholas Saunders; makeup artist and musician Lucy Wearing; fashion prodigy and Central St.Martins student Mimi Wade; acclaimed music blogger Andy Moore; stylist and menswear journalist Stevie Style; Creative Director of 123 Bethnal Green Road Harriet Verney and hairstylist Sami Knight (not to be confused with Sam McKnight, although he did work as her assistant.)
Last week the Street Squad launched their blog with a party at The Hoxton Pony, which included a dry styling bar, a photobooth and DJ sets from Andy Moore, Lucy Wearing with Hayley Caine, Louie Banks and Sunday Girl as well as an electrifying live performance from Queen of Hearts. This is one cool crowd we'd happily hang out with (or at least try to...)
Queen of Hearts performing at the Street Squad blog launch
Edited by Viola Levy - 28 Jan 2012 at 11:28pm
By Milly Edgerley
In his second couture showing for the house, Bill Gayttenâs Dior Couture collection was executed with aplomb.
The aesthetic of the collection was a clear departure from couture offerings we have previously seen from the house, with a renewed focus on simplicity, modernity and construction that showcased sheer layers that exposed the workmanship of the garments.
Elsewhere in the collection, elegantly simple dresses bore stitching that hinted towards pattern-making directives drawing attention to the intangibility of couture creativity.
That is not to say that the collection did not have a coherent vision. Indeed the overall effect was one of old-school, lady-like glamour with a distinctly contemporary twist.
Silhouettes were uncompromisingly feminine with high cinched waists and hints of peplumâs hidden in organza layers, paired with both full and second-skin tight skirts. Accessories added to this retro reference with models sporting evening gloves and shawl-collared jackets.
However these references were not a literal translation; Sheer fabrics were used throughout to give a modern allure whist black and taupe croc-stamped leather jackets worn with patent or tulle court shoes with Lucite heels hardened the edges of this whimsical collection.
Eveningwear was arguably the stand-out of the show; stunning slim-line chiffon and organza dresses in damson, beige or black with pleated, stand away bodices undulated down the catwalk, whilst a barely-there, lattice print, damson gown showcased Gayttens ability to create couture eveningwear for an entirely modern woman.
A confident and fresh expression of modern couture.
Images Courtesy of Style.com
By Milly Edgerley
After an eight year hiatus from couture, Donatella made a welcome comeback with Versaceâs Spring Couture collection and with her came a resurgence of the power woman, the glamazon, or as Donatella put it herself âwarrior womenâ.
The collection re-defines femininity, favouring constructed gowns over the more whimsical organza offerings that have been popular for spring/summer.
Silhouettes were moulded to emphasise the female form, with gold metal inserts adding inches to hips and shoulders whilst sheer and lace panelling injected allure into the gowns that favoured a more demure palette.
An array of thigh-skimming mini-dresses continued the structured feel in an assortment of eye-catching brights that lifted the otherwise fiercely glamorous collection. Amongst the shorter pieces the standout was a bronzed embellished corset-mini that was exquisite in its intricate delicacy.
The shorter pieces showcased the versatility of the collection however it was the silvery siren gowns that really served to exemplify Donatellaâs couture credentials. The overall effect was one of a sinuous sensuality hardened by the angular curves created by Versaceâs ingenious engineering.
Standouts of the collection included a green embellished gown with a half-peplum structuring and a fiery gown, anchored at the neck with a half- moon metal insert; both fiercely feminine and unapologetically opulent.
This return to couture makes one thing exceedingly clear: Donatella understands how to design for the contemporary women, whether on the runway, red carpet or on the high street in her Versace for H&M range.
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