Friday, 27 June 2014

Friday 27th June: Hermes Silk Ball

 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
Last evening Hermes took over the ornate Koko music hall venue in Camden for a "Silk Ball" with the venue decorated with back-drops of their silk scarves and patterns.  Susie Bubble hosted the mask fancy-dress party and invited guests such as Ryan Lo, Claire Barrow and Gary Card (seen here).  In my snaps above is also Bethan Laura Wood who is not only famous for always wearing a silk scarf (or 2, or 3) but has also been recently working with Hermes on their windows.  ................ see more here.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Thursday 26th June: Wimbledon day trip c/o NIKE




Thanks so much to Holly Ferguson and NIKE for treating us to a day of tennis at Wimbledon and the chance to see an Andy Murray winning match in Court 1.  MAGIC!  Here is a group shot of the ladies who came together for the treat including, l-r:  Anna Murray from Patternity, Emerald Rose Lewis, Hattie Collins, Holly herself, Emma Sharp and Stephanie Sian Smith.

See more photos from the day over on Steph's instagram here

Thursday 26th June: Daphne's 50th Anniversary Venetian Masks















Chelsea's famous Italian restaurant Daphne's is celebrating it's 50th year with a Venetian style exhibition of masks created specially for the occasion to be auctioned for Great Ormond Street Hospital.  50 artists and stars have been commissioned to contribute a unique piece as part of the project including Zaha Hadid, Stephen Jones & Phillip Treacy thru to Dame Shirley Bassey and Joan Collins!!  Here is my rainbow feather spectrum, alongside snaps from the launch party with Kitty Joseph and a couple of pictures of the restaurant's beautiful artwork.  The display of masks will be up for one month with each on sale at the starting price of £250 to be finally sold at the end of July.  See here for further details.  
Masks Top to bottom:  My spectrum, House Of Flora, Richard E Grant, Rachel Trevor-Morgan Millinery, House of Holland, Nicholas Kirkwood, Peter Pilotto, Giles Deacon, Piers Atkinson

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Tues 24th June: "Urban Archaeology": 21 Years of Mo' Wax








2013/14 marks the 21st anniversary of the birth of legendary UK label Mo'Wax, set up by James Lavelle in 1992.  As part of his Meltdown festival curated for The Southbank Centre is an archive retrospective exhibition "Urban Archaeology"  including previously unseen proofs and artwork.   Here are snaps of some of the personal memorabilia on show, as well as the non-musical collaborations including collectible toys by Medicom and UNKLE edition Nike.  The display not only charts the achievements of Mo'Wax and its artists, but also documents the label's impact on youth culture during the 1990's.  It certainly had a big impression and mark on my growing up - listening to DJShadow in my VW Camper Van when I first began driving aged 17 in Essex - such a powerful and beautiful album that still sends shivers down my spine when I hear it.  Alongside that record sleeve in the display are releases from Attica Blues, who were another contemporary act from London with Rundemcrew's founder Charlie Dark as one of the band's trio............... which neatly ties into a great deal of my running related regular posts........... who knew.......... timeless ..........

Monday, 23 June 2014

Monday 23rd June: James Lavelle's Meltdown Festival at The Southbank Centre









Here are a few snaps from the incredible two week Meltdown Festival at The Southbank Centre, curated this year by James Lavelle.  It was such a packed schedule of events that I wanted to attend all of them!!!  From a screening of Under the Skin, accompanied by a live performance of its soundtrack with composer Mica Levi to Goldie performing his Timeless album with The Heritage Orchestra.  I managed to get down to Embankment for three of the programmes which began last weekend for Gilles Peterson's Brownswood takeover.  This included a screening of his recent Sonzeira documentary "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" whilst recording in Brazil with a Q&A between the director and team involved.  Anushka performed as warm up for the main event of Eska's unique one-off concert, which wrapped up with a back2back dj set between Gilles and James Lavelle.  The 2nd event I attended was the UK premiere of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner's "41 Strings"  with special appearances from Romy Madley Croft (The XX), Hannah Thurlow (2:54), Gemma Thompson (Savages), Jeff Wootton and Seye (Damon Albarn' Heavy Seas band).  Then yesterday was the final "Come Down" party on the river terrace with Acid Brass by Jeremy Deller and The Fairey Band which then turned into a river side rave with dj's Horse Meat Disco and Lavelle signing off by spinning classics such as Strings Of Life.  This is what I love about London - the diverse range of cultural events that are free to attend,  where cross-generations can pitch up for a dance to seminal sounds delivered by the city's heritage of musical movements.
(Photos top to bottom: Gilles Peterson Q&A, Nick Zinners' 41 Strings, Eska wearing my silver hair slide styled by Rowdy Superstar, Rowdy, Jeremy Deller's Brass Band, James Lavelle)