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New Year, New Start

Hey All,
I know it’s been quite some time since I last posted. I’ve been absolutely amazed by the sheer number of readers of the blog and have appreciated everyone’s support. For me though I feel a change is needed. I am not sure what direction I will go with StyleSavage but I hope that you will all continue with me. The new StyleSavage may be up and running in a few weeks or a month, but if you’ve been crafty enough to subscribe to the blog then you won’t miss out. Your patience will be rewarded!

I wish you all a brilliant start to 2009! xxxx

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End of the Game

For half this weekend my head has been immersed in my latest photography book – Peter Beard.

If you are not familiar with the name, undoubtedly you’ll be familiar with his work.

Handsome American lad from wealthy and prestigious background journeys to Kenya and falls in love with the land. The Wildlife. The people. Beard documented his life in Africa in his photographs and diaries. Moving in glamorous circles it wasn’t long before his diaries were noticed and he was brought to the attention of Vogue magazine and began to do fashion shoots with Verushka stretched out in front of rhinos.

Beard ‘s diaries also include candid photos of his friends, who just happened to be Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali, Jackie Onassis, Andy Warhol and the Jaggers amongst others. Beard was obsessive about documenting everything he came across and placed them in his collages, ripping out newspaper clippings, snakeskins and even staining them with Ava Gardner’s blood (at his home she cut herself on a wineglass and he rushed to capture her blood on one of his diaries).

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It is impossible to appreciate his work from a far. Grab one of his books and be transported.

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There is a voyeuristic gene within us all, and since I’m in the process of re-decorating my place, I’ve found myself drawn to people’s interiors for inspiration. Two websites allow me to indulge my curiosity more than others. There is firstly the fabulous theSelby, which delves into the homes of impossibly rich, young creatives with their chaotic interiors and quirky accessories.

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And I’ve just recently discovered The Style-Files which concentrates on chic interior and designs by Europeans (in particular Scandanavian and Dutch).
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Readers, your girl is in need of a short break and is hoping to escape for a lovely short city break in Europe. This is all very last minute and rushed, but the basics are I’ll be travelling solo, flying out on Saturday and staying for three days in either Lisbon, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Vienna. I thought I’d fill you all in on my dilemma as I’m hoping to take advantage of my global audience for advice. Maybe you live in these cities or have visited them before – I’m looking for advice on what there is to do and see, any festivals or events going on this weekend? Please feel free to leave comments or email me directly with suggestions – but be quick I have to book my holiday by Friday at the latest! Yikes! 

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Here’s a heads up for all you style aficiondaos based in the UK. BBC are launching a 5 part documentary called British Style Genius. It begins on Tuesday on BBC 2 at 9pm. Will be intrigued to find out what you readers make of it…

I’ve never embedded in my life before, so here goes nothing – the trailer for the series. Am loving the music, the fact that they filmed it in one of the most iconic London landmark’s (the deserted Battersea Power Station) and the bejewelled British Bulldog masks!

 Here’s a snippet from the press release of what’s in store for the first episode:

Episode 1: A Fashion Democracy – The High Street Look
 British Style Genius begins by telling the story of the story of British High Street Fashion, in which fashion icon Kate Moss makes a rare TV appearance whilst working on her new line of clothes for the British high street.
Moss launched her first clothes collection in 2007 for Topshop. This move was not only a brilliant PR coup for the country’s biggest high street fashion retailer, but a perfect example of fashion democracy at work – making top end “supermodel” style at high street prices that are within reach for everyone – something the British have excelled at.
 Kate Moss followed in the footsteps of the first British supermodel, Twiggy, who launched her own range of clothes in the late Sixties.
Before then, high fashion was the preserve of the elite and young girls aspired less to look like supermodels and more to look like their mums.
The programme speaks to Mary Quant, the trail-blazing designer who broke the fashion mould by making clothes for young people.  Barbara Hulinicki followed closely behind. In 1964 she founded Biba – a store which went on to offer a complete fashion lifestyle experience, just as Topshop does on the British high street today.  One of the first British “name” designers to work closely with the high street was Ossie Clark. He and his wife Celia Birtwell had become the darlings of “swinging London”; their client list was littered with aristocracy – rock and otherwise. Celia reveals the secrets behind their success and how their designs are still relevant today. Thanks to chains like M&S and Topshop, the gap between high fashion and high street has never been smaller. And the turnaround from the design room to shop floor is incredibly fast.  British Style Genius shows how, with the help of high profile icons such as Kate Moss, and a slew of designers, the British high street is today the envy of the international fashion industry. As well as being a hothouse for cutting edge design, it is the fastest moving, most affordable and one of the most vibrant shopping experiences in the world.

 Other contributors to the film include: Philip Green; Jane Sheperdson; Jonathan Saunders; Christopher Kane; Paula Reid; Twiggy; Stuart Rose; George Davies; and Anna Wintour.

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*M.I.A*

Yes, it has been a while since I last posted on this blog and I’m so sorry to the 0.1% of people who bother to read my blog on a regular basis. I was tempted to lie and say that I’ve been on holiday to some fabulous, exotic location with an eligible heir to a Greek shipping fortune/ Italian sports car dynasty. But alas my absence in the past few days has been down to the fact that I’ve started a new job with ungodly hours, and trying hard not to c**k up. I’m hoping my body clock will adjust to my new routine and as a result I’ll get back to blogging regularly again. But check out my blog at the weekend as I promise I will have updated by then. So I will say adieu for now and leave you with an image of how I wish I looked this week (care-free and chilled).

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Here I Am…

Those were the only words that the German model of the sixties Veruschka had to utter in the iconic film ‘Blow Up’ by Antonioni before being immortalized on celluloid. The film is famous for the image of Veruschka writhing on the floor posing for David Hemmings (playing a character based on David Bailey), who is hovering above her with his camera. And yesterday I found myself face to face with a life size flip version photograph of Veruschka stepping over a prostrate David Bailey. This photograph was taken some time before the 1966 film was made.

The photograph is part of the ‘Fashion in the mirror: Self-Reflection in fashion photography’ exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery in London. Here are photographs ranging from the 1950’s to the present day, which reveal the process and preparation behind a fashion shoot. We observe mysterious hands clawing at the model to fix her hair and make-up, we glance at the photographer reflected in mirrors and the lengths they will go to to get the right shot (one photographer is observed shooting Raquel Zimmerman from a hole dug on a beach).

The illusion of glamour is removed but the photographs are no less compelling. My favourite pictures from the exhibition were the smallest ones. Terence Donovan photographing Celia Hammond who is clowning around whilst being primped. And images of Bob Richardson taking pictures of his then-girlfriend Anjelica Huston on the streets of London – there’s a clever pic in which we see Richardson reflected in a mirror held by Huston, but from how the mirror’s angled it appears that Richardson is standing next to Huston.

In this exhibition you can see works by Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Bert Stern, William Klein, Nick Knight, Tim Walker and many more. What stands out in this exhibition is fashion’s ability to look at itself in the mirror and laugh. And what better way to illustrate the point then these two photographs, monumental figures in fashion lampooning their self-image and omnipresence. 


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