Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Urban Exploration

During a session of stumbling around the internet, I happened to find a rather strange forum dedicated to gathering information, discussions and photographs of abandoned buildings and derelict places.

I'm not entirely sure of why it exists, whether it is simply for discussion or, because of the 28 Days Later logo at the top, whether it was initially set up for scouting locations for the film and has just grown organically from there.

The locations seem to be centred around large, abandoned buildings such as hospitals or factories, but my favourite images are the ones of a 110 year old cinema, the one with the chandelier and the one below that.

My favourite photographer I found on the forum was Gina Soden, who took about half of the above images!

When I look at it, I just see prime (and cheap!) locations for photo shoots or editorials, just imagine a model dressed head to toe in Miu Miu in any of the above photographs and you've got yourself a Vogue shoot. The images on this post are the ones I've picked out to be the best location for a photo shoot, though being in some of the building would freak me out a little...

What do you think?

Have a look at more Urban Explorations here.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

On yer bike! Cycle chic from across the globe

Sometime last week I was chatting to Buckets, claiming there were 'loads of cycle style blogs out there' and I've kind of had it at the back of my mind ever since. I vividly remember last summer doing street style photography for constantly trying to capture wonderful people as they whizzed by me on their bikes, often failing to do so.

It seems the way to take photos of the elusive bike folk is to get them off their bike, seen above on many a street style site.

I, personally, am terrified of riding a bike on the road and I'm not very good at doing so when I muster up the courage so I'm pretty much in awe of a certain Miss Catherine Baba captured by Jak and Jil whilst riding the streets of Paris in YSL heels.

Not only has there been a rise in 'cycle chic' blogs, through my epic googling on the subject I found a fashion show dedicated to, as they call it, 'Wheels and Heels'. Organised by Hackney Council in London back in 2008 so perhaps we'll see another one soon!

I pretty much love all of these photos, that would have been quite normal without the bikes, they add a little something, an oversized accessory if you will. If I had to choose I'd go with the Sartorialist image at the very top of the page, I think it evoked summer perfectly.

I woke up this morning with what feels like tonsilitis (even though I haven't got any tonsils...) so I shall be bedridden today and will be spending time planning lots of posts so if there's anything you want to see or think I should do more of, just let me know!

Monday, 29 March 2010

House of Architects, mysterious milliners...





Quite honestly, their name is pretty much the only solid information I have about House of Architects...

I remember seeing this collection last summer on Coute Que Coute (which is where the images are from) and decided to revisit them to see if any more information had surfaced on them but alas no. Their website is still 'coming soon', but I think 'soon' has already passed it it's been nearly a year!

Even though I know pretty much nothing about them, it doesn't stop me loving them. They are not just hats, they are pieces of art. During my rather epic googling session trying to scrape together some information on Hosue of Architects, I've seen quite a lot of accusations flying about, mainly claiming that they are completely ripped off Tomoko Fuse, who dos some rather amazing origami.

Frankly, they remind me of Fred Butler if she decided to have a go at eveningwear... If anyone does know anything about them, please let me know!

There's shoes and accessories up in the tweet Ebay shop and I will be selling my vintage wares this weekend in Manchester if anyone's around and would like to come say hi!

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Diana Orving prints, drapes and tailors

Happy Sunday everybody and welcome to Summer in Britain apparently... Well the clocks have gone forward at least, the weather doesn't seem to be obeying us.

I thought I'd introduce you to some lovely, soft and dreamy designs with equally wonderful photography, as I am ever so tired and in need of some soothing. I love pretty much everything about Diana Orving's S/S 2010 collection, the fabrics, prints, draping, colours, accessories and the way it moves beautifully with the model. The movement in this shoot is perfect and a little bit awkward which just makes me love it even more.

I think the last image is great, perfectly showcasing the shoes in a unique way that definitely captures my attention. I also like the fact that the place where the shoot took place looks like it could have been a village hall or school gym, the scuffed up floor only enhances the elegance of the clothes themselves.

For more info visit her very interactive, bursting at the seams website.

In other news, me and Mat from Buckets and Spades have decided to set up shop at Vintage Threads, the biggest vintage fair in the UK, on Friday the 2nd of April (and maybe the Saturday if it goes well!) so do come down and say hi if you can!

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Irina Shaposhnikova

Back to business today, thank you for all the lovely comments on my rather self indulgent post yesterday, I thoroughly enjoyed doing it and will definitely do some more in the future. I need to get some outfit posts done too! Mat, I am enlisting you to take some next weekend!

Irina Shaposhnikova creates amazing pieces that confuse and mesmerize me at the same time. The shapes and details remind me of Ada Zanditon's honeycomb structures but with a more grown up aesthetic.

I especially love the first dress, with the stiff, glittery and angular fabric. Even though they are such odd, seemingly cumbersome shapes, they look quite flattering. On the model anyway, not sure if my curvy figure would look so great...

For more info and to see more of her work, visit her Uni profile.
Sorry for the rather short post, I have to go and make cupcakes for my friends' birthday celebrations tonight, Happy Birthday Sophie for Monday if you're reading this! And my boyfriend is complaining about being a Blog widow...

Plus I get to wear my brand new shoes from Office tonight, that the lovely press people gave me for simply going to a meeting with them, for work not for my blog by the way!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

Friday, 26 March 2010

10 Favourite Things

Alex Loves and Sabine Psynopsis gave me an award and I thought it would make quite a nice post (and let me be quite self indulgent...) so if you have any questions or would like to get to know me a little better, just ask in the comments section! They are just things, not family or friends because they go without saying plus they don't like having photos taken...

They're not in any particular order, just as and when I thought of them....

1. Favourite Accessories Designer

Fred Butler has been my favourite accessories designer/set wizard/blogger for a rather long time now. She's just a little bit wonderful....

2. Favourite Jewellery Designer

Who doesn't love Fannie Schiavoni's work? That's what I'd like to know... It's beautiful, interesting and unique.

3. Favourite Shoes (as of this morning...)

The lovely Susie Bubble posted these amazing Finsk shoes this morning and I immediately fell in love. Finsk have always been a firm favourite of mine but this is just, wow...

4. Favourite Film

This was a tough decision but I settled on the film that I've loved without fail every time I've sen it, which is a lot... Amelie is a beautiful, vibrant and just plain lovely film. It never fails to cheer me up.

5. Favourite Band (at this very moment in time...)

I like a massively varied amount of music so had to choose what my favourite band of this precise second... Slow Club have always been up there in my favourites but seeing as the sun has just come out, their music is just perfect for how I'm feeling. I thoroughly suggest you listen to them or go and see them as soon as you can.

6. Favourite Food

I would gladly eat Paella every single day if I could, it's delicious.

7. Favourite Country

I haven't actually been to Thailand yet, but it's been a pretty much lifelong dream to go that I will fulfil in May this year, I am so excited it's not even healthy...

8. Favourite Style Blogger (at the moment...)

Calivintage always has gorgeous, original outfits to show us with really nice photography. My favourite blogger changes pretty much every day but today is a Calivintage day. Plus, I think she looks scarily like me in some of her photos so that's fun to freak myself out...

9. Favourite Illustrator (at the moment...)

Illustrators are another favourite that change pretty regularly but I can't help but love Krisatomic's work, they are so fun, pretty and captures the essence of the designs perfectly.

10. Favourite Magazine (at the moment...)

I have about a million favourite magazines but Sketchbook is at the top of the pile at the moment, it's so unique and has a very crafty feeling about it which I love. The current issue is a Bloggers special so go get it quickly as I think the new one is due rather soon. Sketchbook are also having a pop up shop in Carnaby Street which will have many a valuable lecture and events, see their website for more details.

So they are my 10 favourite things, well, at this moment in time. I think it would take forever for my indecisive brain to choose my favourite things of all time.

As is tradition, I now nominate 10 of my favourite bloggers to tell us their favourite things (you don't have to...) so here goes!

Nice Try, Radio (This is my boyfriend, go harrass him)
London Rose

And a special 11th mention to Fashion156 because you all know how much I love them
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