Friday, 26 February 2010
I feel I have been in a whirlwind this week between what I should have been doing and what I actually did. They were two different things.. Ideas flew through the windows and I was hauled into new directions. Fashion week was truly great and everybody else thought so too. I did an interview with T5M. COM the internet site I work for. Highly efficient and modern they are the way forward in broadcasting. Filmed from the Hotel Sofitel, they were holed up in the room for the whole week, interviewing editors, musicians and people in the know..
It has also been a brilliant week for finding new people. A young singer aged 12 off You tube came to sing to me in my room at number 11, a funky hardworking girl from Hammersmith turned up with a huge bunch of flowers, I booked her immediately to sing at my Birthday,I can't wait to hear Dounia. .
Shortly afterwards I ended up listening to the Mozart Requiem in Spitalfields Church, meaning hospital fields in the East End of London. In parts truly magical. Again the boys of Harrow School impressed me with their ability and hard work. Tracey Emin came and supported Charles my son which was really nice of her.
I also did a photo shoot with a new face from Models one. Beautiful in the way Kate Moss is. A little pint size petite called Sophie Dickins. Working with my love of my life, hairstylist Snowden Hill and Emma doing the makeup,with a new stylist called Chloe, we had lots of fun. Chloe's Mother Gail is equally talented I discover and runs a pretty and very efficient shop at 187 New Kings Road, a hive of activity that you can guarantee looking sexier than you ever have before. Little corset dresses reasonably priced can give you the Victoria Beckham look in seconds for couple of hundred pounds. You can spend hours with Gail while she re jigs your wardrobe and makes you try on things that would be more suitable for Dita von Teese, but you too can look as good as she does. She also doesn't forget people who need pretty but practical clothing, her clothes feel comfortable, and yet when you look in the mirror you look a vision. Hunter boots with unique linings, romantic coats with diamante bows, tight black dresses with chiffon arms. Gail thinks of everything to make you look more alluring. I just wish I had discovered her before. Wrapping everything beautifully with tissue paper you leave with extra bags tied up in cream thick ribbon.
I then squeezed in tea with Barbara Orbison who showed me her new delicious smelling scent, a mixture of amber, flowers and it changes during the course of a day named Pretty Woman. Everybody kept telling me how good I smelt.
Of course I did not make the Love Ball because as I said I was on the bed with Lulu and on a deadline for my magazine GENLUX
Thursday, 25 February 2010
One of the most charming of the British Artist's is Mat Collishaw, who in my humble opinion is also one of the most talented. As a huge fan of his, I am unable to view him with anything but rose tinted spectacles. I remember seeing his first works with Detmar Blow and I so wanted a rose that died and became new again. I am still nagging him for it. Apparently there is one in Ireland somewhere, but he never follows up on his sale or nags me to buy. That's what I like about him: he never nags.
Now he has gone and done the most incredible installation at the BFI, and everybody should make the effort to visit. The work is inspired by the rebel Paradjanov who made folklore films instead of socialist propaganda films in the 1970s. Mat knew nothing about him before embarking on this project but realises that his work has similarities. Mat loves the violence of nature. His new piece feels to me like the circle of life: the candles, death, water, th awakening of a life, birds flying, thunderstorms and nature at night behind an altar of windows. Go and be amazed.
On a completely different note, I want to be cool, and I am just not."THE COOL PEOPLE END UP BEING THE SHIT PEOPLE" - so my son Charles says with a knowing look. It changes nothing. I realised today I am seriously uncool, You have to be cold to be cool, you have to be dismissive to be cool, and you have to pretend you don't care. Sensitive blondes who like everybody and want to be liked, while wearing red lipstick and high heels, just don't cut the mustard. That is why I love Mat's work: it awakens real emotions in me and I want to feel green grass under my feet and light a candle in the local church. Anyway I saw Tracey Emin and she totally agreed with me that I wasn't cool, and you know that's pretty cool...
PS. While you are at it, be cool and support the BFI, who do so much to preserve ancient film footage.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Find more videos like this on AMANDA ELIASCH
Amanda Eliasch is quite the accomplished fashionista - a photographer, writer and the fashion editor of Genlux - and with homes in every fashion capital in the world - so it only seemed to right to invite her down to Live From Fashion Week to get an expert opinion on the shows.
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Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Gone are the cobwebs of London Fashion Week it's boom boom boom, and the stylish building of Somerset House just enhances the beauty of the clothes. Mario Schwab was so incredibly delicate, and made me feel like zooming round to his atelier to beg for at least two or three items of clothes, the long skirts over shorts, the tight bodices giving you a beautiful figure. Lucky women who know this up and coming genius. Then there was good old Jasper Conran still in the race with his selection of beautiful jewel like dresses, in greens, reds whites and blues. With patent leather on them and cut out pieces of gauze. I really am lucky being able to buy these clothes I am thinking as I sit in the first row with some of the most glamourous women in London. Debbie Von Bismarck, Andrea Delall with her beautiful daughter Charlotte Olympia the shoe designer. Then the mad rush to Matthew Williamson's show, where he seemed to use an excessive amount of fur which was a trifle embarrassing, causing a stir behind me. His designs were more for the pop star up market glamour girl with pots of cash.. I loved some pieces for example a pink coat which I will lust after.
It really is all go go go, with T5M.Com broadcasting live throughout Fashion week. this morning they interviewed me on my views of the fashion world here in London. It was lots of fun being holed up in the Sofitel Hotel just off the Mall.
I arrived just in time to 11 Cadogan Gardens to have a financial lesson from SG Hambros Bank. Surprisingly fun, and then two teas, one with Barbara Orbison who is launching her new scent Pretty Woman. It smelt of danger and petals from rare flowers. I was given three bottles. Then tea with my friends from L'officiel. Tired I then went to Foxtons and fell in love with a flat, and landed up on my bed trying to work and gossip at the same time with Lulu Anderson from The Babington shop. I had a deadline and was pretending not to , plus I was meant to be having fun at the Love Ball.. All too much and my hair still looks great from two nights ago at the BAFTA's which have become equally elegant, I went with the British Film Institute whom I love and adore. The English are definitely getting with it.
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Bernard Henri Levy
Robert Downey Junior