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Jan 26 2013

Exhibition: Tim Walker – Story Teller

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This week I finally got chance to visit Tim Walker’s incredible exhibition at Somerset House. I am not sure what took me so long, but after I couldn’t make the press preview I kind of just kept forgetting but with the exhibition coming to an end this weekend I just couldn’t let it end without looking around.

Tim Walker, famous for his incredible Mulberry campaigns, is much more than just a photographer, this creative-but-tiny exhibit really shows off the lengths he goes to in his shoots with the use of gorgeous and generally oversized props. Everything from giant bugs, skeletons, musical instruments, planes, crumpled up newspaper and my favourite the giant rag doll, which is kind of creepy-but-adorable.

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The exhibition closes tomorrow, so if like me you kept forgetting, and thought you had loads of time – you don’t and for a free exhibition I would certainly recommend checking out if you are in the Somerset House area this weekend.

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Tim Walker: Story Teller runs at Somerset House until January 27, 2013 – open 10am until 6pm.

Dec 12 2012

Winter Fun: Ice Skating Fun At Somerset House

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I am a sucker for ice skating, I don’t know why I think it is because it reminds me of Christmas, and I love that there are so many rinks dotted across London and the rest of the country until the end of January.

We went around lunchtime on a Thursday, which meant we pretty much had the ice to ourselves, which was a lot of fun and I totally recommend if you aren’t that confident, but trust me your skating feet soon kick in and you will be whizzing around.

I can’t remember when I had so much fun, it was just nice to relax and have a giggle with friends for an hour, while attempting not to fall, which I didn’t so I was pretty proud of myself.

Below are a few of my fav snaps of the day: proof that I skated, Marin showing who’s the star, Sherin loving the camera, Kathryn hugged the rail, and of course the obligatory shot of all of our skates *it is like bloggers taking a snap of themselves in a mirror, has to be done!!!*.

What’s you idea of winter fun? Do you love ice skating as well?

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Dec 04 2012

Exhibition: Valentino – Master Of Couture

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This is the first time I have been to an exhibition at Somerset House, which is strange really as I spend a lot of time there for fashion week and events throughout the year, but I have been looking forward to this exhibition celebrating Valentino’s 50 year career for a while, and it might not have wowed me like I would have liked but there were elements that really captured my interest.

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Split into three sections, the first is a room sharing personal photographs of Valentino, his couture invites, and letters from the likes of Anna Wintour sharing how much they love him, while it was interesting to see I did find it a tad boring – I didn’t take anything away from it about Valentino, just that Anna Wintour like me has huge handwriting!!!

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However, the second section ‘The Catwalk’ is incredible, showcasing more than 130 of Valentino’s hand-crafted haute couture designs, I loved the reversal of the visitors to the exhibition taking the place of the model and walking along the 60-metre catwalk to view the designs, which are sat like they are the audience.

It wasn’t just the layout that impressed me, it was nice wandering down the catwalk, but what I loved was that Somerset House resisted the urge to place these delicate couture gowns behind glass, instead you can get up close with the pieces, see the hand-beaded embroidery and really get a feel for the hours of work that went into each piece.

It was also nice to see the designs colour-coded by decade, ‘Mint’ for the 1950s, ‘mustard’ for the 1960s, all the way up to Ice for the 2010s, I did think they might have organised it in theme of clothing for instance an area for red carpet, day wear and bespoke, but the way the designs were curated together was refreshing.

However, the grouping and the numbered circles of the mannequins wrists did mean that I relied a little too much on the free brochure, which with its red-print I could barely read under the dimmed lighting, instead I made a note of the number and went back to the book over a cuppa.

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There are a number of highlights from the exhibition, top of my list had to be seeing Julia Roberts Oscar gown from 2001, the classic black number has been turned away in the exhibition so you can see all the white ribbon detailing to the back. Another must see look is Princess Marie-Chantel of Greece’s pearl-encrusted ivory silk wedding gown, which has its own section it is so grand, seriously gorgeous. Also keep an eye out for designs worn by Anne Hathaway, Audrey Hepburn, and Jackie Kennedy.

Overall, if you love couture, love Valentino, and generally love getting up close with red carpet worthy looks then you will really enjoy this exhibition, if like me you also wanted to take a sense of who Valentino is then you might be a little disappointed, but I would say just for the catwalk section this exhibition is worth a trip.

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Valentino: Master of Couture runs at Somerset House until March 3, 2013.

[Pics: courtesy of Somerset House/Peter Macdiarmid]

Apr 16 2012

Outdoor Art: Field Of Ceramic Flowers

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Today it may have been raining, lots, and I might have been running around to lots of press days, but the sun did shine on Somerset House for me to check out the amazing Out of Synch installation by Fernando Casasempere featuring more than 10,000 ceramic daffodils. Totally amazing and the perfect backdrop for such a gorgeous display signally the beginning of spring. Be quick the display isn’t on long, come the end of the month they will all be gone.

Jul 16 2011

Somerset House: Masters of Style – Italian Fashion

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A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to enjoy a special preview of the new exhibition at Somerset House, Masters of Style: Celebrating The Stories Behind Italian Fashion, with the legend that is Colin McDowell who was completely lovely and has done a great job as curator of this fab exhibit.

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The photographic exhibition, sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro brings together the archives of six Italian fashion houses, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Missoni and Prada, to celebrate the passion, flair and creativity of Italian style, and I just loved it.

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What I loved most about this exhibition were the details. I adored the layout, the white pods and their transparent divides made me feel like I was walking through winding narrow streets in Italy, where if you looked through your eye captured another image. The exhibition is more than just photos, which on its own is amazing as each designer personally chose their favourite images, and there is commentary from Colin, the designer, and the photographers, giving real insight into those defining moments.

I took a few snaps of my favourite shots. But trust me you have to take in the whole exhibition you will love it!! Be quick though as this amazing display of iconic pictures is only on until August 14, book your tickets here.

Gucci

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This advert from 1967, chosen by Frida Giannini, “Made in Italy – always at the heart of Gucci”, just says everything you need to know about Gucci for me. I love the quality of the handbag against the iconic backdrop.

Prada

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The Prada section was one of my favourites, and I have chosen this shot by Albert Watson from the S/S 1989. What I love about this advert is you are drawn to the bridge of her back, followed by the silk dress, and then the logo embossed purse, I really love the sensual luxury of the story, I bet it would have looked amazing in a magazine.

Missoni

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From the Missoni collection I have gone for this gorgeous illustration by Antonio Lopez from A/W 1983-84, I have to be honest this was the hardest to choose, as every single  one was so lovely and bright. By including Missoni it really does add something different to the exhibition, next to the minimal vibe of Armani, the heritage of Dolce & Gabbana, and the sexy pictures of Gucci, and the colours of Missoni breaks it up a bit.

Dolce & Gabbana

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From the A/W 1989-90 campaign shot by Steven Meisel, I love how these images of Isabella Rossellini portray the drama and emotion that I love from Dolce & Gabbana adverts. I chose these pics as to me they really spoke to me about the heritage of what the brand is known for. Also, does it get more Italian than a woman being emotional with her hands?

Armani

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I find that fashion brands fuse closely with cinema, and this shot captured by Peter Lindbergh for the A/W 1992-93 campaign is perfection.

“I am a huge fan of cinema, and sometimes an outfit suggests drama. This black dress is a case in point. But for me drama is not about excessive styling or decoration, but about the way a piece interacts with its wear – how it hands and moves, what it suggests,” Giorgio Armani.

Salvatore Ferragamo

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Whereas the other fashion houses displayed mostly pictures with models, what I loved about Ferragamo is that their campaigns concentrate on the quality and luxury of its accessories. How amazing is this shot from the S/S 1997 campaign taken by Giovanni Gastel, I love how the bag has been wrapped in a scarf, the ultimate gift and I want it!!

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