Thursday, 31 December 2009

_Country Escape

_So as my last post of this decade, and with the weather being so cold and icy I decided to just to take shots of my 'country escape' in the dales (Basically I got a new camera for Christmas. and, thought it was a bit cruel to get Todd to travel all the way up North, so decided to just do it myself). I love it up here, its empty, with just a light scattering of some of my favourite things and people, its the one space I can actually find the time to sit and read, nap in the daytime and evidently, see in the New Year.

2009 was an ace year, so here's to the next one!
Happy 2010 everyone.

_Dirty Mind

_A lovely bit of of Richard prince to (nearly) end the year/decade) with - Definately my favourite style for Richard Prince, his collages remind me of pinker and dirtier Robert Rauschenberg, Ace.

_Thanks Dad,

_Totally genius Christmas present from my dad - A clock that's been in his garage since I was a kid, that he was given by his dad in the early 70's. He's had it cleaned up a refurbished and I totally love it.

_Currently Watching . . .

_The perfect New Years Eve film 'Gigi' the 1958 classic, Directed by Vincente Minnelli and winner of 9 oscars at the 1959 Academy Awards - Completely stunning musical genius.

'Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long. Gaston, the scion of a wealthy Parisian family finds emotional refuge from the superficial lifestyle of upper class Parisian 1900s society with the former mistress of his uncle and her outgoing, tomboy granddaughter, Gigi. When Gaston becomes aware that Gigi has matured into a woman, her grandmother and aunt, who have educated Gigi to be a wealthy man's mistress, urge the pair to act out their roles but love adds a surprise twist to this delightful turn-of-the 20th century Cinderella story.'

_Style Icon, Axl

_Long hair, oversized pink blazer, stonewash - Perfection.

_Country Archive I.

_One of my favourite things to do while I'm back in the country is having the time to go through my (other) magazine archive - I have a selection in London (around 2,000) then everything from age nineteen and before is still in the country, so all my Face magazines, 10 years worth of Vogues, plus about 5 years worth of i-D, Sleazenation, Homme+, Arena, POP and Wallpaper* from before I moved to LDN, plus anything else that took my eye (from random fanzines to magazines that didnt run for long ie. the relaunched Nova from the mid nineties) - meaning I have about another 5,000 up here, so plenty of inapiration then! - This was at the top of the pile for some reason, I remember picking it up in NYC 2 years ago and bringing it back here afterwards, but never remembered this great Mert & Marcus and Oliver Rizzo shoot from 'V' SS08 - Check the Ace freakin' hair and soft whiplash stylings.

Note: Expect more of these 'Country Archive' posts over the next few days.


_I want one, a leather one, ideally pony skin, in black, A4, or just a bit bigger, so I can always carry new issues of magazines with me, and a few old ones... that'd be brilliant.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

_'For Every Season'

_As promised yesterday, here is the final piece I produced for the Christmas Eve opening page of the Cos website, its still up now under 'things' at

_'A Single Man'

_The Premier film from Tom Ford. A Single Man is a 2009 American drama film based on the Christopher Isherwood novel of the same name. The film stars Colin Firth as the protagonist George Falconer, a gay British college professor living in Southern California in the 1960s. The production design was done by the same team that created the production sets in Mad Men, which for me, sells the film straight out - I cannot wait.


_Check out this great new 'Cyber-Geek-Fashion-Furturism' magazine 'L_A_N' totally geeky in its features, yet stunning in its conviction. I'm thinking ROMAIN KREMER X THE X-FILES X PIERRE DEBUSSCHERE in print format. And what a cover! - pixelated white noise genius - I look forward to the publication of issue2. from young editor and lead singer of post-pop-punk band Teeth!!! Veronica So.

Check the ideas behind it at:

_On an interiors theme, the new issue of Pin-Up magazine was released just before christmas, and once again it has cemented the fact that I'm slightly in love with its editor Felix Burrichter, for his thoughts and ideas, and completely mesmerized by the work of its young Art Director Dylan Fracareta, who time after time (now on issue 7) he knocks conventional design out of the park. If you can find it anywhere, check it out.

_Hamish's Home

_After seeing those slightly dodgy pictures of Hamish Bowles home in the new Fantastic Man (nothing more than the fact that I'm not sure Jeurgen's style was right for Master Bowles), I was keen to search out real 'interiors shots' of his london home, I have seen his NYC one on quite a few occasions, but never his london pad, I was glad to see it was his classic mix of english eccentricism (along side well chosen pieces of classical furniture) and high fashion glamour.


_Givenchy SS10 campaign

_LOVE the collection, LOVE the mono-type, LOVE the boys, not quite convinced on the girls? But the rest totally makes up for that. Infact, scrap that, Simon Nessman (and his outfit) totally make up for that.

_Prints not Dead . . .

_Just some of the glorious new books that are now stacked into my bookshelf thanks to this holiday season.

_The only answer . . .

_Its STILL all snowy up North, and I've decided this is the only Answer - Chanel's AW09 snowboard collection - Last season they did all black that was total genius, but this full Canadian Maple board is complete PERFECTION.

_Graphic Delights

_Some great bits of design I have found on my festive travels this holiday season. Prepping myself for some great and excited new pieces come 2010

_Still loving my home town,

_Yesterday I went for Betty's afternoon tea with my mom, then found this amazing deco postcard of how Harrogate was publicized in the 1930's and 1940's.


_I've spent alot of the festive season arranging 'grown up' things like morgages and loans and all the rest of that crap thats really scary for someone who's just turned 25. But to make it better I have then spent quite abit of time going through new bits and ideas for not only the house I plan to buy in the next 6 months but also for new years ideas to pitch to the guys at World of Interiors magazine. I hope you find these images as inspiring as I have.

_Best Christmas Card of the Season. . .

From amazing Fashion Historian and writer behind the new book 'Dogs in Vogue' Judith Watt. "Landseer's painting of Victorian animal tamer Isaac van Ambergh with some of his friends, 1839" - Stunning, and completely inspiring.