Saturday, 24 July 2010

Trend Track: Dior Rose

Maison Dior have created a new breed of rose, named The Jardin de Granville. The rose will be a key ingredient in the brand's Autumn Skincare Range Satine

The rose hybrid, grown completely organically, descended from a favourite wild rose of Christian Dior himself. The beautiful pink tinted petals, and the rose's tall, and almost thorn-less stems reflect Christian Dior's design aesthetic, flowers were a main source of inspiration;

"The Dior woman is a queen among women, just as the rose is the queen among flowers."

The Jardin de Granville Rose in early bloom.

The perfect petals of The Jardin de Granville Rose.

Dior evening dress. Spring/Summer 1948.

Original Christian Dior sketch. Autumn/Winter 1947/48

Images courtesy of WGSN.

Bloomsbury Retro Bowling Alley

Went to Bloomsbury Bowl recently, it was so fun!
I would definitely recommend a visit.

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Friday, 23 July 2010

I heart Mel Elliott!

At the Supermarket Sarah event I recently reviewed for Amelias Online I was very pleased to discover amazing illustrator Mel Elliott. Her installation was a large illustration with pockets of felt tips included to encourage some good old colouring in!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Wireless Festival 2010

Jay Z at Wireless was AMAZING. The man is a god!
(Gotta love a bit of Lily too)

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Design Details: TREND TRACK Oversized Knits

Part of my study into craft practice in my graduate year at Goldsmiths was based around the concept of collaboration. I made giant knitting needles out of curtain rails and encouraged users (it needed more than one person to knit) to collaborate in their practice and work together. The size of the knitting produced provided spaces for security-a crafty hideout. It was a joy to do, with the weight of the knit and the physical action of knitting using your whole body was a great experience.

So understandably I was thrilled to discover oversized knits are a huge current trend in interiors.
Christien Meindertsma’s urchin pouf has been a popular talking point within the world of design with notable mentions from Elle Decoration and WGSN to name but a few. Recent exposure at Design for a Living World at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has not only propelled the brand into the limelight, but has identified a huge oversized knit trend throughout interiors.
Dana Barnes’ work at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2010, uses a selection of bright colours blended into a tactile, plaited look with a retro feel, particularly seen in her felt ‘Granny Squares’.
It is this tactility that I find so attractive in knitting. For me, knits have a power of persuasion, making it impossible not to engage with the texture. This engaging power of knitting has been brought into a contemporary sphere through pursuits such as guerilla knitting also known as graffiti knitting or knit bombing. Guerilla knitting groups such as Knitta have been operating for a few years now, bringing knit projects into the public domain, and decorating our urban landscapes. Last year’s I Heart Kings Crossgraffiti knitting project in Sydney did just that, wrapping trees in an open area of Kings Cross with colourful knitted shrouds.
Knitting isn’t restricted to yarns and wools, shown here in ‘Phat Knits’ foam seating by Bauke Knottnerus.
And the fun doesn’t end in knitting, there’s mega crochet too! Jean Lee of Ladies and Gentlemen’sMega Doily uses rope to construct an amazing rug. Heins Home’s huge doilies also made from cotton rope, and photographed here against a harsh, industrial surface beautifully contrast with their surroundings.
And as for a bit of wearable giant knits Tanya Aguiniga’s rope knot bracelet with a dip dye effect that’s right on trend is amazing.
Author: Ester Kneen
Images courtesy of/ depicting (from top to bottom): Ester Kneen, Christien Meindertsma, NY Times, Dana Barnes, I Heart Kings Cross, Bauke Knottnerus, Ladies and Gentlemen, Heins Home and Tanya Aguiniga.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Red or Dead Bloggers Breakfast

Earlier this month I joined some fellow bloggers for a lovely breakfast at Quintessentially Soho. The event was hosted by Red or Dead and Chase PR and was a chance to see Red or Dead’s new collections. The brand is perhaps most commonly known for it’s footwear, (sold at Schuh) and eyewear (sold at Specsavers) however the brand has some great new ranges of swimwear, hosiery, handbags, footwear and also a bicycle in collaboration with Raleigh.

The 'Rescue Me' swimwear line has some fabulous retro nautical pieces, the 'Vintage 1-Piece' (available in red or turquoise) has a fantastic shape and the prints in the 'flora' collection are great too. The ‘Rescue Me’ theme based around ‘Blackpool pleasure beach meets Essex seaside chic’ is a fun and fresh take on the nautical trend we’ve seen so much of. Look out for the ‘Penzance’ postcard clutch bag, a great casual clutch for sunny day trips. Team it with a pair of ‘Lolly’ clogs and you’re well on your way to summers hottest look. Another of my favourite products is the ‘Addy’ tights from the ‘Glorious Gussets’ range (available at tightsplease.co.uk) with a wide back seam.


The British brand was set up in 1982 by Wayne Hemmingway and his wife, Geraldine. It’s foundations lay in accessible and affordable fun fashion and won ‘Street Style Designer of the Year’ in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Current Creative Director Katie Greenyer is a lovely lady with bright pink hair and a passion for her pooch, her bicycle and her houseboat and it was easy to see how passionate she is about the brand’s latest collection, check it out at www.redordead.com

Images courtesy of Red or Dead