Sunday, 5 April 2015

Easter and Other Stories

A little update from last month and now
Easter - the best holiday
I wore my new shoes today, they're from New Look and the socks are from Topshop
I went to Morrissey last month :) I seen him in November and he was amazing. He didn't disappoint this time either. The set list was quite similar to last year but he added a few more classics this time. Stop me if you think you've heard this one before, What She Said and The First of the Gang to Die were amazing. I'm really starting to get into World Peace is None of your Business now too. 
So naturally, Ive been listening to The Smiths and Morrissey constantly. I usually listen to Meat Is Murder because its my fav <3
I was home for a week in March because I had a midterm break. I went to Derry shopping and picked up two amazing playsuits in Topshop. I got the one in the picture in the sale, it was reduced to £15! I also picked up this cute little black one. I wore it to Morrissey.
I went to a folk park in Wales last month. I really want a pet duck now, look how cute they are <3
me pretending to be a tree
I've been reading the March issue of i-D today (I'm always a month behind). It's the music issue and it features Lily Allen, Sky Ferreira and Alice Glass
I have such a long reading list for uni. Im determined to read William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury and Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald by the end of this month
I've been listening to Keep on Your Mean Side by the Kills today. I heard it for the first time last month and I'm really into it now 

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Annie Atkins: Graphic Designer of The Grand Budapest Hotel

Yesterday I went to a screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was actually my first time seeing it (yes I have been living under a rock for the past year). My university was screening the movie as part of their annual film festival so I had another chance to see it in the cinema... yay! After the screening, the graphic designer Annie Atkins gave a presentation on her experience working with Wes Anderson on the set of The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Grand Budapest is one of the most stylish films I have seen this year. I love the miniature model of the hotel, the unique styling of each character and the impeccably beautiful set design. I can see why The Grand Budapest won Oscars for production design, costume design and makeup. Annie Atkins worked in the art department as a graphic designer. She was responsible for the set design and the production of props - everything from the pink Mendl boxes to the interior of The Grand Budapest. In her presentation she described the process of approaching graphic design in film. The first week of production involves the breaking down of the script and the highlighting of important design elements. The graphic designer must then immerse themselves in the style of the period or in the case of The Grand Budapest, the world of Wes Anderson - a task that was made considerably easier by the fact that the art department was located on set in the abandoned department store that functioned as The Grand Budapest Hotel.

During production Annie Atkins moved between the digital design of the set and the practical making of props. In order to produce authentic looking props, Annie attended flea markets and vintage stores to become familiar with the style of old telegrams, bank notes and antiques like vintage keys and perfume bottles. In order to make objects like the Last Will and Testament of Madame D. look old, she would use techniques like distressing and soaking paper in tea. As The Grand Budapest involves a fictional world, Annie had a lot of freedom to experiment with the typography and graphic design of props like the pink Mendl boxes. Annie described Wes Anderson's interest in all aspects of stage production. He even became involved in the production of the newspapers by writing each article on the front page.

Annie Atkins is currently working on a new movie directed by Stephen Spielberg  and written by the Coen Brothers called Bridge of Spies. Annie has previously designed for TV shows like The Tudors, Penny Dreadful and animated films like The Boxtrolls.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Prada Autumn/Winter 2015 RTW

Prada is definitely my favourite show this year. As a fan of the sixties, I love pastel suits, mary janes and empire dresses. However, Prada presents a modern version of the clean cut mod look. The neoprene-like material, enlarged brooches and almost shoulder length gloves give the prim look a lot more edge. I like the contrast between the pastel palette and the bold greens, yellows and reds. The splashes of colour in the collars, fir trims and embellishment are so striking. I love the unique layering of the empire line top over the sheer blouse. The collection has inspired me to try on my pastel pink suit again, sadly I haven't worn it since this post two years ago. I'm determined to find an occasion to wear it this summer :)

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Midnight Boom

I haven't posted in like a month because I had so many assignments due but I'm on midterm break now so yay freedom!
I won a scholarship this year :) my social networking neglect hasn't gone in vain
Me in my robes (wishing I could dress like this irl)
After my awards ceremony I went for a walk around the docklands in Dublin. Even though I've lived in the city for over a year, I still have yet to see so much of it. The area along the Grand Canal is pretty cool, especially this sculpture behind the Bord Gais Energy Theatre
rocking the seventies look like no other
being tourist again - visiting Trinity College 
I started a new journal. I have to write one line a day for 5 years. Its like having a twitter account with no followers hehe
I bought The Kills album Midnight Boom in Tower Records. Its soo good. If you haven't listened to it already, do it now!

Friday, 6 February 2015

Inu Inu

Inu Inu

Sandals, €31 / Backpacks bag, €31 / Nokia tech accessory, €13 / PRE-ORDER BACK TO THE FUTURE SWEATER – INU INU, €26 / Stay Hydrated Tee – INU INU, €22 / Apparel, €17 / PRE-ORDER BLACK CHOKER SET – INU INU, €4,85 / PRE-ORDER ICE CREAM SOCKS – INU INU, €7,41

A few nice things from the current collection at Inu Inu. They sell kawaii apparel, shoes and accessories. They have lots of great graphic tees, tennis skirts and chokers, everything you need to be tumblr famous hehe They also have light up shoes which are very like the Trance light up trainers at Topshop atm. The photographer Laurence Philomene created a lookbook for Inu Inu, you can check it out here.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Chanel Couture Spring Summer 2015

Chanel Couture's 15/16 show is like a fairy tale, set in a hothouse, set in the Grand Palais. I love the paper jungle installation, it looks like the centerfold of a children's pop up book. The show opened with a fairy tale bride hidden by tulle and followed by a procession of garden boys in straw hats, carrying green quilted watering cans. The collection takes a relaxed look on couture, featuring floral decorated beanie hats and elongated woolen skirts. The cropped suit jackets and low waisted skirts give a fresh take on the crop top. The netting attached to hats and wrapped around the eyes remind me of a bee-keepers mask. Each look is so rich in detail, tiny flowers are sewn onto the seams of jackets and tied to the ends of loose plaits, hats are feathered, sequined and beaded, sea shells and chiffon flowers are sewn into dresses and a honeycombed rim forms the end of a coat. Flowers are used as material forming floral hoods, shoulder pads and pockets. The traditional Chanel suit is frayed and adorned with accessories like long belts and the floral gloves. The black dresses, skin tight boots and tulle hats that partly conceal the face modernise the typical spring floral ensemble