Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Maisie Cousins

book of prints from her degree show exhibition in June
Maisie Cousins is one of my favourite photographers and its not right that I haven't made a post about her already so for the next few minutes I will talk about why shes the coolest gal ever :)
I love her photography because it celebrates adolescence as a unique, free spirited, limitless experience. From a person who's idol is Mr Blobby she knows how to have fun with her work. She photographs her South London friends using her signature bold use of colour. The styling is as important to the artists aesthetic as it is to the subjects individuality; the fur coats, party dress and neon club gear reflect a generation raised on a wave of hegemony. She creates a world in which Generation Y reigns supreme and the adolescent remains a glammed and glittered pleasure-seeking club kid.

Model Lauren Reynolds
Model Camillie Auclair
Model Billie Turnball
Model Emily Bador wearing clothes by Rosie Newton


Her six page series for Vice (Tubular Belles) demonstrates how her portraits often respond and extend to the external environment. I think she achieves a unique intimacy with her subject which gives the photographs  power and conviction. Her message? Pleasure in defiance

Tubular Belles series for Vice
Model Sylvia Toh
Model Matty Boven
Model Emma Arvida
A major aspect of her work is the exploration of gender and sexuality. Her feature in Vice (Loveless) shows a modern dissatisfaction and indifference to the subject. Her recent studies of the female nude explores aspects of voyeurism in reference to frequent themes of pleasure and indulgence. Her mission is to encourage body love, nudity is not used for shock value but celebrated for its beauty. Her recent collages are like scenes from sci-fi movies, women pose like Venus on a kaleidoscopic background of colour. Men are treated with the same consideration, adorned with glitter, tinsel and colour filters. The lines between whats is considered male and female are intentionally blurred creating a singular epitome of a Maisie Cousins subject. 

Model Sam Voulters for Loveless featured in Vice
I cant explain the prawns???
Her work also extends to still life and video. Her still lifes explore themes of nature and indulgence. In an interview with cooler magazine she explains that her interest with indulgence began when after reading a quote from Lydia Lunch who said "I think its important to encourage gluttony in all its formats." Her video Crush is a lighthearted look at the relationship between woman and food. Her interest in video filters into her photography with layering and collages hinting towards a narrative. Recently she worked on a music video for Mokadem,  the video is very much an extension of her photography. Despite her success as a photographer, her dream is to become a filmmaker. 

Links to follow
  • Tart- a blog Maisie Cousins contributes to and a great platform for artists with similar aesthetics 
  • Instagram for sneak peaks, style choices and baben selfies
  • Vimeo for video updates
  • Depop for art prints and style steals
  • Tumblr for pics and q&a's
  • Her official website for official business

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Adidas


shirt - topshop
earrings - vintage
jeans - topshop
pop socks - dunnes stores
adidas - schuh

A few years ago I seen a girl wearing a Hawaiian shirt with a pair of Adidas and I thought it was the coolest, so being as original as ever I'm wearing my Topshop shirt with these purple suede Adidas from Schuh. My inspiration for the flower headband is from Wildfox swimwear collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion week. I was interviewed on Monday by the lovely Isabella on her blog The Pale Nymph :)


Friday, 1 August 2014

Toyland


white shirt - topshop (selling on depop)
clip on earrings used as brooches - vintage
leggings - topshop
socks - meadham kirchhoff at topshop
boots - topshop

I am wearing nearly all Topshop because their sale at the moment is pretty great. Lots of their designer clothing has been reduced, you can get this Kate Moss paisley sundress for less than dress half price and the Ashish LED sliders are almost close to affordable. Susie Bubble posted a pretty cool video on instagram of the Ashish sliders in motion. Boohoo also have a really good sale, I bought a few things yesterday and I cant wait for them to arrive :) I feel like a doll every time I wear my Meadham Kirchhoff socks especially when I'm also wearing these white platform boots. Do you think my photos are too bright? whenever I wear white I feel like I'm fading into the background haha I'm selling this white shirt on depop, so please help the cause of the penniless

I love wearing vintage earrings as brooches. I have a whole bunch of eighties earrings, ill post some pictures of my collection sometime. I changed this picture to black and white because my hair is a weird orange colour from dip dying it last month, I plan to dye it a darker brown colour soon :) 
prettiness (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
one day Ill have the full outfit not just the socks hehe

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Cara Delevingne for Topshop A/W 2014

 Cara Delevingne is definitely the campaign girl this season, she has been featured in campaigns for Mulberry. Pepe Jeans, Balmain, Mulberry, Chanel and now Topshop. Topshop's collection is a reflection of Cara's personal style, with a focus on modern tailoring. It's sophisticated and effortlessly cool. The campaign video is like a London girl's Alice and Wonderland which basically describes Cara life

Monday, 28 July 2014

Sleep The Clock Around


pink paisley blazer - urban outfitters
yellow top - river island
necklace - topshop
shorts - vintage
wedges - debenhams

I felt like wearing this cute paisley blazer because I got it about two years ago in urban outfitters and it just doesn't get enough wear. I watched Lana Del Ray's performance at Glastonbury today :) I really liked it and I thought she looked amazing (as always). I might get her newest album Ultraviolence and give it a listen. I did a little diy yesterday and made a patch from an old Beatles tshirt for the back of a denim jacket. The patch and jacket are now for sale on my etsy shop...
I also went to this amazing beach last week, so dreamy (◡‿◡✿)

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A/W Couture Faves

I was on my holidays during the couture shows so Ive decided to write a post about my favourite pieces
My favorite piece is Giambattista Valli's pyjama top dress with the enormous dip dyed feathered skirts. I love the fifties inspired styling and the play between casual and couture. The floral pieces are so beautiful and a lot more feminine than I expected from this collection
Dior's collection is modern meets historical, the 18th century design of the panniered dress is restructured to create a more modern silhouette that gives the design a lighter feel. The neckline, zip detailing and length of the gown accentuate the feeling of modernity. Raf Simons explains that "the challenge was to bring this attitude of a contemporary reality to something historical bringing easiness to something that could be perceived as theatrical."
Chanel was also inspired by the 18th century by contrasting elaborate embroidery with urchin girl chopped haircuts. The tweed blazers and boyish shorts gives the collection a tougher edge. I read that some of the pieces were even decorated with mini concrete tiles. I think the flip flops are a nice play on last seasons couture trainers. 
It was difficult to pick a favourite dress from Elie Saab's collection because each is elaborate as the next but I couldn't pass on the jewel encrusted princess gown/wedding dress
I love the sheer structured beauty of Ralph and Russo's collection. The slick backed hair and black lipstick gives the traditional couture dress an element of modernity
The silhouettes and structured bodices of Ulyana Sergeenko remind me of WonderWoman's bodysuit which is very very cool
Giorgio Armani Prive dress that reminds me of something Strawberry Switchblade would wear
Who knew biker jackets looked so cool over floor length silk dresses?... Azzaro I guess
Return of the Maison Martin Margiela mask now featuring beautiful silks and an amazing mesh maxi skirt that reminds me of something I had in the nineties
Vionnet's re-imagining of structure, design and the very idea of the couture dress

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Nylon


white lace panel top - topshop
feather clip - topshop
shorts - pull and bear
heels - the collection at debenhams

My summer festival inspired outfit complete with feathers and ribbons. I got these wedges in Debanhams on Friday. I also got this really cool bag from River Island for my birthday, its not till another month but I get to use it now :P I also bought Nylon magazine. It is a music issue with interviews from Haim, Lily Allen, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Lykke Li, The Kills and The Horrors
black cross body bag from River Island
Diesel Green eau de toilette, it smells like nature and came with a cotton plant that you can grow yourself but sadly mine didnt make it :( It has a little pin in it like a grenade which isn't very peace and love hmm...
 July's issue of Nylon
 perfect hair and style by eric and lani, check out their lookbook its so pretty
 sunglasses by Karen Walker and jewels by Mawi
 Bardot illustration by Malin Bergstrom
 hair appreciation
 Valentino dress
 interview with Alison Mosshart of the Kills
summer culture guide