Thursday, 26 January 2012

Dior 1, Chanel 0

I have for a while now, favoured Chanel over Dior. It can definitely be said that Chanel's designs have always shone brighter in my eyes than her once rival Dior. However the couture spring summer collections of this year have thrown everything up in the air, and even though I'm shocked to say so, Chanel's current collection was a slight let down. Strange hair styles and pieces that look average, not high fashion. Or maybe I'm missing something; maybe some people think it's fantastic, if they'd care to inform me I'd be very grateful. And up comes Dior, with dresses galore, classy and flowing down the catwalk.

Obviously the Chanel collection wasn't a complete wet fish - a couple of the pieces were 1920's-esque, and for a part, the model's hair was relatively normal.

But for me, I didn't fall in love with enough of Chanel to grant it a round of applause. 


Dior came out with classy monochrome to start, big poofy dresses and sleek shirts. I must say my favourite was the burst of aubergine throughout the show. The dresses long and flowing, a bit of leg on show but keeping the sophisticated air that echoed across the runway. The colour reminds me of a Cadbury's wrapper that won't have you putting on the pounds; you'll be spending them. 

And I can't help but mention the English rose style full length and knee length dresses, complete with prints and embellishments in lavender purple.

Dior has won it for me this time and somehow even with no head designer after the Galliano fiasco. A standing ovation for Bill Gaytten who’s holding the fort until a new designer is found, but do we really need anyone else?

Round one of the designer couture SS12 league has gone to Dior.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Tim Walker - Pictures

So with some of my birthday money, I decided to FINALLY purchase Tim Walker's Pictures book. I've many a time gazed at the photographs. It's photography like no other, as if you've just stepped through the looking glass, or straight into Narnia. His images transport you to another world and with none of them being electronically enhanced, you're sat wondering how an earth he got them to look so amazing. What I would give to be on set of a Tim Walker shoot - but right now, I'll have to enjoy the book!

I don't think I can choose a favourite photograph from the book - I love all of them equally - but if you're making me choose, here's a few that I wish I could line my walls with and fall asleep surrounded by Tim Walker.


Thursday, 12 January 2012

Fyodor Golan

The brand was launched in 2010 by Fyodor Podgorny and Golan Frydman. The above collection is from SS12 and was named Flowers of Evil.

To see the full collection visit their website. 

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Film & TV

A snippet of the film and TV I am looking forward to watching this coming year. I have a huge love of watching films, but a hate for paying £7 for a ticket, so it's a bit of a bum deal to be frank. Although I won't feel a tinge of regret paying that for Steven Spielberg's War Horse. I may not look like it, but I do very much enjoy films based around war, I was always a lover of history and find it interesting as well as a source of entertainment. My Dad also saw War Horse in the theatre and has been singing it's praises ever since he found out it's been made into a film. Prince William and Kate were on the red carpet today at the premier, if it's good enough for them, it's definitely good enough for me.

Now the second film, which I hope to get to see in the cinema too is Shame. Well, it stars two of my favourite actors, Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. Boy crush and girl crush. With actors such as them, I couldn't imagine it to be a bad film!

Now the two other exciting shows from the BBC are in the form of Charles Dickens - Edwin Drood, and Sebastian Faulks - Birdsong. The latter, has to be, without doubt on of my most favourite books. I fell in love with it the minute I began to read it. Set in France during and after World War I with main characters Stephen Wraysford played by Eddie Redmayne and Isabelle Azaire played by Clemence Poesy. I really do hope BBC do it justice, otherwise I won't be happy. It airs on Sunday 22nd January 2012 on BBC1.

BBC are also bringing to life Dickens' unfinished novel Edwin Drood. They are creating a two part drama thriller with the ending decided by the programs writer Gwyneth Hughes, it will be interesting to see a new take on a 142 year old tale. The story follows a choirmasters obsession with a beautiful girl named Rosa, who is set to marry Edwin Drood, but how will it end...

2012 is set to be a rather good year for entertainment, I may just become a recluse and immerse myself in stories of others, novels and stories that aren't real yet appear real for a few hours. After all, I ended up staying up until 4:30am watching all 3 hours of the BBC's Great Expectations, which was utterly amazing. Douglas Booth as Pip, not only a pretty face but a brilliant actor. The true applauds should go to Gillian Anderson as Miss Havisham, really an outstanding performance!