Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Wednesday 28th June: Paintbox Hair Dyes at Fudge

Here is my latest rainbow wave hair thanks to Tracy Hayes at Fudge using their Paintbox hair dyes.  We are creating a hidden spectrum under my blonde so I have a blank canvas to start afresh each time.  The colour is revealed when I wear it up as you can see in the still from my "Bun Drop" movie clip above.  Head over to my Running Rainbow blog for how it looked braided from my weekend at Be:FIT Festival here.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Tuesday 27th June: Royal College Of Art MA Shows

Congratulations to this year's graduates from the Royal College of Art who just presented their final static show, including the textile students who I recently visited for tutorials.  My favourite was Lok Ka Kong who weaves recycled waste material to make these cosmic plant pot solutions called "Turn Trash into Treasure"(top photo).  
Other works here include Pratik Ghosh's plant air purifiers, Emma McCusker's mixed media textile sculptures,  Kyungmin Han's Colour Toolkit for VR, Pasquale Totaro's pyramid synth, Nathan Webb's solar panel pattern blinds, Monika Haeussler-Goeschl's knitted installation and Jacob Patterson's knitted socks!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Saturday 24th June: V&A Summer Party 2017

I compared the catering at last year's inaugural V&A Summer Party to the epic proportions in the saccharine scenes of Sophia Coppola's film Marie Antionette.  Its wasn't my memory fantasising, it was actually a real measure as I re-lived those moreish moments again this week at the 2nd annual event to support the Museum's collection.  
The Summer Solstice heatwave was the perfect balmy night to enjoy the open courtyard and water garden of the majestic museum. NAO played an acoustic set whilst we munched our way thru the buffet of beef wellington and handmade mouth-watering meringues 'n' marshmallows.  Harrods had prepared the feast with bars shaking up collins cocktails and popping fizz to keep flowing til the departing gesture of an espresso martini as a digestif.  
We made sure to get involved in the "photobooth" but this was like no other regular camera with props for special effects - this was a stage set like an artist's studio from the 1930's.  Actors were on hand posing as protagonists in an imaginary narrative, taking our photo on an old plate camera and discussing their friend Peggy Guggenheim.  It was totally out of this world and great, great fun.  I'll be counting down the days again till next year! 

Read my review of the current Balenciaga show here.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Tuesday 21st June: Hello Kitty X Lazy Oaf

Hello Kitty X Lazy Oaf has launched with what seems like the most perfect collaboration to date with her trademark bow being a signature style for Lazy Oaf too!  It comes in the form of a tie-back baseball cap and the centre seam for a sweater.  My favourite piece is the mini-skirt with high-rise waist from her ears neatly laying on your ribs.  So cute.  So Kawaii.  So Lazy Oaf. 

Shop the capsule collection here.

(Emily pictured top, from Haunt Mag)

Wednesday 21st June: Hair & Beauty

I was lucky enough to have a smarten up and makeover for London Fashion Week, Mens. Firstly, Johan Aspinas at SACO not only gave me a beautiful clean cut but also gave me their conditioning spray to maintain healthy hair inbetween appointments.  I loved the Fitzrovia salon decorated by Natalie Gibson with tin decorations she has brought back from Mexico.  (See her Selby portraits here).
Secondly I had the new locks styled by Sassoon at The Grooming Room to add some curls for a bit of fun and a pamper.  Thirdly I was able to get a makeup tutorial from Emily Kim c/o AOF Makeup whilst I was at The Century Club.  I'm going to try my best to replicate the techniques at home!  If only every day life was as luxurious as these appointments!

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Tuesday 20th June: Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

For national gin day we cycled 133k to Laverstock Mill which is home to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery where all of their gin is produced.  As it is also the month of London Festival of Architecture it doubled-up the cultural expedition for its new glasshouse attraction designed by the Thomas Heatherick Studio.  Here you can find all ten of their botanicals from around the world growing in one place, heated by steam coming directly from the distilling process.  This contemporary structure appears as a funnel from the original building "India House" which once printed banknotes for the Bank of India but now holds two large vapour infusion stills.  It's a beautiful setting with Swans bobbing along the chalk stream running alongside the entire site.     
You can walk around all areas of the mill, navigating with an aroma map and get to smell the pure essence from each botanical in an interactive lab.  With a punch card (like orientering) you choose your favourite flavours before ending up in a cocktail bar where a drink is made to your very own specifications.  We are pictured in the greenhouse wearing our new cycling garms designed by Camille Walala and Kate Moross in collaboration with Romance Cycling in aid of World Bicycle Relief  .   An exciting new kit for an exceptional day!