Sunday, 29 June 2014

diana vreeland

Diana Vreeland worked as the editor of Vogue from 1962-1971: the best years to be working in creative industries, and definitely the best to be working as the editor-in-chief of the world's largest fashion magazine. She experienced the youthquake of the '60s in its entirety; photographing Twiggy, Edie Sedgwick, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to name a handful. Diana herself admits that "I don't believe anyone has ever been in a better place at a better time than when I was editor at Vogue." Too right.

Edie Sedgwick's Vogue shoot will always be one of my favourites

However, it is not only the wonderful people whom Diana worked with at Vogue that make her an aspirational figure. Her early life reads like a nostalgic fairytale. She was born in Paris in 1903 ("The first thing to do, my love, is arrange to be born in Paris"). She then spent her youth in  1920s New York. She loved dancing and everything she did at that time was about dancing; in cute glittery drop-waist dresses, I'm sure. However, after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, Diana moved to London (that's three fashion capitals ticked off.) Diana insists that "the best thing about London is Paris" and it certainly is if you get fitted by Coco Chanel in her private attelier, as Diana did.
Diana was the first editor to put nudity in Vogue ooh.
I love the slightly avante garde structure and material of these clothes.

Diana was revolutionary in that she was the first fashion editor to take the focus of the magazine away from society and husbands and cooking for said husbands. No one really cared about such things! They wanted fashion and youth and popular culture, so that is what Diana gave them. Of course, there was an explosion of ideas for such features around this time and Diana loved the attitude of the '60s because it reminded her of the '20s, where everything was new and there was a feel of youth revolution in the air.

Paisley silk is gorgeous.
Thos shoes are lovely (especially the ones on the right.)

Diana insisted that any flaws or quirks in the models' appearances must be exaggerated. Does the model have an incredibly long neck, or an unusually large nose? If yes, then those features must become the centre of the photograph and consequently, something often seen as ugly, becomes their definitive feature in the fashion world. This philosophy is still alive today (see Lindsey Wixson's lips and Georgia May Jagger's tooth gap.)

Such a cute dress.
I love this photograph of David Bailey and Penelope Tree so much! It remind me of "Just Kids." Though both Bailey and Tree loved it, Diana didn't, and scrapped all these photos from being featured in the magazine.

Quotes about Diana:

"For her, the most important thing was that it wasn't boring."

"Don't tell a story, even if it's true, if it's boring. Invent something."

"She made it okay for women to be ambitious, for women to be outlandish and extraordinary and for women to garner attention." 

"She liked the wild stuff." (referencing to drugs, homosexuality, pornography and plastic surgery.)

I love freckles so much and I wish that I had more :'-( Apparently Topshop are introducing a freckle pencil though??

Diana Quotes:

"A new dress doesn't get you anywhere; it's the life you're living in the dress."

"I think we only live through our dreams and our imagination. That's the only reality we ever really know"

"I certainly didn't learn anything at school. My education was the world."

"No one had a better sense of luxury than Coco Chanel."

"Style is everything. It helps you get up in the morning. It helps you get down the stairs. Without it, you're nobody."

"I shall die young. Maybe 70, maybe 80, maybe 90, but I shall be very young."

This photo of Brigitte is so pretty.
Hanging out with Andy Warhol.

Diana continues to maintain cultural significance, even 25 years after her death. She has been portrayed in a number of films, though, most recently in Infamous (2006) and Factory Girl (2006.) A film-length documentary about Diana's life was released in 2012. It's called "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel." It is where I got most of the information for this post and I thoroughly recommend watching it. Diana's exuberance and revolutionart ideas have cemented her place in fashion history.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

if i had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense

I've been posting a lot more regularly this week for a number of reasons. All I've felt like doing lately is immersing myself in fashion. I've been feeling more comfortable and contented than I have done since around this time last year. That feeling of security has taken me back to what it felt like to be 13 and more carefree than I am now. Hence, I've been spending my time a lot more like I spent it when I was 13.

Despite these feelings of youthfulness ("it's hard to be sixteen" etc etc.) I have been looking round unis over the past fortnight which is "eeeek" scary, but also "aaaayyyy" exciting. Brighton was fantastic and it's generally a really vibrant place to be. Kings College was gorgeous, and situated right next to Somerset House, it is ideal. I also have the impending doom of results day to take into consideration though awhsfvweufjnrkieakvejn. 

I bought this dress from TK Maxx last month. It's a little bit too big so I have tie the straps up and just wear my prettiest bras in case they show. I have to put a blazer over the top at school because shoulders are "unprofessional." Omg I apologise for having! shoulders! I'll never get a job with them!! I like this dress because it vaguely reminds me of Courtney Love's babydoll dresses. The lace is so pretty and delicate and the layers give it an interesting silhouette.
I think I bought the hairband from some obscure shop that I can't remember the name of. I remember trying it on, but the memory feels like a dream or something. I got these sunglasses from Primark on the same day I bought the dress. Today my mum said to me, "You didn't go to school wearing those, did you?!" Thanks mum. You're just jealous that you spend lots of money on good quality sunglasses when I can get this unprotective yet stylish ones for £2. I got the necklace in the Dorothy Perkins sale (their jewellery sales are really great) a couple of years ago. I think the socks are from Dorothy Perkins too. Shoes from Rocketdog and they give my right little toe a blister.

~pale arms r pale~

We're thinking about starting to write our personal statements at school at the moment and it is terrifying. I feel like I have a lot to say but I don't know how to articulate myself and everything is moving so fast and I cried a little bit today. Below is part of a journal entry I wrote the other day that sort of sums up my feelings at the moment and also why I've been blogging so much:

"Everything is moving so fast, but it feels so slow at the same time. University applications are just months away but, with this years exams out of the way, I have more time to sit in my bedroom corner and read. I have been blogging a lot more too. The future excites me. Going to uni could be the best thing I ever do, but if not then it will be the worst. Ive never dealt well with moderation and I set myself up for disappointment with sky high expectations. Thats why Im frightened; because its a leap in the dark with just a torch and my dreams. I want there to be a vacuum in time where I can mooch off into for a few days from time to time until I remember the important things in life like friendship and feeling loved and unadulterated landscapes. I think a lot about the line in Patti Smiths Pissing In A River where she sings, Should I pursue a path so twisted, should I crawl, defeated and gifted?I noticed so much unnecessary spite at school today. Perhaps people are drawn to act out like that because school is such a fraught environment, but because of that I cant understand why people cant just try to be a bit more gentle to one another in this mutual understanding. Ive got really into fashion again recently and Im checking everyday. I have also been realised how much fashion has helped me, not just as a hobby or as a way of finding myself , but by giving me a reason to get out of bed each day, and by allowing self expression when I feel like I will drown if I have to contain the passion I feel for too long."

I've been ignoring my printed leggings too much lately. I have quite a few pairs that I am going to start pairing with anything and everything else for wardrobe combinations that I haven't tried before. I wore this outfit on Wednesday, after writing about George Harrison and Pattie Boyd, so it was loosely inspired by the "Here Comes The Son" shoot. The dress is thrifted, the leggings are from Primark and the boots are from 

I didn't actually wear the hat or faux fur to school because it's like 25 plus degrees everyday now, but it's a lot more Pattie-esque, so I dressed up for the photos. My dog decided to chase me ouside and stare at me, but she looks cute in the photos. They're probably the sort of photos my grandma would want to print and stick on the wall because Jessie and I are looking at each other nd it's all super sweet whatever.The Hat is from Urban Outfitters and the faux fur scarf was a gift.

ANOTHER OUTFIT. YES! I have a lot of outfit photos saved on my laptop at the moment, but I'll stagger them a little bit to only three per post.

This outfit was somewhat normcore inspired. This pleated skirt is the closest thing I have to a tennis skirt. I have an actual tennis skirt for playing actual tennis in because I'm a TRUE FAN 4 REAL, but it's not cute and pleated. My plan is to tell my dad that American Apparel "tennis skirts" are really special and will make me really good at tennis and I'm planning on becoming really serious about my tennis, then maybe he'll buy me one. I'm kidding because that would never work. The shirt and skirt are thrifted. The socks are from Urban Outfitters and the shoes are H by Henry Holland.

The weather has been so lovely lately and it's got me thinking about my ideal summer wardrobe. So, I've made a collage of the clothes I fantasise about spending the summer wearing whilst I lay about in the garden looking very glamorous and working my way through a collosal summer reading list:

i am fashion

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

george harrison

Let me start this post off with a little anecdote. In one of my favourite dreams ever (EVER!), I was a music journalist for a fanzine in the early '60s. It was before The Beatles were really famous, so I was to walk down a street to a small house where George Harrison lived. I went round and George answered the door and we went through to the living room where I asked him the questions I needed to ask. Then, as I was getting ready to leave, he walked up close to me and asked me out (or if I wanted to go courting or something cute and quintessentially '60s.) I said yes (duh, this is teenage George Harrison) and then he lifted me up in the air and I bent my knees up and then I was looking at the scene from the outside and thinking how beautiful it was. Then I woke up and I have been crying on the inside ever since. 

Anyway, a couple of months ago, I came across this photoset of Dhani Harrison and Sasha Pivovorova dressed up as George Harrison and Patti Boyd, published in "Fashion Rocks!" in 2008. I loved it so much that I saved every image on my phone and kept one as my background for a while. Sasha Pivovarova is one of my favourite models. Her walk is always so dynamic and individual, whilst her editorials have been consistently fierce. That is without mentioning her natural gorgeousness. She worked so well alongside George's son; recreating the stylish chemistry that was in George and Pattie's relationship.

George is my favourite Beatle and his solo album "All Things Must Pass" got me through a lot last year. It means so much to me and I listen to it whenever I feel as though I need to be comforted. Here are 3 of my favourite songs from the album:

I just love these so much that I had to share them on here. They are so sweet and the similarity between Dhani and George is uncanny. 

if not for you

Pattie and George are definitely one of my favourite couples ever sartorially. George's style took on many different characteristics throughout his lifetime; whether it moved with the aesthetics of The Beatles or evolved more personally later on in his career. Here are some of George's highlights:

Making the denim-on-denim faux pas look fabulously cool and sexy.
Literally the King of poloneck sweaters, especially in his mod phase, as seen here.
This photo is so couple goals. George makes heart-shaped sunglasses look totally hip on men. His trousers are really cool, and they match Pattie's dress! Too cute!
These outfits are so perfect that they look like they should come from an editorial. I just love how George wears a woolly hat and jumper to the beach. However, he doesn't wear trousers. Fascinating. And I want to recreate the look.
The time when Pattie and George were together was definitely my favourite for George's style. He experimented with hippie prints that his previous monochrome based teddy boy and mod looks had allowed little room for. Plus, he gets major points for looking attractive with a moustache; not an easy feat.
Rocking the classic Teddy Boy style that I saw in my dream <3 <3

On another topic, the deadline for submissions for the "Crimes and Coco Chanel" issue of "Pretty" is less than a week away. Click here for a reminder of what I am looking for, as well as more information about the zine in general. Send submissions along to

Consequently, I am now seeking submisisons for Issue 5, "Drama and Dorian Gray." The theme can be interpretted however you wish, but here are some ideas:
  • fashion articles on a collection or celebrity wardrobe that you would (theoretically and superficially) sell your soul for
  • articles on obsession
  • articles on hedonism
  • reviews of theatre shows
  • reviews of tv shows
  • articles on influence
  • a brief summary of the most dramatic moment of your life so far
  • a one word (or slightly more) answer to the question "what would you sell your soul for?" that is superficially based e.g. cheekbones, hot bod etc.
  • articles on art
  • articles on fame/attention
  • book reviews
  • short stories
  • poems
  • photo sets
Send submissions to

A couple of weeks ago I styled a photoshoot for "Pretty" with Alice and Antonio. The photos will be in the "Crimes and Coco Chanel" issue, but here is a preview from ~behind-the-scenes.

(Left to right): me, Grace (who helped with lighting and assissted in general), Alice and Tom (who did hair and makeup)