Sunday, 29 May 2016

review: louis vuitton resort 2017

Source: Harper's Bazaar

The Contemporary Art Museum in Brazil was the setting for Louis Vuitton's Resort 2017 collection. Despite the futuristic architecture that was the backdrop to the show, the collection mixed old and new in what can be seen as a beautiful ode to the city of Rio de Janeiro itself. With the Olympics coming up, the city is rapidly modernising and globalising. However, its cultural roots will always be immensely important. Christ the Redeemer looked down on the collection from the mountaintop, ensuring a fusion between the ancient and the modern.

The collection was one of Nicolas Ghesquière's most diverse, with looks ranging from futuristic wetsuit style dresses to classic rock chick leather and chic festival-perfect sun dresses, ensuring that there were looks for every kind of summer style.

The space-age setting seems perfect for this collection, as it symbolises looking towards the future, which is what fashion is all about. Adding to this, it was more athletic than luxurious, creating a youthful vibe. This collection was about the new generation of Vuitton wearers rather than its veterans. Teen style icons Zendaya and Jaden Smith were both front row guests.

This athletic look is a nod towards the Olympic Games being hosted in the same city in two months time. With the museum being on the edge of the coast, it was as if the models had risen out of a utopian submarine. However, there were still gestures back to Ghesquière's Parisian cool, with leather jackets and mini bags, showing how the two cities merge together. Though the more Parisian looks appear effortless, looking closely, it becomes clear that they are painstakingly detailed.

The stereo handbags, which can supposedly play music out loud, were the most memorable accessory. These added to the young, fresh vibe emitting from the collection. In the wake of the Met Gala, it is obvious that stylish teens are leading the way forward in fashion. With this collection, Ghesquière has tapped into this perfectly.

(All runway images from Vogue Runway)

Friday, 27 May 2016

start with open eyes

A journal is the easiest way to keep all of your inspirations, memories and thoughts in one place. You can create a manifestation of your dreams, passions and most beautiful memories. My journal is a Molkeskine that I bought in Budapest, but this is the first Moleskine I've owned though I've been keeping journals for years. Cheaper journals from stationary stores or supermarkets are just as good, though owning a Moleskine does feel more special somehow so they're worth the investment. Most of the collage material I get from magazines like British Vogue, i-D, Dazed, Pop and AnOther. I also collect free music magazines like NME and DIY to collage with.

I tend to make collages with the images I cut out of magazines, but sometimes I stick one image on the page because often the subject of the photograph is too small to add to a collage. I like to make ending and beginning a journal something special. For the start of my current journal I made a list of philosophies to live by. I ended my last one by making a list of all the things I'd done for the first time since I'd been keeping the journal. I started the list when I came to uni in September and it lists all the gigs, galleries, restaurants and bars I've been to and the experiences I've had. 

Collaging is my favourite thing to do in my journal because it's often more therapeutic than writing because you don't have to be so inside your own head. I write in my journal everyday and I try to write down any important thoughts or anxieties I have as soon as I think of them so I can get on with my day and come back to it later. Other times I write long entries just because I feel like it. 
Collaging in my journal is one of the best ways to relax in revision breaks. I have a folder with all the magazine cuttings from my favourite shoots so I can easily put something together. If I'm stuck I look at tumblrs like fyeahjournals and thejournalclub for inspiration. I keep a journal tag on my tumblr too. The journals posted on Rookie are good for inspiration as well. My favourite Instagrams for journalling are sullensprite and caitlin.hazell

I collect random leaflets and posters from events that no one else wants. The Leadmill image was cut out from their events listing earlier in the year. I usually accompany collages with song lyrics related to the images. I keep lots of lists, such as the list of films I've seen/want to see this year and their ratings. The best films I've seen this year have been Fight Club, Inside Out and Goodnight Mommy (all completely different films, but equally brilliant.)

I don't usually stick postcards in my journal. I save them for photo frames on my bookcase or stick them on my wall. However, I buy at least one (usually more) postcard every time I go to a gallery so I have an excessive amount of them now and more are ending up in my journal.

A few photobooth photos and disposables are in there too. It's so nice to have tangible photographs of memories. It's so easy to lose things digitally, especially if most of your files are hopelessly disorganised like mine are. Keeping a journal means that they don't cause clutter and and you won't lose them because they're all in one place.

Other things in there: bad drawings, quotes, fruit stickers, poems, playlists and wishlists.

Have a good week! x

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

space in space, weekends in the sun

Here's an outfit I wore earlier this week for another day spent in my room writing essays. I have 5000 words due this week, and I handed in the first 2500 this morning. I've been trying to dress as comfortably as I can recently. These photos were taken outside halls by Ethan. It's really nice here when the weather's warm. There's lots of grass and trees and a large pond that everyone sat around having barbecues a couple of weeks ago before exam/deadline stress set in.

It feels quite surreal that first year of uni is almost over. Next year the work will count towards my degree, everyone will be living a bit further away from each other and I'll be living in a house instead of halls. It will be different but I'm looking forward to it. I'm also looking forward to summer, as I'm going to Latitude (my first proper festival), coming back to Sheffield for Tramlines and going to Costa Rica. It'll be a nice break and I'm looking forward to have more time for writing, reading what I want to read and getting some sort of regular sleeping pattern. 

My dungarees are from Urban Outfitters, shirt is thrifted, choker is from eBay, necklace from Accessorize, tights from M&S and shoes from Doc Martens. The shirt is size 18 and most of the buttons have come off so I have to tie it together when I wear it now but I love how floaty it is.

I love my dungarees. I've had them for years. I just have to make sure I style them well and add the right accessories so I don't look like a 5 year-old. 

This morning I handed in my essay on women in poetry. I wrote about Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath and how the patriarchy, marriage and feminity influence their poetry. It was a really interesting essay to research.

I've also been reading Sylvia Plath's journals on and off since January. One of my favourite parts is when she describes her frustration about not being able to do everything she wants in life for there is not enough time, "I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life." I hope to live as many different lives as possible and experience as much as I can.

I also love the way she writes about her writing and her desire to write. I'm going to make time to write more this summer. I've experience so much since last summer that I have a lot to work with. I'm doing two creative writing modules next year so I plan to prepare for them.

Last weekend I watched Clueless at Leadmill; it felt like I was watching it for the first time again seeing it on a big screen. It's one of my favourite films and I never get bored of rewatching it. The atmosphere at the venue made it even better. There were pink candles, pink cocktails, candy necklaces, popcorn, candyfloss and free glitter tattoos. 

Lastly, if you haven't watched Metronomy's video for Old Skool yet, you need to watch it. Here are some of my favourite shots if you're not convinced:

It's so suburban yet glam: like Palo Alto meets the Gucci's SS16 campaign.

Also, if you haven't seen Tiger Love's Space in Space video yet you should. It's very nsfw but yay celebration of female sexuality and Aliyah Galyautdinova is an absolute babe forever.

Hope you have a good week!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

growing up is giving up

Back home I was constantly changing the way my room looked as I grew up and my interests evolved. My bedroom at home has so much character and I couldn't bear the idea of living in a soulless room for a year. Bringing all my favourite things to uni helped my room feel more like home. I'm moving out of halls in a couple of weeks so wanted to have some photos to remember it by. I decided to put the photos into this post. So here are my tips for making your uni room your own. They can be used for bedrooms in general, but especially if you're moving away from home. I hope you find it helpful if you're moving into a new room some time soon.

1. Posters and Postcards
"Growing up is giving up, stay punk" poster. This is from an old issue of i-D that I held onto to stick on my wall at uni because it was a message I wanted to remember as I turned 18/became "an official adult" just before starting uni. 
Allen Ginsberg and Wuthering Heights postcards. These were 18th birthday presents from Antonio. He wrote on the back that I should stick them on my wall at uni and of course I did in order to fulfill my full literature hoe potential.
Budapest postcard. I went to Budapest the week before uni and it was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. To remind myself of that trip and my love for travelling to cities I’ve kept it on my wall all year.
Poem. I picked up the Maya Angelou poem from the poetry society stall at the freshers fair and stuck it on my wall to inspire me.
Collage and painting. I made these at art society (see below for more.) 
Sculpture postcard. The postcard with the sculpture on it is one of my favourite pieces at my favourite art gallery in Sheffield.
Postcard. The postcard next to the sculpture postcard is a get well soon card that my aunt sent me when I was in hospital. I keep things that my family have sent me (cards from the beginning of uni, a guardian angel from my grandma) around my room to remind me of home.
Jarvis Cocker NME covers. I'm at uni in Sheffield so Jarvis Cocker needs to be in my room.
Set list. This is from when I saw The Magic Gang back in December. It was a really fun gig. I've got into the habit of saving setlists and posters from everything I go to now. It's becoming a bit of a problem because the floor and surfaces in my room are constantly covered in paper, but I want to keep it all because I don't want to forget anything. 

2. Records
Out of everything in my room, my records probably helped me to make friends with more like minded music snobs people throughout the first few months of uni. I brought a mixOture of my favourite classic albums: The Queen Is Dead, Horses and Pulp's debut album It and some newer ones that I wanted to be the soundtrack of my uni life: FKA Twigs, Lana Del Rey, Lykke Li.

3. Books
I do regret bringing so many books because a) I'm lucky if I find time to read for pleasure when I'm having to read up to two novels a week for my course and b) I now own 9 anthologies that are all at least 1,000 pages long each. I brought my favourite books like Just Kids, The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde and On The Road. I like having them around though I haven’t fully reread them. It was especially comforting to be able to pack Just Kids with me when I had to go to hospital in November.

4. Art
I like to keep art I've made around my room. It helps me to think more creatively. I joined art society because there’s no pressure to create conventionally good art. I've decorated tiles and made coasters from clay. Going somewhere at the end of the day and colouring or making something is so therapeutic and reminds me of my childhood. The rise in colouring books for adults proves the benefits of sometimes mindless creativity for the sake of it. 

5. Tea
I've been steadily adding to my tea collection all year. I've started drinking less coffee because it was making me feel ill but I have about ten different types of tea on my shelf. My mum sometimes sends me more tea in the post. I volunteer at a local grocery store and get discounted tea from there too. 

6. Clothes
I think it's best to bring staples and a few of your favourite pieces that stand out. Band t-shirts are always good to have in your wardrobe too. Sheffield has lots of incredible vintage shops so I have added a few pieces to my wardrobe since September. My favourite clothing purchase I've made at uni was undoubtedly myvintage black faux fur coat. It makes every outfit look more majestic. Not being able to wear it everyday anymore is the only thing I miss about winter. 

7. Souvenirs 
On my shelf I have matching shot glasses from Budapest and Amsterdam. I also have a cool apricot beer bottle I got when I visited Eleanor in Leeds. We went to the Wharf, a chilled out members bar, (membership is only £1 a year but you have to be a member or a member's +1 to buy drinks there) after we saw Wolf Alice in March. We went straight from there to a club night so I had to sneak the bottle in my tucking it down the back of my culottes. 

8. Magazines
One of the hardest things about being a student is that I no longer have enough money to maintain my lavish lifestyle of spending £10+ on fashion magazines a month. It's all very well to quote Sex and the City- "Sometimes I bought Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more"- but I like dinner and all the shops that have a decent stock of magazines are half an hour away anyway. I haven't stopped buying magazines but I've become more selective about the ones I do buy. 

9. Old journals and zines
I didn't originally bring my old journals up to uni. However, I did a creative writing module in the first semester and realised it would actually be really useful to have my old journals to reference. I don't look at them much now but it's comforting to have them here. I'm proud of my zines so I like having them in my room.

I hope this has been helpful for anyone moving into halls this autumn. I've definitely learnt that I over packed and having less stuff that is more meaningful will be better when I move into a house next year.
Have a fab week x

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

faith shook in romance, my imagination danced

It's been lovely to have a longer weekend this week. I have long weekends at uni anyway as I finish on Thursday afternoon and I'm not in again until Monday afternoon, but it's still been different because everyone's had more time. It meant that when I got back from Leeds on Saturday afternoon there was still so much of the weekend left. I went to a birthday party at my friend's flat on Sunday night which involved a lot of dancing on sofas to Bowie and The Smiths. I spent bank holiday Monday eating breakfast food all day and watching Freaks and Geeks and Batman Begins with Ethan. 
Anyway, I've been journalling a lot recently; I've always tried to keep on top of documenting everything but this journal is the first time that it has all come together. It goes without saying that what captivates me most takes up a lot of space in my journal. Since discovering Park Hill flats in December they have been a huge fascination for me. These photos are from the first and second times I visited Park Hill- the second series in this post were taken in December by Ethan when we visited for the first time when we spent the day exploring the city and the first set of photos were taken by Antonio when he came up to Sheffield for a few days and we tried to fit in as many city highlights as possible. 
I know I've posted some of these before, but I wanted to have them all in one place.

A couple of weeks ago I went to an open air cinema screening of Romeo + Juliet at Park Hill flats. It was the perfect location for a film about doomed romance, as there is a sense of romantic tragedy at Park Hill. 
The initial vision for the construction of the brutalist flats was to transform an area previously known as "Little Chicago" (for it's high crime rate) into a perfect example of social housing, creating a tight sense of community to diminish crime. It worked at first. In the 1960s having the pub, local shops, pre-school and sport facilities all within the same complex was convenient and older residents talk about how lovely it was. However, by the 1980s, the "streets in the sky" where milk floats would drive up and down, had become a hub for gang crime. 
There are conflicting views of Park Hill. It is an ugly place; that's inarguable. It looks down over the city ominously, greeting you, as if as a reminder of Sheffield's physically unattractive industrial past, as you pull into the train station. On the other hand, you can see the I love you bridge from far away, especially when it is lit up at night. This is more like a symbol of hope and love; a message from the city to you (though the story behind it is of a love nearly as hopeless as Romeo and Juliet.) Despite its ugliness, Park Hill cannot be taken down because it is the largest listed building Europe. It was listed in the '90s for its brutalist architecture, but it is also a landmark of Sheffield; with it featuring in songs by Pulp and The Crookes and in an Arctic Monkeys music video. The red lights of The Leadmill sign can be seen from the I love you bridge and vice versa. 
The renovation of Park Hill began in 2011, a sign that the original vision for the flats has truly died. The flats are being marketed towards the wealthy and their artistic connotations are becoming gentrified. At the Romeo + Juliet screening there was a 30 minute video about the renovation before the film began. It was some of the most sickeningly in-your-face advertising I have ever seen and it jarred uncomfortably with the reasons why the event had appealed to me so much. 
The company renovating Park Hill decided to light up the graffiti on the I love you bridge as a warm message welcoming visitors to the city. The bridge reads "I love you will you marry me." The original graffiti read "Claire Middleton I love you will you marry me." The bridge has become a romantic symbol, but the erasing of the original message is kind of sad because it makes it so impersonal. Claire Middleton did not marry the man that wrote his proposal for the whole city to see and she recently died of cancer. The Crookes' "The I Love You Bridge" perfectly explains why it is still such a powerful and emotional symbol. 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and bank holiday. Next weekend I'm going to Peddler night market on Friday and I'm seeing High-Rise on Saturday. I'm going to take some photos of the night market to post here and I'll write a bit about what I think of High-Rise.