Victorians of the Desert

13/03/2013 § 5 Comments

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Photographer Jim Naughten‘s amazing portraits of the Herero people of Namibia are currently on display at Margaret Street Gallery in London, as part of an exhibit called “Conflict and Costume,” which you definitely should not miss, should you be in the area. It looks to be an exceptionally thought-provoking examination of the intersection of colonialism, culture, tradition, fashion and identity. The beautiful portraits, starkly posed against the barren Namibian desert, closely focus on the tribe’s unique costume — Victorian era dresses for the women, German paramilitary uniforms for the men. Adopted from their colonizers, and slowly personalized with ethnic textiles and the “cow horn” headdresses you see on the women (the Herero people are pastoralists and place high value on their livestock), the Herero tribe honors their warrior ancestors by continuing this sartorial tradition to present day.

Luckily, for those of us unable to make it to London,
you can purchase Naughten’s book here.

Jim Naughten: Conflict and Costume
Runs through April 13, 2013
Margaret Street Gallery
63 Margaret Street

**UPDATE**  I’ve just been alerted that there is a simultaneous NYC Naughten exhibit at the Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn, running through May 4, 2013!  In fact, the opening reception is tomorrow night (Thursday, March 14, 6 to 8pm)!  Considering that the price for me to view these portraits just dropped from a transatlantic flight to subway fare, there’s no chance I’ll be missing them!

Jim Naughten: Conflict and Costume
Klompching Gallery
111 Front Street, Suite 206

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27/07/2012 § Leave a comment

A weekend to wave a few flags about…

Archival Clothing women’s striped L/S tee
Barneys New  York CO-OP solid jean belt
Current/Elliot boyfriend jean
Lanvin Belgian loafter
Oliver Peoples J Gold oval-frame sunnies
Hermès Saut d’Obstacles silk twill scarf in blue
Nars nail polish in Chinatown
Archival Clothing large field bag (sold out, similar)

If you can’t already tell from the red/white/blue-fest above, I’m pretty excited for the 2012 Summer Olympics!  This Friday evening you’ll be able to find me parked in front of the telly, taking in all that London has on display.  Fingers crossed it doesn’t get all rained out!

Other items on the docket include: getting my Atticus Finch on at To Kill A Mockingbird at Film Forum on Saturday (1 show only!), going for a long run along the Hudson, and sneaking in a quick beach session, between the thunderstorms.

Aspirational goals include: AVOIDING the massively good sale at Maryam Nassir Zadeh (please, don’t even tell me if you pick up some of those Dieppa Restrepos, because then we’d officially be in a fight), crafting the perfect running playlist and wearing my new panama hat everywhere I go.  Well, maybe not to bed.  MAYbe.

Have a lovely weekend!
What will you be getting up to?

xoxo. M.

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Desired Destination: EuroLapse

27/07/2012 § Leave a comment

Because I’ve not yet taken a big trip this year and because I’m a complete sucker for well done time-lapse photography, I’ve decided that David Kosmos Smith‘s EuroLapse might just be the next best thing.   A gorgeous, wanderlust-inducing tour of Europe, EuroLapse features the cities of London, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Milan, among others.  Do yourself a favor and take a 4.51 minute, no passport required vacation (preferably in full screen).

Sidenote: if you’d rather a trip to Florida, David’s got you covered there as well.

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Look at Life: The London Coffee Bar

01/02/2012 § 2 Comments

A charming British short tries to understand the London coffee bar craze, which started in 1952, when an espresso machine was set up in London Soho.  And of course now I’m searching for as many of the Look at Life clips as I can find…

Sidenote: Man, I wish I could’ve hung out with Iron Foot Jack

Louis Vuitton City Guides 2012

27/09/2011 § 1 Comment

In its thirteenth year of publication, the Louis Vuitton City Guides offer sage advice on cities around the world for discerning — and moneyed — travellers.   These slim volumes will be available in LV stores on October 15, but in the meantime you can get the inside track on:

Bespoke gentlemen’s tailoring in London

Perfume in Paris

Dim sum in Hong Kong

Cinema in Rome

Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty

23/12/2010 § 1 Comment

While I was in London, I had the good fortune to catch the René Gruau exhibition at the Somerset House.  If you are able to make it there before it closes, you must go!  Gruau was a renowned fashion illustrator who was a creative collaborator and close friend of Christian Dior.  Gruau’s campaigns for the Dior perfumes are among his most notable work as an artist.  Gruau’s style was modern, elegant and frequently a bit mischievous.  His haute couture illustrations for the pages of magazines like Marie Claire, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar changed the way that fashion designers and their designs were publicized.  Today’s fashion editorials owe a deep debt to illustrators like Gruau.

Unfortunately photography was forbidden inside, but the Somerset House has posted a brief film about the exhibition, which is the first showing of Gruau’s work in London.

Runs through Jan 9.
Somerset House – Strand London WC2R 1LA – Tel: +44 (0)20 7845 4600

Fotos: London

22/12/2010 § Leave a comment

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