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after spying carine roitfeld at every show in paris when i was over for fashion week, i've become a little obsessed
a classic example of how every woman should be
french, elegant and impossibly chic

"when you get older, you have to stay a bit rock'n'roll so that young people will still be interested in you. the way you move, the way you talk, maybe the way you have your hair in your face a little bit - this keeps you interesting."

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sunday bloody sunday

photos by dorrian
shapes by callum grant
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fish tank

last night, i sat down to watch the latest movie from director andrea arnold, "fish tank."
i had been desperate to see the film for months after being blown away by arnold's previous venture, "red road".
like her previous film, "fish tank" deals with the lower class of british society, whose tales are often left to the confinements of the jeremy kyle show on a weekday morning. "fish tank" tells the story of 15 year old outsider mia, who lives on a tough essex council estate with her equally rebellious younger sister and volatile mother, played brilliantly by kierston wareing. mia dreams of a way out of her banal existence and pursuing her dream of being a street dancer. with the arrival of her mother's new boyfriend, played by an always wonderful michael fassbender, mia's world looks set to change forever.
arnold's talent as a director and storyteller is astounding, her unflinching approach to showcase the harsh reality of britain is certainly admirable, we may not want to admit it but stories such as mia's exist and deserve their place in the world too.
like "red road" before it, the use of lighting and imagery in "fish tank" is breathtaking, you are immediately drawn in and literally feel as if you are a fly on the cigarette stained wall.
the way arnold builds her characters is nothing short of remarkable, complex and seemingly unlikeable as they may be, you cannot help but pray that a happy ending is around the corner.
however, the real revelation in "fish tank" is the performance of newcomer, katie jarvis. discovered by a casting agent while screaming at her boyfriend across a railway station platform, jarvis instills all the emotional depth needed for our protagonist, a girl who knows all to well about having an ambition cast aside.
i highly recommend rushing out for your copy of "fish tank" and witness the very best that british cinema has to offer.


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so we are finally blessed with a new video from iamamiwhoami. check it out below before I start to give my two cents...

so first off can I just say, "HAHAHAHAHAAH" to all the people who thought Christina Aguilera was actually talented enough to produce something this credible!
After scouring some forums I have come to agree with the suggestion that this is the work of Scandinavian performer Jonna Lee. The latest video gives us another beautiful insight into this girl's life and music...


the photo is pretty hard evidence that it could be her but alas we still do not know for certain. the resemblance between the men in the video and that of her band is quite striking but you have to remember that what is striking is their features - very germanic or scandinavian looking. I'm not sure if they are definitely the same guys but I guess this is the way iamamiwhoami wants us to feel.

I am excited for the emergence of this artist, regardless of who it is now.

bring it on.
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Viktor and Rolf

Viktor & Rolf, the Amsterdam based fashion house, knock out another excellent show during Paris Fashion Week.
Their AW 10/11 collection is paraded up and down the catwalk with the designers themselves continually turning on a platform in the centre. All the while the interchangeable garments are handed back and forth and zipped, wrapped and thrown onto the passing models.
The coordination, timing, music, setting and clothes are astounding.
I know these videos total eighteen minutes but they are worth it!

Something to be inspired by even if you aren't an avid follower of fashion.


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the Frenchies love Kid Sister and now I do too.

Kid Sister - Right Hand Hi
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paris fashion week

street style from paris fashion week rtw aw10

photos by dorrian

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"i would rather die than have my fans not see me in a pair of high heels."

lady gaga, march 2010

it may not be becoming the hippest thing to say, but lady gaga can do no wrong in my book.

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come play with us
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oh my pugh

gareth pugh aw10 rtw from paris fashion week

oh gareth, you never fail me
that knitwear, that hair, that make-up, those trousers
bravo mr pugh, bravo

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old friends

old friends, old friends sat on their parkbench like bookends
a newspaper blowin through the grass
falls on the round toes of the high shoes of the old friends

old friends, winter companions, the old men
lost in their overcoats, waiting for the sun
the sounds of the city sifting through trees
settles like dust on the shoulders of the old friends

can you imagine us years from today, sharing a parkbench quietly
how terribly strange to be seventy

old friends, memory brushes the same years, silently sharing the same fears