Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Georgy Baratashvili SS10


I guess I'm always a tad out-of-date when it comes to posts like this, but when I like something, I like it, and I can't always stick to the rigid season schedule the fashion gods (aka Anna Wintour and her minions) have handed down to us.  Take, for example, Georgy Baratashvili, whose SS 2010 collection has only just come to my attention thanks to the système D website.  The Georgian-born but Russian-raised designer may have been working steadily since his graduations from LCF and CSM, but I have only just come across this gorgeously draped, dance-inspired collection from last season.  I am completely in love with the slouchy feel of the shiny, almost technical fabrics he has used, and the combination of metallics with sheer black transparencies.  It has a classic touch and yet is undeniably sexy (especially the S&M-style bondage highlights...). 


You can see the elements of Georgy's dance background refined by his sophisticated viewpoint developed through positions in costume design, freelance styling, and collaborations with both Preen and Puma.

I would particularly like to get my hands on the black semi-transparent shirt (blouse?), the silky black pants with a draped crotch, and a darkly erotic tie-dyed vest-top (better work on those arms...).


You can also see the collection in motion in this video installation Baratashvili produced for the On|Off exhibition at LFW a year ago:



Looking forward to what else Georgy has in store for us,

Duck
xxx

Monday, 30 August 2010

The Truth is in the Dirt

For some reason I can't find a video version of this to embed here, but I recommend watching this video for red-head supermodel-turned-country-star Karen Elson's latest song, and then watch this video from Rodarte's A/W 2010 show below.  Does anyone else agree this is the route Karen should have gone down?  Just sayin'...


xxx
Duck

Mincing around München


Sorry for the lack of postage over the weekend, I have been travelling across Germany from Düsseldorf to one of my favourite cities in the world, Munich, to stay with my friend Noka.  I would have written a couple of blog posts on Saturday on the train (given that I splashed out for the luxury of a first-class ticket), but unfortunately I left my power converter in my luggage...  I have been having such a fun weekend with Noka (above) and her gay flying whale, Shamu (below), hitting up the local gay bars and such like.  And today I have an internet connection grâce à Starbucks, so am catching up on some work and some blog posts that I have been dying to write the past few days.  And I just discovered that my fave designer Khalid al Qasimi is in town today too... :)


VG
Duck
xxx

Friday, 27 August 2010

Abbey in Alexander


Abbey Lee Kershaw stars in the Inspiration fashion video for Alexander Wang's AW 2010 collection.  Not only does she look h-o-t-t, but I think this video really sums up my feelings for the Fall season this year.  So now.  If only I could afford to buy the velvet dress for all my female friends...

xx
Duck

Eloise Chong


Never mind the scanned-in quality of the pic, this girl, Eloise Chong, is the shit.  Nobody does retro-chic painful teenage grunge like her.  Also loving the psychedelic McQ logo...

xx
Duck

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Lake Titicaca


Soon I will be in Munich visiting my friends this weekend, one of whom is pregnant.  I always think of the this episode when I hear about a pregnancy.  Watch it up to the 2:40 mark...

xx
Duck

SPOT: Ellis Scott


Eeek I know it's a bit late notice, but if you are around London today, I would highly recommend popping into the SPOT pop-up showroom off Brompton road (details below) to have your stylish portrait taken by master-photographer, Ellis Scott.  Having shot for hip magazines like Vice and Dazed and Confused and photographed Gareth Pugh's and Alexander McQueen's collections, he is sure to be able to give you that cool London vibe, if you don't have it already yourself :)  His personal site appears to be down at the moment, *sad-face*, but he does have a blog which I would recommend checking out for candid snaps of club kids, models and, of course, Jodie Harsh...


If I weren't still working just outside Düsseldorf right now, you know I would be there...  But luckily one of my best friends from Glasgow, Eve Barlow, who now writes BOOMerang Kid and works for Q Magazine is going, and hopefully she'll be able to give me some photos to post up here!

The deets:
10am - 10pm (drinks after 6pm)
SPOT Pop-Up Showroom
8 Egerton Garden Mews
SW3 2EH

xxx
Duck

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Moomin Mania


OK, you may not know this already, but I have a sickness.  I am addicted to Moomins.  Those cute, cuddly, little hippo-troll cartoon characters that nobody outside Finland, Japan and Sweden has ever heard of drive me crazy.  I don't know what it is - their adorable faces? Or shockingly Scandinavian melancholic stories?  Or their hilarious names like Snorkmaiden, Hemulen, Little My and Sniff?  I just don't know, but Finland and Sweden are crawling with the blighters and I couldn't stop taking pictures of them.  I share but a few with you now...   



Perhaps even more astounding than the fact that my ferry from Finland to Sweden was sponsored by The Moomins (where I did, in fact, meet a live Moomin-mamma - just waiting for my parents to send me the photo!) is that I found an advert for a 3D Moomins movie!!  There are no words.  Actually, quite literally, since the bloody thing is in Finnish and will probably never get translated for us...


Moomin-love,

Duck
xxx

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Sunny Södermalm

On my last day in Scandinavia for this summer, I spent the afternoon in the trendy district of Stockholm called Södermalm with some friends I met at university.  Lisa is a Södermalm girl born and bred, and knew where all the cool hangouts were.  First of all she took me vintage shopping, although I didn't really find anything for myself.  I guess I still had in my head an idea of Swedish fashion that is dark, avant-garde and pretty distinctive (and so had packed a whole load of torn denim shorts, black boots, drapey-drapey cardigans and tees, oversized black rings etc...).  Turns out the guys there are completely into the preppy look now - everywhere I wandered I saw men in rolled-up suit trousers, silk scarves, Wayfarers - it was just like being back in Oxford again!  Thom Browne and Scott Schuman - you have a lot to answer for!!  Not quite my style at the moment, one might say.  But luckily Lisa also took me to the Weekday store which mainly sells Cheap Monday, where I got my hands on some ripped tees and an oversized sweater which will become my new home this wintertime :-)  [Talking of Cheap Monday, I'm so glad Ann-Sofie Back has decided to show at LFW again this season - can't wait to see her new collection! (and hope it's as good as these ones)]  We also stopped off for some refreshing beer with Ceci:


Lisa recently got engaged to her longterm boyfriend, Robin, so we celebrated her gorgeous ring with the cheapest bubbly the systembolaget would allow...


And then we enjoyed a bbq-it-yourself restaurant in a nearby park.  Such good times, I was so sad to leave Sweden...


Lisa, I miss you!

xx
Duck

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Private dining


Since we have been to Stockholm before, and because I did an exchange there when I was in secondary school (Thorildsplans Gymnasium, woo!), the family decided to stay outside the city this time at the Såstaholm hotel.  The film-noir themed hotel is rather fabulous, and since we were the only guests at the time, we had the place to ourselves.  It was like having our own Swedish country mansion, complete with attentive maids, a personal chef, and a barman who was only too happy to make me a pre-dinner cosmo...


And the view from my bedroom window looked like this:


Jealous much?
xx
Duck

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Acne Archive


Before I set off for Scandinavia I asked around on Twitter where to go shopping and Mikkel Radicke aka Bouyouwhore aka FUCK SEX - We just want clothes recommended I check out Acne Archive in Stockholm, one of the city's many Acne stores.  This one specialises in selling off old stock, runway samples and one-off creations.  When I mentioned to one of my hip Södermalm friends, she hadn't even heard of it yet...

It was certainly worth the travel (and wait - I guess I shouldn't expect shops to open before 11am!): rail upon rail of supercheap and supersoft tees, shirts, sweaters and trousers awaited me.  There were also shoes and accessories, as well as several pieces from the Lanvin/Acne collaboration.  I ended up purchasing a deep purple long-sleeved shirt with an interesting pleat detail and Mao-esque collar, and a Breton-style striped sweater in grey and navy.  Since I don't have my full wardrobe with me here in Germany, you'll have to wait until I get home in a week or so to do some much-needed outfit posts :)


If you're in Stockholm, you should definitely check out Acne Archive

xx
Duck

Friday, 20 August 2010

Sailing the ocean blue


I've never really been one for the life at sea, but I must admit there were several quite beautiful photo opportunities on the overnight ferry-ride from Helsinki to Stockholm...


xx
Duck

Gap


Recently I went to see L'amacoeur (Heartbreaker).  And I fell in love...


Cover art from Fashion Gone Rogue

xx
Duck