There were two

It was so good, I had to watch it twice. Recently the trailer for the second Yves Saint Laurent film, coming later this year, has been unveiled. It’s strange, I actually can’t think of a time when two movies covering the same subject matter we’re realised, well at a both at a national level.

The first film was beautiful and romantically shot, even in the scenes of the crazy underworld of parties and clubs, the palette remained muted and elegant. The soundtrack, the same (which has been on repeat since coming home from the second time of seeing it), beautifully matched the sets, locations and costumes which were all incredible. The work of Thomas Hardmeier and Ibrahim Maalouf and their respective teams, just wow.

This film is told through Pierre Berge, Yves’ business and onetime life partner. It’s romantic and sweet, an ode to Yves. For myself, it was a great visual reference and starting point for me to begin research, building my knowledge to understand the story of this designer, which remains superficial at best.

The second film, to be released later this year, it feels more, not commercial, yet commercial, for lack of knowing a better word, in the sense it’s so damn seductive. I’ve only seen the trailer and I’m already bouncing off the walls with excitement. Its more vibrant and carries a much different energy to. It feels a lot, clearer and crisper, lensed by Josee Deshaies. It seems more focused on the peak of his career, rather than the entirety of his career. I can’t wait to see how this will tell that particular part of his story.

 

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Two deposits for the Culture bank please

Monday 23rd June, I was awarded the luxury of some me time and decided to head to the Rude Boy Returns exhibition at Somerset house. Mad excited since my art directed emailed me about it the month prior, I knew I had to go.

The exhibition consisted of 5 rooms and a partial corridor within the south wing. The exhibition shows the evolution of the rude boy style from its roots in Jamaica to today’s arbiters of the style. Rude boy style is this fusion of impeccable tailored pieces and elements of different cultures and fashion genres. It’s about standing out and being true to yourself. That Tom Ford quote “Dressing well is a kind of good manners…” kept springing to mind as I wondered around the exhibition. Hopefully its one you got to see.

I had the pleasure of meeting one of the Rude Boys from the exhibition, Seye Adelekan a musician. Dressed very sharply that one could not resist but to take a polaroid too.

 

Becoming incredible indulgent, I had a peak at the Colour through Form exhibition. Beautifully arranged pieces and fabrics, all very graphical. It was a great way to see fabrics, rugs and textiles presented in this way. Very different from the usual swatch packs found at designer’s stalls. Again, one to catch if you fancy a bit of interior design.

Dans le Jardin des Tuileries

Whilst visiting my cousin in Paris, for a very long weekend relaxing trip, I thought why not try to get in a quick shoot with a style, lifestyle blogger.

Queue Zane of Zane and the City.

After checking his lookbook, there was something instinctively unique about his look and style that I thought, hey why not see if we can make something happen here. So I contacted him and it went from there.

The resulting images from the shoot, to say the least, were quite phenomenal. I’m quite impressed with my first ever shoot done on film, with my love child. Not to say it was all the film, but the rendering of portra 160 was beyond my expectations. Any ways I’d like to say thank you, not only to Zane for his time, style and allowing me to shoot, but also my cousin who played assistant whilst I played photographer. That was some fine reflector/camera bag/film passing you had going on there. Any ways check out his post here.

Thought #27

I do miss the combination of the soulful siren that is the phenomenal Billie Holiday and the quirky charm of Audrey Tau, the introduction of a male role, Brad Pitt, into the brands female fragrance advert has been grabbing a lot of attention. It’s definitely a welcomed change to the normally gender-based promotion of a fragrance, especially when it comes to such a signature scent, Chanel No. 5.

With its new leading male role, the ad gives us that male perspective of what a scent does, not only from a mans point of view but in a more general sense, making it somewhat easier to relate to (especially with the gift giving season fast approaching). Essentially summed up in the penultimate line “Wherever I go, there you are.” This rings so true, there are so many fragrances/scents that I associate with so many people, and they’re personalities, Chanel no.5 and my mother (though she doesn’t wear it often).

It is another way of styling oneself with something unique or bespoke that becomes apart of your style, making the presentation of yourself not only visual but an aromatic experience. A defining scent, for me at least, is something everyone MUST have about them, be it a natural, in a body creme or perfume. Scent is so intrinsically linked to personal style, it goes beyond any trend, or fashion. This is probably why it’s one of the harder, if not hardest, things to find to accent personal style.