Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Clara for Grazia.it

Miss Clara Gomez, Fashion Illustrator, for Grazia.it.
You can read Clara's interview with Grazia.it here. Find out where she finds inspiration for her illustrations and her favourite shopping address in London.I first met Clara way back in 2009. I was wandering around Notting Hill on a Saturday trying to find people to photograph for the blog when I came across a girl sitting in the window of the Diane von Furstenberg store surrounded by coloured pencils, pretty trays of paint and brushes. Like a bowerbird attracted to all those bright, shiny things, I stood for a little while watching her.....she was illustrating customers in the outfits they had just purchased. Fascinated, I asked the manager if I could take some quick photographs of Clara while she worked on her beautiful drawings. He (I think it was a he!) said yes, and that was how I came to know Clara :)Clara is one of those people who has so much good energy (I think being Spanish helps!) and is such a pleasure to be around. And she is a talented fashion illustrator as well. You can find her work here and on her website here. Clara was commissioned to illustrate the booklet that went with the Spanish edition of "The September Issue" dvd as well as the costume that Robbie Williams wore in the video You Know Me.
And Clara's style? Vintage all the way baby! When I walked into her room it was like walking into a well curated vintage store. Long dresses and 70's style trousers hanging from a rail suspended from the ceiling; necklaces, bracelets and rings spilling prettily out of her dressing table; vintage handbags nestled next to winter coats. And of course on the walls were framed prints of Clara's illustrations. Clara's dress in the first photographs is vintage from Paper Dress Vintage in Shoreditch, teamed with Office heels, American Apparel hat and jewellery from Spitalfields market. Her tank top is from Topshop, the denim skirt is a vintage one procured from her mum (she used to wear it in the 80's!) and her shoes are from Urban Outfitters. How crazy good is her hair?! And her smile :)Dress she picked up at a vintage store in Amsterdam while she was there for a music festival last year. p.s. you can click on the collages to make them slightly bigger.

Paris Fashion Week AW 2011....Karolina

Karolina Kurkova after Emanuel Ungaro (above) and Isabel Marant (below).

New York Fashion Week AW 2011

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Weekend Life....New York City, February 2011

New York City, February 2011.

Look away now if*:

a) you don't want to see an indulgently long post of NYC travel photos (I'm sneaking this post in on a Sunday to give me more of an excuse-weekends are for self-indulgence;);

b) you are sweltering in NYC and don't want to be reminded of the slightly cooler weather in Feb.

If not, read on!

I was over in NYC for fashion week in February and snuck in a little bit of time for some sightseeing. Highlights from this trip?

  • Crunching through the snow in central park on a very cold afternoon followed by drinks at the beautiful Oak Bar in the Plaza Hotel. (Weirdest, most "I don't want to look but I can't look away" moment was when we were in Central Park and a red-tailed hawk nabbed a squirrel for supper.eep!);

  • Watching the Super Bowl at Oliver's Bar&Grill in the West Village (boo to jet-lag);

  • Awesome coffee at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in the Ace hotel. Thanks to the guy (who will probably never see this!) who let me take his photo with the coffee cup. I first came across Stumptown roasters when they had a pop-up coffee bar in Amsterdam last year so it was nice to experience the full Stumptown experience in NYC.

  • Wandering through Mario Batali's Eataly and picking up provisions for dinner;

  • Lunch at Momofuku Ssam Bar in the East Village. The steamed pork buns and bbq rib sandwich were incredible;

  • Brooklyn Farmacy&Soda Fountain (see the retro photos above) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Wish we had something like this in London. Followed by a brisk stroll along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to take in the view of lower Manhattan;

  • Coffee at Tom's Restaurant (had to do the Seinfeld experience at least once ;)

  • Watching the ice-skating at The Rockefeller Centre;

  • Chocolate chip cookies from Levain bakery on the Upper West Side; Warm, gooey goodness;

  • Breakfast at Bubby's in Tribeca followed by a wander around Tribeca (is Robert De Niro in Tribeca the equivalent of Rick Stein in Padstow?!);

  • Walking from the East Village to Columbus circle- best way to experience a city is to walk it

  • *I realised when I was typing this that if you have got this far, you will have seen the whole post anyway ;)