Monthly Archives: July 2015

Savage Beauty

Duck feather dress by Alexander McQueen from The Horn of Plenty, A/W 2009-10 Model: Magdalena Frackowiak represented by dna model management New York, Image: firstVIEW

Duck feather dress by Alexander McQueen from The Horn of Plenty, A/W 2009-10
Model: Magdalena Frackowiak represented by dna model management New York Image: firstVIEW

For those who aren’t familiar with this image, it’s from the Alexander McQueen exhibition ‘Savage Beauty’ currently showing at the V&A museum in London. I’ve seen it twice already but am happy to be going a third time to one of the late night shows they’ve added before it finishes on the 2nd August.

I’m not much into fashion but he was a genius. In his own words “You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.” You can see his Saville Row training, particularly in his early work, but then you see his style and creativity flourish. I’d wear most of it – especially the early, formal pieces and most of the tartan collection. And his armadillo shoes (see below). Not for every day wear but I’d love to try walking in a pair. The models didn’t seem to have a problem (apart from one or two who reminded me of Bambi).

Anyway, I’m not going to write about him as it’s been said better on the V&A site (link below). Just that he is inspiring and if ‘Savage Beauty’ ever comes your way, don’t miss it. Enjoy these extra couple of images, thanks to the V&A:

Jellyfish ensemble and Armadillo shoes by Alexander McQueen from Plato’s Atlantis, S/S 2010 Model: Polina Kasina, © Lauren Greenfield/INSTITUTE

Jellyfish ensemble and Armadillo shoes by Alexander McQueen from Plato’s Atlantis, S/S 2010
Model: Polina Kasina, © Lauren Greenfield/INSTITUTE

'Platos Atlantis' gallery by Alexander McQueen from Savage Beauty at the V&A 2015 Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

‘Platos Atlantis’ gallery by Alexander McQueen from Savage Beauty at the V&A 2015
Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty/

photo of the week

Rain Robin Wight fantasywire.co.uk

Rain Robin Wight fantasywire.co.uk

Ok, so this is as much about the sculpture as it is about the photography but they work so well together. The settings and moods captured are beautiful (more below). The sculptor and photographer are one and the same – the very clever Robin Wight (more details at the bottom).

1oclock wish - Robin Wight fantasywire.co.uk

1oclock wish – Robin Wight fantasywire.co.uk

Storm - Robin Wight fantasywire.co.uk

Storm – Robin Wight fantasywire.co.uk

Freedom Morning Sun - Robin Wight fantasywire.co.uk

Freedom Morning Sun – Robin Wight fantasywire.co.uk

You can see more of his work here https://www.pinterest.com/robinwight/fantasywire-originals/ or visit Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire (uk) to find his fairies hiding in the gardens http://www.trentham.co.uk/trentham-gardens/lake-and-lakeside-activities/fairies-at-trentham

photo of the week

Photo © Will Pearson

Photo © Will Pearson

Thanks, Will Pearson, for this photo of the week. I like the warm traces of life picked out of the cold blue buildings.

I love looking out over London and recently enjoyed a visit to the Sky Garden in Fenchurch St. However, if you can’t get up there, Will’s 360º panaramas are the next best thing! Have a look on a nice big monitor if you can. I can almost see my house…

http://www.willpearson.co.uk/30-st-mary-axe-360-photograph/

http://www.willpearson.co.uk/

Also available to buy at http://www.photography-library.com/

photo of the week

OwenSmithPhotography.com Landscape 1-1

OwenSmithPhotography.com Landscape 1-1

Isn’t this a beauty! This scene was captured in Marrakech by Owen Smith. I also want to share the three below from his recent road trip around the states – he gets around does Owen. To see more of his work, visit OwenSmithPhotography.com

OwenSmithPhotography.com Landscape 2-3

OwenSmithPhotography.com Landscape 2-3

OwenSmithPhotography.com Landscape 2-23

OwenSmithPhotography.com Landscape 2-23

OwenSmithPhotography.com Landscape 2-20

OwenSmithPhotography.com Landscape 2-20

photo of the week

If you don’t know it, this is the Robin Hood Estate in Poplar, East London. It is of architectural interest, but apparently it is not interesting enough. It has enjoyed a 5 year reprieve from demolition since 2009 but is now under threat once more. Rumour has it the battle is lost.

A professional architectural photographer with an eye for balanced compositions, Sarah J Duncan is probably used to shinier subjects, but I like the lives she’s captured here. You can see more of her work at http://sarahjduncan.com/

You can read more about the Robin Hood Estate in the Guardian’s ‘Five architectural treasures we must save‘ and Twentieth Century Society (C20) continues to support the fight to save it.

Robin Hood Gardens by Sarah J Duncan

Robin Hood Gardens by Sarah J Duncan

Creative Characters

Creative Characters is another inspiring newsletter that regularly drops into my inbox. It’s from Myfonts and talks about the ‘faces behind the fonts’. Somebody needs to talk about these invisible geniuses so, well done, Myfonts!

Sadly, this month is about the death of Hermann Zapf. You may not have heard of him but you have definitely seen his work. I’m just going to let you read it from them:

https://www.myfonts.com/newsletters/cc/201506.html

Myfonts-HermannZapf-by-AdamTwardoch