Moving Kate

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One of my latest assignments for uni was all about going to different art events and write up a log about them so I ended up going to have a look at SHOWstudio’s exhibition- Moving Kate. 

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The exhibition was a showcase of images of Kate Moss through the eyes of 30 fashion illustrators commissioned by Nick Knight celebrating the model and the fashion surrounding her throughout her career.

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The gallery is kind of pretentious and you get that vibe from walking around it, which doesn’t take long. This was probably a reflection of the artwork and the industry from which Kate works within.

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Greeting you at the front door was a large photograph of Kate Moss which had a paragraph below outlining the meaning behind the exhibition and why SHOWstudio decided to celebrate Moss in their studio space. This had a lot to do with her achievements within the fashion industry and I think this was shown in the art they put on the walls.

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In order to try and portray her personality through the art, headphones and iPads were set up where the viewer could listen to old interviews. I found this interesting and a bit of a modern touch on a typical art exhibition.

One of the things I enjoyed most about the artwork was the colour scheme that seemed to run throughout most of the pieces. The aesthetics were soft and easy to look at which was surprising due to the fact that they were done by completely different artists.

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The best thing about the exhibition in my opinion was unseen footage of Kate they had playing on iPads around the room. It made it feel more exclusive and gave the exhibition more of a purpose.

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Although the atmosphere in the gallery was less than welcoming, one other enjoyable factor to me was the way each artist was polar opposite in style. The illustrations of Moss went from bright, bubbly cartoons to nude paintings and simple pencil drawings. Some of the pictures were barely recognisable.

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At first I wasn’t sure how to feel about this but as I looked over more of the images I began to appreciate that the illustrations are just interpretations of how the artist views the subject, and that will never be the same as anyone else’s interpretation.

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My favourite part of the exhibition was the “Pinpression: Kate Moss 2005” which was literally an impression of the side of her face with yellow, green and orange glitter. I think this was creative and it also made the event feel more personal despite it being about a very non-personable person.

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There was something new and different to be seen in every image and I think that says a lot about how diverse Moss is as a model herself.

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La La Land

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La La Land can only be described as everything that you want to hate but you can’t help loving. It’s soppy, honest and heart breaking all at the same time and you can’t help but forgive it for the slight air of cringe flowing through the oh-so typical love story. 

The film begins on a high with a feel good musical scene on the motorway leading to Downtown LA, and ends on a sort-of low, with an up and down love story floating somewhere in-between. The storyline is brimming with false hope as it tricks you into believing that a happy ending is on the cards before aching you with heartbreak.

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The romantic and musical atmosphere running through the film is true to writer/director Damien Chazelle’s classic style used in his past writing such as Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.

Sebastian who is played by Ryan Gosling is a jazz pianist and dreams of one day opening his own club. Mia who is played by Emma Stone is a hopeful actress searching for her big break. 

Gosling and Stone both portray their role as the star-crossed lovers wholeheartedly and although the singing was adequate, their performance was oozing with chemistry. This comes at no surprised as La La Land will be the third time the pair have co-starred as a loved-up duo after their roles in both Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad.

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The aesthetically pleasing set designed by David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco was a modern twist on old school Hollywood with bright colours and dramatic scenery. The charming costumes also clash with the bittersweet story of two lovers who are forced apart by a fork in the road moment when they are both faced with a choice; following their dreams or following their heart, and the realisation that they can’t do both. 

Although the storyline is nothing we haven’t seen before, it’s easy to quickly become mesmerised by this style of storytelling. If you aren’t the type of person who usually entertains a musical, don’t be too quick to judge.

The jazz music which flows through the film from beginning to end is part of what makes the film so enchanting. “Mia and Sebastians Theme” by Justin Hurwitz is the perfect piano track to reflect the rocky love story along with “City of Stars” which is sung by Gosling and Stone.

Sun’s Out

It’s finally Spring! What better way to procrastinate a 2500 word essay than to put on a summer dress, drink a bottle of prosecco and take some pictures on the roof? There isn’t one.

When Pat suggested we do this as a “break” from our hard work I jumped at the chance. Especially since I got to wear her white Zara smock dress which is a dream.

I’m obsessed with this outfit and officially can not wait for summer. I might even go as far as saying its no longer tights weather.. but with London you never know. 

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The dress is from Zara last season but since Zara are the king of smock dresses I had a quick look on their website to see if they have any new arrivals and was pleasantly surprised. These were some of my faves. 

Crepe City 2017

For those of you who haven’t heard of Crepe City, you need to educate yourself ASAP. Especially if you love wearing trainers because it’s kind of the be all and end all in that department. Long story short they describe themselves as  “a lifestyle, footwear and fashion festival” and it’s been going strong for 8 years. 

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Lucky for me I managed to get hold of a press pass for the event this weekend so I could do a write up about it for the magazine I am working on for uni (@tackiemag). The best part of this meant that I got to stroll in past the hundreds queueing outside, press wristband on, no questions asked. 

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The event was at the Old Truman Brewery and once inside you were greeted with endless stalls jam packed with as many pairs of trainers as you can imagine. 

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One great thing about the event is that although it is mainly a celebration of sneakers there was also so much more to enjoy. The DJ booth, food stands, arcade games and even art work made it a great day for almost anyone. Even if you’re not that into trainers there was so much going on and I definitely think it’s worth the £15 general admission. 

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For those who are obsessed with buying trainers it was an absolute field day, with exclusive releases, custom designs, cleaning services and competitions to win a free pair of Nikes. Also I can honestly say I’ve never seen so many Yeezey’s under one roof. 

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Overall I am really glad I got to go and experience it and I would definitely go again. Maybe not in a pair of dirty vans next time. 

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Alexandra Moura AW17

So this may be very belated but February ended up being an absolute nightmare for me with uni deadlines hitting me left right and centre so, posting anything had to take a back seat for a while.

Anywho, as you all probably know last month was London Fashion Week and once again I was lucky enough to have to chance to help out as a dresser backstage for the unbelievably talented Portuguese designer Alexandra Moura.

The show took place at Banking Hall which was the perfect location to match the modern yet romantic collection on the runway.

I was assigned to dress a model called Naomi and honestly, it’s always a bit intimidating when you have to physically dress models because you end up stood there looking like a bit of a weird midget .. but I love being in the middle of it all too much to let those thoughts take over.

Naomi was given two outfits for the show, the first was a suede, brown high-neck top with a blue stretchy skirt which had an oversized knot on the hem. Very sleek. The outfit was paired with a chunky black denim jacket and thigh high black boots.

The second outfit completely stole the show for me. Moura layered a sheer red floral dress over a blue and white pinstripe lining and again paired it with the same thigh highs and a ribbon in the same fabric tied around the neck.

Winter Tan

I know they’re awful for you, but I have always been a sun-bed kinda girl.

I won’t lie, if my bank account was slightly healthier I’d probably still go on them every other week religiously. Sadly that’s not the case so I have been forced to look for an alternative. Sigh.

I found myself wandering round Boots for a good half an hour before  I settled on a gradual tanning lotion. More specifically Dove Derma Spa Summer Revived body lotion in fair to medium. 

I’ve never been one to wear any sort of fake tan because I’m paranoid about the smell and looking streaky, but there’s none of that with Dove! It smells nice and is really easy to apply. It also works really quickly so I was buzzing when I woke up with a healthy glow rather than looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost. 

10/10 would recommend.

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