Today I headed up to Walthamstow to visit Chris Bracey’s huge studio on Vallentin Road – God’s Own Junkyard. Peeking through the locked iron gates, it really does look just like a junkyard, but once inside it’s like an Aladdin’s cave of neon treasures.I don’t know whether it’s because of the junkyard’s location, or if it’s because not that many people know about it, but when my friend and I showed up at around 2pm on a Saturday – a peak time for visitors in most places – we were lucky enough to be the only people there.The man who works there, John, is really friendly and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of pretty much everything stored in the studio. He was happy to show us round, pointing out props and signs that had been in various films, like Tombraider, Eyes Wide Shut, and the newest installment of the Iron Man films – a huge ‘STARK’ sign. I really can’t recommend this place enough; I’ve never been anywhere else like it!
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Believe it or not, those delectable looking treats in the picture above aren’t dark chocolate macarons. They are actually black pudding macarons by Jane Russell, of Jane Russell’s Original Irish Handmade Sausages. I adore macarons, and I probably love black pudding even more, but I’m just not sure about putting the two of them together! It’s such a bizarre combination; I’d definitely want to try it if I got the chance.
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Tagged 2013, biscuits, black pudding, blogging, blood, blood cake, blood pudding, blood sausage, boudin noir, cake, creativity, experimental food, food, food and drink, French-Irish, funny, fusion food, Ireland, Irish sausages, Jane Russell, Jane Russell's Original Irish Handmade Sausages, Leonie Cumiskey, macarons, macaroons, meat, meat cake, recipe, sausages, small business, strange food combinations, surreal, weird
AleXsandro Palombo’s blog, Humor Chic, documents the happenings in the fashion world and beyond. Palombo’s take on the fashion news is both bitchy and funny – think Perez Hilton, but without the irritating omnipresence and with added talent and relevance. His shockingly hilarious pop culture illustrations both celebrate and ridicule fashion’s major players; Hedi Slimane is portrayed digging his own grave as he takes over at Saint Laurent, Anna Wintour cosies up to Barack Obama, along with whole host of far more ludicrous scenarios too.Donatella Versace, and John Galliano shortly after he drunkenly proclaimed his love for Hitler.Creatives, musicians and celebrities feature heavily, with the occasional politician or member of the monarchy making sporadic appearances as well. It really seems like when it comes to mockery, Palombo is a man after my own heart – he likes to turn his attention to a bit of everything. Below, he has portrayed Kate Middleton as some kind of power-hungry femme fatale who beats her husband and wants to kill the Queen! I think I kind of prefer her to the real Kate Middleton, who is pretty much the definition of passive, well-behaved marriage material. So blaaah.However, not all of his portraits are derisive or mean – here is quite a sweet drawing of the late Amy Winehouse that he posted the day after her death.
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Tagged 2013, AleXsandro Palombo, Amy Winehouse, Andy Warhol, Anna Wintour, anorexia, art, bitchy, blogging, cartoon, celebrity, Chanel, cocaine, comedy, cool, creative, death, design, Donatella Versace, fashion, fashion news, Fendi, fun, funny, Hedi Slimane, hilarious, Hitler, Humor Chic, illustration, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Middleton, Leonie Cumiskey, Madonna, media, news, opinion, parody, Perez Hilton, pop culture, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth, relevance, Saint Laurent, style, surreal, talent, Victoria Beckham, writing, Yves Saint Laurent
Love this song. The accordion in it reminds me of ‘This Is The Day’ by The The…except I think I actually prefer this song by Dead Gaze.
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Tagged 2013, cool, Dead Gaze, entertainment, guitar music, I Found The Ending, indie, lo-fi, media, Mississippi, music, music video, new music, single, song, surreal, USA, Youtube
I’ve been quite busy recently, so didn’t have the chance to post this when it was new. Nonetheless, it doesn’t change how brilliant this Floria Sigismondi-directed video for David Bowie’s most recent release is. Starring Bowie and Tilda Swinton as a happily ageing couple, the pair find themselves hounded and tormented by a whole host of celebrities, who also inhabit the wealthy neighbourhood. The beautiful cinematography, which is by Fight Club’s Jeff Cronenweth, reminds me so much of some of Gregory Crewdson’s most iconic photographs – that suburban veneer of affluence masking a much darker truth. The styling is by Jerry Stafford, creative director of Première-Heure and longtime stylist to Tilda Swinton. Clothes in the video are by McQueen, Lanvin, Jil Sanders, Dior, Lanvin, Pringle, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent and KTZ…so chances are, if you like any of the pieces, you’re going to have to look for a high street knock-off version!
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For those who don’t know, The Rodnik Band is the fashion label by London-based Scotsman, Philip Colbert. The line is really fantastical, and reminds me of some of my favourite designers, like Jeremy Scott and Jean Charles de Castelbajac. While these designers don’t really reflect my personal style, they embody some of the things that I love most about fashion – that whole cartoonish aspect, and indulgent outfits that celebrate being ridiculous and surreal. I really wish that more people wore outlandish clothes like this – it kind of bores me to see the rich and famous making such sensible and subdued fashion choices! I mean, when you have that much cash, would you ever need to justify something as an ‘investment piece’ ever again?
Below are some images from The Rodnik Band’s latest collection and lookbook.
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Tagged 2013, Andy Warhol dress, blogger, blogging, British fashion, cartoon style, cigarette dress, clothing, cool, crazy, Duchamp dress, famous, fashion, fashion label, food, fun, ham, ham bag, JCDC, Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Jeremy Scott, launderette, Leonie Cumiskey, LFW, lobster phone dress, lookbook, money, nu rave, outlandish, Philip Colbert, pop art, popcorn, rich, Salvador Dali dress, soup can dress, style, sunflower dress, surreal, The Rodnik Band, urinal dress, Van Gogh, wearable art
I really enjoy silly humour within TV adverts, so this series of ads created for Cadbury’s Creme Egg by Fallon have obviously tickled me. This one, in particular, is my favourite.
I’ve seen three so far. I hope that there are more variations, because they crack me up (excuse the pun).
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Tagged 2013, advertising, cadbury, Cadbury's Creme Egg, Cadbury-Schweppes, chocolate, comedy, confectionery, creme egg, date, dating, Easter, Fallon, Have A Fling With A Creme Egg, humour, Leonie Cumiskey, limited time, romantic, seasonal promotion, silly, silly humour, surreal, TV, tv adverts, video, Youtube