Sunday, 23 August 2009

Its a LOVE/HATE thing

Now, despite the fact that I originally thought another big Conde Nast glossy was the last thing we need, I found myself really enjoying the launch issue of LOVE, Katie Grand's post-Pop baby. It wasn't just the brave Beth Ditto cover, but the quirky blue colour and unique LOVE typeface (I realise I'm moving into true magazine geek territory here), but it also featured a diverse range of faces, some great photography and generally an awesome aesthetic. I managed to turn a blind eye to the few pages dedicated to a spread on Pixie Geldof- she as, after all, not Peaches.

But when I got my hands on an early copy of the second edition, I'm afraid I was sorely disappointed. Not only is there oodles more Pixie, the 'Youth' issue features a disturbing number of famous people's kids, doing not much more than being famous people's kids. Pixie herself is credited as musician/singer or something absurd like that- seriously, if I were one of the genuinely talented musicians the magazine features, someone who worked their arse off to make a name for themselves, and then had to sit across the page from someone who's never released any music but is being described as a musician I'd be pretty annoyed.The funniest bit is that in an effort to portray the 'Youth' of today, they show behind the scenes pics of Pixie being an intern at LOVE- read here Pixie trying on clothes and messing around with her mates. How about showing how most interns are unpaid and have to leave work, grab a few hours sleep then head out to their second job so they can afford to pay their rent.I also think new blood/youth is a bit of a cop out as themes go- if they have to do this theme thing can't they at least try and be original- let's have the Blue issue, where everyone's painted blue, or the Biscuit issue with everyone pictured with their favourite biscuit-I'd pay good money for that.
OK, rant over.The whole thing got me thinking about the future of magazines though.As online glossies improve, will we eventually stop buying the hard copies?Personally I think there will always be a place for the mag, and in the same way that people didn't stop buying books post internet, I see the magazine surviving, even if it has to evolve.You can already see this happening in the increase in bi-annual publications which are more like books themselves, and the at the other end of the spectrum- dirt cheap trash like Heat that you leave on the tube or bin after one read.
I'm certainly planning on seriously magging it up for the 15 hour flight I'm going on to San Fransisco this week. To keep you entertained while I'm away, here's a list of some of my favourite online mags to keep you busy:

Thursday, 20 August 2009

My Events page baby in the press...

Another super quicky, just wanted to share my pride at having Vintage Secret's 'Events' page sited as THE place to hear about period events by The Observer- see my VS blog post for more about it!The Events page was one of the first additions I made to the site when I started working with Naomi earlier this year, so its lovely to see it come so far. Check it out here for all the best in retro events, parties, exhibitions, life drawing classes, pop-up restaurants, masked balls and more!

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Pink and White party at 40 Winks

Despite not being a member of A Small World, I managed to blag an invite to their summer party at 40 Winks on Thursday night. As usual I was somewhat intimidated by the number of incredibly beautiful, brainy and generally talented people there. I took along some of my own talent too- when I say my own I actually mean other people's, but with Tinsel Edwards and Twinkle Troughton at my side, I at least felt that I belonged if only by association. Here's a pic of Tinsel and Twinkle with Naomi from Vintage Secret and Jonathan who works with David Carter at 40 Winks.
Here I am in one of the gorgeous rooms at 40 Winks, snapped by actress and writer Irra K.

See some beautiful photographs of singer Tallulah Rendall in the same room here.

The dress code was pink and white, and turns out, I don't really own anything pink and wouldn't be sen dead in anything as unflattering as white, so had to resort to my newly purchased pink wig. Although I joined the millions of women longing for a pink wig after that scene in Lost in Translation, I've only just splashed out (99p on ebay) on one with my forthcoming trip to Burning Man in mind. For those of you who don't know, Burning Man is,hang on a an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.Yep, I totally just copied and pasted that, but if you go to the main Burning Man site, you'll see that they too find it hard to define- claiming that 'trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind.' Having said that, I've never been, but have a pretty good idea of what to expect as I've seen 5 years worth of my boyfriend's photographs, and have been to lots of the London Burner's events. Anyway, said wig was bought in preparation for both the cold nights, and the fact that hair washing will have to be rationed in a desert where the only water you have is what you bring with you.It is because of this festival that our living room currently looks like this:
My boyfriend is making the front 'wall' of our camp, which is meant to look like an old English pub. Other ongoing projects in our flat include the construction of a pop-up cardboard fireplace- turns out all those maths lessons at primary school where you get taught how to draw some squares with some tabs and stuff and then you can make a cube DO come in handy.Who'd have thought?
The Burning Man community doesn't trade in cash- the only thing you can buy in the desert is ice which is brought in daily.Instead self-reliance is the name of the game, combined with swapping and gift-giving which people take very seriously.I 'm currently making a stash of gifts out of a load of vintage Liberty print fabric I had been turning into bunting. Here are the bows I've made so far, soon to be stuck onto hairclips, badges etc:

Anyone make the Liberty print Flash Mob on Thursday?Vintage Secret owner Naomi was snapped by cult blogger Susie Lau from Style Bubble (also my editor at Dazed Digital)- see her in her post, bottom left.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Press Stress

One of the worst things about being a journalist is the expression that people pull when they hear that's what you do-its generally the sort of face that says, after politicians, lawyers and bankers, you're probably responsible for most of the evil in the world. I have a little speech I give about not being that sort of journalist; that I only write about arts and culture and travel and insignificant stuff like that, none of the 'she's too fat, she's too thin' celebrity malarkey. However, over the last few days, I've had my own share of grief from some of the normally lovely press people I work with. Firstly, as I mentioned in my previous post, my travel article on the Hep Cats holiday vintage dance weekend was published in the Guardian on Saturday. Unfortunately no-one let me know, I only found out through someone else's facebook posting, and as I was house-sitting in the middle of nowhere, I only just managed to get someone to buy me a copy. After a weekend of house partying, said copy is now decidedly dog-eared, and sporting some coffee cup circles etc, so if anyone still has their copy of last Saturday's travel sections, could it come to me rather than recycling when you're done with it?Thanks so much.I've scanned in the images from the paper for people who only got to see the web version- neither hard copy or web version have credits for the photos though- so apologies to Greg and Allison who took some lovely shots.
Another piece I wrote about Vintage Secret (the vintage website I help Naomi Thompson run) came out on the Amelia's magazine webpage, with lots of pics from the great shoot we did with Tinsel Edwards and Twinkle Troughton.I also just got my hands on a lovely pic of T & T DJing at the Dragon Bar last month, wearing 1950s swimsuits by Vintage Secret, which I've included here.Anyway, my beef with Amelia's is that they credited the piece to their fashion editor, rather than to moi, the one what wrote it. Know these mistakes happen all too easily, but when people have been writing for you, for FREE, for years, its pretty important to keep them happy with the little things like getting some credit. Check it out anyway by clicking here !
Enough bitching now, sorry for the rant guys. Going to a fancy schmancy party tonight- will post about it

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Busy, busy, busy!

Yes, I have been busy. And still am, actually, so let me apologise now for the brevity of this post and probably all imminent posts, as I'm currently trying to do 4 jobs at once/get ready to go to Burning Man/build a pop-up fireplace that's transportable across the Atlantic for Burning Man etc etc. But just a few bits and bobs I wanted to let you know about- firstly, my article on the Hep Cats holiday vintage weekend was finally published in The Guardian- since they didn't bother to give any photo credits, I just want to shout out to Greg and Allison who took awesome pictures.Read it here!
This last week I've been house/dog/pony/chicken sitting for my folks who are on holiday. I took the opportunity to drag a bunch of friends up from London for a good olde countryside party, and Naomi from Vintage Secret brought up some frocks for me to photograph.To see the whole shoot, click here, and for some behind the scenes shots of treehouse fun, here. If you fancy any of the dresses, just give me a shout- they are all available still, but not on our website yet.Thanks again to Tash, Gillie and Marie for modelling for us.(and Missy, Daisy, Amber and Black Beauty!)
I'd also like to give you a heads up on some kick ass events coming your way courtesy of David Carter and 40 Winks - see my previous post on the Bedtime Stories event at David's home/hotel, recently declared 'the most beautiful small hotel in the world' by German Vogue. I've posted them on the VS wesbite- they include an erotic life drawing class from Kink Ink, and a spectacular pop-up restaurant for the end of London Fashion Week. Book now, as the capacity is very limited- I guarantee you'll have an unforgettable time.

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