“Hey, we’re going to a LFW party, do you want to come?” erm…hell yes. One of the many benefits of my job is that I work with some great people who have interesting and peculiar friends. On this occasion the interesting friends were Fanny and Jess, a newly graduated fashion pairing who work under the label…Fanny and Jess!
Just so you can picture the scene: my day / work aesthetic is cute 50’s style dresses, lots of colour and a basic refusal that I live in a cold country. This strongly contrasted with a room of moody fashionistas in varying shades of black. I was a touch uncomfortable. However, I soon got reacquainted with my good friend wine and everything became a lot more relaxed. I schmoozed and mingled like a pro, talking with an italian shoe designer, a east end photographer and a freelance stylist who’d just come from some important show (dahling!).
After finding my work mate again we went to check out her friends’ collection. Although not my daytime look some pieces did fit with my darker evening style (voluptuous vamp with playful touches). I’m all about well cut fabric and there were some pretty awesome skin tight dark flower print over greyish black leggings with leather patches that would’ve looked amazing with a black crop top and killer heels. There was also an LBD with loads of fringing which would have had gorgeous movement on the body.
All in all I’d say Fanny and Jess are two fresh young designers that could go far.
I went to a magical cabaret at well known burlesque institution Volupte. First off, the food was absolutely incredible, especially my stilton soup to start so I would recommend getting a table if you go but this was secondary to the show. It was on a Tuesday night so the atmosphere was a little flat and it was clear that the comics worked better off a buzzed audience but none-the-less it was entertaining.
The semi-famous magician Max Somerset did an intriguing ‘ball and cup’ routine which built and built, culminating in a live chicken being pulled from nowhere. Similarly impressive was the audience’s Derren Brown style prediction of the lottery which was at least partly unfixed as one of our table supplied a number.
The burlesque act for the evening was no Dita Von Tease (neither in talent nor physical charms) but she did do an interesting comedy magic trick where she supposedly mistook a bandana for a banana but made it disappear regardless. She also belted out a cheeky number entitled “Don’t Tell Mama I Went To Volupte” whilst removing a naughty nun outfit, proving that if you have enough confidence it doesn’t matter what size you are.
Would I go again?
To see a show; yes, but only on the weekend after payday. You need the atmosphere of a packed club and enough money to enjoy yourself. As a bar it’s a bit far out of the main drag but the cocktails were delicious (especially chilli infused gin ones) and would be good for an intimate, secluded, alternative date.
Very exciting news: Costumier to many a Hollywood blockbuster, Angels, is holding a retro fashion fair this Saturday. Clothes from the 50’s-90’s are available at barginalicious prices. Buy a bag for £20 or £50 and fill it full of goodies, pay on exit. £5 entry. Elbows at the ready as I’ve heard draws a big crowd of fash-packers and stylists (e.g. the notorious Suzie Bubble). It’s not just for the ladies but has a massive menswear selection as well – there’s also a whole room dedicated to military jackets. On one of the vids I saw a fur box bag thing I HAVE to have as some gorgeous bags and accessories. If you love vintage then come on down. Doors at 8.30 but I think I will be queueing earlier to get the best bargins.
Find out more here: http://www.angels.uk.com/retrosalejan10.html
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The V&A museum always houses beautiful exhibits, but most are full of riches from the past. It is refreshing that it has decided to commission a showcase for digital artists in collaboration with onedotzero in order to display new methods of expression and fresh talent in ‘Decode: Digital Design Sensations’.
- digital sculpture
The initial displays lack a certain excitement for those unfamiliar with coding and the like, appearing as if this may be just a display of some interesting screen savers. However, once through the small entrance passage, it as if you have tumbled through the rabbit hole into a 2010 wonderland.
From the art of conversation with fluorescent lines connecting tweets to a pictorial clock; around every corner was something to delight. Children were particularly thrilled by the interactivity of the collection and it was positively charming to see them genuinely excited by art, as opposed to bored and whiny.
A piece that piqued a lot of interest was the hypnotic ‘Dandelion’, by Danish collective YOKE, whose beautiful, giant flower’s seeds were dispersed by infrared hair dryer. Other enjoyable pieces included ‘Videogrid’ and ‘Digital Zoetrope’. The former an ever evolving documentation of visitors to the exhibit, allowing a real feeling of ownership for the observer; the latter a wheel of code that briefly aligned to form words before melting back into ambiguity.
Running until the 11th April, Decode is not just a computer geek’s wet dream but a new frontier of art that should be explored and wondered at in the same way as the brushstrokes of Renoir or Matisse. Who knew binary code could be so beautiful?
Tomorrow night at 8pm we will be going to a dance show called ‘Resolution!’ that showcases emerging talent. There’s a different programme every night until 20th Feburary 2010. I will tweet my exact location at aprox 7.30 but it is likely to be a cafe or bar near Kings Cross.
Monday’s dance troupes are:
mrthorley.com (chor: Ivan Thorley) Swan Song (F)
Swan Lake is revisited by the ugly duckling. Part-dancer, part-clown, part-naked, there’s something for everyone. mrthorley is an interdisciplinary performance project that develops form and is experimental.
Fusion Dance (Chor:Amir Giles & Tara Pilbrow) Entangled (F)
Fusing the stark power of Argentine tango with the energy of contemporary dance, this intimate duet physically and emotionally entangles two dancers with music from Bach to Chet Baker. http://www.fusiondance.co.uk
Archana Ballal The Line of Desire (F)
An emotion instinctive to living things, desire overcomes us all. Three dancers discover the extremes of this feeling, from a pure unadulterated sentiment to a gripping sensation capable of destruction.
I’m highly excited about this as contemporary and argentine tango are two of my favourite styles. Having dated dancers I know that ‘part-naked’ can only be a good thing. The lower priced tickets are sold out, however, there are still £15 tickets available which allow you to attend another show within a 6 month period. To find out more information or book tickets click here.
Let the adventure begin!