Prepare to feel like your life is very boring. Sorry, but that's how I felt when I went to a talk at the National Portrait Gallery last Thursday evening entitled "Word of Mouth from the Warren Street Squat". Given the setting in a rather proper sort of place, I sort of thought I'd be going along to a rather genteel retelling of the activities of a particularly creative, carefree community which sprung up in Central London nearly a decade before I was born. Indeed, the whole event came about as a result of the Lucian Freud retrospective- attended by the very prim Duchess Kate when it opened- in which there are several portraits of Leigh Bowery, a key player in the clubbing scene which was a huge part of life for the Warren Street squatters.
The most polite one I could find....Leigh Bowery by Lucian Freud (image from www.tate.org.uk)
What actually ensued was an hour and a half long chat amongst many members of that community, including Boy George and milliner Stephen Jones, enlightening the comparatively few of us there who hadn't been around to experience it first hand. The Warren Street Squat was one of many which sprung up in the area around Tottenham Court Road and Euston Road in the late 70s. The squats were inhabited by art students, DJs, musicians and any other 'outcasts' who felt at home in what sounds like the complete, non-stop chaos of the place. Jeffrey Hinton, who did a lot of the talking, recalled a time of 'no rent, no internet and no mobile phones' which gave them the 'freedom of not dealing with real life'. In turn, this led to a 'falling apart culture' which was only exacerbated by the unstable minority Labour government and the highest unemployment figures since the war.
Boy George with Leigh Bowery (image from graziadaily.co.uk)
The lovely Princess Julia, who was on stage talking with Jeffrey Hinton
When they broke into the disused townhouse on Warren St and wired up the electricity in 1978, there began the coming together of creative minds who would eventually become some of the biggest cultural influencers of the 80s- Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Bodymap designers Stevie Stewart and David Holah, Princess Julia... I could go on. I loved that so many of these people and their friends were at the event on Thursday night so rather than being a bland history lesson, the room frequently roared with debate about what really happened in the stories being told. Boy George discovered for the first time that the house actually had a working phone that he could have used. Some were disgruntled to discover that others had been to Mark Le Bon's squat a few streets away for baths (it was the only place with hot water). What made me feel boring is that wherever I was living, the bath and phone would be my first priority. It's hard to imagine being so consumed with other preoccupations that I could possibly not hunt out these facilities as a matter of urgency. It seemed that visits to drink out of date beer at Pink Panther or nipping to the roof to delve into the bucket of poppers they kept there were more pressing.
This scene is still inspiring creatives today.... During the talk a photo popped up of a clubber in full blue face paint. It looks to me like Meadham Kirchhoff almost certainly saw this picture and used it as make-up inspiration for their AW12 show.
Bodymap (image from www.dazeddigital.com)
Meadham Kirchhoff make-up AW12 (image from lloyd-evans.com)
Jeffrey Hinton's scratch videos were big highlights of the night. A lot of the footage came from the time after the squat had been closed down and all its inhabitants rehoused in smaller flats on council estates. Nevertheless, I think they gave a pretty good taster of the hedonism, sexual freedom and creativity which pervaded the scene. Hinton had become obsessed by tapes at a young age, when he would record himself then edit the tape by cutting it up and sellotaping back together different segments. Princess Julia, who seems totally brilliant, remembered how he would do a new one each week to show at Taboo, Bowery's club night. The videos were grim and vile and hilarious and beautiful in equal measure- some segments show Hinton filming his friends as they dance and snog and masturbate and banter. Spliced in with these equivalents of family footage are Hinton's genius mixes of mainstream media, clips from TV shows, adverts and even a Tupperware (the plastic tubs which every good housewife/Mother/ practical person has stowed in a kitchen cupboard) party, with scenes from horror films and underground sources which lampoon the original material. It's a whole different way of looking at the world and sells the club scene as a complete, alternative lifestyle rather than something we do on a Friday or Saturday night.
One of Hinton's videos.... Be warned, it's pretty gruesome!
The talk ended on kind of odd note when Hinton mentioned he would be reading out the names of some of those who had been big parts of the scene but who are no longer around, many of them succumbing to AIDS related illnesses or drug and alcohol problems. There was a shouting match between two audience members who had clearly both been some part of the culture- where one questioned whether their lifestyles had been overly childish and irresponsible, the other was fuming that that subject had to be brought up at all. While the deaths of people like Bowery do cast a shadow, the fact that Hinton, Princess Julia and many more are still alive, successful and just as creative today does show that it was an experience you could live through.
I just need one question answering, does anyone know who this fab furry animal bedecked audience member is? All anyone could tell me was his name was Thierry...
Hello sweethearts! First of all I would like to express my gratitude by thanking to everyone who read/ commented on the last post. It was very interesting, inspiring and refreshing to read your comments about such delicate topic as that one. Thank you once again!
Today was such a beautiful and sunny day. I've spent it by having a nice stroll downtown with my little family. Tomorrow is holiday, so this day is like a pre-party day for tomorrow. Whole downtown was filled with hellion balloons everywhere and my little daughter had to get one too of course :D As you can see from the photos, we ended up buying the green pig one, from Angry Birds game.
We have also done some shopping and then went for super delicious cupcakes at newly open cupcake place in Helsinki called MorMor cupcakes. Mmmm, little piece of heaven :D
This evening whole city will go crazy partying and getting drunk everywhere, but I will skip the crazy partying this year since I've caught flu so the best is to stay at home and have some nice sauna time :)
Here're some photos from today! Have a great day everyone!!
Fresh start happens each Monday ... New post, some small changes in layout, new song on repeat (this time "Run" from Snow Patrol) .... I was wearing the same outfit from our night out, because many of you asked me about complete look, so here it is. My favorite comfy "semi" baggy jeans, striped shirt, black shoes and bag paired with flowers on my new denim jacket, and of course pink lipstick. Something that can be worn during the day or night. Don't you just love these types of outfits? ;)
So yesterday was a glorious day and we decided to go to Salzburg inner city. I got these jeans from Mango, since I had no idea how to tie-dye, but I've seen some DYIs and they have the potential to look almost exactly like the Marant version. I paired it up with the number tee like runway pics from the Marant Spring Summer 2012 collection show, and what a better inspiration! And I love these sandals, but I can hardly walk with them! I wonder how many of you guys manage to. Wish you all had a great weekend x
Ayer fue un día glorioso y decidimos ir al centro de Salzburg, que estaba rebalsando de gente. He comprado estos jeans de Mango, ya que no tenía idea de cómo tie-dye, pero he visto algunos DYIs y se ven casi igual a la versión Marant. Los he combinado con una camiseta con números así como lo podéis apreciar en las fotos del show de la colección Primavera Verano 2012 de Marant y qué mejor inspiración que esa? Y adoro estas sandalias pero casi no puedo caminar con ellas! Me pregunto cómo muchas de vosotras lo hacéis. Os deseo un feliz fin de semana!
Da gestern ein herrlicher Tag war, sind wir in die Altstadt Salzburgs gegangen und sie war voller Leute. Die Jeans habe ich von Mango gekauft, da ich keine Ahnung hatte, wie ich selber tie-dye machen sollte, aber ich hab schon manche DYIs gesehen, wo die Jeans fast genauso wie die Marant Version ausschauen. Damit habe ich ein Nummern T-Shirt kombiniert, genauso wie man auf den Photos von der Isabel Marant Frühling Sommer 2012 Kollektion sehen kann und es gibt keine bessere Inspiration für den Sommer! Die Sandalen liebe ich aber ich kann kaum mit ihnen gehen. Ich frage mich, wie viele von euch das schaffen! Ich wünsche euch ein tolles Wochenende.
Tie-dye jeans: Mango Number Tee: Zara Ankle Strap Sandals: Mango Clutch: Ebay Arm Cuff: From Honduras
Here's something a little bit different on my blog. I've been thinking now for couple of days should I write or should I not write this text, but seeing that lately people have been commenting on my daily outfits pointing out my weight, I've decided that I should do this.
I'm not doing this to change anyone's opinion on what's healthy or what's not, what's beautiful or what's not, just wanna see how my readers are thinking outside the usual thoughts about the clothes or some other stuff that I've been posting on this blog.
I wonder what is beautiful? Who can say or decide why is someone more beautiful or pretty than somebody else?
I have just read that Beyonce was voted the most beautiful woman in the world by the choice of People magazine. Some might agree, some might disagree, but I think that it's a little bit silly to choose anyone as the most beautiful woman or a man in this world, since there's no definition of beauty!
In my mind beauty comes from the inside, soul is what matters, we're anyway just borrowing this body that we're living in. Of course, in another way, body matters too, so that it's a good home to our soul while it's living in it.
I'm in love with the healthy lifestyle, but haven't been able to lead one myself for the past 4 years. Huge lack of sleep, huge amounts of stress and not always eating healthy sure did affect my weight, but I haven't lost more than 5 kg since 4 years back and my body weight has been pretty much always the same before that.
I wonder why do people always think that if somebody is skinny, btw I would rather use other word here - SLIM, is automatically called or pointed out as anorexic or looking bad or in need of couple of hamburgers, etc. Also, who has the right to call anyone fat?? Again, I would use another word for this and that's CURVY!
Why people can't be SLIM if they've been like that because of genetical predispositions ( like myself ), or because they're leading very healthy life style, or because they're being under a lot of stress?
Why people can't be CURVY if they've been like that because of genetical predispositions ( esp. latin women ), or because they're also leading healthy lifestyle, or because they're also maybe under lots of stress and sometimes finding comfort in food??
I think that we all know how anorexia and overweight look like and these two things are big sicknesses and I believe that it's not easy to deal with them as it's not easy to deal with any other kind of sickness, but let's not mix up SLIM & CURVY with these other two.
LOVE YOUR BODY, ENJOY IT AND DO WITH IT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, SINCE IT'S THE ONLY TOOL YOU'LL HAVE TO GET "AROUND" WHILE YOU'RE ON THIS EARTH!!
I couldn't wait to wear this dress! I waited for these earrings to arrive from True Vintage (check out the site, it's filled with gorgeous stuff and also you can find them at the V for Vintage fair next Saturday) I wore my dress with them, I thought they went perfect together; I wanted to create a romantic and yet a girlie fresh look, so I chose not to wear heels, instead my new pair of flats; and I was not too fancy, but perfect for a walk in the evening with a special someone.
Wearing: H&M Conscious dress, Mei shoes, Avon bag, Parfois beaded bracelet, New Yorker multiple bracelets, vintage earrings