Thursday, July 31, 2014


When I ponder how many hours I've spent trawling online stores, clicking from one item to the next, attempting to decide between colours that are so similar they are basically the same, trying to decipher what the name of a coat or pair of jeans actually means and adding copious amounts of items to my wish list that I will NEVER buy, I'm slightly terrified. I could have read the entire works of Shakespeare and written a 100,000 word thesis, stress the could have.  

This short film from New York-based writer, Katherine Bernard, pokes fun at this notion of consumerism and online shopping that is now so entwined with our lives. And the result is this wickedly humorous four minutes of brilliance aptly titled Thirsty. 

Thirsty is two women talking shop while online shopping. The hilarious conversation points not only to our online shopping addictions, but also to the absurd way fashion is labelled and sold to women, naming dresses Cameron and using terms like boyfriend denim, for instance. 

As the writer herself says:

'As a fashion writer, it's bothersome to think about the collective female mind power wasted on "What sandals should I buy?" and "What is my body type?" and I wanted to flesh out that default content - the way we describe clothes for women - and work it over with comedy.' (Via Dazed)

Despite the thought provoking points (well I'm doing some 'thoughting' over here) there are some cracker lines that really need highlighting - in bold on this blog, obviously. 

'I think every woman just needs a good sweater to, like, carry her through her day' - As satirical as this film may be, I really can't fault that. Especially if said sweater features an ironic slogan, a print from an eighties film or television show or a knitted Santa Claus - right?

'I don't like the slits though. I actually fucking hate the slits' - Ugh, right? Slits are the worst, man. Seriously though, those shirts that might be tunics but aren't dresses that have those stupid slits really are the worst. 

'Point sur slim stacker Japanese selvedge jean in klutely wash' - WTF?? 

'Tool retro hipster flare with low emissions sequins in my beautiful dark twisted fantasy floral in over confident coral blush with criss cross straps' - Somebody please do this, I'll wear it. 

And my absolute favourite line?

'The wicked logic that renders the expensive sacred' - This might be my new motto. But it explains the current fashion-o-sphere in eight words more succinctly than anything else, ever. I mean, do you really love those Chanel sneakers? Like, really?


kb xx

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

this week #2

I'll be honest, I was concerned this week's this week would not actually make it into the right week. And my concern has been realised, perhaps I should call it this fortnight? Full time study and nearly full time work do make a negligent blogger of me; but, there are some brilliant things I want to share with you this week.

The New Yorker has thrown open their archives for the next three months before a paywall goes up. Run, don't walk to your nearest wifi connection and start perusing. I'm already there, will report back. Feel free to leave links to your favourites in the comments.

Came across these illustration by Brazilian graphic design Carol Rossetti, and I've found myself back here a few times since. Something about the simplicity of the design, the diversity of the messages, the reality of the situations drawn. I mean, a women's freedom to be in control of her own body, behaviours and identity - isn't that what feminism is all about?

How much would it cost to buy everything in an issue of American Vogue? Just a tad under $350K according to American journalist, Noah Veltman. Veltman tallied up the cost of all the products featured in ten major American magazines and Vogue beat out its nearest rival by nearly two hundred thousand dollars. Talk about aspirational. I have to wonder at what point it gets ridiculous though?

Commencement speeches generally result in a plethora of blog posts, news articles, tweets and retweets, Facebook status' and a host of other information spreading, inspiration instigating rubbish, basically. But I quite liked this one by Neil Gaiman from 2012. Especially his points about the possibilities that are open when you don't know what's impossible, the way a creative life is like sending out messages in bottles and hoping for a response and that if you're making mistakes it means you're out there doing something - and that is a good thing. 

I'm a sucker for a bookstore (and a library too - basically anywhere with books) and this list from Buzzfeed featuring fourteen independent bookshops in London has me champing at the bit to get back to the English capital and explore.

kb xx

Thursday, July 24, 2014

dame viv

Not unlike those weeks where you find yourself wearing the same sartorial gem over and over again, a kind of mini obsession that lasts until the next one comes along, I'm finding myself in mini obsession with Dame Vivienne Westwood. Again. 

I've never hid my appreciation for the often left of centre English designer, not just because of her rich archive of work - some of which I would kill to have in my wardrobe - but also because I find her honesty and willingness to include her other passions, like the environment, into her work. She doesn't pretend that fashion lives inside a bubble with no reference to the outside world. Plus, she's just so bloody cool.

The most fascinating discovery in this latest round of infatuation is this stellar three part series on YouTube, titled Painted Ladies. A discovery of fashion through art across centuries, and an insight into the influence of art on Dame Viv's designs. 

Well worth a watch: Part One, Part Two and Part Three

kb xx