Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Woody Allen a Documentary


I love Woody Allen, so I'm biased, but this documentary was great! It wasn't just famous actors talking about Woody, it was Woody talking about Woody. I really identify with the self deprecating, neurotic humour.


"I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens." Woody Allen


These are my favourite Woody Allen films

  •  Small Time Crooks 
  •  Mighty Aphrodite
  •  Annie Hall
  •  Manhattan
  •  Hannah and her sisters
  •  Take the money and run
  •  Match Point
  •  Manhattan Murder Mystery
  • What's new pussycat? (the costumes and Barbara Streisand are great)



Monday, 18 June 2012

Zelda Fitzgerald

I have recently finished a Zelda Fitzgerald biography marathon. Zelda was the wife and inspiration for the brilliant author F. Scott Fitzgerald who wrote The Great Gatsby and The Beautiful and the Damned (amongst others). I had read a few shocking tales about the Fitzgeralds and was curious to know more.
 
I started with Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald 'Sometimes Madness is Wisdom' by Kendall Taylor.
What a mistake! It was terribly written, presumptive, biased and difficult to follow.
That said, I hadn't had enough of the captivating Zelda and then tried another biography by Nancy Milford. A much better account, clearer and so much more concise. Zelda and Scott lived the wild and fast life of the roaring twenties though it caught up with them pretty quickly.

Zelda was an artist, dancer, and writer as well. I did try reading her novel, Save me the Waltz though I found it quite impossible. I think maybe Zelda had more of a knack for beautiful analogies, a poetic and clever use of the English language but not such a fantastic gift for story telling.


Unfortunately Zelda became quite mentally ill in her twenties. In 1948, the psychiatric hospital in which Zelda was staying, caught fire and she died. It was only four years after Scott (aged only 44) had died of a heart attack following years of alcoholism . 
RIP beautiful young things.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Die Antwoord + Harmony Korine


One of my dearest friend, Meatball, is moving to Johannesburg. I'm not sure how Die Antwoord have slipped past my attention and I only discovered them last week, when Meatball posted this in relation to his big move.
I just love Harmony Korine films, somehow they are captivating and depressing and cool all at once.
The rapper called Ninja in this crew somehow reminds me of the gangster man in the film Black Cat White Cat, when they sing the Pitbull Terrier song. MENTAL

Remember Gummo? The girl Yo Landi Vi$$er in Die Antwoord has such a similar aesthetic to Chloe Sevigny's character Dot in Gummo.
 Or Angie Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust era! Peroxide hair, shaved off eyebrows or bleached to oblivion. 

Friday, 8 June 2012

HEIRS crucifix dress glory


 I recently custom made a crucifix dress for bass player Laura of the band HEIRS. It was an amalgamation of the HEIRS band symbol and my Edgeley SS11 crucifix dress in black mesh and jersey. Seeing Laura wear the dress on stage with all the glorious projections while they play the coolest, loudest music was fucking brilliant. I was in heaven. 
 Photo by Isaac Panaretos

Monday, 4 June 2012

JESS DALY RULES NY

 This is Jess Daly, saucy and gory performance artist, stylist to rock stars, costumer designer and generally fabulously glamorous woman. Jess has just moved to New York so if you know anyone brave, bold and ferocious who needs some servicing in any of the above areas, hit her up. Here she is modeling her Edgeley dress I made especially for her set off by a gold Gucci chainsaw. As you do. RESPECT 

This is her Twitter account for more amazingness jessdaly