At almost 30, I am still totally mystified by the mixed signals some people send. Especially men. Recently, I found out via a friend that men, even older ones still use cryptic texts. Yes, yes, you read correctly, cryptic texts, just like 13 year old girls. Is it so hard to tell the truth about feelings?
It seems that we carry the burden of adolescence and untold crushes way too far in life. We don't need go betweens anymore. Rejection isn't going to kill us. Someone isn't going to like us less if we don't like the same music. Now cut the crap and stop lying.
As adults, shouldn't we be able to stop all the silly games and go straight to the point? Stop asking ourselves so many questions and just go for it? Wouldn't it be simple...
Friendship could be friendship. Courtship could be courtship. Feelings could be out in the open. We'd all just stop pretending.
Would it be so terrible not to spend most our lives trying to read between the lines? From now on, let's just say it like it is and see what happens.
I predict simplicity and happiness.
I am so over the mating game. Thank god I don't have to play it.
I went to see the Gregory Crewdson show at the White Cube in Mason's Yard and fell instantly in love with his work. His photographs are a mixture of things I am obsessed with: small town America, voyeurism, oppressing atmospheres... I am not going to list everything here, but you get it.
His work is in a way quite similar to Jeff Wall's, giant photographs, staged action, almost like film stills. Photo equivalent of Hopper. Screen caps from a Lynch film.
You see, I am all for silly films. I love animals. I can watch the "I like to move it (move it)" scene of Madagascar 365 times in a row and still find it funny. I await eagerly new Pixar films. I can spend hours flicking through ONLY the cartoons channels on TV... But this film, THIS film might just defeat the child in me. I mean, how far are they going to go in the plot? Let me mock it now. I will let you mock me when, after seeing the film, I end up worshipping every single frame of it.
After a week spent drooling over every single nursery on Ohdeedoh, I finally decided to take the bull by the horns and tackle Mila's room. It was already decorated, but it was very messily decorated, no uniformity etc. I wanted something harmonious with one main feature, as opposed to many little things scattered around. I finally also tidied up my own things I had been storing in her room. For now, I am pleased, although I still need to sort out all the clothes she's outworn already, as well as a few little bits.
I know, I know, I already wrote about Roisin not so long ago. But I just watched the video for You Know Me Better and did a big happy jump at all her costumes. It went a bit like this "OMG THE GREEN DRESS!!! OMG THE HAIR!!! OMG THE GIGABOW!!! OMG THE HOT PANTS!!! OMG THE YELLOW SKIRT AND BLUE SOCKS!!! GIMMEGIMMEGIMME!". And that was for the more tamed reactions.
So I tried to find out more about the outfits and found this interview with Claire Edmonson.
Claire Edmondson on the styling for Roisin’s You Know Me Better
Roisin Murphy’s You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin: Vuitton look“Roisin is really inspiring, she brings so much to the table. Usually at a fitting you pull out things and everyone gets really scared. But I’d show Roisin something and she’d say ‘yeah its amazing, and what about this?’ She was embracing everything I had and wanting to push it further.
“It was one of those projects which kept morphing as it went along. Cindy Sherman was definitely one of the references, but although Cindy Sherman’s book Centrefolds is very character-driven Roisin is very fashion-driven. We had to do a take on that but bring it into a fashion world.
“Basically she really liked the Louis Vuitton spring/summer collection, so we had some of the pieces from the collection. It was a lot of pastels, and its slightly old lady-ish actually, but it with a definite modern fashion twist. That’s where we started.
“We got really high high end designers to lend clothing, and then I did massive amounts of vintage shopping. It’s all high high end designer stuff or vintage - there’s no middle high street stuff going on. We had two different fittings because there was so much to do - basically we had a big dress up party and had a good time.
Roisin Murphy’s You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin: green dress, pink hotties• “The green dress and pink hotpants, that’s a vintage look. There were so many costume changes you can’t really plan them ahead of time. I just did a massive, massive shop basically and then you start building outfits from there. That green dress I knew would be great somewhere, I just didn’t know in what context, but it would end up in the video. And it turned out to be a really strong look, I really like that one. And the ruff again is by a local designer.
• “In the hallway when she comes out in a yellow and gold dress and a giant tuille bow on her head (above) - she looks kind of confused. That’s Louis Vuitton - and I think that was the only piece we used in the end.
Roisin Murphy’s You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin: the “ruff hat” look• “I know Jaron was trying to create an old lady look, with her actually looking like an old lady, but I don’t think that was really ever going to happen… But he kind of got in the hallway when she has the big ruffle thing on her head. She’s wearing an old vintage coat, and we added a big hot pink tuille bustle added to the back of it - you can just make it out in one of the shots – and then a neck ruff that we wrapped around the head.
Roisin Murphy’s You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin: vintage nightdress• “That’s a vintage nightdress from the Sixties or Seventies. I think Jaron wanted something that could be like a housecoat while she’s lying on the kitchen floor because that was a definite Cindy Sherman reference. But I knew Roisin wouldn’t go for a housecoat. It had the blue ruffle around the neck, I knew she’d go for that.
Roisin Murphy’s You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin: the “Alexis”•”We had this vintage dress and realised we could make the shoulders really big – Roisin and I are both really into big shoulders right now and we thought it was fun. Then at the last minute the hairdresser did her hair like that. Then some gold jewellery was added and it became this Alexis Carrington character. We didn’t really mean for that, but all of a sudden it was, ‘okay, that’s good too’…
Roisin Murphy’s You Know Me Better by Jaron Albertin: the pierrot look• “Ruffs are a big fashion item right now. In the last shot of the video where she lands on the couch, she has one. We were basing that on the pierrot-clown look and the ruff came from a local designer called Poltock & Walsh. And that was a vintage jumpsuit with that piece, and then Balenciaga heels. A bit of a mismatch – but it works.”
You can also read an interview with Jaron Albertin and see photos of her outfits here
Tom Waits vs. Scarlett Johansson. I was quite curious about the new SJ album, especially as she chose to make it a Tom Waits covers album.
Obviously the SJ version doesn't come near Tom Waits (and why should it?) but it has a dreamlike quality that pleases me. And she worked with David Bowie. SIGH.
She&Him (Zooey Deschanel) vs. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Yeah... So once again, I love ZD, and I think she's got a charming voice, but she is taking on more than she should, just like Scarlett. Don't get me wrong, both covers are extremely pleasant, but part of me thinks that they are pleasant mostly because they satisfy my curiosity towards actresses who sing.
I decided to start a new recurrent post to "restyle" tv heroines. This time, Rory Gilmore is the lucky winner of the complimentary makeover. I focused mainly on her preppy/uniform style, as the rest of her wardrobe is pretty bland, fashion being absent from the Gilmore Girls.
So for those of you who feel like Rory at heart, get your sexy saddle shoes on, the reading may commence!
I have just returned from my holidays. No matter how lovely the South of France is, I am always extatic when I come back to London. I don't have much time for my poor little blog this week, as I am a busy bee, but here are a few holiday snaps to keep you going...
Sandals - Prada Playsuit - Vintage Dress - American Apparel (i liked it so much in black i got it in turquoise also) Vest - Vintage Belt - Gap Shoes - Office