Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

30.7.10

When Coco Avant Chanel came out, there was a big media frenzy, everyone wanted to write about it. To be honest with you, I still haven't seen it and I am not a fan of Audrey Tautou as Gabrielle Chanel, so I probably won't rush to see it either. I saw a biopic of Coco's life called Coco Chanel which was a much lower profile affair (it was just a TV movie), but Barbora Bobulova's performance as Gabrielle was quite impressive.

Before I left London, I was invited to see a screening of Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, a film by Jan Kounen adapted from the eponymous novel by Chris Greenhalgh. 

The film focuses on Coco's life after Boy's death (1920), and more specifically on her passionate love affair with Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.


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I didn't know a lot about their relationship as there is actually very little documentation available, but I was completely swept away by the beauty of Kounen's interpretation of it.


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David Ungaro's cinematography is absolutely magical and the attention to the characters faces means that there is very little need for dialogue. The film is deliciously slow and clever, and I am officially in love with both Anna Mouglalis (Coco) and Mads Mikkelsen (Igor). 


Igor at the Piano

If like me you are a little obsessed with interiors, it is an real visual treasure as the whole of Bel Respiro - Coco Chanel's villa near Garches in France - was reproduced to perfection. 

The costumes are obviously amazing, especially considering Chanel opened their archives for the occasion (thanks Karl).


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I think to sum it up, I must say it blew my mind a little. I could write a whole essay about the perfection and attention to detail of it all, but I will just leave you with this post and hopefully you will love it as much as I did.


Some of you may have already seen it as it came out in France in 2009, but it is finally coming out in the UK on the 6th of August and I really encourage you to go and see it... No Summer crush will seem worth it after seeing the film though, I warn you. 

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29.7.10

Minnie Mouse ears, no make-up, no fashion, coca cola in the sunshine, heat induced delirium, parallel Universes, old diaries and the constant sound of water.


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Mademoiselle Robot loves Dorothea Kanellopoulou (Dotty K)

28.7.10

Dorothea Kanellopoulou is the brains behind Dotty K, a range of hand-made fashion jewellery that I cherish. A little chat with her proved that her label is about  much more than cute bows and girly necklaces.


Dorothea


What's your background?

I was born and raised in Greece, where my father was an interior designer so literally from birth I had access to plenty of drawing paper and pens and he encouraged me to find my passion for creative projects. I used to design and make models of jewellery using flowers, mud and rocks from the garden as well as helping my self to my Mum’s jewellery (which I got into loads of trouble for!)

Upon finishing school, I decided to move to the UK to study applied arts, and more specifically jewellery design. Once my studies were completed I moved to London, with a bag full of ideas, but no business brain at all…

So for a couple of years I did research and partied… And then I fell in love with my wonderful husband Gavin, who helped me get my creative brain in the business gear and dottyk was born in 2006.

What inspires you?

I am very proud of my Greek heritage. Art, philosophy and romance inspire me and I’m very passionate. I love weird and beautiful objects and images so go through periods in my life that become addicted to people, fashion, food, all sorts. 


The last few collections have been about the girl, the diva, the fashion icon, all the different facets of the female presence and the symbol that no woman can live without, the bow! I love style divas and femininity in all its expressions, I love watching things like drag queen shows and Audrey Hepburn movies. As long as it’s big and cheesy but elegant I love it and it inspires me.
My main goal is to create pieces that appeal to all ages, backgrounds and styles.


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When did you decide to set up your own label and work for yourself?

Having my own label and designing jewellery has been a childhood dream. In 2006 4 years after my graduation and 2 years after working for one of the UK’s most renowned gemstone dealers, I decided to take the plunge and go for it! My decision was derived from a combination of different factors, I was already in a 2 year relationship with my husband, a wonderful man who supported my decision with all his might and I had loads of emotional and financial support from my amazing family, especially my mum, brothers and auntie, they helped me not only with dreaming the dream, but actually supported me in making a start at fulfilling my aspirations!

I have a great network of friends that have helped with photography, the website and promoting my business, Dotty K truly would not have happened without them. And last but not least the stone dealer I worked for was a tremendous help and inspiration to me as well as being a great friend over the years, she supplied me with endless amount of stones and pearls and I have to admit I may have got special treatment but understandably getting the initial stock together is one of the trickiest things in jewellery. The materials are so precious, that even producing samples is a very expensive exercise and can hold creative talent to ransom…


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Current girl crushes?

Possibly a bit of cliché but my favourite all time classic girl crush has to be Audrey Hepburn! Sophisticated, elegant and timeless – all words to describe Audrey Hepburn, I think she has made a massive mark in the 20th and 21st century and I believe she is an icon that will dictate fashion for many years to come.

Otherwise my current girl crush has to be Alison Goldfrapp, she is really aware of how to pull off an effective, original and interesting stage outfit and she does it with so much grace, style and humour I think its hard not to become fascinated by her. I just love all her outfits! She is a true 21st century girl that does not bow down to one style, she mixes and matches and changes in a very independent way. The bottom line in fashion is to have your own style and I think she does it well!

Do you wear a lot of jewellery?

Yes! I have an extensive collection of pieces from other jewellery designers, as well as my own. My favourites are Marianne Anderson, (who actually made my engagement and wedding rings) Alex Monroe, Dicha jewellery and obviously Chanel (fashion and precious collections)!

I love wearing jewellery, but mostly I like to see others wearing my jewellery. There is nothing as satisfying as seeing people in town with a dottyk piece…the first time that happened a couple of years ago, I couldn’t help my self, went up to the girl and gave her a big hug, went on to a big “ oh its amazing to actually run to someone wear it and OMG this is so fantastic!!!…” luckily she was pretty amused by it all and we have kept in touch since….I have now learned to suppress my urge to do that, as it is kind of weird to be stopped and hugged by a stranger claiming to have designed your necklace…instead I give my self a little pinch to make sure it is all true and I call my husband so I can brag about it down the phone!

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What's your favourite accessory?

It has to be my classic bow and ball necklace, simple easy to wear and super girly. Otherwise I love handbags! I collect handbags from Lulu Guiness, it’s a very expensive habit but I just can’t help myself.

Describe your personal style?

I find it hard to describe my personal style because I am inspired by so many different styles that I don’t stick to one apart from maybe looking glamorous otherwise I would say eclectic so perhaps the best way to describe my style is glamorously eclectic? My favourite clothes brand had to be French Manoush, simply because the colours and the statements their clothes have. In general I stick to the style mantra of always having a statement coat for winter a really comfy but stylish pair of shoes and an interesting handbag…

What are your holiday plans?

That’s easy, Lesvos Island in Greece! For as long as I can remember our family have had a rustic stone house near the sea that we use as a holiday home. It’s a very beautiful place and holds a lot of beautiful memories for me so I am always looking forward to getting back there.

Its so wonderful to go out for dinner by the sea…The ideal way to escape from the business of London…we are very very lucky.

One last(ish) London outfit!

27.7.10

I am off to the South of France for a week today. This is holiday phase 1, catching up with my family, hanging out by the pool, eating delicious cheeses and going for walks in the countryside. I am eagerly waiting for phase 2 which is the road trip in California part...

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I am still thinking what to pack for my trip as the weather is going to be consistently sunny and hot. I know, there are worse problems to have...

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Jacket - River Island
Top - TBA
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - Chie Mihara

Wish List - AW10 dresses that need to magically make their way in my closet

26.7.10

Little by little, I am going over my AW10 press day photographic archive to show you my favourites. These photos have been sitting in my computer for months as I thought there was no point in dangling them under your nose if the pieces featured were far from being released and available in the stores. 

As I type this, AW collections have started to trickle down and by September, most of these pieces will be there for you to try and buy. The dresses below are my personal picks for the season. They are mostly affordable (apart from the Bora Aksu) and mostly ultra girly. I plan on wearing them with some of the shoes I showed you a while back.

I will have to dedicate a whole post on Boutique, Jaeger's little sister/diffusion line, designed by a former Luella girl, but for now, enjoy this frilly woolly playsuit.

Boutique by Jaeger

Jovonna

Paul & Joe Sister
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APC Madras

Bora Aksu

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23.7.10

Liberty in the name of research, carbs festival 2010, cocktails and granny wallpaper. I am off on part 1 of my holidays on Tuesday, so I am not sure how often I will be posting, but I have a few surprises for you in my absence... 


On Sloane Street

22.7.10


From the very first time I set foot in London, I've been enamoured with Chelsea and particularly with Sloane Street and King's Road. There is something so different and so polished about this area, I always feel like I have travelled to a different city when I go there.


In keeping with the spirit of past blogging, this is what I wore when I went to see the Alex Prager exhibition.

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Dress - Postlapsaria by Keiko Lynn, Shoes - Madewell, Socks - APC

I am experimenting with various Summer perve-repellent at the moment and I must say, so far the granny socks and chunky sandals are working wonders. 

I am very excited as today I am going to be talking to a few possible interns for LFW! Hopefully by the end of the week, I know who I will be sharing my life with for a month!

Mademoiselle Robot loves Jenny Jenny

21.7.10

When Jenny Jenny enters a room, you notice her straight away, she is tall, blonde and pretty and has a little something of Marilyn Monroe... her creations are pretty much the same, you can't ignore them, and you can't ignore they are brilliant, exquisite adornments indeed. Step into her world with me for a little while and you will come out inspired.

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What's your background?

I studied fashion at LCF and Central St Martins and had worked at little fashion labels for a few years, always for female owned and operated businesses which was very inspiring. I started my jewellery range about 18 months ago after quitting my job and spending a year experimenting with lots of different creative avenues; from costume design to freelance fashion design to hand embroidery. I assisted a couple of jewellery designers and so started thinking very much on that scale.

How did you start making accessories?

I had always put little bits and pieces together, whether quickly fashioning a necklace out of paper and ribbon before dashing out the door or stringing an odd chandelier crystal on a cord and wearing it to death (it's still going!). But I started as a business once I'd got to grips with the art of tassel making and knew my way around London's jewellery district!

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What were you like as a little girl?

Bossy! I think that's why I suit running my own business - now it channels into self-motivation but when we were little, my poor brother and sister probably saw it as being ordered around!

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What inspires you the most?

I love the glamour and style of the 1920's and 30's and the way modern design influenced every facet of life back then. I find this period endlessly inspiring but I like my work to look modern with just a hint of vintage influence.

Who do you look up to?

Women who take charge of their lives and make the work/life/fun/everything-balance a fine art! I assisted jewellery designer Clara Francis and saw first hand how much fun and hard work goes into juggling everything, she was a real inspiration.

Describe your personal style...

I'd say simple with a dash of glamour from another era on occasion. I dress practically day to day (couldn't live without my perfect Gap denim jacket) but go for 50's cocktail dresses or a disco era cape for dressing up.

What's your dream pet?

Perhaps if I had a poodle we could share curly-hair products but I'd probably get ringlet envy so I'll settle for a simple moggy.

Biggest teen crush(es)?

Leonardo DiCaprio. Still going strong.

Favourite designers?

I love Erté, his illustrations have really influenced my design work. I think Karl Lagerfeld is the ultimate today really, the movie Lagerfeld Confidential is essential viewing. My dream wardrobe would have lots of Miu Miu and Marni too.

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Favourite bands at the moment?

Wetdog are a brilliant all-girl 3-piece low-fi band on Angular Records and I will always love Good Shoes and Gossip (and not just cos Beth wears my stuff!). Best band I've seen live recently was Broadcast at ATP.

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You can buy Jenny Jenny's Exquisite Adornments online and at Swanfield, 2 Hoxton Street, London. 



Room with a view

20.7.10

Last week I went to the launch of the HP TouchSmart 300 at Paramount in Centre Point. I love anywhere with a view on the city so I couldn't resist taking photos and I forced Cate to take outfit pictures for me too *bully*.

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Skirt - Vintage, Shirt - H&M, Shoes - Office, Bag - eBay

You gotta love how at the moment I am consistently blogging about last week, living in the past, that's the future, I tells ya. I might start doing outfit posts about what I wore 5 years ago, that could be my new shtick. 

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I am a little delirious after a pretty intense week last week and this one is set to be as if not even more intense, so I better not write too much as I might scare every single one of you away. Including my own mother (coucou maman!).

Instead I will just show you pictures... oh and I will totally let you know about the computer I went to try out once I have properly played on it at home!

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Necklace - Dotty K

Inspiration - Alex Prager

19.7.10

Last week, a good friend took me to the Michael Hoppen Gallery to see a few of Alex Prager's new photographs, from her "Week End" series. 

Alex Prager

"Week End" is the third show in a trilogy about Los Angeles' strange perfection. 

Prager is an American photographer born and based in Los Angeles. Her work is heavily influenced by David Lynch & Alfred Hitchcock and features doll-like women in highly staged photos. There is no telling when the scenes depicted take place as she creates a very clean vintage environment. 
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The extreme composition work that goes into each of her shots reminds me a lot of an early Cindy Sherman.

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If you are in London and in the King's Road area, I would strongly encourage you to go and have a peek at her photos. There aren't many of them there, but it is worth a look.

Alex Prager

Scrapbook

16.7.10

It's been a pretty eventful week, although I can see recurring themes emerging: animals, friends and food. That summer feeling...


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