Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Polly Borland, pictures I love and some more hoods

Photography © Polly Borland and used with her kind permission
Alison Goldfrapp

This is one of my favourite pictures.  I think it's beautiful and I love Polly's glittery backgrounds.  Alison is wearing a red hooded cloak by Mrs Jones which sort of follows on from yesterday's post.

Polly Borland is a fantastic photographer and always breaks new ground.  I did a piece about Polly HERE.  Polly's work is as I've said before "simplistic, truthful, sometimes disturbing, often sexual but always humorous".  Polly's latest exhibition Smudge is at the Other Criteria gallery in London W1 until 7th April 2011, do check it out if you get the chance.  There's also a book to accompany it with a foreward by Nick Cave.  Details HERE.

Photographer unknown
Monica Bellucci

Photography by Irving Penn
The fabulous Wilhelmina Cooper, 1964

Cher in sequins

And I love everything in this picture of Twiggy

And now for something random.  I've had this picture knocking around on my desktop for ages

Dolores Del Rio

Isn't this a brilliant picture?  And her leopard hat is fabulous.  I'd love to go to a fancy dress in this!  Maybe with something more catsuit-like at the bottom.  

I love leopard print but I've never thought it suited me, I've always thought I looked a bit too Bet Lynch in it.  After seeing a furry leopard hat on Penny Dreadful Vintage I looked on Ebay and bought a faux fur trapper hat for £6 at Christmas.  I wish it had ears on it like Margaret's.  

I'm catching up on blog reading and TV tonight.  I have an almost full Sky+ and a list I probably won't get through - Masterchef, The Model Agency and Jamie's Dream School.  And although I know a lot of it's set up I still can't resist The Only Way is Essex.  It's compulsive viewing.  I really like Lydia, James (even though he's hopeless) and Mr Darcy.  And Kirk's quite hot, what do you think?

Hope you have a great evening xxx

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Come and get dressed up by Mrs Jones on Friday!

This Friday Mrs Jones is having a party and a sale at her fabulous studio in Clerkenwell.  If you fancy coming along please drop me a line.

I may be biased as Fee is my best friend but she is the most wonderful, talented and hilarious person you'll ever meet.  I love her to bits.

Do you fancy being dressed up in one of Fee's creations?

Lizzie, Vicky from The Drama Parlour and I will be there to help

And Betty the wire haired poodle will be there too of course.  She doesn't look like this at the moment as someone got a bit scissor happy down at the dog parlour

The studio is like something out of Mr Benn.  Anyone remember Mr Benn?

There are plenty of amazing outfits and accessories to try and on and also to buy.  There's everything from showpieces and costumes (there's a whole rail we call "Pop star's droppings") and lots of very wearable stuff.

Don't worry - there's something for every budget I promise

I don't think we'll be drinking much tea ; )

If you're not familiar with Fee's work she designed...

Kylie's amazing hooded catsuit

Fee and I used to go out wearing these...

And this gorgeous leather tracksuit (also in the Can't Get You Out Of My Head video)

Photography by Polly Borland
Lots of things for Alison Goldfrapp.  Being mad on hoods I love this red riding hood number

There are too many artists to list but here's a few more

She made this amazing cape and turban for Clare Maguire

And this brilliant headdress for Kirsty Almeida - her album is brilliant

Here's the lovely Florence in Mrs J

Tons of outfits for the Scissor Sisters.  I love Ana Matronic in this stunning kimono

This is something random she did for Rizla

She does boys too - Like The Killers and Brandon's famous feather shoulder jacket

Men are very welcome too.  Get yourself down boys!

And there's a roof terrace

I've blogged these before but here we are back in 2001 - the terrible twosome!  We need to get a new picture together.  Fee's son George tried on New Year's Eve but we looked like a couple of drunk Siamese twins so they were swiftly deleted!

And some very old polaroids of me looking miserable as sin.  I didn't like having my photo taken back then either.

Me wearing Mrs Jones silk Harley Davidson dress with leather collar, 2001

I wish she still made these

Mrs Jones silk Jim Morrison dress with leather collar, 2001

Taken in Fee's back garden in the dark...

Me in Mrs Jones Liberty peacock print silk kaftan jumpsuit, December 2010

2011 - a normal day at the office

I couldn't see a bloody thing through those glasses!  It was like tripping

This is one of my favourite pictures of Fee

We went to this exhibition about Shoreditch and the first thing we saw was this  picture blown up on the wall, it was massive.  It' Fee DJ'ing the mid Nineties.  Those were the days!

The guy said Fee could keep it after the exhibition finished.  We need to get onto that as it would be a lovely thing to keep and it doesn't photograph too well through glass.

One more thing... 

Please take a couple of minutes to watch Mrs Jones Showreel

There's loads more amazing videos that need to be added

Read my interview with my fabulous friend Mrs Jones here

Anyway, if you fancy popping in on Friday leave a comment or email me.
It'll be loads of fun xxx

Monday, 28 March 2011

Yet another sequin dress

Photography by Camilla Akrans
Eniko Mihalik

How fabulous is this red one?
I haven't found one like this on Ebay yet, but I live in hope

Photography by Terry Richardson
Daria Werbowy

Photography by Terry Richardson
Daria Werbowy

And I love this in gold, although I have a couple in gold already.  I don't know what it is but I keep buying really similar things.  I can't even blame it on my memory this time!  I suppose it's a case of knowing what shapes suit you. You have to admit these are very alike, the only saving grace is at least they're in different colours

Antik Batik bronze sequin dress

£70 on Ebay in 2008

Karen Millen gold and silver sequin dress

£120 on Ebay in 2009

Biba black and gold sequin dress

£40 on Ebay, January 2011

I quite like it backwards too

The first piece of new Biba I own

I thought it might go quite well with the sequin boots The Actor bought me in the Office sale for £20.  And so much easier to trot around in than a stiletto.
 Total cost of outfit = £60

My favourite is still this gold mini kaftan dress that my friend Jo Butler found in a charity shop for £5

Do you find yourself repeatedly buying similar things, or is it just me? xxx

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Russell Young and a little bit more of Liz

Elizabeth Taylor
Acrylic paint, enamel and diamond dust screen print on linen
62 x 48 inches

I was reading Little Augury's excellent blog the other day and saw the amazing pink screen print of Elizabeth Taylor below.  I would love something like this on my wall so I looked up the artist.  I knew Russell Young the photographer from being in the music business years ago but hadn't realised that it was the same person creating these artworks.  

It's hard to tell how much the paintings cost as they are all POA but the Elizabeth Taylor prints start at around $6000.  The original Marilyn Crying realised $48,000 at auction.  At the moment I think my budget would only stretch to a poster...  I love the diamond dust paintings, in fact I think they're all fabulous!

Photography by Claiborne Swanson Frank
Laura Garcia with daughter Georgiana in her New York apartment.  Lucky baby to have a Russell Young in the nursery.

Elizabeth Taylor
"It's a big day in the North, love"
Screen print on canvas
64 x 52 inches

British born Russell Young was originally a photographer shooting everyone from George Michael to Morrissey to Bob Dylan.  He then went on to direct more than a hundred pop videos during MTV's heyday.  His art remained private until 2003 when he showed his first collection called Pig Portraits.  Later collections are titled Fame and Shame, Shoplifters of the World Unite, Diamond Dust, Rebel Rebel and Dirty Pretty Things.

He is one of the most sought after and collected artists.  People who own his paintings include the Getty's, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hockney, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, David Bowie and President Barack Obama.


"The Pig Portraits are about the glamour in the dark side of crime, fame, sex, drugs and rock and roll.

The idea to create "anti celebrity" portraits was probably a reaction to my former career.  However they turned out to be even more beautiful and iconic.  There is undeniably this attitude that is very real, in your face, a beauty that is hard to ignore.  My art is a sort of soundtrack to my life, loves, experiences and influences.  My method of working is to search, destroy and create.  These would be my heroes that are missing from Art History"

Russell Young
(b. 1960)

Elizabeth Taylor
Acrylic paint and enamel screen print on linen
62 x 48 inches

Marlon Brando
Enamel and diamond dust screen print on linen
62 x 48 inches

Iggy Pop
"Search and Destroy"
Acrylic and enamel screen print on linen
62 x 48 inches

John Lennon and Yoko Ono
"Burn down the disco, hang the blessed DJ, because the music they constantly play, it says nothing to me about my life"
Acrylic paint, enamel and diamond dust screen print on linen
37 x 30 inches

Sid Vicious
Back story - 1978 New York (Kindly given to me by the amazing Danny Fields) Sid was released almost at once from police custody after the murder of Nancy at the Chelsea Hotel - there was no real case against him, and so he went free.  However, not long afterwards, he got into a drunken brawl with Patti Smith's brother at a club called Hurrah's and was sent to NYC's Riker's Island Prison for about a week.  There was a party to celebrate his release, at an apartment on Bank Street in Greenwich Village.  It was there that he eagerly fixed-up on a large amount of very strong heroin, OD'd and died. Some have said that it was his mother who helped him celebrate, hence the loving size and strength of the dose; it is also likely that after a week in jail without dope his body was unable to accommodate itself to a fresh supply and so the overwhelming fix proved fatal.
Screen print on canvas
62 x 48 inches

Frank Sinatra
Back story - At 23 Frank was arrested in Bergen County NJ on charges of seduction and adultery.  The charges were later dismissed when it was determined the woman involved was married.
Screen print on canvas
62 x 48 inches

Steve McQueen
Back story - 1972 Anchorage, Alaska.  Arrested for drunk driving.  Convicted in his absence of reckless driving
Screen print on canvas
62 x 48 inches

David Bowie
Back story - Arrested in Rochester, New York in March 1976 on a felony pot possession charge.  During his Thin White Duke era, he was arrested with Iggy Pop and two other co-defendants at a Rochester hotel following a concert.
Acrylic and enamel screen print on linen
62 x 48 inches

David Bowie
"The Jean Genie"
Acrylic and enamel screen print on linen
37 x 28 inches

Kurt Cobain
"I will let you down, I will make you hurt"
Acrylic paint, enamel and diamond dust on linen
62 x 48 inches

Lou Reed 
"Walk on the Wild Side"
Acrylic and enamel screen print on linen
62 x 48 inches

Brigitte Bardot
"fifteen minutes with you, well I wouldn't say no"
Acrylic paint, enamel and diamond dust screen print on linen
37 x 30 inches

Marilyn Crying
Acrylic paint, enamel and diamond dust on linen
62 x 48 inches

One day I'd love to buy a Russell Young painting...

I am totally recovered from my cold/flu bug after having tons of sleep.  I couldn't sleep the other night so I rummaged around and found a bit of a sleeping pill Mrs Jones had given me.  It had a few tooth marks in it but being me I necked it anyway.  It was a pill that Fee's dad had given her and he is in her words "a big lump".  It conked me out for 12 hours solid.   I'd probably still be asleep now if I had a whole one!  Anyway, it worked a treat and I'm feeling completely back to normal.

Thanks so much to everyone for your lovely messages on my previous post, your support is very much appreciated, you're all amazing.  Astoundingly, the anonymous commenter hasn't been in touch to have a pint.  Yet!  

Have a wonderful evening xxx