Showing posts with label Lucy in Disguise. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lucy in Disguise. Show all posts

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Lucy in Disguise



Photography by tbc
Sarah Owen and Lily Allen

Firstly I've decided to only post once a day from now on.  I have enough trouble keeping up with all the blogs I read let alone expecting anyone to follow me more than once a day.

My good friend Sarah Owen and her sister Lily Allen opened their gorgeous boutique Lucy in Disguise last year.  I went along to the opening and have been meaning to go back and do a post on it ever since. I can't wait to have a rummage around in there!  See my pictures of the opening HERE.

Lucy in Disguise and another of my friends, the hugely talented John Hassay's company Skinflicks (he's responsible for stacks of pop videos, most famously all of Fatboy Slim's - the Christopher Walken one is one of my all-time favourites) have commissioned director and photographer Marie Kristiansen to make a short film at their boutique.  It has been styled and produced by Sarah and Lily.

The film explores the theme of time travel and the fictional character Lucy getting ready for a night out.  It takes you on a magical fashion tour from the 80's to the 20's.  Part of the inspiration for the short has come from Lily and Sarah's favourite Playstation Move game Buzz Ultimate Music Quiz champion.

I love it, check it out here


For anyone interested in filmmaking there's also a little film of behind the scenes HERE.

The show Lily Allen - Rags to Riches is on Channel 4 tonight at 10pm.  It was filmed a year ago when they were setting up LID and Lily's not happy with it as she feels she is a completely different person now.  And she hates the title.

Lily says "I'm inclined to ask you not to watch it cause quite frankly I'm embarrassed.  On the other hand I want you all to watch it so you can see how the press coverage has been totally sensationalised and quotes taken out of context.  It was meant to be a show abour two sisters starting a business"

I will watch it and of course Lily's a totally different person after the year she's had.  Don't worry Lily, I really don't think anyone will judge you, you're lovely xxx

Photography by Samantha Surtees

One more thing - here's one of my favourite pictures of Sarah walking through a field at a festival one of our friends organised.   My lovely friend and ex-flatmate Sam took the picture.  I've had many brilliant and bonkers nights with Sarah at lots of impromptu parties at my house and hers.  I think she looks like someone from the Sixties or Seventies here, certainly not someone who's been at a festival all weekend!  She always looks beautiful.

Can't wait to see you soon gorgeous girl xxx

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Friday, 17 September 2010

Lucy in Disguise launch party





Last night I popped into my good friend Sarah Owen and Lily Allen's new vintage boutique Lucy in Disguise.

As expected it was crowded with glamorous people drinking cocktails and Champagne.  I had a little look round and there are so many beautiful pieces.  I'm going to go and see Sarah next week to see everything and get the full Lucy in Disguise experience.  Lots has caught my eye already.

Meanwhile here are a few snaps I took, I would have taken more but I was too busy chatting.  As usual I was fiddling around with my camera settings so there's a bit of variety in the lighting.  There were lots of photographers and I'm getting sent some proper pictures which I shall post.


There are lots of Lucy in Disguise products. The candles smelt wonderful


A very glamorous mannequin

I like the way they've styled the shop with pieces from the Thirties to the Seventies.  I have a dressing table just like this in my spare bedroom


There are some amazing gowns


I loved all the vintage chandeliers


Lovely Lily Allen in a vintage dress


The gorgeous Sarah Owen


La Roux


Rachel Stevens.  Wasn't she showstopping on Strictly?


Meg Matthews


Little Boots


Daisy Lowe and Jaime Winstone


Miquita Oliver playing Playstation Move

Lily and Sarah play Playstation Move


The fabulous Seb Chew.  I've had some great nights at his club YOYO


Marianne who works at Lucy in Disguise.  I love the feather dress

Lots of glamorous people in the basement


Dunhill's Creative Director Kim Jones

On my way out I stopped and chatted to my friend Jo-Ann Furniss Editor of Arena Homme Plus, Kim Jones and Melanie Rickey from Grazia/Fashion Editor at Large.  They were off to the Haunch of Venison where there was another do for Baillie Walsh's film of Kate Moss.  I was very tempted to go too but my car was waiting outside and I know I'd never have been up in the morning for my early meeting.  I have a very exciting meeting with Mrs Jones and a new singer who's going to huge.  I will tell all as soon as I'm allowed.


Lucy in Disguise is a gorgeous place.  Well done Sarah and Lily xxx

Lucy in Disguise is open from Saturday
10 King Street
Covent Garden
WC2



Thursday, 9 September 2010

Vogue's Fashion Night Out




Singer Kirsty Almeida and Monkey the Cocker Spaniel

I was due at Liberty where Manolo Blahnik and Yasmin Le Bon were hosting Vogue's Fashion Night Out.  My friend Richard Sloan was DJing from 7-9pm. I was also expected at another great friend Sarah Owen and her sister Lily Allen's pop-up vintage shop, Lucy in Disguise at Selfridges for cocktails.  On top of that a planned smash and grab of Bond Street establishments, popping into Emporio Armani, Prada, Loewe et al.  Armani would have been the one to spot fashion faces - Claudia Schiffer, Stella McCartney, Natalia Vodianova, Mr Armani himself and actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Thandie Newton and Gemma Arterton.

Ok, so here's the story.  You really couldn't make this up!!  The true stories are always the funniest... My best friend Fee (Mrs Jones) was having a Skype video call with a new artist that she is styling, an Estonian singer called Hannah who wants Fee to give her a "Kylie look."  The video director Andy Soup was also there with his Monkey his Cocker Spaniel.  As some of you know Fee has an eight month old miniature wire haired Poodle called Betty.


Here's little Betty - can you spot her on the black floor tiles?  Next to the red ball.  She's wearing a scarf too.


So for anyone who hasn't read my Mrs Jones interview...  I'll fill you in briefly on why Betty looks like she does below.  In the picture above Betty is au naturel.  Bless her, she kept sleeping on the black floor tiles or the black fur rugs in the studio.  Fee tied a red and white spotty bow round her neck so she'd be visible, but it kept slipping under her chin.  Ladies would come into The Mrs Jones Emporium with their big stilettos on and not see Betty, she's so small.  Betty was constantly getting trodden on.  Poor little thing.

The fabulous Vicky Drama (aka Victoria Saunders) who has the hair salon The Drama Parlour at Mrs Jones gave Betty this rather fetching punk mohican stripe and orange tipped ears.  Everyone can spot her a mile off now!  Fee's dad tells everyone she's been bleached by the sun, which I think's hilarious!

So back to the story.  Fee's on the Skype chatting about outfits with the singer, meanwhile Betty and Monkey are running around the studio playing as usual.  Suddenly, Fee looks round and screams - Monkey has mounted Betty and shall we say... is absolutely going for it!  Fee leaps up and pulls them apart.  But we think it's all too late.  I shall spare you the intimate details!


Andy Soup and Monkey

Next thing I'm on the phone to the nearest vet in Upper Street to find out what we should do about poor  Betty who's been violated by the over zealous Cocker Spaniel, Monkey.  The vet tells me that there is a chance that Betty could get pregnant.  Oh my God!!!  Betty could have a Cockerpoo baby!!  Or is it a Cocker Poodle?  Whatever it is, I think it's supposed to be the other way around ie. the poodle should be the dad due to size etc... Anyway I digress.  The vet advises that we bring Betty in for the "doggy morning after pill!"  I felt such a fool asking if there was such a thing, so was very relieved to find out there is.

We go off in a black cab to Islington where Betty gets checked out by the vet and has her "morning after" injection (dogs wouldn't keep a pill down).  £44.93 later - and she has to go back in 24 hours for her second part of the morning after pill, another £12.93.

As we left the vets the heaven's opened!  The rain was coming down in sheets.  Bloody English weather.  My hair goes flat at the mere mention of drizzle.  So I called my friend Daisy who's at Lily in Disguise at Selfridges.  I ask her how it is?  she tells me it's good.  I say "Is there anyone there I know or worth me photographing?"  Daisy says "It's totally packed and it's full of young girls standing around drinking Champagne".  Lily hadn't even arrived yet and Daisy didn't recognise a single person, apart from the gorgeous Sarah Owen who had already invited us all to the proper opening.  That was enough for me.  The official opening of Lucy in Disguise is in two weeks and I'm definitely going to that.

I love going to events, especially at Liberty and Selfridges, but Fashion Night Out is such a huge bun fight.  I love their smaller parties (it must be my age!), which are always fabulous.  I like to be able mooch about leisurely looking at the clothes and taking a few pictures.  I like to chat to my friends and take relaxed snaps of them, not fight through crowds and every single paparazzi in London (Richard Young excluded because I love him).  I didn't think I was missing out by not going into town.  SO many people go along to these things, it all gets a bit bonkers.

I called Richard Sloan, he told me that Liberty is also "Absolutely rammed" but there's no one there that I didn't see on Monday night, apart from Manolo (I know, I should have gone to the Harper's thing last night).  By this time it was 8pm  anwas all over by 9pm.  So I trotted off home to catch the Ultimate Big Brother eviction... yes I am addicted but there's only forty eight hours left and it's all over, forever.  Sigh.

Many apologies to all the lovely PR's that invited me but I will of course be at plenty more of your wonderful parties, where there's space for me to take photos and do the events the justice they deserve.  They are always so beautifully organised.


I'll leave you with a picture of Betty sitting on my leg.  My foot should be clad in a Manolo as a tribute, but I'm a afraid it's a Louboutin. 

I'm glad that Betty is alright, she's such a bright, happy little dog.  She loves me for some reason!  Every time I go into the studio she goes absolutely mental for about five minutes, doing back flips and all sorts!

I hope Vogue Fashion Night Out was a roaring success.  I'll try my very best to get there next year!   You have to admit, you couldn't make this excuse up.  And there's been a few in my time I can tell you!! xxx