drawings on the inside of recycled envelops by Aude D
When the Circle line opened in 1884, the Times described it as "a form of mild torture, which no person should undergo if he could conveniently help it". This quote sums up well my feelings towards this 151 years old lady, the london Underground.
I decided to overcome my shy addiction to the home of bats, snakes, rats, mouses, newts and mutant mosquitoes and ride the subway like everybody else to avoid aggravating London's traffic… I discovered a world where you encounter an eclectic variety of fellow travellers, from oddly-attired trendies to dozing bankers, from eccentric octogenarians to tired and emotional twenty something in fancy dress. A trip to the underground offers a wonderful snapshot of the capital's eight million residents and its numerous visitors. There is simply no better place to people watch and to spy on other people's conversations, arguments, complaints, despair, anger…and I will not dwell on the world class advertising you can enjoy while waiting for your train!
Our ninety minutes trip to nowhere, just riding the tube randomly with no aim but to take snapshots in a relatively wild and grey environment ended up being very profitable. We hope you will enjoy the virtual journey and the mini scenarios we have prepared for you all this week. (A.D)
navy skirt with orange underline : Cos (current, shop here) | orange silk jumper : Cos (current, shop here) | Coat : Cos | shoes : Dune | clutch : Dune | necklace : Top Shop | purple collar fur : vintage
Yesterday's auction at Christies, South Kensington, hosted some 380 pieces of the phantasmagorical world of Les Trois Garcons, best known for their restaurant of the same name in Shoreditch (here). There was no way we were going to miss the opportunity to stroll around such iconic pieces of furniture, sculpture, painting, lighting and ceramic scattered in a bold juxtaposition of antiques and 20th century design. We wanted to feel the beat of their shared passion for design, get inspired by their daring use of colour, get giddy with the fantastic blend of the surreal, the chic and the eccentric.
For those of you who live outside the UK, Les Trois Garçons ran a successful business as antique dealers and interior designers before they opened their successful and iconic restaurant in 2000. I came across them in 2010 at their Shoreditch antique shop where you would be greeted by a giant dalmatian who would guide you through the fairytale maize of their visually chic mise-en-scene two rooms shop. That was a unique experience and it came very natural to me to suggest that Sophie would wear a dalmatian mask in memory of that engraved memory.
This post is about sharing with you the diversity and unicity of this iconic private collection, that is the reason we choose to publish so many visuals. We hope you will too, feel thrilled with this surreal atmosphere. A.D
pink top : Zara (in shops now) | black skirt : Zara | pink shoes : Top Shop | clutch : New Look
Special thanks to the staff at Christies for turning a blind eye to our audacity!
Aude and I always try to find interesting walls and surprisingly, London is full of amazing and colourful ones, even in the most unexpected places.
This wall belongs to a building site, as perfect housewives, we thought of hanging out linen on a washing line, to complete the geometry.
Washing lines can be very boring but often reveals people’s privacy, personality, and even intimacy.
This blog started as a fashion and artistic adventure, it turns out to give us a different eyesight to our city.
grey jumper : Zara | skirt : H&M | shoes : Zara | necklace : Zara | Bag : Dior | fox fur : vintage
Today we went to Sainsbury's (kensington, London) with our heart balloons and festive clothes... not really appropriate to do the grocery shopping….but you know what, here, you can do anything you want and nobody is really shocked ! After this flamboyant entry, we went to the ladies rest room, knowing how kitsch the place was, to do the photoshoot. Every ten seconds, a woman was coming in, it was like a “hive” ; I discovered that a lot of women of all ages were using the loo during their shopping trip to Sainsbury's !!! How strange for me who always say to my children “hold on, in five minutes we’ll be home…”We only had one loo visitor's comment “oh! Is this for Valentine’s day ?” I wanted to answer “why, do I look like father christmas?”…
Anyway, each year I have mixed feelings about valentine’s day….
My masculine part of the brain thinks “this day is so commercial ! There ’s nothing in February, so let’s create a commercial theme to which everyone could relate to and spend money on…” or it’s like a bad American romantic comedy where Love stories begin on Valentine’s day, how convenient !!!.
And my feminine part of the brain which secretly wishes for something to happen on that day….any sign that would indicate that I’m unique, desired, loved !
Even though my masculine side is obviously reasonable, I would like to say to all the boys, men, male, aliens, to be creative, inventive, DO SOMETHING !!!!
Happy valentine’s day to you all !!!!! S.D.
satin playsuit : Topshop | shoes : Louboutin | necklace : H&M | crocodile bracelet : H&M | Dior bag