Friday, 5 April 2013

Last-Week Links: 5 April 2013

Another week (ANOTHER MONTH!) has flashed by. I've been cold this week. And I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the latest Beyonce-covered issue of Vogue. London street style is also still on my mind after reading the Penguin Lines books. So I like the idea behind What We Wore, a style survey of what people wore in Britain from the 1950s up to the present day. That's real people like the gorgeous Philomena Clarke above - who shows how to perfectly accessorize with knee socks and a greenhouse - rather than the exaggerated styles shown in couture house archives and fashion magazines. The blog is getting its very own book next year and they're appealing for submissions on the Time Out blog, if you want to raid the family photo albums.

Meanwhile, the march of fashion moves onwards. The Guardian speculated that we might be wearing tights made of hagfish slime in due course, while Shazam are planning on answering my request for an outfit identification app. In the middle of all this high speed innovation, it's always good to have some space for deliberation and consideration. I loved the typically thoughtful and honest interview with Penny Martin, editor of my favourite magazine read, The Gentlewoman, found thanks to Out of The Bag. 

One woman I'd love to see profiled in The Gentlewoman is Alba Clemente - shown above with her sons in a photograph by Bruce Weber - after reading this fascinating profile. She's, to use a problematic word, "muse" to many of the leading artists of the last thirty plus years (including some of those artists who cropped up in last week's selection of links: Mapplethorpe, Basquiat and Warhol). And for the record, when asked about given the title of muse, Alba "chuckles" and says: "Feminist friends of mine in New York think it's ridiculous, but I've always loved it."

Colenimo always pick interesting women to create their beautiful collections around, whether female pilots, or the 1920s and 30s tennis player Helen Wills Moody who has inspired the Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The resulting clothes are typically swoonsome: vintage sportswear-influenced pieces which you wouldn't want to ruin by doing any form of sweating in.

Some work-related food for thought in Vanessa Friedman's interesting piece for the FT on the V&As' increased fashion and retail collaborations, "a trend in the making". And, if you actually prefer indulging in some thought for food, take a look at Frankie's guide to cake on film, featuring - huzzah! - some Coop and cherry pie action. What else do you need for a good weekend?

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