Friday, 22 November 2013

Last-Week Links: 22 November 2013

Hello, happy Friday. I hope you've had a good week? Aside from work, I've been researching the Powers Girls models - so many great stories to suck up my time! I hope to write something about this soon.

Given that my head is still somewhere in the early 1940s, what better way to start than with this Life article on eye-catcher hats, published in October 1942 and highlighted on Lilies and Remains. The design picture is a Lilly Daché, who is on hand - of course! - to provide an amusing quote.

For earlier headwear, Vintage in a Modern World reproduced a 1926 article on tying your own turban. "The movie stars" are all doing it, apparently.

How mouthwatering does the Schiapparelli auction found? More details here, and an interview with her granddaughter, Marisa Berenson, here. (Also, as an aside, interesting to see Dior contributing to the restoration of Marie Antoinette's Versailles 'rustic' hideaway.)

Features from both sides of the 80s catwalk/club this week. For the catwalk side, the 2014 Pirelli calendar is an unpublished Helmut Newton calendar dating to 1986; for the club, here's Sue Tilley's reminiscences of the 80s in London (and a bit of NY). And, of course, Vivienne Westwood's autobiography should be a brilliant story - when it eventually comes out.

There are two new fashion exhibitions in London getting lots of attention at the moment: Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! is at Somerset House - here's Daphne Guinness talking about Blow - and Hello, my name is Paul Smith at the Design Museum, which inspired Sweet Jane's feature about Nottingham's Birdcage Boutique, as shown advertised above, where Smith used to work, and other boutiques in the city.

I love the street style glam rock meets cartoon character designs in the Meadham Kirchhoff Topshop collection. Someone - though not me, I suspect - is going to look wonderful striding around in this rock star of a coat.

And for more pop culture meets fashion, Suckers Apparel have made a collection of Twin Peaks inspired fashions. Here's the Smoking in the Girls Room cape - would Audrey approve, I wonder?

On a more serious note, well done to Hadley Freeman on her comments on Terry Richardson, "fashion's shameful secret". Quite. (Vogue: get rid of the naked young women and bring back Mrs Exeter.) And, not fashion, but this amazing story on xojane on a woman daring to tackle the hideous behaviour of revenge porn sites made my jaw hit the floor.

It makes me even more thankful for women such as Kathleen Hanna. As she says, "there's still a lot to scream about."And there's bright young women like Tavi Gevinson, already influencing the way females can be portrayed in the media.

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