Monday, October 18, 2010


*A delightful afternoon with the best team of magical witches, playing dress up at Crooms Hill amongst the patchwork quilts, decoupaged surfaces, collections and flowers. You can take a peek here and here.

*The V&A on Friday night. We just made it there in time to hear Justine Picardie talk about her book on Coco Chanel, after screeching round corners and running through roomfuls of exhibits like that scene in Bande a Part. {Thank you Justine!} Visiting the Diaghilev and Ballets Russes exhibition in the peace and quiet before closing afterward was the best way to see such a major retrospective. With no crowds we could absorb everything at our own pace. It was very inspiring.

*Frieze again. The same, but different. Sunday was more families and ordinary civilians, cups of tea and making sure we had seen every single piece. It was interesting to see the difference in the gallerists who had gone from suits, bow ties and buckets of champagne at the preview to jeans and slumped over their tables as it wound to an end.

*If you go down to the Southbank today...between 10 and 6 you will find photographer Patric Shaw's pop up studio outside the National Theatre. He will be taking free fashion portraits of people, which will be projected onto the side of the National Theatre, as part of "You Are the Big Picture". You also get to keep a copy of your shot. I think it's a great chance to be photographed by a brilliant photographer, despite telling the PR that I'd rather boil myself in a vat of oil than have my picture taken and blown up on the side of a building.


Anonymous said...

I LOVE that picture of you with the lace mask!

If Jane said...

oh love the photo with you...a frame within a frame!!!!

Bombay Beauty said...

what a wonderful weekend... bummed to have missed frieze, but hope you took and will post some pics... xo bb

Claire * Lola Is Beauty said...

BB there are some here: and adding more to my flickr sporadically as time allows. There was so much to see, obviously! There were some great pieces - I was especially taken with one by Simon Dubbroe Moller at Gallerie Kamm. Photographs of plain canvas printed using an inkjet printer onto ordinary pieces of paper, then pasted onto a large canvas with wallpaper paste - the paste makes the colours bleed. The result was incredibly beautiful.