Last weekend I went down to London, coincidentally but maybe not coincidentally on the same day that the new dover street market opened. But also because I wanted to see the Vogue 100. My boyf wanted to go Tate Britain and see Tracy Emin’s bed so we went to the Tate Britain too, and I’m really glad we did because the artwork above “The Bank Fax-Back service” is my favourite piece of art that I have seen in a long time! The artwork is a selection of press releases that have been sent back to their writers with teacher-style comments all around them. It’s exactly my level of humour and I think it’s brilliant. I also have my own interns in my new position and I have to remind myself to leave better notes for them than I do for my own work. (Instead of “make this less shit” remember to write “rephrase this to improve the flow”)
Seeing dresses on mannequins in a gallery always gives me a strange feeling. We see dresses on mannequins all the time around us in shop windows and yet put them in a gallery and we feel the need to pay close attention to them and take close up shots of them. Would I take close ups of mannequins in Toshop? Probably not, but then the lighting isn’t half as good. It’s all context I suppose.
Today was the first time this week where I screamed “YASSS” while putting together an outfit. I rarely make it into Liverpool Zara because there is always a queue about 20 minutes long minimum for the dressing rooms and tills and I just don’t have the patience for all that. Nonetheless, I am incredibly interested in Zara. Did you know they can take an item down the fashion chain in two weeks? That’s two weeks from seeing it on a designer runway to being on the shop floor. It’s terrifying to be honest.
Another day, another set of outfits. I’ve got back to daily wear for today’s theme. I was actually impressed with River Island’s selection of work wear and accessories because I was able to put together some outfits quite easily all from one shop. I like the consideration had clearly been taken by the designers to match accessories to match each other so that shoppers can easily create well put together outfits.
It’s actually really hard to buy an entire outfit from the same shop. It’s also definitely not something I’ve ever done myself. I’d rather get my shoes from somewhere that just does shoes and does them well, my clothes from somewhere that does clothes and does them well and my jewellery (which admittedly I don’t buy a lot of) from a very niche seller on etsy, ha!
I can honestly tell you dear reader that I’ve only ever bought two things from Oasis in my lifetime; a denim dress and a really 80s peplum skirt. I got really excited when they released a collaboration with the V&A but in the end I was really disappointed with the items themselves. I’ve always thought the target demographic was maybe someone more feminine than me, but I wear dresses about 80% of the time so I think we can surmise that they’re basically just not my style. However, I did spot a few pieces that I thought would be great for both Mayu and Nanjo and thankfully created vastly different outfits from the ones I chose yesterday.