Bona Drag 2014 Ceremonial Collection

Bona Drag is an online store that showcases the work of independent fashion and accessory designers carefully curated by a group of talented women with an astute eye for aesthetics.

The term Bona Drag means “nice outfit” in polari, a secret language used by the gay culture in London during the 1960’s. The phrase was introduced to us by Morrissey and encapsulates the intention of the store. A shared camaraderie for those of us who seek out unique aesthetics and are fascinated by the secret language of style.”

Bona Drag recently released a lookbook for their second ceremonial collection that caters to those of us who don’t want to look a meringue on our wedding day. The collection features the work of  Mara Hoffman, Lover, Pamela Love, Daisy and Love, and Lindsay Thornburg (to name but a few).

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photography: Alexandra Valenti
model: Emily Ruhl
styling: Coryn Madley
hair and make up: Kali Kennedy
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The Herringbone House

Although I could never imagine living in a house as sparse and subdued as this (I love colour too much). I love how traditional materials like face brick have been used in an unusual way to create the facade’s herringbone pattern. Also the use of varying shapes and sizes of stone-coloured tiles provides texture, moving away from boring all-white spaces while retaining a sense of open space.

The Herringbone House was designed by Atelier ChanChan:

“Atelier ChanChan is a practice based in London, operating in the realms between art and architecture; it was founded in 2010 by Cambridge scholar and Architectural Association scholarship graduate Zoe Chan. The practice takes a phenomenological approach to its work; aiming to create unique, awe-inspiring installations and experiential architecture within the city; specializing in London’s forgotten, derelict spaces. They investigate the relationship between architecture and emotion and how material, space, light and form can be manipulated to create new, imaginative, experience-driven architectures.”

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Torne Valley

Brooklyn-based jewellery line Odette New York’s latest collection Torne Valley is a subtle collection with a number of interesting details from the hammered surfaces to the folded metal shapes.

“Founded in 2006 by artist Jennifer Sarkilahti, Odette jewelry is designed and crafted by hand in her Brooklyn studio. Sarkilahti studied fine arts, receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from George Mason University and her hand-textured surfaces have become signature to the collection.”

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Photography: John Molloy
Model: Lisa Przystup
Styling: Katie McClain

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Black Portraits Collection

The Black Portraits Collection is a series of paintings by Miguel Laino rendered in an expressive, monochromatic style. Each portrait, cropped just below the shoulders, is left expressionless or given distorted facial features through dynamic brushstrokes. These emotionally-charged paintings really stuck with me, so I thought I would share them. Here is an abridged version of Miguel’s artists’ statement:

“Painting is my primary way of interpreting, reflecting and responding to the multitude of forms of things that we all attract into every moment of our lives… My work is my testimony and my expression of gratitude for each fleeting, unique thing that expresses its essence through its form and then returns to the mystery from which we all arise.”

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Brookes Boswell S/S 2014

The Spring/Summer 2014 hat collection of Brookes Boswell turned up in my inbox last week and I thought it was well worth sharing. Brookes Boswell is a New York millinery company that has consistently been releasing beautiful, bespoke hats since 2009. Here is a little more about the current collection:

“The details of the Spring & Summer 2014 collection are varied and transportive: Elastic toggles notched to bucket hats are playful and convenient, while a straw cap peppered with inky-black sequins  and a netted-hammock veil is illusive and sleek. Nautical cotton ropes are laced above wide straw brims and capped with clever, copper ends. A gauzey voile scarf affixed to a Southport Panama Straw protects from the elements while harkening back to a time of femininity and cross-continental travel.”

You can get hold of their lovely hats by visiting the Brookes Boswell online store, or one of their stockists.

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News: Bad and Good

Apologies for my absence and thank you for bearing with me.

The last few weeks have been rather intense. My grandfather passed away last week. Juggling work commitments and travelling to Johannesburg to help with, and attend the funeral, meant that other things – like this blog – took a back seat. My grandfather was an amazing man, who I will dearly miss, but remember fondly. He lived a long, full life (93 years) and taught me so much. I’ll always be grateful for the time I had with him.

Now on to better news, hopefully I will be blogging more regularly than I have been this year. I’m planning a number of exciting things, which I will reveal soon, as well as kick starting my illustration again. Wish me luck!

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In The Shadow of Freud’s Couch

My mother has worked as a clinical psychologist for the majority of my life. I vividly remember the various offices she practiced out of. As a kid, it was a place of mystery where strangers went to talk, cry and shout, and where children had their drawings “read”. Maybe that is why this series of photographs by psychoanalyst Mark Gerald appealed so much to me.

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In The Shadow of Freud’s Couch is a photographic project that documents psychoanalysts in their offices.

“This project, which I began in 2003, stems from my intersecting lives as a psychoanalyst and photographer. I have always been interested in seeing people…in their surface appearance and in the deeper sense of who they are…

The subject of the psychoanalyst is fascinating because of its traditional posture of neutrality. The analyst and the analytic space, as represented physically by the office, occupy a very private domain. The person and the room have been thought to exist as a blank screen for patients to project their transferences and fantasies upon. The Victorian consulting room of Sigmund Freud, with its oriental rug-draped couch, set a mood and technique that governed psychoanalytic life for much of its first century. 

Today, psychoanalysts speak not with a single voice or presentation. They are a mosaic of diverse practitioners showing multiple faces in their work. I feel very fortunate to have been welcomed into the special places where my colleagues practice, to have been granted the opportunity to experience these analytic spaces, and to see the women and men who, true to Freud, still are the receivers of dreams and dread.”

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