Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Amy Winehouse x Hedi Slimane & The 27 Club

I couldn't go without dedicating a post to the loss of Amy Winehouse this week, despite not being a true fan of her music. Although I admit there was a time I went about my business singing 'should have gone to rehab, but I said no no no', I have always been more interested in the woman behind the music. Lyrics come from experiences and are an expression of these, whether personal or generic, the intention is to empathise with audiences and let your voice be heard. 

Amy had such a unique and powerful sound expressed through an eclectic mix of musical genres including R&Bsoul and jazz. She was, in no doubt, an iconic figure of our day who strengthened and bought new interest to the English music scene. 

Just as her music was powerful, so was her style. Clearly never swayed by public opinion, Amy donned her larger-than-life beehive and over empowering eye make-up. As a tribute to the late artist, Hedi Slimane shared a previous photo series of the troubled British singer, casting her in a delicate light. This small collection is a precious snapshot of the real Amy, of the woman behind the drugs and controversy.

As well as appreciating her talent and recognising our musical loss, I thought I'd also touch upon the trivial matter of the deadly 27 club. Is it so much a coincidence that Amy passed aged 27, adding to a long list of talented musicians? Some have said she wanted to join the 'club' to be noted in history alongside other such iconic figures, or could  the rock n' rock lifestyle be claiming its victims at the young age so they forever stay young, leaving us with their musical classics with a foreboding and heavy sentiment? Whether or not the case, whether it is believed or not, Amy Winehouse is not, and will not, be the last of our talents today to be claimed by fame. While others pity, know that you are in control of your own life and be sure to live it by your own rules and integrity. The moment you start living for someone else you are lost, and we all have the ability to say no.

Brian Jones, The Rolling Stones. 28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969.

Jimi Henrix. November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970.

Janis Joplin. January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970.

Jim Morrison, The Doors. December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971.

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana. (February 20, 1967 – c. April 5, 1994)

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Little Brown Pen

How well do we really know our city? Living in a busy metropolis and being a working woman, as much as I find beauty in the strangest of things, I often don't get the time to stop and appreciate them.

London is my home city and I can honestly say I am happy when I am here. I don't know what it is, whether it's the history or the architecture, sounds or the atmosphere, but something in London makes it special and recently I have embarked on a little adventure to keep me in the centre.

For the past few months I have been couchsurfing the capital - packing my bags, putting my trust in and staying with a number of kind strangers. It's not everyones ideal past-time and it definitely took a lot of courage, but it has been a fantastic experience, despite happening just on my doorstep. I have learnt so much about different cultures, different ways of living and met a genuinely beautiful group of individuals. Before all this, you could say I was somewhat ignorant and suspicious of people, and to some extent I still am, but I could never have imagined the limits that some individuals will selflessly extend their generosity to others unknown to them. In a way, it has restored some of my faith in others and has left me once again with a craving to travel...

If I can do this in my own city, what is stopping me from exploring others? Past the barrier of language, we all are the same. We want the same things, we feel the same...Though language is my weakness. In school I took lessons in German, French, Spanish, Italian and Latin but the strict curriculum was never lucrative enough for me to either take interest or learn more than random words and textbook phrases. Now, entering my career and becoming a little more in-tune with my ambitions, I am realising the importance and power language really is.

Pairing my love for travel, culture, beauty and art, I often find myself aggravated. Aggravated by the fact I am constantly running through each day but yet standing still. There is so much I what to London, in Europe and even further. I argue that there isn't the time for fanciful adventures, but in fact this is the time. We only have one shot at doing what we want to achieve, so whether it is wearing your heart on your sleeve after a heartbreak, or stepping out of a familiar and secure routine to explore the unknown, we should all take a chance. Can I dare to follow my desires? Could you?

So this post may have actually turned into quite a personal blurt and the reason behind it (other than being aggravated and extremely bored at work - yes, I said it!) is actually a blog I stumbled across called Little Brown Pen. Despite being from one of my most loved European centers, it encapsulates some of what I feel I am missing. Called 'The Paris Colour Project', the individuals running this blog choose to Flâner around Paris, no destination in mind, and take photographs of seemingly unrelated details, focusing on colour and Parisian spirit. The outcome shows the City as it truly is, appreciating every miniscule detail. A truly beautiful idea.

Burberry Body

Burberry, a true British emblem, will soon launch their new fragrance Burberry Body, 1st September 2011. Described as the brands most sensual to date and set to be backed by an impressive portfolio of 'Burberry Bodies' shot my the extraordinary Mario Testino, and with a highly expected multi-media campaign, this perfume will surely become an iconic and sought after product for years to come.

''Burberry Body is the most exciting launch that we have ever created and captures the iconic spirit of the brand today in a striking and sensual way. Rosie's effortless style and her staggering beauty made her the natural choice as the first Burberry Body." 
- Burberry Chief Creative Officer, Christopher Bailey.

Revealing more skin than coat, the beautiful Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is to face the campaign. Wearing only a rose gold satin trench (...another item on my wish list) and shot doing her signature smoulder, she was the natural choice for Burberry...I suppose I have yet to find my own signature scent, although Guilty Gucci is definitely in the running. Could this be the one for me?