Pierre Cardin – Space-age genius

Pierre Cardin Past, Present, Future, 1990.

Growing up in the 80s on the borders of the East End & Essex, Pierre Cardin was chiefly known as the name on one of the aftershaves, liberally splashed all over by dodgy casuals in Farrah slacks & bad knitwear. What I didn’t know

The amazing, overwhelming Marrakech

Marrakech was somewhere I’ve always wanted to see, and was lucky enough to get to visit for a few days this month. I suppose like many, I had a vague, romanticised idea of what it may be like. It turned out to exceed those ideas on every level. Exciting, intimidating, mysterious,

Part three in an occasional series on film visual style in the movies I love. As far as ‘ten greatest ever’ – well, the ones that were on my mind when I was putting this together. The link throughout is an appreciation of production design, cinematography, or any other defining visual characteristic – it’s purely

1980s fashion illustrator Tony Viramontes

Bold, beautiful and Damned, is a stunning book by Dean Rhys Morgan – a retrospective of the career of iconic fashion illustrator Tony Viramontes. To anyone with even a passing interest in fashion, Viramontes’ work will be instantly recognisable. His sinewy, sexy drawings were the output of someone for whom

The Face magazine – it introduced Kate Moss to the world, made Neville Brody a design superstar, elevated club culture and championed musical tribes of all types.

Publisher Nick Logan started The Face in 1980 while still working for Smash Hits – purely on instinct – as a magazine that he would want to read,

Every year, before the foreign holiday, we head down to Mudeford in Dorset and spend some time in a beach hut. The beach huts in Mudeford are located on the Hengistbury Head peninsular, a hook shaped land-mass that encircles Christchurch harbour. The huts themselves are back-to-back on the tip of the peninsular as it almost-but-not-quite

David Bowie is

Thanks to some lovely friends who couldn’t go and kindly passed their tickets to us, we finally got to see David Bowie is, the exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. It’s an outstanding work, essentially about the relationship Bowie has had with popular culture – both feeding from it, and in