FOR YOUR INSPIRATION

Found on my weekly wanderings – shared for your inspiration;



Dover Street Market
are inviting curiosity with the opening of their 8th store in Le Marais, Paris (shown above), occupying two floors of the historic Hôtel de Coulanges.



Artist Jeremy Deller
peruses the question Can Art Change The World?

Author Elif Shafak being interviewed at Tortoise about The Power Of Storytelling.

The Outrunthe trailer for the forthcoming film of Amy Liptrot’s book of the same title – starring Saoirse Ronan.

 

WHEN TWO BECOME A SHOE.

I visited Prada’s store in Tokyo’s Aoyama many years ago on a work trip.
And it popped into my head recently.

The design, by Herzong & de Meuron, is beautifully unique and no doubt has become an attraction in and of itself.

I’ve always been a little amused that the pattern that dominates the design seems more aligned to the lines of Bottega Veneta,
albeit more of a diagonally squished square than Veneta’s Intrecciato.

I played with what might become of the two,
blended together into the design of a shoe.

The most straightforward route to new ideas
is to assemble two different things,
and blend them together.

LOUISE WILSON’S FILM LIST

Her feedback could be brutal,
and she was famous for it.
Louise Wilson was the course director for the Fashion Design MA at St Martins – tutoring the likes of McQueen and Saunders, Kane and Kokosalaki.

 

When I first met her, my interview was quick enough to give me whiplash.

The next time was nearly 20 years later, when her response to me was much friendlier.
She was a big fan of the all black, utterly plain versions of our sandals and would visit the office (FitFlop) to review the range.

We got on well and I’d go as far to say as the brutally honest feedback – negative and positive – was a welcome receipt.

 

It was her way of provoking a reaction.

For pursuing better.
A better reason for the product to exist.
To justify its place.

“No point in doing any old ****. “

 

In an interview a few years ago (for @Another magazine I think) Molly Goddard (a student of Wilson’s) shared this list of films that Wilson would give to her students – I assume to broaden perspective and inspire ideas.

Thought I’d share it here.

“It’s a secret language known to different people, in different ways, that enables them to read a subliminal message without realising they’re reading it.” : Louise Wilson.

 

MASTERFUL STORYTELLING

When Wes Anderson’s take on four of Roald Dahl’s short stories appeared, I devoured them in one sitting.

Fresh, unique delivery, with great storytelling.

It seems someone at Montblanc was thinking along similar lines.

Such great storytelling.

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CHOCOLATE EMOTION

I don’t need an advert to encourage me to buy chocolate.
I love the stuff.

I post this as an example (and a reminder to myself)
of really good storytelling.

It’s only a minute long.

It pokes at your curiosity
and pulls at your heart strings.

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LYRICAL PLAY

Sometimes,
I like to play
with lyrics,
while maintaining
the melody.

‘Rusted laptop lying by the grass
Stories lining, in the seams.
Timeless styling, reference love between,
Cherished moments and what they mean.’

Which song
have I
played with?

 

Play the Answer. (Diana Krall’s version)

FORD vs FERRARI

 

Not just for Motor Rollers.

My friend Anup asked me for a film recommendation.
“Ford vs Ferrari,” I said.

So,
if you’re looking for a film recommendation,
you don’t have to.

That’s all folks.
Cue the music.

ps.
If you’re thinking
“Wait a sec, isn’t that film called something else?!”
You’d be right.
Depending on which country you’re in,
it’s also called Le Mans 66.

pps.
This post was not sponsored by The Walt Disney Company, nor Netflix.

 

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REFLECTIONS IN STORYLINES

 

“Have you noticed?”

The reflections in storylines.

There’s a point,
when your minds wide open,
to the world around you,
and patterns appear.

Especially when the things
you’ve been studying,
keep appearing.

As if they’re asking the question.

Ever since I started researching story structure – Joseph Campbell, Christopher Vogler, Dan Harmon etc etc – there’s a beautifully simple sense of joy when I notice elements of the structure play out in a film I’m watching, or a book I’m reading.

Knowing the structure of something,
recognising elements of detail,
allows you to appreciate a product
a little more.

Noticing the reflection
of the beginning,
in the ending,
brings a smile.

As if they’re asking the question.
“Have you noticed?”

 

‘Movement’ open toe bootie.

COUTURE – SS24 VALENTINO – A SELECTION

A selection from the recent SS24 Valentino Couture collection.
The shades of colour feel fresh, and mature.
Bold, and classic.
As much as I love zooming in to see the detail of the garment, or the heel of a shoe, it’s also interesting to pull back and see the collection at a distance.
To see how colours pop, or profiles flow.

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INTERLUDES

This is my kind of collaboration.
Eclectic and Soulful.
My friend William Watson, and his friend Ebi Kagbala, are Death To Tennis, and they’ve been cultivating a series of interludes with musicians from New York City and Seoul.

Styled in Death To Tennis.
Rhythm their own.
Unique.

I’ve been listening to them for the last few days,
and this one is one of my faves.

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