Thursday, 7 August 2008

Vanity Fair

Hey there!
I had forgotten to mention that I saw the Vanity Fair Portraits collection last week at the Queen Street Gallery in Edinburgh. I'd definatly recommend checking it out if you get the chance, although it has finished it's stay in London and, after Edinburgh, it is only visiting Canberra and LA. For such a landmark collection I don't understand why it's visits are so limited! The collection is split into "The Jazz Age", which showcases the beginning of Vanity Fair in the 1920's and beyond and "Modern Vanity Fair", which I assume is pretty self-explanatory! The collection features memorable pictures such as a heavily pregnant Demi Moore and Princess Diana. In fact, it has been claimed that the Vanity Fair picture was, in part, responsible for Diana's reputation as "the peoples' princess" as it showed a more relaxed and approachable side to her. It's definatly a beautiful and striking photograph.

This picture of Julia Roberts was one of my favourites (as well as many of the beautiful 1920's ones which I am not able to find, sadly). I like her as an actress and this photo just looks like so much fun!
There's no denying that this picture of Hilary Swank is pretty incredible, her body's like a machine!
I was also struck by this picture of Jean Harlow. Does anyone else see a resemblance between her and Kirsten Dunst?


That was just a few of the images, I didn't want to spoil it by posting anymore! But you can find a lot of them via google images if you want to see more.

I went to New Look today for a friend's birthday present as I know she likes their stuff and I didn't have too much to spend. As usual, I ended up spending as much on myself as on her, for which I feel slightly guilty! There was some surprisingly good stuff in there, including many many pairs of delicious woolen tights in cream, grey and black. Still a bit early for this kind of thing perhaps but there's no harm in being organised. Besides the socks were only a pound! Ribbed for her pleasure. That's probably only funny if you've seen Wayne's World, please tell me you have! I got this pretty ring (it was only £5) but I'm mildly annoyed because, even though I bought the smallest size which was S/M and even though I actually have pretty average-sized fingers, it still falls off!
I also spotted this yummy scarf which very much reminds me of the Luella one available at Urban Outfitters. But it is obviously like a tenth of the price. Methinks it shall be mine on payday. Much as I love the Luella one (though the collection was a slight disapointment online, I've yet to see it in the flesh, with only 8 pieces) it is a bit out of my price range...

New Look top, Luella at Urban Outfitters below.

Has any one else noticed that New Look have started to label their accesories with seasons? Does anyone else find that incredibly pretentious and unnecessary from a high street retailer? Not even a high-end or particularly fashion forward retailer, think All Saints or even Topshop, but in fact a very middle of the road, ordinary shop? Could just be me, but I don't see the point.

I red-circled the offending label for your viewing pleasure. Got to love a bit of amatuer-ish Paint work.

This was today's outfit. The debut of my new H&M tee that wants to be American Apparel so badly that it hurts.

That's my flatmate's room in the background. Mine is way prettier, obvs.
Ancient, battered Topshop shoes, tights from tightsplease, socks from ebay (which I happened to ladder this morning. Great.). Primark skirt, watch a gift from my Dad and H&M top, of course.

Char x

16 comments:

Wendy-May said...

i love the julia roberts one! and the skirt in the last picture is very nice. I plan to try and make the shorts into a skirt....just not sure how to go about it, shall see when i fix my sewing machine! I only stumbled upon it a couple of weeks ago but it is good....when they don't lie. x

Krissy said...

ahh i don't remember if i told you before, but i'd love to sawp links! i already linked you:)

yiqin; said...

I SHARE THE SAME BIRTHDAY AS PRINCESS DIANA & I AM SO PROUD OF IT! :D

Love the scarf!

DaisyChain said...

I have that H&M tee, it's so comfy.

Ohh those cream tights. I so need to get me a pair of those.
(My store card weeps)

~Jay~ said...

I would love to trade links{: thankz~ amazing blog!

yiqin; said...

Thanks for adding me :) Ah yes, it is hard to find nice ones too! :( I have added you too! Mmhmm I agree! When I worked in restaurants, people were smoking AND eating, like what the hell :/ Won't it ruin the taste?!

Unwise Pedestrian said...

Those photos are gorgeous! Particularly the Julia Roberts one, she has such a beautiful smile. I love the tee you're wearing, and of course I'd like to trade links!

Savvy Mode SG said...

great post of the pics. i really enjoyed it.

Miss Victory said...

Beautiful ring!

I've never seen a resemblance between Harlow and Dunst but I have to say that Dunst is truly blessed that you do! It's quite the compliment.

Mimi said...

I love the pic of julia roberts too.I never saw it before she looks awesome.

LaCouturier said...

i loveee those cream tights! i've been dying to get a pair like yours!

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http://la-couturier.blogspot.com

The Clothes Horse said...

I've never seen a resemblence between Jean Harlow and Kirsten Dunst before (maybe b/c Jean is so curvy and languid in her films), but now it makes even more sense that I like both of them so much!

Ariella said...

The Julia Roberts picture is indeed stunning. You're lucky being able to see that exhibition!

Thu said...

those pictures are so great! do you know when it'll be in L.A.? i would love to go see them.

Krissy said...

thanks! and even if you've already graduated, anything is a good excuse for some shopping!

♥ fashion chalet said...

I love that Julia Roberts photo as well <3

and I like your skirt xx