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ATE – XII

Wallace & Gromit… Fashionistas?

For my twelfth installment of All Things English… let me break down my Wallace & Gromit obsession for you.  As a child I enjoyed their antics but when I was in college I found a W&G alarm clock that rang with “Morning Gromit!  Time for walkies!” in his famous English accent.  At that moment, my affection for them turned to full blown love which clearly is what Harvey Nics is banking on with their new rock-star ad campaign for their soon-to-open Bristol store

Wallace is wearing an Alexander McQueen navy cashmere and silk suit,
Dolce & Gabbana fitted white shirt and a Giorgio Armani tie. 
Gromit is in a navy silk
Paul Smith scarf.

Wallace is in all Paul Smith and Gromit’s scarf is by Duchamp.

Lady Campanula Tottington is wearing an Alexander McQueen dress,
Christian Louboutin heels and a bag by Zagliani.

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ATE – X

For my tenth installment of All Things English…

English supermodel Kate Moss has officially earned her weight in gold thanks to English artist Marc Quinn‘s latest sculpture called Siren.  His sculpture of Moss is said to be the largest solid-gold statue to be made in the world since the time of Ancient Egypt.  Quinn estimated the value of the life-sized, 110 lbs, three feet tall (because she is in a seated yoga pose) sculpture at more than £1.5 million.

Before this, Marc Quinn’s most famous sculpture has been Alison Lapper Pregnant which appeared on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Speaking about choosing the supermodel as a subject, Quinn said: “I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who’s the ideal beauty of the moment.”

The statue will be displayed in the Nereid Gallery of the British Museum, alongside other statues such as Crouching Venus, a Hellenistic model of Venus surprised while bathing.

Quinn’s latest work, which shows Moss in a yoga pose, is part of a collection, entitled Statuephilia, by contemporary artists going on display at the British Museum.

It is the second time the London-born artist has used the model as his muse. He previously created Sphinx, a white-painted bronze sculpture of the fashion icon.

Quinn is also known for Self, a bust of his head made from eight pints of his own frozen blood.

Other artists exhibiting include Damien Hirst and Angel of the North creator Anthony Gormley.

Gormley said: “The British Museum is a laboratory of possibility for any creative mind. It is filled with objects that reach across time and touch us intimately.

“Seeing as a child the great head of Rameses and the Assyrian winged bulls at the British Museum was what made me become a sculptor.”

The exhibition will run from October 4 to January 25.

via Telegraph.co.uk

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ATE – IX

Le Cool Publishing is a completely independent publishing company that is dedicated to creating guidebooks filled with the most awesome underground experiences that reflect the city’s true flavor rather than the “hippest or latest” lemming crap.

I am excited to report that as of this May, the London version was published… putting it in my ninth installment of All Things English.

Designed by Jeremy Leslie at John Brown, A Weird and Wonderful Guide to London is the gateway to a city of freaks and wonders, of the kind you hear whispered about in dark corners, but were never quite sure existed. Edited by Mat Osman, it takes you by the hand and leads you throughout the city, from New Cross to Mayfair, opening closed doors and revealing secrets that might just change your life. 

Here’s a sneak peek…

Buy it or any of the other European cities including Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam or Lisbon) here.

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ATE – IX

For my ninth installment of All Things English…

It is all about the Royal College of Art Show.  On display is silversmith designer Kathryn Hinton‘s great bowl & fork set.   The prongs of the forks correspond with the words imprinted in the bowl as though stamped during a feeding frenzy.  Brill!

And Freddie Yauner‘s exit sign that comes to life when you aren’t looking.  Reminds me of the secret little creatures in Kage no Sekai that I love so much.

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I’ll Drink to That!

This weekend is the 20th Annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Javits Convention Center in NYC.  If you go (which you should), check out designer, Reiko Kaneko who will be launching a new line of English fine bone china with real gold detailing.  Sounds fancy, huh?  Well it is but it really isn’t… her take on this fussy stuff is very playful with her gold lipstick marks and tea drips.  Take a look at the detailing on the saucer.  I’m into it.

 

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ATE – VIII

For my eighth installment of All Thing English…

It seems that punting is a quintessential past time for English University students and… tourists alike.  So how do you tell them apart aside from the cameras slung around their necks and slightly-louder-than-necessary voices?  Their punting skills, of course!

Cambridge University, worried its undergraduates have lost the knack, has come to the rescue with a how to guide to what has become a dying art of punting.  The Bluffer’s Guide to Punting, written by the Punt Society of St John’s College, explains how to start, lift the pole, and steer – and how to avoid an embarrassing plunge into the water.  The guide tells learners how to look like a professional in a series of illustrated cartoons.  It also warns novices against the biggest mistakes of all – looking like a tourist, or worst still an Oxford student.  Of course, it wouldn’t come from Cambridge without a few Oxford jabs…

Now I expect you to punt like a pro the next time you are England!

 

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ATE – V

My fifth installment of All Things English…

For me, shopping isn’t just about spending money and in return collecting things to take home.  I am more about the experience (maybe if I had more money to spend it would be different… who knows) which includes the sights, sounds and tastes!  That is why I cant wait to visit Fortnum & Mason‘s new ice cream parlor designed by David Collins for the store’s 300th Anniversary.  And while you are there don’t miss out on their house specialty… Knickerbocker Glories!

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