27 April 2012
Happy Friday! Here's a little something to make you smile!
The talented still life photographer Paul Graves in collaboration with Hermes has created a playful collection of still life animals out of their gorgeous bags. From a Swan, to a Caterpillar, Duck, Horse and lastly and my favourite the Cow - although I'm calling this the Cow-Pig, as I think it looks more like a pig!!
This idea is similar to Louis Vuitton's creatures earlier in the year.
Images Courtesy of Trendland
26 April 2012
The Spanish dancer
Loewe's most iconic window
Loewe has always been one of my favourite, almost fantasy brands and at the moment I could only dream about owning one of their divine bags. So hence when I was strolling down Passeig de Gracia my face lit up like an excited child when I discovered the Loewe Gallery, a permanent exhibition and homage to the great brand.
Loewe, a brand highly respected within the fashion industry not only for its heritage but also its exquisite designs and craftsmanship. The artisans themselves are artists and their legendary Amazon bag takes over 8 hours to be constructed. The Amazon bag is Loewe’s iconic bag and has been reinvented with different colours and patterns from when it was first created in 1975. The brand dates all the way back to middle ages and has been adored by figures such as Eva Peron and many more.
Every part of this exhibition was heaven! On the first floor was one of my favourtite parts, a wall of Amazon bags with a projection over them of the different colours and patterns of all the different bags ever made. On the downstairs level was a homage to the beautiful silk scarves, for these Loewe would get his inspirations from Spanish butterflies, architecture and bullfighting. At the end of the room was an installation of a huge silk scarf surrounded by powerful fans, this would whip the scarf up into the air to symbolise a Spanish dancer. On another level was a recreation of one of Loewe’s most famous windows created Jose Perez de Rozas, who was Loewe art director from 1943 -78, an icon of his time.. Simply stunning!
Overall this exhibition was amazing and is well worth a visit if you are ever in Barcelona but if you are anything like me, warning: you will walk away thinking about selling your car to buy an Amazon bag!!
Apologies for the photo quality, the faithful iPhone had to come out for this one!
24 April 2012
Day Two in this glorious city was Gaudi day.. after being totally wowed the day before when walking around I couldn’t wait to don my sight-seeing hat and see his famous creations up close and personal!
Casa Batllo was my first stop and wowzers, it was breathe taking, his architecture heavily draws on nature, this building in particular was designed with the ocean in mind. Curves and water ripples in the ceiling, a light shaft down the centre brings in an abundance of light, I would happily have this as my Barcelona pad! After this we wondered to another masterpiece, The Sagrada Família his unfinished cathedral, two words – mind blowing! He died before it could be finished but he left detailed plans for it so it could be completed, it’s set to be finished in 2030.
There’s no doubt that sight-seeing is totally the new hard-core gym workout, I was exhausted by the afternoon and this was the perfect reason to pop into my new favourite sweet shop, Happy Pills! As you walk into the bright white modern sweet shop you kind of feel like you should be walking into a doctors room, as pill bottles fill the shelves with pink lettering of ‘happy pills’. Once you have chosen your pill pot then it’s the fun part; sweeeeetie time, of course I did mine all on colouring and went for pinks and whites. After you have stuffed your perspex pill box full of yummy-ness its label choosing time – labels are lined up with different wording like, Happy Pills: ‘to make you prettier than your friends’ or ‘for happiness’ or ‘wild pregnancy’ (the mind boggles with the later!)
Finally of course I wouldn’t be able to survive a day without shopping, so I popped to the fashionable boutique area of La Ribera, here awesome cafes, restaurants and shops line the old streets of Barcelona. I found this charming vintage shop tucked away, vintage sunnies galore, I was in 1950s heaven!
For Gaudi day, I wore my fav new DIY dip-dye jeans, All Saints jacket, and Louis Vuitton scarf and changed scarfs for the church to a silk vintage.
23 April 2012
Last week, fed up of wet windy days in London, I jumped on a flight to one of the most beautiful cities in the world; Barcelona. Here I shopped till I dropped, gorged myself on enough Tapas to feed a small army and soaked up the gorgeous works of Spain's architect genius, Gaudi.
Day one, walking through the streets of Barcelona with my eyes directed towards the skies in awe of the unbelievable architecture and buildings, this was my first time in the city and I was blown away by it in around 5 minutes! Not only were the buildings designed to the highest level, even our well known high street stores were designed one step or five ahead of the others, chain stores such as Desigual and H&M were more like concept stores than high-street.
Desigual the Spanish high street chain, designs it's stores in this city to the highest visual standards. As you walk in your eye is drawn upwards to the ceiling where vibrantly coloured glass bottle hang, shoes as well as hanging over the stairs on different coloured ropes, are also presented deliciously on china plates. The iron work on the rails and stairs is beautifully intricate and true to the nature of this beautiful artistic city. As I walked around this store, one I would never normally enter I was amazed that it felt more like an art exhibition than a high-street clothing store.
This was also a similar case of another high street chain we all know so well and love – H&M! Near Passeig de Gracia the store here, which I can only imagine to be their Barcelona flagship, is situated in the most beautiful building with an entrance to impress any passing shopper. Contrasting with the traditionally historical exterior, music is pumped out with an LED lighting installation in the entrance, inside marble columns flank a very grand staircase with a light shaft at the top, in true Gaudi style letting in beautiful natural light. The stairs lead up to different rooms, for example a shoe room and an accessory room; enormous vibrant orange leather doors open up into the rooms to show beautiful old furniture on display with chandeliers hanging over head, giving the place a richer feeling far away from what we see in our H&M store over here.
This high level of store design and visual merchandising blew me away and I was totally not expecting to be blogging about high street stores but I simply had to share this! After a long morning of shopping we hit a well-known Tapas bar within the city called Tapas 24, I have written all about this little gem in Gastro StreetStalker.
Awesome first day in this amazing city!