29 March 2010

The Harvest. Film trailer. from LOVER® on Vimeo.

LOVER® is a fashion label with a sensibility I can wholly relate to. This trailer showcasing its latest collection reminds me of Bright Star with its poignant voiceovers and moody, evocative cinematography.

12:23 PM;

25 March 2010

As promised, this is the Forest Girl 'emook' I got the other day from Kinokuniya.

...pictured here with a complimentary tote bag fronted by a llama (?)

the mori girl indulging in quaint past-times like sewing and needlework...

her cozy nook and its accompanying accoutrements...

frolicking in the woods...

real-life mori girls and the contents of their bags...

another lovely editorial and fashion spread...

1:16 PM;

23 March 2010

Aoi Yu in this Spoon magazine editorial is beautiful as always, but I am particularly captivated by the styling! I discovered this on Mori Girl - a blog dedicated to the Japanese subculture of "forest girls", via Daydream Lily. And how serendipitous that I just purchased the Japanese magazine, Forest Girl, chronicling every detail of the mori girl lifestyle, from Kinokuniya last week. It is one sumptuous magazine, and I'll share with you some pages shortly!

But first i'll share this really good description of the mori girl -

'Mori' means forest in Japanese, and mori girls look like fairytale forest
wanderers in their loose dresses, vintage prints and quaint accessories. Mori
girls choose to live their lives on their own terms, stopping to appreciate the
little things that others overlook amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life.

I first came across this so-called phenomenon on a tv programme last year when the trend started up in Japan. I remember being very much intrigued. But I'd hate to think of it as a trend, or a phenomenon that is location-specific. Perhaps it was influenced by the slow food/life movement. But ultimately, I think in every society, there has always been pockets of people who favour the old and the rustic, the slow and the lovely.

3:09 PM;

17 March 2010

La Biche Apprivoisée, Robe de Paul Poiret, from Gazette du Bon Ton, Issue 4, by Jean Bernier (active 1910-1925) & Léon Bakst (1866-1924). France, 1922.

I chanced upon this illustration browsing through the excellent selection of prints at the Victoria & Albert Museum Online Shop. The fine details, sense of movement, and folkloric theme made me fall in love instantly.

3:54 PM;

09 March 2010

The newest additions to my reading list

Subversive, eccentric and flamboyant, the artistic community in the first half of the twentieth century was engaged in a grand experiment. The Bohemians ate garlic and didn't always wash; they painted and danced and didn't care what people thought. They sent their children to co-ed schools; explored homosexuality and Free Love. They were often drunk, broke and hungry but they were rebels.

I have to admit I made up my mind to get the book Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939 as soon as I read the above description. What I did find out upon some further reading was that author, Virginia Nicholson, is the granddaughter of Vanessa Bell and great-niece of Virginia Woolf. And one of the bohemians whose lives she recorded is, of course, that of her great-aunt's herself!

After having the Laura Ashley biography in my shopping cart for the longest time, I determined to get it after flipping through it at a brick-&-mortar bookstore recently and swooning at the pictures (like the one above I took from Google books!)

Sometimes, I truly wish I was born in England in the early 20th Century. Failing which, I'm glad there are books like these I can lose myself in.

1:33 PM;

03 March 2010

She may call it "quite an egotistical practice" but Alexa Chung for Madewell is no doubt a collection that will gladly be welcomed into the closets of many girls. I love the classic shirts and jackets. But it is every pair of footwear featured - the vintage styles, the rich leather hues, the wooden heels - that has truly got me lusting.

I chose to put up a video instead of pictures because I just love the way the girl talks.

5:45 PM;

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I lean my head slowly to the side, reflect on the camellia on the moss of the temple, reflect on a cup of tea, while outside the wind is rustling the foliage, the forward rush of life is crystallised in a brilliant jewel of a moment that knows neither plans nor future, human destiny is rescued from the pale succession of days, glows with light at last and, surpassing time, warms my tranquil heart.

- The Elegance of the Hedgehog,
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