LOVED my breakfast – homemade smoothie with frozen strawberries, natural yoghurt, oats, honey, frozen banana, protein powder and a scoop of creatine. It took so long I don’t think I’ll make it through the traffic! My gym is in Canary Wharf and I need to get across town.
Not to worry! Put on my trusty Nike; bike across, work out with their anti gravity treadmill. Consult with exercise medics, specialist physiothereapists and their divine super conditioning coach. He’ll love this look.
At Third Space I’ll unwind on their sprint tracks, and try out the aromatic juniper log glass saunas and hot yoga studios. Shall it be Tower Bridge, Soho, Marylebone? Must check with Tony to see where we’ll meet for healthy low alcohol cocktails, later!
Today I’m for complete total toning so I can escape to heaven in my JW Anderson collection! These Laboutins work best with toned legs and taut/toned core and don’t I know it!
All that effort for hours of controlled torture and lashings of Paparazzi!
My mother was wearing a full-skirted dress, patterned with tiny, white, dancing sailors when she told me about Elsa Schiaparelli, the Surrealist artist, who designed and sold Fashion.
On ‘Woman’s Hour,’ some time later, I heard that Schiaparelli’s, Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition, 2003, catalogue was on sale. I asked for it, as a Christmas present. Large format, in her signature Shocking Pink, written by Dilys E. Blum, it became an influences on how I would write about Fashion, soon to be featured in ‘Vivienne Westwood and Anglomania at the Met.’
Now, as I set off on a crazy schedule of book signings, things have come full circle. That little gem of on-line journalism, Hint Magazine, tells of exciting plans to make New York Metropolitan Museum’s next show, live up to the the sensation of Alexander McQueen’s ‘Savage Beauty’.
News is that Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada will be dual subjects of next year’s exhibition. Both Italian divas are favourites of mine; probably because of Prada’s politics and my early introduction to Elsa, and her defining pink begonias.
The show will mix Schiaparelli’s surreal oeuvre from the late twenties to early fifties with Prada’s work from the late eighties to today. The high-tech angle is that Amazon, will set up an imagined conversation, with topics ranging from art to politics. It will take on views from ‘FASHIONMEDIA PROMOTION the new black magic,’ that Schiaparelli ‘offered a unique take on fashion, favoring wit over traditional glamour.’ Is it zeitgeist or have I a follower in Andrew Bolton, from the Met?
Below: the inventive genius Schiaparelli put on a spectacle, only loosely related to shopping, when she brought her aristocratic vision to Paris in 1927.
I will try to throw light on these questions at WATERSTONE’S signings: Manchester, Deansgate, Thursday 27th, October, 7pm. London, Covent Garden, Monday 7th, November, 6pm. London, Oxford Street Plaza, Wednesday 9th November, 12noon to 2pm. Sheffield, Orchard Square, Thursday 17th November, 5pm.