When I was asked to write this column I confess I didn't know where to start. In my world I try to cram in as much as possible, a bit like my vitrine at the ICA: Off Site exhibition where I shoved in so much ephemera, it spilled over the edge. So here’s a list of things I’m excited about at the moment. Let’s see what you can cram in 700 words…
Earlier this month I felt a tinge of sadness as we de-installed the Off-Site exhibition after its six week run at The Old Selfridges Hotel. I've been involved as a co-curator and working closely with the ICA as what can only be described as a learning curve, but you know I like a challenge. What a send off as we joined forces with Åbäke and Top Niceand imagined a reinstallation of the future starting in 2013 and ending in the year 2040. While I was up there I popped into the Selfridges toy department where much to my delight they've got the T-shirts and carrier bags I painted for Ever After High, a new set of dolls created by Matell. I did an artist’s interpretation in watercolour, my kind of secret hobby! The dolls themselves have been dressed by designers Ryan Lo, Ashley Williams, Claire Barrow and Bobby Abbley and include custom made bags for us grown ups... p.s. you can buy them all. While we're here I must mention the Christmas Barbie frocks designed by the ever-fabulous milliner Stephen Jones, Stephen's managed to injectsome festive campness into their themed looks. I can't say I'm a major christmas fan but I do enjoy the tinsel that goes with it!
I met up with the gorgeous Louise Gray for a quick coffee the other day, she told me about how she's gearing up for Christmas with dressing a Christmas tree in Hackney as part of Make Hackney Sparkle. With a fashion theme going on other designers include Henry Holland. Last year she adorned the Bistroteque with colourful festive rags this year she's doing the decorations for new Shoreditch eaterie Hoi Polloi next to the Ace Hotel. On the fashion front she's done a capsule collection with Fashion East’s Lulu & Co for spring/summer 14. I've already ordered my spring outfit!
The basement club at the Ace Hotel has been designed to look like a recording studio they tell me, I had a look in for Pam Hogg who is launching online very soon, her bespoke cat suits are always the rage.
On the club front I experienced the last night of Durrr the other week at XOYO, I kidnapped performance artist Theo Adams for a sing song to resident DJ's The Lovely Jonjo and Rory Philips’ final tracks, I caught DJ and producer Erol Alkan and wife Chandra Haabjoern who runs Durrr dressed in a vintage Yves Saint Laurentlooking on rather bemused!
Who's seen Katy England’s short film? Entitled Made In England Katy's taken on the directorial role and done a wonderfully cinematic job. A collaboration with Vauxhall Motors Bobby Gillespie makes an appearance as do a few of my other friends Angel Rose, Josh Quinton, Reba Maybury and Molly O'Shea.
On the 14th November, about the time you’ll be reading this, I'll be up the London Eye DJ’ing in a pod, Red Bull Revolutions In Sound have presented an event that covers 30 years of dance music, so I'm going back to the Blitz era and although I didn't actually DJ there, Rusty Egan gets that honour, I was the coat check girl for a while, I'll be representing the night with a specific selection from that time. Other pods include Eagle London and notably Horsemeat Disco, Schoom, whose got Mark Moore and The Hacienda. You can catch the whole thing live on stream!
The Isabella Blow Foundation is going strong I'm glad to say and on the 20th November they'll be swinging open the doors of Somerset House with a celebration of her style. Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! is the highly anticipated exhibition co-curated by Alistair O'Neil and Shonagh Marshall who have included not only her amazing archive wardrobe now owned by Daphne Guinness but fascinating documentation and photographs revealing her huge impact on the fashion world. I'll be doing my bit DJ’ing for its launch on the 19th.
Finally - I’ll take a breath after this one, Michael Clark Company returns to the Barbican on the 21st November for his latest installation of contemporary dance. I always love going to see what Michael has been up to, such an inspiration!