Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Mirror Mirror...

 Self image has always been important to me; It's preoccupied me a lot, made me fashionable, drove me to the gym, into the health food shops and away from carbohydrates, but also towards terrible guilt and depression if I misbehaved diet-wise. I have an 'all the way' attitude towards things, so that when I go on a diet, I will do everything that rhymes with that experience. I will involve myself in that lifestyle and allow that to become part of my identity. Equally, when I allow myself to indulge as a gourmand, I lose myself in that hedonistic experience. I become driven by hunger with the same intensity that drives my gym ambitions. It is very difficult for me to achieve a sense of balance, to practice enjoyment and discipline in equilibrium.
There's also the aspect of my actual body image, which does not fulfill the standard presented by the media and sported by most members of the fashion industry (in which I work). I've always wanted to be slimmer, taller, blonder, fitter, more this, less that, constantly comparing myself to something I wasn't. I have always admired Audrey Hepburn but I can only emulate her grace not her dress size. Here are a few images that inspire me and that honor my self perception.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Ain't Valentine's Day a kick in the head?

  While cynics (including the one in me) may argue that Valentine's Day is a most commercial holiday designed to sell chocolate, flowers and impossible ideas about human relationships, I'll take any opportunity to celebrate. And I admit, for me "LOVE" is a concept that should be celebrated as often as possible with props, costumes and themed songs.
   Of course, it's wonderful to spend the 14th of February with your significant other, champagne, strawberries, candles, red lingerie and cheesy music. But if you haven't met your significant lover yet, I believe you can still make the most of V day. Spend it with your best friends, offer yourself a manicure, a massage or a blow dry, make a beautiful dinner and a champagne cocktail. Leave out the eroticism and single girl pity party paradigm and get a kick out of honoring the affinity in your present.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

On Role Models

I've always looked for points of reference, standards towards which to aim. My mother has always been the most important figure, my great grand-mother and Barbie, of course. For me they represented beauty, tenacity, independence, gumption, self-assurance, panache and love of life. It's always easier to define these concepts visually. It's always easier to choose icons that stand for, or upon which we project certain values. Here are mine.
Jean Shrimpton, Charlotte Rampling, Candice Bergen, Faye Dunaway, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Seberg, Diana Keaton, Grace Kelly, Mia Farrow, Meryl Streep;

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Fashion is not a mask, it is a cultural organism

The fashion industry has become one the most exciting means of expression for the new Romanian cultural identity. Romanian designers produce work that is both wearable and conceptual. The garments seem to tell a very political story and make a social statement.
My favourite designers are Irina Marinescu, Carmen Secareanu and Maria Lucia Hohan.
Join me on Thursday 9th of February for a very exciting and free fashion exhibit at the London ICR 1 Belgrave Square London, SW1X 8PH starring the work of my favourite designers!