PUNK FASHION, MY FAVORITE BUDDHAS AND MARYLEBONE

Nov 7, 2013by tracey Comments

Rain be dammed I ran around yesterday packing in as much as I could.  When you travel and blog you get up really early. It’s none of that lolling around in a vacation bed. It’s early coffee, typing and uploading photos.

The day begins.
The day begins.

Best travel tip I can give –  if you want to see any museum shows that might be a hot ticket, buy your tickets online and have them printed up when you arrive. I told someone recently to do that before going to see The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and they thanked me. It costs a tad more, but when you are limited on time it’s worth it. Had we not had advance tkts to the Klee show on Sunday we would have spent a half hour waiting just to buy them.

So yesterday I had tickets to see the 80’s Fashion – From Club to Catwalk show at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Which happens to be one of my favorite museums anywhere.

The show traces the beginning of certain fashion movements, punk, goth, a type of fearless street style to the androgynous club scene in London in the 80’s. And many of these trends linger on to this day.  For real fashion followers it looks at the group of St. Martins students and their early work,many of whom went on to be major designers. Enough about that, those who don’t give a hoot about clothes were just bored silly by that explanation. But those who care would find the show interesting.   And anyone of a certain age seeing it, would be swept up by the 80’s music, the video shows and the trip down the memory lane of  that bizarre time in fashion.

Now, they said no photos of the Catwalk show, so everything here was snuck and not too clear.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, Referred to as the V and A.
The Victoria and Albert Museum, Referred to as the V and A.
Early Katherine Hamnett t-shirts that were in response to Thatcher political stands.
Early Katherine Hamnett t-shirts that were in response to Thatcher political stands.

 

Zandra Rhodes denim jacket that was part of a show where they took popular designers of the time and told them to customize denim.
Zandra Rhodes denim jacket that was part of a show where they took popular designers of the time and told them to customize denim.
Video room. Scenes from clubs, concerts, fashion shows anything that was influencing those creating fashion at the time.
Video room. Scenes from clubs, concerts, fashion shows anything that was influencing those creating fashion at the time. I’m telling you I had to really take these on the sly.

 

Very early John Galliano. Might have even been while he was still in fashion school.
Very early John Galliano. Might have even been while he was still in fashion school.
Betsy Jackson, but gives a little taste of how the show was set up.
Betsy Jackson, but gives a little taste of how the show was set up.
This was in the Boy George section, but was more about the club,music, gay part of fashion at the time.
This was in the Boy George section, but was more about the club,music, gay part of fashion at the time. I know it takes a certain type to pull this off.

 

The inside court of the V and A.
The inside court of the V and A.

My favorite wing there is the South Asian Art. I could and have spent full days there just wandering among the Buddha’s and Ganeshes. Yesterday I did not take the time. But did a breeze through as I couldn’t be there and not.

The one on the left is from Central Java around 800 -830. And the right is Thai 1200 -1300.
The one on the left is from Central Java around 800 -830. And the right is Thai 1200 -1300.
This one is called Buddha dying.
This one is called Buddha dying.
Islamic wing of the V and A. Another favorite spot there.
Islamic wing of the V and A. Another favorite spot there.

 

 

A Dale Chihuly sculpture hangs in the entrance hall.
A Dale Chihuly sculpture hangs in the entrance hall.

That was the morning, it was one  and I had to take off.  I met Glenn for a quick lunch on the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols. Then I went to have a coffee with Eric Fellner who along with Tim Bevin are the heads of  Working Title Films. Some of the best years of my career were spent with them. They have amazing new offices in Marylebone. A section of London I have never spent any time in.  Like so many parts of big cities it has been tranformed in the last ten years. When I left the Working Title building I just took my camera, wandered and shot. I fell in love with the whole area. And then I did what I do when I find a place I love, I start imaging what it would be like to live there. I ponder if that cute little cafe would be where I would pop in each day for a coffee. I picked out my butcher and florist. It’s one of my favorite  pastimes. I know it’s not living in the moment, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

A park I wandered into.
A park I wandered into.
I just thought this captured London and it was new to me. A new part of town to investigate.
I just thought this captured London and it was new to me. A new part of town to investigate.

 

This is a little shop everyone said I had to go to. It's called the La Fromagerie. Even Eric told me to go. Though I didn't actually know it was where I was supposed to go. They say off to the side they sell the best cheese in London. I knew it felt like France at first sight.
This is a little shop everyone said I had to go to. It’s called the La Fromagerie. Even Eric told me to go. Though I didn’t actually know it was where I was supposed to go. They say off to the side they sell the best cheese in London. I knew it felt like France at first sight.

 LA FROMAGERIE

Not quite sure how I missed this. I grabbed this shot off the web. But I think it's lucky I did not go in!
Not quite sure how I missed this. I grabbed this shot off the web. But I think it’s lucky I did not go in!

 

Found more Buddhas!
Found more Buddhas!
 Marleybone High Street.
Marylebone High Street.
The flower shop was on this street.
The flower shop was on this street.
Can't you see spending your days there? Maybe not. Maybe it's just me.
Can’t you see spending your days there? Maybe not. Maybe it’s just me.

 

 

I was sorry they were closed as I wanted to go in for a cup of tea.
I was sorry they were closed as I wanted to go in for a cup of tea.
Right next door I found this old Church.
Right next door I found this old Church.
So I went inside.
So I went inside.

 

And I sat down for a little while.
And I sat down for a little while.
Between this and the Buddhas I was very peaceful.
Between this and the Buddhas I was very peaceful.
Then I just walked on a few side streets and shot store windows.
Then I just walked on a few side streets and shot store windows.
Such an English shop.
Such an English shop.

By around four-thirty it started to rain so I took a cab to Motcomb Street as it is walking distance to my hotel and I wasn’t ready to call it a day.

The first thing I saw was these two girls. I know it's a bad photo, but I did not want to look like some perve who was stalking them. I just loved their matching coats and hats.
The first thing I saw was these two girls. I know it’s a bad photo, but I did not want to look like some perve who was stalking them. I just loved their matching coats and hats.

 

I stopped in a cute place and got my tea.
I stopped in a cute place and got my tea.

People used to make jokes about the English food. It has gotten to be so good and there are endless food shops.  There are so many,  for a few minutes yesterday I could have sworn I was in Paris.

Wall of chocolate truffles in the place I had tea.
Wall of chocolate truffles in the place I had tea.
Luckily I did not see these muffins until I was on my way out.
Luckily I did not see these muffins until I was on my way out.

 

There are not as many as there once was, but you can still find them.
There are not  many anymore. Happy to see this one.

 

More cute food shops.
More cute food shops.
And kid's shops. You see I was doing everything from the street.
And kid’s shops. You see I was doing everything from the street.

 

Until I got here. These are Carolina Bucci bracelets. More than I have ever seen in one spot. But then it was the Carolina Bucci shop. I am obsessed with these. I bought a red one and a blue one and walked back to the hotel.
Until I got here. These are Carolina Bucci bracelets. More than I have ever seen in one spot. But then it was the Carolina Bucci shop. I am obsessed with these. I bought a red one and a blue one and walked back to the hotel.

 

Better to end on him than the bracelets. But a combination is not a bad thing!
Better to end on him than the bracelets. But a combination is not a bad thing!

I apologize for any mistakes on this.  If I don’t press send now it doesn’t go out.