I hope you are having a wonderful week!
After a long weekend in my beloved Paris (shopping, sights and sublime suppers), I'm now, sadly, feeling less than brilliant. The in-between-seasons-syndrome (a.k.a nasty cold)? When your head feels full of cotton wool, your body is trying to assert itself through every ache and it takes an hour to have a shower (which you have contemplated for just as long). And, despite my mind's fuzzy-state, I am struggling to switch it off from a multitude of tasks and topics. London living? Having said that, I have learned that sometimes, where possible, it's best to give up, tuck yourself into a warm bed and drink chocolat-chaud. So that's where I am now...
Whenever I feel unwell, I find myself drifting nostalgically toward comforting moments and memories: thinking of family, watching old movies, heating up rice pudding. One of my fondest such memories is the image of my smiling Dad, walking through the door to present the latest copy of Vogue to my sick-self. Following a childhood spent sketching dresses and pretending to run a clothes shop from my bedroom, there was no better cure.
|A cover from a few years back...|
A tremendous treat, Vogue was a symbol of hope, a divine distraction and a treasure-trove containing some of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. I would switch off from the 'ordinary' world and become adopted by the world of fashion. And sometimes, when I didn't have the energy to read, I would simply flick through the pages, lose myself in the reams of advertising and look forward to feeling strong enough to sketch again. Luckily, now that I buy Vogue for myself, I can devour one of the issues stacked up to the ceiling in my spare room. But (and I hope to scare off germs for some time), I have found the perfect 'back-up plan' for future sick/duvet days, or more excitingly, a Christmas present! On 8th November 2010 - this is a preview - Thames & Hudson are re-releasing Fashion Drawing in Vogue. How perfect. William Packer (painter, writer and FT art-critic) has collected 301 beautiful drawings from over 70 years of Vogue, featuring artists to include: Salvador Dali, Edouard Benito, René Bouché, and Pierre Brissaud. The preface is also written by one of my favourite artists, David Hockney. A gorgeous gift for the girl in your life. Or a treat for yourself...
(Re-release date: 8th November 2010. Paperback. Price: £19.95).
While I'm here, I couldn't resist mentioning another book that I found in the impressive 'Fashion and Textiles' section of Thames & Hudson's website: Manolo Blahnik Drawings (with a foreword by Anna Wintour and contributions from prominent fashion editors). Enjoy this sneak-peek at such amazing artistry and arguably the world's most exquisite shoes:
(Available now. Paperback with flaps. Price: £24.95).