Maybe it was a slightly reckless decision to leave the Nottingham bubble last weekend, but it was definitely needed after a month away from the capital. It seems the final year has been the year I like to pop back home the most often, which does disrupt the flow of what I’m doing but somehow also gives me a fresh new perspective after seeing what’s happening there.
Elisabeth, me and Jazmine (thanks for the photos of moi); I’m wearing full on Topshop, plus my much loved Tom Brown satchel
I do love the Design Museum, so was really excited to see that the finale event for the Now Project would be held there. I’m not sure if I went into too much detail, but a while ago Samsung got in touch with a few bloggers about taking photos of ‘Now’ moments with the brand new Wave 2 phone and uploading them using the Facebook app. The result was a real mixture of photos from all over the world and some of them were selected to go on large screens at the event. The start of the project coincided with the start of my own project, so it was great to see some of my research pictures of car boot sales, exhibitions and good old St Pancras blown up from the typical mobile phone screen size. I hadn’t been to the Design Museum at night before but the view of the Thames was beautiful; I can’t wait to come back during the Summer months and make the most of what’s in the vicinity.
My visits home require some serious multitasking and I made sure to check out the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition at the V&A after hearing a few questionable reviews about its layout. A friend also told me that no sketching was allowed, which dumbfounded me somewhat, as it’s the only way for me to recollect the exhibits apart from the few sneaky photos I manage to take. The layout was unlike anything I’d seen before, each mannequin was on the ground in a large bright room and well within touching distance; great for appreciating the details up close but inevitably anything with a long train could easily get trampled on by accident. Despite the uneasy vibe of the room, I managed to get a few pictures and check out a few of the screens showing the spectacular runway shows and interviews. It was great to see so much of Yamamoto’s work in one room and I’m sure the layout was intended for a reason, I just question its usability on a busy day. There are also a few pieces scattered around the rest of the museum which are free to view but a bit of a treasure hunt, so I’ll have to tackle this way before the July closing date. Has anyone else been to see this yet? I need to check out some of the other Yohji related events happening around town and hope that I get tickets for Fashion in Motion again.
Office brogues, American Apparel socks, Topshop tights
Another thing I love about popping back home, is seeing what new magazines have been left in my room by my Mum. We have a great local market that sells out of date magazines for cheap, so this current issue of Love would have been about 75p! I was also excited to see the latest issue of Monki magazine had been delivered; it’s free and hopefully hints at inevitable worldwide domination.