Here are some pics of El Loco, the pop-up bar I designed for Merivale’s new space at the Excelsior. We did the whole fit-out in seven days!! We ripped out the ceiling and exposed the beams, painted cactuses on the walls and plastered pictures of Frida Kahlo, Mexican skeletons and sharks eating tacos. We crammed it full of mexican oil-cloth in outrageous floral & checkered prints, colourful metal stools, David Bromley lampshades, haybales, cacti and corn growing out of huge pots. The whole street is filled with the smell of shrimp, chicken, beef & tofu tacos, cornchips and guacamole.
So much fun- go and check it out!!
I’m heading off to the US next week to officially launch ‘The Stylist’s Guide to NYC’ in NYC! It will be held at the wonderful & inspirational, Anthropologie. Book signing from 6 – 8pm on Thursday 26th at the Soho store: 375 West Broadway, NYC 10012. So before you jet off to the Hamptons for the long weekend come and say hi- can’t wait to see you there!
There’s a cool contest that Anthropologie has set up- only available to those in NY! Check out their facebook for all the details and to enter.
My old assistant from New York, Julie Ho, went on to a fabulously festive career with her friend Nick, starting Confetti Systems after working at Martha Stewart together. They do lots of fantastic collaborative stuff and whilst I was working on ‘The Stylists’s Guide to NYC’ I went to their showroom/workspace and took these pictures. Check it out!
A Stylist’s Guide to NYC was officially launched last night with a party at MsG’s! Sponsored by Bloom and Absolut. I had so much fun (and so many more champagnes). My most fav & oldest friend, Edwina McCann, Editor of Harper’s Bazaar opened the night and the rest of the evening was filled with laughs and cocktails and a very late dinner with a sword-straw fight. MsG’s was the perfect host as usual!
My good friends at Edo Arts are having a Charity Event for the Japanese tsunami and earthquake appeals. It sounds super fun with a Shakuhachi Master, Koto players and a silent auction plus it’s for a good cause!
I have a great personal reference library that I have been acquiring for many years. I have a genuine love of books, all books & reference them daily. I have had floor to ceiling shelves made to house this collection, which even has its own library ladder! Here is a list of the books I go back to time & time again, for inspiration and information. I never fail to find what I’m looking for, even if I’m not looking for anything at all.
Travels through the Paint Box by Victoria Finlay
Lartigue by Centre Pompidou
Wild at Heart by Nikki Tibbles & Martyn Thompson
Modern Glamour by Kelly Wearstler
Ballets Russes catalogue from the National Gallery of Australia exhibition
The Forgotten Arts & Crafts by John Seymour
Retro Fonts by Gregor Stawinski
Shoes for the Moscow Circus by Leta Keens
Etcetera by Sibella Court
Tender is the night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Badjelly the Witch by Spike Milligan
The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: the Life of William Dampier by Diana & Michael Preston
The Marvelous Museum by Mark Dion
A Picture Book First and Foremost by David Bromley
Home is where the heart is by Ilse Crawford
Wabi Inspirations by Axel Vervoodt
Jack Lenor Larsen’s LongHouse by Molly Chappellett
The Stylist’s Guide to NYC by Sibella Court