What is it about Alice in Wonderland that perpetually sparks creative imaginations?
I can remember reading the books as a child and being singularly unimpressed. They actually need quite a grown up sensibility to be fun, I’m sure I was alarmed by the chaos.
Fashion photographers, in particular, have reinvented the tales for their own purposes for years. Girls like Alice are Tim Walker’s stock in trade, Annie Leibovitz directed Natalia Vodianova as Alice (and half of the stars of the industry as her cohorts) in American Vogue in 2003 and so on and on and on. We never get enough of beautiful Alice and her questionable decisions whilst wearing beautiful dresses.
Last night though, on a YouTube rabbit hole of my own, I came across Christopher Wheeldon rehearsing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with members of the Royal Ballet. Intrigued, I ended up downloading the finished performance. It’s so beautiful, the drama and the humour and the costumes. Of course my favourite part is the Queen of Hearts with her over the top theatricality and maniacal thirst for blood. And tarts. She’d give Mrs Lovett a run for her money.
As a very sensible, very young woman said to me today “growing up can be scary”.
Alice makes it look fun.
And maybe that’s the centre of our fascination, we crave adventure and excitement but meeting those crazy characters and weird situations that life throws at us is, at times, pretty overwhelming.
So maybe we should all have a little more Alice about us. Just put on a good dress, and jump.
You can find the excellent Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland here
The photo above is from an extremely aged shoot by me, styled by Caren Westwell
In Paris last night, the Miu Miu show revealed colour, excellent messy hair and THAT cat print. All very lovely.
More than that though, they showed wrinkly tights, bunched up around the ankle.
Now the girls in the show may have looked like the coolest sixth formers on earth, but when I was at school we were really paranoid about having wrinkles. It was a massive faux pas among the cool kids.
So, school days, once again I say pah! As in so many ways, you were wrong. Mrs Prada says it’s all good and that does it for me.
Besides, I’ve secretly never really worked out how NOT to get that look, now I can rock it with pride.
Happiness is the small things.
See the whole Miu Miu shebang here
Sometimes I get really frustrated when things don’t move as quickly as I want them to, (like, er NOW please, c’mon c’com) but then I remember, I have my priorities completely screwed.
And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Well, slap my thigh and call me Laura Ingalls Wilder but I do love a plait.
Imagine my excitement on a shoot yesterday when this was the hair.
More pics to follow soon..
Words borrowed from the ever beautiful Sphinx Charlotte Rampling, speaking in the excellent Angelina Maccarone documentary, The Look that I’ve been rewatching this week.
The Look: A Self Portrait Through Others, available here
Ali has the best shoes, always.
For me though, these are the best of the best.
This is the beautiful Olivia Chaney, performing last night at a gig in Bloomsbury. She sings a mix of traditional folk reworked in her own style and heart wrenching stories of her own. Oh look, you can see more about her on her ‘increasingly slick’ site over here..I’m hoping to work on a collaboration with her soon, fingers crossed.
…how happy a new bag can make you?