Well, I’m not really in there, but the fashion mag they include (not sure of the name I never bought one!) with their Sunday paper did a tropical/ tribal/ colourful shoot with MTV Star Lilah Parsons. She’s wearing Terry de Havilland in all the pix. Above are my Tiffany in blue design, and I hafta say – they look effin awesome!! There’s also a partial pic of my totem wedges… Wow, never thought I would see anything of mine in the Mail ha ha! Click the pic to see more! more soon! oxo gd
I just woke up from an amazing dream! I was shot out of a cannon from Hastings, smack dab in the middle of London, laughing & eating wonderful food with my dear friends The De Havillands and then I was wisked off for glamourous night of jokes and merriment at London’s Palladium with John Cooper Clarke and John Shuttleworth! But it wasn’t a dream it was real! And so much fun too! I wasn’t planning a trip there, but last thurs out of the blue I got a voicemail from John Cooper Clarke saying “Hey kid, your on the door plus one at my london show this sunday, no pressure..” I couldn’t believe it! It was so wild because I had just pulled out a Hire Car Print to post to him. I had it written on my weekly things to do list. I even thought about inscribing “sorry I missed your tour…” But now I didn’t have too! It really was a blast all the other acts were stellar, and I got to chat with him & his wife after wards and present him with my offering. How cool is that? eh?? BTW, Hire Car is one of his brilliant poems, which I became obsessed with 8 years back.. read about it here … But that wasn’t all the excitement!! I also visited the Terry De Havilland Store and saw my work in neon lit glory, basking in the window!! How amazing is that?? It’s like a holy shrine, emitting powerful rays to future wearers and admirers… Wow! All I can say is – I have a wonderful life!! more soon! oxo gd
A few months back a video was making the rounds about a performance piece of dancing horses at NYC’s Grand Central Station. I watched and like many was completely transfixed by the haunting beauty. It must have really been a treat for the commuters! Then yesterday a friend posted a link to Flux Boston Blog and their wonderful piece on Cave’s show at The Peabody Museum. And I just DIED when I saw his work!! His creations are like every thing great about childhood! Grandma’s quilts, plus muppets, dancing costume remnants, and tribal fantasy explosions! Just breath taking and wonderful!! Cave grew up in central Missouri. With many siblings and a single mother, times were tough so he began to make things from found objects. He studied Art in College and taught himself to sew. He later trained as a dancer under Alvin Ailey and then brought his 2 passions together. I would die to have 2 of his fab costumes!! One to wear everyday until it just fell to bits. And one to hang on the wall to just admire! He actually has a shop wear you can by his hair scarves and leggings, and more! His work reminds me of my childhood, and my uncle designing Mardi Gras costumes for me; but on acid and times a million! I am going to save my pennies so I can buy 2 of everything!! Please come to London!! I would love to see this in person!! Anyhoo, enjoy this fab vid of his mastery!! GENIUS!! oxo GD
This is insane!! We now live in a world where we can print our clothing!! What??? This is some futuristic Lost in Space/Barbarella plot right?? Nope it’s true!! Legendary NYC designer Michael Schmidt teamed up with architect Francis Bitonti, and with the help of Shapeways – a company which lets designers print on demand with industrial-scale 3D printers – they custom made a 3D dress for Dita Von Teese. The dress, based on the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, was printed in pieces with fully articulated joints!! What?? How is this possible? It’s too much to comprehend… It looks so amazing on Ms Von Teese. I would love to work in 3D printing… Maybe in 20 years time we shall all have home 3D printers making our own outfits!! How fab would that be?? Check out these vids about the process!! Too much! AMAZING!! oxo gd
Terry de Havilland spoke with Dazed Digital about the Spring/ Summer 2013 shoe collection and I gotta mention! Woop Woop! ” I also finally got the chance to work with my great friend Tiff McGinnis [aka Grande Dame] on oriental prints. We’ve had a mutual appreciation thing going on for a while and the timing was suddenly perfect for a collaboration. I love her sense of colour and the anarchy of her music and animations. Digital printing has come on in leaps and bounds since I first experimented with it, so I called her up and we went to work. I love the results. The shoes glow in UV light.
Aww! I’m so honored!! Thanks Tel!! Read more here!! oxo gd
The always delightful Plumdiddlyumcious did a marvelous review on the Terry de Havilland Spring/Summer 2013 line! You may remember she interviewed me a few months back. If you haven’t checked her fabulous blog, I suggest you do! She is a very talented & witty writer! And there are loads of amazing pix to loose yourself in!! Very honoured to be featured on there! Go make a cuppa and Check it out!! oxo gd
OMG! YAY! YAY! YAY! I’m in today’s Metro!!! Page 28! In the style section!!! See – Tiffany!! Ahhh, a mini milestone has been crossed! I have always wanted to be in the Metro. Yay! Yay! And again Yay! Of course I’m not totally in there, but my Tiffany shoe, made in collaboration with the amazing couture shoe designing legend Terry de Havilland, is!! Under the “Accessories We Love” column! YAY!! oxo gd
Been getting some more feedback on my Spring Summer 2013 shoe collaboration with Terry de Havilland!! Solitaire Style Fever said their favorite style was my Isis design!! And Style It Light said they were “in love with the Isis Wedge. Print design by the Fab Artist Grande Dame”. So there you have it! It’s official! I AM FAB! Yay! oxo gd
Ultimate fashion maven diva – DIANE PERNET – featured some snaps from the Terry De Havilland Spring/Summer 2013 shoe collection, with 2 of my designs on her blog!! Wow! Wow! WOW!! How very exciting!! The first and last pic are my creations. They all look amazing! Modeled by the gorgeous Codie Young and shot by Sarah Piantadosii, it does have a very Studio 54 look & feel! Yum! I will take one pair of each please! Seriously!! So happy! Click the pic or HERE for more! oxo gd
Vivienne Westwood launched her Red Label Spring 2013 show with an earthy theme. Girls with colored faces, in flowy dresses & flowers in their hair strutted down the catwalk. She says she’s bored with fashion and uses it as a spring board for her new passion – Climate Revolution. She released a manifesto from her blog. Here is how you too can join her Active Resistance.
How to join the Revolution
Many people have changed their way of living. The more this happens, the greater the Revolution, the greater the chance of saving our planet.
1) Money is a means to an end, not an end in itself. 2) Quality v Quantity 3) Buy less, choose well, make it last (we don’t want the “latest thing” just for the sake of it.) “I never waste money I spend it”- Oscar Wilde. Maybe you’ll give a donation to an NGO or charity. 4) Prepare and cook your own food. 5) Cut out plastic 6) Inform yourselves 7) NGO’s: there are thousands, follow one in particular and give your support. You will learn a lot. 8) Consider the responsibility of not having or having children. 9) Take an active part in the Revolution as it starts to build. 10) Engage in art and culture.
Except for the plastic and donating to NGO’s it fits in with my life! Now, if only I could find her clothes at the Oxfam…