Dilrani Kaur

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If you like Meera Sethi and/or remember these playing cards by Sarah Ferone, you’ll also like Dilrani Kaur’s though provoking and witty work.

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As well as her own take on the playing card deck (which comeback as either prints or t-shirts and jumpers) and the out of this world tiger sneakers, Dilrani also takes vintage Vogue covers and adapts them for an Indian viewer. Her website is here.

Contemplation

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“Contemplation” (1945) by Francis Edwin Hodge, part of the Russell-Coates museum collection. The fashion is so evocative of the late 40s (think of photos of the Queen’s engagement and the early episodes of “The Crown”), but the image of a young wife perched on a chair in a fashionably-slender dark dress with bright hat perched at a jaunty angle and with hints of old England in the setting behind her is much more interwar.

Just as importantly, the tasselled bow on her hat is making me think of these fantastic shoes from MissLFire that a friend and I bought in this year’s sale:

 

Collection

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Shanghai bicycles photographed by @clarenced from her recent trip to China; the Jonathan Anderson bag for Loewe and a Delft platter on sale from Fisher London. Shapes, loops and dark tones for what is often an unexpectedly-cold stage of the year.

Vanessa Barragao

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After posting images from the Anni Albers exhibition, Instagram correctly predicted that I wanted to see a lot more artists working with textiles and led me to the door of Vanessa Barragao.

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Isn’t this great? I’d love to see (and touch) this work in person. Check out her website here and also her profile @vanessabarragao_work

Decorous

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When she woke up the next morning, Maria found to her great surprise that her riding-habit had not been put ready for her. Instead there had been laid out a very decorous dark-blue gown with plain white linen collar and cuffs, a dark-blue cloak and a dark-blue straw hat with delphinium-blue ribbons.

Maria was not very fond of this costume. In spite of the ribbons, it was rather a sombre and serious outfit, and it made her feel as serious as itself. However she knew better than to put it away and get out her habit, for she realised now that what she did day by day was not left entirely to her own choice. She was more or less under orders. And it seemed that her orders for today did not include riding.

The Little White Horse – Elizabeth Goudge. The dress here actually is a rising habit and from about 40 years later than The Little White Horse is set, but as soon as I saw it it reminded me of this passage. Photo from @katestrasdin