Untitled (LO270), 2004
a) realising it's got a good thing going with its cover girls and not blocking off too much of the image- excellent image, too, I love the purply-bluey-pinkish patterns and whatnots going on in there, and that's even without their choice of covergirls (wonder if Chloé- the brand that is, not the lady in the centre- has got something high-profile coming up soon? Fresh perfume push, maybe?). But I do love the styling on Chloë the girl and Clémence, especially the former- checked shirts have had dibs on my soft corner since I was fourteen, and it's rather a kick to see one on a cover..
b) Colour-coordinating the text to the girls' clothes. It's not often that brightness is actually harmonious, and methinks this cover is quite an achievement that way..
Ne- Net, AW 08-09
Ele Tra AW08-09
I'm not exactly the first person in the blogosphere to have one, and I haven't shown half the dedication of Dreamecho or Fashion Nation when it came to sleuthing out the identities of theirs ( Rei Shito and Louise The Red-Haired Girl* respectively, whom I also have a giant style crush on)- also it's kind of unnecessary in this case, but I can never fail to love Yasmin Sewell**, not only for wearing her clothes so amazingly, but also (and more importantly) because she looks so bloody happy just to be there, being herself. Which is part of the point of clothes, really, if they help you do just that..
*at least that's what I call her. No surname=me inventing description.
**pictures above by the Sartorialist. Turns out she's left Brown's and is setting up a consultancy. It does sound good..
looks a lot like this:
Nine perfumes out of ten (probably more, if I were to be honest), smell more or less the same. And it doesn't help anyone's case that they just get sold so much, to the point that they become more easily identifiable by their ad campaigns/endorsers, than their topnotes. One shiny glass bottle after another, it's so easy to get bored...except with a very tiny handful of perfumes that, for me, seemed to work just fine. The first among these was (no surprises, if you looked at the picture above) Anaïs Anaïs. I got my first bottle when I was thirteen, when the kick of owning it came as much from the fact that this was one bit of frippery I could get away with wearing to school because it didn't count as makeup, as from the smell itself (which was amazing...I may just have a weird nose, because more often than not, Anaïs Anaïs smelled more than a little like wet dust to me- a pretty awesome smell if I say so myself), and the bottle- I loved its old-fashioned look. There's never been anything quite like it- it was my first experience with scent of any kind, and too many of the so-called 'fresh, floral' scents I sniff on occasion are just so...generic in comparison to it). I don't use perfume quite as often now (bad experiences with a broken bottle had something to do with that), though I did briefly try Miss Dior Chérie, which smelled like toffee pudding, and Lanvin's Vetyver (I didn't know it was a guy's perfume! But I do like vetiver..) but nothing quite matches up to it.
*this doesn't mean that I don't wear them. I just like my clothes with a bit of room to maneouevre around in, that's all.
Image from www.johnlewis.com
If you feel like looking at more of Camilla's work, I'd suggest going to her site or MySpace, as well as to her online store. And here's an interview with the artist about the experience of working on Nightmares and Fairytales.
All images from http://www.camilladerrico.com, used with the artist's permission and for illustrative purposes only.
*And just for reference, alta is pigment- used, as the line says, to paint feet red. I'm not sure what it's made of exactly, but it is most definitely not a part of standard decoration for Bengali women. Not unless there's a major festival on, anyway.