Category Archives: Out and About

Hillsong Colour Conference 2011

I had an amazing weekend at the Hillsong Colour Conference. I absolutely loved everything about it; the speakers, the music, the heart behind the conference and I especially loved all the imagery used to promote it. I wanted to share it with you!

Bobbie Houston (the founder of Hillsong Church and Colour) says that Colour is.. ‘a gathering that brings women into an environment that actually believes in them. It is about believing in the potential of women. I think when you capture and mobilise the feminine heart – there is no end of amazing endeavor that women can accomplish and be involved in.’

Here are images from the beautiful brochure!

One Love – is the love of God. Unashamedly this is about the love of God reaching into humanity bringing solution.

One Heart – is one heart beating together, in sync. A heart to roll up our sleeves, to not just be aware of some of the problems on the earth, but also to be committed to do something about it!

One Sisterhood – although it is One Sisterhood, the Sisterhood is broad and diverse. It involves women in our own backyard, but it also embraces women from far and wide. The Colour Sisterhood is a local Sisterhood and a global Sisterhood. Sometimes we can be enamoured with the global and foreign fields where there is great need, but in reality those fields are “someone’s local”. Every single one of us has a “local” to be responsible for … And this is a strong message on the conference. Yes, we have some strategic God given global partnerships, because together we can do more than we can individually… BUT we all have local communities full of local needs to pay attention to.


Happy Snaps at London Fashion Week

I very much enjoyed going to see Betty Jackson and Belle Sauvage at London Fashion Week! My highlights:

– Fur coats, heavy layering of different fabrics, cut out dresses and lots of RED at Betty Jackson.

– Prints that looked like fabric manipulations, body con and a massive HAT at Belle Sauvage.

Here are a few of my snaps:

Ballet = 2011. Part 7

Movie: The Black Swan

Friday night I finally managed to get along to see The Black Swan at Hammersmith Cineworld. (That place is such a dive!) Needless to say I absolutely loved it, although it made me jump a lot more than I thought it would! The dancing, acting and costumes were all superb.

The only thing I want to share with you today is the use of colour in the film. Colour is usually used in films to evoke emotion, ideas, places, and themes. Well it certainly did all of the above in this film! Both in the costumes and sets, colour was used to show Nina’s (Natalie Portman) transition into becoming the Black Swan. The blindingly obvious part of the film that really helped Mark and I to understand the dramatic use of colour was in Thomas Leroy’s, the ballet director, office and home.

‘We assigned some symbolism to the various colors: black represents the darker side of Nina’s character, white is her innocent side, pink represents her childhood, and green conveys envy and ambition.’ From an interview with Matthew Libatique.

The shift in colours of the different outfits Nina wore really helps you to grasp what is going to happen in the scene (whether it’s something which is going to make you jump or not!) which is what I really love about this film. Slowly, as Nina’s character unravels, her colours become darker and more dangerous. The costume designer, Amy Westcott, did a fantastic job!

An Interview with Amy, she says; ‘They were almost cliché in the sense of pink for Nina and grey and black for Lily. And then we carefully worked in some grey into Nina and slowly worked in some pink into Lily, and by the end of the movie, Nina has some black, and it is more black and grey – she almost loses the pink – and Lily is in some white with grey.’

Rodarte were used as contemporary designers to create costumes which would take the film to another level. Beautiful drawings by Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte:

Definitely a must-see.. If you haven’t yet; pay close attention to the costumes and colours!


Also: Another film starring ‘ballet’ staring Emily Blunt is The Adjustment Bureau. She is a ballet dancer who falls for politician Matt Damon. Out 4th March.

Ballet = 2011. Part 4

Diaghilev And The Golden Age Of The Ballet Russes 1909-1929, V&A exhibition

I was first aware of the Ballet Russes when studying for my dissertation ‘how did Chanel define women’s dress between 1909 – 1939’. Taking up a huge space, this exhibition was full of music, colour and costumes. Certainly not a disappointment.It’s now a century since the greatest of impresarios, Serge Diaghilev, brought his Ballets Russes to Europe, creating an artistic revolution that continued for nearly two decades until his death in 1929.

During those years, Diaghilev famously used an array of talent to collaborate on the ballets he presented. The 300 items in this exhibition paid a moving tribute to everyone involved in the Ballet Russes. There were cubist sets and costumes by Picasso, surrealist costumes from De Chirico, jewel coloured costumes from Matisse, along with contributions from Braque.

Taking chronological course through the company’s history, a whole section of the exhibition was devoted to Nijinsky, allowing viewers to ponder how a dancer whose jump became world famous could defy gravity in costumes so heavy and ornate.

The little objects in the exhibition really reminded me of the day-to-day labour that went into the creation of the Ballets Russes legend: a display of ballet shoes, stained and worn; the manuscript for Stravinsky’s Firebird, crisscrossed with pencil and blue crayon; and a collection of Diaghilev’s personal items.

A truly magical exhibition.

Another exhibition to look out for: The Proud Gallery in London has just launched its first ever dedicated ballet exhibition. Fifty Years Of The Ballet, a collection of beautiful images from dancer-turned-photographer Colin Jones. He has captured the life behind the scenes at the Royal Ballet School. Until the 6th March – Kings Road, Chelsea. Proud.


Ballet = 2011. Part 3

Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House

Last week I had the amazing gift of going to see Swan Lake! It was really incredible. Last time I went to see a ballet was with my Grandma! Couldn’t take photos during the performance so here’s a few beauties from the web:

I absolutely love the last image; the movement is beautiful!

Our seats! The Royal Opera House is such an exquisite venue.. most people were dressed in ball gowns and djs!

Other Ballets coming: The Royal Ballet and the Scottish Ballet’s new full length performances of Alice in Wonderland (2-15th March and 12th April-14th May respectively) are gathering a serious buzz!

Also, Giles Deacon is designing the costume for Odile (the black swan who tricks Prince Siegfried!) to mark the English National Ballet’s 60th anniversary on 16th March.

Image from Harper’s Bazaar

Prozena Schouler inspires..

On Portobello Road this week I came across some WOW factor trousers… The fabric immediately reminded me of the lace dresses from Prozena Schouler’s SS11 collection, so I had to get them. They’re a pretty horrific shape so you’re just getting a zoomed close up of the fabric.. so let’s see what they can be transformed into: Watch this space!

Prozena Schouler SS11:

Close up of Proenza’s lace:

Wacky but fun fabric from Portobello:

Off to Portobello!


There is one thing I truly love about my husband, Mark. Apart from the fact he leaves the toilet seat down, will get me a drink whenever I’m thirsty (day or night), is great at washing up AND puts up with my mood swings… He will come with me to any fashion/textile/shopping related expedition I want to go on. He won’t even moan; but be supportive and encourage me to buy things! What a perfect man.

So today we went to Portobello Road to hunt out some quirky things. Found some great lace stalls and masses of vintage, some cheap as chips but others very pricey! I love it when expensive items are mixed with deals, it makes it that much more fun when you find something you love that’s the cheapest item on the stall.

We love the fact that the southern end of the road makes us feel like we’re back in Brighton with its brightly coloured houses. (I have a miniture obsession with that place – in fact going for a few days with my mum [girls shopping trip] at the end of Feb..!)