Alexander “The Great”

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Exactly five years ago on February 11th, the news about Alexander McQueen’s death shocked the world Fashion industry.

Famous for his provoking fashion shows and spectacular designs, he is without a doubt the most iconic and inspirational designer of this generation. If he was alive today would continue to amaze us with his creations, produce the most imaginative shows and be the best British designer.

Savage Beauty is the most awaited exhibition, coming to the V&A in London on March 14th, it celebrates McQueen’s extraordinary contribution to fashion and features work from his incredible nineteen year career. Previously shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York it became the eight most popular in the Met’s history, and will finally open here very soon, I can’t wait to see this wonderful exhibition!

“Everybody else calls him Lee, I call him Alexander, because I think of Alexander the Great”. 

– Isabella Blow.

The spectacular white dress being spray-painted by two robots.

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“Birds” Show S/S 2001

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Kate Moss hologram at the Paris Autumn/Winter 2006 Show.

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His Spring/Summer 2008 Collection was an homage to Isabella Blow.

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 Givenchy by Alexander McQueen Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1997-98.

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Alexander McQueen

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An Exciting Time in Music

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I can’t remember feeling as overwhelmed about new music as I am right now, really excited about the musicians I mention in this post. They have a very distinctive style, and their sound is a fusion of electronic, minimal, ambient, house and classical sounds.

The London based record label Erased Tapes is known by releasing avant-garde music, some of their artists include Kiasmos, Rival Consoles, Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, Olafur Arnalds and A Winged Victory for the Sullen, they are very talented and innovative musicians experimenting with minimal, electronic and classical beats, and this label is one to watch!

My boyfriend introduced me to most of this music, we both follow these artists and try to go to every show as soon as they announce it. I saw Kiasmos in Berlin in November and they were great, but I know their London show in St. John at Hackney Church in March is going to blow me away, Rival Consoles and Vessels are opening the gig.

So what inspired this playlist? Well, the 13 artists I’ve included in this playlist have announced upcoming gigs in London, check out Convergence 2015 to see Kiasmos, Rival Consoles, Clark, Vassels and Pantha Du Prince in March. St. John Church, where these gigs are taking place, is a magical venue for this type of music, I genuinely think these shows will be incredible.

Slow Magic will play at the Oval Space this month and Nils Frahm at the Roundhouse in May.

Something slightly different to a gig, but nevertheless incredible, it’s Random Dance Atoms, the 2013 show by the acclaimed choreographer  Wayne McGregor.  The music for the entire show was created by A Winged Victory for the Sullen, and it was played live during the performance, this is happening again but only for two dates,  the 13th and 14th February, it’s one not to miss.

Enjoy the playlist!

I am only happy when it rains

I always  think of London as a cold, grey and wet City, it is exactly why I love living here so much.

Today was cold and rainy, and to me it was the perfect weather to go for a walk along London Bridge Pier and take  some pictures.

It was  all about shape and texture,  I also played with my camera settings to get faded and dreamy-like images,  some of these photos could almost be watercolour paintings.

I hope I captured some of the beauty the lovely winter lays over London.

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Happiness…this way!

It was Sunday morning, I did the usual thing when I woke up, checked Facebook. I scrolled down my newsfeed very quickly and the only thing that got my attention was one status; How to find happiness? It made me think about my personal happiness and inspired me to write this post.

Sometimes we lose motivation, get bored of our lives or what we do, make bad decisions that take us to a dark road, or we simply we face difficulties that consequently change our outlook on life. When we are in that state of mind it is easy to forget what being happy feels like, but the turning point is when we realise how short the days are, how quickly time is passing us by and here we are, spending our existence being miserable.

It is simpler than we think to switch that button on our brain to feel hopeful again, we just have to take baby steps and think of all the small things that make us smile.

How to find happiness? Well, I wish I had the right answer, but to me you find it when you decide to open your mind and appreciate everything around you, people; friends and family, and living; enjoying every day. When you wake up early enough to see the sunrise and all the amazing pinks and yellows in the sky, or when you read a book that totally changes your perspective on life, wearing your favourite outfit, listing to a beautiful piece of music, being in a room full of your loved ones, or even writing in your blog that has been forgotten for several months.

We live in an extraordinary universe, but we sadly spend too long with our eyes shut.

I take pictures of anything I find beautiful and inspiring, of what I love and appreciate about my every day life, and when I feel down I have these images to remind me how lucky I am for having such beauty around me.

This is how I find happiness!

A Beautiful Sunset, Lisbon

Reds and yellows in the sky

Sunflowers in Columbia Flower Market

Columbia Flower Market

My Sunday Morning

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A powerful message, a man standing in the middle of the street giving away his art.

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Berlin

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Wearing quirky sunglasses

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A cafe in France

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My Friends

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Sophie’s magical house in France

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Randomness

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Arty Shows

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The Sky

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Winter

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Montmartre, Paris

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Happy Notes, “The Paul Smith’s Exhibition” in London

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Surreal Places

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A candy sky in the early hours

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Yoga by the Sea

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Mexico City

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Being Playful

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Beautiful Architecture

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Dressing Up

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A Full Moon

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Live Music

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Interactive Art

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The Colour Pink

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A walk at night along the Southbank

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My Nephew

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London

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Mexico Lindo y Querido

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It has been another great trip to Mexico City to visit my family, and while I was there for a short I simply had to wander around the City with my camera to try to capture some of its magic.

My opinion about Mexico City is not of a native Mexican girl who simply adores her country and ignores all its political issues, high level of crime and corruption, of course it has that, but also an immense beauty that can’t be explained or described, you have to be there to understand its charm.

I left for Europe a long time ago, but every time I visit it awakes a part of me that I sometimes think it has died, my Mexican roots will always be there but the love and appreciation for my culture  seem to fade away at times, until I go back and I’m reminded of how lucky I am for having grown up in such an interesting place, of  rich culture and history, full of mystical places and mysterious Aztec legends of their gods.

Mexico is tradition,  food, religion, tequila y mescal, friendly people, colour, humor and  music, this country has  a piece of my heart and I think that if you ever visit it you might leave  a piece of yours behind.

La Santa Muerte on the streets of the city centre

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Mexican crafts at the Ciudadela

Mercado de la Ciudadela

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“La Casa Azul” Frida Kahlo’s beautiful house in which she grew up and later on lived with Diego Rivera, it is located in Coyoacan, it’s now  a museum and at the moment is exhibiting some of the most iconic outfits and jewellery worn by the artist.

La Casa Azul

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La Condesa, this area is popular for its quirky bars, mezcalerias and cool shops.

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This bar has an amazing selection of Mexican beer only

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Coyoacan

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Food at La Coyoacana

Road Trip to the Marquesa

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The most delicious Pina Colada I have ever had served in a beautifully decorated pineapple

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Wandering in one of many food markets in the city

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Fruit at the market

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Chile Heaven

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Mexicans are carnivores

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Into the Dark

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Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol, Janis Joplin and Tim Buckley.

I was looking at some images of the 1960’s music scene for an article I wrote for  Airport-Magazine  next issue, in fact I was looking at the photo above while listening to one of my playlists in Spotify when Golden Arrow by Darkside came on, suddenly my mood changed, this song and the photo made me think of other obscured songs, talented artists whose lives might have ended in tragedy and troubled souls.

I thought of Pink Floyd instantly because Darkside’s music reminded me of some songs by the group, I even wondered whether the name Darkside and their experimental sound was inspired by “The Darkside of the Moon” by Pink Floyd, but anyway, that’s a different subject. I then thought of Syd Barret, who was Pink Floyd’s original lead singer but  left the band in 1968 because of his mental illness.

Then Janis Joplin came to my mind, the 60’s queen of psychedelic blues who sadly died in 1970, also Hendrix, who died a couple of weeks before Janis, and then of course  the troubled soul of Jim Morrison.

As  I continued to listen to music, depressing but beautiful songs I searched for imagery that represents the mood I’m in,  although some photos don’t related to each other they all bring nostalgia and even sadness, a dark and uneasy feeling, which I find in Diane Arbus  photography.

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Pink Floyd in 1970

Pink Floyd in 1970

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Jim Morrison on stage in 1968

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JIm Morrison

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Glastonbury 1970

Mia Farrow by Diane Arbus

Mia Farrow by Diane Arbus

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Twins by Diane Arbus

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Flower Girl Wedding 1964 by Diane Arbus

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What Happened Next on Miles Aldridge’s Photography

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A few days ago while watching Alfred Hitchcock’s How to Catch a Thief  I found myself thinking about the extraordinary career he had, he was the master of suspense and had a very distinctive editorial style, the way he framed shots to maximise tension and the unpredictable, the violence, crime &  twisted endings of his films were his trademark, he also had an obsession for  blonde female characters as the leading role.

As a child I used to watch Hitchcock’s TV series every Monday at midnight while my parents were in bed, I was only 7 but I got hooked instantly and as I got older I continued to watch his films. I’m only one of many fans who loves and admires his work,  he has been a major influence to many artists and not only in the film industry but also in photography.

Miles Aldridge is an English photographer, he has been producing incredible imagery for over 13 years, he has done fashion editorials for Numero, The New Yorker, Pop, Chinese Vogue, American Vogue, Vogue Russia and especially Vogue Italia, in which his work has consistently appeared since 2000.

There is an element of Hitchcock’s style in Aldridge’s photography and Miles himself has openly said the acclaimed director has been a source of inspiration for his work, I believe it is his predominant use of  glamorous and beautiful women, an obsession which Hitchcock had, or perhaps it is the feeling that’s captured in his rich and colourful photos, a sensation that something disturbing or chaotic is about to happen, just like in Hitchcock’s films.

There are two exhibitions of Miles Aldridge’s work in London,  I Only Want You to Love Me at the Somerset House until the 29th September and Short Breaths, at the Brancolini Grimaldi Gallery until the 28th September,  It would be a shame to miss them.

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Cabaret, Vogue Italia 2006

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Diva, Numero 2005

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Dance Study, Paradis 2008

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Lie Wen for Vogue Italia, February 2011

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So Poetic, Vogue Italia 2006

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Le Manage Enchante, Numero 2007

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Immaculee, Numero 2007

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Home Works, Vogue Italia 2008

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A Dazzling Beauty, Vogue Italia 2008

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Dinner Party, Vogue Italia 2009

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A Precious Glam Num.2 2011

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Cat Story, Vogue Italia 2008

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Blooming, Vogue Italia 2007

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