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Review: Mary Quant at the V&A

Mary Quant is the pinnacle of 60s youth culture, revolutionising fashion and culture in a decade known for change. The V&A’s current exhibition honouring her both acts as a frozen capsule and transcends linear time. The exhibition’s historicism plays out through transporting you to her original BAZAAR shop in Knightsbridge, gazing into its shop window. The mannequins have playful poses, with some lying on the floor and jumping through the air, and hold eccentric props that Quant used herself – most notably a red lobster attached to a gold chain. This encouraged the exhibition’s engagement with visitors, replicating Quant’s vital and innovative interaction with the customer. Continue reading Review: Mary Quant at the V&A

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Meghan Markle X Vogue: A Collaboration to Celebrate. 

When will it end? When will we get bored? When will we finally learn to celebrate Meghan Markle and the work she does, and give her credit where it is due? Yet again, this past week HRH Duchess of Sussex has made headlines with the release of the ever-anticipated September issue of British Vogue. This year she has guest edited the edition with Edward Enninful, current editor of the publication. Last month, scandal surrounded her choice to protect her child and friends’ privacy in not releasing the names of Archie’s godparents; this month, her call for kindness and positivity has gathered ample criticism. This scrutiny of Meghan, the charitable and kind work she does and the decisions she makes about her family are becoming old and dull news. Yes, she is female, yes, she is of mixed heritage and yes, her former career was as an actress but like it or not she is now a member of the British Royal Family. In guest editing the September issue of Vogue she has used her platform to deliver what is ultimately a message of, as Bryony Gordon wrote in her column for The Telegraph, “be kind, help people less fortunate than you, try and do the right thing, and by the way: you’re lovely just as you are”.  Continue reading Meghan Markle X Vogue: A Collaboration to Celebrate. 

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Nan Goldin at the Tate Modern

“In spite of it all, people have a need to couple. Even when they’re being destroyed, they’re still coupling. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency starts and ends with this premise, but in between there is the question of as to why there is this need to couple and why it is so difficult.” – Nan Goldin (1986)  Continue reading Nan Goldin at the Tate Modern

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Review: Heat Wave by Penelope Lively

Reading this extraordinarily perceptive novel in my garden during the July heat wave, the cover gradually fading in the sunlight and the pages getting crumpled by my fingers greasy with sun cream, I was absorbed into the world of Penelope Lively’s book: one simmering with barely contained emotions and the heat of an extreme English summertime. At just under 200 pages this book is no … Continue reading Review: Heat Wave by Penelope Lively

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Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

*WARNING: SPOILERS*

Spider-Man: Far From Home is in an unenviable position: having to follow Avengers: Endgame, now the highest grossing film ever. Endgame was essentially a monumental conclusion to the Infinity Saga that said goodbye to characters we’ve loved for over a decade. It was soul crushing. For anything directly afterwards, it’s tricky not to fall flat.

However, choosing Spider-Man was wise. It narrows the scale, allowing audiences to see how the Blip (the five years post-snap) actually affected people. This transition works well for the franchise, with the student “in memoriam” video for Stark, Rogers, and Romanoff (don’t – I’m still devastated) shifting it in a more light-hearted direction. Continue reading Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Review: Toy Story 4

After hearing that Pixar had decided to release a fourth movie in the Toy Story saga, I was filled with multiple emotions – sure enough there was a lot of excitement but there was also a creeping sense of dread. After the emotional rollercoaster ride that was Toy Story 3, it seemed we had said our goodbyes to the toys, just as Andy does, in … Continue reading Review: Toy Story 4

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So Scandi: In praise of “Summer” by Karl Ove Knausgård

Short trousers, redcurrants, summer rain, campsites, tears, electric hand mixers, intelligence, ice cubes, skin and plums. These are some of the objects and phenomena that Norwegian author, Karl Ove Knausgård describes in his book, Summer. Continue reading So Scandi: In praise of “Summer” by Karl Ove Knausgård