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favourite things, tra-la-la

Yesterday I was mainly reclining and enjoying the December issue of UK Vogue – the ‘Fantastic Fashion Fantasy Issue.’ I have to admit to having mixed feelings about fashion magazines, but for me, this issue of Vogue is absolutely what it should be all about. Ridiculous Christmas gift ideas aside (magnum of Moet with bespoke Swarovski crystal lettering, anyone? £175 leather rubik’s cube? nope, thought not) it is a delight – an imaginative wonderland of beautiful and inspirational images, showcasing high fashion at its most fabulously outrageous, playful, romantic and whimsical.

Tim Walker’s brilliant ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ shoot is a hugely enjoyable tribute to Roald Dahl, starring a gleefully grotesque Tim Burton, Helena Bohnam Carter and Karen Elson, accompanied with a text by Sophie Dahl. The ‘Unbelievable Fashion’ spread by Nick Knight takes unapologetic pleasure in fashion that pushes the boundaries, celebrating couture at its most experimental (and utterly bonkers). There’s also some beautiful new fashion illustrations, including Karl Lagerfeld’s ‘Secret Ball’ and even a fantasy shoe designed by who else but Manolo Blahnik.

I enjoyed four new ‘fashion fairytales’ commissioned from writers Rose Tremain, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Poppy Adams and Linda Grant – whose twist on the original ‘Little Mermaid’ featured surprise, surprise a pair of strangely compelling red shoes – and was also intrigued by the ‘In My Dreams’ feature revisiting a project from 1967, when Yves Saint Laurent was invited to illustrate a ‘dream wall’ for Vogue bringing together ‘favourite people, colours, ideas, things not yet or ever done… places, sunsets, faces’ (Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue, 1967). In this issue, fashion creatives including Giles Deacon, Rick Owens and Bruno Frisconi were invited to create their own visual representation of their favourite things: I especially liked the response from the wonderful Luella Bartley (you have to love a fashion designer who calls their shows stuff like ‘Dial F for Fluro’ or ‘Daddy I Want a Pony’) which included “my 2 sheep”, “Wednesday Adams’ plaits” and “geeky girls like Thora Birch in Ghostworld.”

I got thinking about what I might include on my own ‘dream wall’ and started making a list of ‘a few of my favourite things’ – Von Trapp chorus optional – though once I got started it was hard to stop. This is highly recommended as entertainment for dismal grey November afternoons…

  1. ginger chocolate
  2. velvet ribbon
  3. teapots
  4. libraries
  5. hot baths
  6. striped socks
  7. daisies on the lawn
  8. crayons
  9. mexican food
  10. red shoes (obviously)
  11. rum and ginger beer
  12. 1950s rock and roll
  13. old photographs
  14. earl grey tea
  15. sleeper trains
  16. meadows
  17. french accents
  18. children’s books
  19. sausage dogs
  20. ballet shoes
  21. red poppies
  22. typewriters
  23. snowfall
  24. old records
  25. date and walnut cake
  26. blankets
  27. attics
  28. black ink pens
  29. bluebell woods
  30. vintage illustrations
  31. pecan pie
  32. polka dots
  33. candlelight
  34. piano music
  35. seafood
  36. all hats, especially berets
  37. hammocks
  38. moomins
  39. bonfires
  40. raspberries
  41. penny sweets
  42. stationery shops
  43. wellington boots
  44. leopard print
  45. the smell of the sea
  46. butterflies
  47. victorian novels
  48. bicycles with baskets
  49. line drawings
  50. cherries
  51. breakfast pancakes
  52. knitting
  53. sketchbooks
  54. sushi
  55. fairy lights
  56. eyeliner
  57. cinema popcorn
  58. chinatown
  59. scrabble
  60. pavement cafes
  61. earmuffs
  62. 1940s/1950s dresses
  63. treasure boxes
  64. black cats
  65. amaretto
  66. cinnamon tea
  67. stripy jumpers
  68. red lipstick
  69. bare feet
  70. yellow lined paper
  71. roast chicken dinners
  72. swimming in the sea
  73. coca cola in a glass bottle
  74. black polo necks
  75. ponytails
  76. lemons
  77. radio 4
  78. blue skies
  79. super 8 films
  80. junk shops
  81. country lanes
  82. chandeliers
  83. hot water bottles
  84. peanut butter
  85. satchels
  86. rock pools
  87. woolly tights
  88. drinking through a straw
  89. brown paper
  90. peep toes
  91. bread sauce
  92. red umbrellas
  93. allotments
  94. glass milk bottles
  95. postcards
  96. breton stripes
  97. shuttered windows
  98. cocktail glasses
  99. foreign stamps
  100. secret gardens

3 Comments on favourite things, tra-la-la

  1. emily josephine mcphillips
    November 25, 2008 at 12:31 am (14 years ago)

    chandeliers. i love them too.
    i’ve been writing a story about a girl who has a big hang up on chandeliers. they just look so decadent and exicitng.

  2. LilMissShow
    November 26, 2008 at 11:25 am (14 years ago)

    Hey (again)! I LOVED this! And the list is SO YOU! Of course, it got me thinking, and yesterday I jotted things down as I thought of them – it’s not difficult to get to a hundred is it?!? So here are mine (!!):

    1)my mum
    2)360+ thread count white bed linen
    3)Dior mascara
    5)Agent Provocateur lingerie
    6)diamond earrings
    7)handbags – esp Mulberry ones
    8)cashmere jumpers
    9)chip butties
    12)cups of tea
    13)Ugg boots
    14)Elemis facials
    15)Christian Louboutin shoes
    18)love letters
    19)vanilla ice cream
    20)Carrie Bradshaw
    21)Zippo lighters
    22)bare feet
    24)gin and tonic
    25)madeira cake
    26)bread and butter
    27)Manchester United
    28)silk stockings
    29)New York City
    30)leather gloves
    31)lip gloss
    32)steak bearnaise
    33)fishnet tights
    35)Moleskin notebooks
    37)open fires
    38)black pencil skirts
    39)log cabins
    40)bed socks
    41)the smell of rain
    42)glasses of milk
    43)Hotel du Vin
    44)Alfa Spiders
    46)vintage Halston
    47)white shirts
    48)Radio 4
    49)Philosophy perfume
    50)Chanel Le Vernis Rouge Noir nail polish
    53)short dark bobs
    54)the smell of old library books
    55)flea markets
    57)toe rings
    58)net petticoats
    59)hot baths
    60)early nights
    61)tiger lilies
    64)John Keats
    65)old Roberts radios
    66)silver Tiffany jewellery
    67)L’Occitane hand cream
    68)chocolate eclairs
    69)Galleries Lafayette
    70)Vogue magazine
    71)scented tissues
    72)Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps
    73)stirrup tights
    74)curly hair
    75)men in spectacles
    76)painted toenails
    77)1940s lingerie
    78)ice cubes
    79)Victoria Beckham
    82)black kohl pencil
    83)Routemaster buses
    84)skinny jeans
    85)Ray Ban aviator sunglasses
    86)flower shops
    87)sausage rolls
    88)Yankee Candle scented candles – esp Fresh Cut Roses
    89)black lace
    90)parcels wrapped in brown paper and string
    91)Sex and the City
    92)vintage nightdresses
    93)proper ink pens
    96)Judith Lieber clutch bags
    97)red telephone boxes
    98)diamante hair slides
    100)jacket potatoes

  3. sally cook
    November 26, 2008 at 12:53 pm (14 years ago)

    God I read this and thought ‘hooray, another reason to write a list!’ and then I read yours and realised that actually, it is pretty much all the things I would have in my list, so I don’t need to.

    I failed miserably at Nanowrimo. So let’s meet up soon, do you fancy mulled wine at the Christmas markets, next week maybe?


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