The first reviews are starting to trickle in from Cannes for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. They are a little luke warm so far. I've seen the trailer and it looks like it's a classic Luhrmann production: glamorous, over the top, lavish and spectacular in scale but not terribly deep. However, as one person pointed out, it's just entertainment, isn't it? It's not intended to be the answer to the world's problems. Have you seen the trailer? Here it is here.
I think at the very least the costumes and production design will be fun to look at.
I've been meaning to do a blog post on Ertéfor a very long time. After all, he is possibly one of the most famous and well known of all the Art Deco artists. I used to be crazy about Erté when I was a little girl as I had a colouring in book of his drawings. These days my favourite Art Deco pin up boy is George Barbier but now that I look at Erté's work again I can see what attracted me to him and why he is still incredibly popular. He's so over the top stylised and flamboyant! His illustrations are pure fantasy and a lot of fun.
I occasionally listen to Alison Goldfrapp's 2005 album Supernature. It's sort of glam era revival meets noughties electronic dance music. This song reminds me of something Marc Bolan would most definitely like to tap his toe to. She has a nice soprano voice and the production which she does herself with her partner Will Gregory is pretty lush. Apparently, when Kylie Minogue heard this song, Lovely 2 C U, she ran to her producer and demanded he make her sound just like Alison Goldfrapp! I have my upper limits for this sound, but it's nice to listen to from time to time. Anyway, I googled her and discovered people are mad about her. I can see why, she's quite a beauty.
These pretty line illustrations and typography drawings are by one of my all time favourite Art Deco artists: George Barbier. I scanned them from this awesome book I got as a Christmas present. It is packed full of practically every illustration he ever did. It's quite a big book as he was incredibly prolific. How nice is that?
Here are a few iPhone photos I've taken whilst out and about. In a gigantic effort of will, I have only included one cat photo as I don't want to distress all the non-cat fanciers out there (see me after class fellow cat lovers). Below the photos you can read an explanation of what and where the shots were taken.
From top to bottom, left to right: 1) Evening sky over Rushcutter's Bay oval (I couldn't get the bats in!) 2) Fun pink neon in a noodle restaurant, Oxford street 3) Lily pads in Centennial Park 4) Taylor the resident cat who sits beside the never ending set of stairs from Woolloomoolloo to Potts Point 5) Retro Italian advertisement in Crown Street, Surrey Hills 6) Gum blossoms in the Potts Point park whose name escapes me 7) A wild underwater Louis Vuitton window display in the Rocks 8) & 9) Twinkly dresses in Oxford street 10) Tiny ferry chugging past Clarke Island in the harbour 11) Enormous cruiser docked at Circular Quay 12) The Opera House as seen through the Bridge 13) A ladybird rambles on along a rusty fence in Woollahra.
Apparently it is the 150 year anniversary of the London Underground. To celebrate, the London Transport Museum is having an exhibition of posters designed for what was/is the world's first underground railway. The posters span the period from 1908 to the present day. I thought they were very stylish!
One of my favourite bloggers, Miss Moss, has been scanning a collection of Vogue covers from an old book she has recently unearthed called The Art of Vogue Covers. It's hard to believe they are almost 100 years old! ...and how different are the Vogue covers today! You can see her full flickr set here.