Yasmin Eshref

Lo Sono L’Amore
April 17, 2010, 1:49 pm
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I’ve been a massive Tilda Swinton fan ever since I saw her in Absent Presence, Hussein Chalayan’s short film for the Venice Bienalle back in 2005, which is why I rushed out to see her lead the way in I Am Love, Luca Guadagnino’s new film about repression and the upper classes in late 90’s uber-fashionable Milan.

The film is not fantastically easy to watch- it’s intense, dramatic and at times verges on being a little gratuitously arty (even for me!) but you potentially won’t see a film more beautifully shot this year.

 The film’s score, provided by John Adams, is perfectly matched to the action (think dreamy strings accompanying shots of blooming heather and sun drenched Italian mountain ranges) the Jill Sander and Fendi wardrobe collaborations are utterly chic and as might be expected in an Italian Arthouse production- the sex scenes of the movie are that rare combination; tasteful and highly erotically charged without ever straying into Eurotrash territory.

 I went to see the film at the Curzon cinema in Chelsea, one of my favourite places to watch movies in London (besides my bedroom, and the Prince Charles in Leicester Square), but it is open nationwide now, and definitely deserves 120 minutes of your time.


Quilts: 1700-2010

Last week I finally got to see the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Quilts: 1700-2010 exhibition, and I must say, it’s one of the best things I’ve seen in ages. There were so many diverse and beautiful items on display from Elizabeth Chapman’s amazingly intricate Wellington Coverlet (I just had to get a postcard of that one!) to Grayson Perry’s Right to Life, a creative, contemporary look at the abortion debate of 90’s America (you can see a close up here).

The exhibition is split into five subcategories: Making a Living, Meeting the Past, Virtue and Virtuosity, Private Thoughts/Political Debates and The Domestic Landscape and all of which harboured so many gems, a selection of which I will post below. If you can however, I’d strongly urge all to see the exhibition before it finishes on the 4th of July 2010.  Entry fee is a mere £10 (or £6 for us studenty types!). Ooh and from tomorrow onwards you can kill two birds with one stone by going to see the fabulous looking Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition also on at the V and A- couture Dior galore!

Tracey Emin- To Meet My Past



Ann West- Patchwork with Garden of Eden

Janey Forgan- Liberty Jack

Unknown- George III Reviewing the Troops

Victoria & Albert Museum quilt exhibition

Make Tea, Not War…
April 13, 2010, 3:55 pm
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.. with this beautiful set of Fornasetti Teaware.

Cup + Saucer – £125

Tea Pot- £325

At £450 for the set, it might not be the cheapest cup of Chai you’ve ever had. But the way I see it, I’m getting through enough caffeine at the moment that there’s no way it wouldn’t be a cost effective choice (at this rate, potentially about 10p pur cuppa..). Oh yes, I’d be willing to forego a few Starbucks Peppermint jobbies in order to acquire these badboys, available from the lovely Milk Concept Boutique.

Bourjois! So pretty, so Parisian..
April 8, 2010, 11:00 am
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So, I was just doing my usual inane browsing of online Fashion mecca ASOS (it sure beats the dissertation), but today my eye has been caught not by all the gorgeous pastel dresses around at the moment (I’m sticking to my lilac skinnies, lest I go *too* Barbara Cartland esque) nor by the double denim trend, but instead by these gorgeous limited edition Bourjois blushes- oh how covetous!

Clockwise from top to bottom there’s the uber romantic Rose d’or,  soft +hazy  Lilas d’or and peachy-dream Ambre d’or. The blushes will set you back a mere £6.85 each, but I decided I couldn’t *bear* to choose just one, and have opted for all three. The way I see it, they’re a multi purpose buy; not just for contouring my cheeks but for adding a wee extra bit of shabby chic- credentials to my make up table. Clutching at straws- moi?

It’s love..
April 6, 2010, 10:00 am
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.. between me and Miu Miu’s Spring ’10 collection. I daresay Miuccia Prada has bought out the shoe fetishist in me, I would do bad things to get my hand on these beauties.

Lady Luck Rules, Ok?
April 5, 2010, 1:00 pm
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I’ve copied this off the Lady Luck Rules website. Hope to see a few of you there? I will be attending on April 17th, talk looks really interesting (and a Jew can’t argue with free cake!).

The Trade Secrets of Lady Luck Rules OK

Have you ever wondered what happened behind the scenes at Lady Luck Rules OK? Join me for an indepth talk about how I set up the label in 2003 and grew the business from spare room to busystudio and shop. Discover the ins and outs of running a successful independent creative company from design, sourcing suppliers, creating production techniques, setting up a website, the day to

day tasks of selling online, PR and marketing, wholesale, the boring stuff like book keeping, employing staff, organising events and much more.  Learn from my experiences, successes (and

mistakes!).  Find out why I finally decided to close down the label and what I have in store for 2010.

Venue: Superette, 66a Sclater Street, London E1 6HR

Thursday 8th April: 6pm-9pm

Tuesday 13th April: 6pm- 9pm

Saturday 17th April: 1pm- 4pm

Cost £25, limited places available. You can book here.


Strike a pose..
April 2, 2010, 1:00 pm
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I’m a big fan of Uniqlo– most of my jeans, and indeed all of my cashmere (just the one sweater..) comes from there. We all know the Japanese brand does staples to perfection, but what about those after something a little more.. trend led?

Enter this range of summery tees, depicting a selection of vintage Vogue covers from the thirties and forties.

The Vogue newsletter assures me these little beauts will be in store soon. I do hope they’ll be blaring a certain Madonna song in the fitting rooms, too. Any excuse!