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"When Philip met Isabella"
"When Philip met Isabella"
by Philip Treacy
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blow me, 5 Feb. 2004
This is a truly indulgent book, equally as sumptuous as Manolo Blahnik's book of shoe designs.
It is a collection of photographs and beautiful illustrations by Hilary Knight, chronicling Philip Treacy and Isabella Blow's collaboration on over thirty hats, including her wedding hat!
It perfectly conveys the talent of Treacy, his ingenuity, his inspiration for several of his hats from everyday objects. There is an interview with both Philip Treacy and Isabella Blow-his muse. It tells you a little about both their backgrounds, Treacy's past at the Royal College of Art and how he started his business in Blow's basement. Isabella Blow is a creative director who has worked for magazines such as American and Italian Vogue and The Face. Treacy describes very clearly how Blow has been a constant source of inspiration.
There are some wonderful photos of his surreal, sculptural creations-by Mario Testino, David La Chappelle etc-including the infamous pasta bowl hat which is a personal favourite. Many of the hats are worn by models recognisable to anyone, such as Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl.
This is a perfect book for any millinery obsessed woman, or teenager as well as being very informative for fashion students.

À Ma Soeur! [VHS] [2001]
À Ma Soeur! [VHS] [2001]

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibling rivalry, 5 Feb. 2004
It appears that there is no defined direction to this supposedly innocent film, which from the very beginning focuses simply on two french sisters, the elder pretty and slim etc, the youngest being the plump ugly duckling. It documents the fairly typical family on their summer holiday in France, the squabbling between the two girls and their over-worked, career obsessed father and mother; who is susceptible to panic attacks. The elder sister meets an older Italian boy, who of course is only after one thing and succeeds in leading her astray, the ugly duckling has to endure their sexual antics-whilst pretending to sleep. The film seems to dwindle along, and at points seems like it may have been aimed at young teenagers.
That is until the end... Where the mother and her two daughters are left to drive home without their father, who returns to work. The three of them end up on the motorway, the panic stricken mother driving fairly recklessly in a very long, tense and at times wince inducing scene. I wont spoil the end, but I can reassure you it will not be what you expect! Many people find the ending too grotesque, but I think it is genius-in its simplicity-considering that this is the type of film not required to shock you, it certainly does!
Its one of many of my favourite french films, and I would recommend it to anyone with a vaguely dark side.

100th Window
100th Window
Price: £5.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahh the genius of massive attack, 9 Dec. 2003
This review is from: 100th Window (Audio CD)
Surprisingly, to me at least 100th Window had a pretty quiet release-not too much hype (sadly!) after the well rinsed but still class mezzanine. My point being that I think that 100th Window is their best album yet-proven by the emotive collaboration with Sinead O'Connor... I don't think they could have found a better vocal... she enevitably provides a haunting, eerie quality to the 3 tracks she appears on... cohesive with the rest of the album which is very intense at times! (think-listening to 'angel' from mezzanine, turned up far too loud!) But having said that... do not read it as 'scary, manic, dwelling music' although it can be, it pretty much suits any mood.
If you are a Massive Attack fan, there is no exscuse not to own this one!

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