#ArtinMotion: Selly's UK Trip

TRAVEL AND STYLE HIGHLIGHTS FEATURING REDBUBBLE!

Just before I left for my trip, I packed some choice accessories. It seems I'm not the greatest at packing light (I am so, so sorry to all my hosts while abroad, for my stupidly heavy suitcase.) But the pieces with the biggest impact to my overall look each day, were actually the lightest. That's all thanks to the fine people at Redbubble and their gorgeous Art in Motion campaign: a new womens street style line, showcasing the work of some truly brilliant independent artists.

When I look back at one of my earliest blog posts featuring Redbubble, I feel that both this blog and the company have evolved by leaps and bounds, this latest collection being a perfect example of that.

Redbubble reached out to me about showcasing some pieces from their new collection. I saw my epic trip as the perfect opportunity to do just that. I wouldn't blog about something I didn't love, and it was love at first sight when I saw these pieces. The "Wings" butterfly pouch by Cassia and "Peacocks" scarf by Andrea Lauren--in addition to being stunning-- really resonated with me emotionally.

Visiting Pan, the spirit of the woods at Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Visiting Pan, the spirit of the woods at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

I felt that the butterflies represent the many facets of my personality, and were symbolic of my flying abroad, going on this journey, socializing all over the place. Bonus: The artist, Cassia, is in fact based in the UK!

My being a bag lady, I thought I'd prefer the larger pouch, but the smaller size not only ended up able to hold everything I needed : Passport, cash, phone, mirror, lipstick... even shades (!!); but the small scale also made it much more suitable for evening.

My first time ever in Sheffield. Good thing the guide to Sheffield fits perfectly into my pouch! You can grab yourself a guide --and a great cup of coffee-- at Cafe 9. You can even catch some live music there. Wednesdays you can also grab an amazing personal pie from Nether Edge Pizza.
My first time ever in Sheffield. Good thing the guide to Sheffield fits perfectly into my pouch! You can grab yourself a guide --and a great cup of coffee-- at Cafe 9. You can even catch some live music there. Wednesdays you can also grab an amazing personal pie from Nether Edge Pizza.

The peacocks were also symbolic. I took their representation a step further when I wore the scarf out to tea and cake at the famed Maison Bertaux . The scarf and the place were me paying homage to The Girl at Midnight. A beautiful new YA Fantasy novel by the brilliant, violet haired Melissa Grey.

TGAM Redbubble peacocks
TGAM Redbubble peacocks

In a book about warring races of bird (Avicen) and dragon (Drakarin) people, one of the standout characters is the peacock feathered, Jasper. And this renowned French Patisserie in the heart of London--a location frequented by other leading characters, including the book's heroine, served as the perfect backdrop. One of many gorgeous scenes that played well against the accessories with their gorgeous, bright color palettes and whimsical motifs.

Have a look at some of the other places I took my Redbubble goodies to, and how I styled them!

SHEFFIELD

Hardware. Redbubble Cassia "Wings" Pouch and Zipfront River Island Skirt. Galaxy Gear rose gold watch
Hardware. Redbubble Cassia "Wings" Pouch and Zipfront River Island Skirt. Galaxy Gear rose gold watch

LONDON

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Do I look the part of a foreign dignitary? I think so. My fanciest selfie in a gilded mirror at Danson House, wearing my Redbubble scarf and bag in tandem. Never be afraid to mix prints. Look for a solid foundation in a complimentary/ contrasting color to build off of. Bright pink coat: H&M
Do I look the part of a foreign dignitary? I think so. My fanciest selfie in a gilded mirror at Danson House, wearing my Redbubble scarf and bag in tandem. Never be afraid to mix prints. Look for a solid foundation in a complimentary/ contrasting color to build off of. Bright pink coat: H&M

YORK

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GLASGOW

EDINBURGH

 

FINALLY, BACK HOME IN BROOKLYN....

(mixing prints like a pro for the theater)

Which of Redbubble's latest pieces is catching your eye? How would you wear them and where?

JOHN GALLIANO + SHERLOCK HOLMES

A few weeks ago, May 22nd, to be precise, we celebrated the birthday of renowned author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many of us may have been caught unawares if not for the twitter trending topic, as for some reason, Google failed to publish a themed masthead to mark the occasion, (what up, Google? You did it in ‘06). You know, because we depend on Google for absolutely everything.

To mark the occasion, I got as far as drafting this post, before partaking in a marathon viewing party of the latest films inspired by Doyle’s most notable character— and one of pop culture’s most iconic— super sleuth Sherlock Holmes. I have a confession to make, I hadn’t actually seen the Robert Downey Jr. films until then! And as they were more or less the direct inspiration for John Galliano’s Fall/Winter ‘10 menswear show, I couldn’t very well publish this mini showcase without first understanding the reference myself.

The Galliano show was broken down into three stories, or what one LA Times reviewer more fittingly named, scenes. I give you examples of the first two (the last one’s kind of a hot mess) above. The first is representative of the iconic Sherlock Holmes look, pipe, deerstalker cap and all (a design choice made by the original illustrator, Sidney Paget). Then, from Baker Street to Savile Row, it segways into the modern, well-dressed English gent. For those opposed to deerstalkers, PVC, and exaggerated dropped crotches, the more sharply tailored pieces are more for you. Lapels, ties… you may even be tempted to rock the cape!

Speaking of not understanding the reference, sure, this last guy can pull off the man corset well enough, but what’s it doing here? According to Galliano it’s meant to evoke the idea of keeping the other parts of one’s psyche suppressed. I get it, I do. After a… err…healthy debate with a close non-fashion friend, however, it seems more like an excuse for the designer to throw in some, “signature Galliano,” and less an accurate representation of anything, as Mr. OCD, junkie, “high-functioning sociopath,” Holmes…. doesn’t really suppress anything.

And if you’re excited about this post, you shouldn’t either.