Author Archives: Nina Fangman

About Nina Fangman

Art, fashion, film, lifestyle, music, photography and social commentary with a bit of rebelling – or not. It’s that I’m just trying to find another way.

Bright Young Things Revisited

I love dwelling upon past times so much it makes my crotch hot. Particularly the 1920s to early 30s and the 1960s to mid 70s keep catapulting my ever-inspiration-seeking, dizzy little self into spheres of such absolute otherworldly charm that it is probably unhealthy, though I also have to admit a rather soft spot for the quirkiness of the 90s. Forget the noughties – apart from The Libertines of course – and our current times with all their *Cough* forward-thinking, state-of-the-art technologies as well as other ‘cutting edge’ tu tus; give me a good period film, any book like Cecil Beaton’s ‘Ashcombe: The Story Of A Fifteen-Year Lease’ or, quite simply, a new vintage website to trawl and I am yours truly. In recent years, my ‘vintage-ish’ love has come to define my travels, so it seems even more unbelievable that I have not managed to visit the ultimate vintage / period geeks’ mecca Venice (Italy) yet, which, according to Truman Capote, is resembling the feeling of “… eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.”. – I REALLY DO LOVE CHOCOLATE.

Perhaps less surprisingly, my own personal style – sartorial- as well as interior-wise – tends to be mostly vintage-inspired too. On some days, all I want to do is packing my stuff and moving to the countryside, having that utterly romantic, ‘Beatonesque’ vision of wearing white Edwardian lace dresses, while *Cough* (How I love this expression) picnicking during the day and throwing glamorous soirees / fetes (No, an ordinary ‘party’ just won’t do, at least not in Vintage Wonderland.) at night. When, somewhere in-between daytime-lace and nightime-sequins, having found my way back into reality and big city life, I am trying to mix and match old & new, vintage & non-vintage, dream & reality wherever possible.

But more often than not, I find myself wondering where that striving desire for reviving the past to incorporate it into my daily life actually stemmed from. As human beings we are exposed supposed to develop ourselves as well as our environment constantly, yet nostalgia is biting hard. Constantly.

Personally, I think this ‘nostalove’ is down to aspects of the human psyche that are best put into words by the Freudian theory of ‘The Great Unknown’, where it is believed that behaviour is driven by fears and desires locked in the ‘unconscious’ – a part of ourselves only reachable through psychoanalysis.

 

 


‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ – Or Long Live The Arcadian Dream?

‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ – Title of THAT brand new and almost surrealistically high anticipated THE LIBERTINES album that has just been released yesterday, but also entitling a well-known poem written by English poet and soldier as well as one of the leading poets of the First World War, Wilfred Owen, which incorporates the theme of the horrors of war. – So, an album name quite fitting as it is symbolic for a band that have been engaged in some sort of war with their own inner demons as well for the past 11 years. To be absolutely honest, I still think they have not found anything close to balance and peace just yet, but, ultimately, walking on that carefully balanced tightrope between chaos and magic might be exactly what makes them what they are to this day – one of the most shambolic, yet most thrilling and brilliant bands of their generation, yes, even of all time.

The album itself is just typically – for want of a better word – ‘LIBERTINES-ish’, fully living up to the band’s shambolic heritage as well as their deliberately retro epitomisation of the ‘Old England’ – the so-called Albion – which is still as absolutely brilliant as ever.

The other day’s well-documented ‘medical emergency’ surrounding frontman and guitarist/ lyricist Pete Doherty, which caused various gig cancellations at, to say the least, quite short notice, speaks for itself and therefore only confirms one’s impression that not really much has changed ever since THE LIBERTINES embarked on an indefinite hiatus due to those overtly well-known, irreconcilable differences between their two frontmen – Carl Barât and Pete Doherty – fulminating back in 2004.

So with the new record out now, one has to wonder: Has that Arcadian dream fallen through all over again?

Below, you find an audible treat – the album’s title song of the same name as the album itself – ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’:


HNY 2015 🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈

Welcome to the New Year that is 2015, you great folks. May many amazing things lie ahead of us on our joint journey. May there be not as many lows as in 2014, but even more highs than in the previous year – though it’s good to have you brought back to earth every now and then … However, I’d love to start the fresh year by sharing with you who made the Queen’s Honours list for 2015 fashion-wisely and terrifically veteran designer Mary Quant (AKA the undoubtedly QUEEN of London’s Swinging Sixties’ Fashion), or rather appropriately DAME Mary Quant now, is one of those honoured/ lucky ones. See the fashion names in full here: http://vogue.uk/kEFGbJ .


A MUST-SEE

 

Hello my darling readers!

Just to let you know – this is the film that everyone is talking about atm: At Home With Kate Moss – http://vogue.uk/osMrhb – and it’s an absolute MUST-SEE as  Kate Moss – as well as taking us into “Kate’s World” for Vogue‘s December 2014 issue – invited us, or rather Vogue‘s contributing editor Kate Phelan, over for tea and a perusal of the issue that she helped put together. From dressing and organising 40 people for a single shot with  Tim Walker, to turning  David Bailey‘s legendary lens onto her favourite boys, Miss Moss shares exclusively with Vogue the stories behind this very special issue.

 

Kate Moss sits on the sofa in her own living room to chat to contributing editor to Vogue Kate Phelan (left) 

A section of the December issue of Vogue is devoted to the British fashion icon

Clearly at ease throughout the interview, Kate laughs and jokes through the questions 

The fashion chameleon has four pages devoted to her 'favorite things', including her love of 'Dance Moms'

As well as directing shoots staring the men in her life and 40 of her close friends, Kate stars in a shoot, photographed by Mario Testino, exploring the many different looks she is known for 

The interview offers a rare glimpse into the private world behind the very public face 

The landmark issue to celebrate Kate's 40th birthday was released with two separate cover shotsKate Moss has opened up her world for the December issue of British Vogue. Photographed in a portfolio by Mario Testino, the breadth of her versatility has never been clearer.

 

And doesn’t this oversized angora-mohair pink leopard print knit with a pair of black skinnies look too good to be true?! Just like Kate I’m already a big fan of the classic leopard print, but I’m also totally taken with it when it’s re-imagined in contemporary pink tones too.


The Catch

 

Hello my lovely readers! Even though I’m currently busy recovering from last night’s epic Halloween bash, there is something I just couldn’t wait sharing with you any longer:

 

 

After looking for exactly this kind of white fur jacket for aaaaaages – trust me – I simply couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted this beauty at H&M (STUDIO COLLECTION.) a couple of days ago. With hook-and-eye fasteners at the front, 3/4-length sleeves that are only attached at the shoulders, leaving an open cut-out section underneath, this white sensation screams three or rather two and a half words: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.

 

But you better be quick because it’s selling like hotcakes – http://www.hm.com/gb/product/34379?article=34379-A .


POTD – Pick(s) Of The Day

 

And so it is. I mean, who doesn’t need the money?! – This wallet friendly cutie pie of a pouch will definitely NOT leave a hole in your wallets, Ladies. – By  FINDS  Mua Mua

 

Finds 

 

Interested?! – Take a look here  http://www.net-a-porter.com/ .


#‎LFW‬ SS15

 

Ever since watching live Burberry’s incredible SS15 Show during LFW a couple of weeks ago, the traditional British brand has certainly managed to place itself on my radar again.

I just loved the whole SS15 collection, but what really caught my eye was its boho rockabilly AW14/15 collection, as worn by a whole lot of attendees including Kate Moss AND Cara Delevingne (See images below).

Once again the star-studded event was the place to be seen amongst London’s most stylish fashion crowds thanks to its amazing atmosphere featuring as always a live gig, this time by the incredibly talented James Bay.

 

Paloma Faith and Poppy Delevingne - Front Row at Burberry

Images by  VOGUE UK, ZIMBIO & EPA