Fall has arrived again and Winter is just around the corner, so it’s time for darker nail polish colors. I’ve owned Paradoxal by Chanel for quite some time, but it never seemed quite fitting to wear until now.
Chanel Le Vernis in Paradoxal
Color 509 Paradoxal is a greyish aubergine with a violet shimmer, which is best captured in direct sunlight. In indirect lighting it shows up as a dark smoky aubergine, which looks very classy and sophisticated. I’m usually not the biggest fan of purples, but this is a nail polish that really works for me.
Alexander McQueen: Working Process is the most recent publication on the late Alexander McQueen. Apart from a few introductory pages this book doesn’t have any text, only photographs. You get to step inside McQueen’s workspace and witness his entire creative process, from conception to runway and everything in between. Mood boards, fabric swatches, inspirational pictures, the designs in various stages of completion, the set and of course McQueen and his staff at work in their atelier. For me, this is a very special addition to my book collection, as these photos give a highly personal and detailed insight in the world of McQueen, much more so than any text ever would.
Alexander McQueen: Working Process by Nick Waplington
Alexander McQueen: Working Process.
Author: Nick Waplington.
“In 2008 Alexander McQueen commissioned photographer Nick Waplington to document the creation of his Fall 2009 collection, all the way from inception to runway showing. Unfortunately, it was to be the last Fall collection that McQueen would stage before his untimely death. This show, which he titled The Horn of Plenty, found McQueen revisiting his 15 year archive of work and recycling it into a new collection. In effect, it was his personal survey of his work to date. The set was composed of broken mirrors and a giant trash heap made up of all the sets from his previous shows. Waplington was given unprecedented access to McQueen and his staff, which included the current Creative Director of the brand, Sarah Burton. Every step of the creative process is documented in fascinating detail and readers receive a rare insight into the inner workings of McQueen’s creative process. Most notably, McQueen himself placed the book’s layout, picture by picture, on storyboards. This substantial overview, with more than 120 photographs, is published just as McQueen edited it, commemorating the most personal of his collections.”