Danish Wedding Dress Designer Britta Kjerkegaard

Britta KjerkegaardBritta Kjerkegaard featured in Episode 4 of Series 4 of Wedding TV’s Wedding Designers series. This was the second Danish Wedding Designer they featured following their debut show from the second series on Isabell Kristensen which I previously posted on.

Phillip Treacy has been in the news recently following his singular hat creation for Princess Beatrice worn at her cousin William’s marriage to Kate Middleton. Britta Kjerkegaard before turning her tailoring hands to wedding dresses worked for Philip Treacy.

As part of Britta’s wedding dress design she also has her own website and London boutique The Couture Gallery. Her website announces this boutique is closed until June 1st because Britta herself is getting married – will she be designing her own dress is the obvious question!

In addition to Bridal Wear she designs Evening Dress.

At work in her Boutique

Her design philosophy in her own words ‘in a world largely dominated by fashion fads and mass production it is very important to me creating something that is unique and of timeless elegance’.

The show traces the evolution of her works – from their inception in 2003 when she began from her living room mainly designing evening wear before realizing she preferred bridal wear and renting a studio and then setting up and establishing her current London boutique.

The collection discussed in the show is based on corset gowns – in her words ‘built in corsets for a perfect hour-glass figure’. A floral motif runs through them, all of which employ silk materials.

She might be best known to British audiences to Bride Magazine where her pieces are often featured.

If you are not familiar with Britta Kjerkegaard this show provides an enlightening introduction. And if you are familiar with her this show is an enjoyable profile of her and her work.

Her favourite creation

The Work of Robert Jaso website

The Work of Robert Jaso website is an unabashed show-off show-case of his art. For photography such as this is art.

Robert Jaso website

Little words about Robert Jaso will be found – the site is all about his work, his labour of love, his art.

The little I know about him is that he used to be a model, he was born in Slovakia and he is now based in Paris, France.

And according to Alexa this website is most popular in China – perhaps also because the picture speaking a thousand words is also a language universal.

He has shot a number of campaigns recently for Cosmetic companies Shiseido and Black-up; other recent work for Mathew Williamson and De Beers Diamonds and featured in Editorials for Grazia and Elle among others.

Close Up and Favourite

When you visit this website multiple photographs occupy and fill your screen and then with a mouse-click upon any one of these photographs that particular image will then fill your screen saturating it in colour. The richest of eye candies.

We are able to filter the content which is divided into six categories of Skincare, Haircare, Beauty, Beauty Accessories, Fashion and Advertising or we can view it all as a fantastic collage.

We can also Favourite images and then have the option to download them.

For all its stunning visual impact I would have liked a few more words with each image – there are no titles let alone details about each of the images, a more prosaic catalogue version would be welcome.

Nevertheless this is a must see website, a real visual feast for your eyes.

BAFTA Awards 2011 – and the winners are…

Sherlock, Misfits and well see for yourself on the BAFTA awards page.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts gave out their awards Sunday May 22 for all things British and Telly in 2010.

For me like you I am sure there were awards for TV that I liked (Misfits Lauren Socha for Best Supporting Actress), awards for TV that I did not like and awards for  TV that I had not even heard of (such as Eric and Ernie about Morecambe and Wise whose Daniel Rigby won leading actor).

Misfit Lauren Socha

Also like you I am equally sure there was TV I liked that went unshortlisted for any award – where were The Inbetweeners, Spooks, Skins, Ashes to Ashes, Lark Rise to Candleford, Gok Wan? – I could go on and I suspect so could you, and that a number of items on my list would not be on yours and this is part of the fun of these awards too – arguing who should have been included and excluded.

There were twenty-six categories in all which is a lot yet no category for Reality Television – considering it is such a dominant medium now it is quite a high-brow oversight I feel.

Alas there were no awards either for adaptations of Swedish existential-detective novels or of the works of Jane Austen!

TV Choice 2010 Winner Denise Welch

The BAFTA’s are decided by a jury of industry insiders. The antidote to them are the TV Choice awards where we the public can participate – if from a long-list of candidates. I did so a few days back having received a Tweet from the makers of Lip Service asking me to vote for them in Best New Drama category! The time-periods are a little different for these awards – including a number of programs from 2011 which won’t be available for a BAFTA award until their 2012 ceremony.

BAFTA is the more elitist award TV Choice the more populist – our taste is better than your taste as oppose to the most popular taste is the best taste.

I do not consider myself culturally high or low brow – I enjoy the Jeremy Clarkson as much as the Jeremy Paxman, Mary Portas as much as Lucy Worsley. But awards ceremonies seem to have to be either high or low with no bridge between them.

I am not sure either why TV Choice need to invite votes if they are wanting to reward popularity – TV viewing figures should provide them with that information.

As we have Charlie Booker’s Screenwipe and Harry Hill’s TV Burp – television about television – TV Awards shows are also this meta-TV – a celebration of, well itself.

I do look forward the opportunity to put faces to names of those behind the scenes such as the producers and directors. A chance for them to join the limelight usually reserved for the actors and sometimes writers.

Scotland 2010 RIBA Shortlist

However there are a lot of awards shows – sub-genres of TV like the Soap and Comedy awards then awards shows for Film, Music, Art, Books, Design, Architecture, Sport, Fashion, Politicians – have I overlooked any?! Every kind of Awards show but an Awards Show for Awards Shows!

Some of these awards shows stand up as entertainment in their own right – the British Comedy Awards is a comedy event to match the comics and the shows it is celebrating.

And Music Award shows such as The Brits and the Mercury Prize with their live performances are as much a musical event as the music they are celebrating.

Other Awards shows are as much documentary and educational as they are entertainment.

The Kevin McCloud hosted RIBA Stirling Prize program having just the one main prize to give spends the bulk of its time exploring the short-listed candidates’ buildings in detail before an award is given at the finale.

Not all Awards Shows are televised though. The British Fashion Awards for one. An awards show that I would actually watch live if it were televised – as oppose to record to playback later and fast-forward though the bits I don’t like! – to see both the fashions of those nominated for awards and those audience to it.

So having bemoaned there being too many Award Shows on TV I now close this post wishing there were another one. Tssk!

Adele – Rolling in the Deep – Crystal Clear Video?

We could have had it all

‘Rolling in the Deep’, the first single from Adele‘s second album ’21’, as to be heard to be believed. It needs no video to sell its impassioned tale. Nevertheless there is a video and an enigmatic one it is.

Picture its scenes:-

Adele alone in a gutted-room in a large and abandoned house, the drummer drumming in a hall-way facing the wall.

A room above, its floor covered with water-filled glasses.

In yet another room a whirling dervish ballet-dancer, umbrella in hand, upon a carpet of white flour, their dancing disturbing the flour into the air.

At the foot of a stairway, a pile of broken crockery, it grows as more cups and saucers are thrown from above at a screen high in the hall.

Another brief scene, a scale model of a city in white upon a large table. This city later sparks into flame.

These scenes repeat kaleidoscopically.

What does it all mean? We can work it out. If we are so inclined!

The video director wants to be Michel Gondry?

The video director is Sam Brown. Previous videos from him like Elbow’s ‘Fallen Angel’ and Feeder’s ‘Find the Colour’ have tended to be sparse no frills affairs focusing on the performers performing. The Fray’s ‘How to Save a Life’ is perhaps the video of his closest to the elusive style of ‘Rolling in the Deep’.

This video for all its sleights of hand does also ‘play it to the beat’ leaving us to enjoy the sound of Adele and her musical fire.

Adele Rolling in the Deep - Glasses big shot

Coco – the Musical returns

Coco Chanel

Coco, the 1969 Coco Chanel inspired Broadway Musical, is currently being revived by the Lilian Baylis Studio through to June 12 at Sadler’s Wells, London.

Coco Katherine Hepburn

The original had excellent credentials – written by My Fair Lady author Alan Jay Lerner, with music by Andre Previn and stage-sets by Cecil Beaton – yet it failed. Ostensibly it was to celebrate the (early) life of Coco Chanel but actually focused on a very narrow late period of it (1953/4, when she was out of love with the critics and financially near bankrupt) much to Coco Chanel’s chagrin. Her part was played by Katherine Hepburn. She gave a zesty performance and there were a number of promising titles like ‘A Woman Is How She Loves’ and ‘The Money Rings Out Like Freedom’ – but there were no show-stoppers, nothing out of the musical ordinary.

Musicals about fashion designers provide an opportunity to see the life’s arc of their creations and ‘Coco’ with its finale presents her works from 1919 to 1959 as a fashion show. I wonder how the Lilian Baylis Studio will catwalk her collection.

But musicals tend to be conservatively composed and Coco was no exception.

Alain Chamfort

Last year French singer and composer Alain Chamfort released an album of sixteen songs dedicated to the life of another French Fashion Designer Yves Saint Laurent called ‘Un Vie Saint Laurent’. It clearly lent itself to a musical and this idea has been taken up.

Fashion designers are a ripe subject for musicals – with their lives often as creative and eventful as their collections. The visual representation should not be taxing – a short step from Couturier to Costumer.

It is more whether the music can do them justice.

British Fashion Designers Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood would be fitting subjects for musicals, but the musical accompaniment would need to be an angular punky departure from the usual neutral ersatz string arrangements.

Perhaps Lily Allen for Westwood? Scott Walker for McQueen?!

Charlie’s Angels and Once Upon A Time – ABC’s 2011 Fall Schedule Picks

21st Century Angels

ABC are due to resurrect Charlie’s Angels as part of their 2011 Fall Schedule.

Charlie’s Angels is perhaps more known to its younger audience by the two films from 2000 and 2003 than the original 1970’s US TV series. Let us hope that it fares better than NBC’s attempted resurrection of the similar vintage Wonder Woman which sadly did not make it beyond the pilot. And better than NBC’s one series of the remodelled Bionic Woman. What is it about 1970’s shows and remakes?! I’m racking my memory for a successful reincarnation of a Seventies TV show – can anyone think of any?

One of the Shows Executive Producers is Drew Barrymore who played Angel Dylan Sanders in the two McG directed film versions. The Angels this time around are played by Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor. Their respective pasts have been on the wrong side of the law – Charlie’s Fallen Angels – will Charlie redeem them?

The preview I have seen looks promising – bluntly a team of woman crime-fighters kicking ass surely cannot fail?!

21st Century Fairytales

Another Fall outing from ABC is Once Upon A Time described as a ‘bold new vision of the world where fairytales and the modern day are about to collide.’ This synopsis and the preview I saw reminded me a little of the 1998 Andy Tennant directed, Drew Barrymore starred film Everafter – another modern re-imagining of a fairy-tale universe, but whereas Everafter was a romantic and hopeful Cinderella story Once Upon A Time forebodes a more thwarted and fearful tale, unhappy-ever-after.

Once Upon A Time comes from the producers of Lost who can certainly spin a yarn but one that can deliver us an ending?!

The princess of the story is Emma Swan who will be immediately recognizable to House fans as Doctor Allison Cameron, Doctor Gregory House’s colleague and prickly conscience, played by Jennifer Morrison.

Others on the side of good are Snow White played by Ginnifer Goodwin and Prince Charming by Josh Dallas. On the side of evil are Rumplestiltskin played by Robert Carlyle and the Evil Queen by Lana Parilla. We Brits often get scripted as the Bad Guys by US Writers – though Carlyle is a slight departure in that he is Scottish not English!

Another modern fairy-tale TV show was the Bryan Fuller creation Pushing Daisies and I am hoping that Once Upon A Time is in its playful mischievous spirit.

Two welcome slices of escapism from ABC for the autumn and winter nights ahead.