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Coming up at the Pamflet Salon in September: GENERATION F

51XKBX7Cx8L***UPDATE SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER: Our September Salon is now sold out and unfortunately no tickets will be available on the door. Email us at [email protected] to join the mailing list for news about future Pamflet events***

On Wednesday 18 September from 7-9.30pm we’ll host our third event of the summer, GENERATION F: the Pamflet Salon with Judith Mackrell, author of Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation at Drink, Shop & Do.

Judith is the Guardian’s dance critic and has written several biographies and books including The Oxford Dictionary of Dance. She’s brought her vast expertise to Flappers, her brilliant expose of the six best dancing/drinking broads of the 1920s.

The lives of Josephine Baker, Tallulah Bankhead, Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Zelda Fitzgerald and Tamara de Lempicka – all ‘It girls’ of their age – are laid out in fascinating detail so the reader can see why they captured the essence of the ’20s and ’30s with their boundary-smashing, charismatic personalities. It’s a fascinating read and we can’t wait to ask Judith about these compelling women, the society they came of age in, and how things are different (or not) today.

Judith’s talk and Q&A will be followed by a book club discussion on Therese Anne Fowler’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, a fictional retelling of the life of the original flapper/muse/icon.

Praise for Flappers‘Good, dirty fun’ Sunday Telegraph / ‘Hugely entertaining’ Irish Times


I’m so XXcited

This weekend The XX take their Night + Day mini-fest project to Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. I would be going if I hadn’t done my history coursework on HH (meaning I can never go there again) and already been to the Berlin edition last month – a damp and dreamy evening in an abandoned theme park that was pretty much as XX as it gets. I love them because:

1. Frontwoman Romy is the least attention-seeking, most modest muso girl ever. I’d like to give her my favourite 2012 book ‘QUIET: The Power of Introverts’ or at the very least recommend it highly to her.

2. At Night + Day Berlin Jessie Ware joined them on stage for a very silly, very entertaining mix of ‘Music Sounds Better with You/Lady’ which everyone tried to sing along to:

3. They might appear to just be wearing any old black clothes, but are actually deeply into their ‘look’. I rode past Romy and Oliver walking down Shepherdess Walk last year and blushed as soon as I realised that I was wearing one of my ‘XX’ outfits and hoped they didn’t notice. That’s how specific it is.

4. Jamie XX – who does his own amazing remixing and DJing things on the side – has beaten-up the band’s whole back catalogue to make the songs festival-worthy for these gigs. I’m hoping for a live album please.

5. They have excellent taste as showcased on the line-ups of their Night+Day parties: Chromatics, Jessie Ware, Solange, Dixon, James Murphy, Kim Ann Foxman… the sum of listening without prejudice to pop, hip hop, bass, indie, electronica forever.


Win a copy of Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel!

The first Pamflet salon of the summer season is with Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, author of Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland and to give the proceedings even more pizzazz, we’ve wangled three copies of Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s beautiful photographic account of Mrs V’s life and work, The Eye Has To Travel, to give to three lucky salon attendees.


All you have to do is purchase your ticket via the button below and you’ll be entered into the draw – we will give the winners their copes at the salon on Tuesday July 2nd.


Why You Should Ignore The Cynics And Go See Gatsby

Honestly, I don’t know what’s wrong with people these days – we all seem to expect every piece of pop culture we consume to be heavily laced with irony. That’s fine, if you care about being cool, but what about just being happy? Having fun?

This is why Iron Maiden fans have been scientificially proven* to be immune to the culture of self-consciousness that’s sweeping the world and why I think you should see The Great Gatsby with your Amaro filter switched off.


gatsby2I never fancied Leonardo DiCaprio when I was a teen – just didn’t get the greasy-curtains-baby-face thing – I was more into Keanu. But Leo is amazing as Jay Gatsby – charismatic, childish, eager, mysterious, often funny and very beautiful – like the earnest, star-crossed lover he played in Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet all grown up – still golden, but slightly tarnished.

He also looks really young – Gatsby is meant to be 32 and Leo is 38, but he looks lean and lithe in his snappy duds – high-waisted trousers, preppy sweaters, cool silk/cotton suits in candy421564 pink, – just like the sportsman and former college boy Gatsby would love to be.

In fact, with Baz at the helm for both films it’s clear why he chose Leo to play Gatsby (a casting decision I’d found rather confusing initially) – he’s still Romeo, single-minded in his obsessive love for a girl who can’t possibly live up to his expectations, because the real life Juliet/Daisy could never compete with the fantasy version that he’s cherished in his heart and imagination for so long.

A tale of two Leos

A tale of two Leos

The Gatsby/Romeo/Lurhmann love-in chimes perfectly with the waves of ’90s nostalgia we’re currently surfing and it actually helps me make sense of it all a little bit more. Yeah, I know I said the ’90s were fun-not-cool, but maybe, looking back, they were pretty cool.

Liv Tyler reminiscing on Into The Gloss about how much fun she and Gwynnie and chums used to have on the red carpet in their ratty vintage furs and make-up-free faces reminded me that this was maybe a more sincere time – and is it coincidence that it was pre-internet? Anyway…


It’s a proper, old-fashioned bad romance – so many fictional characters meet their downfall while chasing a dream (I’m thinking of Newland Archer in The Age of Innocence, but his ‘doom’ is just a comfy, stultifying life in New York high society) and I think it should be enjoyed in that spirit.

Sure you can sneer at the sentimental scenes – and many of the jaded, cooler-than-thou hacks at the press screen I attended did – but that was their loss. Sometimes it’s nice to give in to a lush, lavishly-costumed spectacle of a film with beautiful people melodramatically grappling with their fates (and each other).

So much gorgeousness

So much gorgeousness

So I’m enjoying my post-cool Leo crush with no shame. With that same lock of hair falling into those deep blue-green eyes, he’s still the golden boy of the ’90s, just a little wiser and sadder and therefore a great Gatsby.

*not really

Book review: A Year in the Life of Face Hunter

Face Hunter coverYvan Rodic’s long been one of my favourite streetstyle documenters, mostly for his dedication to and role in the mythologising of Sundays at Bric(k)-a-Brac Lane during the 2000s. Sundays used to be a day when you could get away with wearing at best what you had on the night before or at worst some skinny jeans and massive sunglasses. Over the last decade that dress code has changed in London, which is partly (no) thanks to him.

Whether you cared about getting on the east ldn-comedown catwalk or just wanted to watch, it’s always been fun keeping up with Face Hunter’s blog, a place for more playful and individual style than the grown-up chic spotted by other bloggers.

In the three years since his first book, his focus has shifted from street looks over to travel and this volume combines his personal photoblog with his fashion one, keeping the focus on style, but also glancing across at nightlife, food, interiors, street scenes and other adventures.

The photographs are arranged by city with an introduction to each by FH and I of course flicked to the London section first. Sadly it reminded me how much style has to do with the weather: the chapter-fronting snap for London is a shot of Oxford Circus in the rain, umbrellas the only splashes of colour in the grey and it’s not the capital’s dressers who shine in this volume either. [yeah, I totally blame the weather.] Read More…


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