seeing the mesmerizing footage of russian ballet star diana vishneva performing the moola mantra, triggered so many emotions in me… of the atlantean feeling of flowing and floating, the enchanted creature-ness in the expanse of the sea, the hypnotic chanting and spinning as a body in water and of course love and beauty… an incarnation of consciousness.
a flower opens its petals in a breeze, a seed floats on a prayer…
in life and its many states of being, beauty is that which restores faith, faith is that which nurtures love and love is what perpetuates life. it may take many forms… and so it does.
Sat Chit Ananda Parabrahma
Sri Bhagavathi Sametha
Sri Bhagavathe Namaha
“This mantra evokes the living God, asking protection and freedom from all sorrow and suffering. It is a prayer that adores the great creator and liberator, who out of love and compassion manifests, to protect us, in an earthly form. This Moola mantra has given great peace and joy to people all over the world, who have chanted, or even listened to it. It has the power to transport ones mind to the state of causeless love and limitless joy.”
italian sunglass manufacturer L.G.R, headed by 30-year old luca gnecchi ruscone has brought about a über-chic fusion-heritage collection; africa meets riviera - with two styles for the localistas - the pretorias and the capetowns…how darling. what’s more is the craftsmanship and quality or, as he puts it: excellence, passion and authenticity. as i always say…never have an italian without passion.
photo robert maxwell
2003 turner prize winner and one of my personal favourites, the inimitable mr. perry, known for among other things, his wit, tapestries and ceramic art
warm sunset autumn hues, leather straps, urban-bohemian-fantasy, what more can you want…?
Bicentenary Celebration, Wagner and Verdi. Opera Season 2012/2013. What to wear. Jewelry.
Shadow play and Fantasy. William Kentridge. Paolo Roversi for Vogue Italia. Eric Traoré does Maison Martin Margiela. Design and Photography.
Lulu Rouge Remixes Nina Simone while you mix a stylish drink for your guests. How to entertain in heels.
romantic heroes with heritage, now that’s something i’m ready to wear.
since it was my birthday recently, i have become very aware of the obvious.
the notion of timelessness apart from this video; timeless from we love; a super fab italian duo, is nothing new: see- rider haggard’s she or time travelling with h g wells and of course cher.
in interiors and fashion, it’s as impossible as the concept - one size fits all. even though there are classics that almost universally, through the onslaught of space and time, maintain themselves as the pinnacle of stylishness, we are constantly bombarded with new.
i believe the less confident among us, will always steer towards the staid classic or some form of it, un petite risque perhaps. i prefer the outlandish types that create their own classics, by making it their signature or spectacle, which ever you prefer. see- chanel, anna piaggi, madonna, lady gaga, david bowie etc. the new classics are renditions of old classics are inspired by even older classics all the way back to ancient civilization.
which gratefully brings this philosophical dribble to and end. the perception we have of timelessness, something that remains forever;
surely this is a betrayal to the industry of the creatives. i am left only with the ever handsome freddy mercury’s answer.
I love mixing styles and textures, media and materials. But I believe in respecting personality when it comes to choosing work. There is of course the investment angle which is too boring to discuss here….or anywhere really. It is important to remember that when you live with art, it should be alive to you. That is to say it needs to move you. You need to have an affair with it.
Starting with the roof over your head and the clothes on your back. These are the things we inhabit. Without entering into the fashion vs trend debate. They also shape our sensibilities and the way we present ourselves.
Whether colour or form is your thing. Pattern or plain. What we choose to live with can make our lives easier or more challenging. Consider your commitment and convince yourself.
Since Eden it has been a fascination, inspiration, an indulgence of kings and common gardeners, a joy. No home is complete without it. Whether you go for potted, landscaped or organic, dry or shade, just go for it.
Most of which are filed under S for sentimental. I respect that.
Heirlooms. Bargains. Souvenirs. Gifts. Curiosities. Found Objects. Impulse Buys.
Never hide what’s important or meaningful. Denial is a very ugly word.
Get to know yourself and others. As much as we live in the same world, everyone has their own version of it. Live up to yours, never fear your dreams and ideals lest they remain aspirations forever.