I often walk by Somerset house however I have never actually went in there to ice skate until recently – and boy, have I been missing so much fun in my life. I went there with a couple of my friends during the afternoon to take advantage of the student discount, which amounted to £9.60 each and it costed an addition £1 extra to store 2 items in the cloakroom, which seemed reasonable considering that it would usually cost around £15 to enter these seasonal ice skating rinks. The session lasted 1 hour but we had plenty of time to trip and fall and hug some walls (ok lame attempt at rhyming right there). The last time that I went ice skating was about 3 years ago so I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t remember how to skate anymore. However, I must say that I’m pretty proud of myself – I didn’t fall once (but where’s the fun in that?). That being said, I’m not the greatest ice-skater and have actually got no clue on how to break or decelerate. Thus, with people constantly falling in front of you, it turned into a crazy obstacle race! Once the session ended, we proceeded to go to Caffè Nero to get their “Hot Chocolate Milano”. It was literally smooth liquid chocolate with whipped cream on top – heavenly! We got into a bit of a sugar high after, considering how sweet those drinks tasted. It was such a fun afternoon to spend with my friends, it made us forget that it was still the middle of the week and that we had deadlines and essays to complete!
On a side note, all these pictures were taken with my new iPhone 5 and I must say that the quality of the pictures superseded my expectations! I have the slight impression that I will be giving my Lumix compact a bit of rest now. I’ve also got my Instagram account running now so if you’re on there follow me @socapricious!
I recently went to the Mr. Brainwash Art Show at the Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street. His work is best described as an eclectic mix between Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Roy Lichtenstein, with some elements that bear an uncanny resemblance with the works of Banksy. You should definitely check out Banksy’s movie “Exit through the Gift Shop” to have an idea about who this Mr. Brainwash is. There are many speculations about how Mr. Brainwash has been fabricated by Banksy to make a mockery of our society’s perception of art. In the movie, you see Mr. Brainwash aka. Thierry Guetta clumsily producing these “artwork” and making millions out of them – a pretty hilarious plot. Conspiracy theories aside, I had a great time at this exhibition. Loved the fact that they allowed us to take pictures! Moreover, as you make your way out (and actually “exit through [a] gift shop”!) you are invited to make a donation and take away with you 2 posters and 2 postcards.
Walking by Selfridges these days, you can’t help but notice the amazing Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton window displays. I’ve never been a monogram type of person, but their recent collaboration with the Japanese artist is just… mind blown. I love the whimsicality of these new designs that are strangely reminiscent of Minnie Mouse’s style. Kusama’s signature polka dots give a sense of youthfulness to LV’s classic designs – a perfect twist of modernity. I’ve always liked LV’s window displays but they are usually plastered with golden monograms so it was great to see something really different for a change. Polka-dotted tantacles rising from the floor, life size mannequin Kusama, mini army of Kusama dolls… brilliant! I still remember during the royal wedding how they’d place a row those queen figurines that wave in a monotonous movement – I thought that it was hilarious, a rather fun tribute to the occasion. But now with these new Yayoi Kusama displays, I think this have possibly found my new favourite window display.