Pre-Raphaelites | Tate Britain

With over two hundred works spanning across painting, sculpture, furniture and wallpaper, the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at Tate Britain is something to contend with. The group of artists, writers and poets are frequently associated with their personification of beauty but here the curators are arguing that the brotherhood were also radicals, innovative inventors that led the first British modern art movement. Although the stunning red headed women that frequent the canvases are present throughout, the exhibition is split into additional themes including Nature, Salvation and Mythology.

It is an ambitious exhibition. For one thing, the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition includes all of the popular and expected paintings from Rossetti’s women, Millais’ Ophelia to the dying body of the suicidal Chatterton by Henry Wallis. These paintings are, to me, beauty in its purest form but they are also over-familiar. They’re the images of tortured souls that grace the pages of Victorian poetry books and classic novels. It’s a challenge to argue that this densely emotional, passionate aesthetic is the work of proto-modernists.

However, the Pre-Raphaelites were painting at the same time as Karl Marx was writing. In 1848, when the brotherhood formed, Marx and Friedrich Engels has published the Communist Manifesto. It might be a little far fetched to suggest the group were modern artists, but they did share revolutionary ideals. They made pyscho-drama of Victorian society and mocked the hypocrisy of the age. Their blatant approach to female sexuality was forward thinking. Millais’ 1851 painting of Mariana shows a woman locked in the Vicarage and longing for something far more satisfying.

If you’re a fan of the Pre-Raphs, like me, then this exhibition has everything you could want. Not only the popular paintings of torture romantics and bold, suffocating colour, but also a vivid exploration into alleys of though not previously associated with the group. Does it achieve in presenting them as proto-modernists? Perhaps not fully, but it does successfully marry the fictional heartbreaks of Tennyson with the brutal reality of Dickens. It’s excessive, emotive and heavy with the romance only accessible to poets and artists. A collection of images that make physical all that is bitter sweet, ‘a love that moves the sun and the other stars’.

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Little Ghost Outside | Stockholm 2012

We know we’ve been a bit AWOL recently, but we’re back and better than ever with some beautiful photos, tales and collaborations! First up is Stockholm: the place where just everything is beautiful and intrinsically cool. Little Ghost contributor and editor of What’s His Is Yours Hannah Glick gives the low-down on the places to see, eat and drink as the stunning Swedes do themselves.

Fotografiska

Definitely the coolest gallery in Stockholm (yes, it beats the Moderne Museet), Fotografiska is a photography exhibition venue set in a stunning Art Deco building on the riverfront on Soder, Stockholm’s Soho district on the island of Sodermalm. Fotografiska is the place to go to see cool, directional photographers just before they hit the big time, and to see topical and genuinely interesting exhibitions. Grab a coffee and pastry in the café upstairs for an unrivalled view of the city.

Address: Stadsgårdshamnen 22

Shopping in Soder

We recommend bypassing the mainstream shops in the City district and heading straight for the quirky and cool independent stores, cafes and bars in Soder. My favourites were Grandpa for chic vintage interiors and Scandinavian fashion designers such as Whyred and Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, while Konst-Ig may well be our favourite book store in the world, perfect for a cultural fix and lengthy page-flicking through the delicious array of art and design books on offer. And of course, no trip to Stockholm would be complete without stopping by the holy grail of Acne for a lusting-session.

Address: Fridhemsgatan 43 (Kungsholmen) and Södermannagatan 21. Address: Åsögatan 124

Cider in Soder

After pounding the streets, rest your feet in the park Vita Bergen, set atop a hill in the east of the Soder district. Kick back with a cider, mingle with young, beautiful and stylish Swedes and take in the view of Soder’s rooftops.

Herman’s

Something of an institution, Herman’s is a vegetarian destination hosted by hippies with a breathtaking view of the city. Feast on the huge array of yummy veggie grub in the daily buffet and bbq, with unlimited tea and coffee included. Herman’s is always buzzing and packed to the brim, with live music at the weekends.

Address: Fjällgatan 23b.

Drinks in Debaser

Known as the best venue for rock music in Stockholm, legends such as Bob Dylan and the Strokes as well as smaller, independent bands have graced the stage at Debaser, set under the bridge between Soder and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town. Check out the undeniably stylish Swedes, take in the beats and grab a few drinks while you’re at it.

Addresses: Slussen, Karl Johans Torg 1

Check out Hannah’s blog here for killer photographs, editorial insight and just about every item of clothing you could ever want.

Happy Birthday Kim!

It’s been a busy few weeks with Birthdays popping up left, right and centre. As much as we would love every single post to be a tribute to our nearest and dearest, it might lack the culture (unless birthday culture is a thing…maybe it IS a thing?)

However, this one is a big one and as such it’s a big must! It’s Kim’s Birthday TODAY. Not only has she been quite simply the driving force behind the Little Ghost design and creative structure, including lots of our fashion pieces, she’s also been a bloody marvelous girl to know these past few years. AND she does all this while being the size of a Candyfloss bubble.

Happy Birthday lovely Kim.xx

London Fashion Week Twenty Twelve

It’s London Fashion Week, had you noticed? The shots above are some of Kim’s own that have been taken throughout the week (check out Kim’s online portfolio here). It’s been a mad one and we’re only half way through. Our highlights so far have been the Christopher Kane show, complete with lavender carper, bruise like colours and sleek shift dresses and Corrie Neilsen’s heritage loaded collection. LFW really is the one to beat!

Let Them Eat Cake @ XOYO

To celebrate the relaunch of Let Them Eat Cake, the cult fashion magazine has teamed up with new East London hotspot, XOYO, to host an exhibition entitled COVER STORY.

At LG HQ, we were delighted to attend the preview event on Thursday, just before London Fashion Week kicked off. Rumour has it that Let Them Eat Cake always put on a good show, and Thursday night proved all grapevine gossip to be true. Showcasing ten of the magazine’s most iconic front pages, COVER STORY took a look at the fashion industry, from its developing trends to its exciting future.On display were images from some of the most avant garde fashion photographers and included early shots of now established models such as Daisy Lowe. DJ sets and a free bar (sponsored by Tiger) took the exhibition into night-out territory where XOYO proved itself as the dynamic venue it aims to be.

The event was jam packed with London’s most fashion-conscious creatives, and buzzing with talk of LFW. A hugely successful night that proved this relaunch can be nothing but a good thing.

The exhibition runs until March 4th, £free

Fashion Future 2012: Mary Katrantzou

Rachael Kerr puts the spotlight on fashion phenomenon and Queen of Print, Mary Katrantzou

As we enter 2012 the fashion word on everyone’s lips here at LG HQ is PRINT, and the designer everyone wants a piece of is MARY KATRANTZOU.  No surprises who is kicking off twenty twelve with an exclusive Katrantzou collaboration? Why, its high street giant Topshop, of course.

Before we discuss and debate the success of this collaboration (it’s a no brainer really!) let’s take a quick look at the designer herself. Katrantzou, originally from Athens, is based in London and for the past six seasons has been awarded NEWGEN sponsorship for her collections at LFW. Like all expert print designers the key to each collections success is how each print is ‘moulded’ into and around the garment shape so that, suddenly, the two components become one breathtaking design; fish-bowl skirts, structured neck and shoulder armour, and lampshade dresses have distinguished previous collections.

SS12 dabbled in the mullet hemline and the newly popular trouser suit amongst her usual dazzling array of dresses. And the Topshop blog has already been teasing us with images from their collaboration. Take a peek at this super-fun, super-summery, super-delicious Pheasant Dream dress below, retailing at approx £350.

When? FEBRUARY is the month it all kicks off at Topshop.
Verdict? Sure fire win.

Warning: Oxford Circus is going to be home to a serious fashion riot.

MUST SEE FOR 2012…

Over here at LG HQ we have spent the last few days/weeks with our heads under the duvet doing very little except drinking Berocca and tuning in to Easy Listening FM.

Despite this, we have compiled a short yet comprehensive list of the Art exhibitions of 2012 for y’all.

1) There’s nothing better than a bit of healthy competition. 2012 will see exhibitions from the Pope and Swift of the Art world, Hockney and Hirst. While the former has already launched his anti-assistant campaign in time for his solo exhibition A Bigger Picture, Hirst will be taking over all the Gagosian Galleries this year and finishing off with a retrospective at the Tate Modern (complete with work made by his assistants…).Nonetheless, we believe that each individual exhibition will be worth the hype.

2) Recession, what recession? Screw you doom and gloom, Yoko Ono is here to save the day. Seriously. The artist, film-maker, poet, musician, writer and peace activist is presenting her project SMILE at the Serpentine gallery. Alongside her own installations and art work, the project looks to connect people around the world by inviting everyone to upload photographs of their smiles. (19th June- 9th September)

Freud could probably have done with a little Yoko in his life… (or not!)

3) More than 100 painitings by the master Lucian Freud are to go on display at the National Portrait Gallery this February. Even from our non-academic viewpoint we can promise that it will be simply incredible. As Adrian Searle said, ‘the longer you look, the weirder and more impressive he gets‘. (9th February-27th May)

4) Carrie Bradshaws UNITE! Christian Louboutin is coming to the city. The French designer is celebrating his epic career with an exhibition at the Design Museum. Showcasing over 20 years of revolutionary designs, the exhibition promises studded sneakers, bejewelled pumps and sky-scraper stilletos. (28th March-1st July)

For a slightly different take on The Big Louboutin, check out pyromaniac and artist, Tyler Shield‘s latest exhibition at Imitate Modern. Here you can catch a glimpse of his weird world as you observe stylised shots of his girlfriend burning a pair of £10,000 Louboutin heels. (24th February- 24th March)