I've spent the last two weekends on a rather busy social whirl, one of my favourite pastimes. I had another birthday celebration (for my Golden Jubilee birthday I decided to celebrate all year) on Sunday at Miss Hope Springs cabaret show, more of that later though. The previous weekend was spent in glorious celebration of all things Blitz Magazine as the ICA hosted the launch party for Iain R Webb's fabulous book "As seen in BLITZ - Fashioning 80s style", along with weekend talks and an exhibition.
|Greg Davis checking out the exhibits|
The party was a blast, and something of a blast from the past with lots of old faces, some I've not seen for a good old while, and others I've happily reconnected with over the last couple of years. Iain gave a lovely speech and signed copies of his lovely book for us, his friends and fans.
|Iain R signing copies|
|Iain, Antoni (without Alison), Judy Blame and Dave Baby|
|Iain with my good friend, sculptor Andrew Logan|
|The ever-gorgeous Princess Julia, Iain and me|
I remain as excited as ever about the book cover. It is truly a dream come true for me and no matter how many times I look at it (which I'm doing now!) I still feel absolutely thrilled. I hope I will never lose this feeling.
There was a fabulous cake which Iain and I cut, and then ate, bride and groom style. It was delicious too - soft, moist and chocolatey. By the time the night was out I had eaten four pieces, including my square lips.
photo: matthew freedman
After staying out much later than planned I pitched up the following morning to take my place on the panel for the first talk. Now, I can really talk for England and I know it, so I had to be a wee bit mindful of this and allow the other panel members, all friends I must add, to have their say!
A member of the audience asked the question "what are the panel doing now". Little gasps and murmurs when I answered that I teach and write about gardening, amongst other things. Is it so surprising? One day I WILL get the message across to the fashion crowd, old and new, that gardening is actually rather glamorous.
This gorgeous book is now widely available in all good bookstores and at many online stores. If you're interested in fashion (or indeed anti-fashion, for the exhibition was entitled "We're not here to sell clothes" after one of Iain's fashion spreads), the 80s, or you just have a penchant for creativity, you will love this book. And I'm not just saying that, I promise.
All photographs by Tracey Fahy, unless otherwise stated