Monday, November 10, 2008

Saatchi and Topshop.

Wow, it's been a mad week. After a fun week involving dancing to the most amazing cheesy 90s music (cue Hanson's Mmmbop and a bit of old school Britney), friends visiting and dropping off various presents, it culminated in a trip to London where I had a great time meeting a Uni friend. We met up and went to the new Saatchi gallery. It's well worth a visit the next time you happen to be in Chelsea or perusing the luxury brands on the Kings Road (if only!)

It was surprising as the exhibition had very serious undertones (Saatchi's newest acquisitions are Chinese artists and most are making statements about the history of their country and current problems) though there was still room for an installation of a donkey humping the skeleton of what appeared to be a skyscraper. The latter are the types of art that Saatchi is well known for collecting...he was after all the main patron for Hirst, Emin and other sensationalised artists in the 1990s. I did love Xiaogang's family portraits which question the identity of the chinese culture of collectivisim, something that I think is still very apparent in China but it directly refers to the cultural revolution period. All the portraits had a generic quality, a doll like stillness and a passiveness that to me, seem to reflect the artists thoughts on communist China. I should probably put my art history degree to some use and write up more on my visit to the Saatchi but that can be for another day!

Zhang Xiaogang, A Big Family, 1995, Oil on Canvas

After, we hopped back on the tube and stopped off at Topshop which I very much put it akin to a black hole. You go in and it's almost impossible to escape as I am sure you are all aware it is pretty much like a department store where you can buy anything from make up to sandwiches.

Outfit 1
T-Shirt (Neurotica White Label)
Skirt (Urban Outfitters)
Tights (Topshop)

Outfit 2
Dress (TFNC)
Belt (Vintage)
Blue Leggings (TopShop)

Outfit 3
Belt (Urban Outfitters)
skirt (TopShop)
Cardigan (TopShop)

I bought both the T-shirt and dress from Topshop concession floor. Everytime I go to London I rarely buy Topshop clothes but opt for things I can't get in Birmingham. I adore the print on the t-shirt and love the grey drape on the dress. The detail on the top half is all an intricate woollen pattern. I will have to get a close up one of these days because it's so pretty. I bought the lavender skirt today in Birmingham's Topshop. It's acid wash which I guess is hard to see in the photo. It's such a throwback to the 80's which I adore! The Urban outfitters skirt is also new and armed with a giftcard, it wasn't a hard decision to buy it! It's harder still when you're with someone who will encourage you to buy everything...bad bad bad!

I think I have enough clothes to last me for a while and after my next payday I hope to go down to London again, stay with my friend in Camden for the weekend, party and just make the most of it!


  1. I love your outfits, but I think the prettiest is outfit nr 2. The dress suit you pretty good. :)

  2. I really like the first look. I'm in love with the skirt - so pretty.

  3. Hi there-sounds like you had a great time in London, particularly in the gallery and in Topshop! Loving your outfits!

  4. looove your Topshop purchases!!

    and, thank you<3

  5. you always look so good!

    a kiss my friend!

  6. I love your blog and your lavender skirt!

  7. I adore that floral skirt! I wish Topshop was more accessible in the states... And that our dollar was stronger so I could actually afford it!

  8. I love your UO skirt! And this post made me realise I know far too little about art. Hand me a poem and I can analyse it to death, but a painting? I'm lost. So I'm very impressed by your knowledge!

  9. Love that floral skirt! Looks like u had a great time. I've been meaning to visit the Saatchi gallery, it's been closed forever!

  10. love the outfits&the gorgous coloured tights xx
    ps-thanx for your commentxx

  11. That grey jumper dress looks so cosy and cool.

  12. Happy belated birthday! I adore all of your outfits. Sounds like a really great trip too. Reminds me that I need to visit an art museum...

  13. Thanks for this thoughtful post, Winnie. I love hearing others' interpretations of art and culture.

    Oh, and I like your swirly skirt!

  14. I think you wear belts SO well!!!! You have a fantastic collection as well <3

  15. That was such an educational post for an art-dummy like me - I really know next to nothing about art! I know how you feel about the giant Topshop too, it is like a black hole...I had to go and sit down the first time I visited because I was overwhelmed! Char x

  16. I love your map background on the outfit pics =] - the tee is fabtastic!

  17. All your belts are adorable. My absolute fav is the third one )

  18. Hello's
    Your belt (the pink one if my eyes don't deceive me)is lovely, awesome.
    Peace and Bobbins...

  19. ive got crazy flashbacks of hanson and old school britney. oh my.

  20. I really like the t-shirt.The look withthe blue cardigan is my favorite though. Nice background as well.

  21. Nice blog... Are you interesting in a link exchange with my blog :
    Bottes pas cher
    Marina (from France)

  22. I'd never heard of Zhang Xiaogang; I love that painting, I'm off to look them up & find out more.

  23. Those outfits are all so adorable - the purple TopShop skirt is my favorite piece.
    Agh, I can relate on the topic of shopping with someone who encourages you to buy everything....frustrating! :)


  24. Great outfits, that floral skirt is lovely. Last time I went to Topshop in London I had to leave before I got sucked in, I have been known to spend the best part of a day there.



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