19 November 2011

RRL store opening party

I went to the new RRL store opening party the other night. The store interior is true to Ralph's aesthetic of American heritage, and there are lots of attention to detail. RRL interprets vintage garments into wearable modern clothes appealing to wider audiences. The store also sells original vintage pieces from all over the world. It was a fun night and I frantically helped myself to a lot of free drinks and canapés. I paid for it the next day... Here are some pics.

16 Mount Street, London, W1K 2RH

7 November 2011

Hitchcock Presents...

"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" was a TV series of short stories, featuring mysteries, thrillers etc. which was on the air from 1955 to 1965, hosted obviously by Hitchcock.

From the top : 
1: Alfred Hitchcock Présente Histoires à ne pas lire la nuit (Stories for late at night) 1971
2: Alfred Hitchcock Presents My Favorites In Suspense 1959
3: Alfred Hitchcock Présente Histories Abominables (Horrible stories) 1966
4: Alfred Hitchcock Présente Histories Abominables 1976

3 November 2011

My book of the moment, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

I've just finished reading Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird". The story is narrated by a girl called Scout Finch whose father, Atticus, is a lawyer who defends a Negro accused of rape. It is set in the 1930's, in the deep south of America, when black people were still segregated. The novel is located in 'a tired old town', Maycomb in Alabama, and is loosely based on Lee's own childhood experience.

Harper Lee was a close friend of Truman Capote, and she accompanied him during the time he was working on the book, "In Cold Blood". I am a big fan of Capote and this was the first time I heard of Harper Lee, and her Pulitzer Prize winning novel. But her book didn't appeal to me at the time and after a long time, out of the blue, I started to read her novel. It was beyond my expectations, I really liked it! So I strongly recommend it.

The book was turned into a film in 1962, staring Gregory Peck and won several prestigious film awards including several Oscars.