Matthew Williamson and The Royal Ballet

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British designer Matthew Williamson along with his two favorite gal pals, actress Sienna Miller and model Poppy Delevigne collaborated with actress Andrea Riseborough and eight beautiful ballerinas from The Royal Ballet, to create the film ‘XV, an enchanting, magical video orchestrated by award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor. Shot at Aynhoe Park, in a 17th century country house in Oxfordshire, it’s a beautiful peek into an ethereal, imaginative world with hypnotic dancing featuring flowing frocks in stunning hues from Matthew’s collection.

The plot, which follows Williamson’s dreams as a 16-year old boy lying in his bed on a school morning as his Mum is calling up the stairs to wake for school reminds me of my own childhood. Mother would call to see if I was awake for school and there I was, hard at work in my closet, labeling and color coding my shoe collection, all of which I had to sneak in the door past her watchful eye. Williamson, like myself, was a creative person from a very early age and he was always sketching and drawing. When his Father would take him to his grandmother’s, he would run upstairs to play with buttons kept in a tin in her sewing room. I too have fond memories of my Mamie’s sewing room, my little hands in hers, as she patiently taught me to sew at the age of 9, nurturing my creative side. Oh how I must have driven my Mother mad while taking on school projects of big wool winter coats with silk linings and complicated Vogue patterns compared to the boring apron assignment.

This video is bound to delight fashionista’s around the globe. Go ahead, step back in time, visiting a rainbow of colors and gorgeous gowns that put Williamson on the map as a designer. He and I share a burning desire to be audacious explorer’s of all this wild world of fashion has to offer. As far as the 17th century mansion featured in the video, my bags are packed and my passport in hand.

When can the driver pick up this Style Spy? Ready in ten…

 

 

 


With an Italian background, she cites her Mother and grandmother ( Mamie ) as the major influence of her love for food.  Yes, homemade pasta hung from the clothesline in the kitchen and rolling 100 meat balls for a holiday dinner was the norm.  Raised in Pennsylvania. she spent time in Atlanta, Georgia and ultimately settled along the stunning coast of Laguna Beach, Ca. Self taught in everything, she learned to appreciate the amazing flavors, scents and uses for exotic herbs and spices and applies her knowledge to cooking today. Despite enjoying other creative endeavors like painting, photography and clothing design, she realized she would never love another career the way she loves all the stories surrounding food.  And it's capturing those stories that has not only become her greatest passion but a culinary drug worth passing around!  After all, food is a shared experience and no one better to share it with than the entire world. And thus the Food Stalker was born, utilizing all that passion and her fearlessness to capture even the most impossible stories. It's one thing to write about food, but far more exciting to actually capture it and all those stories that make every scent come to life.  And once she sets out, there's no stopping her, because no one follows that scent better than her---and no telling where she'll end up next.  

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