Nude and Sheer at Valentino

This sheer, embroidered blouse from the Valentino Spring 2012 collection, photographed here in Paris is beautiful and just LIQUORICE’s style. Teamed with simple, gold and black accessories the blouse is given a more edgy look whilst maintaining a smart and grown-up appearance.

And here are more, similar styles from the same collection this spring. LIQUORICE loves the pale, almost skin-tone colours, elegant hairstyles and glitter!

Spacex Review: Michael Samuels Exhibition

One of LIQUORICE’s favourite local art galleries SPACEX, in Exeter, Devon, UK is holding a new exhibition of Michael Samuels work which opened officially on the 28th July.
The exhibition, entitled ‘This Was Tomorrow’ fits beautifully in the converted 19th century warehouse which consists of a variety of rooms, mostly windowless and painted white. The dark, glossy floors reflect the colourful, desk-lamp lights in Samuels work while the walls are ideal to display the wonderful, intricate shadows that are cast.
The towering sculptures themselves are intricate and bold; straight lines are used as the skeleton of the sculptures which are made from G-plan furniture, and this is complimented with the addition of areas of block colour, functional G-clamps and ratchet straps, and coloured light. The light adds another dimension to Samuels work, bringing 2D areas of light and shade in to the idea to surround the sculpture and continue it in to the intangible dimensions.
Michael Samuels was born in 1964 and graduated from the Sculpture Department of the Royal College of Art in 2000. His work has been exhibited all over the world, from Paris to Japan, is a part of multiple, international collections and has recently been commissioned by Comme Des Garcon.
Find more information about Spacex Art Gallery at www.spacex.org.uk
Photos by Fran Wright (www.facebook.com/artbyfran)

Inspiration: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

LIQUORICE adores Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Hus-1 Architecture by Torsten Ottesjo

This 269 square-foot house designed by Torsten Ottesjo, entitled ‘Hus-1’ and built on the Swedish coast is, believe it or not, designed for 2 people.
The entirely curved structure, breaking free from a basic tradition of architecture, is built from a freestanding skeleton of wood and covered with partially water-absorbing slate. The shape reminds me of an upturned boat and the blindingly white and surprisingly spacious interior remind me somewhat of Doctor Who’s ‘TARDIS’…!

Torsten states that the expression of our love for a car related to the very rare expression of our love for a house or home has to do with scale, and Hus-1 is built in the hope that the curving features and relatively small size will allow the owner to intrinsically feel connected with their home.

Tyler, The Creator's Summer Camp Mix 12

Here is the official 'album cover' for the aforementioned ‘Summer Camp Mix 2012’ released by Tyler, The Creator on the 3rd of July. 

Find the Summer Camp Mix 2012 at http://soundcloud.com/thatericalper/tyler-the-creator-summer-camp

Tyler, The Creator Speaks about Wolf

After watching NardWuar’s video interview with Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator and Hodgy Beats (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcHxiWwubnk&feature=player_embedded) the other day, LIQUORICE researched Tyler’s new album ‘Wolf’ which is scheduled to be released in November this year. 
Once again we meet Dr TC, Tyler’s fictional therapist (featured on previous album ‘Goblin’ which brought the track above, ‘Yonkers’ to worldwide attention) and we can expect ‘hip-hop/neo-jazz’ influences, less rapping and more focus on beats.
In an interview with SPIN magazine, Tyler said, “Talking about rape and cutting bodies up, it just doesn’t interest me anymore…What interests me is making weird hippie music for people to get high to,” so we can expect a new style of lyrics too.
A 20 second sample of new song “Awkward” was released by Tyler on the 3rd of July in his ‘Summer Camp Mix 2012’ which will be posted here on the LIQUORICE blog shortly.

Elie Saab AW12 Couture 2

Here’s another beautiful example of the Elie Saab 2012 Fall Couture, in our favourite peachy pink.

Elie Saab AW12 Couture 1

LIQUORICE loves Elie Saab Fall 2012 Couture…being one to never shy away from elegant glitter and metallics, we think this dress is beautiful. Wonderful pastel blue, sheer sections and delicate embroidery create a contrasting, yet flattering and wonderfully wearable couture dress. I can’t wait to see the high street take on this exquisite fashion.

Artist Feature: Stephanie Bolze

Stephanie Bolze’s ‘Weeping Willow’ series is an expression of emotion; tormented and obscured the paint depicts an inner turmoil with contrasting monochromes and tiny hints of colour, perhaps suggesting something deeper, hidden. The texture of paint and paper adds detail and depth to the painting which almost implies it is an abstraction of something three dimensional and the wildness of brush strokes allows the viewer to create their own picture and interpretation, much like seeing shapes when staring at clouds.

Tell LIQUORICE a little about yourself:
I am self-taught and I work mainly with a palette-knife, it took me about 10 years to develop my abstract style as one day I just realised that what I had to say could no longer be expressed through figurative art. The change came very rapidly because I was ready for it and today there’s no turning back. I actually originally graduated from business school in France, where I was born and raised. I worked in banking, and then had the opportunity to live in Mexico with my family. There I discovered a completely different environment which influenced a change in my view of things: I also had my first solo exhibition in Mexico City. I have been back, living in France for a few months now and my work is changing; becoming more mature and stronger.

What inspires you the most?
I seek to make my art a vehicle to my interpretations of emotions and moments surrounding me through colours and images. I am engaging myself to reach others, aiming at the inner core of my own emotions to understand and represent the universal sparks that unite all human beings, as profound and complex as they may be.

What is your favourite colour?
My favourite colour is blue but I love to work with blacks and whites because they don’t allow for compromise.

What is the concept behind the ‘Weeping Willows’ series?
The series is designed to tell about inner sorrows like the ones you would write in a private diary. The palette is limited and always the same except for a choice between two shades for the third colour in order to give complete freedom to the viewer to feel and be touched by his own associated emotions.

Find more of Stephanie Bolze’s work on her Facebook page, at www.stephaniebolze.com, the Facebook page of ‘Modern and Contemporary Art’, ‘The Tranquillo Room’ and www.saatchionline.com.

Stefan Janoski Trainers

LIQUORICE’s Adam is craving a pair of Stefan Janoski Takashi Nike shoes in black and gold. 
Get them here for a cool £58.00.

The Origin of LIQUORICE

This blogs namesake, the video for ‘Liquorice’ by Azealia Banks from the EP ‘1991’ is a modern and stylish take on a Western. LIQUORICE is loving the super-long, dip-dyed hair and the Americana bikini (is anyone else reminded of Lady Gaga ‘Telephone’?)

New Song from Crystal Castles

To listen to Crystal Castles, according to the BBC,
‘is to be cast adrift in a vortex of deafening pain without a safety net. You get the feeling you could do anything in the world, but that ‘anything’ would ultimately mean nothing. Crystal Castles marks a nuanced emotional territory that dance music never covered before.’

On the 25th July CC new song ‘Plagues’ from their upcoming third album was uploaded to Soundcloud as a free download. Keeping true to their original sound is something I applaud; so many other bands feel that with the second and third albums they need to change to keep appealing to their fans (and this often leads to icky concept albums). ‘Plagues’ at times sounds almost clubby with soft, echoing vocals and synths that give you goosebumps.

The CC sound is ever-developing and I still love it.

To get the free download go to: http://soundcloud.com/crystal-castles/crystal-castles-plague

Inspiration: Daphne Groeneveld

LIQUORICE adores Daphne Groeneveld- especially because in the 2012, H&M ‘Fall’ advertisement she isn’t stick thin! Yippee! (Probably still thinner than most…)


Victory Roll Hair Tutorial

LIQUORICE has been wondering how to do the Victory Roll hairstyle for a long time and found this excellent tutorial via Hollywood Noir Make-up on how to do it yourself. LIQUORICE loves the vintage style, it's sexy and sweet and surprisingly easy to wear with modern fashions.

Welcome to LIQUORICE

Welcome to LIQUORICE.

We are always looking for submissions from:
-aspiring and established artists, fashion designers and stylists,
-volunteer writers, reviewers, photographers,
-and questions about anything and everything.

Please submit any work, ideas or queries to: liquoricesubmit@gmail.com