The majestic master of the fantastical
Once a month, I eagerly anticipate that early morning THUNK that signifies the arrival of the new edition of Vogue on my doormat. Like the excitable child on Christmas morning, I tear open the packaging and, with bated breath and elevated expectations, I enthusiastically flick to the fashion shoots. ‘Please Lord; let this edition feature the wonderful Tim Walker’. Yes, it is photographer Tim Walker who dictates whether an edition of Vogue becomes a highly cherished copy, never to be resigned to the dustbin.
Tim Walker’s quintessentially British and visually exciting shoots, combining gothic fairytales with a touch of eccentricity, make him one of the most exhilarating photographers of today. I was therefore overjoyed to learn of his new exhibition at London’s Somerset House. Having opened last week, the exhibition will run until the 27th January 2013 and will feature work drawn from the world’s leading magazines. Expect the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Alexander McQueen, Tilda Swinton and Lindsey Wixson to crop up as subjects too. I simply cannot wait. Furthermore, an accompanying book entitled ‘Story Teller’ has been published by Thames & Hudson to coincide with the exhibition and features a foreword by none other than Kate Bush, the queen of whimsy if ever there was one.
In celebration of the event, I thought I would select s the most whimsical scarves currently available to buy for all the fairytale fanatics out there.
1. My first fanciful offering is Mulberry’s cashmere blend monster scarf. As the mornings get progressively chillier, who wouldn’t want to be embraced by this lovable beast to ensure a cosy walk into work? Measuring 195cm x 70cm, this scarf is available from www.mulberry.com priced £325.
2. The second scarf is the wolf print scarf by Alexander McQueen’s McQ. I must admit, I am most definitely afraid of the big, bad wolf. This 140cm x 140cm scarf is made from 100% silk and is available, priced £165, from www.net-a-porter.com.
3. My final scarf of the day is Lily and Lionel’s Fontana lion with crown print scarf. Made from 55% wool and 45% silk, this 203cm x 76cm scarf is available from www.matchesfashion.com priced £150. With Christmas fast approaching, I find myself reminiscing over the childhood evenings spent watching The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. For the children of the 80s, I am sure you understand that it simply was not Christmas until the VHS boxset has been fished out for its annual viewing. The child in me is fanatical about this Aslan style scarf.