Susan Muncey has been delighting us since The Dabbler’s inception with her Saturday Retroprogressive column, which brought to light all manner of curious and wonderful developments in the world of style and design. But what we really want to read about, of course, is Susan herself and her life as a trend-forecaster-about-town. So here is the first instalment of her new diary-style column, Life of Style…
My mind has been working overtime recently. Whilst driving around London carrying out errands the other day, I nearly caused two accidents. The first was when I was rushing across town to have my hair done in West London. I needn’t have bothered as my ingeniously creative hairdresser, Darrin, is invariably running late.
He’s based at 10500 in Westbourne Park Road – a grunge-cool hangout for Notting Hillbilly fashion, media and music types. I’ve been going there for years, along with the likes of Julien Macdonald and Kelly Hoppen. Ever-opportunistic owner, Anthony Carenza, has recently turned the buzzing salon into something of a modern art gallery. Light boxes in the basement feature the works of Danish (he calls it ‘conceptual’, I’d call it ‘pop’) artist, Kristian von Hornsleth. Pornography aside, messages scream out from the tangled mess of colour. See Hornsleth’s website for the story behind The Village Project Uganda portraits (above left), sales of which helped to provide farm animals for those involved. And his School Massacre Project is grotesquely apposite after recent events in Connecticut.
Darrin tells me that the prints on glass make the salon too dark for him to see exactly what he’s doing, which slightly worries me…
My second near miss occurred when I was driving back from the store where I’d been buying Jars non-dishwasher safe crockery to replace the items I destroyed in my dishwasher… and trousers for my husband, which I thought would be in the sale, but weren’t. Why can’t men buy their own bloody trousers, anyway?
I was listening to an item on BBC Radio London about dogs and I was utterly flabbergasted. It was a ‘phone-in with a vet answering questions from the public. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing – concerns over too much carbohydrate in dog food, callers’ efforts to get the right balance of wet and dry food and to find food suitable for the shape of their dogs’ mouths… For heaven’s sake, half the world is starving! Most mindnumbing of all were the calls from those worried their dogs would be poisoned if fed raw meat, or choke to death if given bones to chew on.
This year I received quite a few Christmas cards featuring – and in some cases even signed by – pet dogs. I’m worried that dogs may make a bid for world domination… if computers don’t get there first.
Computers are, of course, ultimately to blame for my brain and steering wheel going into overdrive. Thanks to the demands of the digital age, I’ve so many ideas and projects on the go, I’m having a crisis over what to do and in which order. I spend so long creating and re-ordering lists that it’s difficult to find the time to actually get anything completed… And it doesn’t help that I’m also trying to work my way through a thousand page manual – Adobe Creative Suite 6: Design and Web Premium for Dummies. I can highly recommend this, by the way, if only for the cartoons by Rich Tennant – they’re quite the dog’s bollocks!