Category : Travels

5 Mar 2013
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

Canadian filmmaker par excellence Douglas Arrowsmith, who directed my two music videos, Total Control and Illusions both currently racking up hits on Youtube. He has been awarded the 2013 Canadian Screen award for Best Direction in a Performing Arts Program for his feature film “Love Shines” on the cult singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith, who is greatly admired by no less an authority than Jules Holland. “Love Shines” was recently broadcast in the UK on BBC for to great acclaim. As if that award wasn’t already pretty impressive, Doug topped it by winning  the 2013 Canadian Screen Award for Best Arts Documentary. He will be back in this country in ten days to direct my next music video, ‘Real Live Girl’, another of the songs on my forthcoming album ‘Midnight Matinee’. Produced by David Ogilvy, this features other songs by such legends as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, all given a rock twist by David, plus a new one by song-supremo Guy Chambers, on which I duet with the amazing Helena Bonham Carter, one of the many stars that sing with me on the album.

26 Feb 2013
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

My designer de jour…featuring their toile de jour…London Riot Toile that is.

It’s hard not to adore toile….Especially when it’s served up with a cheeky edge like SS2013 collection from Sister by Sibling.   Their salon show at Somerset House featured both men’s and women’s versions of the riot-toile.

Of course I will be wearing this!!

21 Feb 2013
avatar Author: NH Design

Nicky recently wrote a piece for the New York Times Magazine on Lee Radziwill. Click here to view the full article.

14 Feb 2013
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

Are we the only family that adores burnt toast…first there’s the smell, and then the taste!!  Yes course all that char is NOT good for one but surely the joy factor supersedes a little carcinogen sin…and anyway most importantly eVERYthing just LOOKS better when burnt.  I know we’ve discussed this before…‘Burning Desires’

I am the proud owner/wearer of Giles Deacons Fall 2012 burnt blouse…you can only imagine the look on my face when I first saw it……sleepless for days.

Rather makes one wish they’d bought the entire collection….

Just start googling burnt things and you’ll find several hours have gone by!

You can ‘chic-it-up’ too, with a little resin or gesso.

Japanese architect Toru Shimokawa of stad has used carbonized cedar in a most sublime of executions…there really is NO end to this line of beauty.

12 Feb 2013
avatar Author: NH Design

Love Shines, the BBC Four/HBO feature film about Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith, directed by our own in-house video director Douglas Arrowsmith, has received 3 Canadian Screen Award nominations, including for ‘Best Arts Film’ and ‘Best Direction’!

The film is an atmospheric quest-journey about the Canadian balladeer, following him through the making of his last record “Long Player, Late Bloomer” with legendary producer Bob Rock. It’s currently broadcasting on HBO Canada (feat. Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, Kiefer Sutherland, and Feist). The Gala takes place in Toronto on March 3rd.

Along with the videos for ”Total Control” and “Illusions” (feat. Bryan Ferry), Doug will also be directing Nicky’s upcoming video for the track “Real Live Girl” which will be shot in London very shortly, and will feature some very special cameos! The album “Midnight Matinee” and the video will be released online in March 2013.