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THE DARK SIDE OF DISNEY

Goths, ghouls and zombies, the dark side has most definitely returned – but this time it looks like it may well stick around a while longer than Halloween.  From the surprise UK TV hit Dead Set to the packed-out launch of fabulous new book Hell Bound: New Gothic Art by Francesca Gavin (visual arts editor at Dazed & Confused), our love for the macabre has re-emerged, and apparently it’s women who are growing a hunger for horror. A perfect time then to invest in a wickedly luxurious cashmere jumper from London Denim’s collaboration with Disney. The collection features three of the most evil Disney characters created: Cruella DeVille, Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent, and Snow White’s wicked stepmother, each recreated in Swarovski crystals to be “evilly alluring”. Because the dark side is the new black!

London Denim’s Disney Queens collection is available at Harrods and online

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ZOO ART FAIR

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I’m posting this a little late and have no idea where I put my notes, so I can’t tell you much – but once again Zoo was a more impressive younger brother to Freize. Not that impressive though. Very few pieces really stood out- but here were my favourites. Once I find my notes i’ll add in the names and details!!

Filed under: arts & culture, exhibition reviews

PICS FROM FREIZE 2008

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Lin Tianmiso - Freize

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timo nasseri

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This year saw a more subued, much quieter Freize, with galleries playing it safe and promoting their big names rather than taking a chance on lesser-known artists. Understandable, as with the private view nowhere near as full as last year the gallerists were desperate to make sales and justify the amount spent on showing here! Nothing much to write home about though, a couple of funny pieces, one or two new names worth watching, and a lot of uninteresting noise.

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