Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What a Weekend!

It is no secret that Halloween is my favorite holiday. Why? Because it is the day when most people feel free enough to become whatever their alter egos or fantasies are. Play. There should be more occasions for this! One day is definitely not enough!! Then again, if you find the right festivals or parties to go to... Hmm.

Illustration by Hattie Stewart [More on her later]

My weekend began with a costume party at a friend's apartment. It became sort of massive: At its hight, I think some 80 people were in that place. Met some cool new people, ran into good old friend. Great. I was dragged into Pacha after that. And let me tell you something, when I moved to Madrid a few months ago, the last place I though I'd be stepping into was Pacha. Maybe it has to do with my experience of that club in New York, it sucks. Big time. The people... the place... Yuck! Then this summer I went to Pacha in Ibiza and well, at least as infrastructure goes, it is quite amazing. Although (beyond Pacha) it was a slight disappointment for me to see how 'mainstream' Ibiza is. It was my first time there though, so I was bound to do the 'club tour'. But next time I will be looking into a more underground, on-the-beach, private-house-party experience. Apart from that, just to clarify things, Ibiza was indeed magic. And I'm in love with the Balearics.

But anyways, as I was saying... All things considered, Pacha Madrid is not the hellish experience I had concocted in my mind. It was actually fun. Of course, beeing in the VIP helps a lot (and I have to thank all my great new friends for that!)... but most importantly, I discovered that on the top floor (also within the VIP I guess...) there is a smaller room called Cielo (a name that incidentally brings warm and fuzzy memories- about Cielo club in NY... which, circa 2006, was simply the best!) were 2 DJs were playing rock music (...and I love electronic music but Rock can be SO good every now and then...). Oh Oh. As I was walking into this room and heard the music, I told my friend (who probably doesn't even remember me saying this anyways) what I know to be the truth: That me + alcohol + rock = a mess. I mean, it is only a matter of time until my ridiculous air guitar comes up. Speaking of alter egos.... yeap, you guessed it: A Rock Star! I grew up listening to all those 80's glam rock bands. You know, the ones that made Aquanet (a highly flammable kind of hair spray) a very profitable business. Well... I was young, there was no Youtube, and I had no one to learn this sort of thing from. Not that I was a teenager during the 80's or anything... I was a baby! But I never really identified with the whole grunge thing. I always preferred the 80's spirit of good times, parties and so on. 

Back to the music at Cielo, it was a mix of everything from 50's Rock 'n' Roll, to Phoenix... with everything from the Grease soundtrack, George Michaels and The Ramones in between (and by the way, I'm calling all this Rock just to simplify things). It all made sense somehow, and I ended up jumping on my very high, high-heels for God knows how long. Hours. But at the end of the night I was channeling a lot less Joey Ramone, and empathizing a lot more with ballerinas and their poor abused feet. And so I jumped into a cab and escaped. That's what I love about big cities, you can always count on cabs for emergency exits.

On Sunday, although I was aching allover, I dragged myself and a friend to CINESHOCK (look it up on Facebook), on Cines Luna. It is a project that Popy Blasco (one of my Coolhunting teachers at IED) and a few other guys came up with to recuperate/use/save that old movie theater. Basically they screen type B movies there about once a month. It is free, you can drink (alcohol brands sponsor the events so you get to drink for free!) and smoke.

Sounds like fun?? Hell yeah!

And of course for Halloween they had a double feature special, with The Midnight Hour and Trick or Treat. The only bad thing is that you have to get there early and queue. A very long queue because everyone else in the city [it seemed] thought it was a really cool idea as well. And there is only space for like 200 people inside. Mission failed. Because I got there only 10 mins before they opened the doors, and so I was too far back in the line. No matter, I'll try again next time! You see, the thing is that I grew up watching this kind of movies on TV, at night, in the dark, alone in my room. I loved it! There was nothing better for me than a night with The Return of the Living Dead for example lol! (My parents used to worry a little bit about this behavior...). So after a much needed stop at Starbucks, I headed back with my friend to his apartment, were the party had been, and were his roommates were already drinking, again, and getting ready for Pacha... AGAIN! Mad men let me tell you...

As for my costume, well, I improvised. I put on a Miu Miu headband that I bought last year in Milan: A Queen-B crown. And surprisingly enough 3 people totally guessed I was 'Blair Waldorf'. Strangely enough, one of the guessers was a guy. Hmmm. Also, I wore this Sonia by Sonia Rykiel sweater that has the drawing of a shirt with a jacket (with pockets, buttons and all) on it. So sort of guyish right? This is because secretly I was also dressed as Mary Beth Mayfair. Since I just finished reading The Witching Hour last week. WOW! What an AMAZING book! A true Southern Gothic novel. And it took me like 2 months to finish it, which was a treat in itself because I absolutely hate when I finish a good book too fast. And Mary Beth (obviously a character from this book), one in a very long line of a witch family, was born on 1872... and because of 'the times', she used to dress as a man, to disguise herself, and be able to go 'downtown' to party. I think I would have done the same had I needed to!  : )

But of course, my Mary Beth semi-costume was sort of impossible for anyone to guess...

Uff... I have been writing a lot, haven't I? I was trying something different for the sake of it, but generally, I'm too private about my life and a little shy to keep writing like this hehe. Basically, I just enjoy sharing cool stuff I find here and there everyday. Which leads me to the work of Hattie Stewart: I found her blog this weekend and it has been so much fun going through it. I love her dark-and-twisty yet cheerfully colorful illustrations. Her style reminds me a little bit of Keith Haring- Even if only because the bold black lines. And I was reading a little article about her [Here], and was so impressed when I found out that she is only 21!! 21 and still only a student at Kingston Uni in the UK. 21 and a student, and she has already done illustrations for Luella and Marc Jacobs. Outstanding! And very cool of brands to approach young art students as well.

So here are some Halloween-esque illustrations created by Hattie Stewart for Luella in 2009:


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