Monday, 30 January 2012

Lomography goes WILD.

Everyone knows that animal-print is back in, right? And all the cool cats out there know that fashion's most coveted accessory is an uber-cool analogue camera, right? If only there was a way of combining animal print with a cute plastic camera, we'd be the envy of all those around us! 

Well, those folks at Lomography have gone and done it again! Their new Valentines collection takes inspiration from our favourite wild beasts, a perfect antidote from all the cutesy, loved-up novelty rubbish that's always floating around at this time of year!

With 5 fierce cameras to choose from; La Sardina + flash, Fisheye 2, Diana F+, La Sardina and our personal fave, the Diana Mini, each one comes in a different ferocious finish, so you can coordinate your pretty new shiny plastic best friend with your favourite outfit. 
Now, with us being girls (and so unable to resist pink and err... leopard print) the little leopard Diana Mini is our lomo-crush of the moment, but the Python Fisheye 2 comes a real close second! It's safe to say whatever ever wild mood you're in, Lomography have the perfect camera to suit!

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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Katy Perry for Eyelure

Us girls' here at Tantrum HQ may consider ourselves to be hard as nails, "independent women", you could say, but we're still partial to looking good. Even the darkest-coloured outfit needs a little spice to it, wouldn't you agree? We're not talking about going too OTT with the beauty side of things, but a little flutter of some ultra-thick curly eyelashes can't do much harm. This is where Katy Perry comes in, the queen of kitsch has collaborated with our favourite eyelash brand, Eylure, and the results are something to get excited about. Even Katy is snapping into the independent woman phenomenon, ditching her shaggy-haired fella; yes you, Mr Brand.

4 designs that are suitable for an array of different occasions, whether you're after sweet and subtle lashes or are looking for something a bit more more va-va-voom. The packaging itself is also pretty fab; representing Katy's flirty 'n' fun persona. There really is something for everyone and we can't wait for them to be launched next month!

Eylure have famously worked with other artists including Girls Aloud and Cheryl Cole but if we let you into a little secret, we can already tell these will be the best. 'We were keen to create a range of lashes that were a direct extension of her own personal style’- and that they are!

Head over to for more info and even more gorgeous lash goodness! 

words: Jemma Lamble 

Friday, 27 January 2012

Louis Vuitton: Behind the scenes SS12

Ever fancied a sneaky peek behind the scenes of Louis Vuitton's awe-inspiring ad campaigns? We certainly have!
Check out this sweet short video featuring Marc Jacobs &  photos by Steven Meisel, we're not sure what looks more delicious, the LV accessories or those crazy ice-cream sundaes!

Behind the scenes at the SS12 Louis Vuitton Advertising Campaign Photoshoot

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Valentines Blues

Hey all you lonely hearts, it's that time of year again. Cue red roses, heart-shaped chocolates and couples that hold hands ALL.THE.TIME. It's enough to make you vomit, right?
If you, much like us girls at Tantrum, are a V-day hater then you'll be pretty happy to hear that in the run-up to the dreaded date of Feb 14th, we'll be featuring all sorts of things that are, in our humble opinion, the BEST valentines gifts EVER.  
And why are they the most perfect pressies, you may ask? Well our lovelies, that's because this bunch are presents that you should buy for YOU. Not for slimy boy-toys, but for your fine selves. Cos there's no better gift than the ones that you buy for little ol' you, right?!

Check out and get in the anti-valentine spirit, cos Valentines Day might suck, but YOU rule! (and we'll always love ya!)

Thursday, 19 January 2012

MAC strikes again.

MAC are never ones to shy away from a good limited edition collaboration and this season is no exception. Gareth Pugh, Daphne Guinness and Iris Apfel have all been lined up to follow the likes of Hello Kitty, Liberty of London and Wonder Woman, to design their own unique colour palettes for the cosmetics brand.

Like all of these other collaborations, the new colour schemes of the products directly reflect that of their muse, meaning the Gareth Pugh and Daphne Guinness collections are dark, daring and totally dramatic. The selection of nail varnishes, lipsticks, eye pencils and blushers are the ultimate in gothic chic, think deep berry hues, liquid metallics and chalky pastels which combine to create the ultimate beauty statement.
Although the prices of the Pugh collection (which we have previously featured here) are slightly higher than that of MAC’s mainline, the lust-worthy products come packaged in super sleek, monochrome casings, the perfect little piece of Pugh for those of us who dream of owning one of his eclectic designs.

If gothic guise isn’t your bag then look no further than Mac’s third artistic partnership, this time with fashion industry veteran, Iris Apfel. Renowned for her love of all that is bold and bright, her collection comes in a vivid assortment of shades, colours which are not exactly for the shy, retiring wallflower type. Fiery lips can be mixed and matched with stunning matte eyeshadows to create a look that is as fashion forward as its wearer.

It really comes as no surprise that the collections are shifting fast, MAC’s limited edition lines sell out notoriously quickly and with collaborations as cool as these how could they not?

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words: Lucy Topping

Monday, 16 January 2012

Miss Patina.

This week here at Tantrum we have been lusting over a newly discovered vintage-inspired label, Miss Patina. If you love cute bows, mesh inserts, girly tea dresses. quirky buttons or are just partial to a cute collar, then this may be right up your street! Miss Patina is a UK-based brand that 'fuses retro style with today's trends to create a unique look'. Slip into a Miss Patina dress and you will feel both individual and stylish.

The collection is very sweet and sophisticated. Sweet vibes are in abundance for the Miss Patina girl who is young and innocent, but known for her playful streak. Her clothes 'reflect her sense of adventure'. The sophisticated Miss Patina girl is slightly older, emerging elegantly into a bustling city. Some aspects of the Miss Patina collection will allow her to bring a vintage streak with a sophisticated edge into the workplace. The colour palettes of both styles reflect the contrasting personalities of the two types of girl - sophisticated hues of rich maroons , navy and red meet with the sweetness of neutral beige, dusty pink and feminine lilac.

Our favourite thing about Miss Patina is that the collection mainly consists of dresses and shirts, which we adore. Emblazoned with peter pan/handmade collars, lace trimmings and an array of different prints, you know you are always in for a treat with Miss Patina.

Lusting already? weak at the knees? Miss Patina has a concession in Topshop, Oxford Circus so be sure to pop in for a vintage inspired treat, stand out from the crowd.
Check out our favourite picks:

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words by Jemma Lamble 

Monday, 9 January 2012

Watch out 2012: Soundtrack to the end of the world.

Lux Leopard

First up are Lux Leopard - a Russian indie band whose music has absorbed elements of indie, melodramatic, rock, pop, funk and nu-wave. This creates an upbeat, vibrant sound which shines through whatever the mood of the song. They are currently recording an album, but their debut EP "Secret" is available now. 

The Ghosts

The Ghosts are immediately recognisable, dreamy and a little bit haunting (in the best way). Taking in a wide variety of influences to create something unique, demonstrated brilliantly in first single 'Enough Time.' Their brand of unsettling beauty is worth putting on repeat while you wait for the album...

Caged Animals

If you're following our Twitter feed (and if you're not, why?!?) you'll have heard about our great love of Caged Animals. While their album was released in 2011, we had to include them for 2012 because there's so much on the album to enjoy. Their sound is utterly enchanting, and you can't just listen once - so don't even try to stop at one.

Erin K & Tash

Anti-folk at its absolute finest, Erin K and Tash have been carving out a slice of music which is entirely their own. You may have heard their clever, catchy songs before, but if you haven't then you're in for a treat. Their debut single is already out, and we're waiting so impatiently for their debut album come spring!

Foreign Slippers

Strong yet ethereal, Foreign Slippers are masters of the paradox. The songs are delicate while having such strength that the songs are pulled from simple ballad to something much more complex. With the "Avalanche" EP available already, we're excited for what comes in the year ahead.

The Jezabels

Ending on a piece of old school, American highway music with none of the usual side effects, we have the Jezabels. With resonating vocals and bucketloads of attitude, this is a band that are hard to shake off. The perfect way to start as you mean to go on, we need another Jezabels fix early 2012 please.

words: Kirsty Gillespie

Friday, 6 January 2012

Jason Wu for Target

It’s official. The next high street collaboration people will be losing their minds for will be created by one of the First Lady’s personal faves – Jason Wu. The collection will be designed exclusively for American chain Target, however that won’t prevent the most hardcore of British Wu fans from scoring a piece of his ladylike style at a tiny fraction of what his mainline retails for.

Renowned for a polished, feminine aesthetic, Wu has translated this into a collection of cost-conscious garments and accessories, all of which are said to retain the brands’ classic, sophisticated approach to design. Florals, stripes and even playful prints based on the collection’s mascot, Milu the cat, will feature on a selection of pleated dresses and chic separates such as silk blouses and tennis skirts, all of which can be dressed either up or down.
After a teaser video created to introduce the partnership was released last October showcasing the designer busy at work in his studio, excitement for the collaboration sky-rocketed, despite many feeling somewhat despondent at the thought of actually trying to purchase any of the pieces on offer. After the infamous fights over the Missoni for Target collection last year, of which the majority of the items bought ended up on Ebay for at least triple the retail price, many people feel as though the future of such high street collaborations is decidedly bleak. However for the very lucky few, those who are willing to stand in endless queues and battle through hoards of eager shoppers, it is a rare opportunity to own an affordable item by one of America’s hottest young designers.
The pieces, which range in price from $19.99 to $59.99, will go on sale on the 5th February in Target stores and online at

words: Lucy Topping
image via New York Times Style Magazine

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Joy Division by Kevin Cummins.

If you call yourself a music fan, then there's absolutely no doubt that you know all about the iconic post-punk Manchester band, Joy Division (and no, just knowing of them because you stumbled across the movie Control one night on TV does NOT count.) Although the band was short-lived, their contribution to the British music scene in particular is immense, and this book of photographs by NME photographer, Kevin Cummins (whose career started alongside that of Joy Division) allows a rare insight into the behind-the-scenes lives of the beautifully tragic band.

Although it's not a new release, we feel it's a book that deserves a special mention. Filled with Cummins' stark black-and-white photos of Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner as they rehearsed, performed and hung out, the simply titled Joy Division proves the point that a picture speaks a thousand words. The images hold a certain nostalgia and sadness about them, perhaps due to the fact we're all aware of how the whole scenerio panned out for the band, however, the photographs also stay true to the style and the sound of Joy Division. The simple, honest and raw monochrome images complement the band perfectly, but if you're one of those that likes your books with a shot of colour, Joy Division also features images of rare concert posters, set lists and guitars and personal notebooks belonging to Ian Curtis.

This book is by far the most definitive and one of the most beautifully designed Joy Division books around, and offers an invaluable insight into one of Britain's most iconic rock bands for hardcore fans and music enthusiasts alike. If the bright orange cover isn't enough to grab your attention, what lies on the pages between it certainly will. So press pause on whatever Love Will Tear Us Apart cover you're listening to (and my, there have been a fair few of them!) and tune into the real thing. And while you're at it, pick up this book and delve right into the dark and beautiful world of Joy Division.

Joy Division: Foreword by Jay McInerney, Contribution by Bernard Sumner, Photographed by Kevin Cummins. Published by Rizzoli.

you can buy the book for £17.01 on Amazon and find out more on the Rizzoli website.