Stuff

“Hey, babe, there is a letter here from someone called Abby from Manchester. She wants to ask you a question”. That’s my husband. He is reading the questions on his Red Hand Files.

 

My husband sent me this message from his wonderful Red Hand Files. It comes from Kaley in Manchester. He tells me many people are sending in songs and poems at this time. That is such a generous thing for people to do.
Classical Chinese poetry, written over the course of three thousand years has the capacity to speak to our very hearts.
Sitting here, looking out my rainy window, over the sea that rages and crashes everywhere, the wind howling and knocking the trees all about, and the world so very uncertain, this is my favourite poem, by the greatest of them all, e e Cummings.
“Hey, babe, Emma from Maryland, USA wrote a beautiful letter. Do you want me to read it to you?” That’s my husband he is reading The Red Hand Files. I’m reading a book of Letters to (and from) Mothers.” We’re in bed.
This is a sweet message for Lori from Toronto, who wrote into my husband’s Red Hand Files, recommending this incredibly beautiful song from legendary Arabic singer and actress, Asmahan.
This strange hypnotic number, ‘Get It On Time’ by Black Lips, sung by the extraordinary Los Angeles-based actress and musician, Zumi Rosow...
The brilliant and beautiful Jodie Comer wears The Vampire’s Wife Floral Gypsy Tea Dress while filming Series 3 of the wonderful Killing Eve

Rachel from Sydney, Australia brought this beautiful duet to my attention through my husband’s Red Hand Files. It is a gorgeous thing—an instant cure for the doldrums.

 

Allyson from Kimberton, USA, sent this letter to my husband’s glorious Red Hand Files, commenting on the name of the new collection Frill Seeker. She said—
Wonderful Lashana Lynch, styled by the brilliant Karla Welch wears The Vampire’s Wife Green Floral Blossom Dress and we love her for it! 
My husband asked me to put this poem by Gwendolyn Brooks up on The Stuff Page.
Flipping through Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein while sitting in the breakfast room of the Shelley Hotel in Lewes, where The Vampire’s Wife offices and showrooms now reside. I’d like to think that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein here, as it remains one of my favourite horror stories.
The new collection is here! The Vampire’s Wife continue to play with the idea of femininity with the Frill Seeker Collection.
If you like Umm Kulthum, you maybe also appreciate Sharmilla Roy especially 'Ontoro momo' Her voice is so extraordinary, moving, melancholy and extremely joyful at the same time. Each time I listen to it, it brings me to tears.
The aching, erotic stillness of these ancient Chinese poems completely overpowers me, as they find their way into The Vampire’s Wife designs.
The brilliant and beautiful Annie Clark aka Saint Vincent wears The Vampire’s Wife Mini Mayhem Dress to the Independent Spirit Awards in LA last week.
I was flipping through a book on the photography of Diane Arbus and found that she had photographed the feminist provocateur Germaine Greer. 
Known as ‘The Voice of Egypt’ Umm Kulthum rings around the house this morning, cranked up loud, her raw emotion and incredible vocal range ever splendid.
Divine Liberty Ross wore The Vampire’s Wife Black Velvet Lace Night Sparrow Dress to the Tom Ford show in Los Angeles last week.
The most poplar writer of her day, I must admit I have never read George Sand, but I still I adore her!
Just watched the great 1971 spaghetti western Les Pétroleuses, with Claudia Cardinale and Brigitte Bardot, yet again. Erotic, subversive, complex and empowering and so very beautiful, my favourite western!
My husband is sitting at the kitchen table reading the questions on his Red Hand Files. I’m almost out the door, heading to the brand new Vampire’s Wife offices in magical, mystical Lewes.
Dovima and the Elephants by Richard Avedon—this challenging, discomforting photograph intrigued me as a young girl, its beauty and its cruelty both. Last week, I found it in a book on Avedon’s photography and it unnerved me all over again.
Someone called Lindsay sent this lovely message to my husband’s Red Hand Files. I love that people out there are participating on the Stuff Page.
Gillian Anderson wore the American Chevron Dress from The Vampire’s Wife Pussy Bow Collection whilst attending the premiere of Sex Education last week in London.
Stéphane Mallarmé’s son died from an illness he inherited from his father. The tortured poet wrote...
As my friend, Palma, wrote, “We're watching the earth change before our eyes. The truth is, it wasn't always a habitable globe for creatures like us and it makes no promise to remain so as we pull the levers and change the systems that sustain us.”
Someone called Yara sent this to my husband’s Red Hand Files. It’s such an incredibly sweet letter and the poem is lovely. I’ve never seen it before. I love it that people send things in.
Here is a gorgeous song, fragmentary but vast, by the great Bill Fay.
I had a dream last night I was sitting in a field listening to Mazzy Star’s beautiful Fade Into You and woke up with the song in my head. I found this live version of it from 1994, so sparse and essential.
I spent time reading the Persian poet, Farid Al-Din Attar’s wonderful book The Conference of Birds over the Christmas break, full of the most beautiful words
Dear everyone! Have a wonderful Christmas and see you in the New Year. Thank you for all your support this last year and for those of you who helped out with the Stuff Posts.
Our dear friend, Rodrigo, sent us this message.  People are always digging around and finding these strange, life-affirming treasures. This one is from a writer called Clarice Lispector. Rodrigo called her, the Brazilian Virginia Woolf.
I spent Sunday morning looking at the beautiful photographs of Julia Margaret Cameron, in a wonderful, old book I have of her photography. They are dream photographs, eccentric, fantastical and absolutely unique and some of the earliest art photographs ever taken.
My husband and Warren Ellis played their soundtrack music at the Sydney Opera House this week, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Philharmonia Choir.

Today is the birthday of the great Emily Dickinson. Emily would lower her poems in a basket from her bedroom window to her beloved readers. She wrote the most haunting and puzzling poems of any poet I know.

 

Actress Jodie Turner-Smith wears The Sparkle Velvet Runaway Dress to attend the Queen & Slim Premiere after-party in LA.
Sitting here in the back of a car heading to LAX and back to London and listening to Weyes Blood’s brilliant Andromeda, cosmic and confrontational and full of yearning. Her beautiful music belongs within that portion of hope we can all cling to. Her album Titanic Rising is a revelation.
I was reading this last night, the final paragraph from Richard Ford’s wonderful novel, Canada. Such truth put so simply and without fuss. I hope you enjoy it. 
Love, Susie.

“How are you?” That’s my husband. He’s on the phone. He’s in LA, where it’s the afternoon and sunny and warm.

I don’t know the date of this article below, but it rings so many bells for us all, the ‘gleefully dabbles’ not the least of them.
Sapphire’s 1994 book American Dreams is some of the toughest, most confrontative poetry I’ve ever read. Amazing stuff. But I stumbled across this...
My husband sent me this letter he received on his Red Hand Files because he knew that I would love it. Ramana Maharshi, also, said that ‘Silence is a conversation,’...
Written in 1932 and routinely voted as America’s favourite poem, Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep was taught in schools everywhere. I remember...
The euphoria-inducing Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches performs ‘Death Stranding’ on the Late Late Show with James Corden wearing...

The Vampire’s Wife acolyte and all-round sorceress, Tali Lennox and friend, Ariana Papademetropoulos, dabble in the dark arts, looking completely...

Pierre Klossowski, artist, writer and older brother of the painter Balthus, spent a lifetime drawing the most extraordinary and provocative pictures of his wife...
Just to let you know Julianne Moore’s performance in the masterful Magnolia back in 1999 blew my mind.It was so adventurous, so real and...
I found this beautiful Philip Larkin poem – full of strange yearning and self-doubt and wanted to share...
My husband received another message from Kuba from Cleksyn, Poland, on his Red Hand Files, with another beautiful recommendation...
Wonderful Jessie Barden, star of the hit TV series, End of the Fucking World, that features my son Earl (I’m just saying) knocks us all out...

“Hey, babe, check this out.” That’s my husband. He is sitting at the kitchen table, reading the questions on his...

The Vampire's Wife launches a new collection of dresses entitled ‘Pussy Bow’. Working with costume designer extraordinaire Alice Babidge, the collection is a super-charged version of The Vampire’s Wife...
Beautiful Courtney sits at the Connaught Hotel dressed in the Blue Corduroy Festival Dress, with Bell, her Pomeranian...

“The creative process is a cocktail of instinct, skill, culture and a highly creative feverishness. It is not like a...

During Buddha’s time, there lived a woman named Kisa Gotami. She married young and gave birth to a son. One day, the baby...
I’ve found a great book recently called The Daily Stoic and it gives a quote each day from one of the ancient Stoics...
My dear friend Katherine who is always on the lookout for things strange and beautiful sent me these two unseen photographs...

How beautiful, how sensuous, how disturbing this piece of biblical text is, full of longing and dark violence and tremendous...

The Stuff Page has never been a forum to promote my husband’s work, but I just can’t let this one go...

The Vampire’s Wife blew Los Angeles and New York away last weekend as Natalie Portman stormed The Ellen DeGeneres Show...

Make of it what you will, but I’m just saying, doesn’t my son Earl look completely gorgeous in this photograph. His film...
I first fell in love with David Hicks's jewellery many years ago - before I really realised how everything I ever loved about interiors came...
I am sitting with my husband listening to the radio. He is reading a book by Darcey Steinke called ‘Flash Count Diary - Menopause, and the...

When I was ten years old, I dreamed of being a gymnast. I had seen Nadia Comâneci on the TV...

Daniel Johnston, singer, songwriter, artist and inspiration to so many has died...
Allyson from Kimberton, USA, sent a poem to my husband’s wonderful Red Hand Files by the brilliant Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell. We both loved it and....
My friend, Katherine, sent me this wonderful photograph from 1998. Here I am with my great inspiration...

I was looking through a new book of the despairing paintings of Edvard Munch with my husband (we really know...

“Hey Babe?” That’s my husband. “Uh-huh?” That’s me. “I got a letter on The Red Hand Files from a girl called Phoebe F. She suggested a Song of Devastation.”...

I’ve just been reading The Mystic Road purported to be based on Father Yod’s teachings. Now as far as cult leaders go Father Yod seemed pretty wild....
Immortality. We all want it. The chance to defy that black spectre of death that equalises us. But to live forever...
Dracula offers the illusion of immortality, the subconscious wish we all have for a limitless life. He is a man of tremendous...

I don’t really know where to start with this one. Kirsten Dunst is a wild star of light, stealing our...

I was reading Maria Popova’s wonderful Brain Pickings website last night and stumbled across this quote...
'Never shall a young man, Thrown into despair, By those great honey-coloured Ramparts at your ear...

Sunday morning here in London and just been dreaming it away, listening to the Velvet Underground, who, so many years...

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind, and floats downstream till the current ends, and dips his wings in the orange sun rays...

“Hey, I just got this letter on The Red Hand Files from someone called Heidi suggesting we put up The Langley School Music Project’s version of...
I stumbled on these beautiful floral arrangements by Azuma Makoto in an amazing book...

I have already done a Stuff Post about the divine Jane Birkin but who can resist these beautiful photos of...

Someone called Kuba from Cieksyn in Poland send this link to my husband’s wonderful Red Hand Files. Kuba suggested that...

A friend, Bella, just sent me this video of my husband as a mere child doing the beautiful teen-angst anthem...

I found this poem today by Louise Bogan called Medusa. It took a couple of reads to for me to...

I’ve just walked into my husband’s office. “What’s the matter, babe? You look a bit down,” I ask.  “I don’t...

The cat is such a perfect symbol of beauty and superiority that it seems scarcely possible for any true aesthete to do other than worship it...
P.J. Proby, sings ‘Somewhere’ from the musical West Side Story, in this clip from American Bandstand, in 1965. With the bow in the back of his hair and his weird...
A dear friend sent me the picture of Maria Callas and Pier Paolo Pasolini, below. Pasolini enjoyed a...
How completely moving was Kylie at Glastonbury. It was such a gigantic moment for her. She wore a bespoke Vampire’s Wife dress, looked so absolutely beautiful and... 

A dear friend just sent me this picture of Isabelle Adjani. Now it is no secret that Isabelle has always...

Well, in case it isn’t glaringly apparent, the paintings of Edvard Munch, especially his paintings of women, have had a huge impact on...

It’s Sunday morning here in London and I have resigned to do nothing but be idle and, well, write this...

On Sunday night, Early and I (and some of the wonderful people from Cloud Workshop) went to see Fleetwood Mac...

“You felt that you were this aching creature in the midst of this aching cosmos and the ache was okay....

Beautiful Peggy Lipton, who starred as Julia Barnes in The Mod Squad back in the late sixties died at 72,...

Sitting up last night reading an old interview for Art Press with feminist provocateur Camille Paglia. I came upon this...

Susie aged 6 What kind of dress has always appealed to you? Are there any shapes or styles that you...

I’ve spent the morning dipping in and out of the books of original 60s and 70s Hollywood wild child, Eve Babitz...