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Booker Love.


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Milano, Jan 2011.

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we just want good times.

Us occupants at 17 Churchill Avenue always knew our first house party had to be an epic one, there was no question about it. So how exactly does one throw the ultimate uni house warming bash? Combine all the major celebratory events of the year of course!

Christmas decorations, Hanukkah candles, birthday cake and balloons, New Years eve countdown at midnight, Halloween decorations, and bonfire night fireworks and sparklers…

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Model Behaviour (II)

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Milan, day 12

Partied tres hard last night but felt surprisingly fresh and chirpy all day! Must still be the excitement of watching the McQueen show yesterday. ‘Chris Brown beat-em-down’ was sat a couple of tables away from us at the Just Cavalli club. Unfortunately my memory fails me on much of what went on last night so I don’t remember seeing him though I probably did. I’m still trying to find out how I actually made it home last night! Thankfully I did anyway and I’m alive so Hallelujah!

Today was the last day of the shows here in Milan and starting Thursday the shows continue in Paris. Very excited at the thought of doing both Paris and Milan next season… let’s just hope that Paris likes me a little more than Milan did! Luckily it’s not long to wait for next season as the castings start in June so I have just enough time to go back to university and get myself prepared to go through all this craziness again!

It’s been quite a sad day because most of the models are leaving for Paris so I have lost a couple of my flatmates. Waved David off on the train on his way to Berlin to do the Diesel show, then he is doing Paris (this kid’s unstoppable). Said bye to Zac also who is heading to Paris. Tomorrow Recep leaves to go back to Germany and soon enough I’ll be returning to England. I’ve gotten so used to living with these guys, we all get along so well that it will be strange not seeing them everyday. But we will all be back together in June for the Spring/Summer shows so I look forward to that.

I’m just looking down at my open suitcase on the floor – filled with loads of souvenirs from my trip… casting signs, party/show invitations, a Beatrice models diary, and the latest addition: a bag and t-shirt from the Armani show that all the models got given… David did both the Emporio show and the Georgio show so he got two lots and kindly gave me one 😀 But I have promised Ollie something so maybe I’ll donate the bag and tee to that dweeb!

Tonight I am going to go grab some takeaway pizza from the restaurant round the corner from us (4 euros for a massive pizza – it doesn’t get much better than that) and maybe watch a movie… I’m thinking The September Issue might be on the cards! Who can say no to a bit of Grace Coddington eh?! It’s not Anna Wintour’s movie – it’s Grace’s.

Trying desperately to upload the awesome vids I took at McQueen but Facebook doesn’t seem to like them. I’ll keep trying though so look out for them.

Ciao ragazzi


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Milan, day 10

Yesterday was a lot of fun.

Had a couple of castings in the morning, then me and David went for a major session of window shopping on my new favourite street in Milano – Via della Spiga. The street looks like it’s out of a fairytale with it’s narrow cobbled endless road crammed with beautiful stores and boutiques of every top designer label you could ever need with the most stunning and magical window displays. Took lots of photos but they are on David’s camera and on a disposable so can’t show you them yet. We made a point of going into all the stores of the shows we booked (well David booked and the ones that I nearly booked) in the hope that they might give us some freebies! Needless to say this plan didn’t work out at all but we had fun trying!

The most impressive store we went round was the Armani Hotel which is not yet fully completed but on the bottom few floors of this large hotel size building is a whole department store that sells everything Armani – furniture on one floor, flowers on another, and all the clothing collections to. Just about everything you can think of, Armani has put his name to it’s quite scary really. The store was beautiful, and as David had walked for Emporio Armani the day before we very much enjoyed having a nose around!

The other stores that really impressed me were Burberry, Jil Sander (the clothes were so beautiful) and Alexander McQueen. In McQueen I told the male shop assistant that David was going to be doing the show the next day but he didn’t care at all so we left, our hands empty of any freebies once again!

In the centre of Milan is the famous Vittorio Emanuelle shopping centre, and right in the centre of the building are four grand stores on each corner of the street. So if you stand in the middle and look all around you you see… Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci… and… McDonalds?! Seriously… it is rather a grand Maccy D’s but it’s a Maccy D’s all the same and doesn’t really belong there! Thought that was pretty funny.

It was starting to get dark and as we walked back through the Vittorio Emanuelle there was a classical pianist playing, and the beautiful music was echoing all around the magnificent building. It was so perfect. We went and got the best gelato (ice-cream) – I had my new favourite, tiramisu! Right underneath the glass dome in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is the emblem of Turin, a bull, on the mosaic floor. It is meant to bring you good luck if you spin around on your right heel on the bull’s most treasured possession. I kid you not, there was a crowd of people queuing up to crush the testacles of the bull of Turin, in order to bring themselves good luck. So of course I had a go, got rather dizzy and stared at lots but it was fun to watch people grinding their heels on the poor bull’s private parts.

Maybe if I’d known about this tradition at the start of the week I’d have had more luck with the show castings! Ah well, I know for next season. The first place I’m going when I arrive is to the bull’s bollocks for my dose of good luck!



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Model Behavior.

Fooling around at the agency.

Going crazy in the apartment.

Donatella lips.

Biggest pepper in the world.

Our random ingredient spaghetti.

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