Monday, March 16, 2015

Through the Lens: Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander in head-to-toe Dior Haute Couture, with Alexis Bittar cuffs and Giambattista Valli headband.

When seeing the film 71 in the theatre last weekend, an intriguing trailer played for a movie starring Oscar Isaac and Domnhall Gleeson called Ex Machina, with 26 year-old Swedish actress Alicia Vikander in a leading role as an android named Ava. Vikander is now appearing seemingly everywhere, from a publicity stunt with Tinder at SXSW in promotion of the film, to the cover of the latest issue of W Magazine, in which she looks perfectly mod with bouffant hair and printed minidresses a la Nancy Sinatra. For the shoot, she wears almost all Louis Vuitton -- which makes sense, considering we'll be seeing her soon as the new face of the brand.

Read Vikander's full interview with Lynn Hirschberg here.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

L.A. Noir: Kate Mara + James Marsden

Stylish Stalking: Kate Mara in Alberta Ferretti and James Marsden in Ermenegildo Zegna. Photo by Alisha Goldstein.

I recently happened upon the concept of "Noirvember" (a November celebration of classic film noir, encouraging the watching of a different one each day of the month) on Facebook, and it wasn't something I'd heard of before -- but as a Philip Marlowe fan, count me in!

Unintentionally apropos of this theme, Yahoo! Style recently posted a profile on Kate Mara, which included a noir-inspired photoshoot featuring Mara and James Marsden as what looks to be clandestine lovers of sorts.

You can read the full interview and see the rest of the sleek and steamy photos here.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Through the Lens: Nora Zeheter x Wren Spring '15 Fashion Film

The actress Nora Zehetner has the same sort of classic and timeless beauty in the vein of Natalie Wood or a starlet from the '20s. She's collaborated with Melissa Coker of Wren and her friend and fellow actress Clemence Poesy to create a fashion film, Where Is That Script? The film is for Wren's Spring '15 line and is also Poesy's directorial debut. It was filmed entirely using a camera phone and has the nostalgic feel of an old home movie.

Poesy tells Harper's Bazaar of how she came to be involved in the project and the inspiration behind it.
Harper's Bazaar: How did this project come about for you?
Clémence Poésy: I have known Melissa Coker for a long time now and have loved watching the little films made for Wren every season—so I sort of just asked her if I could try directing one—and she said yes.
HB: What was your inspiration for the video?
CP: Childhood—the endless, relentless, unbelievable magic of childhood.

HB: Why was Nora a good subject?
CP: Because Nora has somehow managed to keep that magic as a grown up.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Through the Lens: Remembering Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall, the sultry screen siren of the '40s and '50s and a favorite of mine, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 89. As someone who always had a nostalgia for Old Hollywood since my childhood, she's truly one of the last of a bygone golden age in cinema.
"My son tells me, 'Do you realize you are the last one? The last person who was an eyewitness to the golden age?' Young people, even in Hollywood, ask me, 'Were you really married to Humphrey Bogart?' 'Well, yes, I think I was,' I reply. You realize yourself when you start reflecting -- because I don't live in the past, although your past is so much a part of what you are -- that you can't ignore it. But I don't look at scrapbooks. I could show you some, but I'd have to climb ladders, and I can't climb." - Vanity Fair 2011

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Through the Lens: Emma Ferrer Channels Audrey Hepburn

 Like grandmother, like granddaughter: Emma Ferrer emulates her grandmother Audrey's iconic dance moves from "Funny Face." Photo by Michael Avedon.

The new issue of Harper's Bazaar features twenty year-old Emma Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn's first grandchild and daughter of Sean Ferrer, the only son of Audrey and actor Mel Ferrer. Photographer Richard Avedon was responsible for many of Audrey's iconic shots, so it was apropos that his grandson Michael Avedon should take photos of Emma as inspired by her famous grandmother. I've added side-by-side shots for a fun comparison.

An excerpt from the interview:
"I've been questioning a lot lately what she means to me. I knew her image, of course, and that I happened to be, by pure chance, related to her. But as a child I couldn't really relate to Audrey Hepburn, the actress. To me, she was family. I can live with her through my father. His stories are all about his growing up. But honestly, I haven't seen all of her movies. When I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's, I enjoyed it the same way any young girl would. I've seen My Fair Lady and Roman Holiday, but I suppose my favorite is Funny Face."
 You can read the rest here.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sneak Peek: Kate Bosworth is Sixties Chic

Kate Bosworth is very mod in Miu Miu for Harper's Bazaar Singapore.

The mod look is one that seems to pop up in editorials all. the. time. (See also: Anna Kendrick, Elle July 2014). The latest mod darling is Kate Bosworth for Harper's Bazaar Singapore, which hits newsstands tomorrow. The magazine described the look on their Twitter as "sixties ingenue" -- Jill Kennington, Peggy Moffitt, Twiggy, Mary Quant, Pattie Boyd -- we salute you.

On the flip side, in fashion tech news, Bosworth and her business partner Samantha Russ recently launched an app called Style Thief -- which accomplishes exactly what you may think:
Partnering with a co-owner of specialty retail chain American Rag Cie and a former president of Gemstar-TV Guide Interactive, the actress is launching an app called Style Thief that lets people snap a photo, do an image search for a fashion item and buy it through a couple of clicks. Touting the tag line of "Snap & Steal," the app is tapping into the popularity of street style, as well as the addictive habit of taking photos on phones and the growing importance of mobile commerce.

"Everyone has fashion envy," said Bosworth, "Everyone can relate to that feeling of looking at an editorial, for example -- or a friend, or the runway, for that matter -- wanting to steal something exactly as you’re seeing it, or something similar." (Source)
That being the case, I can imagine Bosworth is an easy target for her own app.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Fashion Flashback: NYC in the Summer of '69

A stylish young woman wearing a miniskirt and sandals on the sidewalks of New York City in the summertime, 1969.

LIFE magazine's August 1969 editorial titled "That New York Look," shot by photographer Vernon Merritt III and featuring young New Yorkers in their bold fashions, captures the essence and vibrancy of summertime in the sixties in the city.

An excerpt from the cover story:
New York City is a costume party for the young this summer, a party taking place outdoors, on the streets and in the parks. Long hair, long legs. The party is not always elegant, but it is completely alive.
It isn’t really hard to tell the boys from the girls, even when they are both in bell-bottoms, and of course most boys don’t put shoe polish on their eyes. All are wearing what they want to to wear, from the shortest skirts to the longest skins.
How they look depends partly on where they go. The ferry is different from a Seventh Avenue lunch stand — and very different from Central Park.
The look is not what New York calls sophisticated, but even so, it catches the eye. Many of the girls seem to get their kicks with makeup. They wear it anywhere — absolutely anywhere.
The important thing is to express yourself. Depending on your talents you can do it with a 25-key soprano Melodica or a long, cool stare. You choose. The New York look is a celebration of the self.

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