Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Through the Lens: Marion Cotillard in Dior Magazine

Marion Cotillard in a cherry red Arizona wool coat from the Dior Haute Couture fall-winter collection, 1948-1949.

Not sure how I missed these!  But the photos of Marion Cotillard by Jean-Baptiste Mondino from the first issue of Dior Magazine remind me so much of fashion photos from the '40s and '50s (refer to: Lillian Bassman, Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Henry Clarke).  Cotillard actually models Christian Dior Haute Couture looks from that time period and looks every bit the part. Beautiful!

You can watch the Lady Dior webisodes here, with some great behind-the-scenes.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Through the Lens: Sienna Miller in Harper's Bazaar UK

Sienna Miller photographed by David Slijper and styled by Leith Clark.

Sienna Miller rocks Sixties looks for the January 2013 issue of Harper's Bazaar UK.  She's no stranger to the era -- she recently channeled Tippi Hedren in HBO's The Girl, the behind-the-scenes account of the making of Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 film The Birds.

I feel like mod-inspired editorials are quite common, but always do appreciate when there is a contemporary twist.  I love the way Leith Clark styled her, but I'm generally a fan of her sensibility (Lula Magazine is one of my faves).  Check out the behind-the-scenes, where she wears designs by Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton and Chloe.  The issue is out on Monday and will feature Sienna in an 11-page spread.  Can't wait to see the rest of the looks.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Through the Lens: Happy Thanksgiving!

Since moving to NYC, life has been going a million miles an hour, so needless to say, the blog has been horribly neglected!  Hope to pick things back up after the holiday.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, enjoy some retro snapshots.

Esther Williams

Ol' Blue Eyes carves up a turkey.

 The adorable and talented Vera-Ellen.

Jimmy Stewart does his best turkey.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Music: Happy 72nd Birthday to John Lennon

John Lennon at the Plaza Hotel in NYC, 1964.  Photo by Bill Eppridge.

Today marks John Lennon's 72nd birthday (his son Sean actually celebrates his 37th birthday today).  I definitely need to make a trip out to the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park.  Yoko Ono celebrated her late husband's life over the weekend by putting together an exhibit of his sketches and illustrations in Soho (130 Prince Street, for those in NYC).  Today marks the last day of the exhibit.

Below are some selected images and quotes of John throughout his career.

"When I was about 12, I used to think I must be a genius, but nobody’s noticed.
Either I’m a genius or I’m mad, which is it?"
- John on his childhood

 "You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact.
And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth."
- John being cheeky about the Beatles' success 

"Well, I just want him to grow up happy. That's the main thing."
- John on his first son, Julian

"I didn’t become something when The Beatles made it; I’ve been like this all my life."
- John on success with the Beatles

Q: John, is it true that you and Bob Dylan are really the same person?
John: I didn't read that article, but I think it's quite funny. No, we're not. Mind you, we could be.
- From a 1965 interview

"We were more together than we had been for a long time.
It's lucky when you get all four feeling funky at the same time."
- John on recording "Abbey Road"

"Around me he was just a father. I just loved being with him.
If we went to stare at a wall, I would be happy...just his presence was all I needed."
- Sean Lennon on his dad

"To feel is to live. Life is made up of feeling all sorts of things.
Every day’s the same: there’s some heaven and some hell."
- John on life

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Style Inspiration: Mad Hatters

The talented and stylish singer Diane Birch, who has a penchant for vintage hats.

It was in the 40s this morning, a sign that fall is on the way, which means busting out the gear: boots, coats, scarves...and one I have always shied away from -- hats!

I've never been one to wear hats because they don't really fit me, which makes me wonder if I just happen to have an oversized head or something unfortunate like that (baseball caps, forget about it!).  I do happen to big a big fan of berets, and there is the more masculine look I've taken a liking to that I may venture to try, as worn by Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, or singer Lykke Li.

Here's some old and new inspiration -- I'm looking forward to my first fall in NYC (well, my first fall, period).

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Style Inspiration: Emma Stone at Paris Fashion Week

Emma Stone looked amazing at the Miu Miu show at Paris Fashion Week.  I love this pinup-style look -- but also most of her looks as of late.  I must say, the woman has an incredible stylist.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Through the Lens: Emma Watson, Vanity Fair Oct. 2012

The cast of the upcoming adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Photo by Ellen Von Unwerth.

Emma Watson looks stunning in the latest issue of Vanity Fair, wearing Prada heels and a bold printed dress from the brand's Fall 2012 collection (her The Perks of Being a Wallflower co-stars Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller don't look to shabby either).  The styling of the shoot definitely evokes a retro vibe -- the dress is vaguely reminiscent of the '60s-era label Biba.

The film, based on a novel of the same name by Stephen Chbosky, is set for a limited release this week.  Check out behind-the-scenes of the shoot for more great looks, including a '60s mod mirrored dress by Miu Miu (which has also been seen on Chloe Sevigny and Emma Stone).

On another note -- when did Emma get so grown up?  I feel straight-up old.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Style Inspiration: Dear Creatures Fall 2012

Dear Creatures' Fall 2012 campaign is all sorts of classic and cute, with its whimsical cat-centric photos by Yudi Ela.  Their clothes are flattering to the figure and modern, yet with a retro sensibility that I appreciate -- not to mention that the styling is impeccable (and how cute is that little cat hat?).

Designers Bianca Benitez and Rob Sinclair explained to GenArt the inspiration behind the collection and their favorite pieces:
Tell me about the inspiration behind your Fall '12 collection:
Bianca: This may sound cheesy, but we found a stray kitten in our office parking lot that we adopted and he's sort of become our little mascot. So you'll see some cat inspired pieces in the line and he makes a cameo in the Fall 2012 look book.

Do either of you have a favorite piece in this new collection?
Bianca: I love the "Shirley Dress" which is a striped shift sweater dress.
Rob: I like the jaquarded "Cat Face" sweater.

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