Friday, June 22, 2012

Style Inspiration: Annabelle Dexter-Jones

Twenty-five year-old actress, model and muse Annabelle Dexter-Jones (daughter of Ann Dexter-Jones and Foreigner's Mick Jones, sister to Alexander, half-sister to Charlotte, Mark and Samantha Ronson) seems to be everywhere lately -- she recently released a line of schoolgirl-inspired looks for Faith Connexion (WWD aptly describes as "boyish schoolgirl goes to Paris") and was featured on two of my favorite sites.

I first noticed Annabelle in the society pages of fashion magazines -- her look is very much feminine and girlish, and I like that she has a minimalist makeup regimen and her hair is more often than not unkempt --it all works.  She has walked the runway, modeled and appeared in campaigns for H&M (the recent Sofia Coppola-directed short for the Marni collaboration) and her sister Charlotte's line.

Of her style, she explained to BlackBook:
My biggest influences are probably my older siblings. Because when you’re a younger sister, you look up to them. So probably a combination of my sisters, because Samantha’s a little more kind of tomboyish, and Charlotte’s really girly, so I’m a little bit of both. I like wearing beautiful dresses and that kind of thing, but I also like wearing sneakers with them. I never get my hair done unless it’s a shoot or something like that, so my hair is never really brushed. (Source)
On another note, you'll see in a few photos below Annabelle accessorizes the schoolgirl look with whimsical book clutches by Olympia Le-Tan.  So cute.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Through the Lens: Lillian Bassman

Jean Shrimpton in 1955, photographed by Lillian Bassman.

Lillian Bassman was one of the most important fashion photographers of the 20th century, best known for her captivating way of capturing starkly contrasted images -- as well as influencing the careers of such talents as Richard Avedon and Robert Frank as the Art Director at Harper's Bazaar.

Said Bassman of her aesthetic in a 1994 interview with B&W magazine:
"I was interested in developing a method of printing on my own, even before I took photographs.  I wanted everything soft edges and cropped." She was interested, she said, in "creating a new kind of vision aside from what the camera saw." (Source)
 Bassman surrounded by her work in her Manhattan apartment in 2009.

Bassman became disillusioned with the fashion world in the '60s -- the style and the models were no longer a source of interest or inspiration, to such an extent that she destroyed most of her negatives.  "I got sick of them,” she told The Times in 2009.  "They were becoming superstars. They were not my kind of models. They were dictating rather than taking direction."  Nonetheless, Bassman, who died earlier this year at the age of 94, leaves behind beautiful work that captures an era in fashion unlike any other.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Style Inspiration: Christian Dior 2013 Resort Collection

I absolutely love the '50s silhouettes of Christian Dior's 2013 Resort Collection, with the clean lines and flawless tailoring.  The color palette is perfection.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Music: Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers cover Patsy Cline

A little bit of country: Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers

Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers first came to my attention with their fun cover of George Michael's "Faith."  While on traveling in their van from gig to gig, the band covers an assortment of songs of varying genres and time periods (which they aptly title as "The Van Sessions" on their Web site).  One particular cover that I was thrilled to find was one of my favorite songs, Patsy Cline's "She's Got You."  The ballad was penned by country music artist Hank Cochran for Cline, and it became her next number one hit following the successes of "Crazy" and "I Fall to Pieces."

Nicki and the band's success with the Van Sessions came with their cover of Hall & Oates' "I Can't Go For That," with the video receiving over 1 million views.  The band records these sessions with an iPhone and microphone.  Explained Bluhm in an interview: "We just did it for fun.  I was driving from Phoenix to Pioneer Town, Ca. It's probably shot at about the three-hour mark in the drive." (Source)

I love what they did with "She's Got You" -- enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Style Inspiration: Retro Swimsuits

A very retro-inspired bathing suit from the S/S 2012 Geronimo Collection.

As is a recurring theme, old styles are somehow new again -- and this is particularly applicable with bathing suit styles, which are sweet, conservative and reminiscent of the days of Esther Williams and Rita Hayworth.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Style Inspiration: Headscarves

Jennifer in a headscarf - photographed on Madison in NYC by Garance Dore.

Headscarves remind me of the '50s and '60s and are a timeless, stylish and versatile way to accessorize in the summer months (and any season, really).  Here's some past and present inspiration:

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Style Inspiration: Charlotte Casiraghi & Princess Caroline

Charlotte Casiraghi for Vogue Paris -- Monaco royalty, budding fashion icon and competitive equestrian.

Though I've frequently seen Charlotte Casiraghi in fashion magazines over the years, I was recently reminded of her stunning beauty and classic sense of style when I read an article in the New York Times.  Charlotte is the daughter of Princess Caroline Grimaldi and granddaughter of Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco.  The 25-year-old is the face of Gucci, an competitive equestrian and fashion favorite.

She's described in the article by Hugues Moret, French ambassador to Monaco: "She is a stunning, luminous person.  She glows from the inside and radiates beauty and soft warmth."  I think she's very much a spitting image of her mother when she was young.

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