Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Through the Lens: Breakfast at DVF's

Harley Viera-Newton wears cat headphones from her collaboration with Diane Von Furstenberg.

Last night was the official launch party of Harley Viera-Newton x Diane Von Furstenberg's holiday capsule collection at the DVF headquarters in the Meatpacking District.  Harley is a DJ, model and stylish girl-about-NYC who has impeccable musical taste, an enviable wardrobe, and a degree in Egyptology (not to mention she is represented by Jay-Z on top of it all).

Photos from the launch soiree, from of DVF's Instagram and BFA NYC.

The collection includes fun and whimsical cat headphones and a cat clutch.  Apropos of the feline love, there is a delightful fashion film to accompany the collaboration, inspired by another stylish lady who liked cats: Holly Golightly.  Though, unlike Holly's cat, the feline that inspired these pieces has a name -- Harley's black tabby, Marmite.  Said DVF of the feline theme:
"I loved the cat inspiration because it is so authentic to Harley and also I have always said that my designs are feline...the prints move with a woman’s body.  There is something very sexy about cats... they are never boring and I think fashion people are inevitably drawn to that mysterious quality." (Source)
The collection is available on dvf.com.


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fashion Flashback: Sunshine State of Mind

This year will be my first Thanksgiving in NYC.  In light of this crummy weather (and generally missing my family and precious dog), I wish I was going home to Florida -- but since I cannot, here's a picture of Lauren Bacall posing in St. Augustine with a U.S. Coast Guard and his dog, from a 1943 photo shoot for Harper's Bazaar.  I never thought I'd be so nostalgic for Florida, but there you have it!

Renowned fashion editor Diana Vreeland was credited with discovering Bacall.  After she put her on the cover of the magazine, Hollywood came calling -- a year later she starred in her first film, To Have and Have Not with future husband Humphrey Bogart.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Style Inspiration: Plaid Coats

A vintage photograph of a woman and her dog.  Date unknown.

I found this photograph of a woman and her dog at the flea market over the weekend and was drawn to it not only because of the pure happiness seemingly shared between her and the dog, but also how effortlessly lovely she looks.  I wish I knew the story behind this -- what year it was taken, where, who she is -- all things will likely remain a mystery.  What I do know is that her look is rather timeless, and though she was probably dressed more for function and less for fashion, recent fall plaid inspiration shows this look will always be in style.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fashion Flashback: Steve McQueen and Peggy Moffitt

Mod icon Peggy Moffitt and king of cool Steve McQueen pose with his 1963 Ferrari GT Berlinetta Lusso.

The late American photographer William Claxton snapped these fantastically cool photos of his wife, '60s mod icon Peggy Moffitt (she had her hair cut by Vidal Sassoon and was the first to model Rudi Gernreich's topless bathing suit), and the iconic actor Steve McQueen in Los Angeles in 1963.

Said Claxton of his first meeting with McQueen earlier that year on the set of Love with the Proper Stranger:
"...both seductive and threatening. Time would prove my hunches, instincts, whatever you want to call them, were right about this unusual actor. He was street smart, animal-like, non-intellectual and hip. In fact, he brought new meaning to the word hip: he was super hip." (Source)
May your weekend be as good as these two looked!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Through the Lens: Amber Heard in Harper's Bazaar Russia

Amber Heard photographed by Dean Everard and Katie Bleacher for Harper's Bazaar Russia.

Amber Heard channels '50s bombshell in the November issue of Harper's Bazaar Russia.  She looks incredible in this kind of style (as evidenced by her role in The Rum Diary).

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Music: Lovely Lou

"You need to be completely nuts.  On the other side you have to have a beautiful humility to be brave enough to go on stage and potentially be hated by 2000 people." - Lou Doillon on performing

I've written about Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg in the past, but another of Birkin's progeny has proven to have musical talent, her daughter Lou Doillon (with French film director Jacques Doillon).  You may recognize Lou from the pages of fashion magazines; she was once the face of Givenchy and has modeled for the Gap and Lee Cooper.  She's also an actress, mostly appearing in French films (though she had a cameo on Gossip Girl... yes, complete guilty pleasure).

Her debut album "Places," was released abroad last year and in the U.S. earlier this summer.  I haven't been able to stop listening to the beautiful and wistful tunes.  She embarks on a few European tour dates this fall and recently played a show here in New York last week.

Lou explained to W magazine what inspires her sound:
As a little girl, my father–who doesn’t speak a word of English–would only listen to American music, and funny enough, musicians who wrote great lyrics, like Leonard Cohen and Nina Simone. I spoke English as a little girl and I remember crying in his car at age 9 or 10 to Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat,” thinking that you could write nearly a love letter to a man who betrayed you by having an affair with your wife. I was thinking how wonderful and pure music can be for explaining situations. 
I picked up the guitar very late, in a very pagan way–I didn’t know how to play, but I knew I had to. I drew and I had a diary, but it wasn’t enough; I needed to express more. As soon as I learned two notes, I started to tell a story, which is why, I guess, my music resembles blues or folk. (Source)
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Monday, October 21, 2013

In My Life: ...Another Man's Treasure

A Brownie Hawkeye flash camera, which was introduced in 1949 and discontinued in 1961.

This weekend I made my way to the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, which consisted of an assortment of odds and ends -- costume jewelry, cheap sunnies, a Dior trenchcoat, furs, vintage Playboys (wherein a 1978 issue I saw a very strange ad for Dingo boots featuring O.J. Simpson), old photographs of nameless faces and bizarre information pamphlets from the '50s.  How do people get a hold of some of these things?  I think I'll have to revisit, if not for the boxes upon boxes of old photographs and letters.  It's strange to get a peek into someone's memories.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fashion Flashback: Burberry Prorsum Womenswear S/S 2014

Models backstage at the Burberry Prorsum show at London Fashion Week.

There's a great video of the entire Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2014 runway show from London Fashion Week that showcases not only Christopher Bailey's classic, beautiful and feminine pieces for next year, but the capabilities of the new iPhone 5s (as the show was shot entirely using the phone's camera).

The looks could've bordered on demure, with the conservative pencil skirt ruling the runway, but with its varying textures and fabrics (Bailey utilized lace, suede, cashmere) and whimsical colors and patterns, it's a refreshing take on a classic silhouette.  Bailey explained to the Telegraph:
"I like the idea of working with old fashioned crafts.  And we're also doing a collaboration with Apple today - I like that contrast between old and new."

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Style Inspiration: Mod

I rarely do outfit posts, but this dress was a steal and it felt very 60s-inspired in its pattern and shape -- I rounded out the look with red lipstick and a subtle cat eye.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Through the Lens: Kill Your Darlings

Ben Foster, Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan and Jack Huston in Kill Your Darlings. 

Director John Krokidas' upcoming film Kill Your Darlings made its debut at film fests earlier this year and will have a limited release on October 18th.  It is based on the true story of the murder of David Kammerer by Lucien Carr.  Carr was an integral member of the Beat Generation along with three young men who went on to become iconic voices of the 1950s -- William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.  The cast includes Michael C. Hall as Kammerer, Dane DeHaan as Carr, Ben Foster as Burroughs, Daniel Radcliffe as Ginsberg and Jack Huston as Kerouac.  It looks intriguing and thus far has been well-received by critics.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

In My Life: Jazz Age Lawn Party Ladies

Channeling 1920s style in a vintage dress and a $3(!) hat found at Charming Charlie in Texas.

I'm long overdue for a post, and what better than a couple of pics from the Jazz Age Lawn Party this weekend?  I attended last summer with my guy, but this year went with my lovely lady friends -- great music, people watching and snacks on the beautiful Governor's Island.  There were some great outfits there as usual.  On another note, I know Bill Cunningham was around taking pictures and was sad not to see him!

I wore a vintage dress found by my friend at Fox and Fawn in Brooklyn.  The details on the sleeves are rather unusual and pretty.

Also, thank you to Style Sight for including my picture on their blog!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Through the Lens: Diane Kruger for Marie Claire UK August 2013

Diane Kruger photographed by David Roemer.

Diane Kruger looks ethereal and sunkissed on the cover of August's issue of Marie Claire UK.  Her new FX series The Bridge premiered earlier this week, though I haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet (it looks just a bit terrifying, doesn't it?).  She's got a bit of a 1960s Brigitte Bardot or Sylvie Vartan vibe going on here.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fashion Flashback: Channeling Jane

Model Mijo Mihaljcic channels Jane Birkin for Vogue Netherlands.

I wrote about Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg's style last month, only to find this great Vogue Netherlands editorial from May titled "Birkin's Back," which proves that Birkin's effortless style from the '60s is timeless -- though I like and appreciate the styling and modern twist to classic looks (my favorites being the high-waisted, wide-legged jeans).  I'm not sure how I missed this - thanks to The Libertine for editing and sharing the photos with all.

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