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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Friday, June 14, 2013

Music: Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

The talented and musical Durham siblings: Kitty, Daisy and Lewis

It's funny to think the photograph above of the British band Kitty, Daisy & Lewis was taken only a few years ago -- but it's fitting, as the trio's swingin' rockabilly sound seems of a different era.  And the siblings are serious about the authenticity of their sound -- they recently recorded a cover of "I've Been Everywhere" on a 16-track Ampex tape recorder for a commercial.

Said Lewis of their preference for vintage recording equipment:
"I can’t hear the musicality of a computer. When you record, even if it’s just a cassette machine, it just sounds like what you heard in the room, you know? It sounds flat and full and warm." (Source)

They credit their parents for influencing their musical inspiration and tastes, and their sound is a fusion of swing, R&B, blues, rockabilly and rock 'n roll, citing Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf as influences.  With their musical maturity and prowess (each sibling plays multiple instruments, from banjo to trombone) and rich knowledge of classic American rock 'n roll, it's easy to forget they are all in their early twenties -- though they have been performing since they were teenagers.  

They'll be playing a few festival dates next month in Europe.  In the meantime, check out this great performance from KEXP's Pickathon last year:

Their great cover of "I Got My Mojo Working":

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Through the Lens: Remembering Esther Williams

Glamorous MGM star Esther Williams died today at the age of 91.

MGM starlet, swimming champ and swimsuit designer Esther Williams died today in her sleep at the age of 91.  I remember watching her movies as a kid -- she was so lovely as Gene Kelly's feisty love interest in Take Me Out to the Ball Game, which was actually one of the films that didn't revolve around swimming.  She often showcased not only her beauty, but also athleticism, in a majority of her films (the term was coined the "aqua musical").

As evidence of Williams' stardom at the time -- from the New York Times:
At a time when most movies cost less than $2 million, MGM built Ms. Williams a $250,000 swimming pool on Stage 30. It had underwater windows, colored fountains and hydraulic lifts, and it was usually stocked with a dozen bathing beauties.
She aspired to be an Olympian, but her dreams were dashed when the 1940 Olympics was canceled because of the start of World War II. Her legacy lives on in her many films, from Bathing Beauty to Neptune's Daughter.

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