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.

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