Friday, May 31, 2013

Style Inspiration: Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg

English actress/singer Jane Birkin photographed in Made in Heaven jeans in the Cote d'Azur, 1973.

I've lived in NYC for almost a year now and it's interesting to observe how people dress as the climate changes from erratically cold and rainy to the warm summertime months.  There's an effortless chic to the way people dress around here.  So as style muses, I turn to the iconic Jane Birkin and her daughter, the actress and musician Charlotte Gainsbourg, who have the ability to make something as basic as tees and jeans look super stylish.

Both mother and daughter served as style muses (Jane is the namesake of the famous Hermes Birkin bag and Charlotte is a muse to Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquiere), but it turns out Charlotte isn't so comfortable with the term "style icon".  From the Wall Street Journal:
But despite being the inspiration for a revered fashion house, Gainsbourg bristles at being called a style icon. "I don't know what that means," she protests. "Style for me is a casual way of putting something on. It's not thought out but needs to suit your way of life. Now I like wearing the same sweater over and over again, then taking it off when it's smelly."
It's a pretty straightforward, low-maintenance approach -- it's best not to overthink it and just go with what makes you feel comfortable and good.
 







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Monday, May 20, 2013

Through the Lens: Dree Hemingway in Vogue June 2013

Dree Hemingway and actor Jason Clarke (most recently seen in The Great Gatsby) in "In Our Time."

The retro photo shoot has struck again, featuring Dree Hemingway, Theo James and Jason Clarke, photographed by Bruce Weber and styled by Camilla Nickerson for the June issue of Vogue.  The editorial, titled "In Our Time," was inspired by the "windswept Floridian style of [Dree's] great-grandfather Ernest [Hemingway] on a lively Boca Grande getaway" -- the title is a reference to a collection of his short stories published in 1925.  I believe Hemingway lived in Florida some time in the '30s, though the looks for this spread are more reminiscent of the '40s (the houndstooth particularly reminds me of Lauren Bacall in 1944's To Have or Have Not).








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Friday, May 10, 2013

Through the Lens: Inside Llewyn Davis

Oscar Issac plays 1960s folk musician Llewyn Davis in the new Coen brothers film.

The red band trailer for the Coen brothers' new film Inside Llewyn Davis was recently released and it looks intriguing.  The film is about the New York City folk music scene in the 1960s and stars Oscar Isaac as the title character.  He is reunited with his Drive co-star Carey Mulligan, and supported by a cast that also includes John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, Garrett Hedlund and Justin Timberlake.


The film is loosely based on the life of folk artist Dave Van Ronk, who earned the nickname Mayor of MacDougal Street (a reference to his time spent in Greenwich Village).  I'm very much looking forward to hearing the film's soundtrack, which is said to include covers of old folk songs.  Based on O Brother, Where Art Thou? I have no doubt the soundtrack will be quite good.  On an unrelated, but somewhat similar note, I recently watched the Joan Baez documentary How Sweet the Sound and it was an amazing insight into the folk scene.


Watch the trailer here, which features the Bob Dylan song "Farewell."  The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this month and nationwide in December.


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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Through the Lens: Une Femme est une Femme

Stella Vaudran wears a cardigan by Sessun, top by Nina Ricci, and skirt by Paule Ka.

The latest issue of Lula Magazine shows model Stella Vaudran in feminine and sweet '50s-inspired looks as photographed by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello and styled by Samuel Francois.  The title of the editorial translates to "a woman is a woman," (and is also the title of a Godard film from 1961).  Love.







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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Through the Lens: Surfing's Golden Age

Lennox Head, New South Wales, 1969.  Photo by John Witzig.

Seeing images by photographer and surfer John Witzig from his recently published a book A Golden Age, which chronicles a pivotal time for surfing in the 1960s and '70s in his native Australia, got me thinking of all of the great surf culture images of the era, including work from LeRoy Grannis and Jeff Divine.

Says Witzig of the fascination with times past (not like I would know anything about this):
Interest in the 1960s and ’70s seems to be never-ending. I can't say that I really understand why that should be so. You can't be nostalgic for something that you never experienced can you? Whatever, it's a very pleasant surprise when people respond positively to images taken decades ago.


John Witzig's photograph of Bob McTavish at National Park, Noosa Head, Queensland.  The photo was taken in 1965 or '66.

LeRoy Grannis captures the California surf scene of the 1960s.


Jeff Divine's chronicles of surfing in 1970s Hawaii.

Herman Kalkreuter's photo of Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia, from the 1960s.

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