Thursday, January 30, 2014

Style Inspiration: Zooey Deschanel

 Zooey Deschanel in a Eugenia Kim turban. Styled by Lawren Howell and photographed by Sebastian Kim.

I don't know if anyone can remember a time before Zooey Deschanel was, well... everywhere. Whether you heard her band She & Him on the airwaves or tuned into New Girl (and maybe while you're at it, even saw her during a commercial break in an ad for Cotton, Rimmel or Pantene), the allure of Zooey Deschanel, love her or hate her, runs strong. I personally loved her best as the Simon and Garfunkel-loving sister of Patrick Fugit in Almost Famous and the sardonic Retail Rodeo employee in The Good Girl.

She graces the cover of not only the February issue of Elle magazine, but also Lucky magazine, where she is styled in looks that suit her best -- something a little sweet and a little vintagey, with a touch of Old Hollywood glamour. This April, her fashion collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger launches at Macy's and includes looks inspired by 1960s London and icons like Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. What doesn't Zooey Deschanel do these days? Given her track record, I feel I could be posing the question too soon.

You can read the full Lucky magazine interview here.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Through the Lens: Gia Coppola's "Palo Alto"

Gia Coppola photographed by Lauren Dukoff for Lula Magazine.

Gia Coppola has had her fair share of time both in front of and behind the lens, as a model (most recently for the Gap and Coach) and director of short fashion films (for the likes of Zac Posen and Diane Von Furstenberg). She makes her feature film directorial and screenwriting debut with the teen drama Palo Alto, based on a collection of short stories by James Franco that centers around the troubles and travails of teens growing up in Southern California.  The film, which stars Franco, Emma Roberts, Claudia Levy, Jack Kilmer and Zoe Levin, has had its festival run and is slated for a spring release date.

Coppola told Dazed she felt inspired to take on the project because she "hadn’t really read anything or seen anything that felt truthful to what it’s like to be a teenager...the dialogue was also really spot on. It felt real." At a panel at the Venice Film Festival, Franco explained how the collaboration came together:
I didn't want to adapt it [the book] myself... if I did that it would just be one more iteration of what I'd already done and I liked the idea that I could give it to somebody else and that it would be, you know, transformed or somehow filtered through someone else's vision.  
Gia had the right spirit...we were in-sync aesthetically.  That she was doing stuff with youth and really bringing out the spirit of youth in a way that kind of transcended teen genre stuff and I thought that was perfect and that was exactly what I was trying to do with the book.  So I contacted her and I think I said 'this might be crazy but I think you should direct the movie version of this book and she read it and she said she was interested. It took a little while, it took a couple years, I guess, but she put it together.  And I had faith -- she hadn't done a feature -- but I had faith that she was the right person and that she would be able to do it. And I think I was right.
Check out the trailer, which features a new song by Dev Hynes of Blood Orange written for the movie (he also wrote the score, which is something to look forward to):

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Style Inspiration: Suki Waterhouse

Suki Waterhouse for the January issue of Elle UK.  Photographs by David Vasiljevic.

These days Suki Waterhouse is probably best known as the object of many a Bradley Cooper fan's envy, but there's no denying that the girl has style.  Suki has mentioned in interviews that she draws major inspiration from the 1960s and enjoys reading biographies from icons of the time -- citing the Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Pattie Boyd love triangle as a point of interest for her (oddly enough, she sometimes very much resembles Pattie).  Most of the time, she looks straight out of the Youthquake generation, with her perfect fringe and penchant for vintage styles and colors.

She's the cover girl for this month's issue of Elle UK and the mod looks by Anne-Marie Curtis are not too far off from her personal style.

A little Pattie Boyd inspiration board - the style inspiration is definitely there.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fashion Flashback: A.P.C. S/S 2014 Lookbook

Eugenia Volodina wears a belted floral jumpsuit from A.P.C.'s S/S 2014 lookbook.

Enduring the bitterly cold NYC weather this past week has me longing for spring.  The A.P.C. Spring/Summer lookbook is a perfect way to get lost in thoughts of sunshine and warmer temperatures.  When I think of the French brand, I think of minimalist and timeless design, as well as the famous proponents of the brand, from Sofia and Gia Coppola (who was featured in an ad campaign several years ago) to Kanye West.

To me, the lookbook evokes the late 1960s and '70s, with its A-line denim skirts, shift dresses, jumpsuits, belted shirtdresses and bell sleeves.  My inspiration board shows a model in a Yves Saint Laurent jumpsuit from 1968, mods Pattie Boyd and Jill Kennington in fun prints, Cybil Shepherd and Linda Ronstadt rocking bell sleeves and Cheryl Tiegs in a Lilly Pulitzer belted shirtdress.

Here are some of my favorite looks:

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Style Inspiration: Emma Stone for Revlon

Emma Stone is pretty in pink for Revlon's latest commercial.

Emma Stone's latest commercial for Revlon, directed by John Cameron Mitchell (you may have seen him most recently in "Girls," as Hannah's editor), is a real burst of color, apropos of the ColorBurst Lip Crayon she is promoting.  The look of the commercial is reminiscent of the vibrancy of other fun, retro-inspired ads from Miss Dior Cherie and Prada Candy L'eau.  It also makes me think of Audrey Hepburn in Paris in Funny Face and the enchanting 1956 French film, Le Ballon Rouge.

The use of balloons is a magical, effervescent element that has been replicated many times over - from advertisements to fashion editorials - but never manages to lose its charm.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Style Inspiration: Nora Kirkpatrick for DAWN

Nora Kirkpatrick wears the Sebastian dress by DAWN.  Photo by James Branaman.

I first remember seeing Nora Kirkpatrick on a TV show called Greek, and later while she was on tour with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.  Seeing her in on the newly-launched, vintage-inspired shop DAWN was a pleasant surprise.  She looks very much like a 1940s film starlet -- Nora explained to DAWN what draws her to vintage clothing:
"Beyond the fact that it just fits me better than modern clothes, I love the history behind it. I like knowing that there was another lady somewhere, at sometime, who very likely made this dress for work, or for a dance, or to impress a boy.  It makes me feel connected to those who've come before."
You can see the full interview and photo story here.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

In My Life: Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve dinner at the Smith, NYC: Clearly enraptured by the festive balloons.

It's unbelievable that another year has whizzed by.  I think it's easy to forget or overlook the things you've accomplished -- I find it hard to believe that August 2013 marked one year since I moved to NYC!  So take a moment to remember all of the things you accomplished in 2013, no matter how great or small -- cheers to an even better 2014.

A few ongoing goals:
1. Speak a second language fluently - continue with my language classes
2. Travel - top of the list would be Peru, Paris or Iceland
3. Have patience - this applies to numerous areas of my life!
4. Exercise  - is it bad my fit inspiration is Britney circa MTV VMAs 2001?  Is it bad that this is so specific?
5. Live in the same place as my boyfriend!  - long distance is for the birds
6. Make more music  - work up the nerve to go to a songwriting circle

There's always more, but this is something I always try to remind myself of, and will continue to do so:

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