Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Through the Lens: Kendall Jenner + CFDA/Vogue Fashion Finalists

Kendall Jenner in a CG design. Photograph by Gregory Harris. 

"It's taking the idea of delicateness and positioning it as a strength." - Chris Gelinas, designer of CG

In the November issue of Vogue, Kendall Jenner introduces the next big names in fashion -- the finalists of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Two designers really jumped out at me, Chris Gelinas (pictured above) and David Hart. I just love designs that remind me of past eras. With Gelinas' design, Faye Dunaway's Bonnie Parker and the romantic and flowy silhouettes of the '20s immediately sprung to mind.

And I don't know if it was the inclusion of one of my faves Nick Waterhouse in David Hart's threads, but my mind went straight to '50s and '60s rock 'n roll, with the tailored look of the Zombies and Dylan, beehives a la The Ronettes and the tomboy style of Francoise Hardy.

See the rest of the finalists here.

"We've really moved into a streetwear-driven culture. Putting on a suit is almost rebellious." - David Hart, designer 

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Through the Lens: Léa Seydoux is Sweet vs. Sleek for Vogue

Léa Seydoux in a Christopher Kane sweater and Fifi Chachnil bra. Photo by Craig McDean and styled by Kate Phelan.

"A perfectly rolled-under pageboy - just the right mix of retro glamour and modern edge." - Sam McKnight, hairstylist

First-time British Vogue November cover star Léa Seydoux is an actress who is capable of shining in every role she's in, no matter how small (Gabrielle in Midnight in Paris) or large (Emma in Blue is the Warmest Color). Her latest role is of blockbuster proportions, as the newest Bond girl Madeleine Swann, opposite Daniel Craig in Spectre, which comes out next month. She tells Vogue:
"I don't mind the cliché of the Bond girl. But Madeleine, she is very different...And to choose me as a Bond girl, it's a choice. A statement. I'm not the typical James Bond girl."
Seydoux possesses a chameleon-like quality in the range of characters she's played -- and, depending on her hair color and style, you'd have to do a double-take to recognize her as she adapts so effortlessly to such a wide range of looks.

In this shoot, she captures both the '40s bombshell in a rose pink palette and form-fitting Dolce & Gabbana on the cover and femme fatale in the inner pages of the magazine in skintight jumpsuits by Saint Laurent and Pam Hogg.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Style Inspiration: The Silk Scarf

At the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Head scarf: Vintage. Sunglasses: In God We Trust. Blouse: Zara.

"When I wear a silk scarf I feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman." - Audrey Hepburn

Fall weather is upon us in NYC, and I'm missing the warmth of the sunny California road trip my boyfriend and I took last month. A versatile accessory that carries from summer into the fall, and one that I absolutely love, is the silk scarf. I like buying them at vintage stores, they can be such a steal (the one pictured above was $12).

Scarves -- specifically the square, silk variety -- really came to become a fashion accessory in the 19th and 20th centuries, with celebrities often acting as the trailblazers for popularizing the trend. The fashion house Hermès was one of the most popular brands for graphic silk scarves (Grace Kelly even used one as a sling) -- the first was designed in 1937. The accessory also served for practical uses -- in the 1940s, they were used by women working in munitions factories to keep their hair pulled back (à la Rosie the Riveter).

As with most of my fashion cues, I take them from old Hollywood. Below is a mix of old and new inspiration, for a look that is equal parts versatile, classic and chic.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Music: Emma Stone in Will Butler's "Anna"

Emma Stone is a dancing queen in the Brantley Gutierrez-directed video for Will Butler's "Anna".

The Arcade Fire's Will Butler's new (and second) video for the song "Anna" has a madcap Emma Stone cavorting on the Queen Mary, stuffing money into her mouth, playing air keyboard and cutting a rug in the style of an old MGM musical, with choreography by Ryan Heffington. The song itself has The Life Aquatic vibes (see: Mark Mothersbaugh's Ping Island/Lighting Strike Rescue Op).

Emma and director Brantley Gutierrez.

Emma is one of my favorites, I think partially because she possesses the old Hollywood glam of Carole Lombard and Marion Davies, with a natural gift for screwball comedy -- I mean, how expressive is her face?!

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Behind the Lens: Diane Kruger is Golden Age Glam

Diane Kruger as a modern-day starlet, in a Zac Posen gown and Christian Louboutin shoes. Photo by David Bellemere.

I am obsessed with Violet Grey's photo shoots, particularly this latest one featuring Diane Kruger on the Paramount Studios lot in Los Angeles, exuding Old Hollywood glamour. To me, the shoot is actually very reminiscent of Mark Shaw's photographs of Audrey Hepburn on the set of Sabrina -- goofing on a bicycle in the lot, getting her makeup done -- with shades of Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot. Her own inspiration though, is a different French beauty.
“Growing up my favorite actress was Romy Schneider,” she says of one of her inspirations. “She moved to France to make a movie and fell in love with Alain Delon and made amazing films in French. I thought if the French liked her as a German then maybe they would like me.”
And a comparison of old versus new, with some Audrey, Grace and Brigitte in the mix with Diane's photos -- can you even tell the difference?






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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fashion Flashback: Happy 70th Debbie Harry!

Music and fashion icon Debbie Harry turns 70 years young today. The woman has lived quite a life, with a stint as a Playboy bunny, muse to Andy Warhol, actress and of course, lead singer of Blondie. On top of all of that, she's still touring and playing shows, having recently opened for Morrissey at Madison Square Garden. In an interview with The Guardian a few years ago, Harry spoke of aging:
"I thought I'd live to a ripe old age, because I always felt there was a lot to do. I had a driven feeling. I always thought in the present."
Here are some of my favorite timeless Debbie Harry looks.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Style Inspiration: First Aid Kit

Johanna and Klara Soderberg of First Aid Kit -- of their band name, they said it represents music at a means of consolation: a "First Aid Kit for the soul."

Swedish folk duo and sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg make beautiful, melodious music in their band First Aid Kit. You may have seen them recently on one of the final episodes of The David Letterman Show playing a gorgeous rendition of one of Dave's favorite tunes, Simon & Garfunkel's "America," (a cover they have actually played for Paul Simon, to a standing ovation by the man himself). They look like they belong at Woodstock, with their flower child style and ethereal harmonies, which put them on the map back on 2008 with their YouTube cover of the Fleet Fox's song "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song."

First Aid Kit performs "Emmylou," for the song's inspiration, Emmylou Harris at the 2015 Polar Music Prize.

Despite their country and folk music sensibilities, they admit they did not grow up with country music at all and for their latest album, Stay Gold, were influenced by the tastes of their friend and fellow musician Conor Oberst, citing Townes Van Zandt and Gram Parsons as influences for the record. Oberst himself had an influence on the sisters at a young age:  "I heard the Bright Eyes song 'The First Day of My Life', and it was a revelation," Klara says. "I felt like, 'This is it, this is music.'" (Source)

They are currently touring all summer, see if you can catch them here.

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