The EDITORIAL ~ Masked Ball

Feathers. Laces.  Masks. Coloured Wigs. The musts for your Glamourous Halloween.


The PHOTO ~ The Photodiarist

New York 6th Avenue and Bleeck
Here are some pictures of the newyorker blogger Photodiarist. Her works move me. A newyorker Inspiration. My suggestion? Check out The Photodiarist for a new yorker perspective.


Little Edie. 1940's Uber-chic

 "I can tell what’s inside a person right away. Mother and I can see behind the masks; we’re artists, it’s the artist’s eye. Jackie has it, too.” says little Edie
I've long been a grey gardens fan, so there was no way i could let this Edie Beale-inspired editorial slide by without a post.Haven't you still seen the original documentary, click HERE immediately to watch it on hulu (the 'beales of grey gardens' follow-up feature is pretty major as well).
If by some twisted tragedy you still haven't red about Edie's life... Edith Bouvier Beale of Grey Gardens was First Cousin to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She was an American socialite, fashion model and cabaret performer.
"On July 29, 1952, Beale returned to live with her mother in the East Hampton estate Grey Gardens (at 3 West End Road).

After the 1963 death of the Beales' caretaker and handyman Tom "Tex" Logan, and a burglary in 1968, the women lived in near isolation and, eventually, poverty. Mother and daughter reportedly remained independent by selling off their Tiffany pieces item by item.
On October 22, 1971, inspectors from the Suffolk County Health Department raided the house and discovered that it violated every known building regulation. The story became a national scandal. Health Department officials said they would evict the women unless the house was cleaned.
The Beales then rose to fame as a result of the Maysles brothers' 1975 direct cinema documentary film Grey Gardens. The film revealed the strong and dysfunctional ties between Mrs. Beale and Little Edie. - wikipedia -

Editorial: Alana Zimmer by Mark Seliger for Vogue Spain October 2010


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The EDITORIAL ~ In Love with Nude


 Anja Rubik for Vogue Latin America October 2010 by Marcin Tyszka


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The EDITORIAL ~ Un dimanche à la campagne

  Sasha Pivovarova by Mikael Jansson for Vogue Paris November 2010

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The CAMPAIGN ~ Lou Doillon for Vanessa Bruno

Parisian fashion designer Vanessa Bruno for her Autum Winter 2010 collection  transposts us to a whimsical world. Her video "Day for Night," is directed by Stéphanie Di Giusto and playing on vanessabruno.com. For the third time fashion muse Lou Doillon- she already performed in Autum Winter 2009/2010, Spring Summer 2010 - captivate us. The video is video is hypnotizing. A movie like a poem.

Day For Night
Directed by Stéphanie Di Giusto, with Lou Doillon et Valentine Fillol Cordier

Day for night captures a mysterious fugitive impression of vital strength which is deployed in the darkness of the night.

In the light of day, it becomes sensual and delicate.
Valentine Fillol Cordier has a sort of power over nature. She makes the trees quiver and the wind rages.

She carries in her wake flowers and petals of the tree of life.
Day breaks, Lou Doillon appears.
Valentine goes through the night and encounters Lou who brings forth daylight.
A hovering magical moment on the surface of water. Lou sings a haunting melody. Her voice rings out and brings peace to the storm in the night.
With Lou and Valentine all the feminin ambiguities start moving. Catlike and delicate, embodied but secretive...

After this soft and sensual parenthesis, the race between the two women, between night and day, between Lou and Valentine, becomes a liberation.
Lou sets off for the sun.

With Day for Night, womanhood goes with masculin coats wrapped around soft sensual dresses. Colors are like dawn and dusk...
Here Vanessa imposes the group "Efterklang" a bewitching folk music. Then the sensuality and emotion of Lou's song which she has composed. The movie sets off with " The books".

Day for Night is an emotion. A movie like a poem. A collection that is strong and slightly erotic.

Source: As published by Vanessa Bruno press.


The ARTORIAL ~ Reine

These amazing photographs by the talented Bernard Tartinville (France) look so much like18th century paintings. It's hard to believe that these are photographs and not paintings. So decadent and detailed and beautiful. There’s been a lot of talk of Marie Antoinette (due to the recently released movie) the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy, and was stripped of her riches and finery, imprisoned and beheaded by her own subjects during the French Revolution that began in 1789.
As I use to, I want to evidence the close relationship between fine art, fashion and photography. The result is a feast for the eyes.


The MUSTHAVE ~ Winter Cocoon

Airiness. Similar to soft refuges. Warm and soft. Voluminous and intricate like a nest. As dense as a cloud. Sea-sponge effect. Delicacy and lightness. 
Love it. 

The MUSTHAVE ~ Camelot

So I've been doing a little research. That we will all need to keep us warm and fashion forward this fall. From Paris to New York, camel is dans l’air this fall 2011. A real love story....Make sure you get a fawn-colored coat or borrow a camel coat from your boyfriend!



The ARTORIAL ~ Surreal Reveal

Minimalist but still wonderful shoot by photographer Richard Burbridge staring the true natural beauty Miss Sara Blomqvist in an accessory summer 2010 editorial for New York Times Style magazine. 
Captured by Richard Burbridge with whimsical makeup by Peter Philips, who is Chanel’s global creative director of makeup."Using photographs by Man Ray as a springboard, Philips, who is Chanel’s global creative director of makeup, stripped down the idea of a beauty image to its naked core".
Chanel bags, Rick Owens jewelry and Fendi lingerie. Reminds me of these Man Ray works.


Coco Rocha has opened up her two-bedroom Gramercy Park, Manhattan apartment for this shoot with Vogue. She bought it three years ago and shares with her husband James Conran. On her walls are teapots she collects from "from all the different places I have been to for photo shoots — from Morocco to Michigan”.
There's a photo of Rocha, who explains it was a wedding present from Steven Meisel — "I’ve never liked hanging my model photos in my home, but this is an exception because it almost looks like a painting”. On a table, a handbag piggy bank, which Rocha says is one of her favorite things: “I love how at first glance it looks like a YSL bag, but when you take a closer look you realize it actually reads, 'yove saved la rent' It’s genius!”. Then some of Coco photos that I like the most.


The OFF-CATWALK ~ Mr Newton in Paris

A few of Mr Newton snapshots from around town on day two of Paris Fashion Week…

The FASHION HISTORY ~ Modern Sherazad?

I am completely smitten by the exotic Belle Epoque designs of French fashion genius Paul Poiret. Visonnaire, the couturier has revolutionized the vestiaire Belle Epoque and still inspired today collections. Much of the inspiration for the coats, dresses, and accessories on runways today originated in Poiret's designs of almost 100 years ago. I have been struck by several showings this season, but one show in particular has stood out in my mind: Marchesa. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig gave a stunning presentation for their Spring/Summer 2011 collection. But I couldn't help notice lot of references made to fashion history designers, Paul Poiret in particular.
A stated tribute to the King of fashion and his exotic oriental style or a lack in inspiration? Hope you enjoy my fashion history voyage! Do you think Marchesa can stand the comparison?

The RUNWAY ~ Parnassius Apollo

The Apollo or Mountain Apollo (Parnassius apollo), is a butterfly of the Papilionidae family. It is found on mountains in Europe usually above 1,000 metres up to 2,000 m, preferring flowery meadows and mountain pastures. This species is of interest to entomologists due to the variety of subspecies, often only restricted to a specific valley in the Alps. One of the loveliest species of butterfly in the Alps, it is white with two red, black-edged "eye marks" on its wings. The caterpillar's favorite food plant is stonecrop (Sedum). Thanks to my daddy Paolo, he's very fond of butterflies. When I asked him which kind of butterflies were the ones on the gown, he immediately reconized them.
- Gown and shoes: Alexander McQueen SS 2011 -

The RUNWAY ~ Danaus Plexippus

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae), in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies.
The Monarch is famous for its southward migration and northward return in summer in the Americas which spans the life of three to four generations of the butterfly. Thanks to my daddy Paolo, he's very fond of butterflies. When I asked him which kind of butterflies were the ones on the gown, he immediately reconized them.
- Gown and shoes: Alexander McQueen SS 2011 -


The RUNWAY ~ Diana

I know that usually Diane wore a very short tunic so she could hunt and run easily and is often portrayed holding a bow, and carrying a quiver on her shoulder, accompanied by a deer or hunting dog. But when I saw this Alexander McQueen gown I immediately associate it to the Diane myth.
Diane, or Artemide, was the goddess of the hunt, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and also of the moon in Roman mythology. In literature she was the equal of the Greek goddess Artemis, though in cult beliefs she was Italic, not Greek, in origin. Diana was worshiped in ancient Roman religion and is currently revered in Roman Neopaganism and Stregheria. 

The RUNWAY ~ Demetra

When I saw the show of Alexander McQueen SS 2011 yesterday, first thing came to my mind was the myth of Demetra. 
Demetra was the goddess of the harvest, who presided over grains, the fertility of the earth, the seasons (personified by the Hours), and the harvest. One of her surnames is Sito (σίτος: wheat) as the giver of food or corn. Though Demetra is often described simply as the goddess of the harvest, she presided also over the sanctity of marriage, the sacred law, and the cycle of life and death. She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries that also predated the Olympian pantheon. Her Roman cognate is Cerere.