Friday, October 29, 2010
So as that I can pay my rent, I had to cull a lot of the mags so now the only regular ones I get are British Vogue & ELLE, Grazia, NW, Who, LOVE magazine and NO magazine, plus the sadly defunct Pavement. Although I recently wanted to buy a NO mag sub for a friend so emailed the editor of NO - who'd I'd met in passing years ago, and passed on my praise of this fab local mag - to a big NO reply! Very disappointing. Anyway....I digress. I keep my eye out for any spesh issues of W, V, Another Magazine, Nylon, Interview, ID, Details, GQ, Frankie, Russh, Remix and other country's Vogue & ELLEs - mainly Australian Vogue.
Sooo many covers are still etched into my brain and through these glossy little portals, I discovered a world of glossy, glitter-laden glamour. Dolly introduced me to Wheels and Dollbaby at age 13, and I'm still a fan and visit their store every time I visit Sydney. Shots by luminaries such as Mario Testino, David LaChapelle, Stephen MiseselEllen Von Unwerth, Steven Meisel, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott and Sante D'Orazio adorned my walls and goddesses such as Helena Christensen, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Nadja Auermann, Carla Bruni, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford bore down on me. For almost the last 18 years, I've kept a file of crumpled favorite pictures ripped from fashion mags that have adorned my bedrooms in Auckland, London, Sydney, then back again. I still have them. I still get excited when pick up a new fashion mag, it's an obsession. An addiction. It's intoxicating! I could go on and on about my love of the mags, but shall cut myself off now here and share with you but a few of my fave past & present mag covers!
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Monday, October 25, 2010
New character Juliet is rocking an exquisite tight & tailored wardrobe. This grey wool zippered McQueen is to die for. Adore that cut - I love a shift dress. Victoria Beckham, Roland Mouret, Marc Jacobs and McQueen cut them so well. VB should be proud to be in that category!
Am in love with this Yigal Azrouel dress with it’s immaculate contours and sexy cut out back, very Victoria Beckham-esque. And with denim Dolce & Gabbana pumps – amazing!
Serena in a billowing Jenny Packham dress strides into the DVF Fashion's night Out event echoing Christy, Cindy, Noami and Linda at the height of the 90's, storming Versace's runway to 'Freedom' in 1991 in full Amazon glory. This scene is shot at DVF's store in the Meatpacking District, an amazing space. The bold print dress, which almost looks like zebra, with a slash of sequined blue belt & neckline looks amazing on Blake Lively's killer curves.
Blair at the same event in iridescent pewter Valentino dress.
I love leopard. I love colour. I love sequins. So how cute are these Betsey Johnson dresses on Blair's minions?!
So pretty, fashion confection. I'm looking forward to what what Eric has in store for the rest of the season! XOXO
Friday, October 22, 2010
A Single Man. Yes I know I'm slow off the mark, but didn't manage to see it at the movies so finally rented it on DVD. Beautiful story that manages to capture the heart and the pathos and of the book, shot through the gorgeously luxe lens of Mr Tom Ford. Beautiful sets, clothes, and people - mise en scene to die for!
Robert Mapplethorpe. I just finished reading Just Kids and I cried. Robert was a beautiful talented angel with raggedy wings whose photographs draw you in to their endless inky pools of liquid black, which captures me in a way that Caravaggio's paintings with their striking use of chiaroscuro. You can get lost in that darkness.
Alison Mosshart & Jamie Hince for Zadig & Volatire. Fabulous shots by Olivier Zahm.
Victoria Beckham eye wear. Need I elaborate?!
Julianne Moore for Bulgari. Luxe-a-licious.
Stevie Nicks, and Fleetwood Mac. Having just watched the doco on the making of Rumours again, am totally entranced by the music, the harmonies and the raw emotion of the band during this time. And of course, Stevie is the quintessential rock chick. (Gee, she looks like Rachel Zoe here!)
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Their era is that of the Beat poets, Vietnam and Bob Dylan. Andy Warhol rules the factory and Brian Jones has just been found dead. Downtown New York is a seething mass of burgeoning artists and musos, where the likes of Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Salvador Dali and Allen Ginsberg hold court at the Chelsea Hotel. Both have a voracious appetite for art and spend their days and nights sketching, painting, writing poetry and listening to their favourite albums such as Blonde on Blonde in the dilapidated dives that they frequent, decorating their salubrious surroundings in trinkets and curios they pick up on their travels through the streets of Brooklyn and Chelsea.
Jamie Bochert by Hedi Slimane in Dark Angel, Vogue UK September 2010
Blondie was always my fave of the era, with her sassy punk bombshell looks & attitude, but I feel like I've missed something by not being aware of Patti Smith. Her writing, her music, her fashion sense and her art pique my interest and something resonates with me as I read her book. Patti sounds fascinating and I love the way she expresses herself. Her writing is very inspiring, so I am embarking on an exercise to find out more about Patti Smith - starting with pulling out my copy of Horses, then watching this documentary, Patti Smith - Dream of Life.