Archive for July, 2009

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July 28, 2009

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Never thought I would meet an object that so thoroughly would fulfil my loves for both furniture and typography. I think the only way I could love it more would be if the letters were backward. Sooooo very cool however.

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from Kent and London. Yours for a mere £2700.00.

(Aside: I love the way pound signs look in this font. £££. ££. £. Yay!)

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Ramon Casas i Carbo

July 28, 2009

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Barcelona has been popping up everywhere of late. That’s right, the entire city. The marvellous book I’m reading right now is set there. The last three little red Netflix envelopes that appeared in my mailbox were also all situated in the city, and all featured lingering shots of sun-kissed Gaudi architecture. An old friend from there just got back in touch, a more recent friend is currently there having the time of her life (probably having to do with some character named Jorge who keeps popping up in emails.) For the moment, I can only dream of being there, but I’d thought I’d take this opportunity to celebrate one of my favourite artists, Ramon Casas i Carbo’.

(Can’t figure out how to do accents on this keyboard. Purists, I dearly apologise. I am lazy and slatternly, and I laugh in the face of Romance languages, apparently. No other excuse.)

If you mosey on over to the Wikipedia article I’ve linked to, you’ll get a fuller story, but the short version is that Casas was a Catalan artist, who lived from 1866 to 1932, who played a major part in the Catalan modernisme movement. He lived between Barcelona and Paris, and painted all aspects of their societies. I find his portraits most appealing, but he also made some beautiful depictions of things such as bullfights, and also did some great commercial work.

Just a note: I’m not sure of all the names of his paintings, and in some cases there is so much conflict between the Catalan, Castillian, and French names that I am just leaving some blank. Don’t fret about this too much.

[above: Autoretrat Vestit de Flamenc, a self-portrait dressed as a Flamenco dancer.]

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La Sargentain— this is a portrait of Julia Peraire, his favourite model and eventual wife. She was 22 years his junior.madeleine

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temps modernsThis painting above was probably destined to become an advert of some variety.

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Portrait of Pablo Picasso

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WANT.

July 27, 2009

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Jil Sander d’Orsay pumps. via Jak & Jil.

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Past Fashions: Curiouser and Curiouser…

July 27, 2009

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Thought I’d post one of my favourite editorials, the Alice in Wonderland shoot by Annie Leibovitz for US Vogue in December 2003. I find this an overwhelmingly happy combination– one of my favourite stories with beautiful dresses and photography.  It stars Natalia Vodianova as Alice, with a host of designers playing the story’s characters. In each scene Natalia wears the relevant designer’s take on a blue dress.

Above: Natalia as Alice Liddell and Olivier Theyskens as Lewis Carroll.

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Tom Ford as the White Rabbit.

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Drink Me.

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Marc Jacobs as the Caterpillar.

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Pig & Pepper.

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Jean Paul Gaultier as the Chesire Cat.

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Viktor and Rolf as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

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Stephen Jones as the Mad Hatter, Christian Lacroix as the March Hare.

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John Galliano as the Queen of Hearts. Alexis Roche as his King.

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Donatella Versace and Rupert Everett as the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle.

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Nicolas Ghesquiere.

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Down the Shore

July 26, 2009

coverIn celebration of my very first beach trip this year (yes, I’m aware it’s the end of July) I’ve pulled together some Jantzen ad campaigns from the days of yore. Let’s hope that my day is similarly characterised by glamour, wacky hijinks and burly men. Sadly, I am not possessed of the suit above, else I don’t think I’d need to worry about anything ever again.

Enjoy! And keep your fingers crossed for good weather for me. My skin has achieved astounding new levels of pallidity.

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[via] This one above may be my favourite of the series… I love the green and the stylised lines of the design.

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[via] Not strictly swimwear, but i couldn’t resist the patterns and that little father-son interchange in the background.

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[via] You see? Jantzen =  wacky hijinks and burly men!

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[via] And how adorable is this suit?!

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Une Femme est une Femme

July 26, 2009

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I’m in love with these illustrations done by Rene Grau for Dior. Such simple subjects, but so easily evocative of glamour, luxury and beauty. I also love his illustration work for other houses, but for now I’ll focus on Dior.

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Images found here.

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July 25, 2009

8I have a new guest post up at Shrimpton Couture, this time on 60s flight attendant uniforms. Head over and take a peek!