Saturday, 27 February 2010

Cindy Crawford + Helmut Newton - the original

Following on from my previous post, I was inspired to track down some of the Cindy Crawford / Helmut Newton shots I was referring to. Here are some outtakes from a shoot they did for US Vogue in 1991.
I love the ice blue shoes in this shot!

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Isabeli Fontana channels Cindy Crawford

I'm not in the habit of running entire editorials lifted from the pages of magazines, but I came across this set and thought it so fine that I just couldn't resist. It's a shoot for Russian Harper's Bazaar, shot by Marcin Tyszka and featuring Isabeli Fontana, in a shoot reminscent of the work Helmut Newton and Cindy Crawford did for American Vogue back in th day. Enjoy!

Best dressed front row

                                           Lauren Santo Domingo

Laura Bailey

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Friday, 26 February 2010

Prada AW10 inspiration

Spot the difference
Prada AW10

Greek singer Nana Mouskouri

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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Tea time

Kate Bosworth and Helena Christensen take tea together.

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She's got the look... Dakota Fanning

Grunge princess Dakota Fanning has got it going on: Bovver boots - check; ripped tights - check; post-modern touches (tiara and Coke can offset with a designer handbag) - check, check, check. All this, and the requisite amount of youthful I-don't-give-a-damn attitude, to (Dr Marten's) boot.  

Agyness Deyn's new day job

So that's what Agyness Deyn's been up to. While fellow northern  Brit model Karen Elson turns her hand to music, Aggy has been starring in an arty movie. Check it out here:

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Karen Elson's single

Here's the link to Karen Elson's new single, The Ghost Who Walks:

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Best dressed LFW #2

Sienna Miller

Alexa Chung

Ali Stephens and David Lynch

Terry Richardson
The model Ali Stephens, who hails from Utah and is a Mormon, talks meditation and bigs up David Lynch in this video:


The appeal of Abbey Lee Kershaw

Abbey Lee Kershaw, the Australian model, seems to be on fashion's mind right now. As well as featuring on the cover of the current issue of Pop (photographed by Richard Prince, and where she looks about 15 - her real age is 22), she's the face of Gucci Flora perfume and has done editorials for Russian and American Vogues, among others.

What's interesting is that it seems to be her own personal style - a mixture of Janis Jopling and Lenny Kravitz-era Vanessa Paradis - that is inspiring fashion, rather than just her looks (she's also the first successful model to sport a nose ring since Stella Tennant). In this way, she follows in the footsteps of the likes of Erin Wasson and Kate Moss. She's captured a moment.









Sunday, 21 February 2010

Best dressed LFW #1

Alexa Chung

Yasmin Le Bon

This is how we consume fashion media now

Here I am, with my morning coffee, flicking through the March '10 issue of US Vogue (I'm on maternity leave, so no shows for me), my Acer netbook balanced on my my knee. As I read Mark Holgate's profile of fashion bloggers, I am simultaneously logging on to their web pages. Augmented reality, or call it what you will: this is how we consume fashion media now. Print magazines and blogs / websites are complimenting each other. It's kind of the point, and come to think of it, one thing Holgate didn't touch on in his piece.

It's such an exciting time.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

5 New York designers fashion bloggers love

The New York AW10 shows have just ended, and the the online fashion community is having its ears assaulted by the cacophony of thousands of digits busily tapping their opinions. In the same way FBs have certain girls whose style they applaud no matter what, there is a clutch of designers who can do no wrong. Here are the New York ones:

1. Alexander Wang. First noticed due to association with FB fave Erin Wasson. Has maintained FB cool status through creating lots of FB-friendly attire - supple leather jackets, zippy handbags, and by pioneering the whole 90s-inspired revival going on at the cool end of the fashion spectrum right now.

2. Rodarte. Perhaps beloved more than any other designer by the FBs right now. Quirky yet cool, with a carefully managed image that has seen them associated with the likes of Colette, featured in The New Yorker, and worn by FB-approved celebs like Kirsten Dunst and Natalie Portman.

3. Proenza Schouler. The duo have exceeded the initial hype awarded them by US Vogue and Anna Wintour, and gone on to show that perhaps what they are most talented at is creating clothes which tread the commercial /cool divide to perfection. Their tough-looking accessories have been a hit with the FBs.

4. Altuzarra. Joseph Altuzarra is new fave, following endorsements by Vanessa Traina (who has walked in his shows) and Lauren Santo Domingo. Sexy clothes in the Azzedine Alaia / Tom Ford vein.

5. Marc Jacobs. FBs would like to not like him due to him being a fashion dinosaur (FBs are a fickle crowd, and also hate to like anything mainstream), however his seemingly endless capacity for translating cool (helped by collaborator Venetia Scott) keeps him right up there in the FBs books. Celebs weren't invited to his latest show, which is the kind of stunt FBs love.

Best dressed NYFW #6

Alexa Chung, carrying a version of the Mulberry handbag named after her. Question: Is it a fashion faux pas to carry a handbag named after oneself?  I mean, I know it's in the grand tradition of Jane Birkin et al, but that was back in the day, when there was still a practical need for new styles; now it's just a marketing ploy to get loads of free press for Mulberry.

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Carine Roitfeld.