Thursday, April 21, 2011

Arthur Elgort: you are the true master of fashion photography

I will always bow down to Arthur Elgort, I've always had a special affection for his work, specifically his work from the late 70s to mid 80s. During that hedonistic disco era Elgort captured the greats like  Janice Dickinson, Gia, Iman, Christie Brinkley and Cheryl Tiegs. I had the honor of working with him once on a shoot during my time at Vanity Fair. He was so pleasant, grounded and approachable.  His current show at Staley Wise is a retrospective of over four decades of fashion images. A must see for any fashion lover and on display till April 30.




Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I heart Cynthia Rowley :)

The first designer item I ever owned was a purple iridescent quilted blazer with black silk lining that had cute girly sketches on it. Since then Ms. Rowley has always been embedded in my style conscience. I came across this video on Style Like U and wanted to share it with you.

Fashion on Film: 'Devdas'

I just recently saw this epic Bollywood film and was taken away by the splendor of India with it's gilded palaces, kitschy dance sequences and the breathtaking beauty of Aishwarya Rai.  Though this film has a tragic ending, it is a celebration of life throughout the entire movie- from it's bold vibrant costumes to the men's impeccable styling. Here are a few stand out images that illustrate this film's ornate art direction and costume design.







 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jean-Philippe Delhomme: Master Illustrator




I've been admiring Delhomme's work for years since I was a teenager in the 90s.  I  remember I'd  pore over stacks of Elle and Vogue and rip out tears to place on my wall.  His style isn't precise and well defined but a bit undone and painterly. Nonetheless he caters to the ultra chic fashion set and has illustrated their lifestyle through his images. Click here for more info.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mel Ramos' Love Affair with Pop Culture and Hot Babes

While in Vienna I visited the Albertina museum and saw a fantastic Mel Ramos retrospective called 'Girls, Candies and Comics'.  The show coincides with the artist's recent 75th birthday and the celebration of over fifty years of the Pop Art genre. I am a bit of a stranger to his work since I'm mostly familiar with Warhol, Wesselmann, Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns yet I was instantly drawn to his vivid colors, sensual women and iconic brand advertising. To me he fully captures the commercial artist perspective by using sexy women and household items to express his talents. He explores the classic advertising strategy of 'SEX SELLS' in its purest form. Click here for more info

Alice Springs aka June Newton

While in Berlin a few weeks back I took on the daunting task of visiting at least 6 museums per day for about 5 days straight. Aside from some amazing German Expressionism like Emil Nolde, Max Beckmann,  Otto Dix and Kirschner there were some must see contemporary shows. It was my dream to visit the Helmut Newton Foundation, I was awestruck from the very moment I walked in. On the main floor is a  display of his life's work complete with all of his notable magazine covers, archival video footage and an installation of his actual living room. On the second floor is a special exhibition of photographs called  'Alice Springs'  shot by his wife June Newton who operated under that same alias.  Click here for a complete gallery

Pat Cleveland in the 70s shot by Alice Springs


 I added this classic disco track by Cerrone as a throwback to Cleveland's hey day

  09 Give Me Love by jasminmira1980


Thursday, April 7, 2011

JANUARY JONES/ A THROWBACK TO CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD ELEGANCE

Things are moving swiftly for January Jones, 4 hit seasons on the award winning show 'Mad Men', 2 action blockbusters under her belt this year ( Unknown and Xmen prequel)  and a new Versace ad campaign. Jones currently graces the May 2011 cover of Marie Claire UK in stunning imagery shot by Guy Aroch. Dressed in jewel like colors and wearing soft billowy gowns she commands your attention in these photographs. Click here for entire photo gallery

Monday, April 4, 2011

DAME ELIZABETH THE INCOMPARABLE/ A TRIBUTE

I know I'm a little overdue and late for this post but I was in Berlin on holiday when Taylor died and wanted to have the time to give her a proper salute. What can I say about Taylor that we don't already know and hasn't been mentioned already? I am just another devoted fan showing my deep admiration for an AIDS trailblazer, screen goddess, loving mother, and a passionate seductress. Your presence will be missed and your work both on and off the screen will be applauded for decades to come. You lived your life to the fullest and paid dear consequences for it as well. Yet you remain fully cemented as the Grand Dame in American cinema. Click here for a Vanity Fair special tribute photo gallery.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

JLO IS LIMITLESS

There is no stopping the JLO rollercoaster in 2011. Aside from her recent American Idol judging gig, her new single 'On the Floor' and album which is about to release, she has landed the role as the new face of Tous for Spring 2011 shot by Ellen Von Unwerth. Replacing Kylie Minogue, JLO will represent the Barcelona based luxury jewelry brand through campaign ads and various other promotional duties. Lopez is also currently serving as brand ambassador for Gucci children's line, Venus Gillette razors and L'Oreal haircare.