Friday, August 26, 2011

Brooklyn Museum: The Latino List

I had the pleasure of seeing 'The Black List' back in 2008 and this new exhibit 'The Latino List' by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is just as powerful and inspiring. I felt nothing but pure 'orgullo' as I looked at each portrait and read their stories.  There is also a HBO documentary premiering on Sept 29 which accompanies this exhibit.

EL Museo Del Barrio: Biennial 2011

Always a pleasure to see what new emerging Latino artists are making their mark in the art world. Electic, diverse and amusing.

El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 from EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Aaliyah: More Than A Woman

It's hard to believe we lost this precious artist ten years ago today. In my heart of hearts she would've been one of the most iconic artists that ever lived. This is an ode to her legacy.

  Aaliyah - One In A Million - Raoul Kahn Remix by raoulkahn

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Vintage Versace

Heading back to a hedonistic, extravagant more fantastical time in fashion. When excess and all things gilt ruled, it was all about rich prints and satin curvaceousness. The one and only Gianni Versace.

Can't get enough of my.....

Rochelle Wiseman, one fifth of the UK girl group The Saturdays,  loves her Fendi 'Twins' red leather tote bag. She is seen carrying it frequently to dinners, shopping excursions and running errands. I personally adore the bright pop of color, it's functionality and classic shape.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Lady in Mauve

Just saw a fantastic show currently at the Whitney, Lyonel Feininger : At The Edge of the World.  Feininger, an American  who moves to Germany at the age of sixteen and becomes deeply involved in German Expressionism and the Bauhaus becomes one of the leading figures of that genre. I'm attracted to his linear and sharp brushstrokes, muted yet elegant tones and dreamlike narratives. Here is the one piece which cleary spoke to me, the aptly titled 'Lady in Mauve'. Click here for more info.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Essence Sept 2011 Black Stylistas

Here is a behind the scenes video of a fashion shoot from the Sept 2011 issue of Essence. It profiles gorgeous, confident women of color who are currently shaping the fashion industry. Shot by one of my fave photogs Henry Leutwyler.

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Kate the Great

Kate Moss on the cover of the Sept 2011 issue of Vogue, check out this behind the scenes video of her wedding and various friends reflecting on her meteoric career.

Monday, August 15, 2011

On a Kylie Trip

I love 'Slow' and I found this great remix. Kylie masterfully delivers in her showgirl costumes and smoldering sensuality which has helped her dominate pop music for decades.

  Kylie Minogue - Slow (Avant Hard Remix) by Avant Hard

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Toledos: Drawn Together

Of my many years as a fashion show producer I had the pleasure of briefly working with the Toledos. This was back in 2008 when  Isabel was assigned as CD to the classic women's label Anne Klein. They were magical to watch as they worked seamlessly, tirelessly and effortlessly together as a unit. They were the most gracious in their manners and would humorously break into nostalgic stories of NYC back in the 80s. Here are a few of my favorite sketches from Ruben's work over the years.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ellen von Unwerth: Jump and Smile for Italian Vogue

I just came across this editorial on the Vogue Italia Black site,  it's a bit old from the May 2011 issue but I couldn't resist sharing it.  I adore the colors, the chocolate skinned models and the 70s flair.  Ellen von Unwerth is one of the fashion photographers I most idolize like ever. Enjoy.

Jump and Smile from VeePost on Vimeo.

Tom Wesselmann: Sexual Provacateur

Of all the Pop Artists during the 60s and 70s it's Rosenquist and Wesselmann that seal it for me. Wesselmann specifically for  his vivid colors, eroticism and composition. Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Grace Jones: Belle Noir

No words need to be said.

Almodóvar's Muses: Sexy and Dangerous

I've always appreciated the heroines of Pedro Almodóvar's fims, they always possessed a certain kind of allure that kept you fixated. What I loved about them most , besides wearing the most killer skin tight outfits, was that they were never afraid to get their hands dirty if any shady situation arose.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Guy Bourdin: Sex Through the Eyes of a Frenchman

Guy Bourdin, another favorite of mine from  my top five list, was the predecessor to photographers such as Jean Paul Goude and David LaChappelle. His taste was overtly sexual, touched on some lesbian themes and triggered edginess in fashion during 60s and late 70s. He laid the groundwork for the more daring, hypersexualized images we would see emerge in the 90s and early 2000s. Here are  a few of his well known images.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Patrick Nagel and his seductive porcelain ladies

Here is another one of my favorite illustrators who had a style all his own. Nagel's women were statuesque, sensual and provocative with their erotic poses. You may recognize his work from the 80s classic Duran Duran album cover  'Rio'. He greatly influenced videos like  George Michael's 'Father Figure' and Robert Palmer's 'Addicted To Love' for the MTV style thirsty generation.