22/11/2015 § 1 Comment
Holy moly, this is so good…
Models: Heather Kemesky (Hive), Suvi Koponen (Next),
Damaris Goddrie (Viva) and Issa Lish (Storm)
Photographer: Karim Sadli (artandcommerce)
Stylist: Francesca Burns
Via Visual Optimism.
15/09/2015 § Leave a comment
15/04/2015 § Leave a comment
Pretty damn speechless, I must admit. This editorial by Steven Meisel for the April 2015 issue of Vogue Italia completely caught me by surprise — it took me a moment to realize I wasn’t actually looking at something from decades ago! Styled by Karl Templer and starring Karen Elson and Christopher Niquet, this glamorous silver-screen vision of fluid dance steps and gowns that appear to float on air is a treat indeed.
Images via Visual Optimism.
06/08/2014 § 3 Comments
I’m not sure how closely you follow the annual release of the Pirelli Calendar, so I’ll give you a quick rundown. Since 1964 the calendar has been known as an annual high-gloss, high-glamour affair, featuring marquee name models shot by equally notable photographers (Lindbergh, Avedon, Ritts, Testino, Sorrenti, Weber…even Richardson). It’s printed in an exceptionally limited edition and gifted to a select group of important clients and VIPs. It’s sort of like the highest possible form of those cheesy automotive calendars you might expect to see hanging in a garage – and yes, nudity is known to abound.
So why on earth are we talking about this? Glad you asked!
It turns out that this year’s edition – the 50th, if you didn’t notice already – features a beautiful plus-size model named Candice Huffine, pictured above. While purists argue she isn’t the first woman over a size 10 to appear in “The Cal,” citing Sophie Dahl in 1999 and Pollyanna MacIntosh in 2004, Huffine is being touted in the media as such. Admittedly, I was caught a bit off-guard by the announcement, but in a good way. It made me think about a few things in quick succession. First, why was I initially shocked by the idea? As if Huffine didn’t belong in a sea of nearly naked Adriana Limas and Joan Smalls, perhaps? No matter the reason, that feeling quickly gave way to excitement at this small victory in the battle to shift entrenched standards of beauty.
While Huffine is obviously super-humanly attractive, the fact that her body more closely resembles those bodies belonging to us “mere mortals” is a move in the right direction. This acceptance of a deviation from the norm ushers us to a point of reflection: what is the norm? why is this a deviation? how do we feel about that? how do we feel about our own bodies as a result? what kind of representations of beauty do we personally prefer? what kind of representations should we endorse?
This subject has inspired me to work on a new Charm School entry that touches on a subject I’m surprised I haven’t yet dealt with: body image. In the meantime, I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject of the Pirelli Calendar and Candice Huffine’s appearance in it.
Watch this space. The conversation will continue.
24/07/2014 § 3 Comments
Because one can never have too much blue on hand…right?
Clockwise from top left:
3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli
Current/Elliot The Perfect Denim Shirtdress
Armand Diradourian Summer Stripe Throw
Petit Bateau Essential Stripe Bralette
J.Crew Surfboard Linen Sweater
Adidas Adilette Slides
Acne Studios Cropped Wide-leg Wool Pants
Connor Engraved Octopus Cards
Here’s to a weekend full of the good kind of blue.
And watermelon too.
03/07/2014 § 3 Comments
Quiet, tailored and natural, photographer Nicole Bentley has captured exactly what I want my summer to feel like, look like, wear like…down to the wild hair and the amazing eyebrows. Have we ever discussed my lackluster brows? While my mother and sister have had to wage a lifelong battle with theirs, mine just decided to never show up. Fact: I’ve never ever had them done, ever. Rather, since I was old enough to care, I’ve filled them in using a variety techniques and have always harbored intense jealousy at those lucky to be born with “strong brows” like Jess here. I suppose the grass truly is always greener…even when it comes to eyebrows.
04/04/2014 § Leave a comment
27/03/2014 § 1 Comment
Somehow, I find myself on the other side of a really jam-packed NYFW and FW14 market, with no blogging to show for it. I supposed that if I had something really amazing to share, you might let me get off with a light punishment…perhaps?
I am pleased to present the Harvey Faircloth FW 2014 look book, which I had the honor of shooting myself on Impossible Project polaroid film with a Polaroid Spectra ProCam. Different from our past look books which are much more straightforward, our aim was to capture the essence of season’s inspiration: our Creative Director Christopher Rivers’ memories and favorite places of late night New York City during the late 1980s and early 1990s (“Bright Lights, Big City”). Intimate and ephemeral, it has a undeniably voyeuristic quality — it almost feels like we’re following this girl on a nighttime prowl all over the city.
Working in Polaroid was challenging in a really great way. Because the photographs take time to develop, I had to shoot and move on in the interest of time. In an era of digital cameras and Photoshop, truly only having one chance was initially daunting but eventually liberating. I first figured out how to focus and then shortly thereafter I found a way to trust myself.
I hope you enjoy it!
02/11/2013 § 1 Comment
Altuzarra SS14. Sublime. SUBLIME.
Yearning to just barely wrap myself in tailored metallics, jersey and silk.
All images via Style.com
31/10/2013 § Leave a comment
Style Roulette: One item, two distinct styles.
Round 2: Étoile Isabel Marant Crisi boots
Styled by myself, and Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou, my good friend and frequent partner in Brimfield and New York Fashion Week hijinks. While we’ve been fast friends since the day we met, and our personal styles do have a few convergence points, I’ve always appreciated Lani’s bold approach to fashion. While I tend to the more classic and relaxed, Lani loves vibrant contrast and drama. Be sure to hop on over to her site to see her entry too!
From top L to R:
Rag & Bone Roseburg coat
J.Crew western denim shirt
Kenzo Flying Tiger pullover
Cosabella Kitty bralette
Vanessa Bruno Athé leather skirt
Étoile Isabel Marant Crisi boots
Jerome Dreyfuss suede Igor bag
Isabel Marant Drake scarf
Denim, leather, camel, suede and tigers. These are a few of my favorite things. There’s just something about a full-length coat and a teeny tiny miniskirt that I will always love. Throw in some flying tigers and I won’t be able to resist. Kitty love notwithstanding, I’d normally be a bit leery of such a bold print, but with this color palette and that gorgeous topcoat the tigers become a bit more subdued — they function more as leitmotif than overture. Meow.