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Friday, July 23, 2010

Love is the New Black

Love this dark mod/rocker/bohemian look.


Interview Magazine August 2010
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Like flowing water

It's a beautiful thing how certain fabrics such as chiffon move when you walk or when a breeze flutters the dress slightly out. Light flowing fabrics are also great for the hot and humid summers where so that it's not constricted to your body and moves freely when you walk. This summer has been unusually warm and humid, they're saying it might go on the records as one of the hottest July's in NYC history. I need to wear my chiffon dresses while I can before I have to pack them away for another bitterly cold winter.

Russh Australia August 2010

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Images via Fashionising

Friday, July 16, 2010

Nouvelle Vague

Lately I've been addicted to old French movies. The Bride Wore Black and Last Year at Marienbad are two of my favorites, both part of the French New Wave movement. I had originally rented Last Year at Marienbad for designing inspiration as I had read that Coco Chanel herself had designed the costumes and I was mesmerized at the beauty and elegance of the fashion.

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"These whisperings, worse than silence, that you're imprisoning me in. These days, worse than death, that we're living through here side by side, you and I, like coffins laid side by side underground in a frozen garden...."

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Raymond Cauchetier was a famous amateur photographer who would photograph the French New Wave actors on set. If you're in London, you can see his work in a new exhibit at the James Hyman Gallery. Such beautiful pictures that capture the fashion and carefree ease of that time. He has a quote that I love that proves sometimes an amateur can have just as amazing work if not better than a professional:

"I've never received the slightest advice from a professional. I've always improvised, and invented what I needed to do, with my own inspiration. Is that why some people think my photos never look like other people's?"

I can see a lot of his photography and the inspiration it has had on fashion photography now, but he was ahead of his time.

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A video from the band Nouvelle Vague that reminds me to that French era. Love to listen to them when I'm trying to draw inspiration.

All that Jazz

I cannot wait for the Jazz Festival on Governors Island this weekend. I couldn't make it last year and when I saw these pictures on the Sartorialist, I was disappointed for weeks that I missed out on such a great time. No matter what I am going to make it this year though. Governors Island is like a whole different world and I can't believe it's only a short subway ride and ferry away from me. The architecture is simply marvelous and you really do feel like you're transported back to the Jazz Ages. I've got the perfect chiffon Diane Von Furstenberg dress that will fit with the theme and the weather. All I need to complete the look is a lovely Japanese parasol that I'm picking up at Pearl River Market in SoHo after work.

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I need a dress and shoes like this:
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Images via The Sartorialist