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Month: September, 2010

The Big Bang Theory: Marchesa

As many of you have probably noticed, I very rarely post the endless runway image series that you see on so many blogs and fashion sites around fashion week time. Once in a blue moon I will post a collection that I want to live in…but for the most part, ‘fashion’ is so much more than just this one element (the clothes) to me.

The fashion world I chose to live in; the one that I personally find so inspiring; requires so many more vital elements to create a true fashion heartbeat. I think the obligation of the industry is not only to produce nice clothes but also to provide inspired art direction, expert photography, natural beauty ( human, earthly and still life), mood, moving energy, escapism, social commentary, human interaction, and experiments in the diverse potential of sexuality, etc., etc., etc… I seek these elements out in everything I post; in the hopes that people who don’t have their own emotional relationship with fashion, will see something inspiring and feel that stirring within themselves for the first time. Likewise, I hope that people much like myself, who so dearly love the fashion high, but occasionally lose faith in the entire industry and the potential of the medium itself…may see something revolutionary and feel their faith restored.

It’s such a relief after a long month of combing the magazines and blogs with a puzzled (sometimes disgusted) look on my face, to flip a page and suddenly feel transported. ‘Something new! Something beautiful! Something…not weird!!!’ Haha. Glee, is the only word to describe it.

Well ladies and gentlemen, after that fairly involved diatribe…forget all that!

For the first time, in a long time, I’m sliding out of my chair….over ‘just clothes’!!! Holy Mother Mary… I have no idea what she looks like, but I’m pretty sure I know what she’d wear: Marchesa Spring 2011 Collection:

Exquisite, inventive, original, and absolutely beautiful…each peice is a meticulous work of art in and of itself. Not only are the gowns dreamy, but the each contain highly sophisticated architecture. Although the theme of the line is obviously over the top enchanting, the design team never cops out by repeating fabrics, patterns or silhouettes. There appears to be a years worth of craftsmanship in every piece. I’m sure we will see many celebrity debuts on the Red Carpet next year.


Dear me, the textures, the embellishments, the SHOES!!! Ok, look on and lust away! Xo,


 And I wanted to include these lovely show captures by Michael Donovan, (also from Marchesa 2011 Spring RTW show)…Enjoy! 

Lara Stone In ‘The Sins’ | October 2010 Vogue Paris

‘Les Peches’

Model: Lara Stone
Photographer: Steven Klein
Stylist: Carine Roitfeld
Photos from: Vogue, Paris, October, 2010

Edita Going Bare In Paris | Numero, November 2010

‘Champs de Mars’

Edita brings european sophistication and sensuality to the romantic disco diva look, in this whimsical editorial, captured by lens goddess Camilla Akrans ! These two clearly see eye to eye when it comes to fashion; and never fail to produce captivating and unique work. I’m not sure how I feel about Edita dialing down her smolder for the more ‘bottled’ blond look…but all in all, she brings her usual bewitching aura to any and every look she tries. I’m sure plenty of people are excited to see Miss Edita Vilkeviciute nude again in this issue, and baring her breasts (seems to be turning into a bit of a trademark look for her!). Enjoy!!! 

Model: Edita Vilkeviciute

Magazine:  Numéro #117, 2010

Photographer: Camilla Akrans

Styled by: Franck Benhamou @ 2b Management


P.S.: Anyone else noticing how hard the fashion world seems to be fighting the onset of another fall?! All these soft, floraly editorials almost convince me that it’s not even happening!

Ashley Smith Goes Back To Texas | RUSSH November 2010 (Full Article)

In this BRILLIANT editorial, Photographer  Will Davidson gathers his team together (among them: Stylist Stevie Dance ) and hits the road with current fashion sensation: Model Ashley Smith. Back in Ashley’s birthplace of Austin, Texas, the A-Team shoots a Rock & Roll/Redneck editorial for the Fall issue of Russh 2010. Between cowboy bars, backyard barbeques, junkyards and jacked-up trucks…Davidson captures an ordinary day of Texas life for a very UN-ordinary gap-toothed girl, in an almost voyeuristic way. Ashley sports her usual eclectic, off-beat style; offsetting her stunningly quirky beauty in this biopic twelve page spread.

The Spirit Stirs

 I chose to believe that it’s not…

The Classics Never Go Out Of Style

Model Tara Gill strikes a strong silhouette for Amica, October 2009 


Ashley Smith For TUSH Magazine, Fall 2010

Badass model Ashley Smith has simply blown up over the last several seasons in the fashion world; as I’m sure many of us had the suspicion that she would…With her quirky looks, rough blond hair, itty bitty body and ridiculously large , um, assets (breasts) this girl has been grabbing serious attention from the time her Chadwick Taylor images surfaced. In this series she relaxes into her comfort zone for the fall edition of Tush Magazine, 2010. This time, it’s the talented Anne Combaz that had the pleasure of bringing out Ashley’s edge. Guided by Seb Bascle’s artistic vision, Ashley  sports ripped tees, high fashion accessories and seriously bad girl leather. The series was edited by Laurent Dombrowicz, and can’t help but inspire a bit of the inner rebel in each of us. In true American fashion ‘Wheel of Love’ upholds the values of freedom and the pursuit of happiness!

Botany In Action

This morning I found you before the rain,
Before a shower, before makeup and hairspray,
Before you made your breath like mint,
Before morning prayer, soap, earrings, and perfume,
Before hot water, breakfast and a cigarette, when
You were six brown leaves dancing in the wind
This morning I found you before the phone rang,
Before the first bill was paid, before your impatiens woke to thirst,
Before you cleaned rough white crystals of sleep from the corner of your eye,
Before you took any medicine, before you looked in any mirror,
Before your life began to need you, when
You were smooth stones at the bottom of a cold, fast-moving stream
This morning I found you before you touched the powdered wing of your own early beauty
With an attempt to be beautiful.
Your hair a million unmapped directions, a survey of the wildness of sleep,
Your body rising, falling with your breath, before you dressed in different rhythm.
This morning I found you when you were botany in action,
Partly bud and partly bloom, scarlet flower drinking air and light.
Author: Christopher Joslyn

Autum And Eve

Model: Jessica Brown Findlay

Magazine: InStyle, October, 2010, (10-2010), United Kingdom
Photographers: Paul McLean, Chad Pickard


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