29 April, 2012

A Look We Like

Magister Dixit

“You can find good fake diamonds in Chinatown if you look. If it’s not too symmetrical and the metal is slightly blackened, it looks real.”

- Daphne Guinness on her jewellery

27 April, 2012


"In Egypt, when someone asked Dovima what she thought of Africa the model replied: 

"Africa? Who said anything about Africa? This is Egypt!" 

When they explained that Egypt was in Africa, Dovima replied, “I should have charged double rate!”
On the same shoot, she brought along a large trunk that the photographer Richard Avedon assumed was filled with clothes. When he asked Dovima about the trunk, she told him it were her books. He felt he couldn’t separate the girl from her books so they lugged them across the desert only to find out it were her comic books."

High Profile

 Detail from the  portrait of Marie-Louise de Parma as a Bride by Mengs 1765.

26 April, 2012

We Are Family

A Look We Like

Talk To Me Mr. Rousteing, Tell Me All About It!

Olivier Rousteing, 26, chief designer at Maison Balmain.


A Look We Like

The Lovers. Pablo Picasso. 1923.

On China:

"Let her sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world."

- Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Alexander VII's tomb. Detail.
The Building of a Cathedral. Jean Fouquet, 1465.

21 April, 2012

Privilège du Blanc

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Beaton. 1938.

In 1938, five days before a royal visit to France aimed at strengthening Anglo-French ties, the Queen's mother, the Countess of Strathmore died, and the colorful dresses designed for the trip were set aside. Norman Hartnell suggested all white. It would be more appropriate than black for the trip, and many royal widows have mourned in white in the past. The trip was postponed for three weeks, and Norman Hartnell created a completely new wardrobe, the famous "White Wardrobe"The sparkling designs for day and evening created in slim and crinoline silhouette were recreated within two weeks of continuous work, led to huge acclaim and Hartnell was decorated by the French government. Christian Dior, creator of the full-skirted post-war New Look, publicly stated that whenever he thought of beautiful clothes, it was of those created by Hartnell for the State Visit in 1938, which he viewed as an ingenue in the fashion world. The crinoline fashion for evening wear influenced world fashion and the French designers contributed their own take on the influence of Hartnell and the Queen's ancestry by creating day clothes featuring plaids or tartans in their next seasons designs.
Sir Norman Hartnell became the Queen's primary designer for the rest of her life.