Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wedding Fever

Paula Yates marries Bob Geldof in 1986. Spot the rockers in the wedding party!

My sister, Banana meet-Cute is staying with me from Melbourne and is quite the royalist, so we are preparing for the royal wedding on Friday night. When I say prepare, I mean fully stocked with bubbly (I'm thinking Prosecco) and have requested wedding themed cup-cakes, as she is quite the baker. I'm not really into the royal family, was never interested in Diana (although did watch her wedding in 1982 - only because I was promised Charles & Di chocolates) - but lately I've been caught up in the "Who will Kate wear?" hoopla. My personal fave would be Alexander McQueen, but I'm thinking McQueen may be too edgy. Stella? I have a feeling Kate will accentuate those shoulders and go strapless, bias cut or drop waist in a fairly tailored design - mind you Bruce Oldfield has said that you can't go sleeveless in Westminster Abbey? "'It will have sleeves, it has to have sleeves. You can't walk down Westminster Abbey in a strapless dress. It just wouldn't happen. It has to suit the grandeur of that aisle, it's enormous." Oh well - time will tell! More importantly - who will KATE MOSS be wearing next month? Now that Galliano is vetoed....In the meantime, here are a few of my favourite wedding dresses of all time.

Unmarried Helena Bonham Carter & Tim Burton in a fantasy wedding shot,
from Vivienne Westwood's book 'Vivienne Westwood Opus'

Dita Von Teese marries Marilyn Manson Goth-style in electric violet Vivienne Westwood, 2005 (Milliner Stephen Jones is holding her train).

A classic. Bianca Jagger marries Mick Jagger in a YSL suit. The jacket (and lack of a shirt caused quite the stir back in 1971

Gwen Stefani in Avant Garde, pink dip-dyed Galliano. This dress blew me away, it is so Gwen, and I love the structure and the colour.
Rock star wedding! The inimitable Paula Yates marries Bob Geldof at 26 in a blo0d-red satin dress, a gift from Jasper Conran. I met her when I was working at Harrods - she seemed very shy, very sweet.

Carolyn Besette Kennedy marries JFK Jnr in Narcisco Rodriguez in 1996- a classic in bias cut cool. This was one of my favourites and captured the zeitgeist of 90's minimalism and fitted tailoring.

Carrie Bradshaw in Westwood for the long awaited wedding to Big. If only the makeup and hair was softer though. the red lips & scraped back hair look too harsh.

Another rock star wedding. I love Pearl Lowe. Here she is marrying Danny Goffey with gorgeous Daisy Lowe. look at that cake! Dark chocolate strewn with rose petals, mmm.

Pammy and Tommy get hitched in Cancun in 1995 within days of meeting, after Tommy stalked Pam and followed her to Cancun where she was working on a shoot. I'm sorry but I love that she got hitched in a white bikini - Rock & roll!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Look what just arrived!

I love the Book Depository! Cannot wait to get my claws into this beautiful tome which arrived bound in thick vinyl-red plastic. Fabulous! See more here.

Kate Moss goes Flouro in French Vogue

These shots by maestros Mert and Marcus are amazing. I love the juxtaposition between the elegantly beautiful b&W shots and the super flouro ones. New Editor Emmanuelle All styled this editorial - very impressive, but I guess she is under the pump coming hot on the heels of exiting Editor and icon, Carine Roitfeld.
Also good to see models and not celebs gracing Emmanuelle's first two covers. (Giselle graced her inaugural issue). Although I wish they had used a flouro shot for the cover!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We love Madonna

My sister's blog on Madonna inspired me to do this Blog. Madonna was probably my first fashion icon...I'd go to the haberdashery department of our local department store and buy yards of ribbon to tie in my hair and cheap crucifix earrings from local jewellery store 'LimeLitze' - resulting in me being bailed up by the deputy school principal and told to remove my jewellery & big red lace bow as, it made me look like 'a rooster'. I used to dress up little sis in lace, net tees from Esprit and do a nice 'bruised eye' using Mum's purple eyeshadow and look replete with Madonna mole, drawn on with eyeliner. fun times! This Blog is dedicated to my dear friend Krissy, the biggest Madonna fan you will ever meet who has some of the most amaaaaazing memorabilia!
I was obsessed with Desperately Seeking Susan and used to dream about the boots featured. Madonna was the epitome of cool - her vintage/punk/rock-chick style, the way she dried her underarms under the hand dryer, her crazy job as a magician's assistant, living that kind of New York boho fairytale I have always loved. I watched it again last year and it's amazing how the fashion is quite current at the moment with the whole 80's revival - very rock/SoHo/New York. Not all 80's fashion was ugly - I loved the 'pixie' stiletto boots, studded belts & leather, lace bras & bustiers, Ray Ban Wayfarers, dark eyes, men's suit jackets, leggings, hand-fulls of bangles, crucafix jewellery, pearls. And lace always comes around again. Check out some stills below.
I haven't always loved Madonna's various looks (Geisha, 80's leotard monstrosity) - but here are a few of my firm faves.
Fresh-faced ingenue in 1982

I had this pic on my wall - crop top, midriff and rosary/crucafix. Classic 80's!

The Boy Toy, 1983

'Papa Don't Preach' Vid - I wanted this T.Shirt, 1986

Blonde Bombshell for The Girlie Show tour, 1993

Madonna in lolly-pink Versace with Carlos shortly after her pregnancy announcement 1995

One of my all time fave looks - in Tom Ford for Gucci, 1995

The Evita phase, immaculate in 40's style, 1996

Dolce corset dress, 1997

The Cowgirl Phase, 1998. Love a plaid shirt & boots!

In Karen Walker trousers & Helmut Lang tank, 1999

Newlywed in Mrs Ritchie Jacket, 2001

First tour in 8 years, Drowned World 's cyber-punk look designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, 2001

Suited with JT for 'Four Minutes', 2008

More fabulous suits (& above with Stella McCartney) - Madonna does man-style with aplomb

Dolce & Gabbana ads, 2010

*Updated January 2012

Here are some latest FAB pics of Madonna on the promotional trail for her movie W.e. also loving the artwork for her new album and cannot WAIT to hear Give Me All Your Luvin, her  first track & collab with 2 of my faves, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A from the her 12th studio album, MDNA.
  My favourite latest look - fabulous in velvet and lace Jean Paul Gaulter at the London Premiere of W.E
Stunning in Marchasa at the New York W.E Premiere
 In L'Wren Scott back to her Catholic-inspired fashion roots at the Venice Film Festival
 In Vionnet butterfly gown at the Venice Film Festival, 2011


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