Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dolce and Gabbana Corsets


These bustiers from last year's Dolce and Gabbana's Spring 2012 line (above & below) totally remind me of their corsets from the Pin Up range, Fall Winter 1991. "Since its debut in 1989, Dolce & Gabbana's corset dress has come to define the sensuality of the brand. Stefano Gabbana calls corsets the collection's "heart and inspiration." (from Time.com)
I spotted this (above) multicolored bejeweled version on Eva Mendes on the cover of Marie Claire magazine, in the background of an episode of project Runway Season 10, and thought it looked very familiar! 
Very similar to the one Madonna wore to her Truth & Dare premiere in New York in 1991, and modelled on the catwalk by Naomi Campbell.  They also remind me of the iconic image of Cindy C in the black lace Dolce & Gabbana corset with the red rose on the catwalk in 1992. Here they are, with more of those iconic Dolce & Gabbana corsets from the early 90's, which the (original!) Supermodels wore so well.

 Madonna, 1991

Naomi, circa 1991
Christy Turlington

Cindy Crawford

 Kylie Minogue circa 1990s
Helena Christensen
 Isabella Rossellini
Linda Evangelista
The bejeweled 2012 version has popped up everywhere!
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012
Felicity Jones with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for ELLE
Bianca Balti for Vogue Japan

Karolina Kurkova for Vogue Tokyo

Mila Kunis for Harper's Bazaar
Other Dolce & Gabbana corsets from the latest line worn in latest editorials.
Naomi Campbell for Harper's Bazaar
Felicity Jones for ELLE
Guinevere for Harper's Bazaar
Karolina Kurkova for Vogue Mexico
Selena Gomez for ELLE
Miranda Kerr for Marie Claire
Vogue Brazil
 Zooey Deschanel for Allure
Lea Michelle for Prestige

Friday, February 15, 2013

Kate Moss & Lucian Freud

This was a touching & interesting story from the recent Vanity Fair article, 
The Riddle of Kate Moss by James Fox. 
Kate & Bella Freud

"In 2002, when Moss was pregnant with her child, by the magazine editor Jefferson Hack, she sat for the painter Lucian Freud. It came about, she says, because she did a questionnaire in i-D magazine. “It was like, Who haven’t you met that you’d really love to meet? And I said Lucian Freud. And within two days—I think Bella must have read it and told Lucian—she said, ‘My dad wants to meet you.’ And I was ‘Oh, my God!’ Bella said, ‘He just wants to go for dinner with you. Don’t be late.’ So I went to the house. She took me to the studio, and he started that night. Couldn’t say no to Lucian. Very persuasive. And I phoned Bella the next day and said, ‘How long is it going to take?’ She said, ‘How big is the canvas?’ I said, ‘It’s quite big.’ She said, ‘Oh dear, could take six months to a year.’ ”

Kate Moss by Lucian Freud, oil on canvas, 2002 - Private Collection

Freud demanded rigorous punctuality. The sessions were from seven P.M. to two A.M. three times a week, and toward the end, near to Lila’s birth, four times a week. Moss never missed a session. Less well known than the portrait that emerged is the fact that Freud tattooed Moss on her haunch, the upper part of her right buttock. Moss shows the tattoo to me in a restaurant, in a small outside smoking area at lunchtime—an extraordinary existential moment.

“Yeah!” she says. “He told me about when he was in the navy, when he was 19 or something, and he used to do all of the tattoos for the sailors. And I went, ‘Oh, my God, that’s amazing.’ And he went, ‘I can do you one. What would you like?’ I was like, ‘Really?’ He said, ‘Would you like creatures of the animal kingdom?’ I said, ‘I like birds.’ And he said, ‘I’ve done birds. I’ve got it in my book.’ And he pointed at a painting of a chicken upside down in a bucket. And I said, ‘No, I’m not having that.’ And then he said, ‘Maybe I should just do you.’ I thought, I’m not going to have a girl on my … So we decided to do a flock of birds. I mean, it’s an original Lucian Freud. I wonder how much a collector would pay for that? A few million? I’d skin-graft it. I think we should talk to [the art dealer William] Acquavella.”

There’s a moving photograph of a very pale, soon-to-die Freud lying in bed with Moss, his arm around her, taken by Freud’s assistant, the artist David Dawson, in 2010. “I went round with Jamie, and I took all these flowers, those little ones he loved, and we went over, and he was in bed, and he pulled back the covers and went, ‘I’ve been keeping it warm for you’. And I went, ‘Jamie’s here.’ And he went, ‘Oh, I see.’ He did like Jamie, though. I love that picture in the bed. It was Jamie’s suggestion that we take it. And I just got under his arm. Jamie’s in the reflection, sitting on the windowsill. Lucian was always really kind. I adored him.”

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Hot in Yellow

I used to not like yellow at all. Yellow clothes - never! But over the last few years I find myself ore & more drawn to yellow clothes & accessories, particularly neons, like at the Zambesi show at NZFW in 2011. Maybe I am finally maturing and moving away from my standard palette of black, grey or pink! Here are a few outfits & items that have caught my eye lately. 

Cavalli Spring Summer 2013
 Cameron Diaz in Gucci
 Freida Pinto in Michael Kors
 Gwen in yellow tee
 Jess Hart in Maxim mag
 Kerry Washington in Michael Kors
 Nicole Scherzinger in Miu Miu wedges
 Brooke Burke in neon jeans
 Heidi Klum in Atelier Versace
 Khloe K in yellow Rag & Bone jeans
 Kim K in Sella McCartney
Kendall Jenner in neon yellow trousers
My boyfriend's Nike trainers
 Gwen in neon yellow bra
 J.Lo in Michael Kors
Julianne Hough in Kaufman Franco dress
Maria Menounos in Gomez-Gracia
Gwen Stefani in Miu Miu
Marion Cotillard in Dior
Freida Pinto in Versace


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