As an admirer of Tina Chow, I was thrilled to find her stunning jewelry in Bergdorf Goodman's in the mid 80's and promptly purchased a Rutilated Quartz Temple ring.
Several months later I ran into her, told her how much I was enjoying the ring and asked what she thought about wearing it as a pendant. She loved the idea and insisted that it should only be worn on a silk cord handwoven by her favorite weaver in Tokyo. Within a few weeks an envelope of handmade paper
arrived bearing the cord and a dear note from Tina.
After all these years ... . ring, silk cord and note retain a place of honour on my desk.
______________________________________ Collage by studio Judith
Long before Madonna and Marilyn ... . there was Jean.
Though she never saw her 27th birthday, her short career
encompassed 36 movies ( 1928-1937) and she was the first
actress to appear on the cover of Life magazine.
Known for her trendsetting platinum blonde hair
and credited with skyrocketing sales of peroxide,
botched attempts to look like Jean forced
thousands of women to cut their hair.
Clark Gable said of Jean -
"She didn't want to be famous ... she wanted to be happy."
Illustration for a modern fairy tale ... .
in which Marie Antoinette orders a dozen pink
Oran sandals from Hermes and loves them so much
she sends them to her milliner to have them
made into a headdress. A new trend at court ?
Mais Oui !!
__________________________________ Collage by studio Judith
The runway unfolded beyond a foggy forest and a smoldering scorched earth. There were ghostly shadows and smoke which seemed to spew from volcanic ash. Was this Karl Lagerfeld's Apocalyptic vision for Fall 2011 ? He says no ... . the inspiration was more from the dark German woods of his childhood, sprinkled with a bit of Fritz Lang .
He also denies that it's all black. "It's shades of gray " . . . and a few notes of cream. Frankly, I adore the textural contrasts as well as the emphasis on the ankles. The detailed scrunch above the low boots , seems to provide a perfect break before the distressed stretch jeans. (Dare we say leggings ?) And when there were trousers . . . they were rolled above modestly feminine (and oh so wearable) low heels.
This little ankle peek really made me smile.
A crisp transparent hem which brushes the top of slightly shimmering buttoned court shoes . . . with a cinched buckle added to provide a bit of punctuation.
Another favorite theme - a bit ripped & shredded, tattered & torn. Nothing overtly luxe.
It all feels very wearable and very adaptable to real life. Perhaps even my very simple real life.
What do you think ?
_________________________ To see the entire collection go HERE. Or - check out some behind the scenes photos at Chanel News.. . . I always love the pics of Karl being photographed whilst photographing the models.
Intrepid girls .. . . . who don their gas masks and keep on dancing, while dreaming of royal pavilions by the sea.
Modest ladies . . . . who change into bathing costumes in private rolling enclosures, before descending into cool waters at a secluded cove reserved for "Ladies Only."
Another place / another time . . . . truly , another world. ___________________________ The central photographs featured in my collages are from the incredible collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Hands down - my all time favorite museum. Don't live in London ? Not a problem, just stroll their virtual world HERE. Always lots of fun.
Participate in the World Beach Projecthere - where you can create stone art on a beach and post your photos to join others from around the world. ( That's right - your art will be shown online at the V & A !) Check out thismap and see what other artists are doing.
____________________________ Digital collage by me.
Swoon worthy looks from last week's Ralph Lauren Fall 2011 show. Shanghai circa 1930 .. . . so very White Countess.
Love the elegant brocade as smoking jacket , the crisp white shirt with tie and the shawl collars .. . .. As much as I would love strolling into my closet and finding any of these delicious pieces waiting, what I long for most of all is the ability to look this great in severely slicked back hair - wound tightly into a neat bun.
Alas - probably not in this lifetime . . . for any of the above.
sigh . . . . _______________________ Do take a look at the full show here at the newly revamped RL website.
Since the details of New York's Fashion Week are scheduled months ahead, the axiously awaited surprises are usually reserved for which designer chooses to emphasize which look, cut or design.
This year's surprise was a very non traditional presentation at a most surprising location . . . . Moncler staged a flash mob in the middle of Grand Central Station. There was an instant PR frenzy , which has rumbled about the street for several days. The full video has finally appeared and includes a staggering range of music from Miss Streisand to classical and even rolls into a 42nd Street Broadway tap !
Margarita Mileva is a NY based Bulgarian Architect and . . . much more. She is a true artist . . . one who looks at obsolete tools in her office and creates unique pieces of jewelry.
She calls this collection of paperclips, mosaic stone samples, presentation wire binding , rubber bands and ribbons "Recycling of the Architectural Office " For more examples of Margarita's extreme creativity go HERE - to see additional jewelry , as well as dresses constructed of rubber bands ( ? !! ) and HERE to visit her Etsy shop.
So refreshing. So inspiring.
Here's hoping you have an enchanting & creative weekend.
_____________ With thanks to Trendland for the heads up on this artist