In the world of fashion one thing is certain, it changes. Season by season we see fresh new faces along with new cuts, silhouettes, colors, designs, and trends. How is it then that certain trends, such as the ’70s trend of bell bottoms sees its way back in or for example, the ever so popular sequined look of the ’60s and ’70s? It’s simple. Inspiration. Read the full story
♥♥LA-based designer Shaina Mote has released the look book for her Fall/Winter 2010 collection, and we love the fun, flirty looks. According to the brand, “the autumn line fuses a utilitarian aesthetic with signature dainty and delicate pieces.” Each Shaina Mote piece is handmade in LA and only about 100 pieces of each garment are produced. Talk about exclusive! To find a retailer check out Shaina Mote’s stockists.
Two looks from Shaina Mote's F/W 2010 line
♥♥Boston-based tee shop Johnny Cupcakes will open a pop-up shop in Martha’s Vineyard for ten days this summer. Mark your calendars: the space will be open from Friday, August 13th to Sunday, August 22nd; hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The pop-up shop will be at the Dock Street Diner (2 Dock Street, Edgartown, MA) and will feature at least five exclusive Martha’s Vineyard-themed tees!
The locale of Johnny Cupcakes' forthcoming pop-up shop!
Debbie Harry, the lead singer of the New Wave pop band, Blondie was a defining pioneer reveling in the 1980′s New York scene when fashion, music, art, and bustling downtown culture was fusing together to create a style that ultimately illustrated the decade.
Her friends included voyeuristic artist Andy Warhol and his protege; fashion whiz kid from Halston, Stephen Sprouse. Debbie and Stephen lived in the same apartment building in the Bowery section of NYC and they became great friends. He would construct all of her outfits from items in Debbie’s closet, thrift store finds, vintage gems, and in the end it was an unfiltered Sprouse creation.
At night they would have dinners and go dancing with Andy and Sprouse’s right hand man, now famed fashion photographer, Steven Meisel. Debbie credits Sprouse for tailoring her look and would wear his designs in music videos. He directed the video for Blondie’s ”Heart Of Glass” and the fabulous “scan line” dress that she is wearing, he made that from a photo he took of a television set. Much like Warhol’s Factory, Sprouse’s studio was full of models, musicians, and art stars who fed off of each other.
In the eighties music videos were catapulting the careers of otherwise faceless bands. After Debbie Harry made it onto the screen with the disco crossover hit, ”Heart Of Glass”, Blondie arrived onto the mainstream music scene. This upset many of Blondie’s New Wave/Post Punk underground contemporaries, but the band responded with the statement that Debbie had always wanted to try different genres of music. Her popularity tended to overshadow the band, and even though she has done solo work as of late, she still credits her band for her success.
Debbie gets the Stephen Sprouse treatment
Debbie’s most identifiable feature is surely that tousled blond bob. I find her wide set angled (usually rimmed with black liner) eyes to be the most intriguing, or perhaps it’s the high cheekbones. In any case her entire look, tough yet physically stunning, is appealing to this day. Her style is completely rock star status; mixing prints and textures, bright red lipstick, and mini skirts. She’s like the fairy godmother of the punk princesses.
Some current Debbie Harry news:
-Barbie created a line of dolls called “Ladies of the 80′s” it includes Debbie Harry, Joan Jett and Cyndi, Lauper.
-Photographer Brian Aris compiled an exhibition of photos of the iconic singer currently on display in London. (BBC video)
-Currently she is on tour with Blondie with new music to come out this year!
Young Debbie worked as a Playboy Bunny, ultimately the tough girl broke loose to pursue music
The music video “Heart of Glass” was a crossover hit for the band
Vogue Paris March 09 Issue: All Things Coco Chanel
It’s been a while since I’ve had time to go to the bookstore and check out some magazines and I’m so glad I went when I did. I was able to still get a copy of Vogue Paris’ March issue which is devoted to all things Chanel. The cover is gorgeous and is an homage to the cover of Vogue Italia from 1992 that Steven Meisel shot. Now, I just need to learn how to read French.
Edward Steichen Fashion Photography Exhibition at the International Center of Photography.
The International Center of Photography is hosting yearlong series of exhibitions, “The Year of Fashion,” focusing on fashion photography from the 1920s to the present. The series sets out to highlight the relationship between art and fashion and will feature the works of Richard Avedon, Nick Knight, Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, Steven Klein, Paolo Roversi, Michael Thompson, Edward Steichen and Miles Aldridge. Upcoming shows include “David Seidner: Paris Fashion, 1945,” and in May, Richard Avedon’s photos will be the central focus on an exhibition.
The first exhibit opens on January 16th and features the photography Edward Steichen. A few months back I saw the Vanity Fair exhibit at the LACMA while I was visiting LA and my favorite photos were those taken by Edward Steichen. He was Chief Photographer for Condé Nast Publications so his work was regularly featured in Vogue and Vanity Fair. The exhibit was quite amazing because it included videos of photo shoots that Steichen conducted and what made it so impressive what the kind of photography that was popular at the time. You know those old accordian-type cameras where the photographer covers himself in black velvet cover to take the picture? Each individual slide/negative is inserted before each shot: It was a very tedious and painstaking process, but watching a master of light such as Steichen, he made the process look very easy, with cigarette in hand the whole time, of course. The show opens on January 16th and includes 175 photos by Steichen, with many of the photos from the Condé Nast archives from 1923 to 1937.