Friday, 31 December 2010

Party Time! New Year's Eve

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Jerry Hall singing at Studio 54.


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Branner, Beverly Johnson, Lisa Taylor and Patti Hansen by Arthur Elgort for Vogue, November 1976.


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Bianca Jagger at Studio 54.


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Photo by Chris von Wagenheim.


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Gia and Julie Foster by Chris von Wagenheim, 1978.


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Mouche in Biba from 19 magazine.

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Photo of the Day: Tatler, June 1984

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Ad for Tatler. Scanned from British Vogue, June 1984.


I'm more than a little obsessed with this man- that hair! Those trousers! That scarf!

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

"We are animals in a world no one knows"

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Article by James Mills and photos by Bill Eppridge for Life Magazine, February 26, 1965.


This incredibly vivid and moving photo essay was published in Life Magazine in 1965. The accompanying article, The World of Needle Park, was later adapted by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne into the 1971 movie, The Panic in Needle Park- veiled versions of the lovers, Karen and Johnny, seen above, were played by Al Pacino and Kitty Winn. Though there had been movies about heroin addiction before, such as Sinatra's The Man with the Golden Arm, this photo story was a shocking look at a world most Americans did not know existed. Bill Eppridge, better known for his images of Robert Kennedy, went on to do several other stories about the heroin problem in the United States that are equally revealing yet sensitive.

Photo of the Day: Lotte Beese's studio in the Bauhaus, 1927

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Lotte Beese's studio in the Bauhaus, 1927.


How sad is it to think she only photographed two years (1926-28)? What I've seen of her architecture and urban planning never seems to have the same freshness and clarity of line, but her career path from weaver to photographer to architect and urban planner is definitely one of interest.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Photo of the Day: Madame Campbell Furs

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Madame Campbell Furs ad from Harpers & Queen, October 1976.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Photo of the Day: Versace, 1987

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Yasmin le Bon in a Versace top and skirt. Photograph by Hans Feurer for Vogue UK, September 1987.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Dream Home: Franco Ceccarelli's Milanese Palace

I'm holed up for the holidays in my parents' lovely flat in Florence, enjoying a welcome break from the stresses of New York. While I have been here I have been spending my time doing nothing, which has been wonderful. To celebrate my time here I thought I would share this gorgeous image from the 1970s apartment of an Italian popstar.

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In an example of radical chic, young pop singer Franco Ceccarelli of Equipe 84 effects a new twist on the bath-in-the-kitchen cold-water flat. His is in an 18th-century palace in Milan. The grandeur of the architecture didn't include the amenities of a bath, so Ceccarelli installed one beneath the palatial window in his kitchen-dining room. It is left uncovered and artfully obvious. Such disdain for conventions is delightfully incongruous with the Italianate dining table and chairs and the elegant brass serving tray in one corner.

Text by Norma Skurka with photographs by Oberto Gil for Underground Interiors, 1972.

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Equipe 84 were the most famous Italian beat group from the 60's, and they continued until 1974 though Ceccarelli left in 1970. Ceccarelli then went off on the "hippie trail" to Kabul before opening a store in Modena (I believe). He restarted the band in the mid-80s with some of the original members. They still perform together, and he also writes music for theater, film and television. Franco Ceccarelli wrote a book on the history of Equipe 84, Lo ho in mente te. Storia dell'Equipe 84, which was published in 1996.






Photo of the Day: Ted Lapidus Fur


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Ted Lapidus ad. Scanned from Vogue Paris, October 1978.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

At home for Christmas with Romy Schneider and Alain Delon


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Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, 1960s.

If only we all could have such an attractive mate for Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


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1930s Christmas card.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, 24 December 2010

A Spirited Christmas


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Scanned from Better Homes and Gardens Treasury of Christmas Crafts and Foods, 1980.

I saved my absolute favourite for last! The rough rock wall of the home in this image always reminded me of my grandmother's house in North Caroline and all of the ornaments are just the kind of crafts she would have done. I think anyone who woke up to this riot of colours on Christmas morning would not be able to resist feeling joyful.


Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A Light Christmas Buffet


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From back to front: Ginger Dip, Christmas Sparkler, Tiny Chicken Quiches, Smoked Oysters in Cherry Tomatoes, and Corn and Nut Crumbles. Scanned from Better Homes and Gardens Treasury of Christmas Crafts and Foods, 1980.

The problem I have with all vintage holiday food books is that, while the recipes often sound delicious and I usually love the presentation of them, I can never eat them due to my allergies. I can't eat pretty much anything on this table, but I love the colours and style of the buffet.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Peace & Goodwill


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Scanned from Better Homes and Gardens Treasury of Christmas Crafts and Foods, 1980.

While I am not religious at all, I love the stylized imagery and colours of these banners- I would love to have these on my walls with the same messages and maybe slightly less Christian iconography...

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Liz Goldwyn & Thea Porter


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Photos by Tommy Ton of Liz Goldwyn for NOWNESS.

When I saw NOWNESS' twitter update today that they had a story about Liz Goldwyn, I immediately knew I had to read it. Unlike most children of iconic Hollywood families, Liz has always seemed more interesting and more hard-working. Her documentary about burlesque, Pretty Things, was a wonderful and engaging look at the women who created this art form and I've heard great things about the accompanying book. My interest in Goldwyn has always lay more with her personal style, though, as she is a huge vintage collector, and can always be seen in a stunning antique dress with her signature red lips at many LA parties. The interview on Nowness is short but definitely worth a read- if only to get a frisson of jealously over her climate controlled storage space for her vintage collection. In the accompanying images Goldwyn is photographed in a red and black version of Thea Porter's iconic Gypsy dress. Probably the most interesting thing about this (beyond the fact that it is a truly beautiful dress), is that she has been photographed for a magazine wearing it before- below is a scan from Self Service, Fall/Winter 2001, with Goldwyn in the same piece. It's nice to know that she is willing to be photographed, not just wear, an article of clothing again- it always seems as though all of these gorgeous vintage pieces are worn by celebrities for one occasion and then disappear into a cupboard for another thirty years or so...

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