Monday, 31 January 2011

At home with Lauren Santo Domingo

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The living room with a wonderful Willy Rizzo coffee table with sunken centre in the foreground..

You know how sometimes you see images of a home and just want to move right in? Well, I once had the luck of visiting one such place, the apartment seen in these photos. As the location for one of my good friend's trunk show, it was an intoxicatingly glamorous place to be. From the minute I walked in the door, I knew that this apartment, the abode of Vogue's Lauren Santo Domingo and her Colombian billionaire/ record executive husband, Andrés, was as close to perfection as I had yet to find in New York. Ever since then I have spoken often of their huge open-plan living room, Lalanne hippo bar and extensive record collection to anyone interested in interiors, but now Lauren has welcomed the cameras of Vogue.com into her home and I finally have photographs to back up my paeans.

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The Francois-Xavier Lalanne hippo bar that she supposedly bought on 1st Dibs. When I went to the Lalanne retrospective at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris last summer there were rooms of hippos, made into different pieces of furniture, but no bars- and none quite as remarkable as this piece (though Jane Holzer's leather hippo seating set was quite amazing).

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Lauren Santo Domingo, with baby bump, by one of the seating areas in her living room. I wish they had included a photograph facing the opposite direction as there were these huge 1970s sectional sofas that had been in her husband's parent's New York apartment at the time, which she had found in their storage unit .

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Seeing messy piles of books in a home always makes me much happier than perfectly organized, colour-coded stacks...

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Gorgeous Blenko and Onesto glass bottles.

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Andrés' study that also includes many original rock posters and photographs from the 1960s and 70s.

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The lime green box and bottle had just the perfect pop to an otherwise quiet bathroom.

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As someone who has also co-opted an extra room to be my closet/dressing room, I was happy to see how nicely Lauren's converted guest room is. While I also had dreams of making my closet also function as an office, lack of storage has left me with no room to fit a desk.

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Doesn't everyone have a movie room with original Warhol's in it?

Photo of the Day: When You Mean It

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Gala of London advertisement. Scanned from Vogue UK, October 1970.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Eye Candy: Alain Delon, 1970

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Alain Delon. Photographed by Clive Arrowsmith for Vogue UK, September 15 1970.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Photo of the Day: Biba lingerie, 1966

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Biba lingerie. Photographed by Helmut Newton for Vogue UK, September 1966.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Photo of the Day: Dream Beach

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Photo by David Schoen from Vogue UK, May 1970.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Shirlee's Gingham Gown, 1978

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Shirlee and Henry Fonda at home, 1978. photos by Gene Trindl.

Not to whine about the weather yet again (though I think getting 17 inches of snow in the last 24 hours is worth some sympathy), but I would much rather be wearing some softly romantic gown than layer upon layer of wool. There is something incredibly appealing about the Shirlee Fonda's gingham and eyelet maxi-dress here- maybe it's the girliness of the puff sleeves and pussycat bow or maybe it is the use of my favourite summer fabric, but I just find thinking about this dress quite often. I love how it looks charming on her, yet most would say a woman of her age (46 at the time) should never wear something so youthful. The length helps to make it more age appropriate, as does the neckline. One can just see her wearing this hostess gown to welcome friends into this lovely home for an afternoon of drinks by the pool...

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Photo of the Day: Vanna Brown, Azteca Style

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Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie- Vanna Brown, Azteca Style, 1990s.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Photo of the Day: Patti Harrison, 1970

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Patti Harrison by Barry Lategan from Vogue UK, October 1970.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Fur Around Now

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"Fur Around Now" by Helmut Newton for Vogue UK, September 1966.

New York has heated up to a positively balmy 28°F, but this increased warmth has come with yet more snow. While this is making for scenes of a winter wonderland outside my office's windows, the damp cold air is incredibly resistant to the effects of the heaters so I am snuggled up, at my desk, in my mink coat. Though I love my mink more than just about anything (it was my step-grandmother's and was my grandfather's last gift to me), I wouldn't mind one of the furs in this editorial- plush and luscious, they are luxurious yet are styled with simple flat mary-janes and combat style boots. The dark eyes and 1920s style cloches are nods to the Deco-mania of the era- the term 'Art Deco' had only that year been coined with the famous retrospective, Les Années '25', of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The retrospective picked up on a just emerging mood in culture that shied away from the modern to one of nostalgia; a change that magazines also started to illustrate. While the other editorials in this issue as still plugging the modernist styles of the mini and the sleek sheath, this photo spread shows the creeping in of older styles.

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Photo of the Day: Jane Holzer, 1965

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David Bailey, Jane Holzer, 1965.

Monday, 24 January 2011

In Search of the Perfect Pink

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"In Search of the Perfect Pink" by Ellen von Unwerth for Vogue UK, March 1991.

The last couple days here in New York have been positively Arctic with temperatures reaching a low of 0°F (-17.8 C). Walking home from the subway, when the skin on my fingers froze to the cashmere lining of my gloves, all I could think about was just a little more warmth- not even hot weather, just anything above 50°F would be amazing. And with warmer weather come brighter colours- other than some of my 1980s Betsey Johnson sweater dresses my daily wardrobe has been exclusively black lately, as I pile layer after layer on. Ideally right now I would swanning around the city in one of these fab pink outfits- while pink never seems to be the colour of the season (except for the occasional story that quotes Vreeland's famous dictum about it), it is universally flattering and the pieces photographed here, that run the gamut from baby to pepto to fuchsia, show the huge variety of shades it can come in. The sugary sweet colours are the perfect foil for the sex kitten hair, smoky eyes and matte lips. 

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Photo of the Day: Sophia Loren at home, 1960s

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Sophia Loren at home, 1960s.

Truly the perfect woman.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Janice Dickinson dazzles in 1978

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Janice Dickinson by Mike Reinhardt for Vogue UK, December 1978.

Sometimes it is easy to forget how good a model Janice Dickinson was. While I no longer keep up with her current exploits, for several years it seemed that she was constantly on TV with America's Next Top Model and the show about her modeling agency. The train wreck she had become (and still is judging by the fact that she has lately been on Celebrity Rehab) detracted from what she once was, and her constant pronouncements of how she was the 'first supermodel' worked in the opposite way she wished- that comment was jeered at and seen to prove that she was delusional. In fact she had been an incredibly important model- though maybe not the first supermodel- and her face was constantly on the cover of American and European editions of Vogue. This is probably my favourite editorial of hers I've seen- often she can come across as more sweet than sultry, but here she appears as a glossy and elegant lady but with a rather fun, sassy side in some of the images.

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The Oedipus Cycle

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Enrico Arno's cover for The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone, c. 1960s.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Photo of the Day: Merle Lynn for Chen Yu, 1966

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Merle Lynn for Chen Yu cosmetics, 1966.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Photo of the Day: Olivia Hussey, 1967

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Olivia Hussey, photographed by Norman Parkinson for Vogue, August 1st 1967 .

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Photo of the Day: Debbie Dickinson and Christie Brinkley in Senegal

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Debbie Dickinson and Christie Brinkley in Senegal for Vogue, 1978. Photo by Albert Watson.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Photo of the Day: Love Kills

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Jill Freedman, Love Kills, 1979.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Liberty

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Mathilde Frachon for Marie Claire Italy, March 2010. Photographs by David Bellemere.

I'm going on a trip to Belize in a few weeks with some of my oldest friends, and as I am not one to usually frequent beaches or tropical sites (a common result of having such pale skin) I never know what to wear or how to pack. Since I have been trying to decide what I need to have cleaned (the fierce cold of New York has meant my summer clothes have been long forgotten) and what I need to buy, I have been searching through the saved images in my collection, looking for some inspiration- and I think I have found some here. This editorial was from last spring, but I could easily see myself wearing almost all of these dreamy, soft outfits now. While my friends are begging the gods that it will be sweltering and sunny the whole time we are there, I would much prefer softly overcast days that seem to blanket the beach in a mist of mauve. Lace and chiffon, as well as some forties style tea dresses will make for a perfect holiday wardrobe to the tropics of my imagination...

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