Hanae Mori ad. Scanned from Vogue UK, November 1972.
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Carlotta, Kings Cross by Rennie Ellis, 1970-71.
Carlotta was a well-known drag queen in Sydney's Kings Cross neighbourhood in the 1970s, who was vividly captured in a photographic series of Rennie Ellis.' I've been meaning to do a long post of his work and I still plan to, but it will have to wait at least a week or two more...
Monday, 28 March 2011
Ringo Starr's home, by Tim Street-Porter. Vogue UK, November 1972.
Ringo Starr's new music room. Circular white Formica table has storag edge and equipment- Garrard turntable with Quad amplifiers and tuner, Nivico 8 track tape, professional Stellavox tape. Cushy black leather sofa. Penguins looking on. The table, designed by the ROR partnership of Robin Cruickshank and Ringo Starr, from Harvey Nichols.
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
Elizabeth Taylor, by Norman Parkinson. Vogue UK, June 1971.
Much has been said the past few days of Elizabeth Taylor, as the ultimate movie star, a true beauty and as a style icon; but almost all of the eulogies to her incandescent style have skipped over my personal favourite era of hers, the late 1960s and 70s. She was still young enough to slip into slinky dresses and slim trouser suits, but her love of a glittering caftan was already in full force. I keep a list of movies who's costumes I plan to write posts on, which contains several of her most glamorous films- this weekend should provide me the time to get at least two of those completed for next week.
RIP Elizabeth Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011)
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Victoria Tennant, by Patrick Lichfield. From Vogue UK, January 1972.
Victoria Tennant pretty much has my dream hair in this image- gorgeous flowing blonde hair, like the ultimate Charlie-x-Chloe girl.
I'm attempting to put a little more structure onto this blog- the photo of the day will still be there every morning, but each weekday afternoon will have a specific theme, such as interiors on Monday and beauty on Wednesday. Do you like that? Is there anything you would like to see more of on here? Hopefully Tuesday and Thursday can be dedicated to longer blog posts (such as this and this)- is there anything you would like me to write on specifically?
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Monday, 21 March 2011
One of the astonishing aspects of the movement of underground interiors is that so many of them have been created in the architecture of past centuries— in ancient townhouses or old apartment buildings. This inventive environment is in a peasant-style stucco farmhouse outside of Turin. Its owner, architect Giancarlo Nocentini, retained a good part of the old complex of buildings (part of which dates back over 200 years) but he has drastically spruced up the interior spaces. The entry, above, leads down several steps into the spacious living room beneath the arch. Supermodern furnishings and accents of red paint frame the windows and ceiling line in the living room, below. Even the glass bookshelves rest on arms painted red. The color scheme of blue, black and white was inspired by the Tuscan landscape outside. Nocentini custom-designed the low, floating black table that sits in the centre of the room. The effect of the renovated spaces is fresh and contemporary, as though built only yesterday while anticipating tomorrow.
Text by Norma Skurka with photographs by Oberto Gil for Underground Interiors, 1972.
I would say that at least twenty percent of the houses that draw my eyes when I am flicking through a magazine or book end up being located outside of Turin. Since I've never been there I'm unsure to the reasons for this— why were there so many fine houses built there that perfectly married tradition and modernity? Was it because of the high level of industry in Turin? But then you would expect Milan to be surrounded by gorgeous homes, which you never ever see or hear of.
The text above is obviously incorrect about the location of Turin, which is the capital of Piedmont, quite far away from Tuscany. I decided to copy it as printed to capture the language of the day, with all its enthusiasms and inaccuracies.
Hiroko in Hanae Mori Couture, photographed by Lord Snowdon for Vogue UK, June 1972.
My sadness over the continued events in Japan is hard to express- donating money and attending benefits just doesn't seem like enough. My heart goes out to everyone there, and to all the Japanese who live elsewhere who are so far separated from their love ones at a time like this.
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Friday, 18 March 2011
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Photo by Deborah Turbeville, from Wallflower.
The photos from this series are like precursors to Alexander McQueen's Spring/Summer 2001 show, VOSS, though here the model almost appears to have been the victim of a medical experiment gone array, while McQueen's mannequins have a fierceness and strength that points more to insanity .
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
All clothes by Jap. Photo by Duc from Vogue UK, April 15, 1971.
This post was scheduled prior to the events of the other day, but in light of the horrible earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear issues that have decimating much of Japan, it seems right to honor some beauty that has come from there- here are some pieces by the Japanese designer, Kenzo Takada, from his first store in Paris, Jungle Jap, which he opened in 1970. This store later evolved into the brand Kenzo, which we still know today.
Monday, 14 March 2011
Stephen Sprouse sequin dress. Photographed by Alex Chatelain for Vogue UK, June 1984.
I don't think I will ever be able to see white stilettos without thinking of Birds of a Feather...
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Friday, 11 March 2011
Thursday, 10 March 2011
The dress, ivory cotton brocade with deep square neck, wide puffed sleeves, Thea Porter. The jewels, filigree scrollwork of tiny seed pearls, in immense ear ornaments, at Cameo Corner. Delicate necklace with flower pendant, Blooms.
"Summer," said Elizabeth Bowen, "is the height and fullness of living."
The dress, electric summer night chiffon blouse, pleated through, freed into frills at neck, with chiffon shorts, printed skirt. By Nettie Vogues. The jewels, cluster of smooth turquoise and diamonds in hair, at Asprey. Flowers of turquoise, sapphire and diamonds at shoulder, a bracelet, at Garrards.
The jewels, amethyst and turquoise paved pin and rings, Cartier.
The dress, pistachio silk chiffon with thirties figures and flower embroidered here and there, Jorn Langberg at Christian Dior London. Turquoise satin shoes with tiered wedges, Kurt Geiger. The jewels, turquoise and pearl strand, and pearl, diamond and turquoise star flower, by John Donald for Tecla.
The dress, five frills of faint chiffon, each an evening flower colour. Pale turquoise cape taking off to show a chemise bodice of lilac chiffon, Belville Sassoon; Batik print by Jane Blake. The jewels, blue opals set in a necklet of stranded gold and opal rings, Andrew Grima.
The dress, white silk chiffon printed with Persian horsemen, soft blues, yellows and reds, in a blouse with peplum and tiered gathered sleeves, skirt of three soft tiers, edged with narrow turquoise satin ribbon, Thea Porter. The jewels, ropes and tassels of pearls put together with carved and precious beads, worn five at a time, Collingwood. Amethyst ring, Andrew Grima.
Editorial by Barry Lategan for Vogue UK, June 1971.