Friday, 30 September 2011

Eye Candy: What would your mother say?

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Viva ad scanned from Viva, February 1975.

Off to Paris....

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YSL designs photographed by Duc for Vogue UK, August 1971.

Is anything more Parisian than YSL? Maybe the Eiffel Tower. I am off to Paris this afternoon for my first Paris Fashion Week experience. Packing is quite a nightmare, and I think could only be made easier if I had the outfits above...

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Celia Birtwell

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Celia Birtwell at Cecil Beaton's home, Reddish House, in 1971. This photo was taken by him and Celia is wearing an Ossie Clark dress made from her Black-eyed Susan print.

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"Celia in Peel Park in her Burberry raincoat," age 15.

Being a very lucky girl, I was sent a copy of the new book on Celia Birtwell, published by Quadrille, to look over. As a long-time fan of her textile prints, it was truly a treat to spend time with this beautiful book. Written by Dominic Lutyens (one of the authors of the truly fantastic 70s Style and Design) in conjunction with Celia, the book is a revealing look into her life. While there was not much information that I was not aware of previously (considering I am a bit of an Ossie Clark obsessive), there are lots of new and intriguing quotes from Celia and friends such as David Hockney.

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"Amanda Lear modelling a silk-satin Chinoiserie-inspired print by Celia on an Ossie trouser suit worn with a matching scarf."

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Celia and Blanche in her workroom at Linden Gardens.

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"Ossie and Celia on holiday in Spain in the late 60s - in Granada (top and bottom) and Malaga (centre). The palm trees she saw there inspired Celia's late 60s print, Petit Palms, shown here in the background."

The book is beautifully designed- overlaying personal snapshots on to full-bleed images of her textiles, and there are often multiple representations of one design (original sketch, fabric and photo of completed garment) which helps to greatly improve ones understanding of her process and the design itself. Most exciting for me, though, are the photos, many never before published, of Celia, Ossie and other well-known friends just hanging out. They are incredibly vibrant and full of life- Celia's innate stylishness, along with her beauty, is enthralling.

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Celia photographed by David Hockney in San Francisco, 1973.

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"Celia's late 60s sketches including her Cubist-inspired, geometric Plastic Buildings..."

I don't have access to a working scanner at the moment, so please forgive the photos taken on my phone- but I hope that these images help to wet your appetite for this lovely book.

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Celia in a Mystic Daisy print Ossie Clark dress at her wedding to Ossie at Kensington Registry Office in 1969. The only guests were his sister, Kay (also in an Ossie & Celia dress), and David Hockney.

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Celia and David in Paris, 1970. Photographed by Hockney's then-boyfriend, Peter Schlesinger.

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"Celia at Glyndebourne, 1970, photographed by Schlesinger."

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"Celia's lovely photographs of model Gala Mitchell in 1969 in a dress combining her prints Golden Slumbers and Michelmas Daisy. Gala was posing in the Kingston garden of Sheila Oldham, former wife of Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones' manager."

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"Celia at Paris restaurant La Closerie des Lilas circa 1972. She and Hockney loved eating out together in Paris."

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"Celia in her interiors shop (a former marble-cutters') at 71 Westbourne Park Road, London in 1984 before it was redecorated. It opened that year."

All images taken by Laura McLaws Helms of photographs and sketches in the book, Celia Birtwell (2011).

Liquid Magic

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Editorial by Hiro from Harper's Bazaar, November 1970.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Beauty Babe: Hard as Nails

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Sally Hansen ad scanned from Vogue UK, June 1984.

Gescheidt's World

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Gescheidt's World, by Alfred Gescheidt, from Oui, February 1974.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The Luxe Look

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A Stormy Ensemble. Black cotton chintz whirls its way over black boots shining like wet streets... as slick black gloves and sleek black leather bag gleam in the night. Bamboo and wood jewelry add natural warmth to great look. Hooded, snap-close coat; dirndl skirt; shirt. All by Jay Jaxon. Bamboo earrings; wooden bead neklaces; bamboo necklace; bamboo bracelet. All by Paul deCroom. Leather handbag by Susan Gail. Leather gloves by Aris. Umbrella by Uncle Sam.

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The Jeans Look. Here, butterscotch leather oversees a creamy turtle; bracelets snake the wrist. Bag, belt, and boots state variations of rich, dark leather. Butterscotch split-cowhide overshirt by Bagatelle. Big-rib cream turtleneck by D.D. Dominick. Straight-leg jeans by Wrangler. Butterscotch leather hat by John Jay for D.N. Snake bracelets by Feathered Monkeys. Bag by Imports, Ltd. Watch by Dynasty. Leather boots from the Couture Collection at Chelsea Cobbler.

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A Dash of Haberdashery. The neutral look of white separates flashing an air of casual sophistication with bits of dense maroon here and there. Pullover sweater; white flannel midi-skirt; boots; bag; belt. all from the Couture Collection by Susan Bennis and Warren Edwards at Chelsea Cobbler. Necklace; earrings. Both by Paul deCroom. Silk scarf by Cisco. Gloves by Aris. Hat by Robert Currie to order for Henri Bendal.

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The Triumph of Couture Dressing. Pauline Trigere lines up the main pieces. We add the necessary accouterments to keep the mood subtle and serene but never boring. Bamboo, wood, and gold jewelry add a sensuous touch, as do the snakeskin shoes and snakeskin-and-calf bag. Straw-colored wool cape; matching skirt, vest and silk-blend blouse. All by Pauline Trigere. Bamboo and gold earrings, to order; wood and ivory bracelet. Both by Paul deCroom. Black calf-skin and snakeskin bag by Bagatelle. Black-feathered silk-lined leather gloves by Aris. Black snakeskin open-toe shoes from the Couture Collection at Chelsea Cobbler. Ultra-Sheer pantyhose by Hanes.


Editorial by Alberto Rizzo from Viva, February 1975.

Monday, 26 September 2011

At Home: Rodolphe Menudier, 1997

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Photos from Frank, likely Fall 1997.

Torn out from the ill-fated Frank, a British woman's magazine that was too fiercely intelligent to last more than two years (1997-1999), these photographs of the shoe designer Rodolphe Menudier's Hausmannian Paris apartment have long been a favourite of mine. In contrast to the poppy brightness of the white entertaining rooms, punctuated by brilliant orange, the bedroom is a rich dark red. While I do not appear to have saved the page that lists the photographer, Frank was highly innovative in choosing to publish photographs that showed a beautiful apartment in the disarray common to most- vacuum cleaner in the middle of the floor, clothes heaped up in piles, the contents of a purse spilled out on the bed. There is even a small picture of a messy fridge of champagne, yogurt and parsley. Seen in the photos above is his gorgeous girlfriend, Agnès Liely, then a window dresser for Chanel.

Lisbon to London...

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Jaeger ad from Vogue UK, October 15, 1971.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

I bought it to clash with the wallpaper

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Murphy television ad. Scanned from Nova, February 1969.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Eye Candy: Oo La La!

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Sasson jeans ad from Playboy, December 1979.

Donna Times Two

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Donna Mitchell by David Bailey. Scanned from Model Girl.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

The Kept Woman

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Illustration by Mel Odom from VIVA, August 1976.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Beauty Babe: Amber and Bronze

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Ingrid Boulting by Barry Lategan For Vogue UK, January 1973.

I'm currently so fascinated by bakelite and celluloid bangles- while my style usually veers more to the metal and glittering, I can't help but find that an arm decked similarly to the photos above can be the defining accessory to a chic outfit.

Forest Sprite

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Photos by Hajime Sawatari. Scanned from Nadia: Mori no Ningyokan (1973).

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