Thursday 7 July 2011

    Happily Ever After :: Anne Hathaway

     

    A simply luxurious life ~ Anne Hathaway gets caught up in a modern day fairy tale in Paris. She was photographed in iconic locations like the Crillon (she caused a major stir getting out of an antique car) and Maxim’s.

    Once upon a time, in 1996, Anne Hathaway spent her fourteenth birthday behind the footlights at the Paper Mill Playhouse in her hometown of Millburn, New Jersey, where she was appearing in a stage version of Gigi, the 1958 movie musical that starred Leslie Caron as a little girl who grows up in the most delightful way. But Hathaway wasn’t playing the title role—she was just a kid in the chorus—and throughout the famous scene at Maxim’s, where Gigi makes her entrance as a woman, she had to sit with her back to the audience, hidden behind a prop.

    Now, on a June afternoon in Paris, Hathaway finds herself front and center in the Art Nouveau dining room of the real Maxim’s for a Vogue cover shoot. Looking like a cross between Caron and Audrey Hepburn, Hathaway has spent the past two days gamely flitting about Paris wearing a series of dazzling creations and a staggering amount of diamonds. Here at Maxim’s, she stands in front of the camera in an embroidered Miu Miu top, her hair swept up into a lofty French twist. When she jokes with the crew (“It’s Holly Golightly meets Marge Simpson”), the photographer, Mario Testino, says, “Anne—less talking, more beauty.” Taking his cue, she gazes at the horizon with gentle melancholy, prompting him to say, “Just like that, just like that. Oh, darling, you’re perfect.”

    “It was true glamour,” Hathaway says later. “Not just the clothes and the jewels but that feeling that glamour can produce in you, which is like a dream.” We are on our way to the Gare du Nord to catch a train to London, where she’s about to start filming the romantic comedy One Day, directed by An Education’s Lone Scherfig. But first the actress decides to pop into Hermès, on Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré. “I’ve never seen a Kelly bag or a Birkin bag in person,” she tells me, “and at my age, it’s about time.” As she strolls through the store, wearing blue patent leather Sonia Rykiel flats, a flouncy Zara skirt, and a short-sleeved Lanvin T-shirt with a pink silk rose on the shoulder that on her somehow look all-American, shoppers and clerks look up, their soigné indifference giving way to wide grins and low murmurs of “C’est Anne ’Atta-way!” It could be a scene from a sequel to The Princess Diaries, the 2001 cinematic fairy tale that transformed Hathaway, at eighteen, from an aspiring ingenue into Hollywood royalty.

    Moments later, a salesman who, if this actually were one of the Princess movies, would be played by Hector Elizondo, oversees the arrival of a stack of boxes bearing the coveted items in various sizes, colors, and skins. First up: a small brown leather Kelly whose clean, classic lines exemplify the 1950s American glamour of its namesake. Hathaway oohs and aahs with appropriate reverence. But it’s the oversize Birkin, with its hippie-chic quality (and heart-stopping price tag), that really makes her gasp. “It’s Heaven,” she says.

    If what we wear is an expression of who we are, then Hathaway is still exploring—mixing young, bohemian looks with vintage classics. Labels she likes range from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag & Bone, and If Six Was Nine to Céline and Isabel Marant. (She is also obsessed with Freddies of Pinewood, whose retro denim she describes as “my new magic jeans, sort of Marilyn Monroe in her off hours.”) With a bag in each hand, Hathaway steps in front of a mirror, studying herself as she turns from side to side. “I think the Birkin would suit me more,” she pronounces. “As gorgeous as the Kelly is, I think it’s something that you mature into.”

    “You are young,” the salesman says.

    Photographer Mario Testino and stylist Tonne Goodman cast Anne Hathaway in the center of a fairy tale for the cover feature of the November 2010 issue of Vogue.

    {Images via rdujour, text source Vogue}

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    Sunday 3 July 2011

    Diana, Princess of Wales

     

    Princess Diana, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier

    A photograph by Patrick Demarchelier of Princess Diana, published in the July 2007 issue of Vanity Fair.

    French photographer Patrick Demarchelier was the first non-British photographer to click the British Royal Family.  In 1989 Patrick Demarchelier became, by request, Her Royal Highness Princess Diana’s official photographer. This relationship lasted until her untimely death in 1997. Patrick Demarchelier shot four beautiful covers of Diana for the British Vogue published in 1991, 1994 and 1997.

    These natural and beautiful Christmas 1994 snaps of Diana with William and Harry. The young Princes are enjoying her company and she’s showing such affection towards them capturing the delight and love she had for them.

    {Images Princess Diana by Patrick Demarchelier; Princess Diana with her sons are unknown.}

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    Saturday 2 July 2011

    forever beautiful

     

    Diana, Princess of Wales ~ remembering her elegant spirit, her grace under pressure and her kindness and desire to help others. Princess Diana would have been 50 on Friday, July 1.

    “When you are happy, you can forgive a great deal.”

    Diana Reborn | Diana, Princess of Wales by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair July 1997

    These iconic images of Princess Diana were taken by Mario Testino five months before her tragic death. The fashion photographer said about the pictures, “[Diana] said to me at the time [that] her children had said to her it was the most ‘her’ they had seen.”.  Mario Testino is also the photographer behind Prince William and Kate Middletons’ engagement pics.

    THE DRESS credited with turning a shy Diana Spencer in to a worldwide fashion phenomenon is set to go under the hammer. The black dress, by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, was worn by a 19-year-old Diana to her first official appearance after her engagement to Prince Charles – and earned her the tabloid nickname “Daring Di” for its low neckline and bare shoulders.

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    Wednesday 22 June 2011

    A birdlike, ethereal creature

     

    Daphne Guinness

    is famous for her delicate beauty,

    skunk-striped coif, eccentric haute couture ensembles,

    bespoke baubles and towering,

    one-of-a-kind Christian Louboutin platform shoes.

    lithe spirit; With her uniquely whimsical sense of style, the oh-so-slim taste- and moviemaker Daphne Guinness is a fashion designer’s dream.

    Most people close to the style icon speak of her as

    a feather-in-the-wind type,

    delicate and whimsical, as well as impossible to catch.

    Daphne Guinness by Steven Klein in “The Honourable Daphne Guinness” for Vogue Italia, September 2008

    If Daphne Guinness Could flap her Lace Head Wings

    she might Float Away…

    A delicate dove….

    “Gosh, being married, that was my ‘caged bird’ period”

    A RARE BIRD!

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    Wednesday 22 June 2011

    Black & White Guinness

     

    Daphne Guinness

    is an enigma,

    with her trademark blond-and-black hair and bold sense of style.

    Despite the grandeur of most of her ensembles,

    she subscribes to a mostly monochromatic wardrobe

    with the occasional dash of cobalt or scarlet.

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    Friday 13 May 2011

    Glamour under the Big Top…

     

    A NIGHT AT THE CIRCUS!

    Water for Elephants, starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson

    screened last night as a charity fundraiser at the Dendy. The movie is visually beautiful,

    set in 1931 with circus glamorous scenes, but the treatment of circus animals is at times heart-breaking.

    Actress, Reese Witherspoon is featured on the cover of the May issue of American Vogue

    with a circus theme inspired by the movie.

    “There’s that determination in her,” says her director, Francis Lawrence, “but there’s also a sense of vulnerability.” Sophie Theallet red silk dress with grosgrain ties.

    Reese plays the role of Marlena, the beautiful, star circus performer

    who wears dresses from Dior, Sophie Theallet, Narciso Rodriguez and Dolce & Gabban

    in this magical circus themed shoot. Makes me want to run away and join the circus!

    Reese Witherspoon, in Dolce & Gabbana embellished top and shorts.

    Witherspoon, with her Water for Elephants costar Tai. “I enjoy the thrill of doing something dangerous.” Dior sequined, embroidered tulle dress. Lorraine Schwartz pavé-diamond earrings.

    PLAY TIME “I don’t wake up to make movies,” she says. “I wake up to have a wonderful family and to cultivate the best life for all of us.” Narciso Rodriguez silk charmeuse dress. Fred Leighton bracelets.

    There’s something endearingly about a love story involving a beautiful bareback show rider on a white horse and a kid who runs off to join the circus. The drama is centred around the circus owner, August, who is married to the beautiful bareback rider, Marlena and keeps her and everyone else in his iron grip, often displaying outbursts of violent anger. He is a brutal man who abuses the animals.

    The story, based on the best-seller by Sara Gruen, is told as a flashback by an old man named Jacob, who lost his parents in 1931, and consequently dropped out of Cornell University’s veterinary school. He hit the road and jumps onto a passing train, a circus train as fate would have it. He enters a world of freaks, swindlers and misfits in a second-rate circus struggling to survive. August is prepared to throw him off the train until he learns that Jacob is a veterinarian. When the white show horse is heartbreakingly put down, August buys Marlena an elephant, Rosie who becomes the star attraction and saves the The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth from financial ruin.

    Below the charismatic but dangerous circus boss August (Christoph Waltz, left) hosts an intimate gathering attended by his wife Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) and newcomer Jacob (Robert Pattinson).

    Sara Gruen has said that the backbone of her story parallels the biblical story of Jacob in the Book of Genesis. The book contains multiple references to Ringling Brothers as the premier circus of the time. Also, photos of actual circuses and circus performers of the time are included throughout the book.

    The title is drawn from a scene at the beginning of the novel, where Jacob mocks another resident at the nursing home who claims to have worked in the circus and carried water for the elephants.

    Sara Gruen is a Canadian-born dual citizen (Canadian and American) author. Her books deal greatly with animals and she is a supporter of numerous charitable organizations that support animals and wildlife. Gruen moved to the United States in 1999 in order to take a technical writing job. When she was laid off two years later, she decided to try writing fiction. Gruen is an animal lover; both her first novel, Riding Lessons, and her second novel, Flying Changes, involve horses. Gruen’s third book, the 1930s circus drama Water for Elephants, was initially turned down by her publisher at the time, Avon Books, forcing Gruen to find another publisher. It went on to become a New York Times bestseller and is now available in 44 languages.

    {Images 1-4. photographed by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue May;  5-9. movie stills by David James}

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    Friday 6 May 2011

    Daphne Guinness :: she’s an icon

     

    So much bling! I just can’t resist posting this pic ~ it is one of my favourite Daphne images! It captures her unique style and beauty.

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    Friday 6 May 2011

    Daphne Guinness dressing for McQueen

     

    Style icon, and performance artist Daphne Guinness blurred the line between fashion, art, and pre-party primping when she dressed for the Costume Institute Gala Benefit in Barneys’ Manhattan flagship window, emerging in a pale-gray duck and ostrich feathery McQueen gown.

    Donning an Alexander McQueen creation in a live art performance, her intention was to

    ‘both honor his memory and bring his unparalleled artistic vision to life once again.’

    “I went for a meeting with Dennis Freedman, the creative director of Barneys, and to my considerable astonishment found myself agreeing to his exciting but giddying proposition to hand over the windows of Barneys for a six-week run starting May 2 to showcase pieces from my own collection that have special resonance for me,” she told US Vogue. “What was I thinking? As the crowning moment of the installation, I will be getting dressed and readied for the Costume Institute Gala in the windows — me as performance art! I am hoping that my costume (McQueen, of course), will fit.”

    Donning a design by Alexander McQueen, she will both honor his memory and bring his unparalleled artistic vision to life once again.

    Rather than get ‘frocked-up’ in the comfort of her own boudoir for the coveted event,

    Ms Guinness chose to get ready in front of the crowds who gathered in front of the iconic Barneys window,

    where they watched her ‘dressing’ performance silhouetted in a sheer pane,

    captured here by the New York Post, and the exit here.

    Starting with a revealing gold bodysuit, Guinness eerily slithered across the window display with her face and head wrapped in sheer scarves before slinking into a cubicle of frosted glass. ‘To be covered expresses part of her grief,’ said Dennis Freedman, Barneys’ creative director.

    And true to her word, the dramatic spectacle culminated with the gown which Guinness wore to the Met Ball that evening – a lilac feathered creation with exaggerated hips designed by Sarah Burton and first paraded onAlexander McQueen’s S/S ‘11 catwalk last October. As for the finishing touch, the scarves were unravelled to reveal that signature lightning bolt of silver in her jet black hair, before she was whisked off to the festitivies in an open top car.

    DAPHNE GUINNESS INVITES YOU TO EXPERIENCE FASHION AS ART

    If you are lucky enough to be in New York, you may catch a glimpse of Daphne during the six-week installation as she will return to the Barneys flagship windows several times. Each appearance will be streamed live on  thewindow.barneys.com.

    {Images 1. Daphne Guinness: The Real Daphne Guinness – Bazaar March 2011 by David Bailey;  2-7 via Grazia Dailydaphne guinness}

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    Monday 18 April 2011

    Chanel Superwoman

     

    A contemporary Gabrielle, clad in a skin-tight camel catsuit, rides a motorcycle like a bad boy,

    wasting no time zipping from Place Vendôme to Place de la Concorde

    on her Ducati from the 70s and breaking hearts along her way.

    Keira Knightley stars as the Chanel Superwoman,

    a modern day Coco Chanel whose mystery, daring and rebelliousness are at the heart of her charm,

    in the new mini-movie’ advert for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle fragrance.

    She is a daredevil model attending a photoshoot that turns into a teasing romance.

    She wakes up in nothing but Coco Mademoiselle perfume,

    before zipping-up her beige catsuit and

    heading off on a vintage motorcycle for some racy driving around the streets of Paris.

    Arriving at a studio, with a replica of the legendary mirrored staircase at Coco Chanel’s Rue Cambon apartment, she is greeted by a very handsome photographer, Alberto Ammann. The pair get down to the business of capturing Keira’s ravishing natural beauty, she’s unzipping her catsuit and with one devastatingly sexy look, teling him it’s now a ‘closed set’…..

    For the ending of smouldering Keira Knightley motorbike escapade to obtain the Coco Mademoiselle fragrance…

    Chanel’s newest short-film/commercial for their perfume Coco Mademoiselle was directed by Joe Wright {Pride & Prejudice and Atonement}, captured by Mario Testino, production / set design, Sarah Greenwood and accompanied by Joss Stone’s version of ‘It’s a man’s world’.

    Behind the scenes with Keira Knightley as Coco Mademoiselle

    “For me, Gabrielle Chanel is an icon and there was an incredible power emanating from all the photos of her,” states Knightley. “When I began to delve into her history more closely, I was obviously fascinated by her immense talent as a designer, but more than that, by her singular background.”

    Director Joe Wright discusses what influenced him as he made this beautiful commercial about the Chanel fragrance. Keira Knightley talks about being the star of the latest Chanel advertising film and the face of Coco Mademoiselle.

    In April 2006, Knightley joined the legendary league of women who have represented CHANEL in global advertising campaigns. Her elegance, beauty and modernity are some of her qualities that parallel the iconic faces featured in the CHANEL fragrance campaigns, including Nicole Kidman, Ali McGraw, Catherine Deneuve and Audrey Tautou for N°5, Vanessa Paradis for Coco and Anna Mouglalis for Allure Sensuelle.

    {Source la chanelphile}

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    Sunday 17 April 2011

    circus girl

     

    Circus girl | Hannah Holman by Max Doyle for Vogue Australia May 2011

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