Monday 23 April 2012

    Great love stories {elizabeth taylor & richard burton}


    Great love story inspiration, after a beautiful weekend with D’lovely!

    “I fell in love with her at once. She was like a mirage of beauty of the ages, irresistible, like a pull of gravity.              She has everything I want in a woman.”  Richard Burton

    His adoration and knowledge of beautiful poetry is evident in the exquisite letters:

    My blind eyes are desperately waiting for the sight of you.                                                                                                            You don’t realise of course, E.B., how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been,                                                               and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness.

    Passion: /ˈpaʃ(ə)n/ strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardour

    A fiercely intense passion, an infatuated excitement, a concentrated and powerful love. — there is no other way to describe the thrilling and dynamic romance between the breathtakingly beautiful Elizabeth Taylor and the hopelessly handsome Richard Burton — a great love story filled so completely with profound passion and love for one another…

    {Images & source: this is glamorous}

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    Monday 20 February 2012

    I love MONA


    MONA – Museum of Old and New Art  :: on the banks of Hobart’s Derwent River in Tasmania, Australia.

    MONA is extraordinary ~ a place that once experienced can be addictive!

    David Walsh built it for everyone to enjoy and share his passion for Art.

    Built by art-lover and self-made-gambling-savant David Walsh,

    this privately funded museum presents antiquities, modern and contemporary art.


    {Image via Australian Design Review}

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    Friday 29 July 2011

    AdR ~ Anna Dello Russo


    Who is Anna Dello Russo? She is a self-described “passionate fashionista” and Vogue Nippon editor with a very trendy blog… With her outrageous dress sense, Anna Dello Russo – influential blogger, editor, street-style icon – is putting the fun back into dressing up!

    “I have two apartments: one for clothes” Anna Dello Russo.

    “I collect also books, photos, shoes…. Kitchen dismantled to make the walk-in closet “

    She has her own hugely popular blog AdR where she chronicles her unique daily looks.

    AdR features images wrapped in quirky yellow sunflower / banana frames in which she places her super-brilliant head on catwalk looks she likes or coveted couture.

    Anna Dello Russo is a significant but definitely behind-the-scenes player in the game of international fashion for almost two decades, she began gaining a public profile in 2006, via the medium of the’s Scott Schulman. Schulman made a regular feature of Dello Russo and her extravagant style. Dello Russo (catchphrase: “I don’t want to be cool. I want to be fashion”) makes a point of faithfully recreating designer looks precisely as they are shown on the international fashion-week catwalks. She likes gold brocade-trimmed military coats with absurdly flouncy skirts and matching gold wedges; feathery Jason Wu cocktail dresses, pink cat’s-eye sunglasses and glittering explosions of Balenciaga ballgowns. As daywear. 

    Once described by Helmut Newton as a “fashion maniac”, Anna Dello Russo is currently the Editor At Large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan. After spending 18 years at Condé Nast Italia – starting as a fashion editor at Vogue Italia - Dello Russo went on to become editor ofL’Uomo Vogue from 2000-2006 before assuming her current role for Vogue Japan. She has a bachelor’s degree in Italian Literature and Art History and attended the Domus Academy in Milan. Anna was born in Bari in Southern Italy, and now lives in Milan with her dog Cucciolina.

    Anna Dello Russo Style

    Based in Milan, Dello Russo has two apartments – one for herself and another for her clothes. “I collect a clothes,” she told Glamour. “I’m like a buyer… at the start of every season, I have a wish-list. Who cares if I don’t get a chance to wear it all? I just love owning it.”

    “My mother used to say I looked like a Christmas tree; I would wear everything at the same time. I still do. I’m a maximalist.” And when UK Glamour asked her what she wears to the supermarket, she responded, “Supermarket? I don’t go to the supermarket! I’d rather buy clothes. Clothes are my religion.”

    During fashion show season, Vogue Japan‘s editor-at-large often attracts as much – and sometimes more – attention than the clothes on the catwalks. She’s a favourite on street style blogs like The Sartorialist and Garance Doré and has legions of fashion fans across the globe.

    Anna Dello Russo on how to be… How do you define good style?

    Don’t be literal! Add a twist to your look. Personally, I like to make an impact in the room, but you have to decide whether to wear a dress that gets people talking or a dress that just looks good on you.

    Some travel tid bits from Anna Dello Russo’s blog

    Anna does NOT travel with a cute family of monogrammed Louis Vuitton trunks but is rather an advocate for light packing. 

    ‘The suitcase must be LIGHT as a feather! It’s forbidden to pay OVERWEIGHT!‘ 

    How does she do that? The owner of  more than 4,000 pairs of shoes claims to only pack one pair,

    ‘Is allowed to bring only ONE high heels: Choose it well!’ 

    Anna may only take one, uno pair of high heels in her light as a feather bag but when it comes to reading it seems paying for overweight is not only allowed but required. Anna says,

    ‘Take an extra luggage just for the BOOKS on paper.’ 

    And finally,  while I dream of travelling with LV luggage, I concur with Grazia Daily,

    And then Anna starts saying something about ‘flirting with the mood of the country’ but to be honest, we just could not muster the courage to keep reading. What next? Leave the giant gold cherries behind? And what exactly would we be seen wearing while sipping cocktails by the pool, Anna? *shakes head in disbelief, cancels holiday* 

    To celebrate their 10 year anniversary, the clothing website

    printed 10 different shirts for sale, each with one of Dello Russo’s top ten outfits.

    The shirts went on to sell out within the first day they were made available.

    Anna loves to define herself as POP, as in “popular”, famous and accessible to anyone who loves fashion as much as she does. Her dazzling looks and her style choices have been immortalized by photographers from around the world, and from there her following of fans have invaded their blogs with pro-Anna Style messages.  And it’s thanks to one of her fans that the idea came to be: a kit of T-shirts printed with the best looks worn by Anna on the occasion of runway shows, parties and social events that Anna has decided to “gift” to for its 10th Anniversary.

    @ Paris Vogue’s 90th anniversary masquerade party, Hôtel Pozzo Di Borgo.

    Well I think that’s enough Anna for one post!

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    Sunday 24 July 2011

    RIP songstress Amy Winehouse


    Her contralto voice and beehive hairdo made her a sultry 21st-century British neo-jazz diva

    and she had no fear of displaying the seamier side of her life.

    She has joined the 27 Club, the name given to a group of musicians who have died at the young age of 27,

    and includes Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain.

    Amy Winehouse, she of the sailor tattoos

    ~ her distinctive style made her a muse for fashion designers.

    Karl Lagerfeld once called her his muse, Roberto Cavalli went crazy for her, and Louis Vuitton reported paid her $1m for a single appearance at a show during 2008 Paris Fashion Week. Jonathan Kelsey designed his ‘Amy’ shoe, and PPQ teamed up with her on a capsule collection.

    The new Brigitte Bardot :: Karl Lagerfeld paid direct homage to her at the 2007 London Chanel show. Models strutted down the runway wearing impressively vertiginous up-dos and heavily kohl-rimmed eyes. When asked about his muse, the designer announced that Winehouse is ”the new Brigitte Bardot”: gap-toothed, boundary breaking and most importantly beehived. The Sun newspaper 

    She is a beautiful, gifted artist.

    And I very much like her hairdo. I took it as an inspiration.

    Because, in fact, it was also Brigitte Bardot’s hairdo in the late Fifties and Sixties.

    And now Amy has made it her own style.

    Karl Lagerfeld

    The Beehive which Amy apparently patented and spread to the masses gets a perfect pouf in these new ads for the house that Coco built. The other inspiration is purely Tudors, as if King Henry numbero ocho came up from hell to whisper sweet nothings into Karly’s ear.

    Tears Dry On Their Own

    Amy Jade Winehouse (born 14 September 1983 in London) is an English singer-songwriter, known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including soul, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues.

    Her musical formation went through listening to such jazz divas as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan; she was later influenced by contemporary metropolitan popular music as well. She represents a union of these aesthetics and of her writing (she composes her music herself): a happy compromise and fusion of ’40s jazz, ’60s soul and hard texts inspired by daily life.

    Winehouse’s 2003 debut album Frank was a commercial and critical success. Her 2006 follow-up album Back To Black led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the record for one of the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first singer from the United Kingdom to win five Grammys. She has won the Ivor Novello Award three times, one in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for “Stronger Than Me”, one in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for “Rehab”, and one in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Love Is A Losing Game”. {Wikipedia}

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    Sunday 24 July 2011

    The New Antiquarians :: Hollister Hovey


    Hollister and Porter Hovey have been on my radar for ages, and it has been very remiss of me to not share them with you sooner!

    They are bloggers and collectors who share my love of a decadent antiquarian aesthetic of taxidermy, anatomical charts, entomology, fencing masks, natural history prints, pith helmets, and apothecary jars ~ objects that are

    Accoutrements of the turn-of-the-19th-century leisure class”… “the tiny domed vignettes the Victorians were so fond of (artful arrangements of taxidermied squirrels, for example, in twiggy settings)”…and “Taxidermy, osteological antiques like monkey skeletons and other Victoriana” 

    The Hoveys  are sisters from Kansas City.

    They are not big-game hunters from the 1930′s. They are not taxidermists.

    Hollister works in PR and Porter for a management consulting firm.

     Featured in the New York Times and Elle Decoration UK, Hollister Hovey’s eponymous and very cool blog captures the trend that has been termed ‘New  Vintage’ living.

    This is not the type of decorating style that you can just go out and buy. It is a style of passion.  A lifestyle of visual collage. “It’s a stitched-together, bricolage world, an alternative world,” writes Valerie Steele, the director of the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Collecting old things is a way of collecting the aura of a passed world or perhaps of collecting the passing of time itself.

    But these are not just any sort of objects.  These are intensely fascinating things. Faded patinas, gilding, whimsical details, furs and feathers, brass knobs, skeletons, aged maps. Each is inherently, potently unique, which – on its own – marks these things off from the endless stream of sameness characterising modern wares.  Each object composing the eerie Victoriana aesthetic of Ryan Matthew’s apartment is irreplaceable and irreplaceably strange, particularly his mummified hunting dog.

    This is more than a “New Vintage.” This is a statement of idiosyncratic individuality. Just as no two pieces of taxidermy will ever be the same (there are no copies in nature), no two apothecary bottles or Victorian pith helmets or vintage mirror will ever be equally the same.  These lifelong collections express a love of texture and detail and the pleasures of beautifully, outlandishly, and outmodedly uniquely vibrant things.

    New York Times

     Hollister muses about her life and her love for Ernest Hemingway, fashion, taxidermy, and traveling on the blog. The Novey sisters abode featured here showcases this antique spirit which is stuffed full of beautiful vintage finds.

    Stepping into the loft is like walking into an exquisitely crafted exhibit of curiosities collected over a lifetime, from someone who has lived a fascinating life. Ms. Hovey has a wonderfully seasoned style that is a unique mix of colonial-end-of-the-empire textures and colors (zebra rug, hunting trophies), apothecary curiosities, ornate & eclectic vintage mixed harmoniously with simple, substantial modern pieces. And a bit of the gothic in there, but maybe that is in the eye of the beholder. Oh I just had a great time looking…finding little vignettes everywhere. Decor adore! Rose Callahan

    Hollister Hovey is a really cool blog. It chronicles the discoveries of Hollister including ‘The Best New York Stores Selling Old-Looking Style’ and  her tumblr site showcases her Objects Of Affection (A Graphic List Of Acquisitions And Desires).

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    Thursday 14 July 2011

    sophia loren


    It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe.

    Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.

    ~ Sophia Loren

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    Wednesday 13 July 2011

    daphne guinness :: undressed on film


    More Daphne ~ Fashionista extraordinaire, Daphne Guinness has been beautifully and insightfully captured in these films ~ enjoy discovering more about this icon ~ an artist who paints with her wardrobe.

    Daphne Guinness Is Painfully Shy, Uses Fashion As “Armor”

    In a new short film by Brennan Stasiewicz on NOWNESS, the heiress reveals that she’s always been extremely shy, and essentially uses fashion to both express and protect herself.

    “As I got older and went out into the world I realized it isn’t a very friendly place to be, and I thought, 

    We need armor…

    When you see a suit of armor and then a portrait of the person who wore it,

    you’ll see that the person was sort of tiny and a little feeble,

    so they put on this great big suit of armor to look a little more frightening.

    Documentary filmmaker Brennan Stasiewicz infiltrates the cosseted world of Daphne Guinness in Daphne’s Window. Featuring intimate footage of the icon at her Fifth Avenue apartment, the short follows the eccentric fashion patron and socialite as she prepares for her recent installation in the windows of Barneys New York. The storefront showcased her collection of pieces by designer Lee Alexander McQueen and a selection from the archive of fashion editor Isabella Blow, which Guinness purchased in its entirety last year. The display culminated in a performance art piece in which Guinness dressed for the Met ball in one of the flagship’s windows, modeling a lilac feathered gown designed by McQueen’s Sarah Burton. “She appears to me as someone always in a window,” says Stasiewicz. “Someone you can approach and see, but you remain on the other side.” This year brings a multitude of projects for the heiress: her sculptural armored glove collaboration with jeweler Shaun Leane (pictured in today’s film) will be exhibited by Jay Jopling in a private viewing in London later this month; and in September a retrospective at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology will pay homage to her style. “Daphne is someone to take pleasure in, and in many ways, someone who incites moments of wonder,” says Stasiewicz.  Nowness

    Daphne Guinness in Vogue Italia interviewed by Grazia D’Annunzio. 

    Directed by Francesco Carrozzini and edited by Massimo Finotti.

    Fashion and art-loving Daphne Guinness is surely one of the most eccentric and intriguing figures of our time. Petite and curious, she considers haute couture an essential part of Western culture. She loves being surrounded by artists to absorb their genius and inspire their creativity. Vogue

    In Fashion, Daphne Guinness ~ Fashion Director Alex Fury speaks with Guinness on aspects of a life rich in the appreciation of art, beauty and luxury.  This insightful interview one of fashion’s most experimental, philanthropic and inimitable characters shares her views and experiences of working and playing with some of the most significant figures in fashion and wearing some of the world’s most beautiful clothes. To see this intimate portrait of one of British fashion’s most unique forces go to SHOWstudio.


    Daphne Guinness, Fashion’s Wild Child :: What Daphne Guinness is not, she insists, is eccentric. “I truly hate the word,” she said recently, a complaint uttered first in a telephone call from London and repeated from 35,000 feet above the Atlantic as she flew to the South of France for Christmas (as a stipulation of the Guinness-Niarchos divorce settlement, her children spend the holidays with their father’s family). “I’m actually very grounded,” she added. “Also, eccentrics are almost asexual, and that is not something you can say of me, by any means.” 

    For Ms. Guinness, her wardrobe antics and often outlandish appearances in public “are kind of an ever-evolving art project,” she explained. “When I was a child,” being raised largely among the haute bohemians of the wealthy expatriate colony of Cadaqués, Spain, Ms. Guinness said: “I was overly serious and thoughtful, a real tomboy, always dressing up as a knight or a pirate or a red Indian. If there is anything you can say about me, it’s that I have not lost the imagination I had when I was 5 years old.” GUY TREBAY

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    Sunday 10 July 2011

    Daphne Guinness + her diamond glove armour


    Contra Mundum ~ Latin for “Against the World” is a 5 year bespoke ‘glove’ project. A magnificent diamond glove by the creative spirit of a fashion icon and jewellery designer.

    Over five years, Daphne Guinness in collaboration with Shaun Leane, created a white gold and platinum glove, studded with over 5,000 pavé white diamonds, set in the shape of a bird formation, and weighing over a thousand grams in 18ct white gold.

    The Glove :: A diamond set armour-inspired piece

    Striking diamond birds cascade around the arm, as though caught in mid-flight.

    The hand is protected with a bold metal cuff, hand-forged and beautifully engraved.

    Made in two parts, the cuff can be worn alone as a hand glove, or extended into an evening glove. Every detail in the piece, including the chainmail, has been carefully constructed by hand to ensure a perfect fit to Daphne’s arm. The glove was molded from Guinness’ own hand, and is a stylized armour made of precious metals, studded with gems.Delicate chainmail forms the foundation of this highly fantastical gauntlet; each ring looped in one by one to create an exact formation tailored to the individual. Striking diamond birds cascade around the arm, as though caught in mid-flight. Skilfully supporting the framework is a shimmering diamond branch that elegantly wraps around the upper arm. The hand is protected with a bold metal cuff, hand-forged and beautifully engraved. Birds are layered on the surface of the cuff amongst the sculpted branches. Carved in gold and set with diamonds, they soar among the delicate engraving as though liberated by the blowing wind. Made in two parts, the cuff can be worn alone as a hand glove, or extended into an evening glove. {Fashion Telegraph}

    Five people worked on this piece, including Shaun – each craftsman was handpicked according to their fields of expertise. So it meant that, for example, the stone setter picked would have to hand set all of the 5000 pave diamonds. One craftsman looped each jump-ring by hand, one by one, to ensure a perfect fit to Daphne’s arm – this process has taken over half of the 5 years. {Fashion Telegraph}

    Jay Jopling hosted an intimate evening in celebration of the completion of ‘Contra Mundum’ at White Cube Gallery. The exclusive launch was attended by Tom Ford, Suzy Menkes, Lily Cole, Livia Firth and Alexander McQueen’s Creative Director Sarah Burton.

    Guests watched Daphne’s beautiful presentation of the piece

    ~ dressed in the bespoke glove and shrouded in white silk tulle, her lie-in state as her gloved hand lay over the tulle and rested on her upper-body and symbolised the concept of the objet d’art;

    Sir Thomas Malory’s compilation of the legendary tales of the Knights of the Round Table.

    As the evening drew to a close, guests were presented with a gift bag containing a solitaire diamond and a beautiful message signed by Shaun and Daphne as a remembrance of a beautiful summer evening. PR Web

    Daphne Guinness was “laid in state” by Gareth Pugh to celebrate her collaboration with British jeweler, Shaun Leane. Daphne is no stranger to theatrical installations, but she outdid herself this time. In typical Guinness fashion she was laid out in a sheer Alexander McQueen bodysuit with an antique veil. The only exposed body part was her arm in a one-of-a-kind chain mail glove made of gold and diamonds.

    This piece is for sale for 1.7 million dollars and is made of 18-carat white gold.

    The background story {Fashion Telegraph}

    In recent years, Guinness has developed a fascination with armour, and it was while she was out one night with McQueen and Leane that she decided to create some of her own.

    ‘We were at one of those enormous events where we were huddled in a corner going, “What are we doing here?” Anyway, I said, “Wouldn’t it be great to have some armour?” And so Shaun said, “All right, then.” And two or three weeks later, there I was, with my arm in a bucket.’

    Once a cast had been taken of her arm, it took four years and many fittings to create the glove they have just completed. It started out as a straightforward commission, a bespoke piece of silver jewellery that Leane would create to fit Guinness’s arm exactly. But silver turned out to be too soft so they went for white gold, and as they added more and more to the piece – chain mail handmade to fit her arm completely, intricate articulated fingers, more than 5,000 diamonds creating decorative birds along the arm – it became a collaboration, funded and owned jointly by the two of them. Now that it is complete, it will be exhibited, then offered for sale.

    For them it has become less a fashion item, more a work of art, something that pushes the boundaries of fine jewellery and symbolises their friendships with each other, and with Blow and McQueen, who was to design a spectacular dress to go with the glove. They have called it Contra Mundum: ‘It’s sort of us against the world. It’s about wanting to watch, but not wanting to be seen. I feel it’s a pact, if that makes any sense. And I’m not sure I could wear it to go out now, because it means too much.’

    {Images 1. & 9. Photographer Nick Knight; 2-4 via Fashion Telegraph; 6-8 via Vitalic Noise}

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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”


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