"Your clothes may say disco, but your eyes say rock'n'roll"


Where The Designers Live: NY

Sneak into the most fashionable penthouses in the "Big Apple".
Fashionable not only for their architecture and interior design, but also for their inhabitants.

Diane Von Furstenberg
Glass Penthouse, Meatpacking District

Betsey Johnson
Pink Penthouse, Upper East Side

Thierry Mugler
Chic Penthouse, Chelsea

Jill Stuart


Anna Sui
Black and white Penthouse, Greenwich Village


Mango Plays It Safe

Mango's Summer Catalogue is out. They had Kate Moss, they had Terry Richardson,
and if you look through the collection you will realise they also had the clothes. But rather than
awe-inspiring, the result is much more yawn-inspiring. The styling is plain, mainly white on white,
on even more white. The photography style is nothing special and the poses are repeated in
several pictures. Kate Moss looks fresh and stylish, but since when is that novel? 

Mango could have created a more individual and inspired catalogue with all the ingredients they had,
why didn't they? The other big Spanish high street brand Zara seemed to have the same shyness about taking risks in their lookbooks until they started to be a bit more innovative with the TRF line. Hopefully Mango will surprise us soon and make the most of that large amount of talent they have with them.


I'll Make It Clear

2007 Collections, image from Kingdom of Style

Clear plastic is a material that has been used during several years -probably since 2007-
in collections by many designers to add an audacious detail to collections. It started just being
used in bags -Karl Lagerfeld was one of the precursors with his vinyl bags for Fendi and Chanel-.
But slowly, despite of being a material more relevant for raincoats and umbrellas,
plastic has started taking over shoes and many other pieces of clothing.

Spring 2012 3.1 Phillip Lim's shoes, image from The Man Repeller

Plastic details and pieces are being more and more present in recent collections. Prada's Spring
2010 shoes and bags, Hussein Chalayan's bubbles dress, Céline's cloudy trench and 3.1
Phillip Lim's Spring 2012, just to name some. Latex, perspex, PVC, vinyl... almost every
designer has had an affair with plastic transparency, and now it is getting to the street style.

Susie Bubble, regular blogger of this trend

The boldest style stars like The Man Repeller, Susie Bubble or Vika Gazinskaya -let alone
Lady Gaga- have dared to accomodate this risky trend to their daily outfits with success.
So if you want to try how life in plastic is like too, you have a wide range of choices.
From watches and jewelry to flats, and even a clear Bitching and Junk Food skirt,
just like the one London's singer Lianne La Havas wore in one of her videos.

From top to bottom, from left to right:

Schurich small wallet, Topshop's rain coat, Deborah Lippmann nail polish,
Valentino clutch, Walmart's backpack, Miriam Salat ring, Maison Martin Margiela
ankle boots, Chanel clutch, Cutler & Gross optical glasses, NYC lip gloss, Topshop
VAST point shoes, Marni hat, Debenham's glitter sandals, Charlotte Olympia
box clutch, Prada slides, Macy's ballet flats, Debenham's bangle, Kenzo
bucket bag, Totes umbrella, Timex watch,  Modcloth sunglasses.


Cat Walk

Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson for Vogue US

See Scarlett Johansson taking a tiger for a walk. Don't worry, it's not her new pet.
It's one of the shoots by Mario Testino is the photographer in charge for this shoots
for the latest Vogue US issue, clearly inspired by classic comedy Bringing Up Baby.

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby

But who looks fiercer walking the big cat, the blonde sensation or Katharine Hepburn herself?


Ordinary Accidents

Grey #6

photographer: Alessio Bolzoni
models: Hannah Noble, Anna Millonig, Agne Petkute


The Yellow Pyjamas

A Countess From Hong Kong (1967) is a funny classic comedy by Charlie Chaplin about a Russian stowaway who tries to get to America, causing an endless stream of misunderstandings and trouble
for a staid millionaire diplomat who has no choice but to help her to avoid further complications.

Costume designer Olga Lehmann provides a great choice of clothes for the limited amount of different
looks Sophia Loren´s character is able to wear. Clearly, the Italian actress is a stablished sex symbol  and wears a breathtaking dress in the film. But there's probably nothing as adorable, stylish and sexy at the 
same time as watching her in a pyjamas borrowed from Marlon Brando.

If you want to watch the whole pyjama scene, go to minute 10:20.

[This post is part of the Film Fashion Flashback section]


Is East London Dead?

Dazed & Confused May Issue tries to find where the creative area of the capital goes to.

"With the arrival of the Olympics in east London, the world's attention has turned to the creative
heartland of the capital. What does this mean for the artists, designers, musicians and publishers
making their mark here, who face rising rents and an endlessly increasing variety of artisanal coffee?
Dazed & Confused surveys those living and working in its own back yard, and asks 'Is East London Dead?' Inside, photographer Jamie Hawkesworth documents over 20 emerging talents from the worlds of
music, fashion, art, photography and literature, while we talk to artists, writers and venue owners
for their insights into how the area has evolved, and the challenges it faces"

About who's involved in this masterly cover: artist Theo-Mass Lexileictous is photographed
by Walter Pfeiffer. Robbie Spencer, Dazed senior fashion editor, is in charge for the styling.


Artists' Textiles

Textile print designs by Salvador Dalí (left), Andy Warhol (middle) and Joan Miró (right)

If you are into art -and even if you're not that much
into it- you have heard about the work of many 20th century artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, Dalí, Miró, Steinberg... Probably the first thing that comes up to your mind are their paintings in canvas, paper or even photography. But they were part of a group of artists who helped erase the distinction between fine and applied art.

Artists' Textiles 1940-1976 (Geoff Rayner, Richard Chamberlain and Annamarie Stapleton)
is a book about the collaboration between artists and textile manufacturers which flowered
among textile companies in Britain, on the Continent and in America after the War.

Take a look inside of it with some sample pages:

 In the book you can find 200 colour images -some of them never seen before- of these art
textiles turned into commercial clothing: a Miró dress, a Dalí tie... And even Picasso's opposition
to print his work in upholstery because "Picassos may be leaned against, not sat on".

 If you' are interested in getting this book for your coffee table,
it is avalaible in many online stores like Amazon, Walmart, The Telegraph Bookshop...


Anna Dello Russo Vs. Mr T

The Vogue Japan editor-at-large never bores. With her fashion excesses she keeps
any outfit eventful and becomes one of the favourite targets of the street style photographers.

Her latest appearance on Jak & Jil ,all chained up, defies the very same
Mr T in regard to the amount of jewelry that is possible to wear at a time.



Chelsea Girls

V Magazine

photographer: Sebastian Faena
stylist: Andrew Richardson
models: Contance Jablonski, Fernanda Tavares, Abbey Lee,
Eniko Mihalik, Sessilee Lopez, Joshua Walter, Martin Cohn

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