Monday, 30 August 2010

The Great Pretender

Throughout history, the dynamic marriage of artist and muse has borne works of brilliance and beauty. Natalia Vodianova role-plays five of fashion's most legendary models.

Lauren Hutton
When the South Carolina-born beauty moved to New York in 1966, she was turned down by every agency except Ford. "Incredibly Eileen said she'd take me on, providing I had my nose fixed and my teeth capped," she recalled to Vogue in 1973. "I promised I would, once I had the money, but inside I was figuring it would take me a long, long time to get around to it—if ever."

At sixteen, Lesley Hornby was declared "the face of '66" by the U.K.'s Daily Express. With eyes like saucers, long lashes, and an impossibly slender figure, the Cockney pixie catapulted to the molten center of the cultural Zeitgeist. Diana Vreeland, then Vogue's editor in chief, called her perfection: "This strange, macabre little bit, like a waif, came to see me in New York with hair like cornsilk, the most wonderful skin and bones."

Marisa Berenson
The American-born, European-bred '70s It girl was known as "the Queen of the Scene" for her presence at the world's chicest happenings and hot spots. She parlayed modeling into a stellar acting career, starring in Death in Venice (1971), Cabaret (1972), and Barry Lyndon (1975).

Née Vera Gottliebe Anna Gräfin von Lehndorff-Steinort, the expressive East Prussian model, actress, and art-world darling had a certain mystique that captured the attention of Salvador Dalí, Peter Beard, and Richard Avedon, who proclaimed she was "the most beautiful woman in the world.…Being beautiful in her way demands something, and you must extend yourself to meet the challenge or know that a kind of splendor is lost to you forever."

Jean Shrimpton
After meeting on a set for a cornflakes advertisement, "the Shrimp" and photographer David Bailey proceeded to have a years-long love affair that led to a broken engagement. "She was my total muse—I didn't want to look at another model," he said. At 22, she caused a stir (and ignited the Mod mini craze) at the 1965 Melbourne Cup by turning up in a microdress with bare legs, an act London's Evening News & Star defended: "Surrounded by sober draped silks and floral nylons, ghastly tulle hats and fur stoles, she was like a petunia in an onion patch."

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Happy Thought.

I love holding hands with someone I love.
I love feeling happy because of thoughts of you.
I love finding people who instantly make you smile without knowing it.
I love hugs and caresses.
I love hearing the words "I miss you".

I love Starbucks green tea latte with a good read.
I love strawberry short cakes, and everything sweet.
I love french fries and potato chips.

I love long walks with nice conversations.
I love hanging out with my girls, but I love guy friends too.
I love watching the sunset in silence with someone nice.

I love classic movies.
I love singing in my bedroom and screaming at the top of my lungs too, sometimes.
I love hot showers late at night, plus a little mani-pedi.
I love the air at five in the morning.

Most of all, I love everything about you.
{Well, minus some of your obnoxious behavior.}

Saturday, 28 August 2010

a Day in the Life of Natasha Poly

Natasha Poly doesn't do modeling just for fun -she is a career woman with a grueling schedule. With three five a.m. starts during London Fashion Week, she squeezed this interview in between her last catwalk show in London and her flight to Milan for the next round of shows. Landing at eight p.m., she said she may even have a casting upon arrival.

With New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks following on from one another, it is a non-stop round of castings, auditions and catwalk shows for the newcomer. After that whirlwind comes to an end, she will do shoots for magazines and campaigns and model in one-off shows.

Natasha laughed at the idea that models may be ferried by taxi from one venue to another during fashion week -instead they hop on the underground and hope navigation skills won't fail them.

With fashion shows more often than not running late, it is a mad rush to get models' hair and makeup styled before the show. "It's crazy backstage, with hair and makeup, especially because my hair is different to most other models', sometimes it's really difficult for them to do it."

Friday, 27 August 2010

Can I trust you?

I can't work out if you're a friend who wants to talk to me
or an enemy who wants to take from me.

I'm hanging by a thread here,
in this fragile alliances.

Please be sincere,
For I want you more and more each day.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Givenchy, The Bone Collector

From Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, an obsessive, intricate couture collection inspired by the human skeleton.

His latest Couture collection for Givenchy proved that he shares the grandmasters' fanatical devotion to realizing an intensely personal vision through cut, cloth, and, extraordinarily elaborate ornamentation.

The darkest color in the collection was the chocolate brown on those feathers. Otherwise, everything was white, flesh-colored, or gold, with a salon dedicated to each shade. Even the baboon fur that was attached to a swallowtailed knit jacket was spookily bleached.

He claimed his inspiration was Frida Kahlo and her three obsessions: religion, sensuality, and, given the painter's lifelong battle with spinal pain, the human anatomy. The zipper pulls were little bones, a belt was a spinal column re-created in porcelain. The dominant motif of the collection was the skeleton, laid out flat in the lace appliquéd on a long tulle column, or rendered in three dimensions in obsessively dense clusters of crystals, pearls, and lace on the back of a jacket in double silk duchesse satin.

In obsession is born the cult of couture.

Pictures via Style/

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Learning to Fly

That's what I'm afraid of.
Not being enough.
Not good enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough.

Who are you when you try being everyone else's angel?
Where do you run to,
when you realize the reflection in the mirror isn't you anymore?
What will be your refuge from your own tears?
When is it time to stop and decide to follow your own path?
Why do you refuse to listen to your own words?

Will you let life pass you by this way,
you not voicing out the true you that's chained deep inside?

I am learning to have faith in myself.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

{Cool Summer}

Goodbye Spring, hello white-hot chic! This season sees a return to clean, crisp classics as a minimalist approach shows that summer style should be as easy and breezy as the weather.

Whether it's the season's essential hooded anorak, sexy shift or light weight jersey dress, there's no better time to wear white. After all, how else to show off that perfect tan?

Sunday, 22 August 2010


Wise people say,
Friends are like stars.
They may not always be visible.
But they're always there...

I think that's how it is with me and all my dearest readers.
I may not blog as often as I would like.
I may not have enough time to reply all the comments.
But you're in my heart.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

a Birthday Wish:

I don't wish you SUCCESS,
It weakens you in the pursuit of your dreams.

I don't wish you LOVE,
It doesn't need to be found. It just happens.

I don't wish you PROSPERITY,
It's not everything.

You're 25 now.
I wish you would see who you are the way God sees you:

You are who God says you are.
Spiritually alive.
Heavenly positioned.
An honored child.
A billboard of mercy.

{A million thanks to my dear friend Jak for the sweetest birthday wish}

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Have a little faith,


there’s someone...

who dreams of your smile,
who longs for a conversation with your soul,
who is willing to accept your whole being,
your sweetest allure, your darkest secret,

who wishes to share with you
warmth and sweet caresses,

who falls deeply in love with you,

who finds in your presence,
that life is worth while.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Wunderkind Vintage, Berlin

Auguststrasse 75
10119 Berlin

Wunderkind Philosophy
Wunderkind is Wolfgang Joop's personal vision of what a contemporary, sophisticated and independent woman wants in her wardrobe. It is an intimate and emotional expression, an exploration of the contradictions and dualities inherent in each woman.

Wunderkind celebrates a sense of freedom, which defies sartorial conventions and offers a unique taste in modern elegance.

Wonderfully Old
Wunderkind Vintage takes out the inconvenient part of vintage—their selection of clothing eliminates tours through musky closets, rather they bring in the best directly from Wunderkind boutiques around the world. Skipping the sale and outlet part of retail, last season gowns and costumes are ennobled with the vintage crown.

The spacious, light-filled space has just the right amount of luxurious furnishings to make fingering through the delightful garments a pleasureful experience.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010


is wearing an evening dress to McDonald's,
wearing heels to play football.

It is personality, confidence and seduction.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

You Know You Love Me...

We're smart,
we've inherited classic good looks,
and we know how to party.

It's a luxe life, but someone's got to live it.

Keep an eye on us,

Gossip Girls.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Wanted: Multifunction P.A.

Artisan: Timothy Oulton

An easy way to bring your work with you is Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk (for only $2,995), this work of art on wheels was created by Timothy Oulton. Handmade of distressed vintage cigar leather over a solid wood frame with aniline-dyed leather has an antiqued vintage look accented with over 3,000 hand-hammered brass nailheads. Features a pull-down desktop and multiple drawers, cubbies, wire management and bookshelves, stands on wheels for mobility and closes for storage and privacy.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Dirty Laundry

This is the way, we wash the clothes.
Wash the clothes.
Wash the clothes.

This is the way, we wash the clothes.