This article in The Independent is an enjoyable read on the subject of nudity and body image issues, examining the influence of Lena Dunham’s naked body on our psyches.
You can read more of The author’s work here.
Thumbing through Tank magazine, I just discovered photographer Daido Moriyama.
Thanks to the Vintage Vicar blog for posting!
Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli outdid themselves in my opinion.
This is what Spring looks like!
The entire collection may be viewed here.
Rudi Gernreich, arguably most famous for the topless swimsuits he launched in the 60s, was a driving force in the sartorial revolution of the 60s in the U.S.
I have read that Gernreich's topless suits launched the topless beach craze, though I have also read that the swimwear was not a commercial home run. Not so, his famous 'No Bra', which was a best seller from Day One.
It seems so mundane nowadays; a sheer bra with no wire or padding. At the time, it was nothing short of revolutionary. Bras before this were made to change the shape of a woman's breasts; not celebrate their natural shape.
But Gernreich also designed more than swimwear and underwear.
More of Gernreich's creative work:
A quasi-famous video of Peggy Moffitt sporting Gernreich looks, filmed by Moffitt's husband, longtime collaborator of Gernreich's, photographer William Claxton, called 'Basic Black' is said to be the first fashion video.
Okay, so it’s been a rough day. And my fourth drink isn’t even touching the cloud over my head. So I camp out on Style.com and start looking at all the Spring 2013 RTW collections, hoping to see flowy, feminine dresses and separates that make me feel warm and pretty and happy inside.
Black leather and severe, architectural constructions which hide a woman’s body are not my idea of a warm happy Spring. And most of the collections I’m seeing so far are black leather and severe constructions.
This collection from Sachin & Babi is the prettiest I’ve seen so far, but I have to stop and ask:
Are they polishing these girls’ areolae?
My silly obsession with shiny nipples aside, these looks from the same collection are what a happy Spring looks like to me.
Just finished an amazing Young Adult novel with striking illustrations.
It left me crying in my reading chair. Such a beautiful story.
An informative write-up in The Guardian about the book and its authors may be found here.
Maybe you’ve seen the famous Rabanne tunic from the Sixties.
The designer made a name for himself with these oddly appealing creations.
Rabanne collaborated with Jacques Fonteray to create the costumes for ‘Barabarella’ in 1968.
For more on Fonda’s ‘Barabarella’ costumes, go here.
Rabanne continued designing and running his brand into the 90s but sold to Puig in 2000.
As of June, 2012, the Creative Director for the brand was Lydia Maurer, though the brand changes designers so frequently that this may not be current information.
Clearly the young designers running the brand are determined to maintain some connection to Mr. Rabanne’s aesthetic, as these selections from the Paco Rabanne Spring 2013 RTW collection demonstrate.
Check out the new campaign for La Perla, posted on the Frou Frou Fashionista blog.