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Geometric Hair by Vidal Sassoon

This spring  a documentary and book have been made about Vidal Sassoon, the hairdresser of almost every hip, hot and happening celeb in the sixties. Well, that’s all the information I have. The documentary seems to be made and was shown at a couple of film festivals, but it seems it’s not getting a screening for a wider audience. And absolutely no info on the book…. So, to fill the gap, a tiny compilation of his work.

Viddal Sassoon introduced dark, straight and shiny hair cuts. His haircuts were geometric yet organic, as shown in this video:

 

One of his most well know clients was fashion innovator Mary Quant.

Another client: actress Nancy Kwan with sleek Vidal Sassoon bob, 1963.

Model Grace Coddington with the Five Point Cut in 1964.

Vidal Sassoon cut actress Mia Farrow’s pixie hair for the 1968 movie Rosemary’s Baby. Cost of the cut $5.000 (!)

 

Model Ulla Bomser for Bazaar, 1965.

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Print, prints, prints: Pucci

Some simple mathematics: summer + prints = Pucci!  The founder of the label, Emilio Pucci, started the brand in the forties, but the label became worldwide know in the sixties through famous customers like Jacqueline Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. Characteristic of the label are the Pucci prints: loud, abstract graphic prints in the most vibrant, vivid colours. Groovy! The prints were used on lightweight (unlined) silk dresses and scarves, so the clothes became very popular for travelling and pool side parties. Emilio Pucci died in 1992, but the brand continued with new designers like Christian Lacroix and Matthew Williamson.

If you are as intrigued by Pucci as I am, this August Taschen will release a book about the designer, with hundreds of photographs, drawings, and candid shots from the archive of the Emilio Pucci Foundation. There are two editions: a ‘regular’ one and a limited one of 500 books. The limited edition is bound in an original vintage Pucci fabric and is accompanied by four art prints of original drawings from the designer. I want!

Colourfull cover art of the new must-have Taschen Pucci-book

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Model Susan Murray, circa 1966

M wearing her Pucci dress.

Marilyn Monroe wearing a Pucci print dress. Some bizarre info: she was even buried wearing a green Pucci dress.

Mr. Pucci himself

Veruschka modelling or Pucci, 1964

 Models in ‘Pucci’s hometown Florence, on the rooftop of Palazzo Pucci. The dome of the Cathedral of Florence is in the background, 1966.

Book images from taschen.com

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The sounds of Karen Elson

She is one of my all time favorite models and is a wonderful style icon with her vintage Americana style. Bow down to Miss Karen Elson. Model, mom, musician and vintage store holder. The expression tripple quadruple threat doesn’t even cover the greatness of Elson. This post however is about one of those threats talents and that is her music.

The Citizens Band(with Sarah Sophie Flicker doing acrobatics in the background)

She has performed with the Citizens Band for years, but now ventures out to try her luck solo with a less elaborate backing(the citizen band is a whole spectacular spectacular show group that occasionally does singing numbers) and has recorded a duet with Cat Power(Serge Gainsbourg’s “Je t’aime moi non plus”) and has sung with Melissa Auf der Maur.

Melissa Auf Der Maur & Karen Elson – Devil’s Plaything

Promotional pictures launching her musical career look great, but that’s not surprising from a model. That the music actually sounds good is. “The ghost who walks” has left me and many other fans wanting more. It’s not perfect, but it’s interesting and her husky haunting voice adds more dimention to the aucoustic femme singer songwriter genre.

the ghost who walks(live acoustic)

She’s a bad influence. Now i want to go out tommorow to the hairdressers, have my bangs cut again and shop around for a maxi dress like hers.

http://www.myspace.com/karenelsonmusic

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Veruschka for Gucci

Gucci’s creative director, Frida Giannini, has again used the Gucci archives for another commercial succes. I love the way she uses the history of Gucci in modern designs, like the Flora scarf pattern and the equestrian iconography. For the new watch ad campaign she used black and white images of legendary model Veruschka, shot in the sixties for Gucci. The male in the picture is actor Peter Sellers.

“The images featured in this campaign are some of my favorites from the Gucci archive,” said Frida Giannini. “They perfectly illustrate not only the glamour of Gucci’s past and the many style icons who were naturally drawn to the house, but also show how this heritage can be relevant today.”

 

Pretty cool, don’t you think? I even love the watch…

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All I Want For Christmas…

Is this:

Well, I think it takes way too long to wait for Christmas…

“Photographing fashion, British Style in the Sixties” is a collection of Britain’s most important sixties fashion images, that have remained unseen. Expect photo’s from  John Cowan, Terence Donovan, John French and Patrick Hunt, and clothing from Mary Quant, John Bates, Gina Fratini, Foale & Tuffin, Biba, Jean Muir, and Ossie Clark.

Photographing Fashion: British Style in the Sixties by Richard Lester, 192 pages, published by ACC Editions (31 Oct 2009), ISBN-10: 1851496009, ISBN-13: 978-1851496006.

You can buy it here and even here!

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New Online Magazine: Test

I found this brilliantly new website called Test. it’s like an online magazine, but does not only contain photographs but also beautiful little movies. Some info from their website: “Test is a visual platform that fuses a combination of new and established artists on a constantly changing series of image-led projects. Its name is derived from the concept of a “test shoot”, where creative teams are formed to show the best of their abilities. The continually evolving website collates some of the most exciting talents from fashion, art, film, design and music.”  

 The Art Director/founder of  Test is Jaime Perlman, who has also worked for British Vogue.

 

 

  Secret Agent: photographer Wendy Bevan, fashion editor Katie Felstead, model Agent Lynch

 

 

 Face to Face: photographer Catherine Servel, stylist Leith Clark

 

 

 

   Into the Wild: photographer Mel Bles, Stylist Stevie Westgarth, model Amy Greenhough 

http://testmag.co.uk 

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Pearl Lowe for Peacocks

Another “famous” (hmm, maybe “notorious” is a better word) person is designing some stuff for a fashion retailer: this time it’s Pearl Lowe’s turn. She has collaborated with Peacocks to design a collection of party dresses for the Christmas season. Daughter Daisy is fronting the advertisements. The Pearl Lowe for Peacocks range is inspired by Bowie’s Hunky Dory album (?). I can see that the dresses have a sort of 70’s feeling, but I don’t really get the link with the Bowie album.

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The happy Lowe family at the launch party

Lowe says, ‘Designing my collection for Peacocks has been a bit of a dream. I’ve taken inspiration from the things I love, classic vintage shapes, intricate detail, lace and wonderful textiles. I’m very proud of the designs and can’t wait to see them on the high street. It was important from the start that my designs were accessible and everything is under £40.’

Take a look at some dresses from the collection:  

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Black/gold Lurex-lace prom dress, £40

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Red lace mini-tea dress, £35

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Angel-sleeve, black jersey dress with beaded waistband, £35

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 Black sequinned wrap-dress, £40

I never been a fan of Pearl, but the dresses look great. Who cares about the tag when the dress is fabulous? And a big plus is that they’re affordable!

Pearl’s dresses will hit Peacocks stores on November 2 and will cost between £35 and £40. Available in UK sizes 8 to 16.

The online store is here: www.peacocks.co.uk, but no shipping to Europe……

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