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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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Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

If you want to escape the sun, I suggest to take a trip to photography museum Foam in Amsterdam. My favorite Dutch fashion photography duo, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, have an exhibition of their extensive work. I love it that their pictures are never just “pretty-pretty”, they mix fashion with art and there’s always an element of darkness in their work. The exhibition contains 300 of their most essential images, selected by the duo themselves. They choose the photographs that showed their fascination for people and their aspirations: who are we, how do we want to look en what does that say about our lives and feelings. A tiny selection of their work:

Advertisement:

Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2006

Chloé Spring/Summer 2007

Abbey Lee Kershaw in Fora by Gucci advertisement

Editorials:

Kate Moss for Vogue Paris, April 2008

i-D Magazine January 2009

French Vogue, August 2009

Lara Stone in W Magazine, May 2009

W Magazine, March 2005

Non commercial:

Pretty Much Everything – photographs 1985-2010:  June 25 – September 15,  Foam Amsterdam, entrance € 10,-.

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The World of Fashion Bloggers

First of all a big apology to all readers of this blog for not posting for some time: my laptop has died and I’m having it repeared, and I’ve been away to London (there isn’t a more inspirational place than London….I want to go back!), so that’s the reason. I have so much inspiration to blog about, but since I have five minutes to use my Dad’s laptop I will keep this short….. 

I’ve run into this book: “Fashion Blogs: From musings on personal taste to style reports around the globe” by Kirstin Hanssen and Felicia Nitzsche.

 

The main part of the book are forty interviews with famous fashion bloggers from all over the world, like Style Bubble, Garance Doré, A Shaded View On Fashion, Glamcanyon, Sea of Shoes, Stil in Berlin, etc. Lots of pictures and articles about fashion journalism, street style photography, party photography and personal style blogs. A great read for anyone with a fashion or style blog…..

More info here!

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Shirley and Elijah are bored children in new advertising movie

The lovely trashcangirl wrote about eyewear brand Oliver Peoples upcoming campaign featuring Shirley Manson and Elijah Wood last year and now it’s finally here!

Oliver Peoples has brought us some spiffy advertising campaigns in the past. Last year it starred Zooey Deschanel and Matt Costa. This year a new dynamic duo takes their place. Shirley and Elijah are the new stars of yet another escapist campaign movie called “Les enfants sennuient le dimanche”(children are bored on sundays) .Advertising with short indie films on youtube has become a marketing trend the last couple of years. Erin Fetherston is a good example of that. Using popular indie actors/musicians gives brands like that more attention and street-cred than a simple advertising campaign would. I think it’s pretty genious and a lot of fun to watch.

playing in the background is Malaysian singer Zee Avi’s  “Just You and Me”

The movie was shot by another blogged-about- brilliant duo; photographer/director Autumn de Wilde and stylist Shirley Kurata, known for their quirky, retro, vivid and some might say Wes Andersonian take on style.

Shirley wears a black and white dress by Andrea Lieberman’s A.L.C. line for which Autumn did promotional stills that were featured in ELLE magazine last year.

stuffed peacock! *dies*

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Madonna in Domestic Bliss

Dolce & Gabbana have used Madonna, the perfect housewife and caretaker, as their model for the Spring – Summer 2010 campaign images. The pictures are shot by Stephen Klein and show Madonna doing the dishes, eating spaghetti and doing something creative with bread, apples and milk.

The campaign takes inspiration from the days of Italian Neorealism. Madonna herself recalls the strong, raw sensuality of actress Anna Magnani. Another source of inspiration was actress Monica Vitti, who is Madonna’s favorite actress.

Great photographs, but what’s really getting my attention is the pretty interior with the lace curtains and tablecloth…..

From www.swide.com

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The Decade Had Taste: 70’s Cool

I don’t know why suddenly there are so many great movies to watch and fab books to read, but this is another post about a brilliant book I found while wandering through my local bookshop: “70s Style & Design” by Dominic Lutyens and  Kirsty Hislop. “We wanted to explore the lesser know and in some cases forgotten designers of the decade,’ says Lutyens, ‘ without neglecting such perenially fascinating episodes of 70’s history, such as Biba and punk. A lot of looks that were born in the 70’s, such as the Debbie Harry/Fiorucci look became associated with the 80’s, because the mainstream was slow to catch up.’

 The book is about 70’s cool (no synthetic fabrics, flares and the usual tat) and covers fashion, design, architecture, interiors and art. Divided into four themes: the pop movement and the rise of postmodernism; the Edwardian, 20’s and 30’s revivals; the back to nature movement and finally the decade’s avant-garde movers and shakers.

Expect images from the designs of Alan Aldridge, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Daniel Hechter, Jean Paul-Goude, Barbara Hulanicki, Laura Ashley, Ossie Clark, Celia Birtwell, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.

Buy it here or here.

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Sam Haskins R.I.P.

Sad News: Legendary photographer Sam Haskins has died on the 26th of november. Although he has been a photographer since the fifties, I first found out about his work because of the album cover art of the Last Shadow Puppets album ” The Age of the Understatement” from 2008. The cover one of the shots from his book Five Girls from 1962. The girl is Gill, an art student in Johannesburg in the early sixties.

Sam Haskins was a photographer best known for his contribution to nude photography, pre-Photoshop in-camera image montage, and his books, the most influential of which were “Cowboy Kate” (1965, republished in 2006) and “Haskins Posters” (1973). 

From 2000 to 2005 he has focused on fashion photography for magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Allure. Recently “Fashion Etcetera” was published, his first book in 24 years. “Fashion Etcetera” is a thematic slice through his archives that explores a lifelong passion for fashion, style and design.

A small selection of some of my favorite pictures:

 

All photographs by Sam Haskins. Check www.haskins.com, www.samhaskinsblog.com.

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