Oh! How fantastic is this ancient footage of the supers on MTV’s House of Style, which just resurfaced on District MTV? It’s Cindy Crawford talking to Naomi, Linda, Lauren, Christy and Beverly Johnson about getting scouted, making it in modelling and feminism. Plus – added bonuses! – cameos from Kate Moss, Polly Mellen and Anna Wintour and a young model in original grunge-wear on a go-see. (This footage is from the early 90s).
I just clocked this Vogue Paris November cover. Well, I can’t tell whether it’s old or new. It’s got a slightly muted quality and the ‘girls’ are in standard ‘classic Vogue cover’ uniform of 501s and white shirt – a look we’ve seen a million times (and I personally never tire of). Daria, Stephanie and Lauren could all be in their 30s-40s and going by hair, make-up, styling, lighting, even the colour of the coverlines, this could be from any time between the late 80s and now. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Is it classic, or lazy and a bit predictable? I haven’t made my mind up but my instinct says it’s timeless and beautiful. What do you think?
Just sharing my favourite photos from Karl Lagerfeld’s Little Black Jacket exhibition, which opened at the Saatchi Gallery today (I went to the preview yesterday). I really didn’t have high hopes for this so I was shocked at how much I loved it. The casting is wonderful, as is Carine Roitfeld’s styling. Karl has truly managed to capture the style and personality of each of his sitters. And the gigantic prints (by Steidl) are nicely displayed, gently pinned to the wall. The exhibition is huge and you can even take away a free poster with you. So much nicer than flooding the shop with tacky merch, no?
The exhibition is on from now until 28th October and you can buy the accompanying book there too (it’s a lot cheaper than in the shops).
*SPOILER ALERT* Don’t look down if you don’t want to see (top to bottom) Ines de La Fressange, Frankie Rayder, Jane Birkin, Lauren Hutton, Linda Evangelista, Sojourner Morrell, Alexa Chung, Sofia Coppola, Sing Hye-Kyo, Kirsten Owen and Lily Donaldson… (more…)
If you’re a fan, Club Monaco has also just launched a cute social media contest where you can win a camera and some free CM swag by submitting an original photo of what inspires you via Facebook, Tumblr or email. The tagline ‘Be our Muse: We’re Inspired By What Inspires You’ chimes with the current democratic nature of fashion and social media and of-course, the whole photo-sharing culture of blogs and Tumblr. The contest is open until 11th October…
Next Thursday and Saturday I’ll be returning to my shop girl roots to take part in the Blogger Style Series event with Club Monaco and Browns. Browns was the boutique that every fashion obsessive worshipped when I was growing up in the late 80s – all the major (and minor-but-promising) labels were stocked there. (more…)