Into the Woods

"You can call me Flower if you want to." -From Bambi, Disney 1942

"Into the woods to Grandmother's house." -From Broadway's Into the Woods

The 2009 Fall campaign for Stella McCartney brings Bambi and friends to life. Photographed by Ryan McGinley in the woods of the English countryside, the advertisements are whimsical with their mix of high fashion and Disney animation.
The designer brought the woodsy elements centerstage in this year's campaign, providing a naturalist contrast to some of the delicate and flirtatious details seen in the collection.

Dreaming of the beauty found in a wooded wonderland...

As vibrant as a bluebird, a sweet babydoll dress with a sheer top.


The baby doll dress is accented with black lace and has a vibrancy that echoes the fields of wildflowers.

Lace and pleated details accent a Victorian inspired blouse.


Menswear inspired fabric like houndstooth becomes feminine with the crochet/knit peek-a-boo flower details on the top.

Full sleeves characteristic of the late Victorian Edwardian period are large around the upper arm in the leg-o-mutton shape.


Lacey cutouts and trimmings accent the lingerie-inspired dress. Very romantic and sweet with a softness like that of Monet's "Water Lilies."
The romantic lace and Victorian high collar with a modern twist of geometric shapes.

An unexpected peek through lace at the midriff.

Runway photos: Style.com
Disney images: Disney-clipart.com







Fashion meets Art: Robert Longo

Trapped in Ice, 1980


1981
Artist Robert Longo became famous in the 1980s with his "Men in the Cities" series. With the quality of photographs, the images are graphically portrayed in charcoal and graphite.

1980

Wearing suits and work clothing, the men and women in the images seem to be caught in a dance, or perhaps something more menacing like the rat race of the working world. Longo communicates with a vivid and dynamic quality. The men and women are so life like and draw the viewer into their world of movement and mystery.
1981

Chic suits bring to mind the art of Longo.

Givenchy Resort 2010





Gucci Resort 2010



Lanvin Resort 2010


Art images: Robertlongo.com

Runway photos: Style.com






Pompadour Hair

You've probably heard of Pompadour hair. It's the pulled back, heightened bun-like style that has existed since the Louis XIV's favorite mistress, Madame de Pompadour. A similar style is seen here from the Miu Miu Fall 2009 collection.
Though not from the upper class, Madame de Pompadour made her way into the King's heart with her wit and charm. The rest of the French population couldn't help but love her style and fashion sense. Even if they didn't like her, they emulated her remarkable style.


Versions of the classic Pompadour have been popping up on the runways; Buns twisted, teased and pulled off the face.
Seen here at 3.1 Philip Lim Spring 2009.

Elie Saab's Fall 2009 added a little more femme fatale to the hair style.





After Madame de Pompadour set the style stage in the Rococo period, Marie Antoinette took over as the Queen of Fashion during the Neoclassical era. The hair started taking even more height as the fashions grew in size.


Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 channelled Marie Antoinette with an 80s flair.



Large hair to match the large skirt of 1779.



Marc Jacobs Fall 2009








Runway photos: Style.com







Summer Safari

Sahara breeze. Vast landscape. Exotic animals. This is the land of Africa.

Ralph Lauren's Spring 2009 collection would be perfect for an African safari with his color palette of khaki, olive, brown and shimmering gold.

Poiret inspired harem pants add glamour. Poiret's designs debuted in the early 1900s.


The English Patient with Ralph Fiennes and photos from Vogue, 2007, with Keira Knightley.



Meryl Streep inspires from the classic Out of Africa.

Turbans were popular during the Art Deco period and with starlets like Greta Garbo.

Poiret design.



The safari becomes luxuriously chic with the Poiret inspired turbans and use of gold.

Runway photos: Style.com







Think Pink

"Think Pink! Think Pink! when you shop for summer clothes.
Think Pink! Think Pink if you want that quel-que-chose."


These lyrics from the Audrey Hepburn movie Funny Face have been ringing in my ears...

When I was given this beautiful Italian pink leather wallet last week, I couldn't help but "think pink." So with the color on my mind, I pulled together images that embody what it means to be pink.

My pretty new wallet.
Ralph Lauren knows how to be stylish and give back to a good cause with the Pink Pony Fund. With a little help from MAC and Hello Kitty, all of us can look pretty in pink. Miley Cyrus channels Elle Woods of Legally Blonde on the new cover of Elle magazine in her all pink outfit.

Just like Barbie, Taylor Momsen and Kati Perry are puckered for the perfect kiss in shades of pink lipstick.

Pink even smells sweet with Vera Wang's "Truly Pink", Chanel's pink flower ring and the scent of Juicy Couture.


John Galliano brought pink to the Spring 2009 runway with soft ribbons, sweet dresses, florals and fashion forward heels. Galliano's pink ribbons bring to mind the ribbon-adorned Minnie Mouse as she flirts with Mickey.






Runway photos: Style.com