sabato 25 aprile 2009

A Fashion Tale

I discovered Fashion Tale magazine some months ago and I suddenly felt it is not like any other.

This Swedish (once again Swedish stands for cool...) publication is all about fashion...without words. Yes, you don't need to speak Swedish, English, French or any other language cause is all about pictures here!

The first issue was full of beautiful photos and nice styled fashion editorials but what really captured me was the second issue, entirely dedicated to fashion illustration. It's like playing with paper dolls: real outfits presented on paper made models! Something à la Fifi Lapin , with a scandinavian touch ;-)

The illustrations are almost all pretty cool; my favorites the ones by Annelie Carlstrom (you probably remind her work was also featured on an H&M Divides tees collection last year)

and by Liselotte Watkins. Her girls always make think of Egon Schiele...

Save the date: the Spring/Summer issue will be released worlwide on mid May. The whole issue will also be available on line then. I'm really curious to know what this new issue will be about!

sabato 18 aprile 2009

The Fountains Are Dry and The Roses Over

I bet a lot of you are excited for the upcoming HBO Grey Gardens that will be aired tonight in the US.

I'm excited, for sure. But once again, as the first time I saw the original documentary from 1976, I'm a bit sad and melancholic. The whole story of Grey Gardens makes me feel melancholic indeed.

For the two or three of you who don't know what I'm talking about, the documentary called Grey Gardens is a "non fiction-features" by the Maysles brothers.

Shot in six week in the mid seventies, it depicts the everyday life of Edith "Big Edie" Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, respectively the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. As high society drops out, the two women chose to live together at Grey Gardens, their now decadent, almost decrepit mansion of East Hampton (the home had been purchased for Big Edie in 1923, when it still had one of the finest gardens on the East Coast), in total squalor and almost total isolation.

The Maysles movie became a cult and during the 70s, when the inspectors from Health Department raided the house and discovered that it violated every known regulation, saying they would evict the women unless the house was cleaned, the whole story of Jackie O's relatives became a national scandal. This "forced" Jackie herself to came to the rescue, saving the Edies from the eviction order and the whole family from any further embarassment...

Big Edie died in 1977 and the house was sold by Little Edie in 1979. She moved to Florida and lived there since 2002, when she too died, alone.

The story of Big and Little Edie became a musical and now, in 2009, a - judging by trailers - really glamorous tv movie featuring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore.

Grey Gardens has been completely restored by the new owners.

What was once a grand summer residence has been reduced to a fortress of fleas, feral cats, and filth, the gardens long gone to seed and Big Edie and Little Edie confined to just a few of the twenty-eight rooms.

Together they invent a world with their house as a stage where life’s disappointments and pleasures are recycled into riveting performances

(from here )

Certain stories are fascinating, appealing yet disturbing and this is surely one of them. Looking at the movie(s), the pictures and all the Grey Gardens paraphernalia, I really feel like an intruder. There's something "wrong" in watching them, something "immoral" in declaring your appreciation. Maybe it's only me and it is due to the fact that I grew up in an ancient mansion which in a certain way reminds me of Grey Gardens: full of history, stories and disappointed expectations. But for me it's a really strong feeling!

Below are the trailers of the Maysles brothers documentary and of HBO movie. This last one use the documentry as a framework, focusing on the lives of the Edies long before their late days at Grey Gradens. A new point of view on the story.

Hope to hear your comments about this new version soon...

EDIT: you may also take a look at the revamped Grey Gardens Online website :-)

sabato 11 aprile 2009

Dancing All Night, Dancing Through The Day

In my last post I wrote about a stylish 8 years old boy, so today I decided to write about a slightly older lady. Last year I told you about the magnificent Iris Apfel and in the past months, thanks to Advanced Style too, a lot of bloggers have posted photos of super stylish elderly ladies.

Is well known that style has not an age and in the same way is well known that Zelda Kaplan is an amazing style icon.

Maybe is not to polite to reveal her age, but I can't help, cause she's 92 years old and she has surely more energy than the 28 Y.O. me...!

Miss Kaplan is a New York night life queen who wakes up in the afternoon and several times per week parties all night long, till dawn, wearing her statement self made outfits that always involves beehive style hats, big round sunglasses and a mix of african printed patterns.
But there's more than this, cause Zelda Kaplan is not only a notorious party girl, an artist's muse and a licensed ballroom dance instructor, she's also a wise gal with a social conscience who more than twenty years ago, inspired by the anthropologist Margaret Mead, founded her own one member (!) organization - the World Culture Society - and since that has travelled continuosly to Africa, visiting the smallest villages of Ghana, Ethiopia and Nigeria to raise African women about their rights, birth control and about the danger of sexual mutilations.

There's a nice video about Zelda Kaplan here (sorry I've tried to embed it directly, but it seems not to work here).

"I want to be an example for young people so they aren't afraid of growing old and a lesson to old people that you can be productive. You don't have to sit around and wait for death" she said.

So, ok, I definitely have to change my plans of going to bed at 10 pm today and manage to be A LOT more productive...

domenica 5 aprile 2009

Mad Little Men

Excuse my obsession,'s coming back!

And once again every thing which is connected with this show fascinate me, expecially when fashion and style are involved. So it was a real pleasure to read this interview to Janie Bryant, Mad Men costume designer, discovering she's a pretty young lady who loves high waisted skinny jeans and Lycra leggings and that she will probably launches her own line anytime soon...

But what, or better "who", totally won me over is this 8 years old boy

His name's Arlo Weiner and he's the son of Matt Weiner, creator of Mad Men and - wow - he has a weirdly impeccable style! And if skinny pants are a must for Bryant, he declares jeans are definitely "not his thing".

I think I have a crush ;-)

Read more of Arlo Wiener here and here , on L'armadio del delitto, a wonderful, smart and thought provoking blog wrote in French and Italian.

venerdì 3 aprile 2009

April Fools

Oh my, a two weeks hiatus is never a good thing! I'm really sorry...I had a family emergency and a dead pc to deal with: not a really great time indeed and I missed so much my blog and you(rs)! I hope to be definitely back on a regular basis from now on, even if my pc is still almost dead (i.e. I still can't connect anything but my Ipod to it..).

Oh, and I had to put my comments under moderation for a while due to a crazy spammer...I know a lot of you are having the same problem with this person. I reported the thing to Blogger and I really hope they will be able to stop him.

Photo by Kosmodisk

Be back with a real post in the afternoon :-)