Sunday, January 29, 2012

INSPIRATION Elsa Schiaparelli's eyebrow cap 1949… Prada's eyebrow glasses FW2010||11

Elsa Schiaparelli's visored evening cap from 1949 in red satin with an elongated peephole for the eye, has been embellished with a precious diamond clip from Van Cleef&Arpls creating a weird eyebrow [left]…and Miuccia Prada's FW2010||11 eyebrow glasses [right].

Starting in May 2012 the Metropolitan Museum will show the exhibition 'Impossible Conversations", that will reveal other similarities of this two designers. The exhibition will be organized by curator Harold Koda and creative consultant Baz Luhrmann.
The exhibition will explore how both women employed unconventional textiles, colors, and prints to play with conventional ideas of good and bad taste, and how they exploited whimsical fastenings, fanciful trompe l'oeil details, and deliberately rudimentary embroideries for strange and provocative outcomes.
Experimental technologies and modes of presentation will bring together masterworks from the designers in an unexpected series of conversations on the relationship between fashion and culture.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

INSPIRATION John Currin 1997... HARPER's BAZAAR 2008

The painting 'The Cripple" of American artist John Currin [left] has been certainly an inspiration for this picture of actress Julianne Moore taken by Peter Lindbergh for the may issue 2008 of Harper's Bazaar [right].

Sunday, January 15, 2012

INSPIRATION 'American Gigolo' 1980... GIORGIO ARMANI lingerie AD SS//2009

The movie 'American Gigolo' [left], with a wonderful Lauren Hutten and Richard Gere, might have been the inspiration for the Giorgio Armani lingerie AD campaign for SS//2009, featuring Victoria Beckham [right]. The most sexiest movie of the eighties was written and directed by Paul Schrader, and Richard Gere's entire 'gigolo' wardrobe was created by Giorgio Armani.

Friday, January 13, 2012

INSPIRATION BALENCIAGA AD SS//2010... Pringle Of Scotland AD SS//2012

The SS//2010 AD campaign of Balenciaga photographed by Steven Meisel might have inspired the Pringle Of Scotland one for SS//2012, photographed by David Sherry.

INTO THE SAME IDEA ...Givenchy and Gareth Pugh SS//2012

WHITE WAVES/ ONDE BIANCHE... Read the full story on Grazia.IT, my weekly column for Italian Grazia magazine.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

INSPIRATION FRIDA KAHLO 1926... Givenchy FW2011//12

A wonderful picture of Frida Kahlo taken in 1926 by her father Guillermo Kahlo [left]... and an outfit of Givenchy's FW2011//12 collection [right]. Similarities in the flower arrangement that frames the pictures, the dresses and the hairstyles.

With this post I recommend the book:
Self Portrait In A Velvet Dress: The Fashion Of Frida Kahlo by various Authors

INTO THE SAME IDEA...Haider Ackermann and Céline SS//2012

OSCURE SCULTURE/ DARKEN SCULPTURES...Read the full story on Grazia.IT, my weekly column for Italian Grazia magazine.

Friday, January 6, 2012


A beautiful black Chantilly-lace mask from the collection Valentino Couture FW1976//77 photographed by David Bailey for Vogue Italia [left]... and a similar way of styling for the outfits at Jason Wu's FW2011//12 fashion show [right].

With this post I recommend the book:
Valentino by Suzy Menkes

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

INSPIRATION COCO CHANEL 1957... Dolce&Gabbana FW2005//6... MIU MIU SS//2011

'Mirror, mirror on the wall...." Gabrielle Chanel photographed in 1957 at her Atelier in 31 rue Cambon...[above]...the Dolce&Gabbana AD campaign for FW2005//6 photographed by Steven Meisel [center]...and Miu Miu's AD campaign for SS//2011 photographed by Mert Marcus [below].