There is a new book out by Taschen Publishing, the amazing art book publishing house, on Emilio Pucci. Pucci, if you do not know already, was the absolute master of intricate kaleidoscope colors and prints. He liked to boast that no one with the surname of “Pucci” had held a working job for the last 1000 years! Hence, his first foray into business was called “Emilio of Capri” to hide the fact from the other Pucci family members that he was “working.”
By the early 1950s, Pucci was achieving international recognition for his bold and colorful prints, which were worn by the biggest celebrities of the era. His beautiful silk scarves are collectors items. I’m glad he decided to work!
My continuing fascination with technology, fashion and art makes me really really want to design (and wear!) my own digital printed pencil skirt. The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an article on Spring’s current wardrobe staple, title “Pencil In Some Fun!” You can read it here.
From the article: “The pencil skirt has the perfect shape to highlight a print because it’s a really clean surface,” said designer Joseph Altuzarra of the high-waisted, nipped-in style to which he returns season after season. The skirt below by Zero Maria Cornejo was based on an iPhone photo of the metal fence at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco!
Here are just a few others… search the web and you will definitely find one for you.
And below is a mock-up of a digital printed pencil skirt made from one of my altered photographs. I can wear my own sexy version of the Eiffel Tower!
And just to round it all out, a palette of “happy color” coffee cups in my favorite brights. Just in case you’d rather drink your bold color than wear it!
This weekend I drove up the beautiful California coast to San Simeon, in central Cali. It is always a pleasure to escape the city of Los Angeles and all of it’s hubbub. The Golden State is gorgeous, and although the weather forcast predicted rain, it was a rare, sunny weekend (lucky me!) It is easy to see why William Randolph Hearst purchased the land above San Simeon Bay to build his castle for himself and Marion… a more spectacular setting would be difficult to find. The castle is as awe inspiring as it must have been in it’s prime party days of the roaring ’20s.
I have always been fascinated by Marion Davies. According to Wikipedia, she was a much better actress/comedienne than history has claimed (due in a large part to a sad portrayal in Orson Welles movie “Citizen Kane”), but Hearst’s love, devotion and immense wealth did nothing at all to help Marion’s career. She was doomed to throwing lavish parites and drunken revelries, and never achieved the success as an actress that she so dearly wanted. In later life, she worked tirelessly for charities.
Still partially intact is Marion’s beach house in Santa Monica; I pass it often and think of her. It is now a private beach club. She is the ultimate story of someone who had it all, and at the same time, had nothing. Hearst’s wife would not divorce him so they never married, and her talent went unacknowledged. Though I rarely focus on this era for my art prints, the trip up north and the sad story of Marion inspired me to do a image of her. It is the Golden Age of Hollywood in the Golden State!
I’ve been seeing some very interesting new fashion for Fall 2013, among those are the voluminous and luxurious styles from Rochas. The looks are both retro and modern at the same time, recalling the shapes of the 1950s yet looking very new. Delicious! And who could not love the mosaic bejewelled treasures from Dolce and Gabbana? Early Christian byzantine art brought to life to be seen anew. I LOVE the colors and the complexity and I find them inspiring and very creative. There is so much inspiration in the fashion world.
I particularly like the Patchwork dresses I’ve been seeing.. they remind me of collage and layering in art forms. It is something tricky to achieve in both fashion and art. What clashes… and what is harmonious together?
I think the use of black and white makes it much easier to pattern clash. It is something I should try as I usually use a lot of color.
Below is one of my newer more “earthy” patchwork pieces. For now it is only available in my Etsy store (click on the image to visit my store!) as I have too many industrious activities going on and keeping up with them is exhausting (my life functions as a patchwork as well!) I think it is most beautiful as a canvas.
But please take your time to peruse my website, where I have many images not on etsy:
And as Autumn is near, of course I think of Paris, and this seems to represent a piece of a patchwork memory of Paris… It is time to go again. YAY!
The Rolling Stones are celebrating their 50 years in show business, as I recently read in the Wall Street Journal. It was interesting to be reminded that the Stones’ early style was very natural, as in, one could almost say JCrew-ish? I have to say that I prefer Mr. Jaggar in those clothes in that era. A most beautiful English lad! Here is what phtographer Gered Mankovitz said about their style in the early days:
“In late 1965, when I first shot them, it was against the band ethos to dress up too much,” said rock photographer Gered Mankowitz, who toured with the band that year, and shot Stones album covers such as 1965′s “Out of Our Heads” and ’67′s “Between the Buttons.” “There wasn’t a lot of difference between their off- and onstage style, really. The look was natural, real—not flashy. Part of their visual strength was their individuality. And each had their own look.”
Although I also must say I love their jumpsuit and cape wearing in the years that were to follow, I think their classic look fit their youth well.
Click to view more fabulous Rolling Stones looks! May they Rock and Roll forever!!!
Lately I’ve been worried about me and my shoes. I find myself coveting the towering platforms of summer, with thick leather straps and twine-roped wedges, or searching on the internet for the perfect tricolor blocked chunky sandal combination. I search for sales and online coupons, finding facsimiles for the Christian Louboutins or Marc Jacob’s that I want but won’t (read “can’t) buy. This month on the cover of Lucky magazine I found the perfect retro 70′s Christian Louboutin wood platforms on Lauren Conrad, but they were over $1000 dollars! I don’t think it is possible for me to spend $1000 dollars on a pair of shoes, even if money was no object. I’m just not made from that kind of stuff. But I wonder, why am I lusting after these shoes that will spend mere seconds this summer out of their box and out of the closet? As much as I truly and deeply love these “objets d’art”, everyday when I pull out a cute vintage top to mix with a current favorite pair of jeans, I find myself picking only the widest, roundest, rubber soled comfy scuffed up sensible flats to wear. Even mid heeled, feminine sandals are rejected at the last minute. Comfort reigns supreme! And yet, I lust still.
Here’s a great example of the shoes I really end up wearing. I found these incredible 1970′s leather dance shoes (made in Los Angeles!) while thrifting, and I have reluctantly added them to my etsy store. I really am hoping they don’t sell Very comfy and oh so practical!
Oh, the mere thought of it for all us who love to blog (and especially about fashion and art!) I received a great email in anticipation of the opening of “Life and Luxury in Paris 1700′s” at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles (see my blog post here.)
“To find out what was really going on, you went to the Tree of Cracow. It was a large, leafy chestnut tree, which stood at the heart of Paris in the gardens of the Palais-Royal. It probably had acquired its name from heated discussions that took place around it during the War of the Polish Succession (1733-1735), although the name also suggested rumor-mongering (craquer: to tell dubious stories). Like a mighty magnet, the tree attracted nouvellistes de bouche, or newsmongers, who spread information about current events by word of mouth. ” (source: www.historycooperative.com.)
The Getty announcement, written by Harvard historian Robert Darton, explains how things went viral in 1700′s Paris. It seems their version of blogging was to post all sorts of overheard whispers and gossip to the “Tree of Cracow.” That is where one went to gather the REAL truth, despite all attempts by the powers-that-be to guard what was seen and heard. (If you are interested in reading Mr. Darton’s essay, it is here.)
In part, he writes:
An 18th-century information society?
It bugs me when people say, “we live in the information society,” as if ours is the first one that ever came into existence. Every society is an information society, according to the technologies of the time.
What were the topics of the news?
A lot of it had to do with sex in high places, but there were other topics, too. I’ll begin the lecture with modern blogs and show tidbits of information of this kind from today and the 18th century. The parallels are quite striking.
Wow, just like today! Sex and drugs and Rock and Roll! Blogging is our “Tree of Cracow!
Since I’m such a lover of color, I am really liking these unusual picks for home decor. I’m absolutely swooning over the painted chair by Jane Hall. Check out her website, it’s an inspiration. I dream of having my all my art made into wallpaper, furniture upholstery and handpainting objet’s d’art. I DO know you’d need an army of assistants, though, since I can barely keep up with adding things to my online store, much less going back to painting. (This is a time management issue; I keep swearing one day I WILL NOT start the day by opening my computer! And everyday, I fall into a big, black hole…)
Here is a new retro inspired image I did that ifts right into the color scheme. I can see this enlarged to a super pop art canvas print, right next to the artichoke table! Check it out in my store here.
I was so excited to have Turn Magazine send me this! They gave me a nice promo by featuring my Brigitte Bardot hommage on their very cool magazine. It is definitely worth a look; amazing photographers, art and fashion… just great eye candy! Take a look here!
And as always, you can purchase this in my new store