Notebook Pages

Here are my latest finds and news from fashion, style, film and beautiful living.

Helen Beatty in Claire McCardell- Herman Landshoff-Mademoiselle 1951Vogue March 1983-Zoran the Wizard of Ease by Arthur Elgort
Lauren Hutton by Francesco Scavullo Vogue Sept 1975-Halston dress

Mainbocher corset-Horst P Horst-Vogue Paris 1939Geoffrey Beene design


Jeremy Lewis, the editor of Garmento magazine, gives (much due) credit to the American designers, on As I am one who has been long acclaiming America’s place on the fashion map, I’ve chosen a few designs of some of the names who have shaped American fashion (from top left, left to right). Claire McCardell: acknowledged as the creator of the “American Look”, a laid-back, casual approach that rejected the formal fashions dictated from Paris. Zoran: You may think that’s a Jil Sander 1990’s ad campaign, but it’s not. He was the ultimate minimalist, his designs being distinctive through the lack of decorations, natural materials and neutral colours. Halston: nobody has done understated glamour better than him, I believe. He made simplicity and wearability attractive. Mainbocher: one of America’s couturiers. Geoffrey Beene: Lewis names him as “one of fashion’s most innovative designers, far ahead of his time”. Remember the Céline coat copied from one of his designs? My favourite part of the feature? “Xerox: For all the copying American designers have been accused of over the years.”

• My film recommendation this week: Her (2013), directed by Spike Jonze. It’s a very good film, but it’s also very disturbing, because it tells some frightening truths about our world today, about the virtual world that’s taking over our lives.
• A great read: interview with Brunello Cucinelli, founder and chief executive of the namesake brand, one of the few luxury companies which can rightfully state ethics, dignity and morality as core values.
• Cindy Crawford is writing a book about her career and the lessons she’s learned, to be released in the fall of 2015, before she turns 50.
• Bird of Paradise: a beautiful summer editorial.
• Another great interview, this time with Gianni Versace, from 1977. “Why do you call me the miracle? […] I have my background anyway and I work so hard.”
• So beautiful! Elin Kling’s Balenciaga wedding dress.
• Minimalism, a documentary by Matt D’Avella, which looks to explore the idea of a simpler life and how we can adjust our lifestyles in a positive way.
• A tropical groove smoothie is just what I need on a hot summer day.

I wish you a wonderful weekend!

PS: During summer, the Notebook Pages are a bi-monthly feature.
photos: 1-Herman Landshoff for Mademoiselle, 1951 | Helen Beatty wearing a Claire McCardell dress / 2-Arthur Elgort for Vogue US, March 1983, “Zoran: The Wizard of Ease” editorial | Zoran look / 3-Francesco Scavullo for Vogue US, September 1975 | Lauren Hutton wearing a Halston dress / 4-Horst P. Horst for Vogue Paris, 1939 | Mainbocher Corset / 5-from the book Geoffrey Beene: An American Fashion Rebel, by Kim Hastreiter | Geoffrey Beene dress | Click on images to enlarge

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