Old, but New

Vogue US September 1989 Linda Evangelista by Peter Lindbergh

Something simple to start the week with. A look that does not age, with just one mention: it’s always going to be black skinny jeans for me, because leggings never leave my home. An oversized coat, in black or camel, would be needed too, because the cold has settled in. And as I am always on the run, this entire shot makes perfect sense for a Monday morning. Have a great week!

photo: Peter Lindbergh for Vogue US, September 1989 | Linda Evangelista

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Notebook Pages

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

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As November rolls in and makes way to colder and gloomy weather, I seem to be drawn to home-based activities, like perfecting my cooking skills and gathering with friends and family in the comfort of one’s home rather than going out. One of the places to go for inspiration is Manger, where France-based stylist, cook and food blogger Mimi Thorisson shares her passion for cooking and her idyllic life in Médoc. Manger is filled with culinary creations intermingled with glimpses into the family’s daily life that make you want to move to the countryside, all beautifully captured by Mimi’s husband photographer, Oddur Thorisson. But if some of the recipes seem a bit too complicated for my taste, or, to be honest, for me to tackle, I’m eager to try my hand at apple charlotte, Mont d’Or and almond potatoes, or baked apples with almond cream.

And by the way, this dark and moody photography style is another thing that seems to be perfect for this time of year.
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• If I were to be on the US West Coast in the following weeks, Avedon: Women would be a show I wouldn’t want to miss. Until December 21st.
• If only more people thought the same way: Actors and actresses, on why they  are not on Twitter.
• One of my favourite online reads is Mr. Porter Journal. Loved this piece on pioneer fashion photographer Norman Parkinson (the last few phrases made me laugh out loud).
• Cindy Crawford talks fashion, modelling and kids
• Acne Paper is a magazine I am dying to read (the ridiculously high shipping taxes keep putting me off ordering it), especially the latest Actresses Issue, featuring big names like Isabelle Huppert (as Greta Garbo), Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Anouk Aimée, Liv Ullmann, and many more, in interviews and/or fashion editorials.
• It’s a joy whenever I find a new appetising recipe, with pumpkin or squash as main ingredient.
• Something for the even colder days to come
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Have a wonderful weekend!

photos: Oddur Thorisson, for Manger

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Cuyana: Warmth and Elegance

Cuyana Fall 2013 lookbook
Invoking some of the things I love the most about fall, like vineyard frolicking or basking in the autumn sun by the lake, dressed in oversized soft sweaters, cosy capes and classic scarves, this beautifully curated lookbook was the first thing that arouse my interest about the newly discovered brand Cuyana. The products in their fall collection, of a beautiful simplicity and crafted to last a lifetime, are made from the finest 100% baby alpaca from the Andean mountains in Peru. Cuyana, which means “to love” in Quechua, celebrates a life with fewer, better things. It’s a philosophy I’m guided by as well. The brand’s Lean Closet Movement is also something worth thinking about and taking into consideration.
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Cuyana Fall 2013 catalogue

photos: Cuyana via Apartment 34 | You can view the entire lookbook here

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Naked State of Mind

Naked State of Mind nail polish by Mary Jo Matsumoto

It’s almost mid-November, the days have been moody, the kind of days that usually call for dark and rich details, like a red or burgundy nail polish, this one in particular. Instead, I’ve been wearing Naked State of Mind, by Mary Jo Matsumoto. Aerial and graceful, the shell pink colour is the perfect feminine touch to my tomboyish look I hardly stray away from during the cold months. But the beauty of its dusty transparency is that it goes with practically everything in your wardrobe, and while red nails may give character to an outfit, nude manages to conserve its style.

If you are not familiar with Mary Jo’s nail polishes yet, you should know that they are 4FREE, which means that they contain no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toulene or camphor. Silky, glistening and lasting, they are the only nail varnishes I’ve been wearing for more than a year. Because whenever I find a favourite beauty product, I know it’s going to be a long-term relationship.

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photo: by me | magazine photo: Vogue Italia, October 2013, Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana, photographed by Paolo Roversi

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Style Note: The Turtleneck

Audrey Hepburn by Steven Meisel for Vanity Fair 1991-1Audrey Hepburn by Steven Meisel for Vanity Fair 1991

A statement of quiet, yet bold elegance, a garment that it’s perfect in its simplicity. The ease it conveys, the poise it calls for, the way it sets off the face… It’s no wonder that the turtleneck, or the polo neck sweater, was one of the pieces that became synonymous with Audrey Hepburn. And my attention falls upon the most classic of them all, the black turtleneck. Following the line of the body, with its collar close fitting and long enough to be folded over, that was the typical polo neck pullover. I don’t think there is any other item that is equal parts comfortable and sophisticated.

As we are in late autumn, I must say that one of the things I most love about it is how, in cold weather, opting for a turtleneck instead of a scarf instantly elevates your look. A layer of warmth and elegance. You really can not improve on a polo neck and trench or on a roll neck and beautiful coat on top. Because less is more. 

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Style Note The Turtleneck-Lauren BacallActress Jean Simmons

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Films, not fashion (it doesn’t have the same power), and the style icons they created have been the ones who have propelled and maintained the powerful allure of the turtleneck (and of many other ageless wardrobe items) over time. Are we even interested in the brands of the sweaters Audrey Hepburn, or Marilyn Monroe, or Lauren Bacall, or Brigitte Bardot wore? It is their look, their style that we admire, and that’s what true style really is about.

A particular kind of the turtleneck was popularised by “the sweater girls” of the 40’s and 50’s, a term that described Hollywood actresses like Lana Turner, Jayne Mansfield and Jane Russell, who adopted the fashion of wearing sweaters two sizes too small to emphasize their busts and enhance their sex appeal. Lana Turner was the one who, with her debut role in They Won’t Forget, brought the turtleneck into vogue. But if the “sweater girls” made it sexy, Audrey made it timeless. And I think I will stick with the latter.

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But it’s also true that I can not leave out designers like Calvin Klein, Halston and Ralph Lauren when I think of the enduring appeal of the turtleneck. It’s a garment that has been part of their collections, at one time or another. Furthermore, it’s been part of their personal style. It’s easy to see how the polo neck would naturally integrate in the clean, streamlined aesthetic of Halston and Calvin Klein designs, and it’s just as easy to picture it paired with a long evening skirt and heirloom jewellery or with a tuxedo at Ralph Lauren. It really goes with everything.

“Turtlenecks are the most comfortable garment you can wear. They move with the body, and they’re flattering too, because they accentuate the face and elongate the figure. They make life so easy: you can wear a turtleneck to work and then afterwards throw on a jacket, and it becomes very dressy. You can go anywhere you like,” Halston said.

Arizona Muse for Louis Vuitton photographed by nez and Vinoodh

And there is the fashion photography that has played its part in immortalising the turtleneck look too. And the most recent story I can think of is Arizona Muse in the Louis Vuitton ad campaign photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. A look that can make history.

It is however the striking black and white fashion photography, especially of the likes of Peter Lindbergh and Bruce Weber, that I consider the best canvas for emphasizing the undeniable allure and the plea for naturalness of the turtleneck. Photography that has further enhanced its iconic status.

Kate Moss by Bruce Weber for Vogue Italia, October 2000

Style Note The Turtleneck - Linda EvangelistaDaria Werbowy photographed by Nico & styled by Claudia Englmann for Marie Claire France, November 2013.

Milla Jovovich by Peter Lindbergh

If you want to have a wardrobe staple that will last you for years to come, choose fabrics such as merino wool, cashmere or even cotton. An investment in quality always pays off and will always make a difference.

photos: 1,2-Steven Meisel for Vanity Fair, 1991 / 2-on the set of War and Peace, 1953 (Audrey Hepburn) / 4-publicity still (Lauren Bacall) / 5-Metro Goldwyn Meyer (Jean Simmons) / 6-Alfred Eisentaedt for Life Magazine, 1953 (Marilyn Monroe at home in Hollywood) / 7-Bruce Weber for Calvin Klein Fall 1986 ad campaign / 8-Ralph Lauren ad campaign / 9-David Sims for Esprit Fall 2011 ad campaign (Gisele Bündchen) / 10-Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for Louis Vuitton ad campaign (Arizona Muse) / 11-Bruce Weber for Vogue Italia, October 2001 (Kate Moss) / 12-source unknown (Linda Evengelista) / 13-Nico for Marie Claire France, November 2013, styled by Claudia Englmann (Daria Werbowy) / 14-Peter Lindbergh (Milla Jovovich)

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