Isn’t it incredible how this photograph in black and white speaks of summer? Exotic location. Beautiful light. Camera in hand. Shirt dress and sunglasses. Summer holiday is the first thing that springs into my mind. As we are still trying to settle into some sort of a routine as a family of three, our travelling plans have been put on hold for the moment, but this only means that we’re enjoying each summer day more just as it comes. And as long as we are on the subject, here are some beautiful thoughts on summer travelling from one of my favourite travel writers, Francisca Mattéoli. Yes, each trip should hold something from that childhood innocence that used to feed our dreams.
photo: Lauren Bacall on location in Jaipur, India, 1958
Its structured form is one of the details I love about a classic trench. But this architectural design from Acne Studios, accented with a stiff, stand-away storm flap and pockets, feels completely new again, while the linen and poplin are giving us the right fabric for the season. Going against the trending slouchy silhouette that’s been around for a few good seasons, but still breathing an easy-going vibe, it’s the kind of style that really speaks my language.
photo: Acne Studios Resort 2016, via Style.com
While I still prefer the Roland Garros and Australian Open, I can’t deny that Wimbledon has its unique charm (the commitment to the all-white equipment being part of it). And as I was viewing the draws on a late Sunday night, before the championship kicked off on Monday, I was thinking of all the values it stands for, from tradition and fair play, to the love for the game. In our modern day mall and Facebook culture, I would love to see more people and the younger generations in particular (having been born at the beginning of the 80’s, I feel that my generation is about the last one brought up differently, instilled with a sound set of values) take notice and practice a more active life and take on open air sports, as part of a healthy, this-is-good-for-me (and not the look-at-me-I-am-on-Facebook kind of way) lifestyle.
Back to tennis though, one of the things I love about my favourite sport is that it incorporates a heavy dose of individual style. On the tennis court you feel sporty and preppy at the same time. And because preppy hails from menswear, here is a look at one of the tennis greatest, Björn Borg. I didn’t get to see him play, but I take my father’s word for it. He tells me the Swedish player defied analysis, as nobody was able to figure out how he won six French Open and five straight Wimbledon titles. He was the first tennis player in the modern era to be able to switch from the slow clay of Paris to the speedy grass courts of London with almost seamless transition. Enygmatic, committed, but never obsessive, Borg was the man who changed tennis, inspiring a generation and a nation (and the likes of Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg) – his use of the double-handed backhand shot had never been seen before, and was to change the way tennis was played from then on. And because we often talk about style on the blog, Borg is also ranked as one of the most stylish men in tennis ever, on and off court. Polo t-shirts, V-neck sweaters, jeans, that headband and an undeniable aloofness? Rightfully so, I would say.
photos: 1-Getty Images (Wimbledon, 1980) / 2,3-GQ.com
I asked my husband if he would wear a Marilyn Monroe photo printed t-shirt. He said yes, but he quickly stressed out that he would leave the rest of the outfit out. I knew he would. I love the inspiration, I appreciate the creativity, it’s Dries Van Noten after all, but I am not a fan of the embellished, softened style (leopard printed trench, sequined or slouchy trousers) for men, not even for the sake of the show. But aren’t the t-shirt and that knitwear adapted from Erwin Blumenfeld’s classic 1950 Vogue cover just great? I would wear them myself, too. Even this kind of prints looks standoffish and a lot better on men’s clothes.
photos: Dries Van Noten Menswear SS 2016 / 1-WWD.com (edited) / 2-Style.com (edited)
I know I could constantly use suggestions on what new fashion books are worth buying, so here are a couple of new discoveries, as well as a few recently or soon to be released options which not only promise to be interesting reads, but also double as great coffee table volumes.
Norman Parkinson’s innovative photography moved beyond the stiffness of the times and captured an easy elegance and liveliness, and an authentic spirit. He was one of the pioneer photographers who took the models out of the confines of the studio and into far flung locations all over the world. Norman Parkinson: Portraits in Fashion is updated with additional unforgettable Parkinson photographs, including a striking collection of Audrey Hepburn images to coincide with the National Portrait Gallery’s Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon exhibition in the UK, from July 2nd to October 18th.
In case waiting for the release of this book seems too long (guilty as charged), here is another one, already available from the beginning of this month, celebrating one of the world’s greatest designers on his 40th year in fashion: Vogue on Giorgio Armani . The story of Giorgio Armani and his distinctive style, accompanied by first-class photographs and illustrations from the Vogue archive.
This publication is not new, as it was released two years ago, but given its topic, I don’t know how it has escaped me so far. The 40’s are not only one of the most glamorous decades, but also one that saw an explosion of contemporary forward-looking fashions. 1940s Fashion: The Definitive Sourcebook promises to offer a comprehensive overview on those times, from the austerity fashions of the war, to Dior’s New Look and the rise of Hollywood glamour.
Two designers who shaped the revolutionary 70’s and, in fact, modern fashion. Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the ’70s examines side by side the careers of Yves Saint Laurent and Halston, and this makes perfect sense. I can see many similarities between the designs and influences of the two and I must confess I like to see American and French fashion treated equally. I am expecting an engaging analysis from authors Patricia Mears and Emma McClendon.
Styling the Stars: Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archive, by Angela Cartwright and Tom McLaren, is another classic Hollywwod style-themed book, a stunning collector’s volume of both film and fashion photography that takes you through the indisputable sense of style classic Hollywood films had. I am in! Providing a striking record of the evolution of Hollywood fashion from the Thirties to the Seventies, this book takes you backstage into the intimate world of the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant and Paul Newman – I love that it doesn’t leave men’s style out.
Dior by Avedon: Richard Avedon’s most memorable images of Dior fashions and portraits from the ’40s through the ’70s. I, for one, can certainly find a place on my shelf for yet another tome of some of the most famed fashion photography.
photos (left in each collage): Norman Parkinson, 1954, featuring Enid Boulting in a Hardy Amies suit / 2-Aldo Fallai / 2-unknown (Rita Hayworth, 1941) / Francesco Scavullo for Vogue, April 1973, featuring Lauren Hutton in a Halston dress / movie still from Niagra (1953), 20th Century Fox / Richard Avedon