Annie Leibovitz

November 10, 2009 § Leave a comment

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Fashion influential extraordinaire.

Annie Leibovitz was the third of six children in an Air Force family. She started taking pictures when her family was stationed in the Phillipines during the Vietnam War, and went on to develop her skills at a kibbutz in Israel. When she returned to the United States in 1970, she worked for the burgeoning Rolling Stone, becoming their head photographer three years later.

At Rolling Stone, Leibovitz took many of the intimate portraits that have come to define her career. “If I didn’t have my camera to remind me constantly “I am here to do this” then I would eventually have slipped away, I think. I would eventually have forgotten my reason to exist.” – Annie Leibovitz

Leibovitz is not a fashion photographer, but her thought-provoking work has definitely influenced the fashion world. She is after all, the woman who captured a fully pregnant, nude Demi Moore for the cover of Vanity Fair in 1991, sparking both intense controversy and a string of limitations.

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Wednesday in the Men’s Department

November 10, 2009 § Leave a comment

It’s important to give yourself enough time in the morning. With enough time, you can put together a better outfit. If necessary, you can try on every pair of skinny leg jeans you own with a different pair of flats until you find the perfect match. (This rhymes). Catchy tune, yes?

The weather outside permits moderate layers without the grungy-overcoat-I’m-freezing look.

In today’s economy it’s imperative to know how to dress for less. For fabulous, affordable finds try vintage stores downtown, and secondhand clothing shops like Buffalo Exchange.

Today I fit a tight pair of dark wash jeans with layered tanks and a loose sweater.

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Richard Avedon

November 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

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Avedon Fashion 1944–2000 Richard Avedon (1923–2004) revolutionized fashion photography starting in the post-World War II era and redefined the role of the fashion photographer. Anticipating many of the cultural cross-fertilizations that have occurred between high art, commercial art, fashion, advertising, and pop culture in the last twenty years, he created spirited, imaginative photographs that showed fashion and the modern woman in a new light. He shook up the chilly, static formulas of the fashion photograph and by 1950 was the most imitated American editorial photographer. Injecting a forthright, American energy into a business that had been dominated by Europeans, Avedon’s stylistic innovations continue to influence photographers around the world.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics

November 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

A novel by Marisha Pessl. special-topics-in-calamity-physics

 

 

A Thursday in Tanks

November 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

I cannot get dressed in the morning without showering beforehand. I need my legs to be shaved, my deodorant fresh and my hair clean. (Tip: Wash your hair with shampoo twice, then condition. You hair does not get clean the first time around). Before styling hair, apply a moisturizing leave-in mist. I like Nexxus “Ultimate Moisturizing Leave-In Spray ($11 at drugstores). Today I am going to wear my hair curly – a break from the harsh heat of a dryer and damaging effects of a straightener.

I always pick my pants first. It is easier for me to work from the bottom up. If in doubt, throw on a white tank and layer from there. I have a bit of a problem when it comes to jeans… one can never have too many pairs of jeans, right? Right. Today I threw on a favorite “comfort” jean – Urban Outfitters Ankle Cigarette in black.13585575_01_b

Black jeans are always safe. The jeans fit straight throughout the leg with a higher waist. I pair them with gold (Tory Burch $195) flats to give my black a bit of color.

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On top, I throw on a white tank because I do not know where else to start. And the weather is giving me no direction.

I need to spice this up a bit. Animal print? Yes. Splendid Leopard-Print Tank ($49). The top is pictured in pink. I have it in grey. img-thing

Top with layered sweaters or a long jacket.

Voilà!

Boyfriend’s Blazer

November 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

An oversize, slouchy jacket to keep you warm in style. You can pair a blazer with the dress if the hemline of your dress sits just below the hemline of the jacket. This creates maximum flirt factor. If your blazer is a little longer, treat it as a tunic and throw over a pair of leggings. theor2079412867_p1_v1_m56577569831824444_254x5000519elenita-boyfriend-blazer_fablazer

Red Shoe, Inc.

November 4, 2009 § Leave a comment

I often find myself climbing the escalator to Neiman Marcus’s second floor ladies shoe department. I pretend to be interested in the Tory Burch flats, or the size 9 back-wall sale, the Stuart Weitzman pumps and the Dolce Vita leather boots but I gravitate (almost instantly) to the glistening display of Christian Louboutin candies for the feet. His signature red soul of each shoe makes jealous fashionista onlookers. The trick is learning to walk in the high heels so that those watching have a peak at the red. Wish list. Check.  One day…

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