Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

First time hosting thanksgiving with families and watching Charlie Brown with a satisfied belly :)

They've been hiding today

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Waist vs. Butt

Alber Elbaz's style: the black suit along with a silk bowtie and black rectangular glasses.

We can already guess who may not be interested in the movie in the last post. On his ouster from Yves Saint Laurent by Gucci Group in 2000, Alber Elbaz said "Some people had a different perception of my work, or thought that a designer should be more handsome or more out there, which is not my story." Elbaz is known for his fashion philosophy —the elegant simplicity of a Lanvin dress or skirt or sweater should last for many seasons.

We also know who sure doesn’t think it’s cool to flaunt. Elbaz doesn’t want to define trends; he wants his designs to be timeless, perfectly resonated in the logo of Lanvin—a mother and daughter holding hands. Elbaz can’t bear the word sexy anymore; he wants to bring beauty back to fashion. Elbaz doesn’t begin designing a dress with the butt, but with the waist, where he sees as the most important part of a woman’s body.

For Alber Elbaz, the beauty of the Lanvin job lay in the lack of image, when a Taiwanese publishing magnate, Shaw-Lan Wang, bought Lanvin from L’Oréal in 2001.When Elbaz left Israel, he dropped the ‘t’ from his first name. In Judaism, if you change your name, you change your destiny. At Lanvin, the world’s oldest running couture fashion house, he is changing its destiny, quietly, with his own vision.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Single Man

Tom Ford, with his notoriously provocative advertising campaigns, was not known for his subtlety—the exact reason why his call to Colin Firth, the Mr. Darcy, could have easily been mistaken for a Vanity Fair project photo shoot. But when Firth read the script of “A single man”, he was convinced it was not a series of visual delights, but a story important for Ford.

Receiving rave reviews at a preview screening at the Venice Film Fest, this first movie attempt by Tom Ford was adapted from Christopher Isherwood's novel A Single Man, written in 1964, praised at the time for its artistry but also denounced for its then unpalatable subject matter.

Another cast member who gets a good grasp of the script, and maybe a good chance for her supporting role in the Oscar is Julianne Moore. I would imagine that it helps to gain a fine understanding of “Mrs. Dalloway” in “The Hours” about Virginia Woolf, who applauded Mr. Isherwood “the great hope of English letters.” Julianne Moore wears one black and white long gown that is so Los Angeles in the 1960’s, designed by Arianne Phillips, the Oscar-nominated Costume Designer for “Walk The Line” and Madonna’s stylist. “Costumes inform character, help underscore and illustrate mood, tone, and texture.” She was flattered to be the chosen costume designer by Ford.

The Australian

Monday, November 9, 2009

That tan corduroy blazer

That tan corduroy blazer, once worn by Bill Murray in the Royal Tenenbaums, will be seen again on Mr. Fox next week—over Mr. Fox’s fur, to be accurate. How is that to add to the quirky specificity in Wes Anderson's movies? If Grace Kelly’s clothes in Rear Window gave her an identity, as commented by Wes Anderson, the corduroy blazer seemed to have become a symbol of his distinctiveness in real life. Like a stopped fashion watch, the blazer had the occurring appearances in many occasions including the Sartorialist last year.

In the Royal Tenenbaums, Richie always dresses in his tennis gear and Margot always wears barrettes. Same style goes to Wes Anderson’s casting for his movies—always in the lists are Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman—even as the voices—American accent is okay since the animals in England don’t speak. Style is all about consistency after all, isn’t it? Eight years after the Royal Tenenbaums, Wes Anderson is still wearing that tan corduroy blazer. It's not the same suit, though, he told the Gardian. “They last a couple of years. I have a guy who makes them specially for me. They're very inexpensive and I can just call him up and say, can I have another one please?”

BTW, I’m still looking for a knee-length striped Lacoste dress that Margot had.

only style remains the same

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I invented grunge

“Hey, I invented grunge! It’s a look I’ve been sporting for years,” Even Grungetta won’t deny that. Oscar the Grouch has been, more often than not, grouchy for 40 years, since he was put into the garbage can after Jim Henson encountered a grumpy waiter at a New York restaurant Oscar’s Tavern.

Approaching 40 in a few days, Oscar cannot be more ill-tempered. Not only was he told that some early 'Sesame Street' episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today's preschool child, but he had to teach grown-ups fashion? Well, together with some other fashion icons—oh, no, not Vera Wang or Carolina Herrera—we mean Big Bird in feather, and Bert in stripes, the fashion education day in fact turned out to be one of those more enlightened time for him on the street.

Harper's Bazaar

Google Doodle Celebrates Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary in the next 10 days: