‘Tis the Season…

Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Natale hilare et Annum Faustum, Buone Feste Natalizie, God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År, Fröhliche Weihnachten!


Ellen Von Unwerth: Not The Girl Next Door

Ellen Von Unwerth has the skill with her photography to capture the carnal beauty of some of the most beautiful women on earth.  

Ellen has been a premiere photographer for many years.  A former model before stepping behind the lens, she has a rare gift in being able to elicit sensuality from her subjects like no other.  

Ellen’s work has been consistently featured in VOGUE, INTERVIEW, VANITY FAIR, and I-D among many others and has been hired to create many advertising campaigns for CHANEL, GUESS, KATHERINE HAMNETT and ZAC POSEN.

Audrey Tautou photographed à la sex kitten by Ellen Von Unwerth.

Ellen von Unwerth was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1954.   She is a photographer and director, specializing in erotic femininity.  Ellen von Unwerth found fame when she first photographed Claudia Schiffer for Guess? Jeans in the early 1990s.

I remember this and many other gorgeous images of Claudia in my ELLE and VOGUE magazines.  Claudia was a goddess, reminiscent of Bridget Bardot.   

She won first prize at the International Festival of Fashion Photography in 1991 and has directed short films for designers and music videos.  Ellen photographed Dido’s Life for Rent album cover, Britney Spear’s Blackout, Christina Aguilera’s Back to Basics and Keeps Gettin’ Better, as well as Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope and more recently photographed Rihanna for the cover of her album Rated R.

Demi Moore by Ellen Von Unwerth.
Drew Barrymore photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth.
Emma Watson in a shoot for Vs magazine by Ellen Von Unwerth.
Sultry Eva Green
Kylie Minogue shot by Ellen Von Unwerth for Tous.
Ellen has directed many commercials and web films for top brands like Revlon, Clinique, Equinox and more, many featuring celebrities. 
Vanessa Paradis

While Ellen’s subjects often feature in the nude or lingerie, the women are never objectified and are moreover expressing an aspect of their own femininity.  

“I love beautiful women. I love to show their personality, their sexuality. There’s a fashion side to my erotic pictures: I love beautiful shoes and jewellery. But the erotic work I do is too daring and provocative for a fashion magazine. It’s more fun, and if you have the right girl who likes it, more exciting, too. It’s fashion photography, but with fewer clothes.” – Ellen Von Unwerth

“I love a picture that surprises you: you try to get everything perfect, then somehow it ends up looking wrong. That’s why I love this one. (see image below) It was taken with a Polaroid, one of those beautiful things that no longer exist. The light has caused the blurriness, giving the shot extra emotion. There’s something eerie about it, too: the girl’s expression is both vulnerable and strong.” – Ellen Von Unwerth in The Guardian newspaper.

Ellen lists Lartigue and Helmut Newton as influences, which is not surprising because I too see a clear Helmut Newton influence.  But I think the thing about Ellen is that she is all woman and engages with her subjects like only a woman can.

Feminine, sexy, a hint of the voyeur in us all and a little bit dirty… and oh so talented!


Sources: All images were found on Google Images search.  All photographs are by Ellen Von Unwerth. Quotes from The Guardian.

Look Book Part Deux

I know it has been a week since my last blog, but it is all because it has been way too hot and humid to sit at my computer.  Plus I have been sewing like a woman possessed too, and exploring Brisbane with my friend and basically just lying about as it is too hot to do anything!

So here are some more looks from the street to keep you inspired!

Gorgeous eyes, gorgeous hair…

Loving this belt action, belts just change an otherwise ordinary outfit so easily.  I have developed a bit of a fascination with belts and now I find myself spending too much time in front of the mirror deciding on which belt to wear!

Black and a Birkin, what more could a girl need?  Great hair.

Bling pants take any outfit up a notch.

Blazer, denim and brogues.  Our next Autumn/Winter uniform ladies.

Short trench rocks this look.

Blazer, Jacket, call it what you like, yes?  Those animal print loafers are fab too.

Gorgeous looks that people in the street rock so effortlessly this northern hemisphere season.

Jen is so naturally stylish – leather jacket, trilby, striped shirt and distressed denim… perfection!

Simple, elegant, gorgeous leather skirt too!  Notice the spotted hosiery?

I have noticed recently that I have quite a lot of grey in my wardrobe.  I is such a fantastic shade because you can add colour to add a subtle highlight which compliments so easily.

I just love these shoes of Anna Dello Russo’s, they look between a cross between a gladiator sandal, and a ballerina slipper.
This mother and daughter compliment each other so well.

Rachel McAdams doesn’t have a clue as to how cute she looks here.  I think she is just one of the best young actresses.  She’s going to be huge.

Those are some long boots!

Parisienne chic.  The print on her dress looks like a starry night.  Her ballet slippers are to die for!
Leather and stripes!
Navy perfection.  

We are having a great time here in Brisbane but oh the humidity, it’s a killer!  The girls keep asking if it is going to snow before Santa comes which is hilarious.  It’s hard for them to understand because they watch Christmas movies that are set in the northern hemisphere where it generally snows at Christmas time.  Here in Australia, well we spend our Christmas day at the beach eating seafood and ice cream! 


Sources: Garance Dorè, The Sartorialist, Vanessa Jackman, JakandJil, People, Stockholm Streetstyle.

Stocking Fillers

Well the tree is up and even if it was dressed by my four year-old and all the decorations are no higher than her, it looks amazing. I have miraculously completed all of my Christmas shopping, all that is left is to wrap the presents and sign the cards.

We are going away for about a month to Brisbane to house and cat-sit for a friend who is spending Christmas in London and Europe. I am treating this like a holiday because where we are staying is just delightful. Coffee and movies and slowly browsing the many bookstores will be a favourite pastime.

I decided that I would do my utmost to put together a post of the most amazing shoes that I have been able to find over the past few months. This is my Christmas present to my gorgeous readers, thank you for all your comments and for just popping in to read this year, you have been wonderful and my saving grace.

Deck the halls… tra la la la la la la la la!

These gorgeously decorative YSL heels look as if they would make the perfect tree ornament, yes?

Versace spotted platform pumps – I want a pair of these just so I can see if I can walk in them!

Thakoon – divine!

Tabitha Simmons – a new shining star on the women’s shoe designer front and Vogue fashion editor.

Tabitha Simmons – these look so comfy, me likey!

Tabitha Simmons

Whoa, these boots and tights are intense… you would not be able cross your legs wearing these!

Proenza – unusual design, not sure if I like these, they don’t look to comfy either but they are nothing if not original.

Prada Mohawk, these babies rock!

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte – it’s all in the detail, j’adore the detail!

I’m not too fussed on the boots, but I do like the sparkly socks

Alexander McQueen SS2010 – beam me up Scotty, these look like they have come from the future.  Incredible!

Stunning detail on these heels.  

Louis Vuitton – a very unusual collection was offered this season. I think these are the best of a bad bunch.  They look a little like a clog crossed with a Birkenstock.

Lovely Louboutin’s

Lanvin – loving the ankle jewellery! 

Jil Sander – look at the heel detail on this shoe!

Isabel Marant boots – Parisienne chic.

These are very Victoria Beckham.

These are just so gorgeous, I like, I wish, I heart!

Givenchy genius. 

Giambattista Valli – exquisite.

Dries Van Noten – the colour, the pattern, so Dries.

Dolce Dolce Dolce!

Louboutin and distressed denim..

on the catwalk

Derek Lam – the brogue pump?

Comme des Garçons brogues – brogues are going to be huge next winter.

Louboutin – the shoe version of a corset.

Chloe – sandles and socks – cute.

Chloe – Ashton Boot.

Ohne Titel boots – fierce and stunning.

I love, love, love these boots!  I wish I had these boots, I just j’adore them!

Balenciaga booties.

Alexander Wang – sexy beast

Alexander Wang – zipper detail – comfy, not?

Balmain –  these are just to-die-for!

Alexander McQueen – genius.  No one thinks and designs like McQueen.  No one.

Luella – ah, pretty.


This is not my last blog before Christmas, I am just whetting your appetite!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Seasons Greetings!


Sources: JakandJil.com, Garance Dorè.com

It’s just been one of those days…

As Dory says in Finding Nemo; “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”


Something to Get Your Teeth Into

I literally just came across these amazing pictures of Kristen and Rob in character as Bella and Edward.  They are divine and of course I felt absolutely compelled to share them with you all immediately!  The photographs and interview with Kristen and Rob featured in this December’s issue of US Harper’s Bazaar.

This one is my absolute favourite, reinventing the meadow scene… sigh!
This is the subscription only cover.

To read the interview with Kristen and Robert, click here.
The intention of the shoot was to vamp Bella up a bit, make it as gothic and sexy as possible.  Mission accomplished, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the magazine!

Sweet dreams everyone!


Source: US Harper’s Bazaar Dec 09 issue.

Colour Blocking: Yellow

Photograph by Garance Dorè.
I see yellow everywhere right now.   I feel like everyone is wearing it and I can no longer deny it’s appeal.
Stella McCartney 2010 Spring/Summer.

Yellow is a colour that a lot of people shy away from, but for me, I have always worn it.  I think it started out because when I was a little girl, my dance teacher always had my costumes made in either bright sunny yellow or emerald green.  It used to annoy me that my blonde friends would get to dress in pink and blue and purple.  Back then I would have loved another colour choice.  

But now I don’t mind so much.  

Bottega Veneta

Designers Spring/Summer 2010 runways of Milan and Paris featured many yellow hues.   

Dries Van Noten

Did you know that people who are blind to other colours can usually see yellow?  Yellow is full of creative and intellectual energy, it symbolises wisdom and means joy and happiness.  

Sonia Rykiel


Like the energy of a bright sunny day, yellow brings clarity and awareness.

Put some yellow in your life when you want clarity for decision-making, or when you need relief from burn-out, panic, nervousness or exhaustion.  It can help sharpen your memory and concentration skills as well as offer protection from lethargy and depression during dull weather.

Easton Pearson

Bottega Veneta

Some people might not like wearing yellow, but if you find the right shade, it can look amazing.  Think Renee Zellwegger in that gorgeous vintage dress she wore to the Academy Awards and the yellow Nina Ricci gown that Reese Witherspoon wore to the awards (not the same year of course).

And who could forget the stunning Vera Wang mustard yellow gown worn by Michelle Williams to the Oscars.  Such a transformation for her, wasn’t it?

And then there’s this gorgeous buttercup number on the equally gorgeous Miss Kate Moss. 

The point is that whether you are blonde, brunette, auburn or raven-haired, I promise you can wear yellow.  The trick is to find the shade that is right for you, that’s all!  

While I am not really feeling Ms Minogue’s high-waisters here, I am loving her peacoat!  

Angelina looks effortlessly chic in this bright and breezy dress paired with black ballet slippers.

I think that yellow is going to continue to be pretty easy to find on the racks of your favourite stores this summer because it has been a popular colour for designers for the past three years.

I just know that there are some of you out there that are reading this, still unconvinced, but I say to you – don’t worry if you feel that you just can’t bring yourself to wear yellow, because there is always that old standby – accessories!

Gotta love Marc Jacobs, am I right?

Ciao for now,


P.S. Very soon I am launching my first clothing label!  Hubby and I are hard at work and all will be revealed soon!  

Sources: crystal-cure.com, fashionnation.wordpress.com, people.com, garancedorè.com.

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