Give a frock Friday

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As it’s Fashion Week in Paris, I thought I would post this picture of Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz with Brazilian model Caroline Trentini. This picture from Vogue was shot by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz in the Lanvin Atelier in Paris September 2004. It’s beheind the scenes images of these incredible couture houses that I love so much. The incredible talent in the fingers of the women that work there bringing to life the imaginations of the likes of Alber Elbaz – oh to have that much creativity in even my little pinky!

I like this quote taken from an interview with Alber Elbaz conducted by 90s supermodel Stephanie Seymour for Interview magazine: “You know what it is? I love and respect women. I work mostly with women. And you know, our logo for Lanvin is a mother and a daughter. I’ve always said, “It’s not a lion, and it’s not a horse. It’s a mother and a daughter.” I find the logo very emotional. We really started from scratch eight years ago at Lanvin. It’s the oldest couture house in the world, but when I came onboard, it was a great name without much in it. We slowly moved in. I love coffee, but I always say not everything has to be instant. We took the time. It took eight years to move from 15 accounts to 400 accounts. What’s important is to maintain it as a family business. It’s very much like Interview, which you don’t talk about as a group—it’s a family. The nature of fashion is family. You see that at almost every house—it was owned first by a family. It wasn’t owned by a bank. In fact, the bankers went into fashion later . . . And look what happened to fashion!” Here! Here! Alber!

So today we’re midway through the spring school holidays here and so far, so good – everyone is still alive, and with smiles on their faces! I’m feeling like rearranging furniture in the house today… which room should I start with?

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo

Give a frock Friday

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Katy Perry looking a little like Jane Russell in that famous shot of her from the 1943 Howard Hughes western classic, The Outlaw.  Katy’s red duchess-satin strapless frock is by Zac Posen, worn over a cream Blumarine dress with lace detail. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz for American Vogue July 2013 issue. Make up by Gucci Westman for Revlon, hair by Didier Malige and the fashion editor for this shoot was Tonne Goodman.

Happy Winter Solstice my fellow Southern Hemisphere dwellers!

love & light xo

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Keith Richards and Patti HansenPatti Hansen and Keith Richards on their wedding day December 18, 1983, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

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Phoebe Philo


Phoebe Philo looking cool in her London atelier.

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

I hope you enjoy my new series featuring pictures of people I think are Cool with a capital ‘C’!

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Give a frock Friday

Natalia Vodianova stars in Grace Coddington’s vision of Lewis Carrol’s classic Alice in Wonderland, photographed by Annie Leibovitz for American Vogue, December 2003. In this shot, Christian Lacroix is the March Hare and Stephen Jones is who else but The Mad Hatter.  Natalia wears Christian Lacroix Haute Couture with painted and sulpted mink dickey over lace top and frilled lame skirt and her hat is custom made Stephen Jones, of course.  A classic novel and a timeless editorial. See the whole thing here.

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Give a frock Friday

Katy Perry in a gown by Christian Dior Haute Couture, on the Carrousel de Paris in the Jardins du Trocadéro, Paris.  Photographed for Vanity Fair by Annie Leibovitz, June 2011.

We are all very excited about the lead up to Christmas here. My girls are getting ready for Santa, counting down the sleeps till his arrival. 

We will be 17 strong for our Christmas day feast and I have no clue as to where everyone is going to sit, much less if I have enough plates, knives and forks and I know I certainly don’t have enough wine glasses…  Oh well, we could always do two sittings I suppose!

Have a great weekend and Merry Christmas!


Michelle as Marilyn

I am so looking forward to seeing Michelle Williams in the new film My Week with Marilyn.  I’m not sure when it opens here in Australia (February 16, I think?) and when it does open, I am going to be the first in line.  
Michelle Williams in character, photographed by Annie Leibovitz for American Vogue, October 2011.

Marilyn and new husband Arthur Miller (played by Dougray Scott) in a scene from the film.

I have always been an admirer of Marilyn Monroe, I read everything and anything I could get my hands on over the years.  

Set in 1956 and based on a memoir written by Colin Clark, a third assistant director on The Prince and the Showgirl, the movie Marilyn was in London to make along side British thespian Sir Laurence Olivier.

Watch the trailer for the film below:

I have read some interviews with Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh (whom I adore) and it has given me even more incentive to see it because they both seem to be so invested in their respective roles.  

Biopics always face a tough audience because they are always going to be judged and scrutinised by die-hard fans.  This is the first film about Marilyn to be made in some time, just when you thought there are no tales left to tell…  

Personally, I can’t wait.



Give a frock Friday

It’s Friday and that means it’s time to rock a gorgeous frock and so here it is…

Karlie Kloss wearing Zac Posen’s romantic ruffled duchesse-satin dress, photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue US July 2009.  

Dream a little dream…

Have a great weekend.


Great Expectations

To say I am eagerly anticipating the release of the film NINE would be a massive understatement.  I cannot tell you how many times I have watched the trailer, hoping against hope to see something new or gain further insight into the production.

To watch the trailer for NINE, click here.

November VOGUE in America features four of the cast members on its cover, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson.  

Shot by Annie Leibovitz, another portrait features all the female leads; Judy Dench, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Fergie, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Sophia Loren.

To read the VOGUE article written by Plum Sykes, click here.

To all of my friends and followers and readers, thank you for your lovely comments these past couple of weeks.  Life has been very challenging but so far, so good.  We are feeling very much at home with our family here in Oz.  Yesterday we experienced the joy of spending the day all together.  Three generations of us, and it was just as I expected – wonderful and touching, and so lovely watching my girls bond with their cousins… I couldn’t ask for anything more.  Pure joy.

Ciao for now,



I Heart Natalia as Alice.

There is no other photographer like Annie Leibovitz because she has the innate ability to bring life and light to the subjects in her photographs.  

Natalia Vodianova in blue flower ruffle dress designed by Olivier Theyskens (as Lewis Carroll) for Rochas. 

This US Vogue editorial was shot in 2003 and stars Natalia Vodianova as Alice.  Honestly, I’ve always wondered what the fuss is about Natalia but after seeing these images I now see her in a whole new light.  What’s bizaar about that is these shots are six years old! 

Vodianova in sky-blue silk satin dress by Tom Ford (as the White Rabbit) for YSL Rive Gauche.

Also featured in this editorial are designers of the couture modeled by Natalia.   Annie has become known for her elaborate editorials for magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair.

 Helmut Lang organza mini-dress.

How great is this shot of Alice after she drinks the potion so she then grows too big for the room.  I love Vodianova’s expression in this shot, and the colour of the dress is gorgeous.

Vodianova with Marc Jacobs (as a mushroom dweller) in his ruffled chiffon mini-dress.

I can only imagine the size of her budget for this scale of work.  Most other photographers can only dream of having the budget she must have to work with.

 Vodianova in blue silk-jersey draped dress by Jean-Paul Gaultier (as the Cheshire Cat).

The logistics of organizing a shoot of this scale is mind-boggling.  Getting the designers to agree to the shoot too would not have been easy I’m sure (the size of the egos involved – can you imagine?).

 Vodianova in Viktor & Rolf multi-layered silk dress.

Brilliant but eccentric designers Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren as Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee is casting genius!  Magically Annie uses her lens to bring these characters to life.  How does she get her subjects to show such depth?  You can see it in their eyes, their facial expression and in their body language.

Vodianova in Christian Lacroix Couture dress of lace and frilled lame.

Alice joins Christian Lacroix as the March Hare and Milliner Stephen Jones as the Mad Hatter for tea.

Vodianova in Dior Haute Couture hand-painted polka-dot dress by John Galliano.

John Galliano (wearing a Dior Haute Couture coat) as the Queen of Hearts looks like he had a ball doing this shoot.  He is accompanied by his King, Alexis Roche.

  Vodianova in Atelier Versace layered silk-tulle and chiffon-organza dress lined in lace.

Donatella Versace as the Gryphon and Rupert Everett as the Mock Turtle, his sorrow is that “once, I was a real turtle”.  Annie’s work is now so stylised that it is not difficult to know you are looking at a Leibovitz photograph.  Much like knowing a garment is made by Chanel, you just know, it’s unmistakable.

 Vodianova in ocean-blue crystal pleated chiffon Balenciaga Couture dress by Nicholas Ghesquiere.

Although these days I’m sure all Annie has to do is turn up and take the picture because all the hard work is done by staff.  But she still has to start with a vision and a concept. 

Did I mention that the couture is to-die-for?  Goes without saying really.

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