Give a frock Friday

stardust edie campbell peter lindbergh grace coddington vogue us, june 2013 09

This image of English model Edie Campbell by Peter Lindbergh is from an editorial called Stardust which was featured in American Vogue’s June 2013 issue. The shoot was styled by Grace Coddington (yes I’m still in Grace-mode) and the frock is very 60s inspired tobacco-brown suede shirtdress from Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane.

I’m going to be busy busy over the next week because I’m teaching Sun Salutations this Thursday at teacher training! So excited because who doesn’t love sun salutations right? I’m still nervous, but the more we teach the easier it will get – I hope!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!

love & light xo



Give a frock Friday

“Couture Clash” Shalom Harlow in Christian Lacroix Spring 1997 Haute Couture for  Vogue US April 1997

 Couture Clash – Shalom Harlow in Christian Lacroix Haute Couture, Spring 1997. Photographed by the fabulous and amazing Peter Lindbergh for American Vogue, April 1997.

Lacroix sweety, Lacroix! Eddie in Absolutely Fabulous is of course a huge fan of Christian Lacroix, as am I. So glad that he’s still designing, it’s just a shame it isn’t for his own label. But there’s nothing shabby about designing a one-off collection for Schiaparelli Couture.

I made a good start on my Christmas shopping today, so I’m very pleased with myself, I even found a secret place to park that was in the shade and close to where I needed to be. Shh! It’s a secret!

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are!



Give a frock Friday

Bottega-Veneta-Spring-Summer-2013-Ad-Campaign-03I celebrated my birthday this week, and it has been one of the best birthdays ever! You know how some birthdays are just very, I don’t know, ho-hum and pedestrian? Total opposite this one. It started on Monday and has been going all week! So I decided that I would post a picture of my most favourite frock of the season and it is definitely this one from Bottega Veneta‘s Spring 2013 collection. The advertising campaign was shot by legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh and I know I’ve posted a picture of this frock before, but I found a website which had behind the scenes shots which I thought you might enjoy. This one is of Danish model Freja Beha Erichsen with Peter Lindbergh on set. Look how short he is and how tall she is! So cute. Click through the image for the source link.

5qhlhMy birthday celebrations continued today with a catch up with my bff and and will end tomorrow evening with a big family gathering. How spoilt do I feel? Pretty spoilt! I have much to do before then, I have to bake a Persian Love Cake (no I’m not making my own birthday cake, I just promised my family I’d make one for our next gathering) and lots of boring old chores which won’t get done tomorrow so I have to dash about the house like a mad-woman to get it all done before I pick the girls up from school. Can I squeeze in some yoga too perhaps?

Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are – and happy birthday to anyone reading this and is celebrating a birthday this week too!

love & light xo

I Heart… Lindbergh + Bottega Veneta + Freja

Peter Lindbergh, one of fashion’s most talented photographers, and one of my personal favourites shot the Spring 2013 Bottega Veneta campaign featuring Freja Beha Erichsen. The images are timeless and this dress is to die for, and Freja looks pretty fabulous too!


Hope you’re having a good week, its scorching hot here, too hot for the beach but maybe later this afternoon?

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I Heart…

Christy Turlington has always been my favourite of the original Supermodels.

Christy Turlington by Arthur Elgort for Interview magazine, 1987.

In honour of Christy’s fortieth birthday in 2009, W magazine put together a collection of iconic images from her career, some of which I’ve posted here, but you can view the slideshow here.

Christy for Vogue Italia, March 1994 by Steven Meisel.

Those doe eyes, perfect lips and button nose. That look she has when she’s looking right into the camera. No one does it like she can. Her face, which has been the face of many campaigns throughout her career, was once used by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as the face of 120 mannequins!

Christy by Richard Avedon in an ad for Gianni Versace FW 1987.

Christy by Ellen von Unwerth for Vogue Italia, 1990.

Christy by Herb Ritts.

Christy always could work a great fringe.

And don’t get me started on her hair! Perfection. She can wear it long, short, curly or straight, fringe or pulled back off her flawless face. She is a chameleon. Yep. I guess by now you can tell she’s been a long-time girl crush of mine.

Christy on the runway for Dolce and Gabbana, 1992.

Christy models Atelier Versace, Fall/Winter 1990/1991.

I love her sophisticated but casual style. Here she is in a simple LBD and sandals with her daughter Grace in 2006.

Model, mother, wife, yogi, women’s health advocate and anti-smoking activist, designer and natural beauty. I guess some women are just born lucky? Sigh…

How’s your week going? xx

P.S. Bonus Christy video from the 90s for you – just a little something for you to look back on, but you know something funny? I watched this and there are guys in the video – I only remember the girls being in it 🙂

Here’s Christy and Naomi, Linda, Tatjana and Cindy in George Michael’s Freedom! 90 video – enjoy!

Vogue + Ewan McGregor = Swoon!

I came across the July American VOGUE today (with the gorgeous Marion Cottillard on the cover) and while casually flicking through it I came upon a very luxe and beautifully shot editorial.

Photographed by the masterful Peter Lindbergh featuring Natalia Vodianova modeling the best of the Fall/Winder 2010 collection and styled by none other than Grace Coddington.   

What I love most about this splendid pictorial is Ewan McGregor. I have always had a crush on Ewan and seeing him looking so well-dressed in the pages of VOGUE, well, how fantastic is he?  I’m pleased as punch!

The story is a play on a 50s marriage gone wrong, (or is it 60s?  Because with her hair very much styled in 60s fashion, the story seems much more a 60s marriage gone wrong).  It reminds me a little of the famous W shoot by Steven Klein “Domestic Bliss” with Brad and Angelina.  

Anyway, I digress… As much as I believe in Ewan’s character in these shots, I’m not so convinced about Natalia.  Sure she looks amazing in the couture, but she doesn’t carry the role of 50s housewife and adulterer.  She looks too European really and even though she’s the mother of 3 children in real life, she still looks too doll-faced for me to appear anything other than Lolita-esque (sorry Natalia).  I think perhaps a better choice for this may have been Jessica Stam, Raquel Zimmerman, or Angela Lindvall.

Peter Lindbergh’s photographs convey a lot of emotion, and it is divine to see him back shooting for VOGUE for the first time in (I think) fourteen years.  I’m not sure why Ewan was selected for this editorial, perhaps it has something to do with an upcoming movie promotion, but no matter the reason, it sure is nice to see him in a Dior Homme 3-piece suit nonetheless. 

Oh and the couture wasn’t half-bad either.


Peter Lindbergh: a Poet of Glamour

Peter Lindbergh’s photography has been published by every major international fashion magazine and he has been commissioned for the campaigns of the worlds’ leading fashion designers, from Giorgio Armani, Dior and Prada to Donna Karan and Calvin Klein.

Peter Lindbergh’s instinct for photography is that of someone who could have been born with a camera in his hand, but the truth is that he didn’t pick up a camera until he was 27 years old, after which he was under the tutelage of advertising photographer Hans Lux.  ‘I got into fashion photography by accident,’ Lindbergh elaborates, ‘I did advertising photography for five years. Then one day a magazine editor called me and said that my advertising didn’t look like advertising. He gave me a fashion story. I did it, then Stern saw it and gave me fourteen pages.’  Then it was on to Marie Claire, Vogue and when Liz Tilberis began editing Harper’s Bazaar, she brought in Lindbergh and Patrick Demarchelier for a small fortune, which in turn starting a bidding war that has benefited even those who stayed with Condé Nast, like Steven Meisel.

Describing his work, American Photo has said: “The most important quality in Peter Lindbergh’s fashion photography is a forthright, almost shocking honesty. His models seem to open themselves emotionally to his camera. Amid the artifice, they seem real.”

He is considered to be one of the world’s preeminent fashion photographers and is credited with helping create the supermodel phenomenon of the 1990s.

He made a major contribution to the optical creation of this worldwide myth with his book Ten Women.  Published in 1996, Lindbergh devoted one chapter each to ten of the most beautiful and most celebrated models of the time: Naomi Campbell, Helen Christensen, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Kristen McMenamy, Kate Moss, Tatjana Patitz, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington and Amber Valetta.

Lindbergh is also a distinguished television commercial director. Many of his commercials have involved such fragrances as Guerlain “Champs-Elysées” with Sophie Marceau, Calvin Klein,” Eternity” with Christy Turlington, Jil Sander “No.4,” with Linda Evangelista, Giorgio Armani “Gio,” Lancome “Tresor,” Coty “Manifesto” with Isabella Rossellini, and Karl Lagerfeld’s “Sun Moon Stars” with Daryl Hannah. He directed his first documentary-length film in 1991. “Models-The Film,” was shot in New York with Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz and Stephanie Seymour. 

He photographed the 1996 Pirelli Calendar with Nastassja Kinski, Tatjana Patitz, Carré Otis, Eva Herzigova, Kristen McMenamy and Navia, and the 2002 Pirelli Calendar with among others Brittany Murphy, Mena Suvari, Kiera Chaplin and Selma Blair.

Among the many personalities he has photographed are Hilary Swank, Sharon Stone, Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Deneuve, Brad Pitt, Ashley Judd, Uma Thurman, John Malkovich, Charlotte Rampling, Samuel Jackson, Joaquin Cortès, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Gena Rowland, John Travolta, Pamela Anderson, Antonio Banderas, Milla Jovovich, Cate Blanchett, Connie Nielsen, Adrien Brody, Asia Argento, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diane Lane, Jennifer Lopez, Jeanne Moreau, Vincent Perez, Penelope Cruz, Chiara Mastroianni, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Scarlett Johanssen, Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, James Coburn, Salma Hayek and Pedro Almodovar.

In 1997, he was presented the International Fashion Awards prize for Best Photographer, conferred in Paris by a jury of over 400 of the most important names in the fashion industry. His collaborators, Make-Up Artist Stephane Marais and Hair Stylist Odile Gilbert were also awarded the top distinction in their fields. 

Lindbergh was honored with the same award in 1995, when he also became an Honorary Member that year of the highly exclusive German Art Directors Club. In October, 1996, in Berlin, he was conferred the Raymond Loewy Foundation’s Award, Europe’s most important design honor.

Peter Lindbergh seems to be quite taken with this no-makeup, minimal-to-no retouching concept: In April, he captured Eva Herzigova, Ines de la Fressange, and a slew of European actresses without makeup or retouching for French Elle. A month after, he told the New York Times that he was tired of subjects in fashion magazines looking like overly-Photoshopped “objects from Mars”: My feeling is that for years now it has taken a much too big part in how women are being visually defined today. Heartless retouching should not be the chosen tool to represent women in the beginning of this century.

Lindbergh continues to lead the charge against excessive retouching, this time by capturing supermodels Amber Valletta, Nadja Auermann, Helena Christensen, Shalom Harlow, Claudia Schiffer, Tatjana Patitz, Cindy Crawford, and Kristen McMenamy without makeup or excessive retouching for Harper’s Bazaar‘s September 2009 issue.

Considered one of the great masters of black and white photography, Peter Lindbergh is acclaimed for his cinematic images, which have redefined the world of fashion photography with their compelling realism, lack of pretension and ineffable depth of emotion.

My favourite is the one of the girls on the beach in their white shirts, having fun and looking carefree, enjoying themselves.

Ciao for now,


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