ArtFeatured Illustrator: Hilla Hryniszyn

 
With a twist of graphite, a pinch of painting and a dash of digital, Polish artist, Hilla Hryniszyn, brings to life soft and fashionable illustrations with a vintage-y feel. These little Lolitas are as captivating as a stack of antique photographs, and include striking line work paired with rich detail and patterning. Check out more of Hilla’s work on her photostream and take a little look-see at her adorable blog while you’re at it!
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Attention Readers! Do you draw or illustrate? We would love to see your work and possibly feature it on our blog! Email sienna@lulus.com with images or a link to your work!

InterviewsOutfit Inspiration: Practical Magic


When I was a pre-teen there was nothing more in the world I wanted to be than a witch. It was so cool, you guys. Then Practical Magic came along. It was a movie about sisters and witches?! Count me in. Me and my sister were (well, still are) inseparable, and this movie is the epitome of me and my sisters’ friendship and currently a fashion inspiration. Plus its about witches!
 

For me, Gilly was always the one I favored, especially outfit wise, probably because she is such a free spirit and I thought she was like me. But let us not forget the best part of this movie, character and fashionwise: Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest! Their love of ridciulously large hats and Stevie Nicks inspired duds, makes me strive to be like them even more. I hope to look at least 1/4 of how good they look when I’m their age! 
 
 
I am going to leave you guys with my favorite scene from this movie, which, by the way, I did recreate with my mom and sister as soon as I was legal!   

 

GeneralA Legend Alive: The Orient Express

 Luxury. Romance. Mystery. Glamour.
 
 

In 1883, a legend was born to the name of Orient Express. With luxuries like hand soap and an unparalleled food and wine menu, this elegant train steamed out of Paris to exotic locations like Budapest, Bucharest, and Constantinople. Soon, the Orient Express became the Ritz of transportation, carrying celebrities and royality in addition to socialites and other intriguing characters:

“Dancer Isadora Duncan travelled on the Orient Express wearing ‘less than a veil, and that in the wrong place.’ A French president ‘fell off’ and was found wandering along the track in his pyjamas. King Boris of Bulgaria insisted upon driving the train through his country. Spies regularly spotted on board included exotic ‘artiste Mata Hari and Robert Baden Powell (posing as a butterfly collector).”
 
 
 
The 1920s were the train’s greatest years, its art deco decor still today a part of its luxurious and mysterious appeal. The famous Bar Car was a popular rendezvous, as were the grand salons and dining cars.
 
 
 

 
Ian Fleming’s 1963 From Russia with Love, as well as Agatha Christie’s 1974 Murder on the Orient Express both helped to keep this train on the map, despite its declining popularity due to the options of faster, more reliable transportation.
 
 
 
Although the line finished its run as a regular passenger train in 1977, thirty-five of its vintage carriages were bought and restored by James B. Sherwood in the late 1970s. In 1982, the line known as the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express made its maiden run, bringing the legend back to life. Today, the Orient Express and many of its sister trains continue to provide one of the most romantic forms of transportation the world has to offer. 
 
 
 
 
In keeping with the stylish drama and glamour surrounding the elite line, formal attire is required at all times. (Sounds good to me!) And, while ticket prices range anywhere from $1000-$10,000, this is certainly one trip on my bucket list.
 
 
All aboard!
 
(Pictures and info courtesy of orient-express.com and Google images.)

FashionPrada Presents: Il Palazzo. A Palace of Role Play

I know we normally talk about exclusively women clothes here at Lulu’s, but Miuccia Prada’s AW 2012 Menswear show was too good to pass up. Plus it allows me to report on menswear, which I love almost as much as womenswear. Almost. 
Prada exclaimed from backstage that this show was “A parody of male power.” She made sure nothing was as it appeared. The formal clothes were cut from denim, what appeared to be mohair was really cotton. The baroque patterns on the pieces are composed of football helmets or Native American headdresses. Each look more impressive than the next.

The piece de resistance came at the end of the show, when Miuccia paraded out actors. And not your Channing Tatum, chiseled abs type. No she brought out the strong brooding types. The award winning types (No offense, Channing, but, you know). From Emile Hirsch, to Jamie Bell, to Willem Dafoe, each played their part as the walked down the runway. 

Tim Blank, of Style.com, described it best:
“If you accept that actors play archetypes, then each of them represented a particular kind of man. It wasn’t only the accompanying soundtrack of Michael Nyman’s music from The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover that cued Tim Roth as a gangster or Adrien Brody as a dandy.”
Did yout enjoy this runway show as much as I did? Or are you like “eh” about menswear. Let me know! xoxo

ArtLouis Vuitton’s (Wo)Man Made Menagerie

 
Pets in your purse: out. Pets made out of purses, wait…. what?!
 
 
Billie Achilleos, “versatile artist & maker of things” (as stated on her blog), was commissioned by Louis Vuitton to create these adorable little critters out of their designer purses, wallets, and accessories to celebrate the fashion house’s 100 year anniversary. The collection, named Maroquinaris Zoologicae, is set to kick off a world tour this year, so be on the lookout for a flock of purse birds cruising by your window.
 
 
(Images courtesy of Billie Achilleos via Trendland)