FashionIris Apfel: Ultimate Style Icon

When you don’t dress like everybody else, you don’t have to think like everybody else.” – Iris Apfel
 
Move over Carrie Bradshaw! Make way for Iris Apfel, 90-year-old fashion icon and master accessorizer! 
The always stylish Iris Apfel has gained some momentum in the past century as an unlikely celebrity whose fame has been constructed almost entirely around her unique look.
Round oversized glasses. Bright red lipstick. Bangles of every color and substance covering each of her arms. This is fashion done right!
Before her fame, Apfel and her husband, Carl, started a textile firm, Old World Weavers, whose reproductions of antique fabrics for drapes, curtains, and furniture have graced the stately homes of clients like Estée Lauder and even the White House! Because of this, Apfel has travelled the world and has since gathered many treasures in her closet.
In 2005, that treasure trove was opened up to the world when the Metropolitan Museum of New York staged an exhibition called “Rara Avis: (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel”. Displaying more than 80 of her fabulous ensembles and accessories, Apfel was rocket launched into fame and spawned a myriad of projects, including her jewelry collections with HSN and Yoox.com, a makeup line with MAC Cosmetics, and even a documentary in the works!
Her wonderfully bold style has even made it into the pages of Vogue and The New York Times, as well as a cult favorite of fashion bloggers and admirers of all ages! 
I really hope I’m as cool as Iris Apfel at 90!
Be sure to check out more of Iris Apfel’s looks from the Peabody Essex Museum Exhibit that we all covet!

(Photos courtesy of GiselaAndZoe.BlogSpot.com and RathausArtProjects.com)

FashionNorman Parkinson: Vintage Fashion Photography

“I like to make people look as good as they’d like to look, and with luck, a shade better.”-Norman Parkinson
Stunning. Breathtaking. Beautiful. All of these words and more can describe Norman Parkinson’s work.
 
Norman Parkinson was a British fashion photographer whose career spanned seven decades! Often called the godfather of fashion photography, Parkinson spun the industry on its head, taking models out of the stuffy studios into the real world where he captured their natural beauty. He loved to photograph his subjects in fun or feisty set ups and introduced storytelling to his photos. His photos were filled with a sense of adventure and made you want to be the women in his photos.
Parkinson is most famous for his work for Vogue between 1945 and 1960, where he snapped photos of Hollywood royalty like Elizabeth Taylor and supermodels of the day. So let’s take a look a look at just a smidgen (there was so many amazing photos to choose from!) of his work!
 
 
Can’t get enough of Norman Parkinson? Then check out more of his work here and here! Okay, the last link is in Russian, but it has lots of his photos for your viewing pleasure!

ArtAmazing Bonsai Treehouse Sculptures by Takanori Aiba

 

“Bonsai reflects the Japanese traditional aesthetic sense of expressing the magnificence of nature in a small potted plant. However, the density of decoration and the rich stories of my works contain extraordinary times and spaces which differ from the bonsai world determined by plants physiology.”-Takanori Aiba
Takanori Aiba, Japanese artist, former architect, and maze illustrator crafts beautiful life-like bonsai sculptures that look as if they’ve been inhabited by very very tiny people!  He’s made a modern bonsai that portrays “the beauty of spiritual accordance between human and nature in miniature.”
Using materials that include stone clay, epoxy putty, copper line, plastic, and resin; Aiba creates magical worlds we wish we could live in! 
If only we could pack our bags for a vacation getaway at this pint-sized resort!
Be sure to check out more of Takanori Aiba’s amazing work! Like The Rock Island or Hôtel de Michelin!
(All photos courtesy of TokyoGoodIdea.com)

FashionTrès chic: Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012 Highlights

 

Bonjour!

 

 
On the (high) heels of Milan, Paris Fashion Week has come to bring us fashion excellence on the runway—even in in the streets! So let’s take a look at some of our favorite styles of the week!
Balmain
Fabergé egg-style dominated the Balmain runway with embroidered patterns adorned with beautiful pearls and crystals. The pieces were intricate, but were so cool and casual!
Christian Dior
Soft and ballet-esque silk tulle skirts made up the majority of Christian Dior’s collection. Paired with super high platforms, this show was filled with showstoppers!
Jean Paul Gaultier
It was to the streets for Jean Paul Gaultier with cool graffiti adorned dresses and constructed trench coats. The model’s roots were also dyed to match their graffiti style. It was street style chic at its finest! 
Lanvin
It was all about the waist at Lanvin with body-enhancing peplums and flared skirts in bright and beautiful colors. The jewel necklaces were stunning!
Paris Street Style
Now that you’ve enjoyed what the runway has to offer, let’s take some time to appreciate the gorgeous styles in Paris’ oh-so-fashionable citizens!
 
These ladies should have their own runway built for them!
What were your favorite Parisian looks?
(Photos courtesy of Style.com, StyleBistro.com, and Fashionologie.com)

FashionCiao bella!: Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012 Round Up

From sultry gowns that evoked pure Italian romance to innovative shapes and fantastic prints, Milan offered up some of the most visually stunning looks of this fashion season! So let’s treat ourselves yet again with a look back at this week’s favorite shows!
Prada
Models stomped down the Prada runway in platform mary janes and retro printed suits adorned with gorgeous gemstones and beadwork. Matchy-matchy prints have never looked so chic!
 Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli released the wild within with his collection of muted animal prints, sequins, and leather. Flared pants paired under matching billowy skirts evoked a sexy ’70s siren we’d all love to meet!
Jil Sander
It was Raf Simons final show for Jil Sander after seven years with the fashion label and it was also one of his best!  A soft pretty-in-pink palette dominated the runway with elegant car coats over silk gowns that were delicate, but strong!
Gucci
Midnight romance was definitely the theme for Gucci, giving us lush printed silks, rich jacquards and plush velvets. Pops of yellow and green flowers were a new take on floral prints that we can easily wear in Spring or Fall!
Versace
Versace brought its usual extravagance, only this time in a much tougher package! Futuristic chain mail gowns and retro studded leather dresses showed us that the future of fashion looks bright and sexy!
Dolce & Gabbana
A modern day Italian renaissance took place before our very eyes at Dolce & Gabbana, with lavish black and gold, white lace frocks, and beautiful cherub-adorned dresses that were works of art! The fashion heavyweight brought some of the most exciting looks of the week!
Which Milan Fall/Winter 2012 looks do you need in your wardrobe?
(All photos courtesy of Style.com)