Friday, September 30, 2011

James Dean: Reflections

Today, on James Dean's 56th death anniversary, a photo that shows why he's a legend and icon.

Long live "The Rebel Without A Cause".

Photo: Flickr

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Helmut Newton: Champs-Elysees

What do you get when you mix stylish & elegant ensembles, Helmut Newton, and the Champs-Elysees with the Arc de Triomphe in the background?

The answer is this:

Photo: Ciaovogue

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cary Grant: How to Wear a Suit

Cary Grant's impeccable style and presence made him an icon of elegance and class. He knew how and where to wear a suit, what to wear with it, and most of all make the suit versatile and wearable in everyday life. He wore the suit, the suit didn't wear him.

Photo: Flickr

Friday, September 23, 2011

Ryan O'Neal & Ali MacGraw: Love Story

Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw co-starred in one of the most popular films from 1970, "Love Story". Based on the Erich Segal novel with the same name, O'Neal and MacGraw played the roles of Oliver & Jenny, captivating audiences with their sad love story.

Below a promotional photo from "Love Story", where its co-stars wear ensembles that are just perfect for these first days of Fall.

Photo: Flickr

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Who: Mod Fashion Essentials

The Who besides being one of the most important groups in music history, were also among those who influenced fashion during the 60s.

This iconic rock band experienced an outstanding evolution within this decade, from a classic and sharp Mod look on the first half of the 60s to a more upbeat, New Romantic, Hippie inspired image on the second half.

Below a photo from The Who posing in the middle of the railroad. The Mod target turtleneck and Union Jack blazer immediately grab one's attention.

Photo: Flickr

Monday, September 19, 2011

Arquiste: Perfumes with History

In a world that has been captivated by the scents of classic perfumes such as: Eau Sauvage, Paco Rabanne, Obsession, Givenchy Gentlemen, and YSL Pour Homme; and with a wide variety of perfumes available, nowadays it is really hard to find new fragrances that captivate all of our senses, leave a long lasting impression, and of course become our own trademark.

Arquiste, a new perfume collection inspired on the scents and circumstances of certain moments in World History, will be launched this week in New York City.

Developed by Carlos Huber, a Mexican architect specializing in Historic Preservation, whose passion for architecture, history, and perfumery led him to study fragrance development with internationally recognized noses.

The final result was the creation of 6 perfumes which restore the olfactive experience of a certain place and time in history:

L’Etrog: Calabria, Italy on October 1175. A family celebrates their harvest inside their cabin. The scents of Etrog citron, Date fruit, and Myrtle fill the festive atmosphere.

Flor y Canto: Tenochtitlan, Mexico on August 1400. Flowers are offered at the Aztec temple’s altar to the beat of loud drums. Dancers and onlookers are captivated by the smell of Mexican Tuberose, Magnolia, and Marigold.

Fleur de Louis: Isle of Pheasants, Basque Region on June 1660. An encounter that would mark the end of war and the start of the marriage between Louis XIV and Infanta Maria Teresa. The meeting took place in a pavilion where Pine and Cedar wood converged with Iris, Rose, and Jasmine to create a one of a kind scent.

Infanta en flor: Isle of Pheasants, Basque Region on June 1660. Infanta Maria Teresa was perfumed with Orange Flower water for her first encounter with Louis XIV. A meeting that would change the course of history.

Anima Dulcis: Mexico City on November 1695. At the Convent of Jesus Maria a group of nuns prepares an exquisite recipe with Cocoa, Chili, Cinnamon, and Vanilla.

Aleksandr: St. Petersburg, Russia on January 1837. Alexandr Pushkin finishes his toilette of Neroli and Violet before a fateful duel in which the smell of Fir filled the air.

Below my interview with Carlos Huber which will allow you to know more about this unique collection of perfumes.

What does Arquiste mean/stand for?
Arquiste comes from Architecture, History, and Art; all references to the work that has gone into each of the perfumes.

Being your interest and passion for architecture and history evident, you could have developed an architectural history book or any other kind of project. What motivated you to create Arquiste?

Arquiste is that “other kind of project” for me. During site visits to architectural or archeological sites, or while reading about a specific historic subject, the questions “But what did actually FEEL like? What did it SMELL like?” would pop in my head. I wanted to “restore” the experience.

One of my mentors at Columbia Unviersity had explored the role of non-visual cues in interpreting historic sites, and even of introducing scent as mnemonic or interpretive aid… All of that got me thinking that a preservation architect’s role doesn’t need to stop with architectural history or with “repointing” facades.

I do love architectural history books: essays on architectural styles from the 18th Century, modernist theory, etc. Maybe one day a doctorate will follow…

Why did you choose these historical periods for the first line of Arquiste?

They were stories that I had come across during my preservation/architectural practice or during travels. For example, when I lived in Bilbao, I visited the Isle of Pheasants, on the border between Spain and France, where the story of Fleur de Louis and Infanta en flor takes place.

Anima Dulcis is the result of all the research for my master thesis project at Columbia University, which was a proposal for the restoration of the Ex-Convent of Jesus Maria, in Mexico City.

Now that you mention Infanta en flor and Anima Ducis…Are these the only perfumes from your collection oriented towards women?

Well, all of the perfumes are unisex…Flor y Canto and Infanta en flor could be considered as the most floral ones, and traditionally, the most feminine. Aleksandr, L’Etrog, Anima Dulces, and Fleur de Louis are truly unisex.

What really matters is that each person chooses the perfume that best grabs their attention by its “scent” or “history”, without a gender stereotype. The perfume will adapt to their natural chemistry, “smelling” in the end like themselves but with a touch of the “situation” chosen by them.

Which is your favorite historical period? Why?

I find that I am always drawn to periods of transition between centuries…for example, the period between Louis XIV’s later years and the Regency in the early 18th century in France; or the first decades of the 1800s throughout Europe and America…They are the times where the ideas of the previous regime collide with the new; creating the most crazy-creative-contrasting and uncertain times…This would be both stylistically and philosophically….and much like today.

Do you plan on developing more historical inspired fragrances in the near future? Any 20th Century inspired fragrances?

Yes, I am working on a new one based on a specific garden created in the later part of Louis XIV’s reign. And yes, the 20th century is also coming…I have one based on the hippie invasion of Ibiza in the 70s.

Arquiste will be launched this week on Barneys New York and in the upcoming weeks at The Webster in Miami and Saks Fifth Avenue in Mexico City.

Photos: Arquiste

Friday, September 16, 2011

Marcello Mastroianni & Anouk Aimee: La Dolce Vita

Marcello Mastroianni & Anouk Aimee gave a lesson of elegance on the set of Fellini's "La Dolce Vita", where they co-starred as Marcello and Maddalena.

Photo: Flickr

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Warren Beatty: Checkered Elegance

Warren Beatty was all over the place in early 1968 due to the success of "Bonnie and Clyde", the film which he co-starred with Faye Dunaway in 1967. Appearing on the cover of Haper's Bazaar on its February 1968 issue, with an unknown model, Beatty is seen wearing what appears to be a "circular checkered" suit paired with a black turtleneck.

Photo: Flickr

Monday, September 12, 2011

Vacanze Romana 2011

"Roman Holiday" is undoubtedly a cinema classic that manages to portray Rome and its essence with perfection. Co-starred by Hollywood legends Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in 1953, "Roman Holiday" tells the story of a Princess's quest for freedom and love within the streets of Rome and its impressive landmarks.

One of the film's most iconic scenes takes place when Hepburn and Peck ride a Vespa by the Colosseum. This scene wasn't only used to promote the film, but throughtout the years many have attempted to recreate it while visiting Rome.

In the Summer of 2011 coinciding with the Venice Film Festival, L'oreal launched a campaign to promote some of its lipsticks, that recreated iconic moments from films such as: "Roman Holiday", "La Dolce Vita", "Venezia la Luna e Tu", "Ieri Oggi Domani", &"Rocco e I Suoi Fratelli".

Below the photo that pays tribute to "Roman Holiday" or "Vacanze Romana" shot by talented photographer and hand-printed fabric artist, Zazie Gnecchi Ruscone.

A photo that not only recreates with perfection this cinema moment, but also gives a lesson of style with the ensembles worn by the "new" Princess Ann and Joe Bradley, whose sunglasses are L.G.R. Sunglasses' newest model: October.

"Rome, by all means, Rome...."

Photo: Zazie Gnecchi Ruscone/L'Oreal

Friday, September 9, 2011

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin: Tokyo Blues

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin strolled around the streets of Tokyo in 1971 wearing coordinated blue ensembles. A perfect option for these last days of Summer and the first days of Fall.

Photo: Flickr

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Keith Haring at the Palladium

Keith Haring was one of the most talented and creative artists of the late 70s and 80s in New York City. His graffiti and pop art masterpieces graced gallery walls, the streets of New York, clothes, and even popular night spots such as the Palladium.

Years after the closing and sale of the legendary Studio 54, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager decided to try it again by opening the Palladium in 1985. Like its predecessor, the Palladium's decor was visually striking.

Keith Haring was comissioned to create a mural that would serve as backdrop for the dancefloor. Below some photos that show Haring posing on the Palladium with his creation, and the mural in full.

Photos: Nydailynews, Thebody, & Flickr

Monday, September 5, 2011

Brian Jones & Anita Pallenberg: Swingin' Style

Brian Jones and Anita Pallenberg brought the essence of London's Swingin' 60s to the pages of Vogue in 1967. Photographed by Michael Cooper, Jones wearing his trademark blue, red, and white pinstripe suit, & Pallenberg with a belted striped mini dress, showed the world why London was the world's "Style Capital" during those years.

Photo: Michael Cooper/Vogue

Friday, September 2, 2011

Cliff Richard by David Bailey

An impressive photo of Cliff Richard taken by famed fashion photographer David Bailey on the mid 60s.

Photo: Flickr