Saturday, April 25, 2009

Inspiring Images

I bought a copy of British Vogue may recently, and there was one article that really stood out. It was about how one picture could change your life or your career path. There were photographers, fashion designers and stylists that described the image that opened their eyes.
The two most beautiful pictures were:

Patrick Demarchelier: "I love the spirit of Sokolsky's pictures. They're like a dream."

Simone d'Aillencourt by Melvin Sokolsky 1963
Manolo Blahnik: "For me, this picture encapsulated the absolute modernity of the time. I was fascinated and very inspired by how a man who grew up in Edwardian times, and who had captured the essence of every decade he had worked in, could still continue to do so with such sharpness and perfection. The picture shows the intelligence and the artistic capability of one of the geniuses of twentieth-century fashion photography. To this day, together with those of Mr [Irving] Penn, I find Beaton's photographs still just as inspiring."

Jean Shrimpton by Cecil Beaton 1964
In the same magazine, I found a picture that was very inspiring to me: it gave me the absolute feeling of summer and freedom. It came from a fashion shoot in Damascus. The whole shoot is very beautifully taken; in and around the Syrian capital, with shimmering metalics.

model: Stella Tennant
fashion editor: Bay Garnett
photographer: Tom Craig

Monday, April 20, 2009


Apart from the fact that Lady Gaga's songs are addictive and so danceable, and that she has great style, she also makes great video's. She blends all kinds of weird stuff, beautiful make-up and cool fashion to one fantastic video. Nails with playing cards on them? Check. A diamond dress? Check. A bow made from her own hair? Check. Television glasses? Check. It's like she's some kind of big magnet that attracts everything that's cool. I especially love her promotion video for her album, The Fame. You can watch it here: Lady_Gaga_The_Fame

Sunday, April 19, 2009

"Let them eat cake," she said, just like Marie Antoinette.

I have seen a lot of movies lately. That's because my friend got this coupon for the video rental store so you can rent five movies instead of three. When we're watching movies, we always come up with some sort of theme to select them. Like, we watch movies from one actor or actress; we had a Leonardo DiCaprio movie night, and we selected movies from Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. This time, we thought it would be cool to select them on the costumes. I just adore hoopskirts, so there were a lot of movies from that time. But we also rented Memoirs of a Geisha - Japanese kimono's!

Memoirs of a Geisha

Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth and the golden age

Vanity Fair

But the best costume movie in my opinion is, without a doubt, Marie Antoinette:

OMG! I don't think there exists a girl on this planet who wouldn't fall for these dresses.
Just two words are enough: So. Cute.
All the bows, heels, ruches, ribbons, hoopskirts, hats, masks; all in milkshake colours. And the hairstyles are just as fabulous. Even the food is served stylish! I think Kirsten Dunst suits the role of Marie Antoinette very well, she's a good actress. I also think of Sofia Coppola as a great director. There's one thing very obvious; every fashion admirer should watch this movie. So grab your cake and hurry, 'cause you don't want to miss this piece of art!

Btw, it seems like The Duchess, with Keira Knightley, is also a great costume movie. I can't wait to check it out!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Music makes the world go round!

I've stolen my dad's phonograph, and I LOVE it!

I can't believe it is actually working. It sounds so good! So much better than Mp3's. I think it's quite fascinating to see the LP's go round and round and round...

Oh, and thank God that my dad has a great sense for music, or I would have been hooked up with crappy old music...

I like to listen to the Beatles of course (I'm named after John Lennon's song Julia), the Police, the Rolling Stones, the Clash, Queen, Joni Mitchell and many more. Music makes me so happy!
Btw, this is what I wore a few days ago:

Pants: vintage, shirt: H&M, necklace: Six, bracelet: made with love, belt: vintage, vest: Nii, tights: Zeeman, shoes: Dolcis

Thursday, April 2, 2009

"A picture paints a thousand words."

Here are some of my favourite illustrators. I love them because they make funny, beautiful, dark or silly illustrations. But they do have one thing in common: they're all authentic.

Margot Macé.

Tatsuya Taniguchi.

Sarah Beetson.

Gina Triplett.

Tara McPherson.

Miki Amano.


Hanoch Piven.
Ana Bagayan

Paula Sanz Caballero.

I wish I had half the talent these artists have!
Currently listening to: Lily Allen ~ 22 Love that song!

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