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18 posts tagged "Richard Avedon"

Did You Get The Memo? Diana Vreeland In Her Own Words

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Memos: The Vogue Years

“Our cover situation is drastic…We are on the verge of a drastic emergency.” So reads the first entry in the latest Diana Vreeland tome, Memos: The Vogue Years. Compiled by Vreeland’s grandson Alexander (the husband of Lisa Immordino Vreeland, who directed The Eye Has to Travel), the book features more than 250 of Vreeland’s infamous notes from her time at Vogue, which she’d dictate over the phone to her secretary while puffing on cigarettes in a wicker chair in the bathroom of her Park Avenue apartment. This, Alexander told us, was her preferred mode of communication. “She didn’t believe in meetings,” he said. His assertion is backed up by Diana’s memo to the Vogue team on page fifty-nine, in which she considers holding a meeting about the “controversial” topic of dress lengths, but resolves, “Usually, when we have meetings, we don’t get ideas and views from people.”

But it wasn’t just her staff whom she’d confront about everything from the importance of pearls and bangles to her annoyance with the mistreatment of her initials in her editor’s letter (above), to the necessity that Vogue‘s spreads “never, ever copy…any kind of coiffure that is reminiscent of the 30s, 40s, 50s,” via her rapier dictations. The book—which is available now from Rizzoli—also includes her correspondences with the likes of Richard (or Dick, as she called him) Avedon, Irving Penn (to whom she complains about lackluster tulips), Cecil Beaton, Cristobal Balenciaga (above), Halston, Veruschka, and beyond. Continue Reading “Did You Get The Memo? Diana Vreeland In Her Own Words” »

Pirelli Buttons Up for Fifty

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A preview of the new Pirelli calendar

The annual Pirelli calendar—famed for showcasing saucy shots of supermodels in the buff—celebrates fifty this year with a megawatt lineup, including Helena Christensen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr, Alek Wek, Karolina Kurkova, and Isabeli Fontana. But judging by the series of tribute images —reportedly lensed not by the yet-to-be-revealed 2013 calendar photographer, but by Pirelli vets Patrick Demarchelier and Peter Lindbergh to build hype around the half-century milestone—the calendar’s stars are decidedly more dressed up than usual—well, by Pirelli standards, anyway. The catwalkers were snapped in black lingerie, as well as white shirts and their Skivvies. The full calendar, which has, in the past,been shot by the likes of Bruce Weber, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Karl Lagerfeld, and Inez and Vinoodh (just to name a few), will be unveiled thisNovember—no word yet if the final images will be more, ahem, stripped-down.

Photo: Patrick Demarchelier

Kristen McMenamy Through The Years

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As the self-proclaimed “first weird-looking model,” Kristen McMenamy has broken just about every rule there is during her thirty years (and counting) in fashion, which exactly is why we chose to profile her in the new issue of Style.com/Print. Throughout her career, the irreverent icon became renowned for her androgynous appeal, eccentric personality, madwoman-on-a-mission runway walk, and willingness to sacrifice life and limb in pursuit of the elusive perfect picture.

McMenamy was a fixture in the glossies during her nineties heyday (back then, her cropped hair, shaved eyebrows, unconventional features, and sinewy frame made her an ideal poster girl for the grunge movement); she has shot with the likes of Steven Meisel, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Juergen Teller, and Nick Knight, who took the pared-down portraits of her that run in Style.com/Print. Along the way, she has cultivated a support system of designers. “If fashion is her family, then Donatella Versace is her big sister,” writes Jo-Ann Furniss in her profile. That makes Karl Lagerfeld McMenamy’s proverbial father. Lagerfeld did, after all, walk her down the aisle at her ’99 wedding to photographer Miles Aldridge, in addition to casting her in a multitude of campaigns and runway shows.

See them all in our slideshow roundup of McMenamy’s career highlights >

Fame For Sale

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Art and celebrity, celebrity artists, the art of celebrity—it’s all a big blur. But an intriguing blur, nonetheless. Starting tomorrow, online auction house Paddle8 will play to our fascination with art, celebrity, and everything in between with Somebody, a fame-themed sale. Launching in collaboration with Interview magazine (i.e., the magazine that Andy Warhol—the grandfather of celebrity/art cross-pollination—founded), the auction will offer 40 celeb-centric works by the likes of Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Richard Prince, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Warhol himself, and more. You can browse the sale, and its famous faces, until it ends on March 27.

Photo: Andy Warhol’s 1977 Photograph of Arnold Schwarzenegger, courtesy of Paddle8

Natalia Alaverdian Is Wide A.W.A.K.E.

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Street-style watchers will recognize Natalia Alaverdian, Harper’s Bazaar Russia’s diminutive fashion editor and the woman responsible for some of its most eye-popping spreads. But fewer know she’s also the force behind her own ready-to-wear line, A.W.A.K.E. (which stands for All Wonderful Adventures Kindle Enthusiasm), which debuted with a presentation during Paris fashion week. But, like all good collections, her Spring offerings deserved a second look. So Alaverdian hauled the collection to New York this week and took Style.com through the lineup, which fuses sixties mod with Japanese elements. “I’ve wanted to design since I was about ten years old, but I was scared of the technical aspect of it, so I went into styling,” said Alaverdian. “My boyfriend convinced me to take the leap. Life’s too short,” she added while flipping through pieces like a statement-making floor-length gown cut from giraffe-printed grosgrain and a sharp three-piece white canvas suit. “It’s very Saturday Night Fever,” she said of the ensemble.

The newly minted designer pulled inspiration from Richard Avedon’s iconic seventies images of Veruschka in Japan; hence the pleated samurai culottes, flared trousers, and checked belts with origami-like folds. It’s the kind of playful, effortless clothing that will drive the fashion paparazzi wild. On the topic of street-style celebs, don’t get Alaverdian crossed with those other oft-photographed Russians. (Technically, despite her prominence in Russia, she is Belgian/Armenian, and A.W.A.K.E. is based in London.) Nevertheless, she has a few strong words for those she’s grouped together with: “Compared to the other popular Russians, I actually do something,” she joked.

A.W.A.K.E. is currently available on Moda Operandi.

Photo: Courtesy of A.W.A.K.E.