Monday, 10 February 2014

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bryan Adams,Zoo Magazine 40!!!

Charlotte Gainsbourg. France's Chloe Sevigny perhaps? Both work on left of centre films dealing with gender issues, sex and squirmy situations. Both have family in the music business (understatement indeed) and both have long and strong ties to the fashion industry. I had the pleasure of meeting Chloe on a visit to Los Angeles (read blog from 2012 to find out more), but as to today have not yet been in the right place right time to meet Charlotte (though for a small stage she followed me on Twitter, can you believe it haha!).
Zoo Magazine is one of my favourite bi-annual bi-seasonal bi-sexual fashion publications.
It is big, and not with advertisements (of course they're there but not in huge numbers), but with great content and fantastic editorials, like the one here, duh, lol.
Charlotte is certainly no shrinking violet, taking on tough and challenging roles, most notably in Lars Von Trier's 'Antichrist', which I have seen, and the just literally released 'Nymphomaniac', which I have not yet seen but heard, undoubtedly you have too, much about.
Someone asked me if I 'enjoyed' Antichrist, and no, safe to say I did not. But of course it is in no way possible that the film was made to be 'enjoyed' per se, unless you're really into genital mutilation and so on and so forth. Visually it is a beautiful film; artistically shot with moody lighting and haunting sound effects. It is also extremely visceral. Not a scary horror film, it is certainly horrific in its depictions, I shall say no more, because unlike mostly everyone, I remember the days when out of etiquette you never revealed the secrets of a film just in case the person you were talking to had intended to see it but hadn't got around to it!
Anyway, Charlotte is amazing in it and as much as you really should look away its hard to do so with her panting, breathy voice surrounding you both aurally and visually. Approach with caution however.

As I mentioned Charlotte has been a champion of fashion, particularly for Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga where she served as muse; both stylistically and officially for the launch of the house's first fragrance. Looking like a star both on and off duty, she arrives fresh faced and sometimes bedheaded, can rock a perfecto, band tshirt and cigarette pant just as well as a plunging cocktail dress (opaque and otherwise) to film premières, fashion shows or an afternoon of tennis at Roland Garros. I love the shoot below for its celebration of agelessness and boldness. We know we wouldn't usually go out like this in public, but I guess its like all those 'shoots' you did yourself where you just tried different things on in front of the mirror and thought, you know what, who needs pants today; not condoning stocking as pants at all here, btw, just be sure on that! xxx

Monday, 3 February 2014

Karlie Kloss et al, Carine Roitfeld Book 3, Bruce Webber, sexy fashion times!!

Hello all :)
None of these three fashion icons needs any introduction, but for the layman here is a super quick run through of why this shoot (the alternate cover shoot too) from Carine Roitfeld's Book 3 is my one of my stand outs to see out the A/W 13/14 season.
Carine, image purveyor of the high times of Gucci, inseparable from Tom Ford during that era. Champion of Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy (a tenure already nearing 10 years, can you believe it?!) And last, undoubtedly serving as the inspiration for Jacqueline Follet in that industry classic with Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway (and Emily Blunt of course!). As the editor in chief of Vogue Paris she helped to popularise a darker kind of sex in fashion, and a masculine feminine dressing where I personally think the the strong woman always won. Now as consultant and creator of her own magazine where it certainly looks as though she controls the content and direction, and of course starring in the campaign for Givenchy alongside her gorgeous daughter Julia, Carine is an unstoppable force of fashion.

It's clear that Bruce Weber has a love of the human body in perceived 'action'. Certainly homoerotic but universally sexually charged without verging on the vulgar. He has of course shot countless celebrity portraits including Madonna, Heath Ledger, Michael Fassbender, Michelle Pfeiffer, Matt Damon and the list goes on and on. With widely known work for Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani, for me he will be best recognised as the force behind Abercrombie & Fitch's All American young sexy college jock, which showed it was OK to hang out naked with your buddies in a lake and on the football field. As of last week, Weber shot 20 transgender models and non-models for the Barney's magazine campaign, a huge step in the mainstream recognition of transgender individuals.
(I hope the link works, it seems to not be highlighting itself oops!)

Finally completing the triumvirate is model Karlie Kloss, All American girl but with an assuredly European feeling. In my humble opinion she is poised to take the mantle from the other All American corn picking girl Cindy Crawford minus mole. Kloss has walked for everyone in all for major fashion weeks and the Haute Couture. She has been on countless covers and in countless editorials in countless magazines. A Victoria's Secret Angel, she has moved up the ranks of the modelling world to now be represented by IMG, undoubtedly the best agency in the world, not least because its talent sits amongst the world's biggest sports people and we know that sport is a far more lucrative world than is modelling. The word 'supermodel' is thrown around very loosely indeed, and if you really want to knit pick they were really Gianni's girls in the late 1980's and early 1990's, but looking at Kloss's track record I do think the term can be applied here unsuperlatively!

So why do I love this shoot so much?
It's the youth and lustful energy that is so elegantly captured by Weber that makes this special. Like we're posing but not really posing, we can see you taking photos but we're going to keep kissing anyway. Now we've forgotten about you and we're getting hot and heavy. Of course the fact that there are less clothes in this shoot as a fashion shoot is somewhat ironic, but that doesn't seem to matter to Carine and her books. The carefree nature and creation of beautiful images is more important than selling clothes, and I wholeheartedly agree. :)

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Cate Blanchett, Another Magazine, Willy Vanderperre, delish fashion trio!!

You know that I looooove fashion magazines. Although admittedly I have slowed down my hungry purchasing of them due to lack of storage space I still go a little bingey sometimes. I decided, on a 32 degree day, in sandals, to walk 5km along some busy streets. Then I thought it was a good idea to pick up like.. 8 fashion magazines, always big bi-annuals of course, to help me have a bit more of a challenge on the way back. The things we do for love and fashion.. :)
Here is one of my favourite shoots from these new acquisitions, and soon I will post more, I'm sure you will like them too!!

Cate Blanchett as shot by Willy Vanderperre in Another Magazine 25.
I love Cate, so excited that it's finally her time again to win an Oscar. I haven't seen Blue Jasmine, but that doesn't mean I don't love it's star!
Willy is one of my favourite photographers. He is Belgian, big up in my books. He has shot for Dior, Jil Sander (getting the Belgian connection ja?;) and just about every reputable magazine in fashion these days. He works closely with Olivier Rizzo, super Belgian stylist. This shoot is theatrical, dark, and a little macabre; pale faced Cate lies on the ground with flashes of flowers, is she buried, is she part of fashion's love of the dead/dying woman? Or is she a strong modern pantomime, or something else, take your pick!
Included are pieces by Dior, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu and Prada. FAB!!

Come say hello in Elwood at the salon, it's 2014, can you believe it! xx

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

2013 at Paris '99: What a fabulous year!! Onto the next! xx

Hello darling '99ers!
Last time we caught up 'Fashion Month' had just finished and I was telling you my favourite picks of the collections, and wow a lot has happened since then!
But, as the year draws closer to an end and Christmas is replaced by Easter and Christmas again, I wanted to share with you the highlights of Paris '99 in 2013!

It started with a gorgeous NYE celebration at the beach, and almost the next day my dear friend Cecilia and I viewed the startling 'The Eye Has To Travel'; simply the most divine documentary about the larger than life Diana Vreeland. It almost brought me to tears of happiness; the ideas and scope and vision of Vreeland was truly inspiring, from Bazaar to Vogue to the Met exhibitions and Ball, DiiViinnn!

2013 was the year of few but specific musical interludes; groups that I had never had a chance but always wanted to see. On a wonderfully temperate February evening at the Myer Music Bowl I had the incredible experience of seeing Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform a spectacular two part set. As luck would have it, on a whirlwind trip for my cousin's wedding I saw Depeche Mode open their Delta Machine tour in Tel Aviv, definitely a top 4 concert of my entire life, the energy, the atmosphere, amazing! Frank Ocean at the O2 Brixton was soulful, intense, sexy and unmissable, and even sweeter as he seems to have a tendency to cancel concerts in Australia :S.

In March as part of the then LMFF L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program I hosted a series of events entitled 'The Highest End Of Green', discussing and story-telling about my commitment to sustainable luxury fashion both in my own work and relating to the re-invigoration of gorgeous designer clothes in a luxe salon setting (ie Paris '99!). I was completely floored and flattered at the response, as what was intended to be a one night event became 4 nights of interested Melbourne fashion loving folk!

This set my own designing back on track, and I went back to the horde of beautiful fabrics that I have collected over the years, wonderful wools, silks, linens and cottons (no synthetics here sir!). Many a late night design/drape/sewing sessions resulted in a number of one off Yahav Ron capsule pieces being hung around the salon among my ever changing collection of international designer yummies.

Just after my birthday I had the privilege of meeting and hosting at Paris '99 one of my teenage dreams and favourite actresses, now one of my favourite people, the fabulous Rose McGowan. Rose is super awesome, short, sharp, witty, smart and a fellow lover of beautiful fashion! Through her and that same night I met Greg Cipes, actor, surfer, musician multi-tasking cool dude with whom a strong bond creative bond formed and remains to this moment, thank you G for all the love and looking forward to more collaboration!

The fabulous birthday party of my fabulous friend Nathan saw Paris '99s first fashion show presentation. At the eccentric House Of Pan in Brighton we planned and staged an entertaining and exhilarating runway for both Yahav Ron Originals and designer resale goodies to acclaimed applause and it was a roaring good party to follow.

Of course just like America in 2012, the return to Europe this year was nothing short of incredible! My beautiful friend Maria was the perfect company through Paris, where we wined and dined our way through the arrondisements and monuments. The Haute Couture Paris exhibition, Atelier Martin Grant, where we were graciously greeted by Martin himself and enjoying our own Sex and The City moment at the Galleries of the Plaza Athenee, with a cameo from Gina Rinehart in a white kaftan amongst all the Louboutins and black croc Birkin bags were simplement unforgettable.

Other exhibitions that stuck with me were Dream The World Awake, the Walter Van Beirendonck retrospective at RMIT. Read the blog post from September to find out more, and certainly get your hands on a copy of the accompanying catalogue if you missed it in 3D. A quiet and serene yet enchanting exhibition was the Yohji Yamamoto and Christian Dior, a small comparison of the two different masters of the female form at the NGV. The Edward Steichen and Art Deco Fashion exhibition also at the NGV, where I was lucky enough to attend opening night thanks to beautiful Claire, was a visual of feast of 1920s and '30s fashion; beads, fringing, Vionnet and monkey fur. It was a fabulous evening full of Melbourne's finest and a pleasure to behold!

In order to spread the Paris '99 fashion love in Sydney I visited the Harbour City twice this year, and it was just wonderful fun! Seeing old friends and meeting lovely new ladies to introduce the concept of the roaming salon of course meant copious amounts of Champagne, Fromage and a new addition to the alcoholic arsenal, Hendrick's Gin, now a lasting favourite! Sydney girls, there is plenty more fun to be had and I am truly excited to be heading back to say hello soon in the new year, hooray!

Speaking of Hendrick's and Scotland, a big highlight came in the form of Lara Reynolds! The organiser of the wonderful Spring Fashion Lunch which this year was held at the incredible KPMG Banking Chambers. Lara invited me to assist on the runway show and we had a ball doing the run throughs, pulling pieces, organising and laughing all the way. The event came together to a tee with beautiful clothing, delicious food and wonderful entertainment, can't wait for next year my dear!

I of course have to thank all of you that have supported the salon in 2013, the writers, the press, the people of influence; I am grateful for having you behind me spreading the message that amazing fashion is available in a long gone luxury setting, where privacy, discretion and comfort are key. Lastly and certainly mostly, thank you to all my glorious visitors, each and every one of you know how much fun we have together and how wonderfully lucky I am that you let me share my love of fashion and amazing, fantastic clothes with you all. Here's to our little couture secret!

Looking forward immensely to sharing the fun of 2014, fabulous new designer goodies to enjoy for sure, not to mention more experimental arrangements on the marble board! May all your different denominational holidays be wonderful, have a fabulous New Year, and remember that the Paris '99 balcony is now open for drinks throughout summer time and I can't wait to see you all tres soon indeed!!


Oh and thank you to all of you who have let me nab your photos for this post, Paper Doll and Elenie Zahariou.