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Lana Del Rey (née Lizzie Grant) has been getting quite a bit of attention lately in the blog-o-sphere, both for her looks and her for music. She’s the newly proposed ‘it’ girl who music critics love to hate and who fashionable females die to emulate. Del Rey’s throaty voice is unmistakable, especially when paired with downright dirty, Lolita-esque lyrics that add all the more to the mystery behind this woman. After just one listen to Lana’s new single, Video Games, I was instantly hooked—and, admittedly, nearly moved to tears. It’s one of those songs that shakes you to the soul, with, in my opinion, nearly perfect lyrics and musical arrangement to boot.
But whether her melodies strike a proverbial chord with you or not, Miss Del Rey’s style is undeniably on-point and H.O.T. The self-proclaimed “gangster Nancy Sinatra” exudes the perfect mix of 50s lounge singer meets 70s flower child, with a pinch of punk thrown in for good measure. That said, most of her wardrobe consists of vintage, or vintage-inspired pieces, providing ample opportunity to experiment and create looks that are one-of-a-kind and all your own.
For true LDR style, just remember to stick with power period pieces as your starting point– simple shifts, cut-off shorts, tour tees and floral accessories galore. Now, let’s get you out of those old clothes, kitten, and see you slipping into something more comfortable…
1. Rebel Yell Hollywood Rocker Tee, $48*
2. Coco de Coeur Bad Girls Don’t Cry Tee, $35
3. Grey Antics High Rise Denim Shorts, $20*
4. Forever 21 Flower Hair Clips, $1.50* (buy every color!)
5. This Vintage Thing Chunky Gold Chain Necklace, $15
6. Nadanuff Mod Chunky Chain Necklace, $10*
The work of contemporary American photographer Steven Klein, provocateur par excellence.
On Tuesday, July 5, 2011, the world lost an artist who was anything but typical. While Cy Twombly did have some qualities in common with his counterparts–he was quirky and created work that a lot of people think their kindergartener could make–Twombly mostly set himself apart from the rest, from the very start of his career.
Mr. Twombly’s work has spanned many decades and movements, offering up equal parts inspiration and confusion to those who witness it. He is one of those artists who makes every attempt to stay out of the limelight, unlike many of his famous artist friends (Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns among them), and even went so far as moving to Rome at a time when the art world was centering itself in New York City, not Europe, and that unconventional spirit certainly shines through in his work…
If you’ve ever taken a walk through the Philadelphia Museum of Art, then I hope you’ve happened upon Twombly’s Fifty Days at Iliam, a 10-part painting interpreting Homer’s Iliad as seen through the words of 18th century poet Alexander Pope. Most people who enter this particular room might shake their heads, as the ‘scribbles’ and elementary school-style phallic symbols might not appear ‘complicated enough’ to be considered art for some. But I would urge these people to take a closer look. What I see, and what I think Twombly intends to put forth, is something much deeper–something that is simultaneously fascinating, grotesque, and beautiful…
So let’s pull some sartorial inspiration out from all of this, shall we? If you’re looking to pay some respect to this enigmatic character who has undoubtedly left his mark for years to come, why not don one of these fresh, artful frocks when heading to the closest gallery/ museum that keeps Twombly work in its collection? You’ll fit right in!
D&G Pleated Floral-Print Dress, $199
Alexander Wang Doodle Print Silk Dress, $649
ASOS Full Circle Scribble Print Dress, $61
Images of artwork provided courtesy of cytwombly.com
–AMBER DANESE GRANDFIELD
A fistful of timeless, French-branded treats for all you Francophiles out there–three cheers for the country that gave us Dior, Chanel, YSL, Lacroix, and countless others. Happy Bastille Day, everyone, and vive la France! ♥
1. Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick, $30
2. Petit Bateau Women’s Organic Cotton Marinière, $78
3. Chanel Gardénia Parfum, $150
4. Le Coq Sportif Bagatelle Satin, 65€ (Get those European friends on the horn)
5. Hermès L’ivresse de l’infini and Fleurs d’Indiennes Silk Twill Scarves, $385 each
Ok, I’ll admit to not having much of a sweet tooth–at least compared to the average (or is it stereotypical?) chocolate-crazed female consumer. But… I am only human. So the answer is yes–yes, the mouth-watering macarons of Paris’s renowned pastry palace, Ladurée, indeed have me dreaming of mind-blowing mastication (and much more) just as much as the next chick…
And the colors—ohhhh, the colors! This is food porn at its greatest, my friends. I could literally look at these pallet-pleasing palettes all day; Ladurée offers up its signature treats in almost every color of the rainbow–just wait, you’ll be having food fantasies in five different colors at a time. True, bold brights are big this season (and Ladurée’s got those too), but pastels have been cornering their fair share of the market as well, especially when it comes to beauty. So give the orange lip gloss a rest and opt for a powdery pink pout (un pétale de rose, s’il vous plait !) or, pay serious tribute to this pâtisserie paradis by rocking its signature minty green shade (pistache!) on those nail tips for a change. Oh, and that darling little cotton-candy-colored top? Supersweet.
In addition, squeals were heard the world over when I discovered that Ladurée also sells a collection of home and beauty items,* including scented candles, eau de parfum, bath gel, bath salts, soaps, and more. And let me tell you: If you are even the slightest bit of a sucker for packaging (and boy am I ever), be prepared to meet your match made in fashionable foodie heaven. Whether your treat of choice ultimately ends up being edible or not, this is some serious Parisian product that is almost too pretty too eat. Almost.
Bon appétit !
*Click here for information on where to purchase in the US.
I’ve been a fan of French New Wave cinema (la Nouvelle Vague) for as long as I can remember, but my favorite director of all-time would have to be Mr. Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless, Alphaville), who just so happened to discover the amazing Anna Karina working as a model in Paris. Anna is originally from Denmark but bounced around foster homes as a child, eventually hitchhiking to Paris as a teen. In the late 50s, living off the streets in France, she was scouted by an agent who eventually booked her for ad campaigns under Pierre Cardin and Coco Chanel. When Karina’s image started appearing in publicités all around the European fashion capitol, Godard knew he wanted her in his films…
After turning down a part in Breathless (funnily enough, due to nude scene no-no’s) Karina finally accepted the role of Veronica Dreyer in Le Petit Soldat (The Little Solider), thus commencing her silver screen career. Karina went on to appear in numerous New Wave films and also won the award for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival in 1961. Since, she has served as a muse for numerous French directors and even had the infamous Serge Gainsbourg at her heels when the musician chose to write his sole film about her, in 1967.
Karina’s style is effortless, classic, and timeless. I admire her unique ability to portray various characters accurately and convincingly, all the while remaining true to herself and her style sense. Karina’s range is inspiring, but her style is truly authentic. To me, she is the perfect combination of class and sex, without trying too hard. The best part is that she’s still around today, struttin’ her stuff. If you aren’t familiar with Karina or with any of her films, I suggest you add any one (or all) of her titles to your Netflix queue, ASAP. You’ll be a better woman (or man) for it!