Kisses Darling!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Raquel on the Cross

Why? I don't know...but doesn't she look fabulous?

Happy 50 Pete!

Pete Burns...

One of my favorite hairstyles...

The asymmetrical bob on Diana Ross.

Richard Phillips for MAC cosmetics

To mark the introduction of one of its fall makeup collections — Make-Up Art Cosmetics — MAC asked three prominent artists, Richard Phillips, Marilyn Minter and Maira Kalman, to create works using the company’s latest pigments and products. Phillips, whose paintings are often inspired by fashion-world iconography, used 24 different products to create a retouched version of “Der Bodensee,” one of his recent paintings. The results were über-glamorous, to say the least.


Why collaborate with a cosmetic company?

I felt it was a unique opportunity to recast the meaning and function of what painting’s role could be in terms of how art appears in contemporary commercial media culture. I was given free rein to create a piece that I felt worked best with the product collection I was given.

Did you make an original painting for the project?
When MAC first contacted me, they asked if I could make a new painting for the project. At the time I was in the middle of working toward my New York exhibition with Gagosian Gallery, and I said there wouldn’t be enough time to make a dedicated piece. Then it occurred to me that if we could get the world’s best photo retoucher — Pascal Dangin of Box — to collaborate with us, we could digitally transform one of the paintings I was working on with the cosmetic palette MAC gave me. The painting, “Der Bodensee,” literally received a MAC makeover.

Who is the girl in the painting?
The image of the young girl in my painting was inspired by a JPEG of an erotic model I found on a Eastern European blog, specifically the “beauty shot” in a layout that featured her in various explicit poses. In a way it was advertising that which is unseen.

Had you ever given any thought to the nuances of makeup?
My first group of portraits in the mid-’90s paid homage to the disregarded “art” of avant-garde fashion photography of the late ’60s and early ’70s. The radical makeup used on fashion images of that time were more of an inspiration to me than any of the pop, minimal or photo-real work that was done at the same time. Makeup ignites a psychological transformation of both the wearer and the observer. My paintings sought to locate the subject of art within the manipulation of that altered predisposition.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Susan Boyle dazzles again as she debuts a glam new look for the September issue of Harper's Bazaar.

As Susan Boyle adjusts to her newfound fame, the Scotish singer continues to pursue her music career.
The "Britain's Got Talent" sensation, who ditched her frumpy outfits for a sophisticated ensemble composed of a Michael Kors dress, J.Crew necklace and Giuseppe Zanotti pumps, has had to quickly adapt to her newfound fame.
The September issue of Harper's Bazaar hits stands August 18th

Do you like Susan's stylish new look?

Nick London Reports: Veruschka

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Karen Mulder Update...

KAREN Mulder, the Dutch model questioned by police but not charged in Paris earlier this summer for allegedly making threats against her plastic surgeon, looked pretty fine on a yacht with Kate Moss, who was also topless part of the time. But Mulder covered up under a big hat and sunglasses at lunch at Club 55 in St. Tropez, where Harvey Weinstein held court with Jason Statham, and Saudi Prince Al Waleed and his guests ate halal cuisine prepared on his yacht. (Page Six)
NOW (still a beauty)



NARS Fall Look 2009


Great to see the return of blush for Fall.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Nick London Reports: Cosmo Covers


Helen Gurley Brown (above) became editor in chief in 1965 and remodeled the magazine as New Cosmopolitan. The magazine was renamed back to Cosmopolitan in 1967. (below Samantha Jones 1969)

(A rare Cosmo couple cover)
(Rene Russo)
(Pattie Hansen)
In the early 1970s, Cosmopolitan adopted a cover format (photographed exclusively by Scavullo) consisting of a young female model typically in a low cut dress or bikini. The magazine focused on young women and published articles that openly talked about sexual issues.

In Brown's early years as editor, the magazine received heavy criticism. The magazine ran a near-nude centerfold of actor Burt Reynolds in April 1972. The issue created great controversy, propelling Cosmopolitan to the forefront of American popular culture at the time.

(Kim Alexis)
(Carol Alt)


(Kelly Emberg, Jerry Hall, Linda Evangelista)

The Covers of Cosmo in the late 70s and 80s were always super sexy and strong.

Beauty Pays Off IN MIAMI....


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The How to Marry a Millionaire Girls

Starring Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, & Marilyn Monroe.

I wish they would do a modern re-make of this film someday.
With Hallie Berry, Angelina Jolie, & Charlize Theron.
Who would you cast?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Estée Lauder Fall 09 Sensuous Gold

"Inspired by the ease and sensuality of the season’s fashions, Estée Lauder has created Sensuous Gold – a uniquely feminine, luxurious new color collection for fall 2009. Using soft nuances of color with rich tints, tones and washes, Sensuous Gold gently brings out an inner radiance and reveals the softer side of every woman. Skin is luminous, warm and radiant in a soft veil of golden tones. Eyes are delicately defined in soft shades of golden amber and peach accented by rich, regal amethyst. Lips are luxuriously dressed for the season in sateen finishes of coppery nudes and supple plums. Sensuous Gold creates a look that is at once sophisticated, luxurious and naturally feminine. Completing the impression is the distinctly modern and luxurious rose golden packaging."

Naomi Sims Rest In Peace

From Diana Vreeland's darling to business woman Naomi Sims, considered the "first black supermodel" by some, died of cancer at age 61, Saturday, August 2, 2009, in Newark, New Jersey.

Sims led a long and successful career as a model and then as a designer of collections of wigs and cosmetics for black women.


The Shade for Summer...

Men's & Woman's Fashion Video


Sunday, August 2, 2009

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