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Tuesday
Nov302010

karen elson as grace coddington



Do you remember the August 2008 Vogue editorial of Karen Elson made up as Grace Coddington? It was for their “Age” issue-- it’s one of my favorite spreads of all time. If you have yet to see these lovely photos, never fear! Fashion Gone Rogue uploaded the entire editorial onto their website. Because I am a magazine hoarder, I was able to pull this very issue of Vogue from my archives and scan the text that accompanied these images. In it, Grace Coddington calls her firery-red hair “...the best accessory that I could ever have.” Don’t you just love that?! It’s also important to note that those funny little cats were sketched by Ms. Coddington herself. She is seriously my hero :)

(photos of Karen Elson by Steven Meisel)
Monday
Nov292010

truman capote goes ice skating



Don’t these photos of Mr. Capote make you want to throw on your finest fair isle and hit the ice? If only I could skate! I can hardly make it around the rink without falling several times (my friends can attest-- I am horrid). I’m a bit shocked to see that Truman was a rather skilled ice skater-- who would have thought? These photos were taken for one of Life Magazine’s “Leisure” issues... I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a hard copy!

(photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life)
Monday
Nov292010

on this day in history...



1832:
Louisa May Alcott, author of the beloved classic Little Women
(which was based loosely on her early life), was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania.

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Saturday
Nov272010

rita konig's mantel



How beautiful is this polaroid photo collage above Rita Konig’s fireplace? I scanned in these two images from the October 2008 Domino editorial of her Manhattan apartment. What an interesting + inexpensive way to adorn a mantel. Ms. Konig is a creative genius, no? If I had a fireplace to doll up, I think I'd do the same thing!

Saturday
Nov272010

Resting Up, London, March 26, 1962



I just about died when I discovered this painting of Jacqueline Kennedy sleeping in floral D. Porthault bed linens. Could there be anything more up my alley?! The watercolor is by Jacqueline Duhême, whom Jackie met during her 1961 voyage to Paris with JFK. Ms. Duhême also accompanied Jackie and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill, when they traveled to Pakistan and India in 1962. It is suggested that Jackie loved Ms. Duhême's work because it reminded her of her own style of drawing (see my post about the Bouvier sisters’ book, One Special Summer.)  “Resting Up, London" sold for $21,600 in the Sotheby's famed 2005 Kennedy Auction. The couple behind the winning bid purchased the painting for the D. Porthault Historical Collection (I didn’t know that such a thing existed!). I’d l-o-v-e to find a print for my gallery wall... I understand that the Kennedy Library might sell petite replicas. Come Monday morning, I’ll have to give them a call :)