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Windows in Meatpacking

Moschino Window

Moschino Window

Alexander McQueen Window

Alexander McQueen Window

Alexander McQueen Window

Alexander McQueen Window

Stella McCartney Window

Stella McCartney Window

I took these pictures about a month ago in the Meatpacking district.  At first I just thought the Moschino windows were funny, which is why I began taking pictures, but then I got down to Alexander McQueen and was literally awe struck.  Three dresses from his final collection were standing before me.  So obviously I went inside and it took everything I had not to touch the dresses.  Seriously, everything.

I went back a few days later and there were different dresses in the window, it must have been a rotating collection.

The shadow on the Stella McCartney window kind of ruins it, but I love the graphic from the ad with Natalia Vodianova.

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Things I love

Natalia and Neva

Mother’s Day

I have held on to this picture for quite a while.  I found it about a month ago and decided that it was absolutely the cutest/sweetest thing I have ever seen in my entire life. The end.

But not really…It is a picture of Natalia Vodianova and her darling daughter, Neva, photographed for Vogue.

I don’t know if there is really much else to say about this photograph other than I am in love with it.  From the matching Hunter boots to the pink ensembles I am enamored.

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Meet the Models

I am part of that small portion of the population that prefers models on the cover of magazines but recently that has been a growing trend, especially with the ever fabulous British Vogue.  Over the past few years they have featured models on the covers of about half of their magazines.  And personally I find this is the best way to go.  They have a presence on the covers (it is part of their job description) and they entice people to flip through the magazine.

I once heard a quote that has stuck with me.  It was, “Celebrities sell the magazine but models sell the clothes.”  At the time I heard this I agreed wholeheartedly, but now I think that models might be able to sell the magazines on their own.  Remember, there was a time when it was only models on the cover, Ms. Anna Wintour changed that.  Grace Coddington is on my side of the debate.  She once said, “There are no models on covers anymore.  They’re all actors because they’re what sells.” She goes on to say, “An actor often dictates what you’re going to get.  I find that annoying.  And I’m incredibly shy, so they scare the pants off me.  But I feel perfectly comfortable with the models.  They’re like my kids.”

I am intrigued by models, there is something about them that is so fascinating, and I think that people are starting to realize this once again.  After the age of the Super Models in the 80’s and 90’s there was a bit of a lull in the public’s attraction to models but I think that has definitely changed once again.

Below are some of the covers of British Vogue from 2009-2010 which featured models on the covers.

Canadian Model, Daria Werbowy

Russian Model, Sasha Pivovarova

British Model, Georgia Jagger

British Model, Kate Moss who has graced the cover numerous times

British Model, Lily Donaldson

Russian Model, Natalia Vodianova who has also been on the cover many times

Dutch Model, Lara Stone

Any thoughts about the celebrity vs. model controversy?

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The Little Princess

Twenty-eight year old Russian model, Natalia Vodianova, is having a Cinderella moment.  She grew up in a very poor neighborhood in the USSR with her mother and two half sisters (one of whom had cerebral palsy, to help make money she would sell fruit on the street.  After attending a modeling school she became who she is today,  super model known especially for her baby face.  And then she found her prince.  Or rather a British property heir and half-brother to the 10th Viscount Portman.  And with three children to devote her time to she is truly the definition of a multi-tasker.  Vodianova started the “Naked Heart Foundation” the goal of which is to create a safe environment for children to play in Russia.  She was also Medusa in the new remake of The Clash of the Titans and is modeling in countless magazines.

These photographs from April’s edition of French Vogue are absolutely stunning.  It is rightly titled “Princesse Natalia” and styled by Carine Roitfeld (France’s Anna Wintour) another one of my fashion idols.

I love how, Russian, the pictures are.  I used to have a minor obsession in my middle school years with the Romanovs and I could absolutely see Anastasia wearing these clothes to a ball or to tea in the garden.  I think they are absolutely beautiful and Vodianova is truly the last Russian Princess.

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Long Live the Queen

I am surprised I have not written about her sooner.  She is, after all, the reason I am so addicted, in love, obsessed, etc. with fashion.  She is quoted as saying, “I like masculine things…for their simplicity and functionality…  I do think I counteract the masculine thing with my red hair.  It’s the best accessory I could ever have.”  Any fashion maven or aspiring magazine editor would know who sports the aforementioned red hair:  it is famous the world over and easily recognizable as the counterpart to Ms. Anna Wintour’s severe bob.

While you should know who she is by now, I will continue for those fashion virgins.  Wintour herself proclaims this woman is “the world’s most magical fashion editor.”  Yet, she is also the nicest woman in fashion, which is quite a feat in itself.  Even more, she is my inspiration, my idol of sorts– she is the first person I have ever really looked up to as a model of success.  I read Vogue religiously, like an addict, entranced with her spreads, never really knowing who was the ringmaster behind the creativity at Vogue, until now.  The hair, and the quote as well, belong to the person who is the reason I am obsessed with fashion.

Her name: Grace Coddington.  Her occupation: Creative Director of American Vogue.

Grace Coddington

During her many years at British Vogue, Coddington fine tuned her editorial skills and developed her own personal style for photo shoots.  She prefers to turn the potentially harsh and stagnant spreads into stories or narratives, making them livelier and above all else, “tongue-in-cheek.”  This makes the editorials much more accessible to her readers because they can relate to the stories and the characters she creates.  Coddington loves morphing childhood fairytales and famous works of art into pages of a magazine.

While at American Vogue for the past 15 years she has created masterpieces in her exuberant fashion stories.  Coddington’s personal favorite is the famous 2003 Alice in Wonderland photo shoot with Natalia Vodianova as Alice and Annie Leibovitz behind the lens.  The nearly 20 page spread also included designers such as Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, and John Galliano as characters from the Lewis Carroll classic.  Vodianova wore a blue dress (or ensemble) from each of the designers she was photographed with, tying in fashion, fantasy, and the classic story of Alice.  More recently, for the December 2009 issue of Vogue, Coddington styled an elaborate Hansel and Gretel themed shoot, inspired by the Metropolitan Opera’s recent production, with model, Lily Cole and her costar in the upcoming movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Andrew Garfield.  As the witch, Coddington originally wanted British singer Susan Boyles to play the part but Wintour vetoed it opting instead for the extremely high profile Lady Gaga, who infamously arrived completely naked to the photo shoot except for her white rubber rain coat.

Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour

She is also the star of The September Issue (directed by R.J. Cutler) my [The] Godfather or Scarface if you will.  I even went so far as to stand in a very very long line at Barnes and Noble for her to sign my copy of the extraordinary DVD, which I have now viewed about five times since it premiered in theaters last fall.

Cutler’s film brought both Grace Coddington’s genius and her hair to the masses.  It was an inside look into the making of the September issue of the magazine, which is always the largest and most extravagant (and of course expensive).  Shown in theaters across the globe, the movie introduced people to Vogue, Prada, and Coddington and Wintour’s epic standoffs.

And her brilliance has been awarded repeatedly, most notably with the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Lifetime Achievement award.  Less notably, but more amusing, was when the British television show (and my favorite TV show) Absolutely Fabulous, the character Patsy says her idol Ms. Coddington is, “Fash. Ed. Supreme” meaning Fashion Editor Supreme.

Coddington when she was a model

Coddington knows that the clothes are aspirational for most women, yes, she knows we can’t all afford a $500 t-shirt or a $10,000 scarf.  The photo shoots and the way she styles clothes are made to inspire us to look our best and be creative when it comes to what we choose to wear.  But money is everything these days.  On the tips of everyone’s tongues and in the print of the newspapers at everyone’s the fingertips.  She is able to style clothes into wearable outfits, ensembles that can actually be worn to work or to Central Park, and maybe if you’re lucky to the famous MET Costume Gala hosted by Ms. Wintour this upcoming year.

Coddington has created a new way to view fashion.  One that is more inviting and engaging.  Long are the days where only the wealthy could wear designer clothes and look fashionable.  Coddington has brought style and creativity to the masses, showing us it is okay to experiment with clothing and above all, to believe in yourself.  Not only did she make it as a model, and as a design director, and as a brilliant creative director, and as a fashion editor, but she has also been an inspiration for me.  After her car accident in which her eyelid had to be surgically reconstructed, and her modeling took a back seat, she watched her world fall apart, but she also saw that it could be built back up again, so she persevered.  Dressing in black nearly everyday, very little makeup, and hair as wild and crazy as ever, Coddington lives vicariously through the pages of Vogue and through her magical, whimsical photo shoots, and I hope, through me.

Vodianova as Alice with Lagerfeld

Vodianova with Viktor and Rolf as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb

Vodianova with Tom Ford

Hansel and Gretel photo shoot with Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and Lily Cole

1920's inspired shoot with Coco Rocha

Couture shoot from "The September Issue" with Raquel Zimmermann

Coco Rocha in a Superhero photo shoot

Same Superhero shoot dress by Jean Paul Gaultier

A more editorial shot with model Sasha Pivrova in a dress by Alexander McQueen

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