Wednesday, December 31, 2008

+...GeOrGeS LePaPe...+

Design for a Menu Cover, The Savoy Hotel, London

1912 Parisian fashion publication Modes et Manieres d'Aujourd'hui (Plate XI)

Lepape’s biography reads like the quintessential French artist – born on the Rue Montaigne May 26, 1887 and by the age of eighteen enrolled in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. At age 20 Lepape had already formed strong liaisons with such notable artists as Georges Braque, Marie Laurencin, Bernard Boutet de Monval, Andre Marty and Charles Martin. His first Salon submissions came the year prior to his 1909 marriage to Gabrielle Lauzanne, and it was just one year later that he formed his historical collaboration with Paul Poiret. Over the next ten years, Poiret would become Paris’s leading haute couture designer and Lepape would be recognized as one of the world’s most brilliant fashion illustrators.

Beginning with the exclusive limited edition album “Les Choses de Paul Poiret”, Lepape introduced the ideas of “motion” and “story” to fashion illustration by showing some models actually leaving the viewing frame and by turning their backs to the viewer. These illustration techniques were further developed with publisher Lucien Vogel between 1912 and 1925 as Lepape became one of the primary contributors to the famous Gazette du Bon Ton.

By 1920 Lepape was at the very top of his profession. He had completed a prolific decade of work, including illustrations for the houses of Worth, Lanvin, Paquin, Doucet, Beer among others, cover work for Harpers Bazaar and the first cover for Vogue Magazine (Oct.1916, English edition), numerous commissions for fur, perfume and other luxury goods producers, illustrations for theatre programs (particularly for the Ballets Russes), costume and set designs for Marcel L’Herbier and a series of posters for Galeries Lafayette.

In 1920 the Musee des Arts Decoratifs held the first major exhibition of Lepape’s work. He followed this with major contributions that year to the post-war re-introduction of Gazette du Bon Ton, to Paul Poiret’s European Tour, to the introduction of Vogue France and with the publication of a special edition of Modes et Manieres d’aujourd’hui featuring twelve of his new fashion plates. The following years saw continued high demand for Lepape’s talents and a branching out to include catalogue illustration, film posters and even some minor industrial design.

Conde Nast invited Lepape to New York in 1926, further cementing a long and profitable relationship with Vogue as that publication took over Gazette du Bon Ton. He illustrated eight of the Vogue covers in 1927 plus covers for Vanity Fair, while continuing to expand his client list to include Hermes, Wanamaker’s Department Store and Femina Magazine, among others, and to further increase his visibility in the theatrical world.

George Lepape remained a prolific and sought-after working artist right up to the time of his death, at age 84, on Feb 15, 1971. His works have been shown at several major exhibitions including the Palais Grenvelle in 1963, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs again in 1966 and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 1971.

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+...HoTeL DaNiEL...+

A newly minted classic, and a bit of a stylistic departure for Paris hotels, Hotel Daniel comes outfitted in a sort of Silk Road, east-meets-west theme — old-world Parisian interiors with handmade Chinese wallpapers, Oriental rugs, exotic fine fabrics and Syrian antiques.

It’s a townhouse hotel, small and intimate, with just twenty-six rooms; none are exactly palatial, but the detailed, luxurious décor feels cozy rather than constricted. The location, near the Champs-Élysées, means the Daniel is perfectly placed for getting out — out shopping, out to eat, out to business meetings if you must — but staying in is no great struggle either, especially in the top-floor deluxe rooms, with views over the rooftops, or the fifth-floor Daniel suite, with its view of the Eiffel Tower.

Hotel Daniel
8 rue Fréderic Bastiat, Champs Elysées

Paris, France

Thanks 2 Tablet Hotels
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Monday, December 29, 2008

+...KaTiE HoLmEs...+

for T Magazine
(The New York Times Style Magazine)
Photographs by Solve Sundsbo

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+...ViNTaGe VoGuE AuSTrALiA...+

Vogue Australia
Australiana issue
(September, 1967)
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+...My DrEaM DeSTiNaTiOn...+


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Beautiful fashion illustration became an amazing and fantastic gown, from Atelier Versace

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

+...My DrEaM HoMe...+

Image courtesy of Zara Home
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+...HaPpY SaTuRdAy...+

Thanks 2 Asimo 118
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+...HaNbOk LoVeR...+

My fave pic of beautiful hanbok.....!!!!

Song Hye-kyo is in a Korean traditional outfit designed by Jung Ku-ho, who was in charge of the wardrobe for the movie “Hwangjini”.
The shoot was in Paris with the Italian photographer Paolo Roversi. Leading hair stylist Julien d’Ys and makeup artist Stephane Marais did Song's hair and makeup.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

+...MaRcUs OhLsSoN...+

Marcus Ohlsson is Sweden’s fastest rising star in fashion and beauty photography. In order to pursue his love for photography, Marcus left high school to enroll at a photo school. He then spent six years assisting Swedish top photographers Calle Stoltz, Camilla Åkrans and Mikael Jansson before kick starting his own career in 2005.

Marcus is fond of working with existing light and on location. This results in sensual, beautiful and nearly dreamlike photography with a great deal of presence. He offers the models a lot of freedom in front of the camera and has been gifted with the ability to capture the uniqueness of each moment. His passion for fashion is unmistakeable.

Marcus is super productive and creative and has a number of editorial clients, such as Italian Velvet, Tush, Bon, Arena, Vs and S-Magazine. Among his commercial assignments are H&M, Marc O’Polo, L’Oréal, Piz Buin, Acne, Wella, Sisley Casa and Boots.

Thanks 2 Lundlund
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+...HoTeL De La PaiX...+

Hotel de la Paix, Cambodia is the most stylish of the Siem Reap hotels. It´s hip combination of art deco and traditional Khmer design, will inspire and excite you. It´s romantic and luxurious Spa Indochine, will relax and revive you, whilst it´s eco-tourism projects and community support, will motivate and move you.

Excellently located in the heart of Siem Reap, Cambodia, within easy walking distance of the nightlife and colorful markets, and a few kilometres from the famous temple complexes of Angkor Wat, "delaPaix" is a favourite choice of accommodation when travelling to Siem Reap.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

+...HoMe SwEeT HoMe...+

Home by Leenah
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