16/08/2012

ESSENTIAL READINGS


People say that LIFE is the thing,
but I prefer READING.

Logan Pearsall Smith




September is coming with its loads of huge magazines all dedicated to the satisfaction of our limitless longing for Fashion ,new trends and gorgeous photographs.
Here is a selection of some of the titles that are already out.

Let's start with a non-magazine, but a book about this wonderful Met exhibition devoted to Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada. The book and the exhibition have the same name: Impossible Conversations. It draws a very interesting parallel between these two figures and shows that Miuccia Prada's work is deeply influenced by Ms Schiaparelli. The book, just like the video made by Baz Luhrmann for the exhibition, creates a fictional dialogue between the two ladies and we learn really interesting things about their ways of creation, their approaches to Fashion. Here are some quotes:
Elsa Schiaparelli: "Curiously Enough, in spite of my apparent craziness and love of fun and gags, [my] greatest fans were the ultra-smart and conservative women (...)
Miuccia Prada: I'm told that the women who wear my clothes vary dramatically. Of course, I'd hope that they were clever and interesting.(...) I try to make women feel more powerful without losing their femininity.(...) I don't want men imposing their beliefs and opinions on me."
Miuccia Prada: " I don't like to design eveningwear because I like to have the choice of wearing eveningwear in the day or daywear in the evening."
Miuccia Prada: " I hate the idea that you shouldn't wear something just because you're a certain age.
Elsa Schiapparelli: I enjoy creating for the woman who, no matter what her years, wears my clothes with the poise of youth.
Miuccia Prada: (...) Thinking about age all the time is the biggest prison women can make for themselves."
They are so alike! They could be mother and daughter!

If you like Miuccia Prada as much as we do and if you want to learn about this Great Elsa Schiapparelli (who seem to stand in Coco Chanel's shadow), this book is perfect for you!

Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations by Andrew Bolton and Harold Koda (Creative Director: Katie Grand) published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2012.


In our essential readings we also have four magazines we've always loved and the first one is called...LOVE.
A magazine we adore! This time this is the A Costume Drama issue and it features the lovely. actresses of Downton Abbey ( no, not Mrs Patmore...). As the editor in chief, Katie Grand (yes, her again!) said: " The ideas of this issue owe themselves in equal measure to two cultural juggernauts, one mainstream, the other less so: Downton Abbey, the British costume drama (...) and Paris is Burning, Jenni Livingstone's 1990 film documenting the New York drag scene of the 1980s from which the art of vogueing sprang". So, as you could see, it is a very, very ecclectic issue with colours, feathers, amazing outfits, Karl Lagerfeld, Alexa Chung, Cara Delevingne, Kate Moss, Stella Tennant, the Queen, Doutzen Kroes, Mert & Marcus, Bruce Weber and many, many more. This issue is huge! It is brilliant! It is flamboyant and flabbergasting! We love LOVE!

 BRITISH VOGUE  is also huge this month, it is even said on the cover The Biggest Fashion Issue Ever! 408 pages of pure delight. First because our beloved Karlie Kloss is on the cover. She is so beautiful (Vogue Paris please! Put her on your cover! We're begging you!) and refreshing! What we like with British Vogue is their articles, they do not forget to put words in their pages and it is always very good. This time we especially loved those about Kate Phelan, the creative director of Topshop, about Louise Wilson, the extraordinary head of the fashion MA at Central Saint Martins and the one about the Mia Wasikowska. Just like LOVE, British Vogue features all the most incredible models like Karlie Kloss, Lara Stone, Stella Tennant (who is everywhere season after season), Suvi Koponen and all the models (Naomie, Kate, Stella, Georgia May, the 2 Lilies, Karen, and Jourdan) who ran during the Closing Ceremony for a special and amazing shooting!

I-D is about Youth this month. It is called the Just Kids Issue. We wanted the Cara Delevingne's cover but unfortunately, it was sold out, so we took Kelly Mittendorf's and we're not disappointed. Ok, she has a peculiar face but she is very smart and pretty cool! Just like we could expect from a Youth Issue, it is full of colours, prints, smiles, talented and under 30 people. And we learn One Very Important Thing, maybe the most important thing you will learn today! Cara's favourite insult is "Yo mama's such a slag there's a party going on in her mouth and everyone's coming....". She's so cool! We want to be her friends!

Last but not least, we picked DANSK, the Danish magazine. The quality paper is amazing and smells so good. The photographs are sharp and thorough. The articles talk about people we are not used to read about (we understand why Dansk is subtitled the World's Most Independent Fashion Magazine). And It has Sean O'Pry on its cover! He is so sexy in his 12-page shooting! It should not be allowed to be as sexy! Still here?! Go and get Dansk! You won't be disappointed!





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