The Fiercest Fairytale Ever!

Gowns: (left )Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture, (right) Ralph & Russo Haute Couture, Shoes: Cristian Louboutin. Image VOGUE NETHERLANDS/VICTOR & ROLF

It’s been a while since I posted a full edit- but this one’s just too good! I’ve actually been meaning to post this for a while, but still… better late than nver!

For it’s December issue, Vogue Netherlands opted for an enchanting wonderland themed editorial starring Marte Mei van Haaster and shot by designer/artist duo Victor and Rolf. Shot to look like paper cutouts from Victorian storybooks and styled as a modern day princess, model Marte Mei twirls about in a fantastic fairy tale forest inhabited by all sorts of woodland creatures.

Gown: Atelier Versace, Headpiece: Maison Michel. Image VOGUE NETHERLANDS/VICTOR & ROLF

Done entirely of darkened silhouettes, most of the images show only the shape of the garments and figures rather than their intricate details. This fully allows each image to celebrate the significance of the garment’s structure rather than it’s finishing ornamentation. Basically highlighting the silhouette of each piece, the importance of the cut of each garment to an overall look is shown, illustrating the fact that everything else on a garment (colour, decoration, etc.) is secondary in importance to it’s construction.

Gown: Elie Saab. Image VOGUE NETHERLANDS/VICTOR & ROLF

The images allow viewers to see hints of ornamentation- a flash of gold embroidery, a glimmering crystal, a filmy ruffle of silk gauze- details that become more apparent the longer you look at the photograph. Every image comes across as a celebration of modern style, yet with a timelessness that’s apparent in the Victorian feel of the edit. The inventiveness of this editorial’s beautiful concept makes for a stunningly orchestrated holiday feature.

Gown: Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition. Image VOGUE NETHERLANDS/VICTOR & ROLF

What a gorgeous and festive fantasy!

Gowns, coat: Viktor & Rolf. Image VOGUE NETHERLANDS/VICTOR & ROLF

“Festive Fairytale”/”In Wonderland”- Vogue Netherlands December 2015

Model: Marte Mei van Haaster
Photographers: Viktor & Rolf
Stylist: Marije Goekoop
Hair/Make-up: Eva Copper

Gown: Schiaparelli Haute Couture. Image VOGUE NETHERLANDS/VICTOR & ROLF

Gown: Valentino Haute Couture. Image VOGUE NETHERLANDS/VICTOR & ROLF

Coat, shoes: Chanel. Image VOGUE NETHERLANDS/VICTOR & ROLF

Stole, coat, trousers: Armani Privé. Image VOGUE NETHERLANDS/VICTOR & ROLF

Gown, shoes: Maison Margiela “Artisinal” by John Galliano. Image VOGUE NETHERLANDS/VICTOR & ROLF

Friday Fierceness!

Lady Gaga in Tom Ford at the British Fashion Awards 2015

Gown: Tom Ford, Shoes, accessories: Brian Atwood, Jewels: Bulgari. Image REX SHUTTERSTOCK/DAVID FISHER

“Thank you Tom Ford for the beautiful custom gown, I was honored to accept Best Red Carpet Designer on your behalf.”

-Lady Gaga Instagram
November 24th

Flawless down to the crystallized eye makeup! Image REX SHUTTERSTOCK/DAVID FISHER

Oh Hedy!

Hedy Lamarr in a 1930’s MGM publicity still. Image GETTY IMAGES

Hedy Lamarr. November 10th would have been the film icon’s 101st birthday and to commemorate the day, Google produced one of it’s famous Doodles in her honour! With one of their most gorgeous illustrations to date, it highlighted the glitz and glamour of the icon’s glimmering Hollywood career whilst simultaneously paying homage to her incredible contribution to modern science. If you’d like see it, scroll to the end of this post!

Hedy Lamarr by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1938. Image ALFRED EISENSTAEDT/TIME & LIFE PICTURES/GETTY IMAGES

It’s impossible not to be inspired by Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler), a woman who broke the conventions of 1930s and 40s society to become one of the most recognizable and respected individuals of the Golden Age of Hollywood. On the surface she was an extraordinarily beautiful and glamourous woman, the ultimate seductress who set the silver screen on fire and has become known as one of most exotic beauties to ever grace modern film. With iconic hits like Crossroads, Ziegfeld Girl, Ecstasy, Algiers and White Cargo under her belt, she has became one of the legends of film, with a legacy that continues to inspire millions to this day.

Hedy Lamarr in a still from The Heavenly Body (1944). Image MGM/GETTY IMAGES

But she was so much more than just a beautiful, talented actress. Hedy Lamarr possessed a powerful and brilliant mind that turned to science to ease the boredom she felt from a lack of acting challenges. An improved traffic stoplight and a carbonated beverage tablet (much like Alka Seltzer) were two of Ms. Lamarr’s earliest inventions, but her most famous work is undeniably her improvement of the frequency- hopping spread spectrum radio system. Intended as a contribution to the the war effort, she and composer George Antheil designed a guidance system for radio- controlled torpedoes which prevented them from being affected by jammed frequencies, ensuring that they wouldn’t be thrown off course. The system was so advanced that it wasn’t implemented until the 1960s, but it’s still in use today as it forms the basis of modern spread-spectrum communication technology, such as GPS, Bluetooth, mobile phones, and Wi-Fi networks. It’s a fact to say that we all benefit from Hedy Lamarr!

Hedy Lamarr by Laszlo Willinger on the set of Lady in the Tropics, 1939. Image LASZLO WILLINGER/MGM

Already smart, beautiful and talented, Hedy was even more. An extraordinarily brave woman, she famously fled her controlling first husband at the age of 23, abandoning her unhappy marriage with nothing but a case of jewelry and the clothes on her back. This came soon after the release of 1933’s Ecstasy, a film in which she tackled nude scenes and the controversial depiction of the first female orgasm to be shown in a non-pornographic film. Talk about daring! Neither of these acts may be shocking today, but things were VERY different for women in the 1930’s.

Hedy Lamarr in Ziegfeld Girl (1941). Image MGM/GETTY IMAGES

After escaping her husband and WWII Austria, Ms. Lamarr relocated to Paris in 1937, where she met American talent scout Louis B. Mayer. Dazzled by her looks, he persuaded her to move to Hollywood in 1938 where he began promoting her as the “world’s most beautiful woman.” It’s upon reaching Hollywood she truly became the Hedy Lamarr we know and love.

Hedy Lamarr in The Conspirators (1944). Image WARNER BROTHERS/GETTY IMAGES

Style wise, no other actress could compare to Hedy Lamarr. She exhibited a unique style, with greater knowledge of the fashions of the time than many of her fellow starlets. A born pin-up, she dressed to enhance her showstopping curves and gorgeous natural colouring- nobody wore the smokey eye or dark lips better than she. Then, on top of all that, she slayed with constantly glamourous clothing. Ms. Lamarr loved the splendour that came with the roaring 20’s, and continued that decadence throughout her life by bringing glitzy flair into her ensembles both on and off the screen.

Hedy Lamarr in a still from The Heavenly Body (1944). Image MGM/GETTY IMAGES

Exquisitely tailored suits with exaggerated shoulders and tiny waists perfectly fit her curvaceous frame and became a staple of her wardrobe. She then flawlessly paired them with matching wrap jackets, luxurious furs, gorgeous hats and lots of glittering jewels. Always a lover of fur, she was known to wrap herself in exotic stoles no matter the event- even throwing on the occasional mink at the beach, wearing short jackets and shrugs whenever the sea breeze gave her a chill. When she ‘dressed down’ at home or on vacation, she preferred cardigans, silk blouses, swing skirts, simply tailored sundresses or fitted pantsuits that were paired with crisp button-front shirts, outsize cotton coats and silk scarves.

Hedy Lamarr at the beach in a fox fur coat, photograher unknown, 1940. Image GETTY IMAGES

But that was day-wear- Hedy Lamarr went all out for evening. Layering delicately beaded evening gowns under velvet capes, fur bolero jackets, mink stoles, white rabbit shrugs, ropes of diamonds, emeralds, pearls and rubies, and then cloaked in richly- hued velvet, detailed lace, luxuriously painted silks and chiffon, she was the embodiment of her title as “the most beautiful woman in film.” Sighhh… may we all be as opulent as Ms. Lamarr.

Hedy Lamarr in Ziegfeld Girl (1941). Image MGM/GETTY IMAGES

Ms. Lamarr’s film career began to cool in the 1950s and she spent her later years in the warmth of Orlando, Florida, taking a break from the world she had left such a loved impression on. She died on January 19, 2000, at the age of 86, leaving the world better and richer by her contributions.

Hedy Lamarr at home (top, left) in 1941 and (right, bottom) in 1940, photographers unknown. Image GETTY IMAGES

Hedy Lamarr will forever embody everything that personifies our vision of a classic movie-star, but her lasting legacy is so much more than that simplified sentiment. Forever mysterious and seductive, her achievements and the story of her life will continue to entice the imagination of people all over the world, just as much as her films and style will inspire lovers of beauty, film and fashion worldwide. Super beautiful, independent, brilliant, a total lover of gorgeous clothes and jewels, and one of the founders of modern technology- how could we not love Hedy Lamarr! What a woman!

Hedy Lamarr decked out in Lady in the Tropics (1940). Image EVERETT GALLERY/MGM

She was a woman whose legendary fierceness transcends decades!

By the way, here’s the Google Doodle:

Xx – Ana and Estevan.

Friday Fierceness!

Fierce boy in the “Moschino Barbie!” Commercial

So fierce!

Commercial/ stilled images: Moschino and Jeremy Scott
Barbie is copyrighted by Mattel, Inc.

The ad was terrible but I absolutely adore the fierce little boy!

YAAS!

Like the ad says, “Fabulosity totally included!”

NMFV ONE

Models Alana Nipper and Estevan Dubrisingh shot by Kibwe Brathwaite for the NMFV ONE campaign. Image NMFV INC./KIBWE BRAITHWAITE

It takes something really special to have me full scale fan- girling at 2:30 on a Saturday morning. That’s exactly what happened when I recieved the media kit for the launch of NMFV’s (NoMoreFashionVictims.com’s) first in-house apparel line, ONE! ONE will be officially launched on November 16th, a date very close to the NMFV digital boutique’s first anniversary, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with this lovely offering!

NMFV ONE. Image NMFV INC./KIBWE BRAITHWAITE

ONE is a collection of casual separates (thank you Lord for separates!) and accessories (a collaboration with The Urban Factory) that are 100 per cent ethically produced and manufactured in Trinidad and Tobago. It’s a very well-rounded collection of wardrobe building separates that will appeal to all lovers of great, cool clothing. It’s designed as a unisex collection, allowing every piece to be versatile enough to easily incorporate into anyone’s wardrobe, regardless of gender. Gender-neutrality is a trend that we’re seeing a lot of in international ready to wear, but this is a first for homegrown design…. and I it’s think a needed step in our fashion evolution.

NMFV ONE. Image NMFV INC./KIBWE BRAITHWAITE

Clean lines, minimalist prints and an uncomplicated colour palette make for an offering that is elegantly understated and effortless to wear. It’s an eleven piece collection and with much to love within the lineup: the kurta shirt with a Nehru collar is a firm favourite, as is a pair of tailored black culottes and a sexy crop top with cutout details (the only real gender specific piece within the offering). There are long striped tee-shirts, tweed tunics and quirky button-front shirts, with some mesh tops thrown into the mix and even a minimalist knee- length suede coat! Admittedly it may be keep its wearer too warm in our climate, but Trinis love to travel and how fab to be able to get fall and spring appropriate outerwear right here!

My favourite look: tailored culottes and a cutout crop top worn under a mesh tee! NMFV ONE. Image NMFV INC./KIBWE BRAITHWAITE

Truth be told, I’m not usually attracted to gender neutral design. Every now and then I see some beautiful pieces, but most of the time, I think the pieces look too bulky on female frames and too effeminate on men. Fit is always an issue and I often think the clothing ends up looking awkward (several pieces from Selfridge’s recently launched Agender collection come to mind). NMFV’s ONE surprised me in that I actually like all of the pieces!

NMFV ONE. Image NMFV INC./KIBWE BRAITHWAITE

For the most part, the garment cuts appear to be a little smaller than most unisex fare (perhaps a nod to our slim and toned carnival ready physiques?), but this resulted in looks that flatter a wide spectrum of frames across both genders. Men would look good in almost anything, so they’d have no trouble finding options within the collection, and while the garments look roomy on feminine frames, they’re more cosy than bulky and skim curves instead of exaggerating them. The collection looks comfortable and stylish… like fabulous yacht party fare!

NMFV ONE. Image NMFV INC./KIBWE BRAITHWAITE

My only semi critique would be for the mesh tops. They’re really not what I consider to be everyday appropriate, unisex garments since they can come off looking a little too fetishist on men. Though they’re fab for the ladies and there definitely are men who will buy them, I just don’t think I’d like my guy in them.

NMFV ONE. Image NMFV INC./KIBWE BRAITHWAITE

I’m absolutely stoked over the debut of this collection. NMFV founder Stephanie Ramlogan attended CAFD with an emphasis on garment design before focusing on styling, but her love for design has remained a driving force in her career. ONE is the result of many years of hard work and dedication. To see it pay off so beautifully is simply great.

NMFV ONE. Image NMFV INC./KIBWE BRAITHWAITE

Additionally I absolutely love that the collection embodies everything that NMFV has been promoting since it’s launch- beautiful, locally designed and produced luxury fashion, all manufactured from of the best quality locally available materials. The fact that everything is ethically produced from sustainable materials further adds a good dose of positivity to the retail experience… and I like that.

NMFV ONE. Image NMFV INC./KIBWE BRAITHWAITE

ONE is a good collection and I can see everyone finding something to love within the offering’s lineup. I’ve definitely found some lust-worthy pieces! Congrats to Stephanie and her NMFV team on the launch, it’s a great ONE!

Even the ONE accessories are totally cool, they’re part of a collab with The Urban Factory: (top:left) howlite Buddha bracelet, (centre)Marlin line, leather and turquoise bracelet set, (right) black agate Buddha bracelet; (bottom:left) howlite and Hansa tassel bracelet, (centre) sand vial necklace, (right) leather anchor wrap bracelet. Image NMFV.INC

Stay tuned to the NMFV site and the NMFV Facebook page for the launch on November 16th. Enjoy!

By the way, that male model is our editor and delinquent Menswear writer (and my brother). Looks pretty good, doesn’t he!

Xx – Ana

Friday Fierceness!

“Afrikart”- Vogue Germany December 2015

Bodysuit: Dsquared2, Breastplate: KTZ, Jewelry: Vickisarge, Mikuti, Christiane Billet, Hunrod. Image VOGUE GERMANY/LUIGI + IANGO

Model: Riley Montana
Photographer: Luigi + Iango (Iango Henzi + Luigi Murenu)
Stylist: Patti Wilson
Hair: Luigi Murenu
Makeup: Virginia Young

Friday Fierceness!

“A Play in Two Acts: Act 1”- Vogue Ukraine November 2015

Gown: Azzedine Alaïa, Scarf, shoes: A.F. Vandevorst, Hat: NVNM Nathini Van Der Meer. Image VOGUE UKRAINE/ELIZAVETA PORODINA

Model: Lou Schoof
Photographer: Elizaveta Porodina
Stylist: Julie Pelipas
Hair, makeup: Heiko Palach