Category Archives: Hope

Paris Report: Dries van Noten’s Menswear Show at The Musée Bourdelle

Statues at the entrance to Dries van Noten A/W 2011 menswear show at the Musée Bourdelle. Image via Paris Vogue via Twitpic.

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Paris Report: Slightly Stressful Final Last Minute Show Seating Preparations

From Jean-Luc Dupont of Systeme D, via Twitter: “computer, names, addresses, neon pink highlighting, music : working on the final @PETAR_PETROV listing …”  #pfw http://yfrog.com/h5uhtij

TwitPic via Jean-Luc Dupont of Systeme D, Paris.

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Excellent Investment: Outstandingly Fashionable Socialite Daphne Guinness Buys Entire Isabella Blow Wardrobe From Christie’s, London

In a secretly  swift and Outstandingly Excellent move that has caused the cancellation of the Christie’s auction, which was previously scheduled to take place in London on September 15, 2010, fashionable heiress and art-loving socialite Daphne Guinness has purchased the entire collection of 90 outfits and 28 photographs of legendary style icon Isabella Blow. “It’s Issy — it’s her DNA — it should not be scattered to the four winds,”  Ms. Guinness told the equally legendary and stylish journalist Suzy Menkes of The International Herald Tribune via The New York Times. “I want it to remain as a monument.” Who could dare to disagree?

Mirror, mirror on the wall: Heiress and fashionable Socialite Daphne Guiness. Image via the Daphne Guinness fan page on Facebook.

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Legendary Excellence: Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010), RIP

Her Outstanding Excellency Lena Horne, legendary signer, actress, and civil rights activist, as photographed in April 1981 during the Broadway production of Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. Image via The Associated Press.

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The Gender Bending Excellence of Ricardo Tisci as Presented by Model Lea T. in Givenchy’s New Advertising Campaign for Fall/Winter 2010/11

As first reported by WWD, Ricardo Tisci, head designer at Givenchy “is using a transexual among the cast for the house’s fall-winter ad campaign, and it’s someone he knows well: his longtime personal assistant and, interestingly enough, former fit model for his own line. Lea T., a Brazilian with delicate features previously known as Leo, appears alongside an ethnically diverse range of faces in the spots, slated to break in the July issue of L’Uomo Vogue. “She’s always been very feminine: superfragile, very aristocratic,” Tisci enthused of the former Mr. T. “She’s part of the family,” he said, noting that Lea is transitioning into a new career, veterinary medicine, in Milan.”

Lea T. in Givenchy's new Fall/Winter advertising campaign, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Image via WWD via Courtesy Photo.

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Cinematic Excellence: The Passionate Friends, Directed by Sir David Lean

Presenting the trailer for The Passionate Friends, the visually stunning 1949 movie, set high up in the Swiss Alps, starring Ann Todd, Claude Rains, and Trevor Howard, directed by His Excellency Sir David Lean. The darkly romantic film (recently restored by the BFI National Archive and Grenada International, with generous support from The David Lean Foundation) tells the story of  a love triangle involving a woman, married to a wealthy, older businessman, who cannot give up on, and who conitnues to reminisce about, her torrid (for the times) affair with a another, younger, man. Excellency for your consideration, behavioral division.

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Outstandingly Unsolicited, Gratefully Appreciated, Applause for The Excellent People (con’d)

The Excellent People has a sensibility all its own… Like champagne bubble tea. —An anonymous reader of The Excellent People

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Emerging Excellence: Emma Summerton for Terry de Havilland

Presenting several Outstanding Polaroid images of footwear, as photographed for a recent advertising campaign for rock and roll couture shoemaker Terry de Haviland, by Australia-born, London-based artist Emma Summerton, represented by the MFA agency in London and New York,

Fancily photographed footwork: Artist Emma Summerton's Polaroid images for a recent advertising campaign for shoemaker Terry de Haviland. Image via MFA agency.

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