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I have been super busy over the last couple of months, so I thought it would be cool to show you a visual diary of what I have been up to. These are photos from my everyday life; work, art, and things that catch my eye. Click on the images if you want to see the whole photo.
from left to right, top to bottom
1. black feathers and flowers from hair accessory designer Jen Behr. She let me borrow them for a crazy Gibson Girl hair-do for a party I attended.
2. love this ring, reminds me of Giorgia O’Keefe’s animal scull paintings
3. everyone needs a black heart ring
4. candle display at a party. It was a great way to give some interest to a boring corner area of the room
5. my lithograph titled: “Whatever You Say”. This was featured in W Magazine
6. dear friend makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci. She has the best style. Love the orange lipstick
7. with model Ursula in wardrobe room. Someone sent us the wrong sized jeans.
8. A new species of plant: Chichi-anthalious relaximus.
9. Neal and I at IPC opening for their summer show. I had two pieces selected for it! We are doing a little Great Gatsby look here.
10. vintage bathing headband. I bet it had a matching bathing suit at one point
11. Robert Rauschenberg artwork at MOMA. I loved all the prints of old newspapers.
12. zodiac cuffs in the Seventeen Magazine fashion closet.
13. model Shu on set. she is super cute, love her
14. white sweet peas, so pretty and fresh.
15. my lithographs drying on a rack
16. Jersey shore swimming pool: this shot would be much better if everyone knew how to do “pretty feet”
17. Lithograph ready to go to my friend’s cupcake shop in Maine
18. seeing the light on a all girls camping trip
19. Tina getting made up in the woods by Carmindy. We did each other’s hair and makeup and took great pics running around the woods.
20. fresh seafood pic I saw in a magazine.
21. “Lady Cinnamon”. I ended up printing her in a burnt umber color.
22. a piece I did for Hublot Watches
23. monoprint I am especially proud of
24. another version
25. and yet another version
26. loved the way my friend, artist Celia Gerard, had her hair so casually knotted
27. fresh fruit from the stand
28. Celia enjoying the bounty
29. Anchovy starring in her own film noir
30. adorable penguin sweater by one of my clients, Little Miss Matched
31. doing research for my t-shirt post for Equinox’s new magazine called Q
32. lithotine poured on a litho plate. Love the effect
33. researching new brands
34. Albertus Swanepoel hat I want to pick up from Target at the end of this month
35-42. me pushing toner powder around on a litho plate. wild how much things can change right? I ended up scrapping it, as it got very Bootsy Collins…
43. vintage military pins etc for a Rebel Youth inspired story
44, vintage bra tops from Early Halloween
45. Vintage military hat
46. fantastic Aldo shoes…cheap and cool!
47. working on a litho.
48. Rachel Roy safety pin earrings that I wish I would have bought because they sold out!
49. Steve Madden silver boots I was considering buying for a job
50. RAGE! Royal Family Affair in Vermont
51. purple plant I want to find out more about.
52. satin headwraps and patent bow from Jen Behr
53. adorable knit head kerchief from Jen Behr
54. customizing boots…love my job sometimes
55. on set for Little Miss Matched
56. me trying on a hat, while enjoying a tootsie roll pop
59. Oh Ferragamo, you make such pretty things
60. in between shots for Gen Lux
61. love taking pictures of models when they are not modeling!
62. Anchovy loves the beach
63. Carmindy looking lovely in Montauk
64. me in some Dior sunglasses I wish I would have kept…
65. The outdoor “roof” at the Surf Lodge. I want to do this in our back yard
68. at Pravda. Yes that is caviar in the martini glass
69. Neal with Jimmy Cobra at the Caveman show at Mercury Lounge
70. Anchovy is such a lady sometimes
71. took a quick snap of a Mert and Marcus pic in Interview Magazine
My dear friend Rachel Feinstein has an amazing art installation up at the Lever House in NYC. It’s up until April 22, and is a must see. It’s titled “The Snow Queen” and Neal and I tromped through the piles of snow and attended the start-studded opening recently. Inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale by the same title, Rachel created a gothic extravaganza inside the Lever House, a mid century modern glass building in midtown.
Standing outside on Park Avenue, your view through the floor to ceiling glass walls is a white paneled room, empty but with sculptures in the alcoves. One imagines that only the snow queen has a key for the door.
Another view from outside is a broken-down, gilded carriage, complete with flickering gas lamp. (Side note, Rachel told me that due to stringent NYC fire laws, a gas line had to be run all the way from the building, underground, and up through the carriage).
Once you enter the building you are faced with the other side of the white gothic room, and can really get a good look at the sculptures in the alcoves. Here is my husband, Neal, standing in front of one.
Next you are greeted by a wall of colorful wooden soldiers, folded like paper dolls and hinged with gothic metal. That’s me poking my head through.
Continue on and you spot the character Gerda, “picking” flowers in one of the Lever House flower boxes. Rachel made the model for this out of sculpty, which her children often play with. To make this life size, she originally had the model scanned and computer built out of resin. When the results were not as expected, she had to don a hazmat suit, and build upon the structure herself with hand colored clumps of resinous material. A nasty business which left her with rashy hands, despite wearing gloves.
Here is Rachel explaining how she made Gerda:
To complete this fairy tale is a room of painted mirrors, all done in shades of grey sign paint. It’s a country scene, complete with decaying stone walls, and swaying trees. Here is the room on the night of the opening:
And here is the back corner of the room, sans people.
Here I am with my friend, hair accessory designer, Jennifer Behr. She lent me the super cool black turban I’m sporting.
Our friend Sean Hoess, Neal, and Rachel, looking gorgeous in an ivory L’Wren Scott dress.
Rachel’s stunning (I think) 68 carat aquamarine cocktail ring.
In true Chrissy Styles fashion, I’ve made an outfit inspired not only by Rachel’s look, but by a modern snow queen herself. Oh yeah, I tried to find a ring comparable to Rachel’s, but I didn’t see anything even remotely as stunning. So instead I am featuring a lovely cocktail ring by Roberto Cavalli.
Happy New Year! It’s now 2011 and time to make your new year mantra that rhymes with “eleven”. My husband is going with “2011, no half steppin!”. I am using “2011, forge your creative heaven”. And my best friend Irene has chosen: “2011, keep it revin’!”. What is your rhyming mantra for the new year?
I unfortunately rang in the new year with a head cold, which I am still recovering from. As I lounge on the couch trying to get better, I am dreaming of far away lands. Beach required! I long to leave the piles of dirty NY snow behind and jump on a plane to warmer locales, and skip down the beach in a new bikini.
Time to feature another painter!. I wanted to write this earlier today while at a Seventeen Magazine shoot I was styling, but my day ended up being super busy. I styled 2 teenagers for the magazine who both have large followings on Youtube as makeup and hair experts. These girls create their own videos of themselves putting on makeup or creating a hair style. They edit and add music to the videos and post them for the world to see. Quite impressive! Okay, on to the art:
William Daniels is a British born painter, born in 1976. He cleverly paints from constructed models and still-lifes. He uses found paper and household objects and reconstructs well-known art historical paintings. He then translates every fold and texture into highly realistic paintings. The one I’ve chosen is made from a maquette of silver foil, and is called “Still Life With Relief Chalice, Fruit and Glasses in a Stone Niche II”.
Here is my outfit inspired by this work. I’m pretty nuts about the “gold” sweater by Markus Lupfer:
I would really like a few tidbits to keep me warm and stylish. Please go shopping right away and don’t delay. For you, I promise to set out large amounts of cookies, and some hay for the reindeers of course.
As always, click on photos for shopping info:
This Markus Lupfer lips sweater is oh so glam.
And this Stella McCartney snake print hat is not your average beenie:
Did I mention that I think this aviator jacket by Vince is pretty cool too?
Oh yeah, and a YSL scarf would last a lifetime. (Although of course it’s not to be worn with the Stella hat, as I might be arrested for too much animal print)
Iain Hetherington is a British artist born in 1978. His paintings include obvious fashion signifiers like New Era caps and gold chains, without the actual human wearing them. The disembodied accessories draw upon the cultural values associated with them, leaving us to wonder who’s actually wearing them in the picture? The composition becomes both portrait and still life and the hats and jewelry become props for character adaptation.
He uses thick impasto strokes and expressive gestures so his paintings end up looking like a painter’s palette after a long day at the easel. I love his work, but I wonder where he will go next. He is becoming well known for this style and subject matter, so I am curious to see how he changes it up in the future.
On another note, if you haven’t seen it yet, the Lanvin for H&M fashion show is amazing! I certainly wasn’t going to spend the night outside an H&M to fight my way to a new cocktail dress, but the collection is really cool. Congrats to all who scored some merch!
I just love the clothing line Rag & Bone. Most everything is made in the USA, and is really well made. Founded in 2002 by Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, the line started with a pair of jeans made in Kentucky, and then grew to a full menswear collection. In 2005 they added womenswear with the same attention to quality and craftsmanship. In 2007, they added accessories for both.
I was in their Soho store recently to have a look around before heading to a spring press preview upstairs at Williamson pr. I was amazed at all of the rich wintery fabrics, and I ogled the gorgeously made boots. I even looked at the men’s section, calling my husband immediately to check out their offerings. He bought an amazing hat similar to a bowler to wear on stage in London that weekend.
While perusing the racks in the women’s area, I noticed the coolest poncho. It was heather gray and green. It was made from checked tweed, had a cream shearling-lined hood, and black leather trim at the hem. It was very English countryside, but at the same time very urban cool. I love it! Click on photo for shopping info.
I was remiss in my blogging last week because of some personal issues, both good and bad. One of my dogs is having some health issues which is scary but hopefully manageable, and on the flip side I am a finalist in an art contest which is really exciting and full of possiblilities. If you are in the New York vicinity, I would LOVE to see you at the opening for the Kipton Art Rising show on October 5th. Click here to rsvp.
I am putting all of this news aside right now to talk about the brilliant Miucca Prada, whose Spring 2011 show is so inspiring, that I had to write about it.
Set to a soundtrack of crackly tango music, the models walked confidently through a gridded architectural structure filled with panels of fluorescent lights which flickered on right before the show started. Out first comes a girl in a bright orange “hospital scrub” shirt, and a fitted pencil skirt. bright greens and blues follow and another orange outfit. This time the skirt has a ruffle on the bottom and the outfit is transformed into (dare I call it?) “sexy minimal”. The models’ hair have a slight marcel-wave thing happening, and they are wearing some very large scrolled sunglasses.
Then there are the stripes. I am a big fan of stripes, and am instantly drawn to them. It makes me think of France, because the Breton shirt is such an iconic fashion staple. First used as a part of the official French Navy uniform starting in 1858, then adopted by Coco Chanel and others, now it seems your closet is not complete without one.
Stripes have so many connotations. Be it navy inspired, or preppy, the graphic nature of the stripe is very very cool. Miucca features a bunch of striped looks, in different sizes and colors, a real glorious graphic statement. (There were plenty of striped bags, stoles, hats and shoes as well.)
And then came some crazy prints which have been inspired by early 1900′s American-born, France-resided actress, dancer and singer, Josephine Baker.
Huh? Hospital scrubs, stripes, and Josephine Baker? Well Miucca’s disparate influences melded perfectly and here are my favs from the Spring 2011 Prada show:
With a lot of people taking extended holidays in August, I thought I would feature some great summer clothing items that are on sale right now. No need to feel guilty about wanting a few new things for your holiday! Calypso is a great place to shop for summer dresses and tops that you will covet each and every summer, and they are having a sale! Here are my favorites from their online store right now: