Friday, December 30, 2011
2011 is almost over, and with it comes a time where we look forward to 2012; while making a brief pause to look back at the past year.
I would like to wish all of you the best for this upcoming year and thank you for following the blog.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
This photo presents 6 different looks that still look modern, elegant, and cutting edge. They're basically a mixture of black and white, yet some color could be added without any problem. Yet this time, considering the occasion I'd suggest you stick to black and white.
Six looks that go from the classic English gentleman to 60s Carnaby Street to modern dandy using elements such as frilled shirts, skinny rock inspired belts, fur lined peacoats, a tuxedo, suspenders, and boots.
Photo: Styleregistry/Mario Testino
Monday, December 26, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
His space age inspired clothes for both men and women defined an era not only because of their classiness, but also because of their avant garde elements such as: zippers, belted jackets and dresses, geometrical cut outs, use of turtlenecks, vest, A-shaped dresses, and hats.
Monday, December 19, 2011
L.G.R Sunglasses has once again created a unique Special Edition of its already iconic and ever elegant eyewear.
After their RAW Limited Edition, which was a total success this Summer; L.G.R has designed 6 new sunglass models inspired in the magnificent landscapes found in Tuscany, to be more specific, in La Polverosa.
These sunglasses are not only a symbol of style, but also fine shooting eyewear. With their yellow photochromic and polycarbonate lenses, L.G.R's Polverosa shooting frames will allow you to shoot directly to your target without any distracting glares, offering the highest protection to your eyes.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Deneuve is wearing an oversized knitted sweater with what appears to be a blouse, yet what makes her look elegant is her updo. On the other hand Vadim opted for a velvet jacket, cordoury pants, and a pullover sweater.
Two looks that are easy to recreate and will definetly look perfect this season.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Whatever your opinion is about him, it can't be denied that he has a good sense of style. Below a photo from Esquire, where Franco puts to practice the "less is more" principle. Not only is it minimalistic, but it leaves in the end a good long lasting impression as well.
The key for Fall minimalism and versatility: Wayfarers or retro inspired sunglasses, a plain t-shirt, and a cardigan. Attitude is the finishing touch.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Below a photo from this season's campaign that shows why turtlenecks are not only a Mod staple, but a wardrobe essential, that's making a huge comeback this season. Yet they've always been there...
A photo that could have been shot circa 1967-1968 as well
Monday, November 7, 2011
Yves opted to wear a head to toe Safari ensemble which was accessorized with a scarf and a braided leather belt, while Betty Catroux wore a very feminine and modern jacket designed by YSL in 1968. Loulou de la Falaise wore her Safari jacket combining it with a modern gypsy look with a head scarf and midi skirt. Definitely 3 style icons.
Friday, November 4, 2011
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Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Nowadays available in a wide color palette, you can never go wrong with a black, camel, or navy blue overcoat. Below a 60s Mod inspired photo that shows why overcoats are timeless, elegant, and must-haves.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Below Sellers posing with a model for an ad in 1963, where both of them are an example of total elegance.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
This documentary directed Martin Scorsese and with the participation of the likes of Olivia & Dhani Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Pattie Boyd, Yoko Ono, and George Martin; tells the life story of the former Beatle.
An impressive documentary that combines unseen footage with exclusive interviews and of course George's music.
Worth mentioning is the fact that Los Angeles' Grammy Museum will be hosting an exhibit dedicated to George Harrison in the upcoming months.
Monday, October 10, 2011
A well coordinated ensemble that could be worn without any problem in Fall, looking sharp at the office or while strolling around town.
Friday, October 7, 2011
The legacy of Steve Jobs is not limited only to Macs, Ipods, and Ipads; it goes beyond that. His quotes full of wisdom will continue inspiring many for the upcoming decades.
Stay hungry, stay foolish.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Photo & Video: Flickr and Youtube
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
This iconic rock band experienced an outstanding evolution within this decade, from a classic and sharp Mod look on the first half of the 60s to a more upbeat, New Romantic, Hippie inspired image on the second half.
Below a photo from The Who posing in the middle of the railroad. The Mod target turtleneck and Union Jack blazer immediately grab one's attention.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Arquiste, a new perfume collection inspired on the scents and circumstances of certain moments in World History, will be launched this week in New York City.
Developed by Carlos Huber, a Mexican architect specializing in Historic Preservation, whose passion for architecture, history, and perfumery led him to study fragrance development with internationally recognized noses.
The final result was the creation of 6 perfumes which restore the olfactive experience of a certain place and time in history:
L’Etrog: Calabria, Italy on October 1175. A family celebrates their harvest inside their cabin. The scents of Etrog citron, Date fruit, and Myrtle fill the festive atmosphere.
Flor y Canto: Tenochtitlan, Mexico on August 1400. Flowers are offered at the Aztec temple’s altar to the beat of loud drums. Dancers and onlookers are captivated by the smell of Mexican Tuberose, Magnolia, and Marigold.
Fleur de Louis: Isle of Pheasants, Basque Region on June 1660. An encounter that would mark the end of war and the start of the marriage between Louis XIV and Infanta Maria Teresa. The meeting took place in a pavilion where Pine and Cedar wood converged with Iris, Rose, and Jasmine to create a one of a kind scent.
Infanta en flor: Isle of Pheasants, Basque Region on June 1660. Infanta Maria Teresa was perfumed with Orange Flower water for her first encounter with Louis XIV. A meeting that would change the course of history.
Anima Dulcis: Mexico City on November 1695. At the Convent of Jesus Maria a group of nuns prepares an exquisite recipe with Cocoa, Chili, Cinnamon, and Vanilla.
Aleksandr: St. Petersburg, Russia on January 1837. Alexandr Pushkin finishes his toilette of Neroli and Violet before a fateful duel in which the smell of Fir filled the air.
Below my interview with Carlos Huber which will allow you to know more about this unique collection of perfumes.
What does Arquiste mean/stand for?
Arquiste comes from Architecture, History, and Art; all references to the work that has gone into each of the perfumes.
Being your interest and passion for architecture and history evident, you could have developed an architectural history book or any other kind of project. What motivated you to create Arquiste?
Arquiste is that “other kind of project” for me. During site visits to architectural or archeological sites, or while reading about a specific historic subject, the questions “But what did actually FEEL like? What did it SMELL like?” would pop in my head. I wanted to “restore” the experience.
One of my mentors at Columbia Unviersity had explored the role of non-visual cues in interpreting historic sites, and even of introducing scent as mnemonic or interpretive aid… All of that got me thinking that a preservation architect’s role doesn’t need to stop with architectural history or with “repointing” facades.
I do love architectural history books: essays on architectural styles from the 18th Century, modernist theory, etc. Maybe one day a doctorate will follow…
Why did you choose these historical periods for the first line of Arquiste?
They were stories that I had come across during my preservation/architectural practice or during travels. For example, when I lived in Bilbao, I visited the Isle of Pheasants, on the border between Spain and France, where the story of Fleur de Louis and Infanta en flor takes place.
Anima Dulcis is the result of all the research for my master thesis project at Columbia University, which was a proposal for the restoration of the Ex-Convent of Jesus Maria, in Mexico City.
Now that you mention Infanta en flor and Anima Ducis…Are these the only perfumes from your collection oriented towards women?
Well, all of the perfumes are unisex…Flor y Canto and Infanta en flor could be considered as the most floral ones, and traditionally, the most feminine. Aleksandr, L’Etrog, Anima Dulces, and Fleur de Louis are truly unisex.
What really matters is that each person chooses the perfume that best grabs their attention by its “scent” or “history”, without a gender stereotype. The perfume will adapt to their natural chemistry, “smelling” in the end like themselves but with a touch of the “situation” chosen by them.
Which is your favorite historical period? Why?
I find that I am always drawn to periods of transition between centuries…for example, the period between Louis XIV’s later years and the Regency in the early 18th century in France; or the first decades of the 1800s throughout Europe and America…They are the times where the ideas of the previous regime collide with the new; creating the most crazy-creative-contrasting and uncertain times…This would be both stylistically and philosophically….and much like today.
Do you plan on developing more historical inspired fragrances in the near future? Any 20th Century inspired fragrances?
Yes, I am working on a new one based on a specific garden created in the later part of Louis XIV’s reign. And yes, the 20th century is also coming…I have one based on the hippie invasion of Ibiza in the 70s.
Arquiste will be launched this week on Barneys New York and in the upcoming weeks at The Webster in Miami and Saks Fifth Avenue in Mexico City.