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BACKSTAGE, BEAUTY, EDITORIALS / August 17 2010 12:58 AM

how they do it: channeling famous starlets through campaigns & editorials.

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how they do it: channeling famous starlets through campaigns & editorials.
Channeling: Jessica Rabbit

Campaign/Editorial: LOVE Magazine Sept. 2010 cover spread
Model: Rosie Huntington-Whitely
Photographer: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

how they do it: channeling famous starlets through campaigns & editorials.
Channeling: Audrey Hepburn

Campaign/Editorial: Chanel ‘Cocoon’ 2009 Handbag ads
Model: Lily Allen
Photographer: Karl Lagerfeld

how they do it: channeling famous starlets through campaigns & editorials.
Channeling: Mae West

Campaign/Editorial: Harper’s Bazaar August 2010; ‘I’m No Angel’ Editorial
Model: Laetitia Casta
Photographer: Jean-Paul Goude

how they do it: channeling famous starlets through campaigns & editorials.
Channeling: Marilyn Monroe

Campaign/Editorial: Dolce & Gabanna 2009 Beauty Campaign
Model: Scarlet Johansson
Photographer: Solve Sundsbo

how they do it: channeling famous starlets through campaigns & editorials.
Channeling: Catherine Deneuve

Campaign/Editorial: NARS Spring 2010 Beauty Campaign
Model: Amber Valetta
Photographer: Steven Klein

It never fails to amaze me how stylish individuals from the past are immortalized through the means of the fashion industry. The former it-girls always pop up as inspiration for a collection or as the muse for a campaign or editorial, as pictured above. Who in our generation do you believe will be immortalized as an it-girl? My bet is on Alexa Chung and Kate Moss!
how they do it: channeling famous starlets through campaigns & editorials.

how they do it: channeling famous starlets through campaigns & editorials.

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BACKSTAGE / July 29 2010 1:21 PM

"Sex Kitten"

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Christian Louboutin (elle.com)"Sex Kitten" This has to be one of the most fabulous of shoes for the upcoming season! They are at once, feminine, sexy and chic. I envision the likes of Marilyn Monroe or Dorothy Dandridge “slinking” about in an equally sexy dress or stunning, fur-trimmed lounge wear. If I owned a pair, when not wearing them (that would be as often as possible), I would have them prominently displayed as one would a decorative piece. They are after all, “that shoe!”

"Sex Kitten"

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BACKSTAGE / July 5 2010 2:57 PM

Style Icon & Legendary Designer: Norma Kamali

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When I think about designer extraordinaire, Norma Kamali, swimsuits are the last things that come to mind. While those designs are very much a part of her vast compilations, it’s the clothes that I love. Specifically those designs such as the cutout dress below and that parachute skirt that she’s wearing. I shouldn’t forget to mention that there are also some fabulous vintage pieces floating around out there as well. While Not as heralded as some of today’s more popular designers, she has certainly earned her place among fashion’s elite. I believe that it was the latter 90′s, when her first collection of dresses made from parachutes debuted. For me, it was love at first sight! I didn’t realize that there could be so many variations of one look, until I visited her website…both the dresses and skirts are simply dazzling! I also count her among my “favorite ladies of style,” as is evident by the picture featured. She’s been photographed wearing that necklace and earrings on more than one occasion, and I would love to know where she found them. I can only imagine, that she purchased them from an open bazaar while visiting some chic travel destination….at least that’s what I’d like to think. Whether designing for Wal-Mart or adding her to her own collections, she will always have a fan in me!

Style Icon & Legendary Designer: Norma Kamali

Style Icon & Legendary Designer: Norma Kamali
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Style Icon & Legendary Designer: Norma Kamali

With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim aboutto rock The Raleigh July 15 to 19, we knew Norma Kamali was the ideal choice for an impromptu Q&A. She’s fashioned parachutes into ball-gown skirts and can wrap a length of jersey around your body 30 different ways, but Kamali is a virtual goddess in the swim industry, designing sought-after suits that are equal parts retro and glam since 1976. With an early ambition to be a painter, Kamali (at her mother’s insistence) instead studied fashion illustration in New York, which makes utter sense when you peruse her Classic Jersey collection, imbued with a ’40s-inspired vibe that puts one in mind of Vargas girls. Her Goddess Swim collection, meanwhile, looks tailor-made for a Greek temple, and her white Ruffle bikini would suit Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot just swimmingly. While she just turned 65, don’t expect Kamali to have one eye on a retirement plan: Last September she turned an Apple store into a fashion runway and earlier this spring was one of the fi rst designers to launch an iPad app. All of which means you can expect the woman who excels at bathing beauties to ride a creative wave for years to come.

What’s the ideal Miami swimming pool to party at?
I like to swim in pools so I prefer at friends.

What three things are essential for a fabulous day in the sun?
flat stomach, big hat, fun friends.

What celebrities would you love to see wearing one of your suits?
Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly.

What’s the best trend in bathing suits as of late?
Best trend is that there is no trend, anyting goes.

What’s your greatest indulgence in life?
My dog Zeko

Where will you vacation this summer?
In a shack on a farm by the ocean.

What’s the most flattering bathing suit color?
The most flattering on a great body is nude.

Describe your ideal afternoon in the sun.
There are two ideal afternoons.

1. friends eating, cooking, swimming, playing games on the beach and lots of competitive sports

2. alone on the ocean, either kyacking or meditating quietly under the sun.

(oceandrive.com)

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