Monday Mania: Long Locks

This is the first post of a new regular weekly segment on my current obsessions ranging from fashion trends, styles and products, beauty, interesting people, celebrities, movies and TV series, and anything else I find myself obsessed – or filled with mania – for!

Maybe it’s because I’ve been yearning for long locks ever since I tired of sporting a chic A-line bob four years ago, but I can’t help but find myself mesmerized with gorgeous layers of voluminous wavy hair.  There’s something so sultry about a full head of tousled hair that entrances and intrigues.

I’m still trying to get my hair to that perfect sexy length I dream of. Extensions may be an option in the near future if this obsession doesn’t subside…

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Iconic Wednesday: Fashion Designer Vivienne Westwood

British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood is considered one of the most unconventional and outspoken fashion designers in the world.  Westwood rose to fame in the late 1970s when her early designs helped shape the look of the punk rock movement.  Her designs combine a fearless non-conformity with a sense of tradition. She is renowned for her gentle parody of Establishment styles, her use of traditionally British fabrics, such as tweed and tartan, and her re-use of historic garments, such as the corset and crinoline.  Westwood is also famous for her leatherwear, zips and straps and anti-establishment-sloganed t-shirts.  Through all of her designs, Westwood draws attention to the figure through exaggeration of the human form.

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Iconic Wednesday: Fashion Photographer Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin, born Guy Banares, had a very complex relationship with women, which was often conveyed in his photography.  The French photographer’s pictures often starred red-headed, pale-skinned, heavily made-up models – purposefully reminiscent of his mother who abandoned him as an infant.  Bourdin created carefully manufactured scenes for his photography – even in natural settings – by manipulating the natural lighting with reflectors.  This technique gave Bourdin’s photos a surreal and miserly feeling.

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Iconic Wednesday: Fashion Photographer Tim Walker

British fashion photographer Tim Walker is best known for his fantastical and whimsical style.  After attending school in London for photography, Walker moved to New York City in the 1990s to work as a full-time assistant to renowned fashion photographer Richard Avedon.  It was during this time that he shot his first editorial for Vogue.  Walker constantly infuses his work with a magical and eccentric charm, focusing on extravagant settings and theatrical characters.

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Iconic Wednesday: Fashion Stylist Joe McKenna

Originally from Scotland, stylist Joe McKenna is known as one of the most influential stylists of all time.  He began his career in London, working with The Face, and then migrated to New York City in 1986, where he styled for Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone and began freelancing with Calvin Klein and Bruce Weber.  McKenna’s signature style includes sharp, classic, clean lines, elegant and easeful moods, and eclectic pairings.  He continues to collaborate with many renowned fashion houses, including Balmain, Chloe and Giorgio Armani, fashion photographers, such as David Sims and Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and fashion publications.

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All I Want for Christmas Are Shoes Falling From the Sky

010917-N-7479T-512I’m obsessed with shoes.  I’m what you would call a “shoe-aholic.”  Naturally, my Christmas wish list is full of classic pumps, unique booties, casual boots and one-of-a-kind statement-making footwear that elevate a regular outfit to a completely different sartorial level.  Take a look at some of my top shoe desires below.  Now, if only there actually were angels spreading shoe love from the heavens so I could get them all!

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**Digital artwork created using Adobe Photoshop CS6 and various techniques to blend layers and create layer masks.  

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Kristen Stewart New Face of Chanel… Really?


Kristen Stewart at Chanel’s Paris-Dallas Collection Debut – Dec. 10, 2013

A couple days ago, the Kaiser himself named actress Kristen Stewart the latest face of renowned fashion house Chanel.  It was announced that Stewart would be the face for Chanel’s 2013 Métiers d’Art Paris-Dallas collection, which debuted December 10th in Fair Park, Dallas.

Stewart joins the ranks of Tilda Swinton, Keira Knightley, Nicole Kidman and Diane Kruger, among the many other high-profile actresses and models tapped to represent the iconic French fashion house.  But does Stewart really fit the mold for Chanel?

Somewhat less put-together than the other faces of the brand, Stewart has risen in the fashion ranks of late, and there is no doubt that the young actress is influential in the pop-culture world.  And since the Paris-Dallas collection focuses on western and Americana style – lots of fringe, feathers and beadwork – and offers an array of cowboy-chic pieces for the fashionable all-American, maybe Stewart isn’t as bad of a choice.  The campaign is set to debut in May 2014, so, really, only time will tell.

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