Tuesday, February 28, 2012

When Pin-Ups went Bombshell

There was a point in the 1950s when the girls went from pin-ups to bombshells. Perhaps it was the publication of the Kinsey reports, when sex went from a cultural pariah to the topic of dinner conversations across the country. Maybe it was the advent of Rock n'Roll and that infamous hip shake of one Sir Elvis Presley. Or maybe it was the perfect storm of the bullet bra, peroxide bleach, wiggle dresses, and cat eye makeup that came together into one killer combination. But let's give credit where credit is due,  to the ladies who defined the bombshell look. Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russel, Jayne Mansfield, we salute you.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Phantasmic Blaze

I love this combination of fashion and fantasy, with cut out paper monsters haunting the model.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fur and Feathers: Fashion Week 2012

Tommy Ton has the rare gift of finding beauty in the details, and the rarer gift of being able to capture that beauty for the rest of us. Here are some of my favorite pics of his from Fashion Week 2012. Best of all, we still have Milan and Paris left to go.

All photos by Tommy Ton for Style.com

More Photos after THE JUMP

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Acid House Party

In this photoshoot we pay homage to the technocolor scene of the early days of electronic music, when raves were known by their more evocative name "Acid House Parties" ( I can only imagine the fear on parents' faces when their children said , "Don't worry mom, I'll be home before 6, I'm just going to an acid house party"). Madchester, Tony Wilson, and of course ecstasy turned this fringe music scene into a global party phenomena.

Of course this dance scene is still alive and kicking. Even if you aren't at a warehouse party in Bushwick the elements of a rave- the lights and beats- can be found in nearly all music events. So here we are to celebrate the origins and the spectacle of Acid House Parties.

Photographed by Nick Shepard
Assisted by Andra Georges
Styled by Annie Shepard
Modeled by Laura Schneider and Annie Shepard

More after THE Jump!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Little Bombay

I make no secret of my Indiaphilia. The food! The colors! The Bollywood dance! While I have never been to India, my mom and I ventured out to Jackson Heights today, which is as close as I can get without hopping on a plane. I am doing an Indian inspired photoshoot tomorrow so this was a perfect excuse to browse the Indian fashion houses.

The first stop was lunch at Rajbhog Sweets, a no fuss shop specializing in "60 plus varieties of milk-based confections." We went straight to the savories, for under $20 we got daals, rotis, biryani, saag, tomatoes, and much more. Yum yum yum. Freshly sated we were off!. I went looking for a Tikka and wound up falling in love with one sari and buying two others at India Sari Palace. Look for them in an upcoming shoot!

I hope that these pictures inspire you to hop on the 7 out to Little Bombay.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012