Tag Archives: Arts

The Art of Deco

20 Jan

To me, Art Deco is like a fantastic wine; it is the perfect blend of fashion with architecture and design and encompasses all of my visual art passions.

According to Wikipedia, Led by the best designers in the decorative arts such as fashion, and interior design, Art Deco affected all areas of design throughout the 1920s and 1930s, including architecture and industrial design, as well as the visual arts such as painting, the graphic arts and film. At the time, this style was seen as elegant, glamorous, functional and modern.It  could also be described as a movement of sorts. A rebelling from designing with political or philosophical roots. It was simply about design. Nothing more, nothing less.

It was the soul of the 1920’s and 30’s and  served as the foundation for design movements that emerged throughout the past 80 years. The “art deco aesthetic” is primarily found in fashion, architecture, art and typography but its influences can still be found in modern design.

Luella says…That building matches my dress.


What era of design do you love?

Through the Lens. Sølve Sundsbø

13 Jan

I love Scandinavia. As you know, my family comes from Sweden and I worked for a Danish company for 8 years and so I have been immersed to say the least.

Now for a little bit of Norway.  Sølve Sundsbø was born in 1970 and garnered an interest in photography in his early twenties by enrolling in the London College of Printing. Once there he answered an ad for Nick Knight who was looking for an assistant and alas his career began.

According to Ykone online, “He concentrates on volume, lines and graphics and alters his images with superimpositions, use of filters and transparency, creating truly remarkable pictures.”

“If I’ve got a style,” says Sundsbo, “it’s that I’ve got no style.”

I personally love the visual spectrum he lives in. While many photographers work in a streamlined aesthetic he embraces the varied sources of light, textures and manipulations. He vividly captures light and emotion.

Luella says…And the Series Continues.

(all photos SOURCED at artandcommerce.com)

To be able to see the world through the scope of a photographic lens must be very powerful. What you see is not always what you got. The artistry is making people believe there is not a difference.

Closet Construction.

15 Dec

Making a list for Christmas is really no different from what I go through every season when Fashion Week rears its gorgeous head.

I delightfully go to Style.com and watch the slide show images of each designer I covet and make mental and yes literal notes of what I would choose and fill my closet with.

A girl can dream right?On a side note, for this Holiday season if your budget is tight, find things you would love to buy for your loved ones and wrap them as promises for when times are not as tough. The thoughtfulness is the same whether it is physically there or not and it gives you a goal and the receiver something to look forward to.

Christmas in (fill in the month) perhaps?

Back to the point, I am compiling a style collage for my work with Kimberly Ovitz, an amazing designer that if you don’t know you need to and thus began my “LOVE list” for the Ready-to-Wear Spring 2011 collections.

If money were no object, I would construct a closet and fill it with these styles and then add to it for each new season from now till forever.

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So while I sit here staring out the window at a very dreary and cold day, my thoughts go to Springtime when the world warms up and our closets turn over and welcome back some color.

This is a list of my favorite styles coming hopefully to a boutique near you for Spring 2011. (February/March delivery.) Remember these choices are not necessarily my favorite designers but merely my Musts & Loves.

Luella says…Runway to Reality?

(all photos SOURCED from: www.style.com)

Designer: Vionnet

Designer: Miu Miu

Designer: Chloe

Designer: Rag & Bone

Designer: Ports 1961

Designer: Marchesa

Designer: YSL

Designer: Lanvin

Designer: Jill Stuart

Designer: Alberta Ferretti

Designer: Willow

Designer: Kimberly Ovitz

Designer: Preen

Designer: Diane Von Furstenberg

Designer: Alexander Wang

Designer: Donna Karan

Designer: Collette Dinnigan

Designer: Phillip Lim

Which style is your favorite? What personal projects do you love to do during the year?

I actually would love to know what you think , so VOTE in the comments section below.

Where the Wild Things Are.

9 Dec

A colleague of mine suggested I look into the photography of Gregory Colbert. I had never heard of him before and was completely blown away by his unbelievable images.

He is Canadian by descent and began his career in Paris making documentary films on social issues he believed strongly needed a voice.

He has much matured since then and his latest exhibition entitled, Ashes and Snow has been viewed by over 10 million people and is the most attended exhibition of a living artist in history.

View the video below of the actual shoot.

Gregory says, “In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals. The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, here or there, past or present.”In my own humble opinion, I think it is important to reflect back on a time centuries ago, when we were able to live symbiotically with nature and animals. Colonization and the progression of technology will never allow us/ Earth to go back to those simpler times but there are places in our world where this does and can exist.

I feel privileged to have found these photos and hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Luella says…Through the Lens –

Gregory Colbert.

(All PHOTOS sourced from www.ashesandsnow.org)

The beauty of photography, dance, the written word, music etc. is the essence of interpretation.

One person’s genius can make another person believe.

The British are Coming.

12 Nov

Actually they already landed on our shores a couple of weeks ago.

ASOS.COM, an amazing British webshop has finally launched distribution in America! This means NO MORE expensive shipping and a long wait for the products to arrive. Not to mention a much easier policy for Returns.

As a welcome present to its shoppers, ASOS.com is also offering FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS on all items.

What is ASOS you ask?

“ASOS.com, (As Seen on Screen) was established in June of 2000. It is the UK’s largest independent online fashion and beauty retailer. With over 35,000 branded and house label products available and over 1500 new lines added each week, ASOS.com is rapidly becoming the market leader in the UK online fashion world.”

It literally has something for everyone and offers a range of Designer to Bargain prices.

Take advantage of this for your holiday shopping list, as well as a couple of items for yourself. Yes, you deserve it.

Luella says…Three for You, One for Me.

 

 

If you make a purchase, Luella wants to see it. Send me a photo and you will become the story for an upcoming post.

Can I have a cup of tea with that please?

A Century of Style.

4 Nov

Women’s Wear Daily is in all intents and purposes, the fashion bible. It is the eyes and ears of the fashion industry and has been known to launch careers with its features.

Working in the showroom, I looked forward to reading it every morning. WWD and a cup of coffee was the perfect start to my day.

It began in June of 1910 and this year, celebrates its 100th year Anniversary.

To celebrate, WWD did a beautiful 100 Remarkable Moments in Fashion pictorial and asked some of the world’s best designers to design a piece for a charity auction that runs now through November 18th.

I have listed some of the highlights below.

The pieces are haute couture, one of kind and made especially for this event.

We can bid or dream, can’t we?

(to BID click on the sketches to be directed to the auction website. Good Luck.)

Luella says…J’adore Couture.

“DREAM DRESS”

 

“COLLECTION SHIFT”

 

“TRENCH COAT”

 

“NAVAJO STYLE SWEATER DRESS”

 

“EVENING GOWN”

 

“CHANDELIER OUTFIT”

“BODYSUIT AND SKIRT”

 

“WOODSTOCK JACKET”

“HEAD TO TOE LOOK”

 

“PRIVE EVENING DRESS”

 

“100  BOWS DRESS”

 

“BEAUTY IN BLOOM ORIGINAL PAINTING”

“STYLIZED WAGONEER”


The art of couture is slowly dying out. In a world of instant gratification and economy shifts, it is becoming less practical no matter your status. If you have unlimited income, embrace your chance to own a part of history.

If you win the auction, plan a party and send me an invitation please.

Dark Decadence.

14 Oct

I have loved fashion since I was born. (I think) My parents embraced this, if not encouraged it. My mom started buying me Vogue and Harpers Bazaar and I had subscriptions to Sassy and Seventeen when I was in grade school. My Dad put up 2 huge gypsum boards on either side of my bedroom so I could display all my magazine findings in appropriate fashion. Thanks Mom and Dad, I love you.

I tore this picture of Marilyn Monroe out of my father’s NEWSWEEK back in September of 1993. (I know this because it is date stamped on the back) I was 14. I took it with me to college, to NYC and then to California. It was always displayed in a place where I could see it.

Now, married and living in Hermosa Beach, Marilyn has been on our vision board amongst to die for shoes, dresses, places we want to visit and all of our number bibs from various runs and races we have finished. When I launched this blog, I knew I would bring her to the virtual world as well.  

The look on her face is haunting. Much like Halloween, the state of our economy and the weather in California today. I was inspired in an earthy, dark, dramatic, intense sort of way.

 

Luella says…Sometimes You Don’t Need to Say Anything

The End.

(PS. Please check out the blogs in which I found these stunning photographs.)

 ◊ MemoryBook, An Abundance of, Blue Sky Butterfly, SFGirlbyBay, Vifardent, Saipua, BienenKiste, Solid Frog, Field and Sea, Studio Choo

Why not? Because!

30 Sep

  

I have a ring thing. Period, end of story. My post today is dedicated to the current trend of the chunkier, the better. The perfect accessory, as we all know, can take an outfit from here to where we were hoping to be. A perfect finishing touch. There is a fine line between gaudy, garish and gorgeous though. I suppose this is true with most things.   

Be bold with your jewelry choices but make sure it still looks rich no matter the price tag. Cheap can be chic and expensive can be unfortunate. You deserve a little something to stare at as you type, drive or speak. So get yourself a new accessory. Why you ask? Why not AND because.  

Here is an homage (silent h) to one of my favorite outfit add-ons… the RING.   

(click on the photo to view all the pretty details)   

  

  

  

   

  

   

  

  

  

  

   

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

   

  

    

  

    

 

 

   

  

   

  

   

  

   

  

   

  

    

  

   

  

   

  

   

 

 

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

Nadine in New York.

22 Sep

 

 

 I am missing New York fashion market week for the first time in 8 years. It feels very strange to not look forward to enjoying the onset of Fall weather and being able to finally wear the items I have been patiently saving all Summer. (Although, if you live in Southern California,  you know I should have been wearing them these past two months when it has been overcast and 60 degrees.)

I digress, my great friend and hairstylist Nadine went on a last-minute trip to NYC this past weekend with her cute fiancé. Besides telling her to have a wonderful time and visit some of my favorite restaurants, I gave her strict instructions. Shop around and take some quick Polaroid shots of your LOVE items so I can post them here as Nadine in New York.

Nadine’s choices  inspired me and I spent my afternoon diving into the design houses of YSL, Chloe & Martin Grant’s  Autumn/Winter 2010 collections on Style.com. I then took the liberty of choosing some of my own LOVE items to share.

Enjoy the essence of Ready to Wear.

MARTIN GRANT is an Australian born designer

Fashion House: PARIS

  

 

YVES SAINT LAURENT is designed by Stefano Pilati  

Fashion House: PARIS 

  

 

CHLOÉ is designed by Hannah MacGibbon

Fashion House: PARIS

                                                                                                   

 

 

Inspire to find.

16 Sep

   

     

What can I do for you? One of the premises of this blog, in terms of fashion, is to help the shopper find exactly what they are lusting for in real-time. Do you need the perfect outfit for an upcoming event? Do you want to find a specific pièce de résistance you saw in Bazaar or Elle? Do you want to have a similar affordable alternative to the aforementioned pièce ? If yes or maybe, message me and let’s start building a closet full of new options for you.      

Here is an example. My best friend Kelly LOVED Keri Russell’s dress at this years Emmy Awards. She emailed me the next day and bascially begged me to find the dress so she could wear it to an upcoming wedding. I did a bit of research and realized it was vintage Jean Louis Scherrer and Keri Russell had bought it at Decades in LA 10 years ago. In layman’s terms, it was Haute Couture and one of a kind. Instead of telling her to move on to a new obsession, I decided to test my resources and seek out some beautiful options for her to choose from instead. This is where we landed.     

INSPIRATION

 

Rachel Pally Camisole Dress

 

Amanda Uprichard Dynasty Dress

 

Halston Heritage Halterneck Dress

 

   I created a Polyvore set for her with 10 options total (Click here to view the set) and she ended up ordering the Amanda Uprichard dress the very same day!  I love to seek and find. If the moment moves you, send me a request and I will find you what you wish for. (fashion related-wise of course!!)   

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