Cabinet of curiosities & Inspirations since 2009

Cabinet of curiosities & Inspirations since 2009
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31 oct. 2008

Happy Halloween: Vintage Pics and Pin-ups

22 oct. 2008

Imaginary Museum 3: The Movie In My Mind

This morning, i wake up very early as usual since few months.
I decide to try again to find the sounds of my imaginary museum.

''I have never acknowledged the difference between serious music and light music.
There is only good music and bad music.'' 
Kurt Weill

I just realize how i was mad about great pop songs and singers.
Popular sounds from the 30's untill now.
I admire singers and song writers that will always be remenber for a melody.
I try to pick again very personnal songs that i believe reflect my inner world.
Some of them still make me cry and bring memories back deeply.
Other make me smile and bright my days.

Those kind of songs never die.

This is a long post with very different musical style.
I hope you will enjoy it but i recommend to take times to go trough all the videos.


"Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely night dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song

Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
A paradise where roses bloom
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody   
The memory of loves refrain ."

Lyrics written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1929

Imaginary Museum 3: The Movie In My Mind

20 oct. 2008


I feel lazy this week.
Sorry for the lack of posts.
But i will soon recover from 
my melancoly blog illness.

“Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.” - Ecclesiastes 1:2. 

The fear of death has been a prevalent theme in art through the centuries.
Paintings executed in the vanitas style are meant as a reminder of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death, encouraging a sombre world view.

In the arts, vanitas is a type of symbolic still life painting commonly executed by Northern European painters in Flanders and Netherland  in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 
The term vanitas itself refers to time

All is Vanity

The word is latin, meaning "emptyness" and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness
of earthly life and the transient nature of vanity.

Common vanitas symbols include skulls, which are a reminder of the certainty of death; rotten fruit, 
which symbolizes decay like aging bubbles, which symbolize the brevity of life and suddenness of death;
smoke, watches, and hourglasses, which symbolize the brevity of life; and musical instruments, 
which symbolize brevity and the ephemeral nature of life.

Wearing a vanitas ring can be a symbol meaning: " Remember you are only mortal". 
Of course, fashion use this symbol, a lot of skull on Tee-shirts and accessoiries,
Skulls aren't only related to Rock'n roll trend.

 For the love of god - Damien Hirst

The most secret jeweller in the world Codognato is making the most remarquable vanitas ring in the world,
but you have to make the trip to this Venice institution.
Codognato family-owned jewelry business in Venice.  
They still make some of the most over-the-top Vanitas jewellery since 1866.
 Serge Diaghilev, Edouard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Coco Chanel, Paul Morand, Serge Lifar, Misia Sert, Jean Cocteau, Orson Welles, La Duchesse de Windsor, Visconti, Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly, Maria Félix, Richard Burton, 
Andy Warhol have all acquired custom items from the Codognato family.

If you want to learn more about Codognato: the cult of Codognato
Also a book by Pierre Hebey: Codognato at Assouline

+Gioielleria Attilio Codognato, 1295 San Marco, Venice +39 041 522 5042

 For the love of god, the Damien Hirst human skull encrusted with diamonds was sold $100 million.

Isn't this The true Symbol of cynism and vanity ?

17 oct. 2008

Come into My Boudoir: Myla sales

I am just mad about lingerie and vapourous silk sleepwear.
This remind me the Hollywood Glamour of the 20's-50's.
I like Boudoir style decoration, laces and feather fan.
I just want to share my favorite Myla lingerie pics for this cold winter......

It's just going to be difficult to resist to soft silks......
I just want to indulge myself with some Hollywood glamour?
This October, Myla is promoting the Ultimate Tease ...Sales......

All Lingerie and underwear on Myla website.

11 oct. 2008

Toni Raquel & Zoe Anastacia Polaroids

They are 2 sisters and they like taking polaroids.

My imaginary museum part 2: Childhood songs

It now the time to keep writing about my imaginary museum.
Do you remenber the rules i imposed myself, when i didn't find a way  to answer the bloggers's tag questions.
The movie of my mind and a good way to inderstand where are coming my inspirations.

This time i try to think about the music i was hearing when i was a child and not yet a kid. 
The end of the 70's and the mid 80's. 
When i search for music videos, it was hard to decide , i came up with 20 of them.
I will post about the Chilhood Music of my imaginary museum: 4 differents posts.

Next, week i would like to post about vintage,and i had to finally write about my last trip to NY and Florence.
I hope to have the time this week.

Madonna - "Into the Groove"-1985
I was listening the album with my sister while playing Barbie (of course....) and we were looking the movie: "Desperately Seeking Susan". This is one of the worst movie of the 80's. 
In 85, I think all the little girls in America and Europa were dancing on this record.

Mozart from "Die Zauberflöte":"Der Hölle Rache"
I wanted badly at 10 to become an opera singer.
I saw operas and concerts and i was so impress by the conductors and the divas.
I was trying to sing the chorus very badly under the shower ( poor familly had to endure that).

Cyndi Lauper-All through the night-1983
She was my favorite singer, i was loving her crazy style and sweet behaviors.
" She's So Unusual" (1983) was the first vinyl, i ever owned. Lauper is still for me one of the best singer living today.
The record was playing all day in my room. I remenber that the single "Girls just want to have fun" was a number 1.
I saw this concert on the french TV and was very impressed by her voice in Live. I have been so moved.
Even if i was enjoying the Madonna album, Cyndi surpassed her by her voice, swing and style.

Jean Michel Jarre-Zoolook-1984
This album and artist are linked to the work of my parents. My parents were devoted with passion and energy to work.
This kind of music was playing all day or i was sleeping sometimes in recording studios.
I had a true affection for this video and music. But this sound was linked to sad feelings too, my parents were working very hard , travelling for business far way from us. A child don't always understand why ...
All childs, feel this someday.The video is from Caro & Genet.

this song was playing in my familly house juxebox. Inside thay was a lot of rock songs but this was my best dance song ever.
When people were outside in the garden at night the juxebox was playing and we were parting untill bedtime.
I wasn't understanding the erotical meaning of this song at the time.

8 oct. 2008

STYLE ICON - The Queen of the Punk - Edwige Belmore

Mathématiques Modernes-Disco Rough album-photo: Pierre et Gilles

Today, the word: Punk is used without any knowledge of who were 
the real punk icons of the 70's: Punk today is only a fashion style.
Rediscover or discover one of them: Edwige Belmore.
When i see model Agnyness Deyn, i think about only about Edwige.

"1977. PARIS IS PUNK... 
The scene explodes, the bands go wild. Edwige throws herself into the fray, 
briefly joining LUV, the legendary girl group. 
That same year, she marries Jean Louis Jorge, Dominican filmmaker, 
She is crowned "Queen of Punks" after appearing on the cover of Façade 
with Andy Warhol, with whom she makes her first trip to New York. 
He mentions her in his Diaries, photographs her, takes her to Studio 54 
and the Mudd Club where she meets the elite of the NY underground: 
Maripol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, 
the punk and No Wave groups.

On Edwige’s return to Paris, Fabrice Aymer offered her 
the door at the Palace for its opening in '78.
Edwige was photographed by Helmut Newton, Mondino,
Pierre and Gilles, among others; 
she walked the runway for Jean-Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler.

In 1979, Claude Arto approached her and
 together they formed "Mathématiques Modernes." 
Their single "Disco Rough" came out in 1980 
and was NME's "single of the week." 
Album art was by Pierre & Gilles.


Verbal abuse cover

Edwige by Maripol

Edwige Belmore and Maripol- New York 1978

In the Palace -The famous Parisian Night Club

Today, Edwige Belmore doesn't work in nightclubs
 anymore and lives happily in Brooklyn.

About Paris and French Punk in the 70's :

FOR THE LOVE OF BLOGS: Bloglovin' and My favorite Fashion bloggers

My addiction for blogs is quite new ( just last april). When, i began blogging i wasn't familliar with other blogs. Quite soon, i add every blogs that had interest to my Google reader. Soon, i was following 100 blogs.....Very fast, i was lost: Art,Trend,Street fashion, general fashion, Design, Luxe and Marketing, Photography and the favorite Blogs..... Too much to read everyday and it began to take to much time. During summer, i didn't open daily my blog feeds and i decide to stop this waisting of time. I was reading other blogs and i wasn't writing mine.
Now, i came accross a really smart website called Bloglovin

Bloglovin’ tells you when one of your favorite bloggers has written a new post, so you don’t have to waste time on visiting blogs that aren’t updated (check out the video above).
Unlike google reader, bloglovin’ give’s you the real deal (you get to see the layout, comments etc.) and they add this bar at the bottom of your browser which allows you to read a post and then click “next” to read the next new entry and so on. It provides a flow to your reading. It’s like flipping through a magazine with new post’s from your favorite blogs.

I was just add today so add me.....
Now you can follow my blog with bloglovin - Just check this link

Some people don't like monday. 
Well, i just have to say that i enjoy it when a blogger awards me.

Merci to Everybody Says Don't for this gift.
Now, i have to tag 5 awarded blogs.
It's just to difficult to choose ......

So, i will only choose fashion blogs this time.
The winner are:

Louise By Garance Doré

Sussie in Paris last fashion week

Betty At the Puces de St Ouen

Rumi - Just too hot to handle...

Have you notice Louise and Betty are Wearing the  same " I love NY " Tee-shirt....

7 oct. 2008

Polaroid and 16 Film mn Forever !

Even if Polaroid have discontinuing their film production,
all around the globe Polaroid's Lovers keep fighting for it's preservation.
I wrote a post about it before.

Has a child of the late 70's, the polaroid camera is so
deeply related to my childhood memories.
it was just so easy and instantinated print.Of course, you could tell me, that today digital cameras are also easy to use and to share.
I would love to buy a digital camera with an integrated printer.

But there is something with this polaroid texture,
a sensation that i never get with digital photography.
I always favour imperfection.
This unique Imperfect process and graininess can’t be reached by the computer softwares.
Today, softwares and digital cameras provide our world with perfect images.
Faces and landscapes are altered to perfection ;
that is now sometimes too perfect to be true.
In that polaroid imperfection there was place for imagination.

Little Me in the 80's is launching a tee-shirt contest that celebrates the medium.

In, 1971 the SX-70 polaroid System is introduced to
american media and photo dealers with a short film
of designers Charles and Ray Eames.
This film was explaining the new SX-70 system.
One year later, SX-70 is sold out : magazines, newspapers and
the public can’t get enough of this work of wonder,
SX-70 revolutionized home photography .
This unique Imperfect process and graininess can’t be reached by the computer softwares.
Today, softwares and digital cameras provide our world with perfect images.
Faces and landscapes are altered to perfection ;
that is now sometimes too perfect to be true.
In that polaroid imperfection there was place for imagination. is launching a tee-shirt contest that celebrates the medium.

In, 1971 the SX-70 polaroid System is introduced to
american media and photo dealers with a short film
of designers Charles and Ray Eames.
This film was explaining the new SX-70 system.
One year later, SX-70 is sold out : magazines, newspapers and
the public can’t get enough of this work of wonder,
SX-70 revolutionized home photography .

I would like to share with you one of my Art Video.
I worked with some of my familly 16 mn films and i mixed it with other mediums.

In this Art Video :
Summer in L.A, i wanted to talk about people that today are gone.
I haven’t so much childhood memories, films and photographies help me not to loose my memories.
I have to confess that i am obsess by conservation, i am afraid to forget.
Vaniting memories and lost feelings.
But by working on this Art video,
I will never forget them:
i still have a film of them where I can see them move.

« They are on this film and i can see them ».
Hope you will Enjoy it.

5 oct. 2008

I want sequin! More about Paris S/S 2009 fashion shows

Just have a look of what caught my eyes during the last Paris Shows.

Since 1 year, i am beginning to really enjoy the clothes. 
Now, Rykiel have a new clothes designer. 
 Even the shows are lovely and always funny, 
models are dancing and smiling.

I just adore the large sparkling "Béret" (the classical parisian Hat) of this
 last Sonia Rykiel Spring/Summer 2009 show.
I want it......badly....

And if you happen to be very rich-just think of me 
and buy me this entire collection.
 I bet that you will see again in the Fashion Mag editorials 
the black sequin and the sheer transparent peach unitars of this show.

De Castelbajac

Mais oui, stylists have political concerns too.... The Obama Dress or the Obama cashmire pullover.
Aahh....Marketing,Luxe and now politic... 
Just stay simple if you really are an Obama supporter - stay to the pin! 

- I saw a lot of sparkling clothes on the catwalk. 
A red sparkling dress at Yves Saint Laurent or a Glittered sweatshirt hoody at Andrea Crews. 
I want some sparkling, strass but confortable this summer:  like a good hoody or a perfect Tee.

- A french brand Fade created by Olivier Bobin invited the press to see his show on a video. 
It's all about Tees....
I just happen to like beautiful illustration on t-shirts. 
I won't  miss  this next Fade t-shirts collection about mythology, symbolism and tarot cards.

- a little more fashion police: 
Please don't torment yourself  with the Roitfield new super idea 
of la "Roitfeld": the dangerous iron stiletto!

And i will not put the photo of the worst high heels of this last Paris show : 
Galliano is the winner by KO.
See the Terror : Here on Imelda's blog.

M & Madame Rick Owens

Looking at the Street fashion blog during those S/S 2009 shows, 
i noticed that with the new popularity of those blogs;
They were much more street hunters than before waiting outside the shows.
This was beginning to be simply harassement and greed.
About this new behaviour of the street fashion photographers;
i recommend you this post of Kamel's blog : Style and the City.