Monthly Archives: March 2013

Jim Dine

Moschino Cheap and Chic SS10

Jim Dine’s bright colors inspired the patchworks of the Moschino Cheap and Chic Spring/Summer 2010 Collection.

Photo : Marcio Madeira






Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Art


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Madonna and Child

JP GAULTIERThe Madonna and Child were honored on the « stained glass » motif of a dress in the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring/Summer 2007 Show, which was a tribute to the Virgins (the soundtrack, for the finale, mixed by Frédéric Sanchez, featured Madonna’s « Like a Virgin »).

Other collections with references to Madonna and Child or Virgin Mary : Arkadius Spring/Summer 2002 (this show, which paid homage to the adoration of the Virgin, highlighted « Madonna and Child » appliqués), Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 1998 (this collection showcased, among other religious symbols, images of the Virgin Mary), Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Spring/Summer 2013 Menswear (T-shirts printed with abstract « Madonna » faces), Teenage Millionaire (from 2002, Dougie Williams and Chris Hoy have printed images of the Virgin Mary, with the « Mary is my homegirl » slogan, on T-shirts), Versace Autumn/Winter 1991-1992 (in this collection, Gianni Versace referenced the Madonna and Child).

Furthermore, Francesco Vezzoli revisited Madonna-and-Child paintings, from the 15th and 16th centuries, replacing the Virgins’ features with the faces of supermodels such as Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Claudia Schiffer and Stephanie Seymour, for his « Sacrilegio » exhibition, which was presented at New York’s Larry Gagosian Gallery, from February 5 until March 12, 2011.

Photo : Jean-Jacques Ceccarini




Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Bloomsbury Group

Antonio Marras AW1314























The women of the Bloomsbury Group, such as Virginia Woolf, inspired the Antonio Marras Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Show.

Other Bloomsbury Group-influenced collections : BCBG Max Azria Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 (the delicate details and the fabrics of this collection were inspired by the Bloomsbury Group), Burberry by Christopher Bailey Spring/Summer 2005 (this collection was influenced by the English eccentrics from the Bloomsbury Group ; Christopher Bailey also drew inspiration from the Bloomsbury Group for the color palette of Burberry Prorsum’s Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 collection, for the faded tones and the patterns of Burberry Prorsum’s Resort 2013 collection, which specifically referenced the covers of Virginia Woolf’s books, and for the colors and prints of Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2013 Menswear collection), Dries Van Noten Autumn/Winter 2000-2001 (Bloomsbury Set-inspired collection), Edeline Lee Spring/Summer 2013 (this collection was an homage to the strong women of the Bloomsbury Group), Marni Spring/Summer 2006 (in part), Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2008 (« David Hockney meets Bloomsbury » was the theme of this collection), Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Spring/Summer 2012 (this collection referenced the Bloomsbury Set, especially Virginia Woolf).

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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Maya Hansen SS13Watermelons influenced a necklace and prints in the Maya Hansen Spring/Summer 2013 Collection, which is an homage to Frida Kahlo.

Other watermelons-inspired items or campaigns : Alan Journo (Alan Journo designed a hat which looks like a watermelon, that Anna Dello Russo has worn), Carolina Bucci Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (necklace with « watermelon slice » charms), Desigual® Spring/Summer 2013 (the model on the 3rd page of the lookbook of this collection carries a watermelon), Gucci Resort 2013 (the ad for this collection features a watermelon chunk), H&M Spring/Summer 2010 (cotton tote with « watermelon slice » motif and « Fruity ! » slogan), Isola Marras Spring/Summer 2011 (the decor of the campaign for this collection showcased 3 watermelons), Lulu & Co Studio Spring/Summer 2012 (T-shirt with « watermelon » prints), Missoni Spring/Summer 2005 (« watermelon slice », among other motifs of fruits), Office Spring/Summer 2013 (« Watermelon » shoes), Piaget Spring/Summer 2012 (« Cocktail Watermelon » diamonds and gold ring), Pretty Ballerinas Spring/Summer 2011 (ballerinas with a « watermelon slice » motif), Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2009 (panties with a « watermelon » embroidery), Tatty Devine Spring/Summer 2012 (acrylic, metal and Swarovski-crystal « watermelon slice » earrings), Yazbukey Spring/Summer 2013 (motifs of cocktails with watermelon chunks, among other fruits, on a silk scarf).

To read about other Frida Kahlo-inspired collections, check out the « Frida Kahlo » post that I published on April 9, 2012.

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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Food


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Richard Avedon

Gucci SS13























Richard Avedon’s work inspired the Gucci by Frida Giannini Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.

A few other Richard Avedon-influenced collections : Alberto Marani (Richard Avedon’s photographs were among the images that featured in Alberto Marani’s moodboard, which was published on the « Vogue Paris » site, in March 2011), Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2005 (this collection was partly influenced by the beauty in Richard Avedon’s images), Jason Wu (Jason Wu has been inspired by Richard Avedon’s work), Louise Goldin Spring/Summer 2010 (the starting point of this collection was Richard Avedon’s collaboration for the ’90s Versace’s campaigns), Novis Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (this collection was based on the photographs that Richard Avedon took in Paris, in the ’50s and the ’60s), Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2011 (this collection partly referenced the Richard Avedon-shot portraits of Penelope Tree), Preen Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (this collection was inspired by Richard Avedon’s portraits of Dorian Leigh), Proenza Schouler (Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough sometimes drew inspiration from Richard Avedon’s images), SportMax Pre-Fall 2011 (this collection evoked the glamorous women that have been photographed by Richard Avedon), St. John Resort 2013 (one long black dress, designed by George Sharp, echoed Richard Avedon’s famous photograph of Dovima).

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Posted by on March 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Annie Lennox

JPG SS13 Annie Lennox























The androgyny of Annie Lennox, « Sweet Dreams » era, inspired some pinstriped suits in the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2013 Show.

Some Annie Lennox-influenced collections or Annie Lennox’s collaborations : Costume National Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (the « box » shape of the hairstyle of this show, created by Paul Hanlon, was an homage to Annie Lennox), Diane von Furstenberg (Annie Lennox was among the 12 female singers who featured in Diane von Furstenberg’s album, « Proud To Be A Woman », launched on March 8, 2010, to benefit Vital Voices), Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear (to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dolce & Gabbana’s Menswear, Annie Lennox performed a selection of her best songs throughout this show), Miu Miu Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (The Eurythmics’ « This City Never Sleeps » featured on the soundtrack of this show).

Furthermore, in April 2007, Gareth Pugh said that Annie Lennox was his « ultimate music muse », thanks to her then-androgynous style, and Annie Lennox was honored in the « House of Annie Lennox » exhibition, presented at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, from September 15, 2011 to February 26, 2012.

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Posted by on March 26, 2013 in Music


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Miu Miu AW1314























The fabrics of the Miu Miu Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Show are inspired by Isabelle Adjani’s costumes in Luc Besson’s « Subway », which were partly designed by Yves Saint Laurent.

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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Cinema


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JPG Couture SS13























Gypsies from Rajasthan influenced the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring/Summer 2013 Show.

Other Rajasthan-inspired collections : Carven by Guillaume Henry Spring/Summer 2013 (the color palette of this show was based on sepia images of British colons in Rajasthan), Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Pre-Fall 2012 (the set of this « Paris-Bombay » collection evoked a Rajasthan’s palace), Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2012 (partly), Haider Ackermann Spring/Summer 2012 (Rajasthan inspired some colors and sari drapes), ISSA Spring/Summer 2011 (this collection partly referenced Rajasthan’s colors), Rag & Bone Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (the zig-zag pattern on a knitted dress was based on men’s chevron shoes from Rajasthan), Tory Burch Resort 2011 (the bold colors and prints of this collection were inspired by Rajasthan).

To read about India-inspired collections, check out the « India » post that I published on January 4, 2012.

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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Places


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Lisa Fonssagrives

Alexis Mabille Couture SS12

A photograph of Lisa Fonssagrives on a beach, with her face blushed by the sunbeam coming from her umbrella, was the starting point of the Alexis Mabille Couture Spring/Summer 2012 Collection.

Other Lisa Fonssagrives-inspired collections : Dior by John Galliano Couture Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (this collection was based on Irving Penn’s shots of Lisa Fonssagrives), John Bartlett Autumn/Winter 2000-2001 (Lisa Fonssagrives was referenced in this show).

Photo : Alessandro Viero / GoRunway




Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Hugo van der Goes

Alexander McQueen AW1011

The digital prints of the Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 Collection were partly based on Hugo van der Goes’ paintings.

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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Art


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