Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dreamiest Casting Choice Yet

Ah, Gary Oldman and Tim Roth, 
such dreamy, English actors from the 90s.  

And remember the Man-Love between the two?

I was swooning when I saw this cover for UK Premiere.

And then Tim responded with this in Detour the next year.

Imagine how thrilled I was when I saw that both Tim and Gary walked in the Prada Men's show this month.  No seriously, just imagine right now. 


I've already expounded on my Love of Prada and their choice in Male Models.  Genius.  But this runway show made dreams come true that I didn't even know I had.

Why yes, that IS Oscar Winning and 
My Crush from 2002,  Adrien Brody, 

. . . And adorable Emile Hirsch.

Then there was Willem Dafoe, a former Prada model and a Very talented actor.    

Miuccia knows that her ads need to have Pretty Girls and attractive-not-handsome men.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I Like to Dream of Different Cover Tries

I am in love with this Vogue Australia cover (Model: Alina Baikova, Photographer: Nicole Bentley, Location: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico).  The colors and Prada ensemble are driving me crazy in a good way and it's not your typical boring cover (ahem, US Vogue).

There were so many shots from the story 
that would have made lovely covers.
I would have bought it based on the hat alone.

I would absolutely buy a magazine 
with donkeys in fancy-dress on it.

 And don't even get me started on this one.  A cover with life-size paper mache dolls and those silver Prada shoes.  It's all I need to sell me a fashion book.

Dream Card

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Avedon and His Dreamy Women

Richard Avedon was such a dreamboat 
AND a talented photographer, of course.  
I've already praised his portraits of men Here and Here, but I have not really expounded on my love for his photos of women.  I idolize and adore them, in case you could not guess where this post was going.   

His celebrity photos celebrate exactly why we are obsessed with these people.  How is it possible he made Elizabeth Taylor even more perfectly beautiful than she already was?

Avedon's portraits of socialites made them human while stil holding onto that 'you wish you were us' mentality.  

And he made statue-esque models leap from the pages.  For the first time fashion photography had movement.

He influenced some of the greatest photog's since.  Hello!  You know Helmut-Newton-the-Photographer was born when he saw this sexy lady.

 Of all his photos of women, 
this one is my favorite:
I first saw it at the ICP in New York and could not take my eyes off her (Donyale Luna).  I've never wanted to own an expensive piece of art more.  Maybe one day.

Dreamy Ads Make Dreamy Editorials

Sometimes I find Prada advertisements disconcerting in a good way.  They never look like other ads and immediately transport you to some otherworldly fashion dimension.  

 But what I love even more is 
when Prada is used in editorials.

Remember this rose-print dress that was everywhere in the 90s?  And do you remember this neo-Mod story from Vogue with Kirsty Hume and her husband Donovan Leitch?  Amazing.

I love it when Miuccia Prada does old-lady floral prints and makes them really young looking.  And I loved this story with Natalie Portman from W.

The monkey print from Spring 2011 was so Frida Kahlo and something I dreamed of owning.  Don't worry, I would have toned it down and left the floral wreath at home.

Natalia Vodianova and Sam Riley played Quadrophenia in Vogue's September 2011 issue.  It made me want to bundle up (well just not wear a bathing suit) and go to an English sea side town.  

Charlotte Gainsbourg in Prada for French Vogue.  I'm glad they got her out of Balenciaga for one second enough to shoot this photo.

 Then there was this Print that I am obsessed with to this day.  This photo was so simple and beautiful -- just the outfit of my dreams on a lovely, happy girl.  Thank you Vogue from 1996.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dreamiest Appetizer Yet

I went to lunch one day and was greeted 
with a Twig and Tree appetizer.

Do you need a closer look?

Here's the twig.

Here's the tree.

And here's the recipe:

2 firm avocados finely diced
4-5 baby zucchini finely diced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil (plus a little more for garnish)
2 tablespoons micro basil (or finely minced basil)
1 tablespoon minced chives (plus more for garnish)
1 teaspoon agave
2-3 teaspoons coarse salt
freshly ground pepper for garnish

P.S. It says that it will serve four but it happily fed two that day and I would not want to halve the portion I had -- it was too good.

Toss all the ingredients until well combined.
(Press into adorable bird ring molds if you have them.)
Garnish with chives, fresh ground pepper and olive oil.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Becoming a Dreamy Cat Lady

I love 'cat culture.'  
Obsessed with it even.

But in the past I have made no attempt 
to actually like the cats.
 Or let them touch me.

 But I think I'm melting.

During my last visit to San Diego 
I let this one nap with me.  
(Well I let him sleep on my bed for about 1 minute before I freaked out.  But it was a genuine 60 seconds.)

And then when I was in Los Angeles last 
I could not stop petting this one. 
 (Then I went and washed my hands twice before 
touching anything else.  A huge step for me.)

 Basically I am doing everything I can (one baby step at a time) to be like Grace Coddington.  

Or better yet, Karen Elson posing as Grace Coddington.  
Look at those kitties' smashed faces!  And I love her Gaelic frizzy hair and boxy silhouettes.  
Yeah, I could get into real live cats if it means taking a step towards being like my girl-editor-crush.