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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Ever since I watched "Mi Vida Loca" (Allison Anders flick) I've been occupied by my obsession for cholas. I've tried endlessly to arrange fancy dress parties so I can fulfill my dream of dressing like a chola. 
This halloween, regardless of where I go and with who, I am a chola.

My fascination with Chola styles has got me claiming my Latino side (past life: Latin heritage) which has me speaking in spanish on the net and in my everyday life. From my 'Locas' 2 my LOCO, to calling my friends my homegirls.

A lot of people label cholas as large hooped wearing, felt tip pen drawn-on eyebrows with too strong a love for lip liners gansters.  But I find so much beauty in this culture, I do hope however one day I manage to refrain from whilst getting ready drunk deciding last minute to channel my inner chola and don the hoops and eyeliner, posing by throwing up gangsigns.

A lot of people via the stereotype piece together a negative image of chola's.  To me they represent women who are independant and fierce. Viva de la Cholitas!

La bourgeoise sans age

I love John Paul Gaultier.  He celebrates beauty for what it is, not what society dictates it should be.

"My collections are about the beauty of a time when a woman didnt want to look like a girl, but a lady" he is quoted to have said about his most 2011 Spring Summer collection which showcased a send up of maturing beauties, who dress their age but still want a little sizzle with their steak.
The quote shows Gaultier at his most French, and the collection shows yet another side to his work. He used the traditional codes of the upper class — thick tweeds, tailored trousers and ribbed cardigans with a sense of humour.
The models came dressed as matrons in gray beehives and tame kitten heels with just about everything in between covered up. Silk blouses, colorfully printed or plain, were buttoned all the way, some topped with a scarf. Turtlenecks were layered under long, straight dresses, and pants were cut with full, pleated legs.
The outerwear stood out, not just because the coats were often discarded down the runway, as each girl liberated herself from something — a glove, a shoe, etc. — as part of the ongoing ultraconservative striptease gag.
The best were trenches — tons of them — done half in leather, half in wool, and grand, quilted leather parkas with deluxe fur trim. Jumpsuits, with full sleeves and a little sparkle, were a nice alternative to the evening dress for chic women of a certain age.

I am aware I have caught onto the Gaultier fashion week lovefest rather late but in hindsight, it was nice to see Gaultier address grown-up women albeit the kind who can afford to spend. And if taken alone the clothes were not overtly sexy. Well, that part as to come from whoever is wearing them.

Grace under fire

Aung San Suu Kyi has become an international symbol of peaceful resistance in the face of oppression.

The 65-year-old has spent most of the last 20 years in some form of detention because of her efforts to bring democracy to military-ruled Burma.

Its fair to say that she has more grace, elegance and style than most women under half the pressure. So much so I would go as far as to say that it is a bonifed fact.  Likewise, compare her to other female freedom fighters around the world – usually uniformed in khaki and mannish get-ups – and she trounces them too.
There is a lesson for all women here. In our everyday battles for whatever it is we are trying to achieve –  we need not throw out our essentially feminine nature to gain power. If Suu Kyi can lead the Burmese campaign for democracy clad in pastels and flowers, surely we can do it too.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

J'adore ma petit belle soeur

two sisters by william adolphe bouguereau


i-D magazine.  November 2009.
Just because......


V magazine, March 2011 Photography Sebastian Faena Styling Carlyne de Dudzeele
In France, she’s known as “the creature,” a beauty with curves so outrageous they border on otherworldly. But Zahia Dehar is also an example of the body as weapon—the source of a very public scandal involving 3 of Europe’s best soccer players. In a world exclusive interview, the controversial 19-year-old bombshell and modern-day Mary Magdalene speaks about her feminine wiles and her secrets to seduction.

V What do you like to wear to bed?
ZD Sexy lingerie only!
V What is your secret to seduction?
ZD For me, a woman should not approach a man. She should give him the opportunity to court her. Being beautiful, gentle, and pleasant to be with is just about all a woman needs to seduce.
V The French press talks a lot about your upcoming projects. There are rumors about lingerie, perfume, clothing lines. Can you share anything about your future plans?
ZD The French press says a lot of things about me. [Laughs] It’s still a bit too early for me to talk about my plans. Let’s just say that what I’ve been imagining for years is coming to life.
V What do you hope to achieve?
ZD I have often dreamed of outfits, accessories, and other ornamental items that serve as a tribute to femininity. Today these dreams are becoming a reality that I can wear and share with women who, like me, want to celebrate their femininity.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

LOL ita

Publication: I-D Magazine #302. Pretty Young Things Issue. Autumn/Winter 2009 / Title: Dangerous / Photographer: Pierre Bailly/ Styling: Cathy Kasterine / Model: Alek and Heleen Scholten.

Photography Dom Chueng, Hair and Make-up Camelia Styling Elena Koukis