Always dramatic, the Cannes Film Festival annual amfAR auction plays host to designer pieces, and is one of the hottest tickets during the festival. The 2013 edition is based on the theme of gold, 40 shining looks curated by Carine Roitfeld and this year, and illustrated catalogue created by us take the stage. The profits go to support amfAR, originally co-founded by Elizabeth Taylor with a humanitarian mandate to end the global AIDS epidemic. The green eyed beauty queen is wearing each ensemble, with jewels chosen from her iconic collection, and a Richard Burton cameo appearances.
Diamonds may be a girls best friend, but this show dripping in gold, to represent warmth, love and success has got us thinking twice.
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Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as Themselves wearing ROBERTO CAVALLI looks
Elizabeth Taylor as Herself wearing VERSACE look
Elizabeth Taylor as Herself wearing ALEXANDER MCQUEEN look
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as Themselves wearing TARUN TAHILIANI looks
JOSEPHINE BAKER as Herself wears PHILIP TREACY hat, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS jewels
JOSEPHINE BAKER #THEFIVEFACTS
1. Josephine Baker has been dancing everyone else of the stage since 1921, and certainly revolutionized the society landscape across continents. She might love Paris, but her origins are certainly American, and she first made her name, and her moves, deep in Harlem. #flapper
2. Called by Hemingway “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw,” her humble beginnings dancing on St. Louis street corners led to a brilliant career breaking all rules of acceptability – the woman who put the roar in the roaring twenties, wears jewelry as clothing and dances as though everyone is watching, and they are. #grrr
3. A heightened interest in ethnic art and African culture, paired with a typically French curiosity for the unknown (and less conservative views towards sexuality), Paris embraced Josephine into it’s nightlife, particularly the Folie Bergère carbaret and later when Josephine opened her own nightclub Chez Josephine. #parisjetaime
4. Everything she did became cult, between her helmet of slicked down Marcel waves, her preference for less clothes and more accessories, she takes on lovers, breaks hearts and creates commotion from Vienna and Berlin to Rio and Buenos Aires. #wildchild
5. She fought to break the colour bans in Europe and America with good humor and good dancing that was irresistible. Her 12 adopted children come from all over the world, and Josephine shows she can mother in couture just as well as she can party in it. #noapologies
HERSELF MAGAZINE—THE FOUR SEASONS ISSUE — SPRING SUMMER 2013 — Nº 04
Yang Guifei as Herself wears ETRO dress, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN shoes, WALLACE CHAN butterfly brooches
YANG GUIFEI #THEFIVEFACTS
1. Known as one of the Four beauties of ancient China, aka the original supers, Yang Guifei, the partner of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang retains an eminent status in the face of ever-shifting ideals of beauty. #newbeauty
2. China has long represented mysterious eastern folklore, in the eyes of Westerners, but a history of elegance and individuality begun by uncompromising personalities (she had lychees delivered day and night from Southern China!) like Yang Guifei set the stage for future icons. #desire
3. Her story was immortalized in novels, theatre and film, and in Bai Juyi’s long poem Song of Everlasting Sorrow has made her persona a mythical and intellectual presence. #starpower
4. While the Emperor believed she died during an army mutiny at Mawei, Japanese rumors proved true – she was escaped, and lived abroad for a long time before returning to China where she once again became an icon, alongside actresses Fan Bingbing, Yao Chen, Zhang Ziyi and models Du Juan, Liu Wen, Fei Fei Sun and Xiao Wen. There’s no denying the Chinese woman is on the rise. #hellochina
5. Prada, Etro and Pucci all looked to Asia for classic iconography, this season the traditional Cheongasm dress, intricate silk patterns and cherry blossom motifs get reinvented and nobody looks better in them than Yang Guifei. #respect
Shanghai, China. On the set of #HERSELFmagazine #Issue4 with iconic China’s Ancient Beauty Yang Guifei.
Initiating a conversation on beauty standards in time and space that landed on the pages of the magazine, here we prepare for the fashion story to go along the text. Both wearing amazingly colourful ETRO dresses and exotic jewels by the brilliant WALLACE CHAN
Shanghai, China. On the set of #HERSELFmagazine #Issue4 at China’s ancient beauty Yang Guifei’s. Porcelain vase, BULGARI necklace, WALLACE CHAN butterfly.
Shanghai, China. On the set of #HERSELFmagazine #Issue4 at China’s Ancient Beauty Yang Guifei’s. VAN CLEEF & ARPELS earrings
Shanghai, China. On the set of #HERSELFmagazine #Issue4 at China’s Ancient Beauty Yang Guifei’s. CELESTINA clutch, ETRO kimono, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS ruby brooch, WALLACE CHAN butterfly
Read the full feature in HERSELF Issue Four
Donatella and I in VERSACE looks
A massive point of discussion this year (see the Met’s Punk: Chaos to Couture) #punk is in the air. Nobody does it quite like the fashion blonde that needs no introduction: #DONATELLA!!! Her lasts show mixes the attitude of Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct and the streets of London in the ’80s. Here we are, on the hunt for street art in total looks VERSACE.
Donatella once said “Flat shoes? What’s flat shoes?” VERSACE heels #Fall14
get Butterflies …wearing ALEXANDER MCQUEEN total look+ Britannia clutch and DOLCE AND GABBANA earrings.On the wall: Damien Hirst. #InAndOutOfLove
A fascination we share with British wonderkid Damien Hirst. Always provocative and larger-than-life, I looked to his affinity for butterflies. Beauty fragility and symbolism of butterflies meet Damien Hirst in his series The Souls. Four different butterflies in 80 different colour ways, with foil block print the butterflies come alive and reflect light in a transient way the way real butterflies do. The butterfly is a traditional emblem of the soul, and Hirst filled the Paul Stolper gallery with multicolored souls.
His first solo exhibition “In and Out of Love” put butterfly pupae in a room and let them fly around. He took the idea up again at the Tate Modern in 2012. In his Kaleidescope paintings he only uses the wings, separating the hairy body from the wings to create an even more idealized form of beauty. There is a further tension between the idea of a free individual soul and a larger, but highly constrained whole.
In Victorian Times butterfly collecting was a mainstream hobby, people went on weekend trips to the country just to do it, drawing rooms were filled with drawers full of pinned butterflies – I consider Hirst’s butterflies the updated version of this obsession with capturing fleeting beauty.