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Kellina de Boer

Paul Kolyer

Heather Dunhill

Kamila Brudzynska
Bernie Rothschild

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Chloé: Attitudes
By Sarah Mower


Jane & Serge
By Andrew Birkin


Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People
By Hamish Bowles


Loulou de la Falaise
By Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni


Halston: Inventing American Fashion
By Lesley Frowick


Dries van Noten
By Pamela Golbin


A Denim Story
By Emily Current, Meritt Elliott, Hilary Walsh 


Veruschka: From Vera to Veruschka
By Johnny Moncada


Draw Blood for Proof
By Mario Sorrenti


Diana Vreeland Memos:
The Vogue Years

By Alexander Vreeland


Vogue Addresses iPhone App

Vogue Addresses iPhone App
By Paul Kolyer

Darlings, I used to think one of the only things that took my breath away were the French Alps, but mon Dieu, this new French App has me gasping! From Emmanuelle Alt and her team at Vogue Paris comes a free app — Vogue Addresses! The best things in life are free…

Your smart phone just got the haute couture treatment! This address book has everything you desire in Paris, the editors have done the work for you and recommend only the best addresses for hotels, food, spas, and beauty. My only petit suggestion would be a link to IWTBAA, it goes so well with all things Parisienne…

I may stay a few days longer in Paris after putting in my couture orders and use this gem to find the the best spas in Paris. Those fittings are exhausting, not to mention all the champagne!

Don't dawdle, download the Vogue Addresses app today… Vive luxe français !

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Vogue Paris editorial image of Kylie Bax by Helmut Newton, March 1997. © 1997 Condé Nast.


IWTB Interview: Heather Dunhill

IWTB Interview: Heather Dunhill
By Paul Kolyer

Emmanuelle Alt seems to have no vices, would you share a pleasure you have to have?
I’m having a bourbon moment — Angels & Envy rye is my new vice. Loving it paired with San Pellegrino’s sparkling Pomelo — divine!

Favorite music?
Uh. This is a tough one for me — my iPod is buzzing with a mélange of everything from Edith Piaf to Iggy Pop to Lissy Trullie to The Clash to Eminem to Rodrigo y Gabriela to Cab Calloway to Jay-Z to Pink Martini to Van Morrison to A$AP Rocky to Dusty Springfield to Lorde to Lynyrd Skynyrd… and to my all-time fave female songbird, Nina Simone.

Who would you love to see on the cover of Vogue Paris?
Major crush on Lou Doillon!

What do you like best about Vogue Paris?
What I like best is the fresh and modern direction they’ve taken of late… the tome has been reinvigorated and I find myself looking forward to every issue. It hits all the marks for what we want when following French fashion!

Who is the IWTBAA reader?
I’m convinced the IWTBAA reader is the chicest of the chic. He or she can name the hero buys for every season off the top of their head and they know how to pronounce Ann Demeulemeester without a stumble...

Fave beauty product or ritual?
Trish McEvoy’s Instant Eye Lift — if you haven’t tried it run to a counter. Right. Now. It’s more than a concealer, it instantly brightens the triangle under your eyes for the I’ve-had-the-best-night’s-sleep-ever look.

Emmanuelle Alt avoids skirts, what is taboo in your wardrobe or style?
Nude stockings — if I must, I opt for nude fishnets instead.

What designers inspire you?
So easy! Olivier Rousteing, Haider Ackermann, Isabel Marant, Philip Treacy, Hedi Slimane, Nicolas Ghesquière and Sarah Burton. And, if you haven’t seen Jemma Wynne jewels be prepared to fall!

If you could lunch with any fashion muses who would you choose?
Loulou de la Falaise, period. Only exception would be if Isabella Blow could make it…

What are your "go to" pieces now and when do you rely on them?
My ultra fave — a vintage emerald green Lanvin necklace is the piece I grab when something’s just not working with an outfit. It always seems to pull a look together, just right.

Any summer must have?
Chanel’s mod white nail color, Eastern Light

With autumn right around the corner, which pieces would you buy with a blank check?
Oh, I’m so ready for this question...

  1. Edie Parker clutch
  2. Cartier Panther ring
  3. Entire Saint Laurent collection from capes to boots; thankyouverymuch
  4. Lanvin Floral Velvet Minaudiere
  5. Necker Island (well, you did say blank check and there’s nothing more fashionable than having your own island…)

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Heather Dunhill photograph courtesy of Barbara Banks Photography. Heather & Carlos photograph courtesy of Heather Dunhill.


Vogue Paris June/July 2014: The Details

Vogue Paris June/July 2014: The Details
By Paul Kolyer

A well-edited magazine has so many great details, with restraint, only the best should make the cut! Mon Dieu, someone should name a fashion magazine Details, oh well, they have! The phrase "the Devil is in the details" came to me and I researched it on Wikipedia. Wouldn't you know, the phrase goes back to an earlier expression attributed to that French genius Gustave Flaubert, "Le bon Dieu est dans le dètail" meaning "God is in the details," and to quote Wikipedia "Expressing the idea that whatever one does should be done thoroughly; i.e.details." So cool that the French recognized this important point, to this day French luxury — Bonjour Couture! — thrives on the best workmanship,design, and attention to detail! So it goes without saying that the best fashion editors are French (CR!) and they have the best fashion magazine, Vogue Paris!

I could look at Vogue Paris all day and always find something interesting. The visual stimulation and inspiration are always a hit with me. The June/July issue is about summer and that brings up so many possibilities, for travel, outdoor activities, and all the fashion and beauty that goes with the season. Of course being a born and bred Yankee, my knowledge of the French language is quite limited, so I am super excited about the photos and layouts in Vogue Paris! I love reading the credits and learning about the details of the shoot, the makeup, the editors, the assistants, the photographers, etc.

Just looking at the images of Gilles Bensimon make me feel fitter and more energetic! Gilles works with Claire Dhelens (have you seen her?), a longtime contributor, and two top models, Andreea and Karlie, producing some fabulous summer pictures! The "Beauté" section photo of Andreea against the rocks brings back sounds and smells of the beach. The slashes in the maillot, her body covered with sand, her tousled beach hair are some great details. Karlie has the "Amazone" physique, paired with bright colors and military greens. 

Once again, the "Miss Vogue" section is always full of great ideas. The photo with the layered tees and bright bikini and scarf is wonderful. The Hermès cuff is a great detail too.

What chic summer day doesn't end with a cocktail?! The Vogue team of Claire and Brune really do an amazing job with photographer Thomas Lagrange in "Cocktail d'Été"! So many details, the nails, lips, jewels, chapeau, dresses, coats, cocktails and stemware, mon Dieu! Look at that Harry Winston photo, the Saint Laurent top sizzles along with the cocktail, the only thing missing are the drink recipes!

Another drink I'd love to sip is the tall glass of cucumber and strawberry infused water that Anna Ewers is enjoying. I love this photo so much, I think of a Scandinavian Charlotte Rampling. The hair and makeup are perfect and the Ralph Lauren top and the ring from the jewelry line by Inez and Vinoodh! Oh and that red straw is so perfect, merci Emmanuelle!

Throughout this issue there are so many other details to look at over and over, like the white socks, la Perla maillot as le smoking, Anthony Vaccarello, the red scrunchie (in Vogue Paris, the scandal!), the articles on Homeland! and Girls!, and on Jeff Koons, whose show opens at the Whitney Museum in New York very soon, the largest exhibit they have ever devoted to a single artist! And the detail I love in every issue is [always the last page] "The Excitement of the Month," by Capucine [love her]. Nothing says summer like an espadrille, and the milkmaid in Valentino is quite clever, the spilled milk and straw are just great! For Vogue Paris, the Divine is definitely in the details, enjoy!

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Vogue Paris editorial images © 2014 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.


Review: Vogue Paris June/July 2014 Issue

Review: Vogue Paris June/July 2014 Issue
By Heather Dunhill

Well, hello sunshine…

This, my style comrades, is why those of us with an aesthetically drawn eye buy magazines. But beyond us, it’s certain to get the attention of the doubtful heads who turn their noses up at fashion as superficial drudge.

No surprise when you learn that the indomitable duo of Inez & Vinoodh master planned "L'extase," the red-and-white-all-over editorial  with Emmanuelle Alt as stylist, a woman who has no doubt gotten her groove back and is deftly maneuvering all things Vogue Paris.

Let’s be honest, it’s not such an incredibly astonishing feat to turn Russian born model Natasha Poly, who’s hot off the red carpets of Cannes, into the epitome of the sexy siren. But it’s the subtlety of the dynamic millésime details; simplicity was no accident here. This June/July cover is the perfect summer storm collaboration of a team that hit all the right head turning notes from the location to the hot white lace ankle socks. Christiaan’s effortlessly chic, from the beach hair coupled with Lisa Butler’s take on seaside minimally divine beauty of neutral palette with scarlet lip to match that superb Herve Leger bikini.

The la vie en rose water world permeates the cover that is truly everything. They have surreptitiously enveloped her in the heat, the humidity, and the warm summer rays with all of the beautifully sublime sexiness of summer. It’s quite possible that Vogue Paris may have more influence on international tropical travel with this issue than Kimye did with their wedding.

By the way, I haven’t been able to bring myself to turn inside one of my fave fashion codas and I’m a major Jeff Koons fan and love all things Lou Doillon. Even that can’t tempt me to flip.the.page… yet.

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Vogue Paris: Un Week-End

Vogue Paris: Un Week-End
By Paul Kolyer

Vogue Paris stars Edita Vilkeviciute and Andreea Diaconu have taken "Un Week-end" in the May issue! These girls with movie star looks travel in French bourgeois style, no Thelma and Louise here! Mikael Jansson's photos have a polished look with a sophisticated use of light! In beautifully composed photos, the West Coast sunlight caresses the impeccably dressed models as they drive up to Point Reyes, California.

These pages gain from a second look, the travel story of this couple allows Anastasia Barbieri to style with feminine/masculine clothing. Like all Anastasia's best work, her sense of style comes through in carefully chosen pieces that are of the moment yet timeless. A Ferragamo trench, Max Mara coat, and Saint Laurent black mocassins en cuir will take any girl through many weekends! "Wellie" style never looked better as both girls walk the shoreline in Hunter boots, and the sunlight seems to ignite Andreea's cigarette, highlighting her Elsa Peretti necklace.

The feminine/masculine theme is evident throughout with the "boyish" looks Anastasia has chosen for Andreea. The girls relaxing in the boat is fantastic for the clothing, lighting, and composition of the couple. Their bodies reflect the underlying erotic mood. Almost spooning, Edita is soft and sensual while Andreea is masculine in dress and gestures. The cozy mood heats up as Edita rests against Andreea on a sofa in this gorgeously lit shot. Andreea's peach and double Elsa Peretti pendants as well as Edita's watch and bracelet are pretty details in the sunlight.

Anastasia's personal style comes through in the photos. Andreea on the dock, or in the Ferretti pants and jacket with the Saint James hat like a Greek sailor's cap (seen on Emmanuelle Alt recently) or Edita in the Chloé blouse with men's Polo boxers and Céline heels! The same photo boasts a "self-portrait" of Barbieri via Andreea in the McQueen pantsuit and Charvet button down shirt!

Throughout this editorial Jansson's colors are amazing! The blue water, hint of spring green on the hills beyond, faded marigold, and bronze of the bicycles, Andreea's striped blouse... The destination of Point Reyes is on the side of the shipwreck while the girls pause to take in the sights. Here, too, Edita is more "girlie" in just a Mulberry sweater, with one sleeve of a different knitted texture than the right, and pushed up to show the watch. Anastasia gives a wink to laidback West Coast style with the socks and clogs, also popular in "granola" Moab, Utah!

Like all fantastic weekends, Sunday afternoons are inevitable with Monday just a sunrise away. What better way to end this trip than with the girls in just Chanel in a field back lit by the setting sun!

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