Speaking of Marc Jacobs, he is featured in one of the best Vogue portfolios of all time, from the December 2003 issue. It features Natalia Vodianova as Alice, and showcases frocks from Chanel, Versace, Gucci, and Lacroix to name a few. I love how Vogue incorporated the designers themselves into the story – Galliano as the Queen of Hearts, Tom Ford as the White Rabbit, Jean Paul Gaultier as the Cheshire Cat, Viktor + Rolf as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Christian Lacroix as the March Hare, and my beloved Marc Jacobs as the Caterpillar (I had this picture of him hanging up in my closet for years).
Here’s the shoot in its entirety (photographed by Annie Leibovitz).
I am a HUGE fan of Marc Jacobs. I think he is a bit of a design genius. Also a very interesting dude. If you are so inclined, please check out this article from the January 2012 issue of Vogue. Be sure to click through the slideshow images, where some of his historic designs for Louis Vuitton are spotlighted — amazing.
Many column inches have been devoted to the deconstruction of Marc Jacobs’ design savvy, so I will simply devote this post to sharing with you some of my favourite MJ designs over the years.
There was, of course, his iconic 1992 “grunge” collection for Perry Ellis:
And when it comes to the military look, nobody does it like Marc. His entire Fall 2002 RTW show basically makes me want to punch myself in the face with joy:
Look at those jackets!! Aaaaaahhhhh so good!
Of recent years, my favourite was probably his Fall 2009 show. I love the combination of the shiny, luxe metallic tweeds and brocades with the dashes of asian-inspired detailing…
…with a nod back to those grunge-era plaids:
And just to prove to you how long I’ve been following Marc Jacobs’ career, here is a page I ripped out of a magazine back in the late ’90s featuring one of his ensembles. I don’t think I could pull off this outfit myself, but I remember loving everything about it when I saw it.
In summary, Marc Jacobs is awesome, and I hope he is on the scene designing beautiful things for many more years to come.
Today, I am thrilled to introduce you to a good friend of mine and a very inspirational guy. In January he launched a blog, do a drawing a day dad, on which he posts his artwork – and damn, you guys, his drawings are awesome!
Here are a few of my faves:
Yes! A whale in a smoking jacket! Of course!! Please see the delightful poem that accompanies this one!
Where DO whales keep their change? Valid question!
Okay, so I am a little obsessed with the whales. Can you blame me? They’re great! Anyway, you can check out these fantastic drawings — and many more — here. I also love that he posts the music he’s listening to as he’s working on his art.
Liberté, egalité, fraternité.
The Museé de l’Orangerie in Paris is filled with many beautiful works of art. This is not one of them. That’s my opinion anyway. There’s just something about the peoples’ faces that weirds me out.
La Carriole du Père Junier – Henri Rousseau, 1908
But. But! There are two amazing things about this painting. First of all, the boy in the carriage seems to be wearing a t-shirt with some sort of werewolf, or dog (weredog?) on it…
Which, if so, is obviously completely random for something painted in 1908. I mean, not that werewolves, or dogs (or weredogs) didn’t exist back then…but would someone be wearing a t-shirt sporting the image of one? Remember, ‘Twilight’ hadn’t been invented yet — Team Jacob wouldn’t exist for at least another 100 years. Was Henri Rousseau so prescient as to have predicted the advent of Stephenie Meyers’ literary juggernaut and the impact it would have on pop culture? Also, I have trouble imagining that kid would be allowed to wear a t-shirt in the first place. This was the early 1900s. People didn’t wear t-shirts, they wore suits with stiff collars and cravats! Especially for a jaunt around the park in the family carriage. Why is the boy dressed so differently from everyone else? These little details stand out, and I like them!
The second pleasing thing about this piece is the juxtaposition in size between the horse and the tiny dog trotting alongside it:
I mean, that is really quite great.
So overall, it is a somewhat creepy painting, but with some excellent redeeming features.
Aside from Monet’s water lilies, this was my favourite painting at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris:
It’s called ‘La nièce du peintre’ by André Derain.