Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. ~Coco Chanel
What with it being New Year’s Eve and all.
But we know which celebration really matters. Don’t we.
That wasn’t a question.
Today would have been Jackie’s 83rd birthday.
My birthday is on New Year’s Eve, but trying to get all my friends under one roof at the same time on the 31st is impossible. So this year I’m celebrating my 30th on the 30th. (Today!)
Goals for the night:
1. Have fun.
2. Look cute.
3. Take a few good photos. (I need a new Twitter avatar ASAP.)
4. Retain what little dignity I have.
Photo: Kate Spade New York
I want a birthday cake that looks just like this.
Photo: The Glitter Guide
Isn’t she gorgeous?
None of Grace Kelly’s features are remarkable like, say, Elizabeth Taylor’s violet eyes, but together they form one of the most unforgettable faces to ever appear on the silver screen.
While reading “Life: Remembering Grace,” recently, I came across an interesting tidbit. When he was still a junior senator, John F. Kennedy came to Howell Conant, Kelly’s friend and portraitist, with an unusual request. He asked Conant to photograph him from every imaginable angle.
Kennedy then studied the photos to learn which were his good angles and which were unflattering. Conant’s advice to Kennedy and Kelly was the same: never be photographed looking straight at the camera− he because his eyes were set too close together, she because her of her square jaw.
Were Grace Kelly alive, she would be 82 today.
Today, Aug. 6, would have been Andy Warhol’s 83rd birthday. I’m a big fan of Pop Art, which also means I have an incredible amount of admiration for Warhol; the two are practically synonymous with each other.
It was during the 1960s that Warhol began painting iconic American products− Campbell’s soup and Coca Cola, for instance. He once said this about Coke:
What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too.
A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.
You can’t really disagree with that, can you?
It was also during the ’60s that Warhol started painting celebrities. My favorite is this portrait of Jackie Kennedy titled “Jackie, 1964.”
Two years ago, an autographed nude photo of Kennedy was found in a cardboard box that belonged to Warhol. It’s signed, “For Andy, with enduring affection, Jackie Montauk”.
During the Onassis years she was a frequent visitor to Warhol’s Montauk, NY, beachfront estate and researchers have authenticated the signature through handwriting comparisons.
Photo: Richard Porter’s Blog
Those who know me well know I’m a big Jackie Kennedy Onassis fan. Big. Well, she would have been 82 years old today, July 28.
This is one of my favorite photos of her.
She once said this about her life:
I have been through a lot and have suffered a great deal. But I have had lots of happy moments as well. Every moment one lives is different from the other. The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love, and happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable whole that is called life. You cannot separate the good from the bad. And perhaps there is no need to do so, either.
Perhaps there isn’t.