Friday, March 30, 2012


Sunny Girl...
Princess Ira von Furstenberg
and the 
Sun-Brown Wraps
Vogue November 15 1969
Photography: Alexis Waldeck

Ira von Furstenberg

Born: Virginia Carolina Theresa Pancrazia Galdina Prinzessin zu F├╝rstenberg to Prince Tassilo zu Furstenberg and his first wife, Fiat Heiress Clara Agnelli. Gianni Agnelli was an uncle and her younger brother, the late Egon von Furstenberg, married Diane Halfin, founder of Diane von Furstenberg.

Her great-grand mother was the heiress Jane Campbell who became Princess di San Faustino and created a stir in Rome society by making headlines when accused of beating her maid in 1902 while residing in the Barbarini Palace. Little else can be found on her great-grandmother who lived at a time when a woman appeared in the press on only two occasions, birth and death.  By contrast, Ira von Furstenberg lived her life on the society pages throughout many decades.

Ira was fifteen years old when she married thirty-one-year-old Prince Alfonso von und zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg in 1955. They had two sons and divorced in 1960.

Eldest son, Christoff Hohenlohe died mysteriously in a Bangkok prison after being charged for altering his expired passport. He had changed the date of expiry in order to leave the country without having to go through bureaucratic delays. His death from massive organ failure has never been fully explained.

Son Hubertus is a Mexican Olympic Alpine Team skier, and founder of the Mexican Ski Federation. He is also an artist, musician and photographer.

Ira von Furstenberg appeared in films throughout the sixties and seventies and was a staple of the press pages devoted to the international jet set. She was also featured in numerous fashion magazines and considered one of the world’s great beauties - seen on the arm of the world’s most enigmatic gentlemen, including Prince Rainier after the death of Princess Grace.

Today she works as an artist creating unique sculptures and jewelry honed from found objects discovered on her many travels.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012



This enchanting Eurasian beauty stars this year along-side William Holden in   Satan Never Sleeps as well as the John Sturges directed, A Girl Named Tomiko, with leading man  Laurence Harvey.  At the tender age of twenty-three she is already a  star of the stage and screen. Both movies were released in 1962.
Born in Marsailles to a French mother and Vietnamese father, France was discovered on a beach in 1955 by photographer Philippe Halsman.  She appeared on the  October 6th  cover of Life Magazine in 1958, featured for her starring role  in the David Merrick production of The World of Suzy Wong opposite William Shatner. That same year she appeared in the film South Pacific.

Here, she appears in the September 1961 issue of Harper's Bazaar wearing Spotlight by Charles of the Ritz . Keyed to evening and incandescent lighting, Her lips are blushed with Nightlight Red, her eyelids lined with glistening silver, and just under the brows, to enhance their arch, is flesh-toned Nightlight eye shadow.

Harper's Bazaar September 1961
Photography: Melvin Sokolsky

Monday, March 26, 2012


Barbra Streisand - star plus. Plus two knock-em dead seasons in Funny Girl. Plus her own once-a-year T.V. special. Plus runaway album number five. Plus a one-woman concert at Forrest Hills in August. Plus offers heaped like hors d'oeuvres on a tray - Funny Girl in London ... in the movies...a concert tour of Europe... a whirl as a fashion critic on radio. Plus a new haircut that could set scissors whacking all over - nowadays when Streisand stirs, EVERYTHING moves.
Little black knit planed by clean, sharp shout of colour...cut straight dow the body. Purple blazed on black wool by Kimberly
Rudi Gernreich
The undershirt shirt in this season's knitted dress - the smallest...greatest...pulled down at the waist...stockings along for the joy-ride. 
Emerald green baby-yoke on a straightaway skimp of black wool knit by Kimberly. Gloves by Crescendoe-Superb. Golo Boots.

Barbra Streisand - Plus
Vogue August 1, 1965
Photography: Irving Penn

Barbra Streisand went on to enjoy - or not, a career at the top of all fields of entertainment, becoming one of the  most commercially and critically acclaimed entertainers in the world. Stage, television, concerts, film, and recordings were dominated by Ms. Streisand during and throughout the next three decades garnering her numerous awards in all segments of the industry. She would probably claim as her greatest achievement, the birth of her son Jason, born to her and then-husband Elliott Gould. Like Elvis Presley, Cher, and only a handful of other artists, Streisand is recognized internationally by one name: Streisand. 

 Her name is synonymous with an online phenomenon known as "The Streisand Effect," in which the effort to remove or hide a piece of celebrity information results in  an extreme opposite effect - creating more interest and exposure of the information. It was coined after Streisand's unsuccessful attempt to remove an aerial photograph of her Malibu home in a publicly available photographic collection of coastal homes. 

 This phenomenon was more recently visited on today's celebrities Pamela Anderson, Kim Kardashian, and Paris Hilton, all of whom tried in vain to eliminate public exposure to naughty home videos released without their knowledge.

 Barbra Streisand lives happily today as an occasional performer, wife to husband James Brolin, democratic supporter, and as a major philanthropist through her Streisand Foundation.

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BEAUTY - 1970

Vogue Italia March 1970
Photography: Barry Lategan

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Again, audiences will see Miss Dietrich in the re-issued The Blue Angel, that twenty-year-old German movie, in which she sang "Falling in Love Again," in a hollow, sexy whisper while dangling a length of matchless gam-works at her co-satr, Emil Jannings. An internationalist, she now wears the ribbon of the French Legion of Honour, is in England finishing a new film, No Highway.

Possibly one of the most beautiful photographs we have found of Ms. Dietrich...

Vogue Spotlight
Vogue December 1950
Photography: Irving Penn

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Two Beauties: Margaux Hemingway and le "Soleil d'Or" a 105.54 carat diamond

Paris Vogue by Marc Chagall
December 1977/January 1978
Photography: Helmut Newton

Margaux Hemingway
Once a Great Beauty

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Thursday, March 15, 2012


The New My Fair Lady Hats

Says Hepburn, "I feel that I am not completely dressed without one...the hat is part of the overall plan."

Deep-brimmed capeline in black velvet; asymmetrical bow

Edwardian bowler of camellia-pink brushed melusine, with a black velvet rose

An Edwardian child's sailor hatin wild mink, brown suede, with a flat brown suede bow

Bright jade green velvet with tassells of cut feathers, crystal beads

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy Hats: 
My Fair Lady To The Life
Vogue August 1964
Photography: Cecil Beaton

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Saturday, March 10, 2012


pure female
1966: The Look - hip belts and multiple rings

During the early seventies, there was a rumour that Verushka had four inches removed from her legs in a cutting-edge operation  in order to shorten her extreme height.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Artichoke Hat
I love Ricky/Chantal Cloutier L.A.
Kathy Fox in Patent Leather Hat
Stephen Jones for Abel Villarreal
I Love Ricky for Michele Lamy
Swami Turban
I Love Ricky/Chantal Cloutier, L.A.
Afro Hat
 I Love Ricky for Michele Lamy

New Hats for Fall
Andy Warhol's Interview October 1985
Photography: Albert Sanchez
Styling: I Love Ricky

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Thursday, March 1, 2012


In a forthcoming movie entitled The Tenth Victim, Ursula Andress kills a Chinese man by shooting him with her brassiere - killer femme fatale

The treacherous Ursula begins her dance of death on the nightclub floor.  She sways, she shakes, she moves, she grooves.

Ursula,  she of She. Weaving and winding in her Flash Gordon underwear. She makes us all wish we could live to see a future.

She turns fetchingly away from her victim - her back to him at first, turnung again,partly hidden, writhing in his direction - this display but a prelude to the real business at hand...

The wildest shooting-gallery setup you have ever imagined...



Esquire January 1966
Photography: Michael A. Vaccaro
Available at devocanada

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