Friday, October 26, 2012


Why Do British Sex Symbols Have To Be Foreign?

Nineteen-year-old Catherine Deneuve, possible successor to Brigitte Bardot, is now working with Roger Vadim on the filming of Vice and Virtue playing opposite Annie Girardot and Robert Hossein.

Queen Magazine
October 1962
Photography: Gerard Decaux

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Beauty Now
Mirella Petteni
Photography: Helmut Newton

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Christine Kaufmann 
All Continental allure; the wife of actor Tony Curtis

Beautiful from any angle, I first laid eyes on Christine Kaufmann fifty years ago, when I saw the movie, Taras Bulba.  I thought I had never seen anything so beautiful and the memory of her then fragile beauty was recently revived when I came across these photographs by Bert Stern in the October1, 1965 issue of Vogue. She was a breathtaking beauty. Slim as a reed, with a delicate flawless complexion and huge baby-blue oval eyes. Her co-star, Tony Curtis - himself the owner of killer blue eyes rimmed with charcoal black lashes, fell instantly in love with the German beauty. The thirty-seven-year-old Curtis was married at the time to Janet Leigh. They had two daughters, Jaimie Lee Curtis and Kelly Lee Curtis.

Christine was only seventeen years old when they met. They married a year later in a small ceremony in Las Vegas with Kirk Douglas as Tony's best man and wife Anne Douglas serving as Maid of Honor.

Tony Curtis said of Christine: "There was a freshness about her, an exuberant joy in living that made me go all funny inside. To me, she represented all those girls I would have liked to have dated when I was a poor kid living in New York."
Tony Curtis, American Prince: A Memoir

Christine Kaufmann and Tony Curtis divorced in 1967

Now a successful business woman , Christine Kaufmann lives in
Europe and heads her own cosmetics company. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


   Fashion is an eye. Every woman's eye. Your eye. And inevitably, fashion begins with the inner eye, with self-awareness, with understanding of all your powers, physical, mental, spiritual. It must calmly estimate all that you may claim as potentials for beauty. It demands the fullest expression of your own nature. You will then be free to communicate your gaiety, your warmth, your self-confidence.

February 1950
Photography: Hoyningen-Huene
Illustration: Edward Kasper
Diamonds by Harry Winston

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