From Perez:

"The dark and talented minds behind such films as Last Days and American
Psycho will be bringing us one twisted tome!

Director Gus Van Sant and author Bret Easton Ellis will team up to pen a
feature film based on The Golden Suicides, a Vanity Fair article written by
Nancy Jo Sales detailing the double suicides of artists Theresa Duncan and
Jeremy Blake.

The romantically involved couple gained notoriety in the New York and
Venice, CA art scenes. Duncan was one of the first videogame designers for
girls and Blake became known for his "digital paintings," kaleidoscopic
images shown on plasma screens.

Their paranoid downward spiral began as they increasingly believed that
government and religious organizations were conspiring against them. In
2007, Duncan killed herself and Blake discovered her on their bedroom floor.
One week later, he walked in the Atlantic Ocean to end his own life."

I read the VF article and it haunted me for weeks. The story of these two is
completely riveting and sure that the above two talented geniuses will weave
an amazing tale. Seemingly two talented, beautiful people who had it all.
Very tragic NY tale but will make an amazing film. Only a matter of time
before we see one on Dash Snow.

Thinking that Sienna Miller would make an amazing Theresa and maybe Joaquin
Phoenix for Jeremy?


Hi fashion friends...'tis the season for Fall- my mind wanders to a
different time in my life when fall clothes made my heart race after long
summers of nothing but filmy dresses and flip fops. Miami is not really
conducive to seasonal power dressing, but a girl can dream. I pulled all of
these from shopbop.com and hope they inspire your seasonal purchases.

On their site, they had categorized different "types" to browse through-
casual, bohemian, classic, edgy- I managed to pull something from all the
groups- which just shows you I am a bit of a fashion schizo but sure you all
are too...I like the idea of not doing one look head to toe but mixing a
bohemian piece with a classic piece- keeps you from looking too Ab Fab or
over the top..think those types are always in style, it's just how you rock
them that changes. Doing one look head to toe feels fussy and not
modern...mix it and match it till your hearts content.

Hope you like some of these pieces...enjoy.

Irving Penn, Fashion Photographer, Is Dead at 92 - Obituary (Obit)

Irving Penn, one of the 20th century’s most prolific and influential photographers of fashion and the famous, whose signature blend of classical elegance and cool minimalism was recognizable to magazine readers and museumgoers worldwide, died Wednesday morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 92.

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Irving Penn, via Associated Press

"Woman with Roses on Her Arm (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn,) 1950," by Irving Penn. 

His death was announced by Peter MacGill, his friend and representative.

Mr. Penn’s talent for picturing his subjects with compositional clarity and economy earned him the widespread admiration of readers of Vogue during his long association with the magazine, beginning in 1943. It also brought him recognition in the art world; his photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries and are prized by collectors.

His long career at Vogue spanned a number of radical transformations in fashion and its depiction, but his style remained remarkably constant. Imbued with calm and decorum, his photographs often seemed intent on defying fashion. His models and portrait subjects were never seen leaping or running or turning themselves into blurs. Even the rough-and-ready members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, photographed in San Francisco in 1967, were transformed within the quieting frame of his studio camera into the graphic equivalent of a Greek frieze.

Instead of spontaneity, Mr. Penn provided the illusion of a seance, his gaze precisely describing the profile of a Balenciaga coat or of a Moroccan jalaba in a way that could almost mesmerize the viewer. Nothing escaped the edges of his photographs unless he commanded it. Except for a series of close-up portraits that cut his subjects’ heads off at the forehead, and another, stranger suite of overripe nudes, his subjects were usually shown whole, apparently enjoying a splendid isolation from the real world.

He was probably most famous for photographing Parisian fashion models and the world’s great cultural figures, but he seemed equally at home photographing Peruvian peasants or bunion pads. Merry Foresta, co-organizer of a 1990 retrospective of his work at the National Museum of American Art, wrote that his pictures exhibited “the control of an art director fused with the process of an artist.”

A courtly man whose gentle demeanor masked an intense perfectionism, Mr. Penn adopted the pose of a humble craftsman while helping to shape a field known for putting on airs. Although schooled in painting and design, he chose to define himself as a photographer, scraping his early canvases of paint so that they might serve a more useful life as backdrops to his pictures.

He was also a refined conversationalist and a devoted husband and friend. His marriage to Lisa Fonssagrives, a beautiful model, artist and his sometime collaborator, lasted 42 years, ending with her death at the age of 80 in 1992. Mr. Penn’s photographs of Ms. Fonssagrives not only captured a slim woman of lofty sophistication and radiant good health; they also set the esthetic standard for the elegant fashion photography of the 1940s and ’50s.

Ms. Fonssagrives became a sculptor after her modeling career ended. In 1994, Mr. Penn and their son, Tom, a metal designer, arranged the printing of a book that reproduced his wife’s sculpture, prints and drawings. In addition to his son, Mr. Penn is survived by his stepdaughter, Mia Fonssagrives.Solow (who renders her name with a dot), a sculptor and jewelry designer; his younger brother, Arthur, the well-known director of such films as “Bonnie and Clyde,” and nine grandchildren.

Mr. Penn had the good fortune of working for and collaborating with two of the 20th century’s most inventive and influential magazine art directors, Alexey Brodovitch and Alexander Liberman. He studied with Mr. Brodovitch in Philadelphia as a young man and came to New York in 1937 as his unpaid design assistant at Harper’s Bazaar, the most provocative fashion magazine of the day. But it was under Mr. Liberman, at Vogue, that Mr. Penn forged his career as a photographer.

RIP Mr. Penn. Your genius will be sorely missed.

Oldie of the day: More Fashion Adoration

OK this is possibly my favorite fashion story of all time...well of the last
twenty years at least...this beautiful editorial shot by the great Steven
Meisel for Italian Vogue in its heyday...words can't describe the SICKness
of They Shoot Horses Don't They juxtapozed with all the great girls of the
day. Enjoy.