The understanding of a muse is no longer just a silent woman with a beautiful appearance being the favorite motif for painter… The muses have become essential for the designers’ identity. Like Andy Warhol had Edie Sedwick in the 60s most designers are today connected to a stylish or cool person who gives them personality and branding with a real face and not just a model in a picture. Think about Henry Holland vs Agyness Deyn, Sienna Miller vs Mathew Williamson, Sofia Coppola vs Marc Jacobs, Scarlett Johansson vs Stella McCartney etc. It seems that all creators are craving for a huming inspiration source – which indeed is much stronger than a glossy magazine!
Illustrations found in the German fashion magazine BLONDE
Woody Allen, who directed her in Stardust Memories, once said that his ideal dinner companions would be Charlotte Rampling and Franz Kafka! Charlotte Rampling started her career as a teenage model featuring her sexy and boyish look that was favoured by the times. She also appeared in several Helmut Newton shoots—most notoriously smoking and drinking at the Hôtel Nord-Pinus in a 1973 nude portrait. Rampling’s career has got a revival recently; in 2003 her movie Swimming Pool became a succes and in 2004 she was posing together with photographer Juergen Teller in Marc Jacobs’ spring ad campaign. Just showing that hear beauty and power only grow more potent despite her age!
The tatoos of tomorrow are made by the Brooklyn based designer and artist William Lemon. Among others Marc Jacobs has posed for him.
Marc Jacobs in the Louis Vuitton campaign celebrating Stephen Sprouse, the famous grafitti artist who died in 2004.
Richard Chai is a young designer on the New York fashion scene. He is definitely worth watching with his feminine and still cool style. Richard used to work for Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan but his style is more like 3.1 Phillip Lim. Cool leather with puffed sleeves. Different sleeve length on top of each other. Pleats, gatherings…Pictures from his A/W 2009 collection