8.07.2012

MY INSPIRATION

    I am so pleased to announce that What's Her Secret?  will be a featured artist at RAW: Natural Born Artist's upcoming event, Radiate this Thursday (the 9th) at The Stage Miami! Not only was I invited to style RAW Miami's gorgeous hostess, Grace Munoz again; I was also asked to style the brilliant ladies that make each RAW Miami event happen: Rosana Emmanueli, Kristine Sinclair, & Carla Colato. I hope all of my fabulous readers will come out to see them in full WHS glam! Pre-sale tickets are discounted and can be purchased here.

     RAW asked me to describe what inspires me for my artist's profile, and I thought I'd share with all of you what I wrote, as well as all of the eye-candy-collages that inspired. Here goes:

     I've had a bit of a love affair with Art Deco; you can see that in my company's font.

From top left: Paris Art Deco via Flickr, Paris-Lyon Poster via Al Moda Blog, Carolina Herrera S/S 12 via Fashionising.com, Black & White Art Deco interior via Lzscene, Chicago Board of Trade Bldg Photograph via Harvey Tillis Photography, Set of Miss. Pettigrew Lives for a Day via Apartment Therapy, Gucci S/S12 via Al Moda Blog, Delano Hotel Photograh via Paris Hotel Boutique Journal, Kestos Ad via Found in Mom's Basement, Photograph of 35 West 90 via David Cobb Craig, "Speak to Me of Love" via Free Vintage Clip Art




I constantly return to the glamour of old hollywood, both for interiors and fashion-styling. I'm mad for draped silhouettes, and interiors with lustrous fabrics and reflective surfaces.


From left: Katie Holmes via Interiordesignla, Marlene Dietrich via Love Your Place, 1940s Vogue photograph via Damona Art, Scarlet Johansson for Vogue via Old New Charm.

I love the big hair and dramatic eyes of 60's style--I incorporate that fascination into the way I look daily, albeit with modern-day restraint (sometimes).

From left: Kristen Stewart for W Magazine,Twiggy via Alter Ego Projector, & Lana Del Rey via Yahoo Music


I also love the fastidious style of the 50's: hat, gloves, fur (faux today, of course!), statement earrings AND statement necklace, and waist-cinching belt--all de rigueur. No one dreamed of leaving the house in a t-shirt and flips-flops!

Top row: 50's black & white fashion photo via The Chic Bizarre Effect & William Bell's Fifties Accessories via Fab.com.
Bottom row: Prada S/S12 ad via Prada Sunglasses & "Domestic Bliss" image from Fashion Quarterly via Dressed by Style.


I adore the open floor-plans and walls-of-windows in Palm Springs mid century homes.


Interior from Architectural Digest via Shelter Interior Design Blog

Palm Springs mid century in general makes my heart ache with aesthetic admiration--outrageous sun-hats and brightly garnished cocktails clutched by ring-heavy hands, all set against a gleaming pool lined with soaring palms.

From left: Photo of Palm Springs Regency Hotel by David Jimenez via Your Decorating Hotline, Spring fashion photo by Brian Doben via Chicago Mag, Pillows by Trina Turk Residential via Small Shop Studio,  A Modern Oasis in Palm Springs photogragh by Stephanie Diani for NY Times, Viceroy Palm Springs by Kelly Wearstler via I Design Arch, Slim Aarons photograph via SBL Interiors, Photograph of David Jimenez Palm Springs Regency home via Layne Bryan Blog

I could live in a Slim Aarons photograph.

Slim Aarons photograph via The Gorgeous Daily. Find more Slim Aarons photography on my Pinterest.

I try to embody the audacious conviction Dorothy Draper had in her own ground-breaking style. I also respect that conviction in pop stars like Madonna, Lady Gaga, & Jennifer Lopez. I always admire women that don't understand "You can't do that".


All interiors above were decorated by Dorothy Draper. Image sources (top row): Greenbrier Hotel via Happy Roost Blog, Mark Hopkins Hotel via Paris Hotel Boutique Journal. Image sources (bottom row): Greenbrier Hotel, first two images via Happy Roost Blog, last image of Greenbrier via Knotting Hill Interiors



Designers like Celerie Kemble & Kelly Wearstler continually inspire me with their graphic, punchy interiors.

Left: Room by Celery Kemble, Right: Room by Kelly Wearstler via Spray Paint & Glitter Flake


I worship Tom Ford's multi-faceted talent. Juliane's Moore's character's home & style in A Single Man are emblazoned in my mental reference book.

All images above from the movie, A Single Man. Image sources from top: What's Blogging My View, Queersage, & Elle Decor 


I could go on...



       

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