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Tina Chow

We are perennially encouraged to cultivate our own style. But when I think of this woman and the kind of surreal glamour she glided in at night and the clean austerity she exuded during the day, I can’t help but want to imitate her completely. She transcended chic so effortlessly, and no one even comes close to this day.

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Tina Chow

Appreciation should be much more private than everyone recognizing what you’re wearing. It’s better not to buy the ‘significant clothes’ of a season, because even though they are really marvelous things, there are others which are just as beautiful, and quiet. I don’t think we are meant to go around just being great consumers of things…. There’s no point parading in all sorts of finery if it’s hollow underneath.

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[W]hen you work with these photographers, when you go into a career like modeling, you can’t just go in empty-handed or empty-headed. There has to be something behind your eyes or else you’re just going to be fly-by-night. It was always about reading literature, looking at art books, looking at framing…Who is this photographer? Where did they come from? What kind of lighting did they use? My mom always had a collection of art and photography books, saying, ‘Ok, this is how this person works, this is how that person works,’ or asking, ‘Why did Avedon do In the American West?’ I was like, ‘Why?!’ And she said, ‘Because that’s the real America. He was interested in real people—he wasn’t shooting glamour all the time.’ Or we’d look at Egon Schiele paintings, the most perfect example of how to fill a frame beautifully. So, you know, I came into this world with a lot of inspiration already; I’ve always loved to draw and I was constantly keeping diaries and drawing. I think that was important because, as a model, a lot of girls think, ‘I can just show up and be beautiful.’ I always showed up with the intent of, I’m a muse and I will inspire you because I am inspiring myself. Because if you’re not inspired by yourself, how are you going to inspire other people?
Milla Jovovich (via Into the Gloss)

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Is Chanel Designer Karl Lagerfeld Spread Too Thin?

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robin Givhan on why Karl Lagerfeld is overrated:

Lagerfeld is the personality who guides the Chanel brand. But the designer has never shifted Chanel away from the all-consuming presence of Coco, not in the way that Ford established himself as the hypersexual essence of Gucci or the way in which Sarah Burton is moving Alexander McQueen away from the emotionally freighted yearnings of the individual and toward a more dispassionate corporate entity.

For all the snooty ickiness with which the industry tolerates celebrity designers, Lagerfeld is the celebrity that the fashion industry has spawned.

Click on the title to read the full article.

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Please don’t say I work hard. Nobody is forced to do this job and if they don’t like it, they should do another one. If it’s too much, do something else. But don’t start doing it and then say, ‘Aaaah, it’s too much’ … Then, suddenly, they become artists. They are too weak. Too fragile. Non. We have to be tough. We cannot talk about our suffering. People buy dresses to be happy, not to hear about somebody who suffered over a piece of taffeta.
Karl Lagerfeld, via the Telegraph

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From SHOWstudio's In Camera

Alain de Botton:
Are you interested in making beautiful clothes or fashionable ones? What is the difference? What do you see as the connection, if any, between LOOKING good and BEING good? For much of Western history attempts were made to unite beauty with goodness. Why does fashion have to change? In response to what exactly?
Alexander McQueen:
I'll take one of those. The only way I can answer this is that sometimes, I feel it's my job to give people that different part of their personality—the opposite of being demure—to hide behind. When I witness people in McQueen, when they walk into a room, people want to know to know more about that person, from having selected to wear those clothes. I don't want to sound big-headed, but it makes them appear more interesting.

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