coffee + cre8tive {aug 28 ’06}

August 28, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {aug 28 '06}I spent time on Sunday pouring over the September issue of the American Vogue magazine, with Kirsten Dunst, the fairest maiden of them all, gracing its cover. Starring in Marie Antoinette, an upcoming Sophia Coppola film (she also directed Lost in Translation), this issue set my desire to see the film ablaze. From the location in Versailles, France (swoon!), to the story, cast, set and costume design (double swoon!), this will surely be my favorite film of the season. Even if parts of it fail, the design alone will be well worth the ticket price. Vogue gives us a lovely glance of some of Kirsten’s regal garments, mostly ball gowns in taffeta complete with snug corsets and powdered bare chests, necks kissed with precious gems. Shot by photographer extraordinarie, Annie Leibovitz, I love Kirsten in the pink and dove gray Alexander McQueen gown in taffeta and chiffon (shown above). Since wearing a gown like this is highly impractical for me, I’d like to translate her look into a room, perhaps a living room, with gorgeous taffeta drapes that puddle onto the floor, full and plush.

coffee + cre8tive {aug 28 '06}Since home design often takes it’s cues from fashion, you may want to pick up this issue, which highlights 6 of the most popular ?it? looks for the season, the bubble (bold sculptural shapes in vibrant hues that ?puff?), fur (massive coats and half-fur half-fabric jackets and accessories), metallics (think Studio 54 with lots of shimmery fabrics, gold is big!), oversize (slouchy, layering multiple garments simultaneously ? tight and sexy is out), and Napoleonic (big brass buttons, brocade, fitted blazers, double breasted coats, velvet), most of which you can easily mimic in your own space. How? Add rich hues (I love teal right now), incorporate fur (faux only), layer your bed and sofa with throws and pillows, mix in lush textiles, add velvet to a chair or seat cushion, polish the room with an ornate mirror and metallic accessories, in gold, perhaps?

By the way, if you’d like to view some behind the scenes footage of Kirsten Dunst from this shoot, click here.

Psst: Did you notice the amazing section for Nordstom? The illustrations are frameworthy. Pages and pages of glorius prints (examples below).

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(marie antoniette + vogue images from style)


  • Reply priya August 28, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    I love those Ruben Toledo illustrations. I watch for them every year. :)

  • Reply decor8 August 28, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    I am so happy you’ve disclosed the artist, I forgot to ask readers about that in my post – you must have read my mind – YES they are amazing!!!



  • Reply Erin T August 28, 2006 at 9:20 pm

    Holly, I’m also in love with that McQueen gown. Could it be more fabulous? I love your idea of turning this look into a room. You should do this – a la Domino’s “can this outfit be made into a room?” I loved that feature in the most recent issue. I can’t wait for Marie Antoinette either!

  • Reply maryse August 28, 2006 at 9:55 pm

    marie antoinette opened earlier in france and so i got to see it in july. we had just gone to versailles a day earlier too so it was particularly fun to recognize rooms, and exteriors that we had just seen in real life.

    anyway, it’s a beautiful movie, but also a lot of fun. pay close attention to details.

    i’m not a huge kirsten dunst fan, but she also did a wonderful job.

  • Reply ryan August 28, 2006 at 10:08 pm

    i love the nordstom ads, too. such a fun way to showcase the new collections, they really do stand out!

  • Reply Stephanie August 28, 2006 at 11:05 pm

    I’m also looking forward to the Marie Antoinette movie. Sofia Coppola is one of my favorite directors and style icons. Saw the trailer, loved it and am counting the days until the film opens…what’s not to love about the fair skin, powdered wigs, fake beauty marks and yards of flowing brocade and lace!

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