Laetitia Casta Gets Lewd For Purple Magazine By Terry Richardson

Interesting update: I recieved a comment on this post that was filtered as spam so I did not read it until now. It appears that Terry Richardson and Purple Magazine have broken some sort of French artist copyright law enforced by the ADAGP by capturing images of Aristide Maillol's statues without permission. The ADAGP has targeted my blog as well, so I have since removed the images. Seeing as Purple has an image with Maillol's piece on the cover of it's Spring/Summer 2011 issue, one wonders how this will play out. As of today, they are still using the images online and certainly on a number of printed magazine already circulating and for sale.

It's sad that we cannot sometimes use art in our own work, especially when the statues like Maillol's are outside and completely open for the public to enjoy. Still, the wonderful images from the Purple shoot are available online with a simple Google search for anyone curious.

Read my original post with the one remaining non-Maillol photo. Fitting, no?

Stunning Victoria Secret model and actress, French beauty Laetitia Casta does her share of revelling in/on the arts for a Purple Fashion spread and cover for their Spring/Summer 2011 issue. I'll give you one guess who shot this... Terry Richardson of course. Casta poses provocatively in Azzedine Alaïa and latex dresses atop and against French sculptor Aristide Maillol's statues that sit in the gorgeous Tuileries Palace gardens in Paris. In the issue, she discusses her relationship with late designer Yves Saint Laurent, whom immediately fell in love with her when she came into a YSL fitting (she was too short and curvy for any of the pieces). Casta was only 21 and Laurant was 64.

But it is no wonder Laurent fell in love with her: Other than being one of the top fashion models in the world, the national symbol of France, Marianne, took on her features in 2003 and she was chosen to play another curvaceous French bombshell, Brigitte Bardot in the Serge Gainsbourg biopic. Bardot also happens to become the first famous Marianne alumna in 1969. Although we don't see much of her now, there's no denying that she will always be remembered as one of France's greatest beauties.

LOVE / LUST: Party Girl House of Holland Tights x Bombshell Wolford Tights


House of Holland Tights Collection by Pretty Polly - £12-£15,
Superstar Black, £15; Sheer Super Suspender, £12; Superstar Gold, £15; Knee Star, £12
I'm not the hugest fan of House of Holland, but their tights collections have been so on par. You've got to appreciate that strategically placed star on the Superstar Black tights.

Wolford Artiste Tights - $225.00,
UNBELIEVABLE tights, it appears they have real laces going through them which justifies the steep price tag (almost). Forever 21, please knock these off for $5!

ASOS Sells Clothes and Crushes

I don't know how long cheap/chic online shopping giant ASOS has had this option, but they have videos of their gorgeous British models catwalking in the very pieces you're perusing. Instead of shopping for clothes, I found myself shopping for boys--and I love it.

Based in the UK, ASOS sells over 850 different designers with the overall selection tailored to what you would think to see on London trendsetters. It's essentially a Topshop/Shopbop killer: most prices for high-end designer-esque looks are in the same range as fellow UK retailer Topshop, but ASOS has the benefit of mixing collections designed by vastly different creative minds working independently of each other. There's a noticeable lack of true diversity when several teams design on the same salary, under one roof, chatting at the same coffee station.

It's incredibly compelling, albeit almost voyeuristic to see the models move, see their body language, gaze and gait--makes you realize these are warm bodies, not just mannequins. The clothes become less a fashion item and more, well, merely what's blocking his skin from mine... and when the outfit's sold, he'll have to take it all off. Right?

Eye Candy - Dimepiece Designs

I have to say some of my favorite pieces consistently come from Laura and Ashley of Dimepiece. I recently purchased their "Hold Me Tight" dress that I was lusting over for weeks.

At first I was hesitant to wear it out, since it could send a certain signal ("Slap my ass!"). But fashion is about being fearless and I wore it with pride with my Jeffrey Campbell "Exam" platform boots (on sale now, damnit!).

I went out to the to the launch party for Nylon Magazine's 'Denim Issue' sponsored by Express that was on the rooftop of the London Hotel in Hollywood. To my relief (and perhaps disappointment) no one drunkenly tried to grab my ass. One cute blonde approached me and ever so politely asked if she could place her hand on the ass hand on my dress. Of course I said yes, it's nice to see manners still exist in LA, even if it's asking to touch a stranger's butt. Suffice to say the event was not that exciting and considering it was celebrating denim, the issue's covergirl Drew Barrymore didn't even wear jeans! But at least we got free jeans from Express and my friend Job later determined they were mom jeans.

Amazing singer/songwriter extraordinaire Bonnie McKee (responsible for all the Katy Perry songs you love), and me doing a photo fail. Can't even see my Hold Me Tight dress or boots, who cares about Express!

But back to the graphics at hand: what really blows me away are the bar-raising shoots Dimepiece puts together and graphic undulations they undergo for their lookbooks. Here's just a taste of their unbelievably sexy, irreverent, future-born absurdist-couture shoot from Spring 2010. Let me make love to your graphic designer, can't wait to see fall!

See the full lookbook for even more non-sequitur design to lust over here.

Read a full review of Dimepiece in my article for Style in Progress magazine here (last image on the post).