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If you are in London before the end of May, make sure to check out the Man Ray photography exhibit at The National Portrait Gallery. It’s a comprehensive look at the evolution of his incredible photography techniques and fascination with people. His surrealist style blazed a trail not only in the art world, but the fashion world as well, and he helped create a visual style used by Vogue and Vanity Fair. Here are a few of my favorites.
Eva Gardner – 1951.
Solarized portrait of Lee Miller – 1929.
Helen Tamiris – 1929.
Remy Duval – 1930.
Lee Miller – 1930.
I also always enjoy seeing what the NPG has in their permanent portrait exhibition as they often have new aquisitions like my three new favorites below.
Amy Winehouse by Marlene Dumas – 2011.
Mo Mowlam by John Keane – 2001.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge by Paul Emsley – 2012.
I also highly recommend the Bowie Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum. It was sold out while we were there, so book WAY ahead. It shows until August 11th.
I’ve always admired the way Stella McCartney lives her life and how she juggles a career and family life. I was so inspired and fell hard for her mansion in the English Countryside when I saw it featured in Vogue a couple of years ago. Here is a little of what Vogue wrote to describe the gem of an Estate that her and her husband found:
”En route to a charming Wiltshire farmstead Stella and her then boyfriend discovered a house of solid if unromantic aspect fashioned for landed gentry during the endless reign of Mad King George (although an earlier wing dates to 1629). Later Victorian incumbents had planted some funereal fir trees, and into the twentieth century the vegetable garden was still so abundant that local villagers told Stella they remembered market stands set up at the gates for the surplus. Beyond this there had been little attempt at beautification inside or out, and latterly the fearsome major had retrenched to one room in the house, bricking up the kitchen’s vast inglenook fireplace and renting out bedsits upstairs. But despite the house’s desolate air, Stella was drawn to its handsome Georgian proportions and to the infinite possibilities of the land around it. And she and Alasdhair realized that it had the potential to be “a peaceful family home: It was very powerful.”“We planted a million trees here,” she adds. “We’ve made another Eden.” The couple, who were married in 2003, were helped in this mission by their wedding guests, who were bidden to give trees in lieu of more conventional presents. From these they created a heart-shaped copse. Gwyneth Paltrow gave copper beeches. American relatives gave redwoods. Valentino and Tom Ford each grandly sent allées of linden trees from Germany. This arboretum has since been much embellished, guided by head gardener Anthony Tyler (who had previously worked on the estates of Lords Weinstock and Lichfield).”