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The Fabulous And The Ever Inspiring Lauren Hutton!

You just can not skip the video from above. It is our tipping point in getting to know a woman alike very few on the planet.

In fact!

Do they make them anymore? A divine force makes them for sure, they are amongst us and they, most probably, are our moms and girlfriends or women we secretly admire.

Beautiful women who not only are beautiful, but own this je ne sais quoi which one can not put one’s finger on, but it is what makes them even more je ne sais and turn the quoi into everything one imagines a fabulous woman should be (not just look) like. They don’t call it “je ne sais quoi” for nothing, anyway. It’s everything.

You can not touch it, but you, most certainly, can feel it. Sense it. Scent it, hello!

I mean, of course there is Beyoncé, there is Lena Perminova and Julia Sarr-Jamois. Each of them fabulous in each of the categories they belong to, duh.

But. But! There is a type of woman, like my mom, for instance, is, who has this thing I feel surrounded by when in their presence. It’s like the stars filter on Snapchat. I just put my face into the filter and – boom! – stars come out of my head. I can not touch the stars, but I can see them above my head when I do the thing with the app on my phone.

Model and actress, a record of 41 Vogue covers, starred in films like “American Gigolo” alongside Richard Gere and “Little Fauss and Big Halsy” alongside Robert Redford, is still a model at IMG Models, is that kind of woman, ladies and gentlemen, the icon…

Lauren Hutton!

Prior to a motorcycle journey to celebrate “The Art of the Motorcycle” exhibit in 2000, alongside Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne and Jeremy Irons, Hutton informed the “Las Vegas Review-Journal”: “I love the feeling of being a naked egg atop that throbbing steel. You feel vulnerable — but so alive.”

Born in November 17, 1943.

Now you know.

In South Carolina. Went to University of South Florida, moved with a boyfriend dj to New York, worked as a waitress at the Playboy Club, got her bachelor of arts degree and became one of the most successful models in the USA, using her job both to make money (in 1973, she landed the landmark contract with “Revlon” and earned her status as “the first $1 million-a-year girl“) and to see the world.

Whenever I came back from Africa or the Antarctic, head swelling with the beauty of it all, I found I was loving life again. You look different because of everything that has gone on inside of you…“, said Hutton on her thus far travelling and exploration in life.

***I feel you, Lauren.***

The All Movie Guide stated that the gap in her teeth “gave her on-camera persona a down-home sensibility that other, more ethereal models lacked.” Now I don’t know if you have to necessarily have the gap, but you most definitely shouldn’t be afraid of your sensibility. But rather embrace it. Just be kind and it will, eventually, turn into your power.

Lauren Hutton is not only powerful, but real, alive and honest.

The most beautiful thing about this beauty of these kind of beautiful women is that one doesn’t feel the pressure of their beauty. They either don’t know or forget about the magic they create around them and smile. Their eyes smile. A magic which is, in fact, the real deal. A magic that makes you feel beautiful, you whoever you are.

You with me?

The more I see her pictures and read her interviews, I can feel the stars clinkering around my head.

Don’t you?

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P.S.: this is a super inspiring interview of Lauren Hutton, by Jenna Lyons.

Never Ever Turned Into Forever

 

They tell you about the style evolution of Victoria Beckham, of Rihanna or of the boy bands. Now and then. But they couldn’t have told you about the style evolution of All Saints and by that I mean “All Saints”. Not the British fashion retailer, but the British-Canadian girl pop quartet founded in 1995.

1995, ma’ friend.

They would have not only been able to not mock on their “style evolution”, but they couldn’t have said a mocking word about their music either. So, basically, they would just shut up. Because All Saints were (and are) so cool that “they” could just shut up and still be so fucking cool.

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True.

Moreover, who in this world could do the cover of Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ “Under the bridge” and still be hot?! Hot as the Chillis. And be equally as many times played on the radio as the Peppers? And be considered as cool at the RHCP are? No one. Or very, very few.

Very.

All Saints used to look (and be) cool then just as much as they would now if they were to wear the same clothes from back in the days. And to sing that exact same music as they used to when we were all writing the lyrics of “Never ever” on the lockers’ walls in high school.

You weren’t?!

If they only knew then that “Never ever” would, eventually, turn into “forever”.

They’ve always been here.

Still the '90s, ma' friend

Still the ’90s, ma’ friend

I still turn on the volume each time I hear “A few questions that I need to know…” on VH1 (or car radio), go in front of the tv (holding the remote in one hand careful to turn off the volume when Pitbul shows up) and dance and sing like there’s no tomorrow. But chill, just like back in the high school days. Just like them. Easy. Joyfully.

You don’t? Big eyed emoji.

If you do, though, and you are still reading this, then you know. And you care. And since you care, you must know that today, ta-da, on the 8th of April, “Red Flag” is coming out, their fourth studio album.

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My favourite used to be Melanie Blatt. Nicole Appleton was Robbie Williams’ girlfriend. “No regrets” was written for her and I love Robbie’s “No regrets“. The drama. We all love (and live one way or another) the drama. Natalie Appleton seems like a really nice bff to hang out with. Shaznay Lewis wore braces when braces were not even cool.

Cool!

All their videos are so cool. Even my brother says they’re cool. And my brother is so cool.

Never ever” below. I remember about dreaming of becoming the grown ups I was watching having fun by the pool in the video on VH1… You know?

Though it could’ve been “War of nerves“, “All hooked up“, “Chick fit“, “Under the bridge”, “Pure shores“, “Bootie call“, “Black coffee“. Still some grown ups to look up to.

And I think I even see them hotter now then I used to ten years ago.

Then & now:

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As of March 2013, “Never ever” is the second best selling single by a girl group of all time in the UK, only behind “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls. Obviously. And nothing wrong with that since this is signed by a former Spice Girls’ fan. My favourite was Victoria.

Busted.


Later edit 1: half a year later and still true and… Light.

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Later edit 2: Don’t you just love their lovin on their Instagram accounts? True love is such a rare thing these days. I guess it’s always been. But then you find it and you hold on to it. Forever. Turned in from “never ever”.

Can’t wait for the “Later edit 3“…

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This is it

Summer! Summer is it! It’s the 31th of August and there’s no way back because Fall is here to stay.

ozinparis-this-is-itNow, we all love Fall and you can not say that you don’t when you see those leaves falling, playing in the wind, making you think of who you want to hug right now. Not now. When it’s Fall and the leaves are falling. You paid attention to the drill. Or to the kiss, at least.

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But it is just August 31 and September that’s about to start is just the beginning to this beautiful transition from tiny clothes to flowing long ones, from thin clothes to thicker ones and so on. No, no. Let’s put it like this: it’s the beautiful transition to layerrrrrring. Ka-ching!

You can sense my excitement since I am writing about something different from the picture above.

Now. About that: it is one of the all time flawless combos. And my all time favourite ones. Perfect for the upcoming between-Summer-and-Autumn days. Perfect anytime. Throw a fur on and it’s Winter mood on. The ankles will get the fact that you’re a fashionista. Wink emoji.

Rule: it’s the white, classic shirt. It’s the blue, classic jeans and if it’s jeans that could tell stories well, that’s the s*it! It’s the black, classic (almost classic) stilettos. And that’s it. No, it’s not. It’s the hair and the make-up, too. It’s about the whole package.

Always.

Always Coca-Cola. Jk.

Always Michael Jackson!

Listen to this one and it will seem like Fall and Winter could come together and it would be just great. It’s that “Shhh, it’s Michael, lets sing along!” and then everything falls into places.

Falls… Fall… You know?

Ready, Fall!

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No muss, no fuss

Hey, so I heard it’s getting chillier. Or that Autumn is as anxious to get into town as I am when going to the beach these days. Hip-hip-hurays! You know the drill: hotel breakfast, beach, coffee, lunch, beach again, shower and this, before dinner, that is, with all the people smelling of baby oils and perfumes (the post beach drill).

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Don’t you miss this kind of outfits? In fact, can’t wait to come back and wear them. Nope, that’s a lie. I do not wait to come back. But I do long for this outfit. No muss, no fuss.

When in doubt, always wear this and you are guaranteed to be the s*it. The whatever (you know it: whatever-my-ass) s*it. A simple white (nicely cut, good fabric, loose enough) t-shirt, the classic jeans (some vintage found Levi’s), a beautiful trench (this dark blue one is so chic!) and your personal note of the scarf. To follow the “no muss, no fuss” routine, you should choose a cool coloured scarf, an almost no colour scarf, an almost invisible scarf.

The burgundy nails and your loose, out of bed hair are there to crisp the whole thing up.

Emmanuelle Alt and The Army of Lovers

 

She says she doesn’t want to become an image and, yet, her signature look is one of the most recognisable (often imitated, never duplicated), not to say COOL in the world. Emmanuelle Alt is the definition of cool and the fact that I say it now is probably not so cool in her eyes.

You know?

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“First, I think a good attitude for a woman is to be confident, and to be confident is to be natural. I don’t want to be an image.”, via vogue.com.  And this is where she got me. At “is to be natural”. Alt caught the worldwide eye when she replaced Carine Roitfeld as Vogue Paris’ editor-in-chief after being fashion director for over 10 years. And then the world widened its eyes. Yes, I am emphasising here.

“Hm!”, I thought to myself then.

“Wow!”, I say to myself now.

It took me a few interviews (“I don’t want to open my mouth every 10 minutes, you know? It’s just not me. I’m not shy but I’m not pushing myself forward.”, telegraph.co.uk), a look at her smile and the fact she likes music so much to virtually know her and like her. She is all “that” style, but she is so much more!

“I love to dance, I love to sing,” she says, and while she demurs at the thought of ever wanting to get up onstage, she’s not averse to a more select audience. “After a shoot, I like to do karaoke. David [Sims, the photographer] likes it, too. And Kate [Moss]. In the studio, when you’ve been working hard all day, it’s such good energy to just play around.” Via vogue.com

You know?!

Her style, her “the-whole-planet-knows-about style”, is all about the tee, the jacket, skinny pants and pointed shoes combo. “Topshop black skinny jeans are the best!”, Alt says. No muss, no fuss. As for the shoes… Saint Laurent!

“Because the heel is perfect. I mean, this” – she proffers the dinky heel of the black ankle-strapped shoe – “it’s like walking on flat shoes, which is a gift. I don’t want to suffer in my clothes. I don’t think it’s sexy or attractive someone walking like this…” She mimes a totter.” Via telegraph.co.uk.

Well, good luck with that, girls. And boys. Wink.

She doesn’t feel the need to pull out all that circus, but, boy, does she know nonchalant or what?

She is the definition of nonchalant! She invented the word! Inside out nonchalant. Charmant. It’s like “Look at me or don’t. I’m doing my thing. I love what I do. I feel what I do. I’m having fun. Can’t wait to kiss my lover and hug my kids tonight. George Michael in the background. Mm, can’t wait. 🙂 🙂 :)”, while walking through the cameras on Rue des Tuilliers. Oh, and this is the first time I am using “:)”. Yep.

This is how Alt relaunched the Vogue website.

You know?

Never try-hard, always fun!

“I don’t look after myself. I don’t do yoga, Pilates, those things. I hate physical effort, I don’t run anywhere, but I am super-energetic. Make-up? I just black my eyes and that’s it. My hair? I get it cut on set (fashion shoots), I never go to a hairdresser. I’m not sure I’m French. You think I’m not smart enough?”. Via telegraph.co.uk.

I want to go to Paris. Today.

“I don’t get blasé easily. Also I feel very lucky. When you’re in good health you can deal with the rest. I appreciate the simplicity of how life is beautiful. No,” she considers, “I don’t get my happiness from collecting shoes.” Via telegraph.co.uk.

If the whole planet would wear the Alt uniform – you know the drill: tee, blazer, jeans and pointed shoes – the world would be forever at peace.

Now you know!

Peace and love!

Oui, l’amour, mon amour, toujours, Paris, croissant, chocolat, merci, ma cherie. Oui, oui, oui!

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Written by Cristina Pavelescu