Claudia, The Club Chanteuse.

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I’m reminded of Maritta Wolff’s Petey Braun, the brassy nightclub singer from her 1942 novel Night Shift played by Ida Lupino in the 1947 Raoul Walsh film version The Man I Love. Come to think of it, let’s not forget Ida Lupino’s smoky voiced Lily Stevens doing “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)” with her cigarette smoldering away above the piano’s keyboard in a northwoodsy Road House from the 1948 film of the same name.

But no, it’s Claudia Schiffer, looking a bit wistful but still mighty sultry in this 1990’s Chanel print ad.

Vintage Selfies

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So, I suppose they made sense before cell phones, right? And after all, if you wanted to take a saucy self-portrait, you couldn’t very well bring your roll of film to the drug store for prints. Of course, Polaroids have been around since the 1950’s…

Above is a truly iconic and often-seen photo by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2011-2012 print campaign. Below? Well, that one’s called (no surprise here) “Fotobooth” from the Japan Diaries, a photo suite by BJ and Richeille Formento, the successful fashion, editorial and art photography team known as Formento + Formento (formento2.com). The non-too-subtle message relayed by that pair of stockings’ seams is one thing. But it might make you wonder what the fotobooth photos themselves will be. Ahh, the indulgence of art.

Fotobooth by Formento & Formento

 

Lagerfeld’s Femme Fatale

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Her dark apparel and even darker hair barely emerge from the shadowy black background. A cigarette dangles from her lips, eyes fixed on the nylon sheen as she adjusts her stocking. All that’s missing is a cleverly hidden .22 revolver.

Karl Lagerfeld – designer, artist, photographer and creative director for Chanel, Fendi and his own fashion house — who passed away last week, shoots model Anna Mougalis as the Noir Femme Fatale personified.

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