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I know this has nothing to do with design, decorating, or Rome/Italy, but Hoffman’s death has hit me like a ton of bricks.

PSH was truly one of the most talented actors of our generation.  Even in big blockbuster tent pole movies, like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, he brought something unique to the screen.

It’s his roles in smaller/indie films that I loved.  I could watch him all day as Freddie Miles in THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY.  Some of the my other favorite roles were in: 25th HOUR, BOOGIE NIGHTS, DOUBT, THE MASTER, THE BIG LEBOWSKI, HAPPINESS, HARD EIGHT, MAGNOLIA, CAPOTE, and ALMOST FAMOUS.

I’m pissed.  This guy was like Daniel Day Lewis.  That level of talent is so rare.  Stupid heroin.

We are smack in the middle of the Hollywood awards season.  For fans of film, and/or fashion, these are glorious times.

Every season, a few people really stand out.  Some, unfortunately, stand out for all the wrong reasons and then there are stars like Michelle Dockery and Lupita Nyong’o.

These two actresses have been killing it on the red carpet.

I wasn’t surprised to find out that they share a stylist, Micaela Erlanger.  This has been a break out season for her as well.

I love that both woman wear clothes that fit their personalities.  Sometimes on the red carpet it looks like the clothes are wearing the star.

While it’s true most of the clothes are borrowed, there’s still no excuse for ill fitting garments.  One thing I’ve noticed with both Michelle and Lupita is the fit of their clothes.  Perfection.

How beautiful is this Oscar de la Renta dress?  On someone else it could’ve seemed too old fashioned but Michelle’s make-up and accessories keep it fresh.

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  Photo: OscarPRGirl

The detailing at the neckline and the color of this Gucci dress is stunning.  It’s a great color for Lupita’s complexion.

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Photo: E! online

I’m very curious to see what they will wear for the Oscars.

I recently saw Blue Jasmine.  Cate Blanchett is so outstanding, you forget the plot holes in the movie.

I haven’t seen all the other Best Actress nominees’ performances yet but if Cate wins the Oscar I wouldn’t be surprised.

The wardrobe was amazing as well.  I read that the costume designer, Suzy Benzinger, had a budget of only $35,000.  Most of the clothes were borrowed and every time Cate dropped the Birkin (which belonged to Benzinger and cost more than the entire budget) on the ground, people on set gasped.

Beautiful Chanel jacket.  Poor Jasmine.  She was bananas.

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Photo: Collider.com

How stunning is this red Carolina Herrera dress?  Love, love, love, it!

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Photo: indiewire.com

Stylish simplicity in a linen dress by Façonnable.

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Photo: NY Daily News

I have a completely different build from Ms. Blanchett.  I’m not sure how any of these clothes would look on my short self, but I can dream about the accessories.

Buon weekend!

Last week a fantastic Gordon Park’s exhibit opened in Rome. Titled, Una Storia Americana (an American History), this is one of the largest retrospectives of his work.

Gordon Parks was a true renaissance man.  He was a self-taught photographer, musician, writer, film director, and poet.

Parks was also quite popular with the ladies. When he was sixty he met a young aspiring writer named Candace Bushell, who had recently moved to New York City.  She moved in.  She was eighteen.

He became the first African-American to direct a major Hollywood movie and was the first African-American photographer hired by LIFE and VOGUE magazines.  His range of subjects, along his talent, made Parks one of the most important American photographers of the 20th century.  Many of his images are iconic and will be for years.

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I first became familiar with Nelson’s work when I saw his piece “Swin Party” in the movie “Something’s Gotta Give.”

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Photo: Kenton Nelson

Incredible painting.  The colors are so saturated.  When I look at it, I think Southern California in the late 30’s.

I know this painting will be on a future mood board.  Look at that red!

Buon weekend.

It’s time to hit the courts.

There are a lot of things I enjoy about playing tennis.  It’s fun, it’s outdoors, it’s a sport you can play for life, and the clothes.

I’m dead serious.  From a very young age, I’ve LOVED tennis outfits.  I like to keep my clothes simple, no lace or crazy patterns.  I’m there to play a sport not to go clubbing.

Below are some of my favorite old school photos.  It’s interesting, you could wear any of these clothes now (perhaps not the headbands) and they would look contemporary even though they are from the 70’s and the 80’s.  Classic.

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Hubbell! “The Way We Were” 1973

 

The late great Arthur Ashe.

 

Carrie Fisher in "Shampoo" 1975

Carrie Fisher in “Shampoo” 1975

 

Yannick Noah.  Big crush on him back in the early '80s.

Frenchman, Yannick Noah. Big crush on him back in the early ’80s. 

 

Bjorn Borg, my other big crush.

Bjorn Borg, from Sweden, my other big crush.

 

Steffi Graf, in the 80's,

Steffi Graf, in the 80’s.

 

John McEnroe in '79 looking salty.  As usual.

John McEnroe in ’79 looking salty. As usual.

Photo: Guardian UK

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Good friends off the courts but had one of the best sports rivalries in history.

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Good friends off the courts but had one of the best sports rivalries in history.

Photo: World In Sport.com

Other photos: Google

Audrey Hepburn’s son, Luca Dotti, has edited a book about his famous mother.

“Audrey In Rome” has over two hundred photographs, many of them never published before, taken during the time Ms. Hepburn lived in the Eternal City.

Ms. Hepburn was a resident in Rome for over twenty years after marrying, Dr. Andrea Dotti, an Italian psychiatrist.

I cannot wait to buy this book filled with photos of Rome and of fashion from the ’50s to the ’70s.   The release date is April 16th.

Hope you have a stylish and fantastic weekend.

Book Cover: Audrey In Rome

Book Cover: Audrey In Rome

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