Samstag, 28. Februar 2009

Pom Pom Hurray

Pictures: Vogue Australia, 2007

Do Pom Poms ever get out of style? Noooo!
Pom Poms are great, they are a statement, they are fun. You'll always find them somewhere on the catwalks, this year at Diane von Fürstenberg or Ashish.
And they are very easy to make. You just need some yearn.... Here is a good tutorial to get started. Have fun!

Freitag, 27. Februar 2009


All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. * Ernest Hemingway

I like, when I visit people, to see in their flats what they are fond of. And I'm always somehow moved, when people love books. Surroundings with stories, imagination and thoughts, when you can see that those books are being read, have their own special beauty... Aren't you curious too, to find out what people read? What are they interested in? Their favourite book/author/genre? Does somebody like poetry, or write themselves? Books are so much more than just paper...
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To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry. * Gaston Bachelard

Mittwoch, 25. Februar 2009

Illustrations Of Dreams

Junko Shimada was one of the first japanese designers who settled in Paris in the late 60's. She has worked for Cacharel, and opened her own studio 1981 and her first boutique in 1984.

Her S/S09 collection is colourful, funny, light and fresh. Illustrations of birds and fishes, astronauts and flowers adorn the dresses. A little girls dream come true...

Dienstag, 24. Februar 2009


“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, & you believe you are living. Then you read a book, or you take a trip, & you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous & might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. & then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, & it awakens them & saves them from death.” — Anais Nin

A little inspiration-note from the beautiful Anais Nin, which I found on Gala Darlings blog.

Montag, 23. Februar 2009

Visionary: Iris van Herpen

Iris van Herpen graduated 2006 at Arnhem Art Academy. She is one of the most outstanding talents i know. She produces art, where others just copy the selling stuff, or whatever the magazines say is fashionable. She is a true visionary, and I love how her creations always are very conceptual. The colours she uses lay in the shadows between light and darkness, but also shades of brown or metallic shimmer are allowed in this stringent world. Iris van Herpen plays with forms and lines, with silhouettes and shapes, texture and properties.

And look at those shoes!

And more shoe-designs:
I realy like these... poodle shoes (see top pic).

Sonntag, 22. Februar 2009

Rhythm Is It

Camille is amazing! What this french lady does is pure energy. She makes music with her voice and her body, she sings, claps, screams and grunts, whispers and stomps. Full-body-music...

She was one of the singers for the great french bossa-nova-80's project "Nouvelle Vague", and released her fourth solo-album last year called "Music Hole". "Gospel With No Lord" was the first single of this album.

But the real thing is to see her performing live... as I said: amazing!

Samstag, 21. Februar 2009


One of my favourite fashion-magazines is the italian Vogue. Somehow they are more outstanding, brave and interesting than so many others. Their fashion-editorials are great. One of my favourite fashion photographers works for them quite often: Miles Aldridge.

Here are works from some issues of Vogue Italia.

His style is something in between a colour-explosion and weird acid-romance. I simply love his colours and the staging!

He is part of an interesting exhibition at ICP in New York (until start of may) called "Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now", which includes works of Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Steven Klein, Cindy Sherman, Sølve Sundsbø, Juergen Teller, Tim Walker and Nick Knight.

That means, all the heroes!

Freitag, 20. Februar 2009

Everybody Jump Now!

Jump-pictures are just too funny, and they show so much of a persons character and mood. We made these at the sunny beach of Chiclana in Andalusia.

You can find more on my flickr site (search: marie-amourfou).

Sonntag, 8. Februar 2009


Greetings from sunshiny Cadiz in Spain. I've got a job here as a costumedesigner for a couple of shows. It's wonderful weather: sunshine and heat!!! From my window I can hear the waves from the atlantic sea, and everything is grean and blooming.
But I have little internetproblem here, so I won't be able to write anything. The tourist-season hasn't yet begun, so the technicians don't realy care...
I will be back in Hamburg the 20th of february, no blogging until then. Sorry!
Back again in two weeks, freshly inspired and with new energy.

xox Marie

Donnerstag, 5. Februar 2009

Circus Life II

More pictures from my little vaudevillian project. Crazy fortunetellers and other bohemian beauties.

Some friends and me are planing an event next year: a tent on a fair, where we show old fair-movies/short films (1900), accompanied by sideshows with burlesque and acrobats. Really old-fashioned, dark, crazy stuff. Yay... exciting!!!

“Grandmother, what big eyes you have!”

"Brrr, who goes outside to chop wood?"

Mittwoch, 4. Februar 2009

Big Bold Shilpa!

Little Shilpa is the brand of the amazing fashion-stylist, jewelry-artist, and milliner Shilpa Chavan from Mumbai/India. She takes everyday-things like flip flops, and turns them into a martial head-piece (1. picture), or she creates toy-hats, or kitchen-utensil-dresses... Always big, bold and beautiful! Check out her site for more amazing pictures.

Dienstag, 3. Februar 2009

Dangerous Love

Here comes another movie about China, another film with Tony Leung, and introducing the adorable Tang Wei. This time it is Ang Lee's "Lust & Caution", a dark romance in Shanghai of the late 1930's.
A film about opening up and the danger of falling in love, about ideals and what violence does to the soul, a film about trust and betrayal. It's based on a novel by Eileen Chang (1920-1995), a wonderful writer with a deep feeling for human psychology.

And again: the costumes... It's settled in China which was turning into a modern, western kind of society. Eileen Chang wrote an interesting article on this subject called "Chinese Life And Fashions" (1943). So everybody is wearing a mixture of chinese and western style clothes. Beautiful embroidered fabrics in a 30's style cut, little european hats and clutches go along with chinese jewelry: a great costume-work.

Sonntag, 1. Februar 2009

For The Eye - The Ear - The Heart

Some films go directly to my heart. Because of the pictures, because of the music, because of their intriguing romantic mood. The mood for love...

I love Wong Kar Wai's masterpiece. There is something magical about the atmosphere he creates in Hong Kong of the 60's. A story about longing, hesitation, and leaving. About feelings which are not meant to be.

The music... *sigh*!

But also the following heartbreak-story 2046 is a camera art-work. This story plays inbetween reality and fantasies, things that have happened, and things that will never be. About wanting to resolve sad loves, and not being able to let those memories go. About the wrong person, or the wrong timing.

And last but not least, the dresses. OMG wonderful, adorable, to die for...! Tight snuggeling Cheongsam-dresses from the 60's spread a fragil yet sophisticated sexiness. Or in 2046 contrasted with futuristic asia-couture for neo-punk-dolls.