Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Chic Book: Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony

Chloe Sevigny has long been one of my favorite muses. To me, she is one of the most beautiful actresses in the world today. She has a unique look and style to her that is tapped by few in acting or fashion realms.

I loved her in the movie Kids and she is my favorite in HBO's Polygamist drama, Big Love. She plays her role as Nicolette Grant, a false prophet's daughter and one of three wives in a polygamist family so well that if she's a bitch in the show, you may see her that way in real life. That's the mark of a true actress or actor. But she's really not a bitch - I don't think.

Her style is part 80's part couture-modern 2000's. She brings a sense of elegance to her style as well. She's not afraid to step outside the box a little. I love people like that, as they embody what many of us want to be.

Last year she released a book called Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony. I remembered hearing about this book when it came out, but just never bought it. I will soon. You can buy the book at Urban Outfitters on sale. Below are the details of the book.

Now anybody can raid Chloe Sevigny's wardrobe! Re-inventing the looks of 1989 for 2008, Sevigny has designed her first collection for the discerning New York/Los Angeles boutique Opening Ceremony.

It's a concise and carefully assembled collection, comprised of 40 pieces, and this volume presents each of them as photographed by Mark Borthwick, who first shot Sevigny for Purple magazine 10 years ago. The collection was inspired by the teen fashions of the late 80s and early 90s in Connecticut and New York, where Sevigny grew up, and further inflected by the looks of "women who are outrageous yet effortless - Liz Goldwyn, Cecilia Dean, Angelica Houston, Marlene Dietrich, Debbie Harry, Poison Ivy, Slim Keith, Patti Smith."

In Sevigny's vision, calico and Liberty prints might be matched with gingham check trousers - each piece evokes a look but can be combined to many ends. In this mix-and-match volume, in which each page is split into two separately flip-able sections, Sevigny models each ensemble with a minimum of fuss, allowing the clothes to speak for themselves. Borthwick's ethereal photographs are complemented with drawings by Marika Thunder, Rita Ackerman, Lizzie Bougatsos, Benjamin Cho, Dan Colen, Matt Damhave, Amy Gartrel, Lily Ludlow and Spencer Sweeney. Made in the USA. Wipe clean.
* Publisher: Opening Ceremony
* Wire bound, 50 pages
* 7.5"w ,10"h

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