André Courrèges (1923-2016)

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André Courrèges died this week at the age of 92.

Even if you don’t know his name, you’re familiar with the look he helped to launch: mod, space-age, youthquake, futuristic…sharp lines and bright colors…transparent materials and white boots and minis and slim pants and visors.

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Here’s a line-up of looks as photographed for LIFE in 1968…

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Covet: Jean-Paul Gaultier for Kusmi Tea


a-tin-designed-by-jean-paul-gaultier-for-kusmi-tea-ctsyKusmi Tea is one of my favorite tea brands—I’m particularly passionate about their Chocolat Epices and St. Petersburg blends. And now Kusmi is collaborating with designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, who has created limited-edition packaging for the company’s tea tins to coincide with an exhibition of his work at the Grand Palais in Paris.

According to Women’s Wear Daily, “The tins for Kusmi’s Anastasia and Prince Wladimir tea varieties will be the first to get their Gaultier stripes, with three others slated for a makeover during the year. Products will be sold in Kusmi Tea stores as well as at the boutique in the Grand Palais.”

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Bergdorf Goodman (and Matisse): Vintage Advertisement, 1964

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I’ve had this vintage magazine advertisement saved for a while. It’s a Bergdorf Goodman promotion for an “autumn afternoon dress” by Townley, available in Bergdorf’s “Country & Casual Shop” for $110. The illustrator showed his elegant female figure (wearing not only the Townley frock, but also heels, hat, gloves, and earrings) enjoying several works of art…

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Covet: Cityscape Vintage Dress in NY Times

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I would wear this dress in a minute, if I could afford it — it was just displayed at New York’s Winter Antiques Show by an antiques dealer who priced it at $135,000. (Yes, six figures.) It dates to the 1930s, and its textile print resembles a photo-collage of New York City during those years of Deco and the Depression. The Times has written an interesting little focus piece on this dress; you can read it here.