You cannot deconstruct unless you know how to construct. - Alexander McQueen

The Fruit Seller of Nizhny Novgorod permalink

Natalia Vodianova’s story reads like a fairy tale. In her early teens she helped support her family by selling fruit on the streets of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Today she’s a mother of two, married to a wealthy Englishman and one of the world’s top models. Fortune has been very good to this 24- year-old, but the success she has found is also due to her tenacity and positive attitude.

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image: Natalia Vodianova Vogue Italia, March 2004

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A Pageant of Delight permalink

Over the last few seasons designers have been surrendering to enchantment. The mood, executed lightly or darkly, is a surrendering to the fog of history and folklore. Considering current events, it may reflect the Zeitgeist. Then again, it may not. However, one thing is clear: exploring the richness of fairytale and legend will provide designers with a neverending supply of themes.

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image: Alexander McQueen a/w 2006-7

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