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Defining moments

Invited inspirational women share three images that have stuck on their mind – and become defining moments.

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

IDA PETERSSON IS A BUYING DIRECTOR BASED IN LONDON. FIND HER HERE.

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“I am a massive fan of Pure Evil’s work and Twin Peaks heavily influenced my teenage years, so this painting is everything to me. Pure Evil is the tag name for Charles Uzzel Edwards, a street artist and gallery owner in East London. The painting is a one of a kind, having been part of Charles’s first ‘Nightmare series’; a collection of artwork inspired by an email Charles received from China offering to re-produce Warhol paintings. The idea of Warhol’s entire artistic output distilled down to thumb nails inspired him to paint these doomed and dripping celebrity portraits which have become one of his most successful and recognised works alongside the ‘Bad Bunny’. The Laura Palmer painting is the only one not depicting a real person (living or dead), and for some reason, unlike the Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe versions it never took off. Lucky for me, Charles very kindly did me the best deal ever as a wedding present and I am now the owner of the original canvas – one of the few that never got made into a screen print. It hangs over the fireplace in our dining room.”

David Lynch’s Nightmare, Pure Evil, 1968. Found here.

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“I love everything about this; the film, the graphics, the colors and more than anything, the feeling of freedom it evokes in me every time I look at it. A framed full size copy of this movie poster hangs in my home and just looking at it brings back memories of my past, particularly of evening surf sessions across the globe. I first saw the film in Hawaii, the place where I discovered surfing and it has continued to be one of my favorite films ever since.”

“The Endless Summer” by Bruce Brown, 1966. Found here.

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“This picture makes me very nostalgic as it brings back memories of my wedding and how I came to wear what I did on the day. When I got engaged I immediately knew who was going to make my wedding shoes but I couldn’t make up my mind about what outfit I should wear. I tried on so many dresses and nothing felt quite right. Wearing a gown just wasn’t my thing and although pretty, I felt uncomfortable. During a dinner in Paris (less than three months before the wedding) I was in a panic and a friend said ‘I always pictured you more in shorts or a suit, you know’. That was my eureka moment.  I remembered flicking through one of my many books on 70’s clothing and coming across this image of Mick and Bianca Jagger on their wedding day.  I’ve always loved this image – it is just so effortless and simple, yet striking. Three months later I got married in a white short suit by Pucci wearing a massive big white floppy hat with a veil and I felt like me, just better.”

Mick and Bianca Jagger on their wedding day, Saint Tropez, 1971. Found here.

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

JAJA HARGREAVES IS A WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND VISUAL RESEARCHER BASED IN LONDON. FIND HER HERE.

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“Ivekovic’s earliest pieces used fashion magazines, ads and personal photographs to dissect the particular role the media and consumerism play in subjugating and manipulating women. This was in the seventies and she was responding to life under a dictatorship in Yugoslavia. She is a crucial figure in post-war Eastern art, yet remains still relatively unknown. I find her fascinating…”

Art by Sanja Ivekovic from the “Sweet Violence” series, 1970s.

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“I’ve been completely obsessed with the artist for many years and just adore this painting. With closed eyes, Balthus’s pubescent and provocative model is lost in thought and seems completely at home in her youth. Thérèse Blanchard, was about twelve or thirteen at the time this picture was made. I love the mysterious suspense and secretive dimension that permeate the work.”

“Thérèse Dreaming” by artist Balthus, 1938. Found here.

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“It is entitled “Self Portrait” and was taken in 1977. I love the duality of the work with the bad boy implication contrasting with the simple elegance of the image. I like that the hand is writing the word “pictures”, a contradictory composition if we look at it in the age of the selfie!”

“Self Potrait” by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1977. Found here.

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

GIORGIA BASCHIROTTO IS A WRITER AND DIGITAL COORDINATOR BASED IN MILAN. FIND HER HERE.

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“I like this photograph by Peter Lindbergh shot for Ruffo in 1997 so much. It makes me think of cool autumn days spent wandering around the city with the person you love, sipping coffee in bars, smoking and cuddling. Even though the photo was shot in the 90s it has a timeless quality. Also, I have a thing for black leather jackets!”

Picture taken by Peter Lindbergh, 1997. Found here.

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“Mark Borthwick is one of my favorite contemporary photographers. I love the way he captures the most ordinary things in life and makes them beautifully poetic. Be it a naturally imperfect body or a landscape, he manages to go beyond the surface and craft a haunting, delicate dream. This polaroid picture by him reminds me of hot summer days spent by the sea with friends, looking at the horizon with a melting drink in your hand.”

Picture taken by Mark Borthwick. Found here.

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“I love the raw energy of this picture and how Debbie Harry oozes sexiness on stage. She and Kim Gordon inspire me a lot – their dark sensuality and their nonchalant, kick-ass attitude is something that I have always admired and identified with. Yet, when they perform they allow themselves to be vulnerable, and fearless. As Gordon puts it in “Girl in a Band”, “I like being in a weak position, and making it strong.” That is female empowerment to me.”

Picture of Debbie Harry, 1978. Found here.

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

MOON KYU LEE IS AN ART DIRECTOR BASED IN PARIS. FIND HER HERE.

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“Since I am financially independent, I mostly spend my money on traveling. This picture has been taken on my roadtrip to Iceland. It’s the second time I have been there. Discovering new places, cultures and traditions is always impressive to me. For instance, I was shocked when I visited Turkey. You can feel the mix of history, religions, origins that coexist since the byzantine period. Nowadays, people don’t go too far to experience something new. Most parisian people content themselves with “There is a bar which just opened in the cool neighborhood, so new!” and watching a documentary on “discovery channel” before going to bed.”

From Moon’s roadtrip to Iceland, picture by Moon Kyu Lee. Found here.

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“This picture is a screenshot from a Japanese horror movie called Hausu, directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi and which came out in 1977. It is the story of 4,5 girl friends who go to one of the girls grandmother’s house and then will be killed. I love this movie because the story is quite dumb, the images are very kitsch and visually strong at the same time, quite comical too. I am quite fascinated by old-school special effects and animation. I like this cheap aesthetics, rough, with grain. I like movies from this period, like Karel Zeman’s Baron Prasil or Vera Chytilova’s movies.”

Screenshot from Japanese horror movie Hausu 1977, directed by Nobuhiko ObayashiFound here.

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“This painting is called The Rebirth: the Widower wears a yellow jacket. One of my favorite paintings from the emerging artist Mathieu Bernard Martin. He mostly paints with acrylic on paper and also writes poetry in French. His work is close to expressionism with vivid colors and rough lines. You can see the influence of Bacon, Matisse and Dubuffet. Today, I find it quite rare to find “traditional” painters amongst contemporary artists.  Everything is based on the ideology, the analysis, the concept, blablabla. Some installations with just a piece of paper are exhibited in art galleries. Why don’t we go back to pure paintings like they used to be? Paintings have nothing to prove: they move you.”

Picture of painting “Rebirth: The Widower wears a yellow jacket” by Mathieu Bernard Martin. Found here.

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

DEBBIE GONZALES IS A STYLIST AND COSTUME DESIGNER BASED IN LOS ANGELES. FIND HER HERE.

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“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to travel for work and have been to some cities I’d never even dreamed of. Every new city has a different vibe, language, music, food and culture and it’s all very inspiring to me. I enjoy disconnecting from the world/social media while just focusing on the moment and my surroundings. I took this picture from the top of a stairway and was fascinated by the bright colors, textures, and the ambiance.”

From a club called Pacha, Barcelona. Picture by Debbie Gonzales.

 

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“Being in Berlin makes me want to create. There is so much art, graffiti, history that I always find myself snapping pictures of random things that catch my eye. This steamy gridded glass window was just another regular bathroom window until a red brake light went on in the background. I felt like something was missing so I scribbled “Te Amo” across it. Maybe someone will see it and feel the same way.”

Te Amo Berlin. Picture by Debbie Gonzales.

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“Music is a big inspiration for me. While in Oslo, Norway I came across a bar and instantly fell in love with the song playing in the background. I asked for the name of the song and was given the entire playlist for the night. Later I played every song and found some really cool music videos and songs that I’ve had never seen or heard of. Shout out to the DJ (whose name I didn’t get.)”

#11. Picture by Debbie Gonzales.

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

REESE BLUTSTEIN IS A FASHION BLOGGER BASED IN ATLANTA. FIND HER HERE.

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“This Photo is by Ren Hang. He is one of my favorite photographers because of the unique way he approaches things. I love this picture in particular because it was under a fashion folder on his website. This is not your typical “fashion” photo. Fashion has somehow because super serious and I feel like some clothing brands and designers have forgotten to have fun with the clothes they are creating. I love that Ren would create beautiful photos of clothing and purses but then there was always something off about it. There was always something that made the photo weird and I absolutely love that. I am so inspired by Ren Hang to photograph things I love and dress the way I want without caring if people may think it is weird. His photos were weird but I think that is what made him stand out over a lot of photographers.”

Picture by photographer Ren Hang. Found here.

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“This photo is by Vivian Maier. I have always been fascinated by the mystery behind her photos. She took beautiful photos through out her life and no one even knew about them. This idea is super different than most artist who try all their lives to become someone and once they die they become famous. Although she did become famous after she died I don’t think she had any intention of showing her work to anyone. I think that is what intrigued me most about her. This photograph is one of my favorites because she makes you see things at a different perspective. She had a lot of self portraits which most were taken at weird angles and in the reflection of mirrors. It was as if she didn’t want the image of her self to be translated straight from the camera but rather through another mirror which removes her from the photo even more and I think that says a lot about her work and the person that she was.”

Picture by photographer Vivian Maier. Found here.

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“This image is by the Posternak twins who are the photographers for Mansur Gavriel. I love every single photo they take. They always include beautiful colors and textures. I am super inspired by texture and color. Whenever I am walking around and I see a bunch of people I don’t usually pick up on the exact outfit they are wearing but rather I pick up on the color of someones shirt mixed with the color of someones hair. They aren’t the same person and they don’t come together but that is what inspires me. I seem to come up with my best outfits just from being inspired by the way someones shirt moves in the wind and the color of the ladies nail polish behind that person. The Posternak twins hone in on this. They zoom in on specific parts of a person and then add in other parts of people just because the colors compliment each other and it is pleasing to the eyes. I just have never felt so much from looking at a photo like I do when I look at their photos.”

Picture by photographers Tanya and Zhenya Posternak. Found here.