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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.

Chloé Harrouche is a fashion consultant based in Paris. Find her here. Profile picture by Lea Schleiffer.

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I love this photo by Dennis Stock, which is hanging in my living room at home. The mood in the photo totally captivates me- the freedom of the woman and the fact that she’s isolated from the crowd makes it special for me. You can very well sense the era and the new feeling of women being able to be free and strong.

Photographer Dennis Stock, from the Magnum Gallery, 1968 Venice Beach Rock Festival. Found here.

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I am in love with Rothko’s paintings and It’s one of my biggest dream to own one:) His way of mixing colours in his paintings always brings up certain feelings in me. 

Mark Rothko (Untitled), 1953. Found here.

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I love the aesthetic of Atelier Brancusi, it’s so beautiful. I like that the place is small, and the ambience is very calm and intimate. I often go here to relax if I’m a bit stressed. 

Atelier Brancusi. Found here.

Credits

Profile picture by Lea Schleiffer.

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

Johanna Ankelhed is a stylist and creative consultant based in Copenhagen / Stockholm. Find her here.

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i-D MAGAZINE, 1996
David Sims is one of my favourite fashion photographers working today. The stark modernism, plain backdrops and graphic posing is just breathtakingly beautiful. He creates immaculate yet energetic photographs and this image from i-D Magazine, February 1996 is definitely one of my most beloved ones. I’ve always been highly fascinated by Kate Moss, especially during the iconic 90’s when she was the face of Calvin Klein. I was 3 years old when this photo was taken and at the time I surely didn’t how much she would influence me later on in life. The fascination for Kate Moss stil is very much alive – she’s a style icon for a generation.
Kate Moss for i-D Magazine shot by David Sims February 1996.
Found here.
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FUNDACIÓ JOAN MIRÓ
I love coming to Barcelona. Everyone I know loves coming to Barcelona. Here I spent my final year as a teenager and I would say that the city is one on my many homes. This is where my passion for art, architecture and history really blossomed. The city offers a reflection of our future pasts and It’s the home of Picasso, Miró, Dalí and Gaudí. There is so much history and so much art to explore! Having spent many hours wandering The Fundació Joan Miró during my time in the city, I would definitely recommend a visit when in Barcelona.
The Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. Found here.
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JACQUEMUS
There’s something special about Simon Porte Jacquemus and the way he portrays Frenchness. It was love at first sight in 2015 when I was introduced to his “L’enfant Du Soleil” collection. The details, yet the simplicity, quirkiness and subtly sexiness of his design represent everything I strive to be in a woman. I worship every single piece I have in my closet thanks to an ineffable mix of confidence, risk-taking and charm. He’s like the Emanuel Macron of the fashion world, bringing us hope and light and chance in a very dark age.
Jacquemus, “Les Santons de Provence” SS17. Found here.

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

Christiane Spangsberg is an artist based in London. Find her here

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The Two Sisters

I first saw this painting by André Derain when I visited the National Museum in Copenhagen. I had lived in Copenhagen for a few years without going. But I moved so close to the museum at some point that I stopped by, and found out to my surprise that it was even free of charge. I went in and saw the sign ‘1900 French Collection’ which attracted me straight away. They have quite a good collection of Matisse, but what captured my attention that day was this painting of The Two Sisters by André Derain. It is not the sisters in particular I find interesting, but the way the background has been painted very rapidly creating a very tense motion. I remember listening about this particular painting in some headphones and the lady described how the texture of the background could simulate the tension between the sisters. Derain has used different colors in this background, I only use one, but the rapid brushstrokes I took with me that day.

The two sisters by André Derain, 1914. Found here.

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The white room

There is something about the nothingness of a white room that inspires me very much. The light and naked feeling makes my mind wonder. All options are open. This might not make sense, but I see things in unity. If you place furniture in a room I then take the furniture into consideration, because they then are as important part of the room as the painting on the wall. In my mind everything needs to be aligned to create peace. 

Found here.

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The Kiss by Auguste Rodin

Ancient statues have become my favorite muse. There are a few reasons for this. First I love the history behind these incredible beautiful handmade sculptures. Secondly I am inspired by the fact that both men and women are equally portrayed. In this era they were both seen as equally beautifully and majestic in their naked form. The Kiss was the first sculpture I drew at my visit to Glyptoteket in Copenhagen. A tragic love story where the woman falls in love with her husband younger brother and they both end up being killed.

The Kiss by Auguste Rodin, 1882. Found here.

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

Kelly Harrington is a stylist, designer, creative consultant and vintage archivist based in London. Find her here.

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DAVID HOCKNEY

In 1998, a school art project led me down a path of discovery with the artist David Hockney, especially his swimming pool series painted & collages between 1960 and 1982.

Maybe it was that Californian blue sky colour he used and the idilic world of leisure that drew me in, or the remarkable way he captures and represents water. His creative photo collages were so contemporary for the time.

Countless times I tried to recreate these water scenes and failed.

David Hockney, A Bigger Splash, represents to me the day I realised I wanted to become an artist & a designer.

David Hockney, A Bigger Splash, 1967. Found here.

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LEVIS – FLAT ERIC 1999

One of the most iconic denim adverts of all time. The Levis Flat Eric TV commercials came in a 2 part story with that unforgettable ‘Flat Beat’ tune by Quentin Dupieux. This advert single handedly takes me back to my youth, I was 20 years old. I was obsessed with Pop culture! ( wasn’t everyone! ) Britney Spears, David Beckham, Toy story and of course LEVIS. Just like the thousands of other people, I tried to get my hands on Flat Eric merchandise, it was like gold dust. I think this crazy voiceless character, Flat Eric is partly responsible for my obsession with Denim & the Levis brand.

Levis, Flat Eric, 1999. Found here.

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FIRST TRIP TO JAPAN

I’m blessed with the opportunity to travel, I love to explore and find inspiration in my surroundings.

My first trip to japan was in 2002, this visit had a profound effect on me. It was like no other place I’d ever been to before and was a 1000 times better than I had ever imagined. Before visiting japan, as a child I’d always obsessed with the illusion that japan was a magical place that was so far away. The closest I’d ever got to japan as a child was visiting Disney land in Florida’s ‘World showcase’ where I purchased nearly everything in it associated with japan with my pocket money.

Since 2003 I’ve been back atleast once a year. This magical place will always be my inspiration, a place that I can never sleep in because I’m to excited to see what’s outside. I could wonder the streets for hours and stumble across something new, I always get lost and to me that’s part of the fun. Japan is a place close to my heart.

Personal photo by Kelly Harrington.

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

Monica Ainley is a creative consultant, fashion writer and co-host of podcast “Fashion: no filter”. Based in Paris. Find her here.

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I have a soft spot for the Obamas and it’s not just political. Their sense of humour, way of life, and marriage have inspired me since Obama’s glorious speech at the 2004 DNC convention. Boy do those two know how to speak meaningfully, and without airs, too.

I love this photo of a little stolen moment between the couple, captured by Pete Souza at the Inaugural Ball in 2009, at the height of the careers they’d built together. If this is cheese, it’s a fine one in season.

Obama family by Pete Souza at the Inaugural Ball, 2009. Found here.

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Cass Bird is probably my favourite fashion photographer working today. Her photos are so clean, unfussy, and don’t take themselves too seriously. I also love her treatment of the female body. Sensual without the vaguest hint of objectification. Her subjects have strength, contageous playfulness and generally brim with personality. I’m a particular fan of this series of Bird’s friend, the model and activist Andreea Diaconu, inexplicably playing around in a lobster bib, clearly having a hilarious time with Bird and looking not dissimilar to a feisty crustacean herself.

Andreea Diaconu by Cass Bird, 2015. Found here.

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I may be biased but there are few places as beautiful as my homeland in the fall. This painting by one of Canada’s greatest artists captures the blustery, moody feel on the lakes and bright colours exactly the way I remember them from childhood.

Red maple, Canoe Lake by Tom Thomson, 1916. Found here.

Defining moments

Sharp ladies share their three favorite images.

Alicja Podgórska Birkner is an artist and designer based in Munich. Find her here.

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“In 1987, I traveled to italy as part of an italian course. Here are two of my most memorable moments that have changed the way I look at art. In Venice I visited a Matisse show. Every painting opened a new world of shapes, colours, compositions. Now this really was painting!
His paper cut outs resulted from an illness, from which time on he was bound to bed and later a wheelchair, unable to paint. For me, this picture, showing Matisse in his 70s, symbolizes a vital, almost compulsive urge to create, that I, too am familiar with.”

Henri Matisse at the Hôtel Régina, Nice, 1952. Found here.

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“1987, same trip. In Rome I had my first encounter with Bernini’s sculptures. Back in Poland, I had seen his work, but only in a slide show in an art history class. Arrogantly, I thought to myself “well, another baroque sculptor..“. But this time, I saw his work in the flesh, and what a revelation this has been! The angel, playfully interacting with Habakkuk’s hair, carved in heavy marble, incredibly skillfull yet somehow humorous and light. This moment convinced me that sculptures must be seen, touched and experienced. Pictures almost never do them justice.”

Habakkuk and the Angel, Bernini, 1656-61 Chigi Chapel, Rome. Found here.

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“There are two very similar sculptures by Brancusi and Jean Arp, a shape that I too had made in 1984, completely ignorant of these two artists, while studying art in a socialist Poland.
Since then, I am wondering about inspiration and kinship. Why is it that someone decides on a shape, a certain gesture? Why are there sometimes such profound similiarities? It is as if something immaterial is trying to become material, but through the mind and hands of an artist. This picture shows the studio of Brancusi in Paris, that represents a place of perfect harmony for me.”

Atelier Brancusi, Paris. Found here.