AGAINST THE MANHATTAN SKYLINE IN THE FIFTIES – YOUNG VELVETS – PHOTOGRAPHED BY NORMAN PARKINSON

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  1. George Kaplan
    June 14, 2013
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    Just fabulous! Nice use of colour on the ladies (the warmth of their faces contrasting with the lovely blacks and whites, and then the RED *pops*! Wonderful crimson hat!) and wow! that spectacular cityscape in the background. A photo from Parkinson’s artistic peak period. I saw a pretty fascinating documentary entitled Alias, Norman Parkinson (I think) a short while ago, which is well worth seeing if you can find it.

  2. June 14, 2013
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    Thank You ! What an absolutely gorgeous image. And an intriguing little tableau. Who’s the girl in the corner ? Has she shown up late and found herself the subject of the lively gossip session ? Shouldn’t she be the one wearing a scarlet hat? Thematically, reminds me of “The Women”, “The Group”, even “Sex and the City” (or should I say “Girls”…) Iconic !

  3. June 15, 2013
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    That is it exactly! Grace Coddington of Vogue talks about how influential Parkinson was on her — and you can see it in the narrative photos she brings to the magazine.

    • June 16, 2013
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      Now I’ll have to watch the Parkinson documentary linked above, as well as look into Grace Coddington. So much to learn !!!

      • June 18, 2013

        It’s a fascinating documentary and for more of Grace Coddington (love her!) watch for a documentary on Vogue called “The September Edition”.

  4. June 15, 2013
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    I love what every single person here is wearing. Pearls and white gloves are smashing.

    • June 15, 2013
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      My mom had a thing about pearls, it must have come from that era. When I turned sixteen she gave me a strand, and the grand-daughters too… And you’re right, the combination is very chic.

  5. June 15, 2013
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    Does this make me old? I have a thing about pearls, as in, I love to wear them.

    • June 16, 2013
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      My mother always told me pearls should be worn often or they lose their luster – good work 🙂

      • June 16, 2013

        Mine must be extraordinarily lustrous then!

      • June 18, 2013

        I will have to take heed and resurrect mine 😉

  6. June 23, 2013
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    wow what a captivating post. your blog is awesome. A little creative incite to hollywood. well done! I shall be following this more closely.

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