My Inspiration

Faves

Harper’s Bazaar asked Chloe Sevigny some questions about her creative inspirations and I’ve decided to post my own answers to some of their questions, plus a few more…

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First album bought: Must have been The Eagles. My brother and I were both listening to them a lot – their harmony is amazing.

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Most re-read book: There are two: The Garden of Eden (Hemingway) & The Lover (Duras). (Pic: from film based on Dura’s “The Lover.”)

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Fav. Film: Sofia Coppola’s, “Lost in Translation”. I just “get” this one completely – what it’s trying to say and the wit.

Fav. Film Quote: “We let it happen – that’s how we choose.” From: Violets are Blue, written by: Naomi Gyllenhaal.

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Guilty Pleasure: Going to see a film on a weekday afternoon. It just feels decadent.

Fav. object: A sapphire ring from my mother.

Fav. time of day: Midnight. The world gets quiet, no ringing phones, music sounds better and I can think, write, and read with better clarity and inspiration.

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Dream lunch date: Without question, Henry Miller. He was a great conversationalist and I would love to sit around the table all afternoon and into the night talking to him about, well everything really. (Pic: Henry Miller & Hoki-San Tokuta Miller)

Signature dish: Not sure why they asked this but it’s spaghetti. Whether homemade sauce or store bought and doctored – I rock it.

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Fav. TV show: Mad Men was a real stand out – original and never boring. Matthew Weiner is a very talented writer – talk about creative.

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Fav. Band: Aerosmith. They’ve always just done it for me and there is no one I’d rather hear play guitar than “Joe Fucking Perry”.

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Fashion Inspiration: Think Bohemian. This is not something I give a lot of thought to – I make it my own, but I am inspired by: Jane Birkin – love the boho lace crop tops, jeans and sixties style dresses…

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Alison Mosshart – she has great style.

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…and Joe Perry – the hats, scarves, cool jackets, shades, ripped jeans…love it. All three have inspired me in some way. (photo: Zack Whitford)

Dogs or Cats: Again, not sure why they asked this but…dogs – cats are creepy.

Fav. room: Bedroom, where I keep my favorite books, music & photographs nearby.

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Bedside table: A few photographs, an odd little ceramic entwined newts I bought when I was in high school, an old pink salt used as a ring holder, Berts Bees Baby Bee Solid perfume and books including Henry Miller’s My Life, Paul Auster books and currently Alexa Chung’s “It”. (Pic from HM’s My Life & Times.)

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Favorite artist: Thomas Wilmer Dewing (pic: The Spinet)

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Fav. Sculptor: Camille Claudel. (Pic: The Age of Maturity)

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Fav. Photographer: Henri Cartier-Bresson but I’m most inspired by anyone’s old photographs of families or old buildings.

Well, there you have it, some of my enduring creative inspirations.

 

 

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Mid Century Style

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’60’s Babydoll Swing Dress

’60’s Barware

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Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs

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Libby Glassware

Sideboard/Buffet Table ~ Photograph: ©Henri Kyriacou

Vintage Gibson Guitars & Marshall Amps

King of ’60’s Cool, Steve McQueen ~ ©1963 John Dominis/Life Magazine

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Sweet Lady Jane

Photograph: Jane Birkin

She never set out to be a ’60’s icon, she was just being herself with her own unique style – nevertheless, her status as a style icon from that era remains solidly intact. She was once one-half of an epic love affair with her husband, Serge Gainsbourg, the French singer/songwriter/filmmaker but she has clearly been her own girl her entire life. Long after her creative collaborations with Serge in music and film, she has continued to collaborate with many other artists acting, singing and also finding time for causes close to her heart, including Amnesty International. I have always liked her free-spirited attitude toward love, life and of course, her terrific style.

 

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin

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Interview of Serge & Jane by Serge Duclos about the film Slogan August 9, 1969 {in French}