He revolutionised the photography industry with his 'less is more' tactic, producing iconic work that has inspired many to date. Irving Penn, American fashion photographer died aged 92 at his apartment in New York City today, as confirmed by his film-maker brother and director of 'Bonnie and Clyde', Arthur Penn. Most certainly a great loss to the industry,Penn began contributing to Vogue in 1943, becoming one of the most influential photographers to make a smooth transition from fashion to art photography.
If basic shift dresses seem a little boring, then perhaps you might be interested in Michael Kors' version for spring: a standard cut made complicated with slashes of fabric missing and perspex panels showing some skin.
The colour palette at Kors' runway show today in New York was simple (white, black, your basic pastels), but the models' clothes could hardly blend into the background. Of course, the designer introduced new versions of his usual pretty cocktail dresses, but the more notice-me versions were those that made panels of fabric appear to float on those wearing them. Try that technique on jumper-and-skirt combos, and you have 'Bonnie and Clyde' meets 'The Jetsons'.
Going futuristic isn't exactly what we'd expect from Kors, but it's interesting for sure. What do you think of his new route?
"The strangest damned gang you ever heard of. They're young. They're in love. They rob banks." This was the tagline for 'Bonnie and Clyde', the 1967 movie starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the Depression-era pair who led a makeshift team of criminals.
Costume designer Theadora van Runkle earned an Oscar nomination for the film, putting Dunaway in fitted cardigans, long skirts and, of course, berets. She helped kick off a bobbed hair trend, and even today, designers like Zac Posen and Gilles Mendel reference the fashion.