Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Jerry Hall... Yes

I know blondes have more fun and If I was blonde I'd be the Jerry Hall kind. Her locks are her trademark and I would give up my favorite lipstick for that wave. Don't get me wrong being a love being a brunette but something about Jerry's hair makes be want to get a bucket of bleach and a crimper. I truly love her style and taste in men. Jerry is one my favorites model icons and her dedication to being sexy siren for decades is inspirational.

Ms. Hall has a autobiography coming out soon. That should be a scandalous read. Can't wait.

Here we go.....

Backseat lover

Jerry with Antonio Lopez

Sea Creature
Jerry Hall poses for Roxy Music album cover

Hello? Mick is that you?

Jerry and Andy

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ciao Summer. It's been real.

Summer has drifted away with my tan. We don't mess around with summer here at Rica. Tis the season for sexy summer love and tiny bathing suits. We are a fan of bike rides, wine breaks as we ride our bikes, people watching, catching free fun around the city.  We even took a little trip to Puerto Rico to get away for some inspiration and relaxation. It was much needed. Here are some highlights.

I'm a sucker for sprinklers. 

My nephew's first birthday! The cutest baby in this side of town.

True Blood Sundays. We take these nights very seriously. Candles and red wine. check.

Dancing Queen
My sister's salsa dance show in central park! 

Packing my bathing suits. I may have taken too much just for a few days.

Paradise aka Puerto Rico

Cute surfer boys.

Ice coco.

Imported from New York to Puerto Rico

Where we got tipsy. Who loves Bacardi and coke? 

Best dish from the trip.  Look at those beans. Seriously.

The End :(

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The inspiring Antonio Lopez

I miss fashion illustrations in magazines. I remember being so excited to see the new covers of Interview Magazine and the Saks Fifth Avenue sketches in the sunday paper. It's a beautiful and dying art form in the industry.

My hero in fashion illustration is Antonio Lopez. He has recently inspired me to take out my watercolors again.

Antonio Lopez in the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, ca.1975


    Antonio Lopez was born in Puerto Rico on February 11th 1943. He and his family migrated to New York when he was seven. At a very young age his talent emerged and was accepted in the prestigious fashion scholarship program at Traphagen School of Fashion. He then went on to study at F.I.T. While studying at F.I.T he began working with Fairchild Publications and a number of other newspaper publications like Women's Wear Daily and the New York Times

In the early 1960's he began working with Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, and Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine. He had the very fortunate opportunity to work with my favorite couturier Charles James. That creative relationship lasted for ten years. 

Lopez had a glamourous career and a story that inspires me today. He unfortunately died of complications related to AIDS in 1987.  His illustrations are still a staple in the industry and I hope that the new generation coming keep him in the history books.