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Lick the Star (1998)

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Lost in Translation (2003)

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Somewhere (2010)

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Sofia Coppola Directs Daisy Dream

Danke schön to Stefanie Laube for today's guest post, an analysis of the latest advertisement directed by Sofia Coppola — Daisy Dream for her longtime friend Marc Jacobs. To read more of Stefanie's thoughts about Sofia Coppola and her work, please visit her at Lost in Sofia.

Sofia Coppola Directs Daisy Dream
By Stefanie Laube

On June 26, Sofia Coppola released her latest television ad Daisy Dream advertising a new fragrance of the same name by designer and close friend Marc Jacobs. It was also Sofia Coppola who had realized the TV ad for Jacobs’ fragrance Daisy back in 2013.

Storyline

In the video, we see a dark-haired young woman (played by the German model Antonia Wesseloh) in a white dress, lying in a meadow full of daisies and obviously awaking from a dream. The woman is presented in different shots: wearing a daisy in her hair, slowly turning a daisy in her mouth, writing something into the air with a lit sparkler, pressing her cheek to the Daisy Dream flacon, and finally dancing with her arms up in the air. In some scenes, she looks straight into the camera, once serious, once smiling shyly. In another scene, the woman crosses a meadow so that we only get to see her back view from far away. The ad ends with a close-up of the woman’s mouth slowly forming into a soft smile.

Atmosphere

According to colors, the ad evokes the pastel shades of Sofia Coppola’s film The Virgin Suicides (1999). The combination of soft hues and slow dissolves as well as a scene shot through a fisheye lens reminds the viewer of the typically hazy pictures in a dream, seeming blurred and not easy to fully grasp. This dreamy image perfectly suits the product’s name, Daisy Dream. The song that accompanies the ad is titled “End of the Line” by the band Sleigh Bells. This choice of music is typical for Sofia Coppola, who likes to accentuate her films with indie pop and dreamy sounding singing. Note that Sofia also chose Sleigh Bells for The Bling Ring soundtrack; their "Crown on the Ground" backed the film's trailer as well.

Main character

The main character in Daisy Dream looks as if she were borrowed from The Virgin Suicides: On the one hand, the young woman seems soft and vulnerable (e.g. symbolized in the scene with woman’s back view), playful (sparkler, dancing), and innocent (white dress, no make-up) like the Lisbon girls. On the other hand, she is seductive due to her natural beauty (see close-up of her mouth) and stands at the threshold between being a girl and becoming a woman like the character Lux as played by Kirsten Dunst in The Virgin Suicides.

Conclusion

Sofia Coppola’s latest TV ad Daisy Dream perfectly matches her work until up now, especially as far as vision, sound, and main character are concerned. The spot is 30 seconds long and will presumably appeal to a female target group aged 14 to 40, who can or would like to identify with the ad’s main message: the contrast between being innocently dreamy and seductive at the same time. 

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Daisy Dream campaign images © 2014 Marc Jacobs.

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oct.072014

The Art Collection Of Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola is a noted collector of art and photography and while it is unfortunate that we cannot survey her entire collection, I thought it might be fun to examine some of the highlights. A few of the exquisite pieces composing Sofia’s collection are "Sakura" by Risaku Suzuki, “Cold Beer Beautiful Girls” by Ed Ruscha, and “Nick (Poquatuck Park)” by Elizabeth Peyton. Additionally, Art + Auction reported that she had been seen buying art by Hugo Marki, Larry Rivers, and Anne-Laure Sacriste; Sofia also collects works by Juergen Teller and Helmut Newton among others.

“Hat + 5 Roses” by William Klein (1956)

Sofia Coppola explains the piece that first fueled her passion: "I began collecting fashion photography, encouraged by my mother. She gave me a William Klein photo of a woman smoking with roses on her hat, and another of a model on a Paris street. I still collect photos and art, and I love it. Some of my favorite pieces are by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Richard Prince, Takashi Homma, Larry Sultan, Elizabeth Peyton. Just the other day I bought a Bob Richardson picture I love of a model on a beach with a tear in her eye."

 

"Sakura" by Risaku Suzuki (2002)

Cherry blossoms set the perfect mood for the bedroom of Sofia Coppola, a beautiful symbol of the balance between strength and fragility. Japanese for cherry blossoms, "Sakura" is the photograph by Risaku Suzuki underneath which Sofia falls asleep. Sofia recalls her introduction to the work vividly: "I discovered Risaku Suzuki via my friend who works at Tokyo's Hysteric Glamour, a fashion boutique that also publishes art books. I fell in love with his cherry blossom photographs and recently ordered a print for my apartment." Born in 1963 in Japan, Risaku Suzuki earned his degree at the Tokyo College of Photography.

 

“Nick (Poquatuck Park)” by Elizabeth Peyton (2003)

The painting "Nick (Poquatuck Park)" by Elizabeth Peyton can be seen here in two different settings… First, we see the work mounted above the French dining table in Sofia Coppola's SoHo loft. Then after moving house in Manhattan, Sofia chose to hang her Peyton painting above the sofa; it can be spotted behind the shoulder of her cousin-in-law, Amanda Blake. Elizabeth Peyton was born in Danbury, Connecticut in 1965 and studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The artist focuses on small-scale portraits and prefers working with those she considers friends or intimates.

 

"Cold Beer Beautiful Girls" by Ed Ruscha (1993)

In Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, a print by Ed Ruscha titled "Cold Beer Beautiful Girls" leans against the wall of the room at Chateau Marmont as part of the set, casually abandoned by Johnny Marco and perfectly symbolizing his nonchalance and arrogance; he can't be bothered to hang it — like so much of his life it is simply there. I loved this touch, having read that Sofia considers Ed Ruscha her favorite artist. Intriguingly, it was actually Stephen Dorff that suggested this perfect prop, as we learn in an exchange between him and Sofia for Interview: "So I met Ed (Ruscha) again at one of his shows at Larry Gagosian’s gallery, and I was at his studio randomly when I had gotten back from Paris. I was excited about getting the part (in Somewhere), but I couldn’t really tell anybody, because we were kind of a few months from shooting and we didn’t really want it everywhere. So I didn’t really tell many people, but at Ed’s studio, I did leak it to him. He said, 'What’s been going on?' So I told him, 'I’ve just come back from this incredible trip to Paris and I think I got the role of my lifetime so far.' So then I was walking around the studio as he was finishing up some business and I saw that he was working on a smaller painting called 'Cold Beer Beautiful Girls.' He was working on the prints for it, doing his artist proof and touching things up. So I was like, 'What’s this, Ed?' He’s like, 'Oh, that’s just some work. I’m doing a very limited number of prints.' So I said, 'Oh, wow. You know, it’s so weird, but I think Sofia is a fan of yours and she has this great picture. You know the Dennis Hopper one?' And he’s like, 'Oh, really?' And I said, 'Yeah. She has it in her Paris apartment and we were talking about you a little bit when I was over there, and it’s just weird to be here now and then to see this picture. I think this would be really cool as set dressing in his hotel room — you know, like the character went out and bought it?' Just hanging there…" So it was… Certainly Sofia Coppola was glad the character went out and bought the limited-edition print that now graces her office, "I’m happy I have that Ed Ruscha print from our movie. I love when you get to get something by someone that you love."

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juil.102014

Sofia Coppola: Unconventional Beauty

Sofia Coppola: Unconventional Beauty
By Francesca Berti

Unconventional beauty: the defect makes you beautiful

What we call "defects" are often one of the highlights of the beauty and the personality of a woman. That's why we asked Claudio Frantoni for advice on the right emphasis. Inspired by Frida Kahlo and other unconventional beauties.

No one called Picasso "Pablo," Kandinsky "Wassily", Monet "Claude." All, or nearly so, simply call Frida Kahlo "Frida." As if to say: the name is sufficient to remember her. A name inextricably linked with Mexico, its culture and its art although it is not — and this is evident — traditional. Kahlo is, in fact, the daughter of a German photographer and a woman of Amerindian origin, a union that gives her more over the name also a beauty out of the royalties. Androgynous and hyper-feminine at the same time, in a photograph she is never the same, she may be more or less beautiful depending on the angle, the light, the filter. A feature, this, of the unconventional beauty, of the aesthetics of personality, of the "important” physiognomy. Frida Kahlo, but also Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, Chloë Sevigny. And also, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Angelina Huston, and Sofia Coppola. Beautiful, but in a sophisticated way, never obvious. Why is it that on their faces what is commonly considered a defect (large nose, thin lips, distant eyes) becomes a strength? Of this we have spoken with the brilliant Claudio Frantoni, Make Up Artist and Brand Manager for Italy NARS, who told us how makeup can be the best way to emphasize an unconventional beauty. Try it to believe it.

FOR A MAKE UP ARTIST, A FACE WITH NON-TRADITIONAL PROPORTIONS IS A CHALLENGE?

Making up a non-conventional face, more than a challenge is a stimulus, it allows you to work on the proportions, on the light and dark and on the geometry, thanks to the techniques of contouring, it is possible to transform the proportions creating amazing effects. Which is not to say a changed face, but simply emphasizing everything that is positive and hiding what is not harmonious. 

HOW TO TURN A "DEFECT" INTO A FEATURE OF BEAUTY?

This is a real challenge. In fact, the development of a defect must be a shared decision between those who have it and the makeup artist, one must study the personality, facial features, and even movements, point to a defect becomes a way of life (for example, Barbra Streisand with her nose, Liza Minnelli with her strabismus). There are choices that do not change then and are almost final. It is easier to focus on a feature... an eye downward, easy to be transformed into a seductive and romantic look or a thin mouth that becomes a magnet for the eyes if it is made up geometrically.

TALK INSTEAD OF CAMOUFLAGE: HOW TO MAKE UP A NOSE THAT IS TOO PROMINENT?

To disguise a nose, the easiest thing is to darken the sides and the tip, clearing all that is around, in this way you get a very efficacious proportion. Use caution, this type of fix works poorly in the light of the sun. It has more effect during the night and with artificial lights.

AND IF YOUR LIPS ARE THIN, ON WHAT TO BET?

If your lips are thin and you do not like this, it is better to make up the mouth in transparency and gloss it, and work on the eyes and cheekbones, it looks like a style choice and not one of necessity.

UNCONVENTIONAL BEAUTY:  IT IS BETTER A SOFT MAKEUP OR A THEATRICAL MAKEUP THAT HIGHLIGHTS THE PERSONALITY (I THINK OF ALMODOVAR)?

For every personality there is its makeup, if the goal is to create a personage it is better to use a strong character makeup, based on the characteristics of the face after careful study. If the makeup is more a choice of life than of passion, it is better soft and calm, sweeten the face and it will be easy to be proposed to always. 

[For those wishing to immerse themselves in the world of unconventional beauties painted by Frida Kahlo at the Quirinal Stables in Rome (until August 31) there is an exhibition dedicated to her and sponsored by Special BioNike. Partnering for nothing random sees that the cosmetic brand has always been careful to respect the beauty in all its forms and representation.]

Sofia Viganò, Vogue Italia
PUBLISHED: June 25, 2014 - 06:30

Translation from Italian to English by Francesca Berti

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mardi
juil.012014

Sofia Coppola: Art Of The Enigma

Sofia Coppola: Art Of The Enigma
By SP Medina

Special thanks to SP Medina for sharing her jigsaw puzzle illustration of Sofia Coppola featured here. Thank you for contributing your talent, SP! Visit SP Medina Art Gallery to see more of her work.

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mardi
mai272014

Summer Pleasures By Sofia Coppola

Summer Pleasures By Sofia Coppola
By Dara Block

What a pleasant surprise it was to open up the May issue of W Magazine and to see that there was a special supplement guest edited by Sofia Coppola. After all, it's been almost ten years since Sofia Coppola was the guest editor for Vogue Paris, so naturally this was long overdue and I am so glad to see that Stefano Tonchi (the editor-in-chief of W Magazine) let her have full control within the pages of this inspiring magazine. It's obvious that if Sofia Coppola was not a filmmaker, she would most likely be an editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine as she totally has got the eye and vision. So with that stated, let's take a look inside this special issue.

Let's start with the cover, simply entitled Summer Pleasures. Naturally, Sofia Coppola chose Kirsten Dunst as the cover girl. I mean why not, Kirsten brought such style and charm to her roles as Lux Lisbon from The Virgin Suicides and of course as the teen queen in Marie Antoinette. I think Kirsten Dunst looks stunning in this portrait by Juergen Teller and I love the way her golden hair shines and of course those vibrant red lips. Kirsten Dunst will always have something young and fresh about her that resonates through the camera. Perhaps, the best part about this cover are the words written in the corner… it simply states, "What's wrong with a little refinement?" It's clear that Sofia is making a statement about today's fast paced and extravagant culture and how everyone likes to show off everything. She feels that people should take more time to enjoy beauty and the simple things in life…. much like how she does it with this issue.

As you open up the magazine there is a lovely editor's note written by Sofia Coppola entitled "A Dream Job." I would paraphrase the letter, but her own eloquent words are too good not to share....

I Remember Looking at W as a Kid and getting a glimpse into the lives of these glamorous, adult women. There were hostesses and socialites, toile and place cards, movie stars' wives with crimped hair in well-dressed Manhattan apartments, debs of the year, and exotic vacation homes. The stories in W let you dream about the kind of life that women stabbed well-coiffed backs to achieve. Here are some of my favorite things in that mood, and in the spirit of indulging in beauty and style.

Growing up loving photography and fashion, I always wanted to be a magazine editor. I styled my first fashion shoot at age 10: My friends and I wore white linen blazers and French braids and held cognac glasses as we stood next to a globe. Now, thanks to Stefano Tonchi and Lynn Hirschberg, I got to do my own issue of W! My take on the magazine is an homage to the world it represented when I was young, and to the idea of glamorous living — not to promote something, but just for the sake of it.

And with all that fast, flashy, culture today, how about a little refinement? Here's to beauty and living well, and taking the time to enjoy it.

It's really quite special to read about Sofia Coppola's love of fashion magazines growing up and how it inspired her with this issue. She definitely understands what style and beauty is all about, which makes her the perfect choice for guest editor.

Much like in her 2005 Vogue Paris guest editor issue, Sofia Coppola shares some of her summer must haves and how she loves packing for vacation. She obviously loves the idea of a simpler existence and I love the items photographed such as her pajamas by Sleepy Jones, Adidas sneakers, and a Chanel bikini for a tropical getaway. Sofia also shares a quick make-up lesson with her friend and make-up artist Dick Page. He did her make-up for the Marc Jacobs Daisy commercial from last summer, and it's clear that he knows that Sofia Coppola likes a natural and effortless look. I also like how he does a glamorous look for her, as well. It's nice to know that Sofia Coppola can be both minimal and dramatic, too!

Sofia Coppola also gets some of her friends to share some of their favorite things. For instance, fashion designer Anna Sui lets the readers know of her favorite books. Also, musicians such as Debbie Harry, Sebastian Tellier, and Bryan Ferry share some of their favorite songs for a summer evening. It's great to see what songs inspire these talented musicians. Sofia Coppola even gets legendary interior designer Jacques Grange to put together some of his favorite summer spots. His choices are so magnificent and I especially love the image of Il San Pietro Di Positano, looks like a scene from Fellini's La Dolce Vita.

Sofia Coppola then goes on to share how much she loves stationary and I think this montage she assembled together is quite darling. She mentions Benneton Graveur, the legendary Paris stationer, who is known for making beautiful and elaborate cards. Sofia Coppola even shares how she ordered her first daughter's birth announcement on his cards. She also mentions other stationers like Olivier de Sercey and how Louis Vuitton has started a custom stationery service. It's really quite lovely to see how passionate she is for the little feminine things in life, like stationery... very cute!

The first layout in the supplement is entitled "Kirsten Forever," which features actress, Kirsten Dunst, in a vintage California chic inspired editorial photographed by Juergen Teller. The photos are so girlie and I love the 70s vibe… it almost feels like an editorial inspired by the look and style of The Virgin Suicides. There is also a great Q & A between Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst. We get to know more about their working relationship and their admiration for each other as artists and friends. It seems like Kirsten Dunst will always be Sofia Coppola's favorite California blonde… these photos definitely depict that!

Following "Kirsten Forever " comes "Studio Visits," in which Sofia takes a close look at some of her favorite creative people and what their personal spaces look like. I love this editorial, just because I have always found people's workspaces very inspiring and intriguing. We get a glimpse inside the interiors of people like New York artist Elizabeth Peyton, fashion designer Miuccia Prada, and director Gus Van Sant, to name just a few. It's really exciting oo see the space in which these artists inhabit for their creative processes.

Perhaps, one of the most visually stunning editorials has to be "Local Rose," which features a beautiful editorial and Q & A with model and actress, Marisa Berenson in her home in Marrakesh. I love that she is a woman of a certain age and she still looks so glamorous. My favorite part of the interview is when Sofia Coppola states...

There is a great Slim Aarons photo of Marisa Berenson at the beach wearing a purple turban and black kohl eye liner. I always thought it was from a fashion shoot, but when I asked her about it, she told me, "Oh, no, I was just at the beach after being in India, where I learned to wrap a turban." And I thought, Of Course! She just wrapped up her hair in a purple turban for lunch on the Amalfi Coast. I love that women like her exist! 

I think it was that quote that made me more in awe of Marisa Berenson and why Sofia Coppola admires her. She definitely knows glamour and also how to live life to the fullest.

Next comes "Candid Camera," in which Sofia Coppola shares the Polaroids of Robert Rich. In case you are unfamiliar, Robert Rich was the manager of the Marc Jacobs store on Mercer Street in New York City and in the late 90s and early 2000s he took thousands of Polaroids of models and celebrities like Kate Moss, Selma Blair, and Sofia Coppola in his basement office. I love how "in the moment" these Polaroids are and it's quite refreshing to see the what instant photos used to be like, before Facebook and Instagram.

After "Candid Camera," comes "More is More," which was photographed by Roe Etheridge and features model Hilary Rhoda looking summer chic in the home of Cornelia Guest, who happens to be the daughter of the legendary hostess C. Z. Guest. I love how decadent her home is and all of the alluring swimwear Hilary Rhoda is wearing. She definitely embodies the socialite and I also love the 70s ambiance that this layout evokes. It's like Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver mixed in with a woman who knows what serious luxury is all about!

One of the most elegant editorials from the issue has to be "It's All Fine," which features exquisite photos of table settings. Sofia Coppola eloquently states that "My favorite thing about making dinner (or breakfast or lunch) is setting the table." I couldn't agree more with what she has stated and I think these magnificent pics by photographer Andrew Durham remind me very much of scenes from Sofia Coppola's 2006 film Marie Antoinette… I think it has to do with all those rich colors and delicate details.

Sofia Coppola's guest editor issue ends on an inspiring note with an editorial of Asia Chow photographed by Paul Jasmin, who happened to be Sofia's teacher in college, who encouraged her to know that her vision and point of view was of importance in this world. I think it's very endearing that Sofia Coppola incorporated one of her mentors in this issue. It shows that she really hasn't forgotten where she has come from and how she hasn't changed much since her early days. Also, it's nice to see what an impact her teachers have made in her life, creatively. I think Paul Jasmin has a unique way of capturing women and I love the images he took of Asia Chow. She certainly conveys a lot of feminine glamour mixed in with a melancholy innocence. It's lovely and poignant to see Sofia's favorite teacher featured in this issue.

Overall, I think this may be one of the best early surprises of the summer, to see Sofia Coppola as guest editor for W Magazine. She not only knows how to direct films, but she can easily run a magazine with such style and character. Hopefully, Stefano Tonchi will feature her again as guest editor, as she clearly knows what interesting style is all about, in both the fashion and design world. I think Summer Pleasures is a good summation of what reading this issue was all about, such a joy to go through this one… and if you haven't seen this actual issue, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy… not only is this a summer pleasure, but a treasure, as well!

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