I recently gave a lecture to a color theory class at UCLA and was asked if I had a favorite time period. I responded that my heart really belonged to the seventies and was shocked to see a number of muffled snickers and not-so-subtle eye rolling. Now I know that to the uninitiated, seventies style might mean rust shag carpets and avocado Formica kitchen counters but I am here today to say AU CONTRAIRE, my friends. Do Halston, YSL, and Studio 54 mean nothing? People? To make my case that the seventies had a rather chic side, today we are going to look at the work of Willy Rizzo.
The sassy Italian spent a large chunk of his life in France and worked for Paris Match where he took many now iconic photographs of the jet set and starlettes du jour such as Brigitte Bardot:Read the rest of this post »