The MsFits Take Their Boys to See About Herb Ritts

In the time of Naomi, Christy, Stephanie and Cindy there was also a talented man by the name of Herb Ritts. At the height of the popularity of George, Mel, Elton, Elizabeth, Madonna, Tom and Ronald, Herb was the one to capture them in their simplest forms in black and white. He was a visionary beyond measure, he was an artistic genius that bounced from music video sets to Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue shoots, to publishing books to photographing top recording artists for their album covers.

Remember Madonna’s music video, “Cherish,” definitely one of the best music videos ever made? That was Ritts’ first directorial debut. Followed by videos for Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Chris Isaak, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez. His eye for beauty and mastering the black and white genre while evoking a certain feeling from his viewers will never be forgotten.

The Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibit of Herb Ritts’ work is a testament to how simple, yet beautiful and elegant his work was. We couldn’t wait to see the works with our very own eyes and to share the experience with our four year old little men. I don’t think they really appreciated it as much as we did, but for us, it was really special to enjoy some quality time with our boys in such a beautiful space.

Jumping for joy in front of Ritts' "Jump, Paradise Cove, 1987"

Jumping for joy in front of Ritts’ “Jump, Paradise Cove, 1987”

Make like Dizzy Gillespie

Make like Dizzy Gillespie

So much to see, so little time

So much to see, so little time

For their first trip to the museum, Ritts was the perfect exhibit to see!

For their first trip to the museum, Ritts was the perfect exhibit to see!

Some of the works on display….

Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989

My favorite photograph of all time: Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989

 

14. Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg, 1994

Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg, 1994

 

Dizzy Gillespie, Paris, 1989

Dizzy Gillespie, Paris, 1989

Christy Turlington, Hollywood, 1988

Christy Turlington, Hollywood, 1988

Claudia Schiffer, Palmdale, 1992

Claudia Schiffer, Palmdale, 1992

Madonna, Tokyo, 1987

Madonna, Tokyo, 1987

 

 

The exhibit is open now until November 8th, 2015.

Check out the exhibit information here.

Haute Gems!

Last Monday, these MsFits were transported to a time encrusted with jewels, glamour, furs and gold. We were taken to a place that rarely peeks its starry eyes out to wink to us mortals who can only imagine what it would be like to live in this world. Lucky for us, the MFA’s newest exhibit, Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen opened their doors to all of us dreamers to catch a glimpse, or a few, of the magic of the Silver Screen.

We were lucky enough to get a private showing before the exhibit opened of the stunning gowns and garments, one of a kind shoes, breathtaking jewels, old Hollywood film clips, iconic images from Yosuf Karsh, as well as priceless stories from the MFA’s wonderful curators. To make the moment that much more magical, the Hollywood jeweler to the stars, Neil Lane was there to share his own personal jewelry collection and stories of each and every single piece.

Neil has designed absolutely stunning works of art for Hollywood’s A-List actors, as well as providing the show, The Bachelor, with their engagement rings for the last 1o years… this man is a legend. Neil shared his personal stories on how he had acquired these rare and unique gems and also how they continue to inspire him in his own designs for his own jewelry line, as well as his pieces for Kay Jewelers. It was such a pleasure to meet him! We were immediately charmed by his charisma and wealth of knowledge of the gems and their famous histories. While most of the time these treasures stay carefully guarded, he does loan these old Hollywood greats to new Hollywood for special appearances, films or for red carpet appearances.

The exhibit enveloped us with music, with fashion and jewelry worn by iconic starlets like Mae West, Betty Grable, June Knight, Ginger Rogers and others from the 30’s and 40’s. It was truly like being in another world, in another time. We could have stayed in this moment for hours and hours, just reliving old Hollywood… now if only we could have tried on some of these baubles, these MsFits would have floated out of there on a golden cloud 9.

Make sure you check out this unbelievable exhibit that runs until March 8th, 2015 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

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Neil Lane

Neil Lane

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A personal favorite, Lauren Bacall

A personal favorite, Lauren Bacall

 

 

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Neil Lane talking about his jewels

Neil Lane talking about his jewels

Neil Lane with Boston writer, Jill Radsken

Neil Lane with Boston writer, Jill Radsken

The MsFits and Neil Lane

The MsFits and Neil Lane

I just couldn't leave this golden place....

I just couldn’t leave this golden place….

 

All photographs by our amazing and talented photogpraher: Jenna Stebbins

@Jenna_darcy_photography