just finished viewing a free copy of LagerfeldConfidential, the documentary about chanel's designer. in contrast to the non-opinion i had formed of him based on minimal exposure through phtoographs, he's a mildly entertaining subject when animated. on the other hand, the marchesa luisa casati is quite captivating in a still image. on the marchesa casati web site there is a gallery of pictures, including a photograph by adolf de meyer and a painting by kees van dongen, that clearly celebrate casati's complicated beauty. both are different but beautiful images of her. no question about it, i am a big fan of the direct and unconcealed presentation of her face in the de meyer photograph. she's 31 in the picture, and looks utterly powerful with her shadowy face. i covet dark circles when they are framing such a direct stare.
pic by simon wass ("the marchesa luisa casati") from wikipedia.org, so keepers of the casati archives should go sue them if this is one of their heavily protected images