In the air. Like a sexy tune on heavy rotation. Antonio Lopez is everywhere lately – from Anna Sui’s spring summer 2012 hippie chic collection to Louis Vuitton fall 2012- 2013 men collection’s moodboard, to mention just two fashion brands. His sense of fashion and fun, colorful, sexy and disco world is an unlimited source of inspiration decades after his passing away.

Designer, photographer and make-up artist, Lopez worked as illustrator for Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, The New York Times  and Vogue in the 70’s and imposed his unique style that made him successful. As he bought a cheap Instamatic camera to take pictures of his friends, he did a various number of photos of Jessica Lange, Yves Saint Laurent, Jerry Hall (who choosed Antonio as her mentor), Paloma Picasso, Grace Jones, Divine, Andy Warhol or Karl Lagerfeld, with whom he worked regularly. Kind of a visual diary. Even thought his pictures made magazines all over the world hire Lopez to recreate that fresh and spontaneous style, most of the artist’s photos haven’t been published until this year, when Twin Palms, the american fine arts and photography publisher regrouped his best images in the photography book  Instamatics. I personally loved the photos of Tina Chow in a Fortuny orange dress or the ones with Paloma, Grace and Jessica in the red coat series.

Who doesn’t want a chic disco revival? The carefree, sexy and definitely 70’s free spirit of Antonio’s Lopez Instamatics seems just perfect for this summer and inspires also next season’s luxury collections.  So I felt it’s about time to take a closer look at his takes, as summer isn’t too far away, to be able to channel at its best THAT happy vibe.

Update: for more about his art, his world and his muses visit http://www.theantoniolopezbook.com

 

Antonio, Pat Cleveland & Karl Lagerfeld, Paris, 1970

 

Grace Coddington & Jerry Hall, Jamaica, 1975

 

Yves Saint Laurent, Jerry Hall, Marina Schiano & Pierre Bergé, Paris 1977

 

Jerry Hall, Eric Milan & Marcel

Jerry Hall, Eric Milan & Marcel

 

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Tina Chow, London 1975

 

Jerry Hall, New York City, 1976

Jerry Hall, New York City, 1976

 

Jerry Hall (16 years old), Texas, 1972

Jerry Hall, Texas, 1972

 

Karl Lagerfeld, New York 1976

Men in Showers Series: Karl Lagerfeld, New York, 1976

 

Tina Chow, Grace Jones, Jessica Lange Red Coat series, 1975

Paloma Picasso, Grace Jones, Jessica Lange in the Red Coat series, 1975

 

Divine, New York, 1978

Divine, New York, 1978

 

Grace Coddington, Jamaica 1974

Grace Coddington, Jamaica, 1974

 

Grace Jones, Paris, 1975

 

Blue Water Series: Patti D'arbanville, Paris, 1974

Blue Water Series: Patti D’arbanville, Paris, 1974

 

Ribbon Serie, New York City, 1977

 

Karl Lagerfeld, Saint Tropez,1970

Karl Lagerfeld, Saint Tropez,1970

 

Jessica Lange, New York, 1975

Jessica Lange, New York, 1975

 

 

Photos: Instamatics – © Antonio Lopez, Pinterest, Grainedephotographe.com