Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Carla Bruni wears flats

Being married to someone so high-profile and shorter than her has forced Carla Bruni to wear flats a lot. She still manages to look super-elegant going by this wonderful photo. Gorgeous Dior shoes help of course. I would love to see a photo of her though in a great pair of high heels.
(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe)

Fabulous Vogue covers

Here's some of my favourite Vogue covers from 1916-1979. It's a shame the incredible artwork was phased out sometime during the 1960s and the standard format was set. I just love the way the artist was given the freedom to incorporate the Vogue masthead into his artwork. Each one was a work of art. The top cover would have to be my favourite. The impact of black and white is sensational ... not to mention the clothes, the model and the pose.
If you would like to see more I found these at http://www.tylerlee.net/magcovers/exclusive/magvogue_uk.htm

Monday, June 29, 2009

Twiggy now with her famous 60s haircut

I've always wondered why Twiggy ditched her fabulous 60s hair so I thought I'd do a bit of photoshopping and see if it would still suit her. I think it looks better than the long hair she wears now. Much more classy. What do you think?

Uma Thurman's stunning mother

Style and beauty obviously run in this family. Uma Thurman's mother Nena Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrugge was a popular Mexican-born, Swedish model in the 50s and 60s. She went on to become a New York psychotherapist and married Dr Robert Thurman in 1967. Uma was born in 1970.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Barbie at 50

Barbie turned 50 this year and is still looking as fabulous as ever. The first ever Barbie (above left) which hit the shelves March 9, 1959 wearing her iconic black and white swimsuit has developed into a very sophisticated fashion muse. To celebrate her 50th birthday Karl Lagerfeld has designed an amazing collection (above right Barbie with real-life model Baptiste Giabiconi as Ken).
Image: Collette

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What's happening with leggings?

Sometime recently the ubiqitous legging has morphed into something else ... pants, and it is not a good look, especially from behind. Check out Paris above. The only tights or leggings I want to see worn as pants are on male ballerinas. Please girls, when wearing tights or leggings wear your tops or dresses longer to cover your bum.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Curves are back ... and about time.

Cristina Hendricks (above) who plays office manager, Joan Holloway in the hit tv show Mad Men is doing more for women that any actress since Marilyn Monroe. Just loving the attention to detail concerning all things 60s in this show. The clothes are fabulous.

According to Damian O'Connor, Managing Director of Models Direct, more and more advertisers are trying to find models with fuller figures, to reflect the way that real women look. Models Direct is one of the largest modelling agencies in the UK.

In memory of the amazing Isabella Blow

Writing of English eccentricity brought to mind the amazing Isabella Blow, style icon and muse who sadly took her own life on May 7, 2007. What a loss.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The English eccentric look

I really love this look. It's tailored with an edge. The jacket is by Givenchy and interestingly I bought one from Cue last winter which looked very much like it (at a tenth of the price I'm sure). Just not wild about the shoes.

Exquisite Fortuny jacket

I have just come across an amazing Fortuny jacket at http://www.vintagetextile.com/new_page_241.htm
It would match the fabulous blue Fortuny dress I have posted earlier
It is stencilled velvet and sold for a whopping US$12,000
The site this top is listed on is one of my favourite vintage sites. The clothes for sale are simply amazing.

Coco Chanel on beauty

'Beauty is not prettiness. Why do so many mothers teach their daughters to flutter about, instead of teaching them about beauty'

'Beauty should begin the heart and soul, otherwise cosmetics are useless'

Coco Chanel

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Vintage shoe clips

It's amazing what a difference some lovely vintage shoe clips make to a plain pair of satin ballet flats. So easy to put on and remove and they just give the shoes that original look.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Glorious vintage Balmain

Now this is a dress (and matching petticoat). Recently exhibited at the V&A's 'The Golden Age of Couture Paris and London 1947 - 1957' exhibition. Circa 1950 by Pierre Balmain (1914-1982) in silk crosgrain with machine-made Swiss embroidery. The petticoat is boned silk net and silk. It was donated by Mrs G. Sachet. How beautiful. I wish the exhibition would come to Australia.

Posh in Balmain now

Balmain now. Really not loving the new-look shoulders on this Balmain military look leather jacket Posh was seen wearing recently. Looks to me like the coat hanger is still attached. Still loving her hair and sunglasses though.
Photo Credit: OLYCOM/bauergriffinonline.com

80s disco-glam revisited

Here is a fabulous original fully-sequinned 80s disco glam little number by Oleg Cassini I have listed on my site www.vintageclothing.com.au
You really have to love these amazing dresses. They seem to be turning up everywhere lately.