Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sneak Peek: Kate Bosworth is Sixties Chic

Kate Bosworth is very mod in Miu Miu for Harper's Bazaar Singapore.

The mod look is one that seems to pop up in editorials all. the. time. (See also: Anna Kendrick, Elle July 2014). The latest mod darling is Kate Bosworth for Harper's Bazaar Singapore, which hits newsstands tomorrow. The magazine described the look on their Twitter as "sixties ingenue" -- Jill Kennington, Peggy Moffitt, Twiggy, Mary Quant, Pattie Boyd -- we salute you.

On the flip side, in fashion tech news, Bosworth and her business partner Samantha Russ recently launched an app called Style Thief -- which accomplishes exactly what you may think:
Partnering with a co-owner of specialty retail chain American Rag Cie and a former president of Gemstar-TV Guide Interactive, the actress is launching an app called Style Thief that lets people snap a photo, do an image search for a fashion item and buy it through a couple of clicks. Touting the tag line of "Snap & Steal," the app is tapping into the popularity of street style, as well as the addictive habit of taking photos on phones and the growing importance of mobile commerce.

"Everyone has fashion envy," said Bosworth, "Everyone can relate to that feeling of looking at an editorial, for example -- or a friend, or the runway, for that matter -- wanting to steal something exactly as you’re seeing it, or something similar." (Source)
That being the case, I can imagine Bosworth is an easy target for her own app.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Fashion Flashback: NYC in the Summer of '69

A stylish young woman wearing a miniskirt and sandals on the sidewalks of New York City in the summertime, 1969.

LIFE magazine's August 1969 editorial titled "That New York Look," shot by photographer Vernon Merritt III and featuring young New Yorkers in their bold fashions, captures the essence and vibrancy of summertime in the sixties in the city.

An excerpt from the cover story:
New York City is a costume party for the young this summer, a party taking place outdoors, on the streets and in the parks. Long hair, long legs. The party is not always elegant, but it is completely alive.
It isn’t really hard to tell the boys from the girls, even when they are both in bell-bottoms, and of course most boys don’t put shoe polish on their eyes. All are wearing what they want to to wear, from the shortest skirts to the longest skins.
How they look depends partly on where they go. The ferry is different from a Seventh Avenue lunch stand — and very different from Central Park.
The look is not what New York calls sophisticated, but even so, it catches the eye. Many of the girls seem to get their kicks with makeup. They wear it anywhere — absolutely anywhere.
The important thing is to express yourself. Depending on your talents you can do it with a 25-key soprano Melodica or a long, cool stare. You choose. The New York look is a celebration of the self.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Fashion Flashback: Unconventional Brides

The long and short of it: Olivia Palermo in Carolina Herrera. The groom wears a bespoke tailored Marc Anthony Hamburg suit.

Style sites were abuzz this weekend with news of Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl's nuptials, with most of the excited chatter surrounding Olivia's rather unconventional choice of wedding attire: a cashmere sweater, white shorts and a tulle skirt (all by Carolina Herrera). Which got me thinking: which other brides have gone down the same unconventional route? Here are some of my favorite trailblazers from the past:

Bianca Jagger in a YSL Le Smoking jacket and veiled hat, with Mick Jagger, 1971.

Mia Farrow in a pale minidress with boxy jacket in 1966.

Pattie Boyd wears a Mary Quant red silk dress, pointy red shoes and a Mary Quant red fox-fur coat, 1966.

Sharon Tate in a puff-sleeved minidress of her own design for her 1968 wedding to Roman Polanski.

Loulou de la Falaise dressed as a sixteenth-century maharaja in her 1977 marriage to  Thadée Klossowski de Rola.

Jane Birkin with a flower crown in a bohemian crochet dress, with Serge Gainsbourg,

Lauren Bacall kept it classy and simple at a farm house wedding in Ohio, 1945.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Style Inspiration: Whinnie Williams

 Pop singer Whinnie Williams is sixties chic. Photo by Maximilian Hetherington.

At first glance (and listen), by all accounts Brit beauty Whinnie Williams (née Jade Williams) seems a definite throwback to the Youthquake movement of the '60s, proclaiming herself to be the lovechild of Brigitte Bardot and Del Boy. In more modern terms, I find her to be a cross between Suki Waterhouse and Kristen Wiig.

Her mashup of Destiny Child's Francoise Hardy's "Le Temps de l'Amour" and Destiny Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills" is a sweet union of old meets new.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Music: The Return of Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis in a custom airbrushed suit by Adam Siegel and inspired by Gram Parsons. Photo by Autumn de Wilde, styled by Shelley Kurata.

It's hard to believe it's been six years since former Rilo Kiley frontwoman and perennial indie darling Jenny Lewis released her last solo album, 2008's Acid Tongue. Her new album, The Voyager, is due out on July 29th and has been a long four years in the making.

Lewis was enduring tough times after the loss of her father in 2010, telling Spin magazine that she felt "completely rudderless," and wasn't sure what to do after she was left without her father or her band. She wasn't sleeping and "couldn't get it together," which Adams was able to help with. They connected when she direct messaged him on Twitter and asked to record a song in his new studio -- but one song quickly became the whole album.
The yield from that first session, the AM Gold-dusted "She's Not Me," was so potent that Lewis agreed to record the rest of The Voyager under Adams' tutelage. His no-frills producing philosophy — "You do it live and you don't look back," according to Lewis — made for quick work. After years of difficulty, the ex-Rilo Kiley leader had banked the majority of her third solo LP in little more than a week's time.

"I was so afraid of myself as an artist," she says. "I had forgotten how to do the thing that I love doing. And [Adams] agitated me just enough to get a performance out of me. I let him into my songs, and I let him rearrange parts... I was totally open because I was desperate." (Source)
I personally am so glad for the return of Jenny Lewis. She also scored the upcoming Dakota Fanning/Elizabeth Olsen drama Very Good Girls. Listen to Lewis's WNYC live session, featuring two new tracks: "Just One of the Guys" and "The Voyager" and an oldie, but goodie -- "Rise Up With Fists."

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Through the Lens: Magic in the Moonlight

Colin Firth and Emma Stone star in Woody Allen's upcoming rom-com that takes place in 1920s, Jazz Age France. The film looks enchanting, with Stone playing a psychic to an influential family and Firth the man who is looking to prove her a fraud. I'm sure I'll delve deeper into the film as more stills are released, as I already love the costumes and set design from what I can see.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Through the Lens: Favorites of the Met Ball 2014

Blake Lively stuns in Gucci at the Met Ball.

I wasn't alone in thinking Blake Lively was the belle of last night's Met Ball, the museum's annual Costume Institute Gala. The event is a spectacle and has always been exclusive -- Anna Wintour hand-picks the guest list; a single ticket this year ran a cool $25,000 (which to 9-to-fivers like myself, is not jarring in the least). The gala is known to be a merging of art and fashion, bringing out Hollywood A-listers, musicians that are equally talented as they are stylish, top names and faces in fashion, and a few people in between who are considered head-scratchers to me.

I'm a fan of very structured and classic silhouettes -- and the exhibit kicking the event off is in honor of British-born designer and couturier Charles James, who was known for his highly structured aesthetic and ball gowns and has inspired such designers as Balenciaga and Dior. I think my favorite dresses of the night nailed that.

"Charles James: Beyond Fashion" can be viewed through August 10th at the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Met.

Model Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta

Hailee Steinfeld in Prabal Gurung (pictured here with the designer himself)

Model Liu Wen in Zac Posen

Anna Kendrick in J Mendel

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