Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fashion Flashback: Worth the Tassel

Marisa Berenson wearing a tassel earring by Giorgio di Santangelo. Photo by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1967.

I go through these spells where I don't buy any new clothes or accessories, and then all of a sudden I'm compelled to look for one singular item to add to my wardrobe -- that one item presently was a pair of tassel earrings.

It's a little bohemian, it's a touch Talitha-Getty-in-Marrakesh, it's a smidge hippie high school art teacher. But it's actually an embellishment that dates way, way back -- as far back as Biblical times. A necklace with tassels was even found in King Tut's tomb, dating back to the 18th Dynasty of ancient Egypt.

The tassel was initially used for functional purposes, as a knot to keep garments and fabrics from unraveling (its origins are derived from the Latin word 'tassau', meaning clasp). Over time, it has evolved from not only being just functional, but decorative. The popularity of tassels (in everything from furniture to clothing and accessories) has ebbed and flowed, and it's funny to think the resurgence of it in fashion today dates back so many years. The era I draw my inspiration from most is the later part of the 1960s.

(L-R) Britt Ekland; Talitha Getty; Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Chloe Sevigny; Margot Robbie; Natalie Portman

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Through the Lens: Z Berg x Christy Dawn

Cherry Blossom Girls: Christy Dawn Petersen and Z Berg, photographed by James Branaman.

Z Berg checks off all the main criteria for me when it comes to lady crushes - talented singer-songwriter, impeccable style, cheeky, abnormally bendy (see: her at home yoga posts on Instagram).
Her collaboration with eco-friendly, Cali-based clothing brand Christy Dawn is nothing short of a bohemian dream, which has Z and pals Langley Fox Hemingway and owner Christy Dawn Petersen herself on a Big Sur road trip. Z and Christy initially met through Christy's husband, a musician working with Z's record producer father, Tony Berg. “We became friends and Z said to me, ‘Hey, you want to make some cool shit? A dress and maybe a jumper?’” 

And thus, this beautiful clothing collaboration has come to be in some magical Los Angeles way.

“Z really likes to wear short sexy dresses onstage and I’m the opposite, so the pieces reflect both our tastes."

Check out this fashion video for Z's collaboration with the brand, set to the song "Cooler" by her band Phases. It's seriously making me miss my own Big Sur road trip from last fall.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Through the Lens: Gigi Hadid + Zayn Malik in Naples

La Dolce Vita: Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid bring real-life romance to Naples. Photo by Mario Testino.

Gigi Hadid is one of those faces you not only see everywhere, but a name you hear continually whether you know about her or care about her or not. Completely unavoidable. I know the basics about Gigi, but admittedly even less about Zayn Malik. What I do know is that their photo shoot in Naples with Mario Testino for Vogue is a beautiful throwback to the glam of 1960s Italy (La Dolce Vita! Roman Holiday! 8 1/2!).

He's all Marcello Mastroianni in his perfectly fitted suits and she's all Monica Vitti in her hourglass silhouettes and gingham and tartan.

 Here's an inspiration board of 1960s Italian bombshells that may have inspired Gigi's looks for this retro editorial.

 (L-R) Monica Vitti; Sophia Loren; Gina Lollobrigida; Virna Lisi

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Style Inspiration: Hailey Gates

Hailey Gates, host of Viceland's new series "States of Undress."

Hailey Gates is a woman who wears many hats -- formerly the director of advertising at The Paris Review, currently a model, an actress, a writer/producer and most recently, the host of Viceland's new series States of Undress. And here I am, wondering how I'm going to manage to get to yoga class after work...

The 26 year-old California native also has a very distinct style and look, which the fashion world has obviously taken note of -- she's been in numerous campaigns for brands like Derek Lam, Miu Miu and Wren. It would only make sense that she should host a show about fashion, but it's not what you might expect -- States of Undress has Hailey traveling to the far reaches of Pakistan, Congo and Russia, to name a few, exploring global fashion.
"The point of this show is to use fashion as an entry point to talk about identity issues and politics and sort of underreported cultural phenomenon and to be able to show both the light and the dark of these things."
You can watch the full first episode of States of Undress here.

Here are some of my fave Hailey street style looks -- it's very sexy, yet demure in a vaguely French way, with all of the bows, braids and ruffles.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Style Inspiration: Lola Kirke

Lola Kirke in Chloe. Photo by Robert Maxwell for W Magazine.

I recently watched Noah Baumbach's Mistress America and was so charmed by Lola Kirke's performance that I had to see what all the buzz was about Mozart in the Jungle, and so far I'm loving it. Clever writing, stellar cast and such a fresh way of creating drama and humor around the world of classical music.

"Lola’s a strange combination of innocence and worldliness. That conflict is great to watch." - Jason Schwartzman, co-creator Mozart in the Jungle

At 25, Lola is one of those burgeoning actresses who inevitably end up in those "One to Watch" sections of magazines (or blogs -- ahem, as the case may be). But I think she has a sort of gift for comedy and an on-screen charisma to back it up, though her first big break was actually a small dramatic role in Gone Girl.

 Kirke and her older sisters Jemima and Domino.

She has an unfussy natural beauty and style that could probably be credited to her stylish mom Lorraine, owner of the West Village vintage shop Geminola. In terms of her current go-to fashion looks at the moment, she says she wears a lot of vintage and, "I love Wendy Nichol, but I can’t really wear that every day because it’s all leather. But German house sandals and leather jackets—those are things that I like."

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Through the Lens: Dree Hemingway in Harper's Bazaar UK

Shades of Blue: Dree Hemingway in Fendi. Photograph by Erik Madigan Heck.

Dree Hemingway graces the cover and pages of Harper's Bazaar UK in a beautiful editorial shot by Erik Madigan Heck and styled by Leith Clark, called "A Fine Vintage." The cover even reads: "Fashion travels back in time," and the intro to the editorial reads:

Paillettes, lamé and a hint of times array of embellished modern classics.

She wears beautiful vintage-inspired pieces by Fendi, Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Etro, to name a few. The stunning photo of her in blue above is my favorite; it looks like a painting. The looks strike me as a combination of two different types of styles from the 1960s -- the free-spirited bohemian and the more structured and feminine style. Here are some of my favorite looks from the 22-page spread.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Style Inspiration: The Black Bow Tie

Nora Zehetner photographed by Jan-Willem Dikkers for Issue Magazine.

I recently stumbled upon these gorgeous photos of Nora Zehetner from Issue Magazine -- you may know of Nora from her role in the indie Brick, or appearances on Mad Men, Everwood or Heroes, to name a few. Although, it seems she appears just as frequently in television as she does in fashion campaigns or the style/parties section of Vogue. I think she's stunning and has a classic sort of style that balances masculine and feminine so well.
"I'm a bit of a tomboy, but I'm also as girly as they come. I never met a sparkle, or a bow, or a stripe I didn't like, but I also enjoy minimalism. I guess I just really, really like to play dress up."
I particularly love this feminine bow tie with a blouse look, one that Brigitte Bardot definitely perfected in the 1960s. I can't really pull it off for fear of looking too much like a school girl, but I love it on just about everyone else.

L-R: Brigitte Bardot in Viva Maria!, 1965; Greta Garbo in Ninotchka, 1939; Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent in 1966; We Wore What blogger Danielle Bernstein; Alexa Chung; Olivia Palermo.

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