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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Monday, February 8, 2016

Through the Lens: Alexa Chung + The Deep End Club

Alexa Chung, the modern day flower child in a t-shirt by The Deep End Club.

I first heard of Tennessee Thomas when she was the drummer for the Los Angeles band The Like. She's popped up in numerous magazines, music videos, TV and films since then -- a small part as a drummer in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, a drummer in the star-studded Jenny Lewis music video for Just One of the Guys, a drummer on an episode of Elvis Costello's Spectacle (ok, one guess as to what instrument she played in The Like).

Tennessee Thomas and Alexa Chung - the pals are clearly a sixties throwback.

She's also a store owner, to a highly curated, sixties-inspired boutique in the East Village called The Deep End Club -- the kind of place she describes as not only a shop, but a community and clubhouse. It's the type of place where you can learn how to make flower crowns but also join like-minded people for a Bernie Sanders trivia night.
"I want it to be a place where music, art, and design converge – a place to give exposure to the artists in our community, which I’m the most passionate about." 
I've actually been to an event at the Deep End Club and saw such a who's who of cool kids -- including Alexa Chung herself -- that the insecure high schooler was re-awakened in me and I wanted to turn and flee in the other direction (but not before buying the kind of awesome gems the store stocks, like a vintage paperback of A Hard Day's Night or one of those L'ecole Des Femmes oui t-shirts).

It seems apropos that Tennessee would have a fashion collection of her own that will launch this New York Fashion Week with support from her best bud Alexa, who appeared in the lookbook wearing the kind of threads that have Marianne Faithfull written all over it

L-R: Marianne Faithfull; Pattie Boyd; models in the 1960s; Francoise Hardy; Jane Birkin; Jean Shrimpton

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Through the Lens: Old School Selfies

Ethel Kennedy and Jackie and John F. Kennedy in 1954.

The selfie -- a phenomenon so popular right now that it's easy to forget it was also a thing in the past. Here are a couple of fun ones from back in the day -- who knew the Beatles were so into selfies!
Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter? - Pablo Picasso

 L-R: Paul McCartney; George Harrison; John Lennon; Ringo Starr; Frank Sinatra; Sammy Davis Jr. and Jerry Lewis; Stanley Kubrick; Pattie Boyd; Sammy Davis Jr.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Through the Lens: Dakota Johnson in The Edit

Dakota Johnson wears a dress by House of Holland and a hat by Gucci. Photo by Laurie Bartley.

Is it just me, or is Dakota Johnson giving off major Faye Dunaway-as-Bonnie Parker vibes (this keeps coming up! Also previously referenced here)? What I'm really loving about this look is the 1970s-inspired prints with this 1930s style -- a great fashion crossover.

You probably live under a rock if you don't already know the basics about Dakota Johnson -- daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, star of Fifty Shades of Grey. She also has a comedy coming out this month with Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann, How to Be Single. I actually think she has rather good comedic timing based on some interviews I've seen (and even in certain parts of Fifty Shades she seems downright amused by the dialogue...who can blame her).

“In real life, I feel like [Dakota] would eat Christian Grey. She would suspend him from the ceiling and smack him open like a piñata.” - Co-star Leslie Mann

If you feel like seeing more of her work in the meantime, check out Sam Boyd's short film In a Relationship. You can read her full interview with The Edit here.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Through the Lens: Kendall Jenner + CFDA/Vogue Fashion Finalists

Kendall Jenner in a CG design. Photograph by Gregory Harris. 

"It's taking the idea of delicateness and positioning it as a strength." - Chris Gelinas, designer of CG

In the November issue of Vogue, Kendall Jenner introduces the next big names in fashion -- the finalists of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Two designers really jumped out at me, Chris Gelinas (pictured above) and David Hart. I just love designs that remind me of past eras. With Gelinas' design, Faye Dunaway's Bonnie Parker and the romantic and flowy silhouettes of the '20s immediately sprung to mind.

And I don't know if it was the inclusion of one of my faves Nick Waterhouse in David Hart's threads, but my mind went straight to '50s and '60s rock 'n roll, with the tailored look of the Zombies and Dylan, beehives a la The Ronettes and the tomboy style of Francoise Hardy.

See the rest of the finalists here.

"We've really moved into a streetwear-driven culture. Putting on a suit is almost rebellious." - David Hart, designer 

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Through the Lens: Léa Seydoux is Sweet vs. Sleek for Vogue

Léa Seydoux in a Christopher Kane sweater and Fifi Chachnil bra. Photo by Craig McDean and styled by Kate Phelan.

"A perfectly rolled-under pageboy - just the right mix of retro glamour and modern edge." - Sam McKnight, hairstylist

First-time British Vogue November cover star Léa Seydoux is an actress who is capable of shining in every role she's in, no matter how small (Gabrielle in Midnight in Paris) or large (Emma in Blue is the Warmest Color). Her latest role is of blockbuster proportions, as the newest Bond girl Madeleine Swann, opposite Daniel Craig in Spectre, which comes out next month. She tells Vogue:
"I don't mind the cliché of the Bond girl. But Madeleine, she is very different...And to choose me as a Bond girl, it's a choice. A statement. I'm not the typical James Bond girl."
Seydoux possesses a chameleon-like quality in the range of characters she's played -- and, depending on her hair color and style, you'd have to do a double-take to recognize her as she adapts so effortlessly to such a wide range of looks.

In this shoot, she captures both the '40s bombshell in a rose pink palette and form-fitting Dolce & Gabbana on the cover and femme fatale in the inner pages of the magazine in skintight jumpsuits by Saint Laurent and Pam Hogg.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Style Inspiration: The Silk Scarf

At the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Head scarf: Vintage. Sunglasses: In God We Trust. Blouse: Zara.

"When I wear a silk scarf I feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman." - Audrey Hepburn

Fall weather is upon us in NYC, and I'm missing the warmth of the sunny California road trip my boyfriend and I took last month. A versatile accessory that carries from summer into the fall, and one that I absolutely love, is the silk scarf. I like buying them at vintage stores, they can be such a steal (the one pictured above was $12).

Scarves -- specifically the square, silk variety -- really came to become a fashion accessory in the 19th and 20th centuries, with celebrities often acting as the trailblazers for popularizing the trend. The fashion house Hermès was one of the most popular brands for graphic silk scarves (Grace Kelly even used one as a sling) -- the first was designed in 1937. The accessory also served for practical uses -- in the 1940s, they were used by women working in munitions factories to keep their hair pulled back (à la Rosie the Riveter).

As with most of my fashion cues, I take them from old Hollywood. Below is a mix of old and new inspiration, for a look that is equal parts versatile, classic and chic.

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