Monday, October 31, 2011

Style Inspiration: Amanda Seyfried from "In Time"

Amanda Seyfried as Sylvia Weis, in a velvet babydoll dress with a Peter Pan collar

I saw the Justin Timberlake movie In Time over the weekend, directed by Andrew Niccol (the man behind a similarly stylish sci-fi flick, Gattaca).  The movie's premise revolves around time as currency -- everyone stops aging at 25; after that, a person has only have one year left to live.  If they aren't 'rich,' they spend what little time they do have trying to somehow find enough time to prolong their lives.  It was an interesting idea with a lot of potential, and though entertaining, it wasn't anything amazing.  I think the thing that stood out to me the most were Amanda Seyfried's sexy costumes, the work of three-time Academy Award-winning designer Colleen Atwood (Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Alice in Wonderland).  Atwood actually previously worked with Niccol on Gattaca.

The costumes were equal parts provocative and demure, with conservative necklines, but form-fitting figures.  There was also an interesting use of accessories, from gloves to bracelets, in order to conceal the timers on everyone's forearms.  I don't think Seyfried has ever looked better.  The only thing that bothered me was how obvious her wig was -- or the frequent, unexplained costume changes she had while on the lam with Timberlake.  I kept asking my boyfriend, "Where did that amazing coat come from?" or "How does she run in those heels?"

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Music: Romeo and Juliet

Olivia Hussey as Juliet and Leonard Whiting as Romeo in Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 classic

I was flipping through my CD booklet and found a few old mix CDs I had put together.  I listened to one on the way to work this morning, and a song came up that I'd totally forgotten about -- the Killers' cover of Dire Straits' 1980 song "Romeo and Juliet."  It's an amazing love song, with the obvious reference to Shakespeare's play, but also more subtle references, including to the 1963 hit by the Angels, "My Boyfriend's Back."
Juliet says, "Hey it's Romeo, you nearly gave me a heart attack."
He's underneath the window, she's singing, "Hey la, my boyfriend's back."
The song also references the tune "Somewhere," from one of my favorite musicals, "West Side Story."
You said, "I love you like the stars above, I'll love you till I die.
And there's a place for us -- you know, the movie song."
It's a great narrative, with beautiful guitar work by Mark Knopfler. Enjoy!

Download the Song:
The Killers - Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits Cover)
Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Style Inspiration: Colorful Tights

 Fashion icon Twiggy looks perfectly preppy in navy blue tights on the cover of Seventeen, July 1967

When the weather gets a little cooler, I like to pair tights with skirts -- I much prefer skirts to pants.  There are so many fun options out there, and it brings to mind various Kate Spade ads from over the years. I'm definitely a fan of the whimsical, impeccably styled ads.  The models are always in bold tights or colors for very retro-inspired looks with a modern twist.

Kate herself in colorful red tights.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Style Inspiration: Emma Stone in Jonathan Saunders

'20s glam: Emma Stone is a classic beauty in Jonathan Saunders

Emma Stone looked very much the 1920s starlet at the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala, wearing a pleated cream dress from Jonathan Saunders' S/S 2012 collection, Christian Dior heels and Irene Neuwirth accessories in a stunning green.  The soft waves in her swept-back hair (no doubt the work of celeb stylist Mara Roszak) were a perfect touch.

For more 1920s style inspiration, see my post about the flapper.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Through the Lens: Silver Screen Stars & Their Dogs

Walking on Air: No doubt the dog lifted Natalie Wood's spirits for a photo shoot

I'm pretty much head over heels for my dog, a 100 lbs. chocolate Labrador Retriever with a big heart.  Dogs can be the best companions and I can't even count how many times he's lifted me up -- he is extremely conscious of moods.  This post is partially inspired by my best four-legged friend, but also the numerous photographs I've seen of my favorite Old Hollywood movie stars with either their own pooches or canine co-stars.  Particularly Cary Grant -- that guy must have really loved dogs for as many pictures there are of him with dogs floating around out there.  Nothing wrong with that!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Style Inspiration: Sylvie Vartan

Sylvie Vartan with the Beatles, holding Paul's Hofner bass guitar.

Sylvie Vartan is a French singer who enjoyed popularity in the '60s as one of France's most famous yé-yé girls (yé-yé was a style of pop music, derived from "yeah! yeah!").  Though she was a great success in her country in her own right, she had the enviable distinction of sharing a bill with the Beatles at Paris' Olympia Theater in 1964 and there are several photos of Vartan with the group that I love.  Vartan was also famously known as one half of rock 'n roll royalty in France back in the day when she married French singer Johnny Hallyday, who was considered to be the French Elvis Presley.  She has had a very long and successful career, having toured and performed as recently as 2009.

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