Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Geek Chic: Horn-Rimmed Glasses

The legendary Buddy Holly and his famous glasses.

I like to refer to glasses of the black horn-rimmed persuasion as "Buddy Holly glasses," because 1) I love Buddy Holly and 2) because he influenced such amazing musicians as John Lennon and Elton John to wear spectacles while performing onstage.  I don't think the latter actually needed them, but said the glasses were a homage to Holly.

Now you see them everywhere -- and more often than not, for the sake of fashion.  Most recently, I saw the perpetually charming Zooey Deschanel sporting a pair in her new TV show (The New Girl, which airs this fall on FOX.  Shameless plug, I love her!).  Depending on who is wearing them, the glasses evoke a different kind of look:

Scarlett Johansson = sexy librarian
Kirsten Dunst = hipster
Britney Spears = ridiculous
Tina Fey = THE ULTIMATE

I haven't even touched on the modern males who sport this look (Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, Johnny Depp, Woody Allen, that one guy who plays The Mentalist).  Because I wore glasses for so many years of my life, I have an aversion to wearing them, but I love the geek chic look.  There's just something so irresistible about gigantic horn-rimmed glasses dwarfing someone's face... really!


Then (L-R): Brigitte Bardot, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Grace Kelly, James Dean, Peter Asher, Dave Brubeck

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Playground Love: Saddle Shoes

Sherilynn Fenn as Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks, seen sporting saddle shoes.

I recently started watching Twin Peaks and I was pleasantly surprised to see one of the main characters, Audrey Horne, sporting saddle shoes.  I think even now, the trend is in full swing, but it makes me think they probably never really went away between then and now.

Saddle shoes were popularized in the 50s, and I remembering wearing them quite a lot as a child in the late 80s and early 90s (I had several pairs of the standard black-and-white).  Now there are so many different options to choose from.  Designer Rachel Antonoff recently collaborated with Bass shoes, designing fun and feminine saddle shoes in pinks and blues.  Catherine Chen and Haley Boyd of NYC's Marais USA started off designing basic Mary Janes and flats and have now added oxfords in classic green and black colors to the mix.  I've also seen a variety at Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters.


Matilda Beige/Red ($109, Rachel Antonoff for Bass Shoes)

Oxford Hunter ($88, Marais USA)

Canvas Wingtip Oxfords ($24.80, Forever 21)
Cooperative Floral Print Oxford ($29.99, Urban Outfitters)

Friday, May 27, 2011

On the Fringe: Thick Bangs

Rose Byrne sporting a fringe in the June '11 issue of Madison magazine

I love Rose Byrne.  Remember that movie she did back in the day with Aussie musician Ben Lee?  It seems like she is everywhere now.  Loved her in Damages, she was surprisingly hilarious and raunchy in Get Him to the Greek, and is starring in one of the summer's most anticipated movies, X-Men: First Class (isn't that the obligatory descriptor for any big action movie being released in the summer?).

Talent aside -- she's been recently seen at a number of events sporting a very 70s-style fringe.  She's on the cover of the June issue of Australia's Madison magazine and her hair looks awesome.

To me, the ladies who pulled off the fringe best in the past were Grace Slick, Jane Birkin, Marianne Faithfull, Anjelica Huston, Francoise Hardy and Cher (though I'm sure there were plenty of others, they are top-of-mind).


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Short Cut: The Pixie

Breathlessly charming Jean Seberg

Jean Seberg in Breathless.  Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby.  Warhol darling Edie Sedgwick.  Twiggy.  The pixie cut is nothing new, but it made headlines most recently when Emma Watson was seen sporting it.  She said of the cut, "It's the most liberating thing ever."

In 1967, renowned stylist Vidal Sassoon made headlines when he created the close-cropped pixie cut Farrow wears in Rosemary's Baby.  Sassoon explained the cut in an interview:
Roman Polanski was a friend, and he called me and said, "Would you like to come to Hollywood and cut Mia Farrow's hair for 'Rosemary's Baby?'" I said, "Roman, I did it about six weeks ago." He said, "Yes, but there's always something to take off." And of course I went to Hollywood. She was Mrs. Sinatra at the time, and suddenly all this press showed up.
Other modern wearers of the pixie cut are Michelle Williams, Audrey Tautou, Victoria Beckham and Carey Mulligan to name a few.  It's the perfect 'do for the upcoming hot summer months.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fifties + Feline: Cat Eye Sunglasses

Mad Men's Christina Hendricks

Cat eye sunglasses never seem to go out of style.  Cinema and fashion icons like Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn all wore them, so it's easy to see why they have such staying power.  The famous '50s fashion plate Suzy Parker modeled a chic pair in an ad.

The style has been seen on everyone from Rihanna to Scarlett Johansson and Mary-Kate Olsen (incidentally, the Elizabeth and James Lafayette Cat Eye Sunglasses are fab).  I don't think everyone can pull off this look --  I can safely say I look quite ridiculous in a pair of cat eye sunglasses -- but it doesn't mean I don't find them to be timeless and chic.


Sources: Suzy Parker photo, Penny Dreadful Vintage

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

So Sixties: The Like


I've been a fan of the Los Angeles-based band The Like since they first began self-releasing EPs.  Their look has definitely changed over time (as well as the line-up), ranging from dreamy bohemian to edgy '80s (complete with ripped black leggings) to the current '60s mod chic.  Their sound has also somewhat changed to reflect the look -- which is very reminiscent of It-Girls of the swinging '60s, Pattie Boyd and Twiggy.

In an interview with Gotham magazine, lead singer Z. Berg (who sports a Twiggy-style blonde bob) explained the inspiration:
I’ve been a lover and wearer of makeup since I was 10 years old. At this point I’ve got it down pretty well. I’m definitely inspired by girls like Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick and Mia Farrow, but basically my concept when getting dolled up is to exaggerate everything.

Their video for "He's Not a Boy" is so incredibly reminiscent of the party scene from "A Hard Day's Night", no?



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