Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Music: After Hours

Mugging for the Photo Booth on my brand new Mac.  Wearing a nautical dress by Geronimo.

"After Hours" is a track written by Lou Reed for the 1969 self-titled Velvet Underground album, featuring vocals by Maureen Tucker, who was the band's drummer.  I've read that Reed asked Tucker to sing the song, because he found it too "innocent and pure" for himself to sing.  I figured it'd be a fun tune to learn on the ukulele.  Enjoy.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Style Inspiration: Pink Hair

Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince of the Kills.

I'm so very excited to see The Kills tomorrow night -- it'll be my third time and they are awesome live. The Kills are Jamie Hince (who recently tied the knot with Kate Moss) and Alison Mosshart (a Florida native... represent!).

I'm curious to know what Mosshart will be wearing -- a six-minute documentary that was recently released shows her with a shock of pink hair and glittery blazer.  The hair is a bit reminiscent of such music icons as Debbie Harry and Cyndi Lauper, but I've been seeing this two tone hair trend a lot lately -- not just with pink, but various other colors, on everyone from Ellie Goulding to Dakota Fanning.  I remember Rachel McAdams doing this some time ago, but it seems to be back in full force.  Thoughts?

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Through the Lens: The Costumes of OSS 117

Jean Dujardin as Agent OSS 117 in 2006's OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, with Berenice Bejo.

My boyfriend introduced me to the OSS 117 parody spy films starring French actor Jean Dujardin as Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath (aka Agent OSS 117).  Dujardin has been receiving many accolades for a movie I've yet to see, The Artist.  He's a hilarious and charming actor whose smile actually very much reminds me of Gene Kelly's (am I the only one who thinks this?).  He plays goofy, yet debonair so well.

The OSS 117 character was first introduced in the 1957 film OSS 117 n'est pas mort, based off of books by Jean Bruce, which actually predated Ian Fleming's James Bond novels.  After Bruce's death in the '60s, his wife would continue to write the stories.

The new OSS 117 adaptations are spoofs of the Eurospy genre -- they're funny (the agent is a bit more Maxwell Smart than James Bond), stylish and set in the 1950s and '60s, and the fashion is fabulous.  (Fun fact: Argentine-French actress Berenice Bejo, who co-starred with Dujardin in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, apparently also appears in The Artist.)

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Style Inspiration: Annie Monroe & Anna Karina

Annie Monroe photographed by James D. Kelly.

Over the weekend, I saw a commercial for the Sony Alpha Nex-5N camera starring The Like's Annie Monroe, who never ceases to amaze with her retro attire and Anna Karina haircut.  She often looks like she's stepped off the set of a French New Wave film.  Where does she get her wardrobe?

Monroe is a keyboardist for The Like (a band known for their retro sensibility), as well as an actress and model.  Karina, born Hanne Karin Blarke Bayer, is a Danish actress best known for her work as the muse of Jean Luc-Godard.  She began her career as a model and explained in an interview with Colin MacCabe of her humble beginnings and the rather interesting story of how she got her stage name:
So I did these pictures and I said, "Can I get my money?" and the lady said, "No, we have to release the pictures in the papers before you get paid." And I said, "Well that's terrible." She said, "Well, we'll give you some pictures to show and we'll give you some addresses to go and see some people." So I went to see Le Journal Elle.  You've heard about that? And Madame Lazares was there with another lady called Coco Chanel and Coco Chanel said, "Who are you?" and I said, "I'm just me - I'm called Anne Karine" She said, "Well - you wanna be an actress?" I said, "Yes" and she said, "You're gonna call yourself Anna Karina." (Source)

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Style Inspiration: Arizona Muse for Louis Vuitton

 Model Arizona Muse photographed in Paris in Louis Vuitton's 2012 cruise collection

Mark Segal's photos of Arizona Muse in Paris for Louis Vuitton's 2012 Cruise catalog exude a glamor reminiscent of times past.  The collection, inspired by the City of Lights, has an air of elegance and ease.  The look above -- the printed silk dress with the fun illustration of the Eiffel Tower paired with the Saumur bag in Flore leather -- is one of my favorites (not to mention the styling is impeccable).

You can see the entire lookbook in action here.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Style Inspiration: Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff S/S 2012

Jenny Slate wears Matilda shoes in Black & Cream and Cream & Black

I really liked Rachel Antonoff's collaboration with Bass Shoes last year, which were a collection of cute and colorful saddle shoes and loafers.  This year's collection stays loyal to that look while offering a fresh perspective.  Antonoff puts a modern twist on such classic footwear as the ballet flat, espadrille wedge and saddle shoe (I previously wrote about saddle shoes here).

Some of the shoes are on the Bass Shoes site, but I'm holding out for the Balanchine flats and the Cream & Cherry Tootsie.  Last year's lookbook featured Tennessee Thomas, this year it's comedienne Jenny Slate having a ball at Fantasy Island Amusement Park in Long Beach Island, N.J.  Is it summer yet?


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Photos by Daniel Silbert
Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff Facebook 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Style Inspiration: Peter Pan Collars

Mia Farrow wears a dress with a Peter Pan collar on the set of John and Mary with Dustin Hoffman, January 1969

Peter Pan collars, which were popular in the early to mid-20th century, are making a comeback.  The collar was indeed inspired by J.M. Barrie's play and book of the same name.  I do feel that it's a rather young and girlish look, and it was even written about as far back as 1911 (when Barrie's book was first published) as only being flattering for the more youthful set:

From The Woman's Book, 1911:
"Collarless bodices in the daytime are only becoming to the very young...as also are the Peter Pan and Claudine collars."  (Source)
For those interested in this trend, one of my favorite blogs put together a great tutorial for a DIY Peter Pan collar that is ingenious!

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Design Inspiration: Vintage Print Ads

Marilyn Monroe in a 1953 ad for Lustre-Creme lotion shampoo

Isn't it amazing how copy-heavy print ads were back in the day?  They were pretty much advertorials.  Here are a few fun and stylish ones from the wonderful Vintage Madison Ave. blog.

Munsingwear, 1951 (love the light blue one!)

Pepsi-Cola, 1957

 Wetherall, 1960

 Celon, circa 1960

 Silhouette Swimwear, circa 1960

 Shire-Tex, 1958

 Maybelline, 1958

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Style Inspiration: The Hemingways

Dree and Mariel Hemingway, photographed by Mark Squires

I would have to say my favorite Mariel Hemingway performance was Woody Allen's Manhattan.  She was so striking, with her distinctive eyebrows and angular face.  Her daughter, Dree, 24, is a fashion model who made her debut at a Givenchy show in 2009 and has since appeared in such mags as NumeroVogue and Harper's Bazaar.  Mom and daughter are both striking and uniquely beautiful.  (And yes -- they are related to that Hemingway.)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Style Inspiration: Nora Arnezeder in Lucky Jan. 2012

Parisian Chic: Nora Arnezeder in a Zimmermann lace blouse and Chloe + Isabel crystal pave and pearl earrings

French actress Nora Arnezeder has been a bit under the radar in America and is probably best known for her role in 2008's Paris 36.  I haven't seen her in anything since then, but she is featured in this month's Lucky magazine in promotion of her new film with Denzel Washington, Vera Farmiga and Ryan Reynolds, Safe House, to be released next month.  The editorial, photographed by David Armstrong and styled by Heathermary Jackson, looks to be influenced by Old Hollywood and features the season's most "classically elegant pieces," which suits Arnezeder perfectly.  She has a classic beauty that inspired Karl Lagerfeld to dress her for an editorial for Elle.  He described her as, "fresh, new, spontaneous, and full of life," and Paris 36's director Christophe Barratier likened Arnezeder's capacity for character, fantasy and emotion, to Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. (Source)  

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Through the Lens: Henry Clarke

Model photographed in Palmero, Italy, wearing a red chiffon pleated dress by Junior Sophisticates.  Vogue, December 1967.

Henry Clarke was a fashion photographer who was renowned for his work in the 1950s and '60s.  His photographs were featured in such publications as American, British and French Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.  His photos always conveyed an air of elegance, glamor and sophistication.

The progression of Clarke's career was a natural one -- he began as a window dresser in the I. Magnin department store in San Francisco, went to New York and became a background and accessorizing assistant at Vogue's studio -- and it was seeing Cecil Beaton in action that inspired him to pursue fashion photography. (Source)

Vogue Paris bureau chief Susan Train said that Clarke had a gift for "always making the women he photographed look beautiful."  Below are an assortment of some of my favorite photos.

A model wearing Emilio Pucci, Vogue, January 1965.

A model in Givenchy at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, as 4 athletes look on.

From a 1954 issue of Vogue.  Model wears Jacques Fath.

Vogue, 1961

Model in Portugal, 1952

Suzy Parker, 1963

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