Friday, March 30, 2012

Style Inspiration: Loulou de la Falaise

Loulou de la Falaise, photographed by Richard Avedon for Vogue, 1970.

Loulou de la Falaise was a fashion muse and accessories designer, probably best known for her collaboration and close friendship with Yves Saint Laurent, whom she met in 1968 through a friend.  She inspired and moved him, and he said of her, "Loulou’s true talent, other than her undeniable professional qualities, is her charm. Unique. Moving ... She has an extraordinary lightness of touch, along with a faultless critical view of fashion. Intuitive, innate, individual. Her presence at my side is a dream." (SourceCecil Beaton said she was the "only truly chic Englishwoman," who managed to be really chic in even the most hideous of clothes.

Her style was daring, distinctive and equal parts bohemian and aristocratic, a combination of her free spirited nature and her pedigree -- the Anglo-Irish-French de la Falaise was the daughter of a count and a fashion model.  She moved to Manhattan in the late '60s and made a splash -- Diana Vreeland commissioned Richard Avedon to take photos of her for Vogue, and she designed for YSL and Halston.  De la Falaise died last year in France at the age of 63.


 Loulou had a penchant for head scarves and turbans.

Loulou and Marina Schiano in front of the Yves Saint Laurent Couture House in Paris in 1969.

Loulou in 1966, at her wedding to first husband, Desmond FitzGerald, the Knight of Glin

Betty Catroux, and Loulou with Yves Saint Laurent outside of his first Rive Gauche boutique in 1969.

  


She was described in an issue of Vogue as being "paper-clip thin."

Loulou at her wedding in 1977, to second husband, the French writer Thadée Klossowski de Rola.

In a chic pillbox hat at a 1978 theater opening.

Loulou in Vogue, by Richard Avedon.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Fashion Flashback: Gillian Hills

Gillian Hills, the singer who made "Zou Bisou Bisou," a '60s hit.

Anyone who watched the premiere of Mad Men last night probably ended up Googling the song Megan serenaded Don with, the 1961 French pop tune "Zou Bisou Bisou," made famous by Gillian Hills.  There's a number of search results explaining the history of the song and the phenomenon of the yé-yé girl (for more about yé-yé girls, see Sylvie Vartan and Chantal Goya).  The song means "Ooh kiss kiss."

The Daily Beast even nabbed a quote from Hills:
"Zou Bisou Bisou was a summer smash for a 16-year-old, my first record, the summer of 1960,” Hills, who still records music and also works a visual artist, told The Daily Beast in an email. 

Hills said she had no idea the song would be performed on Mad Men (before The Daily Beast reached out after an early viewing), a show she calls “a very classy production." But she did offer a prediction: "My guess: with Mad Men the song will be sultry." (Source)




Aside from the catchy tune that brought her success, Hills was also an actress, appearing in such films as Beat Girl, Blowup and A Clockwork Orange.  Her look was very sultry sex kitten, a la famous French beauty, Brigitte Bardot.







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Friday, March 23, 2012

Style Inspiration: Laura Ramsey in "The Jet Set"

Laura Ramsey as Joy, in "The Jet Set"

After an excruciatingly long hiatus, Mad Men finally makes its return on Sunday.  I have to say, in the spirit of this return, as well as the gorgeous warm and sunny weather I've had the pleasure of enjoying these past few days, I'd like to reminisce about one of my favorite episodes (if only for the fashion alone), The Jet Set.  Don and Pete fly out to Los Angeles and Don goes A.W.O.L. to take a sudden trip to Palm Springs with the mysterious and free-spirited Joy, played by Ramsey.

I was completely in love with the unusually cut bathing suit, which is a rather modest two-piece that looks to be inspired by a peacock.  The rest of Joy's looks convey a cool and chic SoCal vibe, but with the utmost elegance.  There weren't many wardrobe changes for Joy, but each one was a head-turner.  Costume designer Janie Bryant, does an amazing job.  Hands down, this episode was a top Mad Men fashion moment.






Photo Source: LauraRamsey.net

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Through the Lens: Georgia May Jagger & Jean Reno in Harper's Bazaar

 Georgia May Jagger, in the editorial 'What's in a Mime?'  Photos by Max Farago.

Michel Hazanavicius, award-winning director of The Artist, conceptualized this cheeky and charming editorial, What's in a Mime? for Harper's Bazaar's March 2012 issue.  The photo shoot, inspired by the silent movie, features actor Jean Reno (in dual roles as a jealous magician and a lovelorn mime) and model Georgia May Jagger (daughter of Mick and Jerry).

In the first photo, Georgia wears a stunning Gucci embroidered pleated fringe dress (which values at a staggering $10,500) and intricately detailed Jennifer Behr headband.  All of the looks are incredibly glamorous.  I'm in love!



You can watch the behind-the-scenes video here.









Photo Source:Harper's Bazaar

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Style Inspiration: Lykke Li

Singer/songwriter Lykke Li in New York City.  Photo by Marc Lemoine.

Oh, Lykke Li.  How I eagerly anticipate whatever musical endeavors she pursues next.  I was cleaning up my car and found her first album, Youth Novels, tucked away in a CD sleeve for a Connie Francis compilation (random!), so I have been listening to it non-stop since it had been a while since I'd heard it.  It made me realize how fantastic her second album, Wounded Rhymes, was.

Aside from having a unique perspective and voice, she also has a distinct sense of style, which usually veers toward all black or all white and evokes a bohemian vibe, with the wide-brimmed hats, turbans and a penchant for furry coats.  It seems this look would be natural, considering her background -- the Swedish songstress was raised by hippie parents, a photographer mother and musician father, and had a rather nomadic childhood, having lived in Lisbon, Morocco and India.









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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Style Inspiration: Lizzie Olsen in Balmain

Elizabeth Olsen wears a beautiful beaded Balmain jacket from the Spring 2012 RTW  to the premiere of Silent House

Burgeoning style icon Elizabeth Olsen wore a gorgeous beaded jacket from Balmain's Spring 2012 RTW collection to the NYC premiere of her new thriller, Silent House last night. She wore the intricately detailed gold jacket with a form-fitting, long-sleeved black dress, for a sophisticated and polished look.  I think the jacket could easily come across as being too old -- it seems an unlikely choice for a 23 year-old -- but she brings a youthfulness to it with the blue Ferragamo clutch and unfussy, straight hair.

You can watch the the trailer for her new film here.


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