Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sneak Peek: Kate Bosworth is Sixties Chic

Kate Bosworth is very mod in Miu Miu for Harper's Bazaar Singapore.

The mod look is one that seems to pop up in editorials all. the. time. (See also: Anna Kendrick, Elle July 2014). The latest mod darling is Kate Bosworth for Harper's Bazaar Singapore, which hits newsstands tomorrow. The magazine described the look on their Twitter as "sixties ingenue" -- Jill Kennington, Peggy Moffitt, Twiggy, Mary Quant, Pattie Boyd -- we salute you.

On the flip side, in fashion tech news, Bosworth and her business partner Samantha Russ recently launched an app called Style Thief -- which accomplishes exactly what you may think:
Partnering with a co-owner of specialty retail chain American Rag Cie and a former president of Gemstar-TV Guide Interactive, the actress is launching an app called Style Thief that lets people snap a photo, do an image search for a fashion item and buy it through a couple of clicks. Touting the tag line of "Snap & Steal," the app is tapping into the popularity of street style, as well as the addictive habit of taking photos on phones and the growing importance of mobile commerce.

"Everyone has fashion envy," said Bosworth, "Everyone can relate to that feeling of looking at an editorial, for example -- or a friend, or the runway, for that matter -- wanting to steal something exactly as you’re seeing it, or something similar." (Source)
That being the case, I can imagine Bosworth is an easy target for her own app.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Fashion Flashback: NYC in the Summer of '69

A stylish young woman wearing a miniskirt and sandals on the sidewalks of New York City in the summertime, 1969.

LIFE magazine's August 1969 editorial titled "That New York Look," shot by photographer Vernon Merritt III and featuring young New Yorkers in their bold fashions, captures the essence and vibrancy of summertime in the sixties in the city.

An excerpt from the cover story:
New York City is a costume party for the young this summer, a party taking place outdoors, on the streets and in the parks. Long hair, long legs. The party is not always elegant, but it is completely alive.
It isn’t really hard to tell the boys from the girls, even when they are both in bell-bottoms, and of course most boys don’t put shoe polish on their eyes. All are wearing what they want to to wear, from the shortest skirts to the longest skins.
How they look depends partly on where they go. The ferry is different from a Seventh Avenue lunch stand — and very different from Central Park.
The look is not what New York calls sophisticated, but even so, it catches the eye. Many of the girls seem to get their kicks with makeup. They wear it anywhere — absolutely anywhere.
The important thing is to express yourself. Depending on your talents you can do it with a 25-key soprano Melodica or a long, cool stare. You choose. The New York look is a celebration of the self.


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