Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fashion Flashback: Anna Ewers + the White Bikini

Beach Babe: Anna Ewers in a Gottex bikini. Photo by Norman Jean Roy.

When I saw this photo of German model Anna Ewers in a white bikini from the May 2015 issue of Harper's Bazaar, my first thought was, "Am I looking at Brigitte Bardot?" and my second thought was, "Is this the Ursula Andress bikini?"

The iconic white cotton bikini Bond babe Miss Andress wore in 1962's Dr. No is so popular that it even warrants its own Wikipedia page (aptly titled "White bikini of Ursula Andress"). She designed it with the film's costume designer, Tessa Prendergast. Back in 2001, Andress sold the bikini at auction for £41,125.
"This bikini made me into a success. My entrance in the film wearing the bikini on that beautiful beach seems to now be regarded as a classical moment in cinema."
Proof that what goes around comes around and fashion is always having a throwback moment.

Photo Sources:
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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Through the Lens: Kiernan Shipka

Road to Stardom: Kiernan Shipka in Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane and Christian Louboutin heels. Photo by Williams + Hirakawa.

...And the Mad Men love continues, this time with a focus on Kiernan Shipka. It's startling to think she was only 6 years old when she started playing Sally Draper. Offscreen, Kiernan has blossomed into well-spoken and extremely stylish 15 year-old. I like that in most editorials I've seen her in, she's wearing something that is classic and inspired by a different time -- much like Mad Men itself.

She recalls the last day on the set and her daily style in the April 2015 issue of Marie Claire:
On her last day on the set of Mad Men: "It was very bittersweet — a really good time, but very sad. Lots of tears."
On her Mad Men character: "Sally is very strong and independent. Very perceptive, too. I don't think she'd want to be friends with me, but I'd to be friends with her!"
On her interest in fashion:
"Since I started Mad Men when I was 6, a lot of my interest in fashion sparked while I was on the show; Janie Bryant, the costume designer, is so brilliant, and I've been surrounded by all this great vintage clothing."
On daily style: "Fun and simple. Right now, I’m wearing overalls, a white shirt, a gray cardigan, and some sneakers."

Photo Sources:
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Friday, April 3, 2015

Fashion Flashback: A Farewell to Mad Men

Mad Women: Jessica Pare, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks and January Jones.

It's hard to believe that Mad Men has been on for 7 seasons. I received the first season in a DVD box set (remember when those were relevant gifts?) and was hooked ever since. Costume designer Janie Bryant has always done an incredible job creating looks of the era (one of my favorite fashion moments previously written about here). It's difficult to narrow down in any way, and I know I'm forgetting a lot of really amazing costumes -- but here's a recap of some of my favorite mad (wo)men looks through the seasons, from Joan's iconic red dress and pen necklace to Betty's La Dolce Vita moment in Rome.

Season 1, Episode 6 - Babylon

Season 1, Episode 9 - Shoot

Season 2, Episode 10 - The Inheritance

Season 3, Episode 8 - Souvenir

Season 3, Episode 9 - Wee Small Hours

Season 4, Episode 4 - The Rejected

Season 4, Episode 2 - Christmas Comes But Once a Year

Season 5, Episode 1 - A Little Kiss, Part 1
Season 6, Episode 1 - The Doorway
Season 7 , Episode 2 - A Day's Work

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Through the Lens: DVF x Natalie Joos

Wish they all could be California Girls: Z Berg and Paige Elkington in DVF S/S 15 runway collection.

Natalie Joos is a woman who wears many creative hats -- fashion consultant, casting agent, writer, stylist, photographer, curator of all things gorgeous, basically. I always enjoy the stories on her beautiful site Tales of Endearment. Her latest updates are in collaboration with Diane von Furstenberg, in which she styled and photographed musician Z Berg (previously written about here) and vintage connoisseur/model Paige Elkington at LA's iconic Pink Motel in DVF's spring/summer collection. The collection has the feminine silhouettes and defined waistlines of the '50s and '60s, and a bold and playful mix of prints, like gingham and stripes.

Joos explains the collection was inspired by Brigitte Bardot and the French Riviera -- the retro influences are obvious. Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief also springs to mind. Dolce & Gabbana did their own take on the Riviera glam back in 2009, proving the inspiration for the past can still be reinvented and fresh. The styling is impeccable with the bold red lip throughout and vintage touches thrown in here and there (like the hats and shades).

Here are some of my favorite snaps from the shoot:

Photo Sources:
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