I would just like to take a moment and discuss how much I want every piece in this collection. I was unfortunately starting to get sick of the whole blazer look (particularly military jackets after seeing them at GUESS!) but this Steven Alan collection has reminded me how much I do actually love a well made boxy, yet flattering blazer. The cropped wool slacks with the exposed maroon tights, might have to be the perfect finishing touch to these extremely well put together looks. This is exactly how I would dress if I went to a prep school.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
My goal this winter is to find the perfect 1960's Swing Coat with a fur collar. I have been searching Etsy.com day and night and the photo's featured in the post are my top choices. However, a lot of the coats that I came across online have been so perfect but far to big and I'm scared that I might run into that problem again with one or two of these coats. I mean, obviously a coat should have bigger measurements than a top or dress that you would buy, but does anyone have a good guess-ti-mation on how much bigger exactly?
Monday, January 18, 2010
The "footage" used to make this video was only on my camera for one reason only... we didn't realize the camera wasn't in camera mode. Hahah hope you enjoy :)
Margaret: Top: I found it in a 50 cent bin at a local thrift store: Pants: My Samantha Pleet Rapscallion Jeans: Me: Top: Retrospect: Shorts: Samantha Pleet Rapscallion: Socks: a gift: Children Sized Saddle Shoes from drum roll please....Payless
Song: "Was That The Human Thing To Do" by the Boswell Sisters
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I stumbled across this site called BurdaStyle, which as they so eloquently put it is a "place for people who sew." This online community consists of fashion designers, crafters, DYI's and those just looking to "sew-it-yourself." As a member of BurdaStyle you can create a profile and show off your beautiful creations, post in discussions, discover new techniques or patterns, and connect with people who share the same love for creating wearable art as you do. The photos featured in this post are my favorite looks from the various designers, who as you can see are extremely talented. BurdaStyle is extremely inspirational, join now!
Profiles: Miss Livia, SewlThought
Profiles: Laugh434, Carotte Sauvage
Friday, January 15, 2010
I have been sick all week :( sorry for the lack of posts. I promise to post something as soon as I can get out of bed hah. In the mean time here is a list of the movies I've been watching:
-Singing in the Rain (1952)
-It Happened One Night (1934)
-The Twilight Zone (they play a few episodes every friday on Syfy!) (early 1960's)
-Ghost World (2001)
-Charlie Bartlett (2007)
-The Squid and the Whale (2005)
If you get sick (there is definitely something going around, well at least in my town) check any of these out!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Claudette Colbert and Melvyn Douglas from She Married Her Boss (1935)
I've had the same reoccurring dream for over a year now. I think it mostly has to do with the fact that I don't find the modern (more specifically fashion) aesthetics appealing. In my dream a time machine will take me back to any decade from 1910 to 1960. Some nights I'll find myself in a jazz club during "The Fashion Revolution" and "The Birth of Style" otherwise known as the 1920's. Whereas other nights I'll be having afternoon tea in characteristically 50's dress, with a swing skirt and soft feminine touches. Basically my main point here is, i'll be posting a variety Icons and inspiration from any time period my time machine takes me.
Portraits of Claudette Colbert
I'd like to start off by mentioned the fact that, the "A-list" celebraties of today simply do not have that special quality, you know that je ne sais qoui. Classic Hollywood starlets, however had class, charm, and grace and not to mention were extremely talented. The public didn't support talentless hacks so there were expectations of them. Classic Hollywood stars had something to admire.
Émilie Claudette Chauchoin was born on September 13, 1903 in Paris, Seine, France. At age three, her family emigrated to the US and settled in New York City where she would become a US citizen. After high school, she went to the Art Students League of New York, with the intention of becoming a fashion designer. Instead she appeared on Broadway with a small role in The Wild Westcotts (1923). Soon after she started to go by her stage name "Claudette Colbert" and became a house hold name in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Claudette Colbert is notably one of the greatest film stars of all time, and "cited as a leading female exponent of screwball comedy"
Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable from It Happened One Night (1934)
Claudette Colbert was always impeccably dressed, on and off screen. In Tomorrow is Forever (1946) Jean Louis was hired to create eighteen changes of wardrobe for her, according to wikipedia. Colbert's style is best described with a quote from Jeanie Basinger in The International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers: "[Her] glamour is the sort that women attain for themselves by using their intelligence to create a timeless personal style."
pictures found on Flickr.com
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Lizzie McQuade is a London based designer who creates sculptural yet feminine hats, hair pieces, and accessories. Working with unexpected materials like latex, leather, hand-dyed and vintage fabrics gives her line a modern edge while still using traditional millinery techniques. Click here to view more pieces from Lizzie McQuade's beautiful collection!