Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Rosalind's 30s era costumes, including amazing head wear and lush looking coats and blouses, were all designed by legendary Hollywood costume designer (and Aussie!) Orry Kelly. Once Natalie transforms into Gypsy Rose Lee, world famous stripper, she sports some simply stunning gowns that wouldn't look out of place at a red-carpet event today.
You can see some of them in the clip I've embedded.
Orry Kelly was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on this film and although he missed out, he had already won three: for Some Like It Hot, Les Girls and An American in Paris. Natalie actually sang in this film because, unlike in West Side Story where her voice was dubbed, she could get away with it in Gypsy as it fit the character. Gypsy Rose Lee was known for her glamour, her wit and her performance rather than her voice.
I'm about to head down to Melbourne for a few days and will be in sales conference lock-down. I'll be back blogging on Saturday.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I would argue that the supermodel moment was unique and of its time; limited to the late 80s and early 90s when a group of beauties became serious movers and shakers in the fashion industry, moving products and magazines, commanding fortunes, dating rock stars and becoming mainstream celebrities. I know I was pretty obsessed with the supers in my early teens, but many other people who didn't salivate over Vogue every month knew just who Linda, Christy, Naomi and Cindy were too. No surnames needed.
While I know who the top models of today are, my hubbie, for example, would probably only be able to recognise Giselle and maybe Miranda Kerr (she gets an awful lot of press in Australia).
Vogue's story was interesting - a collection of quotes from the top models, photographers and casting agents of the last two decades - but there have been key models shaping the look of an era going back for yonks. So in this post I thought I'd take a look back at some of the top names of the 1950s.
Her family have actually started a website about her which is a must visit for anyone who loves 50s high fashion.
Dorian's little sister Suzy - who went by her real surname of Parker - became an even bigger star than her sister. She was the first model to earn $100,000 in a year, appeared on the covers of every major magazine of the age and went on to star in Hollywood movies.
Cool blonde Sunny Harnett was another New Yorker who became famous in the 50s. Sunny, once she retired from modelling (and she shot campaigns for many top brands and appeared in both Vogue and Harper's regularly), actually became assistant to Eileen Ford.
Friday, June 25, 2010
But the Jacobs A/W collection for Louis Vuitton has had me all excited. The waist cinching corset style tops, dirndl skirts, inspired use of leather + the floral print evening wear (LOVE!) are so utterly feminine without being frou frou. I reckon they'll look good on the many rather than the few. I think wearability has been pretty poor in a lot of high fashion lately.
The advertising campaign for this collection - shot by Steven Meisel - has just been released, and it is beyond gorgeous. Jacobs has chosen three of my favourite models: Natalia Vodianova, Christy Turlington and Karen Elson. All are breathtaking beauties, highly recognisable, and with the lady-like qualities that suit the clothes.
Karlie's look here is proof positive to me that liberally applied pink blush works a treat.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
From LizsVintageSoffita there is this delicious 40s coat; from TractorDog you can buy a very mod 60s number; and FabGabs camel mohair 60s suit is all kinds of woolly goodness.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
For a stroll through the history of dress you can't beat Kerry Taylor Auctions; most of the offerings are truly fashion as art. A couple of weeks ago Kerry held an auction which saw a number of pieces from Princess Diana's estate go under the hammer, not least the black Elizabeth Emanuel dress Diana wore to her first official function post engagement. It fetched a staggering 192,000GBP!
Personally I am completely taken with these Jean Desses sketches from the early 50s, which offer an insight into the creative process of one of the best of the best. Aren't they super pretty? I hope a few fans were lucky enough to add these to their home.
I'd really like to add a beautiful fashion illustration to one of my walls, but I might have to settle for a reproduction before I get anywhere near the real thing.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
The Prada and Louis Vuitton A/W collections were among my favourites of the season; both luxe but wearable and heavily influenced by the classic silhouettes of yesteryear.
It is nice to see them get a run in these gorgeous shots and don't Ewan and Natalia make a gorgeous faux couple? Natalia looks so at home in these retro styles as her face recalls revered beauties from the 50s and 60s like Jean Patchett, Jean Shrimpton, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Natalie Wood.
I LOVE the blue Vera Wang cocktail dress in the third pic.