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The 1940s Dress

Miu Miu Fall 2011

Anna Sui Spring 2012

Proenza Schouler Spring 2012

Proenza Schouler Spring 2012

ADAM Spring 2012

After Miu Miu’s Fall 2011 Collection took fashion by storm, appearing in countless magazines and being worn all over the red carpet, it was evident that everyone was obsessing over those 1940s inspired dresses, well the whole collection actually! So what is the nicest form of flattery? Copying. Well I beg to differ, but my parents always told me to not be upset if someone was copying something I originally did. So Miu Miu should be flattered that such design houses have found inspiration by converting the fall dress into a spring look by using bright hues and intoxicating design! Such bright beautiful flower patterns!

Photos c/o elle.com

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The Most Memorable Fashion Moments in Film

Today TMC showed Rebel Without a Cause. I had thousands of channels at my disposal, but when a good film comes on, I just can’t pass it up. I called to my 20 year old sister who was making lunch in the kitchen and asked her if she’d ever seen a James Dean film. After she replied “no,” I got the idea to make a list of the films that have had iconic fashion moments and that still inspire fashion designers today. Everyone should watch these movies, they have come to define our American culture after all!

When coming up with my list of most memorable fashion in film, it seems that the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s has dominated the era of great style, great designers, and great moments.

So what are the most beautiful fashion films? Here’s a list of 12 great films with greater fashion moments (in no particular order).

1. A Single Man — With fashion designer Tom Ford as the director, A Single Man was bound to be heavily influenced by fashion. And guess what? He didn’t disappoint. From the saturated images to the crisp white button downs, Tom Ford is meticulous about color and style. For a first time film maker, he not only impressed but surpassed everyone’s expectations. After watching the movie you wonder why a man wouldn’t wear anything but a Tom Ford suit!

2. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)–The movie that made James Dean an icon. The troubled story of three teenagers searching for a greater meaning in their life has become a story that outlasted the 1950s. The famous line when Jimmy Stark cries out to his parents, “you’re tearing me apart!” is a line that most teenagers can relate to regardless of the decade they grew up in. But what is most remembered is James Dean’s rebellious outfit: jeans, a white tee, and his red jacket. You can’t get much cooler than that! An outfit that symbolizes his inner rebellion.

3. Sabrina, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s– Every movie Audrey Hepburn is in is worthy of being on this list. Designers like Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy saw film as an opportunity of dressing Hepburn in beautiful clothes making film her own personal runway. Making a “cinderella transformation” turning from an ordinary “funny faced” girl to a sophisticated posh woman, Audrey Hepburn shows that clothes do not make the person brings out the inner confidence of any women.


4. Rear Window–My first inkling when I saw Lisa Fredmont (Grace Kelly) strut into Jeff’s (Jimmy Stewart) apartment in a dress with a black bodice and a white tulle full skirt, I was sure Dior had designed the costumes for the movie. His “New Look” collection had debuted just weeks before. To my surprise, it was none other than legendary iconic costume designer Edith Head who was responsible for such elegant ensembles. Whether it be a daytime suit or silk negligee, all five pieces will grab your utmost attention in detail, color, and the overall grace that Grace Kelly exhibits.

5. To Catch A Thief — It would be unfair to include Rear Window without acknowledging Edith Head’s continued work in dressing Grace Kelly for Alfred Hitchock films. Grace Kelly continues to enamor audiences with such stunning outfits. The simplicity of Edith Head’s design is complimented by the acute attention to detail.

6. Annie Hall– Well La-Di-Da La-Di-Da, Annie Hall in menswear heated up the screen by making it sexy to don a pair of jeans and a flannel. It’s not just a film that broke almost every mold of how a Hollywood film should be made (i.e speaking directly to the camera, and the famous balcony screen), but the fashion was just as taboo. Diane Keaton (as Annie Hall) menswear revolutionized and catalyzed a change in mainstream culture that is still prevalent today. I currently sit in my flannel button up and corduroys while I write this post to you. So thank you Annie Hall for making it acceptable and sexy to wear man’s clothing.

7. Atonement– Although it did not win an Oscar for Best Costume Design, Atonement was nominated for the category. With roles like The Dutchess and Pride & Prejudice, Atonement seems more modern for Knightley, but there is no denying that films that take place in the past is where Knightley feels most in her element. And to really cement Atonement as a film with great fashion, Kiera Knightley posed for numerous magazines wearing that famous green dress, which further marks its place in film fashion history.

8. An English Patient–Another movie centered around World War II, An English Patient captures audiences not only by its flashback sequences and a riveting love story, but through the beautiful safari clothing–crisp white tops with beautifully-made khaki jackets and earth-toned pants. The English Patient won the Oscar for Best Costume Design in 1996.

9. Blow-Up–In London during the Swinging Sixties of sexual liberation and freedom of expression, a photographer takes a beautiful model to a desolate park and believes he witnessed a murder. With mod sixties dresses and Twiggy inspired looks,Blow Up is full of great fashion moments and Italian director Antonioni is credited with making the thin model as muse.

10. La Dolce Vita– You may not think there is anything sweet about La Dolce Vita after watching it, but the clothes sure look good. A film about the temptations of a rich and famous life takes Marcello (played by Marcello Mastroianni) into a life of cheating, lying, and deceiving resulting in an incomplete quest for happiness and love. However winning costume designer, Piero Gherardi, makes sure everyone looks fabulous, making it hard to resist a life of such superficiality. La Dolce Vita is also a cultural movie–full of Alfa Romeos, vespas, Latin Lovers and most importantly the fitted Italian made suit with the skinny black tie that remains a timeless suit.

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Splurge or Steal On This Drop-Waist Little White Dress

Lately I have been looking around for appropriate yet stylish outfits that show off both my professionalism as well as my own personal style. Now 22 and a senior graduating college its time to sophisticated my wardrobe while still maintaining my own flare. The hunt has been harder than I thought. But while shopping around I found this beautiful winter-white drop-waist dress by Victoria, Victoria Beckham  which I assume to be priced at around $800 to $1000. On the right is Top Shop’s tennis dress for a steal at £85.  So would you Splurge or Steal?

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Making Fur A Staple

I’ve wanted a fur vest for two years now. I bought one from Urban Outfitters last winter and ended up returning it. I didn’t have the confidence to wear one out in public. But every time I’d go shopping, I’d gravitate to the fur vest rack every chance I had.

I found that on my 5’2″ frame, fur seemed to consume body. It was like the fur was wearing me instead of me wearing the fur!

Disappointed that I couldn’t pull it off, I gave up on fur for a while. But when I was at Forever21 over Thanksgiving holiday, I found a $30 fur vest I just couldn’t pass up. If it just hung in my closet, I didn’t mind since it was such a cheap investment. And who knows, maybe I’d find cause to wear it.

Well, from the picture above you can see that I did end up wearing it–with a pink and white striped fitted Ralph Lauren blouse. I found that combat boots, leggings, and a fur vest wasn’t working for me so I made it an accessory of a preppier ensemble. I paired it with a pair of Gap jeans and loafers I bought in Paris. Instead of street sartorial, I found that fur works for me if I try looking classy, not edgy.

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Shoe Museum? Nope, Just Selfridges

I’ve been in many boutiques, shops, and department stores with beautiful interior design and an exquisite set up of clothing on the racks, but I’ve never in my life seen anything like what I saw at Selfridges on Oxford Street in London. The shoe section is more like walking through a museum as you appreciate the design of a £1000 shoes than a place to just buy them. But what was most surprising was the larger than life shoes that were displayed throughout the shoe section.  I  know Carrie Bradshaw would just die.

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Didier Ludot To Design for Petit Bateau

You can’t get more French than that! While in Paris this summer I made it a goal to buy as much vintage as I could. I don’t know what it was but to me French and vintage go hand-in-hand. It could be because everyone wants a vintage Kelley or Burkin, a vintage Chanel bag, or anything vintage to mimic the bobo (bourgeois bohemian) french bloggers.

Anyway, I did end up with some vintage gems although none from the world-renowned Didier Ludot. But that wouldn’t stop me from at least checking out arguably the most famous vintage store in the world, and possibly the most expensive. You can’t buy anything for under 1000 euros, at least!

But the Didier Ludot/ Petit Bateau collaboration changes everything! Ludot has designed two black dresses for the french label Petit Bateau (both shown below). The one with the collar, The Catherine,  is inspired by  Catherine Deneuve and the other one, with the two hip pockets was influenced by Twiggy.

Available online Dec. 5th.

Petite Bateau/Didier Ludot pictures c/o Elle.com

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Wardrobe Wishlist: Anthropologie

Dream-In-Colored Slippers, Orange $58, Intertwined Traditions Clutch $328, Single File Necklace $98, Tobacco Clinched Hat $78, Silver Shuffle Booties $548, Scalloped Suede Clog Boots $338

My friend asked me if I could help her find a collared necklace for under $100. Jewelry-line Dannijo has really changed necklaces by creating one big enough to call it a collar necklace. And although I would love to own it myself, my student budget doesn’t really allow me the freedom to spend that kind of dough when I’m jobless. So I took it upon myself to look for a cheaper but just as chic alternative to Dannijo’s must have collars. 

While looking at the usual online stores of asos.com, topshop, shopstyle, shopbob, and net-a-porter I forgot one of my favorite stores, Anthropologie. 

Although I was suppose to just be looking at necklaces, some how I ended up at shoes and other accessories. I hadn’t been on the website or in a store for so long. I had forgotten what a great selection of unique and beautiful things they offer. 

With the holidays just around the corner I thought I’d show you some items that will be on my wishlist, although I doubt I’ll be getting all of them. A girl can dream though, can’t she? 

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