Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Thank goodness, though, that so many other aspects of women's lives have changed.
You can see more Mad Men piccies over at the AMC website.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
All the lovely images are grist for the inspiration mill. For examply I think theMarc for Marc Jacobs jacket above is to die for.
Luisa Beccaria's collection was romantic and undeniably pretty. Luella's show screamed early 60's lady-like glamour. Jason Wu is simply fabulous and utterly wearable.
And best of all was Erdem, where the devil was in the details. His collection included the most divine prints and, although his silhouettes were inspired by the past, his creations looked worthy of replicating on their own merits.
I'm no high fashion expert, but here are a few of my favourite looks.
Friday, September 25, 2009
The point I'm getting to is that the theme for my wedding is "Vintage Hawaii" and consequently I've become just a little bit obsessed with vintage Hawaiian clothing.
I recently purchased a pink 70's Malia sundress on Ebay, but some more collectible and coveted labels are Kamehameha, Malihini and the master print-maker himself Alfred Shaheen, who sadly passed away in 2008. Great Hawaiian style of decades past was defined by tropical and tribal prints on largely functional (i.e. easy to wear) resort style clothes such as swimwear, cover-ups, sarong dresses and of course the ubiquitous and often kitschy Hawaiian shirt.
Alfred Shaheen hand painted many of his fabrics. His 50's sarong dresses, like this tribal print yellow, are so desirable these days, that they definitely don't come cheap. Most particularly if they are in good condition. You can pick this one up at Glamour Savvy.
I had my eye on this drop dead gorgeous Alfred Shaheen wrap dress at Posh Girl Vintage for months, and when I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy it (it was my size and everything!), some other Cinderella had wisely made her move. I will always love you dream dress ...
I'm not aware of the label on this lady in red, but it is definitely Hawaiian and definitely pretty. Perfect for a summer BBQ or picnic and available for purchase at Lucite Box.
I'm dangerously drawn to blue or green florals, and thus I'm dangerously drawn to this Kamehameha fit and flare dress. From Hakther on Etsy.
I could totally wear this sixties wrap-dress to work. Flattering, elegant and oh so happy. From Ebay.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thankfully my Mum was there to talk me off a ledge as the panic hit today. I contemplated throwing in the towel (no doubt in some part influenced by how busy I am at work, coupled with having to move house in two weeks ... grrr), cancelling the venue and then running off to the nearest registry office and just doing the deed. Then I realised that I would then be missing out on the (hopefully) once in a lifetime opportunity to plan a party exclusively for the people I love, to celebrate the man I love. And I can always get myself back into the happy zone by browsing some of my favourite wedding blogs.
One of the most outstanding on this list is Vintage Glam Weddings, where blogger and newlywed Amanda celebrates the best vintage inspired weddings. She highlights those weddings that aren't the lavish chi chi types you see on the pages of bridal magazines, but rather unique and individual ceremonies featuring vintage treasures and flea-market finds. The real life wedding photos are so inspirational and generally gorgeous. Get a load of some of these!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
So last night I wrote up a whole post on the delights of the documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor and somewhere along the way blogger had a brain fuzz and all my writing completely disappeared. Sob, sob.
The basic gist of my rundown though was WOW. Who knew so much beauty could be packed into two hours? Valentino's lifestyle is crazily lavish, surrounding himself with beautiful people, possessions and pugs. The gorgeous doggies have their own nanny to walk them and clean their pearly whites. And his couture gowns - though not considered by many to be groundbreaking - are timelessly elegant and feminine.
"I love beauty, it is not my fault" he proclaims.
As Valentino retired two months after the doco completed filming, this film really does chronicle the end of era. My highlights:
* Puggies running all over the place
* Valentino's histrionics over the hairstylist for his couture show wanting big but edgy year. "what is this edgy? Do you not like a chignon?" he says.
* Giancarlo Giametto - his partner for 50 years - with tears in his eyes as Valentino thanked him, from the bottom of his heart, as part of his Legion d'honneur acceptance speech
* Watching Valentino create a magnificent white couture gown from scratch
* The insight into the inner-workings of Valentino's seamstresses - literally everything is made by hand - and the seamstresses delight when they arrive at the label's 45 year exhibition in Rome
* Karl Lagerfeld: "we are the only two left" he says. "All the rest of them are making rags."
* Valentino's French villa, impeccable grooming, well-mannered staff and permanent orange tan. It is like a lifestyle from a different age.
* And last but not least are the dresses, like this pink slice of heaven ...
If you love high fashion and are addicted to trawling the Internet for the couture show reports, then The Last Emperor really is a must see. My friend Liana and I walked out with huge smiles, even though we remain bereft that unless we dump our fiances for rich financiers or invent a cure for baldness, we are never getting anywhere near wearing our own slice of Valentino.
But would I want to wear a granny rug on a red-carpet?
My Cate B did just that at an opening for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne this week. My initial thought was 'Oh my God, what is she wearing', but it is amazing how quickly a look can become acceptable once you've gazed at it long enough. Perhaps that explains why everyone thought pairing cargo pants with high heels was the epitome of chic back in 2003?