One of the most intriguing aspects of fashion is its ability to transport people, whether it is to another era or another mindset. What we put on each morning can define how we feel about ourselves that day and how we want to interact with the world. Fashion allows us to mold ourselves, put on a costume, and live a fantasy. This blog is primarily about using styles and trends of the past to transport ourselves today.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Get Inspired: Swim Vintage

There is nothing like a clean and simple, figure flattering one piece.

Marilyn Monroe on the cover of West magazine,
a once division of the LA Times

Jantzen advertisement 1955
All ads are from the book: Icons, 50's Fashion
Vintage Fashion and Beauty Ads

Jantzen 1951

Glamour, 1956

Everfast Fabrics, 1953

Jantzen 1956, Catalina 1955

Catalina 1954

Kleinhert's, 1962
Icons: 60's Fashion Vintage Fashion and Beauty Ads

Betty Draper from Mad Men, showing off her two piece in Season 1

Contemporary vintage inspired poolside attire
Allure, vintage inspired one-piece

Friday, May 11, 2012

"3 Women:" 1970's Kitsch and Absurdity Part 2

See previous post for description about this movie:

1970's blouson top, long flowing hair and full skirt
I want this look for summer!

Tan color story
Shelly Duvall walking through the California desert, full cotton skirt
and cotton blouson top with puff sleeves

Pink and Yellow, 1970's 3/4 puff sleeve with lace embellished top

Shelley love yellow in her halter dress complete with a yellow corsage

More yellow
Western style shirt with yellow gingham and daisy embellishments

An orange fleck in the desert 

Pinky's revenge
Sissy Spacek's character Pinky takes over Shelley Duvall's character
trading in her baby pink calico dresses fro a hot pink crop top and peddle pushers

Think Pink
Smocked Bikini

Sassy Spacek
I love the contrast with the hot pink and bright yellow

1970's blouson top, long flowing hair and full skirt
I want this look for summer!

Suddenly Shelley's wardrobe becomes bland and drab, the color of sand

Hot with passion and anger

The most gorgeous picture/look!

Closing words, shop easy breezy, 70's!

Monday, April 23, 2012

3 Women: 1970's Kitsch and Absurdity Part 1

"3 Women," starring Sissy Spacek and Shelley Duvall
Directed by Robert Altman

I was up late doing homework the other night, scrolling through Netflix Instant Watch as usual, when I came across this very absurd Fashion Gem!!! 
Don't be fooled by the eery music.....
Despite it's creepiness, it's full of 1970's style,
a vibe I'm feeling for summer....

This blog has to be in parts because I was so inspired I took a ton of frames and it would be too many pictures for one post to handle. 

Sissy Spacek (left) plays innocent Pinky Rose and Shelley Duvall (right) plays the social butterfly Millie Lammoreaux 
The girls meet at work, an old folk's rehabilitation center
I LOVE the old lady's cat eye glasses!

Sissy Spacek-youthful innocent

Chunky Heel Shoes!!

The story takes place in a desert community in Los Angeles.
Yellow is the central color to Millie, while pink is Pinky Rose's identity color.

LOVE Millie's full cotton skirt and matching peasant style crop top

Dodge City, the girls' local bar
I love the use of color throughout the film.
Purple Sage apartment building with purple rails and doors,
a blue pool to contrast with retro orange print cushions.

Could the tank be foreshadowing?.....

Millie loves YELLOW
Millie's decor is kitschy yellow. I love it.
While yellow is the traditionally the color of friendship, I'm not sure the girls' friendship is true...

1970's long cotton nightgown and robe. 


and more to come!!
stay tuned for Part 2 posting

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"It's Hip To Be Square" Geometry in Fashion

Photographed by William Klein
Harpers Bazaar March 2011
Jacket, shorts, and Clutch- Maison Martin Margiela

It's been so long since I've blogged, been busy with school and the like...
Here is a post with some of my favorite avant garde silhouettes...please listen to "Hip to be square" by Huey Lewis and the News while you peruse the shapes.

Photo by Greg Kadel
Harper's Bazaar February 2009
Jacket by Dolce & Gabbana

Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere Onyx Wool-Gabardine Dress
Photo by David Sims
Harper's Bazaar

Jacket by Dolce & Gabbana
Harper's Bazaar

Dolce & Gabbana