Her catwalk is the sidewalk.
 
Her catwalk is the sidewalk.

Posts from — February 2011

A Tough Act to Follow

Très excité for the Oscars tonight! I can’t wait to see which actors and films will win, and “who” the stars will be wearing. It’s such fun to watch and judge the fashion promenade on the Red Carpet. Wonder who (if anyone) will wow me this year? Stay tuned…

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Although honestly, do you know what I’m really hoping to catch a glimpse of? Some of that elegant old Hollywood glamour…

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My favorite silver screen stars of all time had style & class in spades, and what they wore only enhanced their charm. As we count down to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, I thought it would be fun & fitting to pay homage to Hollywood royalty at the Oscars over the years. Enjoy these vintage photos!

Audrey Hepburn
 
Audrey Oscar 1954
 
Cary Grant  
  
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Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly
 

Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly

 Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly

Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly

 Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas

  James Dean

James Dean

 Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Joan Crawford

Gregory Peck, Sophia  Loren, Joan Crawford

 Robert Redford

Robert Redford

 Paul Newman

Paul Newman

 Walt Disney and Shirley Temple

Walt Disney and Shirley Temple

 Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty

Natalie & Warren

 Grace Kelly and Clark Gable

Grace & Clark

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

Paul and Joanne

Hooray for Hollywood! That’s all for now, darlings.

February 27, 2011   1 Comment

Fashion Plates & Memories

Pretties, do you remember Fashion Plates? As a little girl they kept me entertained for hours. My sister and I would giggle as we matched up the outfits.

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I can so vividly remember every delicious detail: the 70′s high-waisted jeans, the wide-brimmed hat, the Dorothy Hamill wedge hairstyle, the Charlie’s Angels feathered hair, and then there’s the tennis outfit.  Who didn’t love the (now très vintage) tennis outfit?

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As it turns out, most of my friends remember, too. Wouldn’t it be marvelous to bring those Fashion Plates back? Before our plastic-plated dolls there were paper dolls ~ the dress up dolls of choice for my ever-chic Mom’s (still very young) generation…

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And before the delightul dawn of Downton were Godey’s fashion plates…

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Then there are fashion plates of today….

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But for a select and lucky few, we’ll never forget our plastic 1970′s Tomy Fashion Plates.  The memories are priceless. My friend Terri and I once designed an exclusive “petite” line by omitting the center plate, and combining the head and leg plates. I can still hear our peals of laughter…

Before Fashion Plates, I dabbled in other toys, including Barbies.

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Today I sketch while watching Project Runway, dress my friends and clients, and style their outfits. I guess some things never change!

“The woman is the most perfect doll that i have dressed with delight and admiration.”  ~Karl Lagerfeld

 

Fashion Plate photos courtesy of The Medestrian and Pattern of Life.

February 25, 2011   5 Comments

Eye Candy

My girl is like candy, a candy treat, she knocks me high up off my feet…

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I’m a kid in a bonbon store when it comes to fashion photography, and it doesn’t get much sweeter than the iconic photos of Richard Avedon.  He had a gift for capturing sheer joie de vivre in his shots, like this cheerfully chic one above with Twiggy.

He knew how to play up the playful side of stunning silverscreen darling, Audrey

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He captured the jazzy style of dapper Hollywood  hotshots (quite impressive, considering the two weren’t exactly pals)…

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And showcased the star quality of so many other sensational subjects.

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And then there’s this photo of Veruschka Love, love, love. It always makes me smile! Artistic Avedon was uber-energetic himself, so it’s no surprise that he shot his models in motion: dancing, smiling, laughing and leaping.

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He knew that fashion should be fun, andVeruschka is having a ball in this shot! It doesn’t hurt that she’s party-ready in glam gold ballet flats and a posh Bill Blass frock.

No wonder she’s over the moon!

February 24, 2011   1 Comment

New York Style Librarian

Before The Sartorialist, and long before street style was dubbed “street style” there was Bill.

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Some say street style started the day Bill Cunningham got a camera, and he’s got the snapshots to prove it. For decades, he has artfully captured candid everyday fashion and haute couture for The New York Times.

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Today at a spry 80-ish years old, he pedals through Manhattan on his Schwinn bicycle in his trademark cobalt blue coat, snapping candid photos along the way.

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Beloved Bill brings us shiny street scenes, full of people in the midst of their daily, stylish lives in the city…

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And covers fashion shows, Fashion Week, galas, benefits, and all the “be seen” soirées.

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His weekly On the Street column highlights everyday style in New York, and his Evening Hours feature spotlights the glamorous life of a select and lucky few, à la “First Lady of New York” Brooke Astor.

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In his previous life, he dropped out of Harvard, started a chapeau shop, and wrote for WWD. He currently sleeps in a small apartment above Carnegie Hall lined with file cabinets. Can you just imagine the photographs in those cabinets? Perhaps Bill needs help from someone with my initials to catalog those treasures…

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Bill’s got skills. Who else in the universe could make Anna Wintour feel self conscious about her outfit? “We all get dressed for Bill,” she fondly acknowledges…

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If like moi, you can’t seem to get enough of this silver-haired style shutterbug, you’re in luck. Richard Press’s documentary, Bill Cunningham New York finally hit the silver screen last year and is now available on DVD. If you haven’t had the pleasure of viewing this treasure ~ get your well-manicured hands on it tout de suite, darlings!

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I promise you will not be in the least bit disappointed ~ and will most likely fall in love with this incredibly kind, uber-creative, observant, crazy-talented man on the spot.

“The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been, and always will be.” ~Bill Cunningham

February 12, 2011   1 Comment

Well, Well, Welly…

Snow. Ice. Hail. Rain. Slush. Puddles. Repeat

Welcome to Winter 2011 – and I’m not talking about the sartorial season, darlings.

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The snow can be très jolie, but how is a girl supposed to wear her 5050′s or TB patent pumps without fear of ruining them? Or any other cute shoes or boots, for that matter?

Quel nightmare! Or so I thought… Until I found my beloved Hunter wellies.

How on earth did I ever manage without them? A symbol of British country life since 1856, Hunter wellies today have stylish girls making a splash and singing in the rain.

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Diana donned them during her royal courtship; Kate wears them on the royal grounds; and fashion royalty Kate Moss wears them to Coachella. Kelly, Nicole, and every celeb in between proudly sport their Hunter wellies when they’re commingling with commoners.

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Not only are my Hunter boots chic and sassy; they’re comfy and functional. They hit high on my stems, protecting me from puddle and slush splashes that would otherwise ruin my Kate Spade tights.  Available in an assortment of colors that pop, they’re the perfect sunny remedy to these gray wintry days.

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Worried about keeping your tootsies toasty? Relax – the folks at Hunter have got you covered with their welly socks. Take your pick: Leopard, zebra, stripes, and solids in pink, turquoise, yellow, classic Hunter green and more.

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So Mr. Weatherman, you say we’re in for another “wintry mix”?  Bring it on – I’ve got my haute Hunter rain boots to keep me warm.

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NYC image courtesy of AP/Craig Ruttle.

February 5, 2011   1 Comment