Sunday, March 30, 2014

Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) was the movie that made Audrey Hepburn a style icon. Givenchy exclusively dressed Audrey Hepburn in this film, creating the iconic LBD (little black dress). Edith Head created the other clothes that Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly wore. Most of the clothing made for the film were quite fashion-forward for its time and nothing looks outdated, even compared to today's fashion.


While Chanel had created the LBD in the 1920s, it was not a wardrobe essential until Givenchy designed the dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the opening of the film. It's a sleeveless sheath floor-length gown and was accessorised with strands of pearls draped around her neck, a tiara on top of her beehive hairdo and dark sunglasses with a design reminiscent of Ray Ban Wayfarers (tortoiseshell frame). Apparently, the sunglasses were Oliver Goldsmith's Manhattan. Don't forget the black opera gloves.

The most distinct part of the design was the cut-out on the back of the dress. The lower half of the dress in the movie was redesigned by Edith Head as it showed considerable amount of leg when Hepburn had it on. It is this gown that epitomised the LBD and it's a style that'll never go out.

Throughout the movie, Holly Golightly is seen in different LBDs. With just a change of accessories, it's possible to make a dress suitable for any occasion. Keep it minimal during the day and if you have to make it a statement, put on one statement piece and you're good to go. A lot of her statement pieces  are very neutral. For night, just add more accessories to glam it up.

To channel your own Holly Golightly, you should pick out an LBD that flatters your body. A shapeless shift dress isn't going to flatter anyone but if you pick out the right details, that shift will look good. If you're an hourglass for example, you'd want to belt it so your curves aren't hidden by the shift. If you've got a small bust, a boat neck will do wonders. Maybe the shift dress isn't for you and you want something more daring with cut-outs? It really is up to you and what flatters you.




Most of Holly Golightly's wardrobe consists of neutrals. Very minimalist and chic.
After the iconic LBD, I'd reckon this beige trench coat was the most memorable. It's a classic today and every Autumn, many brands will release their own rendition of the trench coat. You're not even restricted to beige and black. There's hot pink, navy, orange, green and every colour of the rainbow but if you want it classic, stick with the neutrals.
Holly's not afraid of colour, despite mostly being in neutrals. That double-breasted orange coat with funnel-neck was very popular after the release of the movie. The funnel neck was popular in the 60s and it's one of Givenchy's designs.
She also knows how to liven up a party with a pink cocktail dress.
Edith Head didn't really design many of the key pieces we often think of but she did make this shirt dress, which I thought was great. Holly Golightly sure knows how to sleep in style too. It's probably my favourite set after the introductory black dress.
Of course, never forget the lipstick.
"A girl can't read that sort of thing without her lipstick."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Celeb Style: Ariana Grande

No, I'm not reverting back to my teeny bopper ways. I adore Ariana Grande's style, even though I don't know much about her work. Her style is very much influenced by the 1950s and 60s with Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn and a sprinkle of the 90s. She has a similar vintage flair as Lana Del Rey but I'm not going to lie that I prefer Lana. Lana's the somber older sister and Ariana's the cute little sister.

Here's the breakdown of her style.

Fit-and-flare



The fit-and-flare today is derived from the 1950s as Dior rose with their New Look (1947). It's still a very popular silhouette today, most likely because we're into the revival of previous fashion in this decade.

Ariana Grande is often seen in these types of dresses and it suits people who like to look feminine. Most of her fit-and-flare dresses have a sweetheart neckline that accentuates the bust.

Bodycon


For people who are a bit more daring and wish to show off their figure, the bodycon is the way to go. These fit close to the body and for those who aren't entirely comfortable in them, appropriate shape wear is recommended. There is a certain level of self-confidence needed to pull these off.

These dresses fit those with an hourglass figure the best.


Cropped tops


Crop tops are very popular in teen fashion. These were popular in the 90s when Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera wore them and the teeny boppers followed. Thankfully, the crop top these days are a little more refined.

Pair these with high-waisted bottoms to avoid having a large portion of your midriff visible. They can be elegant if they don't show much skin. Just be warned, these work only on those with great abs.


Matching Two-piece




These days, match-matchy isn't so much of a fashion faux pas. Most of Ariana Grande's pieces are crop tops with high-waisted shorts or skirts. I cannot help but to think of 60s swimwear with these, especially the sunflower print.

Mini skirts



Mini skirts allow Ariana to show off her toned legs. They're great for people who are petite because wearing a skirt too long will only make them look shorter.

Ariana appears to wear a lot of skater skirts but pencil skirts are also worn too.

Fur-trimmed coats


   When the weather's cold, she opts for longer coats lined with fur. The first one is just a fur collar on top of a long coat and they're a great way to accessorise a piece of clothing. Of course, these are faux-fur and an essential to any animal rights enthusiast who needs to bear with the winter cold.

Stiletto heels

A girl needs as much help as she can get if she's petite and this means stilettos. Stilettos and any shoe with a slim heel gives the illusion of longer and slim legs, smaller feet as well as providing the height to give us a lift. 

Chanel

 

Ariana Grande loves her Chanel. That doesn't mean you have to break the bank to get your hands on something of Chanel. Opt for a quilted bag or some quilted flats - something that is reminiscent of Chanel's class. If you really are insistent on getting something Chanel, look at their makeup or perfume. 


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Inspiration: Catherine Deneuve in 'Belle de Jour'

Catherine Deneuve is one of many style icons I look up to, right up there with Audrey Hepburn. She's classy but seemingly has an aura of mystery and ice. For me, she's the quintessential French woman. Belle de Jour (1967) is perhaps one of my favourite movies and it is the first of her works I had seen. Yves Saint Laurent designed the costumes for her character in this film and from this collaboration, she became one of his muses and modelled for him.

 Catherine Deneuve plays Séverine Serizy, a wealthy housewife who's unable to be intimate with her husband. She becomes a prostitute in a high-class brothel and is called "Belle de Jour" there because she only works during the day. One of the many items I loved were the coats. They were tailored to her body perfectly and I particularly liked the military inspired coats and jackets she wore. I also loved the black pill hat.






I adore her shoes. The chunky kitten heel definitely gives off an elegance that a pair of Christian Louboutin stilettos cannot (but Louboutins are more empowering). Perhaps by today's standards, it's seen as a bit matronly but I think they're cute. The designer of the shoes is Roger Vivier, who is best known for the stiletto heels he created for Dior. Séverine wears these pair a lot during the film in different outfits. 

Roger Vivier pilgrim pump
One of my favourite outfits is this red ensemble she wore at the beginning of the film but I also think she wore the same outfit further into the movie. The jacket is an Eisenhower-style jacket that is double-breasted. It's been a while since I've watched the film but I believe it is a red shift dress underneath.


My favourite outfit has to be the last outfit in the movie. A black shift dress with white cuffs and collar is definitely channelling the demure schoolgirl look. Of course, we know Séverine is anything but... 

This time, her shoes are different. They're still a modest height but they're definitely a stiletto.


They've got a scalloped edge - makes a bland pair of black heels look cute. I would love to have a pair of heels like those too.

Among other Catherine Deneuve - YSL collaborations in films are La Chamade (1968), La Sirène du Mississipi (1969), Liza (1972), Un flic (1972) and The Hunger (1983). 





Sunday, March 2, 2014

DIY: Butterfly Brooches

I have always been drawn to butterflies: the colours, the patterns and the shape of their wings. When I had spotted these wooden laser-cut butterfly brooches, I knew I had to get them somehow.
From: http://www.etsy.com/listing/120900444/wooden-butterfly-brooch-butterfly-brooch?ref=market

Instead of purchasing one already made, I opted to make them myself. To make them, it's pretty easy. I simply purchase some laser-cut wooden butterflies and brooch bar pins and glue them together. I also chose to paint the wooden butterflies with a matte sealer just in case.

These were mines:




They make beautiful gifts for those who adore butterflies, or anyone who's girly and loves shabby chic. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Update: Revival

It's time to revive this blog (a.k.a my baby). To mark this revival, I decided to change my layout. I've made this layout way back but I had second thoughts about using it. Nevertheless, I spent hours making it and with fresh eyes, it looks pretty good. I should give credit where it is due and chandelier brushes used for the header is from http://aniieesdreams.deviantart.com/art/Chandelier-brushes-306947839
As for the damask background, I cannot recall all the places I retrieved the brushes from but:
http://angelinaresource.deviantart.com/art/AR-PS-Brushes-Damask-01-75858960
I'll get back to this when I can find the sources I'm missing.

Welcome to the new era of White + Rose... and no, not much is going to change.