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Inspiration: Rosemary's Baby

It's Halloween so I thought it would be appropriate to briefly address a classic horror film: Rosemary's Baby (1968). In terms of style, I think the most famous aspect featured in the film was the short pixie cut that Mia Farrow sported when her character, Rosemary, was pregnant. A new haircut for a new stage in her life.

Besides the haircut, I thought there were quite a few pieces of clothing or aspects of outfits that I admired. As much as I would love to say that the 50s was my favourite silhouette, I adore 60s Mod more so.

Here are my favourite aspects of the outfits:

Maternity dresses - empire waist and baby-doll
I have no need for maternity wear as I'm not an expectant mother and I don't expect to be one any time soon but I thought a lot of those dresses were adorable with the empire waist and baby-doll.  Especially the baby-doll.
Shift dresses
What would the mid-to-late 60s be without a shift dress?
Patterns Rosemary's wardrobe features florals and plaids. I be…

Inspiration: Princess Jellyfish

Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime; 海月姫)is an Japanese manga series featuring otaku (Japanese counterpart of geek but with more negative connotations). The otaku sisterhood Amars, along with a trendy cross dresser, form a fashion brand to raise enough money to buy their home back, which is facing the threat of redevelopment. They call the brand "Jellyfish" because Tsukimi (the main character) designed the dresses and drew inspiration from her favourite animal - Jellyfish. They create dresses that are more avant-garde in the beginning and attempt to develop a line of ready-to-wear, realising the challenges that come along with creating a new brand and generally speaking, entrepreneurism.

I have a soft spot for this manga. I adore jellyfish, though I don't fancy having them as pets (I hear they're quite finicky).

The live-action is to be out at the end of this year. My expectations aren't that high but that is because I don't like to place high expectations on what…

Inspiration: Hitchcock's Leading Ladies

The Hitchcock blonde - perhaps one of the most iconic characters of his films. In this list, I've probably shown five of the most notable Hitchcock Blondes - the leading ladies who graced the silver screen. Grace Kelly is the ultimate Hitchcock Blonde - arguably the most beautiful. Ingrid Bergman was the better actress of them all. I adore Hitchcock's films, particularly how meticulous Hitchcock is to the details in his films. Combine that with Edith Head's artistry in costume design, it's no wonder that some of these films are the better known of his classics (Notorious, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, Vertigo and The Birds).

Notorious (1946) 
This is the only Hitchcock film I have watched that features Ingrid Bergman as the leading lady. I should probably catch up on the other two she had made. I loved the wardrobe in the film because there were elements of androgyny from 40s fashion. Also I love how the dresses at the time would drape over the body.
Rear Window (1954)

Random: Mid-Sem Break

I never feel adequately rejuvenated from a mid-semester break. This year, I've only ever felt profound fatigue -- far from the bright-eyed-bushy-tailed first year I used to be. Caffeine intake might have something to do with it too but I think I'm just feel uninspired with the things I'm doing. I tried to make the best of my break but I honestly didn't get much done. I feel like I'm fizzling out but it's almost the end -- I've gone through nearly 3/4 of the semester.

Other than going to see a friend, lending her my manga, giving her some posters for her new room and some Buldak Bokkeum Myun (seriously hot Korean instant noodles), I didn't meet up with any of my other friends. I did, however, had a nice dinner out in the city with my younger sister after a long day of studying (for her) and a day at the lab (for me). I treated her to one of N2's ice cream flavours: Ferrero Reveal (Ferrero Rocher). I think the syringe of chocolate ganache is a nice to…