Retro Looks In The Modern World: 50's Scent

Bobbins: Tweed

When ever thoughts of  an ideal Autumn or Winter wardrobe come to mind, as they do this time of year, I gravitate toward tweeds. I love the texture, flecks of color, and sturdy warmth it provides. I also love the classic styling that always looks chic.

Dita Von Teese in vintage Dior. 

Classic Chanel. 1950's. 

Menswear inspired. Biba. 1960's/70's. 

Sears. 1950's. Yes! To each of those pencil skirts!

What fabric are you drawn to time and time again? What is your go to Autumn wardrobe staple?

All images found on Pinterest.

 

Bombshells: Bunny Yeager

I've been wanting to feature Bunny Yeager on my Style Icon series for quite a while now. Upon hearing the sad news last night that she passed away in Florida at the age of 85, I set out to not waste any more time. 

Bunny was born Linnea Eleanor Yeager in Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Miami when she was 17. With her 5'9" frame, she quickly became a sought after model. 

Her interests didn't stop there. She soon went behind the camera. She loved to photograph nudes and women in bikinis that she would make herself. Being a woman and used to being on the other side of the camera, she made it easy for her subjects to pose. Bettie Page is her most famous model. She helped launch Bettie's career showing a softer side, than the bondage photos she had previously taken in New York. 

I really love her self portraits. Bunny is gorgeous and embodies the complete look of her photography. You get the feeling that it was a complete lifestyle. Her photos are not contrived. 

With her bleach blonde looks she is the epitome of 1950's beach style. 

Beyond her style, Bunny will always remain an inspiration. 


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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Pin-Up Story

Winter Fashion By Decade- 1950's

This is the fourth installment of the Winter Fashion by Decade series. The fabulous 1950's! In case you are just joining us now, click the links to see the 1920's1930's, and the 1940's. Next week will be the final decade- the 1960's!

Wool suits are popular, especially incorporating classic textiles like tweed. Fur is still important, especially for accessories. 

I love this! A great illustration of the various hats and the popular youthful look of the '50's. 

Winter sports are popular. I love that they skiied in regular clothes! Yet, they are still very stylish!

Mink, mink, mink! You had to have a mink! Especially given to you by your husband! 

 Early 1950's coats. I love all of the different silhouette options! 

One of each, please! 


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Retro Looks In The Modern World: West Side Story

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World

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The June/July 2013 issue of L'Officiel Singapore takes us back to the days of pompadours and beehives in it's editorial; West Side Story.  Despite the title, I think it's more fitting of my recent trip to Memphis. Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where I share vacation photos! 

Models: Maggie Vitelli, Silviu Tolu, Aneta Z, Wynston S, and Slava Victorov

Photographers: Chuando and Frey

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retro looks in the modern world, west side story, bobbins and bombshells
retro looks in the modern world, west side story, bobbins and bombshells
retro looks in the modern world, west side story, bobbins and bombshells
retro looks in the modern world, west side story, bobbins and bombshells

Some serious hair inspiration here! I love it! 

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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Pink Motel Chic

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.

The 1950's Pink Motel is the setting for the Spring 2013 campaign for the Beyman Collection. This kind of setting never gets old for me and I love that car!

Model: Michelle Buswell
Photographer: Koray Birand





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Bombshells: Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner, most known for her role in The Killers (1946) was one of MGM's most beautiful stars. Not only was she gorgeous, she was stylish as well. She could range from swim suit pin-up to femme fatale to girl next door. It was not easy to narrow down photos for this post. 

Stunning pin-up looks. 

I want those sunglasses! 

Classic! 

So stylish! 

Ava Gardner (1922-1990) lived a tremendous life from a childhood in the rural South to becoming on of the Hollywood greats. She starred in such films as The Killers, Mogambo, The Barefoot Contessa, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro to name a few. She was married and divorced three times, Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and the love of her life Frank Sinatra. She also had relationships with Ernest Hemingway and Spanish bullfighter, Luis Manuel Dominguin. She died in her London home from pneumonia at the age of 67. 

Bobbins: Photographer John Rawlings

John Rawlings was one of the most prolific fashion photographers of the Mid-Century. In a career spanning from the 1930's through the 1960's he shot over 200 covers for Vogue and Glamour. He experimented with light, color, and shadow much like his contemporaries at the time (Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, and Hoyningen-Heune) but unlike them, he brought a truly American sensibility to his photos. This became one of the smartest moves Conde-Nast would make helping define the American look in fashion over several decades. 

These are some of my favorites. It was really hard to choose! 

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Dior For Printemps Holiday 2012

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I love this Printemps ad featuring Dior! The 50's styling is so chic, so French! C'est parfait! 

Models: Carolyn Murphy and Sui He Star
Photographer: Mario Testino


Retro Looks In The Modern World: The New Fifties

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Vogue China March 2012 gives us a very shiny update on a 70's does 50's look. Super glamour! 

Models: Natasha Poly and Isabeli Fontana

Photographer: Inez & Vinoodh





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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Paule Ka Spring 2012

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.

The Spring 2012 campaign for Paule Ka brings us lady like looks inspired by the 50's and 60's. I can picture Grace Kelly wearing each of these outfits on the French Riviera.  I wouldn't mind wearing them myself! 

Model: Jessica Stam
Photographer: Venetia Scott






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Retro Looks In The Modern World: Pretty Baby

As much as the modern fashion world looks forward it also continually looks back in time. Here we explore Retro Looks in the Modern World.
The September issue of Australian Vogue features model Catherine McNeil in the 1950's rockabilly inspired feature "Pretty Baby". I love the creepers and the leopard print! Vogue liked it so much they put it on the cover (shown above).
Photography by Max Doyle.















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Bobbins: Veils

I've always been fascinated with vintage hats with veils and the glamorous mysterious effect they have. . Certainly there are many religious origins to the veil, think Catholic Nuns and Muslim Burqas. There is also the wedding ritual where brides wear veils ( like the gorgeous one above) to represent their virginity, a tradition that still carries on with meaning or not. There is also the somewhat old fashioned use of black veils at funerals worn by widows and those in high mourning. But where does that leave us in the fashion world where wearing a veil is a choice not a societal standard?

Let's have a look:

In Victorian and Edwardian times, large veiled hats were popular to keep sun off of the face and dust out of your eyes while riding in an automobile. Practical and pragmatic.

Bette Davis in the 1940's. Veils are worn by glamorous women. They define a lady's space and separate them from the common woman.

In the 1950's a lady never went out without a hat and her gloves.

Veils attached to fancy cocktail hats were an option for formal occasions.

Another image from the 1950's when wearing fashion veils peaked.

Sophisticated, mysterious, refined, and very lady like.

Modern times. Veils make a come back for a glamorous night out. Drew Barrymore is stunning in her birdcage veil at the Grey Gardens premiere.


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Swimwear By Decade- 1950's

For my Fashionable History segment this summer I am exploring swim wear by decade. Here we are at the 1950's. Swim wear becomes form fitting and curvaceous. The hourglass look is in. Shaping and support are key factors and swimsuits resemble corsets in many ways. Strapless one pieces are favored over the bikini but are very sexy with bias shaping, ruching, and padded cone shaped bra cups. As shorter curled hairstyles become important, so does the swim cap to protect the hair from swimming. Here's a look at some gorgeous photos.

1950s swimwear

These ladies are wearing serious suits to swim in with the funniest swim caps!

1950s swimwear

Gorgeous use of plaid with bias shaping and a ruffle at the bust.

1950s swimwear

A great shot of the popular ruched style on the left and chevron stripes on the right.

1950s swimwear

Matching swim caps! Divine!

1950s swimwear

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Bombshells: Marilyn Rediscovered

LIFE Magazine recently discovered some unpublished photos of a young 24 year old Marliyn Monroe. Shot by Ed Clark in 1950 in Los Angeles when she was virtually an unknown for the magazine where the editors didn't even know who she was. Two years later she would grace the cover of LIFE and became a household name. She looks so soft and natural in these photos. Unstressed by fame. If she were alive today, she'd be 83.

via- Today MSNBC