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Winter Fashion By Decade- 1960's

This is my last installment of the Winter Fashion By Decade series. I am going to end it with the 1960's! I hope you have enjoyed the series. If you haven't been following along, click on the following decades to see the changes over time! 1920's1930's1940's, and 1950's.

Winter sports are still increasing in popularity. It is now really important to be fashionable on the slopes! How great is this pink ski suit? 

Large houndstooth- look closely- this is knitted! 

Pierre Cardin! Fur trim is now getting smaller than we have seen in previous decades but it's still important. Plus the mod influence is really strong here.

Why save your fur for the outerwear. Fur trimmed suits are popular.

As well as fur accessories! Again, not as extravagant as the 1920's but this is from a 1960's Sear's catalog. Meaning- it's affordable and accessible to many more people.

I love those fur shawl collar cardigans

Which decade is your favorite? Only a few weeks of winter left...look fab!


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Karen 

Retro Looks In The Modern World: A New Day

Bombshells: Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve is one of the most beautiful, elegant, and classy actresses of our time!  The French actress is most known for her films; The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and Belle de Jour (1967). You may also be familiar with Indochine (1994) , The Hunger (1983), and Dancer in the Dark (2000). 

Style Icon Catherine Deneuve Bobbins and Bombshells

Catherine is still a stunning beauty to this day, but of course I love her look in the 1960's. Her style was and still is very classic, very chic. 

Style Icon Catherine Deneuve Bobbins and Bombshells
Style Icon Catherine Deneuve Bobbins and Bombshells

Due to her classic style the eyes always seem to focus on her face and that wonderful hair! 

Style Icon Catherine Deneuve Bobbins and Bombshells

That face! 

Style Icon Catherine Deneuve Bobbins and Bombshells
Style Icon Catherine Deneuve Bobbins and Bombshells

In the 1970's she was the face for Chanel and perfume sales skyrocketed. She was also a muse for designer Yves Saint Laurent and modeled for his skincare line. She has also modeled for L'Oreal, MAC and Louis Vuitton. She is still on the best dressed lists today at the age of 69. 

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

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

Some serious hair inspiration here! I love it! 

via: fashiongonerogue.com

Bombshells: 1960's Yé Yé Girls

In the 1960's, Yé Yé was a movement in France mostly based on youth and pop music being produced at the time. The term derived from "Yeah Yeah" and was a reaction to Mod in England and Rock 'n' Roll and Girl Groups popular in the States. Pulled by Svengali strings, most notably, from famed songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, several hits were produced. 

The popular Yé Yé girls of France were sexy in a naive way and most often sang songs of innocence with undertones of sexuality and even sadness. France was, after all, still recovering from the War and the youth had a very different reality than those in America. Yé Yé Girls have always been an inspiration to me. I love the music and the Nouvelle Vague movies from this time period in France. I love their style too! Unlike their American counterparts, think Motown, these girls have Gallic pouts and slightly disheveled hair with bangs. They were not overly styled. 

Françoise Hardy

That face! Françoise's career is still going strong. She is probably the most popular of the Yé Yé girls. Her style has often been imitated. 

francoise hardy, ye ye girls, bobbins and bombshells
francoise hardy, ye ye girls, bobbins and bombshells
francoise hardy, ye ye girls, bobbins and bombshells

Chantal Goya

Chantal is adorable! She also starred in Jean-Luc Goddard's

Masculin Féminin

which is full of great fashion and French ennui. 

chantal goya, ye ye girls, bobbins and bombshells
chantal goya, ye ye girls, bobbins and bombshells
chantal goya, ye ye girls, bobbins and bombshells

France Gall

France was 16 when her first single got airplay. 

France Gall, ye ye girls, bobbins and bombshells
France Gall, ye ye girls, bobbins and bombshells
France Gall, ye ye girls, bobbins and bombshells

Sylvie Vartan

Sylvie brought more rock 'n' roll to the genre and had a tougher sound than her peers. She even married French Rock Star, Johnny Hallyday. They were the "it" couple of the time. 

sylvie vartan, ye ye girls, bobbins and bombshells
sylvie vartan, ye ye girls, bobbins and bombshells
sylvie vartan, ye ye girls, bobbins and bombshells

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Karen 

Guest Post: Pete's Mad Men Wet Set Series / Peggy

Pete from Incurlers is back! You may remember his previous posts; Here and Here;  on wet sets for vintage hairstyles. I recently asked him to give us some insight into Mad Men era hairstyles. In this three part series, Pete explores the hairstyles of Betty, Joan, and Peggy as they would have looked from the pages of 1960's Good Housekeeping magazines!

Take it away, Pete: 

When Karen suggested I do a Mad Men hairstyle article, I thought it would be quite easy. Just look though some old magazines in my collection, pick out some hairdos similar to what the main characters wear and my work would be mostly done.  Not having having seen an episode of Mad Men in over a year, I set out to do just that and was quite pleased with what I found. That is, until I looked at some pictures from the show and while the hairdos I had selected were similar, they were not identical to what is actually used on the show. Even with a bit more research my original choices did not change, so these articles are about the hairstyles that Betty, Joan, and Peggy might have worn had they been reading Good Housekeeping (GH) or any similar magazine as many women would have done at the time.

Peggy Olson




In spite of her ambition, Peggy always seems slightly less elegant than either Betty or Joan.  Somehow this hairstyle seems to really fit her character and, of all three hairdos, this is the one that is most stereotypical of the 60s. 
(Photos below from GH Nov. 1964)


And the instructions from almost 50 years ago:


"Tease top and sides, then brush to back crown. Fluff bangs forward, blending side ends upward toward crown. Now place hand behind crown and push teased hair forward for rounded height. Discretely tucked hairpins at lower crown will secure ends. Comb back down, flip ends up over hand. Twirl side tips out. "  (GH Nov. 1964) 

The trickiest thing here is teasing, which in spite of what the instructions say, probably applies more toward the back, and is not completely necessary if you don’t want as much volume.  Instead of trying to explain teasing, the best thing is to watch it being done. A quick Google search brought up this YouTube video  which is a pretty good demonstration.  More than either of the other two hairdos in this series, this hairdo requires careful combing of you hair into the desired shape and strong hairspray to keep it that way (which is also so authentically 1960s). This page has an interesting discussion of hairspray (and lacquer!)  that is very appropriate for this style. 

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I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the past. Since these photos and instructions are taken from vintage 1960s Good Housekeeping magazines, thousands or even millions of women in the 1960s would have actually duplicated and worn these exact hairdos. It doesn’t get more authentically vintage than that! 

The advice I always give is, it does take practice and experimentation to get good at any vintage technique or successfully create a vintage hairdo, so try these hairdos a number of times at home when the results really aren’t that important so you can simply wash them out if thing don’t work out as you had hoped. And above all, have fun trying some authentic vintage hairdos.

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Thank you Pete for this lovely series! 

In case you missed it, check out Betty and Joan! 

 For more vintage hair style fun, read Pete's blog; Incurlers and follow him on Twitter @incurlers

Guest Post: Pete's Mad Men Wet Set Series / Joan

Pete from Incurlers is back! You may remember his previous posts; Here and Here; on wet sets for vintage hairstyles. I recently asked him to give us some insight into Mad Men era hairstyles. In this three part series, Pete explores the hairstyles of Betty, Joan, and Peggy as they would have looked from the pages of 1960's Good Housekeeping magazines! 

 Take it away, Pete: 

 When Karen suggested I do a Mad Men hairstyle article, I thought it would be quite easy. Just look though some old magazines in my collection, pick out some hairdos similar to what the main characters wear and my work would be mostly done.  Not having having seen an episode of Mad Men in over a year, I set out to do just that and was quite pleased with what I found. That is, until I looked at some pictures from the show and while the hairdos I had selected were similar, they were not identical to what is actually used on the show. Even with a bit more research my original choices did not change, so these articles are about the hairstyles that Betty, Joan, and Peggy might have worn had they been reading Good Housekeeping (GH) or any similar magazine as many women would have done at the time.

Joan Harris 




Joan, as office manager, has a more formal look to her. This might have been her style.
 (Photos below from GH Nov.1963)


And the instructions from the article:

"Make a 3-inch part at right side. Draw right side sleekly back and secure at crown. Fold left and top hair over back of head to shape it into circlet shown, covering right side hairpins. Secure strategically with fine hairpins.  Draw forelock across left brow to ear. Spray lavishly to hold. " (GH Nov. 1963)

Like Betty’s hairdo, medium larger rollers are used to add volume and, if you hair is naturally wavy, straighten it bit as well. The instructions sound amazingly complicated, but in the end all they are saying is comb you hair into the style shown in the photograph and pin into place, hiding the pins as best as possible. 


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I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the past. Since these photos and instructions are taken from vintage 1960s Good Housekeeping magazines, thousands or even millions of women in the 1960s would have actually duplicated and worn these exact hairdos. It doesn’t get more authentically vintage than that! 

The advice I always give is, it does take practice and experimentation to get good at any vintage technique or successfully create a vintage hairdo, so try these hairdos a number of times at home when the results really aren’t that important so you can simply wash them out if thing don’t work out as you had hoped. And above all, have fun trying some authentic vintage hairdos.

***

Thank you Pete!

Stay tuned for Peggy, next week!

 For more vintage hair style fun, read Pete's blog; Incurlers or follow him on Twitter @incurlers

Retro Looks In The Modern World: Retrovisor

Guest Post: Pete's Mad Men Wet Set Series / Betty

Pete from Incurlers is back! You may remember his previous posts; Here and Here;  on wet sets for vintage hairstyles. I recently asked him to give us some insight into Mad Men era hairstyles. In this three part series, Pete explores the hairstyles of Betty, Joan, and Peggy as they would have looked from the pages of 1960's Good Housekeeping magazines!

Take it away, Pete: 

When Karen suggested I do a Mad Men hairstyle article, I thought it would be quite easy. Just look though some old magazines in my collection, pick out some hairdos similar to what the main characters wear and my work would be mostly done.  Not having having seen an episode of Mad Men in over a year, I set out to do just that and was quite pleased with what I found. That is, until I looked at some pictures from the show and while the hairdos I had selected were similar, they were not identical to what is actually used on the show. Even with a bit more research my original choices did not change, so these articles are about the hairstyles that Betty, Joan, and Peggy might have worn had they been reading Good Housekeeping (GH) or any similar magazine as many women would have done at the time.


Betty Draper/Francis




This beautiful yet simple everyday style is what Betty might have worn as a housewife who's fashionable appearance was very important to her self image.
  (Photos below from GH Nov.1963).


Like almost all hairdos of that period, it was done with a wet set and Good Housekeeping provided both a setting pattern, instructions and advice: 


"Brush all hair back; let sides come forward. Push in shallow dips at temples and ears; hold as you brush sides and back smooth close to the head. Cup all ends under. A soothing creme rinse after shampooing helps tame flyaway hair." (GH Nov.1963)

The main thing to point out here is that this hairdo uses medium or larger rollers to add volume, and you don’t need to be overly concerned with setting you hair perfectly since it will be mostly the brushing (or combing) that will be used to create the final shape. 

***

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the past. Since these photos and instructions are taken from vintage 1960s Good Housekeeping magazines, thousands or even millions of women in the 1960s would have actually duplicated and worn these exact hairdos. It doesn’t get more authentically vintage than that! 

The advice I always give is, it does take practice and experimentation to get good at any vintage technique or successfully create a vintage hairdo, so try these hairdos a number of times at home when the results really aren’t that important so you can simply wash them out if thing don’t work out as you had hoped. And above all, have fun trying some authentic vintage hairdos.

***

Thank you Pete! I am inspired to try this!

Stay tuned for Joan, next week!
 For more vintage hair style fun, read Pete's blog; Incurlers or follow him on Twitter @incurlers


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L'Officiel Singapore is giving us a charming and and happy spring with a 60's vibe. It's so pretty! Let's all wear flowers in our hair! 

Model: Abbie Heath
Photographer: Chuando and Frey






via: fashiongonerogue.com

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!