Bombshells: Jean Seberg

Jean Seberg went from Iowa to becoming the French New Wave's darling.  While she made movies in Hollywood as well, it is her portrayal of the cool girly-tomboy young American in her French movies that have always inspired me.

She acted from the years of 1957-1976. Her first movie was Otto Preminger's Saint Joan, where she played Joan of Arc. She died in 1979 of an overdose at the age of 40. 

She made the pixie cut chic, well before Mia Farrow. 

Her chicness was in her ability to shine without being over done. 

Capris, chunky knit sweaters, and flats. This was her uniform.

She was truly adorable!

If you haven't seen her in the New Wave classic,

Breathless

(1960), you simply must! 

Bombshells: Grace Kelly

It goes with out saying, that Grace Kelly would be on every Style Icon list. She was the epitome of simple, clean, effortless style. American sportswear mixed with Riviera glamour. She had it all, including a fairy tale life.

Her acting career spanned from 1950- 1956. Not a long career but one she had to give up when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco. She starred in 3 of my favorite Hitchcock movies; Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, and Dial M for Murder. 

She never took the "pin-up" route that so many of her actress peers took in the Fifties. She kept it cool, casual, and classy.

She died in 1982 at the age of 52. She suffered a stroke while driving in the Riviera. She lost control of her car and drove off the steep winding road. 

James Stewart said this at her funeral: 

"You know, I just love Grace Kelly. Not because she was a princess, not because she was an actress, not because she was my friend, but because she was just about the nicest lady I ever met. Grace brought into my life as she brought into yours, a soft, warm light every time I saw her, and every time I saw her was a holiday of its own. No question, I'll miss her, we'll all miss her, God bless you, Princess Grace."


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Bombshells: Sophia Loren

Sophia is a true bombshell, in the classic sense of the word. She's most known for her curves and those eyes but she also has sense of style that enhanced her god-given features. 

Born Sofia Scicolone in Italy in 1934, she started her career at the age of 14 when she entered a beauty pageant. She didn't win, but it did lead to acting lessons. She got bit parts here and there until the 1950's when she signed a 5 picture contract with Paramount that launched her international career. She then changed her name to Sophia Loren. 

She was the first woman to win a Best Actress Oscar in a foreign language film for the film

Two Women

in 1962. 

Here she is with Clark Gable in

It Started in Naples (1959).

"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age." - Sophia Loren

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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Bombshells: Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard is a true style icon. She could pull off casual looks just as well as complete silver screen glamour. A natural beauty, best known for her screwball comedies of the 1930s, she is still an inspiration.

A young Carole (born Jane Alice Peters) in the 1920's. Those eyes were made for black and white films.

Super stylish. I love this outfit. 

Stunning Old Hollywood glamour. You can see why she was the highest paid actress in her time. 

She is known for saying: “I’ve lived by a man’s code designed to fit a man’s world, yet at the same time I never forget that a woman’s first job is to choose the right shade of lipstick.” 

The love's of their lives. I can't imagine a better looking couple! 

Clark Gable- swoon! 

Carole was tragically killed in a plane crash with her Mother in 1942 at the age of 33. Her and Clark were only married for 3 years. So sad. 

Her style inspiration and wonderful films will always live on. 


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Bombshells: Lauren Bacall

When I think of Lauren Bacall's style, classic American sportswear comes to mind. Lauren epitomized cool casual glamour, and still does to this day. She was never an over the top sex kitten and that is what makes her style still wearable, even today. 

Let's have a look at some of her early shots from when she modeled for Harpers Bazaar, mostly under Louise Dahl-Wolfe's lens in the 1940's. She was a teenager trying to get a break on Broadway and was absolutely stunning. 

Style Icon Lauren Bacall Bobbins and Bombshells
Style Icon Lauren Bacall Bobbins and Bombshells

Classic Bacall.

Style Icon Lauren Bacall Bobbins and Bombshells

That gaze!

Style Icon Lauren Bacall Bobbins and Bombshells
Style Icon Lauren Bacall Bobbins and Bombshells

This look is will never go out of style. 

Style Icon Lauren Bacall Bobbins and Bombshells

Her confident look led her to Hollywood where she stunned audiences and Humphrey Bogart alike. This still is from the 1945 film

To Have and Have Not

where she met Bogart the love of her life at the age of 19. This dress is one of the most iconic dresses in Hollywood history by costume designer Milo Anderson. 

Bombshells: Tennis, Anyone?

I don't play, but I've always loved vintage tennis wear.  Tis the season for the US Open, so let's have a look at some highlights of the women's tennis costume from the last century. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Not sure how these ladies maneuvered the court but they look lovely! Turn of the century. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

A tennis date in 1910. Takes courting to a new level. (haha?)

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

These flappers have all the right accessories. 1920's. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

I love this knit! I would wear it to work. Really. 1930's. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Jean Harlow glowing. 1930's. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Ginger Rogers. Adorable. You may notice that skirts lengths are getting shorter. 1940's.

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Rita Hayworth in what we would now call a sundress. 1940's. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Mid-Century model. Prints! A variation from the typical white. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Short and mod! Very Courréges or Pierre Cardin. 1960's. 

Fashionable History Tennis, Anyone Bobbins And Bombshells

Too cute to sweat in. Fred Perry. 1960's. 

What look is your favorite? Can you imagine playing in any of these looks?

Images via pinterest.


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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. 

Bombshells: Daisy Buchanan

F. Scott Fitzgerald's anti-heroine in his novel The Great Gatsby may not be someone to look up to, but you can't deny her style. Mia Farrow and Carey Mulligan have both played the 1920's flapper in the film versions of The Great Gatsby, 1974 and 2013 respectively, with such naturalness that you may start to think that expensive things are all that matters.  Daisy is the "golden girl" and has a "voice full of money" and the wardrobe to match. 

Here is Daisy as portrayed by Mia Farrow and Carey Mulligan: 

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style icon, daisy buchanan, carey mulligan
style icon, daisy buchanan, carey mulligan
style icon, daisy buchanan, mia farrow
style icon, daisy buchanan, carey mulligan

Have you seen both versions? Which one is your favorite? Who is your favorite Daisy? 

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. 

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

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Bombshells: Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese came back to NYC with her

Strip Strip Hooray

show and I was lucky enough to snag a ticket! As you may remember I was to go last Halloween but the show was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. It was a fantastic show. The make up ballerina skit shown above was my favorite! 

 I've long been a fan of her incredibly perfect style. Amazing costumes aside, I love to see what she wears off the stage. Below is just a few looks that set her apart and make her one of my top style icons. 

Perfection! 

Bombshells: Iconic Bond Girls

James Bond just celebrated his 50th year in the movies. While I haven't seen them all, I am a big fan of Bond flicks. In celebration my inspiration this week is iconic Bond Girls, because, well, who wouldn't want to be one?

For this post, I gave myself the task of choosing 5, and ended up with 6. That means that I had to leave out several, several amazing ladies. But anyway.. here we go!

1. Honey Ryder played by Ursula Andress in Dr. No (1962). She set the standard. 

2. Sylvia Trench played by Eunice Gayson in From Russia with Love (1963) and Dr. No (1962)

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3. Pussy Galore played byHonor Blackman in Goldfinger (1964)- The most classic Bond Girl name. 

4. Jill Masterson played by Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger (1964). Classic Bond scene with the gold paint. 

5. Jinx played by Halle Berry in Die Another Day (2002). She brought back the classic look. Honey Ryder would be proud. 

6. Severine played by Berenice Marlohe in Skyfall (2012). I couldn't help but include her. I think she will become one of the legends. 

Which Bond Girl is your favorite? 

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. 

Bombshells: Flapper Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford was destined and determined to be a star. To get herself noticed she became a Flapper along the likes of Clara Bow. She was signed to MGM in 1925 and started her career in silent movies. I love the Joan Crawford of the 1920's and 1930's. When we think of Joan Crawford, we think of a severe glamour of the 1940's, we think of Mommie Dearest. In her early career she was spirited, relaxed and very stylish!

A young Crawford with a blonde bob! 

Pencil thin brows. So glamorous! 

A quintessential Flapper! 

Those eyes! 

Even glamorous in relaxed American sportswear. 


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Bombshells: Angelica Huston

Angelica Huston is a beautiful actress. In her modeling days in the 1970's she became a favorite of photographers such as Bob Richardson (whom she had a relationship with) and Richard Avedon. She was also a muse to designer Halston. Her 70's style has long been an inspiration. Here are some shots from her modeling career. 

 On the right. Love that outfit! 

Bombshells: Linda Darnell

Welcome to my new series; Style Icon! I will be featuring those whose style is a great inspiration to me both current and from the past. First up is 1940's screen star, Linda Darnell. She encompasses classic 1940's style and was so beautiful, I am surprised she is not more well known.

Born in Texas in 1923 she started modeling when she was 11. It wasn't long until she made her way to Hollywood. The movie Star Dust (1940) put her on the map. Two of my favorites are;  A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and Fallen Angel (1945). 

I love this whole look! Turban, crochet cardigan and those nails! 

Gorgeous!

Can I please look like this when I ride my bike?

Stunning

Chic! 


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Bombshells: Lucille Ball as a Blonde? As a Brunette?

I love being a brunette. I love having dark hair. But I never feel that I can change hair color that easily or drastically. Models and actresses seem to be able to change on a whim and look great doing it! I recently found these amazing photos, on Pinterest, of Lucille Ball looking gorgeous as a 1930's blonde model, a 1940's Femme Fatale, and as the adorable 1950's red head we love! 

Which look is your favorite? Which hair color would you love to have? And wouldn't it be great to sport a new hair color every decade? 

 

Bombshells: Here's To You, Mrs. Robinson

I recently watched one of my favorite films, The Graduate (1967), again. Anne Bancroft who plays Mrs. Robinson has long been one of my style idols. Today, I'm focusing on the many animal print ensembles she wears through out the film. Clever choice, I might add,  for the predatory seductress she plays. 

Vanity Fair leopard bra and half slip, perhaps? 

Leopard collar and hat, at her Daughter's wedding. 

Amazing leopard coat! 

Giraffe skirt! 

The coat again, I can't get enough of it! 

Bombshells: Anna Karina

Anna Karina has been an inspiration of mine for a very long time. The Danish actress gained fame in the 1960s starring in several French New Wave films. Her brunette bangs and cat lined eyes is a look I have always fallen back on over the years. Growing up a skinny awkward brunette, when I discovered the French New Wave as a teen I was in heaven. Anna's art house look seemed way more achievable to me then the Bardot's and other blonde icons of her time and mine, who's looks I love but could never emulate. Here are some lovely pictures of Anna Karina to get you through the mid-week!

Bombshells: Baby Face 1933

Once again the costumes designed by Orry-Kelly have made me gasp with delight while watching a film!

The Pre-Code Hollywood film Baby Face (1933) is a little gem of a film that raised a lot of eyebrows in the 30's. Barbara Stanwyck stars as down and out Lily Powers who soon discovers that she can use her sexuality to sleep her way to the top of the banking industry. A rags to riches story with a dark side...quintessential pre-code!

What I really loved about this film is the costumes. They play such an important role in guiding the viewer to the stages of her upwardly climb. They also provide us with a fantastic piece of history reflecting poverty, working class, and glitz in the heart of the Depression Era!

Lily Powers in a common day dress with her abusive father.

Lily as a mid-level employee at the bank.

Jealous and judgmental co-workers. I love the look on the blonde's face!

She's hit the big time!

She brought her friend Chico along for the ride and treats her well!

Watch the film for this dress alone! It is amazing!


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