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Fashion Inspiration: Charade

Fashion Inspiration: Charade
Lately, I’ve been feeling very inspired by 1960’s fashion.  This may be because I’ve recently scratched Charade (1963) with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant off the ‘movies to watch’ bucket list.  If you haven’t seen this one, I highly recommend it, if not for the 60’s fashion, then at least for the delightfully perfect chemistry between Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn…although after seeing quite a few of Cary Grant’s films, I’m convinced the charmer has on-screen chemistry with just about every leading lady he’s paired up with.
Anyway, back to the fashion…I absolutely love all of the funnel neck coats Reggie (Audrey’s character) wears throughout the film-especially the sunshine yellow with black buttons. ( I found the closest version I could here.  The other great thing about the costume?  All those cat-eye sunglasses, and who better to wear them than one of our greatest style icons of all time.

Chambray and Linen

If there is one shirt that I had to pick as a wardrobe staple of all time, it would be a chambray. I’m convinced that their versatility is close to endless.

Today, when I put on this outfit, (even though she’s not actually wearing a chambray shirt in the movie) I instantly felt like I had been subconsciously inspired by Audrey Hepburn from Roman Holiday. From the scenes when she’s running around Rome having the experience of her life. I think that ensemble is one of my favorites in costume design history. It is just so perfectly Audrey. It’s so stylish, yet so easy and effortless. Not to mention, the pixie haircut tops the whole thing off wonderfully…and I don’t think anyone could pull off a pixie better than Audrey Hepburn (and maybe Halle Berry).

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Chambray from Target a few years ago; Linen skirt made by me; Shoes from Target, Belt from Anthropologie; Mom’s tooled leather purse and silver bracelets.

Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn

Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn

 

Audrey Hepburn IS the ultimate style icon.  Simple, graceful, beautiful.

The Great Daisy

The Great Daisy

Jigsaw vintage flapper dress
$495 – johnlewis.com

Coast evening jacket
$73 – johnlewis.com

Miu Miu platform shoes
theoutnet.com

Tiffany Co deco jewelry
$10,030 – berganza.com

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$600 – matthewwilliamson.com

 

Well, I saw the new The Great Gatsby movie the other day and absolutely loved it.  Of course, I especially loved the costume.   Perhaps because of my love of anything Vintage, period films are always my favorite to watch, solely for the costume.  I’ve always drempt of being a costume designer for films…I think it would be an endless creative opportunity.

Not only did Daisy Buchanan’s costume catch my eye, but so did Jordan Baker’s.  She rocked some awesome cloche hats and bejeweled belts.  And of course Jay Gatsby and his flamboyant  pink suit.

 

 

Black and White: Stripes, Charlie and a Tuxedo

    Black and white is such a great combo, and not just in fashion.  Black and white is everywhere you look.  Tangible and intangible.  Here are a few things black and white I’ve encountered in the past couple days.

 

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This was a little fixer-upper project of mine.  This coat hook board is from an antique store and originally looked like just a normal looking piece of wood with some coat hooks attached.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stain it or paint it, and obviously I went with the latter.  Black and white stripes are a great way to add some interest to a room.  And thanks to some correctly placed tape, I was able to get those lines nice and straight. ;)

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Charlie Chaplin (and his top hat that is somehow reflecting a dual image?) in 1952’s Limelight.  A black and white film about a comedian/clown and ballerina who help eachother get their lives back on track. 

 

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I had to include my little man.  The friendliest, and sleepiest tuxedo cat you’ll ever see.