Friday, 29 August 2014

Fashion Friday: The Sixties Baby, Yeah!!

Hi Dolls,

The sixties, a time of mini dresses, go go boots and beehives. Not only was the fashion amazing and eye catching so was the music. Some of my favourite artists were at their peak in the sixties, like The Beatles, and a lot of them had a lot of influence on what happened in fashion.

The early sixties were a lot like the fifties, subtle and conservative, but then we reached the end of the sixties and we see the shift to psychedelic colours, tie dye tops and long hair and beards, the iconic hippy era.

But lets start from the beginning, when I think of the early sixties I think straight away of Jackie Kennedy, Bridget Bardot and Princess Margaret, they were just a few key people of style at this time. Always found with their hair styled perfectly in Beehive Coiffure.

In 1962, Hollywood gave us Breakfast at Tiffany's with the ever so lovely Audrey Hepburn, do I need to say more she is pure perfection.
Hubert de Givenchy blessed us with that iconic black dress, that people are still loving to this day, and this started the fashion of high bosomed, sleeveless gowns.
Holly Golightly has inspired the looks of so many women through history, me being on of them.

1962 also blessed us with Cleopatra, with the amazing Elizabeth Taylor, this started a trend of Egyptian themed and styled jewellery and dresses thanks to the designer Irene Sharaff.  

But like I mentioned before the it lady was non other than Jackie Kennedy with her high bosomed coats, berets, fitted evening gowns, breton hats and jewellery like non other.
She was in headlines, not only for her position in life but for her immaculate style.

1964 saw the love of the word feminine in the fashion world, ruffles, pleats, hair hows, and lace are just a few things that made a comeback with the use of this word. 
Cosmetics also took on the feminine look with the use of pale lipsticks and a more natural nail. No longer did a woman want curls but more of a wave sloping down the back of the head. 1964 saw the start of girls with curly hair racing off to the hair salon to get a chemical treatment to give them that desired straighter hair.

1965, the british fashion revolution, this is what I loved about the sixties I base my Winter look around this exact time. 

1966, the start of mod, fresh out of London, mini skirts with coloured fishnets or lace textured stockings, little girl shoes, over the shoulder bags were the go so was gaudy jewellery especially antique pins and geometric earrings.

Then came 1967, this is where we met Twiggy. Twiggy the iconic model of the mod era who bought the world the mini mod era. She was seen as and insult to the female figure by some but to the fashion world she was an inspiration. At only 17 this British model graced the covers of all the leading magazines and bought with her the fun and life of the mod era.

1968 welcomed the time of the love child, our beloved hippies. Everything was loud, colourful and expressive. Peace was everywhere. Even woman of influence joined in on this trend, it was a mix of meditation tops, gaucho pants and most of all vests. 

1969 gave us the term Unisex, women were becoming more masculine wearing pants all the time and men were becoming more feminine with the use of bronzing gels and moisturisers, so products were commonly marketed as unisex.

A lot happened in the sixties, not only did we have peace but the man walked on the moon. The sixties was a huge turning point in all areas in out life not only fashion.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend! 
Take Care Dolls and Love,

Monday, 25 August 2014

I heart New York!

I heart New York!
Hi Dolls,

Winter is my favourite time of the year, unfortunately we are at the end of our Winter here in Australia but it is still cool enough down in Melbourne to wear scarves, jackets and boots so I'm happy with that.
Todays feature brand is Burberry, even though it is a high end design house it is one of my favourites. I have a Burberry scarf that I love and wear almost every day.

I hope you have an amazing day,
Take Care Dolls and Love!

Alexander McQueen dress

Burberry trench coat

Wolford tight

Burberry brown boots

Louis vuitton bag

Burberry scarve
$770 -

Friday, 22 August 2014

Fashion Friday: 1950s

Hi Dolls,

I know a few of you have said you have been hanging out for the fifties and I'm right there with you. 
The fifties have always been a favourite of mine most of my favourite movies were made in the fifties so sometimes I feel like I am still living through the era to this day.
When I think of the fifties  I think of full circle skirts and cats eye glasses but there is so much that people don't remember of the fifties so lets have a step back in time back to the era of rock'n'roll and poodle skirts.

The fifties was the a major leap for the fashion industry no longer did people feel that they had to conform to set looks for specific situations but now felt the freedom of wearing what they thought was expectable.
Waistlines were a huge part of women's fashion in the fifties some loving the new fitted waist were others opting for no waist which was referred to as the sack dress. 

One of my all time favourites, inspired by Chanel, Tweed suits made their appearance in the early fifties normally found in shades of charcoal grey and gunmetal. But some of my favourite tweed suits were worn in pastel shades topped with a matching box hat.
Tweed suits paired with a cuban heel was a must.

Day necklines ranged from the turtle or polo neck to the draped cowl and deep wide round scoop. Even suits had deep stand away necks sometimes filled in with a scarf, gilet or ribbon tie but sometimes a little outrageous and went all bare.

In 1954 women wanted a prominent and more pointed chest and a straighter and softer silhouette which is a change from the full skirts found earlier in the fifties.
The costume look was all the rage in 1954 with coats regularly available with matching dresses. Jackets came in varies lengths with short bolero's to the long skyscraper jacket by Ben Zuckerman.

My favourite thing about the fifties was the design to make shaped shoulders without the use of shoulder pads. Instead many were able to make tailored sleeves with a round bump at the top.

An Asian look become popular in the late fifties with women choosing brighter more oriental tones in their clothing like red. jade, yellow and sapphire. 

On item that I still head for to this day is capes. In Winter I personally think they are much more comfortable than a tailored dress coat and they keep my so much warmer. The cape replaced the jacket in 1956.

The mid fifties also saw the transition to the iconic Trapeze Dress or commonly known at an A-line dress. Design houses such as Dior captured its beauty and continued making dresses in this style throughout the duration of the fifties.

Throughout the duration of the fifties fur was a must, even though there was a luxury tax placed on all furs in the US this did not stop people from staying stylish and trendy in Winter. The tax was reduced in the mid fifties and more people started buying into the fur fashion. 

October 1957 the fashion world had a tragic loss this was the death of non other than Dior. Saint Laurent was replaced as his replacement as head designer for Dior. 
Dior's last design was the shift only a couple of months before his death.

1958 saw the end of the one shape fits all approach in fashion but saw the start of designers making the effort to accommodate for all shapes and sizes.

The fifties was the time of all my favourite style icons, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren. It was also the era of Elvis and other rock'n'roll icons.
The glamour of the fifties is something that still inspiring woman of today with woman wanting the wedding dress of Grace Kelly or the style of Marilyn. It's not often that people make such an impact on the fashion world that surpasses their time on this earth but these icons have, with the exception of Sophia Loren who is still catching eyes on red carpets.

The fifties will always have a special place in my heart that will be my inspiration for style, beauty and even the way I hold myself and the morals I follow.

Have an amazing weekend Dolls! 
Take Care and Love!