One of my favorite holidays is upon us! Some may say that I have a bit of a reputation about getting a little nutso on Halloween. I like to say I take pride in my costumes being as authentic as possible and fully accessorized. Hehe. Here are some great Halloween-centric runway looks.
Luella, Autumn/Winter 2008-9
Picture credit: Marcio Madeira/VOGUE.COM
Jeremy Scott, 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Photo: Alessandro Garofalo / GoRunway.com
I watched American Hustle a while ago. When I went to the theater, I didn't know the premise and didn't know what to expect. Here's the American Hustle official trailer for those not familiar:
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper share the screen alongside Amy Adams and Christian Bale in American Hustle.
The film tells the story of a pair of con artists (Bale and Adams) forced to work for a cocky FBI agent (Cooper) bent on bringing down powerbrokers and politicians.
The film opens with the late 1970s Columbia Pictures logo (cute bit of vintage trivia). An opening title card states, "Some of this actually happened" followed by "April 28, 1978 Plaza Hotel, New York". Then I REALLY got excited.
I am kind of obsessed with the fashion era of the late 70s to 80s. Think more "Studio 54" and less cheesy bell-bottoms. I gain inspiration to no end from my personal collection of vintage Vogue magazines from these decades!
I have to say, not only was the film extremely entertaining, American Hustle knocked the costumes out of the park! Every time there was a costume change, I kept thinking...timeless, sophisticated and just the right amount of sexy...Everything I love about this era!
The film's costume designer, Los Angeles-based Australian Michael Wilkinson, had the task of bringing the best of this era to the big screen. In interpreting the characters, he states "The characters are wholly unique and wildly imaginative. In the script, there were a lot of opportunities to explore different social backgrounds, from the vibrant, racially diverse world of blue-collar Jersey to ultra-fashionable Upper East Side Manhattan to the sprawling suburbs of Long Island. 1978 - the year the film takes place - is a fascinating year, because it marks the beginning of a transition away from a truly flamboyant, exaggerated lines of the 1970s and into a more streamlined, early 80s vibe."
"Fashion is a work of passion. And if you don't have the passion for it, you shouldn't do it." - Oscar de la Renta
I just learned that legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away at the age of 82. Thank you for your vision and art, Mr. de la Renta. What an amazing legacy and a great loss.
Here are great videos about the history of Oscar de la Renta and the basis behind his brand and passion for fashion with interviews from the man himself.
“A little sparkle, a little shine, a little luxury, from the oldest handbag company in the US.” - Whiting & Davis
This vintage Whiting & Davis (W&D) necklace is one of my FAVORITE pieces. It screams #RockerChic and immediately creates the dramatic edge I look for in a statement piece. I scored it on an eBay dig, and my guess is that it's from the 1980's.
I'm a HUGE fan of Whiting & Davis. They have been around for over 100 years and are truly fashion pioneers. They were big in the 70's and 80's, my favorite decades, and most of the handbags and jewelry pieces I own are from this era. Whiting & Davis pieces are extraordinary works of fashion art in metal mesh, and their items create an instant unique look whether dressing it up or down.
The craftsmanship quality of this Whiting & Davis necklace is undeniable. Heavy gold metal links hang from a slightly curved metal bar. The chain is comprised of a series of metal links connected to resemble a braid. #FRESH
Happy Birthday to the punk rock style icon Deborah "Debbie" Harry. The Blondie frontwoman celebrates her 69th birthday on July 1st. Yes, 69. I know.
Debbie has been in the game since the 70's and I have been mildly obsessed with her ever since. There wasn't anyone like her. Her look was always simple but so striking. The epitome of rocker chic. Bad ass and timeless. Punk. Rock. Glam.