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Posts by Jaynie Van Roe

Winging In From Spain In The 1930s

By , 5 January, 2009, No Comment

I’ve never seen Kid From Spain (1932), but this photo makes me yearn to see it — as soon as possible!

Toby Wing in Kid From Spain

Toby Wing in Kid From Spain

Who cares about the film’s plot when there’s such style!

This image, and 12 other photos of women wearing lingerie in vintage films, here.

You Can’t Wash Shampoo Out Of Your Mind

By , 2 January, 2009, No Comment

I saw this photo and while I don’t know who the pretty lady wearing the fishnets is, she reminds me of Lee Grant (not Lou Grant lol).  I’d be surprised to find it it wasn’t her.

May Be Lee Grant In Fishnet Hose

May Be Lee Grant Wearing Fishnet Hose

Thinking of Lee Grant got me to thinking about Shampoo

A few weeks ago the movie was playing on television and my husband said, “Ooh, let’s watch Shampoo!” I replied that I didn’t know if I felt like watching a sad movie.

“It’s not a ‘sad movie’, it’s funny! See, Beatty is this hairdresser and all the men think he’s gay — meanwhile, he’s banging all their wives and stuff.”

“Have you seen it?” I asked.

No he hadn’t. Which is precisely why he didn’t know that Shampoo is truly a “sex comedy” — and like Stephan Jenkins said, “Sex is funny and love is serious.”

Simply put, while George (Warren Beatty) & Lester (Jack Warden) run around with women, they each miss out on real love. George isn’t faithful to his girlfriend, Jill (Goldie Hawn), and one of his casual sex partners is the wealthy Felicia (Lee Grant), who is married to Lester; Lester has a mistress, Jackie (Julie Christie), who is a former girlfriend of George’s.

A Scene From The Film Shampoo

A Scene From The Film Shampoo

The fact that they all (sometimes unknowingly) make a sexual daisy chain (George has even done the deed with Felicia & Lester’s daughter, played by Carrie Fisher) is the comedic set-up for situational comedy of errors, eventually culminating in George and Jackie being discovered having sex at a party by both Jill and Lester. The result are both funny and heart breaking.

Jill dumps George…

Goldie Hawn In Shampoo

Goldie Hawn In Shampoo

Lester looks like he’s without both wife & mistress…

Lee Grant Won The Oscar For Shampoo

Lee Grant Won The Oscar For Shampoo

And by the time George realizes he loves Jackie, she’s going off with the newly divorced Lester — but he’s not really the winner either, for it doesn’t look like either Lester or Jackie is in love and those old bad habits die hard, you know… It’s very likely that Jackie will be the new Felicia.

And while the future isn’t clear it’s not hard to see that as everyone ages, those not actually alone will still find themselves lonely.

Warren Beatty At The End Of The Movie Shampoo

Warren Beatty At The End Of The Movie Shampoo

That, my friends, isn’t as simple comedy about hedonistic sex in the 70’s.

As far as the fashion & beauty in this film goes, I sum it up in three words: Bobs, Bangs and Backless.

Lee Grant As Felicia In Shampoo

Lee Grant As Felicia In Shampoo

There are lots of miniskirts and even some risque body paint scenes, but once you see Shampoo, you simply cannot get the image of Juli Christie in this deep-V-backed sequin dress out of your mind.

Julie Christie Backless in Shampoo

Julie Christie Backless in Shampoo

PS If you can identify the woman wearing fishnets in the photo, please let me know!

Futuristic Blast From The Past

By , 1 January, 2009, No Comment

With a new year comes thoughts of the future — and futuristic fashions.

Jane Fonda as Barbarella

Jane Fonda as Barbarella

But you needn’t dress like Barbarella to get a fabulous mod fashion look.

Like Princess Leia’s metal bikini, such a costume is best left for sci-fi conventions — or the boudoir. *wink*

So instead, opt for more practical mod fashions which won’t get you booted out of the PTA, arrested, or just left with neat stuff in your closet that you complain you never have any place to wear. This lovely mod faux leather silver coat is super — and it’s a plus size (or, more accurately, at a size 15, an average size garment), so you needn’t have Jane Fonda’s figure either.

Silver Retro Faux Leather Coat

Silver Retro Faux Leather Coat

The ultra mod coat is sold by The Mad Fashionista, who specializes in plus size vintage fashions; she also has an hysterical blog.

Happy New Year! (Wishes & Advice)

By , 31 December, 2008, No Comment

I wish you a safe and wonderful Happy New Year!  If you plan to party this New Year’s Eve, perhaps play the wicked femme fatale like Ann Margret…

Ann Margret

Ann Margret

Be careful you don’t end up hungover! (Poor Sandra Dee!)

Sandra Dee

Sandra Dee

Whether you are over-served or just up too-too late, Josi has some great tips and product recommendations to help you recover and look your best on New Year’s Day.

Hey, there’s plenty of time to go out and grab these goodies, so no excuses now!

Chic n Cheery Cherry-Red Gloves

By , 30 December, 2008, No Comment

Here Margaret Lee wears chic red gloves with winter white.

Actress Margaret Lee

Actress Margaret Lee

Little red accent gloves will take you just about anywhere — but most of those places will require that you wear pants *wink*

Don’t Step On My Blue Suede Shoes — Or Purse!

By , 29 December, 2008, No Comment

Even if they are faux suede, these vintage high heels and matching handbag in a fabulous electric blue are too incredible for oafish dancing partners.

Vintage Electric Blue Shoes and Purse

Vintage Electric Blue Shoes and Purse

I’m Dreaming Of A White (Post) Christmas

By , 26 December, 2008, No Comment

I might as well; the snow isn’t going anywhere. *sigh*

But wouldn’t a coat like this be superb for going out & about, making those holiday returns and exchanges?  Sloshing about was never so chic!

Vivian Gibson

Vivian Gibson

Holiday Hugs!

By , 25 December, 2008, No Comment

From Santa, Audrey and moi!

Audrey Hepburn Hugging Santa

Audrey Hepburn Hugging Santa

I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas (#4)

By , 24 December, 2008, No Comment

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house…

Well, creatures would be stirring (especially in his pajama bottoms!) if you wore a nightgown with a lace bodice like Ava Gardner…

Ava Gardner In White Nightgown

Ava Gardner In White Nightgown

I guess I should leave you alone right now — if not with your man, than at least alone with your thoughts. *wink*

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!

I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas (#3)

By , 23 December, 2008, No Comment

True white doesn’t exist in most antique textiles, but the beauty of this Edwardian era tambour net lace gown is as pure as the driven snow and as romantic as the film Titanic — let’s just hope it has a happier ending. (Which it will, if you buy it and love it!)

Antique White Lace Gown

Antique White Lace Gown