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Be A Sex Kitten In Stripes

By , 17 November, 2008, No Comment

Bombshells need to have their casual looks too.  Here Mamie Van Doren purrs in a sweet & simple striped top and matching gloves which is still totally whistle-worthy.

Mamie Van Doren In Stripes

Mamie Van Doren In Stripes

Like most casual, effortless looks, creating it may be anything but sweet and simple. :sigh:

I’ve no luck finding any matching sets like this, so you may have to find yourself a cute striped jersey top and then knit your own striped gloves to match. (An alternate free pattern, with somewhat different stripes is here; maybe it matches a striped top you already have.)

Goldie Hawn’s Black Chiffon Mini Dress

By , 12 November, 2008, 1 Comment

In this classic photo of Goldie Hawn (taken by Bert Stern for Vogue) she wears a fun yet sophisticated black chiffon minidress by Jay Kobrin (for Maisonette).

Goldie Hawn In Black Chiffon By Jay Kobrin For Maisonette.

Goldie Hawn In Black Chiffon By Jay Kobrin For Maisonette.

The flirty skirt and billowing sleeves keep this basic black outfit from looking severe, and the short skirt makes it very mod. Here are a few pieces upon which to build the look:

This leather basque from ASOS has a layered chiffon skirt with delicate pleats.

Leather Basque With Flirty Chiffon Skirt

Leather Basque With Flirty Chiffon Skirt

Pair it with a sheer chiffon nightshirt in black (These sleep shirts are amazingly more practical for me as outer wear — blouses, jackets, etc. — than they are for sleepwear).

Sheer Black Chiffon Sleepshirt

Sheer Black Chiffon Sleepshirt

You may also try the Johnny Martin Ruffle Chiffon Dress paired with another chiffon top or blouse. Then it’s find the black stockings, the perfect fun shoes, tie it all off with a wide satin ribbon in a bow at the front (easy to do with yardage from the fabric shop) and top it off with a large pin or brooch at the neck of the shirt or blouse.

Seduce Like The Millionairess With An Accessorized Corset

By , 5 November, 2008, 3 Comments

Some films really are only worthy of watching for the fashions.

One such film is The Millionairess (1960), where the scrumptious Sophia Loren, The Millionairess, spends the entire film trying to seduce the poor-but-dedicated Indian doctor, played by Peter Sellers. Difficult to image anyone not batting an eye at Loren batting her lashes, but that’s the role Sellers plays — even when Loren strips down to her lingerie in his office:

I’m not sure wearing black hose with a peach ensemble is recommended; but when the woman is Sophia Loren — and those black stockings are attached to the garters of a black corset — just who is going to complain?

Sophia Loren In "The Millionairess"

Sophia Loren In

The contrast of the sinful black corset and stockings paired with the lady-like white hat, pearl necklace and 6-button white kid gloves is what really drives the seduction by fashion — which is, you know, far more effective than simply being nude.

In this state of (un)dress Loren captures all that is feminine. Playing on the dramatic power of the black corset to demand attention, leaving things carefully covered to add the excitement of mystery, as well as demonstrating the demure “do not touch” attitude of a lady, she fully exploits the virgin-whore complex to unsteady poor lucky Sellers.

And you can too. Well, maybe you can’t knock Peter Sellers off his feet, but you can any other man if you follow Loren’s example.

Rather than dominating in the more typical or caricatured version of a “Domme”, such attire and accessories leaves the average man at a loss as for what to do next. You are in charge — and you can enjoy watching him squirm as he wonders just how — and if! — he should make his move…

Start with a stunning corset, preferably custom fit to your curves. (Real corsets are custom made to your measurements, and therefore require several weeks to create & be delivered; so now is the time to order your corset if you want to wear it for the holidays.) Then add the stockings and other accessories.

Opera gloves are my first choice — running over the elbow, leaving the focus on bare décolletage is enough to make anyone sigh. But there are many other lovely glove options.

Wrap the lusty luster of pearls about your throat, and, if you’re daring, top it all off with a lovely vintage hat. Don’t forget the dress! You have to peel yourself out of it; agonizingly slow, or with such perfunctory practicality that he’s completely puzzled. It’s your choice.

(Remember, you can leave your hat on! *wink* )

You’ll “Fall” For Vintage Suits With Fur Collars This Autumn

By , 4 November, 2008, No Comment

This vintage black wool suit with fur collar is extremely fitted, and features fine tailoring detail. To assist in your movement, both the jacket and the skirt have an inverted kick-pleat in the back.

Fitted Vintage Black Wool Suit, Fur Collar

Fitted Vintage Black Wool Suit, Fur Collar

Another very fitted vintage suit, this one is of flecked wool. The padded shoulders & over-sized collar with mink trim above the nipped-in waist really emphasizes the hourglass shape.

1940s Flecked Wool Suit, Mink Trim

1940s Flecked Wool Suit, Mink Trim

This light cocoa colored wool suit with a dark, rich colored mink fur collar has a fitted skirt and a more boxy jacket with bracelet sleeves — very Jackie O.

Fabulous Fall Fur-Trimmed Vintage Suit

Fabulous Fall Fur-Trimmed Vintage Suit

This vintage suit has a large, fluffy black fox collar — but don’t worry, the bold pattern and texture of this curly wool & mohair blend suit isn’t lost in the collar’s shadow.

Dramatic Vintage Mohair/Wool Suit, Black Fox Collar

Dramatic Vintage Mohair/Wool Suit, Black Fox Collar

Of Louise Brooks, Bobs & Guiches

By , 3 November, 2008, No Comment
Brookise Wearing The "Louise Brooks bob"

Brookise Wearing The

When most film fans picture the bob hair cut, they think of Louise Brooks & her signature hair style, quickly called the “Louise Brooks bob”.

She may not have been the first to wear a bob, but Brooksie epitomized the flapper’s free spirit and her short, sleek hair was as dramatic & memorable as her film roles.

The public had decided; LuLu, the “It” girl, personified the bob, made the bob. And so the “Louise” became an eponymous classic hairstyle, living on in the minds of fashionistas who’ve never even seen her films. (That is, however, a pity; Brooksie’s films are fabulous!)

When discussing this hairstyle, many people will mention the bluntness of the cut — but what really makes the style sing are the smooth sinuous, sensuous curves…

The sweep along the cheek…

Louise Brooks & The Guiche

Louise Brooks & The Guiche

Even bang-less & slick, the spit curls are sleek, supple contrasts.

Called by many names (kiss curl, cheek curl, comma curl, etc.) in the U.S., the French call them guiche. Guiche, which rhymes with ‘leash’, literally means ‘curl’.

If you want locks like Brooksie, the best place to look for help is actually in hairstyle books from the 60’s, when the bob was resurrected.

(The guiche was also resurrected again in the 80’s, so those retro magazines may also feature tips on the care and handling of the guiche. Also, since those fashions are now returning, look for the guiche to appear on faces near you!)

There are several pages of guiche styles in the May, 1961, issue of HairDo magazine (a Dell publication). These pages feature different 10 curls along with photos of hairstyles:

The Guiche, Page One (Click For Full Scan)

The Guiche, Page One (Click For Full Scan)

Retro 1960s Hairstyles (Click For Full Scan)

Retro 1960

The Guiche, Page 3 (Click For Larger Scan)

The Guiche, Page 3 (Click For Larger Scan)

Retro 1960s Curls

Retro 1960s Curls

The notes on page 64 are as follows:

The care & keeping of the guiche, that sleek curl drawn out to cheek or jawbone, has inspired many a resourceful innovation. Try setting its flat, fashionable arch with a strip of cellophane tape. To keep it close, try a drop of surgical adhesive (in a tube at your drugstore) or clear nail polish.

Styling products have improved greatly since the 60’s, and you likely will not need to resort to sticking your curls to your face with clear nail polish.