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Frothy Laser-Cut Skirt Looks Mod Enough For Me

By , 20 January, 2011, No Comment

I’m still trying to find the time to get back into the swing of things here; but when I spotted this Diane von Furstenberg Laser-Cut Skirt in my Sale Mail alert I instantly was reminded of that Goldie Hawn photo and had to quickly share it!

Mod Laser-Cut Skirt

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This Week’s OMG Fashion Pick

By , 12 March, 2010, No Comment

This mod mini in grey wool is everything to love about the 60’s and yet completely wearable today. The only bad thing about it (aside from the normal problems of finding vintage in your size) is that it’s likely to be a workplace distraction — heck, this dress is so fab, it will garner attention wherever you wear it!

Retro Grey Wool Mini-Dress

Retro Grey Wool Mini-Dress

Swingin’ Chicks Of The 60’s

By , 31 July, 2009, No Comment
Swingin' Chicks Of The 60's

Swingin' Chicks Of The 60's

Swingin’ Chicks of the 60s, by Chris Strodder with foreword by Angie Dickinson, is “a tribute to 101 of the decade’s defining women.” A large claim, but Chris Strodder really knows his ladies!

An over-sized paperback done more in a mod magazine style than a traditionally slick coffee table format, it’s full of beach girls, blonde beauties, Elvis girls, models, television stars, singers, American, British & international movie stars, as well as cartoon chicks.

You get photos (because some of the photos were from private collections many of them were new to me), information on each chick’s reason for fame, her style and a bio. I particularly liked the ‘Bonus Swingability’ sections which share little known facts, such as who was up for what roles and the information on official websites.

Swingin’ Chicks of the 60’s is as much of a thrill for those who remember these women as it is for those who are new to them.

Boomin’ Barbarella-esque Boot Sale

By , 1 April, 2009, No Comment

A Slip of a Girl alerts us to what she calls the “To Heel With The Economy!” sale of United Nude shoes at Juxzy — where I found these incredible retro-style, Barbarella-esque boots! At 65% off!

Sharpei Hi Naval Camo Boot by United Nude

Sharpei Hi Naval Camo Boot by United Nude

I love the neutral white & grey colors pallet — but still, the geometric designs are boomin’!

Because the sale is at Juxzy.com, a private sales boutique, the sale is while supplies last and open for a limited time only. (Membership to Juxzy is free — but by invitation only. Luckily, Slip of a Girl can get us in! Just use her email address as your referral: slipofagirl@gmail.com.)

Sheer Mod-ness

By , 17 March, 2009, No Comment

When I saw this mod hot pink top, with it’s sheer sleeves and outrageous pussycat bow, I immediately thought of Goldie Hawn in that Vogue photo by Stern.

Fabulous Retro Hot Pink Tunic Top

Fabulous Retro Hot Pink Tunic Top

If you’d prefer a more classic little black dress version, the Etsy seller, Catbooks1940s, also has this amazing 1960’s babydoll Mini cocktail dress.

The Little Black Dress Goes Mod

The Little Black Dress Goes Mod

In both cases you’re minus the frothy layered skirt; but you’ve got the integrity of authentic mod 60’s style and those incredible sheer sleeves which are not limited to any season.

Fashion Returns To The Romper Room

By , 25 February, 2009, No Comment

In the March issue of Giant magazine, a feature on rompers & jumpers by Madison Mobley titled Romper Room (which is likely a reference above the heads — and years — of the average Giant reader). But if you do remember Romper Room, you may also remember the one-piece dressing fad of retro rompers.

Romper Room article in Giant

Romper Room article in Giant

From Romper Room: One is the loveliest number:

Fashionistas have adopted jumpers and rompers as this season’s go-to getup. To pinpoint the modern-day onesie’s origin, look no further than the birth of overalls in the 18th century. The rest, as they say, is history. In the ’70s glamour icons such as Bianca Jagger demonstrated in white Grecian splendor that a woman’s figure won’t drown in parachute pants and poet sleeves if you just cinch the waist with a subtle, matching sash. This year, however, brings a bit more spice to the romper’s unassuming beginnings. From the runway to the red carpet, designers such as Proenza Schouler, Giorgio Armani, Roksanda Ilincic and Bruno Pieters have given style mavens attainable examples of the jumper’s versatility. Hollywood has taken note. Attending a black-tie affair and don’t want to wear a gown? Mimic actress Malin Akerman’s glittered, form-fitting suit with a plunging neckline and flared bottoms. If you dare, follow UK singer Estelle’s lead and match a vibrant print with simple accessories. Regardless of what inspires you, shake your rompers, ladies, and bring the heat this spring.

Along with Bianca Jagger, the article shows Pam Grier and Farrah Fawcett in retro one-piece rompers.

Celebrities wearing rompers - then and now

Celebrities wearing rompers - then and now

As a general rule, rompers are for the more flapper-esque among us — not just for the more active fashion style (pants vs. skirts), but jumpsuits often work best on the slim, straight and narrow.

Retro jumpsuit

Retro jumpsuit

Those of us with booming bods like Pam Grier, can’t help but end up looking like we are in an exploitation film. Not that that’s always a bad thing. *wink*

Pam Grier rockin' a retro romper

Pam Grier rockin' a retro romper

Love this authentic 1970’s black jumpsuit and jacket set with feather trim!

Retro black romper set with feathers

Retro black romper set with feathers

Platforms Raquel Welch Could Fathom

By , 13 January, 2009, No Comment

Super platforms that Raquel Welch would have worn as super sexy spy Fatham Harvill in Fathom — especially with that fabulous little red minidress — had she not been out-running bulls and stuff *wink*

Even if you’re not a dental hygienist-turned-skydiver turned spy, you can be super sexy mod in these 1970s red and blue suede platform shoes have a mod floral cut-out.

Red and Blue Suede Platform Shoes

Red and Blue Suede Platform Shoes

Red leather platforms with hand painted flowers on the vamp…

Retro Red Leather Platforms With Flowers

Retro Red Leather Platforms With Flowers

And the back of the heels too!

Retro Red Shoes with Floral Hand Painting On The Heels

Retro Red Shoes with Floral Hand Painting On The Heels

Maybe you’d like something a little more psychedelic? Well, you can’t get more psychedelic than these clear open-toe, studded wooden platform shoes with red patent leather ankle straps!

Retro Psychedelic Platform Shoes

Retro Psychedelic Platform Shoes

Along with the outta-sight space decals, there’s even a neon lips — like a kiss — on the front!

Retro Disco Platforms With Lip-Print Kiss

Retro Disco Platforms With Lip-Print Kiss

Leopard Print For Sex Kittens

By , 8 January, 2009, 3 Comments

Digging ’round for those non-existent photos of Ann-Margret, I found this photo of her with a leopard.

Ann Margret With Leopard

Ann Margret With Leopard

I thought how very much leopard print is so very vintage glam, suitable for all sex kittens — and since she’s just wearing that black catsuit (or, perhaps, a bodysuit and tights?), she’s just begging to be dressed — why not go shopping for leopard print?

First, the foundation garments: vintage Vanity Fair bra and half-slip set in leopard print.

Vintage Vanity Fair Foundation Garments

Vintage Vanity Fair Foundation Garments

An amazing 1930’s crepe suit-styled dress with faux leopard fur trim.

1930s Crepe Dress With Leopard Print Fake Fur Trim

1930s Crepe Dress With Leopard Print Fake Fur Trim

If you can find a place to wear it, how about this incredible 1940’s silk velvet leopard and golden silk chiffon hostess gown by Dorian?

1940's Leopard Print Hostess Gown

Vintage Leopard Print Hostess Gown

More retro than vintage? You’ll love this very mod 1960’s faux leopard fur trench coat!

Retro Mod 1960s Faux Fur Leopard Coat

Retro Mod 1960s Faux Fur Leopard Coat

Of course, when we dress, we must remember to undress… This black vintage Vanity Fair nightgown has a pretty leopard print bodice.

Vintage Vanity Fair Black and Leopard Print Gown

Vintage Vanity Fair Black and Leopard Print Gown

And underneath everything here (and anywhere), how about these Pussycat panties? They’re modern made by Cameo Intimates, but so cute you’ll want to slip them under your vintage fashions — and with those garters you can wear real stockings!

Leopard Print Panties With Garters

Leopard Print Panties With Garters

PS I’d like to express a word of caution regarding this post about selling your unwanted jewelry. While it’s true that gold is seeing record highs, I, like Val Ubell (cute pen name!), worry about the amount of vintage jewelry which will be lost. So please, think twice!

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.

The Knack (And How To Get It) In Romance & Fashion

By , 9 December, 2008, 5 Comments

The Knack… and How to Get It was a British film released in 1965 about the sexual revolution in swinging London-town, complete with a Greek chorus of disapproving members of society’s “older generation”. In the film, bookish teacher Colin (played by Michael Crawford) is frustrated by the womanizing ways of his housemate, Tolen (played by Ray Brooks).

The film opens with a series of mannequin-esque women in tight sweaters and short skirts, robotically waiting in line to get with Tolen.

The Mannequin Women In The Knack... And How To Get It

The Mannequin Women Of The Knack... And How To Get It

Shot in black & white, the mod fashions seem nearly as bland and dingy as an Ugly American imagines London to be. My first thoughts were that we’d shift to color after this initial footage, but the entire film is in black and white. This, along with admittedly few costume changes, leaves little to leap from the screen as far as the fashionista’s attentions go — so why review the film here?

Because in black and white the film is much more of a character study (perhaps this was a calculated move on the part of director Richard Lester, most known for his 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night; I’ll leave that for movie critics to debate), leaving what little eye-candy fashion there is to become iconic & symbolic. At least in this person’s mind.

As I said, the women who visit Tolen are darn-near replicas of one another. Same tight-fitting sweaters and short skirts on the same lithe frames — just their hairstyles set them apart. They become rather unidentifiable and even (surprisingly, for a feminist anyway) unremarkable — you just don’t really care for or about these women. For even as the supposedly sexually satisfied women (we never see a sex act) prepare to leave with their “gifts” from Tolen, they seem without pleasure. When he gives jewelry, there is a cold acceptance. Even when the women given the Green Shield Savings Stamps (the UK version of S&H Green Stamps) lick the stamps to place them in their books, there’s no heat. And you know how sexy women’s mouths and licking are usually made in such films.

Where you might expect the vapid, drugged, zombie state of women in lust writhing and purring over “the man with The Knack”, there is instead the the passionless, mechanical quality of women who all look alike. I can’t help but find parallels to women who blindly follow fashion trends.

In a case of he-doth-protest-too-much, Colin rants angrily about getting a new roommate in his house because he can’t focus with all the goings-on in the house — both the practical issues resulting from the long line of ladies who visit Tolen & the moral & misogynistic improprieties. He puts a sign up, hoping for a monk or a nice quiet girl, but instead, through a series of comical mishaps ends up with Tom (Donal Donnelly), a quirky young man who insists upon painting over everything brown (but really seems compelled to paint everything in sight white), as a new housemate. Just in time too, for Colin is about to go over to the dark side — give up on morals and love — and get lessons in “The Knack” from Tolen.

While the boys are getting things sorted out at home, there’s a sweet, young country girl, Nancy (played by the charming and fetching Rita Tushingham), arriving fresh off the train to London.

Nancy Arrives

Nancy Arrives

She’s completely unlike the other young women we’ve seen. While her clothes are certainly more mod than New Look, she expresses — in fashion and face — a freedom the mod mannequins do not. She’s not just “country” v. “city; she’s alive. This is best shown with her innocent face beneath that plaid newsboy cap.

As fellow passengers voice the societal concerns of the big city ruining the sweet young woman, Nancy enters the London train station and sits down in a photo booth, taking portraits of herself as a hip urbanite. Notice that Nancy has removed her hat — a hat which should be watched as symbolism in the entire film.

Waiting for the photos to come out of the machine, Nancy gets her first rude awakening to what the swinging city has in store. A couple, older man with younger blonde, walk up to the photo booth. The young woman steps inside, draws the curtain closed, and proceeds to rapidly hand her male companion pieces of her clothing — one by one, including bits of lingerie.

Stripping In The Photo Booth

Stripping In The Photo Booth

Until we can obviously understand that she is completely nude in the photo booth; we see bare (or perhaps stocking-covered) legs & her shoes beneath the curtain as she happily poses for the camera.

Nancy, en route to the YWCA, has several other big city lessons in store for herself; including a hilarious scene with a hoodwinking salesman inside a clothing shop. Once she enters she is instantly proffered a dress & pushed into a fitting room by a salesman who says:

I never thought I’d see so much purity of pattern. Absolute rightness. I must please you, and I think I can. Don’t fail me now, because I may never trust myself with a woman again, ever. Try it on. I’m sure, absolutely, I can please you. Show me. Wait for me.

Nancy Approached By Salesman

Nancy Approached By Salesman

The complete pitch is repeated word for word with the next woman who enters the shop — and overheard by Nancy, who mimics him. She still buys the dress — but instead of buying a new hat, keeps her (now) trademark cap.

Undeterred by the slick swinging city & its rude people, Nancy continues on eventually running into Colin and Tom at the junkyard. The young men are there as Colin has deduced his poor luck with the ladies is due to a too-small bed, and Tom has found him the perfect Edwardian iron bed in the junkyard. Tom sees a way to help the naïve and awkward Colin with girls by getting Nancy to come along home with them.

Using the guise of promising to help Nancy find her way to the YWCA if she helps them, the three roll, carry, and float the bed through the city back to the house. (At some point the bed is now white as if Tom had painted it along the way.)

Rolling Bed Through London

Rolling Bed Through London

Floating The Bed Home

Floating The Bed Home

In this part there’s plenty of humor, including when Nancy, perched on the bed as the boys lift it to carry it down significant stairs, says, “I’ve been picked up now, haven’t I?”

This clearly disturbs Colin — but things will only get worse once the three get back to the house and Tolen decides to show-up his housemates by putting the moves on Nancy.

Tolen Putting The Moves On Nancy

Tolen Putting The Moves On Nancy

Tolen believes women must be dominated (that is part of “The Knack”), and his aggression frightens her. Colin seems oblivious, but Tom tries to assist; however Tolen eventually seduces the her into leaving with him on his motorcycle. Tom convinces Colin that the two need to save the poor innocent girl from herself and Tolen and they set off to chase the couple on foot. What ensues includes a Benny Hill/Keystone Cops chase scene.

Tolen and Nancy lose them and duck into a park. There Tolen really puts the moves on Nancy. She nervously says “no”, then demands he leave her alone — mocking Tolen. But she takes things too far when she starts calling him “Mister Tight Pants”, distracting herself. The conflicting desires have her falling to the ground in a faint. This is where the boys come in, assuming the worst, that Nancy is dead.

Park Scene In The Knack

Park Scene In The Knack

As they argue, Nancy sits up and yells, “Rape.” Not once, not twice, but endlessly throughout the town, even once she starts to tell a cop but decided not to. (As a feminist, I have to say I was rather put-off by this at first — but eventually you just have to laugh at the absurdity, especially due to the length of this scene.) Nancy even goes door-to-door. She knocks and when the door is opened says just the one word, “Rape,” to which the housewife says, “Not today, thank you.”

Nancy arrives back at the house before the boys, strips and remains in Tolen’s room, still insisting she’s been raped.

Nancy Nude In Bed

Nancy Nude In Bed

Now Colin takes the lead and confronts her, telling her she’s not been raped. The combination of their individual positions and mutual insistence becomes an elixir or sorts, and now Nancy claims Colin was the one who raped her. This is so laughable to Tolen, that Colin’s ego is affected and he falters for a second. Even Nancy seems to be insulted by Tolen’s reaction, so she starts saying that Colin “raped me marvelous super!” Colin responds by saying that he could, he would — he’d like to but he didn’t. Eventually Nancy & Colin consummate the claims in Colin’s new big bed.

Nancy and Colin, A Couple

Nancy and Colin as a Couple

Everything is settled for the couple now; Nancy will be living there. But Tolen is now upset by such impropriety. He heads off to some sort of pre-scheduled meeting with a fellow womanizer named Rory — one he feels is not as good as he. He gets there and Rory’s women now fill the Albert Hall (“now we know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall”) — not merely preventing Tolen from entering, but even trampling him in their blind (cold) lust.

Tolen Trying To Get Into Albert Hall

Tolen Trying To Get Into Albert Hall

Tolen, a very changed man, now joins the chorus of disapproving society folk, while the rest go on and live happily ever after.

A very unusual and thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy about remaining true to yourself — with lots to think about in the regarding fashion too. It makes me want to go out and get a plaid newsboy cap.

Plaid 1960s Newsboy Cap

Plaid 1960s Newsboy Cap

PS I have to add that my heart was taken by the wonderfully mad, childlike (not childish), painting-everything-white, Tom. I wondered why he didn’t get the girl. At one point Tolen wonders too. Maybe he’s gay. “Are you a homosexual?” he says to Tom. Tom replies, “No. Thanks all the same.”

While it clears up one issue, I’m still wondering why Tom’s left single.