Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington for Harper’s Bazaar US May 1995

31/03/2011 § 7 Comments

I’ve gone to the archives for this one…well, the 90s archives.  Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington in a darling editorial for Harper’s Bazaar by Patrick Demarchelier that still feels fresh, even though it was shot nearly 20 (!!) years ago.  Wearing classic looks, with a nod to the preppy, Linda and Christy demonstrate that elegance (and supermodels) will always be in season, n’est-ce pas?

Los Angeles is calling my name…


Evelina Mambetova & Karlijn Veling for 180 Issue N° 5 S/S 2011

30/03/2011 § 2 Comments

Today I am feeling very 1930s glam…

Photos by Rus Anson.

Via Noir Facade.

I Won’t Dance!

30/03/2011 § Leave a comment

One of my most favorite songs, and perhaps you can see why…

“When you dance, you’re charming and you’re gentle,
‘specially when you do the Continental,
But this feeling isn’t purely mental…”

To brighten up our Tuesday morning, Jerome Kern’s I Won’t Dance, a #1 hit in 1935, two lovely ways:

First, a gorgeous little big band mash-up of Old Blue Eyes and classic cinematic moments featuring Audrey Hepburn dancing with some of my favorite leading men...

…and Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers doing what they did best in the closing scene of Roberta (1935).

“You know what?, you’re lovely,
Ring-a-ding-ding, you’re lovely
And, oh, what you do to me
I’m like an ocean wave that’s bumped on the shore
I feel so absolutely stumped on the floor”

Ask Me Anything: New Old Hollywood Sunglasses

30/03/2011 § 4 Comments

I’m very pleased to introduce a new feature on Quite Continental called “Ask Me Anything.”  Yours Truly tends to get a lot of questions about this and that and whatnot, and I thought I might answer them here.  So if there’s anything I might be able to help you with, drop me a line, post haste!  Reach me here:

Marlene Dietrich in 1938, taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt.
Dear Mariah,
I am looking for a pair of sunglasses: round lenses, tortoiseshell frames, old school, old Hollywood style.  Any thoughts?

Even though it is fuh-reezing here in NYC, summer is on my brain and nothing says “summer” better than a new pair of sunnies.  As we recently discussed, I just picked up a lovely new pair of Ray-Ban Caribbeans to comfort myself until the temperatures start to rise, but I love the idea of a pair that look like they are from the 1930s.  Please note, sunglasses of this sort can be tricky — one misstep and you could end up looking like John Lennon, when you were actually aiming for Marlene Dietrich (or her male counterpart).

For your consideration, a few options that will have you ready for your close-up:

Ray-Ban RB4141 Rounded Wayfarer in Light Havana with Polarized Green Lenses: While not a true round frame, I really like the fresh take on the classic Wayfarer here.  Scoop them here.

Oliver Peoples Sheldrake in Matte Sycamore with Green C Vintage Glass: We’re still not quite in truly round territory, but I have a distinct weakness for tortoiseshell paired with green lenses.  Scoop them here.

Oliver Peoples Riley 48 in Dark Mahogany with Viola Glass Photochromic: Our first round lens is courtesy of one of the oldest Oliver Peoples frames — the Riley.  Loving the colored lenses and the delicateness of the frames here.  Scoop them here.

Warby Parker Begley: I really like the Begleys.  The frames are close to being completely round, but have a bit more heft than the Peoples Rileys.  Add some green lenses, and you’re good to go.  Scoop them here.

Sidenote: If you’re not familiar with Warby Parker, climb out from under that rock, cherie, and learn!  The entirely online boutique sells stylish prescription eyeglasses for only $95.  While they do not currently offer sunglasses, you can order frames sans lenses and have tinted lenses put in at your local eyeglasses shop.  When compared to the $400 you’d drop on either of the Oliver Peoples, Warby Parker is quite an attractive alternative, no?

Warby Parker Monroe:  If you’re committed to completely round, Warby Parker has that covered as well.  Scoop them here.

Moscot Miltzen:  Moscot provides a very handsome option with real glass lenses (and yes, green is available).  You’ll also get added points for verisimilitude here, as the Miltzen is Moscot’s oldest model and was introduced in the 1930s.  Scoop them here.

Ralph Lauren Purple Label Keyhole Sunglasses:  These Purple Label beauties offer more substantial frames, if the preceding options were a bit delicate for your taste.  I especially like how bold the tortoiseshell is here, but these frames may be a bit too flamboyant for some.  Scoop them here.

Persol PO2988S: In the mood for Italian?  Persol offers a model that has a very straight bridge (no keyhole) that is continued through to the temples — very similar to Ms. Dietrich’s frames.  Scoop them here.

Sidenote: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the film To Kill A Mockingbird, Oliver Peoples will be releasing a Gregory Peck frame, modeled after the glasses worn by his character, Atticus Finch.  Created with the assistance of Peck’s son Anthony, who owns the pair worn by his father in the film, the frames feature handsomely round in a range of muted tortoiseshell colors.  While they’re not sunglasses, I’m guessing you might like these as much as I do.  Look for them in the near future at Oliver Peoples boutiques and Barneys New York.

Via: NYT.
Images courtesy of Ray-Ban, Oliver Peoples, Warby Parker, Moscot, Ralph Lauren, Sunglass Hut, and NY Times

Sarah Vaughn ~ I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

30/03/2011 § 1 Comment

Shortlist: Poolside Pin-Up

29/03/2011 § 1 Comment

Sailor Stream Bikini by Rosa Cha available here || Billowed Beach Pants available here || Lemon Stick Wedges by Miss Albright available here || Diane von Furstenberg Laragh Linen Day Bag available here ||

Featured: Quite Continental on Le Choix Trois

28/03/2011 § 2 Comments

Just a quick snippet to let you know that Yours Truly has been featured this past weekend!  I’m completely honored to have been asked by Esther, the editrix of the fabulous fashion site Le Choix Trois, to answer a very difficult question: “If you were never to see your wardrobe again, but could save three things, what would you save and why?”

Any guesses as to what my answers might be?  See them here.

Vassar College Archives: 1930s

28/03/2011 § 2 Comments

Imagine how happy I was to find out that Vassar College, a small liberal arts college located in Poughkeepsie, New York, recently began sharing photographs from their extensive archive on Flickr!  As the college was founded in 1861 — originally as a women’s college and the first of the “Seven Sisters” colleges — the nearly 1,000 images offer an amazing glimpse at Vassar student life through the ages.  Admission: As I’ve got a few friends who attended Vassar, I’ve also been hoping to find some blackmail material, but haven’t been lucky.  Yet.

For our first foray into the archive, I’ve selected some of my favorite images from the 1930s set:

FDR was the commencement speaker in 1931.

Her shoes!

If you’d like to take a wander through the archives yourself, visit Vassar’s Flickr account here.

Diahann Carroll ~ Quiet Nights

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Quite Continental Loves: Bass ❤ Rachel Antonoff

24/03/2011 § Leave a comment

I have a longstanding love for G.H. Bass and Co.  We’ve already discussed my childhood demand for Bass Weejuns, and it’s a little known fact that a favorite accessory of mine is actually a Bass belt I stole from my father sometime in the early nineties.  So on one of my recent visits to the Bass site, I was very pleased to see a new collaboration with a designer that I have had my eye on since 2009 — New York design darling Rachel Antonoff.  I immediately recognized a kindred style spirit upon viewing her very first solo collection for spring 2009.  I adore her penchant for bows, the little skirt, sensual necklines, luxurious textures and her rapt attention to small detailing.  She is the perfect combination of whimsy and nostalgia, but her collections are decidedly au courant.  If you are not familiar with her work, please do spend a bit of time meandering through her website!

Is it really any wonder that I am in love with the Bass ❤ Rachel Antonoff shoes?  My favorites follow below, but there is a broader collection you must see.  Head over to Bass to pick your favorites.

Wendybird in Karikole/White

Alice in Navy

Jasmine in Black/White

Aurora in White/Red

Odette in Cream/Red

Lady in Cream/Black

All images via G.H. Bass & Co.

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