Featured: Quite Continental on Two Inch Cuffs ~ “Carmen Jones: Rebellious Bird”

04/05/2011 § 3 Comments

Image via Twentieth Century Fox

“Carmen Jones: Rebellious Bird”

Happy to share with you my first piece as Culture Contributor for the online style guide Two Inch Cuffs, cherie.  I’ve chosen my Spring 2011 Fashion Muse, and she is Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen in Carmen Jones (1954).

Head here for a discussion that includes mention of: spring fever, historic firsts, the opera, Miucca Prada, The Hill-Side, Georges Bizet, wanton hedonism, colorblocking, LIFE Magazine, and floral pocket squares.  Yes, really.  All that and a darling Prada bag of chips, no?

Dat’s Love ~ Carmen Jones (1954)

Music: Habanera by Georges Bizet
Libretto: Oscar Hammerstein II

My lovely 1954 Dandridge edition of LIFE Magazine.

Be sure to head here to read the feature on Two Inch Cuffs.

Menswear Crush: J.Lindeberg S/S 2011 Lookbook

23/04/2011 § 4 Comments

Women in menswear.  For me, it’s almost as good as menswear-influenced womenswear.  But, unlike menswear-influenced womenswear, the focus of a woman in men’s clothes is not on sharp tailoring or small details, but is placed more on the sensual tension of a female body in a space defined by and built for a man’s body. It’s just dead sexy.

Here, photographer Eric Guillemain captures models Tati Cotliar and Siri Tollerod for Swedish menswear line J.Lindeberg‘s S/S 2011 lookbook.  Tati and Siri sport a variety of warm-weather looks, simultaneously igniting my latest Menswear Crush and providing wardrobe inspiration for all the polished tomboys out there.

A lady must have her ties.

Windswept, softly wrinkled, light as a feather.

J’adore her cuffs.  Such lovely insouciance.

View the full lookbook after the jump…

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His & Hers: Summer Uniform

20/04/2011 § 4 Comments

Gents, you’ll know I really like you when I steal that perfectly broken-in shirt of yours and refuse to give it back.  When asked for its return, I’ll probably try to remind you that you gave it to me (and I’ll be lying).  For the girls like me who love to steal clothes from their boys (and for the boys who love their little closet thieves), an idea for a shared summer uniform for S/S 2011:

Via J.Crew: Unisex Saint James® Meridien II nautical tee
Girls, your true size will be beautifully slouchy.
For a more fitted look, go a size down.

Via J.Crew: Secret Wash lightweight button-down solid shirt
Available in slim/extra small, a perfectly gauzy summer shirt.

Via J.Crew: Chambray club short
Happened upon these at the Liquor Store.
Planning to wear them a bit loose with a cuff.

Via Zappos: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Ox
A classic. No need to justify.

Billykirk x Opening Ceremony 16″ Medium Carryall – Navy Stripe – 165-RS
Completely in love with this Billykirk carryall.
May be a bit busy for most men to carry, but if I saw a gent with this bag,
I’d know we were meant to be together forever.
…or at least for S/S 2011.

Menswear Crush: Hackett London S/S 2011

21/03/2011 § 5 Comments

I’ll admit it.

I’ve got a huge crush on the S/S 2011 Hackett man.

He’s a bit overly formal at times, but that’s how he feels
most comfortable — and just the way I like him.

He lightens up for spring with linen, madras and khaki.

But he isn’t afraid of a bit of color, as long as it’s tailored.

Fancies mixing his field jacket with a bit of gingham.

He enjoys the ease of well-worn fabrics.

He’s charmingly old-fashioned and genteel, and he
doesn’t mind when I steal from his closet…which is often.

He’s got scads of good friends, but I’m always made to feel special.

For more, head over to Hackett.

Around since the early 80s, Hackett’s traditionalism and thoroughly British feel resonates deeply with me.  I was first initiated into the Hackett world on a trip to London last year.  With no prior knowledge of the brand and lured in purely on the strength of their windows, I visited the Covent Garden location and was immediately delighted…and then disappointed to find they do not design for women nor do they have any boutiques in the states.  That means that for now, my love for Hackett will be unrequited and from a distance.  C’est la vie! I shall be comforted by daydreams of driving through the countryside with Mr. Hackett.  His natty clothes are only very slightly disheveled as we’ve got the top down on the Jag and the sun is on my bare shoulders, whispering that summer is just around the next bend…

Images via Prepidemic.

Willing Passenger {Kitsuné S/S 2011}

09/03/2011 § 6 Comments

Impatiently waiting for spring and completely in love with Kitsuné “Reporter” S/S 2011!  Drawing inspiration from Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1975 film The Passenger starring Jack Nicholson, Kitsuné has created a vision of classic, sartorial goodness in a rhapsody of vibrant color — a lovely collection that is timeless and imminently wearable.  J’adore the buttoned-down elegance and beautiful textiles!  And while I’ll admit that the womenswear is what initially drew my attention — I just might have a bigger crush on the French label’s menswear: rolled hems and no socks, polished-yet-casual styling (high note: the pairing of the sportcoat with shorts), lightness of the summer fabrics.  It’s almost too delicious for me to stand.  While I ponder what menswear pieces I might steal for myself, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the boys in Kitsuné in the coming months.  J’adore!

All images via Kitsuné.

The Passenger by Antonioni

GANT by Michael Bastian S/S 2011 {also, Video: A Love Story}

13/02/2011 § Leave a comment

So looking forward to the opportunity to wear Michael Bastian’s first-ever GANT collection for women this spring.  If you haven’t yet visited the GANT site to check out the interactive campaign, I definitely recommend you head over for a few beautiful moments.  Most arresting is the short film shot to introduce the S/S 2011 collections – A Love Story.

Bastian’s S/S 2011 is embodied by a gorgeous couple in love, captured in various locales.  He is an all-American baseball player, she is a glamorous film siren (remind you of anyone?), and the chemistry between them — mon dieu!  The clothes are completely lovely — classic and nostalgic, without looking dated.  I had high hopes for this collection and Bastian completely delivered.  My pocketbook has officially been placed on high alert.

Must must must have this dress!

All images via GANT

Faerie Queens

28/01/2011 § Leave a comment

I loved the makeup at the Valentino show, probably my second favorite to Dior.  The soft dewiness had the girls looking very faerie-like — even with the oddly bleached eyebrows.

Images via Vogue Paris

Elegance: Valentino Haute Couture S/S 2011

28/01/2011 § Leave a comment


Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli presented an etheral and quietly luxurious collection for Valentino.  Displaying an uncanny sense of weightlessness and timeless elegance, Valentino is assured to yet again be a major player on the red carpets and high society events this year.  In a sea of muted colors, my favorite is probably the red dress…but you know I have such a thing for red, these days!
Some favorites from the show:
Images via Vogue Paris

Iconoclast: Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture S/S 2011

26/01/2011 § Leave a comment

Gaultier brings moody edge to Paris haute couture week with his punk cancan themed collection.  Choosing to end the show with male model Andrej Pejic in a wedding gown (above), Gaultier achieved the ultimate in androgyny.  Audacious and sexy, Gaultier achieves the kind of high drama we love him for.
Some of my favorite looks below:
Images via Vogue Paris

Baroque: Givenchy Haute Couture S/S 2011

26/01/2011 § Leave a comment

Riccardo Tisci’s collection for Givenchy embodies all that haute couture is meant to be!  Drawing on inspiration from the Far East — and perhaps the future — Tisci’s creations are intricate, diaphanous creations from another world.  They are amazing for their originality as well as for the craftsmanship that went into creating them; one gown is rumored to have taken more than 4000 hours to complete!  While some designers showed practical looks that were more down to earth and wearable, Tisci kept Givenchy in the stratosphere and I love him for it!
The entire collection follows below:

Images via Vogue Paris

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