Month: October 2013

Queen of the Screen

Tippi Hedren in 'The Birds'

Tippi Hedren in ‘The Birds’

Monday would have been the 116th birthday of the woman responsible for costuming some of the biggest actors during the “Golden Age of Film.” And on the eve of All Hallows Eve (the most widely accepted day of costume wearing, right?) it seems both interesting and apropos to show her some love. Edith Head, easily the most celebrated costume designer in film history, designed for over 400 productions throughout a career that spanned five decades. She earned an impressive eight Oscars and worked with pretty much every silver screen legend from Audrey Hepburn to Elizabeth Taylor to Cary Grant. Remember Audrey’s Givenchy ball gown in Sabrina? Had Head never put her in couture- a move that was unheard of in the film industry at the time- we may never have had subsequent on-screen high fashion moments (who would Holly Golightly have been without her little black dress?!).

The Cut featured 30 of Edith Head’s most memorable costumes from a gaggle of Hollywood’s iconic films. Her influence on film is far reaching and eternal. I mean, she was even immortalized by Pixar as the flamboyant fashionista/cartoon character Edna Mode in the film The Incredibles. But you don’t have to take my word for it! Hear it from the woman herself: “If it’s a Paramount film I probably designed it.”

Take a look at some of my favorite on-screen looks curated by Edith Head. Do you have a favorite? Hmm?

Images courtesy of NY Mag & The Cut

Wardell

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You know that when Jay-Z signs a band to his label ROCNATION it means two things: one, these guys are really good, and two, you’re going to start hearing about them everywhere.

The latests duo to join his dynamic roster of artists which includes Rihanna, Calvin Harris, and the singing sisters, Haim, is Wardell. Theo and Sasha, to be specific, are bother and sister who contribute their musical compatibility to the fact that they shared a wall growing up. That wall, to be even more specific, was inside their father Steven Spielberg’s Los Angeles home. But don’t think that having a famous father means Wardell is all talk and no quality. These two have cultivated a seriously desirable sound of dewy, folk-pop reminiscent of dancehall melodies made popular by The Beach Boys and Buddy Holly. Their single ‘Opposum’ (the video is attached below) is one of the most played songs in my queue this week, definitely because of it’s harmoniously catchy “oohs” and “ahhs” and maybe because of the goofy title.

And if you’re in the Los Angeles area next month, they’ll be opening for Cayucas at the Troubadour. I’ll be there trying to contain my excitement that Steven Spielberg may or may not be in the same room as me.

Give them a listen and let me know what you think!

Image courtesy of Wardell & Laura Coulson

C’est La Vie

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Show of hands, how many of you have looked at an image on a visually driven website like Pinterest (universally accepted procrastination station) and immediately been reminded of someone close to you. Perhaps it’s a pair of camel-colored, suede driving moccasins with tassels that one of your BFFs used to sport in her ultra-preppy high school days. Maybe it’s a pillow in the perfect shade of aqua blue reminiscent of the exact color of your friend’s bedroom walls: you think to yourself, “That is such a [insert friend’s name] color!

The photo above conjured a distinct memory of my maternal grandma. Momma knew how to work the classics and often chose to wear tried-and-true prints like the featured tartan trousers. A classic “Momma” outfit also included some sort of neutral-colored cozy knit, perhaps a turtleneck and, if cold weather permitted, a fuzzy coat that often resembled the coat of a teddy bear. A devotee of the LeSportsac classic hobo, she was also known to switch it up and carry a red shoulder bag similar to the one above.

Aside from being reminded of all the wonderful times I had with Momma and the aphorisms she passed along, most memorably, “C’est la vie,” what was most enjoyable about finding this image was the fact that I further understood the trans-generational appeal of classic wardrobe staples. Momma would totally wear that outfit, I would totally wear that outfit.

And if you would totally wear this outfit too, take a look at the pieces below and shop away!

trouser
1. LOFT | 2. Asos | 3. Theory | 4. Zara
teddy coat
1. H & M | 2. Stella McCartney | 3. Topshop | 4. Asos
red bag

(clockwise, top left) 1. Aimee Kestenberg | 2. IllBeCa by Joy Gryson Church Street | 3. Alexander Wang | 4. Elizabeth & James | 5. Zara