I’m going to write about that heart-stopping, joyful sensation that occurs when you find a perfectly distressed, perfectly fitting vintage piece. That feeling – after flipping through racks, digging through piles, and trying on garment after garment – of discovering something that’s one-of-a-kind. If you’re like me and the idea of mixing vintage and contemporary looks excites you, then you understand the possibilities that finding a vintage wardrobe staple like a pair of Levi’s jeans can hold. Jeans and a t-shirt is an unbeatable combination, but adding high-waisted timeworn jeans that are undoubtedly as rugged as they are feminine to the mix takes it to another level. I have found some pretty sweet vintage pieces in unlikely places, but I have yet to find, yes find (not “find” in Urban Outfitters, which, not going to lie, I’ve been tempted to do) my own pair of vintage Levi’s. In cherishing these timeless jeans (or jackets, or shoes) of the past I feel as though I can bring nostalgia to an outfit of otherwise current pieces that were most likely manufactured in this decade. A pair of vintage Levi’s can stand alone with a modest shirt and not much else and can add something special in their own subtle way.
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?
Audrey Hepburn’s princess moment as ‘Sabrina’ in Givenchy couture
Ingrid Bergman & Cary Grant in ‘Notorious’
Elizabeth Taylor & Montgomery Clift in ‘A Place In The Sun’
Natalie Wood in ‘This Property is Condemned’
Audrey Hepburn in ‘Sabrina’
Rosemary Clooney & BIng Crosby in ‘White Christmas’
Monday, happy Monday. Because it is Monday- everyone’s favorite day of the week- I have assembled a group of ultra-pleasant images in the hope that they (or at least one) will make your day a little brighter. Included is a smily Jackie O strolling down the Seine, an uplifting quote, a bed of succulents (awww! Succulents!). And never have I ever met the person able to stare sadly at a golden retriever puppy.