What is it about french vintage posters that make such impressive wall art? I have several versions including the cliche moulin rouge dancers and ‘paris miss,’ among a few others. The other day I was meandering around town when I wandered into the used text book section of a store I’ve been in a million times. I spotted a platform that linked to another building and decided to check it out. Never have I been more thrilled then when I found a gold mine for vintage posters (replicas, sadly.) Hundreds of french prints in stock, a huge variety of fine art, unique photographs from the film noir era. I left with nothing only because I needed to let the overwhelming possibilities sink in. Perhaps I will redecorate my room around whichever art fixture I decide on.
Since my days as a little junior in high school, I have sported essentially the same hair style. Side swept bangs. (Which was a huge step at the time..) However, I think I’m ready to take the plunge aka commit to a center part with more intense bangs. This notion has been on my mind for a little over six months and it’s getting to the point of ridiculousness. Am I or am I not? Either way, my indecisiveness is beginning to ware on me. So, I believe I am going to do it and will no longer be wondering. Also, hair grows back! Yes?
The last few months I have been looking for the perfect glasses. I bought a pair a few weeks ago, but quickly fell out of lust with them, realizing the thick black frames truly overpowered my visage. My endeavors have led me from hole in the wall shops to harvard square’s own ‘hootenanny.’ However, after much search on foot, I decided to look online. After a little over an hour, I found the perfect frames. 1950s Vintage Clubmaster Frames in black. They are lovely in so many ways. Click, purchase! 2-3 business days..
Michael Kor’s recent pre-Fall 2010 runway show featured models in furs of various dye colors. Originally serving a a source of clothing for hominoids including the Neanderthal, fur has become a stable in modern society. However, the fashion of wearing fur is something that I have wrestled over for the past decade.
Before the turn of the 21st century and at my young age, I primarily associated fur with R&B artist “J-Lo”, with her seemingly excessive and over the top lifestyle. Lopez’s heavy gold jewelry, white based outfits and heavy furs certainly did not suite my fancy, for instead I was a frequent flyer at the innocent yet over priced Limited Too. Needless to say, the pop star was not an inspiration for anything on my Christmas list at the time.
Years later I began watching old films and realized that I had at come to link fur with a contemporary famous person, rather than the women who epitomized classic glamour. Dripping in diamonds and oozing in gumption, actresses like Ingrid Bergman and Katharine Hepburn sported fur shawls, coats, and wraps.
My deep seeded bias of a mink coat as a R&B style has internally battled that of America’s mid century leading ladies. The other day, while fighting the holiday crowds and feverishly skimming through the racks of Forever 21, a relatively affordable (faux) fur vest caught my eye. I whipped it out and held it in front of my beige lace top. Goodbye gaudy, hello chic!
During my ventures online looking for Christmas gifts, it was hard to ignore the plethora of French- inspired clothing. Everything from cute berets (ha) to a french phrase written in script across a plain white T shirt. Ruffles galore, bows, and street chic inspired wear, I am in love. Currently Forever 21 has an entire section of their web site devoted to a style ‘de francais’ called “Tres Paris.” However, when I went to click on each of the clothes displayed, they were all sold out! The enormous popularity is sure to inspire more pieces of the same sort.
Also in this french boutique craze, is the third most popular chain store, H&M. They recently collaborated with French fashion designer, Sonia Rykiel. A Swedish born company, the family business showcased their latest designer collaboration at the Grand Palais, in Paris. With a catwalk resembling the Champs-Elysees and a shimmering mini Eiffel Towel, the new show offers that of a historical moment in affordable fashion history.
New York Times Thursday Styles article titled “Dressing For Success, Again” by David Colman says that men in their 20s and 30s have and will continue to wear more stylish get ups. The author suggests the new found rebellion of baby boomer parents’ “lax” style is a repercussion of the hit series “Mad Men.” The wardrobe resembles a Kennedy- era New York, and slightly mimics a manly version of “Sex in the City.” The gap of generational style is between men of the hippie movement, who are now in their late 40s and 50s and the younger 20s to 30s population. Rather than crediting a European influence, one might notice the fashion is more an old school minutiae of dressing well from pre-Vietnam. Companies such as Brooks Brothers and J.Crew, who have struggled in the last two decades of casual wear dominance, must be quite pleased at the young male population’s acceptance of 1950s runway revival. I suppose that men have come to the realization that acquiring individuality in a pair of sweats is a rather difficult task. However, you put on a pin stripe suit and hello, personality.