Friday, 7 March 2014
Saturday, 1 March 2014
It is said that the first nail decorators were the Indians who used henna to adorn their nails. In ancient China painting nails was only a priviledge of royalty. The first women to be known for painting their nails red were Egyptians, Nefertiti and later Cleopatra. Nefertiti, one of the most famous beauties of the ages past, is alleged to use henna and even blood to paint her nails. The red colour of was also reserved only for royalty.
At the beginning of the 9th century, nails were adorned with red scented oils. In the 19th century powders were used to decorate one´s nails, but in 1920s something more permanent was used as a nail paint, car paints. Michelle Manard, French make-up artist, came with the idea to adapt the car paint to a nail polish. In 1917 Cutex created the first nail polish and in the early 1930s nailpolishes by the Charles Revson Company / Revlon company were introduced. The first manicure style where the red nailpolish was used was the halfmoon manicure which leaves the moon and the tip of the nails unpainted.
A huge turn was made when Technicolor was invented, because the movies were now in colours, the viewers could admire the looks of the actresses and copycat their style. The actress Rita Hayworth was a pioneer of the red nails and lips on the silver screen. The demand for the red nail enamels grew immediately. This trend lasted up until the 1960s when the pastel and more natural shades of nailpolishes came into fashion.
Beautifully Invisible. A History of Nail Lacquer: Blood Ted Nails On Your Fingertips.
http://www.beautifully-invisible.com/2011/05/nail-lacquer-blood-red-nails-fingertips-history-nailpolish.html, 28. 2. 2014.
Wikipedia. Nail polish. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nail_polish, 28. 2. 2014.
(Picture: Rita Hayworth, source: Wikipedia)
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Have you seen this one? It took place in London 16th February 2014. I just fell in love with a few pieces, so I decided I have to make a review and pinpoint my favourites. I am a fan of Viv´s work, some of the designs from her are too over the top for me, but some I love. So here is a youtube video that summs up the whole show, I will also link to the photos of the looks I am going to talk about and am fan of. You can see photos of the whole collection here. So, put the lights out and pretend for a while that you are at London Fashion Week, enjoy!
We can see that V.W. is bringing us back in the 1980s with exaggerated shoulders of her coat designs (0:36) that can be seen at the beginning of the show. Not my favourite fashion era , but here in these looks it kinda works. I would have to try the coats on to see by myself if it deforms the shape of my body in a fab or drab way. For eg. this orange one at 01:20. Have you noticed those huge lapels in the shape of heart? That is a nice touch, although I do not like the literal hearts on some of the looks in this RTW collection.
I like the Jackie Kennedy inspired hat at 0:45 or this blue one matching nicely with a suit reminding me of stewardesses´ uniforms. Remember this notorious outfit from 1963 (rest in peace, J.F.K.)?
(J.K. with her husband president J.F. Kennedy in Dallas, source: Wikipedia)
This look at 07:25 is just great, I love stripes, the (velvet?) jacket looks fabulous and the hat is nice too, I have a thing for hats, as you can see.
This dress at 08:00 looks so aristocratic, they actually remind me of Japanese gothic lolita´s dresses. I love them, would not change a thing on them. And have you noticed the earrings? The punk and aristocratic looks are merged here to create a modern piece for a rebelling aristocrats and quaintrelles, like myself ;)
This model at 09:56 had such a nice make-up and hairdo, I admired the accessories too, very 1950s inspired.
What could I say about this look at 10:15? I love it! Reminding me of Galliano´s S/S 2006 haute couture show inspired by the Revolution. It is just like meeting the Queen herself, I would put this look as the last one, the most pompous one. It was followed by a nice black dress, but I think they cannot beat the "dress for the Queen".
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Friday, 14 February 2014
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In 1918 Fashion was on the brink of changing and adapting more modern styles for women as well. The era of noble women in elaborate, long flowing dresses had come to an end. In times of World War 1, they had to work with less and simpler clothing items.
More practical or warm items where combined with elegant accessories. In a way this freed women's fashion, and it went from "ultra feminine" to adapting looks that are more neutral and comfortable.
The look I created is inspired by that era. Though not fully authentic, because I used modern clothing, it certainly is inspired by fashion from before the golden twenties hit (when glamour had a revival, at least for the upper class).
In my imagination a woman working in a WW1 office setting could have worn something like this. The blouse is dressy enough for an office setting, but the vest keeps her warm in times where heating systems weren't the same as now (or even no heating was used), the skirt is modest, but practical because of it's shorter length. Skirts were worn waist high and often belted. Flat loafers with a small heel, were both appropriate and comfortable for walking the distance to work.
The Tweed Coat provides warmth and is also very durable. In many places tweed was a popular garment because of it's durability, especially in Ireland and Great Britain.
Bowler hats were rarely worn by women during that time, but I felt in this case it would underline the few rather masculine elements this look features and make it a bit edgy. A men's hat, worn in a feminine way so to say.
I also imagine a large leather satchel would have been practical to carry documents, money, a of course food, because eating out wasn't common for workers.
"Classy girls wear pearls...", it would have certainly be true for the time. This pearl necklace might have been a family piece that would have been proudly worn by a woman who does not have much luxury left (this was very true for my family).
The vest features a "fair isle" pattern and would most likely have been hand knit (I love doing fair isle knitting myself!!)
I love that the hat is blue, which certainly makes it a bit more feminine!
Women during the time would not have worn their long hair down in such a fashion though. Very long hair was still common, but often tucked away and women began adapting shorter hair styles that ranged from mid back length to shoulder length (and finally chin length by the 20's!)
I had my hair bunned prior to this to create bun waves (they came out some because it was drizzling). Straight hair wasn't desired at the time and even considered awkward (!).
Blouse: My own vintage item from '97
Vest: My own vintage item from '95
Skirt: United Colors of Benetton (1999)
Tweed Coat: H&M (2012)
Handbag and hat: Currently available at H&M
Pearls: Vintage from Hell's Kitchen Flea Market in NYC
What can we learn from this?
Fast fashion isn't always the way to go...there is more to fashion than owning 10 shirts with lettering on them and 6 pairs of leggings. Women back then put a lot of thought into their (few) looks and I think in a time in which we have the luxury to pick what we want to wear, we should too.
Every woman should know how to combine and layer multiple pieces that she already owns, instead of buying a new shirt every week and simply throwing on whatever is hot.
Casual looks and fashion freedom is great! But don't forget about the classy looks that women of the past put so much love and thought into!
My family before and during that time (all maternal side of the family)
1912 - My great great grandmother, great grandmother (right) and her siblings, my grandpa's side.
1909 - great great grandfather and great great grandmother, great grandmother and great great great grandfather (on my grandpa's side)
1915 - my great great grandmother on my grandma's side, her look resembles mine a bit!
~ In memory of all my past time Family ~ most of them I never met, but they are remembered.
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Thursday, 13 February 2014
For the 1960s are typical hemlines of the skirts in the lenght obove the knees which appeared in the second half of the decade. The fashion of short skirts became popular quite quickly because it was something new and different and also associated with young people. Among the pioneers belonged designers John Bates, Mary Quant (Bazaar), Barbara Hulanicki (Biba) or YSL with his iconic dress. Wearing of miniskirts was only acceptable thanks to the existence of tights. The stokings were not worn anymore, because the stoking ends underneath the short skirts would show. The tights were often patterned. For this era kitten heels were typical. Another iconic person of the era was the 1st lady of the USA Jackie Kenedy, who wore more matured and elegant style. Thanks to Twiggy, flase eyelashes became popular and apart from the shorter skirts another trend was born in the 1960s - bikinis!
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Went "shopping" into my mother´s wardrobe and pulled out this black skirt and white sweater. I paired it with black Deichmann leather boots and this Calzedonia tights with print. They do not look that well on the photo, they are bordeaux with red roses and pearl necklaces. The brown faux leather purce is a lucky find in a trift shop. I also wore a bunch of necklace, I thought they went well with the print on the tights. Notice the Eiffel tower pendant and the medaillon, they are my favourites.
J´adore la Tour Eiffel et Paris! <3
(Construction of the Eiffel Tower, source Wikimedia Commons)
Add The Dream of Spring... I am influenced by the George R.R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire books obviously, I cannot wait to read the next book, Winds of Winter! There have been a few chapters released already, to be honest, I liked Theon Greyjoy´s the most, although he is not my favourite character, because it contains a big spoiler that I was wondering about and it proved true!
Also, although I read all the five books that were published I am looking forward to see the season 4, watch the trailer here in case you haven´t seen it yet (although I liked trailers for previous two seasons more).
Sunday, 9 February 2014
The standardized Navy uniforms were introduced at the beginning of the 19th century. Soon they became popular among common people too, children to be more precise. This fashion for children was launched by Queen Victoria who dressed her son, future King Edward VII (*1841 †1910, reigned 1901-1910), in nautical styled clothes. In the second half of the 19th century nautical motives were introduced to ladies´ clothes that was designated for free time activities at seaside (remember Mrs. Lovett´s red-white striped dress in Sweney Todd?). The nautical trend did also logically manifest itself in bathing suits. During the Edwardian era (circa 1901-1910, the era is named after Edward VII) nautical features got to everyday dresses that were not worn only at the seaside. Soon nautical fashion became a recognised style that was even considered very stylish.
In 1915 a loosely fitted blouse with sailor collar called Midshipman, or shortly Middy, came into fashion. They were considered as a right choice for sports or casual leisure time, because they were comfortable. They were made of various materials and colours.
During the WWI and WWII the fashion for common people was inspired by military uniforms, because it was considered patriotic to wear something similar to the clothes of the fighting soldiers. During the warfare more traditional nautical colours, white, blue, red, were worn. Then this clothes inspired with uniforms started to be made also in other colours. Soon also patterns such as anchor, star etc. appeared.
In the 1930s Breton or French stripes were introduced in the nautical fashion. The striped shirts are typical clothes for sailors, but have you ever thought of the reason why? The dark and white stripes are easier to be spotted in the water in case there was a man overboard. The original number of stripes was 21, as was the number of Napoleon´s victories. Stripes were also Coco Chanel´s favourite, in 1917 she introduced them to fashion through her nautical collection.
Around 1943 the nautical fashion started disappearing, probably the fabric rationing is to be blamed, until it vanished during the 1940s, only to be re-established during again in 1950s. The popularity of the naval style was nourished through popular movies too.
During the 1960s the nautical style was adapted to Mods fashion style and during the 1970s, the Hippie decade, bell bottom trousers that were part of the sailors´ uniforms became very popular. In the 1970s Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano introduced their collections that were influenced by nautical style. A very noteworthy is the fact that nautical features made it to the haute couture too! Jean Paul Gaultier used stripes in 1997 haute couture collection. We can also see that Karl Lagerfeld is loyal to the Coco Chanel´s heritage, because he was inspires by sea in his resort collections. For more inspiration you can also check Kenzo S/S 2006 collection that is all about nautical style.
(King Edward VII /on the right/, source Wikimedia Commons)
SFGate. Nautical wear history sails away. http://www.sfgate.com/style/article/Nautical-wear-history-sails-away-4775552.php, 7. 2. 2014.
Tuppence Ha´penny Vintage. Sailor Style Evolution Part 1: Nautical Fashion is Born. http://blog.tuppencehapenny.co.uk/2011/05/sailor-style-evolution-part-1-nautical.html, 7. 2. 2014.
Tuppence Ha´penny Vintage. Sailor Style Evolution Part 2: http://blog.tuppencehapenny.co.uk/2011/06/sailor-style-evolution-part-2-rise-of.html, 7. 2. 2014.
Tuppence Ha´penny Vintage. Sailor Style Evolution Part 4: Wartime Patriotism. http://blog.tuppencehapenny.co.uk/2011/06/sailor-style-evolution-part-4-wartime.html, 7. 2. 2014.
Tuppence Ha´penny Vintage. Sailor Style Evolution Part 5: Nautical Novelties – 1950s and Beyond, http://blog.tuppencehapenny.co.uk/2011/06/sailor-style-evolution-part-5-nautical.html, 7. 2. 2014
Vintage Fashionistas, The. Nautical Not New. The History of Nautical Style in Fashion. http://www.backinstyle.com/blog/2013/04/nautical-not-new-the-history-of-nautical-style-in-fashion, 7. 2. 2014.
Wikifashion. Breton stripes. http://wikifashion.com/wiki/Breton_stripes, 7. 2. 2014.
Friday, 7 February 2014
Another one of my modr culture inspired looks, do you remember this one with fab green sweater or this even older one with dress I grabbed in sales?
I adore this dress, although I do not remember where I bought them anymore. They are one of my typical lazy days piece of clothes I wear, I usually adorn it with a trinket, this one is my newest grab in sales in Mohito shop. The matching white tights with unobtrusive pattern are from New Yorker and my usual black leather Deichmann shoes. My nailes are painted with Hot Red Essence enamel and my lips are made up with a matching Love Red by Oriflame colour.
Right now I am quite happy that my fringe grew longer than usual, I can finally make my bangs like this.