I discovered classiq via Vintage Lifestyle Magazine. We both featured as VLM's top favourite blogs (in their birthday issue), go here to have a look. Inevitably, I checked out Ada Burciu's blog, I'm first and foremost impressed with her eye for style but secondly and most importantly I love her blog posts on old classic movies, she so wonderfully describes the style of different characters, it's informative and really interesting. My most favourite posts at the moment are: North by Northwest and Designing Woman. Below are some images and a few excerpts from these posts but I highly recommend you go have a look and read them in depth.
“Hitchcock made everybody in the picture dress in a classic style… He didn’t want the picture to date because of the clothes. There’s not one outfit I couldn’t wear today with a few minor adjustments and not look stylish.” Eva Marie Saint
"There is one particularity about Eva Marie Saint’s costumes in this movie: her wardrobe was entirely shopped directly off the models at Bergdorf Goodman as opposed to leaving all or part of it to be designed (and especially in the case of a Hitchcock film, who was famous for making the clothes in his film an integral part of the characters portrayed on screen)".
"Roger Thornhill (played by Cary Grant) goes through every possible ordeal in North by Northwest, but he remains perfectly dressed and unruffled. His suit gets sometimes a little dusty or scuffed, but nothing a good dry cleaner couldn’t take care of in a few hours. This is how it should be with a good suit. And the suit was Cary Grant’s grand achievement..."
"The suit jacket in North by Northwest is ventless and Cary is always wearing it unbuttoned at the last button. This helps his suit move gracefully with him during his unrelenting ride. Cary used to customize his suits and have his tailor lenghten the single or double vents of the suits beyond their normal boundaries. This made the jackets more functional and also created the illusion of greater height and slimness..."
Images are slightly altered because the movie is widescreen.
“Lauren Bacall has a perfect figure for clothes and a genuine feeling for them” (Helen Rose- MGM's head designer)".
"Polished and impeccably tailored, with a clean, classic line and in a wide range of colours (Helen Rose knew how to use colour) from black and navy to red, green and orange, they fit perfectly and are very functional too, one other detail that Helen paid great attention to.."
“I don’t think clothes make the woman. I’m a firm believer that women make the clothes. To me a woman should be like a beautiful jewel and the clothes just a setting, our background. Chic, styled, flattering, but basically simple.” Helen Rose
Leaf Greener is the senior fashion editor for Elle China, I recently discovered her blog and I must say it's become one of my favourites. She thoroughly entertains us with her instagram photos. Below are some of my favourites
Yasmin Kianfar is only 24 years old but this talented British designer had me sitting at the edge of my seat. I just had to share her S/S 2012 collection with you.
".......combining silk and leather with powernet to create a fresh and modern take on evening-wear. Intricate detailing such as fine hand pleating and laser cutting techniques are used to embellish her clean-lined silhouettes.
The brand Yasmin Kianfar is essentially innovative at its core and strives to produce beautiful and strong pieces that are ultimately sensual and feminine. The aim is to resolve fashion's fickle relationship with its wearer by producing elegant distinctive garments that have an iconic and timeless appeal".
Helen Georget and Rachel Peloquin are the founders of Duette Design Studios. This French- Canadian duo caught my eye via cargo collective, I'm in serious favour of the prints, I fell inlove with it all. Please, visit their website o' silent readers.
It's almost Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and considering that most of my readers are from that side of the world ( at the moment it's pretty cold down here in Cape Town- boo!), this outfit worn by Isabel Lucas is so fresh and classic, a lovely look to emulate while frolicking on the beach.
Image via: emma jane nation
Sergeant Pepper Clothing is a new South African line for men. I spotted this over at Lucky Pony. Angie Batis' review got me so excited, this is what she had to say: " They have personally designed all sorts of wonderfully pieces.....the quality is great, the cuts are awesome and all the details have been so well worked out and not forgotten about, things like wooden buttons, leather trim details, different patterns on the inside of their shirts". So wonderful for the gents!
You can buy their attire online but good news for the South African men, their girlfriends and wives, Sergeant Pepper will be available in local stores.
P.S: Initially, the models beards got my attention, I seriously wish I could play with them. :)
For this collection, Temperely was inspired by Sophia Loren and women's style from the South of France during the 50's and 60's. It's timeless and classic, I particularly love that a double breasted suit is thrown in there, the gowns are beautiful with delicate draping. I also love the use of cream, black and red. Hevz
I've seen this lookbook all over the internet but I had to blog about it. Androgyny with a hint of femininity, I wish I could wear every piece.
May is over but this shoot for South China is just so beautiful, the choice of scenery and the styling is impressive.
Model: Angelika Korcheva
Styling: Holly Suan Gray
Photography: Anna Wolf
Make-Up: Kristin Hilton
The name is Romy Alfino, I reside in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a personal blog about fashion, vintage, art and photography. I share images for your visual pleasure
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