Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Let's operate on the premise that all furs here are faux (except the ones on the animal). Real fur is a no-no, but back in the day it was a symbol of luxury and, when some spots were involved, a way up the ante (as C.C. Baxter would say) sex-wise.
|If you look deep in her eyes, you'll see Audrey's inner wild cat|
|A few wild accessories hint that Missy is a wild one|
|Carmen Miranda also uses spotted dental floss|
|Carole Lombard looks glam and sexy|
|Spots lend wildcat Clara an air of sophistication|
|Is that you, Claudette Colbert or am I seeing spots?|
|Gene Tierney looks a might uncomfortable. |
Maybe the bathing suit was his mother?
|Joan Blondell tells her cheetah pal to relax - it's only faux fur.|
|Spots help Marilyn do elegant with a touch of sexy|
|Natalie Wood loved leopard - here she surrounds herself with it|
|Vivien looking feline|
|Bebe Daniels always looks luxe - whether going exotic or chic|
|Bette Davis proves that spots can say "come hither" or "I dare you."|
|Mrs. Robinson - sexy all over|
And there was Gloria, who had a career-long love affair with the big cat look
|Leopard as worn by Norma Desmond - the greatest star of them all!|
Monday, November 24, 2014
Once upon a time (and still to this day), my ideal of movie glamour included something shiny and sparkly. Over time, my taste has become slightly more refined, but I confess my eyes are always drawn to the glitter and sparkle and way-too-much that spells glamour to me.
One such dress that screams all of the above is worn by Kay Francis in 1934's "Mandalay." Sleek as a thoroughbred, Kay is poured into liquid simmer and adorned with feathers, Vaseline, bangles and attitude.
If you were a female star at Warner Brothers in the 1930s, chances are you were gowned by the great Orry-Kelly. In "Mandalay," Kelly created a wardrobe for Kay that reflected the slightly scarlet, slightly sympathetic and very steamy world inhabited by the fabulously named Spot White.
Because Orry-Kelly was on an orgy of glamour with Kay, I have included a few other goodies from "Mandalay." Kay managed to look gorgeous whether adorned with jewels, flowers, feathers, a fan or sequins, either one at a time or all at once.
For Kay in "Mandaly" too much is just right.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
I think this will become a regular post here (as regular as irregular posts go) - unforgettable movie dresses.
My absolute number 1 movie dress obsession is Scarlett's Love Bird Dress from GONE WITH THE WIND.
|Vivien Leigh as Scarlett in her beautiful Love Bird Dress|
Seen only briefly and from the waist up, this is the dress Scarlett is wearing in the New Orleans honeymoon scene.
Designer Walter Plunkett designed a true fashion work of art for Scarlett and the dress was seen for just a few seconds.
|Plunkett's original sketch|
I have not been able to find any full length photos of Vivien Leigh in this dress. However, its beauty is not forgotten, as it appears again, years later, on the Red Carpet celebrating great cinematic costume design. (Thanks for the photo, Inge!)
|There it is again!!!|
I have not been able to track down what actually happened to the original. I'd love to know the fate of this beautiful dress.
Monday, October 21, 2013
So modern, so clean, so Parisian and yet so American - the look of Jean Seberg in Jean Luc Goddard's 1960 classic "Breathless" never fails to take my breath away!
Every photo looks as thought it could have been taken yesterday. Breathless and timeless.