My Conversations With Edith Head


Girl can pose!

Last night I had the opportunity to see Conversation With Edith Head a one woman show starring Susan Claassen.  This is a wonderful look into the world and mind of  Edith Head.  And, for a 90 minute play with no intermission time really flew.   Continue reading

What’s your favorite era for inspiration?

Judge Magazine 1926

Judge Magazine 1926

Probably my favorite era for fashion is 1920’s.  Check out this colorized video of 1920’s fashion and the music is really the bee’s knees.  There is an orange coat that is stunning and could quite easily be copied. The coats have amazing linings.  Love the hats, the music the fashion.  How about you?  Do you have a favorite era for inspiration?

What A Way to Go indeed! Edith Head’s costume designs

I’ve been reading one of Edith Head’s biographies and have come to her work on What A Way To Go with Shirley MacClaine and Robert Mitchum as well as Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Paul Newman and Dick Van Dyke. This 5 minute clip will give you a quick look at a few of  the fabulous costumes from this movie.  Apparently Mitchum and MacClaine were having an affair at the time so their constant I-love-you’s might not have been all that hard to utter.  And, yes this is a movie for which her work was nominated for an Oscar for Costume Design.  If you love costumes, Edith Head or just a silly movie this fits the bill.   Check it out!

Remembering Anna Piaggi

Photo by David Bailey

Legendary Fashion Editor Anna Piaggi died on Tuesday August 7th.  Fortunately she left behind a great legacy of fashion and style.  Her eclectic sense and personality will be well remembered.  Click here for a great interview and photo spread of Anna.  

The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann and the beautiful 20’s

Vicki Lester (name might ring a bell for some) writes the blog Beguiling Hollywood, offering  glimpses, analysis, and juicy tidbits on old and new Hollywood.  She mentioned that the new Baz Luhrmann The Great Gatsby trailer is out.  The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey McGuire and Carey Mulligan as Daisy. Take a look below.  It looks like Baz is certainly giving it his touch. What do you think. It’s coming out in December.

I think this resurgence for the delicious  and de-lovely clothes of the 20’s is a wonderful thing.

Here is a look at Dicaprio and McGuire in Brooks Brothers suits.

The Great Gatsby 2012

The men’s costumes are designed by Brooks Brothers.  The women’s costume designer, which from what is presented in the trailer are stunning.  The designer Catherine Martin Baz’s wife and collaborator is an amazing costume designer creating costumes for Moulin Rouge. Here is a great interview with Catherine Martin regarding the costumes for MR as well her design ethics and process.  Gossip around the w.w.w. was that Mucci Prada and Ralph Lauren were all thought to be the designer for the movie.  So I wonder if Ralph Lauren did the collection as a nod to the 1974 movie or maybe there was something else going on.

You may know that Ralph Lauren was the costume designer for the 1974 version directed by Francis Ford Coppola.   Fashionistas will  recall the 1920’s inspired Spring 2012 RTW collection by Mr. Lauren.  Below are a few examples. Plus I have more on my Pintrest if you are interested in looking at this beautiful collection.  And, I have a ton, a TON I say of images on the Tumblr site The Blue Thread too.  Love that period.

Ralph Lauren Spring 2012 RTW

Ralph Lauren Spring 2012 RTW

Ralph Lauren Spring 2012 RTW

Any opinions on the remake?  Are you a stalwart fan of the Redford/Farrow version.  Do you think it did justice to Fitzgerald?  DiCaprio as Gatsby?  McGuire and his monotone voice is not making me happy but then it was only 2 minutes of video.   Regardless I think the gorgeous costumes will lure me in.

What do you think?

The Complex – Wardrobe synopsis II

Never would I have imagined having 2 posts on The Complex but here is a wrap up of an additional character and the wardrobe choices.

Next is the character of Sloppy Girl.  Her life is as much of a mess as her wardrobe.  She’s late, she’s been evicted, she’s got the Denver Boot on her car.  Now she’s throwing up on the director at an audition, her love life is complicated, she just had ‘reckless sex’ with the Aussie. She has to take public transit. Oh, and she is here illegally…from Toronto.  I found that amusing.  I’m guessing having her from south of the border would have been too controversial.

Anyhoo, she looks like she lives in her car.  And, she almost does when the nerdy but sweetly, casually dressed ethically nondescript comic wannabe gets her a place in The Complex.

I loved watching Gossip Girl  for the visual feast my eyes gobbled up every week. Don’t get me started on the tall blond chick who learned acting from a watching Yo Gabba Gabba with the sound off  but man the clothes were divine.  And, Schmeister, Meister, Maleficent whatever her name and the boys, just beautiful. The Complex dwellers are definitely not wearing couture.   It will be interesting to see Sloppy Girl’s wardrobe evolve as she no doubt will become a rising star in this faux Hollywood.

So, it’s all here! Tight bodies, jiggly parts, good looking people, minimal pathos and no Ringer type complicated plot lines where one needs a flow chart every week to figure out what the hell is going on.   You can even see the upcoming train wrecks. The Dancer with the Heart of Gold, you know she is going to get addicted to bath salts, vodka suppositories or whatever the drug de jour is and spiral completely out of control.   And, the aging actress (who is like 26 )with the over shaped brows, (I shall call her Gloria) I’m thinking at the least murder or suicide.  Or both!  Can’t wait!

Did you tune in?  I’m I crazy for tuning in, let alone watching the entire show?  What did you like or not about the show. Any thoughts on the wardrobe choices?

The Complex – Wardrobe synopsis I

Love that tangerine

Last night I had every intention of going to Red Drinks.  I was going to take lots of photos, write about meeting Tran Wills and so on.  Instead I convinced myself that painting my toes a lovely shade of tangerine and watching the CW’s The Complex was a better way to use my time. So instead of meeting real, live  interesting people I watched fake people live fake non-interesting lives.  Sadly, I think The Complex may become my guilty pleasure for the summer.
Here are a few costuming/wardrobe notes as well as some accidental racial observations thrown in for sheer joy.

The Complex take place in L.A. where young, beautiful and marginally talented 20 something’s try to make it in L.A.’s entertainment scene.  The show is a cross between Melrose Place, 90210 and Fame and maybe SMASH without the overt talent. These characters don’t seem to be oozing talent, yet anyway.  But, then making it in Hollywood doesn’t necessarily mean one needs talent.  On that point Hollywood got it right.  On my first view there were no evil characters introduced yet.  Although the Aussie guy is probably going to be the resident cad.  The Complex offers typical Central Casting line of characters.  Nothing new here.  On to costuming.

What is it with dressing young black guys like Urkel?  Does anyone really dress like that outside of politicos like Tucker Carlson and people who live in Sun City? This character reminds me of the black guy in the new 90210 who always wore polo shirts buttoned to the top and was hands down the most unfashionable character on the show.  Or Winston (or was that the butler) from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air  in all his country club stuffiness.   I won’t do an entire history of costuming African-American characters but Hollywood, stop it already.  Don’t go into Mr. Rogers closet for inspiration on how to dress young black guys.

The character here who shall be called Urkel because I can’t remember names is trying to make it in the music biz.   In one scene the character is contrasted with the suave hip hop guys who are wearing muted tones and expensive suits with of course gold chains.  Then Urkel comes in with his red and blue plaid shirt buttoned up to the top.  It was so jarring just looking at him.  There was no safe place to rest my eyes.  In real life I would have let my eyes rest on his belt which would have been awkward in having a conversation.
I understand the need to visually contrast the big bad hip hop dudes with the innocent lamb but ugh, it was just too obvious. Urkel could have easily worn something less dorky and still have gotten the point across that he was a newbie in the business.  I just think putting this character in such obvious dork clothes is lazy and as well as other things I haven’t quite been able to verbalize.

So, did you watch?  What do you think of their wardrobe choices?  Do you notice type casting in the costume department?