Friday, March 16, 2012

Young Idea Goes West

Mandy Coon 'Ginny' Bunny bag, Selima Sun for J.Crew 'Sophia' sunglasses & vintage jewelry throughout.
ABOVE: Marc by Marc Jacobs coat. BELOW: French Connection 'Fast Anna' dress.
This coat marks my first ebay purchase, adopted from a Cali beach babe after recalling it from circa fall 2003. Pink + red = very Valentine. Glam lunettes in a cat-eye silhouette are the epitome of French girl chic, a gift from my ♥true love♥. The sweet strawberry lace party piece pays homage to Erdem spring 2011, look #8.
I WISH MY NAME WAS BUNNY: Alexa Chung for Madewell 'Bunny' dress.
Young Idea Goes West was David Bailey's iconic NY photo shoot of girlfriend-model Jean Shrimpton, published in British Vogue. Ms. Shrimpton is my muse - she represents the best of 1960s beauty & fashion: full fringe falling into spidery eyes & sweet sex appeal in childish styles. Her teddy bear accessory inspired a similar story with my bunny bag... Starting with this silky-sleek shirtdress, delightfully called 'Bunny'.MOD: Vintage Martha Manning dress (last worn HERE).
Turquoise treasure dress reminiscent of the Mary Quant minis Ms. Shrimpton wore, styled by Vogue editors. Mr. Baily's pictures melt cityscape street photography & British fashion into thoroughly modern high art. For more on this legendary shoot, check out his super covetable coffee table book, David Bailey: NYJSDB62.
WHITE PICKET FENCE: Barbour 'Ladies International' jacket. Vintage dress (last worn HERE).
In one of the photos from this Bailey-Shrimpton series, she peers furtively through a chain link fence, further hidden behind sunglasses. Here I rest on an iron wrought fenced stoop in my Barbour jacket, usually reserved for country walks, but worn in the city after a warm spring shower washed the streets with wan sunshine.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Being Julia

Rachel Antonoff 'Julia' dress & vintage jewelry throughout. Mandy Coon 'Ginny' Bunny bag. Chanel shoes.
Rachel Antonoff's 'Julia' dress is a carnation confection, sprinkled with rainbow tweed in mod Minnie Mouse proportions - the most sumptuous material. My Mandy Coon 'Ginny' Bunny bag is never far away. Plus a little Chanel love in the form of lavender leather ballet flats leaves me lusting for the matching quilted mini-purse.COWBOY LOVER: The Reformation 'Barrow' blouse.
Rachel Antonoff dress styled several ways... 1960s schoolgirl in a shirt under the shift. My silk button-down blouse, embellished with silver collar tips, is culled from vintage garments - sartorial recycling. I never met a tweedy biddy I didn't like: elegant creatures cloaked in classic pastel suits are eminently worthy of emulation.
TWEEDLEDUM & TWEEDLEDEE: Alexa Chung for Madewell 'Ruby' cardi.
Soulmates: my prim & proper creamy cardi trimmed in licorice is the perfect companion to this serious tweed shift. Spotted my dress in the important Sep 2011 issue of InStyle. Rachel Antonoff (shop HERE) & I share an angelically sweet aesthetic, spiced with surprises (such as a ♥heart♥ button) for nostalgic modern girls.
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