Tag Archives: Fifties

Love. Want. Need

17 Apr

Something fifties and lady like will always always appeal to me. I love this exquisite find on Net-a-porter, a Red Valentino  black and white embroidered cotton dress.

It’s perfect because it combines many delightful elements, black and white, floral embroidery and lacy edges. What more can a girly girl ask for?
red valentino dress

red valentino

You can find on Net-a-porter for £590.

Style item: The 50’s inspired full skirt

9 Dec

Must be the dizzying effect of the raging 50’s trend but I’ve had the full skirt on my mind for a while. I’ve been on a subconscious search for the perfect one and then I found a stash. Once again Zara presents a range of options for an item I’ve been pining for. Up goes Zara in my ‘favourite shopping spot’ rating.

Quite clearly, there are so many ways to style a full skirt, you could dial up the glam by pairing with a sequinned or silk blouse, high heels – preferably shoe boots – and the right touch of accessories.

Keep it simple and stylish by pairing with a tee or jumper, tights and brogues. The options are limitless, as suggested by the stylists at Zara online.

Zara Pleated Skirt with Plaited Belt_£25.99

Zara Pleated Skirt with Plaited Belt £25.99

This black one is just perfect because it offers maximum versatility and I love the band at the waist.

Zara Panel Skirt_£25.99

Zara Panel Skirt £25.99

Zara Panel Skirt with Buckle_£25.99

Zara Panel Skirt with Buckle £25.99

And the one that’s really gorgeous, in brocade.

Zara Brocade Skirt with Bow_£25.99

Zara Brocade Skirt with Bow £25.99

Zara Chambray Skirt with Pockets_£29.99

Zara Chambray Skirt with Pockets £29.99

You can find all online at Zara.com

Glam Glam Absolutely Glam 50’s Editorial by Marie Claire

3 Dec

How am I ever going to stop pining after the 50’s trend taking the fashion world by storm? I don’t see an end in sight! Not with editorials like this one in the December issue of Marie Claire Turkey. This is glamour, high class and haute sophistication personified, all totally rolled into one and I am loving it.

The model Wiola Kowal depicts this über fab retro housewife searching for escape, she’s dressed in Louis Vuitton, Prada and once again, the most photographed Miu Miu dress. Styled by Hakan Öztürk and photographed by Talmer Yilmaz.

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Pictures via Fashion Gone Rogue

Gracious vintage nod to 50’s fashion

30 Nov

It’s the season to give tribute to exquisite ladylike fashion of the fifties and this Priestley’s Vintage dress does it for us Grace Kelly style.

In the words of the designers “Take inspiration from the darling of 1950’s Hollywood. Grace, Luxurious silver and pink floral brocade dress with a simple flattering cut evoking the effortless style of Grace Kelly”

I love the classic cinched waist, the bow detail adds interest and ties it in with a flourish.

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You can find it online for £425 at Coggles.com.

Credits: Instyle.co.uk

One French Connection dress to love

24 Nov

This is one dress that quickens my pulse race. Ticks all the boxes for fifties ladylike chic, which happens to be right up my alley. It’s a dress to have and to hold.

You can snap one up for £170 from the French Connection site

Stella Silk Dress_French Connection

Stella Silk Dress by French Connection

Stella Silk Dress_French Connection

Even more Fifties Fever

6 Oct

Fall has been awash with gorgeous, ladylike fifties fashion and this has produced some of the most glamorous editorials depicting that era. Since the fifties is my favourite era, I’m savouring all of the attention it’s getting and celebrating with multiple blog posts. I’m refusing to get tired of having blog posts on the 50s!

Well, Vogue Australia did this ultra elegant 50s feature in the September issue. It’s quite interesting to see that dresses from the Prada and Louis Vuitton Fall RTW collections have been featured over and over in most of the shoots.

For this feature, Model was Catherine McNeil and Photographer was Nicole Bentley.

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Pictures via fashiongonerogue.com

Haute 50s elegance in Harpers Bazaar en Espanol

2 Oct

With the recent ‘Mad Men’ frenzy that gripped the fashion industry, my beloved fashion era -the 50’s- has scored its place in the limelight. At least until Spring 2011 when the 70’s take over -if fashion week trends are anything to go by. The 50’s represented the peak of ultra feminine fashion, with the hallmark hourglass silhouette, cinched waist and full skirt pioneered by Christian Dior in the early 50’s. It was the era when women wore their hats and gloves religiously and looked to fashion icons, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe for inspiration.

It’s my favourite era because it celebrated the feminine silhouette, was elegant, graceful and all things ladylike. I was excited to see Prada and Louis Vuitton showing 50’s inspired fashion on the Fall 2010 runways. I guess we have Mad Men to thank.

So, Harpers Bazaar en Espanol has decided to give me and all 50’s fashion lovers a treat in the October issue. They celebrate 50’s elegance with this absolutely exquisite editorial featuring model  Michelle Westgeest and photography by Benjamin Kanarek. With the model wearing an original 1957 Dior dress, they couldn’t have paid a better homage to that era.

Original 1957 Haute Couture hourglassed ensemble by Christian Dior

For more on the shoot and to see a lovely behind the scenes video, check out Benjamin Kanarek’s blog

Pictures via fashionising.com