You know something is extra fantastic when you can only respond with Anne of Green Gables gifs. This is how it is DONE, SON. From the venue, New York’s fabled Ziegfeld theater where the art of spectacle was invented, to the presentation, with the girls walking the red carpet, being photographed by the paparazzi, and then walking the aisles of the theater as a band played, to the collection itself, this all works together perfectly as a wonderful tribute to Americana through out the ages. From vintage film actress dresses to bandstand festooning to Letterman jackets to Bowie-esque blue suits to motorcycle jackets and everything in between, Marc Jacobs showed all of these important pieces of fashion from the last century done his way, with a cheekiness and a delight that so many other designers lack. All this plus some amazing casting, including Beth freaking Ditto. I think my only complaint about this show was that the girls were all so unsmiling. If there was ever a reason to have some happy models, this collection was it. You can read more about the references to past icon fashion moments here, and watch the video of the show here.
I am kinda horrified with myself right now. I actually liked? Liked, really? Yes, liked. In fact I maybe kinda loved both the Rodarte and the Jeremy Scott shows this season. WHO AM I EVEN? I haven’t liked a Rodarte show since those distressed knit dresses that looked so bloody that it seemed the last person who wore them was a girl in a horror movie. Since then I’ve found their collections to be poorly tailored, blindly slopped together,explosion-at-the-discount-fabric-store messes. This season definitely still had that, but amoungst all that unflattering garbage, there were these vintage, kinda goddess-y ensembles that look like the sequel to Love Story where Ali MacGraw is in heaven.
As for Jeremy Scott, ours is a love/hate relationship. This man responsible for so much of the horror that lives in Miley Cyrus’ closet, relies so heavily on referential material that sometimes it feels like cosplay. Yet I can not stop myself from loving things like his 80’s Barbie inspired collection for Moschino. Again, the vintage references in this collection hit the right, playful mark. With all star casting a la Hadid both Gigi and Bella, this is pure 60’s-vision-of-the-future kitsch, with big plastic bracelets and earrings, bright vintage TVs everywhere from the prints to the purses, and my favorite, a print made up of a page from a high school yearbook.
There are some juggernaut dramas all coming back at the same time in the next two months, namely Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, Orphan Black and the last episodes of Mad Men. The anticipation of these final hours of one of the best modern television shows is high, especially answering the question of how will it end. The cast portraits for the last half of the seventh season have these characters coming to the end of the 60s, with the woman in a mix of early hippie glam and Victorian via the 70s. The cast portraits from THR made me realize yet again how much I’m going to miss these beautiful, beautiful faces.
Mad Men Cast by Joe Pugliese for The Hollywood Reporter, March 20th, 2015
Season 7 Part 2 promos by Frank W Ockenfels 3
Jon Hamm by Sebastian Kim for GQ, April 2015
Three of England’s most popular models – Cara, Georgia May and Suki are April’s covergirls for the British Vogue. These three, though each unique, are the perfect representations of the 60’s throwback vibe that’s trending right now. Wrapped in sherbet tones and spring colours, there is lots of references to some amazing retro style icons like Bardot, Birkin, and other British models from that era like Pattie Boyd. The styling in this edit is sophisticated yet still playful, and the three of them look beautiful together.
Elle Fanning serves up some 60’s blonde bombshell in the cover story of June’s Teen Vogue. Drawing from such vintage inspiration as Brigitte Bardot, Elle’s long blonde hair and lanky frame work complement the laid back prettiness of the boho chic styling.
Also, here’s a smattering of some of Elle’s recent personal style, also in the same bohemian style. I’m especially in love with the bubble gum pink, satin Vivienne Westwood dress.