Tuesday, 31 January 2012

girls and cars... Prada goes sweet

A collection with girls, cars and sweetness as a topic... I was concerned. Which woman wants to be considered as sweet these days? 
But with the new collection for spring/summer 2012 Miuccia Prada wants to break the taboo of sweetness and question why women have to be so aggressive these days.

As a motive she choose two topics very close to her Italian soul, women and cars, and takes us on the road of 50s chic in sugary pastels, Swiss lace, pleatings and contrasts with car-print silks merged with hot-rod iconography in leather appliquéd skirts and shoes with flaming spurs.

The Vogue magazine calls the style "edgy, teetering balance between an undercurrent of slutty sexuality and the ladylike hauteur that is the pure essence of Prada" I would simply call it femininity!

My favourite pieces are the pink leotard with carprints and the flamming heels. If I should ever found a band, it will be The Flaming Heels!

But if woman is considered sweet, what are men's attributes in this case then. I think it has to be a contrast, so we are thinking of a modern macho man, who has an elegant side and an artsy soul.

Seeing the advertising campain the first time I had a young Marlon Brando in mind as one can see in movies like "A streetcar named desire".

But back to fashion. I like for men the playfull use of pattern. Once to break the severeness of the black suit and on the other hand mixed patterns of jacket and scarf with uni trousers. No ties!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

back to reality...and to the 1970s

Trademarks of this era are maxi dresses, long leather boots, natural colors, disco fashion and hippies. After the idealistic and often blurred utopia of the 60's, the flattering and cynical 70's came along.

Reaching the 1970s, the Utopia has crushed with the daily news of war and political scandals in the US and Europe. The rebellion took also place in fashion with the hippie style.
Also women reached and untill now unknown independence. Feminism was taken up in the seventies on a wide scale, even to its most radical extremes. This was strongly seen in fashion with more and more women wearing trousers, jumpsuits and suits in general. 

Fashion trends vary from different lengths of skirts and dresses and trousers. For the evening maxi dresses and glamorous halter neck catsuits were seen. Floral prints and lace were used.
Despite, or maybe even because of the militant feminism and the grim cultural scene, 70's image was considered nostalgic and romantic. The inspiration for this came from the Belle Époque and also the 30's when things were simpler and rosier
It was also the beginning of vintage with girls starting to go through their grandmother's old wardrobe to hunt for lost treasures and the first appereance of vintage shops.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

fashion, art & revolution - the 1960s

The 1960s are maybe the last decade of fashion revolution. It is famous for breaking with many traditions that mirror the social movements.

Fashion Schools and Academies started to emerge and the youth was attracted to the Art of creating fashion. Design and practicality were of great importance. As a result of the after war baby boom, the post war society was quite young and for the first time fashion was addressed to teenagers as well. Boutiques occured whose marketing included music and art. The trend for fast changing collection was set.

The greatest invention was the miniskirt introduced in 1964  by designer mary Quant. As materials shiny artificial fabrics like PVC conquered the fashion world. 

Icon of the era is definitly Twiggy


Tuesday, 24 January 2012

inspiration 60s

Thinking of the 60s, miniskirts in bright colours come to my mind, as well as patterns and huge hair. 
For my 60s look, I have chosen a red dress (yes, you are on the site of the Lady in Red after all) and tried to different pair of shoes, red heels in reptile optic and black ankle boots, just to come to the conclusion that beige or nude shoes would be a perfect contrast.


I have accentuated the eyes with a strong black line and dark eye-shadow and used a more natural red as a lipstick, but bright red lips are still my favourite.

Friday, 20 January 2012

pin-up girls & greaser boys... welcome to the 1950s!

The 1950s seem to be a great source of inspiration for all pin-up style lovers.
Trademark of the era: slim waists, short gloves, full pleated skirts, Dior, petticoats,  polka dots, pin-up girls & greaser boys.

Christian Dior - New Look
With the famous "New Look" collection, Christian Dior cut with the the war-time look. The new shape had unpadded, rounded shoulders, a shapely bust-line, a small waist, slightly padded hips & full skirts that reached well below the knees often worn with a wide bouncy petticoat underneath.
Some saw the new look as nostalgia for the longing to return to the good old days, but Christian Dior described his ambition differently: 

"I design clothes for flower-like women, with rounded shoulders, full feminine busts and shapely waists above enormous spreading skirts"

Different sub-cultures emerged during the 50's that went against the obsessive urge for order and discipline shown by the war generation. One of them, the young and naughty Rockabilly scene, had a lot of influence on fashion producing polka dots, colorful petticoats, tattoos & pin-up fantasies for the ladies. Bettie Page lends her pretty face to this part of the 50s.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

cherry & co

I must have been a good girl, because I found this under the christmas tree... a lovely pin-up halter dress in 50s style with cherry print. I combine it with red heels and of course red lips and nails.

To get the 50s look, I rolled up the hair to get it more wavy and fixed it with small combs at the sides.
I use a mat red lipstick to emphasize the lips and use for the eyes just a light pink eyeshadow to look fresh and black eyeliner.

As accessoiries I have this cute cherry earrings or simple shiny circles. And to get in the right cherry mood...

Here are the Eagles of Death Metal with 
"Cherry Cola", but beware some might think, this is naughty!

Monday, 16 January 2012

fashion during depression and war time... the 1930s and 40s

_the 1930s
in short The Great Depression, American Cinema, return of the waist, long backless dresses, Marlene Dietrich & trousers
After the Wall Street crash in 1929 also fashion went through a sudden change. During the years of depression, fashion was driven by the fantasies of Hollywood and by the desire to return to a more traditionally feminine image of women.
The boyish look that has dominated the 20s disappeared completely and women were now women again.

Marlene Dietrich
The waist went back to its place and the female shapes were in the spotlight again. The biggest invention was the glamouress "backless" dress made popular by the cinema, and as accessoiries elbow-length gloves were the perfect match for this kind of evening gown.

Katherine Hepburn
Although the feminine curves were back, trousers occured for the first time! This revolution is mainly attributed by two big movie stars of the 30s, Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn.

_the 1940
World War II changed every aspect of civilian life. Women had to replace their husbands and work for themselves. Clothing was no longer a personal concern and what you wore, the textiles and costs were controlled. 

Coco Chanel
Some might say that fashion did not exist because fashion implies a 'freedom of choice'.  Others might say the exact opposite, believing the restrictions brought about a need for creativity. The truth lies probably somewhere inbetween. The limitations of that time challenged the profession of a designer and for example Coco Chanel introduced the simple fabric Jersey for new practical clothes.

A different icon of that era is Rosie the Riveter, representing US women working in factories during WWII. You might have come across this poster before as it is commonly used as a symbol for feminism.

But also the blue romper and the bandana is often copied!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

the 20s look

I tried the 20s look with this lovely silk dress in black and white.  

The hair should be wavy, so I curled it. This time I accentuated eyes with a dark brown eye shadow and let the lips in a more natural berry shade.
Accessories are long earrings and a matching necklace for a little bit of glamour.

If you want it more glamourous, you can use one of this feather hair clips to complete the outfit.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Welcome to the roaring 20s

This era could be said to be one of the most influential for fashion and women during the 20th century.
Trademarks of this decade are pearls, beaded dresses, cloche hats, drop waists, swing, jazz & cigarettes… 

It was during the 20s that the feminine shape changed from curves and corsets to a straight line without a hint of waist. 
The boyish look became a trend based partly on the fight for equal rights and the lack of young men after WW1. The number of women at work has increased rapidly and the "independant young women" with career, own pay cheque became a normal fact.

 Louise Brooks - American dancer, model, showgirl
and silent film actress

Influentual persons in fashion:
Paul Poiret who created elegant dresses without corsets and established culottes for women. 
And of course Coco Chanel who opened her boutique already in 1911 and created during the 20s the little black dress. A real classic till today.

Icons of the 20s: Josephine Baker & Louise Brooks.

Josephine Baker - French American singer, dancer and actress

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

black, no° 1

Coco Chanel is known as the inventor of the little black one. Here it comes in two variations.

...with dots and circles in different sizes and materials and with a tone in tone leo pattern.
For make-up I used a hint of dark brown for the eyes and a berry shade for the lips. 

The purse is vintage and belonged to my grandma who is slightly younger than Coco Chanel would be, but as much of a diva. (so actually I haven't mentioned age here at all!)

This black theme reminds me of a song...

Type O Negative: Black No°1

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Style Icons

Fashion trends come and go, but style remains... 

Thinking of style icons, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Bettie Page, Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Madonna and Dita von Teese come to my mind. Whereas the later ones combine old style and glamour to create a new look.

I have tried a couple of styles inspired by my personal style icons and will show you during this month.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

about wishes and resolutions

I have actualy started already at the end of last year with gym and dancing to stay in shape, and I have realized that I really like to dance. 

But I have one wish for this year and it's stylish, red and Italian! A Ducati Monster. I was slaving last summer to make the license here in Finland and now it's in my pocket and the first snow is covering the streets... so I have to be a little patient.

But I have already my helmet and test-driven my friends bike though I prefer his as a passenger...