Yves Saint-Laurent on Catherine Deneuve in La Chamade (1968)

It’s hard to believe but it was a time when people respected their own professions and jobs of others. For example, Catherine Deneuve was a muse of Yves Saint-Laurent but she never “created” so called limited eddition capsule collections for his fashion label and Yves Saint-Laurent never tried to be somebody else but designer.
Everybody did his(her) own job at best, that’s why then it was much more beautiful clothes and good films than now.
You can’t call La Chamade (1968) a masterpiece but definitely you can call this movie is an eye-candy at least for 2 reasons: beautiful Catherine Deneuve and her costumes created by Yves Saint-Laurent.
Based on Francoise Sagan’s novel La Chamade tells us the story of the girl who on her own experience learnt that posh though a bit boring life with mature noble man is better than insecure life with passionate and young but poor guy.

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Epitome of La Dolce Vita: beautiful girl’s ridinging cabriolet in fur coat.

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Timeless charm: black suit + white flower.

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Chic in check.

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Neutral coats look best with bright details – bloses, neckties, silk scarves

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and turtle-neck sweaters.

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By the way, necktie turns simple brown school dress into a stylish thing.

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Long evening gown with embroidered cuffs, seams and neckline.

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Simple chic – diamond on black sweater.

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Jewels in La Chamade are sophisticated too. I guess those pieces belong to Chaumet, cause Catherine Deneuve’s heroine sells her necklace in Chaumet’s boutique.

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Givenchy in Bonjour tristesse

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If your eyes are craving for a eternal beauty and impecabble chic treat them with old good movie “Bonjour tristesse” based on Francoise Sagan’s novel. Givenchy’s costumes add special charm to this film about love, carefree and selfish youth and life of high society.

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And here is the first proof that Hubert de Givenchy’s sense of style is timeless: bell-sleevs of Mylene Demongeout’s top came in fashion in 2016 when Melania Trump wore Roksanda Ilincic’s dress at the Republican National Convention.

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Hybrid of jacket and cape, in which Deborah Kerr is going to the beach is a perfect inspiration of a modern designer.
Bows are playing a leading roles in “Bonjour tristesse”.

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Bow makes Jean Seberg’s little black drees more sophisticated,

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turns simple casual top into cute and elegant piece,

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decorates decollete, waist and neck.

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Girls (lucky girls) with tiny waist can highlight it using Givenchy’s tricks with red sash

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or flap pockets below the waist.
P.S. Besides Givenchy’s clothing actresses are wearing Cartier’s jewellery

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and Hermes’ accessories.

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By the way, letters A and L on travel bag are not brand logo, but monogram of Deborah Kerr’s character – Anne Larson. And that’s what sense of style means to me: your clothes and accessessories draw attention to you, not to brands you’re wearing or size of your wallet.

Pearls are the girls best friends too

Modern fashionistas almost forgot about pearls and that’s their big mistake – these gems (real and imitation) reflect the light and bring luminous glow to your skin.

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That’s why genius artist Jan Vermeer decorated his most famous model with a pearl earring.

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True diva Audrey Hepburn shines in Bvlguri’s necklaces in Bloodline (to be honest, this movie movie is awful and even miss Hepburn’s charm and her stylish wardrobe and posh jewellery can’t save it).

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Pearls on Debora Kerr’s draw attention to her beautiful shoulders and dress in Bonjour tristesse (1958) and heroine of Janet Leigh uses them to make her simple sweater more elegant in Touch of Evil (1958).

So as you can see pearl necklces have a wonderful quality – you can wear them with all kinds of clothing – black-tie, office and casual.

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Any of these 4 pretty pieces can add a hint of feminine chic to your look (clockwise): Ben-Amun‘s Long Pearl Strand Neclace Chezh Glass Pearls and Swarowsky crystals, Crystal Leaf Marquise Cut Station Pearl NecklaceMastoloni‘s Multicolor Keshi Freshwater Pearl Necklace and Tasaki‘s Sliced Necklace.

Not sure that pearls and jeans suit each other?

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Here are Nectar De Stagni’Shark Teeth & Cultured Fresh Water Pearl NecklaceCheap Monday‘s Tight Pure Blue JeansFonnesbech‘s Ella Shirt White and Tieks‘ Biscotti Patent ballerinas for an inspiration.

And without any doubt pearls necklace is a perfect partner for a coctail or evening dress.

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If you want to look sexy and classy at the same time decorate Ali & Jay‘s grey Wan’t Be Silensed Sheath or Phase Eight‘s red Astrid Maxi Dress with necklaces from Tasaki‘s Sliced collection.

Want to look relaxed and feminine? Acessories yourself with small crossbody bags!

Most of the time I use big bags: I like them because I carry all my troubles my whole universe with me.

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But you know, watching Bloodline (1979) where Audrey Hepburn highlights her grace with help of small bags (and costume designer Enrico Sabbatini of course, his work is the best thing in this dull movie) I realized that with my “carry all on my shoulders” accessories I look like a very material creature who almost forgot about her gentle feminine side.

I think we girls should time after time remind ourselves that our strength is weakness. And going for a walk carring only mirror and lipstick is good way to do it.

Modern fashion industry offers us a huge selection of small bags for any budget and style.

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Henri Bendel‘s black Warren Street Micro CrossbodyValextra‘s orange Twist Crossbody ClutchPatricia Nash‘s Amatrice Mini Roll Bag Tooled Turquoise and Repetto‘s red Quadrille Oval Bag caught my short-sighted eye.

Femme Fatale of Roaring Twenties

In my opinion, today we are lack of true style icons.

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There are grotesque but sexy silicone doll Kim Kardashian and pretty but very boring good girl Olivia Palermo and thousands mediocre more or less famous no-personality stars and self-proclamed trendsetters in between.

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Actress and dancer Louise Brooks – the shining star of Roaring Twenties – got it all: beauty, sex appeal and wit. She was the one who made bobbed haircut popular.
Watch miss Brooks in silent German movie Die Buchse der Pandora 1929. Believe me you will not regret it: this old film is a cinematographic masterpiece, mesmerizing and stylish.

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Louise was a perfect choice for the main character Lulu – explosive mixture of dark seduction and childish naiveness. With help of director Georg Wilhelm Pabst and camera man Gunther Krampf she reigns on the screen.

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Miss Brooks looks gorgeous with sleek hair and curls.

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It’s amazing, but she doesn’t look cheap or vulgar wearing dress with very low cut neckline and back.

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Almost all dresses are with asymmetrical hem.

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The wedding dress of femme fatale Lulu looks very modest comparing to many modern models.

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Louise-Lulu with cigarette.

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This dress looks very stylish, chic and morden though it was created 88 years ago.

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For me Louise Brooks is an epitome of magic, charm and mystery – rare qualities in the modern movie industry. But I still hope that soon or later true beauty will come back to the cinema.

Swede Greta Garbo as Russian spy: pure sophistacation, chic and charm

After looking at some tasteless photos of modern celebrities like

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“you never guess where I’m hiding my other leg” Kaia Gerber’s picture for Vogue, my bleeding eyes need a treatment so I watch old good movies.

Recently it was silent film The Mysterios Lady with Greta Garbo.This very naive but very beautiful movie tells us story about love of Russian spy Tania Fedorova and Austrian officer Karl von Raden.

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Director Fred Niblo, cameraman William H. Daniels and costume designer Gilbert Clark created a perfect femme fatale, seductive but not vulgar.

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Garbo’s close-ups are impeccable. By the way, you can have thin upper lip and be extremely attractive.

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These shots can turn into an inspiration for photographers and for those instagram queens, who can not live a day without posting picture of themselves.

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Gilbert Clark created for actress one shoulder grecian dresses.

Of course, it’s silly to copy these outfits, but smart fashionista can pick a lot of stylish details which suit her.

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Coats with big collars make slim girls silhoettes more feminine.

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And I think this hat will add a vintage charm to a modern pant suit.

P.S. 11 year later Greta Garbo played another mesmerizing Russian lady in Ninotchka.

About Jayne Mansfield and her wardrobe in The Girl Can’t Help It

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For a long time Jayne Mansfield was for me an epitome of vulgarity but then Kardashian family came in the limelight I saw The Girl Can’t Help It. First I liked her beautiful cosumes created by Charles Le Maire and after I read more about Jayne and change my opinion of her. Miss Mansfield was very intelegent and talented: she spoke Spanish and German, played violin and piano.

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I think one of the main reasons Jayne didn’t get recognition she deserves is that she didn’t meet her Pygmalion director or producer who would take proper care of her career, like Carlo Ponti did for Sophia Loren. That’s why in her filmogrphy very few high-profile movies and The Girl Can’t Help It is definitely on top of this short list.

Jayne Mansfield wardrobe in this movie is an excellent inspiration for those girls with enviable hourglass figures.

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The decoration on Jayne’s hips makes her moves even more sexy.

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Jayne holds 2 bottles of milk close to her famous assets – without a doubt directer and screen writer Frank Tashlin had a perfect sense of humour.

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Jessica Rabbit borrowed her red dress from Jayne wardrobe (and peecaboo hair style from Veronica Lake).

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Yellow outfit transforms into a swimsuit,

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all you need to do is to take off a skirt.

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Blouse + pants + wide sash = perfect cocktail outfit.

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Jayne in brown.

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Jayne in red (those straps make decolletage more sophisticated and draw extra attention as well).