„Blue Velvet“, film noir by David Lynch, is one of those movies that you love or hate – myself being in the first group. The film brought back long forgotten „noir“ genre for a new film audience, with a very important role of its music soundtrack and fashion. Until main femme fatale Isabella Rosselini had appeared in her blue velvet robe, the velvet wasn’t very popular material, but since then it has had its fashion revival. Every couple of years fashion designers give their hommage to blue velvet and the movie itself, with good or not so great results. Velvet is rather difficult fabric to work with, and not very easy to pull off when wearing – you certainly won’t wear it in your ordinary everyday outings. It is perfect for evening wear, and even today stands as a symbol of flamboyance with a touch of mistery, for which we all yearn in our lives.
Today’s blog is a tribute to my favourite old school actress – Ava Gardner, and to the love of her life, Frank Sinatra. If she were still alive, today would be her 91st birthday.
Ava was a successful woman in a man’s world…Her life was always full of extremes – her love life, smoking and drinking habits, and of course, her wild beauty, were her trademarks…She wasn’t called the most beautiful animal in Hollywood for no reason!
In today’s world of inverted values considering beauty, spirit, and love, we truly need more women like Ava!
In these cold winter days I feel very nostalgic…Thinking about travelling, planes…with people I love…Last autumn I was fortunate enough to spend my honeymoon in two beautiful Asian countries – Thailand and Vietnam.
It was the first time I visited countries outside of Europe, and they were beyond all of my expectations – culture, food, religion, scenery…I loved and absorbed everything. Hopefully, I will have more opportunities to write about them, but being the true fashionista 🙂 :), today I will write about the traditional Vietnamese outfit – Ao Dai, and two important parts of Thailand income blend into one – Thai silk and fisherman pants.
I bought them both on my visit, and they remind me of the beautiful three weeks I spent there…and hopefully, I will return there soon…
“Being female is a matter of birth, being a woman is a matter of age, but being a lady is a matter of choice.”
I often have conversations with some of my friends about the meaning of a true lady and a true gentleman. Is that just something archaic that belongs to the past, or is it possible to maintain ladylike qualities in the modern times?
Times change, and people change, and these are surely not innocent times. But I can’t help myself and think how today we feel strange when someone around us is not vulgar, when he or she is polite and well-mannered.
Are ladies and gentlemen an extinct species? I truly hope they are not – it would be a sad world to live in!
Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter, was truly a definition of an empovered, beautiful, and a unique woman. She lived a life which consisted of many ups and downs, life of constant pain, enormous talent, and a will to live to the fullest. In her paintings she prefered a lot of patterns and colors, and her own personal style reflected that. Flowers in her hair, big golden earrings and necklaces, long ruffled skirts and her trademark unibrow made her a person to remember and admire. Today her self-portraits and paintings are widely recognised, and she is a constant inspiration to fashion designers.
I deeply admire her, and I love her work, her strength, and her fantastic fashion sense. I possess a lot of jewelry, but I often end up with one of my favourite pairs of earrings – a picture of Frida’s self-portrait with a thorn necklace and a hummingbird. When I put them on, I feel womanly, strong, and proud at the same time.
Frida Kahlo : Self-portrait with a thorn necklace and a hummingbird
Honore de Balzac once said: „Woman is the most charming creature, who changes her heart as easily as she does her gloves.”
There is something rather special in gloves. We often carry handbags, and wear shoes, belts and even hats, but gloves…not so much. Gloves had a huge role in fashion and in development of man kind, but they have always been a bit special. Firstly worn for protection in cold winter days, later they developed into a status symbol. I would give anything to live in the days when it was perfectly normal to wear gloves to the theatre, parties, dinners…even just walking around town. So these days cold weather is the perfect excuse to let my glove collection do all the talking! These black and red leather gloves are the first pair of gloves I have ever bought…they protect my hands of course, but with them I feel elegant, special and a bit devilish all at the same time :).
I have never been afraid of colors in my wardrobe, and on one occasion I got a comment from a person looking at the contents of my closet that she would get an epileptic seizure 😉 – for me that was the best compliment ever! I love to play with different colors, mostly with greens and blues, but my basic colors are always black during the winter days, and white during the summer. Color blocking is a great fashion trend with rules of combining colors in your everyday outings, but without going overboard.