February 29, 2012

Richard Avedon

 Richard Avedon, the iconic photographer who took fashion  to whole new leaps and bounds. 

February 27, 2012

Lots o' Dots

Polka dots were the height of fashion, especially in the fifties. Couture houses such as Dior, Balmain, and Balenciaga produced exquisitely crafted gowns in various dotty patterns.

Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga were considered the fiercest rivals on the Paris fashion scene. Dior and Balenciaga produced similar designs and both designers were particularly fond of polka dots.


Current Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere revamped the above polka dotted frock in 2006.

via Kiera Knightly in Vogue

 Pierre Balmain also had a fondness for polka dots as does former Balmain designer, Oscar de la Renta.
Jacques Griffe,1951
French designer Jacques Griffe is seldom heard today, but in the 1950's he was once of France's great fashion talents.

photo by John French
Photographer John French captured many dotted outfits, from swimwear to evening gowns. This classic shift dress looks like it was straight off of Oscar de la Renta's spring runway. 
Veruschka wearing Elizabeth Arden in Vogue 1961
This pink Lanvin was on my hit list a few years ago when I spotted it on ebay. 
1950's pink Lanvin tulle gown
Recently, dots have been modernized by all the big names and brought back in a big way. 
Oscar de la Renta


Cameron Diaz

February 25, 2012

Oscar flashback

In honor of the Oscars tomorrow, here is a roundup of dresses from years past.
Marisa Tomei 1994

Uma Thurman, 1995

Kate Winslet, 1996

Nicole Kidman, 1997

Drew Barrymore, 1998

Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999

Charlize Theron, 2000

Julia Roberts, 2001

Halle Berry, 2002

Kate Hudson, 2003

Sandra Bullock, 2004

Hilary Swank, 2005

Reese Witherspoon, 2006

Michelle Williams, 2007

Anne Hathaway, 2008

Natalie Portman, 2009

Cameron Diaz, 2010

Mila Kunis, 2011