Category Archives: Fashion history

Dress like Jackie (via Katie Holmes)

If you’ve ever blushed when someone’s told you that your look “is so Jackie,” you’ll love getting to shop one stop closer to the actual former First Lady’s closet. SeenOn.com released for final sale Katie Holmes’ wardrobe from The Kennedys, which after much (shady) controversy, began airing this past Sunday on ReelzChannel (it’s an 8-part event).

A few of the items are sold out already, but there are still many looks to choose from, including the one at left. Each of the costumes was worn by Katie Holmes and was sent directly from the set to SeenOn.com. And with the exception of the $10,000 Armani Prive-designed inaugural dress and gown, most items retail for a pretty sensible price, from $99-$400.

If you think you’re around the same size as Katie — or are willing to get the pieces altered — you’ll have a pretty neat story to tell the next time someone comments on your American style.

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Michelle Obama outshines two presidents

Photo Source: Doug Mills for The New York Times

“It’s wonderful how that dress renders two of the most powerful men in the world completely invisible.”

~”St. Valentine,” a commenter on Cathy Horyn’s NYT blog post about Michelle Obama’s stunning red and black Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown she wore to last night’s White House dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao.

It’s true, though, no?

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Carine Roitfeld leaves French Vogue

Photo Source: Bagsnob.com

After a decade as one of the most powerful women in fashion publishing, Carine Roitfeld has left French Vogue. There are rumors that she was fired for causing an unmanageable rift between the Paris-based magazine and Balenciaga and for trading editorial coverage for advertising dollars, but no one knows for sure.

Also unknown are Roitfeld’s plans post-Vogue: will she return to Tom Ford, where she worked as stylist in the 90s? And what will happen to French Vogue? Under Carine, the magazine was a bastion of creativity, sometimes subversive, always cool and beautiful. French Vogue Fashion Director Emmanuelle Alt is said to be taking over, and while she may not have the international cult following that Carine has cultivated, she should do just fine.

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Don’t forget the crown

Brides-to-be have to pick the perfect dress, the right shoes, and of course, something blue. But what if you had to select just the right tiara to top yourself off?

I hope this decision is left up to Kate Middleton, and not the royal wedding planner, but you never know. People.com has a great retrospective of the family tiaras and even narrows them down to four possible choices for Kate to wear in April. I’m sort of privy to The Strathmore or The Girls of Great Britain & Ireland myself, but I suppose any would do.

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Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Probably a bit of both

Writer Pamela Keogh loves bringing vintage icons into today’s limelight: after all, they’ve got life and style lessons to teach us that we already find intriguing. Keogh’s new book — out today — is called Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? and is a smart, slick book that’s an ode to the influence of two of the most elegant and inspirational women of modern culture.

It combines biographical tidbits — including lesser known facts about each woman’s personality, diet and eating habits, childhood and ambitions — with tips for applying their life’s philosophies to today’s world. Keogh knows that virtually no woman is all Jackie or all Marilyn — in fact, the two women themselves shared a number of character traits — and instead aims to help women try their hand at stealing a little of each icon’s composure for different occasions. A first date? Manifest your sex appeal and mystery like Marilyn. Hosting a big party at home? Think like Jackie.

The book starts with a quiz to find out if you’re more Jackie or more Marilyn — my results were almost exactly halfsies — and then divides into chapters about style, beauty, sex appeal, dating and courtship, marriage, professional life and domestic life, comparing and contrasting each woman and her rules or habits, followed by advice on how to exude similar style and poise today.

It’s easy to flip through and pick out bits whenever you have the time, and the biographical facts that Keogh picks to share (and educate) come from lesser known anecdotes that keep this topic far from passé.

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Yves Saint Laurent gets his own musical

Photo Source: T Magazine

Tom Ford’s now a director, practically every designer or editor wants at least a cameo on reality TV, Audrey and Shirley starred as Coco Chanel in fictional films, and now I guess the fashion musical is a logical progression?

French singer Alain Chamfort’s YSL tribute album Une Vie Saint Laurent is being made into a musical, reports the W Editors’ Blog (via Refinery 29). Chamfort, who admits that he never attended a YSL show, has “read lots of Yves Saint Laurent biographies” and appreciatively notes what the designer did for women’s and gay rights, in France and around the world.

The musical will open at the end of next year at the Chaillot National Theater in Paris.

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No pants allowed in Paris

Did you know Paris has its own version of blue laws?

And furthermore, did you know that it’s technically illegal for women to wear pants in Paris?

The fashion capital — which is known as much for Audrey-style cropped pants and boatneck tees as it is for trenches-as-dresses — has banned pants for women since 1800, when females wishing to dress as males had to show up to the police station to ask for permission before stepping into their trousers.

The Telegraph follows the evolution of the law in this article, which eventually allowed women to wear pants while riding a horse, and then a bicycle. The law was addressed again in 2003, but then Prime Minister Sarkozy refused to get involved, saying “Disuse is sometimes more efficient than (state) intervention in adapting the law to changing mores.”

Maybe that’s why Carla Bruni’s dressed so demurely lately.

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