Lately I have found myself to be inspired by old film noir films from the 1940s, and dark, sultry photos of old Hollywood pin-ups and cabaret dancers. Fashion and history have always been intertwined. As far as the fashion industry is concerned, the past is an integral part of the present. What is old will gradually become new again and what is new will suddenly become old. There is something about the raw, dark sensuality of those grainy, old films and photos that is so powerful and intoxicating. These were women that embraced their beauty and femininity unapologetically. They didn’t allow their beauty to render them simply decorative and instead reveled in it. There was a mysteriousness about their sex appeal that is rare in today’s explicit, exposed culture. There is so much more to sexiness than bare skin and innuendo and these women encapsulated that with their decadent but restrained sense of style. Whether it was a glimpse of decolletage or seemingly just-bitten, ruby red lips, the intrigue came more from what one didn’t see then what they did.
Inspired by this, here are three looks with all of the decadence of the boudoir, for work, rest and play.
Jacket // Mackage “Rumer” Jacket
Cami // Zara Off the Shoulder Top
Booties // Jeffrey Campbell “Metcalf” Boots
Clutch // Rebecca Minkoff “Leo” Clutch
Lip & Cheek Stain // Stila Convertible Lip and Cheek Stain in Tulip
Eye Liner // Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Black
Turtleneck // Isabel Marant “Etoile” Wool Sleeveless Lazuli Tabard
Pencil Skirt // STAND “Sally” Leather Pencil Skirt
Laptop Bag // Kjore Project Evolution of Goods Laptop Sleeve
Blouse // Maykool White Sleeveless Peplum Blouse
Jeans // AG “Farrah” Skinny Jeans
Lip Stain // Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Rosy Red
Nail Polish // Essie in “Comfy in Cashmere”