The man who knew too much …about vintage

Some like it hot, some like it vintage… me? I like it green and vintage, but about my green and vintage dress another time.

I know you did not understand a thing. Well, let me be a little bit more clear: this post is about my passion for old movies and fashion. Last week  (yes, the holidays for me were all about the new house and movies, tones of movies) I saw The Man Who Knew too Much, an Alfred Hitchcock 1956 adventure mystery thriller that I very much enjoyed, about two American tourists vacationing in Morocco, Doris Day – one of the famous director’s blonds, however some say that Grace Kelly was Hitchcock’s first choice, but she had other contracts at that moment – and Jimmy Stewart – other opinions were that the relationship between Doris and Jimmy was not so intense as the case would have been if Grace had been his movie partner . But I liked it!

And now back to fashion: I loved one particular outfit of Doris due to its simplicity: a light blue dress together with a big straw hat and a perfect white handbag!Me? Liking a simple outfit? Yep! Apparently I am growing up, wink!

Isn’t this white bag a wonder?


“Beautiful Little Fools”

I watched today “The Great Gatsby” (1974 with Robert Redford/Jay Gatsby and Mia Farrow/Daisy Buchanan) for the second time. I have to say that I saw a brand new movie this time. It is not just the love story of a rich girl and a poor boy, the culture and time difference that lead to separation and drama, but it has history in it, America’s history, right before the Great Depression (the action takes place in 1922).

I have always wanted to attend a party in a low-waisted dress with fullness at the hemline, a matched headband, long pearls strand and to dance Charleston (or something close to that :D) just like in the 20s.  But it’s never too late for such a party, isn’t it?

However, I don’t think I would choose feathers for my headband as Tom’s girl from the city did.

I just adore the hats that Daisy and her friend, Jordan, wore during the movie. Actually, the 20s are well-known for their diversity in matter of hats because the designers sought inspiration from Egypt, China, Japan and Russia. Hence, women were wearing different types of hats like turbans, toques, kokoshniks .

What do you think about Daisy’s lavender hat?

In order to fit under the popular hats of 1920s, women “bobbed” or cut their hair short and this was considered a radical move at the beginning, but the 20s was the decade in which women first liberated themselves from constricting fashions and began to wear more comfortable and bold clothes.

I think this is the most glamorous look of Daisy of the movie. She is ravishing.

It seems like Ralph Lauren was the designer who created all men’s wardrobe in this movie and this brought  him a lot of fame.

I know you like the car, but what about Jay’s wardrobe? I have to say that the imagine of the actor, as Scott Fitzgerald would have wanted (a true gentleman), was very well underlined by Ralph Lauren’s clothes.

The pink costume is my favorite because it is unconventional and because emphasizes the difference between the old conventional aristocracy of the country’s richest families (Tom wears a light grey suit) and the  newly minted millionaires of the 20s (Jay Gatsby). “An Oxford man? Like hell he is! He wears a pink suit!” 😀


Cand dam verdictul final dupa vizionarea unui film, suntem tentati sa luam in considerare actiunea, personajele, mai nou efectele speciale si prea putin dintre noi admiram stilul vestimentar. Cu toate acestea, am fi surprinsi sa aflam ca si garderoba actorilor este un detaliu esential in ceea ce vrea sa transmita filmul.

Desigur, aici nu ma refer la filme in genul Sex and the City (cele doua filme), in care actiunea a fost pe locul doi, iar tinutele divelor au luat ochii. A nu se intelege ca nu am savurat tinutele celor patru! Dimpotriva! 😀

Dar revenind la pasiunile mele: filmele vechi si fashion-ul, pe care le-am descoperit si la Ada (intr-un minunat blog), am ales ca un prim post in care sa se imbine cele doua pasiuni sa fie dedicat actritei Audrey Hepburn. Desi eu sunt o fana a lui Marilyn Monroe, a carei frumusete este caracterizata prin senzualitate, pe cand Audrey Hepburn afiseaza o frumusete inocenta si dragalasa, cred ca din punct de vedere vestimentar, Audrey Hepburn a reusit sa impuna un stil propriu absolut revelator pentru lumea modei!

Si cine nu cunoaste imaginea lui Audrey Hepburn din Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) cu acel port tigareta lung, little black dress Givenchy, perlele si manusile care dau o nota de eleganta desavarsita actritei?

Am ales aceasta imagine fiindca este cunoscuta nu doar celor care au vizionat filmul, ci si celor care n-au avut curiozitatea sa o faca, fiind folosita in numeroase campanii publicitare. Audrey Hepburn este considerata un etalon al elegantei, membrii American Film Institute  oferindu-i locul al treilea in topul vedetelor de film a tuturor timpurilor.

Mi-a placut foarte mult un articol pe care l-am citit cu ceva timp in urma in Dilema Veche, dedicat lui Marilyn Monroe si prin comparatie, vorbea despre Audrey, ca fiind “eleganta si discreta, prietenoasa si zambitoare, avea o spontaneitate lipsita de pericole, nu sarea la gatul tau ca sa te pupe pe obraji si sa te oblige sa o strangi in brate. Audrey nu avea nevoie de tine, privitorul de filme cu un preaplin de iubire, tu aveai nevoie de ea si de ingenuitatea ei irepetabila“, pe cand Marilyn “se afla mereu intr-un permanent maraton de cucerire. Peste tot unde dadeai de ea, pe cutii de bijuterii, pe vederi şi pe panouri, se arunca spre tine, îţi smulgea admiraţie, invidie si, pana la urma, un fel de dragoste“.

Dar “cireasa de pe tort” a acestui post sunt imaginile descoperite aici, cu Audrey Hepburn pe bicicleta de mai jos si nu am putut sa ma abtin sa nu le impartasesc cu voi: