Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Cover Girl

The newest issue of Matchbook Magazine is on virtual newsstands now, and the cover is just stunning.  I love the simplicity of this cover design.  It's so inspirational (in my humble opinion). The color, the dress, the simple and minimal text.  Gucci glasses, bouffant hair, and an overwhelming nod to 1960s style.  The subject of this marvelous portrait is Joy Venturini Bianchi.  She runs a vintage couture shop that benefits disabled adults in the San Francisco area.  And at age 72, Bianchi believes that "clothes are about good manners."  Isn't that a refreshing thought?

The article is really wonderful, as is the entire issue.
To read it in it's entirity, click HERE.

Doesn't it seem that the newest trend in women's fashion is actually a throw back to 1960s style?  Let the heavens rejoice.  We're moving away from women dressing like men, and going back to women dressing like women.  I love it.  Structured, sexy dresses with conservative cuts and modern silhouettes.  Trenchcoats, ballet flats, cigarette pants, and even lady-like blouses.  Reminiscent of fashion icons Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

McCall's dress pattern from the 1960s

J.Crew Fall 2011 catalog cover: 

shot from the Fall 2011 J.Crew catalog
(complete with 1960s props)

I love a good tailored dress and I'm thrilled to see some of my favorite shops are carrying these retro styles.

J. Crew:

from left to right:
the "Teddie" dress in red, a "No. 2 Pencil Skirt" paired with the "Double Cloth Lady Day Coat" in musturd, and the "Memo" dress in black.

I'm a huge fan of EmersonMade. This online boutique always produces the most fabulously feminine pieces...

And, even Talbots is getting in on the action.  Have you guys noticed the change in Talbots??  The clothes over there are quite good this year.  Gone are the days of boxy jackets, and khaki pants...

from left to right:
the "Puff Sleeve Dress" in red berry, the "Brush Back Wool Sheath" in blue, and the "Luxe Flannel Pleated Dress" in black
(all under $200.00 I might add)

Also, I bought myself those driving gloves that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago.  I bought the color called "luggage" (what an odd name for a cognac leather?).  They're wonderful and I definitely feel like Grace Kelly when I wear them.  ;)


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Sami Pat said...

Kelly, I'm uncertain if your comment about the color of the gloves is tongue in cheek or for real but I'm offering this.. Before the advent of all the righteous undamageable fabrics from which luggage is made today, suitcases were made of leather. In the sixties Samsonite had a color that would definitely be cognac leather. Too heavy for modern travel but beautiful nonetheless. I hope I have not offended with this information.

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Kelly Robson said...

Hi Sami! Oh yes, I'm familiar with vintage leather luggage (and I'm an admirer of such pieces)... I guess I just thought that Talbots could have come up with a more creative and descriptive title to better illustrate the color of the leather. That's all. :)

Thanks for the comment!


Anonymous said...

The word "luggage" in context with leather makes me instantly think of that exact color, so it works for me! But yes, I agree that Talbots has gotten a lot more stylish, and their catalogs are now quite beautiful.

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