Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Snapshots. Denim & Blues....

“Ahora te quiero,
como el mar quiere a su agua”
“Now I love you,
like the sea loves its water”
Pedro Salinas


Denim Shirt: H&M
Shorts: Zara
Sandals: Bimba&Lola
Sunnies: Guierardini Vintage
Necklace: Accessorize

Monday, 24 June 2013

Books #1 ...

I can safely say now that 2013 has been a Gatsby year. Baz Luhrmann's movie came out ( and make a big fuss in Cannes) and it lead a revival of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties in all fields. Fashion was influenced (See Louis Vuitton), all his novels were reprinted in fancy and glossy paper and the author's life (anything but boring) was on the spotlight again. We know pretty much all the scandals and events that followed Fitzgerald throughout his life but we don't know much about her wife, Zelda. They were the "Golden Couple" in the 20s, breaking the rules and setting new standards of what partying was supposed to be like. There are plently of photographs of the married couple, interviews, etc. but not much on Zelda on her own, without F.Scott. This is what Z is about. Her life and how it was influenced (good or bad) by her famous and successful husband. I also found it a pretty feminist book too. Zelda didn't consider herself as one but the way she had to live, in a world women's jobs were to stand by their husbands, support them in every decision and not even think about making a career for themselves. Zelda faced all this womenly troubles and although she lost most of her fights, she tried to find her own way, figure out who she was: Zelda, not Mrs. Fitzgerald.
Here is a small synopsis from The Stylist

"Sometimes", said Scott. "I don't know wether Zelda and I are real or wether we are characters from one of my own novels". Before F. Scott Fitzgerald was a literary darling, before he'd even begun to imagine The Great Gatsby or Benjamin Button, he was a young WWI army lieutenant who fell hard for a spirited Southern belle named Zelda Sayre. The life he and Zelda would lead together in New York, Long Island, Paris, Hollywood and the French Riviera made them legends, even in their own time. Set amidst the glamour of the Jazz age and The Lost Generation's vivid world abroad, Z vividly brings Zelda and Scott's romantic, tumultuous, extraordinary journey to life. Zelda was the embodiment of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. She was vibrant, headstrong, complicated and misunderstood. Z is the irresistibly rich, romantic story of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, set in seductive settings. Filled with larger-than-life characters such as Ernest Hemingway, Sarah and Gerald Murphy and Gertrude Stein, we watch the evolution of this iconic woman as she lived large and ached to find her own identity in the shadow of her celebrated husband. 



Thursday, 20 June 2013

Breakfast At Tiffany's. Costumes ....

Today, I went to the Cine at Centro Niemeyer to re-watch Breakfast at Tiffany's. It's funny how when you've watched a movie hundreds of times a couple of times, you start to notice small details that might have slipped during  the first 50 time before, when you were too busy wondering how Holly looks so unbearably gorgeous when she just woke up or how she can get dressed in 15 minutes and still look as if she's spent 2 hours or how she can pull of a men's shirt or a white bed sheet... 

Anyway, after watching it again, I thought I'd write a little bit about the costumes while it is still fresh in my mind. The costume credits are a bit funny. Edith Head is the costume supervisor but Hubert de Givenchy is credited as Miss Hepburn's principal wardrobe and Pauline Trigere as Miss Neal's. Givenchy had "collaborated" with Head in two of Hepburn's films before Breakfast: Sabrina (in which Head to full credit for the costumes and even accepted an Oscar despite the fact that the main dresses were designed by Givenchy) and Funny Face, where they shared an Oscar nomination. 
The black dress Holly wears during the opening scenes has gone down in history as one of the most iconic cinematic moments ever. The dress is very 60s; the front is severe, elegant, clean cut but the back we discover a very interesting neckline, almost ethnic. This paired up with kitten heels, a bunch of pearls and a pair of shades and you have an icon. It is interesting to point out that the sunglasses, often mistaken for Ray Ban Wayfarers are actually Oliver Goldsmith's. 
The other original dress Givenchy designed was the pink, feather-decorated cocktail dress Holly wears in a "torero" night out with José. The shape is absolutely 60s and the pink, delicate embroidery and the bow do the rest.

The LBD is transformed during the film, shortening its hem, adding feathers, but retains that essential simplicity and elegance, like the rest of Holly's looks. It is clear she works on a budget but still manages to look absolutely spotless. Her more casual outfits consist of capri trousers, ballet flats, pullovers, her trademark head scarf, turtle-necks and hats, always hats. Also, lets not forget the trenchcoat, another trademark in Miss Golightly's style.

Paul Varjak's style is classic but also with hints to the 60s. He mostly wears suits (provided by his classy "decorator" 2-E) in greys and blues with thin ties. We also see him wearing a knitted waistcoat for a casual look, a silk sky-blue patterned pyjamas (which match his beautiful blue eyes...) and a trenchcoat matching Holly's in the unforgettable "rain scene".
However, one of my favourite costume details about Paul is that he wears his watch on his right hand (like me) and with the sfere looking inwards.

We also have other instant hits like Holly's outfit while singing Moon River on her window or the simple white robe and a cigarette on her first sneak in into Paul's apartment. I dare to say that every outfit she wears in every shot during Breakfast has become iconic. And it is not all due to the talent and originality of Givenchy and Edith Head but also to Hepburn's natural grace, poise and elegance. I can't imagine anybody but her wearing Holly's clothes or saying her phrases or simply standing there, looking into Tiffany's window drinking coffee and eating a croissant. Because Holly is Audrey. But Audrey is so much more.


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Home #2 ...

I’m a bitch
when I brush my teeth
I’m a bi-itch
walking down the street
I’m a bitch
when I paint my lips
I’m a bi-itch
when people look at me

Plastiscines. Bitch


Monday, 17 June 2013

Home #1 ...

Todo dice que sí.
Sí del cielo, lo azul,
Y sí, lo azul del mar,
mares, cielos, azules
con espumas y brisas,
júbilos monosílabos
repiten sin parar

Everything says yes,
yes from sky, its blue,
and yes, blue from sea,
seas, skyes, blues
with foams and breezes,
joyful monosyllables
repeat unalterably
Pedro Salinas. La Voz a Ti Debida


Sunday, 16 June 2013

Snapshots. Beach Patrol...


Tee: Whistles
Shorts: Urban Outfitters
Trainers: Ralph Lauren
Sunnies: Guierardini Vintage