The Audrey Hepburn Effect

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MillyNY-MillybyMichelleShe is one of the most enduring screen icons of the 20th Century and her style is one of the most emulated and admired in the world.  Fashion & Cinema note that; “She managed to balance simplicity, comfort and elegance to create a timeless, singularly European sophistication that came to define her persona.

As I continue my summer quest to strip my wardrobe down to the very basics of black, white and denim; the odd eye-catching print and my favourite leather pieces, I am reminded of Audrey Hepburn‘s effortless grace and the allure of her style, which arose from her subtle approach to dressing.  Also,

Unlike so many other icons of the period, Hepburn’s style was not manufactured by a studio, but was instead entirely idiosyncratic. It called upon both the understated elegance of her upbringing, and the many years of ballet that influenced her physical bearing.” – Fashion & Cinema

Following her 1954 movie Sabrina, Hepburn established a relationship with Givenchy, who was both friend and fashion designer to her. He created her costumes for that movie; the gown, the boatneck sweater, the capri pants.  If I were to ask you about Audrey Hepburn’s style however, you are perhaps most likely to recall the iconic little black dress seen through the window at Breakfast at Tiffany’s, also by Givenchy and popularized by Coco Chanel.  Riccardo Tisci, creative director of Givenchy, said of the dress:

It was 1961 and this dress is in a way very sixties. The front is severe, elegant, very clean, but at the back there is the very interesting neckline, somewhere between ethnic and Parisian; a softness that other designers in that time didn’t have.” (from Classiq.me)

Even in the early stages of downsizing I realize I have too too many little black dresses in my closet, but I don’t mind. I realize the little black dress can be different every time you put it on. I call it the Hepburn effect.

Photos: Beth Morton Photography.

Wearing: Dress by Milly NY.

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The Shoulders Have It: Rodarte for Opening Ceremony

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OpeningCeremony-Rodarte-1The ‘shoulder’ tends to re-surface now and then as fashion trend.  Dropped shoulders, off the shoulder, ‘boob tube’ – I’m personally a little partial to the hint of clavicle and bare shoulders.  It reminds me of a carefree summer, the warmth of a hot beach vacation and sultry evenings in mediterranean towns.

In an interview with women about the body parts of males they most loved, the shoulder topped the list.  Well-defined, broad shoulders are adored because they are a sign of strength and masculinity.  For us women, after a day of carrying around bags and books and children, a kiss in between the shoulder blades, perhaps one of the less likely erogenous zones, is a wonderful appreciation of ourselves (and our day) and a lot of loving attention from a very small action.

This dress is a true favourite. I think all fashion blogs should showcase their favourite pieces again and again: this dress already two years old and it comes out every summer.  With just a hint of shoulder, I love the layering in this piece.  I just need the vacation plan to match it :)

Wearing: Dress, Rodarte for Opening Ceremony.  Heels: Kurt Geiger.  Photos: Beth Morton Photography. For more photos of this dress in NYC, click HERE.

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Made by Noemi Classic Collection – Friday Lingerie

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MadebyNoemi_classic1In the second of my ‘where I shop’ lingerie features, I bring you the wonderfully simple but beautifully crafted ‘Classic’ collection from Made by Noemi, driven by the belief that classic means timeless; always in fashion.

There are some lingerie styles that really should be an investment in the same way that your closet contains the perfect white shirt; the wear-everywhere leather jacket and those well-fitting pair of jeans.  Designer Noemi Ivanova has an aesthetic lean towards both basic and thematic collections, but the Classic collection is my new favourite as it excels in both simple beauty and function.

Produced in cotton and lace (there is also new beachwear collection, which I shall spoil you with another time):

“A key factor in the Classic collection is the fabric: it has to be perfect. The collection is produced in cotton and in lace. I wanted, and finally found, a thin cotton fabric and a lace fabric that met my requirements for quality, lightness and comfort.” - Noemi Ivanova

My favourites are the cotton soft cup bras - which have cross back straps and front fixture which I feel is a great detail for comfort – and the black lace panties.

Noemi continues:

“The Classic collection is at the core of the Made by Noemi brand. My aim is to create well-fitting and beautiful garments, and I have come up with a few styles that I believe should be in every woman’s lingerie closet. Having done this for over ten years I know what works and what doesn’t. But this doesn’t mean that things don’t evolve. Over the years, the styles have been modified and the details refined, but the core vision has remained the same: to enable women to feel comfortably, as well as a bit more luxuriously, dressed – every day.”

To see the collection in full click HERE to visit the Made by Noemi website.  These styles are my top picks for your lingerie wardrobe, and the collection consists of pieces that will last you year after year.

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