It’s the Roland Garros and I do take great pleasure in connecting fashion with many other aspects of life and my interests in general, so here is a nod to my favourite sport. That is not to say, however, that I see the polo t-shirt as purely associated with the tennis court or with sporty looks. Quite the contrary. I love this up-graded take on the classic piece when paired with another classic, the white blazer. With high heels on, of course, to ensure the perfect balancing act.
photo: J. Crew
The Big Picture is the visually dynamic film magazine that goes beyond the borders of the screen to reveal cinema’s unique power to entertain, inspire and connect to each and every one of us. I am happy to be joining their team of dedicated writers, designers and film enthusiasts, or what I can describe as a great creative environment, where I will co-publish my Style in Film articles.
collage by me, images, clockwise, from top left: film still, Leave Her to Heaven / Eve Arnold, on the set of The Misfits / film still, To Catch A Thief / film still, Rear Window / publicity still, Three Days of the Condor
Books, magazines, print and online publications for today. Romy Schneider has long been a favourite of mine, both in terms of beauty and personal style, both on screen and in real life. Lately I’ve been doing some research on her costumes in some of her films I want to write about (which always has me asking myself why there are so few proper books on the topic of Fashion in Film) and I am currently trying to track down this book, as it’s no longer available online.
• My blog posts about the costumes in Out of Africa and American Gigolo, mentioned in The New York Times, and The Guardian, respectively. Such a pleasure to be in their pages!
• There is no doubt in my mind that I will always prefer the printed word. It is a pity to see so many publications go out of print and resuming to the online versions alone – almost in each case, the online content of these magazines doesn’t raise up to the print editions (and too much space is wasted on posting completely useless, stupid things, like what Instagram accounts you should follow – no, thank you!) After 105 years, WWD magazine is turning the page, but not quite literally, becoming a weekly, instead of a daily newspaper (which I think is a smart choice, as long as they remain in print), while also putting more accent on the digital edition. The digital era is taking over, and although I do acknowledge its advantages (I run a blog after all), like actually knowing how many people read an article you write, when it comes to books (I can’t picture myself reading one on Kindle) and well established magazines, I remain old fashioned and prefer to turn the page instead of scrolling it down.
• And then there is Style.com, which is becoming an e-commerce site. Did we really need another online shopping destination? There are so many that do their job just fine. It seems that change is everywhere, but how good is it?
photos: 1-Garance Doré / 2-WWD.com
In the hands of Tomas Maier, the little black dress seems to reach a new sensitivity. A subtle everyday luxury, even more accessible than it usually is (even in an evening version), carrying the same comfort, authenticity, free expression and feel good message as a pair of jeans or a white t-shirt. And that’s as good as it gets as far as I’m concerned.
photos: Style.com / Tomas Maier Resort 2016
The Breton stripe may be a well reputed classic, but a pin-striped shirt is no less timeless. In a masculine-cut shape, it’s a piece I find myself reach for almost just as often as for a white shirt. For this spring, Altuzarra was the designer who beautifully explored the pattern, his striped shirt dresses, shirts and pencil skirts leaving a mark on the runway. One of the best things about it is that the vertical stripe is much more forgiving than the horizontal one, especially when it comes to dresses and skirts. It can be playful or smart, or both. It’s a winner, if you ask me, provided that everything else in the outfit is kept simple.
photos: 1-Annemarieke van Drimmelen for Rika magazine / 2,5: Altuzarra Spring 2015, via Style.com / 3,4: 9to5Chic