Grey on Grey

Jones New York Fall 2013-Carolyn Murphygrey on greyFabiana Filippi fall 2013 ad campaign-1emmanuelle_alt

Grey is one colour I will never get tired of. I love it paired with other neutrals, but there is something so wonderfully elegant about an all-grey outfit: a pants suit, different shades combined or different textures teamed up, with darker tones or richer fabrics adding depth to the overall look … it’s both calming and cool, and it always works for me.

photos: 1-Jones New York Fall 2013 ad campaign | Model: Carolyn Murphy / 2-WWD / 3-Fabiana Filippi Fall 2013 ad campaign / 4-Garance Doré (edited by me)

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My Fall Obsession: The Trench

The Trench-by The Sartorialist-New York

Hardly a breakthrough topic for a blog post, as it’s certainly been well documented on Classiq, but the trench is the only type of coat I have been wearing this autumn, with a couple of exceptions. I’ve been practically living in my cream, beige and black trench coats. On many days only my shirt or sweater changes, and sometimes my shoes too: oxfords, high-heeled pointed-toe pumps or sneakers on weekends. But I usually don’t have any problem sporting the same outfit two days in a row. I wore my leather jacket one day and all I was thinking was why on Earth I hadn’t put on my trench. I feel at ease in it. But I feel best dressed too. And that’s the whole secret I think. Whenever I put it on it’s like the best new find and an old classic at the same time. I love its universal language, how everyone can wear it at any age: it’s a test a timeless piece always passes.

The trench-Cathy Busch by Tim Klein-Chicago
I wish you a great weekend! And to my fellow Bucharest residents, I would like to recommend a film festival, Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, 25th-31th October, presenting some of the films that premiered at Cannes this year, like the Palme d’Or winner La vie d’Adèle, J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost (with Robert Redford), Only God Forgives (starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas), Asghar Farhadi’s Le passé (Bérénice Bejo won for Best Actress), Ethan and Joel Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, but also a Maurice Pialat retrospective and Steven Spielberg’s Duel and E.T. Here is the complete schedule of the festival.

photos: 1-The Sartorialist / 2-Tim Klein, both via The Art of the Trench

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Notebook Pages

Here are my latest finds and news from style, fashion, film, design and beautiful living.


Just the kind of shop that simply makes your day just by passing it by. I’ve seen interior photos of the Flower Girl NYC many times, but never the lovely shop front and street that nestles it. Doesn’t it inspire you to stop and find the joy in the little things?

• Angelica Huston remembers her childhood and growing up with her famous director father, John.
• Celebrating the return to form of the supermodel.
• Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill discuss The Wolf of the Wall Street.
• Perry Ellis: An American Original, by Jeffrey Banks, and Jean Patou: A Fashionable Life, by Emmanuelle Polle, two more books that promise to be interesting reads.
• I often fall for beautiful exposed brick walls. And this is the best combination.
• Every home should have a beautiful reading nook.
• Loving this equestrian collection.
• To-do while the weather still allows it: a sandwich lunch in the park.

photo: Eye Swoon

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Capturing beauty #38

elizabeth debicki by will davidson for vogue australia de 2012

photo: Will Davidson for Vogue Australia, December 2012 | Elizabeth Debicki styled by Gillian Davidson

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Style in Film: Tippi Hedren in “The Birds”

Tippi Hedren's style-The Birds 1

The plot in The Birds (1963) has socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) chasing Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) to play a prank on him to a town where birds are attacking people for no apparent reason. Nobody has any idea what draws the birds and turns them bad, and Hitchcock makes sure that the mystery stays intact, choosing not to explain what’s happening. The open ending leaves you reflecting and that’s one of the most intriguing parts of the movie.

The small town is called Bodega Bay and is at about 60 miles North of San Francisco, and the sense of location is so sharp and assured that it makes it seem very familiar, like you’ve been there. It’s a feeling that stays with you and that makes the film all the more impactful. San Francisco was one of Alfred Hitchcock’s favourite movie locations and this is such an interesting subject that I will probably approach it in a future blog post, even before I get my hands on this book.

Tippi Hedren's style-The Birds

Tippi Hedren's style-The Birds-6

Tippi Hedren's style-The Birds 2

Tippi Hedren had just the kind of cool blonde good looks that Hitchcock liked. And she does look so cool and sharp in this first costume (my favourite of the two in the film), a simple and elegant charcoal grey wool blend suit with stand collar, three-quarter length sleeves and angled front welt pockets, worn with long black leather gloves, an oversize fold-over clutch and classic pointed-toe pumps. I’m not overlooking the white shirt either, collarless and with three-quarter sleeves, with its cuffs peeking from underneath the jacket sleeves – I love this detail, as I myself like to play with layering sleeves lengths. If we look for a little symbolism, as it usually is the case with Hitchcock’s films, we can see this costume as a sign of the dark events to come.

Tippi Hedren's costumes The Birds

Tippi Hedren's costumes The Birds 4

Tippi Hedren's costumes The Birds 1

Hitchcock was planning on using a lot of green in the movie, and limited Edith Head, his long-time collaborator, to using green in Hedren’s wardrobe as well. “Green to Hitchcock evoked a chaste, cool quality, setting Melanie apart from the Bodega Bay residents”. Edith Head used another one of her designs, the eau de nil suit worn by Grace Kelly in Rear Window, as inspiration for Tippi’s green suit, only this time with a structure more akin to a Chanel suit. The costume designer kept the lines simple – she usually did, especially in the ’50s and ’60s, because it had always been her fear that if she didn’t, her designs wouldn’t stand the test of time. Six copies of the suit were made, since Tippi would wear it for a large part of the film, and most of them would need to be distressed during the repeated attacks of the birds.

Sleeveless sheath wool dress with side darts, bias finish on the jewel neckline, nipped in at the waist, matching big buckle belt. It is teamed with a matching jacket with three-quarter raglan sleeves with turnback cuffs and patch pockets. A mink fur coat, a brownish tote, taupe shoes and suede gloves, and a ton sur ton silk scarf complete the look.

Tippi Hedren's costumes The Birds 5

Tippi Hedren's costumes The Birds 2

Tippi Hedren's style - The Birds 4

Isn’t it interesting that Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette), an old flame of Mitch’s, is wearing green too, but a darker shade of green, in one of the scenes? That was Hitchcock – a detail is not just a detail and every single frame is meticulously constructed.

Tippi Hedren's green suit in The Birds

costumes in The Birds

Reportedly, Hitchcock personally selected Hedren’s jewellery for the film: a multi-strand, two-toned pearl necklace and bracelet and a pair of gold hook stud earrings for the charcoal grey suit, and the same earrings, a gold necklace, a chunky gold ring and a delicate gold bracelet watch for the green suit. It was important that Melanie be elegant to suggest her privileged social position and materialistic nature, so her wardrobe had to send out a certain message.

Since Hedren wears only three costumes, her entire film wardrobe cost just $5,000. The nightgown she wears in the film was supposed to have been purchased at an inexpensive variety store, so that’s just what Edith did. “There are wonderful designers who make you look good, very elegant,” Tippi said. “But Edith taught me that you not only design to make a person look according to their character, you have to make sure the person can do the action.”

The sense of style in Hitchcock’s films always comes as a bonus. The importance of the clothes is never underestimated, quite the contrary, the costumes are one of the many elements that come together like pieces in a puzzle to create a work of art – therein lies my fascination for Hitchcock’s movies.

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photos: stills from the film, captured by me from Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection | Universal Pictures, 1963

sources: Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood’s Greatest Costume Designer, by Jay Jorgensen / Alfred Hitchcock: The Complete Films, by Paul Duncan

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