San Francisco chronicles and the knee length

Channelling a Hitchcock heroine style, this incredibly beautiful editorial features Daria Werbowy in some gorgeous, very much film noir appropriate outfits: crepe satin and silk ladylike dresses and pencil skirts, silk (!) trench coat, killer heels, retro tote (Yves Saint Laurent if you care to know), cashmere cardigans and elbow-high gloves. This is one of my favourite fashion editorials and ever since I started blogging I’ve been meaning to dedicate a post to it. One browse through my stack of Vogue magazines this past weekend reminded me of it again and all in good time, as I couldn’t find any other photoshoot more suitable for what I was looking for: to talk a little about the most seductive length: the knee length. Straight cut (in pencil skirts) or a little room-leaving lean lined (as in the beautiful dresses Daria is wearing), there really is nothing like it.

Is there anything sexier than a knee hemline, especially a pencil skirt? Compared to it the shortest mini doesn’t even count. The pencil skirt is the epitome of elegance, a full-glamour timeless piece and a big trend for the coming fall-winter season. Christian Dior was the one who introduced this simultaneously sexy and smart silhouette in the late 1940s using the term H-line to describe its shape. No other cut models a woman’s body more perfectly and with such little effort. Simple, but impactful. It’s this quality that I, for one, always look for in the clothes I wear.

I always pair a pencil skirt with sky high heels for the illusion of mile-long legs it creates and because I don’t want to look too polished (and luckily, my work dress code allows me) I wear a simple top or tee with it and a detail that does count, a sculptural necklace.

I hope your weekend was filled with relaxation and happy moments and that your week is off to a wonderful and stylish start!

PS: last week I forgot to mention a very special thank you to Monica at Classy & Fabulous for tagging Classiq in Tripbase’s My 7 Links blog post project. I truly appreciate your consideration, Monica! I invite my dear readers to head over to Monica’s blog for a share of fashion, Chanel, beauty and art, as this lovely lady is an illustrator as well and you can find her works on Etsy.

photos: “San Francisco chronicles” editorial lensed by Mario Testino for the June 2008 issue of Vogue US, model Daria Werbowy (and a dashing Pierce Brosnan), fashion editor Grace Coddington


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