She said what?! : quoted from Ruth Gordon

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‘She said what?!’

a new item to meappropriatestyle

featuring statements from outspoken women:

opinions, outlooks, observations

which they were more than willing to share.

 

Multi-talented

Ruth Gordon (1896 – 1985)

an American actress of stage, film, television

screenwriter and playwright-

was a woman of undeterred determination.

At fifteen years old, convinced of her destiny to be a stage actress,

she left her hometown in Quincy, Massachusetts and headed to NYC

with only $50 to her name.

Told that she was of little beauty and little talent;

a critique of one of her early stage performances,

appeared in The New York Tribune  and read:

‘Anyone who looks like that and acts like that must get off the stage.”

(quote from nytimes.com) –

she nonetheless, remained courageous and resolute.

Her perseverance eventually paid off.

(image from imdb.com):

ruth gordon, receives Oscar, supporting actress, rosemary's baby

The actress, Ruth Gordon

recipient of the Academy Award for her role in

Rosemary’s Baby

She became the first American actress

to perform with the illustrious Old Vic Company, London.

She would go on to win an Academy Award, Best Supporting Actress

for her role as the witch in the film Rosemary’s Baby (1968).

The longevity of her career spanned over seventy years.

She was a woman of incredible vitality and stamina-

working at her craft until the day she died.

Plus, she certainly had a way with words.

 

 

A “She said what?!” quote by

Ruth Gordon

 

 

ruth gordon quotes- changes in life, and you are one of them

Change can be a good thing.

Runway favoured few : resort wear/summer fashion 2015

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Resort wear or cruise wear

is a summer fashion tag which conjures up images of

the fabulously attired at extravagant play-

on sun-drenched beaches, abroad luxury yachts,

promenading along fashionable, tree-lined boulevards.

Resort fashion is comprised of comfortable, lightweight pieces of

colourful, breathe-able fabrication:

perfect styling for tropical clime, holiday merry-making.

A few of runway favourites:

Resort wear Styling

2015

(images from style.com):

For the gents

by designer, Antonio Marras

resort, men, 15, antonio marrasYVL_8747.1366x2048 resort, men, 15, antonio marras YVL_8799.1366x2048

Colour bashful … Not!

by designer, J. W. Anderson

 resort, men, 15, jw anderson_ARC0550.1366x2048 resort, men, 15, jw anderson _ARC0678.1366x2048

Ties and Stripes

by designer, Ennio Capasa

for Costume National

resort, men, 15, costume national, evening resort, men, 15, costume national, evening

Summer suiting

evening stroll along the boulevard

by designer Walter Van Beirendonck

resort, men, 15, orient, walter van beirendonck

A bit of the Orient

by designer, Woo Young Mi

for Wooyoungmi

resort, men, 15, wooyoungmi, shorts_ARC0096.1366x2048 resort, men 15, wooyoungmi, shorts_ARC0346.1366x2048

‘Get shorty!’

For the ladies

by designer, Antonio Marras

resort, 15, antionio marras

Pattern blends

by designer Nicky Zimmermann

Nicky Zimmermann

resort, 15, ladies, zimmerman, ease

Favlook – Lookfav Focus Favourite!

The full resort fashion package:

gorgeous garments, accented with alluring accessories

by designer, Stella McCartney

resort, ladies, 15, resort, casual, stella Mccartney

Daytime casual comfort

by designer,  Yoshiyuki Miyamae

for Issey Miyake

resort, 15, ladies, issey miyake, cloud print

Cumulus cloud print top

forecasting clear skies

by designer, Alberta Ferretti

resort, 15, alberta ferreti, colour block

 Colour blocking in tie dye effect

shades of reds and purples

Mark your diary! : The Fashion and Textile Museum, London hosts a new exhibition on Riviera Style – resort and swimwear fashion

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For decades the holiday destination of choice

for the wealthy, the famous,

members of royal houses,

Hollywood stars and bona fide celebrities

was the French Riviera (Cote d’Azur).

Situated along the Mediterranean coastline of southern France-

it has been the place to see and to be seen for fun and sun.

(image from boat-charters.tv1):

french riviera, map

Map of the French Riviera

destination … Fun in the Sun!

(image from barrysbest.net):

resort, nice france, 1950

Boulevard in Nice, France (1950s)

Yet, the Cote d’Azur

was not always the playgorund of the well-moneyed.

Until the late 19th century,

it was a region little visited and impoverished.

All changed when in 1882, a local paper

published an article declaring what was needed:

“… visitors, more visitors and more visitors.”

(quote from British Airways Highlife Magazine).

A little over a month after the article appeared,

the then unknown fishing village of Nice, Cote d’Azur,

hosted a most illustrious visitor:  the reigning British monarch-

Queen Victoria.

She would return time and time again.

The rest is history

as tourism would blossom into the main revenue-generating source

and the natural beauty of the area would feature in many Hollywood movies.

(image from neonscope.com):

resort wear, grace kelly , 1955, scene from to catch a theif

On the sands of the Cote d’Azur

a scene from the movie:  ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ (1955)

American actress Grace Kelly

sports a sun-kissed yellow backless, print dress

with matching head band and statement white framed sunnies

(In 1956, Ms. Kelly would marry Rainier III, Prince of Monaco)

Today the individual towns, among others-

Monaco, Nice, St. Tropez and Cannes (home of the Cannes Film Festival)

are widely known.

The beauty of the area is undeniable:

spectacular beaches, glorious weather, flower-ladden landscape.

Holiday-making in this part of the world

sparked a specific brand of fashion:  resort wear.

The styling lent itself to the lavish, sun drenched, beach and yachting lifestyle.

(image from wearona.com):

resort wear, yachting

Yachting, tres chic

The Fashion and Textile Museum, London

will host a comprehensive exhibition

on the glamourous clothing and styling of resort wear.

From a historical perspective, chronicling resort wear over the last century-

the show features garments specific to the this fashion feel:

bathing costumes, palazzo trousers, boat neck breton tops and more.

(image from thefabuloustimes.com):

resort wear, brigitte bardot

A young Brigitte Bardot

 ’50s and ’60s, actress and fashion model

wears the classic Riviera style

boat necked, striped Breton top

In addition, the exhibition examines modern fabrication of

current resort wear garments for fit and feel.

A modern twist

resort wear,  s / s 2015

by designer, Vera Wang

(images from style.com):

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The show is well-timed to inspire one’s own

retro-look or a modern take on Riviera fashion

for this summer season scene.

RIVIERA STYLE Resort & Swimwear since 1900

22 May – 30 August 2015

The Fashion and Textile Museum, London

For further details, visit:

http://ftmlondon.org/ftm-exhibitions/riviera-style-resort-swimwear-since-1900/

Favlook – Lookfav Focus: the look of summer CWS (crisp white shirt)

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With no sign of abating,

the power of the CWS as signature garment

remains a potent go-to piece.

Its fashion versatility guarantees wardrobe staple status.

For a summer look that freshens and brightens,

styled for casual wear or formal attire-

consider dress in a CWS.

 

 

(photos by Tommy Ton):

 

Summer Loving:  The CWS factor

CWS, sassy skirt

CWS:  open neck, rolled sleeves

worn with a sassy skirt

CWS, with jeans

CWS:  a bit oversized, partially tucked into denim short shorts

CWS, summer whites, 15, ladies, CWS

CWS:  par trois paired with skirt fashion

(l – r)  asymmetric, fringed, AiW (All in White)

(image from wholesale7.net):

CWS, men

CWS:  gender neutral fashion

(image from business-lady.net):

  CWS, with skirt over trouser fashion

CWS tucked into skirt over trouser fashion

Summer White Outs: the traditional colour of the warm weather season

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In recent years, white as signature colour

transcends any past fashion rules:

the not to be worn as an autumn or winter hue

is no longer adhered.

Today, white coloured clothing is worn year round and

need not hibernate for winter

However, there remains something warm-weather, summer-special

about wearing white when temperatures soar.

Summer Whites,  2015

on the runway

(images from style.com):

For the gents:

from Billy Reid

button-down and front-pocketed

summer whites, men, billy reid

from Ann Demeulemeester

tunic fashion ease

summer whites, men, ann demeulemeester

summer whites, men, ann demeulemeester

summer whites, men, ann demeulemeestersummer whites, men, ann demeulemeester 15, _ARC0004.1366x2048

from Acne Studios

’50s inspired with cream-hemmed breast pocket

summer whites, men , acne

For the ladies:

from Yigal Azrouel

jumpsuit with subtle stripes and loosely belted

summer whites, ladies, yigal azrouel

from Zero + Maria Cornejo

the ensemble:  skort with asymmetric front detail

cropped top with gathered hem and butterfly sleeves

summer whites, maria cornejo, s15

from Zoë Jordan

urban sass walking shorts (t)

cut-out grids (b)

summer whites, ladies, zoe jordan, walking shorts

summer whites, ladies, 15, zoe jordan cutout grinds

from Agnona

elegant morning tails

summer whites, 15, ladies, morning tails, agnona

from Alberta Ferretti

’60s boho

(t) embroidered maxi skirt with cropped top

embellished suede vest and fringe bag

(b) flowing dress with floral motif

low boat neck and poet sleeves

summer whites, boho, ladies, alberta ferrettisummer whites, 15, boho, alberta ferretti

from 3.1 Phillip Lim

trouser fashion fantastic

summer whites, ladies, 15, trousers, 3.1 phillip lim

Summer Whites:  street style Sass

(photo by Dappei):

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mega wattage white:  trousers, trainers

(photo by pausemag):

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bomber jacket and shirt over jeans

(image from whowhatwear):

summer white street style, eyelet top

the outfit: 

eyelet top with cutout shoulder detail

skinny trousers, pointed toe mules

(photo by Mr. Tuft):

summer whites, skirt/short sleeve top

sleeveless high-collared top and pencil skirt

‘statement’ clutch with letters in black

(images from whowhatwear):

summer whites, backpack

structured backpack

summer whites, boiler suit

boiler suit with zipper details

(photo by Tommy Ton):

summer whites, duster, ladies

duster with large lapel and kimono sleeves

Musical interlude : ‘Here Comes the Sun’, 1969 Beatles hit written by George Harrison

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The hit song Here Comes the Sun was written by

George Harrison

in collaboration with his friend musician Eric Clapton.

Harrison was a member of the “fab four”-

iconic British musical group, The Beatles.

Written in 1969-

a year of personal difficulties for Harrison,

the song is one of positivity

with the sun as symbol of good/better things on the horizon.

The song was released on the Beatles’  album Abbey Road (1969).

(image from thesun.co.uk):

beatles, abbey road, album cover

Abbey Road

album which featured the song ‘Here Comes the Sun’

In speaking about the origins of the song’s inspiration-

a warm Spring sun as indication that a cold Winter season is at an end,

Harrison stated:

“… seems as if winter in England goes on forever,

by the time spring comes you really deserve it.”   (quote from last.fm)

Here Comes the Sun

(Lyrics:  a happy read!)

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun,
and I say, It’s all right

Little darling
It’s been a long, cold lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun,
and I say, It’s all right

Little darling
The smiles returning to the faces
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun,
and I say, It’s all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling
I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been clear

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun,
and I say, It’s all right

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
It’s all right
It’s all right

Here Comes the Sun

(Audio:  a happy listen!)

Hello Sunshine ! : ‘Summer Sun’ a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

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How glorious-

to wake each morn by a gentle sun kiss

puckered through one’s window blinds.

 

In his poem

Summer Sun (1885)

acclaimed Scottish poet and novelist,

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894)

personifies the sun as a pleasant, affable guy

who generates good feelings wherever he wanders.

 

(image from abbydoradesign):

sun personified, for post on poem Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Summer Sun

by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy’s inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes.

 

 Famous and widely read novels by Robert Louis Stevenson include:

Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

 

 

 

At Attention ! Spring (2015) into action with shades of camouflage green

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Green is the colour of growth, renewal, revival.

It is the colour of Spring.

For Spring 2015, make it a signature colour

in hues of camouflage green:

not to be concealed but loudly exposed as a colour statement.

 

Camouflage Green

On the runway, s /s 2015

(images from style.com):

Menswear

              topman, olive green, mens, short trousers, s15

Short trousers in olive green

from Topman

green, camo, men, comme des garcons, short trouser suit, style cdg_787.1366x2048

Short trouser suiting with braces

from Comme des Garçons

by designer, Rei Kawakubo

green, camo, leather jacket, men, s15, alexander wang

Hooded jacket

contrast colours (green/black) sleeves

by designer, Alexander Wang

Womenswear

green camo, sacai MARC0203

green camo, maxi, shirt dress_print underskirt acai, ss15, style, MARC0067green , camo, sacai ss 15MARC0191green, camo, sacai, ss15 MARC0183green camo, sacai, ss 15MARC0133green, camo *. ss15 MARC0121green, camo, accents, sacai MARC0053

Camouflage Green entrenched with

lace, prints, sheers

from Sacai

by designer, Chitose Abe

camo green, short trousers, cargo pockets, ance studios

City short trousers (length to knee), large cargo pockets

from Acne Studios

by creative director, Jonny Johansson

camo green, playsuit, acne studios, s15

Plunging V-neck mini dress

belted, cargo pockets

from Acne Studios

by creative director, Jonny Johansson

Street Style Sass

(image from style.com):

green camo, bomber jacket, mummy and me

Mummy and Me

bomber jackets with insignias

(photo from lelook):

camo green, jacket

Super casual, Super ease

(photo from nssmag):

green camo jacket over denim

As outer cover

camo green jacket over denim

(image from whowhatwear):

camo green, ladies, jumper

Military green

jumper in cable pattern with black patch shoulder detail

(photos by Tommy Ton):

green camo, trench, ladies,

Loose-fit trench

green, camo, bomber, ladies

Bomber with zipper detail at sleeve

Holograms presented: living in the reality of a virtual world

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Thanks to technological innovation

another modern-day first has been accomplished:

a citizens’ hologram protest staged in Madrid, Spain.

 

(image from twitter.com):

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Hologram protestors against the Citizen Safety Law

Madrid, Spain

A bit of background

In December 2014,

the lower house of the Spanish Parliament, Madrid

passed a new Citizen Safety Law which will make it illegal for Spanish citizens:

to assemble for peaceful protest in front of government/public service buildings

to insult a police officer

to refuse to show identification papers

when instructed to do so by police authorities.

In addition, there will be a 600 euros fine imposed

for showing a lack of respect to uniformed police personnel.

The law which comes into effect, commencing July, 2015

has ignited a concerted outcry in Spain

and throughout the European Union (EU) community.

Local dissenters have dubbed appropriately, the new government directives-

“The Gag Law”.

To make their outrage known while working within

the confines of the law’s restrictions,

local organisers and their international supporters

created and staged a hologram demonstration.

On Friday, 10 April 2015

the ghost-like images of hologram protesters

‘marched’ in front of a Spanish parliament building.

The irony of the situation was abundantly evident.

A technological/political first

Hologram protesters in Madrid, Spain

The future of hologram presentations ?

Consideration of the use of such technology intrigues.

Imagine:

a hologram runway show?

a hologram university lecture?

a hologram music concert/festival?

Holograms in lieu of actual beings:  of preference and/or of necessity-

Hmmm ….?

 

 

 

 

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