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“The Age of Adeline”. Romantic film on the fashion history.

Trenches from 1970 and 2018

The film “The Age of Adeline” is a message that carries information about beauty, and my post is a small part of this message, at the end of the day we are all parts of something  bigger. In my opinion “The Age of Adeline” is one of the best films about style and  fashion.

Adeline, the main protagonist of the movie, was born in 1908 and at the age of 29 stopped aging due to the accident. Physically she is always 29. The decisive events in her life take place in 2014 when she meets her lover. By 2014 Adeline has lived more than 100 years and throughout the film we observe the fashion of the 20th century represented by Adeline’s looks.

The most natural question after watching the movie is: “Adeline had a gift of living in a young body with a developed, not-aging brain! What did she use this gift for?” So many things could have been done despite the fact that she had to move from place to place!” If you leave this question aside and watch the film as some style magazine and a beautiful love story, you will receive a huge aesthetic pleasure.

The look of Adeline in 2014 ( the picture above)  is very elegant, it consists of items from the seventies, fifties. and few items from present time. The chief costume designer of the movie says that despite the young body, it is in fact a century-old woman who is dressing up.

I like her look enormously, especially in terms of colors, even if there is some level of conservatism in it.  It is interesting how Adeline’s trench from 1970 echoes with the new reading of the trenches from summer-spring 2018’s trends.

Here are some more pictures that I hope will inspire you to watch the movie. Continue reading

Breaking clichés

According to your opinion what is a base wardrobe?

There exist a rule that items in a wardrobe should be combined in a proportion of eighty to twenty percent, where the eighty percent represents your essence, your most obvious and steady side. From the point of view of aesthetics it is your foundation wardrobe (most often choices in clothing). Usually your foundation wardrobe consists of clothes of so-called neutral colors as well as of classic cuts. Twenty percent of your wardrobe is your creative edge, which is expressed through accessories.

But what is an accessory? That is the question, which causes tension. Nowadays an accessory can be anything you like – skirts, pants, dresses, jackets etc. Modern fashion is aimed at creating the most bizarre clothes. Many items produced currently are aimed at causing strong emotions, like surprise. They have an unusual geometry, they often represent a fusion of old and new. The whole history of fashion is being currently analyzed, reworked and revived in a new quality. Modern clothes are difficult to define. Fusion is the motto of modernity, it is everywhere even in cooking and in a huge number of international marriages. In one word, everything is being mixed up and everything can be defined as an accessory or a base wardrobe.

It is confusing. Many of us end up with a pile of creative clothes that never leave the house.

What is happening is that fashion changes and breaks the existing stylistic clichés. There are no more rules like “tone-to-tone”. New geometrical rules apply while you compose an outfit. Most likely, a foundation wardrobe is also a dying concept. So, the natural question one might have is “What are the new rules?” The answer is that there are no rules. There is no ideal of beauty to which to aspire, there is no pyramid to climb. Fashion has ceased to be beautiful, it became liberal and provocative.  So, the answer might be: “Forget about old rules such as a foundation wardrobe and start creating looks expressing your mood.” Think of how much weight of creativity you can bear. Become interesting monochromatic or provocative achromatic. Combine un-combinable. Difficult? Yes, not always effortless. Continue reading

Agatha Christie and her collar à la Peter Pan

Agatha Christie

Archie Christie, the fiancé of Agatha, told his mother about their engagement, and gave a lot of compliments to Agatha as all sons usually do while presenting their darlings to mothers. Peg (the mother of Archie) looked dubiously at him and said with a strong Irish accent: – Is she one of those who wear fashionable collars in the style of Peter Pan? Rather reluctantly Archie had to admit that Agatha did wear a collar a la Peter Pan. They just came into fashion.

Finally, girls, poor creatures, have parted with high collars which held up their necks and were fastened by rows of small buttons zigzagging and leaving red marks on the skin. A collar “a la Peter Pan,” was a large, free, soft tissue beginning at the base of the neck, with no bones – what a blessing! Agatha belonged to the so-called fashionistas who in 1912 dared to wear collars a la Peter Pan. At that time a girl could pass for a frivolous showing only two centimeters of her neck under the chin. Agatha Christie was telling later that if you looked at the girls in bikinis, you would realize how far you can go in fifty years.

Since then the Peter Pan collar came back into fashion many times. The last appearance was in 2012. Do you have it in your wardrobe? If yes, how do you wear it?


Diana Vreeland about colors and French faces in her book “D.V.”

About French faces:

“There’s no such thing as a slack French face. Haven’t you ever noticed that? I’ve given this a lot of thought, and I think it’s because the French have to exercise their jaws and the inside of their mouths so much just to get the words out. The vowels demand so much. In fact, the French language has a lot to do with handsomeness and the beauty of the French face. Talk one line in French and the whole inside of your face moves, whereas the English language leaves you a bit slack. I’ll give you an example: Look in the mirror. Now say “Che-rie!” Did you see what your face just did? Did you see all the exercise you got? Now try “Dear.” No exercise there. You are really on a dead horse…”

small fragment about colours:

“Lighting is everything in color. It’s affected by the way the sun shines in certain countries. And the farther north you go, the more sense of color you get. I’m not talking about little gray stone Scottish villages… but the roses of Scotland are so rose-pink! And the purple heather-the violent violet of heather under the blue Scottish sky…I adore Scotland. If only I didn’t have to sleep there at night – it’s so bloody cold.

I don’t like southern skies. To me, they’re not… enough. Although the most beautiful sky I’ve everseen in my life was in the tropics, over Bahia until I saw exactly the same sky over Hong Kong. I’d been told in Bahia that the only other place where that special blue existed was China, although they couldn’t be farther apart. Bahia is practically on the equator, and most of China is very cold northern country; but the blue of the sky is identical. It’s a cold blue of hard enamel, and it’s too beautiful.

There’s never been a blue like the blue of the Duke of Windsor’s eyes. When I’d walk into the house in Neuilly, he’d be standing at the end of the hall. He always received you himself, which was terribly attractive, and he always had something funny and friendly to say to you while you disposed of your coat. But I’d see him standing there, and even in the light of the hall, which was quite dim, I could see that blue. It comes from being at sea. Sailors have it. I suppose it’s in the family – Queen Mary had it too. But he had an aura of blue around him. I mean what I say – it was an azure aura surrounding the face. Even in a black-and-white picture you can feel it.

Black is the hardest color in the world to get right – except for gray….”