Okay so I am a day late on my September issue of MOVCFM...but with the temperatures still reaching 90 and above here in Texas,it is quite difficult for me to even think about Fall clothing,but then again FANTASIZING about the weather that will actually PUT me in those clothes,puts me in the mood for some vintage clothing fashion styling!
If you believe in the whole "I'm a spring,summer ,winter et al,lets get dressed around these seasonal colors type of gal",I am CLEARLY an Autumn,with my pale skin and red hair.Which makes Fall dressing especially fun for me!!!
The above ensemble would be typical for me.I have started with my long vintage brown slip from the 60's,and topped it off with an Autumn leaf colored satin jacket from the 70's,bought at one of my fave vintage establishments, Screaming Mimi's in NYC. I then added fabulous thrifted (yes, thrifted!)cowboy boots,probably from the 50's. I accessorized with a long gold and pearl chain,and then layered a gold and silver locket necklace,finishing off with my pagoda purse,all of these last items inherited from my Grandma(you may click to enlarge any image).
...but you see I have also been in this tweedy sort of mood.So I pulled out this herring bone mini suit,given to me from my sister.I added a lace blouse and a bow tie and pearls.
This burning desire to get all tweed-i-fied comes from sitting by the pool this summer and reading vintage, e-bayed, Seventeen Magazines.This look is from the big back to school ,Fall fashion issue of 1978.
I am loving all the tweed and borrowed menswear touches.
It was reminding me of the "Annie Hall" look,so I checked the dates and sure enough the film Annie Hall debuted in 1977.I was pretty sure I had heard that Diane Keaton(a fellow thrift store fan and a personal favorite style icon) wore her own clothes in the film ,and I found this quote from Norma Kamali ,when I googled "Annie Hall look"The look was so successful that everyone wanted to take credit for it. According to Michael Gross' new biography of Ralph Lauren, Genuine Authentic: The Real Life of Ralph Lauren, a Lauren associate called a fashion reporter to claim he deserved credit for all the clothes in the film. This was news to the movie's costume designer, the late Ruth Morley—who contemplated suing Lauren, says her filmmaker daughter, Melissa Hacker. Although Keaton wore at least one Lauren-designed piece in the film (Hacker remembers the tuxedo in the cabaret scene as being his), the overall look was "a collaboration" between Keaton and Morley, who "went to Diane's apartment and looked at the kinds of clothes she had." Director Woody Allen told Gross that the credit belongs to Keaton: "The Annie Hall look was the exact way Keaton dressed in life," he said. Whoever was responsible, the look's influence was undeniable. "It was the first powerful influence of American fashion in a commercial sense in Europe," says Kamali.■:
I decided to put together an "Annie Hall" look,but... Pagoda style.I felt a need to create a little "comfort food" for the body. I began with my favorite pair of overalls.Beneath them ,I added my favorite sheer vintage caramel blouse ,inherited from my Great Aunt Margaret.I clipped on a thrifted little brown bow tie with tiny flowers scattered across the print.I finished the look off with a beaded cardigan from the 50's,and a thrifted little pearl-like junk purse.Though I did not pull any shoes for the outfit ,I am pretty sure I will grab vintage cowboy boots!
It is not often when I set out to find something at the thrift store that I come away empty handed.My search for the perfect tweedy,plaid-ish,circle skirt,has for the moment left me unfulfilled. I have left a few candidates behind,as they were the wrong color,shape ,or size. Ah....,but I persevere!
...and in preparation for that perfect skirt ,I have prepared the perfect topping.
A nubby ,tweedy, 50's, peplummed,yummy-osity of a jacket!Do you see the tassled buttons?I have paired a sheer white vintage blouse(also from my saucy aunts ,inheritance)with a silk tie from the 50's and a thrifted floral brooch in the perfect Autumnal shades.
A little smattering of other Fall inspirations. Oops,left out the ropes and ropes of pearls I will be wearing!
I have to say,I am CRAZY for Diane Keaton's personal style.I am aware that she is often on the worse dressed list,but so what!?! Those individuals who dare to march to the beat of their own personal style aesthetic,are bound to take a misstep now and again. I for one would rather see a point of view,a peek into the artists/human being's pschye ,whatever you would like to call it,rather than an idea,crafted SOLELY from a stylist.The homogenization of personal style is a subject I could truly get on a soap box about(I know ,theres a war going on,and I get my knickers in a knot over fashion!),but I will merely leave it at this....
Et tu Tim Gunn ????
Perfection!! Break it down now....nuuuh nuh nuh na,nuh nuh,nuh nuh...,"Annie Hall" look!
As for me,well...this is what passes for Fall dressing until the temperatures drop!
****Edited for my own fickle whimsy*****...and just to put me in a fall kind of mood,I changed up my background colors to a pumkin-y haze,though I am sure the Pagoda Red will be back for Christmas!