Screen Sirens from the 50's - To Each Her Own Glamour
The biggest Hollywood heroines were great actresses that made their mark by cultivating their own distinctive persona. The grande dames of the silver screen left a dazzling impression on the fashion world, so much so that we still refer to them today when describing specific styles. And so, an elegant fit and flare dress adorned with pearls evokes the timeless class of a Grace Kelly, a figure hugging, sultry number brings to mind Marilyn Monroe, and a smartly cut "little black dress" will forever by tied to Audrey Hepburn.
The 1950's "It" girl, Grace Kelly, was renowned for her impeccable classic grooming and elegant dresses worn with pearls. Shepherd's "Grace Kelly" look includes a sheer capelet worn over a mixed media dress from Bigio NY and a statement pearl necklace. It's a look right out of "Rear Window". Sultry sex-kitten Marilyn Monroe had a fondness for figure hugging styles in pastel and neutral tones and we think this JS cocktail dress has the same "Marilyn" quality to it!
You've Come a Long Way, Baby: a Pant Evolution
The gingham-printed ankle pant from Joseph Ribkoff is styled "a la 1950's" and when paired with a sleeveless blouse and cropped cardi, it looks fresh and summer ready. The floppy hat and the wide leg pant were two iconic fashion pieces of the 70's and both are back in the spotlight.
When Fashion Went Pop!
In the 1960's fashion got it's cue from pop art and modern art movements. Checkerboard prints, polka dots, and Campbell's soup cans in bright and vibrant hues, were all placed on short shift dresses. Being "over the top" was impossible! The decade also marked the birth of the mini skirt and a woman's decision to wear a short skirt was seen as a sign of confidence and liberation from the rules that governed society.
Bold, graphic fashions like Yves Saint Laurent's "Mondrian" print dress really helped popularize art in the 1960's. Geometric shapes are strong again, as seen here on two dresses by Joseph Ribkoff.
Back To The Future - The 80's Dynasty
Power dressing was at the top of the 1980's "dress to impress" agenda. Pencil skirts, peplum jackets, dramatic shawls in rich jewel tones, reigned supreme in this decade of excess. The thicker the shoulder pad, the wider the belt, the bigger the better!
The power suit will forever be linked to the 1980's. Luckily, modern suiting has less structured and is all about mixing comfort and style.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
The 1980's fashion hit parade was also marked by a strong menswear influence (think Annie Hall), novelty tops (how many Adrienne Vittadini novelty knits did you collect?), teased hair and loud makeup (where was Bobbi Brown when we needed her?).
Hats off to the menswear inspired look of the 80's!