She’s A Lady

It’s no secret that when it comes to my preferred retro beauty look I gravitate towards a strong red lip and black cat eye. Lately though, I’ve been wanting something softer, but still with a retro edge and when I first saw the 1940s heroines on Carolina Herrera’s fall runway, I was smitten.

Carolina Herrera Fall 2013

Carolina Herrera Fall 2013

The models wore satin pussy bow blouses, wide-legged trousers, tweed pencil and a-line skirts, and dresses with nipped waists and dramatic high shoulders. The look was 1940s sophistication with a touch of vixen. I thought of Lauren Bacall in How to Marry a Millionaire, a tough-as-nails woman driven by ambition whose sexiness came from her brash but classy attitude rather than a wiggle when she walked or a breathy voice – no offense to the incomparable Marilyn.

The hair and makeup was equal parts soft and strong, with hair pulled back into a low victory roll and cheeks and lips kissed with pretty pinks.

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Victory rolls and pink makeup at Carolina Herrera

To create the look at home, I tracked down the products you need. For the victory roll, apply Sebastian Potion 9, which is a styling cream with flexible hold, to damp/almost dry hair. Part your hair in the middle and twist each side and pin it to your head as you work towards the back. Gather the ends into a ponytail, roll it inward and pin it in place. To give your hair some high-wattage shine, apply a couple of drops of L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil that leaves hair glossy thanks to avocado and grape seed oils.

L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil, $26 at TK

L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil, $26 at salons

To achieve a pretty pink flush, I applied Lancome’s new Highlighter Blush in Rose Ballerine from the super feminine French Ballerine collection fronted by the beautiful Lily Collins. I looked to Lancome’s vast range of pinks shades from the Rouge In Love lipstick collection and went with Rose Flaneuse, a bright rose pink.

Lancome Highlighter Blush in Rose Ballerine, $52 at department stores and select drugstores in February

Lancome Highlighter Blush in Rose Ballerine, $52 at department stores and select drugstores in February

Lancome Rouge In Love in Rose Flaneuse, $30 at department stores

Lancome Rouge In Love in Rose Flaneuse, $30 at department stores

– Jodi Goulart

Full Skirt Frenzy

I have a confession to make. For the last few months I’ve developed an obsession over full, midi skirts. I’ve always had a soft spot for the full-skirted ‘40s silhouette and thanks to the style having swept down Fall 2013 runways, popular retailers, including H&M and Topshop, are now offering the style in stores. This is a blessing for me as I’ve always had a tough time tracking down full skirts, except for on ModCloth which has offered the style for eons.

Prada Fall 2013

Prada Fall 2013

Ulyana Sergeenko, fashion designer and my current obsession

Ulyana Sergeenko, fashion designer and my current obsession

I’ve tracked down a few of my favourites that are in stores or available online now, along with some sweet sweaters that will pair perfectly with a midi skirt.

Buttoned Up In Style Skirt, $67.99 US at ModCloth.com

Buttoned Up In Style Skirt, $67.99 US at ModCloth.com

H&M Wide Skirt, $59.95

H&M Wide Skirt, $59.95

ASOS Midi Skirt in Animal Baroque Print, $67.52 at asos.om

ASOS Midi Skirt in Animal Baroque Print, $67.52 at asos.om

Banana Republic Floral Beaded Pullover, $69.50

Banana Republic Floral Beaded Pullover, $69.50

Gap Cable Knit Pullover, $44.99 on sale

Gap Cable Knit Pullover, $44.99 on sale

– Jodi Goulart

Retro Fitted: NYFW Spring 2014 Highlights

According to Lady Gaga, there’s a theory that nostalgia’s for geeks, which would make me quite the nerd. But judging by the amount of retro-inspired looks that sauntered down the runway at New York Fashion Week, it looks like the fashion world is still having a love affair with the 1940s and ‘50s.

I’ve compiled a gathering of some of my favourite retro-inspired looks from New York Fashion Week that have me dreaming of Spring.

What are some of your favourite looks?

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

This was without a doubt one of my favourite collections. My highlights included a gathered lapel jacket paired with a pencil skirt in matching houndstooth, tea dresses in sweet  – but not cutesy – botanical and polka dot prints and a lime green dress embellished with white flowers and lace trim.

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KATE SPADE

Inspired by European travels, the Kate Spade Spring 2014 collection evoked the gardens of Giverny, the wrought-iron gates of Paris and the citrus fruits of Capri. This collection had me dreaming of my own Parisian or Roman holiday.

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MILLY

The hourglass figure was celebrated by Milly this season with high-waisted wiggle skirts dominating the runway. Also taking centre stage were neons, multicolour parrot prints and wicked cat eye frames.

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PRABAL GURUNG

Prabal Gurung’s muse this season was none other than Marilyn Monroe. Looks like we have something in common. Gurung found inspiration from Monroe’s last sitting with Bert Stern and punched it up with his own modern take. Wiggle dresses, opera coats and narrow pencil skirts – topped off with graphic cat eye shades – appeared in pastels, acid brights and even PVC.

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– Jodi Goulart

All images from Style.com