‘Cause She’s A Lady

With holiday parties coming up I’ve been finding inspiration in Christian Dior’s Fall 2009 Couture collection. Yes, the models were dressed in various stages of un-dress, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t look to the garters, lace-trimmed slips, girdles and stockings for inspiration of what to wear under your holiday dress.

Christian Dior Fall 2009 Couture

The contrast of blushing pink and black frilly under-things with the bright lime, orange, raspberry, yellow and animal prints of the fitted jackets, pencil skirts and cocktail dresses made for a striking image. The lady-like accessories of pearls, hats with veils and long gloves were also to die for.

Below are some of my picks to get the look. Next week, I’ll post my beauty finds to create the ’50s chic makeup looks from the collection.

H&M Blue Strapless Dress $49.95

Forever 21 Jewel Button Cardigan $34

H&M Corset $29.95

Kimchi Blue Silky Lace Tap Short, $28 US at Urban Outfitters

H&M Feather Hat $17.95

Long Leather Ruched Gloves, $48 US at Urban Outfitters

Forever 21 Chiffon Pearls Necklace $10.80

La Senza Beyond Cleavage Bustier $54.50, Lace Garter $24.50, Lace Thong 3 for $30

— Jodi Goulart

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Brogues Gallery

The at-one-time humble brogue — a traditional low-heeled and narrow men’s leather dress shoe that originated from Ireland and Scotland — is getting its groove back. A great option for women who want a dapper alternative to flats you can wear them with skinny jeans, legging pants and even with a skirt if you’re courageous. With so many options in stores now — two-tone oxford, suede, velvet, perforated, patent — it’s tough to pick just one style that says, “I’m fine and dandy.”

Dolce & Gabbana brogue

Dolce & Gabbana's velvet brogue on the Spring 2010 runway

Here are some of my favourite brogues:

Melissa Joy

Melissa Joy in Purple Flock, $115 at Balisi and JacFlash in Toronto

Spring Surwillo

Surwillo, $49.99 at Spring

Mod Cloth Get 2 The Point Spectators

Get To The Point Spectators, $39.99 U.S. at ModCloth.com

Urban Outfitters Suede Oxfords

Suede Oxfords, $48 U.S. at Urban Outfitters

— Jodi Goulart

Tarantino’s Inglorious Beauties: Chapter Two

As promised from last week’s story on the brave beauties in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, I’ve found some key pieces (even heels that resemble those that play a vital Cinderella moment in the film) to give you the old Hollywood style of Bridget von Hammersmark. The fearless German film actress (played by the stylish and sophisticated Diane Kruger) is armed with loads of tenacity, confidence and a whole lot of glamour.

The Stakes Are High For Bridget

The Stakes Are High For Bridget

Urban Outfitters Felt Bowler, at Urban Outfitters stores

UO Felt Bowler, at Urban Outfitters stores

Le Chateau Tweed Blazer with Leather Look Trim $150; Tweed Skirt with Leather Look Trim $79.95

Le Chateau Tweed Blazer with Leather Look Trim $150; Le Chateau Tweed Skirt with Leather Look Trim $79.95

Aldo Firlik Leather Heel $135

Aldo Firlik Leather Heel $135

Bridget Is Every Ounce The Starlet

Bridget Is Every Ounce The Starlet

Aldo Crivaro Chandelier Earrings Made With Crystallized Swarovski Elements $100

Aldo Crivaro Chandelier Earrings Made With Crystallized Swarovski Elements $100

Forever 21 Large Flower Elastic Headband $10.80

Forever 21 Large Flower Elastic Headband $10.80

— Jodi Goulart