Saturday, June 11, 2011

the water’s warm and children swim, and we frolicked about in our summer skin

Confession: I hate the ocean. Well, that's to say I don't like to actually go in the ocean, but I love the ocean itself. It's gorgeous. It's just that the idea of running around half-naked, splashing around in water that has god knows what kind of trash and waste in it, all the while getting an inevitable and unwanted sunburn, leaves a lot to be desired for me. I suppose you - or Bobby Darin - could say that I am 'beyond the sea' in that sense. I no longer have that desire bred during childhood to spend my days building sand castles, or scouting for jellyfish, or digging my heels in the sand in hopes of some au natural pedicure (which would wreak havoc on my bright pink pedicure). I've moved past it. I'm now content to simply look at pictures of the beach - and my skin (and toes!) have thanked me for it. 

Vintage beauties enjoy their time on the shore - props to the gals wearing heels in the sand (it must be quite a workout for your calves!)

Whether on vacation with Mel Ferer or filming scenes for her relationship drama Two For the Road (what a hard day's work to build sand castles with Albert Finney!), Audrey Hepburn somehow always manages to look chic

Jane Fonda looks gorgeously tanned while posing in the sand

The Beatles took the Bahamas by storm (no pun intended) in Help!

French actress Françoise Dorléac splashes on the shore

Brigitte Bardot made a splash (yes, pun intended) at Cannes in 1953, and enjoys some fun in the sun years later with Alain Delon and other friends

Elizabeth Taylor, in her famous white swimsuit in 1958's Suddenly, Last Summer, set the hearts of millions of men on fire - she sported a similar look in an MGM publicity shot earlier in the decade

Montgomery Clift, Alain Delon (driving alongside a guiding Bella Darwin), Hugh Hefner, Gregory Peck, Cary Grant (arm-in-arm with wife Betsy Drake), and John F. Kennedy enjoy some R&R under the sun

Edie Sedgwick has some fun in the water, sporting all the hippest fashions in plaid maxidresses and miniskirts with matching hats

Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair looks elegant in her tan and white outfit that almost blends into the sand

This lovely photo collection of Grace Kelly on a beach was done by the princess's personal favorite photographer Howell Conant 

Grace Kelly, captured by Conant as well as her frequent collaborator Alfred Hitchcock in scenes from the French Riviera caper To Catch a Thief 

The beautiful Isabel Lucas

Jane Birkin was often seen spending time with Serge (photographing her himself on the docks in Cannes, walking along the shoreline, and playing in the sand) as well as her children on the beach

I have this odd collection of photographs of Alfred Hitchcock acting goofy (it's actually quite an extensively collection!), but I think these photos of Hitch on the beach -taken by François Gragnon - take the cake

Only a brave woman - like Françoise Hardy - would dare to bare her legs in a white miniskirt on the beach (seriously, I hate the sand)

Amanda Seyfried in Teen Vogue 

It's no surprise Jean Shrimpton would get a round of cheers from those guys in the middle photo - whether in a swimsuit or ballgown, she's pretty fantastic

Joan Crawford uses Douglas Fairbanks as her own personal beach chair

In both of the Vanity Fair cover stories that Lindsay Lohan has appeared, the photo shoots have centered around beach themes. In this 2006 issue, the spirit was in keeping with the va-va-voom bombshell beauty of Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot

The 2010 V.F. issue had Lohan channeling more of a Grace Kelly feel, with sleekly curled hair, softer makeup, and classic all-American clothes in whites, pinks, and navy blues

Marisa Berenson goes to any length to avoid dreaded tan lines in 1971

The Darling Julie Christie poses on a boat in the film of the same name, as well as in a 60s photo shoot (in the middle picture)

Mick and Marianne on vacation in San Remo in 1966, their first high-profile public outing as a couple

Only the fabulous Veruschka could be this beach-ready (seriously - gold bikini bottoms and see-through bodysuit-caftan hybrid? Only V could get away with it)

Models like Ingrid Boulting (in the red bikini) and a pre-film actress Anjelica Huston (sharing champagne while canoodling with a man on the cover of Vogue) make the beach look chic - if I was guaranteed I would look an inch this glam, then this would be an oceanic experience I could support

Jean Seberg takes a break on the French Riviera set of Bonjour Tristesse

Modern-day celebrities - including Katy Perry, Emma Roberts, Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Zooey Deschanel, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber - have fun in the swim and sand

Despite her lifelong fear of water, Natalie Wood was brave enough to don a bikini on more than a couple occasions

George and Pattie on the beaches of Barbados on their honeymoon in 1966, looking adorably in love but also highlighting how times have a-changed (it's funny how George's shorts are skimpier than Pattie's ... a total reversal nowadays)

Title: from "Summer Skin" (Death Cab for Cutie)

15 comments:

Misfits Vintage said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh - so much FABULOUS! I especially love Grace Kelly and the Jane Fonda pics.

I'm with you - I love to live near the beach, I love the sights and smells and sounds and I like to walk along the beach on a perfect day - but swim in that salty, sandy icky itchy gross bitey-stingy-infested water? Not on your life!

Great post - thank you!

Sarah xxx

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Kaitlyn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You WOULD put Pattie and George here. :) Awesome post, as always!

RetroBlonde said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wonderful photo of the beautiful but very under-rated Dorleac. She was fantastic in Cul de Sac and Billion Dollar Brain.

Raquel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Haha, I laughed when I read your first sentence- I never heard anyone say that before! But I completely understand-- and I love all of these photos. (Surprisingly Lindsey Lohan looks awesome channeling that retro beach look...)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Another wonderfully spirit lifting post! Why does pattie and george's photo's highlight how times have changed? xxxx
- Immie

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hello Sarah of Misfit Vintage!
1. I checked out your site and I am now obsesssedddddd with the clothes featured! I want every single piece!
2. I'm so glad I've found someone who understands my feelings on the matter. Everyone else thinks I'M the one who is nuts ... because I don't want to go into dirty water / don't want to get so burned I turn into the human lobster!
xxo

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you Jessica! There's something about beach settings that are always so inspiring

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Kaitlyn - hahaha I laughed out loud when I read your comment. Am I that predictable?? Hahaha YES I am :)

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

RetroBlonde - I definitely agree about Francoise, she was a tremendously underrated actress during her lifetime and sadly continues to be overshadowed and overlooked by many. She was such an incredible talent as well as beauty. She had such a spirit - no matter what photograph I've seen of her, she never seems to be posed ... it's like photographers just captured her being

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Raquel - doesn't LL look beyond fab?? Maybe instead of house arrest, she should be confined to a beach set of a Vanity Fair magazine shoot ... it's the best I've seen her in a loooooong time

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you Immie!
What I was meaning by Pattie and George's photos showing how times have changed is that George is wearing short swimming trunks, whereas Pattie is so covered up ... nowadays guys seem to wear the longest swimming trunks possible (because - as I've been informed by my two brothers - anything above the knee is unfathomable and horrendous) and girls' beachwear seems to be getting skimpier and skimpier. It's like the beach styles of today are a complete inversion of Pattie and George's beachy looks

I think I just terribly overanalyze things haha

Make the World a Prettier Place said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This post is absolutely amazing - I shared it on Twitter! Beautiful selection of photos! You always have the best collages of any blogger I know.
- Marie

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you so much Marie! That's so sweet of you to say! I guess it's just my obsessive-compulsive need to organize things actually paying off :) hehe

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