Tuesday, July 31, 2012

you got the silver

The Olympics may be making everyone go for the gold, but personally I'm all about silver right now. I seriously can't get enough of it - not just in jewelry, but I want silver everything. Silver clothes always remind me of Edie Sedgwick modeling for Betsey Johnson back in the Paraphernalia days. That mod fascination with the space age is now so simultaneously futuristic and retro, I love it. 
My feelings about silver went from an occasional favorite to a full blown obsession with I found this pair of metallic Hogan ankle boots online a few weeks ago. The moment I saw them I knew that they would make me feel like Andy Warhol, which is just about the best thing you can say about a pair of shoes. Since then, I have been mentally planning outfits around them but haven't actually ordered them (I need to decide which I want more: the shoes, or meals for the next few weeks. Yeah, I'm leaning towards the shoes too). Still, they've become my obsession, I am desperate for them! I've been cruising around the interwebs to find some swinging silver items, in addition to those boots. These five pieces make my ultimate must-have list: 
1. Crown and Glory Intergalactic Starlight Crown: I love this pewter crown - it reminds me of a photo of Linda Morand wearing a similar star headpiece. I feel like this is a really versatile piece - you could wear it with a printed maxi dress and be a moon child, or style it with a mod shift dress, or even an all black leather outfit and be super rock 'n roll. However you wear it, glitter to the face is a must
2. Banana Republic Bezeled Drop Earring: I would wear one and pretend I'm Zenon
3. Theyskens Theory Postel Pant: These pants are really kind of ridiculous but that's why I love them. Pair with a silver bandeau to LOOK EXACTLY LIKE EDIE SEDGWICK. 
4. Urban Outfitters Glitter Cat Eye Sunglasses: I am the self-proclaimed spokesperson for cat eye frames. My love for them know no bounds. These are a bit Miu Miu-y (always great) and really sparkly (always amazing) and are an absolute steal. 
5. Hogan Ankle Boots: I don't think I could begin to explain how amazing I think these boots are. So I really think these shoes are quite Warholian, I can also envision Françoise Hardy wearing these too. Basically these are the most incredible shoes ever. 
Title: from "You Got the Silver" (The Rolling Stones)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

been around for a long, long year, stole many a mans soul and faith

I will resist making a joke about "what a drag it is getting old" (mainly because I made one last year) and just tell you that today is Mick Jagger's 69th birthday. Here's hoping that this year's festivities are as fantastic as in the above image, where Mick is seen (there's actual a video here) celebrating his 29th birthday onstage in NYC.
According to my mom - who was at this concert (I know, I'm insanely jealous too) - Mick's birthday celebration was insane. This is what she told me: "He dumped incense from the ceiling on everyone, threw cake at the audience, shot champagne at the audience, and slammed Stevie Wonder in the face with cake. It was so much fun! ... Except for the incense in my nose and mouth." HOW AMAZING DOES THAT SOUND?
Okay, so nothing that I do will ever live up to how my mom got to celebrate with Mick on his big day - but I still want to do something. I guess I will just have to follow the lead of what Taylor Swift and crew did for Shirley MacLaine's big day and party it up in honor of Mick.

To get the celebration going, here are a few of my favorite Mick posts that I've done in the past:
What would you want to do to celebrate Mick's big day?

Title: from "Sympathy for the Devil" (The Rolling Stones)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Inspired By ... YSL's "Mondrian" Dress

When working on a budget-friendly shopping post, one of the best online destinations you can check out is Forever 21. Whether or not you actually buy stuff from there, it's a good place to start a search because it has so many styles (several hundred - and that's just in the dress section). Looking through the site's offerings, I was immediately struck by this Mod Colorblocked Dress because it reminded me so much of the Mondrian dress by Yves Saint Laurent.
With Forever 21's history of designer knockoff dramas, I wondered if the dress was a deliberate ode to YSL, whose 1965 design was itself a tribute to Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. It does seem that way, in part at least - Forever 21 is lending credit to the era that YSL's dress came out of by calling it the 'Mod' dress. Though the colors aren't exactly the same and the F21 dress is bodycon while the YSL number is a shift dress, the similarities are really remarkable. Priced at under $20, the F21 dress is quite a bargain compared to Yves Saint Laurent's design, which is now considered art (the Met has one!)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

come on darling, put a pretty dress on

It certainly wouldn't be any big headline if I said that I am obsessed with fashion. I love clothes, I just do.  Of course I have my favorite designers, like we all do, but I like to think that I am an equal-opportunity buyer when it comes to brands. Rarely am so I taken with a collection that I go to bed at night and dream about the clothes. It's happened once before in recent memory, with Raf Simons' debut collection for Dior, but I am experiencing it again after looking through Kelsey Genna's incredibly lovely online boutique.
Kelsey Genna is a New Zealand-based fashion label run by 20-year-old designer Kelsey. Her label offers hand-crafted frocks that are made to measure for the wearer, as well as a bespoke service where the designer will work with you to make your dream dress. Her pieces are beautiful, very retro but not at all dated or kitschy. It's obvious that she has immense talent and knowledge of past eras, but the way that she is able to translate those style references into modern designs is really amazing. I have included some of my favorite frocks, so to check out more of Kelsey's designs, head over to www.kelseygenna.com.

Title: from "Dance, Dance, Dance" (Steve Miller Band)

a change is gonna come

If they gave awards for unreliability, I would be the Meryl Streep of the blogging community. Seriously, I would always win. These past few months I've been so busy that I've let Dolly Rocker Girl sort of fall to the side, and it's really not okay with me anymore. I love writing about retro style icons, and, even more than that, I love talking about them with you all!

In an effort to make this resolution into a lasting change, Dolly Rocker Girl is going under a bit of an update. Slight tweaks are being made to make the site prettier, have better quality content and hopefully return to the wildly obsessive posting habits that I had when I first started the blog.

If you have any comments or criticisms about DRG or have any suggestions on what I could do to improve the site, please feel free to check out the 'CONTACT' page and hit me up. All you dollies out there mean so much to me and I really value your opinions.

Title: from "A Change is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

take another little piece of my heart, now baby

Just a few weeks ago, we talked about all of the recent film projects centered around the 60s and 70s (you remember: Jimi, The Rolling Stones, CBGB, and my fingers are still crossed for Marianne Faithfull). Well it seems that the film industry’s renewed interest in the culture of this era has inspired producers to attempt that often-tried, but usually ill-fated Janis Joplin biopic. Several actresses have been attached to this project over the years, most notable being Renée Zellweger, singer Pink, Amy Adams and Zooey Deschanel (who was quoted when her project was scrapped last year as saying, "I've been working on her scratchy voice with a vocal coach for three years and now we've found out it just isn't going to happen. That's a lot of time to spend prepping for a movie").
Nina Arianda, who won a Tony Award for her performance in Venus in Fur (and won my heart in Midnight in Paris as Michael Sheen’s wife Carol who couldn’t pronounce ‘Sorbonne’), will play the legendary singer in the simply titled Joplin. The film, to be directed by Sean Durkin (who did Martha Marcy May Marlene) is already estimated at over $20 million. This is in part due to the fact that they have been granted rights to twenty-one of the singer’s best-known songs from her catalogue. Production will begin at the start of 2013.
What do you think of the casting? Obviously Nina has talent out the wazoo, but can you see her crooning “Me and Bobby McGee” onscreen? As a personal fan of Joplin and of biopics in general, I’m excited to see how this will turn out. 

come together, right now

With all the buzz around the Fleetwood Mac tribute album "Just Tell Me That You Want Me," which features artists like Karen Elson, Lykke Li and Marianne Faithfull (basically everyone I love in my life),  I wonder if members of the seventies supergroup themselves got jealous.
No matter what it was that inspired them, the fact remains that Fleetwood Mac is reuniting. Actually reuniting. In real life. Not just inside of my head. Stevie Nicks confirmed today on CBS This Morning that the band will indeed get back together next year because, despite the various solo projects for each of the members, "that's what we do." I don't think I have to tell anyone that this is amazing news, but I will just in case: this is like really, really amazing news. So much for never going back again, eh guys? 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Woody Allen's Best-Dressed Characters

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of watching To Rome With Love, Woody Allen's latest effort in his quest to make a film in every country in the European continent. It was a charming film that heralded a return to the filmmaker's absurdist beginnings, focusing on four separate - but equally bizarre - vignettes set in the eternal city. There were a few things I couldn't get over: (1) Penelope Cruz is gorgeous no matter what, even when playing a brash call girl, (2) the idea that Jesse Eisenberg will grow up to be Alec Baldwin is an interesting notion that I will continue to entertain, (3) Ellen Page, the femme fatale in Eisenberg's life, wore some fantastically comfy-looking clothes. Ellen's wardrobe spurred me to create a list that I've been wanting to put together for ages but never got around to doing: the most stylish characters in Woody Allen's filmography. 
It's no coincidence that all of the characters that make this list are female. While the actor-director and his band of Woody wannabes (Owen Wilson and John Cusack are notable for their Allen-esque performances in his films) have styles that run the gamut from schlubby to nondescript on screen, the term 'chic' is rarely ever applied to them. (That being said, I do think Jeff Daniels looks absolutely dashing in The Purple Rose of Cairo, but he doesn't compete with Mia). 
These are just my top ten favorite fashion stars from Woody's films, so obviously a lot of great women aren't up here. If you have a fave look that isn't on the list, tell me below in the comments. 

1. Annie Hall (Diane Keaton), Annie Hall

No list of Woody Allen characters, fashion or otherwise, would be complete without a place for Annie Hall, the lead character of Allen's legendary film of the same name. The Annie Hall look became a very distictive trend in the late 1970s, consisting of slouchy blazers paired with vests, maxi skirts, billowy pants, neck ties and boots. My mother was a devoted fan of the Annie Hall look (which actually was Keaton's real life look - everything she wore in the film came from her own closet) and I have inherited many fantastic oversized blazers and calf-length pleated skirts because of it. 

2. Cecilia (Mia Farrow), The Purple Rose of Cairo
The Depression-era fashion that Farrow wears in the film is anything but depressing. I really adore this film and I think that this is the best Mia Farrow ever was in a Woody Allen film. People who have seen Purple Rose might prefer the Art Deco-inspired fashion from the film-within-the-film, but I personally can't resist the felt hats and collared dresses that Cecilia wears. 

3. Helen Sinclair (Dianne West), Bullets Over Broadway
As fading stage actress Helen Sinclair, Dianne West has a look that is as big as her diva character's ego. Decked out in the best of 1920s fashions, Helen is an interesting counterpoint to Mia's look in Purple Rose, as well as the girls from Woody's later film Midnight in Paris. Helen is bright, sparkling and fabulous - everything a star should be. 

4. Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz), Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Maria Elena is one of Woody Allen's most unique - and certainly best dressed - characters. When she arrives in Barcelona, Maria Elena just has a few bags with her. But there are so many gems in her apparently limited (but seemingly endless) wardrobe. In ivory lace, printed pants, bowler hats and scoopneck dresses, she is pure bohemian. 

5. Nola Rice (Scarlett Johansson), Match Point
"That. White. Dress." That's pretty much all I heard about Match Point when it first came out in '05. Scarlett's debut in the film in that wrap-front dress was like the second coming of Marilyn Monroe right out of The Seven Year Itch. Nola keeps it pretty wholesome the rest of the film (style-wise, that is) in tailored denim and button-downs.  

6. Adriana (Marion Cotillard), Midnight in Paris
During the day, Gil (Owen Wilson) was contented by Ines (Rachel McAdams), his chicly-dressed by naggingly bitchy fiancée. But by night he romanced Adriana, the beautiful muse to pretty much every artist during the 1920s. Always decked out in a gorgeous beaded frock, Adriana embodies the flapper look (even though she much preferred La Belle Époque). 

7. Linda (Mira Sorvino), Mighty Aphrodite
I think Linda's look here is really a lot of fun. There are several moments where her style reminds me of a grown-up Iris from Taxi Driver (especially in her hot pants and thigh-high boots). Granted, they were both prostitutes, but I think the comparison stands even without their belonging to the same profession. Mira Sorvino has the honor of having been one of Allen's most colorfully and wildly dressed characters, because, you know, winning the Oscar isn't honor enough. 

8. Monica (Ellen Page), To Rome With Love 
Page's Monica has that loose comfy-chic that Vicky and Cristina had in Barcelona. Her character's look has its origins in the loose style of Mariel Hemingway's Tracy in Manhattan, as well as Hannah and all of her sisters. I dig this look because it's comfy and cool at the same time, a hallmark of a truly stylish Woody Allen woman. 

9. Ellie (Téa Leoni), Hollywood Ending
The role of the studio-exec ex-wife of a neurotic film director suffering from hysterical blindness doesn't sound like the chicest of roles that an actor can take, but Téa Leoni had wonderful style in Hollywood Ending. In wide-legged trousers and sharp blazers, she looked quite reminiscent of Katharine Hepburn. 

10. Laura Kensington (Charlize Theron), The Curse of the Jade Scorpion 
Smoking cigarettes, flashing Woody Allen and looking completely Veronica Lake-esque in her tight white dress, trench coat and peekaboo curls, Charlize stole Scorpion from the whole rest of the cast. Her role as Laura Kensington is the most glamorous of any role that a woman has had in a Woody Allen film.