Thursday, August 30, 2012

Then and Now: Elizabeth Taylor and Lindsay Lohan

Earlier in the summer, I wrote a piece for about the first look from the set of Lifetime's film Liz & Dick. If you haven't heard of the film, it's about the turbulent relationship between two of the greatest film actors of the 20th century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Theirs was a relationship that was so fascinating to the media and public that the constant documentation of their exploits makes Brangelina look like a couple living in obscurity. They dominated every headline - from the affair on the set of Cleopatra that brought them together to their constant (often alcohol-fueled) arguments that pushed them apart, plus all the jetsetting, parties, make-ups and break-ups along the way.
Since the first official look was released in June, I've been keeping an eye on the film's production because of my undying adoration for Elizabeth Taylor as well as for Lindsay Lohan (in the role of the late actress), who I really hope will get the explosive comeback that her talent merits. Today, Lifetime released more pics from the film and I have to say that it looks amazing. Lindsay and her onscreen Burton, Grant Bowler, look strikingly like the actors they're portraying, and the costume designers absolutely killed it with recreating looks from the early '60s and '80s. On a purely superficial, visual basis, I think this film is going to be incredible. What do you think about LiLo as Liz?

Lindsay does the Cleopatra look really well -- which is promising, because this moment in time is pivotal to the Taylor-Burton story

Lindsay and her onscreen paramour Grant Bowler are mirror images of Elizabeth and Richard on their wedding day in 1964 -- also isn't Liz/Lindsay's hairstyle incredible?

Despite her age of just 26, Lindsay is capable of successfully looking like an '80s-era Liz, who was then nearly three times the actress's age

Monday, August 27, 2012

i'll be glad to have a date that doesn't grow on a tree, a date that's not history

I really adore this March 1966 photo shoot for Seventeen Magazine by John Cowan that features Pattie Boyd on a series of dates with young, charming and successful young men (none of whom being shaggy-haired soulful guitarists). From actors and artists to interior designers and writers, Pattie poses with every lust-worthy mid-sixties gentleman in a variety of fashions by Alberoy and Mary Quant. The editorial has long been one of my favorites because of how fun the settings are and how vibrant the clothes look, but looking at it again reignited something simple in me - the desire for a date. I can't tell you the last time I went out on a good and proper date. I don't need to go racing in a sports car with George Drummond or be sketched by William Feilding, as Pattie is seen here doing. Just a walk in the rain would be nice. And if the guy was as adorable as Tom Courtenay, I too would let him stand under my umbrella. Ella, ella.

Title: from "In Between" (Judy Garland)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

yeah, they were all yellow

There's a fashion myth out there that blondes can't wear yellow. I grew up believing this, and consequently hated the color for years because of it (I'm a very petty person, you see). It wasn't until I got a yellow tea dress from Topshop earlier this year that I realized blondes actually look great in yellow. Amazing. Fantastic. I was a bit in love with my reflection, to be honest. 
I think yellow is a real summer color; it reminds me of the sun and warmth. Since summer is coming to an end, fall fashion (meaning a carte blanche to wear as much black and as many layers as I can!) is right around the corner. I say we wear yellow as much as we can -- after all, we won't have a proper chance again until next year.  

Brigitte Bardot can do no wrong

Paul and Linda McCartney chose yellow on their wedding day

French New Wave actress and pop singer Chantal Goya in several different hues

Debbie Harry is a true 'Blondie' with yellow hair and yellow clothes

Ann-Margret and Elvis are kind of the ultimate duo in Viva Las Vegas

Eva Mendes loves yellow. I love Eva Mendes. Therefore, I love yellow. 

Fifties icons Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor

Yé-yé singer France Gall even wore her signature knee socks in yellow 

Like mother, like daughter - Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson both wear yellow

Whip It! girls Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page

She may have been 'too pure for pink,' but Olivia Newton John's Sandy was perfect for yellow in Grease

Jane Fonda looking amazing, as per usual

Françoise Hardy is always ridiculously cool

Jean Shrimpton models a variety of styles

Always Marianne Faithfull. Always

I'm pretty sure the photo of Mischa Barton second to the right is of her when she was like 17 or 18 years old, and even though I'm a few years older than that, I've never looked that cool

Models (top row) Lauren Hutton and Marisa Berenson, Brooke Shields, Anjelica Huston, (bottom row) Peggy Moffitt, Penelope Tree, Nastassja Kinski

Natalie Wood always looked beautiful, in yellow or otherwise

Modern-day stylish folks Isabel Lucas, Zhang Ziyi, Emma Watson, Carey Mulligan, Nicole Richie, Kate Moss and Susie Lau

Rita Hayworth, with red hair and yellow clothes

Whether a bombshell or a flower child, Sharon Tate always looked beautiful

Shelley Duvall's character in Robert Altman's film 3 Women really loved yellow

Sonny and Cher, killin' it

The variety of yellow clothes Twiggy modeled complimented her blonde hair 

It's not a DRG style list without a bit of Veruschka 

Britt Ekland masters that whole doe-eyed innocent-but-extremely-sexy thing 

Michelle Williams at the 2006 Oscars is one of my all-time favorite looks ever

Jan Smithers, Belle de Jour's Catherine Deneuve, Mia Farrow getting a trim from Vidal Sassoon, Sylvie Vartan, Bebe Buell, That Girl's Marlo Thomas, Mireille Darc from Godard's Week End and Cynthia Lennon

Title: from "Yellow" (Coldplay)