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More 70’s Stuff: Denim Dungarees

Strange…..last summer I was obsessed by leather and zippers, and this summer I’m into the complete opposite of the fashion spectrum…..I’m loving anything 70’s rural/farmer/prairie/country-thingies. After the clogs (got them), maxi dresses (got them),  I’m now lusting after some denim dungarees. I don’t care which one, long legs, short legs or the dress version, just love them. Inspiration:

Early picture of Kate Moss

Alexa Chung

 

Ralph Lauren RTW SS2010 

Chloë Sevigny

Fifties version

Jean Paul Gaultier RTW Spring 2010

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French Hippie Chic by Jean Bouquin

My current obsession is French fashion designer Jean Bouquin.  He’s not a very well know designer, I’ve  recently found out he dressed Brigitte Bardot in the late ’60’s and early 70’s and I’ve been craving info about him, but there’s almost none!

He started as a fashion designer in St. Tropez at the end of the 1960’s. After his success in St. Tropez, he opened a second shop in Paris called Mayfair. His designs can be described as “hippie chic”. His vision was a natural woman, draped with beads, who lives an ironically privileged hippie life wearing luxurious clothing: printed  velvet minidress,  ruffle maxi dresses, beaded transparent tunics and the use of etnic influences. A style adored by another St. Tropez resident: the legendary Brigitte Bardot:

Promoting his clothes in a French Magazine:

He also was a costume designer for movies, like the movie “Les Idoles”(1968), about the rise and fall of three pop stars (someone please release this movie as a dvd!):

Another movie image from the Italian horror movie “Il delitto del diavolo” (1970), aka “Queens of Evil”:

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Rolling Stones in Exile

A good music documentary on Dutch tv is rare, so this one is definitely worth a watch. Tonight the Rolling Stones documentary “Stones in Exile” will be broadcasted on Nederland 2. It tells the story of the making of their 10th album “Exile on Main Street” in the band’s own words and through archive footage. Stephen Kijack directed the film, which consists of previously unseen footage of the recording sessions in France and when they mixed the album in Los Angeles.

The Stones recorded their album in the basement of Villa Nellcote, Richards’ rented 16-room mansion on the coast in Villefranche-sur-Mer. All marble and wrought iron, Richards said it looked like it was decorated for “bloody Marie Antoinette.” He also liked to recount its history as a Gestapo headquarters. By making the record in Richards’ own house, band members figured he would show up for the sessions. They were wrong. And Richards wasn’t the only one living on the edge. For a six-month stretch, the Stones swapped partners, ingested every available drug, set fires and nearly drove each other mad while making “the first grunge record”.

Het Uur van de Wolf, Rolling Stones in Exile, Friday the 14th of May, 22.50 – 23.50 h CET, Nederland 2.

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R.I.P. Malcolm McLaren

Shocking news today: the legendary Malcolm McLaren died yesterday in Switserland, 64 years old. His influence on music and fashion is immense. Without him we would never ever have heard of the Sex Pistols, Adam Ant and  Bow Wow Wow,  SM- and bondage gear as regular wear wouldn’t be mainstream, we wouldn’t shop at his sons store Agent Provocateur or at his ex-girlfriend Vivienne Westwood,  Madonna could never have used the “Waltz Darling” imagery for her song “Vogue”, and the list goed on and on and on…

Some personal McLaren favorites:

The Great Rock ‘n’Roll Swindle – Trailer (1980)

Malcolm McLaren -Madame Butterfly (1984)

Malcolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra – Waltz Darling (1989)

Malcolm-mcloren5Early picture, left Vivienne Westwood, right Malcolm McLaren 

-malcolm-mclaren skipping schoolDuring the “Buffalo Girls” period

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Teenage Rock’n’Roll: The Runaways

After watching the Serge Gainsbourg movie this weekend (fantastic film by the way, go and see it if you haven’t already!), I’m glad to find out that there’s another worth to watch music biopic in the making. This time not French sixties chansons, but American hardrock from the seventies: The Runaways.

The Runaways: Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Sandy West and Jackie Fox.

For those who don’t know the Runaways that well (like myself, the only thing I can tell is that my ex-brother in law had a crush on them and kept playing Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Bomb for hours), the Runaways were the first succesfull all female rock band, who recorded their first album when they were 16 years old. The movie is based on singer Cherie Currie’s book “Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway”, about her disturbing life as a rock star (think sleazy managers and drugs). The movie chronicles the band from 1975 – 1977 and focuses on their formation and their rise to fame.

Dakota Fanning plays Cherie Currie (middle) and Kristen Stewart stars as Joan Jett (left) – I love the outfits!:

Director is Floria Sigismondi, in the past she made video’s for artists like Muse (Supermassive Black Hole), The White Stripes (Blue Orchid) and Marilyn Manson (The Beautifull People). Joan Jett  is an executive producer for the film.

March 2010 in US cinemas, November 2010 in Dutch cinemas.
www.runawaysmovie.com

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Clog it!

A couple of years ago I walked by a shop window and I looked at the shoes of my dreams. I have a soft spot for heels, t-bar straps and studs, and these shoes had them all combined in one:  the Prada silver t-bar clogs. They were $490, my brain did function, so I walked away. A couple of weeks later, they where on sale, and there was one pair left. In my size. So I thanked the shoegods (hmm, it probably was a shoegoddess) and bought my first pair of Prada’s.  They walk like hell (the wooden sole isn’t exactly comfy), but I never regretted it.

My beloved Prada’s.

The great thing about studded, high heelded clogs is 1) they never look too girly, 2) they make a lot of noise when you walk (I like stomping around), 3) men don’t understand them (in fashion, that’s a good thing) and 4) you can wear them with everything! The only condition is that they must have a very high heel, or else you will look like a Swedish macrobiotic, dungarees wearing type from the seventies. Unless you like that look, ofcourse. So I was really excited to see that Karl Lagerfeld brought the coolest version of all back on the catwalk for Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection.

The 1970’s version.

Chanel clogs from the Spring/Summer 2010 collection.

Alexa (with Tavi next to her), wearing the Chanel one’s. Some girls have all the luck…

 

I love these, they are (how strange?!?)  from Victoria’s Secret.

Lara Stone in a recent Louis Vuitton advertisment, wearing a white pair.

Miu Miu, Fall 2009/Winter 2010.

MaxMara, Fall 2009/Winter 2010.

Mary-Kate Olsen wearing Chloé clogs and a Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop top. 

And finally the über Dutch version. As you all know, the Dutch live in windmills , we eat some cheese for breakfast, and then we walk out of the door into the wide tulip fields, wearing the traditional Dutch clogs (without heels ofcourse, because they would stick in the muddy clay soils). 😉 These are the designer version by Viktor & Rolf.

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The Decade Had Taste: 70’s Cool

I don’t know why suddenly there are so many great movies to watch and fab books to read, but this is another post about a brilliant book I found while wandering through my local bookshop: “70s Style & Design” by Dominic Lutyens and  Kirsty Hislop. “We wanted to explore the lesser know and in some cases forgotten designers of the decade,’ says Lutyens, ‘ without neglecting such perenially fascinating episodes of 70’s history, such as Biba and punk. A lot of looks that were born in the 70’s, such as the Debbie Harry/Fiorucci look became associated with the 80’s, because the mainstream was slow to catch up.’

 The book is about 70’s cool (no synthetic fabrics, flares and the usual tat) and covers fashion, design, architecture, interiors and art. Divided into four themes: the pop movement and the rise of postmodernism; the Edwardian, 20’s and 30’s revivals; the back to nature movement and finally the decade’s avant-garde movers and shakers.

Expect images from the designs of Alan Aldridge, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Daniel Hechter, Jean Paul-Goude, Barbara Hulanicki, Laura Ashley, Ossie Clark, Celia Birtwell, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.

Buy it here or here.

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