Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Desperately seeking the perfect jacket


I remember reading an article about Madonna where she was quoted as saying that no one who didn't like a certain picture by Frida Kahlo - I think it was the gnarly and beautiful My Birth - could ever be her friend.

Following rather shallowly in her footsteps, let me say that anyone who doesn't appreciate Desperately Seeking Susan won't be one of mine.

Madonna's jacket in the film plays a key role and is...just the most perfect show-off number in the world, ever.

Glittery khaki green with fluro zebra print and a pyramid on the back:

In the film Madonna is lusting after some boots - see the diamante hotties above - in a second hand store and tells the owner the jacket "used to belong to Jimi Hendrix. But I bet he'd love it if I swapped it for the boots."

And so she does, setting off a chain of events that drive the whole film. 

If you haven't watched it, do. It's tacky, silly and a goldmine of stupid quotes, such as:

"You bought a used jacket? What are we, poor?"
"Stay on the carpet baby!"

and my all-time favourite:

"Bleecker Street Cinema."

Monday, 2 July 2012

Pink and red

Choosing colours
As someone whose natural tendency is to veer towards black, grey or more black, putting colours together can be daunting.

It's always a treat to spot someone - regardless of age - who can put colours together in such a way that it makes their hair colour stand out, their eyes look brighter and their whole ensemble appear effortlessly stylish?

While texture and pattern count, of course, there's something about a gorgeous mix of colour that really finishes an outfit beautifully.

Iris Apfel
For a masterclass in colour, look no further than the legendary Iris Apfel:
iris apfel
via zillahletty
There's a lovely mix of red and beige in the first photo - not that you notice her trousers with that feathery coat paired with the matching glasses and shoes. 

Iris puts together a blue coat, yellow trousers and what looks like fifty necklaces, as many bangles and a mad pair of patterned shoes in the second pic. Why does it work? She's using two primary colours - blue and yellow - as the main pieces of her outfit and then picking up tones from both colours in her necklaces, bangles and shoes.

There's something of the cartoon about Iris and this helps to stamp her seal on the top of the outfit - short white hair, huge round glasses and bright red lipstick.
An outfit from the Iris Apfel exhibition
via aloneonthediamondsea
Her outfits were part of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2005 called Rara Avis: The Irreverent Iris Apfel. The orange dress, scarf and turquoise jewellery pictured above is one of my particular favourites. 

Pink and red
More often than not, you'll see pink and red paired with neutrals or black. While there can be something really hard-edged and 80s about a good dose of red and black, I thought it would be good to see these two colours together for a change.

Pink and red nails
Pink to red nails

Sequinned pink Miu Miu shoes with red feathers
Salmon pink Miu Miu shoes with red feathers

Vintage 1970s Laura Ashley dress
Pink and red vintage Laura Ashley 1970s dress

Gold earrings and pink scarf
Pink scarf, 70s dress and gold earrings

Pink and red headscarf
Purple pink and red headscarf
All photos by 2kooky