Legendary costume designer Orry-Kelly makes some adjustments on Marilyn Monroe's wardrobe on the set of “Some Like It Hot,” 1959.
Seraphic Secret likes to check out the latest fashions, scouting for beautiful but modest clothing. We don’t believe that women have to reveal acres of flesh in order to appear and feel attractive. In fact, the opposite. The more chaste the surface, the more mystery and depth.
This season, it’s kind of obvious that designers have been marinating in Hollywood movies. Everywhere we see ladylike silhouettes that bring to mind the irreverant slink of Jean Harlow, the confident stride of Carole Lombard, and the animal heat of Marlene Dietrich. Also making spectral appearances are Hitchcock’s tailored blondes: Tippi Hedrin, Kim Novak and Eva Marie Saint.
We’re delighted to report that scores of design houses are featuring elbow length leather gloves, a sure sign that those who make fashion are determined to revive the classic look of the proper and elegant lady who sweeps into a room—think Loretta Young—then tugs off her gloves a finger at a time before sitting down to tea.
Here are a few looks that made us sit up smile.
Ralph Lauren's collection dazzles as he brings together a 30's cloche hat with timeless tweeds appropriate for a stroll in the MGM/English countryside. The models came down the runway to the theme music from “Downton Abbey.” You could hear the crowd wondering: Will Matthew ever walk? Our response: Duh.
Ralph Lauren wants you to slay the competition in your business attire. The cloche hat is pure Norma Shearer, but the architectural suit has a definite Kim Novak in “Vertigo” vibe. The pink scarf and gloves are like icing on a wedding cake.
Victoria Beckham is best known for skin tight dresses that can only be worn by malnourished 16 year-old models from Estonia. Perhaps Victoria's Hebrew tattoos have, er, gotten under her skin. Her latest collection features dresses that would not be out of place in Orthodox Jewish enclaves like Boro Park and Pico Robertson.
Milly wants you to stride down the street with all the sunshine confidence of Audrey Hepburn in this clever but totally elegant outfit.
During the 1930's there was an entire genre of movies about powerful businesswomen who were not quite in touch with their romantic side—until Clark Gable or William Powell came along. We get the definite feeling that Douglas Hannant has been gorging on movies featuring Kay Francis, Ruth Chatterton, and Katherine Hepburn.
Seraphic Secret will lay you odds that Lyn Devon is channeling the late, great actress Suzanne Pleshette. The darts in the skirt make this 50's inspired look totally modern.
Calvin Klein goes Medieval. Monastic black dominates a silhouette so severe it feels like Hollywood's idea of a scary cool Jesuit. To wear this puppy you must possess major attitude.
Jason Wu's confident collection looks towards China for inspiration, more specifically we think Wu has been screening movies starring the great American Chinese actress Anna May Wong.
Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives an inspiring and fashionable Shabbat.