Wednesday, April 25, 2012

FEMME FATALE - RAQUEL WELCH

FLAWLESS

BEAUTY

RAQUEL WELCH
EVERY INCH

SPECTACULAR

BEAUTIFUL FACE
BEAUTIFUL PERSONALITY
BEAUTIFUL BODY
ORIGINAL BEAUTY- RAQUEL WELCH

The Bedazzlers
Vogue August 1969
Photography: Richard Avedon

... all things femme fatale


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

FEMME FATALE - DIANE VON FURSTENBERG








Superscenic Life: Prince and Princess Eduard (Egon) and Diane von Furstenberg's Adventurous Manhattan Apartment
Vogue January 1972
Photography: Horst


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

FEMME FATALE - ANN-MARGARET





ANN-MARGARET
SEVENTIES SEX KITTEN

Most Wanted: 1971
Vogue June 1971
Photography: Bert Stern

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

FEMME FATALE - NEXT TO NOTHING NEXT TO YOU

The Naked Genius


The no-bra in pale nude nylon tricot by Rudi Gernreich - its excellent  control supplied by two strategic diagonal darts - that's all!  Light, long-legged beauty of a panty girdle by Gossard. Herbert Levine mesh slippers

The Soft Sands

Expert carving shapes a coatdress of palest flax - one neat stroke that skims the figure lightly, stops short to bare the knees. Pedro Rovira for Sloat. Straw hats by Emme




Sculptured two-piece built on an eased skirt, a bias-yolked overblouse by Marjorie Montgomery in honeycombed buff colour Moygashel linen




A spill of sand-beige textured silk gently bloused above squared pockets, spirals at the hem with a flutter of soft pleating by Georgia Bullock

More Naked Genius

Nearly weightless, nearly invisible bra and girdle makes you seem all but naked underneath everything from evening chiffon to sports sweaters - yet the ability to control and support is astonishing. Transparent brassiere of flesh-coloured nylon marquisette touched at the edges with lace, fastened at the side. By Bien Jolie

Naked Genius
The Soft Sands
Harper's Bazaar January 1965
Photography: Barry Kinn


Little is available on the photographer Barry Kinn.  Known as a still photographer, Kinn showed promise as Lillian Bassman's heir apparent due to the similar mood portrayed in his lingerie studies that were lit in a similar fashion to Bassman. Primarily using a dark, simple background, Kinn's photographic eye focussed on the figure and clothing before him using that as  the focal point with no extraneous accoutrement. The results lent the picture a soft patina and incandescence seeming to emit from  the subject itself.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

FEMME FATALE - BEAUTY 1963



Photography: Peter Beard




The Look from Rome
Head-fitting Hair
Coiffure by Claudio
Model: Tilly Tizzani
Photography: Leombruno-Bodi




HEADS DRESSED FOR EVENING
Irving Penn

Both coiffures designed for Vogue by Kenneth Battelle who used both real hair and fake hair. Switches or hairpieces have been used for control and ornamentation. Rhinestoned bobby pins by Kenneth Jay Lane. 


More Smoke Than Fire
grey and white Crystal bracelets a flower of clear black stones
Bergere
Irving Penn

Beauty Bulletin
Vogue November 1963

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

FEMME FATALE - 1963

 Maximilian

Ombre Mink Scarf - Sumptuously wrapping the body in ninety-three inches of the world's five rarest mink shades by Emba. The line - near Grecian in its columnar feel, created by diagonally placed  skins.

A Rainbow of Mink
Harper's Bazaar April 1963
Photography: Hiro Wakabayashi

In an era before the world was aware of the unethical treatment of the animals used to  create the  most fashionable and desired outerwear, this column of mink exemplifies a furriers continual  challenge to design the ultimate luxury item.

To compliment such an opulent evening wrap, a woman dressed to the nines might attend her hair stylist for one of the looks below created by Alexandre of Paris

 Dior - laquered hair to wear like millinery, inspired by the Infanta of Valesquez

Saint-Laurent - A perfect poinsetta jewelled at the center

Cappuci - Spanish evening coiffure, loops of pressed laquered hair in the mood of Goya

Saint-Laurent, a fragile fairy-tale, made of flower petals of shining human hair intertwined with strands of natural seeds fashioned after an eighteenth century Chinese etching.

Paris Nights: Coiffure Close-Ups
Harper's Bazaar April 1963
Coiffures: Alexandre of Paris
Photography: Melvin Sokolsky

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Monday, April 2, 2012

FEMME FATALE - SILVANA MANGANO



Silvana Mangano – the name rolls off the tongue and congers up a vision of exotic beauty. The visage of  Silvana Magnano did not disappoint.


Alongside of Sophia Loren and Gina Lollabrigida, Silvana Mangano was among a handful of beautiful Italian actresses who dominated the screens of Italian cinema throughout the fifties and sixties.

She was said by many in the industry to be the only true diva of Italian cinema, unequal in screen presence, range of acting, or depth of instinct, and known for that rare quality of personal mystery possessed by truly great stars.

Silvana in the countryside near her home and its working farm in Tivoli with her daughters Francesca and Raffaella.

Her most famous role was in the critically acclaimed 1949 movie, Bitter Rice produced by Dino De Laurentis whom she married and had four children with. Daughter Veronica, is the mother of Food Network star Giada De Laurentis. 

Silvana Magnano
1930-1989
Once a Great Beauty

... all things femme fatale