Friday, August 31, 2012

THE LEGEND OF THE ROSE


Two dresses on the banks of springtime, both alluding to the rose - one by its flowers, vining on endlessly in a meadow of white; one by its blush, and carved, confluent lines. Above, by Jane Derby.


Eleanora Garnett

Harper's Bazaar April 1954
Photography: Lillian Bassman

... all things femme fatale

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

FEMME FATALE - SOPHIA LOREN


"She walks with her fine head erect, and there is the suggestion of a swagger - giving the impression of utter confidence, suggesting that she is the mistress of every situation. It is merely a facade to hide her innate shyness."
Vittorio de Sica


The black coq feather hat and stole by Forquet of Rome


"Sophia is, as the Americans say, all woman.  Her femininity is explosive, and she is the very embodiment of health,in mind and body.  She has a passionate love of life, and yearns to live it to the full."
Vittorio de Sica


ecco
SOPHIA
LOREN
            A great Beauty, a fiery actress, a sort of natural marvel like Halley's Comet - and like it, trailing sparks.....

Vogue November 1962
Photography: Bert Stern

... all things femme fatale

Saturday, August 18, 2012

FEMME FATALE - MARLENE DIETRICH


MARLENE DIETRICH
AND
HER DAUGHTER,
MARIA

Photographed together in New York are two generations of a single, singular beauty - Marlene Dietrich and her daughter, Mrs. William Riva, whose professional name is Maria Manton.  Miss Dietrich, who returned recently from a trip to Paris, is in Hollywood now, working on a new film, Foreign Affair.


Marlene Dietrich and her daughter, Maria
Vogue January 1948
Photography: Horst

... all things femme fatale

Saturday, August 11, 2012

FEMME FATALE - PAT CLEVELAND

Atelier Versace

Jean-Paul Gaultier

Gianni Versace
Gianni Versace

Claude Montana

Jean-Paul Gaultier


EPATANTE
CLEVELAND
Vogue Paris December 1990
Photography: Steven Meisel

...all things femme fatale