Sunday, September 30, 2012

FEMME FATALE - DAVID SEIDNER






Tendres Sont Les Couleurs
Paris Vogue September 1987
Photography: David Seidner


David Seidner ... all things femme fatale

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

FEMME FATALE - CORSETRY 1956


Vanity Fair

Givenchy for Jantzen

Rogers

Flexees

Van Raalte

"Scandale" by Tru-Balance

Munsingwear


The Chalk Garden
Photography: Lillian Bassman
Summer Forecast: Light-Gauge Corsetry
Photography: Louise Dahl-Wolfe
Harper's Bazaar April 1956

... all things femme fatale

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

FEMME FATALE - APRIL, 1957

The New Art of Painting Your Lips and Nails

It involves new techniques, new tools, new colors. It was created by an "old master" named Juliette Marglen, of the fingernail school of painting.  You paint a beautiful mouth (natural or surreal) with a new deftness and control, because you use a new-principled oval lipstick, designed to follow every plane and contour.  You work from an inspired palette of avant-garde shades.



New Faces: Spring ,'57

A make-up wit the incandescence that comes of contrast - bright red lips and deep smoky hair, framed by skin as pale as alabaster. DuBarry leaves the skin innocent of rouge and adds "Light Up Red" lipstick


Charles of the Ritz views today's beauty poetically, shades the hair, pales the mouth and emphasizes the  eyes. The Eyeshadow is "China Blue."  The all-important eyes: "Dark Brown" eye pencil is drawn in two lines - one at the upper lid, another extending the lower lashes. The lipstick, "Perfect Bright Pink."


Memo to an American Beauty:  
Bolder Eyes
Better Brought-up Eyebrows
New "Tubed" Perfumes
Fresh Flowers
Traveling Companions
New Colors

Beauty News Flashes: April, 1957
Harper's Bazaar April 1957
Photography: Richard Avedon


Mid-Century Beauty Lauren Bacall
... all things femme fatale




Wednesday, September 12, 2012

FEMME FATALE - THE NEW VAMP'S GUIDE TO BACK MAGIC

The confined shape, the free feeling of a black torsolette 
with buttressing bone construction. The low back and front decolletage, evening perfect. 
Hollywood Vassarette




The beautiful, unbroken line of a black all-in-one, superbly built as a bathing suit, elegantly revealing a strong, healthy back.
Flexees


The little middle. emphatically in view in fashion, shaped by a black zippered girdle that holds ribcage and waist with bones soft as ribbons.
Bien Jolie
The waist whittler - gripping the ribcage, flexibly boned, breeze-light - a new necessity under the defined waist fashions.
Scandale

The all-around, all-in-one with detachable straps - so smoothly rounded in the bust, it may be worn under lightest fabrics.
Lily of France

Strapless Brassiere-slip promoting a smooth, unbroken line. The top always in place through the good offices of hidden elastic at the waist.
Perma-lift

The molded brassiere of nylon lace goes strapless - and smoothly,seamlessly, shapes a flawless contour beneath clinging jerseys.
Formfit

The Low-slung panty girdle answers the call to new hip-riding clothes.
Pucci for Formfit

The challenge of presenting a good strapless brassiere, met and conquered by a white nylon lace bandeau with flexible underwiring and built-in cling.
Bali

The bare back torsolette minimizes the waist, cleaves to the body and anchors firmly via an inner elastic at the waist.
Gossard

A bare-backed brassiere wraps around the body with slender elastic straps, revealing completely, the tight, strong bare back - and more comfortably than ever before. What's more, the nylon lace low-cut bosom offers full, firming support.
Goddess


Minimizing The Maximum
Harper's Bazaar March 1962
Photography: Louis Faurer


It's what's underneath that counts
... all things femme fatale

Tuesday, September 11, 2012