Saturday, January 31, 2015


"The girl with the sunny golden complexion might be just back from a month on the California coast. But not neccessarily. The fact is, she's using a sunny new make-up: '"Sheer Gold,"'  designed by Elizabeth Arden to glow against the new pale wools of a city spring."

Sheer Gold Pat-a-Creme make-up base.  Rouge and lipstick are a clear golden rose.  Powder, Invisible Veil 5 1/2.  Sheer  Gold eye shadow.  Brown mascara with "Light Brown eyebrow pencil above.

Gilt-fringed earrings by Napier

More on a golden theme. Dovima wears a gilt necklace by Frederick Mossell, know for his Egyptian revival pieces. The two piece cotton jersey swimsuit is designed by Givenchy for Jantzen. Her lipstick, "Frankly Red" by Barbara Gould.

Sheer Gold - New Midwinter Make-up
Harper's Bazaar January 1957
Photography: Richard Avedon

... all things femme fatale

Thursday, January 29, 2015


The cool, calm chic of the Silver-Seasoned Eye. 

The basic ingredient: Silver Smoke Eye shadow by Helena Rubinstein
The finishing touches, Long-Lash mascara and a thin line of soft Eyeliner.
The final touch: Conceal; erases sahdows underneath the eye as surely as a good night's sleep.

Reflections in a Silver Eye
Harper's Bazaar May 1964
Photography: Jeanloup Sieff
Cosmetics: Helena Rubinstein

...all things femme fatale

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015


Christian Dior for Lily of France Lingerie

Warner's Foundations

Sign of the Well-Spent Dollar
Harper's Bazaar March 1957
Photography: Frnaces Pellegrini

... all things femme fatale

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Beauty and the Bath

"The twentieth century may yet be remembered best for a phenomenon which cannot be compressed into a time capsule: to wit, the Great American Bath. Never have there been such bountiful baths for so many.
Not only is there a vast quantity of really posh plumbing all across the land, but nowadays the accomplished bather has a whole repertoire of bathing techniques. There are baths and baths - to pep you up, simmer you down, put you to sleep, wake you up, and now that it's summer, to cool you off.
A dip in the pool (or a plunge in the surf) still calls for a proper bath to remove the salt, the suntan oil and the sand between-the-toes. In fact, the optimum summer bath is a tepid one - properly prolonged so that the circulatory system has a chance to expand and release internal heat through the skin. Such a bath can actually keep you cool, or at least cooler, for some five or six hours afterward. The most casual bath is refreshing, and a luxuriously planned bath may well make you feel, in the immortal words of Bea Lillie, like a new man."

Beauty and the Bath
Harper's Bazaar June 1957
Photography: Louise Dahl Wolfe

... all things femme fatale

Friday, January 16, 2015


Peace and Love 
Naomi Campbell
Vogue Italy October 1990
Photography: Sante D'Orazio
Illustration: Thierry Perez

... all things femme fatale