Monday, August 3, 2009

Look of the Moment: 1920's & 30's

This autumn, as you tearfully part with your French Connection Bikini and China Glaze in Turned Up Turquoise, eagerly fall into the gorgeous asthetics of the seasons Ready-to-Wear beauty looks. This time around, vintage is back full force with looks inspired by 1920's decadence and androgyny and 1930's classic beauty. It was seen full force on Dior's catwalk (left) with decadent makeup, Clara Bow eyebrows, and an old 30's treasure: the moon manicure. At 3.1 Phillip Lim it was all about androgyny with sleek, Louise Brooks bobs. Alexander Wang and Alessandro Dell'Aqua both went the route of classic 30's beauty with flowing, combed-out Veronica Lake-inspired curls.

Both decades were distinct and notable in that they were clearly shaped by their events of the time. However, each asthetic searches for one thing: glamour. When you try to channel these looks, think about what the meaning of glamour was for the women of that time. Was it fantasy? Romance? Stability? Strength? Look into primary sources like books and films of those decades. Take into account the major events of the time like the ex-patriot movement, women's sufferage, prohibition, or the great depression.

The 20's

The Look: Modern Flapper Goddess

The Influences: Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, Colleen, Josephine Baker, Dior, Phillip Lim, The Great Gatsby, Prohibiton, Ex-patriot movement

The Products: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Goddess-$16 & Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner-$21, Diorshow Blackout Waterproof Mascara-$24, & Chanel Hydrabase Lipstick No.3-$28 (To give you a silent screen mug all your own)

Chanel No. 5 Essential Bath Oil-$75 , (a modern take on the original classic scent of the 20's)

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink-$25 ( flappers once put rouge on their knees to show them off when flashed while dancing)

Givenchy Eyebrow Show Powdery Eyebrow Pencil-$22 (no self-respecting modern flapper sans perfectly straight-line eyebrows would be caught dead without this product; cover your own brow in concealer and trace the curve of the brow above it with the pencil)

The 1930's

The Look: Old Hollywood Glamour with a Shimmery Update
The Influences: Veronica Lake, The Great Depression, Salvator Dali, Man Ray, King Kong (1933), Matisse, Art Deco Movement, Ginger Rogers, Myrna Loy, Mae West
The Products: (Counterclockwise from bottom right) Frederic Fekkai Glossing Shampoo & Conditioner-$23 each for 80z bottle (for weightless, shiny hair that stays moisturized even after the wrath of styling and brushing)
Frederic Fekkai Classic Brush-$95, Infiniti by Conair Professional Tourmaline Ceramic 1 1/2" Curling Iron- $25, CHI Rocket Professional Hair Dryer-$135 (to get the gorgeous soft hair of yesterday's starlettes, blowdry hair straight and then curl 1 inch sections with curling iron, then brush out to create a soft, doll-like look)
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Vendetta-$30, NARS Nail Polish Limited Edition in Tallulah-$16, Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Golden Sand- $30, (you know those little circular reinforcements for hole-punched paper that you never actually use? put them to use by sticking them over the lunula while you paint your nails, after the polish dries, remove the reinforcements and add the top coat and viola, the moon manicure!)