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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Iconic Inspiration- Faye Dunaway

One of the most gracefully aging actresses of our time, Faye Dunaway, is my favorite inspiration when it comes to searching out muses for 1920's ladylike, streamlined style. Two of her biggest hits, 1967's Bonnie and Clyde, and 1974's Chinatown are prime examples of the late 60's/early 70's re-interpretations of 20's style.

In Bonnie and Clyde she sports a sleek blonde chin length bob, with volume at the crown, oft imitated (but never as well duplicated) in recent years by starlets trying to re-vamp their images (see Nicole Richie and Jessica Simpson). Her wardrobe is a palette of muted, dusky earth tones- mostly ochre, navy, gray and pale rose colors.

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No one wears a hat like she does, with those sky-high cheekbones and gorgeous pouty lips. She dons her signature beret in Bonnie and Clyde, and in Chinatown, she wears everything from seductive veils to rakish fedoras.

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A similar palette and feeling can surely be found in Marc Jacobs Fall 'o7 RTW collection.

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The look can also be duplicated with easily found thrift store basics like pencil or pleated skirts and 70's secretary blouses with tie necks and puff sleeves and light sweater vests.

Add a heeled oxford or specatator pump, red lips and sleek, shiny hair to complete the look!


Blogger beth said...

i'm so on the lookout for a hat like in your first pic. it looks amazing with her sweater and kerchief. divine.

great blog by the way! i'm adding you to my links (hope that's ok). and would love for you to swing by and check out my blog.

hugs beth

5:56 PM  
Blogger jennine said...

oh my gosh... i love faye dunaway. chinatown is one of my favorite movies! thanks for posting this, i've been thinking of doing a post similar, but you've really made this wonderful.

also... thank you for adding me to your blogroll! : )

6:02 PM  
Blogger Candid Cool said...

in bonnie & clyde she is stunning!

11:35 PM  

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