Timeless Elegance

Recently I’ve been repeatedly reminded of an era of true glamour and elegance, everything from the weather, to fellow bloggers, to local shop openings have reminded me of why I love the late 1950s and early 60s. It was an era of lasting icons, where fame and reputation didn’t last 15 minutes and also marked the beginning of a new youth counterculture which defined the latter part of the 20th Century.

It’s funny how little things can trigger things in ones mind, walking in the soft winter sun around Knightsbridge, it takes your mind to an old money fantasy, it was the jet age, Paris or Milan, St Tropez or Portofino was a matter of hours away. It carried the likes of Jackie O, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Catherine Deneuve round the world uniting the best of both sides of the Atlantic.

Hepburn in Givenchy

It sparked the imagination of the general public when the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s hit the silver screens. Jet-setter herself Audrey Hepburn portrays Holly Golightly in a selection of wonderfully coutured Givenchy dresses, an item which would have taken months to make over a number of fittings in Paris. In today’s new and now world, few couturiers survive and the House of Givenchy is one of a handful of designer still offering a made-to-order service.

Elizabeth Taylor photographed for MGM, fur was perfectly acceptable back then and it’s definitely such a luxurious feeling material.

We now live in a rapidly evolving society, which accompanies the technology that brought us here, but I for one still like to have a touch bit of the jet-set glamour. I’m bringing you a few pieces and ideas here for you that hark back to that age of elegance, the natural choice is to go for the Ferragamos, his designs are always classics. The lower heel here is more stately, something you might see worn by Jackie Kennedy. I’ve paired a vintage bag with the shoes, it’s seems that fashion is no different whatever era you are in, the Riviera Bag clearly makes reference to the Hermes Kelly, made famous by Princess Grace of Monaco. Now if you really want to push the boat out, add a bit of Ascot glamour with some headwear, a fascinator will keep it more up to date than a full hat.

Vintage black and gold Ferragamos, black British vintage Riviera Bag, gold and azure brooch all from charity shops, total cost circa £30. Handmade fascinator from Camden, £10.

While Elizabeth Taylor, along with most people in the 50’s and 60’s were comfortable in fur, it isn’t the most palatable material. It doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the animal theme, it was hot then and it still it. Subtly adding some leopard print is a tasteful way of unleashing your wild side.

Leopard print courts, Paris 105 by Saint Laurent Classic

So I decided to splurge and get the YSL shoes to add to the collection. Truth is similar items to everything here are available from charity shops, or vintage boutiques for a tiny cost.



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