More Anthropologie torture. This time cute cardigans (or cardies as we say in Australia). Not much use to me down here in sunny Argentina right now, but I will be back in the Northern Hemisphere in January, hmmm….
Anyway, these would all look cute paired with jeans and pearls, or a pencil skirt and ballet flats, or even pedal pushers if you’ve got the guts.
Here are a few of my top picks from Bettie Page Clothing.
Spice Grey, $135
Orange Candy, on sale $70.00:
Captain Navy Pencil Dress, $150:
Here’s another glamorous lady, Rita Hayworth. You’ve probably (hopefully!) seen her in Cover Girl (dancing with Gene Kelly), and Gilda (the film that made her one of the most lasting sex symbols of the 1940s). She was named number 19 in The American Film Institutes 50 Greatest Screen Legends. Glamorous from birth, her parents were Eduardo Cansino, a Spanish flamenco dancer, and Volga Hayworth, a Ziegfeld girl. She was born Margarita Carmen Cansino, in Brooklyn, New York City. Amongst her five husbands were Orson Welles, Argentine actor/singer Dick Haymes and Prince Aly Khan (yes, Rita, not Grace Kelly, was the first movie star to become a princess).
Known for her luscious red locks (and damn did she have good hair!), she did go blonde for The Lady of Shanghai, although critics claimed that was why the film was a box office flop. I think she looks great!! Anyway, in the early 40s she was photographed pin-up style, including the infamous shot of her in a negligee perched on her bed in LIFE Magazine, so when the USA joined the war in 1941, she was admired by thousands of servicemen and became one of the top pin-up girls of the war (along with Betty Grable and that saucy peekaboo pose of hers). A few interesting Wiki facts:
- Before she broke in to films, she danced in nightclubs in Tijuana, Mexico under her real name Margarita Cansino, and some say that the Margarita cocktail was named after her.
- She weighed 55kg and was 5’6” (exactly the same as me!), making her “tall for women of her time”
- In 1949 her lips were voted best in the world by the Artists League of America. She had a modeling contract with Max Factor to promote its Tru-Color lipsticks (one of the adverts is below).
- Famous quote: “Men fell in love with Gilda, but they wake up with me.”
- And another: “I think all women have a certain elegance about them which is destroyed when they take off their clothes.”
- She died in 1987 at the age of 68, of Alzheimer’s disease. At her funeral, Ricardo Montalban, Glenn Ford, Don Ameche and Hermes Pan carried her coffin.
Click on the images below to see Rita in all her full-size glory…
Gorgeous retro bikini available at Hayden-Harnett, a bit pricey but oh so cute.
Well, I was excited about the beret, but you were all just excited about the outfit! Ahh well. Anyway, no it’s not a blouse, it’s a dress, as you can see in this full-body shot of the lovely Bernie Dexter. But unfortunately, I don’t know the label. If anyone out there knows where you can get your hands on this black and white gingham pencil dress, please drop us a line!
UPDATE 13/12/09: Ooh, I just received an email from the lovely Bernie Dexter herself, telling me it’s one of her own designs for the Bernie Dexter label! Damn, how can one girl be so gorgeous and so talented? Good news is, you can get it here: www.berniedexter.com . Thank you Bernie, SwingFashionista.com loves your work 😉