Wearing Elie Saab

Check out how gorgeous both Dita von Teese and Beyonce look in Elie Saab’s gorgeous cobalt blue dress, with cap sleeves, and a plunge-neck bodice!

Dita Von Teese in Elie SaabDita Von Teese poses at the Elie Saab Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture S/S 2010  at Palais de Chaillot on January 27, 2010 in Paris, France. She looks like a pin-up in everything!

Beyonce in Elie Saab

Beyonce looked glamorous in the same frock back in April 2009 on a visit to The Late Show with David Letterman. Same dress as above, but she looks a bit more modern. Shoes and hair make such a difference!

Olivia de Havilland

Remember this photo of Dita’s stunning hair that I posted a few days ago? Well I just stumbled across an image of Olivia de Havilland sporting a similar ‘do in the late 1940s, and had to share. If anyone knows how to create a look like this, please do let us know!

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You probably know Olivia de Havilland as Melanie in Gone with the Wind. She was a fairly serious actress in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, and often played in period pieces. She also happens to be Joan Fontaine’s older sister. She is still alive today (she is 93 years old).

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Caron Paris Powder Puffs


Caron Paris produces gorgeous old-fashioned powder puffs with real swan down. Aren’t they divine? The photo directly below is from Dita Von Teese’s dressing table, as Caron Paris created a powder puff in crimson red in honor of Dita and her show “Lazy” at the Crazy Horse Paris this year.  The puff is now known as the “Dita”.




Yves Saint Laurent did not invent the tuxedo for women!


We’ve been enjoying a fashion comeback of tuxedo styles for women over the past few seasons, bolstered by the passing in June 2008 of famed designer Yves Saint Laurent. It’s true, in the 1960s and 70s, YSL was responsible for  re-popularizing suit and tuxedo styles for women, in particular his 1966 creation, “Le Smoking”, a tailored tuxedo suit with a long, slender 1960s silhouette. But, with all respect, it’s ridiculous to say he was the style’s inventor!

I caught Elle Magazine with this little diddy from last year: “It’s no coincidence that in the week when fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, the man who designed Le Smoking (the first tuxedo for women) passed away, the A-list are paying their respects in a way he would have loved- by wearing tuxedo jackets at every opportunity.”  And even my beloved Wikipedia has this to say: “the Le Smoking tuxedo suit for women was the first of its kind to earn attention in the fashion world and in popular culture.“  What’s going on here? Yves Saint Laurent did NOT invent the tuxedo for women, and the 1960s was not the first time women fashionably wore suits and tuxedos. Every swing girl knows this!

Above and below, we have Marlene Dietrich, who wore this tuxedo in the film Morocco in 1928. In the scene she sings and even kisses a girl…

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And here we have Josephine Baker, Gloria Swanson, Anna May Wong and Katharine Hepburn in the 1920s, 30s and 40s…

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Rant aside, it’s brilliant that the look has been having a fashion comeback (even with mistaken origins). Here are a few celebrities, mostly care of Fashionising.com, who have been toying with the trend. We have Ashley Olsen, Diane Kruger, Naomi Watts, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Blake Liveley and Dita Von Teese.

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If the Fall 2009 and Resort 2010 collections are anything to go by, it seems as if the trend will be with us for a while longer. Viva Le Tuxedo!