When it comes to big red carpet moments, many stars look to the past for inspiration. Nothing says glamour like a classic '30s- or '40s-inspired hair set, which is, no doubt, why retro waves and curly sets are still popular at every big event, decades after the golden age of Hollywood. The good news is that modern styling tools and products make these styles much easier to re-create than you may think. If our grandmothers and great-grandmothers could do it in the '40s, we can do it now! There are just a few tricks to learn for the authentic vintage look: use a strong setting lotion, always set your hair in the parting you want at the end, and curl toward the face, rather than away. Click through now for some photo inspiration to plan your own red carpet hairstyle.
If you have a friend who loves the vintage look, shopping for the perfect gift can be a struggle. You might not be comfortable scouring charity shops and vintage stores for presents, but the good news is you can still treat your friend to things that fit her style. There are plenty of vintage-inspired items on the high street if you know where to look, and if you have a little more to spend, designers like Dolce & Gabbana, L'Wren Scott, and Jenny Packham consistently look to the past for inspiration. Lingerie, hosiery, and jewellery are always safe bets for fans of the '30s, '40s, and '50s, but we've also found books, shoes, and even a pair of killer sunglasses. Click through for a little retro inspiration, and treat the Dita in your life to something luxurious this Christmas!
If you love accessories and especially jewellery, you won't be able to prevent yourself from crushing on this amazing collection of vintage and contemporary baubles from Susan Caplan. Yesterday at the Scoop Fashion Show in London, I checked out her offerings and was wide eyed about all of the authenticated pieces from Chanel, Givenchy, Versace and Karl Lagerfeld from the '50s, '60s, '70s, and even 1980s. Think lots of chunky gold items, some encrusted in crystal or adorned with black onyx, enamel, and semiprecious stones.
Susan has always had a passion for jewelry and for antiques. She is a London native and has worked aboard the QEII (a job that took her to markets all over the world) and as an antique dealer. Her collections are now available at Harrods, Selfridges, and Harvey Nicks, and prices are available upon request. I certainly love what I saw, and her other fans include Kelly Rowland, Rihanna, Nicola Roberts, and Eliza Doolittle. Would you ever buy vintage jewels?
Not too long ago on The Late Show With David Letterman, guest Jennifer Garner revealed that she used to run a lucrative scrunchie business back in college. This got me thinking about these vintage (and oft-mocked) ponytail holders. Just exactly where did they come from, and who used to — or still does — wear them anyway? Find out this and more, when you read on.
From the romantic and subdued to bold rockabilly styles, vintage-themed weddings are a delight to see. Check out how these modern-day brides captured a retro-esque feel to celebrate their nuptials in style.
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Even if you're single and loving it, there's something alluring about being a bride. That's why we're kicking off wedding season with a month of can't-miss editorial on the best dresses, rings, shoes, and party outfits for a wedding. To kick it off, we're starting at Step 1: the ring. While few women want to resist a big, old-fashioned diamond ring, there are plenty of gorgeous, nontraditional options if you're planning to get engaged and want something different. We combed the market for 15 beautiful, unique rings that, quite frankly, don't require you to plan a wedding around.
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Lily Allen will soon be sharing her cool Brit girl aesthetic with the masses thanks to the debut of her own collection, under the Lucy In Disguise label, which was first launched with her sister as a vintage store in London last year. Drawing inspiration from Lily's love for vintage pieces, the collection features a variety of throwback creations named after notable people in history such as Fortnums, a '40s-inspired rayon crepe tea dress with a lily of the valley print; Chatsworth, a green high-waisted maxi dress embroidered with gold sequins; and Capone, a black sequined and beaded tulle flapper-style dress. Check out the slideshow to see sketches from the collection!
Some stars' past Academy Award beauty looks weren't the best we've ever seen, but a peek back into the red carpet vault proves that there were many who got it right. Sure, poodle perms, frosted shadows, and brick red lipstick might look strange or dated to us now, but they at one point constituted what was hot at the time. Here are 40 stars who stood out with their memorable makeup and hairstyles at the Oscars (and Governors Ball) from way back when.
Lily Allen has had a busy year. She decided to hang up her microphone and give up music to take on the world of fashion retail whilst also being pregnant with her first child! Her retail endeavours have lead to the creation of Lucy in Disguise which is a vintage emporium opening in Covent Garden on 18th September. Lily is providing a preview of what to expect with a pop-up store in Selfridges. It opens today in the Wonder Room and will remain until 15th September. Click through to see what to expect!
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Expect there to be a lot of military items (very Balmain) with prices fixed at £20 for all coats and helmets and £10 for caps. The sale will take place on Saturday 28th November from 8.30am to 5pm at 3 Boundary Road, Wembley, HA9 7ND. Happy Shopping!