Fall, however, is a different story. My wardrobe is rife with potential for clever layering. Pair that wispy, inappropriate little dress with opaque tights and a classically tailored wool blazer, and it suddenly becomes smart and gamine. Mix that leather mini with a chunky sweater and a secretary blouse and it whispers ladylike chic, instead of screaming "but I'm with the band!"
This fall I am drawing inspiration from a couple of classy ladies, in particular Anjelica Huston for Valentino and the inimitable on-screen style of Faye Dunaway. From her depression-era by way of the seventies sweaters and breezy chiffon frocks in Bonnie and Clyde to her borrowed from the boys but worn like a lady tailored separates in Network, she looks grown up, feminine, and cool. The accessories alone! Scarves, hats, furs, little leather belts...and, of course, cheekbones out to THERE. Apparently, I'm not the only one in the mood for a little retro drama, as the fall '10 collections offered plenty of louche, ladylike seventies references. The standouts?
Seriously. My pulse is racing. Sweaters and jackets and vests, oh my! *sigh* Now all I need is ten more inches of perfectly wavy hair and a good handgun.