Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Heroine Chic

Whether it’s fall’s brooding ad campaigns, the bevy of magazine editorial movie set re-creations, or the air of ladylike glamour that prevailed on the runways, Alfred Hitchcock and his leading ladies are certainly in the ether this autumn.
At left: Willy Van Rooy photographed by Helmut Newton, Vogue 1967. Courtesy Women Blog
Rear Window
ScarJo and Javier Bardem re-enact the classic for Vanity Fair

Somehow, stairwells always evoke Hitchcock for CC. A sculptural Viktor & Rolf top and echoes a spiral stair; featured in Italian Vogue. Gorgeous blonde bombshell and Fellow Fashionista S of Modern Guilt looks very Hitchcock chic! How film noir are the pose, her outfit and the setting?
How to get the look:
Think dramatic lips, demure jewels (a single strand of pearls, perhaps?), and ladylike, tailored clothing.
Here are CC's top 5 picks:

1) A cape(let) or bracelet sleeve coat
Above: Susana Monaco black nubby wool cropped swing jacket. Go to bluefly.com
Left: Brian Reyes runway photo via style.com.
Right: American Retro Hitchcock cape. Visit shopgoldyn.com.
The capes in the collage are from net-a-porter.com. And be sure to check out CC’s On the Cape post from yesterday, too!
2) A simple, fitted shift
A classic cowl neck dress from Black Halo, at Neiman Marcus; Banana Republic camel wool pocket dress
Below: Newport News purple sheath - just $39!
3) A delicately belted waist
Magaschoni Collection ecru wool jacket and high waist skirt. Visit saks.com.
AKA New York
crochet collar periwinkle dress, at net-a-porter.com.

4) Gloves and a girly Blouse
At left: Robert Rodriguez bow-neck yellow lace blouse and black opera gloves and Nanette Lepore Evocative teal lace top, both at Neiman Marcus
Hermés aubergine leather perforated H gloves… H is for Hitchcock, right? At bluefly.com.
5) A substantial handbag, preferably scarf-tied!
Dolce & Gabbana runway photo (via Italian Vogue) and Autumn/Winter 2008 ad campaign

Who is your favorite Hitchcock leading lady... Eva Marie Saint, Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Tippi Hedren, Janet Leigh, Kim Novak or Joan Fontaine?
Click here for a roundup of the Women of Hitchcock.
At left, a model wears a Stella McCartney black wool dress in a decidedly "Hitchcockian" scene in W Magazine.

53 comments:

LucyinStLou said...

Love the BR dress. Affordable and I have a gift card and coupon code. Thanks for posting it!

issa said...

oooh lovin' all of it!

...love Maegan said...

I like your play on words ...am love the D&G ads.

Annie said...

Chic capelets!

myriam said...

What a great post, all women should dress like this haha!

Siljesfashion said...

Rear Window is one of my all time favorite movies. Love the fabolous costumes.

TUPERSONALSHOPPERVIAJERO said...

My favourite is Novak of course! Your post is magnific as always. I´ve got in my wardrobe all the clothes and complements for the Hitchcock look. Great!
Thanks for your ideas again
Kss
;-)

BuzzBuzzO said...

I think that the new way you did ur blog is INGENOUSE! Sorry i suck at spelling! I really love what u do! If only i could afford the clothes u advertise!

The Clothes Horse said...

I love the Hitchcock femmes! They're so...powerful.

* Fashion Dreamer * said...

Oooh I so badly need a capelet and long gloves, I found the perfect capelet on sale last year but didn't buy it for some reason :(

J'Adore Fashion said...

great post, like the black halo dress and D&G ads!

Thanks for the comment :)
xoxo

ps: like the way you write & word choice!!

fashion herald said...

love the new blog design! great post, i don't know if i could choose between novak, hedron and kelley!

lisa said...

The ScarJo/Javier Bardem picture is such a fun photo.

Nothing Elegant said...

I love this post and the nod to Hitchcock! It makes me want to run out and buy some wrist length leather gloves -- so ladylike!

Jill said...

Haha I loved the images. The comparisons are great. I love the suggestions of capes and gloves!

Lisa said...

love the whole look.
so dark yet so hot !

The Seeker said...

Loved this post. I love that look.
The gloves, the bag scarf-tied, the dramatic but clean lady like look.... *sigh*

I like a few Women of Hitchcock, like Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Kim Novak.

Love your new head banner ;)

xoxo

La Belette Rouge said...

This is an absolutely gorgeous post. I am back to look at it some more. Really lovely!!!

miss fashion said...

ooh i love it! and i think that black cropped jacket at the beginning is magnificent.

Mrs.French said...

loving it all!

beccajanie said...

I definitely like the feel of the clothing and accessories in this post. I would love the american retro cape with some leather gloves, in a color like purple or teal just for fun, perhaps.

an92 said...

Thank you :) wow lots of inspiration!

Hunters Glory said...

love the last pic~!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic post! I neeeeed a capelet so badly and the AKA New York dress is so stunning. I've got gloves, and a swanky handbag so I'm almost half way there!

TRISH said...

This post is so nice. I love it. :)

Danielle Kuehnel said...

This is a great blog! I work for Solestruck.com, and we'd love to hook you up with some shoes. Shoot me an email at danielle@solevoice.com if you're interested. :)

Anonymous said...

I love that series of Dolce ads! I did a post about them on Sophista-Funk a while ago. Such perfect styling!

strikeapose said...

I love these pictures..such great style!

K.Line said...

Ooooh, this is so my thing. I love all of these!

enc said...

What a cool theme for a post. I love the pun.

MWah.fashion said...

i love all the editorials the most, theyre dramatic and gorgeous

La Femme Chic said...

The D&G Fall show was one of my favorites

WendyB said...

Loving the capelet look.

Equipo Dash and Cash said...

Great ideas! The handbag and the cape are the better for me... Well, I, actually, gonna need some gloves, but I find those large ones kind of unconfortable to put on and take out... My "mom issues" I suppose ha ha ha!

Kiss!

Simone

bronwyn said...

This is so cleverly put together - if you put out a magazine I'd buy it!

♥ Marta ♥ said...

I adore feminine chic ... I think that it creates the most beautiful silhouette :)P.S. I apologize for the lack of comments, school is killing me :(

♥ Marta ♥ said...

P.S. Awesome layout... definately a wonderful change :)

Savvy Mode SG said...

Love large bags but can't seen to carry them once they are filled with my stuff. My Hermes JPG is about 10 pounds once I am done filling it. It's quite a work out.

Aliena said...

Loved all of it. So stylish!

Sasi said...

Oh, I love all these pics, and I'm in love with D&G ads!

gilda said...

i LOVE that d&g ad you featured. that caught my eye the moment i first saw it in a mag. ahh! and after reading your post, i want a cape so bad. need to make one!

M1 said...

The dress from Black Halo is so chic!
The D&G ads are as usual, wonderful!

Dapper Kid said...

Currently swooning over the capes! And I do love Alfred Hitchcock movies, they are wonderfully artistic and the clothing in those days was divine!

coco said...

I loved this post. I think it is my favourite of yours so far. I love every single image you have used!

Lil Midget said...

I love the green top with the ruffles :) I'm a softy for ruffles

Civilized Spice said...

Those are some great picks! I especially like the Halo dress. And I always love the ads Dolce come up with. There are so many great pieces to buy this fall, wish I could get them all!

Check out our latest post on NY Fashion Week...

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A World in a PAN said...

So you have changed the header picture of your blog to adpat it to the coming season! What a delight.

S said...

amazing post, and I am SO honoured to be a part of it! You are super super awesome CC!!

Pamcasso said...

I love the heroine chic look:) my fave is Grace Kelly, but I love Joan Fontaine in Rebecca- that movie isn't as much tuned to Hitch's aesthetics since David O Selznick (as in Gone With the Wind) produced it I believe.

Anonymous said...

Wow, love your new template!
And love the Brian Reyes', too.

I've only seen Psycho, so I really don't know. But I certainly adore the chic & diva look on the Hitchcock ladies ^^
This was an amazing post, CC, great tips.

Rock on!
Raspberry

THE HOUSE OF STYLE said...

That dress for $39 dollars is a bargain!love the grape shade of it.My leading lady would be Ingrid Bergman,there was just something about her that was perfect for the mood of Hitchcook movies.What a delicious post and I ADORE the first image you posted,the one of the blogger in the skirt and ruffled top.Makes me want to drag out all my miss money penny feel garments,the tweed,capelets etc.Kisses Carrie! have a good day
x
Marian.

Regine said...

So many great photos as always!! i love love love the first photo, and the last.

Diabolina 3.1 said...

Tippi Hedren in The Birds may be my Halloween costume this year ;)

and how did you know i want a cape???