Last night saw the screening of the much-anticipated BBC4 drama ‘We’ll Take Manhattan’. This was the story of the photo shoot that shot 60s model Jean Shrimpton, aka ‘The Shrimp’ to fame, and changed the nature of fashion photography as we now it. The photographer who created this iconic work was of course David Bailey. Shrimpton and Bailey naturally fell in love and became one of the most iconic couples of all time.
The programme was fabulous, with Doctor Who star Karen Gillan making a totally gorgeous Shrimpton. Now, Karen is no amateur in the style stakes, with an eclectic personal style that includes wearing rather clumpy shoes to the NTA’s on Wednesday. But I totally fell in love with her early 1960s wardrobe that she wore in ‘We’ll take Manhattan’. First of all, I adore green, a huge colour for this season and one that has a shade to suit most skin tones. Combined with camel, it creates a chic palette that has a very grown up feel to it.
And then there’s that lush, glossy hair, tied with a range of flowing headscarves that frame that beautiful face. On Karen/Jean these look super stylish..I’d probably look more like Brigitte Jones if I attempted to wear one, but this is still a strong, stunning look.
I also love the fact that this is actually a rather pared down look. Accessories are kept to a minimum – a scarf, a pair of seriously cool shades, tiny delicate pieces of jewellery. This isn’t the 1960s dollybird look – it’s much neater than that, and all the better for it.
This is a look that would be great this Spring, where colours are going to be brighter, and retro shapes are still strong.
Get the look – 1960s
Orange Bib Front Shift Dress Now £35.00
Liza Mix Print Fit and Flare Dress
Ellen Daisy Mesh Insert Sleeveless Shift Dress
Twist Side Shift Dress £50.00
balenciaga Backless dress
Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper £139
Brown paint Dip Border Scarf £16