Retro scarf looks from Liberty London.

There is something oh so stylish about the ability to carry off wearing a headscarf. All those retro icons could do it with ease – Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn  all wore their scarves with finesse. And it looks like they may be about to make a comeback for spring, with Karen Gillan and Michelle Williams showing that they can look just amazing for those attempting retro elegance.

Liberty London have just launched an amazing new  range of beautiful scarves. Some contain their famous liberty prints taken from the Liberty archives, my personal favourite being the exquisite Art Nouveau feather print of the ‘Hera’, but there are also scarves from Alexander McQueen and Jonathan Saunders. I love the ‘God Save McQueen’ one, perfect for those looking to give a cheeky nod to the Royal Jubilee this year.

Jonathan Saunders Red Victoriana Modal Mix Scarf, Jonathan Saunders £285.00

Liberty London Scarves Fuschia Imran Print Silk Scarf, Liberty London £95.00

Missoni Stola Multi Colour Stripe Shawl, Missoni £265.00

Liberty London Scarves Fuschia Ianthe Print Silk Scarf, Liberty London £95.00

Alexander McQueen God Save McQueen Printed Scarf, Alexander McQueen £445.00

Liberty London Scarves Fuschia Hera Print Silk Scarf, Liberty London £135.00

 

1960s style lust – Karen Gillan in We’ll take Manahattan

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 

 

 

 

 

The rise of the redhead.

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Gentlemen might prefer blondes, whilst brunettes are traditionally more sensuous and mysteries, but it is redheads who are having a moment. From Karen Gillan as Dr Who‘s sexiest and most stylish assistant ever, to Nicola Roberts rise to fashionista fame, redheads have been at the forefront of fashion in 2010.

Redheads of all colours and tones have been everywhere in 2010. They are on your tv screen, in your iPod and in the pages of your fashion mags.  Some are naturally auburn, others are proudly coiffed out of a bottle, but all have exuded such style and panache that the likes of Rihanna and Cheryl Cole have recently hitched a ride on the red bandwagon.

History’s most famous redhead was probably England’s greatest Queen, Elizabeth 1st. She defiantly held on to her red locks with wigs after illness left her permanently bald. Her paintings show she was really proud of her Boleyn colouring, knowing it was her crowning glory.

In the 20th century, redheads meant different things during different times. Clara Bow was the quintessential flapper, a working class girl with a heart of gold and a cute red bob. Into the 1940’s and red could spell danger, with Rita Hayworth at her most beautiful as the redheaded Gilda. Maureen O Hara was the Irish colleen with the flowing copper locks in films like The Quiet Man.

Into the 1980’s and red signified the girl next door, with Annie and her cute curls, Molly Ringwald in the John Hughes movies, and Sarah Ferguson, better known to everyone as fun-loving Fergie, the Duchess of York.

The 1990’s bought a more fiery, feisty redhead. Geri Halliwell was the epitome of girl power, with her two tome copper locks, whilst Shirley Manson had attitude and talent in spades as the lead singer with indie band Garbage. Kylie Minogue and Madonna also flirted with the dye bottle during this period.

And now…everyone who is anyone seems to have red hair. Florence Welch and Paloma Faith have gorgeous red locks and bags of talent. Julianne Moore is winning more actress plaudits for The Kids are Alright and looks stunning in the ad campaign for Bulgari.  Emma Stone is the new sweetheart of high school movies. Karen Elson is showing she can sing as well as she can model, whilst Christina Hendricks has been the pin-up of the year, loved for her amazing curves and red hair.

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The most recent ad campaign for Radley shows a model with a mass of red curls nestling the Godalming tote bag, whilst Vivienne Westwood’s Naughty Alice fragrance ad has an Earl Moran style illustrated starlet with…you’ve guessed it…long red hair.

 

At the recent Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the year award, the Dr Who actress Karen Gillan was awarded Ultimate TV actress, whilst Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts was named Ultimate fashionista. Was any further proof needed that this is definitely the year of the redhead. It seems that if you want to get ahead now…you need to get your head in the sink and roll on the colour!

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