Thursday, 27 May 2010

Penny for a flower

I recently turned fifteen - I'm looking forward to seeing what adventures and challenges there will be this year.
I recieved some amazing presents, including Tim Walker's photography book which I have been lusting after for months. After reading it I've decided I want to spend my life taking pictures like his! Seeing his his work is like looking at dreams mixed with childhod adventure. I also got Richard Avedon's book - he is one of the photography greats.

Anyway,  part of my birthday involved an 'M.G.M Starlets' morning, organised by a family friend - complete with silk pyjamas and delicious brunch (cupcakes to die for!) I think this year I have found my own fairy godmother. As well as organising this fantastic morning this wonderful person also gave me a Chanel dress. Yes, Chanel! I was completely flabbergasted (in the best possible way.)
It is currently sitting on my mannequin, as though it has already taken on its own life.. And I shall showcase it on the blog asap.

Anyway, that forties film star morning was the inspiration behind this post - the beautiful technicolour effect in films such as 'The Red Shoes' and 'The Wizard of Oz' gave me the idea for some very colourful photos.

This gorgeous dress is Betty Barclay - another wonderful British brand I've accidently started collecting. I bought it at a vintage fair in Bath. If I had more money, then oh the things I would have bought from that stall! However among all the bold colours and fur coats, I noticed this nestled away.
I like the fact it is one part Scarlett O'Hara, one part Covent Garden flower girl (from My Fair Lady.) It has this great row of buttons up the front, which although laborious to do up, look perfect once finished. It also came with the original fabric covered belt, a detail I always appreciate.
I put an underskirt underneath to get the volume..

The sun hat is vintage Laura Ashley I bought from a charity shop and the little black vanity case was from my grandma. My mum bought the shoes today from a charity shop for £1! I leapt on them the minute I saw them. Funnily enough, I used to hate wedges and have suddenly had a change of heart and embraced them. And for five or so inch heels, these are surprisingly comfortable.

My mum took the photos this time - we went to a nearby field full of buttercups. I love all these vibrant colours of late spring - all around the gardens have sprung up in full bloom.

So as this is a rather film oriented post- do you have any favourite vintage films? I love Funny Face, and the much mentioned Red Shoes at the moment. I'd love to hear suggestions and opinions!

Oh & I forgot to say in the last post, thank you for all your supportive comments on my photography!

Edit: I'm now away for a few days, but I'll look forward to catching up when I get back!

50 comments:

Kimberly June said...

That first picture is stunning.

Lisa Drives A Van said...

you look beautiful! i love your braids and i hope you had a wonderful 15th birthday xox

My Republic of Fashion said...

The colour of that Betty Barclay dress is just stunning. You look like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Lucky you for getting a Chanel dress...wow.:)

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Olivia Isabella. said...

This got to be one of your favourite 'editorials': I think that is a well earnt name, one which your photos truly deserve!
The whole outfits just works fabulously together and the dress is just divine!
UO x
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Elliejane.x said...

I love these pictures especially the first and second. Beautiful

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Sara said...

That shade of green looks delightful on you!

Favorite vintage films, hmm - certainly Breakfast at Tiffany's, Casablanca, To Catch A Thief, Sabrina, Rear Window. Can't argue with the classics! And my goodness, the leading ladies then were so inspiring.

Laura said...

I love your hat it's so romantic!!

Sofie Marie said...

The first picture is truly wonderful.As soon as I saw these photos I thought Dorothy...and then read what you said about being inspired by the wizard of oz! haha,it made me smile ^.^

The wedges are divine and such a bargain...ack ack,envy!

I'm not much of an expert of vintage films :/ I love over the top 80's movies though,plus I recently enjoyed watching an old black and white adaptation of Great Expectations.
Sofie
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Leia said...

What a beautiful photoshoot :)

Dylana Suarez said...

Happy bday! Love your dress!

Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh I love the outfit!!!! :D And wow a Chanel dress! That's awesome!
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FASHION SNAG said...

I hope you had a great fifteenth birthday. You look so romantic in green. xo

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Indy said...

Wow, this is amazing! There's something so Scarlett O'Hara-esque about this outfit.

You look wonderful!

MellJBrown said...

I'm the smae with wedges. thought they were the ugliest things ever. But since they sort of exploded this year and there are some much nicer ones floating around as well I now love them. need the perfect pair so bad!
- m xx

Jessy said...

I love the hat with your hair! It's beautiful!

One of my favorite old movies is Breakfast at Tiffany's. that has to be the best movie ever!

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Cath said...

Whaaa, this is totally Anne of Green Gables! (Canadian pride RIGHT there!)Your hair even looks red in some photos, like hers! Looove the shoes and dress, very lucky finds.

And Happy belated birthday!

jykowa said...

There is a touch of Anne (Green Gables) in there. It's lovely..

the Citizen Rosebud said...

happy birthday, Roz. hope this is a wonderful year for you!
You look so sweet in these photos. Loving the hat, the dress, the stance. What great fashion sense you have. You're truly a classic stylist.

styleodyssey said...

Belated happy birthday, Roz! Gosh, I barely remember being 15, lol.
You really have an awareness of what colors flatter you. This green shade is perfect.
Fave vintage films? I'll have to give it some thought...So many, but I adore many films from the 60s.

The Lady Nerd said...

Beautiful photos. (Your mum did a lovely job with the photography.) The first shot reminds me a bit of Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle. I'm not entirely sure why, but it was the first image association that popped in my heard. Perhaps it's the hat...

As far as vintage films go, I am definite fan of the old screwball comedies. To heck with modern comedies! I'll take Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart any day! I have yet to see any recent film that can hold a candle to The Philadelphia Story or The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer. Ben Hur is another one. It's one of the cinematic greats. It's a shame we never studied it in the US. I had to go to New Zealand before they actually studied film classics! Oh what is our world coming to...

And before I forget, happy (if somewhat belated) birthday!

PS - My apologies on my lack of blog updates. Chaos has been the reigning order of the days here. Hopefully I'll have it back up and running with more artwork soon. :)

Gracie said...

You're 15?!?!?! WOW! that makes me slightly depressed inside. YOU WERE 14?!?!
Ahhhh hahaha you're so good! And so knowledgable! When I was 14 I was a bumbling idiot! Hahaha.
Oh and happy birthday!

nancy : The Sway Report said...

Roman Holiday! Gregory Peck, what a heartthrob. Audrey Hepburn, the most chic woman to have ever lived.

8 1/2 ... Marcelo Mastroianni is beautiful, and Anouk Aimee is so inspirational.

Anything with Cary Grant or Ingrid Bergman.

Too many favorites to list them all!

RepublicOfChic said...

Happy birthday, belated.. :)

It's raining lots here so I keep humming Singin in the rain :)

PS. There is much I LEARN from your photography. Respect! :)

Go With The Flo said...

gorgeous dress, gorgeous hat, gorgeous shoes.

notjustmedical said...

I never usually comment, but this outfit is fantastic! I like Funny Face, but love Roman Holiday and the Apartment.

S
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San said...

These pictures are lovely and the outfit is nearly perfect. I just miss some gloves, well, that's the way I would have styled it and I would probably wear gloves with everything, I love them, the make everything even more glamorous and chic.

This 40ies morning sounds exquisite, I'd love to do something like this too.

Old films? Don't get me started. I just ordered "High Society". I love everything with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Danny Kaye. I'm also quite fond of "The Glass Slippers" and "Gigi" both with Leslie Caron. I recently bought a book from Clarence Sinclair Bull, he was a photographer for MGM from the twenties to the fifties. It has the most gorgeous pictures of the old Hollywood league. For example a Clark Gable that you hardly recognize because he looks so young and has no mustache.

Have a great weekend and thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures. And happy belated birthday.

SophieSophySophie said...

Wow, just wow, you are only just 15! You look far more grown up and gorgeous than I was at 15! You look gorgeous as ever, i love the styling, the dress everything!

Happy belated birthday

Sophy

rachel / Red Lips Vintage said...

the first photo is perfect!

Anna said...

Congratulations on turning fifteen! I'm glad that you are so passionate about photography, i can see from how you style your self that you have a great eye for detail! Wow, a chanel dress! I'm unbelievably jealous!!! Do you know where this wonderful person bought it, is it vintage? I love Funny Face too! I'm simply crazy about Audrey Hepburn movies, Breakfast at Tiffanys, Charade, How to steal a million...etc! I also love How to marry a millionare and casablanca. I also addicted to musicals like west side story and chicago. I suppose most of my favourite movies are classics, my favourite modern movie would probably be Romeo + Juliet and 500 days of summer (i loved what Zooey Deschanel wore in that movie!). Happy belated birthday!

Sue said...

You look beautiful!!

My vintage inspirational films are: All about Eve, The African Queen, Rebel without a casue, East of Eden, Giant...here Elizabeth Taylor is just perfect! I love James Dean!!

Carrie said...

Your dress is beautiful!

Raez said...

happy belated birthday my dear! 15 was a great year, no doubt you will have a blast:)

and holy cow, a chanel dress, your friend must just love you!

xx raez

polka dot said...

Happy Birthday!!! I know you're away - felt like posting more shots from Primrose HIll (just posted one this morning) and realised I hadn't seen the last few posts - didn't realise it was your birthday already!

Love these shots. Now on to the next ; ) Hope we'll see you guys soon.

xoxo

polka dot said...

p.s. Favourite vintage films... so many. My favourite Audrey Hepburn film is one that no one seems to have seen - you'd love it, Roz, it's a story of a married couple (Hepburn and Albert Finney) who keep going on holiday to the same part of France where they met. Different cars, different styles of course, through the sixties. It's called Two for the Road and if you can get hold of it, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

And anything with Kate Hepburn & Cary Grant.. Philadelphia Story comes to mind. I agree with Anna, Romeo + Juliet and 500 days of summer, stylistically, are definitely modern classics.

Lucy said...

Hey, I found you through Jill, Polka Dot!
I'm 'snippets of shiny thoughts' who she sometimes mentions :D
I must say now I am so impressed with your photos but also your model ability - its lovely to see a girl who can actually pose in her blog posts! congrats on being 15! its such a wonderful age to be - live it to the full! (I bet you are already though!) sadly i've bearly seen any vintage films - this is something i HAVE to catch up on very soon because theyre must sees! I do like funny face but its sometimes too over the top lovey for me hehe
lots of love, Lucy xx

MarchMusings said...

Loved everyone of your photos. Then went through your other outfit posts and adored those too!
Adding you to my blog roll now.

Darling L said...

Oh wow, that dress is so gorgeous! And you look really pretty! Happy belated birthday by the way :)

Vera and Rudy said...

Hi - I had a few moments to psare and so needed to catch up with your blogs and so saw this latest one - it is a genuine pleasure to see them all, but this one was particularly good. Keep up the good work and Happy Birthday again! babi

Claradevi Handriatmadja said...

Happy belated birthday!
I'm so glad to find your blog from somewhere in the blogsphere...
Your photos are wonderful and stunning! I'm following :))

ioana said...

lovely post!as for the movie, it has to be gone with the wind!cant wait too see the chanel!

lauren lanza osias said...

this looks like a fairy tale to me. i love it. and roman holiday is my favorite movie of all times, it's just perfect.

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K8 said...

you look stunning. Your birthday sounds like it was a wonderful time! Your so lucky to have a fairy godmother :) Happy 15th darling...and never stop taking pictures!

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Danielle said...

You look so incredible! That dress is amazing and these pictures are beautiful. Happy belated birthday!

PaolinaBM said...

Such a beautiful post and location!

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hilaryinspired said...

Beautiful photos, Roz, as usual....I really enjoy your honest and unique perspective in fashion. Your photos and styling are so genuine and, for lack of a better word, "real" to your personality! It is very refreshing.

And as for one of my favorite classic films...Charade with Carry Grant and Audrey Hepburn. It is fantastic! Sweet, quirky, mod, and of course, gorgeous. Hope you get a chance to enjoy it as much as I do.

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Grethe said...

The first picture is absolutely amazing!

LyddieGal said...

I love your vintage look, and your photos are gorgeous!
Happy Birthday!

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RedRose said...

You look absolutely stunning!
I love the dress and the hat is amazing!
I actually held my breath when I looked at these photos.

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Page said...

gorgeous shoot!! love it :)
im definitely following your blog!!!
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Emily Shmidt said...

you are very beautiful!!:-[