Thursday, 10 March 2011

Let's be Golden

Sunlight - don't you sometimes just feel like you need to run out and harvest it? One of my favourite things about living rurally (apart from the typical rolling hills, birds chirping, lambs gambolling etc - all the stuff you find on postcards), is the beautiful light. From the sun rising over a misty lake in Autumn to brilliant winter sunsets, or in this case golden light at five o'clock, it all makes for both a wonderful experience as well as a good photographic opportunity!
I am a 'natural light' purist - whether behind or in this case, in front of the camera. Obviously, as an aspiring photographer, of course I want to learn about how to use proper lighting. However, when the natural light is as incredible as this, who needs a van full of equipment? Nothing beats running around with a camera, a friend for a model and bag of clothes for styling on your back.
The title itself is a reference to another Beth Jeans Houghton song - her music is indeed golden.

Although I know that one of the key SS11 trend is seventies, I've subtracted ten years and am feeling very inspired by the sixties at the moment. I think there are several reasons for this..
1 -  My grandma's home in London is a completely wonderful sixties time warp, right down to the original Saarinen table and chairs with a bubble lamp curved over it. It feels like I am immersed in that dizzy decade whenever I step through the front door.
2 - I have been spending free time recently cataloguing all my hundreds of 'inspiration images' ripped out of magazines, and sticking them into scrap books (I have about five so far). There have a been a lot of sixties images - both fashion and interiors related among them.
3 - The sixties is one of many decades I am studying for my American History exam. Okay, I'm not claiming that Lyndon B. Jonson's foreign policy inspired my look - I'm thinking more about the popular culture side of things here.

Also, there is something rather liberating about wearing sixties (or 60s inspired) clothes - after all, that is one of the things that decade stood for! Whether it was Mary Quant popularising the mini-skirt or the widening of the generation gap, those ten years represented huge social (and style!) change. I know I posted a Mad Men inspired ensemble a while ago, but each coin has two sides, so I think that this outfit represents its opposite - summed up by Diana Vreeland in the phrase 'The Youthquake'. Think of  Edie Sedgewik, Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy. In fact, a great photographer friend of ours tells the most magnificent stories about living in a flat near Twiggy in the late sixties.

The tunic pictured here (bought from Beyond Retro in London) was one of the first ever items I wore on my blog. Then it was an actual dress, as opposed to the bottom skimming tunic it is now. However, there were several months where the size of my rib hump pre-surgery prevented me from wearing it. Now I have 'rediscovered' it. I layered it over a gold shirt bought from a charity shop, and Next cream cable knit tights. The emerald beauties on my feet were bought from a specialist vintage shop over the christmas holidays. I feel like I should start clicking my heels and monologuing about "home", such is the Wizard of Oz-esque feeling they evoke. The leopard print gloves are vintage (family owned), as is the Betty Barclay bag in the first shot.

Thank you to my ever-wonderful mum for being willing to drop her work for twenty minutes to wield a camera in a field. I would like to say I am levitating in the first and last shots, but sadly no. However, I did have a lot of fun jumping for photos (Deja Vu! It reminded me of LFW and the wonderful Style East) and it is very liberating for me to be able to move like that again.

53 comments:

sacramento said...

Fantastic 60s inspiration.
My favourite pic the second one from the bottom...Marvelous and dreamy.
Much love dear Roz.
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Kate said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the way you used the collar from the shirt, and the colours go beautifully together. I'm studying the sixties at the moment and for textiles I have to create a garment inspired by the sixties, this is brilliant inspiration! I love your facial expression in the first one!!
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Steffy's Pro's and Con's said...

i adore this dress, and the mint green color is amazing!!

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Ellie Jane said...

I love the sixties at the moment, I love the feeling of freedom that comes with that era, although I feel my heart will always belong to the classic 50s flared skirt and tiny waist! You look stunning and I love how you have layered the shirt and dress.

olivia said...

That dress is adorable! The collar is great.

Rebeccak said...

Wonderful shots! You do a great '60s - totally Roz-ified! :)

Gabriella said...

Gorgeous pictures, both your outfit and the background are lovely! :)

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TC said...

Your outfit is amazing! I especially love the tunic. You have such long legs...I'm jealous. The lighting in the second picture is absolutely wonderful!

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Closet Fashionista said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!!! You look amazing and soooo tall :D :D
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Sarah said...

this is sooooo delicious in every way!

My Heart Blogged said...

The photos are gorgeous. I love natural light. I have a old digital camera, and natural lighting makes my photos look so much better. That dress looks beautifully retro. I like it's minty green color.
My Heart Blogged

Fashionistable said...

Did my last comment get through - something weird happened. If not I said it is great to see you jumping, so loved the LFW jump. Thought you might like this http://iliketweet.blogspot.com/2011/03/todays-levitation.html
Great dress and the gloves are wonderful. Xxxx

Victoria Belle said...

I've been lurking on your blog for about a year now and just want to say that I think it is fab. The fact that others people of my age share my preoccupation with the past is so refreshing. Yeah that's all I wanted to say that I really enjoy your blog.

adrielleroyale said...

I so love your jumping shots! :) This is a super cute outfit too... I completely agree that I would love to harvest the sunlight, man wouldn't that be awesome? :)

Raez said...

Love the mint green mini paired with the leopard gloves! can't say I've ever seen it anywhere else, what a great combo:)

And i love the sixties too! it's one of my favourite decades along with the seventies. I'd really love to see inside the pages of your inpiration books, I'm sure it's magical!

xx raez

ellieand said...

I actually love the 60's...everything about it really, the culture, the clothes, the freedom [arguable i know]. I've never been brave enough to commit to 60s fashion myself, but you look stunning in this dress. The colour's so beautiful, and I loove the first photo! x

jess said...

I love the blue color on you.

Miranda said...

Such an adorable dress, I love the cut and the color. Fabulous photos too.

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screamingcat said...

beautiful! i love the long legs!
love the first and last pictures. you look like you are floating in the air.

Lemondrop Marie said...

Such a lovely and unusual color! Gorgeous!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Dylana Suarez said...

These pictures are so fun! The colors are so fun and fresh and fantastic!

xoxo,

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Charlie, Feminine Bravery said...

love this outfit, and the light is so beautiful!

alexandratherese said...

As soon as I saw your outfit I thought 'Mary Quant'! Love the contrast of the turquoise with the gold - the late afternoon sun really does make your appear 'golden' Roz! The sixties is one of my favourite decades too - musically as well as style-wise. I suppose it was the era of change.

Alexandra Thérèse xx

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Olivia Isabella. said...

Ah, 60s is always my preference over seventies anyway! Love the colour palette in this outfit, the zingy mint green is so lovely against the creams and leopard print.
The sunlight just makes everything seem better at the moment; thoroughly enjoying it, just wish it would warm up a little bit!

Olivia x
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katerina said...

woww amazing outfit..
reminds me "alice in wonderland"...

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Sara said...

gorgeous outfit! Oh I am amazed how long legs you have, you are so beautiful!

Pearl Westwood said...

I always want to run outside and bottle up the sunshine! I think 60s trends will replace the 70s ones come a/w Prada had quite a 60s feel I thought. x

Caitlin Rose said...

Beautiful pics. and YES lately I've been feeling like I just need to soak in all the rays that I can.

Eule-Lilaanaa said...

nice, amazing gloves

Jessica said...

Great post! I love the gloves! :)

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Breshna S. said...

lovely outfit, it's so unique and love that shade of blue! Also in love with where you live, as it seems very serene and magical!

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Polka Princess said...

What beautiful shots.......you are absolutely right! There's nothing more invigorating & lovely than rich golden sunlight!!! :)

Shannon Distel Scanlan said...

Lovely as always.

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Primrose said...

The colour of that dress is stunning! And I completely agree about the light rurally, no matter what season or time of day, it's always so captivating x

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RedRose said...

Wow I love all the colours in these photos, they are beautiful together! Mint green is fabulous!

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Suzannah said...

What beatufil pictures! The lighting is wonderful. I admire your style!

:)

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November Grey said...

Beautiful light indeed. That first photo is genius.

xx

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Penny Dreadful said...

I adore the 60s. Of course I like all other eras too, but the 60s was the first 'vintage' period I really got into. I love your leopard gloves, I have been looking for a pair myself for ages (to wear with my leopard baker boy cap and a black cape) but it is hard to find ones that don't look cheap so I just keep on searching! x

styleeast said...

More jumping, yay!! Where are the pigeons when you need them?! Roz, you are my style hero, this outfit is beautiful, you mix colours like nobody else. I'm so in awe of your family's vintage wardrobe, it must be like a treasure trove! xx

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lavelle said...

Beautiful blog and lovely outfit!

I love Beth Jeans! It's not often I find people who know of her, so it was a nice surprise to see your blog title!

Golden is probably one of my favourites. I do love I will return and Hot toast as well :)

xx

Kellie W. said...

You look really stunning in all of these! And the 1960s are my favorite era for spring fashion, too! I like to find inspiration in my Beatles books, because all of the fangirls look so stylish!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Well you know I AM always impressed with you- but today I am impressed with myself: I KNEW it was your mom's eye behind the camera! Your parents photography are starting to become distinguishable now to me. I just knew this was the work of your mum! I love the '60's and if it makes you feel better many collections, Prada, Anna Sui, among them seem to be riffing more off the "we decade" than the "me decade."

Michelle's Style File said...

Brilliant photos- love it!

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Michelle
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Ann said...

Hey I love outfit and the photos :)
I'm new to Lookbook but when I first saw your photograph I loved it! :) xx

chairsmith said...

We've been enjoying your jumping pictures and thought you may be interested in the work of Nutsumi Hayashi who specialises in taking photos of herself levitating ... the imagery is quite addictive http://yowayowacamera.com/

Maria said...

The colours in these photos are gorgeous! The natural light is so pretty :)

Maria xxx

Roxanne Rosensteel said...

Quirky, original, and perfect!! I really love how you choose your own inspiration (which I guess everybody does) but, you seem to know exactly what you want from your wardrobe when everyone else is stuck on something else.
Not to mention you have the perfect legs to pull it off!

Kat said...

i just found a pic of you on the stockholm streetstyle blog, you look so gorgeous!

have a nice week :)

Lucia said...

I have to tell you the way you dress is so original and you really do pull it off so well. All of your oufits are so eye catching.

Vintage Space said...

Best... outfit... ever!!

EIGHT LONDON said...

This is the best outfit I have seen all week. Catching the light is the quality I most admire in photography, no photoshop, no lamp stands.
Ah, I remember spending days and days scrapbooking when I was at school, staying up long into the night cutting away quietly instead of doing my homework. Bliss! After I've finished writing this comment, I'm going to go upstairs and see if I can dig them out. Who knows, maybe at age 20 I'll be inspired to start again!