Eyecon(s): Louise Brooks & Clara Bow

Yes, this Eyecon post is plural and devoted to two ladies from the era of Prohibition and multiple strands of pearls. Prompted by this HuffPost Style feature, I spent the better part of the afternoon yesterday gazing at photos of flapper fashion and reading up on the movement itself. In its time, “flapper” was a somewhat derogatory term for a fun-loving, rising hem-line wearing, booze drankin’ young woman. A woman who went against the status quo, who danced and smoked and probably did her fair share of barney-mugging [yes Imma make you click on that link for a definition]. Now days, it conjures up images of overdone Halloween costumes and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly in Chicago, neither of which are nearly as fabulous as this pair of trendsetters.

The epitomes of flapper chic, the photos I found of Ms. Brooks and Ms. Bow are almost eerily on trend in 2011. While at times decadently accessorized with beading and/or sparkly jewels, the clothes themselves were made for well, partying. For dancing and drinking and the kicking up of heels, all while still looking fancy. There is an ease and effortlessness to the luxe dresses and bobbed hairstyles of the flapper era, which is difficult to replicate in today’s often go-go-go pace of life. Let’s raise a glass of [legal] bubbly to these two beauties and their eyeconic style which is still referenced nearly 100 years later. Enjoy!
[all photos linked to source]

Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985)

Striking a sexy pose in this sailor-inspired number: Who knew hot pants have been around for so long?!
Predicting the somewhat perplexing hair turban trend, proving that fashion is indeed cyclical and that Ashley Olsen is fab:

                      Inspiring this September 2010 Vogue cover featuring Halle Berry:


Clara Bow (July 29, 1905 – September 27, 1965)

Advocating for all of us big haired ladies:

Influencing Drew’s look:

Demonstrating the cute and sporty advantages of the one-piece suit:


Bravo ladies, PoseCity thinks yer the bee’s knees.

PoseCity xo.

Eyecon: Elizabeth Taylor

This week brought the sad news of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor’s death at age 79. She is one of the first celebrities I remember identifying as beautiful. Her delicate features and raven hair made me take notice even as a young in watching her in National Velvet. The marriages, the scandals, the 80s: Taylor lived through it all, and is remembered for her tireless humanitarian work in support of AIDS research as much as she is for being a rare a two-time Oscar winner (Best Actress for Butterfield 8 & Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Enjoy the following images of Ms. Taylor looking uber marvelous.
All photos linked to source.

Amazing green dress, fur stole, obvi diamonds. Reminds me of Viven Leigh in this photo.

I could/should/will do a whole post devoted to Cleopatra. Swoon!

In the iconic white silk slip from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Diamonds + cleave= win

Hair raising pose for Richard Avedon

Forever immortalized by Andy Warhol

Coiffed to the nines, often dripping in jewels, always g-l-a-m-o-r-o-u-s.
Somewhere Charlotte York is weeping.
Much Love,

PoseCity xo.

Ms. Kool Thing

Introducing a new PoseCity feature: EyeCons!
[eye-con: icon, visually pleasing hero, YA DIG? Miso clever!]
I’ve been wanting to do brief highlights of ladies with enviable style for a while now, so hey, no time but the present to begin! I would love to feature more Guest Posts in this category, as inspiration is such a unique feeling.
Hint, hint/ wink, wink, don’t be shy my reeders!
First up: Kim Gordon

Yeah, she’s 57. Ms. Gordon is the ultimate self-assured rock chick. Listening to her songs with Sonic Youth is cathartic, revealing that under her perma-cool exterior she is totally relatable and dealing with many of the same insecurities as most females. Her approach to fashion allows for plenty of movement on stage, favoring dresses and sleeveless tops. All while managing to be age appropriate and sexy. Win!

Offstage, Ms. Gordon still keeps it simple, using bright color in place of bold accessories for a night out or publicity appearance.

Luvs it, KG!

More lady candy to come. Who inspires your fashion choices?

PoseCity xo.