Style Icons: Female »Bianca Jagger

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The life of a mom of two is many things, many happy and wonderful things, but it is not glamorous. When I allow myself to pine for the days to come (and they are coming) where I don’t have to worry about breastfeeding and spit up spoiling an outfit, thoughts turn to fashionable, dynamic women – women who can wear white without it getting smeared with jam. So of course, I think of the maven of white suits – Bianca Jagger.

One time party wife of Mick, life of the most exclusive parties, and fearless activist, she owns every breast bearing, fur slung, glistening white ensemble she dons. A stunning woman with impeccable style.

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Posted on January 11, 2013

Style Icons: Female »Shalom Harlow

Supermodel

I’ll be honest, as much as Ty-Ty says diversity is the key to modeling, I don’t go for a commercial Shalom Harlow.

She’s a beautiful doll like creature who should either be over the top fantasy editorial (see gossamer skull head) or stripped down high fashion (see her shining, makeup free Canadian beauty below).

An Ann Taylor Shalom is a Shalom wasted.

But that’s just my opinion.

The dreamy waif spent the good old 90′s mostly sharing the spotlight with dear friend and fellow supermodel Amber Valletta. She’s tried acting, which is sweet and seriously, she just flat out owns a few looks in my mind – thinking the pink feather dress, those black wings and that bob haircut in the first photo below.

Honestly, there’s never been an unobtainable cut, wave, and style as perfect as that. I remember the aches of envy that editorial evoked.

Plus, the girl was discovered at a Cure concert. Very cool, no?

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Posted on May 27, 2011

Style Icons: Female »Tura Satana

One Tough Pussycat

Tura Satana was not just a woman, but a force. While she was a burlesque dancer and actress in several films, she is almost exclusively associated with her dynamic, you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it role as Varla in Russ Meyer’s Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

She had a life that could have been a movie in itself, with tragedy, revenge, and drama, but it all sadly ended this weekend when she passed away from heart failure.

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Posted on February 7, 2011

Style Icons: Female »Musidora

Silent Era Vamp

The exquisitely exotic and gothy Musidora (born Jeanne Roques) was introduced to me by this week’s movie pick, Irma Vep which imagines a fictional remake of Les Vampires, the silent serial that made Musidora famous in France in the early 1910′s. With her heavily kohled eyes and gorgeous alabaster skin, she shines in the dramatic styles she donned. Aside from her stunning looks and personal style, though, she was quite a pioneer in the cinematic world. At a time when women rarely worked beyond the roles of actress or costume designer, she was both a director and producer. Many of her works are sadly lost.

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Posted on September 5, 2010

Style Icons: Female »Cher

Entertainer

I am not naive enough to be hopeful enough to imagine that Burlesque, Cher’s latest dance across the silver screen will deliver anything near the genius camp of Showgirls, but the trailer did get me thinking about Cher. Her music’s never been my cup of tea, and I could say much, much worse about her second coming with the Europop “Do You Believe” period, but I won’t.

After all, she’s an icon who has proven herself to be a sometimes good actress and most importantly has always been a true glamour chameleon and daring provocateur with her wardrobe. No one else does Bob Mackie and head dresses like her.

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Posted on August 29, 2010

Style Icons: Female »Joan Blondell

Adorable Bombshell

Joan Blondell is an adorable star whose comic timing, charm and smile could teach a thing or two to modern day comediennes. I know and love her from Bugsy Berkeley musicals and was surprised to learn she was also known and loved to me in my younger days as Vi, the sweetheart waitress in Grease. Her career was prolific, always joyful and latest over fifty years.

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Posted on August 15, 2010

Style Icons: Female »Isabella Rossellini

Unique Beauty and Renaissance Woman

Isabella Rossellini is so inspiring in her fierce individuality. She does the projects she wants to do and always with grace and humor. Whether starring in a David Lynch film, making short films about animal mating habits, or guest starring as the Arby’s roast beef loving ex of Jack on 30 Rock, Rossellini is constantly entertaining and one of our most interesting beauties – a woman who puts the rail thin vacant eyed stars of current young Hollywood to shame.

Most recently she’s been lending her eye to a line of Bvlgari handbags that are lined with her own snail print design. While I can not dream of affording the simple but slightly funky bags, I love that she’s making them and keeping her career interesting.

If you want to have a mini Isabella festival I recommend Blue Velvet, The Saddest Music in the World, and her Green Porno series and go ahead and throw in one of my favorites of her mother, Ingmar Bergman’s filmography, Gaslight.

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Posted on July 18, 2010

Style Icons: Female »Edwige Fenech

Giallo Goddess

On screen, raven haired siren Edwige Fenech is at her best when she’s pouting her lips and displaying slight fear in her heavily lashed and outlined dark eyes. She also excels at tossing her head as her clothes are ripped off, parading her supple round bottom, and running (with varied degrees of success) in fabulous high heels.

Her hair is unbelievable–so thick and dark you could get lost in it for weeks–and her skin is white as alabaster. She was custom-made for giallo films: an Italian thriller genre that relies heavily on prolonged murder scenes of fashionable women, stylish cinematography, and plenty of nudity and sex. These are the precursors to modern day slasher films and have a massive cult following.

Also a star in Italian comedies of the sixties and seventies, Fenech is adored world wide thanks to a prolific career that spans over 75 films. Here in the US, she’s slightly less famous, but has might have reached a new audience with a role in Hostel Part II.

I first became aware of her work while watching the dazzling and provocative trailers she stars in over at my friend Matthew‘s impromptu giallo trailer marathon. Her unique beauty intrigued me so I decided to try one of her many, many films. I settled on 1970′s The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh, which is highly praised film among the genre’s fans.

Aside from the work of Argento, I usually have a difficult time finding giallos that really work for me and while this one wasn’t quite worthy of this week’s movie slot, it was better than most and a total must-see if you do happen to love this genre. But even though it didn’t completely win me over as a giallo fan, it definitely won my heart thanks to its dimple chinned star (and it’s rugged villain–see this week’s hunk).

Fenech’s story doesn’t end on the screen with blood splattered across her breasts, over the years she’s gone on to become a pretty major player in Italian film production.

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Posted on August 25, 2008