Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Art of Sophistication

The world is full of dualities; good and evil, night and day, girl and boy. But it's not always that black or white, there can be a little good and evil in all of us, sometime you can see the moon in the light of day and sometimes you can be a girl who happens to like men's clothing. Throughout the 20th century a lot has changed for women. They got the ability to vote, stepped out of the kitchen and into the workforce and became equals to men. So it is no surprise that women's attire changed as well. Skirts and dresses they had been expected to wear prior were just not practical for the new working class woman, so they started wearing more pants, suits and button down blouses with collars.

                                                                                  Coco Chanel
There was one person that helped to shape this new androgynistic style for women and that lady was Coco Chanel. We can't help but pay most of our homage to Coco, she lived in a time when ladies were supposed to be dainty and helpless and full of femininity. But that just wasn't her, she started sewing her own fashion line full of men's style coats and trousers in the early 1900's in France. She quickly became the toast of Paris. Now, the entire world knows her name. Her style was synonymous with sophistication and spoke to many women who had felt suppressed for so long and gave them apparel to be taken more seriously. 

                                                                                  Get Coco's Look

                                                                                     Diane Keaton

Another style icon that is hard to ignore when talking about tomboy styles is Diane Keaton, particularly her role in Woody Allen's classic 70's movie Annie Hall. She revived the Coco look and breathed new life into it. Her classic white dress shirt, vest and tie is something that she was spotted wearing not only in the movie, but in real life as well. She is also known for her love of blazers, which were known as smoking jackets by men who used to wear them to special events and to look sharp out on the town. Somehow she has managed to combine a perfect blend of feminine and masculine and still look sharp and beautiful.

                                                                                  Get Diane's Look

Friday, October 5, 2012


It's October, the month that All Hallows' Eve falls under, the night that long ago was created to celebrate Pagan harvest and honor the dead. Naturally then, October has become the month for all things dark, spooky and taboo. So here at Studio 1220, we are honoring black this month, the true anti-color.

We also can't help but be reminded of some fashion rebels of the 60's and 70's who looked like they were born to wear black. These were all women that men described as having a sense of magic surrounding them, luring men into their lives and becoming muses of rock musicians, fashion designers and girls of the past and present. 

                                                           EDIE SEDGWICK
Edie Sedgwick was best known for her association with Andy Warhol and his Factory. This well-heeled American debutante became a symbol of Sixties style, rebellion and freedom. She inspired Andy's art and captivated Bob Dylan who was said to have written many songs about her. She loved to wear big fur coats with black tights and made them look elegant and effortless.  

                                                           Get Edie's Look


Marianne Faithfull became a fixture in the wild social scene that was dubbed, "Swinging London." Then a four-year relationship with Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger, in the mid Sixties cemented her status as a true rock-n-roll muse. Marianne looked like such a good girl, but would edge up her look with leather and jean jackets.  

Get Marianne's Look 


                                                              STEVIE NICKS
Stevie Nicks is a true rock n' roll queen. She was the beautiful bohemian woman best known as the female singer from the band Fleetwood Mac in the mid 70's. Her style was always unique, she could usually be seen in oversized clothes with flowing sleeves, wore mostly black and some would say had a pagan/witchy way about the way she'd dress. She wrote and sang in one of her most famous songs Rhiannon, "She is like a cat in the dark and then she is the darkness, she rules her life like a fine skylark and when the sky is starless." She was truly a woman of mystery and intrigue, with an amazing voice and a sense of style all her own. 

                                                           Get Stevie's Look 

                                                                                  Have a spooky October
                                                            And watch out for black cats crossing your path