The Like's Annie Monroe clearly took some style inspiration from Danish actress Anna Karina. Note the classic trench coat, sailor dresses, the heavy fringe, dark sweaters, inky cat's eyes, the very 60s Continental flair, and their names. Then there's the matter of their work (Monroe's music and Karina's movies) not being everyone's cup of tea.
Here's Annie . . .
And Anna . . .
I think it's amazing how Anna Karina's sense of style has stood the test of time. Everything she wore in Une Femme Est Une Femme wouldn't be out of place in today's street style blogs, and gosh I want her outfits in Pierrot Le Fou. So, goal for 2011 remains the same as 2010: dress like a girl from a French Nouvelle Vague film!
Last year, I slowly began building a wardrobe dominated by the colours blue and red, but I didn't manage to "keep things simple" enough. This year, I am going to take a page out of Dead Fleurette's notebook and be extremely selective about what I buy. Note to self:
- No spontaneous shopping trips to Forever 21 or Greenhills, and let a planned seasonal list guide me. I love my spur-of-the-moment floral dresses but I am afraid that their patterns may date very quickly.
- Be willing to spend more for something that will last a really, really long time. My friend Mirella and I are sending pennies into a piggy bank ear-marked "Hermes". Yes, lots of studying and long hours of overtime before I get that Constance, but it will be worth it. As Aunt Alicia says, " Wait for the first-class jewels, Gigi. Hold on to your ideals."
- Less is more. It's time to cut down on excess and stick to the basics. I am allowed to buy striped shirts and button downs, but no more red shoes! If I buy something new, I need to let something go into the shop or a charity bin.
Building a capsule wardrobe seems like a tough project (especially with all the beautiful clothes I see on the blogs), but I am confident—I've got the proper incentives in place (trip to Palawan! Cambridge satchel! Jasper Fforde books!) and the fact that I've got my pockets to let. Thank you, Christmas!
You may have noticed the changes in our blog layout, the result of many hours of CSS coding and HTML headaches (and I'm still not finished!). The wonderfully charming illustrations were made by Basil from The Ghost Narwhal. He is a brilliant young artist from France, and I absolutely adore his work, especially the Doctor Who-related ones! He was kind enough to talk a bit about his work, and I hope you all enjoy the art and the answers.
What are your favourite things?
Time machines, tweed jackets, english breakfast, second-hand bookshops and watching films all day long
What's your inspiration?
There are load of artists who inspire me, I really couldn't make a list. I have a soft spot for American illustrators from the early/mid XX° century, such as Edward Gorey, Winsor McCay, Charles Adams or Maurice Sendak.
What are your plans for the new year?
Don't have any plans for 2011 for the moment. Or rather I have so much plans they can't all fit in 2011!
Thank you so much, Basil!
Photos courtesy of James Kelly and AFP.