Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Style Inspiration:Kim Novak in Bell,Book and Candle

Even though it just started getting truly hot here in Hollywood, my mind is on fall. And the biggest inspiration for me right now is Kim Novak in the film Bell,Book and Candle. Capes,cowl necks and some perfect capri cigarette pants are the perfect take on a modern witch in this 1958 classic.Her use of basic silhouettes and strategic color showcase her beautiful face and leave this film looking very stylish and modern.The thing you will notice is that her clothing is very modest but also very sexy...less is more,if you will. For example a boat neck top hides the cleavage, but showcases the collarbone and brings your focus up to her beautiful eyes. I've also noticed that a well fitted boat neck is every woman's friend regardless of cup size.The costumes in this film were done by Jean Louis of Marilyn Monroe "Happy Birthday Mr.President" dress fame. He also did some great dresses for Marlene Dietrich in the 1960s, but it's Marilyn's dress that everyone remembers the most.The one thing you should take from this film is that a good fit goes a long way. You don't need a lot of items to look polished,just the right ones.Its really a building block wardrobe with some fun pieces, like that amazing leopard cape (shown above). 

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