13 February, 2016

The Seductress

Ava Gardner
Lauren Bacall
A seductress, femme fatal, temptress, vamp, siren, enchantress... whichever name you prefer, they all evoke one thing, an image of a dark, mysterious and dangerous lady with killer style. High heels, lingerie, leather, trench coats, red lips and form fitting dresses have always been a passion of mine since as long as I can remember. Film noir movies, the fashion, hair, make-up and the glamour of that period will forever be a love affair of mine. It has inspired how I like to dress and my love of vintage. For me, the style of that era is my absolute favourite, there is nothing I dislike about it, truly! 

Joan Crawford
Marlene Dietrich
Nothing makes me feel more empowered that wearing a good trench, some high heels and dark red lips but it's about attitude as well; having the confidence to wear whatever makes you feel good, that's what the seductress embodies for me. I always reference the style ofDita Von Teese the modern reigning queen when it comes to perfecting the seductress look but long before Dita arrived, there were stars such as Marlene Dietrich, Veronica Lake, Lauren Bacall, Vivien Leigh and Ava Gardner, Joan Crawford, all of whom have influenced most of the contemporary adaptations of the femme fatal. What I love most about the stars from that era is the chicness, sophistication, allure, the glamour.  

Dita Von Teese
Her style of course has been deeply influenced by her adoration of the all things vintage, old movies, showgirls and pin-up models  from the 1920's, 30's, 40's and 50's such as Betty Grable, Mae West, Bettie Page; her talent and innate sense of style have propelled her to one of the exemplars of seductress style. Her love of Louboutins, trench coats, red lips, leather, gothic and fetish style all create a look that is nothing short of spectacular! Her influence on the fashion world and fashion lovers around the world is amazing; she has brought vintage, fetish and gothic style into the main stream, making seductive style accessible for the everyday women. 

Dita Von Teese
Dita's fearless approach to fashion makes her such an icon and the leading lady when it comes to seductress style. With her vintage, a pin-up, fetish and gothic influence, Dita always pushes the boundaries of style.  Long leather gloves, Louboutins and red lips are her signature, all of which I adore and has made me more daring when it comes to style. From Marlene Dietrich to Dita Von Teese, they all encompass classic chic style, intrigue and glamour, the very essence of the seductress. 

Ingrid Bergman
How capture and create ‘The Seductress’ style, hair and make-up is coming really soon. I'll be sharing all the best places to shop on-line and in-store for hats, trenches, leather gloves, gorgeous form fitting dresses, the best red lipsticks and the hottest heels to create the perfect chic seductress look. You'll have everything you need to recreate the style of the film noir darlings! For all the latest updates from The Chic Guide or to follow my other pages visit Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and Bloglovin' all under the same name! Thanks for stopping by! 

02 February, 2016

Pin-up Art and the Golden Age of Illustration (Part I 1890's Gibson Girls - 1930's Advertising)

Ted Whiter
For as long as I can remember, I've had fascination with pin-up...the glamour, beauty, fashion of bygone era has always completely captivated me. The whole aesthetic of pin-up has inspired me and had profound influence my personal style and creative interests. Charmed and entranced by Bettie Page's style, I wanted to learn more about 'pin-up', where the it came from and how it began - integral to pin-up of course is art. At that time I was unaware of the rich history of of pin-up culture and the impact of the creative visions of artists and illustrators that have spawned since the early 19th century which makes it all the more fascinating. I wanted to share my a brief snapshot of the history of pin-up and golden age of illustration and celebrate the rich cultural history.
Olivia De Berardinis
Art has played a massive role in the popularisation of 'pin-up', known as the of the 'golden age of illustration'. Artists such as Charles Gibson, Alberto Vargas, Rolf Armstrong, Enoch Bolles, Gil Elvgren, Art Frahm, Edward Runci, and these are just a few of my favourites that I can think off! There is vast information available on-line where you can view any of the artist I mention and also find many more. I'm hoping this series will inspire your appreciation of pin-up art and it's history. Art, illustration and advertising has shaped and stylised societal notions of fashion and beauty since the 1800's and continues to do so. Olivia De Berardinis is one of my favourite modern pin-up artists and it's such a delight to see pin-up art continues to grow and become ever more popular. With modern subjects such as Dita Von Teese, Masuimi Max and Bernie Dexter featuring heavily featured within her works; painting the popular 'pin-ups' of our time and cementing their status as some of the most beautiful women in the world just like those before. De Berardinis work has ensured pin-up art stays relevant within modern culture and I adore her work.  

Gibson Girl Look
To appreciate the rich history of pin-up art, social and cultural references we see today within modern pin-up culture we need to journey back to 1890's to the "Gibson Girl" era. The artist Charles Gibson's, "Gibson Girl" fashioned some of the earliest pin-up images created as we have become familiar with. That's not to say that there was other painting and images adorning women but the 'pin-up' women Gibson created in his drawings were "tall and slender, yet with ample bosom, hips and buttocks. With an "exaggerated S-curve torso shape achieved by wearing a swan-bill corset. The images "epitomized the late 19th and early 20th century Western preoccupation with youthful features and ephemeral beauty." Women wanted to emulate their style while men admired the glamour of 'Gibson Girl' look. 

Raphael Kirchner's Pinup
By WWI (1914-1918) artist Raphael Kirchner beautiful postcard images became massively popular especially with American and English troops during the war. I guess in such horrific circumstances (WWI being one of the most horrific wars the world has experienced) the images would have offered some comfort and sense of beauty in the world amongst all the deprivation and destruction in front of them.  Inspired by his wife his art typically depicted his subjects mainly women in beautifully soft and elegant manner in lingerie or various different scenes. Often referred to as the founding father of pin-up art with his work inspiring some of the my favourite pin-up artists such as Alberto Vargas. Remaining popular until the early 20th century, women sought a new role model as as style and society began to move away from more Victorian 'Gibson Girl' look into the more. was fast becoming synonymous with glamour, beauty, a sign of modernity and increasing liberalism and freedoms. 

George Petty
Alberto Vargas 
Celebrated artist Alberto Vargas, inspired by Kirchner's work, was commissioned to paint the some of the leading stars of Ziegfeld Follies by 1919; later working with Paramount pictures working with major Hollywood stars at the time whilst also being commissioned for Vogue, Tatler and Harpers Bazaar illustrating some of the most iconic images ever to grace such covers. The distinctive style of the 1920's brought about a whole new era of pin-up. Reflecting the change in attitude and the new vogue, fingers waves, shortened hemlines and less constrictive style meant that women were freer in fashion and ideals. Pin up art reflected this freedom and we begin to see pin-up reach new heights of popularity.  Advertising agencies and corporations recruited the best illustrators of the day with Alberto Vargas being hired to replace George Petty's at Esquire magazine. His predecessor Petty, was the hugely successful illustrator in his own right, finding fame with his cartoon series appearing in Esquire which were dubbed the "Petty Girls" with the magazine creating centrefold issue of Petty's pin-up for the Christmas edition in 1939. 

Alberto Vargas
Part 2 coming next week... featuring some of my favourite artist from my the era that captured my the 1940's going right up to the present day! Hope you enjoy Part 1 and please look-up these wonderful artists if you're interested in vintage fashion, art or culture. Don't forget you can visit The Chic Guide on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for even more fashion, art and vintage. Don't forget to subscribe, like and share! Have a great week/ weekend and keep chic! Thanks for stopping by...

10 January, 2016

♡♥♡ Lindy Bop Lover ♡♥♡

Lindy Bop is fast becoming one of my favourite brands of late and with the selection of beautiful vintage inspired clothing at such reasonable prices I'm hooked! If you haven't heard of this brand before now, go visit you'll love it! Specialising in vintage inspired styles, the store is however very versatile in terms of any of their pieces can be styled. I featured Lindy Bop on The Chic Guide blog in a photoshoot last year in 'Cast a Dark Shadow'  which was shot at Glasgow Necropolis but I wanted to do a piece specifically focusing in the brand. For the photoshoot I wore my first Lindy Bop dress which you can still pick up on their website on sale! I am very narrow up top and curvier bottom I found the really good and would recommend vintage reproduction if you're looking for clothing that fits really well.

Whilst Lindy Bop is a vintage inspired brand,  their clothing work really well restyled with a modern edge; I genuinely think anything vintage or vintage inspired can be reworked to suit anyone. This applies to clothing in general though, don't be afraid to mix era's or styles to create something unique. I always gravitate towards vintage or vintage inspired as it suits my personal style and figure. I'm always on the hunt for items inspired by vintage or vintage as it's what I'm most comfortable in.

The price, quality and fit of their clothing makes me return store time and time again. It's excellent for inexpensive yet classic vintage inspired pieces. This year the brand has grown their collection extensively, expanding their range to separates, vintage accessories, knitwear, petticoats, nightwear and wonderful prints. The Lindy Bop collection this Christmas was absolutely wonderful, I got the Alpine 'Gilda'' dress which has the cutest alpine scene print on the broader of the dress. It was too sweet for words, I'll be wearing it again next year for the holiday season! Check out my Instagram to view the dress if you are there or check out my first of 2016! 

Here are some my January sale purchases from the Lindy Bop website along with some other tops; I'm really looking forward to shooting in some of these pieces very soon! I wanted a red pencil skirt for a while and some tops so I was happy to grab some cute bargains, oh and I decided to get a bargain dress as well! They have a great sale on at the moment so if you're looking for something cute I'd check out Lindy Bop website to snag a bargain too! 

Have a great week, hope 2016 is treating you well so far! Don't forget to visit The Chic Guide on Facebook, Instagram  Twitter, Tumblr , Pinterest , Bloglovin' and Google + and don't forget to like, follow and subscribe!  Thanks for stopping by ♥ 

03 January, 2016

☆★☆Goodbye 2015...hello 2016!☆★☆

In 2015 I did more photo-shoots in 2015 than any other year; became little more fearless; experimented with fashion, make-up and hair than ever before and developed my personal style. I have met and worked with wonderful photographers, designers, and creatives which all of which I want to thank and I can't wait to do even more creative projects in 2016. I wanted to share some highlights from last year's photo-shoots, fashion, hair and make-up looks from 2015 and some upcoming features!

Some of photo-shoots from 2015 featuring some of my favourite brands and stores: Style Icons Closet, Lindy Bop, Banned Apparel, H&M, Glorious Clothing Glasgow, Zara, New Look, Cyber Glasgow and Primark. All styling, hair and make-up by me, photography by Kaizi Photography and Darius Z Glasgow shot on location in various landmarks around the city. My favourite locations this year were at Glasgow Necropolis and Pollock Park with the outstanding victorian gothic and the utterly magical victorian gardens which was shot in mid summer so everything was in full bloom there so it was absolutely wonderful. My favourtie dress has got to be the beautiful vintage inspired strapless dress by Style Icons Closet. Check out their wonderful store for the dress I'm wearing below and an array of other beautiful dresses, accessories and clothes.

My brooch and costume jellewery obsessions definitely going to continue to grow within 2016 and I plan to source even more retro inspired brands to share with you all. There has been an explosion of excellent jewellery designers from all parts of the world so there has never been a better time to start collecting.  I'm loving Erstwilder collector items, they are so beautifully packaged and the quality is superb. My amazing friends got me my very first Erstwilder brooch for my birthday, its a pretty poodle which I can't wait to wear! I absolutely adorable Miss Polly’s Lucite, she makes the sweetest retro inspired designs which I'll be featuring in the coming months. Above are some very small highlights of my brooch collection featuring lots of vintage pieces, Viva La Lux and Erstwilder, Runaway Fox.

Here are some highlights of my 2015 everyday style. I've found a way of incorporating my love of vintage style into work looks and it's going to be even better in 2016...! I wore a lot of vintage last year but I have stocked on more vintage reproduction for 2016 as I find the sizing better when you're smaller as I never have much success with finding vintage lately in smaller sizes so I need to do research on where to find an array of vintage sizes and I'll share it with you all. I plan to log every look for the whole year which I've started, it helps to look back on your style too. I clearly need to expand my belt collection even from these highlights, haha!  I'll be featuring lots more vintage and vintage inspired fashion throughout 2016 and working with more wonderful folks I can't wait! Back to healthy eating and gym next for me as I've been so indulgent this Christmas. You'll see below some of the brands coming to The Chic Guide in the next few months!

This year I wore whole lot of lipstick, more than ever. I rarely go out without red or Plum lipstick on so its high time to invest and experiment on The Chic Guide. I cannot wait to purchase some Besame lipstick and Melt Cosmetics I'll keep you posted! I'm also taking the time to practice and creating vintage hair styles so I can share tips and tricks to help keep a record to share with everyone. Above are some make-up looks throughout the year. I'm really loving pin-curls and sponge rollers for authentic vintage styles, they work so well and it's definitely something I would advise anyone to practice if you want to create more authentic look and it's really simple with some practice. I've kept the length of my hair relatively short as I cut it in early summer and that makes it much easier for vintage styling too. I don't know whether to let my bangs grow out, what do you think?

I'm really inspired to be more creative than ever and blogging more than ever so I'm looking forward to sharing fashion, finds, lots of vintage, beauty and art with everyone. I'll be featuring the above brands in the coming months, lots of pretty pieces to shoot in and lots more so stay tuned and visit The Chic Guide on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, Bloglovin, Google+  for the latest updates and please like, follow and share. Happy New Year and I hope it's an amazing year for you and thank you for following throughout 2015; very much appreciated, much love and enjoy 2016 xxx
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