Blondes have more fun? Really? Is that the best you can come up with? Okay, so maybe it’s more than just hair colour, but I’ve recently been inspired by a bunch of brunettes who play up to their dark roots. It’s a sort of posh grunge, biker-ready but with a limousine & driver handy just in case. The new 90210 miniseries revival boasts a big dose of preppyness with the plaid-brigade, but the character Silver, played by Jessica Stroup, injects a breath of fresh air, albeit the sort probably infused with cigarette smoke from teenage rebels.
The pieces needed to create this devil-may-care persona must, if not be black, then somehow embody it. At the same time, a cheeky sex-appeal must come through. Not too overt (forget cleavage), but not a nuance so subtle it’s hard to identify: a bit of leg seems the easiest way to approach this, especially when, with Jessica’s lead, you pair with a zippered jacket up top (leather, natch, for biker appeal).
Audrina Patridge, of The Hills “fame”, is forever seen on the backseat of a bike with on again/off again beau Justin-Bobby, so she needs something manageable but ever camera-ready for her close-ups. This invariably ends up as skinny black jeans (seriously, who can remember how we ever lived without these darlings??) with a simple vest top, leather jacket, & a bouffant evocative of Priscilla Presley: half up-half down, long black hair.
Ece Sukan, former model, now owner of a hot vintage boutique in Istanbul, brings a more sophisticated look to the table. Her inspiration comes not only from the Middle East, but also from the catwalks of Paris & Milan (where, let’s face it, we’re not expecting Jessica or Audrina to show up anytime soon). Her over-the-knee leather boots kick ass, & her idea of throwing on a gold chainmail dress in autumn simply rocks us crazy.
If you really want to be daring, get a tattoo.
Just don’t go all Angelina on us.
Audrina with a hard-ass caffeine infused beverage:
I’ve included some vids this time. Diesel are pretty much a definite source of inspiration when it comes to mixing high fashion with a more street-level leather chic:
Celine may not come to mind initially, but check out the long dark coats, chic yet edgy silhouettes, & funky platforms, especially on model Coco Rocha (the 7th look):
Jessica Stroup in yellow skirt: http://www.gossipsauce.com/
Jessica Stroup in black dress: http://i231.photobucket.com
Jessica Stroup in black hotpants: iamfashion.blogspot.com
Audrina with leather bag: http://www.realitytvmagazine.com/blog/
Audrina gets a tattoo: community.livejournal.com
Audrina with drink: hollywoodismyhood.wordpress.com/
Celine pic: rocketrend.wordpress.com
Ece Sukan, leading pic: discothequeconfusion.blogspot.com
Ece Sukan/Jim Goldstein: http://triancula.blogspot.com
Diesel fashion show, from youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCcTRjxP-Fc&feature=related
Celine video, Elle magazine on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCe-PRSF2JY&feature=related