Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography
#whatruwearing: Full Length Magenta “Vintage Dress” : Malene Grotrian Design | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Tassel Pendant Necklace | Elsa Corsi Jewellery, Jeweliette Jewellery | Sequin Clutch and Crystal Earrings: Vintage | Makeup: Mac Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Dior Cosmetics
When I think of Art Deco, I envision Hollywood’s golden ages of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. It combines modern yet classic elements such as bold colors, symmetric and geometric shapes and lavish details; much like this Malene Grotrian gown that I’m wearing in this week’s “Red Carpet” inspired style series. With the Toronto International Film Festival upon us, I was inspired to play the role of a leading lady in what I would say is my ideal outfit for the cinematic occasion! The thing I love most about Vancouver based designer, Malene Grotrian, is that she creates her collections to ensures the most versatile styling options to allow for the perfect traveling wardrobe. Her mission is to provide individual expression for her clients from both a casual and evening standpoint. The fabrics she uses combine light transparent textured knits, silk georgette and stretch suiting, and everything is designed and made in Vancouver!
This Malene Grotrian “Vintage Dress” fits like a glove!. The stretch fabric is season-less. It has a soft weightless feel, it’s washable and packable, and looks great on girls with curves of any size! It defines the narrowest part of the waist and creates curves for slender body types as well. I especial love that you can wear this piece with the ‘V’ in the front for a sexier cocktail look or a red carpet event like TIFF. Alternatively, reverse the dress and belt it for a more dressed down, business appropriate event. The dress can be accessorize with a leather wrap belt and is available in Jet Black, Magenta, Smoky Charcoal, Royal Blue and Peacock. It’s important to note that Malene’s collections are produced in limited quantities.
Another Art Deco, “Gatsby” inspired design is this gorgeous Terry-Alin marquis necklace with a signature Elsa Corsi rhinestone tassel (Available at Jeweliette Jewellery). A true must-have piece, this necklace will transport ou back in time to the roaring 20’s, while keeping the look modern and chic. These Vintage earrings are also a perfect complimentary piece to tie the entire look together.
To create this defined smoky look, I started by applying the Dior Backstage Eye Primer on my entire eye lid. Using my finger, I smuged MAC “For Effect” or “Blackground” Pro Longwear Paint Pot (“For Effect” is a this limited edition shade and is no longer available) on my eye lid and rimmed the lower lash line with the same product using an angled liner brush. In the inner corner of eye lids, I applied MAC “Vex” eye shadow and blended MAC “Sable” eye shadow into my crease, followed by black eye shadow to deepened the contours. I tight lined the eyes with MAC “Engraved” PowerPoint Eye Pencil, curled my lashes and coated them with black mascara. For a modern twist on the 1920’s classic and bold lip, I’m chose Make Up For Ever’s “Rouge Artist Intese” lipstick in #36, to compliment the magenta dress.
I picked up this vintage sequin clutch purse at a thrift store several years back and find that it adds a lovely and unique vintage element to any outfit. It makes for a great conversation piece too!
I leave you with a quote from the late and great Lauren Bacall (Sept 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014)…
“You don’t have to say anything and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow,” ~ Lauren Bacall as Marie Browning in “To Have and Have Not.”
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