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+RARE+ JUDY GARLAND’S ‘VALLEY OF THE DOLLS’ WARDROBE SCREEN TEST

We love Valley of the Dolls…

And we love the myth and legend of Judy Garland, so to discover this rare gem on the interwebs, was to say the least, a huge score!

If you haven’t seen the film, “Valley of the Dolls” was based on Jacqueline Susann’s best selling novel about several young ladies entrapped in the tumultuous world of the entertainment industry.

It is camp, it is glamour, it is a bona fide classic piece of cinema starring the late Patty Duke as the self-sabotaging but talented Neely O’Hara, Barbara Perkins playing a naive small town girl trying to make it in the big city of New York, and Sharon Tate as their gorgeous pal who is forced to do some “shameful” business to make a little cash . . .

One of the antagonists of the film is the character of Helen Lawson, who is a big-shot Broadway star of the ages who Neely goes up to bat against during the production of a play. There are plenty of bitchy moments that incur, which make the film a true joy to behold.


With this in mind, we were shocked the find out that Helen Lawson had originally been given to none other than JUDY GARLAND!!!

This was big news at the time, with the contract being signed February 1967, and a press conference with Judy and Jacqueline Susann at the St. Regis Hotel on March 2, 1967.

“Lets face it; the role calls for an old pro over 40. That’s for me. It’s for sure I am no longer Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz…the part of Helen Lawson is no more me than the part in Judgement at Nuremberg. It doesn’t pertain to me…”

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Work on the film began shortly thereafter with songs being recorded, and scenes being shot. However, many of this footage hasn’t survived, and many claim the scenes that were shot were few and far between and mostly unusable, with Judy refusing to leave her dressing room.

Things reached a head on April 27, 1967.  Judy was fired.

Fox announced that she had resigned for “personal reasons”, which Judy quickly denied citing that she had showed up on set ready to film at 6am and had no idea!!! In the end, she admitted to objecting to certain obscenities in the film, and many fans agree that this film was far beneath her talents….so in the end, everything works out (I guess, minus the fact she died 2 years later from a heavy drug overdose)!!!

Oh, Hollywood….so strange. So weird. So mysterious and odd. And if you’re wondering what I’m talking about, lets get to the point of this all – the wardrobe tests!

You know we love fashion and style, and William Travilla’s glorious designs for Valley of the Dolls are one of the highlights of this film, and Helen Lawson’s costumes are no exception. In these clips, Judy does her thing showing off the designs, as only she could.

If that doesn’t shock you just a little, I’m not sure what will.  The legacy of Judy Garland is so odd and sad. So young and full of talent; thrown into a monstrous machine that only cared to crank out dollars from her…in the end, she lost her vitality, and her mind.

Let her be a lesson to us all to stay true to yourself, and never be a pawn to those in authority. It’s just not worth it. You live one life. Let it be the best life you can imagine!

In the end, the role of Helen Lawson would go to Susan Hayward, who was a legend in her own right, and had even won the coveted Best Actress Academy Award in 1958 playing a death row inmate in I Want to Live!

I guess, things happen for a reason..

Until we meet again,

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {July 22, 2013}

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Balenciaga: A Man For All Seasons . . .

Portrait of Alexander Wang by Sebastian Kim (styleexaminer)

{Alexander Wang by Sebastien Kim}

It was announced on the 3rd of December that the high fashion label Balenciaga had appointed Alexander Wang as the new creative director of the historical and revolutionary brand.

Chief executive of the brand, Isabelle Guichot cites Wang’s “modernity and his individual and cosmopolitan vision of design” as just some of the reasons for bringing the 28 year old Taiwanese, California bred, New York based designer on board to steer Balenciaga into the future.

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Born in the town of Basque on January 21, 1895 to a seamstress mother, Cristobal Balenciaga quickly began his fashion career as a tailor’s apprentice, and by his teens was catapulted to Madrid by Marchioness de Casa Torres, a local noblewoman who saw potential in the young Balenciaga to become a great designer.

He is known as one of the only couturiers in history to possess the artistry and talent to design, cut, and sew his creations. He opened his first boutique in 1919 in the city of San Sebastien, and was forced to Paris in 1937 by the out brink of the Spanish Civil War. There on Avenue George V, Balenciaga opened his house of couture.

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It wouldn’t be until after the war, and into the 1950s that the designer would take his biggest leaps, revolutionizing the shape and form of the woman’s silhouette, and become notable for his unique and modern designs. Often sculptural and completely transformational, Balenciaga’s creations were, and are still, regarded as masterworks in the worlds of haute couture, modern design, and even art.

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cristobal balenciaga - a man for all seasons

Balenciaga would eventually retire from his craft at the age of 74, and in 1968 closed down all houses in Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris. Several designers who had the opportunity to work under the famed auteur of fashion went on to open their own successful and now legendary fashion houses including Hubert De Givenchy, Oscar De La Renta, and Emanuel Ungaro to name a few.

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{Young Hubert De Givenchy (left) & Oscar De La Renta (right)}

Actress Kristen Stewart and designer Nicolas Ghesquiere

{Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Ghesquiere}

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It wasn’t until 1997, under the hand of Nicholas Ghesquiere, that Balenciaga became again known as one of the highest and most elite of labels in the fashion world. Like Balenciaga himself, Ghesquiere was self-taught and immediately caught the attention of the media and celebrities with fresh reinterpretations of Balenciaga’s already revolutionary classics such as the sack dress, and semi-fitted jackets.

One of our personal favourites from Ghesquiere’s reign at Balenciaga was delivered on the cusp of threats to fire Ghesquiere by the Gucci Group if the line was unsuccessful within the year 2007.

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{Campaign Images for Fall/Winter 2007 by David Sims}

His Fall/Winter 2007 ladies wear collection is an opus to the urban woman. A cultured woman, in the academic sense, as well as the worldly sense. With some careful consideration to tailoring and fit, and the use of eclectic accessories and prints, Ghesquiere breathed new life to the idea of the Preppy female, and blended tailored traditions with the melting pot of our society. Credit Ghesquiere and his F/W 2007 collection for that “World Traveller” look that we have consistently seen on the runway and magazines since.

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Though his run is over with Balenciaga, Ghesquiere has plans to start his very own fashion house under his own name; a long overdue and much deserved step up for the 41 year old Belgian born designer.

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{Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Menswear Campaign}

So, all we have to do now is wait and see what Alexander Wang has to offer. Since the incarnation of his brand upon dropping out of design school, his line has been heralded by both fashion’s elite and a new generation of fashion lovers looking for something fresher, darker, younger, edgier, cooler. . .

Wang has taken many cues from fashion’s past to successfully reinvent them into modern and sexy new looks for today. One of the best examples of this would most definitely have to be Wang’s ode to athleticism in his Spring/Summer 2010 collection that had him reinventing everything from the gym short to the sweat shirt into sexy, sophisticated, and beautifully dangerous new pieces.

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If this is any indication of the type of innovation and ingenuity we might expect from Alexander Wang upon his first presentation for Balenciaga in the coming months, then we can not wait to see what is coming next; next for Wang, and next for Cristobal Balenciaga and the long lineage of raw talent and exquisite artistry that he has established.

Ab imo pectore,

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Listen to Adele singing 007’s latest theme song “Skyfall”

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Written by Adele and her producer Paul Epworth ( “Rolling in the Deep”, Florence & the Machine) – check out the latest bond theme from the franchise’s latest film Skyfall , set to release October 22.

By far one of the greatest Bond songs in recent years, the song harks back to the glory days of the Bond legacy. Recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios with a 77 piece orchestra, Adele’s command on the song’s epic lyrics bring this latest theme to heights of glory that Bond themes have not reached since decades past.

Paul McCartney, Nancy Sinatra, and of course, Dame Shirley Bassey have all left their magic music marker on the 007 brand, and with “Skyfall”, Adele manages to stand triumphant amongst these legendary greats. No surprise there, really.

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The single has already reached Number 1 in the UK, and Number 2 in Canada on iTunes since it’s release at 0:07 this morning. So if you haven’t been able to take a listen, check it out now.

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R.I.P. Neil Armstrong {August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012}/First Man To Walk on the Moon

R.I.P.

Neil Armstrong

 The First Man To Walk on the Moon…

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“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”

Neil Armstrong

He sure stands for something in this world. The first man to set foot on the lunar surface. It’s absolutely incredible to think how far we’ve come…

It’s all so strange, really. How far is it all really?

“I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul… we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.”

Neil Armstrong

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Just some thoughts.

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The Eye of Faith Presents ++The Boss of the Plains ++ {True Stetson-Loving Wisdom}

The Eye of Faith pays tribute to the Stetson – “The Boss of the Plains”. So domineering in it’s stature and presence, there is no way to go by unnoticed in one of these finely crafted  bad boys. A creation that can truly elevate oneself beyond the everyday is a hat, and having the best never hurts. Domat Omnia Virtus. That’s what they say, after all.

If you are a fan of our photos on LOOKBOOK, you’ll definitely remember this look. We called it “A Night at the Improv” in honor of the shirt, but you definitely have to admit the vintage Stetson adds that ultimate something!

Check out these vintage Stetson ad campaigns from the 1950s we found over at Mister Crew. This is the ultimate in timeless and classic menswear. Most of the outfits you can imagine looking superb to this day!

It’s always fun to shake it up a little, but whether you’re looking for something “classic” or something a little more untamed, there’s no denying the power of those subtle details that really finish an entire look. It’s those little touches, such as the Stetson, that really help pull a look together. And really, it’s more than just a look – it’s the ability to harness your own powers over people’s perceptions. Now, that’s pretty wicked {excuse the pun}.

These are the things, we are often missing in our day-to-day. So, we encourage you to go forth and show the world what you got. Be the Big Boss. Fool the world!

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{Excellence masters all things…}

There is only one brand of Stetson out there,  that is something you can’t fool anyone about. It’s these little pieces of history that really make us feel like life truly is something special!

Make sure you CHECK US OUT on LOOKBOOK, where you can see some of our looks with many more to come…

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Vidal Sassoon, Dead at 84.

Known for revolutionizing the fashion and hair industry with his styling wizardry, British hair stylist and business magnate Vidal Sassoon was found dead today at his home in Bel Air of natural causes.

Credited with the creation of the simple geometric  wedge haircut for stars such as Mary Quant. With a “wash and wear” philosophy, Sassoon would “revolutionize the way of hair styling” and become an emblem for “freedom and good health” for women everywhere. Not to mention  his extreme business savvy that would eventually led him to opening the world’s first series of chain salons around the globe.

Pop culture enthusiasts will remember Mia Farrow’s iconic Sassoon-do for the Roman Polanski film “Rosemary’s Baby” in 1968. Going under the blade, Farrow’s long locks would be cut to the pixie cut that would epitomize the style of the times, strange beauty, and forcing us to reevaluate the way we accept beauty as a whole.  In a time when women were restricted to insane beauty measures, Sassoon eliminated the “superfluous”, and allowed for the pure liberation of beauty.

Somehow it seemed Sassoon was always able to bring out the best in all those he touched. Worth an estimated $150 million, there is no doubting the incredible legacy this creative entrepreneur was able to leave behind; that of a mogul and a visionary. In 2011, a documentary was released entitled “Vidal Sassoon: The Movie” which features a great summary of the legend and the legacy. Click her to watch the trailer.

[Source: HOLLYWOOD REPORTER]

R.I.P. Vidal Sassoon {[17 January 1928 – 9 May 2012]}

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Commercial Break: Dracula’s Daughter (1936)

More sensational than her father! Starring Gloria Holden, this is Dracula’s Daughter! Ostensibly based on a short story titled “Dracula’s Guest” by Bram Stoker,  this film was even mentioned in Anne Rice’s novel The Queen of the Damned.

Dracula’s Daughter may not have been successful upon its original release but it garnered cult status over the decades for being such a stand out film.  Modern critics have noted the strong lesbian overtones of the film, overtones that Universal acknowledged from the start of filming and which they apparently exploited in some early advertising.

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