Rouge My Knees

December 19, 2011, 11:44
Filed under: burlesque, costumes

What would Dita wear?  What would Dita do?  In case you’ve ever wondered, the NYT did a feature on Ms. Teese offers some insight.  I clipped it out and hung on my bathroom door.  If ever I’m uninspired, I’ll just ask WWDVTD?

Born Heather Sweet in Michigan, Dita Von Teese, 39, has been performing burlesque since 1992. Among several projects, she is working on a women’s clothing collection (Dita Von Teese Muse) and a lingerie line (Von Follies), both of which are to be introduced next spring. Ms. Von Teese lives in Paris and Los Angeles.   –BEE-SHYUAN CHANG


I woke up at 5:30 in the morning in my Paris apartment to catch a flight to Cologne, Germany. It’s getting quite cold in Europe, so I chose one of my favorite winter dresses, a ’50s tartan dress woven of purple, blue and black wool with a classic fit and flare shape. After a delayed flight, I appeared on Germany’s top chat show to promote my perfume, and I chose a green wool crepe one-shouldered Elie Saab dress that I’ve been wearing over and over for several years now. It’s everything I love in a dress: beautiful fabric, hourglass shape and perfect below-the-knee hemline. On the one shoulder, I pinned a teal green lacquered brooch with amber rhinestones by a fabulous designer I collect named Larry Vrba. Lastly, I wore six-inch round-toed green silk pumps with a curvy heel. Christian Louboutin made them for me when I performed at the Crazy Horse in Paris.


Flew to London to make an appearance at the Cointreau Privé pop-up bar — I’m the brand ambassador. Some of my fans were there, so I decided to give a sneak peek of my new dress collection by slipping on a luscious black silk velvet dress. It has a deep plunging décolletage, and I wore it with a black lace overwire bra from my Von Follies collection that peeked out the top. I wore diamondback seamed stockings and black lace Louboutin heels to match the black lace of the bra. I also had on a veiled Stephen Jones hat with little black mink pompoms. When I was a little girl, my mother would buy me old veiled hats from yard sales, and I would wear them around and dream of being a grown lady, so veiling my eyes has been a longtime obsession.


I headed out to the English countryside for my friend’s weekend-long birthday celebration. It was at an incredible estate with lots of grand taxidermy and objects of curiosity. I donned a sleeveless ’50s New Look dress with a plunging neckline. It’s heavy black wool with little flecks of pink, and has a slim waist and full skirt. On one very chilly Paris day, I discovered that it looks especially nice in the wintertime with my black Diane Von Furstenberg sweater underneath, so I wore it like this. I wore new over-the-knee leather flat boots that buttoned up the sides.

The dress code for the evening’s dinner and parlor games was pajamas, which was right up my alley. I’ve been collecting vintage loungewear for almost 20 years. I chose a royal purple silk loungewear set that has huge Chinese-frog closures decorating the front and ties at the waist with a big silken cord. It’s actually a reproduction of a 1940s pajama set I have that is extremely rare and beautiful. And I wore a pair of mink bunny slippers that my friend Catherine D’Lish made for me as a birthday gift. They are exquisite, with Swarovski eyes and pink silk in the insides of their ears.


I woke up in a stately four-poster bed and remembered I was in the countryside. After a leisurely breakfast, we dressed for a walk. I wore a Louis Vuitton tartan waistcoat and paired it with a heavyweight black wool slim skirt, a ’40s trilby hat and my button-up boots with flat heels. When we got back to the house, our boots were covered in mud. I changed into black thigh-high leather Moschino boots — perfect for our afternoon of ferret racing. Yes, I said ferret racing. I had never seen anything like that. It was kind of hysterical.


Caught the train from London to Paris. I love the challenge of dressing glamorously for travel, and one of my best tricks is to wear a beautiful coat. I put on a black coat I wear every winter with fox fur cuffs and collar. It reminds me of a coat I once saw on display in a museum, a Dior coat from the ’50s that belonged to the ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Underneath, I wore a fitted black cashmere dress from the ’80s. I bought it at a fabulous vintage store in L.A. called the Way We Wore.


I spent the morning doing some light housekeeping in my Paris apartment. I rushed from room to room in a vintage slip and one of my Wheels & Dollbaby cardigans. When I was in high school, I couldn’t afford the latest jeans, so shopping for cheap vintage pieces, like slips, was my way of being stylish. To run to the market, I threw on a forest green Sonia Rykiel coat over my slip and put on a pair of Chantal Thomass lace tights and ballet flats. I stayed in my slip all afternoon until my Pilates class. My Pilates uniform is simple; black capri leggings and a Rachel Pally fitted black T-shirt.


My friend Alexis Mabille came over to do a fitting. He designed a tuxedo for the latest incarnation of my martini-glass act. The tux is fitted over a very tight, sculptural Mr. Pearl corset, so it takes many fittings to get it just right. We started the process earlier in the fall, and it should be ready in January. Haute couture takes time! After the fitting, Alexis and I went to dinner together, but I also had a romantic rendezvous organized with a special someone afterward. So, I chose a simple black vintage sheath dress that I had tailored to perfection, and it has an adorable “Made in the U.S.A.” label that says “Mam’selle.” Perfect for Paris, non?


My Little Princess
May 27, 2011, 07:38
Filed under: burlesque, CINEMA, femme icons

A film about Irina Ionesco and her daughter Eva. Via Catparty.  I just about fainted with excitement.

her rich attire creeps rustling to her knees
December 16, 2009, 07:21
Filed under: burlesque, cupcakes, flowers and unicorns, féminin

STRUMPET & PINK.  Sweet and pretty.

floral and light.  naughty and airy.

fantastical and aged lace.

these pretty things are hand sewn and can be made to order.

I found them after flipping through my latest issue of I Love You Magazine.

Linking through the site is like unwrapping several packages within another…all decorated in the prettiest of lace, ribbons and sparkle.

Bad Romance
December 2, 2009, 07:41
Filed under: burlesque, femme icons, music

In case you missed her on Ellen.  She’s really just ridiculously talented and refreshing.

I didnt realize how early Gaga started her musical path:

1986–2004: Early life and education

Born on March 28, 1986 in New York City, New York, the eldest child of Joseph and Cynthia (née Bissett) Germanotta, she is of Italian heritage. At age 11, she was set to join Juilliard School in Manhattan, but instead attended Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private Roman Catholic school. Playing piano by ear from the age of 4, she went on to write her first piano ballad at 13 and began performing at open mic nights by age 14. At age 17, she gained early admission to the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. There, she studied music and improved her songwriting skills by composing essays and analytical papers focusing on topics such as art, religion and socio-political order.  She later withdrew from the school to focus on her musical career.

Penelope, Fergie, Kate, Sophia, Nicole, Marion & Judi…For reals?
October 13, 2009, 10:59
Filed under: burlesque, CINEMA, costumes

I’m so giddy to see Nine.  The cast, costumes, set design and sultry Penelope Cruz…SWOOOOOOOOOOOON.  Having just watched 8 1/2 has also made me especially intrigued as to how Rob Marshall will translate this story.  The shots of Fergie on the beach are so very Fellini.  Ever since I heard Penelope bust that strong voice out in Volver, I’ve been dying to hear more.  We’ll get to see the trained ballerina do her thang.

“NINE” is a vibrant and provocative musical that follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penelope Cruz), his film star muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), an American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Fergie) and his mother (Sophia Loren). The film is directed by Rob Marshall (CHICAGO). The original 1982 Broadway production of “NINE,” with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, won five Tony Awards including Best Musical.

description from Apple Trailers.

And thankfully Almodovar and Ms. Cruz have teamed up again with Los Abrazos Rotos.

inspired by tap dancers, ballerinas, screen stars, acrobats and dress up
September 16, 2009, 08:59
Filed under: burlesque, cupcakes, flowers and unicorns, féminin, wardrobe

I’m crushing majorly on Sarah Sophie and lucky for me she’s been highly visible at NY Fashion Week.

Love her look at the Fenton/Fallon opening party.  She oooozes fabulousness.


She also just hosted Rachel Antonoff’s Fall show…perfectly since the theme and inspiration for the collection is  tap dancers, ballerinas, screen stars, acrobats and dress up.


To make things even better for the show, artwork and posters were done by Kime Buzzeli.

From Kime’s blog:

The presentation was at the Henry Street Settlement Playhouse. The concept was a dress rehearsal for an imaginary production titled Magic to Do, and she called on some theatrical pals to help bring to life her themes. On hand to model was BFF Alia Shawkat, better known as Maeby from Arrested Development, as well as New York City Ballet dancers.


Rachel herself looking so very cute (her website has a great video intro)


Here’s more random shots of Sarah because I can’t get enough…





Anouk Aimée |Lola
August 19, 2009, 09:15
Filed under: burlesque, CINEMA, femme icons

Lola’s Rehearsal.


Anouk was briefly married to Albert Finney in the ’70s.