Monday, October 31, 2011

Frank Sinatra & Mia Farrow: Capote's Masked Ball

Truman Capote's "Black and White Masked Ball" celebrated on November 28, 1966 is among the greatest and most memorable balls in history. An elegant masquerade where the guests' black and white ensembles contrasted vividly with their masks.

Below a photo of Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow arriving at The Plaza Hotel which shows why Capote's ball was the ultimate party in 60s New York.

Happy Halloween!

Photo: Flickr

Friday, October 28, 2011

Morrissey: Houndstooth Fall/Winter

Houndstooth is a staple that should be present in any stylish person's Fall/Winter wardrobe. Classic, bold, and at times understated; Houndstooth can spice things up during this season when mostly everything is dark and monochromatic.

Morrissey gives a good example below of how to wear Houndstooth with a modern and elegant approach. His trademark pompadour adds the finishing touch.

Photo: Flickr

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Keith Moon: Mod Target

The Union Jack and Mod Target are perhaps the most known and representative icons of the 60s Mod culture. Their aesthetic and visual impact has persisted throughout 5 decades, making them timeless cultural and style symbols.

The simple & bold Mod Target was everywhere in the 60s, from the London Underground to Keith Moon's turtleneck.

Photo: Flickr

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Perfect Overcoat

As Fall goes by and the arrival of Winter is nearby, one must make some wardrobe changes and start wearing classic Fall/Winter staples such as an overcoat.

Nowadays available in a wide color palette, you can never go wrong with a black, camel, or navy blue overcoat. Below a 60s Mod inspired photo that shows why overcoats are timeless, elegant, and must-haves.

Photo: VOGUE

Friday, October 21, 2011

60s Weekend Terrace Party

A one of a kind photo that depicts a stylish terrace party around the mid 60s.

Photo: Flickr

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Francoise Hardy & Sami Frey: Autumn Rendezvous

A scene from "Une Balle au Coeur" co-starred in 1966 by Francoise Hardy and Sami Frey. The latter's original black side button pullover contrasts perfectly with Hardy's green Mod dress and trademark hair.

Photo: Flickr

Monday, October 17, 2011

Peter Sellers: Total Eyewear Elegance

Peter Sellers definetly knew how to make the most out of wearing eyewear. His trademark black frame eyeglasses always added that final touch of class to some of his film characters and ensembles.

Below Sellers posing with a model for an ad in 1963, where both of them are an example of total elegance.

Photo: Flickr

Friday, October 14, 2011

Alain Delon: The 500th Post

To mark this milestone at Retro Vintage Mod Style, the 500th post, Alain Delon is shown below on a photograph taken by acclaimed photographer, Bert Stern in 1962. Delon proves why he's not only a cinema icon, but a style icon as well. A timeless, elegant, perfect, and versatile ensemble.

I would like to thank all of you, my readers, for your support during this 500 posts!

Photo: Flickr

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

George Harrison: Living In The Material World

A month before the 10th anniversary of George Harrison's death, last week "George Harrison: Living In The Material World" premiered on TV.

This documentary directed Martin Scorsese and with the participation of the likes of Olivia & Dhani Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Pattie Boyd, Yoko Ono, and George Martin; tells the life story of the former Beatle.

An impressive documentary that combines unseen footage with exclusive interviews and of course George's music.

Worth mentioning is the fact that Los Angeles' Grammy Museum will be hosting an exhibit dedicated to George Harrison in the upcoming months.

Photo: Flickr

Monday, October 10, 2011

Missoni 1988

Below a photo that shows some pieces from Missoni's 1988 Spring/Summer collection which capture one's attention not only by their intricate patterns, but also because of their bright and pastel colors.

A well coordinated ensemble that could be worn without any problem in Fall, looking sharp at the office or while strolling around town.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, one of the most brilliant minds in History, passed away on October 5, 2011. Jobs besides being the mastermind behind Apple was a genius and poet of our time. His talent was comparable to that of the likes of Edison, Guttenberg, Graham Bell, Marconi, and Einstein.

The legacy of Steve Jobs is not limited only to Macs, Ipods, and Ipads; it goes beyond that. His quotes full of wisdom will continue inspiring many for the upcoming decades.

Stay hungry, stay foolish.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Photo & Video: Flickr and Youtube

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Montgomery Clift: Summer meets Fall

Montgomery Clift is shown below wearing a very simple, basic, and functional early Fall ensemble. He paired a thin striped t-shirt with what appears to be a shirt or a very light cotton jacket, rolled up pants, pattern socks, and mocassins.

All in all, this enemble includes pieces that could have been worn weeks before when it was still Summer, but with the help of some elements they were successfully transformed into "Fall-wear".

Photo: Flickr

Monday, October 3, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton: London Rain

Who said one must look sloppy, wet, and unstylish on a rainy day? Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton proved the opposite to this while strolling through the streets of London on a rainy Summer day in the 60s. Class, elegance, and style at their finest.

Photo: Flickr