posted on July 26, 2015
Like many of us, I'm always looking through old photographs for inspiration. I am hopelessly obsessed with actual vintage photos: the feel and smell of them, the history manifest in the curled paper, cracks in the image, or--if I'm especially lucky--the writing on the back. My favorites are always photographs of women playing instruments. I have tons of them. This photo is currently on our fridge:
But I'm also deeply inspired by the everyday style the women in old photographs can exhibit. This everyday-ness is a key element in what I hope to do here at bitter root. I want pieces that are sophisticated yet accessible, dressy without being stuffy, elegant for both work day and date night. Perhaps I'm just being "dreamy eyed" when I look at old photos and see this in the women, but why shouldn't I? It's also my dream for bitter root.
And while the images below are not "everyday" women of the sort I was just describing, these celebrity images help show some of my current interests and passions regarding everyday elegance. Furthermore, they helped to shape many of the selections I've been making these last couple of weeks. You should be able to see the double indemnity dress in this photo of Audrey Hepburn, the conversation starter or black narcissus dresses in Elizabeth Taylor's outfit, the many houndstooth pieces in the always amazing elegance of Lauren Bacall, or the simplicity of separates of Anna Karina in any of Godard's films.
I could go on, both about the new collection and these amazing women and most definitely about my love of old photographs...