Christian Dior only presented his first haute couture collection at the age of 42 in February 1947. He introduced never-before-seen, sexy silhouettes characterized by the tiny waists, voluptuous busts and voluminous sleeves in a fabulous show. At the end of the fashion show, the editor-in-chief ofHarper's Bazaar, Carmel Snow, exclaimed "It's quite a revolution, dear Christian! Your dresses have such a new look!" And thus, this style became known as the"New Look", which would revolutionize the way women dressed for decades.
I find this silhouette to be the most flattering and feminine for women of all sizes and shapes. Enjoy these images of some of Christian Dior's exquisite women's suits. They could just as easily be worn by a boss lady, or even mother of the bride today!
There are few fashion items more iconic and timelessly elegant than a 1960s swing coat or cape. The best part is that they are still so wearable today, by day or night. We're obsessed with the soft pastel colours and simple silhouettes of these coats. Which look is your favourite?
A few months ago I became acquainted with international fine art/ fashion photographerSven Kristian(see our first styled shoothere). I immediately fell in love with his moody, stylized work, so when he and stylistDavid Lerouw Lascurainasked if they could use some of my clothing for their next shoot I was happy to oblige. Take a look at these fun, sporty images featuring mostly Lehza Vintage clothing - some of our vintage check blazers, coats, blouses, vintage dresses, a Karen Millen silk dress, and skirts. I love the androgynous blur between menswear and ladieswear. Let me know what you think!
A few weeks ago I was approached by Nicole Danielle, a Cape Town based fashion stylist and Sven Kristian, an international fine art photographer who has done work for many large companies and publications. They wanted to feature some Lehza Vintage skirts in an upcoming styled shoot, so of course I said yes. I'm blown away by the talent and emotion behind these images and I'm sure you'll be too.
Norman Parkinson (1913 – 1990) was one of England's most distinguished portrait and fashion photographers. He regarded himself as more of a craftsman than artist. His work helped revolutionize the world of British photography in the 1940s, by removing his models from the stuffy photography studios of the day to the dynamic outdoors. I love the ethereal, painterly quality to his work and the striking poses of the models.
Anne Gunning wearing a red chiffon evening dress in British Vogue, November 1956