Electric Fix

Oh yay, oh yay, oh yay!!! OMG, YAY. This is pulsing through my head as I browse the budding spring collections for 2011. Vogue’s January pages are  bursting with electric textures and florescent features…oh, neon. Neon! Beautiful, energetic neon is getting a touch of sophistication in shiny, lacy business suits, loud leather shift dresses and digital dancing duds. It’s the latest upgrade of the color blocking the 80’s did so well. Check out what they’ve got, check out what we’ve got, and then plug and play. FRICKIN’ YAY!



And now Monster Vintage presents…


More Mustard, Please

Every now and then I become entranced by a color and I start seeing it everywhere. Lately my obsession appears in the form of a golden ray of sunlight that transcends the darkness of these long winter days. It can be none other than…drumroll please…delicious and wholesome mustard yellow! Voila! Don’t you just feel a little warmer thinking about it? I do…

What I love about this color is that it’s so versatile and charismatic, especially with this year’s fall and winter collections. It can debut as a modest accessory that brightens up an otherwise dreary palate. It can melt away the animosity between oft-warring colors like black and brown. Or it can take the spotlight by storm in the form of an unabashedly cheerful overcoat or wiggle dress. It can look infinitely classy or infinitely cheesy, you choose. And as anyone with an eye on this last century’s fashion tides can see, each decade has had its own interpretation of this magical color. What’s yours?

A Little Sound and a Little Glamour Go a Long Way

It’s almost hard to believe that it was eighty years ago that movies–that commonplace commodity now so easily accessible with Netflix and the internet–began to introduce sound to its silent pictures. It’s 1930, and audiences around the world crowd into stuffy theaters to escape the outside world of economic distress and political unrest, just for a few hours of immersion in all the vice and wonder that the silver screen brings. The picture starts rolling, and though the sound crackles and voices come across a bit high-pitched, the viewers are transfixed by a sultry creature gracing the screen. She’s  just some German actress named Marlene Dietrich, but those eyes…those indifferent eyes gazing out from behind heavy lashes and topped off with minutely plucked eyebrows…

The picture is called “The Blue Angel,” and is one of Germany’s first major sound films. Any vocal richness lost by the insufficient recording technology of the time is certainly made up for in visual glamour and Dietrich’s striking presence. The young actress’s character, “Lola Lola,”  is a cabaret singer, whose cheeky, frilly, leg-bearing stage costumes  and brash sexuality had the film facing censorship in California after its release to the public. Though a second, censored version of the story was released in the States, the original remained a paragon of style in the eye of moviegoers worldwide, and Marlene Dietrich came to epitomize old Hollywood glamour. To this day, who can argue that oversized fur coats, long, sensual gloves and swept-back curls are not the embodiment of glamourous allure?