Homer: It’s extraordinary! Where do you learn all those languages?
Illya: In bed.
The Back Story.
My first thought with the Sky Blue Challenge was to pester a friend of mine to let me style and shoot her. I knew she had something pretty good in her wardrobe, and was convinced that I had nothing in mine.
So, that’s what I did. Thanks to Miss Sudie (given her little moment in the sun below) I had a picture I was reasonably happy with within 24 hours of seeing next week’s assignment. But, I was flipping through the March issue of Vogue a few nights later; Lady Gaga was on the cover, but she ain’t got nuthin’ on Amber Valetta in her tres Mad Men inspired shoot, all sleek early 1960s, a sun-kissed mane of blond hair pulled back off her strong, dark brows. Love, love, love.
I started thinking about the pieces I have that would let me give a nod to that look in shades of blue. Navy pencil skirt – check. Little sky blue tank blouse – check. And right about that point, my mind’s eye went straight back to 1960 and Melina Mercouri in Never on Sunday as the fun-loving prostitute hanging out dockside at the Port of Athens in Pireus, Greece. I’ve always been drawn to that look, and my re-visioning of Amber took me right there.
Looking for the iconic outfit from that film – the one on the movie poster – I ran across a tremendous little blog called Pintuckstyle all about recreating vintage looks. “Awww-Sum,” exclaims Etoile in a singsongy voice. That site has a post titled – tah dah! – How to dress like Ilya, Mercouri’s character in the film. Of course, I already know how to do that, but it was very cool seeing my smoldering little passion for that look, and particularly that pencil skirt/strappy blouse ensemble in the colors of the Greek flag, validated and shared.
Throwing on some simple earrings and my sweet-tooth Antidepressant shoes from Grim Bros, I hopped over to Athens, taking a few shots in the Plaka. That was all well and good, but we need a grungy, urban Mediterranean seaport sim, people. I did, however, find a tramp steamer for recreating something of the iconic Mercouri shot on another sim.
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And, finally, thank you Sudie Dibou
Hair: Dura – Akira – 0L (store hunt item)
Skin: Pulse – Harmony, freckled
Glasses: Maschienenwerk – Wayfarer Glasses – 0L
Sweater: Icing – Robot Love Bolero – part of past group gift
Dress: Jetdoll – Cherie – 99L
Shoes: Baby Monkey – Saddle Shoe – 10L
Location: Fin Rocket Diner
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