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Wolford AW 2017/18 Collection

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Wolford AW 2017/18 collection

When it comes to stockings and tights, there is one brand that has never disappointed me, as its quality is second to none and the style of its irresistibly gorgeous patterns go so incredibly well with my vintage 1930s-1950s clothes. Don’t simply take my word for it though, instead take as an example their “Marlene” tights, with a hand grasping the knitted seam right above the heel, which you can see in an image below from one of my photo shoots. Sadly now impossible to find but it’s just a small indication of what I’m saying. It’s the details that count. Also, when you do take a peek, I imagine that you’ll come to understand why I find it impossible to visit their store without buying at least a pair or two on one occasion seven of their hosiery! What can I say it’s beyond my control!

Wolford tights

One of my favourite Wolford tights “Marlene” from few seasons ago, still in mint condition.

So, imagine my excitement when, I was approached by my beloved hosiery brand asking, if they could send some of their tights and lingerie from the AW 2017/18 collection in order to get my honest opinion of their new line. Well I was over the moon to say the least. Not just to be asked as you see, I wear their tights and stockings in almost all my photo shoots but I’ve never tried their lingerie and so I was very curious what they had come up with and how their style would go with my vintage, 1930s-1950s, taste in undergarments.

Now before I continue, I would like to point out to those who are relatively new to ones own It’s Beyond My Control blog, that I, Dominique de Merteuil, goddess of all things vintage (got a problem with that; meet my hand), can honestly swear that I ONLY write about brands that I LOVE, wear and can wholeheartedly recommend! So… Now that the formalities are out of the way and we UNDERSTAND each other, I would like to share my thoughts on said lingerie. Oh and by the way, the name of that iconic brand which I dare now to share with you, whispered quietly into your ear is Wolford, to whom their beautiful tights and hold-ups I’ve been a faithful purchaser of for nearly two decades.

So without further ado I would like to present you with pictures from my Wolford photo-shoot taken by the one and only Gregory Michael King!

The Wolford Tulle Flock high-waist panty in ash rose and black is utter perfection in every possible way, as with it’s heavy shaping I can give my vintage girdles a well-deserved break. So far I’ve worn it three times, not counting the photo shoot, under a very tight 1950s wiggle dress, a 1940s suit, as well as my Wheels and Dollbaby pencil skirt and it felt great! Very comfortable and invisible under such tight clothes, which is of the utmost importance to me. The one thing worth mentioning is that Wolford’s shape-wear is extremely tight and even though I always buy my undergarments in size small (I’m 34b-24-35) with Wolford I go one size up.

 

Wolford AW17/18

In the picture taken by Gregory Michael King I’m wearing Wolford AW 2017/18 Tulle Flock high waist panty in ash rose/black, an authentic Victorian cape, vintage necklace, Dita von Teese bra and a vintage hat designed by Irene Sharaff and worn by Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest. (you can red about it here!)

 

Wolford’s Mesh tights are great and completely seamless which makes them a perfect choice under tight clothes. And even though I was a little bit hesitant at first, thinking, that that particular pattern (“net structure in a diamond look”) might not work with my legs, surprisingly it did and it looked perfect under a couple of 1940s suits that I tried. Don’t hate me for saying this but I can’t wait for the autumn to come earlier this year, so that I get the chance to parade them!

Wolford AW17/18

In the picture I’m wearing Wolford AW 2017/18 Mesh tights, paired with  vintage velvet cape, body and hat.

 

The Wolford Tulle Flock forming dress in black is also heavily shaping and I simply LOVE the vintage feel to it. You will need to pair it with a bra but obviously you always have the option to go “au naturel” as we say when in France. I wore it under a dress and it felt really natural and sexy because after all, it’s what’s underneath that counts right 😉 Sizing wise, again as is the case with the Tulle Flock high waist panty, I had to go a size up so I strongly recommend trying it on before purchasing. Also, on a technical note, I put it on, stepping into the dress and pulling it up rather than trying to put it over my head. It’s much easier that way.

vintage lingerie

In the picture I’m wearing Wolford AW 2017/18 collection Tulle Flock forming dress in black, paired with Rhomb Net Tights, Dior bra, antique lace and a 1940s hat.

Last but not least Wolford’s Rhomb Net tights with a much finer diamond pattern are my absolute favourite tights for the colder days! They look great under my vintage ‘Mommie Dearest’ outfit but since it’s a couture dress not meant for daily use, I’ve also tried them under a couple of 1940s and 1950s dresses and it looks great!

Mommie dearest dress

In the picture I’m wearing Wolford AW 2017/18 collection Rhomb Net tights and a vintage dress designed by Irene Sharaff and worn by Faye Dunaway in the role of Joan Crawford in the film Mommie Dearest! (you can read more about the costumes here)

 

More beautiful tights and lingerie from Wolford 2017/18 look book!

Wolford Collection AW 17/18

Wolford AW 17/18 Collection

Wolford  AW 17/18

Wolford AW 2017/18 Collection

Wolford Collection AW 17/18

Wolford Collection AW 17/18

Wolford AW 2017/18 collection

Wolford Collection AW 17/18

Wolford AW 17/18 Collection

Wolford AW 17/18 Collection

Wolford AW 17/18 Collection

 

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Think pink!

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“Think pink! think pink! when you shop for summer clothes.

Think pink! think pink! if you want that quel-que chose.

Red is dead, blue is through,

Green’s obscene, brown’s taboo.

And there is not the slightest excuse for plum or puce

—or chartreuse.

Think pink! forget that Dior says black and rust.

Think pink! who cares if the new look has no bust.

Now, I wouldn’t presume to tell a woman

what a woman oughtta think,

But tell her if she’s gotta think: think pink!”  Funny Face (1957)

Shocking as it may seem, for someone who’s wardrobe consists predominantly of black clothes, to devote an article to the colour pink and yes, it could be argued that I may have lost my mind, in such a way as is often found in those who have previously dedicated so much attention to the colour, in my defence, I would argue that pink has its place in the history of fashion and perhaps it is time for a return to the colour (she says with a Wednesday Addams-esque smile and by the way, in the original black & white TV version of The Addams Family, the house interior colour was mainly pink as it made for better contrast).

OK, so it’s the colour of little girls, Lolita, of Lady Penelope and Molly Ringwood aka Pretty in Pink. However, it’s also the prevailing colour of my favourite period of time, the French Court of the 18th Century, where pink was cultivated by the likes of Madame de Pompadour, mistress to King Louis XV of France. You’ll be able to see that if you watch my much loved film Dangerous Liaisons, where Glenn Close who plays the infamous Marquise de Merteuil, wears the most exquisite pink dresses, as can be seen in the photos below.

By the 19th Century, pink had not only been favoured by women but it was also very popular colour  worn by young boys as an alternative to red worn by men in the army. As we head into the 20th Century, pink made a comeback, becoming brighter, bolder thanks to Elsa Schiaparelli who in 1931 created a fashionable new shade of the colour, called “shocking pink”, by mixing magenta with white.

It’s unfortunate that a lot appearances by the colour are lost to us because so many films from the 30s and 40s were shot in black & white. However by the 50s, when Technicolor became a guaranteed theatre-seat filler, pink shows its acceptance and maturity, putting in appearances from Marilyn Monroe’s major breakthrough films of the period, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, both released in 1953. Her gorgeous pink dresses being the creation of Travilla (who you can read more about here). Audrey Hepburn was another one of its fans. Considered by many to be a style icon of the same era, she loved wearing pink both in films and in her private life. The quote at the start of this article being from her 1957 film Funny Face.

So, despite my reservations, I have to admit that pink rightly deserves to have some space devoted to it. She says while sipping pink champagne from her Marie Antoinette-inspired champagne coupe glass. Chin chin darlings and don’t worry, next time I’ll be back in black.

Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons

Audrey Hepburn in pink

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy, photographed by Norman Parkinson. On the right the perfect ballerina flats by Pretty Ballerinas.

 

 

vintage dress

In the picture on the left: vintage 50’s rose silk jacquard shirtwaist dress. In the picture on the right: vintage 50s-60s cotton Kerry Brooke dress. You can buy them (if they are not sold out yet!) from the queen of vintage fashion CULT OF CHIFFON.

Hedy Lamarr in pink

In the picture on the left the beautiful Hedy Lamarr, a great style inspiration. On the right 50s pink cashmere cardigan with cherry blossom embroidery from THE CULT OF CHIFFON shop.

For my Think pink look I opted for:

Pink Vintage Prada top

Grey and pink Vivienne Westwood trousers

Pink WITTCHEN shoes

Vintage 20’s brooch

Versace glasses

vintage style

For the How to wear pink look I’ve opted for vintage Prada top, Vivienne Westwood trousers, Wittchen shoes and vintage 20s brooch.

Vintage fashion

vintage fashion

vintage style

vintage garter belt

My beautiful vintage garter belt I bought years ago at one of the London vintage fairs.

Pink lips

If you are still not convinced about wearing pink clothes, you can start with pink lips 🙂 Beautiful photography by Gregory Michael King.

The Pin-Up look

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The Pin-Up look.

Ever since seeing ‘The Blue Dahlia’ with the mysterious, icy cold and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful film sirens of the golden age of Hollywood, Veronica Lake, or perhaps it was ‘Gilda’ with the irresistibly seductive Rita Hayworth, whose charms had devastating consequences for men, I’ve been drawn to the femme fatales of the filmic 1940s and 50s.