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On Trend with Vintage--Yellow Brightens Our Spring 2012

GlamAmor Posted by on Feb 3, 2012

Though we're still technically in the winter months, everyone already seems to be looking toward the Spring.  Some of this is due to the weather, of course, which has been unseasonably warm this year in many parts of the country.  But our enthusiasm for Spring has much more to do with its read more

Out & About--Taking Angels Flight in Downtown Los Angeles

GlamAmor Posted by on Jan 29, 2012

This month has been an homage to film noir on GlamAmor--its movies, locations, and all around style--and I would be remiss in not including Angels Flight.  It is, after all, iconic and has been included in countless movies, starting in 1918 with Good Night, Nurse! and appear read more

Cinema Connection--Winter Fashion 1940s Style a la DOUBLE INDEMNITY

GlamAmor Posted by on Jan 27, 2012

As I have been showing throughout the month, the 1940s have inspired an awful lot of fashion this Fall and Winter.  From the fashion runways to the Golden Globes, the gowns, tea dresses, fitted suits, furs, and accessories from the decade of film noir are all the rage this season. &nb read more

Cinema Style File--Barbara Stanwyck Straight Down the Line in DOUBLE INDEMNITY

GlamAmor Posted by on Jan 23, 2012

I knew when I committed to doing a month dedicated to film noir style on GlamAmor that Double Indemnity would have to enter into it.  Merely saying its name conjurs up images of all the conventions of noir--the femme fatale, shadowy and smoky cinematography, voice-over narration, and read more

Cinema Connection--Film Noir Fashions the 2012 Golden Globes

GlamAmor Posted by on Jan 20, 2012

Many have weighed in on the best and worst dressed at last Sunday's Golden Globe Awards...from Cosmopolitan magazine to CNN.  There were a lot of lovely gowns this year--far more hits than misses--with Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Beckinsale, and some of the ladies shown here at the read more

Out & About--Noirish Bradbury Building, Million Dollar Theater, and Pan American Building

GlamAmor Posted by on Jan 17, 2012

The TCM Classic Film Festival is coming this April and I couldn't be more thrilled with this year's theme--Style in the Movies.  Even more thrilling is that they have included spotlights on certain genres that I absolutely love, such as Art Deco (think Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) and f read more

Cinema Connection--1940s Film Noir Style...Then and Now

GlamAmor Posted by on Jan 13, 2012

As you know, one of the missions of GlamAmor is to show how much in fashion today continues to be influenced by classic film.  This was never so true than on the Fall/Winter runways where most of the designers flocked to film noir of the 1930s and 1940s for inspiration.  Since I read more

Cinema Connection--Film Noir Staple...the Classic Trench

GlamAmor Posted by on Jan 10, 2012

As Harrison Ford just demonstrated so well in Blade Runner, one of the most classic pieces you can have in your closet is a trench coat.  This is true for both men and women.  It miraculously goes with just about everything in your wardrobe, whether dressy or casual, and takes you through read more

Cinema Style File--The Future of Style is Classic 1940s in Neo Noir BLADE RUNNER

GlamAmor Posted by on Jan 9, 2012

After my recent visit to LA's iconic Union Station, my thoughts have been consumed by all things film noir.  It is, after all, one of my favorite genres and I find myself turning to it again and again for inspiration.  We all recognize the hallmarks of noir.  The shadowy and smok read more

Out & About--Finding Film Noir at LA's Union Station

GlamAmor Posted by on Jan 2, 2012

So many metropolitan cities in the United States claim a Union Station, but only one can be considered iconic.  That status is reserved for Los Angeles' Union Station alone.  Appearing in countless movies over the years--from The Way We Were to the finest in film noir and neo noir like&nbs read more

Cinema Style--Happy New Year with Nick and Nora Charles in AFTER THE THIN MAN

GlamAmor Posted by on Dec 31, 2011

Whereas I watch The Thin Man each year around Christmas time, I watch After the Thin Man around New Year's Eve.  Released on Christmas Day 1936, the second movie in the popular series has many moments of holiday celebration within its detective story.  It's a strong story, too...many read more

Happy Holidays from Santa Monica!

GlamAmor Posted by on Dec 26, 2011

These may not seem like the typical holiday photos, but living in Southern California is far from typical.  In fact, I've noticed that Christmas Day is historically sunny and beautiful each year here rather than wintery cold (which will come soon enough in January).  Yesterday was no excep read more

GlamAmor-ous Holiday Moments--Merry Christmas...IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE!

GlamAmor Posted by on Dec 25, 2011

You can't do much better than It's a Wonderful Life during the holidays.  After all, Frank Capra's movie--and this scene in particular--does such a good job of expressing what we all ought to remember at Christmas.  It's about the importance of love in your life and a reminder that everyon read more

GlamAmor-ous Holiday Moments--Seasons Greetings from Hollywood Boulevard 1946

GlamAmor Posted by on Dec 24, 2011

Happy Holidays from Hollywood Boulevard 1946!  This is the same year that It's a Wonderful Life was released as well as film noir classics Gilda (below) and The Postman Always Rings Twice. read more

GlamAmor-ous Holidays--Donna Reed Gets the Moon in 1946's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

GlamAmor Posted by on Dec 24, 2011

In director Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, I love the moments toward the middle of the movie when George and Mary (Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed) begin falling in love.  First when their eyes meet at the local dance and all the way through the evening when we're with them walking home...st read more

Cinema Style File--Holidays with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in 1957's DESK SET

GlamAmor Posted by on Dec 21, 2011

Though it was given a less than festive-sounding name, Walter Lang's Desk Set is one of my favorite holiday films.  It takes place in December 1957 at the fictional Federal Broadcasting Company (FBC), surely only a slight cover for the real National Broadcasting Company (NBC).  Based read more

GlamAmor-ous Holiday Moments--Christmas in Hollywood 1939

GlamAmor Posted by on Dec 20, 2011

How amazing does Hollywood Boulevard look in this photograph from Christmas 1939?  With all the crowds lined up along the street, it seems like the whole city is here to see the parade and celebrate.  One of my favorite historic landmarks, the Roosevelt Hotel, can be seen in read more

GlamAmor-ous Holiday Moments--Christmas 1950 at the Bradbury Building

GlamAmor Posted by on Dec 19, 2011

The Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles is an iconic part of film noir--it's as big a character as any of the actors.  I love to see it dressed for the holidays, and here it is during Christmas 1950...the same year the classic noir D.O.A. was released.  Thanks to Vintage Lo read more

Cinema Style File--Toasting William Powell and Myrna Loy in 1934's THE THIN MAN

GlamAmor Posted by on Dec 16, 2011

For many years, 1934's The Thin Man has been one of my favorite films.  There is a lot to love about it.  First, as the daughter of a police officer, I have practically been raised on mysteries in print and on film.  Thin Man is both.  It was based on a novel by the talented Dash read more

Out & About--Marion Davies in 1927's QUALITY STREET Live at the Annenberg Beach House

GlamAmor Posted by on Dec 14, 2011

Monday night I returned once again to the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica at the personal invitation of documentary filmmaker Elaina Archer.  Elaina created Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies along with several other great documentaries on classic cinema and was extrem read more