Monthly Archives: August 2009

Ladylike Rides | Pink Chrysler Imperial (1957 – 1963)

1957 Imperial Crown

During the post-war boom of 1955, General Motors was dominating the luxury auto market with its Cadillac line  and Ford was in close competition with its Lincolns.  In order to compete, Chrysler decided to spin off its Imperial line into a seperate prestige automobile.  (Also, in 1955, none of these guys were receiving a government bail out.)

Nothing says flair like the tail fins on this mid-century marvel.  And look at all that chrome.  And those taillights!  Sick!  Don’t you just want to squeeze into a tight black number with some stilettos and hit the Vegas strip?  You know, wander all over the room and blow on some other guy’s dice.

The 1960s models were built so strongly that they were banned from demolition derbies for being an unfair advantage.  Which is good if you’re not always paying attention to traffic because you’re busy applying your face in the rearview mirror.  (But who would put their make-up on at home when you could do it in this motorized vanity?) The Imperial came in a factory paint finish called Persian Pink. . . but many enterprising hot rodders have been known to amp up the kitsch factor on these babies with much more intense hues of pink.  Check out the gallery below including some shots from original Imperial brochures:

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WWII Nose Art


We love pin ups!  Vintage pin ups.  From a time when men were men and women could enjoy a chili dog while still looking good in a bathing suit.

During World War II, military pilots brought the craft of nose art into its golden age.  Nose art is any non-sanctioned graffiti placed on the exterior of an aircraft.  Often painted by the pilots themselves, but sometimes by commissioned professional artists,  a lot of nose art featured risque images based on work by the great pin up artists like Gil Elvgren and Alberto Vargas culled from the pages of Esquire magazine.  Sometimes, when the flying aces copied the work of these masters, they somehow forgot to copy the girls’ tops.  Whoops!

Our fighting boys used the planes as a canvas to escape the rigid uniformity of the military, reminisce about life on the home front and cope with the impending aura of death using gallows humor.  Also, they ogled pretty ladies.  Here’s a look at some sexy pin up nose art we pillaged from the ol’ internet:

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Before there was The Sartorialist et. al., FRUiTS had street style on lockdown.  The smallish Japanese magazine comes out monthly and tracking it down is half the fun of having it.  What is it about Japanese girls that makes it so they can get away with wearing anything and everything (sometimes all at once)?   We consider ourselves brave and bold dressers. . . but some of the style of the girls that FRUiTS finds crosses over into reckless abandon.  More power to you girls!  In honor of FRUiTS, we’re declaring this Saturday and Sunday, The Weekend of Dressing with Abandon.  (Yes, we’re making declarations now.)  Even if you’re just going to the grocery store, you better be wearing at least a dozen accessories and a kooky hat.

Check out the new blog fuck yeah FRUiTS for some scans from the mag.  You can find copies at Kinokuniya Bookstore or you can subscribe through Amazon.

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The Road Warrior (1981)


Every time fashion week rolls around, designers and commentators alike usually spout out a bunch of influences on the collections.  Certain key inspirations seem to pop up over and over again and it’s almost impossible to include a leather anything in your collection without someone mentioning The Road Warrior.

We have a sneaking suspicion that a lot of these people who reference the film have never actually sat down and watched it in its entirety, which is a shame because it is one of the Greatest of All Time.  Although it is a sequel to Mad Max, you need not see the first movie.  Mad Max is a badass: there, I just caught you up on the whole first film… you are now ready to enjoy The Road Warrior.

Is it sometimes violent?  Yes.  Is it sometimes corny?  Yes.  Is it sometimes homoerotic?  Hell yes! Are any of these reasons not to like the movie?  Oh hell no!  They only make it better.

You’ve got to give credit to Norma Moriceau, who costumed the movie on only a sliver of the film’s scant $4 million budget.  You can check out our gallery below but you really need to watch this whole thing, ’cause it will blow your mind!  (If you have Netflix, it is currently available to watch instantly… so there is no excuse to not be watching this movie RIGHT NOW!)

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Hannah Marshall


Minimalism at its finest; that’s the what immediately comes to mind when we look at the work of Hannah Marshall.  But, like a sculpture by Donald Judd, the devil is in the details and Hannah Marshall always puts The Devil in the spare details of her LBDs (Little Black Dresses).  Marshall really, really, really understands how to use black and at only 26 years old, has already become an expert at mixing different textures and weights of fabric to create deceptively complicated dresses without so much as one bead, bauble, contrast stitch or any other sort of adornment.  Her LBDs are totally deserving of the word “fierce”, a word that’s been so run into the ground lately that we try to avoid it like the LBP (Little Black Plague).  In fact, these LBDs are so fierce that if Hannah Marshall had been around in 1985 to clothe those rhythmically challenged models in the “Addicted to Love” video, there would be nothing left of Robert Palmer but hair mouse and some stiletto scars.

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Links to the Past


Did we mention that Mad Men returns this Sunday?  Did we mention that it’s the best show on TV right now?  Did we mention that we love every second of its fantastic style?  Oh, we did.  Well, sometimes you just can’t get enough of a good thing.  In an effort to get you as amped up as we are for the weekend’s festivities, here’s a bunch of links that should put you in the spirit:

Vanity Fair has an article on the show with photography by Annie Leibovitz.

☛ The graphic designer Dyna Moe illustrates a scene from every episode of Mad Men.

☛ Like Dyna Moe’s style? Wish she would draw a picture of you?  Well, then Mad Men Yourself.

☛ All Plaidout did an interview with costume designer Katherine Jane Bryant.  Part I & Part II.

The New York Times ran an an article on the cocktails of Mad Men.

Esquire tells you everything you need to know about the Old Fashioned, Don Draper’s cocktail of choice.

What Would Don Draper Do?

What Would Joan Holloway Do?

New York magazine catches you up with the previous 2 seasons in 27 easy steps.

Don Draper’s Guide to Picking Up Women

☛ Our favorite scene so far.

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Foraging Flickr | The Lovely 60s Beauty Products


In honor of Mad Men‘s season premiere on Sunday night, here’s a little taste from another great Flickr group: The Lovely 60s Beauty Products.  There are lots of great ads in this group along the lines of Peggy’s Belle Jolie campaign.  Also, don’t miss shots of actual products from the 60s including their original packaging.

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Shagreen With Envy


Are you some kind of steampunk, time-warping mad professor with a flair for theatrics?  How about a well-to-do Victorian lady with a taste for exotic Oriental locales and a nasty opium habit?  Need something creepy and elegant all in one? How about shagreen.  Shagreen is leather that used to be made from the back of a wild ass, but is now more often made from stingrays.  STINGRAYS!  What other undersea critter do we turn into leather?  If Ursula from The Little Mermaid had to accessorize, we think she’d reach for some of the following:

balenciaga stingray

Balenciaga stingray and suede heel

Celestina Cuff

Celestina Cuff

OdlR Goya Bag

Oscar de la Renta Goya bag

More shagreen after the jump. . .

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Graffiti can be a weird thing.  It’s one of the few artforms where anyone you talk to has an opinion about it, probably because when you’re putting your art in a public space, everyone’s a critic.  We here at Lance une Mode definitely fall into the camp that calls this stuff “street art”.  When you live in Brooklyn like we do, you need to be able to separate the wheat(pastes) from the chaff, ’cause the landscape is covered in the stuff.

You Go Girl has been putting his tag up for a while now.  Without fail, his pieces brighten our day every time we spot one.  You’ve got to love that positive thinking and supportive message.  You Go Girl is prolific in his output, hitting up numerous cities across the country.  Just check out the Flickr group dedicated to his work.

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Foraging Flickr | Vintage Kimono

Emiri Miyasaka, Japan’s contestant in the upcoming 2009 Miss Universe pageant, wanted to wear this number on stage:


But, traditionalists in Japan were outraged by her modification of the national dress that reveals her hot pink underwear, so she has decided to wear something more conservative for the pageant.

For the record, we’re all for Miyasaka-san’s stage look.  Flashing your panties at a bunch of grumpy old ladies who want you to be prim and proper is a definite “You Go Girl!” moment.  Hey Japan, last time we checked, you were the culture that sells used panties in vending machines and whose most famous traditional artist painted The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (possibly NSFW, unless you W at Sterling-Cooper, where this picture hangs on the boss’ wall).  Come on, who are you trying to fool?

Anyway, one thing led to another and we found the truly great Flickr group Vintage Kimono.  Check it out to see just what those grumpy old ladies are trying to preserve.  Some of our faves are below, don’t forget to click the thumbnails to really get an idea of the detail on the kimonos.

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