Saturday, May 29, 2010

We Want to Be Dandy

Hello lovelies, I've got something special planned for today. You wanna know what it is? Ready:

Just kidding.

;) Here's from where we're really going to take our sartorial wisdom:

Okay, so yes, I did kind of go in the opposite direction there. BUT LISTEN. I don't know if you've noticed (I certainly had not!) but SUMMER is upon us. And what is a quintessential chic and versatile item which all well-dressed people ought to have for this plague of high temperatures and humidity?

The crisp white button-up, of course. LOOK how dapper Freddie looks in his! He's got a few variations going on, one of which is an embellished/studded version and I am digging it. Then he's got the traditional one from some photos taken in Sao Paulo. Here are some options:

May 28th 2010

White looks good on everyone, so you're free to play with a sexy lip color. Freddie didn't need to, apparently, but that doesn't mean I don't. ;) Then have fun with accessories--the classic white summer buttonup can go from the beach to a formal party to a bonfire to a boardroom and guess what! I am out of 'B' words.

Also, I swear I'm working on a way to adapt the red outfit I first showed you at the top of this post. I WANT TO LOOK THAT AWESOME. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We Will Block You

Color-block, that is. :)

It's such a bold, cool, sleek look that both immediately evokes this sort of 70s glam when worn with sparkly accessories and killer shoes, and a relaxed modern minimalism. Here are a few ways to work it:

May 25, 2010
Items in this set:
Pam Hogg Two tone dress, 795 GBP
Color-Block Short-Sleeve Tee, $42
Color-Block Crewneck Tee, $34
Set: Color-Block T-Shirt Dress+ Leggings, $52

Now go off and conquer something. :P

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Silver Lining

It's the weekend! And I'm sick! I am therefore distracting myself with some Freddie deliciousness and thought today would be a good day to have a look at one of Freddie's most "LOOK AT ME" stage ensembles and try and mix it into our collective rock 'n roll wardrobes. Let's have a look at our inspiration:

And here are some separates that would work smashingly as additions to pretty much any kind of outfit:

May 22, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Casual Cool

Hello dears! A thousand apologies for the long absence from posting; my router was zapped in a storm and had to be sent away to be exchanged and in the midst of that I dashed off for a wedding and other out-of-town business and arrived back not to be greeted by a waiting router. It just came today in fact. So--apologies again!

Here we are for today:

Freddie's rocking some season-appropriate layers (that is, appropriate for our current season; I can't account for when the picture was taken)in a sporty, casual, and still stylish way. Here's how to steal his look:

May 12, 2010

Items in this set:
White Skinny Jean - American Eagle Outfitters, $30
Off Kilter Track Jacket, $19 > Women's Shoes > Sneakers, $30
V. Fraas Striped Jersey Scarf, $38
one shade gray.: white scarf, gold trim

As always, click on the picture to see links for all the items. Cheers! I shall do my best to make up for the gap in posting. xx

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Freddie Is Our Sunshine

Freddie was inordinately fond of yellow, it appears--and among his apparent favorite yellow items of clothing was this sweatshirt:

So because I also am inordinately fond of both yellow and being comfortable, here you are:

May 11, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Living On My Own

I have always wanted to throw a party like Freddie's 39th birthday Black&White Drag Ball. But that's mostly because I've seen the music video for 'Living On My Own' (it's embedded at the end of the post! Watch it). To that end, here's our outfit for today:

Living On My Own

Items in this set:
Harlequin Dress, $130
Black bead embellished military jacket, 40 GBP
Confetti Large Open Rose Spray in Fuchsia
Elie Tahari - Kimberly Clutch (Gold) - Bags and Luggage, $200

I have a thing for harlequin and I'm really happy about finding that dress. Find a semi-dressy party to go to, lovelies, and make it your very own personal black & white (& gold, apparently!) ball.

It looks like a great party. I don't know if most of the footage for the music video is actually from the party or if they recreated it later. It does appear that his solo album Mr. Bad Guy would have had the budget for that, but that's besides the point, and a whole lot less fun. You know what IS fun? THIS VIDEO.


Friday, May 7, 2010


Since it's Friday, darlings, and it's bloody HOT where I live, let's have a little fun, shall we?

Here is our inspiration for today:

Don't PANIC, my dears! I am not suggesting you go on your weekend date in wee hot pants and shiny cropped t-shirts, or without shoes.

I'm suggesting you go to the beach or to an awesome (but hot) summer rock 'n' roll festival in wee hot pants and cropped shirts, without shoes.

May 7 2010

Items in this set:
Metropark / Metropark / White Slub Crop Tee, $32
Grey 'Vamp' shorts, 6 GBP
Pewter sequin shorts, 18 GBP
Miso Bead & Chain Layer Necklace, 13 GBP
Red High Waisted Shorts., 28 GBP

 And look, I did include some normal-ish shorts because even though I yearn for legs like Freddie's I am a chick and I am not in shape anymore. But summer is a time to be carefree! Embrace it! And for god's sake, TGIF!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"I'm a devil on the stage."

Here are a few mix-and-match looks inspired by Freddie's early 70s on-stage aesthetic, when he and the other Queen boys were all dressed in dramatic, embellished black:

I'm A Devil On the Stage

For reference:

If I could walk around like this all the time, I totally would.  The fantastical, slick, dark, and dangerous look of Queen in its beginnings is probably my favorite. They were one of the first (and remain one of the only) bands to pull off cohesion without looking like they were wearing uniforms or Halloween gear. Later, when their image was established and everyone knew their music, the aesthetic took a back seat, but they were always one of the best and most uniquely dressed acts. 

Listen to Queen II and get dressed in something like this, and I guarantee you'll feel like you could slay ogres if any charged out of a two-way mirror mountain at you.  

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Feeling Blue, and That's a Good Thing

How cute are they?

I would like to point out that Our Muse is totally wearing a Hawaiian print shirt under that snappy blue number. It's punchy but subtle and I looooove it. Miss Mary Austin, Freddie's lifelong best friend and former lover, looks incredible (and judging by her interviews for Freddie's 60th birthday films, she STILL looks incredible) and guess what? Her look is way easier to borrow. Big florals are back in major way this year--thanks, D&G.

I've done His & Hers below:

May 5, 2010
Items in this set:
Jada Floral Dress, $36
Distorted Floral Sheen Dress, $23
London - Slim fit Suit, The Byard, 660 GBP
American Eagle AE Men's Sunwashed Hawaiian Shirt Navy, $35

and I've done a feminized, much more casual version of Freddie's look here, which is more "inspired by" and a lot less literal:

Live Aid 1985

Because let's be real--that was probably the best live rock performance ever. Ask the hundred thousand plus people present if you don't believe me.
All we hear is

Items in this set:
Studded Faux Leather Jacket, $48
DSQUARED2 - FOOTWEAR - Sneakers - Size:9 , 8 , 7 , 6 , 10 - Item..., $295
simple chain, 295 CAD

*EDIT : I'm aware the picture of him holding up the crown is not, in fact, from Live Aid. I just thought it was a cool addition to the set. It's from Queen's 1986 Wembley show on the Magic Tour.

Red Velvet

"Glamour is part of us and we want to be dandy."

This velvet shrug/blouse/thing is one of my favorite things in Freddie's documented wardrobe. I covet it immensely. I think one day I'm just going to break down and make one or have one made exactly like it, but for now I remade the outfit in a few different ways--you can go the literal, replicate route, and some interpretations:

It's important, the way you look, the way you play

The incredible Queen Archives is home to this interview with Circus magazine in early 1975, called "Queen's Freddie Mercury Shopping for an Image in London." He mostly talks about his clothes and a few of his musical heroes; click it and see what he has to say about possibly being the first man on the cover of Vogue; about what he would say to Liza Minelli if they got to go to dinner; and whether or not he liked manufactured clothes.

It's witty and cheeky and I think perhaps what Freddie says inthis interview alone is reason enough for this blog to exist. Check it out, lovelies!

Some Day One Day

Lovelies, let's talk about this blazer:

It's awesome and baroque and Look! It's versatile! Freddie and Roger Taylor used to sell vintage clothing out of a stall in a London market before Queen took off--I think actually even before Freddie was a member of the band, back when he was just rooming with Roger and Brian May, who were a part of a band called Smile with another vocalist. I digress. My point is, I'm sure this blazer is a one of a kind piece, since these pictures appear to be taken very early in the band's career (My expertly educated guess says no later than 1974, but Freddie probably had this for a while. He seemed to wear things to death, in many different ways. I love that).

Here's what I've put together for you:
May 4, 2010
May 4, 2010 Items in this set:

And it's ebay FTW! I searched "black floral blazer" under "Vintage" and got a lot of great stuff, and this one was the closest to the picture. I have helpfully put the rest of the outfit together for you. You're welcome. I'm pretty sure however you can't buy the knowing looks and deep brown eyes depicted above. More's the pity. Enjoy!