Those femme fatales of the silver screen, are some of the most loved throughout Hollywood history. Lauren Bacall, Veronica Lake, Ingrid Bergman, Katherine Hepburn to name a few, were the red lipped vixens who inspired this years autumn/winter collections. Gucci, Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Louis Vuitton and Valentino all had obvious 1940's elements and several collections had floor length satin gowns reminiscent of those worn in 40's cinema.
Uber - glamorous a/w 2007 pieces inspired by 1940's screen sirens (From top - Just Cavalli, Louis Vuitton, Roberto Cavalli, Dior, Gucci and Valentino)
To achieve the sultry glamour of 40's femme fatales -
Some fashionable looks of the 40s - Rita Hayworth in a dazzling floor length dress, shirt and belted skirt combination as worn by Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall wears a trench and scarf for fashionable day wear and Lana Turner is the epitome of Hollywood excess and grown up glamour in the final two pictures.
Veronica lake, Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner are still much loved Hollywood icons today
Of course in many ways 40's style is defined by it's iconic hair and make up rather then it's clothes, for indeed it is the signature hair and makeup of this era which is often how it is identified, for it can regularly get muddled between the 30's and 50's fashions.
Veronica Lake's peekaboo hairdo is obviously the most celebrated, as the a/w catwalks will tell us, as so many shows looked to her for inspiration. Hair was central to the 1940's look, elaborate 'dos finished off every look. Side partings and glossy waves smouldered on the silver screen. Of course make up was a major element too - matte red lipstick, well groomed brows, lashings of eyeliner and false lashes for extra seduction.
(I fully own up to going a bit heavy on the pictures for this post, but really there is no point talking about the femme fatales and their sinuous gowns when there are just so may jaw - dropping -ly fabulous pictures.)
Iconic - Veronica Lake