The passing of Elizabeth Taylor this week has turned my thoughts to old-school Hollywood Glamour and how little is left of it these days. The days of stars, perfectly coiffed in sexy ultra feminine outfits, seem to be a thing of the past. Today, more often than not, our female stars are photographed in jeans and t-shirts with mussed hair and no make-up. While the move to casual and relaxed is liberating in some ways, I can’t help but long for those days of yore, when a perfect image was what one strived for.
Thankfully I am not the only one who feels this way. There are still celebs out there who appreciate the allure of sexy feminine clothing and how just the right look can burn their image into the minds of fans. With fewer and fewer design houses catering to this look, I was happy to discover Stop Staring! at Style Fashion Week LA.
Designer Alicia Estrada’s line Stop Staring! is a vintage inspired line of dresses, playsuits and suits that evoke that old Hollywood Glamour. The tricky thing about vintage inspiration is to not let it overwhelm the designs and turn them into costumes. Ms. Estrada has managed to take that inspiration and create a feminine sexy line that is at the same time modern and wearable.
The cocktail party preceding the show was evidence of her success in achieving this, with fans of Stop Staring! sporting past season’s dresses, looking sexy, feminine and completely of the moment. These are definitely not costumes! And the women wearing them hit the mark completely, standing out in a crowd and creating a modern day image that captivates us the way the stars of the silver screen once did.
Video and Photos by Omri Escalante