"Fashion fades, only style remains the same." Coco Chanel

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Argo (2012): Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman

The year is 1979 and the President is Jimmy Carter.  On November 4, 1979, an angry mob overtook the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 60 Americans hostage and holding them for 444 days.   Within minutes of  President Ronald Reagan, being sworn into office, the hostages were finally released. 

Argo is a film based on a true event during the Iranian crisis, in which six Americans on this terrifying day escaped to the Canadian ambassador's home.   In 1980, CIA and Canada, knowing that it was a matter of time before the six are found and killed choreographed a mission to remove them under the guise of making a "fake" film.  Tony Mendez, Ben Affleck, CIA extraction specialist, leads the charge in orchestrating the mission. The six are frightened of leaving since outside the screaming mob reigns terror with hangings, killing and rampant chaos. Under Mendez persuasive skills, these six Americans obtain new identities with roles in a movie production such as camera man, director etc. Bryan Cranston as Jack O'Donnell is eerily like his tough character on  AMC's Breaking Bad.

Argo from beginning to end is a gut wrenching, nail biting and edge of the seat ordeal.  The heart will race with fear and the mind will fill with outright indignation and sheer outrage of this horrific situation.   The comic relief is Lester Siegel, Alan Arkin and John Chambers, John Goodman in ritzy Hollywood developing a fake office, fake movie releases, story boards and posters supporting the CIA mission. 

Ben Affleck, directed the film.  Argo, while dark and suspenseful reminds us of the frailty of the human condition and how irrational hatred can force man to the tipping point of insanity.  If there is one film to see this year - Argo is this movie. It is aptly fitting.

Sit through the movie credits to see the actual six Americans and the key players in this CIA operation.

Historian Gaddis Smith, "the crisis absorbed more concentrated effort by American officials and had more extensive coverage on television and in the press than any other event since World War II."



Fall 2012: The Fashion Icon



Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) Actress & Humanitarian


Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge
 


The Fashion Icon in Fall 2012 is at the forefront of this season's glorious apparel designs.  Audrey Hepburn of yesteryear and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge are Fashion Icon's promoted prominently in magazines, television, cinema, the Internet, Polyvore and on Pinterest. What makes these two women unique? The gift of communication, a warm smile, manners, exuding self confidence, intelligence and strength.  In today's society civility to others at events or in daily life are aptly forgotten.  The advent of the "mean girl" mentality and rude behavior is crushing the core of societies mores.   Thus, there is a resurgence to instill polite manners, etiquette and kindness combined with refined yet bold feminine apparel.  When a Fashion Icon is in public, every action, every word and every facial expression has impact, is noticed and recorded.  Never will a frown, scowl, a "tell all" book or a scathing interview be splashed forth in the media.  It isn't the physical beauty that garners awe instead it is the instant warm smile, the ability to listen rather than pontificating, to be selfless versus selfish, and too speak wisely while dressed appropriately signals that this is someone of substance and character. Audrey Hepburn and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge evoke one word:  Grace.
 
Definition of Grace:
1. Seemingly effortless beauty or charm of movement, form, or proportion.
2. A characteristic or quality pleasing for its charm or refinement.
3. A disposition to be generous or helpful; goodwill.
4. A sense of propriety and consideration for others

The Fashion Icon's apparel is always classic with minimal lines, subtle accessories and striking apparel  in rich hues, sumptuous fabrics and in form fitting silhouettesFall 2012 social media avidly promotes luxe suiting, sheath dresses, lace and leather, high waisted pants, Tweed pant suits, skirt suits, pencil skirts, the "it" handbag and a plethora of enchanting accessories. The color wheel this fall is similar to the changing autumn landscape.  The array of memorable hues range from striking orange, to sun kissed yellow mingling with emerald greens, chartreuse, vivid reds and ending with deep wines.   Revel in this years fashion themes such as old school Hollywood glamour, demure and feminine southern charm, or a striking suited diva with a flair for Ralph Lauren apparel. Remember, choose quality and lasting apparel in this economy rather than trendy and cheaply crafted clothing.  Forever Chic Style, has never been easier to obtain through social media formats, television and in cinema.  With a click of a button, access photos of Audrey Hepburn  and Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge.  Review the fashion photos, plan ahead and effortlessly evolve from a moth to a Fashion Icon butterfly with Forever Chic Style that is respected, unique and remembered.

Fabulous Five Must Haves for Fall 2012


I. The Ladylike Suit:  The ladylike suit is authoritative, feminine and the most important ensemble in a Forever Chic Style mavens wardrobe.  A must have black tailored suit with a peaked lapel jacket, slim fitting pencil skirt and straight leg pants can be worn for an interview, presentation, luncheons and for daily activities.  Several outfits can be formulated from a three piece suit.  Additionally, choose a colorful Tweed suit for luncheons or evening events. Think Chanel and stand out in the crowd.
Icon Tip: Always purchase the dress, jacket and pants together.  Mix and match and become chic memorable.


II. The Sheath Dress: A classic sheath number with red lips, red nails and black pumps is screen siren memorable.  The sheath is always figure flattering especially this season.  Shades of purple, red, classic black and winter white combined with pretty pumps and pearls evoke The Fashion Icon. Envision Audrey Hepburn, in Breakfast at Tiffany's in a classic black sheath, pearls, red lips and with coiffed hair.  So refined, so simple and so unforgettable. Icon Tip:  Block hued dresses are chic and elegant.  Add a scarf, jewelry, pumps and strike a pose.

III. The Refined Winter Coat: The coat is the final piece that completes an ensemble. Always select a basic coat with minimal lines such as a pea coat in black, a long camel coat or classic trench. Additionally, select a few brightly hued coats to brighten a cold and grey day.  This little bit of sunshine will add a smile to admirers.  The coat is the signature statement that is super chic and unforgettable.     Icon Tip:  Pair with leather gloves, printed scarf, boots and classic handbag.

IV.  The Handbag:  The surest way to define a woman is by owning a quality handbag with distinct lines.   Invest in a black handbag that can be used year round.   Avoid owning cheaper handbags that last only a season or two.   Icon Tip:  Choosing a handbag of worth can be costly.  However, this investment will last for years to come versus owning many cheap "here today and gone tomorrow" handbags. Spend wisely.

V.  The Essentials: Save money and select a few Fashion Icon's essentials to spice up an ensemble.
  • Jeans:  Select the darkest and deepest blue denim.  Avoid low rise and remember if heavy on the bottom, jeggings and stove pipe jeans are out.  Choose boot cut or flare hems to add balance.  Low rise is best on the youth.
  • Scarves:  Buy in all shades and hues.  A scarf adds drama to an outfit.  French women never leave home without a scarf framing the face.
  • Pearls:  A strand of pearls either real or fake are divine with a cardigan or dress. 
  • Boots:  Own a pair of knee high black boots with pointy toes.  The pointed toe will add elegance and style to any outfit.
  • Lips, Makeup, Nails and Hair:  Grooming is an important priority for the Fashion Icon. If in a hurry - there is always lipstick - choose red this season or for that matter - every season!
          Icon Tip: Add a bit of color, shop wisely and become a Fashion Icon in Fall 2012 with Forever Chic Style.  Thank you Audrey Hepburn for having lived a life that all can emulate. And, for Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge who has captured the hearts and minds of fashionistas around the world with beauty, style and grace.

 
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone".  
Audrey Hepburn