Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sixties Cinema Style: Lisa Perry

One of my favorite fashion designers is Lisa Perry. Her look is contemporary yet Jackie O with a twist and reminds me of one of my all time favorite design periods in film history, the sixties.

It's as if Perry channelled Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn,  a touch of Julie Christie in Darling (1965)2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)  and a dash of Faye Dunaway in Thomas Crown Affair (1968). Her interiors and color palette personify sixties mod in every sense of the word and notes people often remarked  "This is where Barbarella meets Austin Powers" of her 2002 NYC apartment.

Perry's Dining Room interior, 2002

Perry's beachfront house, present day

Simple yet bold colors are the hallmarks of a Perry interior

Her sixties inspired room complete with shag circular carpet

 Saarinen inspired sets from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey

The Chicago native is said to be an aficionado and collector of sixties vintage couture (particularly Courreges, the iconic designer whose look was a mix of couture and sci fi) and grew up in a house filled with Saarinen and Marimekko. Schooled in textile technology -- and no doubt osmosis as her family owned a textile company --  the fashion designer has completely modernized the crisp primary colors and three dimensional shapes of the sixties into a timeless collection for our closets as well as our homes. 

Perry's  Block dress

and Op Art A line from the 2009 collection

Style icon and legendary actress Audrey Hepburn

Givenchy's sketches for Hepburn in Charade (1963)

Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Doris Day and Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk (1959)

Julie Christie on set with director
John Schlesinger in Darling (1965)

Perry's flagship store in New York's Soho

For more on Lisa Perry, check out her website here.

Photo Credits: Lisa Perry, Vogue Living Houses Gardens People, Margaret Herrick Library, 
MGM, United Artists.