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speak two lan­guages – body and English,” no­to­ri­ous grande dame Mae West slinkily ar­tic­u­lated. Clas­sic Hol­ly­wood made cin­ema an art with its so­phis­ti­cated scripts, fab­u­lous sto­ries, and glam­orous fash­ion – and what char­ac­ters they were! Grace Kelly, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, and the two Hep­burns vi­brantly ex­pressed fem­i­nine con­fi­dence, hold­ing their own (some­times a bit more) with their lead­ing men, so that the clothes be­came mere ac­ces­sories to their in­domitable spirit. We’re thrilled with the re­turn of film-in­spired fash­ion to the Au­tumn/Win­ter ’ 13 run­ways not just for their ut­terly wom­anly styles, but also in know­ing that we need not wear hard met­als and patent leather to ex­press At­ti­tude. Af­ter all, we’ve learnt from old movies what de­li­cious de­coys blush silk and ca­ress­ing chif­fon make for a woman’s steely mind.

Be­fore you re­cal­i­brate your wardrobe with nipped-in skirt suits, curved heels, and MGM-wor­thy god­dess gowns, do know that the rules of vin­tage dress­ing have changed. Let’s be hon­est, this aes­thetic can be age­ing, par­tic­u­larly with a croco bag cra­dled at the crook of your arm and midi-skirt lengths. This sea­son, old is restyled to look very new, and in ‘ How to Wear Mod­ern Vin­tage’ (page 104), Jef­frey Yan shows how you can in­ject now­ness into Mid-Cen­tury styles. “Go for colours that didn’t ex­ist 60 years ago,” he sug­gests. “Sneak in an el­e­ment from the streets.” Find out ex­actly how you can do this, along with other ideas, in or­der to look glam­orously fresh (es­pe­cially with Prada’s wet hair) in fash­ions past.

When it comes to beauty ideals, clas­sic Hol­ly­wood hardly goes out of style; au con­traire, it’s reg­u­larly re­de­fined for the times. The Hitch­cock­ian hero­ine this sea­son is given a mod­ern edge with graphic black eye­liner, matt red lips, and su­per-glow­ing skin (read the in­spi­ra­tion in ‘Lead­ing Ladies’, page 136). Get all the beauty es­sen­tials and tools you need in the an­nual BAZAAR Beauty Awards 2013 (from page 163); with this year, a no­tice­able move to­wards tech­nol­ogy-in­fused skin­care and bright make-up made for lights, cam­eras, and ac­tion. And who else per­son­i­fies the mood of the mo­ment bet­ter than cover celebrity Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, the mod­ern-day Hol­ly­wood bomb­shell with a body of work and in­tel­li­gence to match. “I never close the door on those kind of things,” she says about hav­ing a po­lit­i­cal ca­reer (page 270), spo­ken like a true screen god­dess of to­day.

Natasha Kraal

Scar­lett Jo­hans­son shows what she’s made of in ‘ Heart & Soul’ A more aus­tere aes­thetic for those ‘ White Nights’

Bot­tega Veneta Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’13 Day Date watch in yel­low gold, Rolex

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