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Lesley M M Blume

Vintage Tips For A Fabulous Party

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Lesley M. M. Blume

Front page photo by Lemmy Caution. The holiday season always seems like a good time to spend some time with sassy grande dame Elsie de Wolfe, who, si...

20 Delightful & Old-Fashioned Valentine's Day Ideas

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Valentine's Day is just around the corner - and many of us are cringing. If the present provides so little inspiration when it comes to expressing adoration for your paramour, why not look to the past?

10 Glamorous, Old-World New Year's Entertaining Tips

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

While it's unlikely that modern hosts would appreciate a gun-wielding guest at their upcoming New Year's festivities, there are still plenty of sublime, old-fashioned, glamorous amusements that we can import from bygone eras to help us ring in 2011.

15 Delightful, Amusing, And Whimsical Old-Fashioned Holiday Gifts

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Typewriters and flyswatters for Grandpa or Dad, Victorian flip rings and tea sets for Granny and Mom, wax fangs and lips for Junior and Junior Miss -- there is something here to amuse everyone.

I Wore a 40 lb Tunic Made Entirely of Jewelry

Lisa Salzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lisa Salzer

While the dress only stayed on for a few hours due to the workout it gave me, it was a great forray into surrealism, and perhaps a potential future "jewelry-apparel" endeavor was born.

PHOTOS: What A 1940s Modern Art Party Looks Like

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

*Scroll down for photos* Last night at a private townhouse in Greenwich Village, cultural events organization The Society hosted a party celebratin...

PHOTOS: 30 Things That Need To Stage A Comeback

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

In 2007, I launched on this site ...

PHOTOS: The World's Most Famous Fashion Editor

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Vreeland's very appearance reflected her mantra that beauty could sometimes be strange and even alarming.

PHOTOS: Secondhand Tablecloth-Wearer & Style Icon Ali MacGraw

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

MacGrawn originally began her career in fashion, working at one point as an assistant to legendary editor Diana Vreeland. Perhaps this influenced her wonderfully innovative approach to dressing.

PHOTOS: The Most Famous Costume Designer Of All Time

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 04.23.2013 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Ms. Head's snippets of advice and witticisms were as closely heeded as those attributed to Coco Chanel, and they remain relevant today: "You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it."

PHOTOS: Eccentric Style Icon And Designer Muse The Marchesa Casati

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Unlike our other style icons, Casati had her true heyday before World War I -- yet her occult-ish look continues to inspire history-minded fashion insiders generations later.

PHOTOS: Meet This Heiress, Muse And True Style Icon

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Today we pay our respects to the great Nancy Cunard, a heiress, activist, and provocateur who shunned a spoiled existence to wage war on the racist attitudes of her generation.

PHOTOS: Suzy Parker, The World's First Supermodel

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Contemporary audiences will immediately notice how comparatively mature Parker appears compared to today's supermodels. Aesthetics were very different in Parker's day: women strived to look sophisticated, rather than half their age.

PHOTOS: Screen Siren And True Style Icon Marlene Dietrich

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Marlene Dietrich is one of my personal heroines. The epitome of Old Hollywood glamour, Dietrich also exuded sex appeal - and yet never veered into crassness. Mystery and subtext were Dietrich's forms of currency; today's bare-all stars could take a lesson or two from her.

PHOTOS: Meet Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel's Fiercest Rival

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

This lavishly creative designer was once as revered and famous as Coco Chanel, who referred to her rival as "that Italian artist who makes clothes." Schiaparelli collaborated on pieces and collections with artists Salvador Dalí, Jean Cocteau, and Alberto Giacometti.

PHOTOS: Lilly Daché, Iconic Hat Maker To The Stars

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Over the next two weeks, you will become reacquainted with some of the twentieth century's seminal tastemakers, designers, and muses -- many of whom are now unjustly fading from public memory.

PHOTOS: Josephine Baker, A True Style Icon

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

*Scroll down for the full slideshow* In 2007, we launched on this site ...

Lesley M.M. Blume: Why Tory Burch Should Be Miffed At Marc (PHOTOS)

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

If I were Tory Burch, I'd be a touch miffed at Marc Jacobs: after all, the 1970s is her thing, and has been for quite a while. A

Poppy King's Strange, Wonderful Lipstick Kingdom (PHOTOS)

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Crowned the world's reigning "Lipstick Academic" by Nylon magazine, Poppy King takes her product very seriously. For her, lipstick is at once a powerful weapon, a link to history, and symbol of unapologetic glamor.

PHOTOS: Emerging Designer Alert! Alexandra Owen Debuts in America

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Most of us haven't had the privilege of "meeting" Alexandra Owen's lovely clothes yet. But I suspect that for many American women, Owen's New York debut this week will mark the beginning of a happy, long-standing friendship.

10 Time-Hallowed, Recession-Proof Tips For Beautification

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

For many women, the cost of beautification had grown staggering over the last decade. Each consecutive year ushered in a series of must-do rituals; e...

Let's Bring Back: The MAD MEN Edition (PHOTOS, POLL)

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

The Mad Men world makes a fetish of ornamentation and deifies mysterious artifice; our culture prizes an apathetic informality and rewards the tackiest forms of extroversion.

Let's Bring Back: 10 Comeback-Worthy Looks From The Met's 'American Woman' Exhibit (PHOTOS)

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

Today New York City's Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute will open its new exhibit, "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity." Gazing at the glamorous finery of eras past, as usual I found myself wishing back certain flourishes and trappings, from hand-held fans to white gloves to turbans.

American Woman: 15 Trailblazers Vogue Left Off Their List

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 11.28.2012 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

At this time of year, for those in the fashion industry, "going to the Met" has nothing to do with spending a lazy day in the galleries, admiring Byza...

Let's Bring Back: Culinary Delectables Edition (PHOTOS)

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Lesley M. M. Blume

It's funny how much New York City's culinary scene has changed in recent years. Carrie Bradshaw and her cohorts embodied neon-y bottle culture; they even brunched in a sea of uber-modern white spaces. Yet these days, old-things-new is the chicest aesthetic going.