Portrait of a Woman

Cindy Sherman Artist Untitled Secretary
Photograph: Untitled (Secretary), 1978 via Artsy

For decades, Cindy Sherman has created captivating photos that are an odd mixture of beauty, mystery and peculiarity. Cindy began creating her works as an artist in the 1970s in New York City. What began as dressing up at home and playing with makeup, turned into the beginnings of her career as an artist, and our invitation as viewers to explore the ideas and identities presented in her work.

Though they appear to be self-portraits with Cindy in front of the lens, we never truly see the real Cindy. Each image is instead a glimpse into the world of the character she has created. 

Cindy Sherman Artist
Top Photograph: Untitled #410, 2003 via Christie’s
Middle Photograph: Untitled #465, 2008 via MoMA
Bottom Photograph: Untitled Film Still #14, 1978 via The Whitney Museum 

Clown. Debutante. Secretary. Washed up film star. Centerfold. Career girl. Housewife. The list of characters explored by Cindy is seemingly endless. Women have been subject to labels assigned by society and the culture of the given time period. By presenting these various types of women in their sometimes cliche or caricature-like forms, Cindy offers a critique of female identities and stereotypes. 

Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn fashion Roman Holiday
Audrey Hepburn dressed for a Roman holiday in a classic skirt and white button up with an ascot scarf.  

Every summer calls for a little getaway. Whether it’s somewhere outdoors like the beach or lake, or to a new place all together, a bit of exploration is just what the season calls for. Though this summer’s travel season might be nearing its end and be bit different than normal, that doesn’t mean we can’t do some dreaming. 

With this in mind, the perfect inspiration can be found with the help of Audrey Hepburn, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Dolce & Gabbana. 

Audrey Hepburn Fashion Roman Holiday
Dolce & Gabbana styles includes 1950s style skirts and classic tops like Roman Holiday and The Talented Mr. Ripley

The classic 1953 film Roman Holiday offers a storyline to inspire your own escape for a “giddy holiday.” Trapped in a life path out of her control, Princess Ann seeks an adventure of her own choosing in Rome. 

From one night at a glittering ball, to the next traveling the streets of Rome with an unknown American newsman, it’s the “happy romantic adventure” not to be missed. With a new hairstyle, outfit, ice cream cone and handsome gentleman on a scooter, Princess Ann goes out on the town to discover all the city has to offer. 

Set in the same time period of 1950s Italy, The Talented Mr. Ripley offers additional style and wanderlust inspiration to keep your dream of Italy alive. Sparkling beaches, delicious fresh markets and music filled nights abound in the story of Tom Ripley creeping into the lives of Dickie and Marge. 

Audrey Hepburn fashion Roman Holiday
A cinched waist skirt and white top are the classic Italian outfit of choice.

Summer Power Dressing

Summer power dressing

Bows. Prints. Sneakers. Florals. Tweed. Metal. Using a variety of prints, colors, textures and styles, the Spring 2020 collection from Tory Burch offered a fresh take on work ready clothing. 

No longer are women confined to the 1980s definition of the power suit in order to walk into the office with a boss persona. Now women can embrace femininity alongside powerful details, whimsical prints and athleisure ready accessories when creating a workwear wardrobe. 

Tory Burch has made a name for herself with her all-American brand. This collection did not disappoint as it remained true to her clean and classic aesthetic. 

Summer power dressing