Intertwine modern glamour with old-school opulence

Into the Noir: The Gritty and The Glamorous

In the 1940s, French film critics began to notice a shift in American cinema suddenly featuring characteristic bleak alleyways speckled with trembling shadows. Familiar scenes of our most cherished femme fatales are still re-enacted in polished theatre halls and replayed in our favourite GIFs, peering through blinds and out onto empty and dimly lit back streets; cigarette in hand and lips pursed.

Femme fatale finery was heightened to Bond levels of suave glamour as you’ll find in the opulent dresses worn by the likes of Ava Gardner in The Killer, and the iconic Lauren Bacall in the 1944 thriller To Have and Have Not. Swoon!

Left: Lauren Bacall in 'To Have and Have Not'; Right: Ava Gardner in The Killer

Cinching around the waist can add an extra tinge of la feminine to the structure of your ensemble.

Integrate a classic blazer into the look for elevated drama. Leave it at coat-check for that instant transformation effect.

Similar intricate cut-out detail paired with simple accessories are enough to dazzle your admirers, so keep that sultry number subtle and stick with the Michael Cinco for COUTURiSSIMO Ambra Wool Blended Little Black Dress that sits effortlessly on the shoulders.

The versatile Michael Cinco for COUTURiSSIMO Ambra Wool Blended Little Black Dress can be Parisian by day, and anything you want it to be by night.

Cinching around the waist can add an extra tinge of la feminine to the structure of your ensemble, so grab a chunky leather belt to play around with your structured silhouette. Shoulders and sculpted necklines were all the rage in noir Hollywood, so don’t be afraid to reveal a bit of skin in these areas too.

Or conceal them completely as seen in the playful Michael Cinco for COUTURiSSIMO Taylor Embroidered Skirt Dress. Either way, we’ve got it covered.

"She had that sideways glance that made you feel like all your pockets were empty."
Source talking about Lauren Bacall

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words Zana Wilberforce
hair & makeup Shillito Sisters
styling Simon Schmidt
models Leticia Kaneko, Lais Botelho (PRM Models) 
production Cube Collective

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