Wednesday, June 3, 2020

New Online Event Series starts with THE STYLE OF SIN: JOAN CRAWFORD June 14


As promised, I am bringing my 1930s Pre-Code series THE STYLE OF SIN to you online! I'm mixing up the order as well as the films I feature, so it will be slightly different than my series at the Egyptian Theatre last year. Case in point: the first event will focus entirely on Joan Crawford. Craft your favorite cocktail and join me Sunday, June 14 for a little illicit fun.

THE STYLE OF SIN: JOAN CRAWFORD
Pre-Code Film with Kimberly Truhler

Sunday, June 14
Starting at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET

Tickets are $10 - click to register on Zoom

The Pre-Code era of Hollywood refers to the years between 1930 when the Production Code was adopted and 1934 when it was in full effect. The Code prohibited seeing many sins on screen, so Pre-Code films are beloved for how risqué and provocative they could be with their look and content.

Though costume design is important in film, it is particularly significant to the plot and production of the movies selected for this series. In each talk, you will also learn about the costume designers themselves - how they contributed to the style of the studios along with the evolution of the actresses' careers and personal style.

Join me for this 6-part series that introduces you to some of the most popular actresses of the Pre-Code era - Joan Crawford, Kay Francis, Jean Harlow, Barbara Stanwyck, Carole Lombard, and Joan Blondell.

The first event focuses on the early life and style of Joan Crawford with a deep dive into films like Our Blushing Brides (1930) and Letty Lynton (1932).

Upcoming events can always be seen on the GlamAmor Events page. 


Adrian's stunning style for Joan Crawford in Letty Lynton (1932)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Watch GlamAmor-ous Conversations: Edith Head on Vimeo!


Last Sunday a couple hundred fans of both film and fashion joined me as I interviewed actress Susan Claassen as she channeled legendary costume designer Edith Head. I loved every minute of it. Suz and I both heard from a number of people who simply exclaimed "WOW!" and expressed their joy at attending the "wonderful" event. We were happy to offer an escape and thrilled to hear that it was both "fun AND educational." 
If you want to watch, the recording is now available on Vimeo! You will hear what it was like during Hollywood's Golden Age and learn the style secrets of many stars, including:

Mae West
Dorothy Lamour
Barbara Stanwyck
Veronica Lake
Hedy Lamarr
Bette Davis
Gloria Swanson
Elizabeth Taylor
Audrey Hepburn
Grace Kelly

I hope you enjoy it. And stay tuned - we'll be doing another focusing on the Hitchcock Blondes in August!


Suz and I in action


Shots sent from our audience



I did my best to channel the Hitchcock Blondes - 
my vintage 1960s dress was more inspired by The Birds (it even came with a jacket),
but I accessorized it a la my favorite film Rear Window


The event was pure joy for me -
can't wait for next time!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

NEW EVENT! GlamAmor-ous Conversations: Susan Claassen as Edith Head


Sunday, May 15, 2020
GlamAmor-ous Conversations: Susan Claassen as Edith Head

Online
4 pm - 5:30 pm PT (7 pm - 8:30 pm ET)

Tickets are $15 - click here to register through Zoom

Have you ever wanted to experience what it was like during the Golden Age of Hollywood and learn the style secrets of the stars? Join me for my conversation with acclaimed actress Susan Claassen as she channels legendary costume designer Edith Head.

Edith Head (1897 - 1981) was the most prolific costume designer in Hollywood history. She was also the most awarded - receiving an unprecedented 8 Oscars® and 35 nominations in her career. In addition to contributing to some of the most memorable moments on the silver screen, Edith also influenced fashion with many of her designs.

Claassen has traveled the globe with her award-winning one-woman show A Conversation with Edith Head. Tours of the production have taken her across the U.S. and internationally from Toronto to Tbilisi, including an acclaimed five-week run in London’s West End. Claassen plays the part of Edith Head so well she is often mistaken for the legendary costume designer even by those who knew her.

It will be as if Ms. Head is taking time out of her busy schedule at Universal to reflect on her years at Paramount where she worked with some of the most stylish stars, including:

Mae West
Dorothy Lamour
Barbara Stanwyck
Veronica Lake
Hedy Lamarr
Bette Davis
Gloria Swanson
Elizabeth Taylor
Audrey Hepburn
Grace Kelly

See you there!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Watch FASHION IN FILM OF TCMFF 2020 on Vimeo!


As soon as the 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF) became a "Special Home Edition," I offered the same for my own annual Hollywood event. I'm thrilled to say that more than 300 people joined me on April 15 for a webinar version of Fashion in Film of TCMFF 2020! Now you can also enjoy this online event - I recorded all the fun, so you can now watch it on demand on Vimeo. Either access the video above or by going to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/fashioninfilmoftcmff2020. And if you have the Vimeo app on Roku, you can even watch the video on your TV.

The presentation features 11 films - 5 from the festival's on air programming and 6 more from festivals past. As with all of my talks, you will enjoy beautiful movie stills and images from today's fashion accompanied by a conversation about film history, costume and fashion designers, and backstories of the stars.

This year's presentation includes:

Red-Headed Woman (1932)
Shanghai Express (1932)
Baby Face (1933)
Holiday (1938)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Casablanca (1942)
A Foreign Affair (1948)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Network (1976)

To help guide your viewing, the chapters are:

00:00:00 Welcome and introduction
00:09:03 The 1930s
01:16:38 The 1940s
02:07:01 The 1950s
02:26:35 The 1970s
02:41:55 Q&A


I wore a vintage-inspired raspberry J. Crew flutter sleeve dress with pleated skirt
paired with custom-made turquoise necklace and earrings
and turquoise Sam Edelman pumps


Everyone brought their A-game to Fashion in Film of TCMFF 2020 -
many shared their own incredible style









Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Quoted in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY's "25 Most Stylish Movies of All Time"


This past week has been a very busy one with the TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF) taking place on air and my Fashion in Film of TCMFF 2020 event kicking everything off last Wednesday night. But right before I welcomed my audience, I received word that Entertainment Weekly's list of "The 25 Most Stylish Movies of All Time" went out to the world filled with films both old and new.

In March, reporter (and fellow classic cinema lover) Maureen Lee Lenker reached out to ask for my opinion on a few stars, their famous films, and influential style. We discussed Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story (1940), Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957) and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), and Ali MacGraw in Love Story (1970). All are included on my own list of The Style Essentials here on GlamAmor. Other Style Essentials that also appear on the Entertainment Weekly list are Breathless (1961), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Annie Hall (1977), Scarface (1983), and Pretty in Pink (1986).

Lenker quotes me directly in the piece on Love Story and weaves some of my thoughts into the others. Take a look at the full list in Entertainment Weekly (link above) and see if you agree with their choices. What do you think is the most stylish movie of all time?



The Philadelphia Story (1940)


Funny Face (1957)


Breathless (1960)


Bonnie and Clyde (1967)


Annie Hall (1977)


Scarface (1983)


Pretty in Pink (1986)

Thursday, March 26, 2020

You're Invited! FASHION IN FILM OF TCMFF 2020 Special Home Edition April 15


Wednesday, April 15, 2020
FASHION IN FILM OF TCMFF 2020 - Special Home Edition

Guest speaker
Online via Zoom webinar
4 pm - 5:30 pm PT (7 pm - 8:30 pm ET)

Tickets are $5 - click here to register through Zoom

Since this year's TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF) is now a "Special Home Edition" - or the "Stay the heck at home celebration," according to TCM host Ben Mankiewicz - I thought it was important to offer the same for my own annual event. And so, on Wednesday, April 15, I invite you all to join me in a webinar version of Fashion in Film of TCMFF 2020.

The presentation will feature 11 films - 5 from the festival's on air programming, and 6 more from festivals past. As always, you will enjoy beautiful movie stills and images from today's fashion accompanied by a conversation about film history, costume and fashion designers, and backstories of the stars.

Most know that costume design is often integral to plot lines and always helps establish character. In addition, many of the leading ladies were close with their costume designers, so you can get great insights into their lives and see the evolution of their style. You'll also discover how these costumes continue to influence fashion today.


This year's presentation will include:


Red-Headed Woman (1932)

Shanghai Express (1932)
Baby Face (1933)
Holiday (1938)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Casablanca (1942)
A Foreign Affair (1948)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Network (1976)

Though we won't be together at the Roosevelt Hotel, our lovely family can still come together online and celebrate the films we love so much!


**This event is not officially affiliated with the TCM Classic Film Festival


With good friends at the 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

FILM NOIR STYLE: THE KILLER 1940s On Sale October 2020


I'm very excited to share the working cover of my book Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s

Film Noir Style is a deep dive into the dark side of 1940s style - celebrating some of the genre's most influential films and stars while also examining the historical context of the time. As the cover shows - in a couple ways - The Killers (1946) is one of the 20 films featured in this beautiful coffee table book. Film Noir Style will be on shelves October 2020, which perfectly coordinates with Fall fashion collections that so frequently reference noir. It's also just in time for the holidays. Pre-orders are available on Amazon.

Many thanks to my editors at GoodKnight Books, a publishing house run by the talented Mary Rothhaar, who have been so supportive of this project. I'm very proud to be an author for a company that's run by a woman and one that also makes it a priority to print in the United States. You can see some of their other great Hollywood titles below.

I have just submitted all the copy for the book and we're now selecting the many stunning photos that will be featured in Film Noir Style. I can't wait to share with you all!

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