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Veiled beret

When I saw the veiled Dior berets that Maria Grazia Chiuri sent some of the models down the runway with at the Dior Spring/Summer 18, I had to have one.  Since I own berets (plural) and am not about to pay Dior money for another one, I embarked upon a 15 minute DIY project.  I took a plain black beret and whipstitched some birdcage netting (bought on Ebay) around it, and le voila.  I don’t know how much the Dior one is, but mine is less than a tenner!

Dior Veiled Beret

I adore a beret.  I don’t really think of them as French, although of course they are.  To me, the beret belongs to Faye Dunaway.  She wore berets like no one else ever has or will.  In Bonnie and Clyde, she was the perfect female villain… more than an equal to Warren Beatty.  Their heists horrified and transfixed me when I first saw that film, and her berets were integral to her femme fatale strength and charm.

Faye Dunaway beret

Bonnie and Clyde beret

Female strength is exactly what Maria Grazia Chiuri is all about.  This season, she sent models down the runway wearing tee shirts that said “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”  It was a reference to the thought-provoking essay by art historian Linda Nochlin, which Chiuri believes we need to be reminded of, and that the millennial generation needs to be introduced to.  Chiuri is the same woman who for her debut collection at Dior, sent models down the runway with tee shirts that said “We Should All Be Feminists.”  After all, she’s the first woman to ever head Dior or any big French couture house since Coco herself.  She has a platform, and she is going to use it to do more than simply create magnificent frocks and desirable handbags.  Her talent is unquestionable; she was co-designer (along with her collaborative partner Pierpaolo Piccioli) at Valentino for 17 years.  The Rockstud shoes and bags that she and Piccioli designed are really the ultimate in badass accessories; equal parts beautiful and dangerous. (Incidentally, it was also Chiuri and Picciolo who created the iconic Fendi Baguette bags during their 10 years together at Fendi before they were poached by Valentino).  Now that Chiuri is at Dior, I see her handwriting in the tough studded hardware on the new Dior bags.

Now it was with Bonnie and Clyde era Faye Dunaway and Maria Grazia Chiuri’s badass femme fatale in mind that I put this outfit together.  Unlike my last post which started with the shoes, this one definitely started at the top with my DIY beret.   To keep things sleek and simple, I wore this merino wool roll neck dress.  It is one of those perfect pieces for me; it looks thoroughly modern, yet it also looks like it could be from the 1960s (my favourite era style-wise).

I also wore these new Lotus silver and black sequin statement shoes.  They have a low heel and a padded footbed, so they are the ultimate party shoe.  You can comfortably stand all night in these, or run around a London park, which is what I’m doing!  With an all black outfit, I always want to have something sparkly on to keep from looking sombre.

Unfortunately, the wind and nearly-freezing weather meant I had to ruin my outfit with a coat (although it IS my favourite coat).  I was hoping to look femme fatale, what I actually look like someone who desperately wants to get warm and have a very hot cup of tea (the first thing I did when I got home).  It is hard to be badass with a pink nose and gooseflesh.  This is the only photo (below) where I look like I might genuinely be leaving a crime scene.

 

No matter how hard I am trying to channel femme fatale villain, all it takes is one furry creature to melt me. I always have cashews in my handbag because of the no-sugar regime I’m on.  This was the one time I didn’t have anything on me!  I promised the squirrel I’d return the next day with my son (who is crazy about squirrels) and a gigantic container of peanuts, which I did.

 

Note the persistent squirrel lurking in the shadows

When I saw the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the V&A a few years ago, I wrote down a quote that made me love him even more than I already did.  He said, “I’m not big on women looking naive.”  I’m definitely not either, which is why it took me so long to come around to wearing pink. It is probably why I feel so at home in bold colours, in black, and in strong statement looks.  I hope that you have an inner badass, and a few good outfits for her in your closet.  If not, it is time to take her shopping!

Outfit Details
Coat: Miu Miu, past season
Dress: Winser London
Sequin shoes: Lotus Shoes
Bag, cuff: Hermes

This shot looks like I’ve just pushed someone off of a bridge, no?

Thank you to Lotus Shoes for sponsoring this post, and thank you for my new Official Party Season Shoes!

Linking to: notdeadyetstyle, notdressedaslamb

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46 Comments

  • Reply
    Vanity And Me Style
    November 26, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    I’m trying to work out what London park you are in Lisa? It looks beautiful as do you in this gorgeous outfit. I love the whole look including the Beret.
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

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    Samantha Blair
    November 26, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    You are fabulous Lisa!
    Brilliant bit of DIY… and I love the attitude…sassy!!
    Your killer tree rat (oops I mean grey squirrel :oP) looks so cute, and like he’s been photoshopped in place.
    {Don’t be too hard on me for not loving our grey tailed friend, but we have to “up the reds!!” here in Scotland.}
    XXX
    Samantha
    http://www.fakefabulous.com

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    Emma Peach
    November 26, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Fabulous femme fatale outfit! What a great idea to diy the beret! The sequin shoes are gorgeous, as is your coat! The squirrels must be used to being fed to be so friendly. There are signs up in Chester asking people not to feed them…spoilsports!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

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    JoAnne Miller
    November 26, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    any brand tips about bigger sized berets? I love them too, but wearing them for extended periods on my big fat head gives me head and ear aches. Who makes them in sizes? p.s. LOVE the veil!

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      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 1:58 PM

      Hmmm, I’ll keep my eye out for ones in sizes. I’d try men’s ones if you can’t find women’s ones that work. This one that I’m wearing came from Amazon, and it is really really stretchy. It doesn’t have a band of grosgrain ribbon or anything to make it rigid. It it definitely worth try. Let me find a link for you… https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XZ7B92B/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00? xx

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    Michelle
    November 26, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    Killer outfit for a killer woman with killer style🖤 These shots are sensational, even on my phone!
    I love a diy look, not only is it fun to be creative but proves you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the designer look. Brava Bella! xx

    • Reply
      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 1:54 PM

      Thank you, my friend! Yeah, we were lucky for part of the day with the lighting… the rest of the day it was actually TOO SUNNY for photos! I’m so glad you like it all xx

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    1010parkplace
    November 26, 2017 at 7:45 PM

    Oh my stars! You are the chicest, yet definitely badass woman I’ve seen in a long time! Move over Faye Dunaway!

    • Reply
      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 1:53 PM

      Well thank you SO MUCH! I’m so glad you like! xx

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    Patti
    November 26, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    Elegant and gorgeous – and i love the DIY lace! And the squirrel, gotta love the squirrel. xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 1:51 PM

      Thanks so much, Patti! xx

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    Ann
    November 26, 2017 at 11:52 PM

    You are SO badass! And gorgeous! Every time you post you inspire me to go out and shake my tailfeathers. 🙂

    • Reply
      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 1:51 PM

      Go shake ’em lady! I’m so glad I inspire you; you inspire ME! xx

  • Reply
    Elle
    November 27, 2017 at 12:35 AM

    What a fabulous look! The veiled beret is very chic, and I adore the netting. Great DIY ! Your outfit is impeccable, and the shoes are exquisite and fun. The coat is brilliant, even if you feel it spoils the outfit… beg to differ politely, of course… it is fabulous!
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

    • Reply
      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 1:50 PM

      Thank you so much, Elle! I also adore the netting… anything that looks remotely 1960s gets my fashion heart racing. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post! xx

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    josep-maria
    November 27, 2017 at 7:23 AM

    You appear really wonderful and sophisticated with this look! The monochrome, with the beret and the veil look spectacularly attractive. A super elegant and beautiful proposal.

    • Reply
      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 1:49 PM

      Thank you, Josep-Maria. I love a beret, and even better when you do a little DIY to make it yours! xx

  • Reply
    Nancy
    November 27, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    I love a totall black look! And you look like Bonnie2.0! And I loved to read that story! The squirrels are very bold aren t they! Fantastic.

    • Reply
      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 1:48 PM

      Hahaha, I love that, Nancy. Bonnie 2.0. Thank you so much, lovely xx

  • Reply
    Rozanne Swift
    November 27, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    What a great post in every way – funny, original and uplifting. I like your style – in both senses of the word!

    • Reply
      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 1:47 PM

      Thank you so much, Rozanne! That makes my heart very happy indeed; I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. xx

  • Reply
    LA CONTESSA
    November 27, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    HARRY PROPOSED and YOU are right THERE AREn’t YOU?
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR HAT!
    YOUR FACE Is looking MIGHTY SLIM!!!!!!!!!!!
    A WOW IS IN ORDER!!!!!!!
    XX

    • Reply
      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 1:46 PM

      Well, I was there on Friday when we shot these blog photos… I’m not sure when he proposed, soon thereafter?! Thank you so much, beautiful! xx

  • Reply
    Abby@Midlifecrisisnut
    November 27, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Here’s to my badass friend! You look absolutely HOT 🔥 in this outfit!!! Love everything about it, the beret, the dress, the coat, the shoes and the attitude! And the squirrel, absolutely heart melting… Lots of love xx Abby

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      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 1:45 PM

      Thank you darling! From one badass to another 🙂 Love back to you xx

  • Reply
    Cheryl Tucker
    November 27, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    As always just stunning! Your outfits are beautiful and the setting is perfect!
    Cheryl
    http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

    • Reply
      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 1:45 PM

      Thank you so much, lovely Cheryl! xx

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    Marlena
    November 27, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    This is a fab look! I may have to steal inspiration from you….again! And are you in Holland Park in front of the Orangery??? I used to love going there when my daughter was small.

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      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 1:43 PM

      Oh steal away, darling! Thank you, Marlena. Yes, just in Kensington Palace Gardens, by the Orangerie. xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    November 27, 2017 at 8:26 PM

    I absolutely adore this outfit. It is indeed so strong. Just don’t get this O40C thing with bare legs. It is winter for Pete’s sake. Where are the tights? I grant you this looks terrific, but my mind screams COLD.
    The picture with the squirrel is magnificent. Your husband (I presume he took them again?) is sooo good. Loved your squirrel photo and text on Twitter too.
    You did a perfect job on the beret. Wish I could wear one. They look ridiculous on me.
    Greetje

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      Lisa
      November 28, 2017 at 12:09 PM

      Oh thank you Greetje! Well, I had planned on being outside for a much shorter time period with bare legs but I didn’t want to wear tights or hosiery, so bare legs it was. In hindsight, I should have. Is there any O40Co thing with bare legs?!

      Isn’t the squirrel great?! I can’t imagine that you look ridiculous in a beret; we’ll have to test that out some time. Your haircut sure suits one.

      Thank you, sweetie, I’m glad you liked this post 🙂 xx

  • Reply
    Rachel
    November 28, 2017 at 3:19 PM

    Love the whole look and the details are perfect!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

    • Reply
      Lisa
      November 29, 2017 at 8:48 PM

      Thank you so much, Rachel! xx

  • Reply
    whatlizzyloves
    November 28, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Lisa, I know I’ve said it before but you, your style, your copy, your photos belong in the pages of French Vogue. You are one very talented, badass, hot woman. It’s a privilege to be your friend. You are incredible xxxx

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      Lisa
      November 29, 2017 at 8:47 PM

      Oh my goodness, Liz, that is just the most amazing compliment! You are FAR too kind. Thank you so much; I really appreciate it and it makes me so happy that you like me doing my thang. xxx

  • Reply
    Ada
    November 29, 2017 at 12:52 AM

    The Sequinist does it again in a super classy, extremely elegant, stylish, ladylike and classic black Hollywood glamour feel. Love that this is black head to toe yet in so many fun and rich textures. The python-like long coat and that hat with the tulle net on the front are gorgeous Lisa.

    Hope all is well. I love visiting your blog. 😉 Welcome by on Thursday this week and every week to join my style linkup and share your gorgeous style with me and my readers. Thanks, Ada. =)

    • Reply
      Lisa
      November 29, 2017 at 8:44 PM

      Thank you so much, Ada! That is so very kind of you to say. I’m out during the day tomorrow, but I’ll do my best to link up. xx

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    Susan
    November 29, 2017 at 1:08 AM

    I recently discovered you and am so glad! You’re so lovely and I just love your style. I agree completely with women not looking naive. That’s not attractive unless you’re 5 years old. 🙂

    • Reply
      Lisa
      November 29, 2017 at 8:41 PM

      Hi Susan, and Welcome! I’m so pleased you have found my blog and I’m so pleased that you like it. That makes my day 🙂 xx

  • Reply
    Suzy Turner
    November 29, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Lisa, you look freaking gorgeous. Very badass but super chic at the same time. You already know how much I love those striped shoes, but the dress, the beret (AND the coat) make this ensemble a killer one… pretty good for someone who just through someone off a bridge he he he!! LOVE that comment, btw.
    Hugs
    Suzy xxx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

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      Lisa
      November 29, 2017 at 8:39 PM

      Oh my stars, thank you so much, lovely Miss Suzy! I’m so pleased you liked the post. The shoes are so comfortable; I think you need these. I’m such a fan of a low heel lately. xx

  • Reply
    Lieske
    December 8, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Hello Lisa. You look great, even with your coat on! Without, you really look like you stepped out of a French film, so beautiful and stylish. Love, Lieske

    • Reply
      Lisa
      December 8, 2017 at 8:52 PM

      Thank you Lieske! That is really kind of you to say, and I’m so glad you liked it! xx

  • Reply
    Sheela Goh
    December 16, 2017 at 10:43 PM

    My inner (and outer) badass personas adore yours xoxo

  • Reply
    Louise James (@louise_james216)
    February 21, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Love this outfit and especially the shoes, although I doubt I would get into them having larger feet! The squirrel is adorable :)!

    • Reply
      Lisa
      February 21, 2018 at 12:04 PM

      Thank you, Louise! I’m a size 9 US and 7 UK, so you just might! Isn’t the squirrel a poppet? xx

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