Dita Von Teese in West Hollywood

Posted on August 26, 2011

We’ve encountered our fair share of celebrities walking about in various cities and we’ve never been the types to overreact or make a fuss, even when it’s someone we like. We once saw Sarah Jessica Parker at the height of her Sex and the City series fame pushing a stroller through the West Village and even when she nodded and said “Hello,” as she passed us (the lady knows her fanbase and probably spent a good chunk of her time in those days nodding at passing gay men) we were cool about it (but secretly thrilled).

But we have to say, if we were walking down the street and Miss Dita was coming towards us looking like this:

Dita Von TeeseVintage floral dress. Christian Louboutin shoes. Dolce & Gabbana ‘Miss New Sicily’ handbag from their fall 2011 collection

Dita Von Teese
We would almost certainly either burst into spontaneous applause or spontaneous tears of joy.

Dita Von Teese

The thing that has always set Miss Dita apart from the average vintage-wearing gal is her theatricality and her impeccably tuned sense of how to pair vintage with modern. The result is a look that’s pretty much purely hers; a sort of drag vintage couture. She is forever selling Miss Dita as a product every time she steps out and she’s got a Joan Crawford-level of commitment to giving her fans exactly what they want to see. Very old-school Hollywood thinking. She absolutely knows what she’s doing every single time she puts a look together. We’re curious if she employs any sort of stylist to help her with that.

And just because the ladies love to talk about purses (or at least the Bitter Kitten ladies do), here are some other bags from the same line, Dolce & Gabbana fall 2011:


Miss Dita chose the exact right one for her look. Brava, girl.

 

[Photo Credit: Fame Pictures, elle.com]

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  • Anonymous

    Miss D is stunning and gorgeous.

    The bag is only OK because she wears it so well.

    (These images are scrubbing away some of last night’s Clinique nastiness.)

  • http://twitter.com/TheRedZavodnik Ginger

    My grandma would’ve carried those purses and clutched them tightly to her chest as she sat upright and rigid in the passenger seat of her Cadillac as we drove her to the local nursery to pick out flowers for spring.

  • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com heartbot

    I just want to know what sort of sunscreen she uses to stay so pale, even in LA! I’d be a lobster all the time!

    • http://julia-here.livejournal.com/ Julia(blue)

      I suspect that she uses a high-titanium white sunscreen , which would preserve her skin and also add a level of pale blue-white itself; I use Neutrogena Sensitve Skin spf 30, and put foundation over it to look as if I have blood circulating.

      • http://robot-heart.tumblr.com heartbot

        Interesting. I’m naturally olive-complected but avoid the sun because my family has a history of skin cancer. I use SPF 50, and I still get tan just from normal exposure to sunlight, and if I’m out for more than an hour or so, my skin will burn (and then turn brown.) Maybe I should switch…

        • http://julia-here.livejournal.com/ Julia(blue)

          I have gotten more and more prone to burn badly as I age (medications can do this, too) and am sensitive to a lot of perfumes and stabilizers in cosmetics, so if Neutrogena ever stops making this stuff I’ll have to stay inside all summer. You can get higher SPF Ti02 custom blended at compounding pharmacies, but the recent FDA study says anything over 30 is dubious and as long as I don’t miss spots, I do fine with 30.

          • http://bfish.myopenid.com/ bfish

            back when I first discovered I was sensitive to sunscreen the first thing my doctor told me to do was cut back to SPF 30 since the higher it is, the more likely it is to cause irritation and there’s no added benefit. I’m extremely pale and have never yet burned when applying my SPF 25 right so I tend to believe him.

        • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

          It’s great, but only if you aren’t getting wet. When the Neutrogena stuff gets wet, it turns white. Not attractive, but necessary if you are sensitive to sunblock.

        • http://onionjam.tumblr.com SkipperJane

          It’s great, but only if you aren’t getting wet. When the Neutrogena stuff gets wet, it turns white. Not attractive, but necessary if you are sensitive to sunblock.

        • alejandra pacheco

          I think she uses a japanese sunblock. I read somewhere

    • Anonymous

      I was wondering the same thing!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

      Clinique Super City Block SPF 40. NOT the tinted formula – it’s too dark for fair-skinned people. Doesn’t turn white and is only slightly tinted. I’m pale as hell and it’s just light enough for my skin to blend in and look natural. Also, you’ve got to use at least a teaspoon of sunblock on your face. And wear a hat. Foundation with SPF on top of the sunblock really helps, too. But relying on foundation with an SPF alone won’t protect you.

      • akprincess72

        I 2nd the hat thing.  I’m a pale 39 & often get taken for younger simply because I have taken care of my skin by staying out of the sun a lot.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

      Clinique Super City Block SPF 40. NOT the tinted formula – it’s too dark for fair-skinned people. Doesn’t turn white and is only slightly tinted. I’m pale as hell and it’s just light enough for my skin to blend in and look natural. Also, you’ve got to use at least a teaspoon of sunblock on your face. And wear a hat. Foundation with SPF on top of the sunblock really helps, too. But relying on foundation with an SPF alone won’t protect you.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe she gets her sunscreen in Asia? People in countries like China want to stay white, so they have lots of sunscreen specificaly designed for that. Always funny to see, since it is just the opposite of Western countries, where there are products to get a tan, while in those countries its stuff to stay white/get whiter.

      • Helen C

        Well it’s both cultural and socio-economic standards of beauty.  It is extremely offensive to Asian people when someone says “you guys want to be white that’s why you like fair skin!”  Hm, nope.  

        They’ve liked fair skin for hundreds of years before they even know white people exist.  Blemish-free-fair-skin =  well taken cared of and don’t need to do outside manual labor (remember Scarlett O’Hara in the first chapter of Gone with the Wind?), and also looks better with Asian features, just as here tanned skin = have time to go to the beach/tanning salon and not imprisoned in an office 24/7.

        • Anonymous

          “Looks better with Asian features” seems like an awfully broad and subjective explanation, no? I don’t disagree with your overall point–there’s a reason some traditional makeup involved basically painting a woman’s face white–but that phrase is only detracting from your argument.

          • Anonymous

            Traditional Western make-up till the 20th century also basically was painting the face white. It has really nothing to do with features and all to do with what kind of skin the poor has because the beauty ideals of a society/the kind of looks the rich wants are normally the opposite of what the poor look like. Its the same with body ideals. Fat people used to be admired because you had to be rich to be fat.

          • Anonymous

            Sorry, I think I was unclear. I meant that I agreed there existed a tradition in Asian societies of seeing pale or white skin as desirable and disagreed that white skin looked “better with asian features.” I think you and I are on the same page here.

          • Anonymous

            Tans only became fashionable in the west in the 1920s when people started travelling more and it became the badge of someone who could afford to travel abroad rather than of someone who worked in the fields.

        • Anonymous

          aehm, where did I say that they want to look like Western people? I even wrote they “want to stay white” which implies that they already are white, with what I of course didn’t mean “Western” but meant that they want to keep the white skin they are born with and not get a tan.
          And I do know all the background, I just didn’t want to include them on a short comment like that. And no, white skin doesn’t look better with Asian features, its a matter of taste.

          • http://noiresque.wordpress.com/ Noiresque

            Hear, here, swiss_miss. 

            It is completely a matter of taste.  I happen to disagree that white skin looks better with Asian features as an overreaching statement.

            I used to make ID cards when I was a uni student, for the kids who had lost theirs and needed a replacement. I would give them the option of keeping the old photo (advantage: she looks younger) or taking a new one (she looks better presented and is wearing makeup and has her hair styled).  As I like to keep people happy, if there was an international Asian female student (in this case I am referring to a foreign student in the country to study, and not a local student with Asian heritage),I would give her a third option: keeping their old photo and lightening it.  Without doubt, the would jump at it, gleefully.  I only started this because when I got talking with them, I got so many requests to “lighten them up” that I started offering automatically. 

            As someone naturally slotting between Eva Mendes and Halle Berry on the complexion scale and having no problem with this whatsoever, it was kind of off knowing if these kids looked like me they would get an awful lot of shit from their parents/communities from a young age, but I learned the “live and let live” response.

            It would be nice if people were happiest with what they are at their healthiest, but that’s the human condition.

            As for tans being popular in the west, that goes through fashion phases as well.  Pale skin was huge in the 90s.  As a kickback from the pale Grunge looks, all that matte foundation and how huge Kate Winslet’s look was after Titanic, being super fair was all the rage.  It was only after the “Latin Explosion” and J.Lo that browner hues and (at the worst extreme, orange) fake tans took off again to be a popular norm. 

  • Anonymous

    What a breath of fresh air it would be to see her on the street in W. Hollywood. A nice break from the designer skinny-jean-wearing, blond-extension-ed size 00s.

    Like the bag she is carrying, but would never own it. A little too Easter Sunday circa 1972 for me.

    • Ally Huang

      Don’t forget massively bronzed. To the point of a cheeto tan look!

  • Anonymous

    Love: Old Hollywood meets West Hollywood.

    But you know, Josh would say it’s dowdy.

    –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      Amen, sister.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1584122279 Sarah Cornsnake

      I heard you call in last night :) – it was a treat to hear the voice to put with your words.

    • scottyf

      Ditto what Sarah Cornsnake said.

      Not only was it wonderful to hear you and T&Lo interact, but if you ever need to make some extra cash, with that mellifluous voice, you could clean up as a chat line operator. ROWR!

      • MilaXX

        Off topic, but your new tag is one my favs by Dr. Angelou

        • Anonymous

          Truer words have never been spoken.  Not sure why most of us refuse to believe that.

          • MilaXX

            Once I took that to heart life got so much easier. That nasty person who greets you with a smile & says, “I’m a bitch, just kidding.” Believe them, they are a bitch, watch your back.

          • MilaXX

            Once I took that to heart life got so much easier. That nasty person who greets you with a smile & says, “I’m a bitch, just kidding.” Believe them, they are a bitch, watch your back.

    • http://visceralresponse.com Dina dV

      Please, Miss Dita is in her late 30s…she doesn’t even exist in Miss Clinique’s overly bronzered and tweezed world.  If it doesn’t look out of 1985 via the Shore Store it doesn’t even register with him.

      • Anonymous

        Ugh. “Forty to death.” Seriously, in that moment I could really get behind Bert’s “drop dead” sentiment. Honestly, it was depressing to the part of me that wants to like Anya how much she just stood aside and let that happen.

  • http://twitter.com/bredalot Breda Smith

    Man. I don’t like her style and it wouldn’t look good on me anyway, but I think I need to study her for some pointers all the same. I keep saying I need more whimsy and theatricality in my wardrobe!

  • Anonymous

    I want her wardrobe.  All of it.  She’s a role model for us curvy girls. I have such a girl crush on her.  But that bag is not really fully as awesome as the rest of the outfit.

    • Anonymous

      I do think she looks fantastic most of the time, but I don’t know about her being a “role model for us curvy girls.”  I don’t know if she still wears a corset, but she at least used to be a tightlacer — someone who wears a tightly-laced corset 24/7 in order to create a tiny waist by compressing the ribs and displacing the internal organs into the lower abdomen.  I’ve read that she could get her waist down to 16″ in corsets — something like that would take years of so-called “corset-training.”  There are pictures on the web of her in corsets, which are, to my eyes, freakish looking.  Which, fine, that’s her prerogative, and going by this picture, it doesn’t look like that’s still her thing.  But not a role model for this curvy girl.

      • http://noiresque.wordpress.com/ Noiresque

        She is literally curvy in having an hour glass shape.  I guess the C-cup implants help with that.  But on the other hand she is as thin as any other We-Ho woman.  She looks great, but if corsets are what needed to halp achieve that… I think I’ll give it a miss! 

      • Anonymous

        She’s said that she’s never waist-trained. She does wear a corset regularly, her stage costumes always have a corset. But she’s naturally very petite with a natural hourglass. If she has a natural waist of about 22″ then it isn’t difficult for a regular corset-wearer to take off 6″. Anyone with enough natural squish can get 3 or 4 inches off with ease, it just depends on your figure shape and composition to start with. Oh, and a well cut corset of course.

        • Anonymous

          Well, if she says she doesn’t waist-train, I suppose I can’t dispute that.  I find it hard to believe, though.  Other corset-wearers say they do have to wear their corsets 22 to 24 hours/day to get that kind of reduction.  The loss of muscle tone and loosening of ligaments holding the organs is what makes that much squishiness, from what I’ve read.  (I recently ran across something about Ethel Granger, so was doing a bit of reading about this.)   Maybe there’s some hair-splitting between what we call “regular” corset-wearing and “waist-training.”  Again, I’m not judging her, or anyone who does this, I’m just saying ahat the pictures of her and others with 16″ waists look bizarre and unattractive to me.

          • Anonymous

            Squish varies from person to person. It’s related to muscle-tone, where any fat lies (apples tend to be less squishy than pears for instance) and the distance between the ribs and the pelvis. But even wearing a corset for a couple of hours most days can make a difference. If she’s performing, rehearsing etc she’ll be doing that much. That’s all I mean by regular. She’s used to corsets, and she’ll only lace to her smallest for shoots etc.

            Her frame is small to start with, so she isn’t going that far. As I mentioned, even novice corset wearers can get 4 inches off if they’re figure lends itself to it. A friend of mine who is very small in stature tried her first corset on and went from a natural 22″ to an 18″ with no problem at all. Other people struggle to get 2″. Ironically and frustratingly for a corsetmaker :) I don’t reduce much.

            I do agree though, there’s a fine line between beautiful and freakish once you get to bigger reductions. 

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Perfection! 

  • lilibetp

    She constantly amazes me.  I haven’t liked everything she’s ever worn, but I’ve also never seen her in ragged cut-offs, a paint-splotched stretched out t-shirt and down-at-the-heel flipflops, so she’s a heroine.

  • http://twitter.com/therosh Rosh

    I don’t believe she uses a stylist. She’s talked before about how she doesn’t like to work with one (something about them suggesting she wear jeans).

    • http://profiles.google.com/rachel.goosen Rachel Goosen

      Yeah, she once mentioned how she was pressured into hiring a stylist who picked up a pair of expensive vintage shoes she had and suggested wearing them with jeans. She immediately fired the person. I think she then said that she would never hire a stylist again.

      • Anonymous

        I think most of it has to be her.  She’s had her own look from early on–way before she’d be hiring a stylist.

        If anything, girl could probably work *as* a stylist.  

        • Anonymous

          Could we start a petition to get Christina Hendricks to hire her, in that case?

      • Anonymous

        I think most of it has to be her.  She’s had her own look from early on–way before she’d be hiring a stylist.

        If anything, girl could probably work *as* a stylist.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VBWWGHZEBKTVQMXE5SO5NCU2I Mich

    i have to say i love all of these handbags, but i have an unreasonable affection for anything white, lacey eyelet (ooooh, i love eyelet), straw, woven, etc. i just think all that bright white looks so pretty. i’d carry any of these bags. after i sell my car to afford them, of course.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous.  She is a breath of fresh air.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous.  She is a breath of fresh air.

  • Anonymous

    She said lately in an interview to the NYT that she was actually writing a book about creating her style or something. I personally gained tons of respect for her when she admitted to doing her own make up but losing her touch if not practiced.

  • Anonymous

    She said lately in an interview to the NYT that she was actually writing a book about creating her style or something. I personally gained tons of respect for her when she admitted to doing her own make up but losing her touch if not practiced.

  • Anonymous

    I really love how committed she! Dita looks amazing

  • Joyce VG

    Oh she’s divine! Love it all. Head to toe.

  • http://profiles.google.com/claudiaberry Claudia Berry

    i’ve read a few interviews where she says she does not use a stylist at all – she’s just awesome.

  • http://profiles.google.com/claudiaberry Claudia Berry

    i’ve read a few interviews where she says she does not use a stylist at all – she’s just awesome.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to know what her skincare routine is like.  Here in the south, pale is decidedly not “in,” but I love it and she makes it look SO awesome.

    • MilaXX

      I’d rather see pale over orange any day of the week and she really works the paleness. She never looks I should be in Twilight pale, but rather natural skin tone pale.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, you would think they’re filming Jersey Shore around here for all the orange skin.  That, and the leathery middle aged women.  Or at least I think they’re middle aged.  Either that or they have cooked themselves beyond recognition.  I have given up fake tanner and tanning beds forever.  I comfort myself with the fact that no one is actually going to do the junior high thing and say, “Eww, you’re so, like, white” when I step out in a skirt.  It’s nice to be a grown-up!

    • MilaXX

      I’d rather see pale over orange any day of the week and she really works the paleness. She never looks I should be in Twilight pale, but rather natural skin tone pale.

    • MilaXX

      I’d rather see pale over orange any day of the week and she really works the paleness. She never looks I should be in Twilight pale, but rather natural skin tone pale.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

      In researching her for Halloween this year, she’s a huge fan of visiting the dermatologist regularly and using a lot of sunscreen.     She uses cold creams and moisturizers for face and body, but does not believe in expensive brands. She also admits to using costume/stage makeup to aid in adding to her paleness on her face and body. She does not do anything terribly extensive, though I do believe she’s surgically removed any freckles she’s had and surgically added her beauty mark on her face.

      A good person on Youtube to look up is Goldiestarling, who does tutorials on pin up looks and properly applying pressed powder using special sprays and stage makeup. 

      • Anonymous

        I remember reading years ago that she used to go and swim in her pool at night so she wasn’t in the sun. She also does use hats and even parasols.
        She’s had pics of her dressing table up on twitter and she uses a lot of high street make-up brands. 

  • Anonymous

    I would love to know what her skincare routine is like.  Here in the south, pale is decidedly not “in,” but I love it and she makes it look SO awesome.

  • Judy_J

    Gotta hand it to her….she really knows how to put it all together beautifully.  Brava!

  • Judy_J

    Gotta hand it to her….she really knows how to put it all together beautifully.  Brava!

  • Danny Maza

    Does this woman drink the bood of virgins? she NEVER gets old :O

  • Danny Maza

    Does this woman drink the bood of virgins? she NEVER gets old :O

  • Danny Maza

    Does this woman drink the bood of virgins? she NEVER gets old :O

  • Anonymous

    I would have peed myself and thrown my body down before her, screaming ‘Touch me, Lady!  Grace this wretched troll with a mere scrape of your shooooee!’   Like Michael Jeter in ‘Fisher King’.

  • scottyf

    She is a true Fag Catcher.

    A Fag Catcher is someone, or something that–no matter how straight-acting or butch you may be–when you see it, you have an innate visceral physical reaction. Positive reactions are to snap your fingers, do a neck roll, or utter WERQ under your breath. Negative reactions include rolling your eyes, and saying “ohhh, noooo, miss thing” under your breath.

    Examples of Fag Catchers include:
    *Cher
    *Patti Labelle
    *a fierce pair of shoes
    *a woman who thinks she’s workin’ an outfit and she is NOT
    or, Ms. Von Teese: a woman who is WORKING THIS LOOK LIKE IT OWES HER BACK RENT 

    • Anonymous

      “Like it owes her back rent”????  Totally stealing that phrase, Scottyf!

      Also love your ever-changing inspirational quotes.  Keep ‘em coming!

      • http://www.katymcdermott.com KatyMightHave

        I second everything Inforapenny said – you go!

        • Anonymous

          I third!

  • Anonymous

    Oh now I love Lucite and clear more than most people – by far – but a clear purse?  (and not talking the handle?  NO.

    She looks great

    • http://twitter.com/kmc1138 Kathleen Coyle

      I’m just the opposite! :)  Not a fan of lucite at all, but in a cutout like this I can deal with it.

      • Anonymous

         I have some Lucite furniture  :o)

        What I meant about it in the bag – I cannot imagine carrying that bag with Anything in it – except        another bag.

      • Anonymous

         I have some Lucite furniture  :o)

        What I meant about it in the bag – I cannot imagine carrying that bag with Anything in it – except        another bag.

  • Anonymous

    These pictures remind me of my mother, who was a very beautiful woman.  I would be about 3 years old, a vision of chubbiness in my sundress, proud to be tripping along beside her.

  • Christine Campbell

    She makes me proud to be female.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=167100010 Meghan Young

    “We would almost certainly either burst into spontaneous applause or spontaneous tears of joy.” -OR BOTH! Congrats Ms. Dita, this look is HOT. And it pretty much ONLY works on her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=167100010 Meghan Young

    “We would almost certainly either burst into spontaneous applause or spontaneous tears of joy.” -OR BOTH! Congrats Ms. Dita, this look is HOT. And it pretty much ONLY works on her.

  • Anonymous

    Just shows that clean classic looks are timeless. I wish more celebs did away with stylists and developed their own style. Love how she ties in the headband, shoes, and bag. However, I’m not sure how many women want to advertise what’s in their handbag, not me for one. 

    • Anonymous

      Man, are you kidding? I mean, call me childish, but I saw that window as an opportunity (let’s not make any puns, here) to like, put in any graphic or pattern you like in the window, a pop of color maybe. 

      • Anonymous

        Sure, that would work but if my clothes already have color which is generally the case when I choose a white handbag, then I don’t need more in the handbag. Also, I don’t like to advertise that I have an iPhone and wallet and whatever else in my handbag. I would think the police would look askance at me if I had to report it stolen.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I’d put a scarf into the bag to hide the contents and give a bit of contrast.

        But also, there’s a fair depth below the clear part. Unless you really overstuffed it, most of your stuff would be below that.

  • Anonymous

    I’m speechless.  She looks so fantastic from head to the toes peeking out of those fabulous green shoes!  Everything about the dress is perfect.  She’s an inspiration!

  • bookish

     I’m personally thrilled to see these photos today because I’m wearing a brand new floral sundress in almost the exact same cut. Of course mine was super cheap and the pattern isn’t quite as cute, but still…. I feel a bit fashionable for once. :)

  • Anonymous

    What awesome prettiness to put us in a weekend state of mind. She is just lovely. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    need. that. dress.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZHWCV5QUMLSECZBSVVFDZFSN5U Kenta S

    Those bags are from *Spring* 2011

    But my God, that is fabulous.

  • MilaXX

    I want that entire outfit. That is a Gal on the Street level WERQ! As for the bags, I like the one Dita is carrying and the first one in the pictures*. The ones with the gold and silver trim are a bit much.

    *On closer inspection it appears that DIta is carrying the first one with the shoulder strap removed.

  • Terence Ng

    I wish i could see her hair from the back. Is it tied up? Or wrapped up in a Rosie the Riveter sort of way?

    • margaret meyers

      I was wondering the same thing — is that a headband?

      • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

        It looks like a satin scarf, but tied in a way that one would tie a ‘Rosie’-style bandana, with the ends tucked under.

  • Anonymous

    Dita chose the best bag not just for her outfit but period. Love it!

  • Susan Crawford

    Bow down and weep for the perfection of The Dita.

  • aussiegal77

    I freaking love her shoes.  It should be a crime to be this fabulous.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone ever seen a hair out of place on this woman?  Girlfriend NEVER seems to have an off (fashion) day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    I so want to be her when I grow up.

  • Anonymous

    I want to hug her, buy her lunch at an outdoor cafe, and get my nails done with her. 

  • Anonymous

    I want to hug her, buy her lunch at an outdoor cafe, and get my nails done with her. 

  • Anonymous

    I want to hug her, buy her lunch at an outdoor cafe, and get my nails done with her. 

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE Miss Dita.  This outfit makes me think back when I was a very little girl in the ’50′s and my mother, freshly bathed and powdered, would slip on a dress and ready herself to face the world.  I can smell the body powder.

    Lovely, just lovely.

    • Anonymous

      what a sweet memory.  i too love Miss Dita she is quite fab!

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE Miss Dita.  This outfit makes me think back when I was a very little girl in the ’50′s and my mother, freshly bathed and powdered, would slip on a dress and ready herself to face the world.  I can smell the body powder.

    Lovely, just lovely.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    Gorgeous!

  • Anonymous

    Love Love Love this look.  From the dress to the shoes to the bag.  Di-vine!  Also, those are the perfect bags to fill full of stuff and smack a mugger with.

  • Rand Ortega

    She’s such a stunner. Though I have to admit I get very concerned about her; she’s so preternaturally fair skinned I’m afraid even the tiniest bit of sun could harm her. 
    Her entire ensemble matches her otherworldly visage. Picture perfect.
    Kudos, DVT. You’ve done it again!

  • http://profiles.google.com/laura.jane.ogorman Laura O’Gorman

    So lovely. Ah to have her wardrobe!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Shields/1200782178 Michelle Shields

    She looks great!  I’m gonna be a skinny bitch like her some day!

  • Rand Ortega

    PS: Awesome sunnies. Any idea who makes them? BK’s? UF’s?

  • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

    What a great look!  Dita is incredibly stylish, I love it.  I wish more women into the vintage look would dial down the eccentric costume-y aspects.

    • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

      I think that much of it comes from Rockabilly fashion more than true vintage. Rockabilly definitely has vintage roots, but also pulls from 80′s punk, the 90′s ‘swing’ revival, and some gothic elements. You can definitely see it in Deadly Dames clothing, or Lucky 13, or any of the big vintage repro brands. It’s hard to find really authentic-looking repro, which is why so much of it looks so costumey. I’m a fan of all of those labels, sure, but I prefer the more understated, classic vintage look with stronger roots in the simple, elegant designs that were most prevalent.

      • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

        Definitely yes on the Rockabilly aesthetic.  I’ve been to the Las Vegas Rockabilly weekender a few times and it is over the top but very fun and interesting too.  They are certainly dedicated to their looks!
         

        • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

          Indeed we are! I can so rarely wear flats anymore without my legs feeling weird. And short.
          I’ve always wanted to go to Viva Las Vegas, but it’s clear across the country and I am a college student. I don’t tend to do rockabilly as much as I do classic, but the shopping and music there must be just AMAZING. There’s also a spirit of fun camaraderie amongst vintage gals, and it’s so rare to encounter another around here. A whole convention full must be the most fun thing ever!
          I think it’s because dressing outside of ‘the norm’ as far as fashion goes tends to require a certain measure of exuberance. Just a theory, though. I certainly consider myself exuberant, or possessing of a slightly understated cousin of exuberance, anyway. <3

        • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

          Indeed we are! I can so rarely wear flats anymore without my legs feeling weird. And short.
          I’ve always wanted to go to Viva Las Vegas, but it’s clear across the country and I am a college student. I don’t tend to do rockabilly as much as I do classic, but the shopping and music there must be just AMAZING. There’s also a spirit of fun camaraderie amongst vintage gals, and it’s so rare to encounter another around here. A whole convention full must be the most fun thing ever!
          I think it’s because dressing outside of ‘the norm’ as far as fashion goes tends to require a certain measure of exuberance. Just a theory, though. I certainly consider myself exuberant, or possessing of a slightly understated cousin of exuberance, anyway. <3

        • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

          Indeed we are! I can so rarely wear flats anymore without my legs feeling weird. And short.
          I’ve always wanted to go to Viva Las Vegas, but it’s clear across the country and I am a college student. I don’t tend to do rockabilly as much as I do classic, but the shopping and music there must be just AMAZING. There’s also a spirit of fun camaraderie amongst vintage gals, and it’s so rare to encounter another around here. A whole convention full must be the most fun thing ever!
          I think it’s because dressing outside of ‘the norm’ as far as fashion goes tends to require a certain measure of exuberance. Just a theory, though. I certainly consider myself exuberant, or possessing of a slightly understated cousin of exuberance, anyway. <3

        • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

          Indeed we are! I can so rarely wear flats anymore without my legs feeling weird. And short.
          I’ve always wanted to go to Viva Las Vegas, but it’s clear across the country and I am a college student. I don’t tend to do rockabilly as much as I do classic, but the shopping and music there must be just AMAZING. There’s also a spirit of fun camaraderie amongst vintage gals, and it’s so rare to encounter another around here. A whole convention full must be the most fun thing ever!
          I think it’s because dressing outside of ‘the norm’ as far as fashion goes tends to require a certain measure of exuberance. Just a theory, though. I certainly consider myself exuberant, or possessing of a slightly understated cousin of exuberance, anyway. <3

  • http://inkyheels.tumblr.com Inky Heels

    What a great look!  Dita is incredibly stylish, I love it.  I wish more women into the vintage look would dial down the eccentric costume-y aspects.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    She is stunning, LOVE that frock.

  • sweetlilvoice

    I thought that was her out of the corner of my eye! She looks great, love the shoes.

  • Anonymous

    Miss Dita is some kind of awesome!  What a look. 

  • margaret meyers

    She can make a padded headband/snood/knotted scarf look so chic and fun.

  • Sylvia Baba

    I want to know more about her sunglasses. They are so fabulous!

  • Anonymous

    This is one chick you’d never catch running to the grocery store in sweatpants and flip flops. I’m sure there’s no room in her closet for either one. This lady is always “on” and camera ready. I adore the old school glamour. 

    OT: So sad I didn’t get to listen to you guys on the radio last night. I kept getting a weird error message whenever I tried to sign up for an acct. I was really looking forward to it, too. 

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful. 

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful. 

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. She’s constantly put together no matter where she’s going and she always looks amazing. I’d definitely applaud and cry at the same time.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

    Love. This. Look.

    As a fan of the vintage look (and the pale skin) I’m jealous as hell.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

    Love. This. Look.

    As a fan of the vintage look (and the pale skin) I’m jealous as hell.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PVIY3NBCZJAJNFWDBCWG2DMKL4 Jen R

    Love. This. Look.

    As a fan of the vintage look (and the pale skin) I’m jealous as hell.

  • Sara__B

    I always enjoy seeing what the impeccable, theatrical Dita Von Teese wears on the street and to events. She’s always lovely, and never boring,

  • Anonymous

    To. Die. For. Head to toe. I just had a Ditagasm. That girl is beyond fabulous and you’re right, she does have Joan Crawfordesque levels of star commitment. THANK YOU, MISS DITA!

  • Anonymous

    To. Die. For. Head to toe. I just had a Ditagasm. That girl is beyond fabulous and you’re right, she does have Joan Crawfordesque levels of star commitment. THANK YOU, MISS DITA!

  • http://twitter.com/wrenaria Kimmy Hescock

    Perfection.

  • Anonymous

    She’s like a beautiful ice cream cone!!

  • Anonymous

    So stunning. I almost bought her book from a closing Borders nearby but I convinced myself not to. I still regret it. 

  • Anonymous

    She does look amazing. But a bag with a window in it, so everyone can see how many sins I conceal in my handbag? Please, no.

  • Anonymous

    Completely agree and I <3 her, but where the hell is she walking to?

  • Anonymous

    Although Dita von Teese looks awesome… lace BAGS? No. Why??

  • http://twitter.com/asciident Melissa Della

    Vintage old Hollywood burlesque has never been “my thing,” but I absolutely love Dita for rocking it all the time. And she is really lovely on Twitter–you can tell it’s her and not some PR schlub.

  • Anonymous

    I know the “never wear white after Labor Day” rules have gone by the wayside, but how on earth are white macrame and white lace “fall” looks?

    • Anonymous

      It’s not fall yet. And she’s in LA.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not fall yet. And she’s in LA.

      • Anonymous

        It was, however, D&G’s “fall” collection.

  • Anonymous

    My wicked little heart might burst with joy. Love.

  • Anonymous

    I love Miss Dita (she had me at that purple Westwood wedding dress, and ever since).  I’m not much of a celebrity-worshipper, but in fantasy-land, I would look like her and have her wardrobe!

    This look is really fresh and fun, and of course she should be a WERQ everytime we see her.  I like the purse with this–it would look a bit bridal otherwise, but it really works here.

  • Anonymous

    I am NOT a purse person. But that bag she’s carrying is an exception. It’s wonderful. Her makeup isn’t my taste — too clownish — even though I get that it’s part of a look, like Warhol’s hair. But in every other way she is perfect. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    Those bags are pretty bitchin’…. 

  • Anonymous

    If I had her figure, I’d dress like this every damned day, too. Gorgeous!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

    Who cares about the bags?

    I could look at Ms Von Tease forever, and I’m a middle-aged, mid-country, straight, happily married woman!

    Unlike the usual TLo Goddesses (Queen Helen, Bowdownbitches Iman, Cat, etc etc..) Ms. Von Tease has NEVER gotten it wrong.

    J’adore her.

  • Anonymous

    I love how she shows how much she loves good, classy fashion through what she wears. She rarely ever looks even mediocre.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Brava, indeed.

    She’s the definition of personal style. That’s not – and shouldn’t be – a look that works for everyone, but she’s gorgeous, instantly identifiable and every detail is executed perfectly.  Every damn time. Even in the middle of a miserably hot LA summer.

    /envy

  • http://kittysdrawings.com Esz

    Dita is so awesome! So immaculate. A true bastion for beauty amongst the sea of horrid fake tans and low-rise jeans. Killer outfit and the best thing about vintage is that no one else will have the same thing. What I’d do for her vintage wardrobe and budget!!

  • Anonymous

    She owns the summer in that frock.

  • http://rockiinboxxe.blogspot.com/ KUR COL DE DAAB E NUBA

    DITA HAS SAID PUBLICLY AND ALL OVER YOUTUBE THAT SHE DOES NOT …REPEAT DOES NOT..USE A STYLIST. THATS FOR THE GIRLS THAT CANT DO IT THEMSELVES…..DITA CAN!   SHE SAID IT ON WENDY WILLIAMS, AND SEVERAL YOUTUBE INTERVIEWS. WORK DITA! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

    I’m in love with the bag as much as I’m in love with her <3 Oh she is divine!

  • Anonymous

    Just saw this post, what a nice way to start the day! Now, if I only had a vintage dress to wear to lunch instead of these walking shorts and a tee………

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Thomas/100001097142086 Luke Thomas

    I’ve looked at this three times now.  Absolutely love the dress and shoes, and the bag is a nice complement.  I’m less sold on the sunglasses and hat – the glasses seem more Patty Boyd 1967 than the older references of the rest of the look.  I think no glasses and a broad-brimmed hat would look better, and fulfill the same needs.  (Although then it runs the risk of being costume.)  In any case, DVT is awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Goddess.

    And, she smartly removed that extra longer strap with dopey chain from her lovely purse!

  • Lies L.

    She always looks so wonderful. Style icon right there.

  • Anonymous

    i too love miss dita.  and i love the purse for its heavy white lace.  but would you really want to walk around with a window into your purse?  i know no one wants to see the mess i’ve got in there.  but then, ms. teese is so immaculate that the inside of her purse is probably spotless and organized.

  • http://twitter.com/pinup_ghoul Pinup Ghoul

    Dita is so wonderful and such an inspiration to me. I’ve lost 70 lbs so far, and now I wear my grandmother’s clothes from the 40′s and 50′s! Believing that I can be a beautiful person inside and out like Dita has not only allowed me to feel healthier and happier than I’ve ever felt, but it’s also allowed me to share in my family’s personal history.

    I always look forward to Dita’s interviews, because she seems so friendly and genuine.

  • Anonymous

    The classics still rule!

  • Anonymous

    Where I am in awe is how “normal” her vintage theatricality winds up looking – check out the bracelets & the nails, the shoes & the sunglasses – it may be theatrical but it’s like a really impressive version of what one *would* wear if that dress were the current height of runway fashion. Not what one would wear to stun those around her with her costume.

    Don’t know if that’s clear.

    Purse looks right here, but on its own, can’t stand it, or any of the others. Possessing neither clean lines nor prettiness. The first is just over-ornate for me, the other 2 look like cheap knock-offs made in oh, 1968 or ’69, but inexplicably expensive knock-offs that incorporate real leather.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful dress