Thursday, 6 September 2012

Style Inspiration: William Hartnell

in·spi·ra·tion/ˌinspəˈrāSHən/
Noun:
The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: "flashes of inspiration".

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Today I should like to talk about style inspiration and the person I look to today is ..

William Hartnell
as
Doctor Who




What? 
Are you telling me you have never felt like dressing up as though you were the Doctor? 
Is it just me then?
I know he's a man and I was, last time I looked, a laydeeeee but in my humble opinion, there is a wealth of style inspiration to be had from the Doctor.
Much fun can also be had.
Really.

Of course, my wardrobe is somewhat limited and I have to compromise but as this post is entitled Style INSPIRATION and not Style REPLICATING, I may do as I bally well please.

And, as 'Doctor Who' has returned to our telly screens, I felt the need to challenge myself so this is the first in a series of posts where I shall try and take inspiration from the dear Doctor throughout the years. I know that down the line I will struggle but I am nothing if not stubborn and sheer bloody mindedness spurs me on frequently.

For my inspired outfit, I wore -

Vintage chiffon scarf as neck tie
Bottle green velvet riding jacket
Black net skirt
Brown ankle boots
Oh look! It's The Lulu Bird by my feet!



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Last nights film ..



38 comments:

  1. I love this outfit. So Victorian. Makes me long for winter. I can't wait to wear my lace up boots again

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    1. Thank you! Autumn always makes me want to dress in Edwardian clothing for some reason and Victorian does seem to go hand in hand with winter - ice skating on the Thames!

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  2. What a splendid interpretation! I love your pussy bow and lace-up boots. I loved Dr Who back in the days of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker and watched it when Christopher Eccleston was the Doctor as he's one of my favourite actors ever.
    Dog Day Afternoon was Al Pacino's finest hour! xxx

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    1. Thank you! It was good fun actually, I'm excited to try the second Doctor now! Jon Pertwee is Andy's favourite Doctor. It used to scare me as a kiddie, I was one of those children that hid behind the sofa, and that was just the music at the start! I lived in fear of Daleks coming up the stairs after me for years and had nightmares about it happening. My favourite Doctor is the current one, Matt Smith, he's such good fun.
      I haven't seen many Pacino films, but might seek out more now as he made such an impression on me in 'Dog Day Afternoon'.
      xxx

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  3. What an inspired idea! I would never have thought of Dr Who as inspiration, looking forward to the Tom Baker, long stripey scarf look. Your second pic is very Stevie Nicks-y. And Dog Day Afternoon, oh my god, I saw this when I was a young girl and fancied Al Pacino sooo much in it. Still do when I watch it now, he was lovely. xx

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    1. Thank you! I actually class 'dressing as Doctor Who' as one of my favourite things to do, it's such good fun! I'm really looking forward to doing Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, the former was so flamboyant and Tom Baker holds a special place in my heart, I love an eccentric! One day I will have a go at his scarf, though I'd have to crochet it as my knitting skills aren't up to scratch.
      I must admit, I did think Al Pacino looked really good in this film, I especially liked his hair. I had never noticed him before, I have always been more drawn to Robert De Niro.
      xxx

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  4. I am not a fan of Doctor Who at all! Never was and never will be. Just don't get it. But then I'm a boring realist. I clearly have little imagination. Anyway, that's enough about me. Let's talk about you. I love the outfit especially the skirt - yup, I really like the skirt - and the boots. You do the Edwardian thang very well. xx

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    1. Never mind, it takes all sorts to make this world!
      'Doctor Who', the original 'Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy' and the original three 'Star Wars' films are the closest I get to science fiction. I really don't understand the Star Trek hoo-hah.
      Glad you like the outfit anyway xxx

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  5. Me again! Don't get Al Pacino either or Robert de Niro for that matter(I can barely tell them apart and they appear to act in similar types of films, I think). I know. What am I like! Don't answer that! xx

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    1. Neither are in my top ten (yes I do have one!) but I can appreciate the attraction of young versions of both of them. For years and years though, I couldn't tell the two apart, I just got completely confused. I saw a Top 100 actors countdown and even in that Pacino and DeNiro were lumped together as one number. Wonder what they thought of that. I also get Dudley Moore and Dustin Hoffman confused, the only way I get it right is to think "Pete and Dud" and then I'm fine, the thing is though, they're nothing alike really!
      Now, I don't get the Marlon Brando fuss, he just looks so, well bland and obvious to me, I preferred Lee Marvin in 'The Wild One'. I also fail to see the attraction of Gregory Peck, I know women go gaga over both but I don't see it at all, Robert Mitchum outshone him entirely in 'Cape Fear'.

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  6. Love the whole outfit. Don't love the Doctor! M x

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    1. This particular Doctor or all of them?
      And thank you xx

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  7. You could be Romama from the key of time stories. Been a Dr Who fan since about 1983! Yikkies! Love the new and improved series. I'm awaiting the 50th annisary show!

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    1. I have now found another inspiration to draw from, so thank you!
      Lovely to meet another Who appreciator and I am very much looking forward to the anniversary show too! I am such a fan of Matt Smith, I confess I was skeptical at first but once I had seen him in action, I was completely won over!

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  8. I ADORE this challenge- please may I join in?!?!?!!
    I may just add sotto voce, that I may or may not have taken inspiration from Peter Davidson attending a Doctor WHo convention in 1996. I may also have a 10foot long Tom Baker scarf. Just maybe!

    And, having just read the commenter above- I may or may not have a black concert dress which was handmade by a friend for me after sitting watching Romana's costume intently in the Armageddon factor for several houses which may or may not still reside in my wardrobe!!!! I loved Mary Tamm's costumes! I may or may not also have had Peter Davidson trousers made in Indonesia (God help me, I'm a nutter!!!!!!!!)

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    1. Of course you may! I look forward to seeing what you come up with! Will you do William Hartnell first????

      Peter Davidson was one I was really worried about, well am really worried about, as I have NOTHING like what he wore, absolutely nothing. I really am going to have to skip some of them as I couldn't even start to do the challenge.

      You've been to conventions and have appropriate clothes? Lucky you! You have a head start!
      xxx

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    2. Well, for Peter Davidson, I'd say the following items would be good starts:
      V-neck jumper- would be good in cream but if not,then any other, or a tanktop. Stripy trousers or skirt for bottom half. Do you have a beige blazer or coat? Do you have any jacket with piping or even a v-necked cardie with piping?
      A fedora or a panama hat which you can cunningly tie ribbon round would be my best suggestion. Failing that, stick a stick of celery or parsley on your lapel! Anyway, just take inspiration- that could literally be the shapes of items, if not the colours! I dread Colin Baker the most. Annoyingly, I was bought a Sylvester McCoy questionmark tanktop but it was sooo sooo huge and unflattering that I gave it away without ever wearing it! If only they'd done it in a cute girly tanktop!
      It seems a little warm for Bill Hartnell at the moment but I might do it Tuesday if it turns chilly (or tomorrow maybe?!) Ooooh, I'm so excited now!

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    3. V-neck jumper .. no.
      Tanktop .. no.
      Stripy trousers .. I do have pinstripe trousers, both black ones and white ones.
      Beige blazer or coat .. I have a beige trench but no coat/blazer. I do have a 1960's boating jacket but that's white with red and blue pinstripes.
      No jacket with piping and no v-neck cardi with piping.
      No fedora or panama, though Andy has a straw hat.
      Goodness me, I really have NOTHING appropriate. I have an idea or two, but fear it just wouldn't work. I am currently battling with Patrick Troughton, though not literally!
      Oh yes, Colin Baker, me too, he's one I would happily skip. It's a real shame about your question mark tanktop.
      xxx

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  9. You look fabulous, who knew Doctor Who (in his many incarnations) was a Style Icon?
    I got Tom Baker's autograph when he made an appearance in Woolworths in Aylesbury in the 70s. I've lived the high life, haven't I? xxx

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    1. Thank you! And yes, who knew??? I only found out a few years back when I did it by accident!
      You met Tom Baker! How lucky are you!
      xxx

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  10. Too fabulous!!! Unexpected inspiration, and you're working it,baby!!!
    I declare there's a touch of Mrs Slocombe in there too!!
    XXX

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    1. Thank you! Nothing like looking to past science fiction for inspiration! You know, now I really want to do a Mrs Slocombe look, but have nothing appropriate xxx

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  11. Oh my darling lady, how I adore this look! The rich, elegant velvet, the sweeping skirt, the sublime lace-up boots, it's all so exquisitely lovely and redolent of a very romantic bygone era.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Why thank you! It is a look I very much love. I wore it with a hat to London once and people reacted in a very negative manner which was rather un-necessary I thought.
      xxx

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  12. Great idea - I love how you've interpreted his look. You look very glam and Edwardian. I've only seen the new Doctor Who series up to series 4. We tailed off at series 5, but we're now making the effort to catch up. I'm definitely coming round to Matt Smith, but I'm still not a fan of Amy. I'd love to watch some of the original programmes though.

    Nikki x

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    1. Thank you Nikki xxx
      Matt is my favourite Doctor, of the new ones, David Tennant used to be my favourite but in the words of my sister, just before he regenerated he went all emo on everyone, I found him tiresome. Matt was a breath of fresh air.

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  13. Melanie

    This is a stunning combination, this is something i would wear this fall
    It is so stylish and looks so comfortable and cozy!
    Have a good weekend

    Ariane xxx

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    1. Thank you Ariane! You have a good weekend too xxx

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  14. Oh well you simply nailed it Melanie ... N-A-I-L-E-D it!!!!!! What an amazing outfit - I would be begging for winter to come so I could wear it everyday!!!! xoxoxo

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    1. Why thank you! The skirt is the devil in the winter as the cold cuts right through it, but at least I can layer underneath xxx

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  15. pretty cool outfit. love the jacket so much!!!

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  16. I get it, I frequently have male style icons. I love your teal velvet jacket, I really want one! It's a fantastic outfit

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    1. Thank you! The Doctor is my only one (I think). I got that jacket years ago, I wore it to dress as Sagittarius for a fancy dress party :)
      xxx

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  17. Love it!! You are a woman after my own heart!!

    xoxo
    LYnn

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  18. This is great and I like what you said about being inspired and not replicating. Found you at Kezzie. Beautiful outfit....and wonderful interpretation. Dr Who? I have never watched it. dawn suitcase vignettes, nice to meet you.

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    1. I am very pleased to meet you too and thank you for your sweet comments.

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