Fashion between the panels : Mahogany
Hello everyone out there, as always it’s good to see you. I AM JMADDD STYLES and this is Fashion between the panels : Mahogany. For this installment of Fashion between the panels, I’m taking you back a little bit to the late 70’s , 1975 to be exact. That is when the iconic Motown production Mahogany was released. The reason that I’m taking you back that far is to show you the fashionable relevance of the film. I was recently sitting down and taking a look at this film classic and realized that the whole basis of the film is fashion. In fact it almost struck me as the Devil Wears Prada of that era. But as I was saying before not only is the film a classic but the fashions being worn in the film are also classic and would still translate well. To demonstrate this I am going to focus in on two main characters from the film and show you how what they wore in that film yesterday is back and extremely fashion forward right now. The two characters are Tracy Chambers , AKA Mahogany played by Diana Ross and Brian played by Billie Dee Williams. Now let’s take a look at the fashionable influence of the movie Mahogany.
Diana Ross’s character had many iconic looks in this movie that although came out in the 70’s , the looks would still translate as fashionable today. After all everything always comes back especially if the look was of extremely good quality such as the look that Diana Ross wearing in the scene above, everything from the hair to the clothing is so entirely now, that this look could have been put together now. So let’s have a look at how this would translate to now.
The look that Mahogany ( Diana Ross ) wears in this scene as you can see translates in two different ways but still produces the same esthetic. Often enough there is nothing that defines that fashionably defines a woman better than a well styled and arranged look in white , as you will see in the next look as well. But the Grecian inspired dress that she has on in the scene above has been a timeless look throughout the years on red carpets everywhere. That’s why the original look you see from yesterday still works now.
See what I mean , white has a true regal feel to it , this look that you are looking at here showed that white was meant to be worn at anytime of year as long as the materials were right for the season. Now this is a winter look , but since we are in the spring time of year I’m going to translate this look to a more spring time feel.
The original look was no doubt made of cashmere, and also I would venture to say that Diana Ross was more than likely wearing a skirt under the coat and she was wearing knee high boots. But to translate this look into more of a spring feel , I went with a lighter weight trench in white with a fitted dress pant , used a straw fedora as opposed to the heavier wool one in the pick. Then changed the boots to a strappy pump to give the look a more seasonal feel.
Then there was this look , displaying a Kimono dress ,another look that has been popular over the years on red carpets and overall in general. Now let’s see how this look translates to now.
For this look I changed the color palette to a more earth tone feel , but still capturing the same look . Every time you look at a Kimono dress , it’s like looking at a piece of walking artwork. The detailing in these dresses is always striking, no matter the color. This look can also go a lot of places from a red carpet to a night on the town.
Next let’s take a look at Billie Dee Williams style in the movie and see how it translates to being right now. From the leather jackets to the velvet and camel blazers , the style was truly classic and absolutely now.
You can never go wrong with a classic look like a blazer and a turtleneck or a mock neck, that look has worked from before the 70’s all the way up to now and I’m sure it will still work in many years to come.
For these looks I kept the color palette the same , but to give the look a more springtime feel , I took the turtleneck out and added a dress shirt that could be worn with or without a tie , the top look has a dress boot that would have easily been seen in the 70’s but is back stronger than ever now.
This next look shows the timelessness of a good leather jacket and how you build a look around it. As I was looking at this scene , the first thing that I thought was how cool this look comes across and instantly wanted to recreate it.
See how well such a classic leather jacket look translates through any era , I even kept the look of the mock neck shirt to keep the authenticity of the look to show just how this look would come across as good now as it did in 75. Demonstrating the true timelessness of quality well made fashion.
Well there it is , we have just reached the end of yet another blog post. I hope you have enjoyed reading it, just as much as I enjoyed presenting it. I AM JMADDD STYLES , and this has been Fashion between the panels: Mahogany. That’s it for now, so until the next time…IM GONE…!!!