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The illustrious Vincent Price has left us with many cult gems of horror and suspense. One of his characters, and probably one of my favorite villains of classic horror ever, is Dr. Anton Phibes, a brilliant, reclusive man who set out on an elaborate revenge scheme in The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Executing his plan with theatrical grandeur and styling the murders after the Ten Plagues of Egypt, Phibes went about unleashing his vengeance on those he held responsible for his wife’s death. In his quest to right that terrible wrong, the Doctor is assisted by a silent, stunning assistant named Vulnavia, played by Virginia North. While I could go on and on about the movie, I’ll leave that for a more detailed post over on Cinema Midnight, a film blog I’m doing with Marie AKA Agent Lover. (We soft launched last fall, but then had to put it on the back burner for a while. It’s a work in progress.)¬†Instead, straight and to the point, here are some photos of Vulnavia’s glorious outfits.

From towering headdresses and gilded capes, to fur hats and leather driving gloves, she set the bar pretty high for sidekicks, henchmen and nefarious assistants everywhere. She drove Phibes around, helped him stalk and kill his victims, and after they were done, they’d unwind by waltzing to the music performed by his animatronic band.

How to make a grand entrance, 101 (peresblancs.blogspot.com)

How to make a grand entrance, 101
(peresblancs.blogspot.com)

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I am reasonably excited

It could be a blessing. It could be a curse. However, it is, unquestionably, very exciting. Rei Kawakubo for Comme de Garcons is doing a special line of men’s & women’s clothing, accessories and fragrances for H&M. The line rolls out some time in November. I’m really loving the blazers and coats, while I could do without the pants.

Autumn cannot come too soon

File this under: A girl can dream category.

These custom-tailored coats from Eloise Grey are simple, beautiful and far outside my price range (oh, roughly 1K for a coat). However, I cannot stop looking at them. The wool is organic and hand-dyed with woad, sheared from happy Highland sheep in Scotland, and woven by local artisans in very small batches. This Fall’s coat collection is inspired by mid-century authors, like Evelyn Waugh and Samuel Beckett. I’m absolutely in love with the Toklas (after Alice B., of course)

Via: Eloise Grey