I’ve been a Grace Kelly fan for a long time. I, probably not unlike many early 1950s movie-goers, first saw her in the Hitchcock-helmed Dial M for Murder (1954). Then, I was back for her turn in Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954), which solidified both her status as the Hitchcock blonde of choice and my favorite Philly-native celebrity since the good ‘ol Liberty Bell.
So, when I saw this beautiful silk button down, gifted to my mother from a friend in Hong Kong, my mind immediately went to the effortless way in which Miss Kelly, one-time Princess of Monaco, sported a sleek blouse in so many classically dashing ways. And to honor both the elegance of a quintessentially 1950’s nail, and the Chinese color of happiness, I styled it with red details— from a classic bright lip, to crimson nails, even to a pair of chic red ballet flats, one I frequently pull out when I’m feeling a bit Moira Shearer.
I snapped some pictures, stepped back to look, and lo and behold: from the arch of my eyebrow to the sleek glint of my nails, they came out much more Camila Mendes than Princess Grace.
Maybe I should have been less surprised: a Eurasian gal with dark features and just the slightest, unsleekest hair wave might take style cues from a platinum blonde like Grace Kelly, but since when are cues these legible on film?
I let myself feel like a bit of a failure for about a second before I realized that, Grace Kelly or not, this shirt is elegant and gorgeous, and so too looked the photos. They take inspiration from not one but two beautiful, graceful ladies. Anyone wearing the shirt pictured here should be proud to put it with pearls, whether those of Tracy Samantha Lord or Veronica Lodge.
Asta is the fictional pup of The Thin Man, a 1934 detective novel written by hard-boiled genius Dashiell Hammet, adapted as a film by the same name in the same year starring William Powel and Myrna Loy as Nick & Nora, Asta’s wise-cracking, case-cracking owners.
Bad Asta, on the other hand is the brain-child of Kate Dawson and Nicole Horowitz, two vintage thrifters with a shared love for film. Our Vintage Brand is founded on principles of aesthetics and sustainability, with a little dose of old-timey fun along the way.
Kate and Nicole
Purveyors of Pastiche
Nicole Horowitz & Kate Dawson are the “purveyors of pastiche” behind Bad Asta Vintage. Hailing from LA and Philly, respectively, the two met at Oregon State University while pursuing MA degrees, and quickly bonded over a mutual love of classic film. Their bi-coastal journey into the marriage of film and fashion is Bad Asta's raison d'être. We hope you'll come along for the ride.