Holiday Gift Guide Part 9 — For The Broken English-Speaking, Marianne Faithfull Style Lover
For the ninth installment of our 2010 Holiday Gift Guide, we’re continuing this year’s theme of paying homage to the female musicians who revolutionized our worlds with their trademark sound and their unique sense of style. During the past few weeks, we’ve bowed down to the genius of Erykah Badu, Pat Benatar, Grace Jones, Stevie Nicks, Lily Allen, Billie Holiday, Katie White, and Janelle Monae. Today, we’re revisiting the tumultuous, passionate, hurried life of British singer and songwriter Marianne Faithfull, the woman who first emerged as a fresh-faced, folksy pop singer, then stormed the charts with the Mick Jagger- and Keith Richards-penned “As Tears Go By,” and eventually gained notoriety as Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, the Bonnie to his Clyde.
Aside from penning the Rolling Stones classic “Sister Morphine” and inspiring such Stones songs as “Sympathy For The Devil” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” Faithfull carved a place of her own in rock history thanks to several moving singles and, of course, the glorious 1979 album Broken English, in which she showcased a deeper, raspier voice, one that reflected years of hard living, alcohol and drug abuse (including a debilitating heroin addiction she eventually overcame), heavy smoking, wild partying, emotional breakdowns, and more.
Perfectly imperfect, Faithfull has always lived life by her own terms, unabashedly expressing her most intimate thoughts and documenting her experiences via writings, recordings, and films. With every drip of sand in the metaphorical hourglass, she has also tweaked her persona style, moving from sweet, long-sleeved paisley print dresses paired with knee-length suede boots to menswear-inspired peacoat and wide-leg trouser ensembles, ’70s Boho-rocker fur coats, and biker chic leather pants with multi-strand chains.
Below, a few choice finds for the woman whose fashion faith lies in Marianne Faithfull.
Adrienne Landau Raccoon Vest, $256. Available at ArcadeBoutique.com
Faithfull has been referred to as “Venus in Furs” after a legendary incident in February 1967 when police barged into Keith Richards’ flat during a drug bust and discovered Mick Jagger partying with his girlfriend, who was nude save for a fur rug she had quickly drape around her frame. Between that incident and the frequency with which Faithfull later donned fur vests, coats and capes, the “Venus in Furs” nickname seems to fit like a glove.
Sandro Reelle Printed Crepe Dress, $265. Available at Net-a-porter.com
Before reinventing herself as a more hardcore, biker-ready waif, Faithfull epitomized rocker Bohemian chic, donning long-sleeved floral dresses and paisley print frocks with shirt collars and cuffed sleeves. This dress speaks to that phase of Faithfull’s life. Just add a pair of knee-high suede boots and amp up the look’s folksy feel.
Kimberly Baker “Fortress of Solitude” Ring, $220. Available at KimberlyBaker.com
Looking at this sculptural ring, you’re likely to imagine the spear-like edges of medieval castle gates and the pebbled texture of a fort’s stone walls. By creating a honeycomb texture via hexagonal etchings and staggering bar-shaped strips with pointy edges, toying with their lengths while doing so, designer Kimberly Baker has created a jewel so precious you’d want to lock it up in a fortress like your very own Rapunzel.
Chocolat Blu Women’s Odessa T-Strap Pump, $140. Available at Endless.com
One of Marianne Faithfull’s most memorable looks: Boho-flavored frocks paired with white knee-high socks and black T-strap sandals for a slightly naughty schoolgirl feel. This Chocolat Blu pump features a conical heel and three bow motifs along the “T” shape for a extra precious air.
Gucci Black Wool Embroidered Logo Peacoat, $1076.40. Available at Bluefly.com
Before Lindsay, Paris, Nicole, Mischa, and every young starlet imaginable paraded before a judge for some wild stunt (DUI? Check. Shoplifting? Check. Parole violation? Check.), Faithfull set the bar for courtroom chic. Back in June 1967, she appeared in a London court (where boyfriend Mick Jagger and band mate Keith Richards were being sentenced on a drug possession charge) wearing wide-leg trousers with a buckled belt, a blouse with a ruffled collar and sleeves and a smart hip-length peacoat. The scenario may not have been ideal (hey, court is never fun), but the look was divine.
Face Stockholm Loves Same Sky Gift Set, $185. Available at FaceStockholm.com
This holiday season, Face Stockholm joined forces with Same Sky, an organization that empowers female jewelry artisans in Rwanda (many of whom were raped, infected with HIV, and tortured during the 1994 genocide in their country) by providing them with fair wages (more than 15 times the standard earnings in sub-Saharan Africa) and creating a market through which they can sell their wares. The two companies created four limited-edition sets, each packaged in a velvet pouch with a dainty kiss-lock closure and featuring a hand blown glass-beaded bracelet made by a Same Sky artisan, as well as a nail lacquer, lip color, and face color from FACE Stockholm.
The Face Stockholm x Same Sky holiday sets are available in four distinct color schemes: Caviar (pictured above), which includes a black glass bead bracelet, a FACE Stockholm Lip Gloss in No. 43, a Nail Polish in No. 64, and a Blush-On compact in Hot Pink for a rocker-ready mix of pink and gray (click here for swatches of the blush and lip gloss in this set); Fire Red, which features a Pot Gloss in Unique, a Nail Polish in No. 81, and a Blush-On compact in Basic, all packaged inside a bronzed gold pouch; Nude; and Smokey.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of these gift sets will benefit women in Rwanda.
Paul & Joe Mauve Ruched Silk Top, $378. Available at Stylebop.com
One of the most recognizable images of Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull shows the latter in a sleek, menswear-inspired look, with wide-leg trousers, a wool peacoat, oversize square shades, and a ruffled blouse tucked into her pants. This 100% silk, mauve-colored blouse from Paul & Joe features a high crew neck, understated pleats, and cascading ruffles undulating down the center of the shirt — the perfect match for a pair of sleek trousers.
Rebecca Taylor Stretch Wool Wide-Leg Trousers, $295. Available at Net-A-Porter.com
These dark navy blue pants recall Katherine Hepburn’s chic, gender role-defying sense of style with their high waist and wide leg cut with center pleats. The two front pockets feature brass buttons with anchor motifs for a cheeky nautical feel.
Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Angel Wings Ultra Light Styling Paste, $24. Available at Store.NickChavezBeverlyHills.com
Want to emulate the soft, slightly mussy waves and side-swept bangs Faithfull commonly sported? Then try using the Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Angel Wings Ultra Light Styling Paste, which will help add texture and yield hold without making hair appear too stiff or weighted down.
Shanghai Tang Architectural Tote with Jade Tassel, $695. Available at ShanghaiTang.com
This roomy black leather tote features deer suede triangle strips along the sides for an architectural, geometric effect, as well as a detachable fringe leather tassel with a jade-colored orb.
French Connection Nik Nak Sweater, $160. Available at USA.FrenchConnection.com
One reason why we love Faithfull’s style to this day: it seemed effortless. This chunky French Connection sweater could work as the perfect layering piece for an easy wintry look. The oversize knitted piece features slits along the sides for the arms and a ribbed turtleneck collar that will hang loosely, never seeming overly structured or constrictive.
Faux Leather Stretch Skinny Trousers, $80. Available at Topshop.com
Remember that zip-up leather catsuit Faithfull donned in the film Girl on a Motorcycle? Try your hand at your own Harley-ready look with these faux leather pants from Topshop.
Mixology NYC’s Marianne Faithfull’s Chain Gang Necklace, $125. Available at Shop.MixologyNYC.com
This Mixology NYC piece borrows its name from the lyrics to the Faithfull song “Nobody’s Fault,” which go, “Treated you like a rusty blade/A throwaway from an open grave/Cut you loose from a chain gang/And let you go.” In this tune, the chanteuse ponders how love can be so divine and yet so cruel, whether her heartache is hers to blame. Like the kind-versus-cruel themes of the song, this necklace juxtaposes hard and soft, with chains of different lengths and widths draped from one side to the next and a single amethyst stone dangling from the lengthiest strand.
Alice + Olivia Deanna Fur Jacket, $1496. Available at Shop.AliceAndOlivia.com
This waist-length rabbit fur jacket features sooty gray and black stripes, creating the type of artsy illusion you’d expect from a deliberately blurry black-and-white photograph.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Les Ecrins d’Eaux de Toilette in Les Best, $95. Available at L’Artisan Parfumeur boutiques. Visit ArtisanParfumeur.us to find a retailer near you.
This boxed set features three 15ml EDT bottles of L’Artisan Parfumeur’s most beloved scents: Mûre et Musc, a giggly, effervescent fragrance centered on the blackberry; Premier Figuier, a green but milky, woody but fruity, lush but creamy scent centered on the fig fruit, leaves and wood; and La Chasse Aux Papillons, a whimsical, innocently playful blend of jasmine, tuberose, lime and orange blossoms, bergamot, and tuberose. As if the combination of scents wasn’t inspired enough, the illustrated lid of this box captures a magical, whimsical universe populated by children and fairies frolicking along grassy expanses as fanciful butterflies bounce along their path.
Eberjey Annie Chemise, $70. Visit Eberjey.com to locate a retailer near you.
With its see-through, lace-like fabric, this white Eberjey chemise recalls the nature-loving, folksy side of Faithfull we came to love when she released her Come My Way album. The keyhole opening, understated ruffle trim along the decolletage, nude colored spaghetti straps, and flirty bow motif at the center of the bustline all add an angelic quality to this ultra feminine piece.
Votre Vu Tarte D’Amande Soufflé Riche Pour Le Corps, $39. Available at VotreVu.com
Faithfull devotees are in tune with their sexuality, so they want their skin to feel soft and tender to their lovers’ touch. The Votre Vu D’Amande Soufflé Riche Pour Le Corps features macadamia oil, grape seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and panthenol to moisturize, condition, sweet almond oil, soften, and protect the skin. Best of all, the cream has this deliciously nutty scent, like a mix between an almond flan, a cream-filled macaroon, and a pistachio custard.
Thakoon Short Drape Collar Peacoat, $665. Available at LaGarconne.com
This cozy-looking, heather gray coat was constructed out of virgin wool, mohair, and alpaca for a toasty effect, and the crochet lace trim along the draped collar, sleeves, opening, and waist hemline adds a free-spirited ’70s ease to the silhouette.
Spratters & Jayne 2-Button Cowl Scarf, $175. Available at SprattersAndJayne.com
Midwest native Rachael Warner founded Spratters & Jayne to give others a way to survive the cold in style. Using Peruvian Highland wools, then, she has created a series of chunky scarves that are extra cozy but chic. This cable knit cowl scarf features two oversize wooden button closures for an earthy, cabin-ready feel.