More on Autumn… or “I love your name and your numeral”

Love Story (5)Hello All,

I’ve been wanting to write this post since I started blogging about the joys of autumn, but it’s generally been too nice a day to do so. My feelings were mixed therefore this morning, when I pulled back the drapes (they’re 10ft, so I guess that means they’re drapes?) to see the rain battered window panes behind them. I thought that there was no point posting about fabulous autumnal days when, instead of sitting inside reading / writing, we could spend time outside kicking leaves about. I have been doing a bit of leaf-kicking in the grounds of Trinity myself! But a rainy day meant that I could finally indulge myself in this post.

It is the glorious autumn sunshine, the kind we’ve had a fair amount of this month that inspires me and makes me want to write. It also makes me want to watch movies set in Massachusetts, more specifically, Cambridge, MA. It is the part of Boston that is home to both MIT and Harvard and is one of the most popular parts of the US to film seasons and seasonal changes. The 1970 film, Love Story is a perfect example of the portrayal of seasonal Massachusetts. It’s based at Harvard University and before you groan and grumble that this is a fashion blog and ask what this post has to do with fashion, hang on.

Love Story is amazing for late 60’s autumn fashion; if you’ve seen it then you’ll know that it stars Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neill. (Ali MacGraw was once part of the hottest couple of their time, the rather handsome Steve McQueen, being the other). It is Ali MacGraw’s character, Jennifer Cavalleri’s wardrobe that I refer to when I talk about the perfect autumnal fashion in Love Story. From the beginning of the movie, through to the winter scenes her wardrobe is fantastic; I have posted images of the character below, interspersed with a few pics of Boston and our very own TCD, in the ‘Fall’.

To get the Jennifer Cavalleri look, think Camel coats, with the collar turned up at the back; accessorised with knee-high, fur-lined boots, a faux-fur Russian-style hat or a woollen hat and scarf in University colours. Underneath that, think colour-block dresses, simple skirts belted at the waist and red or black opaque tights. Finish off the look with some on-trend over-sized glasses, et voila.

fall boston by Mark grayden Fall Boston by Mark Grayden

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Trinity College Dublin in the Autumn

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Images from, Love Story, Facebook, TCD.ie, Boston Press, Corbis and Mark Grayden


8 Responses to “More on Autumn… or “I love your name and your numeral””

  1. 1 Caroline Keogh
    October 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Love this post Laura! Your photos of Trinity are gorgeous. I’m going to go tramp through some autumnal leaves right now….once the rain stops that is 🙂

    • 2 whisty
      October 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks Caroline! Trinity does look fab in the pics doesn’t, I wish I knew who took them! As for tramping through leaves, Friday is supposed to be a fabulous day! Hooray, see you there! x

  2. October 21, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Ballsbridge is the best for autumn leaves! Even with the rain this is still such a romantic season! Love it and that film Laura!

    • 4 whisty
      October 21, 2009 at 6:10 pm

      You old romantic you! I’m just loving the fact that Ali MacGraw’s hair stays so shiny even with all those seasonal changes in weather! 😉
      I’ll be heading over to Ballsbridge, no doubt! x

  3. October 23, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Just jumping around the internet and I did not expect to find one of my pictures in Dublin. I visited Dublin many years ago while living in Scotland. Please link to my website so others may see some of my other photos.

    Thanks, Mark Grayden, GraydenArt, Richmond Texas.

    PS Nice Site.

    • 6 whisty
      October 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm

      It would be my pleasure to reference your site Mark, consider it done.
      The picture is beautiful, thanks so much for giving me your details and allowing me to post your photograph! x

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