NOIRVEMBER Day 14 – How To Be a Femme Fatale

NOIRVEMBER Day 14It’s already the end of Noirvember’s second week! I don’t know where all this time went to be honest. Do you?

Tonight I’m publishing an English version of one of my older posts – still on topic though! So if you are an aspiring femme fatale and in need of some tips, read on…

Femme Fatale - Dita Von Teese

The fatal woman. Mysterious, strong, sensual; everyone wants her, but no one can have her.

She’s got the look!

Take the example of film noir stars. Avoid flashy, bright colors. Choose subdued, jewel tones: black, bottle green, burgundy, dark violet. Match them to your skin tone. Invest in black or beige trench and some sexy heels. Emphasize your figure but do not exaggerate it. Remember about accessories – there don’t have to be a lot of them (there even shouldn’t), but a string of pearls, a pair of gloves or a stylish hat often give the whole outfit this desired note of elegance. Work on hairstyles, make-up, manicure – femme fatale certainly does not have short, bitten nails! Also have a characteristic scent of perfume – one that everyone will associate with you.
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When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad, I’m better.

Speak in a low voice. Think about the way Scarlett Johansson speaks, or the way Lauren Bacall, Mae West, Marlene Dietrich spoke. Women with low voices are seen as more sexy! In the movie “The Iron Lady” there is a scene when Margaret Thatcher’s advisor tells her, “[,,,] the main thing is your voice. It’s too high and it has no authority”. Meryl Streep as Thatcher immediately lowers her voice register by an octave and responds, “That’s the tone that we want to strike.” A high, squeaky voice is associated with infantility, and this is about being a femme – a woman, not a girl. Try also not to speak too loudly. The trick is not to suddenly start whispering, just to talk so softly that people have to get close to you, to hear you.

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Have a sense of humor too. Think of May West or Lauren Bacall. Dialogues from their films are full of sparkling double entendres. A sense of humour is a sign of intelligence, which is very sexy.

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Be mysterious. Do not let everyone you know how you feel and what is happening with you. Being a riddle is part of the charm of the real femme fatale. Be a lady. Be independent. A femme fatale is certainly a strong woman. A person who can take care of herself and is not afraid of responsibility. She pays for her drinks, opens the door, drives the car. That does not mean you cannot let a gentleman do it for you – but let him know that you can take care of yourself too. Also know how, if needed, to politely but firmly say “no”. Femme fatale often plays with fire, so she must be able to take care of her own safety.

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What are you drinking?

“Femme fatale” drink:

Components:

  • 1 oz of vodka
  • 1 oz Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • 2 oz of pineapple juice
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine

oz is an acronym for American ounce which is approximately 30 ml. Southern Comfort is a bourbon liqueur with 35% alcohol content.

Combine all ingredients in shaker, shake, serve on ice. Most recipes suggest the use of a hurricane glass, but a martini glass looks much more elegant;)

Killers Kill, Dead Men Die

 

Photo shoot by Annie Leibowitz and Michael Roberts appeared in Vanity Fair in March 2007. “Killers Kill, Dead Men Die” according to them is an enigmatic classic noir film which one was almost made. Could have been made. Maybe it never was made. Maybe it exists. The whole thing is very mysterious.

Vanity Fair itself writes:

Every element of the genre is here: The Femme Fatale, sultry, scheming, and doped up on tranquilizers; The Private Dick, crawling through the gutter in search of a diamond garter; The Chanteuse and The Champ; The Doll and The Aristocrat; The Spy who knows too little and The Moll who knows too much; mistaken identity and double indemnity; high life and low society; shocking—though possibly nonsensical—plot turns; despair, lust, blood violence, and the cruel fist of fate. Finally, lurking in the shadows behind all this is the menacing figure of The Killer. And what does he do? Why, he does what all killers do: he kills.

On Vanity Fair’s webpage (link at the end of the post) you will find descriptions of scenes depicted on these beautiful photographs.

Killers Kill, Dead Men Die

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Photo shoot with Hell Foto

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Marta and I agreed on the photo shoot quite spontaneously – one day I came by her place with a few clothes and a bag of make up and we shot the photos at her apartment. It was my first photo shoot in which I consciously wanted to refer to a specific style – in this case the theme was femme fatale.

 

Marta has a fantastic approach to models – she immediately handed me a glass of port “because it has a photogenic colour!”. I admit it helped also to relax in front of the camera 🙂

A couple of days alter Women Alternative’s fanpage announced a competition for the cover of their calendar so I immediately informed Marta who submitted one of the pictures from this photo shoot. I was Lola Noir’s double debut – not only was it the first time I used that pseudonym, but also it was the first time I took part in a competition as a model. I didn’t win, but the number of votes cast for my photo (over 160, which gave me the 9th place for over 40 submissions!) has truly surprised and touched me – in that respect I surpassed admired by me burlesque performers such as Pin Up Candy or Kitty Van Purr.  Participation in this contest was very flattering and encouraged me to develop my modeling activities – more on that soon 🙂

 

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