Has anyone else been watching Any Human Heart on Channel 4? It’s a four part TV drama based on the book by William Boyd that tells the story of one man, Logan Mountstuart, living through the 20th century, coming in touch with all the main event and major real historical figures (sort of like in Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, if anyone has read that). The cast is very starry, with Jim Broadbent, Matthew Macfadyen as the old and middle aged Logan, Gillian Anderson as the Duchess of Windsor and loads more well known faces.
It’s definitely worth watching if you can (not sure if Channel 4’s digital streaming service 4OD is available outside the UK?), the story is brilliant as is the acting, and the settings and wardrobe rival anything on Mad Men. And given that this is a frivolous fashion blog, the clothes is what I’m going to talk to you about!
Logan has an ‘eventful’ love life and the periods he lives through are very much defined by the women that he is with, each of whom has a distinct and strong personality, reflected in her style. I have picked out just three, and chosen some clothes that each character might have worn, because they are excellent vintage inspiration!
Lottie is Logan’s first wife, who we see mainly in the 1920s and early 1930s. She’s an Earl’s daughter, extremely posh and wearing lots of sparkly party dresses with flapper headbands, finger waves in her hair and big red lips.
Freya, the love of his life. He meets her in the late 1930s and she gets killed in the second world war. She’s not rich (she works for the bbc) and is often seen ‘repeating’ clothes, and always with the bow brooch she’s got on in the picture. Her style is simple and natural but elegant, and he hair is usually down and in soft waves.
Gloria, his outspoken American long term lover, married initially to his successful friend and then to an Italian Count. As a socialite and trophy wife, she’s got a super glamorous, but also quite conservative, upper class style. We see her mainly in the 1950s and 1960s and then again in the late 1970s.
Hope you enjoyed that!