Yesterday I had the longest, most languid Sunday lunch with my great friend Olivia and her equally great mom, Lindy. Between rounds of camembert, slivers of Daim and lashings of homegrown garlic, we talked about men and women, friends and foes. And Anjelica Huston.
There are surely many other Anjelica fans out there, particularly after she reminded the world of her unusual beauty and characteristic wryness in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic in 2004 (featuring the unofficial love of my life, Jeff Goldblum, who, despite persistent references by others to The Fly, remains my majestic-nosed male benchmark).
It’s certainly something to do with the fact that she was a perfectly gothic and sensual Morticia Addams, a perfectly ghastly queen witch in The Witches, and of course, a perfect muse for Zissou and Hennessey to tussle over. She does offbeat so naturally and seems to bring so much of her real self to each role.
These images of Anjelica in her younger years really demonstrate her strong-nosed, exotic-eyed beauty. Her signature fringe, regal carriage and otherworldly glamour have long been her trademarks. And let us not forget that she was once Jack Nicholson’s lover.
Anjelica is also known for her penchant for well-tailored trousers and blouses – a slightly androgynous look highlighted by her striking features and commanding posture.
Silk blouses are pretty much my favourite thing to wear – my go-to staple that I see as an alternative to T-shirts and other basics. Lately I’ve been pairing them with high-waisted trousers and belts for a real vintage silhouette. I love the combination of a light, floaty blouse with a pair of structured, masculine trousers. Anjelica-esque!