The Haute Ticket

Musings of the fashion and beauty kind, with a little travel thrown in.

The Muse ~ Ava Gardner

“When I’m old and grey, I want to have a house by the sea. And paint. With a lot of wonderful chums, good music, and booze around. And a damn good kitchen to cook in.” – Ava Gardner

Proof that with a red lip and bold brow, you can do no wrong.

Ah, the good old days of Hollywood, when studios ruled the world and Amal’s gloves wouldn’t have looked out of place on the red carpet. Brunette beauty Ava Gardner was the femme fatale (both on and off screen) and the epitome of Hollywood glamour and, well, scandal, the kind of scandal that would make Olivia Pope blush. She was once the other half of Mickey Rooney (yes, that’s right) and old blue eyes himself and counted Howard Hughes, Lana Turner and Ernest Hemingway among her close friends.


Perhaps a little unfairly, Ava didn’t exactly make it into the acting chops book of fame but her charm, wit and those good looks made sure she made it into the hall of fame anyway, which is all that matters, right?

“What I’d really like to say about stardom is that it gave me everything I never wanted.” – Ava Gardner


A classic coat and sunglasses are Hollywood starlet essentials. 

Ava radiated screen siren appeal and had the kind of classic good looks that launched a thousand scandals. Scorned by gossip columnists, the Hollywood establishment and even the Roman Catholic Church for her tumultuous affair with Frank Sinatra, Ava still remains one of the most alluring stars of her day.


For Ava’s wardrobe alone, ‘Mogambo’ is worth a watch. The safari-style shirts aren’t worn by the book. Instead, Ava’s sleeves are rolled up, collar popped and accessorized with a neckerchief and cinched at the waist with a leather belt.

Ava Gardner, Movie Star and Fashion Icon

Ava Gardner in Mogambo

Ava Gardner's Style in Mogambo,

Ava Gardner in Mogambo

Tousle your locks, work on those brows and wear a slick of bold red lipstick in memory of Ms Gardner. And laugh with abandon, just like she did.

Ava Gardner Fashion Icon

Over and out.



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