Today’s is Mother’s Day, so we’re celebrating our favorite maternal look of this year. No surprise, it’s Kate Middleton in her black and white polka-dotted dress from Topshop she wore last month while visiting Universal Studios with her husband and brother-in-law, Princes William and Harry. Paired with a black Ralph Lauren blazer and Episode “Angel” pumps, she looked incredibly sweet and chic! The dress wasn’t even maternity wear, and sold out in mere hours in-stores and online, after she was photographed wearing it. Supposedly, she was spotted wearing it again this weekend, while attending the wedding of her and William’s friends in South Oxfordshire. God, we hope she has a girl, so she can dress her as well as she does herself! (Although, Suri won’t be too happy about it…) Happy Mother’s Day! <3
The Metropolitan Museum’s Annual Costume Gala is one of our favorite red carpet events here at theSkinnyStiletto. It’s one of fashion’s biggest nights of the year, and the gowns are usually quite dramatic. We were SO excited for this year’s theme: “Punk: From Chaos to Couture,” but ended up so disappointed in how few of the attendees actually participated in the theme! We expected high-street mixed with the classic elements of punk: plaid, leather, studs, fishnets, Mohawks, safety pins, and lots of jagged tulle. (Then again, the whole basis of “punk” subculture was meant to be low-end or discarded, so the fact that it has bled into couture is kind of bullshit.) Our best dressed choices were the following: Julianne Hough (pictured, top right) wore a strapless, gray and black spiderweb tulle TopShop dress, spiked Giuseppe Zanotti heels, and had her blond locks up in lots of black bobby pins. Edgy and adorable. Tommy Hilfiger and wife Dee (pictured, top left), were definitely the best-dressed couple in red and black tartan. Dee completed her look with leather evening gloves, studded mismatched belts, a faux mullet, and spiked heels. They looked like they walked straight out of London’s Camden Town (where this editor purchased her own favorite punk-inspired plaid and tulle dress – bought right off the street during grad school). Christina Ricci, who’s always been kind of dark, with Gothic turns in The Addams Family, Sleepy Hollow, and even Casper, rocked the theme, of course, in a Vivienne Westwood plaid gown, platform heels and a fishnet stockings, but added couture with Old Hollywood hair and Harry Winston diamonds. We saw a lot of criticism of Diane Kruger’s lace Chanel column gown, but we liked the sheer dress, dark eyeliner, and her pink hair! Two of our favorite girls – Jennifer Lawrence and Sarah Jessica Parker (pictured, below), wore two awesome headpieces: Parker matched her print Giles Deacon ballgown with a “Punk Couture” Mohawk hat by Philip Treacy, while Lawrence wore a birdcage veil by Jennifer Behr that added to her retro look by Christian Dior. Although we don’t love Miley Cyrus’s haircut, she definitely went all the way with the theme! Same for Nicole Richie, and Anne Hathaway, who went much lighter and funkier with their locks. Mad Men‘s January Jones and Jessica Pare, along with Ginnifer Goodwin, wore the best makeup, by not being afraid to shun their gorgeous looks for going all the way with punk eyeliner and shadow! I don’t know how “punk rock” Blake Lively’s gown was (pictured, bottom right), but she stunned, nevertheless in a Gucci Premiere dress of feathers and organza that could have been straight out of Black Swan. Taylor Swift had another stunning J. Mendel gown on (pictured, bottom left), and shockingly, a little pink in her frizzy hairdo. Definitely a fan of her updated red carpet looks lately. And finally, the worst-dressed of the night? Honestly, anyone who didn’t at least try to honor the Gala’s theme. Our editors expected so much more from edgy girls, like Marion Cotillard, Chloe Sevigny, and Emily Blunt, who were all kind of blah. Kate Beckinsale, Zooey Deschanel, Heidi Klum, Emmy Rossum, and Dylan Lauren all wore attractive dresses, but were just so mainstream. But the worst-dressed? Possibly Kim Kardashian covered in… what was that – floral drapes? But Gwyneth Paltrow was the worst of the worst, due to her horrible attitude. She showed up in a hot pink Valentino gown, with simple hair/makeup, and was quoted as saying, “I think we’re all a bit old to dress up punk,” and that the evening, “sucked.” Real classy Goop. Until next year…
This was actually one of the first photos our editors ever saved at theSkinnyStiletto as a fashion favorite – this “Tuesday Twosome” was one of the first reasons we even created the category! In the 2002 comedy, The Sweetest Thing, Cameron Diaz, Selma Blair and Christina Applegate play best friends and roommates in San Francisco. Instead of having the usual prude tone girly rom-coms tend to have, this film was aimed at women who had raunchy sense of humors! Needless to say, our editors loved this movie as teens entering womanhood – especially since the two leads (Applegate and Diaz) played buddies with the initials C & C. In this scene, Christina and Courtney are out clubbing: Diaz in a black, one-sleeved asymmetrical top, red shiny pants with matching stilettos, while Applegate has pinstriped pants, pink pointy-toe pumps, and a revealing denim halter with a cute belly chain (ahh, remnants of the 90s…) Costume designer Denise Wingate (who also worked with Blair on the impeccable Cruel Intentions) outfitted the film, and did a great job dressing women at the turn of the century. These girls were smart, cool, confident, sexually confident, and self-deprecating – I mean, who else could pull off those belly tops?!
The Kentucky Derby always reminds us that spring is here, and summer isn’t far behind… Yesterday, this editor was perfecting her mint julep while working a Derby Day party, in honor of the historical horse race. Like all things southern, the mint julep is both traditional and designed to combat the sweltering heat of Kentucky. (And there is nothing this editor loves more than bourbon straight from the good ole’ south.) While we crowned Luke and Caroline Bryan the Best Dressed couple of the May 4th race, here were are a few of our other favored looks. Krysten Ritter (pictured, top left) was sporting our favorite frock designed by Dolce & Gabbana: soft yellow silk, trimmed with white lace and adorned with pastel blossoms in bloom. Although we didn’t like her shoes, the dress paired with a wide-brim cream and sky blue Christine A. Moore hat, and Ritter’s serious but sultry stare, brought to mind Maggie of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The official colors of Kentucky Derby 139 were blue and yellow, so Ritter especially did a good job incorporating the hues into a classic southern look. Our other favorite head-to-toe look was Miss America winner Mallory Hagan (pictured, bottom left), who looks like she stepped straight out of Dynasty in her sophisticated dress complemented by her black and yellow topper. Supermodel Coco Rocha was nearly perfect in a Zac Posen lavender suit, and a stunning orchid chapeau by Philip Treacy, if it weren’t for that horrible purple lipstick! But our favorite hats of the day were two unnamed guests: the black, white and magenta beauty (pictured, top right), and a white and Tiffany blue topper decorated with peacock feathers (pictured, above right). Who cares about the the horses when you have all these stylish beauties prancing the grounds?
Having gone to college in the south, this editor likes to romanticize southern traditions and style from every now and again, and the Kentucky Derby is one of those times… Every year images of wraparound porches, Spanish moss, southern belles, and sweeping plantations fill my head with fond memories of living below the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is our choice for the best-dressed pair at this year’s May 4th Kentucky Derby races. Country singer Luke Bryan sported a j. Lindberg suit of clean white and baby blue, a plaid pocket square, sharp tan shoes, and a white Stetson fedora. Wife Caroline Boyer Bryan was his classic complement in a floral Roland Mouret dress and a beautiful chapeau by HeadCandi with a teal ribbon, purple flowers and magenta feathers that brought out the colors in her shift. They were sophisticated and southern, without making a mockery of themselves, like so many other stars did by trying to stand out…
“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn
Today, one of our favorite actresses and fashion icons, Miss Keira Knightley, became a Mrs. when she married Klaxons keyboardist James Righton, in a quiet ceremony in the south of France. (Which is kind of funny, because the last few times we featured Keira was on the Best & Worst Dressed lists of onscreen brides!) So, who better to write about on her wedding day than the beautiful bride herself?! The modest Brit supposedly only had eleven guests in attendance for the ceremony, and donned an adorable blush tulle dress by Chanel (for which she is the face of the brand’s perfume, Coco Mademoiselle). She complemented the outfit with a custom jacket and ballet flats by Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, black wayfarer sunglasses, daisies in her hair, and a literal skip in her step! It brought to mind another favorite fashion icon of ours on her own wedding day: Audrey Hepburn, who would have turned 84-years-old today. The ultimate style icon, wed first husband Mel Ferrer in the countryside, wearing a knee-length dress and of wreath of flowers in her hair, too! (Fun Fact: Audrey married Ferrer, on September 25th, 1954 – our mother’s 2nd birthday, while Keira was married today, May 4th, which is not only Audrey’s birthday, but my sister and co-editor’s, as well! <3) Keira’s pink wedding dress is getting all sorts of buzz, because bloggers have noticed it looks strikingly similar to the frock she wore at a pre-BAFTA party in 2009. A multimillionaire and megastar who recycles her own dresses, even on her wedding day? Her stunning old Hollywood looks aren’t the only thing that reminds us of yesteryear – her modesty is astounding, and endears her to us. Now you know why we have remained devoted and loyal fans of the ever humble and elegant Keira Knightley. Congratulations to the happy couple! <3
Check out our favorite Downton Abbey beauty tips from our friends at Daily Glow: The Crawleys may have old-fashioned manners, but their skin and hair are modern marvels. Here are the best beauty tips from the third season of the Masterpiece broadcast on PBS.
This “Tuesday Twosome” is actually a trio of lovely “ladies” – Lady Mary, Lady Edith and Lady Sybil Crawley, to be exact. The British beauties play upper crust Edwardian sisters of the internationally acclaimed television show, Downton Abbey. Here they are in the very first episode of the series, after learning the Titanic has sunk, and as a result, they have lost two cousins in the disaster. Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) sits front and center in a high-waisted, long grey skirt, a cropped lilac blouse, a white lace camisole with a string of long pearls. Her youngest sister Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) certainly looks her match in a white-collared lavender dress with similar long, brunette locks swept back, just like her big sis. Middle sister, and usually the outsider, Edith (Laura Carmichael) stands alone in a high-waisted black skirt, a dark silk floral top with her strawberry blonde hair worn short. One of the editors at Damn, That’s Some Fine Tailoring noted that Edith is also the one mourning the death of their cousin the most (since she had romantic feelings for him), after attending a talk with the show’s costume designer, Susannah Buxton, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. For Crawley beauty tips, check out this post by Daily Glow!