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
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?!
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…
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
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!
Yesterday, the world lost Britain’s “Iron Lady,” and today we’re featuring the next generation of United Kingdom icons for our “Tuesday Twosome.” The first day of spring falls in March, but it usually doesn’t feel like it until April. Today, it definitely felt like spring had definitely sprung – since it was 80 degrees here in New York! What better outfit to feature for rebirth than Kate Middleton in this stunning floral number by Jenny Packham? Here the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are attending a charity polo match in the summer of 2011 outside of Los Angeles. Kate is sporting a silverish lavender De Gournay hand-painted chinoiserie silk dress with taupe L.K. Bennett heels. Prince William looks like a sophisticated prep in a navy blazer, crisp button-down and white trousers.
Yesterday, the “Queen of Prep” Lilly Pulitzer died at the age of 81 in her home in Palm Beach. For today’s “Look-of-the-Day,” we’re featuring one of her former classmates from the Chapin School in Manhattan – Miss Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. We actually had the photo of Jackie saved in our folder of favorite summer looks, but couldn’t find the designer. But then the photo popped up all over the place today, due to Pulitzer’s death. Here, the former First Lady is wearing a yellow and white gingham print shift dress that she wore during a LIFE photo shoot. Kennedy was one of the first celebrities to wear Pulitzer’s shift dresses, which were eventually nicknamed “Lillys.” Perfect look for spring & summer!
The Quiet Man may be the most noticeable movie in America about Ireland, and is always a St. Patrick’s Day favorite. John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara star in the 1952 film about an American boxer, Sean Thornton, that falls for a surly, sharp-tongued spinster named Mary Kate Danaher (love it!) Here, O’Hara is wearing a black-belted green floral dress, adorned with white buttons and a lace-trimmed collar. Without the wide collar, this would actually look pretty modern otherwise, and the material makes O’Hara’s emerald eyes pop (pictured, below). She tops it off with a wide-brimmed straw hat, which looks gorgeous against her red locks. According to IMDb, the national color of Ireland (green) is shown in nearly every shot of the film, but it only appears on one costume in the entire movie – this one. Which makes sense, since it’s the first instance in the film when Mary Kate and Sean kiss! Apparently bad weather and bickering is what gets the Irish going! Erin Go Bragh! <3
The Irish love to laugh, and it seems our humor is pretty dark, because only a Gaelic comedy could be named Widows’ Peak. In the 1994 film, marriage, money, death and chastity come into play in this story of some sour and sweet single ladies. The late Natasha Richardson plays the beautiful Edwina Broome, a mysterious woman that moves into an Irish neighborhood during the 1920s. Here, she’s riding with her new friend, Mrs. Doyle-Counihan (Joan Plowright) in a stunning cream dress, layers of long pearls, delicate white gloves, and a classic 1920s hat adorned with a flower. The costume designer of this film was Consolata Boyle, who got the period clothing from Angels and Berman, Costumi d’Arte and the European Costume Company.