This week the world lost one of the greatest musicians of our lifetime, David Bowie. He and his supermodel wife, Iman, were one of the long-lasting celebrity couples and one of the most stylish pairings, as well. Here is the lovely couple leaving their hotel in Paris in 1991. Iman looks amazing – she’s rocking her natural curls, perfectly Parisian black ballet flats and a matching purse, with oversized houndstooth printed pants and a matching jacket in black and white gingham. She is the definition of a chic model, while Mr. Bowie looks classic in white pants, a mock turtleneck and a navy blazer. Both manage to look preppy, without looking stuffy, and still maintain their personal styles. Mr. Bowie’s effortless cool was one of many elegant attributes. He will surely be missed. RIP Ziggy Stardust.
This “Tuesday Twosome” is a “Tuesday Trio,” and who better to feature during a week dedicated to witches than the Witches of Eastwick? In the 1987 film, the beguiling ladies are played by everlasting beauties Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. They play Alexandra Medford, Jane Spofford, and Sukie Ridgemont, respectively – three friends who are drastically different, but all face the same issue: men trouble. While lamenting and bonding one night, the women accidentally and unknowingly form a coven, and conjure the “perfect man.” Unfortunately, the so-called perfect guy happens to be Satan! And who better to play him than devilish Hollywood bad boy, Jack Nicholson? Here, the three ladies play around in some gorgeous frocks. Cher looks stunning in a black evening gown, with a subtle sequined detail; Michelle Pfeiffer’s character is sporting a slick black hat and a large-printed pajama set; and Susan Sarandon’s character, Jane, goes from nerdy music teacher to a voluptuous redhead in a gold lamé gown. The film’s costume designer Aggie Guerard Rodgers mentioned in a 1990 article in the LA Times, she’s featured jewelry of her late mother in all of her work. (Fun Fact: Rodgers is also the costumer from Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, who designed our favorite black-and-white striped pattern the lead character wears!) The witches look absolutely lovely here playing around, but things take a dark and dangerous turn, and they have to figure out a way to get rid of the once perfect boyfriend they all use to share! (P.S. If you couldn’t tell from the details mentioned already, this movie is super weird!)
Okay, we promise this whole week won’t be a love letter to Gossip Girl, but there is no better-dressed pair of private school students than Blair Waldorf & Serena van der Woodsen. For “Back-to-School Week,” we’re counting down the best private school uniforms, and these two never disappoint. There’s a bevy of different ways these girls wore their Constance Billard clothes throughout the teen hit, but this look best illustrates the girls’ different styles. Blair (Leighton Meester) is always dressed like a lady – she loves the classics and never has a hair out of place, while Serena (Blake Lively) is more of a free spirit and casually sexy. We actually forgot, but we featured this look before in April 2011, making this the 1st time we’ve repeated a Look-of-the-Day! Blair is sporting her usual everyday look – a crisp, white button-down blouse, navy skirt and matching girly tie, but is also wearing a belted light blue princess coat, delicate black leather gloves and a silk head scarf. She looks right out of 1950s high society. Serena, on the other hand, is wearing a more up-to-date look of a cream cable-knit sweater, a camel-colored Roberto Cavalli leather jacket, suede boots, and a plaid skirt with a matching tie. The loose hair, and not-perfectly-tied tie are indications that Miss van der Woodsen is always a little more laid back than her best friend (and very similar to Blake Lively’s real-life style!)
“And after all the obstacles; It’s good to see you now with someone else…” In our week dedicated to the music video “Cool,” our “Tuesday Twosome” are the two stars of the short: Miss Gwen Stefani, and the actor playing her ex-boyfriend, Daniel Gonzalez. In the flashbacks, we see a happy couple on Lake Como, Italy, falling in and out of love. Gonzalez sports a preppy tennis sweater, an untucked collared shirt, and rolled-up khaki pants, looking like a true disheveled summer boyfriend from everyone’s youth. Stefani wears a full, slightly patterned a-line skirt, with an open capped-sleeved navy cardigan, and a blue and white gingham halter bikini top. The real Italian girl looks absolutely stunning with her natural-colored chestnut locks, and sexy European 1950s vibe. Her outfit is the epitome of a romantic summer look: carefree, classic, slightly preppy, and sensuous. But summer love doesn’t always last forever, and even though these two may look like the perfect pair, their body language certainly doesn’t look like destiny in the photo below…
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?!
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.
Leap Year tells the tale of an uptight Irish-American girl that attempts to propose to her boyfriend on February 29th, the one day every four years an Irish woman can ask a man to marry him (haha, how forward-thinking…) Amy Adams plays the lead, while the adorable Adam Scott unusually plays her pretentious boyfriend (and nails it!) Here the two appear before an apartment board, looking ever the power couple with Adams in a gray blazer, black blouse with of a hint lace and a pencil skirt, while Scott dons a dark suit, light blue button-down and a cream tie. The two look perfect together, but it’s not meant to be…
This “Tuesday Twosome” is probably the first pair we’ve ever featured where the characters actually don’t really like each other! Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz star as Julianne Potter and Kimberley “Kimmy” Wallace – two women fighting over the same man in My Best Friend’s Wedding. Julianne realizes she’s been in love with her best friend, played by the delicious Dermot Mulroney, but it’s too late, because he’s proposed to a 20-year-old bubblehead instead. And, to make matters worse, she has to fill in as maid of honor! Here is Roberts going for her first fitting in her lavender halter gown, while Diaz puts a necklace on her. Although they’re enemies, their clothing goes together nicely in this shot. Diaz is in a bright yellow shift and scarf with pearl earrings, and she’s the epitome of a young society girl. Roberts looks a little ridiculous in her gown with four straps and sparkles at the wedding (pictured, left) – was that Kimmy’s intention?? – but it’s hard to make the towering redhead look ugly, so she pulls it off. This editor remembers going to see this rom-com for her 11th birthday and was wildly disappointed at the ending, but it’s actually much more realistic… (Even though we would have loved to have seen the unmade sequel, My Best Friend’s Divorce!)
Dawson and Joey. Kevin and Winnie. Aidan and Carrie. Some of the greatest unrequited love stories don’t just occur on the silver screen, but appear to us on our favorite TV shows. Here are Sarah Jessica Parker and John Corbett discussing their relationship after attending a black and white ball together. This may be my all-time favorite outfit Carrie Bradshaw sports, despite how simple it is. Paired with a handsome Corbett in a black tuxedo, SJP looks like his perfect match (and bride-to-be) in this white, strapless, stunning Badgley Mischka number which the designer appropriately named the “Carrie” gown. Unfortunately, the couple only looks perfect together, and breaks up in this beautiful scene. Not all romances end happily ever after, and we’ll always have Carrie to remind us of that.