“I believe… I believe… It’s silly, but I believe.” On Thanksgiving, our editors eat turkey, watch football, pound pie, but we also always watch this 1947 classic – Miracle on 34th Street. Last month we lost one of our all-time favorite tough girls, Maureen O’Hara. In this film, she stars as Doris Walker, mother to Susan (played by the late Natalie Wood), a smart and mature little girl who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. Doris is a no-nonsense Manhattan woman who works for Macy’s Department Store. The movie opens on the Thanksgiving Day Parade (Fun Fact: The footage in the film was actually from the 1946 Macy’s Parade! According to imdb.com, “retakes were obviously out of the question!”) An older gentlemen who looks suspiciously like Kris Kringle and a handsome lawyer (played by John Payne) try to change the two Walker ladies’ minds about Santa Claus and the Christmas spirit. It’s adorable, and much better than the horrible remake. O’Hara sports some very sophisticated clothing in the film, but this little buttoned black dress with a matching white collar and cuffs is a particular favorite of ours. Costume designer Kay Nelson outfitted the film, and did a wonderful job capturing an elegant NYC girl in the post-WWII era. Maybe our editors love it so much, since it reminds us of our own mother, who appeared in the Macy’s Day Parade 30 years later. <3
Since theSkinnyStiletto was an a bit of a hiatus last year, we missed one of our favorite events – the Met Costume Gala! The theme last year was “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.” He was considered America’s first couturier, so many attendees showed up in, what else, couture! One of our favorite girls, the legendary Sarah Jessica Parker, showed up in a show-stopping black and white ballgown. Created by Oscar de la Renta (check out his signature in red on the back), the gown features a fitted black bodice adorned with white buttons, a full gleaming skirt and a geometric black and white windowpane train. SJP accessorized the look with white evening gloves, and a big, glamorous up-do filled with flowers! Sadly, the 1st anniversary Mr. de la Rena’s death passed earlier this week, and we found a touching tribute Sarah wrote about her dear friend. Fun Fact: It was Sarah’s idea to put Oscar’s signature on the back of the dress! She improves everything!
Kate Beckinsale has such impeccable style, we’re always stunned how few times we’ve featured her on theSkinnyStiletto. Not only that, the gorgeous lady has serious brains, too – she studied Russian and French literature at Oxford University! Here she is earlier this month at a private dinner celebrating the designer Antonio Berardi. She’s wearing a monochrome dress with a racer neckline from his Resort 2014 Collection. Black and white is universally flattering, but the Brit looks lovely against the décor, too!
This editor usually always dons a pair of sparkly pumps for New Year’s Eve, but that is probably a little overdone for December 31st. We think a pair of tuxedo-inspired pumps would be a unique twist on a classic standby. Oddly enough, we found this “Wednesday’s Shoe,” labeled “Black & White Tuxedo Classic Pumps/Wednesday Shoes” on the site Uturn Utopia. Wednesday, as in Wednesday Addams? Possibly, or maybe just an odd coincidence! Either way, it works! A few years ago, this editor sported a tuxedo cocktail dress for the holiday, and while these would probably be too “matchy-matchy,” they would look adorable with any black or white getup! The four inch heels retail for $44.99.
Our favorite German girl was completely glamorous at the Metropolitan Opera for the premiere of Eugene Onegin. Diane Kruger sported a color-blocked gown from Prabal Gurung from his 2014 Resort Collection to the New York City event. The stark contrast of black, white and red (which photographs dark pink in most pictures) looked stunning on the internationally adored beauty. She accessorized with Prabal Gurung for Chris Habana jewelry, as well, and a pair of beautiful white pumps. Pure sophistication and class.
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
For this Valentine’s Day post, we’re featuring our favorite outfit from the British romantic comedy, Four Weddings and a Funeral. Hugh Grant and a group of friends experience life in death in this clever 1994 film by Mike Newell. Grant’s character falls for a fashionable American girl named Carrie, played by Andie MacDowell. She makes her grand appearance at one of the weddings featured in the film, donning a cream-colored suit, a dark camisole and the perfect accessory for attending British nuptials – one hell of a big black hat! She certainly makes an impression, because Grant ends up completely falling for the raven-haired beauty. The costumes were created by Lindy Hemming, who did an excellent job capturing the look of the mid-1990s in England. We hope you find love like these two this Valentine’s Day! <3
We’ve been featuring our favorite looks from romantic movies for Valentine’s Day, and now that we’re getting closer to February 14th, we’ll be debuting some of our favorite looks from wedding films! Because what’s a better topic than matrimony for V-Day? (Chocolate, actually… Lots of chocolate!) Anyhow, here’s our first look from 27 Dresses. Malin Akerman plays Katherine Heigl’s shallow sister, Tess, in this movie about a perpetual bridesmaid, and this is when she makes her first appearance. She’s a model who just lost her job and is returning to New York – in skinny black pants, heels and a cute black and white halter top by Phillip Lim, accompanied by lots of designer luggage and a cute guy! It’s the perfect outfit for returning to NYC in, and turning her big sister’s life upside down in!
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.
This New Year’s Eve edition of “Look-of-the-Day” is special, because our editors are celebrating their holidays in the winter wonderland of Washington! In Sleepless in Seattle, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks play star-crossed lovers between Baltimore and the famous rainy city. Before the It Couple of the 1990s gets together, Meg Ryan’s character is engaged to the handsome Bill Pullman, and they celebrate New Year’s Eve at a classy black and white ball. Pullman sports a classic tuxedo, while Ryan wears an off-the-shoulder gown with a white bodice and a full black skirt. She pairs her gown with her long locks pulled back, and simple pearl jewelry. Unfortunately, there aren’t any full-length shots of this film scene, so you’ll just have to watch this 1993 classic to see the outfit! <3