The last time we featured Meg Ryan also happened to be a New Year’s Eve post – guess America’s sweetheart gets kissed a lot! In the 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, Ryan plays an uptight New Yorker whose best friend happens to be a man (played by Billy Crystal), and the two spend years together without realizing they’re absolutely perfect for each other. The movie laid the groundwork for a lot other rom-coms, and while Meg Ryan’s clothing is preppy and pristine throughout the whole film (outfitted by costume designer Gloria Gresham), the dresses she sports are actually pretty dated. Doesn’t mean she’s any less cute in them! Here, Harry & Sally spend New Year’s Eve together, which foreshadows the importance of the holiday for them later in the movie… Our editors had trouble finding a photo of the final New Year’s scene, but we did find these cute pics from Mirror80, which did an adorable feature on Sally’s earlier NYE dress and how to update the off-the shoulder, ruffled look! Later, these two realize they’re right for each other on Dec. 31st, which is probably why this holiday is so over hyped – everyone’s waiting for a declaration of love that doesn’t come lol! Have a very Happy New Year’s anyway! <3
Last night, after the Academy Awards end, stars head to the famous post-Oscar party thrown by Vanity Fair. Off come the ballgowns, and stars change into shorter, edgier and usually more casual frocks (as casual as you can get in designer clothing…) Our best-dressed pair from Sunday’s party was one of our favorite Hollywood couples, Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson. Kruger is always on the forefront of fashion, but she and Pacey looked amazing last night! She sported a black lace cape dress by Valentino couture from the Spring 2014 line. Very few people on the planet can pull off this look, but she did it seamlessly and wore twisted braids in her hair, a great homage to her German heritage, while Jackson looked modern and handsome in his chocolate Berluti tuxedo. Who says black and brown don’t go together? It certainly works for this pair. <3
Our “Look-of-the-Day” posts this week feature looks from Oscar-nominated films, in honor of the upcoming award ceremony. Here is one of our all-time favorite actresses, Donna Reed in From Here to Eternity. The clean-cut Midwestern star was most famous for her classic 1950s/60s television show, but what most people don’t know is that she won an Academy Award for playing a prostitute in the 1953 film. Our editors always adored her from having watched It’s A Wonderful Life every Christmas since they were little. While that movie seems to stand the test of time, From Here to Eternity feels extremely dated upon recent viewing. Other than the iconic beach scene, the only memorable part of the film is Reed. Her subtle performance far outshines the other major stars in the movie. Here she is as Alma “Lorene” Burke in a sexy black halter dress with sequined straps, dark lipstick and chandelier earrings. The sultry look was much different than the lily white characters Reed normally played, but she still manages to look very lovely as a lady of the night.
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!
“Remember Harbor Boulevard; The dreaming days where the mess was made; Look how all the kids have grown…” Throughout our favorite Gwen Stefani music video, “Cool,” there is a definite nautical color scheme of navy blue and white, but Gwen manages to be seen in two stunning, brightly colored sheaths before its short four minutes are over. While waiting to meet up with her beau, Gwen is leaning against a bright yellow wall in Italy, donning an emerald green halter dress adorned with white leaves, and nude espadrille wedges, looking just like a sunflower in a garden patch. (Also, invoking ideas of Orla Kiely’s graphic nature prints…) We get to see the dress in its best light as the pair runs off to a wheat field in slow motion. The movement of the full skirt is beautifully feminine and carefree, just like the young woman she is. Although Gwen is seen fanning herself from the summer heat in this dress, she looks effortlessly cool.
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.
Lilly Pulitzer automatically brings to mind vivid images of hot pink, bright yellow, and apple green, dancing across summer dresses patterned with fruit and flowers. The heiress-turned-fashion-designer built a business around a simple concept and execution that has remained popular for over 50 years. Lilly Pulitzer was born Lillian Lee McKim on November 10, 1931 to socialite parents in Roslyn, Long Island. She was the middle daughter of three girls, between Mary “Mimsy” Maude and Florence “Flossie” Fitch. Her mother was an heiress to Standard Oil, and Lilly and her sisters attended the Chapin School in Manhattan, alongside a soon-to-be notable classmate, Jacqueline Bouvier. She attended Finch College, before leaving after one semester to work as a midwife’s assistant and as a volunteer at a Veterans Hospital in the Bronx. Shortly after, Lilly married Herbert “Peter” Pulitzer, Jr., after meeting him on vacation in Palm Beach. The grandson of publishing magnate, Joseph Pulitzer, the two enjoyed living on the family’s Florida estate, among groves of citrus trees. After having three kids in five years, and growing bored at home, Lilly started selling juice of the fruit from her husband’s groves. Squeezing the juice out of the fruit stained her clothing, so she made sleeveless shift dresses of brightly-colored cotton. Pulitzer’s customers loved the shifts so much, she started selling them at $22.00 a piece. The dresses soon outsold the juice, quickly moving from Palm Beach to around the world (especially after former classmate Jackie Kennedy started wearing them). The frocks were soon dubbed “Lillys.” In 1959, Pulitzer became the president of her own company, Lilly Pulitzer, Inc., and she designed until the early 1980s. Her brand became popular with some of the wealthiest women in America, including the Kennedys, the Rockerfellers, and the Whitneys. (Fun Fact: This editor was prepping, pun not intended, for a friend’s yuppie-themed party in East Hampton this weekend by whipping out my copy of The Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach. She mentions the Lilly Beach Dress as the quintessential item to wear for “lunch on the terrace at the club,” or something “to put on over the bathing suit.”) The company faced bankruptcy in 1984, but was revived by Sugartown Worldwide in the 1990s. Pulitzer retained the role of creative consultant, but was no longer involved in the administration of the company. Eric Wilson of the New York Times reported, “Part of her reluctance to promote herself, she often said, came from her upbringing. She meticulously avoided personal publicity, as was once common to people of bottomless wealth, though she remained interested in the company.” Ha, if only the so-called “elites” of now retained the same kind of old-world modesty – the dreadful “Real Housewives” or the Kardashians would never exist… Lilly Pulitzer was as bright, sophisticated and classic as the brand and era she represented. The “Queen of Prep” will be sorely missed.
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
Ondine tells the tale of a woman (Alicja Bachleda) that ends up in the net of an Irish fisherman (Colin Farrell), and he and his daughter attempt to figure out if she’s just a pretty girl, or possibly a nymph from the sea. I guess we’re kind of ruining the ending by showing this scene, although we’re not telling if she’s a woman, or a Selke. 😉 But we just love Ondine’s simple white, capped-sleeve wedding gown. The dress’s eyelet detailing actually looks like a Celtic design, and the knee-length silk veil with tiny flower buds on the bottom looks lovely on Ondine’s loose mermaid waves. It’s the perfect bridal look for an Irish wedding on a fishing boat. Especially when the bride may actually hail from the sea…
We’re extremely biased when it comes to this year’s Best Actress race – we’re rooting for Jennifer Lawrence for her hilarious role in Silver Linings Playbook. Here is our girl crush wearing a plunging neckline on an emerald green pre-fall Calvin Klein dress for the New York premiere of her other huge film of 2012, The Hunger Games. She certainly looks sexy in her pleated frock and Jimmy Choo sandals – we hope she wins tonight! <3