“Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas…” Judy Garland swoons in Meet Me in St. Louis, which ended up becoming a very popular holiday carol. What better dress to feature than Miss Garland’s gorgeous red gown from the 1944 classic for a “Fancy Friday” that landed on December 25th?! Judy Garland stars as the main sister of a large St. Louis family who attends a local Christmas ball in this stunning scarlet velvet gown. After returning home from the party, she sings the beautiful carol to her baby sister, Tootie (played by Margaret O’Brien). To be honest, I never saw the film until falling in love with the 2005 flick The Family Stone, in which oldest sister Susannah watches the movie alone on Christmas Eve. It’s a melancholy scene in both films, as both leading ladies reflect on how their next Christmases will sadly not be like their past holidays. It’s heartbreaking, but a thoughtful reminder of how seasons really do change, for better or for worse. Merry Christmas! <3
This “Wednesday’s Shoe” actually falls on Christmas Day, and we thought these heels certainly epitomize “jingle bell ROCK!” The red velvet pumps are from British designer Charlotte Olympia, whose adorable holly-inspired heels we featured last holiday season (it’s also very fitting, because our editors spent the last two Christmases in Olympia, Washington!) The Jingle Bell Dolly platform pumps originally cost £625. They’d be stunning with a holiday cocktail dress, or help turn you into one sexy Mrs. Claus. 😉
Merry Christmas! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it also happens to be “Pink Wednesday!” We’ve found it hard in the past to come up with pink outfits for the holiday season, but while our mom was watching White Christmas earlier this month, we realized there was a perfect rose-colored dress for December 25th! Vera Ellen dances with Danny Kaye in the 1954 film in a stunning pale pink chiffon frock. The dress has sequined details, really cute matching shoes, but the full skirt is just perfect for dance number she performs, which reminded us of Liesl’s famous dress in The Sound of Music. It’s no surprise here, the lovely outfit was created by famous 20th century costume designer, Edith Head. Another blogger whose site is called Ip & Audrey put it perfectly when she said Ellen looks “like a cream-puffed sugar plum fairy!” Here’s hoping you have a wonderful Christmas! <3
Our editors didn’t actually love Love Actually the first time they viewed it (wow, pun unintended), but after a second viewing, it became one of their favorites! Probably the most notable item of clothing in the Christmas rom-com has to be Martine McCutcheon’s bright red trench coat she wears to her nephew’s holiday play. She portrays Natalie, a brokenhearted girl working for the United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister, played by Hugh Grant. When they realize they’re meant for each other (on Christmas Eve, no less), she’s sporting this gorgeous piece of outerwear over jeans and a pretty snowflake sweater. Costume designer Joanna Johnston outfitted the film, along with many other modern classics, including Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away, The Sixth Sense, Forrest Gump, and Munich. Shockingly, she has never been nominated for an Academy Award. Let’s hope this year, she’s rewarded with a nomination for her work on Lincoln! Even if she doesn’t, we loved her choices for this Christmas flick. When Natalie paired her famous coat with a white cap to greet Hugh Grant, she sailed into holiday cinematic history!
We’ve featured Cameron Diaz in The Holiday several times between our two Christmas Countdowns, but that’s because her character, Amanda Woods, is dressed so damn well! When director Nancy Meyers debuted her more recent film,It’s Complicated, several reviewers kept accusing her of “design porn.” Now we know what they meant, when we look up the crazy price-tags of some of the clothes, furniture and accessories that appear in her chick flicks. (One of the funnier comments from one of the fashion blogs we scoured, trying to find a designer link for this outfit, wondered how did Amanda fit all these fabulous coats into the two suitcases she packed?!) In this scene, Amanda takes Iris’s dog for a walk in a lovely Louis Vuitton wool and cashmere toggle coat, skinny jeans, brown Balenciaga boots and a cute knit cap. No wonder Iris’s brother falls for this beautiful blonde – she always looks good!
One of our favorite leading ladies is back for this 2012 holiday edition of “Fancy Friday.” In Christmas in Connecticut, Barbara Stanwyck pretends to be an all-American housewife playing hostess to a returning sailor after World War II in her fake suburban country home. In reality, she’s a single city girl with no domestic skills – but she can certainly dress! Costumed by legendary designer, Edith Head, Stanwyck sports several gorgeous outfits in this romantic comedy. Here, she’s wearing a black gown with a diamond-plaid jacket tied with an oversized black bow while attending a community dance with the dashing Jefferson Jones. Good thing he doesn’t mind the scheming and lying just to give him a good holiday vacation – he gets the girl instead of some home-cooked meals – and she gets a pay-raise! Everyone wins!
It’s a Wonderful Life is our favorite holiday movie, so it’s no surprise we featured it twice last year in our “12 Days of Christmas Countdown.” Here are James Stewart and Donna Reed as George and Mary Bailey before they’ve officially become a couple.
George has been working at his father’s Building & Loan to save money for college, and is now four years behind his peers. He tags along with his brother Harry to the local high school dance, and gets to cut the rug with his future wife, Mary, before famously falling in the swimming pool together! Mary is sporting a beautiful, frilly dress adorned with a small rose at the collar paired with adorable peep-toe pumps. In the colorized version, the dress is bright blue, but I’ve always pictured it cream-colored or soft yellow. Donna Reed is also stunningly gorgeous in this scene, so it’s hard to take your eyes off of her. (Honestly, she could be wearing a burlap sack, and we would have featured it!) Head costume designer of RKO Studios, Edward Stevenson, outfitted the film, but is probably best known for dressing Lucille Ball for the last eighteen years of his life. His work ended up being historical as part of this iconic Christmas classic. <3
This “Wednesday’s Shoe” is both very fashionable and very festive. These “Kiss Me Dolly” pumps are from British designer Charlotte Olympia’s 2012 Holiday Collection. The black velvet, six-inch shoes have a one-inch gold platform and a detachable mistletoe clip – perfect for getting kissed on Christmas Day! (Also, they’re great after the holidays pass, the mistletoe comes off!) The pumps retail at £625 and come with an adhesive photo to attach to your shoe box to identify which pair of pumps they are!
Finding a “Pink Wednesday” outfit that fits our “12 Days of Christmas Countdown” shouldn’t have worked out this easily, but we forgot Sarah Jessica Parker wears rose in one of our favorite holiday movies, The Family Stone. She plays Meredith, an uptight Manhattanite, visiting her boyfriend’s laid-back family in Massachusetts for the holidays. Unfortunately, she doesn’t mesh well with his relatives, but at least she looks good doing so. For Christmas Eve, she wears a pale pink button-down silk blouse, black dress pants and a matching vest, and a pair of black pointy-toed stiletto pumps. Costumer Shay Cunliffe chose famous designer Narciso Rodriguez to outfit America’s clotheshorse for this 2005 film. His impeccable tailoring matches Meredith’s extremely organized and rigid personality. After an extremely awkward dinner conversation (pictured above), Meredith takes off in tears to a local bar with her boyfriend’s brother… which really adds some intrigue to the holiday! Below, you see Sarah Jessica’s character after some drinks and heavy realizations – hair comes down and the vest comes off – as do her attempts to be the perfect girlfriend!
SPOILER ALERT! This “Tuesday Twosome” has been years in the making, and our editors have been waiting that long for Barney Stinson and Robin Scherbatsky to finally get together! On the television show, How I Met Your Mother, a man named Ted Mosby describes to his children how he and their mother met… and it’s taken him eight years to get there, instead mostly telling stories about his early years in New York City with his best friends. We still don’t know who Ted’s wife is, but we’ve always been more interested in the unlikely romance that blossomed between Ted’s ex-girlfriend, Robin, and his womanizing best friend, Barney, instead. Played by the always cool Neil Patrick Harris, we featured Barney’s notorious love of suits in one of our earliest posts. The wildly cynical and seemingly shallow one of the group had very few interests other than style, women under 30, Italian ties, blogging, scotch, and money… Robin was a beautiful Canadian TV reporter, played by Cobie Smulders, and a true man’s woman; a lover of dogs, the outdoors, guns, scotch, hunting and not taking any crap. Lovers of HIMYM soon realized she was better suited (no pun intended) for Mr. Stinson than the slightly soft and always romantic Ted Mosby. (This editor knew it the very first time Robin put on a black suit, drank from a rocks glass, and acted as Barney’s wing-woman, when his male friends couldn’t pull through.) The show and the characters end up being a little predictable, especially after eight seasons, but just when you think you know what’s going to happen, the writers throw you for a complete loop. Last season, they kept showing a wedding scene in the future that the audience assumed was Ted’s, but were shocked to find out it was actually Barney’s… When Barney proposed to his stunning girlfriend, Quinn, in the season finale, all hope was drained until the last minute of the show, when Robin turned out to be the bride of the future! Last night, the writers surprised us again when it seemed like Barney was going to ask someone else to marry him, when in the end, it was all an extremely intricate “play” – the last one he’ll ever use from his notorious playbook – called “The Robin,” which ended in him bending down on one knee and proposing to her in a gorgeous holiday setting! Needless to say, it was this editor’s all-time favorite episode, and Barney and Robin have never looked better! Entertainment Weekly spoke to the show’s costume designer Reiko Kurumada, who told the magazine, “As as soon as I got the script, I had this vision of what I wanted Robin to be wearing. I really just wanted a classic, simple, gorgeous gown. I looked high and low, different department stores, different designers, and I couldn’t find the perfect gown,” until she browsed Monique Lhuillier’s website and found what she was looking for… a drop-dead gorgeous sparkling red gown, which she accessorized with a black fur-trimmed coat from Alice + Olivia, and a pair of Nadri earrings. Barney, the show’s best-dressed character, wore a Dolce & Gabbana suit, a stylish striped scarf, and his favorite Burberry coat to ask his bride-to-be the ultimate question. Kurumada revealed to EW that actor Neil Patrick Harris actually chose the engagement ring his character asked with, because he wanted to make sure it looked like Barney had gone all out for Robin. It was the perfect Christmas episode with the perfect couple. We can’t wait for this posh pair’s wedding! <3