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
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Anna Karenina is an epic story written by famed novelist Leo Tolstoy. (Which was actually made popular again, due to its appearance on Oprah’s book list a couple of years ago… Oh, society.) Director Joe Wright, of Atonement and Pride & Prejudice, brought the Russian epic onscreen, and didn’t really do a good job of it. Although it took this editor three viewings just to get through the film, the only thing that kept me interested was Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran’s extraordinary work, and seeing it on one of our favorite girls, Keira Knightley. We actually featured Durran’s most famous creation, the stunning emerald number that Keira sports in Atonement, in our very first “Look-of-the-Day.” In an interview with Glamour, Durran said, “At the first meeting I had with the director, Joe Wright, he told me that he didn’t really want to make it historically accurate, costume wise: he wanted to stylize it. The way he wanted to stylize it was to concentrate on the silhouette of each character and to take an 1870s silhouette, but simplify the surface details so that it really had the architectural simplicity of 50s couture. What I had to do immediately was look at the 1870s shape then strip away all the surface detail and just be left with that pure shape.” The combination of the two eras resulted in a stunning wardrobe, with inspiration from vintage Balenciaga, Lanvin, and Christian Dior. Anna appears in an off-the-shoulder scarlet gown and strings of pearls in one of the opening scenes (pictured, above right) – the lady wore red alright, considering this scene marks the beginning of her affair with Vronsky (played by the miscast Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Her romantic competition, Kitty, is played by the young and innocent Alicia Vikander (pictured, above with Taylor-Johnson). Durran told the Daily News, “Kitty’s white dress really evolved from the idea of her being a debutante and being a child.” Especially, since it’s covered in little pink ribbons and roses. Knightley’s Anna Karenina is clearly the most striking individual at the party in red, while everyone surrounding her is in stark white. If there’s one thing we learned from this version of Anna Karenina, it’s that Keira Knightley can wear a hat. Be it a veiled topper adorned with a large rose (pictured, above left), or an embroidered stunner atop her curls (pictured, above right), or looking like she walked right off the set of Doctor Zhivago in a fur-trimmed Cossack hat (pictured, top), Miss Knightley looks purely stunning in any topper. Her bold brows, high cheekbones, and magnetic eyes are certainly a director’s (and a costumer’s) dream for closeups. At the dance where both Anna and Kitty dance with Count Vronsky, Anna is dressed in a black ballgown (pictured, below right). According to the New York Times, Durran said, “It is one of the most famous costumes in literature. The way the dress is described, and why it is the most perfect dress for that day, is because it frames Anna’s beauty.” Knightley sports a dark taffeta gown, and two million dollars’ worth of Chanel diamonds, against a sea of pastels, which “functions visually, because Anna is standing out against this society.” (Fun Fact: Keira Knightley is a spokeswoman for the famous French brand’s fragrance.) According to Vanity Fair, “As Anna falls in love with Vronsky, her clothes become lighter in hue to reflect her lighter mood, before returning to darker shades to complement her growing anxiety and paranoia.” After publicly divorcing her husband Alexei (played by a creepy Jude Law) for Count Vronsky, she appears at the opera in a beautiful, fluffy white gown, adorned in diamonds and a white fur stole (pictured, above). Anna causes quite a scandal by attending the society event, now that she’s a “ruined woman.” Jacqueline Durran’s favorite costume of the film is the asymmetrical ivory gown and pillbox hat Knightley sports in the tearoom scene (pictured, below). Our editors’ favorite costume is the gray gown with the black lace overlay that Keira wears toward the ending of the film. She looks distraught and depressed, but the gown is truly beautiful. Although, her best accessories obviously hail from her hatted scenes, or ones where she’s dripping in diamonds from Chanel. The movie may have stunk, but the costumes were some of the most stunning of 2013. Best of luck to Miss Durran!
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve been dedicating the week to weddings on film, but we have to include the bad, too! Here is our Top 10 List of the worst wedding gowns on film. At first, we thought it was going to be difficult to come up with ten terrible wedding dresses from movies, but then we actually had a hard time narrowing it down!
1. Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried), Mamma Mia! Yuck… we don’t even know where to start. There is no redeeming feature of this disgusting outfit. Amanda Seyfried plays Sophie, a 20-year-old girl getting married on a Greek island. You could wear a white bikini, and it would be a better choice than this. Sophie is supposed to be a free-spirit, but good god, this is atrocious. The lack of makeup, the frayed layers, the tiny crown in the middle of her head, the fact you can’t separate her hair, tiara, gown or skin from each other in the dimly-lit church she almost gets married in – it’s all just bad. Even her handsome husband-to-be looks horrible! Who is he channeling? John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever?! Our biggest question was, she lives in Greece… why didn’t she go the route of Grecian goddess?2. Betsy Hopper (Molly Ringwald), Betsy’s Wedding We love when people think for themselves, but this wedding gown was just too hideous to pass off as inventive. It’s just plain awful. Molly Ringwald plays an independent young bride marrying into a wealthy family, and everything goes wrong planning her wedding – just like her gown! It’s short in the front and long in the back (just like a mullet), paired with long gloves, cream ruffles, white cowboy boots and a top-hat. Ringwald had just chopped off her beautiful red locks to shake off her teenage queen status, so she looks all the more terrible. It’s bad when you know the top-hat is probably the best part of the getup. Blech!
3. Kimberly “Kimmy” Wallace (Cameron Diaz), My Best Friend’s Wedding Good thing Cameron Diaz was cute, because this dress would have been #1 otherwise. In the 1997 romantic comedy, Julia Roberts and Diaz fight over sexy Dermot Mulroney, and after seeing this dress, we remembered why we rooted for the redhead the whole time… We don’t even know how to describe it – a bunch on geometric shapes in unflattering angles? Film Scouts describes it as, “off the shoulder and double-bodiced, constructed of white silk gazarre and silk satin, hand-beaded with Austrian crystals and detailed with silk roses. The silk tulle veil, piped in silk satin, flowed 20 feet over a 14-foot train.” That description was a hell of a lot prettier than whatever the hell Diaz is wearing. She started her career as a model, so it’s impressive they found something so gross to put her in. Kimmy is supposed to be a wealthy Chicagoan and her wardrobe is pretty and preppy up until this point. We just don’t get it – does she hates herself AND her cousins?!
4. Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet), Sense & SensibilityThis dress was originally in our Top 3, but we Googled it and found photos of it from behind, and the train is actually stunning from behind. It just looks bad on a chubby, curly-haired Kate Winslet. She’s not even that large, but she looks perpetually pregnant in every empire waist she dons in the period film. Her wedding scene looks particularly horrible, because her skin-tone matches the material of her mesh dress, the the gold beading matches her hair color, and it doesn’t look like she’s wearing any makeup, which turns her into one big blob. According to IMdb, the gown was actually trimmed with straw… what?!
5. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Sex and the City It’s not surprising why Mr. Big nearly left Carrie at the altar in this ridiculous outfit. Our editors constantly argue about whether or not Carrie was well-dressed in the TV series, and while I argue that I don’t love everything she wears, her character certainly took risks and inspired many trends. But this is just terrible. Sarah Jessica Parker is such a clotheshorse, and can almost wear anything, but not this crinkly monstrosity by Vivienne Westwood. The dress itself isn’t even that bad – it looks beautiful on the hanger, but it’s a gown you’d constantly have to steam to keep it’s shape. On Parker’s tiny frame combined with severe, slicked back hair, hideous gold heels and the bird on her head, Carrie Bradshaw ended up in our #5 spot. This was especially disappointing after the beautiful gowns she modeled earlier in the movie at the Vogue wedding dress shoot. But Carrie later realizes she made a fashion faux-pas to Miranda at a Valentine’s dinner together: “I put a bird on my head!” Miranda responds, so relieved, “Is that what that was?” As if it had been bugging her, the whole movie, too! Fun Fact: In real life, Parker was definitely unique at her own 1997 wedding – she wore a little black dress!
6. Henrietta “Duckface” (Anna Chancellor), Four Weddings and a Funeral Poor Duckface. She was definitely crazy, but that’s because she loses Hugh Grant, not once, but twice in this 1994 romantic comedy. And it’s probably because she looked like a huge meringue at her wedding. (No, not really – it was the early 90s… Most brides looked like puffy meringues!) There’s a famous scene in this film where Andie MacDowell tries on a bunch of different wedding gowns, and discusses how ridiculous they all look, and it seems Duckface didn’t get the memo. At least she gets to hook up with a prince instead!
7. Emma Allen (Anne Hathaway), Bride Wars We missed something about this Vera Wang gown that ended up on so many “Best Wedding Gown” lists… The cream colored dress matched Anne Hathaway’s pale skin, completely washing out the star. In some shots it isn’t so bad, but we’re over the crinkly mermaid look. And paired with a luminous Kate Hudson, she just looks so blah! In the film, her character, Emma, is supposed to have inherited the gown from her mother, indicating that she’s not having the wedding of her dreams, but just repeating her parents’ day. Well we’re glad she doesn’t end up getting married in this dress, cause it stinks.
8. Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos), My Big Fat Greek Wedding Nia Vardalos wrote this sleeper hit about planning her own nuptials to her co-star, Ian Gomez. We hoped the pretty Greek looked better than this in real life! When Nia’s character, Toula, sees herself for the first time in her gown she exclaims, “I’m a snow beast!” After the ceremony, she starts ripping bows and rosettes off her goofy gown, which makes it look a lot better. Eh, at least she gets John Corbett!
9. Juliet (Keira Knightley), Love Actually Keira Knightley is one of our favorite fashion icons, and she’s so adorable it’s hard to forget how strange her wedding gown is in this Christmas classic. (Especially considering we just featured her TWICE on the Vintage Wedding Gown List!) Her frock in this romance is see-through, her midriff is showing, and she’s covered in feathers… probably three of the biggest “dont’s” on your wedding day, hehe. She still looks so cute from the neck up, but really trashy and immature from the neck down.10. The Bride (Elsa Lanchester), The Bride of Frankenstein There’s only one explanation for this gown: Men.
In honor of Valentine’s Day this Thursday, we’ve created lists of our favorite, and least favorite, bridal wear on film! And what’s more romantic than a wedding?! (Probably a lifetime of commitment, but you usually have to get married first to do so!) Our first list is our Top 10 favorite vintage gowns on film.
1. Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright), The Princess Bride Technically, this is a made-up era (since it’s just a storybook), but it’s our absolute favorite old-fashioned wedding gown on film! Robin Wright played the title character of a fantasy novel being read to a tiny Fred Savage by his grandpa. Even if her dress is imaginary, it’s stunning nonetheless. Legendary costume designer Phyllis Dalton, who won Oscars for Henry V and Doctor Zhivago, created the medieval wardrobe for this 1987 film. Princess Buttercup is about to be married off to an evil prince, but her peasant-turned-pirate lover, Westley, interrupts to save the day! Her bridal gown is simply gorgeous. It’s an empire-waist gown of intricate pearl work and soft white flocked velvet with just a hint of blue. Accented by Wright’s flowing waves and probably the prettiest tiara of all-time, it’s no wonder two men are fighting over Buttercup! Plus, Andre the Giant gets to be her Maid of Honor! “As you wish…” <32. Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams), The Notebook Rachel McAdams looks good in anything you put her in, so it’s no surprise she looked impeccable as a 1940s lovelorn woman in this 2004 romance with former boyfriend, Ryan Gosling. (Watching this movie now breaks our hearts, because we just want them to reunite!) The clothing in this film was designed by Karyn Wagner. In this scene, Rachel’s character, Allie, is getting fitted for her wedding gown for her upcoming society nuptials and sees something in the newspaper that stuns her – the love of her life has completed his wish by refurbishing his formerly beat-up dream home. She’s the only part that’s missing is his soul mate, Allie Hamilton. This editor’s dream wedding gown is Pierce Brosnan’s wife Keely’s stunning lace gown from their 2001 Irish wedding, so I obviously loved the old-fashioned lace McAdams’ sports here. She may be getting fitted as a bride to another man, but she still looks gorgeous and straight out of the post-WWII era. Ugh, we don’t want to hear about another celebrity wedding unless it’s McAdams and Gosling eloping in the Carolina setting where they met.
3. Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn), Funny FaceThis is probably the most recognizable bridal look on our list. Here’s our icon, Audrey Hepburn, in the film Funny Face. She’s actually not getting married in this scene, but modeling a wedding dress in her new-found career. The tea length gown, delicate lace gloves, and tiny veil epitomize high-end bridal fashion of the 1950s. Legendary costume designer Edith Head, and longtime outfitter of the starlet Hubert de Givenchy created the clothing in this famous fashion film. (Fun Fact: Givenchy didn’t receive his due credit – or the Oscar that came with it – for his stunning work on Hepburn’s earlier film Sabrina, so for this 1957 movie, Hepburn personally made sure that Givenchy would receive a film credit. No wonder she remained one of his most loyal friends for the rest of their lives!)
4. Queen Victoria (Emily Blunt), The Young VictoriaThis movie is a dramatized version of the early years of the United Kingdom’s Queen Victoria, and while not all the facts are correct, it’s still a great movie with a powerful performance by Emily Blunt as the title character. Costume designer Sandy Powell won her third Academy Award for her amazing work on this film, and based the the gown on the real queen’s dress. It’s described as, “An ivory duchess silk satin dress with antique lace detail as well as an ivory silk satin train with silk flowers sewn on. Finished with an antique cream silk lace veil.” With a flowered wreath upon her head, and adorned with royal jewels, it’s hard to believe these photos of Emily Blunt are from this decade! She and co-star Rupert Friend look right at home in their 19th century roles (pictured, below) as one of the most famous couples in history, Victoria and Albert, who are easy to root for.5. Maria Von Trapp (Julie Andrews), The Sound of Music The plot of this 1965 film sounds so ridiculous, it has to be true: an adventurous, freethinking and musically-inclined nun becomes a live-in tutor and nanny to a military captain’s seven unruly children, eventually breaking the rug-rats and bonds with them, decides to leave the church to become their full-time mother, after falling in love for their rigid father, and creates a family singing group. Oh! And they escape the Nazis! Sounds made-up, but it’s actually the incredibly true story of the Von Trapp Family, and it’s one of the greatest movies ever made. Julie Andrews plays the lead character, Maria, and when she marries Captain Von Trapp (played by the dashing Christopher Plummer), she doesn’t look so bad herself! Here, Maria is getting married on the cusp of World War II, but in reality, the couple was already married and on baby #3 by the time Hitler took power. This gown has a very 1930s/40s feel with the high collar and long sleeves, and the veil was an astounding fourteen feet long! Andrews makes one heck of a glamorous nun!
6. Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s ChestOne of Johnny Depp’s pirate movies certainly doesn’t seem like a likely candidate where a vintage wedding gown would be found, but Keira Knightley gets to sport a gorgeous gold ballgown in this Disney sequel! Costume designer Penny Rose created this stunning bridal outfit of golden silk taffeta and tons of beaded pearl work. Accented by a long white veil, a bouquet of calla lilies, and lots of raindrops, she makes one magical, and tragic, bride. The editors of The Costumer’s Guide to Movie Costumes wrote a lovely analysis of this memorable gown.7. Margaret “Clover” Russell (Angelina Jolie), The Good ShepherdThis film is about the birth of the Office of Strategic Services and its segue into becoming the CIA – not exactly a romance. Unfortunately, this wedding scene is also a bit of a sham. Without revealing too much, Matt Damon’s character is trapped into marriage by a classmate’s wild sister named Clover, played by Angelina Jolie. Interestingly enough, we’ve seen another beautiful costume Jolie wears in the 2006 film mentioned in top wedding dress lists, but it’s not her bridal gown. It’s the outfit she’s wearing when she meets Damon’s character for the first time. Here, she’s wearing a classic 1930s cream-colored gown with a slightly poofed shoulder and lovely satin buttons at the wrist. Costume designer Ann Roth commented, “I knew a lot of Clovers in my life. They went to finishing school; there was a glamor about them, but it was very homegrown.” Clover looks like a movie star, but in reality ends up having the personality of a hag! Poor Matt!
8. Cinzia Zaccardi (Sophia Loren), Houseboat In this 1958 film, Sophia Loren plays an Italian girl named Cinzia looking to get away from her overbearing father, and ends up living on a houseboat as a housekeeper, or a nanny, or whatever to widower Cary Grant and his three children. It’s actually pretty hilarious, despite being nearly 60 years old, and definitely worth renting. We’re pretty much ruining the ending by showing you this scene, but it seems Cary Grant’s character likes having an Italian sexpot with a smart mouth live on his houseboat, and they marry. Cinzia sports a beautiful, long-sleeved white lace gown, fitted at her tiny waist and adorned with satin white buttons down the front, accompanied by an elaborate head piece and a short veil. It’s very traditional-looking, and perfect for an Italian-American wedding during the 1950s. No surprise here, the stunning clothing Cinzia brings with her from Italy were designed by the legendary costume designer Edith Head. Fun Fact: During the filming of this comedy, Carlo Ponti obtained a divorce in Mexico from his first wife, and married Sophia Loren by proxy while she made the movie in Hollywood, even though Loren was actually dating co-star Cary Grant at the time! That must have made things awkward onset…9. Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire (Keira Knightley), The DuchessOne of our dedicated readers told us we should just feature Keira Knightley in period clothing, and for real – this girl can wear a dress. Any dress! Be it her stunning gown in Atonement, or costumes from the 19th century, this Brit looks drop dead gorgeous in anything. In this film, she plays Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, who is married young, and finds she’s much spunkier than her very cold husband. In reality, the Duchess was nicknamed the “Empress of Fashion,” in her day. Costume designer Michael O’Connor says of the 1700s dress, “It’s the second costume you see in the film – a creamy silk with lots of decoration. It’s a way of being flamboyant, but not as ostentatious as if she were married in the presence of the king and queen. It’s a grown-up dress; it says she’s apprehensive about her future.” Unfortunately the marriage seems to cause nothing but heartbreak for the rest of her life, but at least she has several beautiful daughters, and her vast interest in politics to keep her busy – as well as a steamy affair with future prime minister Charles Grey! Guess she really did have a passion for politics! 😉
10. Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst), Marie AntoinetteThis is another historical film about a European queen during her youth – although it doesn’t end as happily for Marie Antoinette as it does for Queen Victoria (the beheading puts a damper on things). The Austrian princess, played by Kirsten Dunst, is married off to the heir of the French monarchy, and lives a life of extreme luxury at her peasants’ expense. Her wedding was no exception. She dons this intricate 18th century gown, trimmed with gold, lace and bows – perfect, considering the bride was only fourteen-years-old in real life! The aesthetics of this Sofia Coppola movie are so beautiful, we’ll eventually write an article on all of the costumes featured in the 2006 film, but for right now we’re just showing her bridal wear. Italian costume designer Milena Canonero won her third Oscar for her historical and elaborate work on the movie.
Well, we guess the assumptions about that pesky Mayan calendar were off, because it’s 2013 and we’re all still here! Our editors counted down their favorite looks of 2012, and noticed several themes: This year our list included our three beloved K girls (NO, not the Kardashians) but Kate Middleton, Kate Beckinsale & Keira Knightley in some sophisticated frocks! Those Brits are always beautiful and classy. Coincidentally, we chose the three Oscar-nominated actresses of The Help, and if there’s one thing we learned about that group, it’s that they don’t need any “help” getting dressed! And, finally, we noticed we really like neutrals. Here are our Top Ten favorite looks that caught our eye this past year:
The ever-lovely Keira Knightley wore a particularly elegant Burberry Prorsum gown last winter at the London premiere of A Dangerous Method. The conservative burgundy dress features a black bow at the waist and cap sleeves, yet reveals a much sexier side from another angle… Much like the twisted psychological tale Knightley was promoting. She accessorized it perfectly with a simple black clutch, cocktail ring, a swept-back bun, with dramatic dark eyes and a perfect pink pout. She is perfection.
Today is one of our favorite style mavens’ 27th birthday – Miss Keira Knightley! Late last night, this editor caught Atonement on the USA network (which I found kind of odd), but was completely enthralled by Keira and James McAvoy’s performances. I was completely shocked and impressed that Miss Knightley was only 22-years-old in that film! Pretty spectacular. Here, is the mature-looking actress at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival at only 20 years of age! (We swear, this stunner perpetually looks like a worldly woman in her late 20s – we couldn’t believe this photo is from 7 years ago! Keira never ages!) The pretty girl is sporting a Roland Mouret Fall 2005 Galaxy dress, a Yves St. Laurent velvet belt and a pair of Jimmy Choo slingbacks. This look is so timeless, it could be worn in the 1940s, 60s or today, without anyone batting an eye. Happy Birthday Keira!
Pride and Prejudice may well be the first instance of chick lit. The Jane Austen novel has been made into a mini series, several movies and even got its own zombie-themed book. Millions of women across the world delude themselves into thinking they are just like the self-sufficient heroine Elizabeth Bennet (not that we’re exempt), which is why the story is still popular 200 years later. Here is the 2005 film version starring our beloved Keira Knightley as Elizabeth. She wears this ethereal silk white dress to a ball, where she and Mr. Darcy dance around the room – and their feelings for each other. The satin ribbon around her waist and pearls in her hair finish off the simple, yet divine look. Costume designer Jacqueline Durran also worked with Knightley in the stunning film Atonement. It’s no surprise she was nominated for an Academy Award for this film, too. Darcy and Elizabeth seem to have nothing but contempt for each other when they talk, but this dress is as romantic as they both truly feel.
Today begins our “12 Days of Christmas Countdown,” where we list our favorite holiday movie looks everyday until Christmas! Here is our beloved Keira Knightley in Love Actually. Keira was only 18 when she played Juliet – a fitting name for the love interest stuck in a tricky triangle. Here, she’s wearing a cropped, off-the-shoulder cream-colored top with cable-knit detail and slim-cut jeans. In this scene, Juliet’s husband’s buddy, Mark, admits how he really feels about his best friend’s girl – it’s love actually… not the contempt she thought he had for her. Even though Mark doesn’t win her heart, at least he gets a goodnight kiss from this English cutie! We still can’t believe she’s only a teenager here!