“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
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re featuring Maureen O’Hara from the 1952 classic The Quiet Man for the 4th year in a row! Mary Kate Danaher’s brother won’t give her her dowry, and her husband is an Irish-American boxer (John Wayne) who won’t fight him for it, which only makes her angrier. Most of the film, she’s pissed off but she’s smiling brightly here, at the end. O’Hara is wearing a cornflower blue button-down shirt, a full red skirt with navy piping, a white apron and a sky blue scarf crisscrossed over her chest. The stunning redhead looks good in anything, but the combination of red, white and blue looks gorgeous on her (and supports her husband’s national colors!) Éirinn go Brách! <3
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
Maureen O’Hara is probably the most notable actress from the Emerald Isle, but she happens to be one of our favorite girls, too! (Probably because of that fiery Irish independence and temper that seems to come through in all of her characters!) Here she is in her most famous role as Mary Kate Danaher in the 1952 film The Quiet Man. O’Hara plays an Irish girl who gets married off to an American boxer (played by John Wayne), much to her dismay. Here, Mary Kate is sporting a cream-colored tweed jacket, a navy blue dress, and a greenish-grey tam o’shanter that perfectly complements her enigmatic eyes and gorgeous red locks. Obviously, the two still aren’t seeing eye-to-eye in this particular scene (pictured, below), but they eventually realize they’re made for each other! Fun Fact: Our parents used to leave out our VHS version of The Quiet Man when we were little girls, to make it look as though leprechauns had watched it while we were sleeping the night before March 17th! Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and Erin Go Bragh!
Today, one of our favorite actresses from Hollywood’s Golden Age turns 91! The stunningly gorgeous redhead Maureen O’Hara has a habit of playing strong-willed Irish girls (because there’s so few of those… hehe!) Here, she’s wearing a gorgeous 1950s soft pink halter gown, with a white bust in one of the most famous pictures of the golden girl. It’s also quite perfect for Pink Wednesday! <3 Happy 91st Maureen!
Oh, it’s sad to think St. Patrick’s Day won’t come for another 365 days, but theSkinnyStiletto isn’t done naming their famous Irish lass looks. This “Fancy Friday” is yet again Maureen O’Hara from The Quiet Man. This is the first wedding dress we have featured, and while O’Hara looks stunning as always, the gown is definitely old-fashioned and old-country, but the delicate lace, fitted bodice and veil still look quiet pretty. Unless… it may just be due to the fact the scarlet-haired lady can make anything appear beautiful. But it’s hard finding a lot of elegant outfits in a culture that prides themselves on surviving famine and hardship!
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so in honor of the gorgeous green island, the Look-of-the-Day is the beautiful lass Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man. Not a likely candidate for a modern fashion blog, but O’Hara looks divine in whatever she wears – and this plaid cape is no different. It was hard to get a sharp picture of her whole outfit, but Ms. O’Hara wears it as a shawl, and a scarf for her lovely red locks, very much looking the part of the little Irish girl who steals John Wayne’s heart. So tonight, before you sip your first Guinness, remember to channel Miss Maureen when getting dressed – be glamorous and green! Erin Go Bragh!