We’re back from the future! It’s been a year and a half since our editors have posted on our beloved site, but we’re back! In honor of Back to the Future Day (October 21, 2015), what better outfit to post on Pink Wednesday than Jennifer Parker’s sweet pastel jacket? In the 1985 film, Marty McFly’s girlfriend, Jennifer (played by the lovely Claudia Wells) rocks a pair of jeans, an open floral button-down, a black vest donning some pink flowers and a decade-appropriate soft pink jacket. It is the ultimate girl-next-door uniform of the 1980s. The film’s costume designer was Deborah Lynn Scott, and we’ve featured her work on the film in a previous post about the Top 10 Prom Dresses on Film. (Marty’s mother also sports pink – at her 1955 school dance where he has to trick his parents to fall in love!) It is one of this editor’s all-time favorite films! As Doc Brown says, “Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one!” Happy October 21st, 2015!
This Sunday, the 86th Academy Awards will take place, and leading up to the ceremony we’re featuring some of our favorite looks from Oscar-nominated films. Here is Jessica Chastain in her first nominated role as Celia Foote in 2011’s The Help. The beautiful redhead plays an almost unrecognizable curvacious southern blonde, who isn’t as ditzy as she seems, and is one of the most interesting characters in the film. Here, Celia and her husband attend a local black-tie event, but everyone else’s husbands’ eyes are on her in this gorgeous hot pink gown that accentuates her hourglass figure. Since Celia’s originally from a different social class (and she nabbed the town queen’s first love), her conservative neighbors of 1960s Jackson look on green with envy when she enters the room.
Jennifer Lawrence was the “It Girl” of 2013, and it’s not hard to understand why. She became the highest-grossing female action star of all time, won an Academy Award, and charmed everyone in the process. She’s a regular girl shot to fame, who isn’t afraid of being herself (although we’re scared what the adoring public will do, once they tire of her… they are a fickle beast). Here is J.Law in Christian Dior at the Cannes premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The strapless white dress had gathered fabric with a print of Andy Warhol’s “Female Head 1958.” Lawrence matched the color in her dress with bubblegum pink Jimmy Choo “Anouk” pumps. Fresh, colorful and youthful – just like her.
Happy New Year! Our editors’ mother came up with the perfect pink dress for New Year’s Day that falls on a “Pink Wednesday” – Kaley Cuoco’s petal pink wedding gown from last night! The Big Bang Theory star wed boyfriend Ryan Sweeting in a New Year’s Eve party/wedding on December 31st. The Vera Wang creation made her a blushing bride in more ways than one. The strapless tulle ballgown had a sweetheart neckline, with hand appliqué Chantilly lace accents. Cuoco also wore a veil by Wang, which was nude tulle, also with petal-pink floating hand appliqué Chantilly lace. The bridesmaids wore various styled black dresses, making a beautiful & unique looking wedding party. Happy New Year to you all & congrats to the happy couple!! <3
“And it’s such a miracle that you and me are still good friends; After all that we’ve been through; I know we’re cool…” This “Pink Wednesday” is the only pink outfit Gwen Stefani wears in her 2005 music video “Cool.” While No Doubt’s leading lady is a beautiful brunette in her flashback scenes, here she’s a blonde bombshell reminiscing about her old boyfriend, while hanging out in her massive villa in Lake Como. She sports a leopard v-neck sweater, a high ponytail, a wide black belt and, what else, a faded salmon pink pencil skirt from Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2005 Ready to Wear Collection. The song “Cool” is about Stefani’s previous relationship with fellow band-member, Tony Kanal, and his real-life girlfriend, Erin Lokitz, plays Gwen’s former lover’s new girlfriend in the video (pictured, below). Talk about art imitating life! But, we’re glad they’re still “cool.” <3
“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn
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
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.
We really like the clothing in P.S. I Love You… Probably because Hilary Swank puts on a new cute outfit or coat in every scene, but probably because it’s provided us with a bevy of stylish choices for “Irish Week!” At first, we didn’t think we’d be able to find a “Pink Wednesday” choice this year, and then remembered – Swank’s character, Holly, actually wore pink a couple of times in this 2007 romantic comedy! While visiting the Emerald Isle, she goes to a bar with her best friends, donning slim jeans, heels and this cute magenta, silk blouse with half-bows around the collar, creating a ruffled effect. It’s also the outfit Holly is wearing when she meets a sexy Irish singer for the first time in… But we happen to prefer the film’s promotional photo (pictured, above) when Holly is pretty in pink. Because Gerard Butler in a white t-shirt really gives this film enormous appeal. <3
Yesterday at the Oscars, Kristin Chenoweth performed a little musical number with Seth MacFarlane, but her gown at the Vanity Fair party afterwards was the real showstopper! Chenoweth donned a strapless black Giorgio Armani gown with a peekaboo wrap in the back exposing a train of pale pink silk. With a sophisticated ponytail, a Normal Silverman necklace, and a Christian Louboutin cluth, she had us singing high notes, too!