“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 winter has certainly been a cold one, and while looking at cute cocktail dresses is a lot of fun, it’s hard to imagine wearing them when it’s 8 degrees out and/or when it’s snowing! So for this January post, we’re featuring the late Elizabeth Taylor in a cold weather coat! When Taylor died three years ago, our editors kept seeing this photo featured, but we couldn’t find who made her terrific outfit. But Liz looks just lovely in her white fur coat and leather thigh-high boots that we’re assuming was photographed during the 60’s or 70s. (Certainly with the Go-Go style of her shoes!) Stay warm this winter!
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
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!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer definitely inspires more Halloween memories for its spooky stories, but the cult series did have one Christmas episode on Season 3 entitled “Amends.” Buffy’s boyfriend (and tortured vampire – way before Edward Cullen ever existed) Angel is being tormented by visions of his past victims, including beloved teacher Jenny Calendar. He decides he doesn’t deserve to live and will wait for the sun to rise so he can evaporate once and for all. Instead, in freak of twist of nature – which often happens at the Hell Mouth – it starts to snow on Christmas morning in Southern California, leaving it dark all day long, giving Angel a second chance at life… It also gives Buffy and Angel the chance to spend an actual day together outside, and they look great doing so. While Angel wears his usual brooding black and gray, Sarah Michelle Gellar wears her favorite combo of black pants and boots accompanied by her high ponytail, and a gorgeous winter white trench coat. It’s the perfect Christmas outfit to walk the streets with the dead in (we guess?) But Sarah Michelle looks adorable, as always.
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
It’s a family tradition to watch It’s A Wonderful Life every Christmas, and a personal favorite of both our editors. (Fun Fact: We love it so much that it was worked into the maid of honor speech this editor gave at the other’s wedding!) Here is the gorgeous Donna Reed as Mary Bailey in a beautiful, long-sleeved black dress with a white lace collar, a strand of white pearls and a pair of black heels. All dressed up for Christmas dinner, Mary doesn’t realize that her husband, George, may be going to prison if he doesn’t sort out his uncle’s financial mess… but she figures out something is wrong pretty quickly! Thankfully a pretty slick angel and the townspeople of Bedford Falls come to George’s rescue, after Mary gathers friends, family and neighbors to aid the man that’s worked hard for them all their lives. It’s one of the most touching films of all-time, and Reed saves the day as one adorable heroine in this Christmas classic.
Costume designer Marlene Stewart did a fantastic job outfitting The Holiday, because it seems we just can’t stop talking about the clothes in this movie! Here, Cameron Diaz is wearing a silk black top by Carlos Rosario, a Roland Mouret white pencil skirt, black stiletto pumps and a leather and rhinestone belt that’s apparently vintage. She stops by Jude Law’s adorable English home in this sexy outfit to surprise him, but he’s got two surprises of his own that she wasn’t expecting… This glamorous look is perfect for holiday gatherings, or special date nights in December – actually this outfit is quite wearable year-round, but it sure does look good under a long dress coat – which makes it a perfectly lovely Christmas Eve selection!