St. Patrick’s Day is seven days away, which means it’s officially “Irish Week” at theSkinnyStiletto. Since our editors are Irish-American, we love talking about fashion from a country that brought us plaid, fisherman sweaters, fair isle and an affection for green! Our first look that celebrates the Emerald Isle is from the 2009 movie Ondine. The sexy Colin Farrell plays a single fisherman named Syracuse, with a young, handicapped daughter. The two both start to fall in love with a women named Ondine, played by Alicja Bachleda, who he catches in his fishing net! But how did this beautiful woman survive the frigid waters of Ireland? Syracuse’s daughter believes she must be a “Selke,” a water nymph, but do the mythic creatures really exist? Costume designer Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh has worked on other notable Irish films, including Leap Year and Palme d’Or winner The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Since Syracuse and his daughter aren’t exactly wealthy or posh, they have to round up some secondhand clothes for Ondine. This slinky knit dress and hunter green coat (perfect color for the country) could end up looking trashy on anyone else, but matched with Ondine’s natural wavy hair and a pair of tall fisherman boots, she does look like a modern mermaid washed ashore.
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Orange has to be this editor’s least favorite color, although this is the only pumpkin spice I’m interested in this season! (Okay, this and Blue Point Pumpkin Ale…) When Holly Golightly and Paul Varjak go out and about in Manhattan, she chooses to wear a beautiful double-breasted burnt orange wool coat, mink hat, dark pumps and, of course, big sunglasses! The coat, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, had a tie at the back and 7/8 kimono sleeves, which was widely copied after this film. This outfit is what Holly is wearing when Paul finally kisses her for the first time in their apartment building’s stairwell, after scaring some pedestrians in some silly masks (pictured, below). It’s no surprise the couple kisses when they remove the costumes and reveal their true selves…
We were going to save this look until the final day before the royal wedding, because it’s our favorite outfit of Kate Middleton’s, but it just looked too perfect for an Easter Sunday! This powder blue brocade, princess-style (how appropriate) Issa coat is just stunning. Paired with a simple white dress and navy stilettos, this English girl looks quite ready to step into the role of a royal. The fantastic matching blue and white hat is by the fabulous Philip Treacy. Miss Middleton wasn’t at Easter here, but actually at the 2009 wedding of Prince William’s friend, Captain Nicholas van Cutsem. Only a few more days, and we’ll be seeing what Kate will have on for own big day… Do we think it’ll be designed by Issa?