Oscar week continues, as we talk about some of our favorite looks from various Academy Award nominated flicks! Costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux was actually not nominated for her beautiful work on An Education, but she certainly should have been! This is the fourth outfit from the 2009 film we’ve featured, which looks just stunning on the adorable Carey Mulligan. This floral frock nips at the waist and has what seems like a faded blue and gold hydrangea pattern. With black sunglasses and Audrey Hepburn bangs, she’s the epitome of a early 60s sophisticate. A perfect look for the warm weather we’ve been having here in New York!
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We’ve mentioned that one of our editors was almost named for this 1954 classic, but we’re amazed that we’ve only featured Sabrina one time over the last year, when nearly every look in this film could be walked down a runway! Here is our idol, Audrey Hepburn, playing the title character, with the object of her affection, William Holden as David Larrabee. Sabrina is the daughter of the Larrabees’ chauffeur on Long Island. After studying culinary arts in Paris (and becoming a woman along the way), Sabrina returns to New York barely unrecognizable to her childhood crush. David invites her to a party at his home, and she sports this stunning strapless black and white gown with long white gloves and black pumps. The column dress has a detachable overskirt with an underlay of black tulle, and was hand-embroidered with silk thread and jet beads. Hubert de Givenchy personally created most of the outfits for Hepburn, yet Edith Head went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Costume Design (which was not without controversy, since Givenchy did not receive due credit for his spectacular work. Although Givenchy has been the one forever associated with the gorgeous wardrobe in the film.) Fun Fact: The relationship that developed between Hepburn and Givenchy on the set of Sabrina resulted in a lifelong friendship, and Audrey became the French designer’s muse! This work of art has to be one of our favorite fashion moments in history, and the perfect “Fancy Friday” tribute to romance this February.
Rachel McAdams – our editors’ favorite actress, environmentalist, “mean girl,” and Canadian (which says A LOT, considering the amount of fantasies they’ve had about Ryan Reynolds, Michael J. Fox, and Ryan Gosling) – looks stunning as always in this January 2010 photo shoot with Mario Testino for Vogue. McAdams certainly makes porcelain skin sexy in this red and black silk floral bodysuit and pencil skirt with matching peep-toe, platform Christian Louboutin slingback stilettos. This true beauty pulls off just about anything, but this has to be one of our all-time favorite photos of our gorgeous green girl!
Even though the summer is getting nearer, in reality it is still Spring, and this is certainly an outfit made for the season. Here, our girl Keira is wearing a soft lavender-gray, floral silk blouse tucked into a high-waisted pastel skirt while collecting flowers in Atonement. Costume designer Jacqueline Durran received an Oscar nomination for the film, and considering how beautiful each outfit Knightley wore as Cecilia, it comes as no surprise that we’ve featured the film more than once already. (Fun Fact: theSkinnyStiletto‘s first ever Look-of-the-Day was from Atonement!) Durran stated, “The whole idea of Cecilia’s costume was that I wanted to give her the aura of a butterfly – something really light and transparent.” Her character may look light and airy, but underneath she is a fiercely loyal and bullheaded Brit. Oddly enough, her removal of this very outfit actually leads to her and her lover’s tragic future. Guess not exactly as “light and airy” as we intended!
“I love Rachel in the Springtime. I love Rachel in the fall…” We’ve stated before that Miss McAdams looks cute in anything, and hot pink turn-of-the-century costumes are no different. Here, Rachel is pictured on set playing Irene Adler in the 2009 Sherlock Holmes. It was the first frock that came to our minds when we saw these beautiful magenta flowers off this dogwood tree. Typically lighter pink or white, dogwoods are the state flower of Virginia, which is home to this editor’s Alma mater. Seeing these stunning buds reminds me that spring is here to stay! Well… until summer arrives.
To go along with our floral-inspired theme of the week, a stiletto donning flowers seemed certainly appropriate. This Jessica Simpson Josette heel would look absolutely perfect with Camilla Belle’s Oscar de la Renta dress from today’s Look-of-the-Day. It had a 3 and 3/4″ heel and has a satin upper-sole. Also comes in pink and red.
Camilla Belle certainly lives up to her surname (or in reality, her middle name), which means “beautiful” in French, and this beauty certainly looks luminous in bright blue. The color reminded us of the flower Glory-of-the-Snow. This blue bud is native to the alpine region of Europe, popping through the snow as a first sign of spring. (Just like a purple crocus for Americans.) Belle looks just as eye-catching in a sea of white, wearing this cobalt Oscar de la Renta dress.
Carrie Bradshaw was the fashion icon of the turn of the 20th century, so it’s no surprise we’re still loving her clothes 10 years later. This asymmetrical floral dress designed by Richard Tyler for his 2000 Spring/Summer line. Sarah Jessica Parker wore it on the episode “Cock a Doodle Do” of Sex and the City when she falls into the pond at Central Park. But before she gets soaking wet, she looks smoking hot in this frilly frock. The soft pink color looks like a bunch of blossoming hyacinths – a beautiful hue for a season saturated with sunshine and spectacular posies.
This week each “Look-of-the-Day” will be inspired by a Spring flower. Florals may not be our favorite trend, but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be inspired by their natural beauty. We actually have shown this dress before in our President’s Day article on Mrs. Obama, but we never got to discuss it at length. This silk crepe frock was designed by one of the First Lady’s favorite artists, Maria Pinto, and worn in St. Paul when President Obama accepted the Democratic Nomination. Michelle’s bright purple dress brought to mind flowerpots of pansies on a sunny spring day. And while “pansy” is probably the least appropriate way to describe our nation’s tough “Mom-in-Chief,” it is certainly a flattering color on her beautiful skin.
Sarah Jessica Parker is no stranger to being a clotheshorse, and the 2008 Sex and the City movie was no different. This “Tuesday’s Twosome” is Miss Carrie Bradshaw and her best gay pal, Stanford Blatch, in coordinating pink. Carrie wears an asymmetrical version of Victorian pink floral with a bit of white lace sticking out. But, this isn’t your grandmother’s floral; instead of looking like she just stepped out of the 19th Century, Carrie looks as modern as ever with peach strappy heels, a studded white belt and an ostrich feather clutch. Stanford looks just as dapper in a gray and white checked suit, soft pink button-down shirt, white dress shoes and signature bow-tie. They look like the perfect Manhattanite pair on a Spring afternoon.