“At least you two have decent manners. The pair last year ate everything with their hands like a couple of savages. It completely upset my digestion.“ In The Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta’s publicist Effie Trinket (played by Elizabeth Banks) has elaborate outfits and outrageous powdered wigs that bring to mind a modern-day Marie Antoinette. Costume designer Judianna Makovsky and Banks actually worked together before on the 2003 set of Seabiscuit. (Fun Fact: The actress’s wedding to husband Max Handelman was actually inspired by the 1930s-era of the film. This editor remembers seeing her stunning photos in In Style when I was in high school.) Despite all of Effie’s costumes being made specifically for the actress’s body, Banks told People, “They were all torture.” Yet, this poofy-sleeved teal dress embellished with an enormous flower pin happened to be her favorite, because, “it was the most comfortable.” We love the miniature black hat, and ridiculous manicure, which apparently took 45 minutes everyday to complete! While the word “trinket” means a tiny, cheap ornament (like Effie’s whole wardrobe), “Effie” is short for Euphemia, which means “well-spoken.” But, it is also happens to be the the name of a martyr, who refused to take part in her government’s ritual sacrifices, and as a result, was forced into an arena and tortured to death. Hmm… Is that a hint where Miss Trinket’s true allegiance stands underneath that seemingly shallow persona of hers?
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“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!“ Who else would we feature on “Pink Wednesday” during our tribute (pun intended) to The Hunger Games, but Effie Trinket?! Played by the wonderful and underrated Elizabeth Banks, Effie comes to the Reaping wearing a completely over-the-top magenta skirted suit, black stiletto open-toe booties, and her famous pink hair adorned with a flower hat to match her other ridiculous accessories. While this is a darker shade of the purplish pink color, costume designer Judianna Makovsky told Vogue how she was heavily influenced by Elsa Schiaparelli, “The woman was a genius. I have to admit, I used a lot of color. Schiaparelli pink,” when creating the clothes for Capitol citizens. “We looked a lot at Italian fascist architecture that is very imposing.” Makovsky’s sly marriage of political themes and high-end fashion is present throughout the film. I must admit, before reading the book, catching a glimpse of Banks dressed as Effie in the movie trailer completely terrified me when she reads off the name, “Primrose Everdeen” to the crowd of District 12. Standing beside Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Effie shows the sharp contrast between the lives of the citizens of Panem. While these two women may dress, think, act and live as total opposites, it turns out both of them are much stronger than anyone expected…
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!
“Hollywood invented our perception of glamour. And now it’s just boring. At one time Hollywood had style – now it’s just stylists. It’s the most ridiculous thing. Marlene Dietrich didn’t have a stylist. Marilyn Monroe didn’t have a stylist. They had style.” – Renowned Irish milliner and designer Philip Treacy.
“The great Gaels of Ireland are the men that God made mad. For all their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.“ The 1970 film Ryan’s Daughter is one tragic anthem. While the war might be far away for the small Irish village, Sarah Miles plays Rosy Ryan, a married woman who falls for a British officer during the Easter Rising in 1916. Inevitably, things do not go well. Controversial and depressing, it’s the epitome of an Irish epic. Here, Rosy is wearing a plain, long-sleeved white shirt, dark turn-of-the-century boots, a long black skirt and some great accessories! She’s also sporting a lengthy silver chain, a straw hat adorned with white roses (inspired by her name?), and delicate black lace gloves that match her iconic white parasol with black lace trim. In the opening scene, Rosy’s parasol blows away while walking along the shore, and is caught by the local priest and village idiot, which serves as a foreshadowing for the tale about to unfold…
All week theSkinnyStiletto has been featuring our favorite looks from various movies nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Today is the 84th Oscar ceremony and in honor of the film industry, we’re featuring our all-time favorite style icon, Audrey Hepburn, from the only Best Picture she’s appeared in, My Fair Lady. This editor isn’t exactly a fan of musicals, and unfortunately My Fair Lady is my least favorite Audrey movie. (Fun Fact: It was also Hepburn’s least favorite film she made! Guess she wasn’t too happy about the studio dubbing her singing…) Cecil Beaton won the Academy Award for this costume design on the visually stunning 1964 flick. Our favorite outfit of the movie is the white lace Edwardian Ascot gown with black and white striped ribbons and the greatest hat ever worn. This outfit would wear most people that threw it on, but Audrey looks elegant and completely confident in her massive costume – obviously, or she wouldn’t have yelled, “Move your bloomin’ arse!” in such a refined look. The costume is worth between $200,000 and $300,000, and is currently part of the Debbie Reynolds’ auction of movie memorabilia.
In this iconic picture of our “Tuesday Twosome,” Audrey is wearing the dress that made the LBD (“little black dress”) famous. Here, she pairs her knee-length, sleeveless silhouette with her usual oversized sunglasses, black gloves, and matching hat with a soft, camel colored sash around the top. George Peppard looks smart and meticulous in his fitted wool blazer, white oxford, cranberry tie, and camel-colored sweater vest that matches Audrey’s sash. The two look put-together, and complement one another beautifully (better than they realize at this point in the movie). Audrey’s dress was designed by Hubert de Givenchy and chosen by the film’s costume designer, Edith Head. As a struggling call girl, you see Holly reuse this dress later in the film. This outfit not only made the LBD famous, but forever associated big black sunglasses and large brimmed hats with Audrey’s eponymous style. It’s also the costume Audrey has on in one of the most famous photos of her ever taken (pictured, left). This scene gave birth to appropriate cocktail attire everywhere, making it one of the most revered outfits in motion picture history!
Who the heck is looking at horses when you have a parade of pretty people prinked to the nines? We mentioned how much we loved Marisa Miller’s look at this year’s Kentucky Derby, but we failed to mention our favorite hats! With the popularity of millinery resurging (thanks to Philip Treacy), it’s no wonder more and more people seem interested in dressing up their heads! Sportscaster Erin Andrews looked adorable in her black, white and pink ensemble, while actress Melissa Biggs looked beautiful in her floral frock and classic hat. But our favorite topper would have to go to a mystery attendee pictured above – an oversized hat with classic lines in chocolate, white and pink, complemented by a spray of flowers, it is nothing but southern and sophistication – the embodiment of the Kentucky Derby.
No strangers to being a “Tuesday Twosome,” Prince William and Kate Middleton’s outfits may look like they belong to a Pecksniffian pair, but this royal couple is actually quite grounded. Despite having billions of dollars, they don’t have any servants and do their own grocery shopping! Although in this photo, the Prince and Princess appear to be the playing the part at the Epsom Derby over the weekend. Wills dressed in a traditional top hat and morning suit, while Kate had on a conservative cream suit from favorite store Reiss, nude platform pumps and a 1940s-esque hat. Terrific and toothsome, as always.
The day before Mother’s Day, and the final day of featuring the best-dressed guests of the royal wedding, who else would we feature, but the princess’s pretty mama, Carole Middleton? Mother-of-the-bride dresses are usually the epitome of matronly, but this mom looked fresh and stylish in her powder blue Catherine Walker getup (which is definitely her daughter’s favorite color…) While many of the headpieces of the day looked quite incommodious, Carole’s is a sleek and modern version of the classic hat, created by Jane Corbett. Princess Catherine’s mother has received flak for once working as a flight attendant for British Airways, but after building her own multi-million party business (and marrying her eldest daughter to some royal – I don’t know if you’ve heard about it…), I bet she’s the only one laughing now!