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In the 1995 film Circle of Friends, three childhood friends attend University College in Dublin during the 1950s.  Along the lengthy and bumpy road, the three girls manage to get their hearts broken, not just by the men they fall in love with, but also by each other.  During their happier times together, they attend a dance in the beginning of their first semester, pictured here.  Saffron Burrows plays Nan Mahon, the leader of the group.  Although she’s not older, she certainly acts and dresses the part to impress… older men.  Seen here, Nan looks divine in a charm pink, halter dress, with ruby lips, and her bright, beautiful auburn locks up in a french twist.  (Fun fact: Charm Pink is a medium roseish tone that was first coined in 1948.)  This same night that Nan wows everyone in her beautiful frock, is also where she gains the attention of an older man by the name of Simon Westward, played by a young Colin Firth, and later gets herself into a heap of trouble.  This charming, funny, smart, heartbreaking film is worth watching any day of the year, but it makes for a perfect “Pink Wednesday” addition to our “Irish week.”  Circle of Friends has a star-studded cast including Minnie Driver, Chris O’Donnell, and Alan Cumming, so be sure to pick it up this season if you haven’t already seen it!

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Look-of-the-Day

Each, in its own way, was unforgettable. It would be difficult to – Rome!  By all means, Rome.  I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live,” Audrey Hepburn replies when asked what her favorite European city is, in the final scene of Roman Holiday.  The 1953 classic made Hepburn, Italy and Vespas wildly popular following its release.  Hepburn plays Princess Ann, a young girl feeling trapped and restless in her life of patriotic duty. While visiting various countries on a European tour, Ann decides to go AWOL in the historic city of Rome.  During her journey, she falls in love with an American journalist (played by the dashing Gregory Peck) and grows into an independent adult along the way. Princess Ann knows the fairy tale can’t last forever though, and after returning to her regal responsibilities, this sophisticated woman has appeared, leaving behind her youth and long locks.  Legendary costume designer Edith Head created Audrey’s outfits for this film (and won an Academy Award for it – as did Hepburn’s performance).  Here, Princess Ann demonstrates her poise in this mature, belted, white lace wrap dress with dainty gloves and a pearl choker.  Roman Holiday was the first American film to be made entirely in Italy, and it ended up being one of the most romantic movies ever made! ❤


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Grace Kelly’s wardrobe in To Catch a Thief may be one of the most stylish costume ensembles in the history of film.  Or at least, according to us it is :).  We’ve mentioned the stunning white number Kelly wore as Frances Stevens in the 1955 caper hit, and here is another gem from the famous film about a jewel thief.  Kelly wore this two-piece rose crepe top with white wool embroidery and full pleated-skirt during the famous drive scene with Cary Grant.  (Eerily, it is apparently the same road that Kelly was killed on 27 years later…)  A long pink silk scarf and delicate white gloves make this a terrific choice for a summer on the French Rivera.  Costume designer Edith Head was Oscar-nominated for her glorious work on the movie, which eventually paid off – this outfit is currently being auctioned off between $30,000 and $50,000 by Paramount Pictures!  (According to the fab site Penny Dreadful Vintage.)  It’s sad to look at clothes like this, when we know the season is almost at an end…


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Today, one of our favorite actresses from Hollywood’s Golden Age turns 91!  The stunningly gorgeous redhead Maureen O’Hara has a habit of playing strong-willed Irish girls (because there’s so few of those… hehe!)  Here, she’s wearing a gorgeous 1950s soft pink halter gown, with a white bust in one of the most famous pictures of the golden girl.  It’s also quite perfect for Pink Wednesday! ❤  Happy 91st Maureen!


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Talk about one terrific “Tuesday Twosome!”  As a political scientist, this editor just loves when fashion and politics collide, and this is the ultimate international combination of stylish spouses.  Here, we have our elegant First Lady, Michelle Obama, and the posh princess, Kate Middleton, pictured during their meeting in the United Kingdom this morning.  Princess Catherine sported one of her favorite designers, Reiss (you may remember the last time she wore one of their dresses…)  The camel-colored Shola dress retails at $340 (which crashed the site today).  Michelle wore an updated 1950s frock from Barbara Tfank.  She accessorized her gorgeous black-belted, ice-blue, brocade dress with a pink shrug, silver stilettos and a beautiful brooch.  Statecraft and style?  Yes, please!


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Elizabeth Taylor, screen-legend of the Golden Age of cinema, has died this morning.  The controversial actress was known for her violet eyes (complemented quite nicely by those big brows of hers), collecting jewels… and husbands.  We chose her stunning white dress from 1958’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for today’s Look-of-the-Day.  Taylor played Maggie (the cat on the hot tin roof), and sure the filmmakers completely changed the ending and the Paul Newman-character’s sexuality, but it’s still a good watch.  Taylor’s hourglass figure was showcased beautifully in this flowing white 1950s knee-length frock.  It’s no wonder they kept Brick Pollitt straight for the movie version of the Tennessee Williams play… because who could really resist the bountiful brunette, even if she was a sassy, spoiled Southern brat?