“I am Catwoman. Here me roar.” Michelle Pfeiffer not only carried her own in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns against Michael Keaton and Christopher Walken, she was the scene-stealer! While not too many liked the 1992 version, due to its overly dark nature, it certainly had an exciting villain/love interest for Batman. Pfeiffer goes from being an under-appreciated secretary named Selina Kyle to one street-smart cat! She first appeared in Batman #1 in 1940 (pictured, left) as The Cat. Selina was originally a burglar and jewel thief who carried a whip, but her past has varied in different versions of Batman. In the 1950s, it is also learned that she’s a former flight attendant with amnesia from a plane crash she doesn’t remember. In 1986 her history was rewritten by Frank Miller to be a prostitute who learns to defend herself against her pimp to get away from him. She begins to steal in a catsuit that she had from her former pimp, and one day when she sees Batman in action, she decides to pursue the same kind of life. Selina was raised by an alcoholic father who drank himself to death, and an unstable mother who killed herself. Her and her sister, Maggie, end up in an orphanage and Selina goes to juvenile hall. Can’t imagine why she turned out so confused… Maggie is adopted right away, but Selina continuously gets in and out of trouble, eventually escaping the orphanage after blackmailing one of the administrators. (Which is why she ends up on the streets and enters a life of crime and prostitution.) While she and Batman annoy one another in costume, as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle they have an on-again, off-again romance… She even saves him from getting killed by another bad-girl, Poison Ivy! Their feelings must be strong, because they eventually conceive a daughter in secret! Selina and Bruce have a child named Helena, which is the impetus for Kyle to stop her costumed antics for a bit. In Batman Returns, Catwoman doesn’t have a child, but she’s certainly got one feisty personality! After being killed my her evil boss, local cats bring Selina Kyle back to life by licking her wounds (don’t ask). A mousy secretary (pictured, above right) in brown suits and glasses is transformed into a sexy, wild-haired blonde. Tim Burton movies always have a particular wacky, yet fashionable style to them, and this version of Batman is no different. Selina’s catsuit is skin-tight black leather and with her bright red lips, she looks like the last woman to mess with! While her alter-ego’s costume is amazing, her everyday pieces make a big leap from her boring brown suits and round spectacles to dark and sexy! She’s got two great long coats (pictured, above left), lots of sleek skirts and one gorgeous sparkly, black gown (pictured, above left). The film’s costume designers were the Oscar-nominated Bob Ringwood and Mary E. Vogt. Even though the film was made in 1992, most of Selina’s pieces could still be worn today, even if some of them have an “end of the 80s” flair. While Michelle was certainly our favorite character of the early Batman series, we cannot wait to see what Anne Hathaway will do in the final film of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises… We have a feeling a new feline will be giving Michelle some competition next year!
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Anne Hathaway seems like she’s been everywhere over the last few years! A couple of hit movies, an Oscar nomination and then hosting the award show herself this year, Anne is definitely one of Hollywood’s favorite “It” girls. Here, she tried her hand at comedy when she played Agent 99 in the remake Get Smart with Steve Carrell in 2008. This was a promo for the film, and Anne looks quite sophisticated in her cream-colored blouse, tweed skirt, black belt and matching open-toed stilettos. She’s come a long way since playing a reluctant, frizzy-haired royal in The Princess Diaries!
Well, we don’t know about the rest of the country – or world, for that matter – but here in New York, we’re having a downpour like we got transplanted to Seattle! It makes us want to curl up and get back into our winter clothes! (Which this editor has been doing to stay warm…) What will keep you warm on a rainy day like today? A thick cable-knit sweater and a boyfriend that looks like Jake Gyllenhaal will do just fine, which is what Anne Hathaway has in the movie Love and Other Drugs. Hathaway and Gyllenhaal play independent spirits who come across one another in the 2010 romance, and costume designer Deborah Lynn Scott actually used some of her own clothes to dress Hathaway in the film. Even though the two spend the majority of the film undressed, this has to be our favorite clothed look of Anne’s in the movie. She fills out the roll of a strong-willed girl-next-door with a short bullshit capacity to a T, and this sweater is a perfect fit for her and her character.
In honor of the Oscars, we thought this “Wednesday’s Shoe” should be our favorite pair from this year’s Academy Awards ceremony – Anne Hathaway’s Brian Atwood Fiona Custom Swarovski Crystal Degrade pumps that she wore during her musical number. The black stilettos are studded in 8,000 crystals! Some people disliked her performance as an Oscar host, but we thought she was just dazzling in these shining shoes.
This year’s Oscar ceremony was hosted by two of Hollywood’s hottest young stars and we must admit – the youth of this show were definitely dominating our “Best Dressed” list. Our two favorite gowns were Reese Witherspoon in Armani Privé and Mila Kunis in Elie Saab Haute Couture, pictured above.
Witherspoon looked very sophisticated in black and white, with a 1960s up-do and Neil Lane diamond and emerald drop earrings. Kunis was just stunning in lavender lace and Neil Lane diamonds, as well. Twenty-year-old Jennifer Lawrence was red-hot in Calvin Klein and Jimmy Choo shoes.
Very simple accessories, yet exquisite hair and makeup. Cate Blanchett was daring, as always, but looked absolutely fantastic in lilac Givenchy Haute Couture. Celine Dion was unbelievably pretty in Armani Privé, considering she just had twin boys… And the hostess with the most-ess, Anne Hathaway, looked beautiful in white and crystal-embroidered Couture Givenchy, a scarlet Atelier Vesace gown, and easily the best pumps of the night – Brian Atwood Swarovski-crystal stilettos during her musical number. Overall, theSkinnyStiletto was kind of bored with the other bright colors, sparkly nudes and mermaid style dresses. These gals did it best – and their famous counterparts should mimic their commitment to being adventurous and glamorous, without sacrificing true style – or at least drop the trends everyone else is wearing.
“You can always paint the roses red.” Colleen Atwood is one of our absolute favorite costume designers here at theSkinnyStiletto. The two-time Academy Award winner has been nominated once again this year for Alice in Wonderland. Atwood reimagined the classic tale by updating some of literature’s beloved characters’ apparel, without detracting from the original story (which can’t be said about the entire film).
Atwood has worked with Tim Burton on several movies, and their creative minds usually produce very unique visuals. She was also the lead designer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 2005-2006. One of our editors is a member of the Museum of Modern Art, and was lucky enough to see the Burton Exhibit last year, which showcased numerous sketches of Atwood and Burton’s combined vision.
Atwood omitted the white apron from Alice’s famous outfit, but kept the bright blue 19th century dress to remind viewers of Lewis Carroll’s original Alice. Her costumes vary throughout the film, as she shrinks, grows and continuously needs new clothes after rabid creature attacks and misadventures. (Our favorite would have to be the Queen of Hearts cocktail dress lent to her while visiting the insane monarch pictured above.)
Alice isn’t the only interestingly dressed character in the movie… Atwood turned the beautiful Johnny Depp into a wacky-looking version of the Mad Hatter with crushed velvet suits and mismatched accessories. Anne Hathaway plays the White Queen in creamy regal frocks with tiny gold detailing. Her vastly dark eyebrows, nails and lips make her a fun and twisted royal. And finally, what’s black, white and red all over? It would be Helena Bonham Carter as the vicious Red Queen. Since the characters of the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts were combined for both the 1951 animated version and the 2010 film, Atwood includes hearts on all of Bonham Carter’s apropos gowns and tiaras. Colleen Atwood is a creative force to be reckoned with, and we’re looking forward to seeing her future endeavors… so we can continue to copy her cinematic fashion choices!
“It’s a scientific fact that if you say ‘naked’ three or more times, to any man, he has to cross his legs.” – Sally Harper, Coupling. Miss Carrie Bradshaw introduced the “naked dress” during the first season of Sex and the City in 1998. It became iconic as her profile pic for her column, and as the dress she wore on her and Mr. Big’s first date. While Sarah Jessica looked quite sultry in her nude mini, we here at TheSkinnyStiletto believe when it comes to formal wear, isn’t naked kind of… well, boring?
Nude served SJP as sexy and hip, and it can elongate even the shortest of legs when worn correctly in a stiletto, but when Hollywood’s fairest beauties select it for the red carpet, they look very washed-out. Yet, over the last two years many fashion critics have been giving these women accolades for selecting the perfect hue for their skintones – TheSkinnyStiletto disagrees. While we absolutely adore these modern-day Snow Whites, we think their beautiful faces, bodies and hair would stand out much more if they chose soft pink or peach gowns. These couture frocks also lose their gorgeous detailing when worn by creatures blessed with the same ivory-coloring as their material. So ladies, we ask you – no, beg you! – save naked for date night.