The ever-lovely Keira Knightley wore a particularly elegant Burberry Prorsum gown last winter at the London premiere of A Dangerous Method. The conservative burgundy dress features a black bow at the waist and cap sleeves, yet reveals a much sexier side from another angle… Much like the twisted psychological tale Knightley was promoting. She accessorized it perfectly with a simple black clutch, cocktail ring, a swept-back bun, with dramatic dark eyes and a perfect pink pout. She is perfection.
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“I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.” In The Hunger Games, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) leaves her coal-mining district to compete in a battle to the death in Panem’s Capitol. But she’ll have to make an impression to earn sponsors before she enters the arena. Instead of showing the dark coal of District 12, Katniss’s stylist, Cinna, decides to show the fire. Costume designer Judianna Makovsky used orange silk taffeta and organza with crystal embroidery when creating Katniss’s gown for her interview with TV host Caesar Flickerman (played by Stanley Tucci). Makovsky told Entertainment Weekly, “In the book, it’s described as being covered in flame-like jewels. Well, to me, that’s very dangerous, because it could be like a Dancing With the Stars dress… I just wanted this image of what I call ‘the Gypsy moment,’ when Natalie Wood comes out in the blue dress in Gypsy. She’s only been in these boys’ clothes before that, and you go, ‘Oh my God, she’s actually gorgeous.'” Makovsky certainly achieved that vision – Katniss goes from the plain girl in the Seam to the “girl on fire” in this stunning sequence. And the Capitol will soon realize it’s a flame that’s inextinguishable…
In the 1970 drama Ryan’s Daughter, Sarah Miles plays a spoiled Irish girl named Rosy in a small village who falls for a British officer – a big no-no, especially considering her character is married! Here, Rosy looks particularly lovely in an apricot gown with a satin ribbon around her waist, white gloves, and a pearl choker. Her parasol and hat are various shades of lavender, soft pinks and blues, and adorned with large white roses to match her dress (and her name!) The film was outfitted by Australian-born costume designer Jocelyn Richards, whose brilliant work also appears in Blow-Up and From Russia with Love. The sexy Christopher Jones may look good in that uniform, but falling for him only causes tragedy for Ryan’s daughter…
The Grammy Awards are our editors’ least favorite red carpet event of the year, usually because it seems each artist is just trying to outdo eachother (or Lady Gaga, in recent years.) This year was no different with Katy Perry matching her dress to her outrageous hair color; Fergie sporting one hideous see-through orange lace number; Nicki Minaj dressed up like a Catholic cardinal; and even though Russian singer Sasha Gradiva had fake machine guns attached to her sleeves, and songwriter Bonnie McKee had yellow fringe dragging on the floor, the worst-dressed award surprisingly goes to a Victoria’s Secret model. Maroon 5 front-man Adam Levine’s girlfriend, Anne V, almost showed a body part that shares the same initial as her surname… Seriously? Where is that piece of fabric attached? But there were a few classy ladies in the crowd who we’d like to name. While Paris Hilton (pictured, top left) is far from what we’d call a musician, the socialite did look quite grown-up in her gold-embellished Basil Soda silhouette. The “Woman of the Night,” also known as Adele (pictured, top right), wore a custom-made sparkling black Giorgio Armani gown, jewelry from De Beers and Harry Winston, with a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps. All those Grammy Awards went quite nicely with her glittering gown! Kate Beckinsale isn’t a musician either, but she was a presenter for the ceremony (they really choose a lot of random attendees), and looked gorgeous, as always, in a one-shouldered draped cream dress with a black bow by Zuhair Murad. Finally, former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland demonstrates exactly who should wear nude – girls with her lovely mocha complexion! She looked very refined in her Alberta Ferretti gown with silver floral embroidery. The Grammys are still our least favorite award show, but at least these girls knew how to bring their A-game!
Hmm, what’s the perfect gown to feature on the “Fancy Friday” before Valentine’s Day? This scarlet stunner in Pretty Woman of course! (Plus, wearing red on Fridays shows your support for the troops!) Julia Roberts plays a modern-day Cinderella named Vivian Ward who gets wooed by a wealthy businessman (Richard Gere) in this 1990 flick. Here, her suitor surprises her with a gorgeous red gown, evening gloves and one hell of a diamond necklace! (Fun Fact: The necklace did actually cost $250,000. An armed security guard from its jewelry store was constantly standing behind director Garry Marshall while they filmed the scenes it appears in.) It’s no secret we here at theSkinnyStiletto just love the clothing in this movie. We were stunned to learn that costume designer Marilyn Vance made all of Vivian’s outfits, including the ruby red gown above, her polka-dotted fantasy, and even the famous hooker dress! Vance is famous for costuming hit teen flicks, including The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but the Pretty Woman wardrobe is anything but high school! In this scene, Gere’s character takes Vivian to see La Traviata at the opera, which tells the story of a prostitute who falls in love with a rich man. (Life imitating art, no?) It’s hard to believe the elegant Roberts was only 22-years-old when she made this film. A shocking number of leading ladies turned town the role of Vivian, including Sandra Bullock, Demi Moore, Jennifer Connelly and Sarah Jessica Parker, but it’s hard to imagine the fiery-haired heroine played by anyone but Roberts.
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.
The queen of American television (a little-known woman by the name of Oprah) turned 58 today, and in her honor we’ve named her sparkly dress at the 2005 Academy Awards the Look-of-the-Day. Designed by Vera Wang, this layered, glittering gown looked spectacular on TV’s golden girl. The dress was made of tulle and embroidered in metallic thread. On her website, Winfrey stated it was her favorite gown Wang has ever created for her – “You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t cute!”