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.
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theSkinnyStiletto has Spring Fever and with the flowers comes America’s favorite past-time: baseball! Today is Opening Day, and we’ve decided to feature our favorite best-dressed baseball beauty. In Bull Durham Susan Sarandon plays Annie, a sassy, smart-mouthed teacher and minor league baseball team “Durham Bulls” fan/score-keeper. Alongside the yummy Kevin Costner as “Crash,” her quick wit and sensible way of dressing practically steal every scene! Whereas other characters in the film can be easy victims of 1980s fashion, Sarandon wears classic throw-back pieces including cinched waistlines, A-line skirts, white Ked sneakers and sweaters worn slightly off her shoulder. Our favorite look is her black, white and gray plaid dress with a bright red belt, pictured left. Sarandon even looks good in an over-sized black button-down after finally seducing Costner. It’s no wonder a young Tim Robbins fell for the woman who would eventually become mother to his two children on this set. Crash famously describes being in the major leagues as, “You hit white balls for batting practice, the ballparks are like cathedrals, the hotels all have room service, and the women all have long legs and brains.” Crash may never return to “the show,” but he certainly wins a shapely genius in Annie. In the midst of grass stains, muddy fields, and tobacco chewing, her sophisticated silhouettes make us eager for sunshine, the scent of freshly cut grass, and the words, “Play Ball!”
The United States may have a fashion icon in the making in their White House, but France’s First Lady is a former model. (We can’t imagine why the French have a reputation for being so glamorous!) Carla Bruni, the Italian-born, French-raised fashionista is seen here in a bright purple Dior coat. She wore it during a 2008 diplomatic meeting with then-British First Lady, Sarah Brown. We were inspired by our sophisticated friend, Danielle, who was sporting a similarly chic look this weekend. Although, we didn’t get to take a picture of her, so Carla had to fill in instead! This shade is particularly flattering on brunettes, and since both of the stylish women are half-Italian, it’s no wonder they both look so beautiful in violet. Their eye-catching outerwear is reminiscent of a crocus in bloom – seeing this pop of purple in March (in the garden, or the streets of Manhattan) is the first sign that winter is leaving us. Au revoir snowy weather!
Monday was the first day of spring, so we thought it was apropos to select a stiletto featuring a flower. Except we were expecting to find oodles of shoes with floral-patterns, and roses or daisies pinned to the front – not the heel! These unique shoes were part of Prada’s 2008 Spring collection, and originally retailed at $590 at Neiman Marcus. These stilettos are three years old, but they’re still cute to us!
Gisele Bündchen, the famous Brazilian Victoria’s Secret supermodel (and the highest paid one on Earth), recently appeared in advertisements for Swedish clothing chain H&M. But ads for the company’s Spring/Summer 2011 line were deemed too hot for Dubai, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Wait… too hot for the desert? It was first mentioned on fashion website La Moda Dubai. Bündchen’s images were altered by adding fake white t-shirts and tanks. (Which we’ve pictured here). You know, because the married, mother of one is a real sexual/political threat in long dresses, pants and, what the heck is that thing pictured above? A really ugly floral jumpsuit. The only thing we find offensive about these ads is how ugly the clothing is. I mean, white jeans? Really? Is it 1983? Most of these items couldn’t be pulled off by the majority of the women on the planet anyway. H&M’s ironically-named “Spring Awakening” apparently isn’t going to be the awakening of any Middle Eastern women, but a tool in further oppression. Considering how tame the images were to begin with, it only makes us wonder how many other things these countries ban. Quite a sad commentary on our times.
Today is pint-size actress Reese Witherspoon’s birthday. In honor of the beautiful blonde’s 35 years on Earth, and “Tuesday Twosome,” we chose Reese and her daughter, Ava, for the Look-of-the-Day. The cute pair attended the White House Easter Egg Hunt last April, while Reese wore a slim-fitted white dress, peep-toe heels and vibrant green Irene Neuwirth earrings (although barely seen in this photo). Ava, who looks exactly like her mom (rent The Man in the Moon – the two could be twins!), was wearing a soft yellow silk dress, accessorized with a bejeweled black belt and gladiator sandals. Quite the fashionista for a 10-year-old! But, it’s really no surprise when your mama is as radiant as Reese.
Amy Adams certainly appears to be Irish here, but she’s actually an American traveling through the Emerald Isle in Leap Year. Her trench coat, gray pencil skirt with a hint of yellow lace, flowered blouse, golf green vest and red hair make her appear like the epitome of a modern Irish woman – but alas, she’s just playing a wild rover. Still, it’s a flawless example of an outfit for the first month of Spring – feminine, floral, with a hint of pastel, and a classic cover-up for those rainy days.