FASHION TIPS & TREATS
What is your star style? While researching for this month's column, I stumbled upon a very strange website that finds you clothing and accessories based on items worn in TV shows and movies. Well, this does look like fun! Thinking… thinking. Aha – Julia Roberts in Pretty Women! The obvious stand-out is the iconic brown and white Polka dot dress worn to the Polo and, of course, the stunning Red Evening Gown worn to the opera. The really big question, are they available? No, not really, there is a vintage polka dot dress available for US$25. However, there is a lovely long red number available for just £149. The real winner here, however, is the unforgettable blue and white Vivian hooker dress available for the bargain price of only US$39.95 just in case you are interested.
Now, I was also a huge fan of Mad Men, and I’m not disappointed. Pick your poison: Betty Draper, Peggy Olsen, Megan Draper or ultra-curvy, gorgeous redhead Joan Harris. This show is set in the 1960’s, and the fashion is sensational, but, is it still current?
Surprisingly, yes it is – and can be easily sourced from Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Net A Porter and I’m sure if we went looking we could find very similar items here. If you are a huge fan of 1960’s fashion then this is a fantastic place to look for inspiration.
To my delight, I find a rather obscure little style icon in Myrtle Snow from American Horror Story Coven – red crimped hair at least 65 but she rocks. I've never actually seen this show (please God I hope it’s not entirely inappropriate or perverted), but I like the look of Myrtle! Apparently she is the head of the “witches coven” and is the fashionable witch with numerous couture outfits. Her love of fashion is even more defined when she walks to the stake in chic apparel and screams out "Balenciaga!" Personally I think that she is an esoteric Grace Coddington (creative director of American Vogue).
Now I would hate for you to think of me as predictable but… as a huge fan of Game of Thrones – OF COURSE WE HAVE TO GO THERE. There is a long list of characters to choose from. The obvious as in Cersei, Sansa, and Daenerys, however, the character that most tweaks my interest is Hodor. Just joking, but Petyr Baelish “Little Finger” does have a very stylish wardrobe. Perfect for every man about town and there is something strangely sexy about the clothing attributed to Bronn. The scariest wardrobe award belongs to Jon Snow. Seriously, do you really want your man dressing like that? And anyway they’ve killed him off, so I imagine these items will be available on eBay any day soon. Style tip - Cersei’s wardrobe is certainly worth a look.
The website is www.spylight.com, and it’s loads of fun. We all have mental images of style icons. Whether it’s Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Marilyn Monroe’s character in The Seven Year Itch (who could forget that white halter neck dress blowing in that wind), Cate Blanchett’s absolutely wicked wardrobe as the wicked stepmother in the most recent “Cinderella” or Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City. Or my personal favourite Helena Bonham Carter wearing absolutely anything by Vivienne Westwood. And yes I still think Stevie Nicks is awesome.
So go on, ask yourself. Who is your personal style icon or more importantly, what is your star style? But, please remember “Life really is too short to wear boring clothes” - Anonymous. Photocredit: FeatureFlash/shutterstock.com