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Style Crush: Carrie Bradshaw

It’s been ten long years since Carrie and co last graced our small screens with their funny, frank and fabulous take on life as single women. While the first episode aired waaay back in 1998, the dating dilemmas of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte still ring true today and the same can be said of their style. Sure, some of their outfits may have been just a little eccentric and not entirely wearable, but just like the sharp, sexy script, it was these risks that made the show, and Carrie, iconic. SATC Continue reading

Style Crush: Basic Instinct

Basic InstinctStarring alongside Michael Douglas in the 1992 erotic thriller, Sharon Stone plays Basic Instinct’s devil in a white dress (and no knickers) flawlessly. With an icy blonde bob, figure-hugging dress, killer heels and a cut-throat stare, she has to be the most fashionable femme fatale ever to grace our screens.

Throughout the movie, Catherine Tramell (Stone’s character) is dressed in the pale, neutral hues of white and beige. This is a smart move by costume designer, Ellen Mirojnick, who avoids the cliché of dark vampy dresses for the brash and highly charged Catherine and, instead, further fuels the whodunit mystery by dressing our suspect in light, innocent tones. Some might argue that these blanched shades do nothing to fight for Tramell’s innocence; on her, they appear cold, contemporary and sexed up…much like Stone’s portrayal of the saucy siren. Continue reading

Style Crush: Rear Window

Grace KellyIn the role that catapulted her to style super stardom, Grace Kelly plays Rear Window’s leading lady, Lisa Fremont, in some of the most stunning (but wearable) outfits seen in cinema. Even today, there is much discussion around how fashion is represented throughout the film, with each of Kelly’s looks helping to tell Hitchcock’s suspenseful story. Continue reading

Style Crush: Annie Hall

Annie HallThis week, we’re shining the Style Crush spotlight on androgynous Annie Hall. From the 1977 movie of the same name, Woody Allen’s much loved romcom spurned an almighty trend which saw women everywhere reaching for their fella’s wardrobes.

Borrowing heavily from menswear pieces, Annie’s iconic look was all about slouchy trousers, masculine-cut shirts and men’s accessories – looks which remain fail-safe fashion favourites almost four decades later. Continue reading

Style Crush: Rosemary’s Baby

It wasn’t just the metaphor for motherhood and medicine that struck a chord with audiences upon the release of 1968 supernatural thriller, Rosemary’s Baby. When viewers weren’t hiding behind their cushions, they were admiring Mia Farrow’s fashionable take on the paranoid mother-to-be.

Mia Farrow1It was a role that was to kick-start the careers of not just young Mia, but also director Roman Polanski and talented costumier, Anthea Sylbert, whose vision for waif-like Rosemary would make a major mark on fashion. Continue reading

Style Crush: Angela Chase & Rayanne Graff My So Called Life

90s fashion is having a bit of a moment right now and we can’t help but be reminded of when it all looked edgy the first time around.

No one embraced the grungey look quite like on/off BFF’s Angela Chase and Rayanne Graff  of My So Called Life.

Can you believe it’s 18 years since it last graced our screens?  We followed them through their teenaged trials and tribulations, swooned over Jordan Catalano – and now we’re swooning over the fabulous fashion that’s found its way back into style. Awkward little 15 year old Angela Chase (Claire Danes) is all grown up and sophisticated in Homeland now of course, but we’ll always remember her like this:

Angela Chase   Angela Chase & Rayanne Graff

Angela Chase  Angela Chase

The secret to the look is slouch: slouchy tops, slouchy jeans – and lots of layering.

The plaid shirt is as essential to the look as Smashing Pumpkins and the Cranberries were to your ghettoblaster stereo. Layer with faded denim,  oversized knits and cute print tea dresses teamed with Doc Marten style boots. Slouch jeans, skater skirts and leggings will sort your lower half.

Aspiring rock star Rayanne was always more out-there with her looks – mashing as many clashing prints together as possible, all topped off with heaps of hippy jewellery and baseball cap (what else?) for good measure.

For the authentic MSCL look, braid the odd teeny-tiny plait into your hair, and work on perfecting your ‘hug yourself’ pose. :)

Angela Chase  Rayanne Graff