After spending time comparing Chloe Sevigny’s new clothing line to the era of tack, I figured why not cleanse our palettes with a series on silver-screen stars whose styles we can admire and be inspired by, and will hopefully not induce any vomiting. A favorite modern celebrity of mine who is a fan of the ‘Good Old Days” look is songstress Kate Nash, whose catchy “Foundations” was on every mix I made last summer.
Her style is mostly vintage ’50′s and ’60′s dresses and she is rarely caught wearing pants or jeans [like yours truly]. I remember when I first watched the video for “Foundations”, I swooned over her ability to dress like a banana head-to-toe and make it look hot. What can I say? I have a thing for people that look like human Crayolas. Her video for “Pumpkin Soup” makes me so happy. Even with those freakish dancing cats. I love her outfits in it too. Big red buttons on a blue dress! Did I mention I love dressing like a four-year old?
Another person whose style I covet is the character of Chuck on Pushing Daisies. She too has the colorful vintage-inspired style down, but often pairs her dresses with cardigans, and H&M has a really cute bubble-gum pink one out now. Oh Pushing Daisies, how I miss you so! Perhaps dressing like Chuck will help hold me over until the fall when they air new episodes.
While I love bright colors, I tend to wear a lot of black with bursts of pink, turquoise or red in the form of tights, belts and scarves. This spring I’m trying to veer away from the dominantly black wear, which is very hard, considering I love dressing like Wednesday Addams most days. I call mine the “Amish Whore Look”. Anyway, my favorite consumer crack, Target, is making goth withdrawal easier with Isaac Mizrahi’s Easter-egg hued, retro party frocks and waitress-style shirtdresses. I paired them below with Natalie Portman’s new vegan shoe line for Te Casan.
Do you think she gave a pair to Scarlett? I hope it’s the red high-heeled Mary Janes. Why am I such a dude for them lately? As for my Target perusal, I actually settled on a green plaid shirtdress by Merona. It’s very ‘gonna-bake-you-a-pie-barefoot’, no?
I think these Mizrahi outfits would please both Kate and Chuck, and if only I could put them right on and jump into the screen Mary Poppins-style, I’d dance with those freakish cats in “Pumpkin Soup” and…dry hump Ned from Pushing Daisies for 2.5 hours. Oh my gaw…