sara crewe of a little princess had a tough life. when she was just a child in finishing school she learned of her father’s death. to add insult to injury, their great fortune was lost by a friend who invested unwisely. left penniless and all by herself she becomes a servant to her boarding school and the wretched miss. minchin. the story holds that she finds comfort for years by imagining herself as a princess (essentially her old self). as luck would have it for sara, her father’s friend who lost all their money regained the fortune and by happy coincidence moves in across the street from her school. the story unfolds and the two are united. sara has a new guardian who restores her previous life (minus her father) and disgraces the greedy miss minchin. if i’ve learned one thing working in the fashion industry it’s that those that have wild imaginations tend to have the best style and for those that think they’re princesses it goes double. so imagine if ms. crewe grew older, a princess in her own right with a limitless checkbook? jealous? yah you are.
1: top by erin fetherston, skirt by luisa beccaria, shoes by reem acra
2: dress by lela rose, trench by burberry prorsum, shoes by hermes, bag by chanel
3: dress by oscar de la renta, necklace by reem acra, shoes by michael kors
while i was doing the research for my previous pocahontas post (woohoo alliteration) i started with rachel roy and then slid around american collections from fall 2008. when thinking of american designers i start at the top, ralph, michael, oscar, carolina etc. michael kors fall 08 show was the first one i ever went to and after reviewing it seasons later, it remains one of my favorites of all time. i defy anybody to say that these clothes aren’t timeless. fall ‘54, fall ‘08 and fall ‘54 in the 20’s, they’ll work. just some love for the kors.
scarlett o’hara, the scourge of my childhood. gone with the wind played frequently in our house growing up, thanks to my mother who has an affection for epic romances and period pieces. despite my best efforts to avoid this film, i caught snippets of it here and there and pieced together the whole story. i always found scarlett pretty funny, her crazy antics never failed to amuse me…particularly when she’s being her melodramatic self and chasing after men. scarlett was quite manipulative from what i can tell, she used others around her and lied about her feeling for friends, family and others. ms. o’hara was also obsessed with her appearance and status, noted by her waistline concerns and sadness when she couldn’t attend social functions. as the story unfolds, she becomes calculating and rather tragiv. however, all her scheming gets her just what she deserves though and who could forget that amazing line, “frankly my dear, i don’t give a damn.” scarlett lands back where she belongs at her crazy plantation, tara to bring it back to it’s glory days.
1: chillin’ at 12 oaks: dress by tracy reese, shoes by prada, hat by oscar de la renta, necklace by kate spade new york
2: rhett, i need some cash: dress by isaac mizrahi (not made of curtains), shoes by michael kors
3: “after all, tomorrow is another day”—back to tara: shirt by marni, overalls by ralph lauren, scarf by marni, boots by tory burch