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Friday Follies in Film: Pearls of Wisdom in Rear Window

In Fashion, Film on February 13, 2009 at 7:46 am


Friday Follies is usually reserved for guest bloggers, but after reading Billy’s “Postcard” yesterday about packing the right clothes I couldn’t stop thinking about Grace Kelly’s chic Mark Cross overnight bag in Rear Window. “You said I’ll have to live out of one suitcase,” she says to Jimmy Stewart as the expandable black valise pops open to reveal a diaphanous nightgown and matching slippers, one of the many fabulous wardrobe changes designed by the late great Edith Head. In an earlier argument, she tells him “If there’s one thing I know it’s how to wear the proper clothes.” To say nothing of jewelry! There are pearls—single strands, triple strands, a multi-strand pearl bracelet with dangling gold charms, pearl studs…pearls, pearls, pearls. In fact, Kelly’s character cracks the case by wisely noting that “a woman going anywhere but the hospital would always take makeup, perfume, and jewelry…That’s basic equipment.”

Beyond the obvious eye candy in the wardrobe department, I do love her idea of ordering in—a bottle of Montrachet on ice and lobster from 21 delivered to Stewart’s apartment since he’s housebound in a cast. Break a leg indeed.



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Toast 2009 with a Tiara!

In Fashion on December 30, 2008 at 2:51 pm


On the eve of New Year’s Eve, it’s hard not to think about tiaras. Nobody wore a tiara like Princess Grace—set halfway back so that it almost becomes part of the hairstyle. Diana also rocked this look, dianathough her hand-me-down Spencer family tiara was flashy even by HRH standards, to say nothing of  the “Cambridge Knot” Queen Mary tiara from her mother-in-law. (Love the eye roll in this shot.) 

The closest I’ve come to anything this fabulous was when Erica Courtney let me try on one of her custom platinum and diamond tiaras several years ago—lord knows what lucky starlet now owns that glittering piece of heaven. For the rest of us mere mortals, there are some pretty crystal offerings over at the Swarovski boutique in Century City, like this appropriately festive Confetti tiara. confettiTomorrow night I’ll be ringing in the New Year with the faux pearl and diamond number from Barneys pictured below, which I wore down the aisle in lieu of a veil several years ago. 


Or for sheer fun, check out a marabou number  ($12) from the Barney’s kids section by clicking here.