Netflix Streaming Top 5 Picks: FASHION
In honor of NYFW and other things we love, I bring you four films and one television series to get you ready for the Catwalk!
1. Madonna, take a bow to the real blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe, in the classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Monroe says it best with her number, “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend,” and Jane Russell is no slouch, matching Monroe step-by-step with her Brunette sass and legs that don’t quit. Oh and the fashions!!! This movie will have you dripping with jewels and screaming Cartier!!!
2. What is they say on American Idol - “she’s got the X factor.” Well, Clara Bow created the “X Factor,” way back in 1927 in her movie IT. This silent movie is a real treat and you get to see Bow, the orignal DIY hipster, go from counter girl to an evening at the Ritz with a few snips of her scissors. Before the now popular “The Artist” there were these silent movies, which are a real treat to catch on the streaming.
3. Brutal, sexy and dark, is the best way I can describe the mood, sets and costumes for The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. This 1989, NC-17 “romantic crime drama” stars not just Helen Mirren, but also Jean Paul-Gaultier’s magnificent designs. You can truly see him beginning to “Express” himself with his moody and apocalyptic costumes, which were surely used to inform his conical bra for Madonna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.
4. One of my favorite television series was Ugly Betty, which was an actual adaptation from a Spanish TeleNovela (Thank you Selma Hayek!) This series follows a young hispanic woman from Queens, Betty Suarez, as she begins her dream to be a writer and starts where she least fits in, the world of Fashion! Full of glitz, glam and backstabbing, this colorful sitcom has some great characters and has you rooting for Betty, because in the end, we all have a little hispanic from Queens in all of us! Yay Betty!!!
5. Please, please Mr. Cunningham, will let me hang out with you? After watching the documentary Bill Cunningham New York I was thrilled to know I moved to a city that produced the greatness of Bill Cunningham. He is a gentle soul with the fierce eye. He lives through the eye of his camera lens, which is the most endearing and saddest thing about watching his life unfold in this documentary. You will leave feeling inspired and wanting to dress a bit more dapper before you head out to the streets of New York!
Happy Streaming…You better Work It, CoverGirl!!!
Saturday Spark: Old Hollywood
Cleopatra, Maggie the Cat or Butterfield 8, Elizabeth Taylor sums up all that is true Hollywood Glamour and Royalty. She eats up the screen in any film and I dare you to take your eyes off this goddess. via LIFE
The original emo actor and best friend of Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean chewed up the scenes with such lines as “Your tearing me apart!” Here he is on the set of East of Eden, via The Nifty Fifties
Ginger Rogers matched all the moves Fred Astair could choreograph, but she did it backwards and with heels. Here she is in an unguarded moment via Flickr.
M.I.C… K.E.Y… M.O.U.S.E There could be no mouse with out a cat like Walt Disney. He drew and spoke the life into Mickey Mouse and the empire for children, Disneyland. via LIFE on Google Images.
George Hurrell was a master of Hollywood photography. Here he is sharing an intimate moment with Ms. Bettie Davis, whom was a master in her own right of the silver screen. via the George Hurrell website.
Here she is, Ms. Norma Jean Baker, better known today as the most iconic woman of Hollywood, Marilyn Monroe. Perhaps this was before she received her crown as the Artichoke Queen in Castroville, California.
Haven’t seen it in a while? Probably a good time to re-watch Rear Window, starring Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart. via Twenty-Four Frames