Muse Monday: Cher Horowitz

Like every other girl who came of age in the 1990s through 2000s, I am obsessed with Clueless. More specifically, Cher Horowitz’s wardrobe in the movie. The preppy wardrobe was top notch and cemented my love for a bold tartan plaid. A few weeks ago, when Alaia passed away, you bet that it reminded me of the scene where Cher is held up in a liquor store parking lot, rendering her requiring to use a pay phone and *ruin her dress*.

These are my favorite, and nearly all of the looks from the movie. To be frank, they were all winners.


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Muse Monday: Mellie Grant

Mellie Grant seems to play second fiddle to Olivia Pope, both in the style department and in the eyes of Fitzgerald Grant. I would argue with the former, as her style measures up, if not exceeds Olivia’s.

I love that ninety percent of her looks are always so buttoned up, topped with pearls. Ten percent of her looks are pajamas; these looks aren’t elevated lounge wear. It underscores the sporadic vulnerability of her character.

I love her cardigans and her tweed pieces and her sheath dresses. This is how I wish to dress during the workweek. Like Mellie, when quitting time rolls around, I want to pop out of the static wardrobe and into pajamas: an oversized tee shirt and a pair of loungeΒ pants.

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Muse Monday: Nina Van Horn

Did anyone else watch Just Shoot Me? Along with Will & Grace (see Grace Adler) and Mad About You (see Jamie Buchman), it was one of the big sitcoms on NBC Must See Thursdays.

My favorite character was Nina van Horn. An ex-model, she is the fashion editor at the fictional Blush magazine. At the time that I watched it, I noticed that the actress portraying her, Wendie Mallick, was notably the tallest woman I saw on television. As a teenage girl approaching six feet tall, it was comforting to see a confident, poised, well-dressed, hilarious female in pop culture.

I love her ability to pull off sleeveless in any season (I covet toned arms as she has), her penchant for animal print, and ability to effortlessly and confidently wear a pair of high heels.

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Muse Monday: Serena van der Woodsen

I have been binge watching Gossip Girl lately for what seems like the eighth time. So much frock candy. I loved it back when it was on the air as it felt like a VogueΒ magazine come to life. Also, my roommates and I made up a drinking game around it. (Drink when Dorota starts a sentence with “Miss Blair”. Drink when Lily has her hair styled in a deep side part, low up-do.)

Seasons one and two were the best. Don’t @ me. I still run eBay searches for “Gossip Girl”, “Serena van der Woodsen”, “Lily van der Woodsen”, and “Blair Waldorf,” hoping to find pieces from the first few seasons.

Once you page through this, head over to the Lincoln Hawk Fan Club podcast. Tyler from Fashionista and her boyfriend break down one episode a week. They are hilarious and I guarantee you that soon, you too will be looking forward to their new episodes on Fridays Mondays.

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Muse Monday: Kathryn Mertuil

I am taking Muse Monday to one of my favorite movies, Cruel Intentions. It is a remake of Dangerous Liaisons, set in contemporary New York City among the trust fund set.

Kathryn Mertuil, as portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar, is next level evil. Her wardrobe is equally as fierce. I wish there were more images available of full outfits, but I can say that each ensemble hits it out of the park.

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Muse Monday: Brooke McQueen

Does anyone else remember one of Ryan Murphy’s first television series, Popular? Let me take you back:

In the years following the premiers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dawson’s Creek on The WB (#RIP), the now-defunct network capitalized on the trend of the teen-focused television show and movie. (Take this as my call for the resurgence of a teen movie renaissance.) This materialized as the teen dramady, Popular, premiering in the fall of 1999.

Growing up in a household with one television and an overcommitted afterschool / evening activity schedule, it was not a television show that I made a point of watching every week. When I did tune in, however, I took note of what one of the main characters was wearing. The queen bees of Glee, Scream Queens, and every other subsequent Ryan Murphy series, have nothing on Brooke McQueen.

Unfortunately, there is not many full length outfit photos of this character. As this was at the turn of the millennium, I can confidently say that the costume designer incorporated Calvin Klein references into the character of Brooke McQueen’s wardrobe. Let’s break it down:

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Muse Monday: Grace Adler

I was thrilled when iTunes released seasons one through four and the revival season of Will and Grace. I said it before and I will say it again: this series holds up. Despite having just purchased the old and new seasons on iTunes, I was thrilled when all seasons, along with the revival were released on Hulu.

Grace’s style is so kooky, yet relateable. I love that her risk-taking style reflects her creative occupation, as an interior designer.

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Her formal set (and shoes) looks suspiciously similar to what I wore to the L.B.H.S. Homecoming 2000, sans chain belt.

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Grace Adler goes Holly Golightly.

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Muse Monday: Evelyn Williams

Bret Easton Ellis is one of my favorite writers. I love how he captures the excess and spirit of the 1980s. One of the first things my husband and I bonded over was Rules of Attraction and Less Than Zero. I then gave him a copy of Lunar Park for the first birthday that we were together.

While I have not yet been able to stomach reading American Psycho (it is currently in my iBooks queue), I watched the movie when it was released, back in 2000. The wardrobe of Evelyn William’s (Reese Witherspoon’s character) made quite an impression upon me. I love how the costumer interpreted the 1980s so chicly. Fact: I would wear most of Evelyn’s outfits (and style my hair as such) today.

Review the following and tell me you wouldn’t do the same:

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I think I am going to get my hair cut to this length. Thoughts?

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Muse Monday: Olivia Palermo

No doubt that Olivia Palermo did not make it difficult for viewers of “The City” to dislike her. From taking credit for Whitney’s ideas for the Jessica Alba pull to outright not doing her job in the second season, I was not an Olivia fan. While I understand that the shows were edited down from copious footage, there is always a bit of truth to the narrative.

I particularly like Olivia’s style throughout the run of “The City”; this is consistent with my love of contemporary lines of that particular time, which was 2008 through 2009. Here are the highlights:

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Muse Monday: Marge Sherwood

I watched “The Talented Mr. Ripley” with my parents when it was released in theatres. I cannot remember whether my little sister was with us, but I definitely remember that afterwards we went to the dance store, as I needed a new pair of pointe shoes.

Regardless of the minor details surrounding the experience that I can and cannot recall, the aspect of the movie that I best remember was the costuming. I am such a sucker for ladylike, vintage clothing and completely coveted Marge’s entire wardrobe from the movie.

Here goes:

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Also coveted: the ability to look so chic on a vespa!

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Muse Monday: Rachel Green

I recently rewatched the entire series of Friends. As mentioned before, when it was originally on the air, I didn’t watch it very often. This was mostly due to living in a one television house where my father often controlled the remote control. Furthermore, my family was living in Italy while it was on the air and didn’t have access to American television.

One of my favorite parts of the series is watching Rachel Green’s career progression. #LeanIn Her wardrobe became one hundred percent better once she transitioned from a waitress to an assistant buyer, presumably with a generous Bloomingdales employee discount.

These are my favorite Rachel Green wardrobe moments:

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