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:
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.
Also coveted: the ability to look so chic on a vespa!
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:
CZ Guest was the queen bee of Palm Beach. A Boston Brahmin, she was certified blue blood. Despite having a tendency for white monotone, I love her clean style. It went seamlessly with her life of leisure on the east Florida coast. I cannot decided whether it is her style or her life of leisure that I envy more…?
Many fans of “The Devil Wears Prada” look to the character of Andy Sachs for style inspiration. The latter’s caterpiller to butterfly metamorphosis reflects her change as novice, incompetent assistant to someone you would actually want working for you. I would rather have an Emily working for me than an Andy. I also prefer her style to Andy’s before and after.
This week’s Muse Monday is all about Kate Middleton.
While Princess Catherine has impeccable style, my favorite looks of hers were that of prior to when she married into British royalty. Yes, she always looks phenomenal these days (see below, her navy blazer and outdoorsy looks), but I understand that there is royal protocol that restricts her from coloring outside the lines. Her fashion was so much more fun when she was just Kate.
We all had the above tank shelf bra tank top in the mid-aughts, yes? #starsthey’rejustlikeus
I one hundred percent bought these wedges (last seen here, and discussed here and here) on deep markdown because Kate wore them.
I most definitely wore this outfit during the summer / fall transition of 2008 and 2009.
I am forever inspired by style of public figures, celebrities, royals, politicians, movie and television characters. Every week, Muse Monday will examine my favorite looks from a long list of ladies (and sometimes gentlemen) whose styles I admire.
First up: American royalty and a class act who left the world too soon, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. She nailed the mid-to-late 90’s minimalism style, as one would expect from a Calvin Klein publicist. Any of the below looks would be at home in my closet!