At 80, Gloria, dressed in her signature hip-sling pants and suede boots, is still as lean as a model. In the ’60s, though, she favoured miniskirts. “I thought we should be able to wear what we f***** well pleased and still be taken seriously,” she says.
-Gloria Steinem in “Movers and Shakers” by Gail Sheehy in Bazaar November 2014
Despite Nyong’o’s easy poise–the kind that suggests Teflon confidence– she’s been frank about feeling inadequate and “hyper-visible yet invisible” as a kid, taunted for her “night-shaded skin.” Her complexion seemed like an obstacle, until a stranger made her realize it wasn’t. “I moved [back] to Mexico at 16 and lived in this tiny town where there were only a few black people. One particular man [a friend of a friend] came up to me and asked to take my picture,” she recalls. “He was so enthralled by me, and I felt like the sun itself.”
-Lupita Nyong’o in “Viva Lupita” by Wing Sze Tang in Flare November 2014
What if our favourite TV heroines shopped the Spring 2015 runways? Here is Part 3 of our series focusing on what we think they would pick and the occasion that they would wear this outfit for. As a bonus, all of the design houses chosen have a woman holding court as head designer! Check out Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
The Show: Orange Is The New Black
The Icon: Sophia
The Actress: Laverne Cox
The Look: Nicole Miller Spring 2015
Why She’s Wearing It: When we see Sophia (Cox) on OITNB, she’s usually in her prison uniform of course. Outside of prison, we could totally see her in this dress. The super-girly hem is balanced with the bold black stripes and painterly pattern–classy, but with just a touch of edge.
The Show: Gilmore Girls
The Icon: Lorelei Gilmore
The Actress: Lauren Graham
The Look: Jenny Packham Spring 2015
Why She’s Wearing It: Fashion was always a hot topic for the Gilmore girls, and LG (Graham) in particular was fond of characterizing her style as a bit more bold and risk-taking. We think she would kill it in this bold romper. It would work for those infamous baby blues, but wouldn’t be too much since it’s just one uniform colour. Plus, the cut is relatively simple, so it wouldn’t be too wild for Stars Hollow.
The Show: Battlestar Galactica
The Icon: Kara Thrace aka Starbuck
The Actress: Katee Sackhoff
The Look: Barbara Bui Spring 2015
Why She’s Wearing It: The sporty, futuristic details scream Starbuck. They put her in dresses for more formal moments in the show, but really, she looked best in more tomboy looks. After all, she was the best pilot in the damn fleet and could drink anyone under the table.
The Show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Icon: Buffy
The Actress: Sarah Michelle Gellar
The Look: Milly Spring 2015
Why She’s Wearing It: The Slayer definitely favoured sexier-than-most looks in Sunnydale, but her occupation/destiny requires her day to day outfits appropriate for ass-kicking at a moment’s notice. This Milly look even nods to ’90s silhouettes–we’re sure Ms. Summers would approve.
The Show: Adventure Time
The Icon: Marceline, The Vampire Queen
The Actress: Olivia Olson
The Look: Marissa Webb Spring 2015
Why She’s Wearing It: She’s a rockstar, heir to the Nightosphere, and is arguably the ex of the most powerful sovereign in all of Ooo. A bit of a recluse and a trouble-maker, her looks are just as eccentric–big floppy sunhats one day, overalls and rockabilly style the next. The Marissa Webb look above captures all those supa-fierce elements–except she would be wearing boots, not heels, of course.
The Show: Masters of Sex
The Icon: Virginia Johnson
The Actress: Lizzy Caplan
The Look: Tanya Taylor Spring 2015
Why She’s Wearing It: Mrs. Johnson (Caplan) was a trailblazer–the show is based on real-life sex researches William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Johnson was a single mom of two, and despite not having the credentials ‘necessary’ to be doing the work she did with Masters, she did it at any rate. Her wardrobe in the show speaks to this outlier personality–note how in the show her outfit silhouettes and colours are very different from everyone else’s–darker, more form-fitting, etc. Here’s a boss outfit a bold lady of Science could wear today.
The Show: Mad Men
The Icon: Megan Draper
The Actress: Jessica Paré
The Look: Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2015
Why She’s Wearing It: Can’t you just picture the ever-talented Megan (Paré) chillin’ at her LA apartment in this DVF outfit? Add a hair scarf and hoop earrings, and you’ve got the picture of an accomplished, multi-talented young woman int he late 1960s.
All runway images from Style.com
Everybody in London Junction talked about the second MRs. Willard’s trousseau, and several ladies had even paid formal calls for the express purpose of examining it. There was her off-white satin wedding dress with the short, pearl-sequined veil, her fawn-coloured broadcloth traveling suit trimmed in brown soutache, with a peg-top skirt, brown horse-hair toque and gloves to match, her purple taffeta petticoat and umbrella, her peach-coloured crepe de chine party dress with beaded panel down the front and baby blue velvet forget-me-nots appliquéd around the flounce, and her big horsehair picture hat weighted with huge roses. For every day she had the clothes left over from her mourning period for the late Dr. Turner. Her early weeks in London Junction were marked by magic transformations from mousey little grub by morning into radiant butterfly by dusk, radiance graded to suit whatever occasion was on hand.
-from My Home Is Far Away by Dawn Powell
Have you seen Call the Midwife? This British TV show going into its fourth season in 2015 has stolen our hearts and captured our attention for the following reasons:
1. The entire main cast is composed of women of all ages and sizes.
2. The main characters are not super-rich–most TV shows focus on the lives and stories of the upper class (Gossip Girl, Mad Men, Scandal, etc)
3. The series is based on the memoirs of a woman–Jennifer Worth.
4. The show passes the Bechdel Test and Mako Mori test in every episode
5. The vast majority of episodes are written and directed by women.
Call the Midwife has been a runaway hit for a reason–it has swept through and won over and over again in various TV awards, drew more viewers than Downtown Abbey, and generally applauded for being a damn good show (warning-link contains spoilers.)
Above: Nurse Franklin (Helen George) is happy to be at work and wear pants instead of her usual nurse’s uniform.
It’s interesting to hear their commentary on everything from girdles to wearings pants a work to couture nursing uniforms–yes, the clothes are a frequent topic of conversation on the show.
Above: Nurse Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine) is feeling uncomfortable wearing trousers for a night out on the town. Trixie and Jane (Dorothy Atkinson) assure her its very stylish.
It’s also interesting to see all the vintage maternity styles, and what pregnant women are wearing is often explored in how their style is changing (or in some cases, trying not to change) as they go through their pregnancies.
The core cast is quite diverse in terms of bodies, so the fashions of the era are nicely represented. In one of the very first episodes, Chummy (Miranda Hart) shows her fellow nurses how she has had to learn to sew to make clothes that fit her properly since they’re not widely available on the market (Chummy is relatively tall). Later on, Trixie fears she will come under fire for her new platinum pixie cut, inspired by Jean Seberg. Plus, each show focuses on a different story of one of their patients, bringing in all sorts of styles and body types.
All the looks are so colourful–a far cry from what you would see people wearing walking about today (at least here in Vancouver, which is a very neutral-heavy city).
Above: A patient is sad to be told she can’t wear her normal stockings, she’s got to switch to support stockings for the duration of her pregnancy.