Darlings, 1010 Park Place has been home to me for a year now! I’m so honored and grateful to the lovely Brenda Coffee for allowing this old girl to put pen to paper and express my thoughts on style and trends. As a little “thank you” to Brenda, I thought it would be fun to channel one of her favorite style icons, Rene Russo’s character, Catherine Banning, from the movie The Thomas Crown Affair.
Enough can’t be said about style icons. Goodness knows, I have several in my fashion bag of tricks. Whether it’s a fabulous movie character or a real live fashionista, a style icon can be a springboard of inspiration just when you need it.
I have often referred to mine in many fashion dilemmas. A Google search of Linda Fargo helped me achieve an elegant, sophisticated look for a posh wedding. Diane Keaton in the film Something’s Gotta Give was inspiration for an East Coast summer getaway. Style icons are simply another valuable device in our fashion toolbox.
The reason why the character, Catherine Banning, is so interesting is because we know exactly who she is and how much power she has by her style. She is all woman, mature, sexy and smart. Catherine is the perfect match for Pierce Brosnan’s character, and together, they sizzle onscreen.
Ah yes, Pierce… He and I sizzled many years ago after a few pints of Guinness when he was an aspiring actor in Ireland, but that’s another story!
To recreate one of Catherine’s looks from the film, I found the perfect biker jacket from Lamarque. The “Donna” jacket is a sleek and flattering style that’s fitted for a woman and is a classic that will never go out of style. I know… Some of you may be saying this is more of a fall look, but my Darlings… It’s never too early to think about next season’s wardrobe.
In studying Catherine’s ensemble, I knew I needed a stretchy, slim, over the knee skirt. I found just the thing with a high waisted, Longerline pencil skirt by ASOS. A very versatile piece, I’ll be able to create lots of different looks from casual to dressy with this skirt.
To finish my all black edgy look, I needed a chunky lace-up boot. I found many versions of this style, but my favorite was the Cosmo Leather Knee Boots from Altuzzarra, but it’s no longer in stores, so I’m offering you some other choices.
With my Catherine Banning look completed, I’m ready to tackle anything that comes my way, from a roomful of NYPD detectives to one very handsome billionaire.
So you see my Darlings, style inspiration can lift you out of the wardrobe doldrums and reset your fashion game. Now I’m off to the Met for a date with a very debonair Irishman!