Tuesday, April 19, 2011

outfit of the week–red dress and ballet flats


This classic duo comes via Natalie Wood in the final scene of the movie West Side Story(1961).  It’s sort of a “how to keep a red dress prim” look – which is hard to do if you think about it.  This look isn’t about siren; it’s more about the power and passionate strength (expressed by the color) of innocent love (expressed by the shape).  In the end this young and naïve character is stronger and wiser than all of the rest and ends up their teacher. You can view the final scene in last Sunday Night’s Sadness.


DIY for £89.00 at Styleshake


ASOS Tailored Fit and flare dress £45.00


The Neena 1950’s swing dress $89 The Red Dress Shoppe


Black ballet flats $29.50 American Eagle Outfitters


Vera Wang Lillian flat $195 Nordstrom


Capezio black ballet slippers $25.45 Shoebuy.com


Long Sheer Scarf Wrap $9.99 Amazon


14K engravable cross necklace $345 Shimmer and Stone




PS  For another more modern take check out 2009’s West Side Story Revisited photographed by Mark Seliger for Vanity Fair featuring Camilla Belle as Maria and Jennifer Lopez as Anita – the red dress pictured here on Camilla was by DKNY.


photo by Mark Seliger for Vanity Fair