private icon: blue velvet
isabella rossellini paved the way for the famous fabric.
by: ray siegel
October 10 2012
This week's scary, but fahion-y flick is Blue Velvet, the David Lynch's mystery from 1986. Here's the recap in case it's been a decade since you've seen this one: A college student played by Kyle MacLachlan (better known as Charlotte's first husband, Trey MacDougal, from Sex and the City) finds a severed human ear that eventually leads him to uncover a sinister underworld in his home town that he didn't know existed. In this particular cinematic underworld, the inhabitants wore amazing outfits. Isabella Rossellini plays Dorothy—whose classic Italian beauty easily earns her private icon status. Her makeup and wardrobe is everything that was right about the '80s. Anyone who looked that chic during such a questionable time in fashion's history deserves some props—especially if you can pull it off while playing a nightclub singer at the "Slow Club."
Even though Rossellini's character goes through some pretty dark times—this movie is pretty much rated X, so we'll exclude the details—she looks smoking hot and draped in velvet pretty much throughout the movie. (Except for the parts where she's lying nude on the front lawn). From her blue powder shadow right down to her velvet after hours attire, we pretty much want to be her. (Except for the part where she's lying naked on the front lawn).
If you feel a sudden urge to throw on a Blue Velvet gown you're not alone and you have Lana Del Rey to blame for that. She just released her own version of the 1950s pop song "Blue Velvet" for her H&M campaign. We're taking that proof and running with it—and by running with it we mean draping ourselves is as much blue velvet as we can get our hands on.
We'll leave the blue suede to Kevin Bacon—velvet is way sexier. Last week's fashion horror flick icon was Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby: Read it and pop your Peter Pan collar.