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private icon: blue velvet

isabella rossellini paved the way for the famous fabric.

by: ray siegel

October 10 2012

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Aside from the leaves changing colors and our corner coffee shop bringing back spiced hot chocolate, there are two things we love most about October: Our annual It issue hits newsstands and, duh, Halloween. So naturally we decided to indulge a bit and combine these two amazing things... The result: A weekly countdown of our It Horror Heroines! So invite a friend over, lock the front door, and get ready to get your scream on (and some major Halloween costume inspiration, too).  

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.

PRIVATE ICON BLUE VELVET
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