Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Gina Lollobrigida in Beat the Devil (1953)

Beat the Devil is a strange film. I think I will need to watch it a few more times to really understand what happened. It has a fantastic cast though and it is very funny. It is basically a farce played as if it was completely serious. Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida and a great cast of character actors are all fantastic.

Gina Lollobrigida is so incredibly pretty they focus almost exclusively on close-up shots of her! I had a hard time getting just this one picture of the dress I wanted to use. This outfit is pretty vampy and definitely not office appropriate. But, one should be open to the idea of all-out fabulousness some of the time.

Here is my interpretation:

Dress: Victoria’s Secret Strapless Ruched Dress in Ladybug Red with Black, $58
Shrug: White House/Black Market, Ruffle Shrug on sale for $39.99
Stockings:, Gipsy French Back Seam Tights, $10.15
Shoes:, Seduce Peep-Toe Pumps with Instep Cutout, $44.88
Total: $153.02

If something is a novelty dress, I don’t like the idea of spending tons of money on it. I think this qualifies as practical from a fiscal perspective. Gina’s dress appears to be black and white but after seeing this dress on some of the movie posters, I decided to look for something red and black instead. I think that this strapless dress with a band of black around the middle plus the shrug simulates the wrap-around black effect of Gina’s dress. The ruching mimics the white/red part of her outfit as well. I then went all out and added some back seam tights for a really retro feel (and for their slimming effect) and some vampy peep-toe shoes. So, you see this outfit is not for the meek. But then again, Gina Lollobrigida was anything but meek. I mean see how fabulous she looks sunbathing with Jennifer Jones.

Even with the extras, this look is only a little over $150. This would definitely be a look for going out for a special dinner or dancing. Where else could you wear a look like this?

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