Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Joan Crawford in The Women (1939)

The Women is a very interesting film. There are no men in it at all. Men are quoted or talked about or spoken to over the phone but there are none in the picture at all. The women are truly something else. Delightfully catty! This is the story of a bunch of backbiting, gossiping, cat-fighting socialites. It has a great cast with Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell and of course Joan Crawford.

Joan Crawford is an absolute horror (in a love-to-hate-her way)! Admittedly, I know her more from Mommie Dearest than from her actual films, but she has a very Mommie Dearest-esque scene in this with Little Mary. I guess it just came naturally to her.

Given that this is a 1930s film with lots of female characters who are supposed to be rich, there is a wealth of lovely outfits in this movie. I believe I have 3 or 4 in my queue at the moment. Joan Crawford’s character Crystal is a perfume salesgirl in an upscale department store. This is what she wears to work. It is a very simple black dress with pearls and pumps.

Here is my interpretation:
Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Acacia Dress in Black, on sale for $79 via Barney’s New York
Necklace: Dillard’s Sterling Collection White Pearl Statement Necklace, $60
Bracelet: Windsor Pearl Bracelet, $12.90
Shoes: Madden Girl Bluebery in Black Fabric, $49.95 via Zappos
Total: $201.85

I am absolutely thrilled that I got to use something of Marc Jacobs. While doing the research for this blog I encounter a lot of pieces that are perfect but much too expensive to present as practical. I would say 8 out of 10 times those are by Marc Jacobs! His clothes are ladylike and retro without being boring. I was searching for a black dress with puff sleeves and this one popped up. What a great price for this dress – only $79! The only difference is that Joan’s dress has long sleeves and this one has short sleeves.

The rest of this outfit is very simple. She has on a multi-strand pearl necklace and multi-strand pearl bracelet. I didn’t think I would be able to find those at reasonable prices but I did and I think both of these pieces could be worn with lots of different outfits to add some lovely classic appeal. The shoes were simple black pumps, so I have re-used the pumps that I picked for my Claudette Colbert post. Altogether this is a very luxurious look for just at $200!

What I love about this outfit is that it is classic and versatile. You could wear this to the office and then out to a fancy dinner or reception. You could wear this to a wedding or to a more casual party. It is so simple and so classic that it can go just about anywhere.

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