Sunday, April 17, 2011

Eve Arden in Mildred Pierce (1945)

To round out Mildred Pierce Week here on Hollywood Fashion Vault, I want to move away from Joan Crawford to her supporting player -- Eve Arden. Eve plays Ida Corwin, Mildred Pierce's mentor/assistant. Ida shoes Mildred the ropes in the restaurant business and then remains her right hand person when Mildred ascends and starts her own place.

(You probably already know that there is a new mini-series remake of Mildred Pierce running now on HBO. It stars Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood. I don't have cable but can't wait to see it on Netflix. If you have seen the new remake, please comment and let everyone know what you think of it.)

Eve Arden, much like Ida Corwin, was forever a great number two. I found when researching her that she was in a ton of films and TV shows that I knew and had a very long and prolific career including: Cover Girl, Night and Day, Grease and Grease 2 (as Principal McGee), The Love Boat, and Falcon Crest.

Since the character of Ida is supposed to take a visual backseat to Mildred and Vida, most of Eve Arden's outfits are rather unremarkable. But I found this lovely one above that seems to be interesting and adaptable to modern everyday attire. It includes a neutral colored skirt, peep toe shoes and a belted tropical print tunic.

Here is my interpretation: (Click on the image for a larger and more detailed view.)

Top: Macy's, Style & Co. Top, Kimono Sleeve Printed Drop Waist Peplum Tunic, on sale for $22.99
Belt: Urban Outfitters, Urban Renewal Leather Obi Wrap Belt in Black, $28
Skirt: Arden B, Full Cotton Skirt on sale for $17.50
Total: $88.48

First off, this whole outfit is under $90!! That doesn't happen often, especially not for work appropriate look with more than three elements. The shoes are simple and classic and could be worn with any number of other outfits. The skirt has great movement and body to it and it is on sale for a fantastic price. The print on the top is not a graphic or tropical as I would have hoped for but it has an evocative print and the sleeves that look like a tunic (dolman sleeve). With the obi belt, it should fit much like Eve's top. The leather belt also elevates what might otherwise be a rootless (kind of wacky) top. What fun (and inexpensive) experimentation with fun office attire.

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