A Year of Marilyn (Monroe)


We seem to be experiencing the resurrection of Marilyn Monroe. With last year’s preface of Michelle Williams in the film “My Week With Marilyn,” the hit television series, “Smash” whose premise is the mounting of “Bombshell,” a biographic musical, Encore’s revival of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and the books “Marilyn’s Last Sessions” (Michel Schneider), “Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years” (Keith Badman) and “Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox” (Lois Banner), appreciation and examination is rampant. It would be lovely if curves and femininity came back into fashion. Still, there are wardrobe emulations. Some below.

Cancity Dress

Even without curves this would be smashing, but imagine it with your own bust and hips filling out the shape. Elegant, sexy, yet covered. The less flamboyant side of Marilyn. Light in which she shone. Long enough to imply modesty. Wrap style dress in slightly off white using tightly woven, Japanese fabric engineered to create soft, yet concentrated drape with subtle shine. Hook and eye closure, elastic column and volume around the collar twisted in direction of wrap to pull in waist and create waterfall at wrap point. 100% silk, fully lined. Also in vintage pink and salmon $340.00

Esmeralda Halter Top by Reiss

Definitely her. Fill it out to emphasize your waist. Wear red, red lipstick and a long, pencil skirt or fitted pants and high heels. Terrific summer look, show stopping bombshell style. Have a good back please. Sexy top in bright, sunshiny yellow. Sheer multi-layered pleats with deep v-front, it has a camisole base for discretion. Nipped waist flares at hem to trend peplum. Secures at the center of the low, low back with simple hook and eye fastening. $150.00

Bathing Suits

Below Left: Norma Kamali: Bill Mio Swimsuit- Definitely retro inspired. Once upon a time it was understood that there’s more mystery in less skin and this not only shows your figure but looks better of you actually HAVE one. Bright white for great tans, colorful covers and hats. Purity? I don’t think so. Make the most of the illusion. Norma Jean’s calendar girl years. Classic ruching with sweetheart neckline. Smooth, couture poly-jersey fabric. $350.00

Above Right: Norma Kamali Ruched Halterneck Swimsuit- Kamali’s always understood timeless glamour. She was one of the first to bring back shoulders and nipped waists, peplums and pencils. A plunging neckline truly worthy of Marilyn. Practice your pout in the mirror. Emphasize breathing out when you speak just a bit more. And for God’s sakes stand up straight. This is the kind of garment pin-ups wore in World War II to keep the soldiers going. Slip a skirt on over it and you’re ready for cocktails on the terrace or beach. Emerald polyester. Low back, fully lined. Slips on. 100% polyester. Hand wash. $350.00

Golden Goddess

Below Left: Alice by Temperley River Golden Belted, Lame Gown- Red carpet here you come. Marilyn at the Oscars the year of “The Misfits.” Everything depends on proportion. If it fits, it can be shortened. Draped silhouette in gold lame for the golden girl of the hour. Draped, wrap effect front, ruched panels at the waist, wrap- around tie belt, concealed hook and zipper fastening at the back. Fully lined. Polyester/elastane. It travels. Can be hand washed. $545.00

Above Right: Dolce and Gabbana- Beautiful long line sheath. Very simple, very Marilyn. If you want to add a belt, keep it narrow, don’t gild the lily. Wear with a shrug/cropped jacket. She might wear a little fur. Gold-tone sleeveless satin dress featuring a scoop neck, front seam detailing, a fitted waist, a central back vent and a back zip fastening. Sheen, not shine. $556.00

Marilyn in the Backyard (yes, she had one)

Below Top: Ralph Lauren Toast Suede Charlize Top - Ok, hers was probably not suede but it would have looked just like this, the halter with silver-tone front catch, draped bust with keyhole cut-out, concealed side zipper, open back. 100% luxe lamb leather. $1865.00

Above Bottom: Balenciaga Fluid Crepe Shorts – Easy over feminine hips, short but not scandalous, skirty fullness. Like tap shorts worn in all the early musicals. Good to show off posteriors. Rehearsal apparel for Marilyn or sun wear for summers in the California sun. Great on trend color. Not to mentioning just owning shorts made by Balenciaga. Coral-pink triacetate/polyester. High rise and pleated front with hidden top hook and side zipper fastening. Loose fitting. Side pockets, one back patch pocket. Wide belt loops-try one of your husband’s neckties as a sash like Fred Astaire used to do. $498.00

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