Here Are A Few Designer Confections That The Hollywood Icon Would Love To Be Gifted
GLOBAL — We usher in June with a birthday salute to Marilyn Monroe, who would have turned 88 on June 1st. The young orphaned girl who started life as Norma Jeane Mortenson a.k.a. Baker, was the epitome of Hollywood glamour with her come-hither look, pouty pucker, and sultry style. She had a presence, a mystery and an allure that seemed to spark a photo or pop off the screen – men loved her and women wanted to be her. Her life has inspired biopics such as My Week With Marilyn (2011) starring Michelle Williams, and her look has launched beauty campaigns including a collection from MAC.
For my latest mission I’ve done some sleuthing, digging through old pics and video footage to explore her personal style. Ironically, one of Marilyn’s most memorable fashion moments comes from her role as ‘The Girl’ in The Seven Year Itch. Who’s not familiar with the iconic image of Marilyn pushing down the wispy skirt of her pleated white halter dress? Although the scene never actually appeared in the film, it created an unforgettable image in film history that has been immortalized on posters, post cards, even coffee mugs. The dress has also been duplicated – the classic styling of the flirty frock is stylish even today. It surely launched the popularity of halter dresses and full skirts.
In honor of her birthday, here are a few designer confections that Marilyn would surely love to be gifted if she was a young Hollywood starlet today.
When it came to beauty, what really popped on Marilyn was her crimson-red lip. She rocked the bold red lip like no other – it was all in the pout and the lipstick. The Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in 1 Le Rouge, $35, would definitely be in her beauty arsenal.
Rumored to have shaved down the heel on one of her shoes to create her signature walk, Marilyn would be giddy to unwrap a package containing a pair of Christian Louboutin ‘Athena Alta 100’ leopard-print and patent-leather sandals, $895. She would have adored the red soles, as it was one of her favorite colors.
When Marilyn was once asked, “What do I wear in bed?” She famously replied, “Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.” Reportedly she also spiked her bath with the fragrance. She would go bananas for Coco Noir Eau De Parfum, $98 for 1.7 oz. It comes in the brand’s trademark square perfume bottle, but in opaque black.
Another beauty essential that would be on Marilyn’s radar would be an eyeliner to create those dreamy eyes. She wore brown rather than black, most likely for a softer look. A gel formula such as Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Espresso Ink, $24, would have the staying power this diva would need.
While other screen sirens of the era favorited oversized sunnies, Marilyn frequently sported cat-eye frames. She would look trés chic in the Tom Ford Nastasya metal cat-eye sunglasses in Rose Gold, $380.
Happy birthday Marilyn!
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