Get the Look: The Cosby Show and Denise’s Inimitable Style

Last week we brought you unlikely fashion inspiration from M*A*S*H (and you loved it; admit it). This week we really geek-out, presenting a look-book inspired by…wait for it!…The Cosby Show, which premiered on TV on this day in 1984. Don’t click away just yet; we aren’t paying tribute to Cliff Huxtable’s sweater collection. (Although we might someday!) Today we are hot for Denise, the undisputed style-star champion of the show, if not in all of television history. (Come on; just try and name someone with more naturally ingrained style gravitas. We dare you.) Denise stole our hearts from the get-go when she tried to knock-off a designer shirt to help little brother Theo impress a date in season one. Her sewing skills may have been lacking, but her own carefully styled outfits (Lisa Bonet wore all of her own clothes for the show) was where she excelled. Lace, fringe, neon, glitter and, later, rastafari punk—Denise embraced all the trends of the 1980s and made them her own. What about you? Would you embrace Denise’s look? —Rachel Chambers

Get the Look: Hot Lips Reporting For Duty!

On this day in 1972, M*A*S*H premiered on CBS, featuring Loretta Swit as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan, squeezed into the snuggest pair of army-green cargo pants you ever saw. Set in an American hospital unit during the Korean War, the show is an unlikely fashion inspiration—would it not be for the fact that this fall the military look is making its umpteenth comeback, one perhaps led by the J Brand’s ultra skinny “Houlihan” cargo pants, released earlier this year. Everyone from Hilary Duff to Rihanna has been seen in Houlihans, a pant that pairs well with decidedly noncombative pieces, such as slinky tops, the highest heels and lots of chain jewelry, a look Hot Lips herself could surely appreciate. This a look you wouldn’t want to wear to report for active combat duty, but it’s just right for any city assignment. In honor of Hot Lips and the 38th anniversary of the premiere of M*A*S*H, here’s some inspiration to help you get the look. —Rachel Chambers

M*A*S*H Get the Look

Get the Look: Go Gamine Like Jean

Jean Seberg was all about classic pieces worn with a great personality. If you’ve got the gusto and want to capture her signature style, the first step is to crop your hair. A pixie cut oozes self-confidence and also gives a laid-back quality to a woman’s style. Next fill your wardrobe with Seberg’s basics: striped tops and dresses, cropped slim-fit pants and flats. Imbue with your fabulous personality and fresh, simple makeup and you’re ready to go.

Jean Seberg's Simple + Chic Look

Get the Look: Jane Derby

Half the time I read the day’s Stories Behind the Styles, be it some cool little tidbit about a lost story from fashion history or a snappy bio on a long-forgotten style icon, and my “covet gene” triggers into overdrive. If I don’t stop myself, I lose the next several hours scouring the Internet for the perfect score so I can find and wear the style or designer—or whatever—before anyone else does. It’s a sickness! Today was one of those days.

The Jane Derby story was so interesting to me: How can a person be so successful and famous that she is nicknamed “The dressmaker of Seventh Avenue,” make these incredible clothes, launch the career of Oscar de la Renta and then just drop from history? The covet gene kicked in: I had to have a Jane Derby of my own!

Fortunately, serendipity intervened and I didn’t need to waste hours looking: While searching for the morning’s Fashion Alerts I stumbled across this stunning Oscar de la Renta dress on my favorite vintage clothing site, Rare Vintage. Is this dress amazing or what? The first image that came to mind—after the Schiaparelli surrealist “tear dress”—was of Marion from the party scene in Two Days in Paris—which might be my absolute favorite Cinemode look ever. Read More »

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