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Out of the Box: Look of the Week

1 May

Fancy frocks aplenty at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Plus various other red carpet looks on this edition of Look of the Week including bold prints and the 70s influence I can’t get enough of reigns once again.

Gillian JacobsGillian Jacobs is killing it in Peter Pilotto showing why she is a resident Out of the Box member as she often leans towards daring, patterned choices like this one. Pairing this dress with black strappy platforms and super soft curls mixes retro glamour with Old Hollywood chic; Jacobs looks stunning.

Lucy LiuA beaded Naeem Khan dress for Lucy Liu and this is simple chic at its best. Red lipstick adds an extra pop and the hair down approach adds a softness to the whole ensemble.

Darby StanchfieldAs the White House Press Secretary on Scandal we’re used to seeing Darby Stanchfield standing behind a podium in various forms of business wear so it is good to see her in something a little more fancy (and with a whole lot less drama going on) and this ivory Ludmila Corlateanu gown is just that.

Troian BellisarioAlso taking a break from TV drama is Troian Bellisario from Pretty Little Liars and even though I stopped watching some time ago I still really want to know who A is. The gold belt detail enlivens this white dress and there is a dash of 70s summer cocktail party to the whole cut of it.

Juno TempleSpeaking of my favorite style decade here is Juno Temple at the Far from the Madding Crowd premiere embracing 70s print in Saint Laurent and I am reminded by both Temple and Gillian Jacobs that platform heels are the only ones that don’t break my feet. Well those and the gaudy metallic silver wedges I wore when I was 16. I probably won’t be digging those out again.

Sophie TurnerTaking a break from capes is Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner decked out in Louis Vuitton Resort 2015 at the annual Garden Brunch in Washington DC over the weekend and as with Michelle Williams in everything Louis Vuitton I am definitely feeling the mixture of textures, patterns, buttons and zips.

Mae Whitman and Mamie GummerLady suit alert! Mae Whitman wears the appropriately titled “Boob Suit” from Rachel Antonoff at Refinery29’s digital content presentation (so much exciting stuff on their roster) looking equal parts edgy and adorable. Of course there are bonus red lipstick points and I am forever drawing hearts around her name.

Mamie Gummer does the whole effortless chic thing in skinny jeans, white tee suede boots and a coat that skirts near bathrobe territory, but manages to look super cool at the same time. Yes I would spill something down both outfits in an instant and be super sad about it.

Elisabeth MossAs with my complicated feelings about jumpsuits/rompers, the crop top is another one that falls into this category. Elisabeth Moss at the Chaplin Award Gala in Nha Khanh is the perfect amount of crop to the top with that slight sliver of torso on display (don’t get me wrong I am all for other people wearing this garment, but it terrifies me personally). This is a really pretty outfit and the graphic print/length of the skirt gives it a retro feel and still manages to avoid all Mad Men influence comparisons.

Mad Men 7.11 Peggy dressI wrote a whole thing about Peggy in the most recent episode of Mad Men but one thing I didn’t cover was how much I love this dress. Peggy’s style has been so much sharper this season and this is partly down to her growing confidence and because the new decade is hitting all her sartorial points. I would 100% wear this today.

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Zooey Deschanel Covers the September Issue of Marie Claire

6 Aug

The discussion about negative online comments has taken center stage in the media recently after a campaign to feature a woman on a Bank of England note has led to several high profile female writers receiving an increased amount of horrifying threats via Twitter. In the forthcoming September issue of Marie Claire, New Girl star Zooey Deschanel talks about her own experience with the less pleasant side of the Internet in an extract the magazine has released.

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This is a subject that Deschanel has previously discussed and in a past interview with Glamour magazine Deschanel commented “I want to be a fucking feminist and wear a fucking Peter Pan collar. So fucking what?” This stems from criticism about Deschanel including being a so-called real life Manic Pixie Dream Girl (an archetype which has thankfully been declared dead – the article that Nathan Rabin coined the term in is great, everything that followed not so much) and how what she wears or how she talks diminishes the value of her work. I’ve been a big fan of Deschanel since I saw Almost Famous and I was surprised by the amount of vitriol that was dished out when New Girl debuted. It was understandable why Jess the character was receiving flack as there were some issues with how cartoony Jess was in these early episodes, but it was the overtly personal Deschanel laden barbs that were surprising.

In what could be viewed as a follow on from the Peter Pan collar remark, Deschanel says that criticism directed her way is often about how she looks or acts “Everything you’ve done doesn’t matter because you wore the wrong thing or you speak in a way that’s feminine or you identify yourself as feminine. And I just think that’s bullshit.” Deschanel believes negative comments can also stifle creativity as people might not want to put themselves out there out of fear of getting bashed online and this is part of the inspiration behind her site Hello Giggles. While I’m sure there will always be Deschanel detractors it’s also really great to see some with her status happily refer to herself as a feminist and provide a space online like this.

The cover story mentions a new look, which from the styling on the cover is serving up an Almost Famous aesthetic moving from 60s twee to 70s rocker. There’s a dash of the 90s with the plaid jacket showing that grunge is definitely sneaking its way back in this season with Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent fall collection. The signature bangs are still there after speculation (yes there was Zooey Deschanel bangs speculation) after the Met Gala that she was maybe growing them out.

New Girl returns Tuesday, September 17.

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