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Unlikely Style Icon: Prince In “Purple Rain” Does A Frilly Shirt Proud

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There’s really only one man who can get away with wearing a blouse, and that’s Mr. Purple Rain himself, Prince. Nearly 30 years after “Purple Rain” debuted, Prince is still killing it style-wise, and the recent Twitter convert’s music is still as relevant and sexy as ever. Seriously, did you hear his new track, “Breakfast Can Wait”? But how do you wear Prince? Very carefully, as it turns out. Very carefully.

We were intrigued by the possibility of taking his purple-suited awesomeness and translating it into a modern, lady-friendly look (though you’ll have to find your own hair mousse, sorry). Click through to see just how we did.

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Unlikely Style Inspiration: Dorothy Parker, On The Occasion Of Her Birthday

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Today is Dorothy Parker’s birthday. A poet, critic, screenwriter and satirist, Parker made a name for herself by writingly darkly witty and vicious essays and poems. She began her career as a journalist, writing for outlets like Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, before coming into her own as a poet and author. And eventually moved to Hollywood to work as a screenwriter, where she penned the Oscar-nominated “A Star Is Born” and “Smash Up: The Story Of A Woman.” She was known for her morbid, salacious humor. Witness her poem Résumé: Keep reading »

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Unlikely Style Icon: Oceanographer (And Man Of Style) Jacques Cousteau

The other day when we were looking at Dead Sexy Guys, we realized that Jacques Cousteau — in addition to being an absolute sea life genius — was actually a pretty stylish gentleman. After all, he inspired the costuming in “The Life Aquatic” and he was able to carry off wearing a red knit cap without looking too ruddy. That’s tough! In honor of Jacques, we decided to do a style stealer on him — with a twist. We’re not advocating that you walk around wearing a red knit cap, after all. Click through to see what we picked!

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Unlikely Style Icon: Faye Dunaway In “Bonnie And Clyde”

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Faye Dunaway is one of the world’s all-time beauties. And Faye Dunaway in “Bonnie and Clyde” is absolutely beyond belief. Faye’s gap-tooth gorgeousness is put to good use in the rollicking bang-em-up, and the styling in the film is through the roof. Costume designer Theodora van Runkle earned an Oscar nomination for her work on the picture, and we’re totally in love with the slim ’30s skirts, slightly askew berets and tight-fitting suits and sweaters that were Bonnie’s signature look. After the jump, we show you how to get Bonnie’s awesome style. Gun and Warren Beatty optional.

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Unlikely Style Icon: Bjork

Yeah, everybody knows Bjork for her wackadoodle swan dress she wore to the 2001 Oscars, but there’s so much more to her.Take this outfit she wore to the Webby Awards earlier this week — a futuristic Iris Van Herpen dress paired with wild multi-colored locks. It’s totally not something that most of us could wear, but it’s completely Bjork-appropriate and somehow it works on her. And hey, she owns it. In a 2005 interview, she said, “I guess I was a bit of a lost case from the start really, I started really young dressing up in my grandfather’s clothes. I remember my grandpa had like woolen really thick pants, you know, and I cut off the legs by the knee and then they were long for me.”

Bjork’s just magical like that, and she teaches us all that if you want to wear something a little different, a little crazy, you just have to own it — just like Bjork completely owns her unique way of singing.  After the jump, more of our fave Bjork style moments, and not a whiff of that swan dress among them.

Unlikely Style Inspiration: Liv Tyler In “Empire Records”

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This past weekend, I watched the classic ’90s movie “Empire Records,” which follows a day in the life of an independent record store and all of its employees (indie records stores, remember those?). Over the course of the film, one girl (Robin Tunney from “The Craft”) tries to commit suicide and shaves her head, another (Renee Zellweger) sleeps with a washed up rock star, and yet another gets into Harvard and falls in love with her best friend (yep, Liv). Also, nobody seems to actually work.

My friends and I were really coveting Liv’s femme take on grunge, so I thought I’d see if I could copy her iconic look. Check it out after the jump.
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Unlikely Style Icon: Lol From “This is England ’86″

Last week I watched “This is England ’86,” the follow up mini-series to the 2006 film “This is England,” about a crew of non-racist skinhead kids in England in the 1980s. Starring the same group of relative unknown featured in the original film, “This is England ’86″ centers on the story of Lol, a young skinhead girl who’s at a crossroads in her romantic relationship and who must make a difficult family decision. I fell in love with the actress playing Lol–Vicky McClure, and her mod skinhead style. Lol is tomboy-ish without losing her essential femininity, tough as nails but sweet to the core. Be sure to check out the movies–and steal her style after the jump! Keep reading »

Unlikely Style Icon: Ms. Frizzle From “The Magic Schoolbus”

Growing up, The Magic Schoolbus was one of my favorite series of books and TV shows. While my school’s budget was slashed to the point where our class field trips consisted of walking outside and looking for bugs in parking lot mud puddles, Ms. Frizzle was using her magic schoolbus to launch her class into outer space or shrinking it down to the size of a blood cell to explore the human circulatory system. Obviously this lady was an awesome teacher, but she also rocked some sweet personal style. After the jump, a toned-down take on her signature outfit… Keep reading »

Unlikely Style Icon: The Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling

Recognize these women? They’re the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, better known as G.L.O.W. — the female counterpart to the WWE. We happen to think they have incredible style — and we’re pretty sure American Apparel agrees. After all, they seem to have built an entire scantily-clad empire by biting G.L.O.W.’s look. If you want to rock a leotard look while pulling a mean double suplex move, we’ve got some stylish options for you after the jump. Keep reading »

Unlikely Style Inspiration: “Roseanne”

I went to the University of Hawaii for a semester during my junior year of college. I had a room with an inexplicably king-sized bed and a panoramic view of the ocean. There was a farmer’s market down the street that sold fresh pineapples and papayas. I ate shaved ice for breakfast and sweet bread for dinner and it was generally just as awesome as it sounds. But you know what some of my best Hawaiian memories consist of? Lying in that king-sized bed and watching syndicated episodes of “Roseanne.” Sad but true: I love this show more than I love panoramic views of the Pacific.

I understand if you don’t share my love for the Connor clan, but can we all at least admit that these characters were unsung style heroes of the ’90s? I mean, they looked just like us — sometimes a little worse — and they totally owned it. Click through for a thoroughly modern take on the “Roseanne” look… Keep reading »

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