What is it about a show following a foursome of fabulous women that makes it so compulsively watchable? Sex & the City, Designing Women, Girlfriends — the formula has been a proven hit, time after time. To figure out why, we of course have to refer to the OG of female foursome TV: The Golden Girls. Following the lives of sexy seniors raunching it up in a Miami retirement community, the multi-Emmy winner introduced the four archetypes that would be the secret sauce for the success of all it’s imitators: The Witty Everywoman (ie, the leader of the pack), the Innocent (ie, the lovable airhead), the Vixen (ie, the tart who’ll steal your man and giggle about it), and the Realist (ie, the wise-cracking shade-thrower). This combination? Ratings gold.
To celebrate Girls’ creator Lena Dunham‘s first SNL hosting gig, let’s take a look at some of our favorite female foursomes in TV history. Sofia Petrillo forever.
Female buddy films are the Manolo Mary Jane pumps of Hollywood (i.e., so rare they’re almost nonexistent!). But the best ones — like The Heat, premiering this weekend — portray lady relationships as the complicated, rich, hilarious animals they are. From classics like Thelma & Louise to popcorn fare like Charlie’s Angels, check out our favorite estrogen-soaked casts in history.
Considering we’ve had our fair share of amfAR stories on this blog, we’ve realized it’s the place to really push for fashion. Want to change up your look? This is the place? Want to show off fabulous gowns by the really serious designers? Definitely the space. Yesterday’s amfAR gala, held at Cipriani’s Wall Street in New York, was the ideal space to really class things up, considering it was a party to kick off Fall 2013 edition of Fashion Week. And where there’s fashion, there’s Sarah Jessica Parker. We’re still trying to wrap our heads around her Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2013 Couture gown. We love the texture and the fuchsia but are still trying to “get” the black and white skinny, long scarf. The whole thing seems to be swamping her figure. Heidi Klum, as expected, went the sexy route wearing a plunging, shimmering Michael Kors black gown buffed up with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. The two real surprises were Ashley Greene and Lindsay Lohan. Ashley is stunning but she regularly gets one element of her look wrong. Not this time, we thought she looked like a goddess in her white Giambattista Valli gown with the gold laurel leaf belt. The hair worked. The makeup worked. Everything worked. Then there was Lindsay who wore a sparkly, tasseled Theia Spring 2011 gown. Let’s just ignore her hair for a second, because she looks pretty damn okay, right? The gown’s sexy and her body looks good. This is a huge step forward! Now if only her hair and makeup would follow suit — we’d be happy campers.
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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are #1! Well, of course, you knew that already, but the latest way they’re on top is a rather convoluted (are there any other kind) list from Forbes: “Hollywood’s Highest-Grossing Romantic Couples.” To come up with this list, the magazine calculated domestic box-office grosses from romantic movies in the past three years. That meant that the Twilight stars were the only ones with more than one movie in the mix. (Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth landed at #4 with only the second Sex and the City movie counted.)
So, yeah, the numbers feel a little awkward, but Twilight’s $3 billion gross (in more than the past three years) was bound to trump the others no matter how you twist things. Plus, it’s a fun list to look at. Here are the rankings:
1. Rob and Kristen, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, $1.17 billion
2. Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, The Vow, $125 million
3. Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, Just Go With It, $103 million
4. Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth, Sex and the City 2, $95 million
5. Julianne Moore and Steve Carell, Crazy, Stupid, Love., $84 million
6. Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, Dear John, $80 million
7. Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, No Strings Attached, $71 million
8. Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus, The Last Song, $63 million
9. Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling, The Lucky One, $60 million
10. Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, Water for Elephants, $59 million.
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We may not have the big bucks to get the fancy blowouts celebrities get done by the best hairstylists, but there’s at least one thing we can get that puts us in the same league. Hair accessories, which have been huge this year! Floral head-pieces, sparkling stars, crystal hair-bows, and minimal metallic headbands have been all the rage and spotted on the likes of Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence. And plenty more, but we’ve culled out our top 15 looks for you out of all of 2012.
A couple of stand-outs for us. Sarah Jessica Parker‘s custom Mickey Mouse ears made by L’Wren Scott, worn when she hosted the Barneys New York And Disney Electric Holiday Window Unveiling in November, were to die for. Emma Stone‘s delicate gold Jennifer Behr laurel leaf bandeaux worn at the The Amazing Spider-Man premiere at Oktyabr cinema hall in Moscow in June had us floored. Chloe Moretz also wore a darling crystal hair-bow at the National Board of Review Awards gala in January that wasn’t just age-appropriate. We insist it’s appropriate for every age. Which means a 30-year-old woman (i.e. this writer) gets to wear one and not feel like we’re edging in on a 14-year-old’s style territory! Feel free to pore through our gallery for the rest of the looks!
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Correction, this headline may be a tad misleading. Sarah Jessica Parker and Christina Ricci did justice to the event they were photographed at — a preview of HBO’s Vogue documentary: “In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye”, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York yesterday. Dianna Agron, not so much. We can’t understand why she didn’t bring the glamor she exemplified at “2012 Ripple of Hope” gala on Monday night. We understand the midi-length of her dress — she wore head-to-toe Bottega Veneta, which normally, would be a good thing — is on trend but we can’t help but think she looks frumpy, especially with the heavy, clumpy shoes. The makeup isn’t really working as well as her lips really need a pop of color. SJP on the other hand, reminded us of her character Carrie from Sex and The City mixing and matching a cobalt blue coat with a gorgeous rose-printed vintage frock, with jazzy Jean Michel Cazabat pointed pumps, a Fendi bag and Fred Leighton jewels. If we had ever attempted that outfit, we’d be laughed out of the building. We also loved Christina’s textured black outfit which comprises herringbone fitted top and a taffeta skirt all from Richard Chai love. The navy blue suede pumps and the berry lips are a nice touch too. Ms. Agron will get it right the next time, we’re sure.
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If you’ve looked at the last two posts — the trend-spotted and the worst-dressed list — about the Elle Women in Hollywood event, you’d know a best-list was en route. Only, it’s not. Because we can’t decide whether the ensembles these ladies wore were just plain cray or really chic, and we’re going to tell you why so that the final verdict is yours. Cate Blanchett, as usual pushes the envelope in this printed Proenza Schouler dress with Roger Vivier shoes and clutch and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry. It’s not hard to see why we’re split between cray and chic. Does the whole outre outfit come together, or does the print clash, especially with the black Vivier shoes. We heart Emma Stone forever, and we’ve seen and loved those houndstooth Ferragamo heels before at the The Amazing Spider-Man press conference in Tokyo four months ago. But those intense bangs with the hot pink Valentino with the Peter Pan collar and cuffs — twee or werkin’ it? The steely Calvin Klein Sarah Jessica Parker wore begs the same questions. Is the architectural bodice — and you can say this with us now — cray-cray or chic?
The next lot has Kristen Wiig, Anna Kendrick and Jayma Mays. Kristen’s hair looks so shiny and healthy and we adore the green Calvin Klein dress on her, which is clearly, in the chic category. But do those clunky Nicholas Kirkwood platforms take the whole thing to cray-town? Anna’s black with gold embroidery strapless Badgley Mischka dress is ace, especially with that metallic Mulberry clutch and Brian Atwood pumps. But does the sheer paneling at the waist it take it ’80′s cray territory? Lastly, Jayma’s electric blue Alexandra Vidal dress is spot-on trend thanks to the peplum and the color goes wonderfully with her hair and coloring. That purple Rebecca Minkoff clutch is crazy cool too! But … do her multi-colored, bondage-like Brian Atwood sandals look a little cray to you? So much chic and so much crazy, our heads are spinning. Busy Philipps, Rashida Jones and Erika Christensen after the jump! Read more…
Which supermodel and which Kate, you ask? A little background first. The occasion was the 3rd Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles, and from what we’ve seen from the best-dressed lists at amfAR’s galas in Cannes, you really got to bring on the serious gownage. And while many ladies aspired to be the best, only three prevailed. So we’ll start with the Kate first — Kate Hudson. She was sexy, glamorous and totally bodacious in a fire-engine red Prabal Gurung Resort 2013 gown which featured cut-outs on the shoulders and a plunging neckline. It fit her like a glove and we loved the hair and makeup choices. The swept-back, wavy ponytail was the right choice, as was the nude, glossy makeup. The supermodel on this list is Alessandra Ambrosio. Before you yell “no fair” because she’s a supermodel, let us remind you that being a supermodel and having great style are not synonymous at all. We’ve seen some of the world’s most sought-after models make terrible sartotial choices. We’re looking at you, Erin Wasson. Alessandra picked a stunning black lace Zuhair Murad Spring 2012 gown and did a subtle smoky eye and simple hair with it, making it a no-brainer for this best-dressed list. Completing this triad was amfAR’s special guest for the night, Sarah Jessica Parker. She chose to keep it sleek and simple in a black jumspuit with flared trousers, paired with wavy hair and an architectural silver pendant. Trust her to shake things up and convert us to jumpsuit enthusiasts, which we normally are not.
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In truth, celebrities’ children are not actually any cuter than regular kids, and we should not be here to judge one small, nonprofessional child against the other. BUT. After spending a week perusing through squee-worthy Twitpics of Snooki’s and Vanessa Lachey’s babies, catching sightings of Halle Berry and Denise Richards taking their kids to the pumpkin patch, seeing Emme Anthony fall asleep on J.Lo’s lap at a Paris fashion show, and more, we decided we just had to do something with all of this collective cuteness. And so we decided to make you decide which of these is the most adorable of all. We’re sure you’ll be up for the task.
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You have to admit that Sarah Jessica Parker is looking pretty fierce on this November cover of Elle. Love her or not-so love her, you still have to admit that SJP really has the goods! That very sexy cut-out dress in Calvin Klein and the spectacular, almost tribal looking necklace is by House of Lavande, FYI. This cover story has also piqued our interest. It’s a “Women In Hollywood” section filled with stars like Emma Watson, Octavia Spencer and Elle Fanning, apart from Sarah Jessica, talking about their experiences in the industry. All styled to the nines of course! Emma, for instance, talks about her Harry Potter history, stating, ”I just knew, from the moment I read “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” that I was meant to play that role…I put one of the Potter films on the other night. And it was amazing to me that I had done all of that. I have to remind myself every now and then.” Octavia’s story is a juicy one, as she talks about standing up to a powerful producer in H-Town, revealing, “Early on I had to stand up to a producer – I won’t say who, but he is famous, famous. He dressed me down in a crowded office. I told him right there in front of a hundred people, ‘You don’t know me well enough to use that tone’…And then I ran to the bathroom and cried like a baby. But he never addressed me that way again. And he is known as a yeller.”
As for our cover celebrity, SJP brings up playing the character of “Carrie” on Sex And The City for so long. While wearing a gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress and Casadei heels, of course. She says she doesn’t want to repeat the same role in the future, with, “I don’t love the idea of playing another woman who loves fashion and is slightly flawed in New York City. I loved Carrie, and I don’t want to do the poor man’s version of her. And while those are often the lucrative things to do, it’s more reason to look in the other direction.” Apparently, there’s going to be a “Women in Hollywood” event mid-month too, so we’re going to keep our eyes peeled for that one.
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