Edward Scissorhands

 

Edward Scissorhands / Dress: Ella Moss, $248 (Pacific Trading Co.) / Jacket: Mystree, $108 (Pacific Trading Co.) / Shoes: (Stylist's Own) / Ice & Vine Necklace, $125 (Blank Verse Jewelry) / Earrings: $85 (Blank Verse Jewelry) 

On our last day of Holiday Fashion Week, there's no better way to feature cold-weather fashion than with a nod to the ice dance in the movie "Edward Scissorhands." Tim Burton’s cinematic worlds and the characters that fill them are rich with quirk, depth and an unmistakable good-natured darkness. Everything—from the wardrobe and makeup to the color of the paint on the walls—is carefully selected and ripe with meaning. In this film, Edward’s gothic black jumpsuit, wild hair and menacing scissorhands are juxtaposed by the radiance of his love interest, played by Winona Ryder. She wears bright colors like yellow and teal, and has long, strawberry blonde hair that frames a sweet, young face with doe eyes.

Her character’s shining style moment comes as the central family sets up its Christmas decorations. Edward sculpts an ice angel with his unique hands, sending faux snowflakes flying. Ryder twirls in the falling flakes, stunning and pure in an off-the-shoulder, long white dress. It’s a beautiful, and Burton-esquely bizarre, winter wonderland moment. Re-create this look with a sparkly, retro-inspired, layered holiday dress. Add a white faux fur jacket, and a statement necklace like this one from Blank Verse Jewelry which was created specifically for this look. —Christa Martin and Elizabeth Limbach

Photos: Nick Chao / Model: Desiree Amariei / Fashion Stylist: Missy Schnaps / Hair Stylist: Ginger Vaughn / Makeup: Anna Wu / Wardrobe Department: Ellie Vilmenay / Production Assistant: Sera Michael / Filmmaker: Deva Blaisdell-Anderson / Producer-Director: Christa Martin / Host: Stripe

It's a Wonderful Life

Photos: Nick Chao

It's a Wonderful Life, Look 1 / Dress: Erin Featherston, $314 (Cameron Marks) / Jacket: (Stylist's Own) / Ice & Vine Necklace: $125 (Blank Verse Jewelry) / Snake Bone Bracelet: $75 (Blank Verse Jewelry)

It's a Wonderful Life Look 2 / Dress: (Stylist's Own) / Necklace: $64 (Stripe) / Earrings: $48 (Stripe

On day four of Holiday Fashion Week, we can't help but remember the quintessential Christmas movie, "It's a Wonderful Life." 

This all-time favorite is one of Jimmy Stewart’s best, and is a great time capsule of the styles of the day. At one point, actress Donna Reed wears a gorgeous long black dress with a lace neck, but the film really comes alive with the finest of 1940s fashion during a party scene, when Reed’s character dances in a fun, frilly and layered evening dress—perhaps the most memorable outfit in the movie.

Here, our model remembers Reed's holiday dance scene as she winds her way through a classic old movie theater wearing her best party dresses and jewels. —Christa Martin and Elizabeth Limbach

Photos: Nick Chao / Model: Desiree Amariei / Fashion Stylist: Missy Schnaps / Hair Stylist: Ginger Vaughn / Makeup: Anna Wu / Wardrobe Department: Ellie Vilmenay / Production Assistant: Sera Michael / Filmmaker: Deva Blaisdell-Anderson / Producer-Director: Christa Martin / Location: Del Mar Theatre, 109 Locust St., Santa Cruz, Calif. Host: Stripe

Miracle on 34th Street

 

Miracle on 34th Street / Blouse: (Stylist's Own) / Pants: Sanctuary "Charmer," $142 (Pacific Trading Co.)  / Shoes: (Stylist's Own) / Earrings: $50 (Blank Verse Jewelry) / Necklace: $225 (Blank Verse Jewelry) / Jacket: Kai Aakmann, $365 (Cameron Marks) / Location: Stripe MEN

On day three of Holiday Fashion Week we find fashion inspiration from the film "Miracle on 34th Street." 

Another classic Christmas movie from the ’40s, this film features beauty Maureen O’Hara, whose perfectly coiffed hair, elegantly applied makeup, and pearl studs and necklace lend the black-and-white movie an enduring image. But the real star here is Santa Claus, who’s forced to prove his identity is legitimate after he’s hired to play Santa at Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street in New York.  The film captures the contagious buzz and spirit at department stores during the holidays.  

Here, our model not only adds red to her wardrobe as a nod to Santa, but she unveils a holiday-inspired way to dress for your upcoming shopping adventures. Red skinny jeans, a cozy winter coat, and original baubles make a statement as you check off your Christmas list. —Christa Martin and Elizabeth Limbach

Photos: Nick Chao / Model: Desiree Amariei / Fashion Stylist: Missy Schnaps / Hair Stylist: Ginger Vaughn / Makeup: Anna Wu / Wardrobe Department: Ellie Vilmenay / Production Assistant: Sera Michael / Filmmaker: Deva Blaisdell-Anderson / Producer-Director: Christa Martin / Location: Stripe MEN, 109 Locust St., Santa Cruz, Calif. Host: Stripe

A Christmas Story


Photos: Nick Chao

A Christmas Story Look 1 (above) / Jacket: Smythe, $610 (Cameron Marks) / Dress: (Stylist's Own) / Leg Wear: Foot Traffic, "Cuban Heel" in Nude, $12 (Legs) / Earrings: $85 Blank Verse Jewelry / Stole: (Stylist's Own)

A Christmas Story Look 2 / Top: Pink Martini, $84 (Wallflower) / Skirt: (Stylist's Own) / Hat: "Genie" by Eugenia Kim, $70 (Cameron Marks) / Jacket: Tulle, $89 (Pacific Trading Co.) / Leg Wear: Foot Traffic, "Cuban Heel" in Nude, $12 (Legs) / Earrings: $85 (Blank Verse Jewelry)

This week, The Penny Rose launches its Holiday Fashion Week. We're featuring five days worth of holiday "looks" that can serve as inspiration to your fashion choices this season. Working with photographer Nick Chao and model Desiree Amariei, we spent more than a month planning and producing this photo shoot which took place over the course of one day in downtown Santa Cruz. Our theme? Christmas movies. The fashion we'll feature on the blog during this week has all been inspired by ideas, themes, fashion, and costumes from some of our all-time favorite holiday flicks.

For our first day, we're spotlighting 1940s style with a nod to the film, "A Christmas Story."

While main character 9-year-old Ralphie dons the film’s most memorable outfits—who could forget the homemade pink bunny suit that he’s mortified to wear or the cowboy getup during his Red Ryder BB Gun daydream?—his little brother Randy has a classic scene bundled in so many snow clothes that he can barely move, and the film’s biggest style icon might well be an inanimate, risqué leg lamp.

With these hilarious fashion mishaps in mind, it might seem that "A Christmas Story" isn’t the best source of fashion inspiration. But, here at The Penny Rose, we beg to differ: for the enterprising fashionista, the movie is a celebration of working-class 1940s American culture, when closets were troves of vests, sweaters, blouses, and high-waisted skirts and pants. It gives the viewer a peek into everyday life in the days when adults didn’t go out in public without a sharp-looking hat. This holiday season, take inspiration from "A Christmas Story" and shoot for a classic, put-together ode to vintage America.

Here, we reveal our vision of the woman who inspired that leg lamp. She shows off her stems (and her gorgeous face), while wearing polka dots, a pale pink bow blouse, a tweed jacket, and dangly retro earrings.

—Christa Martin and Elizabeth Limbach

Gallery is here.

Photos: Nick Chao / Model: Desiree Amariei / Fashion Stylist: Missy Schnaps / Hair Stylist: Ginger Vaughn / Makeup: Anna Wu / Wardrobe Assistant: Ellie Vilmenay / Production Assistant: Sera Michael / Filmmaker: Deva Blaisdell-Anderson / Producer-Director: Christa Martin / Location: Legs by Sockshop and Shoe Co., 1517 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, Calif. Host: Stripe