When I went to model at NBC Studios last week, the Access Hollywood Live style segment was all about the Little Black Dress. Thus, I chose one of my own to wear that day...a vintage 1960s black pique shift with a white collar (below). I really love the simplicity of the lines and graphic appeal of the black and white, a look that's on trend for Fall/Winter 2011 but one that's truly timeless.
Whenever I wear this dress, I can't help but think of Angie Dickinson in 1960's Oceans 11. In Angie's opening scene, her character Beatrice greets husband Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) and friend Sam Harmon (Dean Martin) in a black shortsleeve shift with a white standup collar. Pearls accessorize the outfit, which I wear with mine as well to really accent the white in the dress. Though the movie is known for the smart suits and sweaters of the polished Rat Pack, Angie shines in her own sophisticated wardrobe by costume designer Howard Shoup. Eee-O-Eleven!
Angie and Dean on the Oceans 11 set (above) and
leaders of the Rat Pack--Frank, Dean, and Peter Lawford--at the movie's Las Vegas premiere