"A couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for color, a musician for harmony, and a philosopher for temperance." ~ Cristobal Balenciaga

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Green With Envy

via: The Eco Market

Hello Dear Readers,

My Valentine's Day post was so much fun, I've decided to follow suit and dedicate this post to the colour green, in honour of St. Patrick's Day!  I don't know about you, but my family always celebrates St. Patrick's Day...we're Irish, what can I say?

The above photo is what might first come to mind when you think of "green fashion"...ethical, ecological, earthy.  Now don't get me wrong, I love eco-friendly, sustainable fashion!  But the following photos are my initial thoughts when I mix the words "green" and "fashion:"

Vivien Leigh's famous curtain dress in Gone With the Wind
Grace Kelly in Hitchcock's Rear Window
Kim Novak in Hitchcock's Vertigo (the best angle I could find - it's stunning in the film...)
Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face
Keira Knightley in Atonement

Amy Adams in Proenza Schouler2008

Mila Kunis in Vera Wang, Catherine Zeta Jones in Monique L'Huillier, & Angelina Jolie in Versace Altier, 2011
Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana, Fall/Winter 2010 RTW
Jennifer Lopez in infamous Versace gown, 2000
Anne St. Marie, Harper's Bazaar, 1950s
Balmain, Spring/Summer 2009 RTW
Lanvin, Spring/Summer 2009
Lanvin, Harper's Bazaar, March 2008
via: Chris Sebastian
Vogue Deutsch, April 2009
Madonna, Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2009 Ad Campaign
Katherine Heigl in Oscar de la Renta, Harper's Bazaar, June 2010
Tamara De Lempicka, Girl in a Green Dress, 1930
Keira Knightley, Vogue, September 2008
Vogue Paris, February 2006
Hugo Boss BOSS Black Spring/Summer 2010, InStyle Australia
Rachel Roy via: Sarah Jehan's Chictopia
Christian Dior, Pre-Fall 2009
"Actor Newcomers," Capitol File Magazine September 2009
Penelope Cruz, Vogue, December 2007
Vogue Italia Couture, March 2004
Drew Barrymore in Dior Haute Couture, Harper's Bazaar, October 2010
Ziyi Zhang in Giorgio Armani, 2006
via: Chris Sebastian
just a touch of green
Eva Mendes in Prada, Citizen K., December 2006
Kathleen in Corinne Monique, 2007
Kathleen again, styled/photographed by yours truly

And just in case you're wondering, "why do people wear green on St. Paddy's Day anyway?," here's the answer (thanks to Wikipedia and Answers.com):

The colour green is associated with Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland (also called the Emerald Isle).  On March 17, 1798, Irish rebel soldiers wore green uniforms in order to make a political statement.  And if you wore a shamrock in your hat, it meant you supported the Rebellion.  Thus began the saying "the wearing of the green."  Also, the colour green is represented in Ireland's flag and is supposed to represent the Catholic population (think Saint Patrick again), while the orange represents the Protestants and the white represents peace between the two groups.

So there you go.  Now you know why you should consider wearing green this St. Patrick's Day ;)

"May the luck of the Irish enfold you."
Happy St. Patrick's Day

Corinne xoxo


  1. Lovely salute to the greener side of things.The Vogue Italia 2004 shot takes the cake for me,with the Chris Sebastian pics coming in 2nd and 3rd. Funny story, I used to live above the greta constantine studio. So hello fellow Torontonian!


  2. Great post! The first dress is mesmerizing! You've got a great blog!



  3. makes me want to go right out & buy something green & gorgeous : ) also makes me feel like Spring is coming! thanks!

  4. Thanks Ladies!

    That is so funny Sarah! I've probably even seen you before but didn't know it ;) Love your blog - especially the DIYs!!

    Corinne xo

  5. Green is one of my favorite colors, so St. Patricks Day is always a fun excuse to wear as much of it as possible!

    Thanks for the inspiration! I might have to add some of these looks to my 'to make' inspiration book.

  6. I love all these! My favorite is Scarlet Johanson's dress! Love the lace. Thanks so much for your lovely comment :)

  7. Green is the color of hope, I love all these dresses!

    Froso from Style Nirvana.

  8. so many great inspirations, thank you for putting this together!!

    ...look closer

  9. great post
    great colour


  10. love the post, and interesting info!:
    Green is a beautiful color, but should be weared carefully.


  11. Wow....I think i loved every single picture in this post....soo amazing!!! i envy all the talents you have and can't wait to follow you!! I'd love it if you followed me =)

  12. That's a pretty amazing post you put up.

    I have never seen so many gorgeous green dresses before, thanks for sharing. :)

    The Cat Hag

  13. not sure how i feel about some of those dresses!!! but overall i love green, good post, thanks for sharing!



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