Often imitated but never duplicated, even after all these years, Monroe had a way of turning even a simple Pucci print into something sexy.
Over her professional career, she was dressed by some of Hollywood’s top designers, including William Travilla, who made her his muse and was, according to Mr. Nickens and Mr. Zeno, briefly her lover.
“They had a terrific relationship, he really understood her,” Mr. Nickens said in a recent phone interview. “He appreciated her input, and, you know, her big thing in life was being taken seriously and being respected.
“He did that for her, he understood what she had that made her so special.”
Mr. Travilla, whose credits included “The Seven Year Itch,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “Monkey Business,” created two of the most iconic dresses in film history — both worn, of course, by Monroe.
For a “Seven Year Itch” scene in which Monroe cools off on a hot summer night, Mr. Travilla designed a draped, halter-neck dress of white pleated rayon acetate that would billow like a parachute when the actress stood over a subway grate on New York City’s Lexington Avenue.
The scene was shot on Sept. 15, 1954.
“That subway dress is a deceptively simple masterpiece,” Mr. Nickens said.
It also inspired countless versions of the modern-day sundress, because who wouldn’t want to look like Monroe?
Giving fashionistas a Mediterranean eye candy, designer Babita Malkani plans to create a beach riot with her fun collection- ‘Peach Bonita’. Myriad hues of the sun, sand and sea overflow through her flowy fabrics and resort colour palette giving a taste of the Spanish island of Ibiza. “I want my collection to give a holiday feel to the onlookers. I have used a lot of dyeing techniques and applique work in the collection that makes it very wearable and flirty.” Talking about participating first time in the event she adds, “PFW is a wonderful platform for designers to unleash their creativity and apart from the venue, I don’t feel PFW is lacking anywhere as compared to it’s metro counterparts. In fact, all my friends who had to travel all the way to Mumbai to buy my designs will save on their trip now.”
Samant debut’s this season at the fashion week and he brings to the city his signature style. To showcase Rajputana, a collection well-summed up as Victorian influence on the royal Rajasthani gharanas during the British rule, the collection will be an Indian line which will showcase his expertise in the handwoven saris, western dresses and salwar kameez. Bringing the best of both worlds on the ramp, Samant’s palette includes browns, gold and hint of red. “When the British came to India, they influenced the Rajputhanas. Keeping this in mind, the silhouettes are very Victorian while the work and embellishments are Indian. He prefers keeping his showstopper’s name under the wraps. Happy about his decision to be a part of the fashion week, he expresses, “I have been provided with the best models to showcase my collection. It’s very rare to find good models at a fashion week who can carry off your clothes with elan.”