Monday, March 8, 2010

Best Dressed Couples of All Time

Maureen "Mo" Starkey and Ringo Starr
The two Liverpudlians were together from 1965 to 1975, and had three children: Zak, Jason, and Lee. Their marital style was rock 'n roll in the truest sense - while Ringo sported long hair and fur coats, Maureen was decked out in psychedelic styles from The Fool. Mo was the most rebellious of all the London dollybirds - she experimented with changing hair colors (I have a fondness for her natural brunette with the blonde ends) and always rimmed her eyes with kohl liner. As they reached the 1970s, their look just became better and better as Mo adopted tough leather pieces and Ringo rocked an unkempt look in sports coats and worn-in shirts.

Carole Lombard and Clark Gable
The classic look of Clark Gable and his wife of three years Carole Lombard screams Old Hollywood. Stories still remain about the couple's relaxed unpretentious life on their ranch in Encino, California, raising horses and chickens. Gable favored a rough Americana style in broken-in Levis, button-down shirts, and boots, whereas Lombard took care of the ranch grounds in sundresses and high heels. Their look was sophisticated, yet with an earthy air.

Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward
The immaculate wardrobes of Wallis Simpson and her husband Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII of the UK) are almost as legendary as the way these two came together. Wallis began having an affair with the beloved Prince of the United Kingdom. The Royal Family despised Wallis and gave Edward a choice: end the affair or abdicate the throne. Edward chose love over power and married the American socialite in 1937. While Edward favored clean suits in sensible colors, Wallis loved tailored dresses (usually long-sleeved) that hit mid-calf, usually accessorizing with a small hat. In the summer, the couple coordinated outfits in pastel pinks and light blues.

Iman and David Bowie
No marriage has so fully summed up the word 'glam' than the 18-year union of the first black supermodel and Mr. Ziggy Stardust. Iman is a legend in the fashion world for her graceful good looks, womanly fashion sense, and entrepreneurial prowess, whereas David Bowie is the messiah of glam rock androgyny. The couple is most certainly a "power couple" in every sense of the word - they command presence more so than anyone I know (of).

Anita Pallenberg and Keith Richards
I would be eternally jealous of anyone who got to raid the wardrobes of Keith Richards and his common-law wifey Anita Pallenberg. Richards openly models himself after a pirate - in a mix of scuffed up leathers, velvets, chains, scarves, and skulls, Keith always looks cool in a way that you know he didn't try at all to get dressed. The bohemian vixen Miss Pallenberg is a legend to every girl with designs on a Mongolian lamb coat and a skinny guitarist of their own. Anita created a look so definably her own that certain gypsy-rocker fashions are dubbed "so Anita." I like looking through photographs of the duo at different times to see how they switched and swapped pieces from each other's wardrobes to create their outfits.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and muralist Diego Rivera created beautiful art together during their often tumultous two marriages. Rivera, almost always in a suit, tie, and boots, created a great visual contrast to the petite and beautiful Kahlo, who loved to dress in brightly printed skirts and dresses, lace tops, vibrant shawls, and thick wooden beads.

How about you? In your opinion, who are the best dressed couples of all time?

17 comments:

Kirby said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Awesome list. I adore Mo and Anita, they are 2 of my personal style icons. I think that George & Pattie were pretty well dressed but I could just be biased because I love them so much.

Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I agree - I WORSHIP Pattie and George. The only reason they aren't on this list is because I tend to obsess over them, and I wanted to give a shout-out to another great (if overlooked) Beatles couple

smashingbird said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Def agree with Keith & Anita, but I would add Serge & Jane too!

womenofthebeatles said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you for including Mo and Ringo. Their style was always so impecable.

Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

oh man - how did i forget serge and jane?
i love those two...

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What about Brian Jones and Anita?

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elena g. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

..also John Lennon and Yoko Ono ;)

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Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Anonymous - Brian and Anita had serious style together, they were great. I liked that they dressed as these total mod decadent twins with the matching haircuts and all. They were fab.

Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Elena G - ANOTHER one I forgot. John and Yoko had a really great look. It was very iconic to them, I think. Sometimes I think that they wore the same thing over and over again, but looking at photos of them closely everything is different. They just stuck to a general theme or tone in their dress. So great.

Maria said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love your blog :) And this is great list!
Btw I've never seen before the pic with bb on Keith's shoulders

Nina said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

such an inspirational post, these are great pics, Anita and Keith will forever have my heart! :)

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Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Maria - thank you that's so sweet of you to say. And if you'd like I can post the full photo of Keith, Anita, and Marlon. It's such an adorable family moment. Keith seemed to really adore this children

Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Nina - that's so sweet of you :) :)
And I'm happy to know that there is another person out there that loves Keith and Anita. They were such a fabulous couple

Maria said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yay! It will be so great! They are my favorite rock couple ever! And yes it alaways seems to me that Keith is really tender father :)

Baroness E said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Helena Bonham Carter & Tim Burton are always fun to look at.

LoulouBlue said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love love love it!