Lucy Gallant (1955) starring Jane Wyman & Charlton Heston

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A poster for the film

[1] The scenes of the hotels being so full and nothing for people to buy in the boom towns is very accurate. The development of the great department store is really telling the story of famed Texas department stores such as Neiman-Marcus…

[2] I love the story of the strong, driven, successful woman. She so reminds me of the woman I always aspired to be. It was such a perfect match between Jane Wyman and Charlton Heston. They really complimented each other.

[3]…and the ups and downs of the relationship could fit today’s challenges for a woman who wants to have it all. But what I’ll admit right now is how I loved the clothes!!!

[4] Thelma Ritter was a little doll in here. I’m so used to her in her usual matronly-maidish clothes — but seeing her in those Edith Head creations at the end was wonderful.

 -Various IMDB comments

If you liked Giant (1956), then give this film a look. The story centers on Lucy Gallant (Jane Wyman), a fashionable upper-class woman who leaves NYC for a Texas boom town in the ’30s. Upon getting off the train, she meets Casey Cole (Charlton Heston), a local cowboy. He carries her over the mud, since her heels are NOT quite suited for this environment.

Casey takes a liking to Lucy, even taking her to the boarding house where he sometimes stays while in town; it’s owned by an older friend, Molly (Thelma Ritter- a character actress who’s great in everything), and her husband, Gus. Molly is pleasantly surprised to see Casey w/ such a classy woman. (It’s cool to see Thelma Ritter in some glam clothes later in the film; she usually plays housekeepers.) After settling her in, Casey heads off to his OWN ranch.

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Casey Cole (Charlton Heston)

To get started in business, Lucy sells her wedding trousseau to local women (wives and daughters of men who’ve recently discovered oil). We learn that her father died amid a financial scandal, then her fiancé left her at the altar. Casey is impressed by Lucy’s plans and ambitions, BUT also skeptical (after all, she has NEVER worked before). Lucy is (obviously) attracted to Casey, BUT she keeps him at arm’s length, since her main focus is starting a clothing store.

One day, Lucy and Casey have a picnic on his ranch. He’s thinking re: selling his family’s land to a large oil company, then settling down (w/ a wife and kids, of course). Well, Lucy gets the hint, BUT she says that she MUST return to take care of the store. The store gets started on a good footing, thanks to unique inventory, loyal customers, and her long hours of hard work.   

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Lucy Gallant (Jane Wyman) at a fashion show

This is one of those classic films that is still VERY relevant today! Can women “have it all” (career, family, social life, etc)? Why are MANY men intimidated by successful women, esp. those who earn more than themselves? There is good chemistry between Wyman and Heston; their characters are BOTH quite confidant, tough, and stubborn-minded. Will they EVER get together!? 

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Oscars 2016 Fashion

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5599371dv) Kerry Washington 88th Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 28 Feb 2016
Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (5599371dv)
Kerry Washington
88th Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America – 28 Feb 2016

Kerry Washington

The star of ABC’s hit Scandal was one of the FEW high profile black actresses who didn’t boycott the Oscars this year (#OscarsSoWhite); however, at least one fashion critic said that this gown may actually be a sort of protest (noting that the leather top reminds the viewer of Beyonce’s Formation performance at the recent Super Bowl).  We know that a woman w/ Kerry’s figure and confidence can wear almost anything and pull it off, BUT this dress is NOT quite worthy of the red carpet.

 

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Rachel McAdams

Hmmm… I LOVE this color, but the Spotlight actress’ gown comes off as too skimpy (on the sides) and simple for the Oscars.  And that train could’ve been hazardous! 

 

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Cate Blanchett

We know that the star of Carol ALWAYS has interesting gowns (made by Armani), BUT the color is too light (for her complexion).  A few style experts commented that there is a BIT too much going on- feathers made into flowers AND the sparkly beading.  I thought it looked good from afar. 

 

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Rooney Mara

I liked the intricate leaf detail on this gown, BUT that’s about it.  The exposed stomach and the lower half of the dress are NOT working for her; but, the Carol actress is still young.  

 

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Charlotte Rampling

The 45 Years actress (who hails from England) was recently in the press for her controversial comments re: the lack of diversity at the Academy Awards.  However, you can’t deny her talent and beauty (though NOT conventional for Hollywood standards).  Rampling is tall, wiry, and has the type of face that commands attention (often rivaling her male co-stars).  You can see her in the 2nd season of UK series Broadchurch (now available on Netflix).  She recently turned 70, and this simple/conservative gown suited her well (esp. in close-up).

 

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Charlize Theron

I LOVED what one fashion expert said of this simple gown: “This is a case where fitness trumps fashion.”  It seems TOO simple for the Oscars, but the now 40 y.o. statuesque actress can wear anything and look fierce (as we saw in Mad Max: Fury Road).   

 

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Jennifer Lawrence

This is a GREAT dress- I esp. love the top!  Jennifer’s film Joy may NOT have been seen by a very wide audience, BUT this dress is spot on for the Oscars.

 

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Brie Larson

Everything about this gown is PERFECT- the cut, color, and embellishments!  Plus, she won Best Actress- the best accessory!

 

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Mindy Kaling

I saw this dress on Mindy’s Instagram, and it looked elegant.  One the red carpet, it comes off as too plain.  I like her simple hairdo and the makeup is great (as usual).  I LOVE how Mindy has created opportunities for herself in Hollywood- she’s obviously a hard worker and funny lady, BUT this is TOO serious of a gown.

 

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Priyanka Chopra

The star of ABC’s Quantico was the MOST Googled celeb of the night- WOW!  This dress looks FAB on the Indian actress; it reminded me of Halle Berry (back when she was a red carpet darling).  Recently, I reviewed Priyanka’s latest Bollywood film, Bajirao Mastani.

 

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Did you know this director now has 2 Oscars (for A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015) and Saving Face (2012)!?  I need to see these docs still.  Sharmeen is wearing a simple dress w/ a long, intricate jacket over it (she is Pakistani); at formal desi events all over the world, you will find styles similar to this one.  Her Oscar is the perfect accessory!

Tips to Appear Taller (For Fellow Petite Gals)

  1. Nude Booties (close to you skin tone) &/or Pointed Toe Shoes (ANY color)
  2. Horizontal Stripes (tops or pants)
  3. Wear hair up (longer hair) or cut hair short (EX: any type of bob).
  4. Maxi Dress (preferably in ONE color w/ a slit to show some of your leg)
  5. High-waisted & wide-legged pants (preferably w/ heels)
  6. Dress in ONE color (monochromatic).
  7. Wear a choker (EX: modern/sleek style; sitting on your collarbone)- this will draw the eyes up to your face.
  8. Wear dresses & skirts which are above the knees (stay in your comfort zone- don’t have to wear a miniskirt).