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Desk Set

June 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment · entertainment

There are always the ultimate old Hollywood movie classics like: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Gone with the Wind” and “Casablanca” that are practically on everyone’s must-see list. Then there are the oldies but goodies that often get overlooked. So for the last few weeks I’ve been going through the titles that I might have missed and I’ve come to get acquainted with Katharine Hepburn. In my book, Audrey, not related, has always been the shining star on the screen. I love her style. But now I’ve come to appreciate Katharine. She’s tall, confident and very smart in the movies I’ve seen her in. Sexism was rampant during the the time so for a woman like Hepburn to play these kind of roles it must have been very empowering for ladies.

I loved Desk Set for its style and plot. (I mean look at that pastel mint chair Hepburn is sitting in and the detail on the robe paired with yellow pajamas!) The movie is about a mysterious consultant, Spencer Tracy,  who starts hanging around the reference library of a major television studio to evaluate the area for a new reference machine, also known today as a computer (!). He has instructions not to tell any of the four librarians his purpose. Katharine Hepburn, head reference librarian, attempts to get answers from Tracy in a battle of wits. My favorite scene is the dialogue at lunch where he quizzes her with a series of logic questions and she answers them in no time at all. Her delivery is so organic, when it could so easily sound over-rehearsed from script. If you’ve got streaming Netflix, I’d highly recommend adding the movie to your queue.

Inspired by the style of the movie, I put together a couple outfits, with an updated twist. The skirts have a bit shorter hemline, the platform pump is everywhere now, and a quirky bunny print button up  in homage to Katharine’s character whose name is Bunny. How cute is that?

Burberry, Miu Miu, J.Crew, French Connection

Matt & Nat, Jessica Simpson, Twenty8Twelve

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  • 1 Stephanie // Jun 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I always see this movie over in the DVD section in the library and have never checked it out. Will do the next time I see it there.

    Love the Burberry platforms.

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