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Tuesday 10 January 2012

Iconic film: Sex and the Single Girl (1964)

Hoy voy a hablaros de una película que no es muy conocida (sólo la he visto una vez por TV) pero que es una comedia deliciosa: “La Pícara Soltera” (¡si, ese es el título que se le dio en España!).

Dirigida en 1964 por Richard Quine y protagonizada por Natalie Wood, Toni Curtis, Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall y Mel Ferrer narra la historia de la Dra. Helen Brown (Natalie Wood) que ha conseguido la fama gracias a su libro Sex and the single girl en el que anima a las mujeres no sólo a ser económicamente independientes sino también a disfrutar de su sexualidad estén o no casadas. Bob Preston (Toni Curtis),  un ejecutivo agresivo que trabaja en una de las revistas más escandalosas del país, pretende desenmascarar a la Doctora haciendo ver que es una “inocente virgen de 23 años” sin experiencia suficiente como para aconsejar a otras mujeres.  La trama está llena de momentos muy cómicos de esos que hacen reír con ganas.  

La película se inspira en el libro Sex and the Single Girl escrito en 1962 por la Dra. Helen Gurley Brown (directora de la revista Cosmopolitan durante 32 años) y en su época supuso un éxito arrollador de ventas ya que se vendieron 2 millones de ejemplares en sólo tres semanas.   

El vestuario, obra de la genial Edith Head, es simplemente maravilloso. He visto la película  más de 10 veces y aún me sigue pareciendo increíble como con sólo dos colores (blanco y negro) consigue hacer un vestuario para el personaje de la Dra. Brown  (Natalie Wood) que  no resulta ni aburrido ni monótono. La única nota de color aparece al final, cuando ella se enamora realmente.  Para el personaje de Silvia Broderick (Lauren Bacall) utiliza colores intensos demostrando la fuerza de carácter que esta tiene. Mientras que para Gretchen (Fran Jeffries) diseñó un vestuario propio de una pin up.

¡Otra de esa joyas que me encanta recomendaros y que no os podéis perder!

Today I’m going to talk about a film that is not very known here in Spain but I do believe it is in the rest of the world: Sex and the Single Girl.

Directed in 1964 by Richard Quine and starred by Natalie Wood, Toni Curtis, Henry Fonda , Lauren Bacall and Mel Ferrer it tells the story of Dr. Helen Brown (Natalie Wood) who has achieved fame thanks to her book Sex and the Single Girl where she encourages women to be economically independent and enjoy her sexuality whether they’re married or not. Bob Preston (Toni Curtis), an aggressive executive working in one of the worst  magazines of the country, wants to expose her to the world has an “innocent 23 years old virgin” with no experience to advice other women. The plot is full of funny situations, the ones that make you laugh out loud.

The film was inspired by the non-fiction book Sex and the Single Girl written in 1962 by Dr. Helen Gurley Brown (editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years) and it was a hit as it sold 2 million copies in just 3 weeks.

The wardrobe, designed by the amazing Edith Head, is simply marvelous. I’ve seen the film more than 10 times and it still amazes me how she created a black and white complete wardrobe for the role of Dr. Brown (Natalie Wood) without looking boring and monotonous.  The only colour dress appears at the end, when she finally falls in love. For the role os Silvia Broderick (Lauren Bacall) she used more intense colours so as to demonstrate her strong character. And for Gretchen (Fran Jeffries) she designed a pin up style wardrobe.

Another of the jewels I like to suggest you and that you can’t miss!

My dream office should be exactly like Dr. Brown's office... I felt in love with it from the very first time I saw the film (back in 1995!!)

Have you seen the gorgeus striped chair matching the curtains and the chaise longue??

Pay attention to her gorgeous accesories: golden chunky bracelet, cocktail rings, rhinestone hair pin and eye-cat glasses

Weston's appartement is more colourful and full of masculine details

While Dr. Brown's appartement is a black and white dream came true

I love the cream touches all around to avoid coldness

GOOOOORGEUS white satin cocktail dress

And this is "a simple" robe to stay home...

The only touch of colour in Dr. Brown's wardrobe is this feminine canary yellow chiffon dress that appears at the end of the film

Silvia's wardrobe is much more colourful

And Gretchen (Bob's girlfriend) is more the pin up type girl

 All pictures are courtsey of Sweet Sunday Mornings blog


  1. Seriously in love with the clothes in this film! Following you now :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  2. Seriously in love with the clothes in this film! Following you now :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  3. No había oído nunca hablar de ésta película, pero tal y como nos cuentas en la trama tiene una pinta buenísima. Me encanta la chaqueta blanca de la 4ª imagen. La verdad que tiene estilo en todas.
    Buen post.
    Besos desde Moi Coquette.

  4. this pictures are very very great!!!!thanks for follow my blog Dans la Valise!i follow you too;)kiss!!!!!!!!!

  5. De blog en blog, llegué hasta aquí, y nada decirte que me encantó la entrada!adoro esta pelúcula!y tienes un blog genial!te sigo!
    estas invitada a pasarte por:
    Un beso!

  6. no vi esa película pero la veré me encantan las peliculass antiguas como era su vestuario tan vigente, tan actual y con tanto estilo me enamoran besos

  7. me parece que es narrado muy bien el contenido esencial de la pelicula aunque no la he visto,,,, me encantan las imagenes que escogistes,,,,

  8. Tiene muy buena pinta,
    actores y vestuario todo un lujazo !!
    tomo nota .


  9. nos encanta! no la hemos visto! pero desdeluego esta desde ya mismo añadida a nuestra lista de cosas pendientes!!! :) gracias por informar!

  10. ohh it seems really funny! I like old style movies I will watch it for sure, Never heard about it before. thanks for sharing =)

  11. what an excellent post! I will have to see this! she is beautiful and so is the wardrobe and the whole idea of sex becoming more open in the 60's. love your blog!

    <3 zoe

  12. Such a great post!
    I love Bacall! And the styling
    is so amazing :)

    Stop by sometime, xoxo Natalie

  13. I've never seen it but the clothes are amazing!! Am going to watch it asap!

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