EST. 2009

April 8, 2013

That Pink Parade

DOTTING CHERRY TREES AND LITTLE BOYS' CHEEKS, pink fills my environment this time of year, which feels very much like spring on some weeks and winter all over again on others. Not limited to outdoor sightings, the color also finds itself on our 5-year-old dog's nose, which has turned a soft rosy shade over the years, and on the pink elephants I've been seeing lately, after one too many Easter holiday drinks.

When thinking pink, what better way to do so than by chassé-ing around the room with Kay Thompson, backed up by a squadron of spins, swings, smiles and salmon-colored outfits in 50s fabulosity. Written by George and Ira Gershwin, the tandem behind old favorites "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Embraceable You", Funny Face's "Think Pink" sings of turning the color into the latest trend, spanning everything from "summer clothes" to "the kitchen sink."

The song is performed by Kay Thompson, who plays a fashion editor loosely based on then-Bazaar-editor Diana Vreeland. Bright and bubbly as pink champagne, the cheerful combo of chorus and choreography was said to have left the fashion figure less than amused.

Perhaps the musical number leans towards parody, but oh what fun nonetheless. With light-hearted lyrics, delightful 50s fashion and Kay Thompson's fabulous vocal timbre, "Think Pink" literally leaves me, well, tickled pink.

"Think Pink" by George and Ira Gershwin. From Funny Face, 1957. Directed by Stanley Donen. Video on Fashionistas Daily