Bree Van De Kamp – A television Style Icon.

August 8th, 2011


Orson and Bree, cutting their wedding cake.

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And so Desperate Housewives is to end. The series, which relaunched Terri Hatcher and made a star of Eva Longaria has finally been axed, after it was decided that enough serial killers, accidental killers, child snatchers and people with secrets had moved into one suburban  street, particularly one with a name as pretty as Wysteria Lane. I stopped watching quite a while back, but still think that we should mourn the passing of a true TV style icon, Bree Van De Kamp, as played by the gorgeous Marcia Cross.

Bree was the only style star of Desperate Housewives, she was the Carrie Bradshaw of Wysteria Lane. Not that Bree and Carrie  had much in common style wise. Bree was a beautiful Stepford Wife with an enviable collection of 1950s style dresses, cashmere twinsets teamed with pearls, and Chanel tweed suits in a range of pastel colours that enhanced that wonderful red hair.

Never knowingly underdressed, Bree was a women who didn’t feature the word casual in her fashion vocabulary. She was perfectly groomed, even when baking home-made pies and pastries in her wonderful kitchen. Bree is a women who loves beautiful things, and always accessoriSes just so.Non of the other women on desperate Housewives could hold a torch to her, and when she was on-screen, you didn’t really notice anyone else.

So, thank you Mrs Van De Kamp, for your retro chintz 1950s-60s styling. We may be glad to see the back of the other Desperate Housewives, but to me you  were never ‘desperate’, just desperately stylish.



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