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Hal Rubenstein on "The Looks of Love"
BY DONNA FREYDKIN

Hal Rubenstein knows fashion is more than it seams.

His latest tome, "The Looks of Love: 50 Moments in Fashion That Inspired Romance," takes a look at some of the most dazzlingly passionate moments in pop culture.

"The wonder of popular art is that you don't see these alone or in a vacuum," he says.

So we asked him about a few of the most glamorous, gorgeous releases of the past few decades.

1967's "Bonnie and Clyde," starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as two very stylish outlaws: "At the heart of this movie is this incredible romance between these ridiculously beautiful people. (Costume designer) Theadora Van Runkl had the brilliant touch of putting hats on everybody, the beret. One of the really clever things that she did was with Warren and Faye – even though the film is set in the '20s, neither one of them have '20s hair and makeup. She wanted to relate to a modern audience."


1999's "The Thomas Crown Affair," featuring Rene Russo and Piers Brosnan: "Rene Russo is in a spy caper, a sexy spy caper, with middle aged actors and actresses doing a hot nude scene. A middle aged woman can be hot and sexual. That's how Michael Kors dressed her. He loves mature women. One of her sexiest outfits is a high-necked sweater. I don't believe a woman can be sexy until she's over 40."


Wait, Mr. Rubenstein, we love you for saying that!

"I knew you'd say that. Life experience is what makes you sexy. I just had the pleasure of being in Sophia Loren's company and she's still sexy. She can exude her experiences. You can be hot and pretty. But sexy, that requires some time on this earth," he says.


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13th April 1957, USA, American actress Jayne Mansfield and Sophia Loren seen together at a party in Hollywood held in honour of Sophia who was making her first American film (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - 12th April 1957: Photo of Jayne Mansfield & Sophia Loren (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Sofia Loren. La Donna Del Fiume. 1955. (Photo by: TCI/EyeOn/UIG via Getty Images)
Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife, the former Princess Sophia of Greece, visit the set of the historical epic 'The Fall of the Roman Empire' in Las Matas, Spain, 8th July 1963. From left to right, actor Stephen Boyd, Prince Juan Carlos, Princess Sophia, actress Sophia Loren and actor Christopher Plummer. (Photo by Ken Danvers/Keystone/Getty Images)
Sofia Loren in all black in a scene from the film 'El Cid', 1961. (Photo by Allied Artists Pictures/Getty Images)
1960: Italian actress Sophia Loren, born Sofia Scicolone, in a publicity still for the 1960 film 'Heller In Pink Tights'. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
Italian editor of the magazine 'Grazia' Alessandro Porro interviewing Italian actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Scicolone). 1960s (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE: Photo taken in the 1960's of Italian actress Sophia Loren. Sophia Loren, originally Sofia Scicolone, was born 20 September 1934 in Rome, and was discovered at the age of 15 by movie producer Carlo Ponti, who later became her husband. She received the Cannes Festival Best actress prize for the film La Ciociara. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
Portrait of Italian actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Scicolone). Madrid, 1960s (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Italian actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Scicolone) crying during a party in her honour. Italian fashion designer Emilio Schuberth is among guests. 1960s (Photo by Angelo Cozzi/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Double page spread from the Weekender, March 1966 issue with famous Hollywood actresses of that time
the millionairess, sophia loren, 1960
Italian actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Scicolone) toying with her hair. Madrid, 1960 (Photo by Angelo Cozzi/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Italian actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Scicolone) smoking a cigarette in a flat. Madrid, 1960 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
The British actor Peter Sellers (Richard Henry Sellers) and the Italian actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Villani Scicolone) acting in 'The millionairess'. Great Britain, 1960 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Jayne Mansfield makes an appearance at Sophia Loren's table during a promotional party for Loren, Los Angeles, California, April 12, 1957. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
Portrait of Italian actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Scicolone) toughtful. Madrid, 1960 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Portrait of Italian actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Scicolone) smiling. Madrid, 1960 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Italian actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Scicolone) toying with her hair. Madrid, 1960 (Photo by Angelo Cozzi/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Italian actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Villani Scicolone) acting in the film Two Women. 1960 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Italian actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Villani Scicolone) screming in despair in the film Two Women. 1960 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Italian actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Villani Scicolone) and French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo in Two Women looking into each other eyes in the film Two Women. 1960 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Italian actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Scicolone) hugging a puppy on a terrace. Madrid, 1960 (Photo by Angelo Cozzi/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1980: Sofia Loren (Photo by Team/Alinari/Alinari Archives/Alinari via Getty Images)
Italian actress Sofia Loren (Sofia Villani Scicolone) hugging Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni (Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni) during the Telegatto prize-giving night. Milan, 1995. (Photo by Rino Petrosino/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 26: Actress Sofia Loren, 1934. Sofia Loren, now filming La Troisieme Dimension. (Photo by Manchester Daily Express/SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 26: Actress Sofia Loren, 1934. Sophia Loren has her second film role in English in the Pride and the Passion (Photo by Manchester Daily Express/SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 26: Actress Sofia Loren, 1934. Sophia Loren, her fight for recognition as an actress is over. (Photo by Manchester Daily Express/SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 26: Actress Sofia Loren, 1934. (Photo by Manchester Daily Express/SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 26: Actress Sofia Loren, 1934. Sophia Loren appearing in Manchester at a book store in the town; stopped the traffic as she drew the shoppers in hundreds. (Photo by Manchester Daily Express/SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 26: Actress Sofia Loren, 1934. Actress Sophia Loren is being summoned to return to Italy from America to answer questions about her links with a top Mafia boss. (Photo by Manchester Daily Express/SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 26: Actress Sofia Loren, 1934. Sophia Loren; Sweet Bird of Paradise (Photo by Manchester Daily Express/SSPL/Getty Images)
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