In Character: Mrs. Euphengenia Doubtfire

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Mrs. Doubtfire is a hilarious and wonderful movie—and not just when you watch it (over and over on VHS) as a 10 year old. Here, how to follow Kim K.’s lead and mimic the namesake character’s look. —erica

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A shirt, by MSGM, that might catch fire when she leans over the stove.

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A Sophie Hulme bag that is decidedly grown-up and dependable—just like this dad in drag.

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Suno's loud floral blazer, worn with a matching dress, that looks even kookier next to Pierce Brosnan in his swim trunks.

It’s “In Character” madness over here!

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In Character: Jessica Rabbit

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Jessica Rabbit = one of the most confusing characters you encounter as a child of the eighties. So vampy! So sensual! And married to a kind-of-doofy rabbit who wears frumpy overalls and a huge bow tie? There’s really no explaining love. —erica

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A very va-va-voom dress from Mason by Michelle Mason.

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Satin gloves, by Agent Provocateur, for playing patty-cake with Marvin Acme.

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Shashi earrings—pretty fancy for a toon.

Welcome to “In Character” heaven.

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The Insider: Ben Nabors

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Ben Nabors is somebody you should know about, and we’re not the only ones who think so: Dude has nabbed big-deal prizes for his thoughtful, hyper-captivating film projects at both Sundance and SXSW. Dive into some of the amazingness his production company {group theory} puts out, and get to know Ben (and what else he has cooking) below. —monica derevjanik

Q: Tell us about your neighborhood!
A: My company is in Brooklyn, I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and I sleep in the Chelsea/Union Square area in between, so I don’t exactly have a neighborhood. When I’m in the Boston area, I’ll make meals at home and invite people over, so I actually don’t know much about the city at all other than the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. They have a really great John Singer Sargent collection that I was really excited to see.

Q: Wow! That’s a lot of traveling. So how do you pass the time while you’re commuting?
A: Mostly with the New York Times and email, but I’m not the kind of person who combs the internet for ideas. It’s frankly my preference to start my day not consuming anything and to work on an idea. But I do listen to public radio and routinely read a few magazines—The New Yorker, Cabinet Magazine, and a few film journals. And I guess I have a regular relationship with the folks at WNYC’s On the Media.

Q: When you’re at your studio in Williamsburg, where do you eat?
A: I have breakfast meetings at Jimmy’s Diner. It’s quiet, the menu is interesting, and the coffee is excellent and bottomless.  I love getting the lunch special at Caracas. It doesn’t matter what the soup is—it’s always good. M Shanghai is across the street on Grand is great because noodles are so good when it’s cold, and I go to Stan’s Cafecito on Havermeyer because Stan is a solid guy and his burritos are amazing. I eat dinner at the ramen joint on North 6th and Berry without the ATM—it’s called Yebisu. You can eat alone there without it being strange and sit at the bar to watch the cooks through the glass.

Q: Which startups do you think are doing really amazing things right now?
A: One of our clients that we make films for hired us to make a series of documentary profiles on social innovators, and they introduced us to Brooklyn Grange. They run the largest soil-based rooftop farm in the world out of the Navy Yard, and they’re pretty amazing risk-takers. [Ed: Watch the video here!]

Q: If you could collaborate with any Of a Kind Insider, who would you pick?
A: For a meeting—or for somebody who’s perspective I’m really in to—it would have to be the team at Sight Unseen. Or that Amanda Dobbins over at New York Magazine.

Q: What’s the last thing you Googled?
A: “How many cups are in a gallon?” I purchased a cookbook called The Family Meal, and I cook out of it all of the time—so I sometimes need help with conversions. What’s unique is that every step has these wonderful pictures associated with it, and it uses a timeline and organizes your steps relative to when you intend to be serving the meal. The book is by Ferran Adrià, who used to run elBulli, so it’s pretty amazing.

Q: What’s one movie that you think everyone should watch, like, now?
A: Stories We Tell. Then write a letter to Sarah Polley and her family to thank them. I’m in awe of what she succeeded in presenting. 

Come on—meet some more awesome people!

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In Character: Harriet the Spy

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Before Veronica Mars, there was Harriet M. Welsch, mystery-solving girl wonder. Here’s how to celebrate her look (and her 50th anniversary!), with the help of a very young Michelle Trachtenberg and a 1996 movie. Oh, and PSA: If you’re looking for a deeper read re: Harriet, dive into this goodness. —erica

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A double-breasted jacket from Tibi—worn at least two sizes too big for her 11-year-old frame.

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A Monserat de Luca binocular necklace, so she can always be sleuthing. STAY AWAY, Spy-Catcher Club.

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Mismatched Sleepy Jones PJs that her nanny Golly (Rosie O’Donnell!) absolutely approves of.

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In Character: Kathryn Merteuil

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Confession: I saw Cruel Intentions for the first time just recently. I know, I know. In case you’re wondering, it doesn’t really hold up, but I can imagine just how scandalized I would have been had I watched it at a slumber party when it came out. And Kathryn Merteuil, evil stepsister and prep-school princess who makes Blair Waldorf look like a real sweetheart, is at the heart of that. (Side note: I did still appreciate this monologue about slut-shaming, in case you’re wondering.) —erica

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A Eugenia Kim sun hat, for teaching her young apprentice rival how to kiss.

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A Vanessa Mooney cross necklace ready for some real bad-girl behavior.

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A crimson silk robe from Zinke—for seducing Sebastian, Ronald, or anyone, really. 

It’s “In Character” heaven around here.

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In Character: Catherine Boyd

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So get this: Not only was Albert Einstein a groundbreaking theoretical physicist, but he was also a matchmaker (equally impressive, no?). At least that’s what the 1994 movie I.Q. would have you believe. And you know what? I’m sold. Not just because his niece (played by Meg Ryan) looks freaking adorable—and smart!—in every scene, either. —ericaimage

A Mansur Gavriel bag, for carrying around her own mathematics research.

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A dress from Lela Rose, for watching Boyd’s comet from a convertible.

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Marais USA shoes that are sensible but chic—Nathan Liebknecht, Boris Podolsky, and Kurt Godel would love them.

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In Character: Dr. Emma Russell

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I’ve got Russia on the brain—yah, for really obvious reasons—which made me think of re-watch the 1997 movie The Saint. It might not be a classic exactly, but Wikipedia says it has a cult following…which is good enough for me. And who says no to Elisabeth Shue, like, ever? —erica

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A soon-to-be-bloodied Equipment shirt, to explain all of that cold fusion mumbo-jumbo.

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Jeffrey Campbell boots for running away from the sort of mafia-type who wields a silver-handled cane.

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A Thakoon Addition coat, for tracking down Simon Templar, Thomas More, or whoever he is.

Get yer “In Character!” Right here.

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In Character: Meg Swan

In case, in the midst of Olympic/NYFW zaniness, you missed out on the Westminster Kennel Club’s day and Sky’s big win, here’s your chance to get your doggie fix c/o the wonder that is Best in Show. Oh, Meg Swan, we love ya, you stress-fest, you. —erica

A hooded Drome coat the color of that GD Rhapsody.

An apron, from Unison, that recalls Meg’s first Starbucks run-in with Hamilton.

An ALL Knitwear sweater as bright and cheery as that problematic Busy Bee.

Way more “In Character” to be had if you’re lookin’.

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In Character: Enid Coleslaw

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We don’t get nearly as much angsty-teen-girl in our movies as we’d like. There’s Kat Stratford in 10 Things I Hate About You and Veronica Sawyer in Heathers, but Ghost World? That one doubles down. Meet the more misanthropic half, played by a so-good, where-is-she-now Thora Birch. —erica

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A leather jacket from The Sway that’s obviously a 1977 original punk-rock look.

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An Alice + Olivia shirt, for an inaugural visit to the creepy adult bookstore with Seymour.

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A green-and-black Carven skirt ready to move along to "Jaan Pehechan Ho."

Go “In Character” crazy over here.

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In Character: Sydney Prosser / Lady Edith Greensly

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No matter what you think of American Hustle, I suspect we can all agree on this: It’s impossible to watch the movie without wanting to pause it every 4 minutes to do some serious analysis of Amy Adams’s whole look—the  constantly-changing hair, the smoky-frosty makeup, the  cleavage-centric wardrobe. Here, the cothing breakdown. —erica

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A Rag & Bone coat that still somehow allows for some serious boobage.

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A Reece Hudson purse fit for an encounter with the boyfriend’s wife.

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An uptown-girl wrap-dress from Issa that convinces all the dudes that the accent’s real.

More movie (and TV) madness!

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