Can anyone actually believe it has been fifteen years today since Cruel Intentions graced the silver-screen for the first time? What undoubtedly started out as a youthful remake of the classic Dangerous Liaisons (1988), turned into a pop-culture phenomenon; a film that will forever remind us of what it was like to be a part of the adolescent angst of the 1990s.
Without even getting into the discussion about how great the film is in itself, its greatest accomplishment was delivering a masterful, manipulative villain (a teenage girl nonetheless) whose sense of style is not only inspirational, but also eternal.
As the epitome of a Manhattan socialite in-training, Kathryn's style is clearly representative of her dualism; the smart, sophisticated young lady she wants to appear to the world vs. her wicked and conniving true self that cannot help but seep through her choice of wardrobe.
She even managed to evade all of the more ridiculous style choices that many fell victim to in the late '90s.
Kathryn Merteuil, as the Marcia f-ing Brady of the Upper East Side, we salute you.