Thursday, March 7, 2013

5 Most Fashionable Films, Ever

Aside from the story line, the shooting locations, the shooting technique and whatnot, movie costumes have certainly been a huge part of what makes a movie altogether more thrilling. Exactly how many times have to drooled over whatever Sarah Jessica Parker was wearing in Sex and the City?

So here we go, my pick of the 5 most fashionable films, ever.

1. Annie Hall

One of the most iconic films of all time, Annie Hall is a romantic comedy about the ups and downs of the relationship of two mismatched New York neurotics - Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) and Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). 

The film was largely based on the actual relationship between Allen and Keaton. And did you know that Annie's wardrobe was influenced by Keaton's own closet? When the costume designer objected to Keaton's  suggestions of using her own clothes in the film, Allen said: "Leave her. She's a genius."

The result? Women liked what they saw - a free spirit finding her way. The Annie Hall look is essentially a girl in men's clothing - loose enough to make it look liberating, yet fitting enough to subtly accentuate your femininity.

2. Breakfast at Tiffany's

Actually, I can't remember an Audrey Hepburn movie that isn't stylish. However, this is probably the most iconic of all. Who could forget that elegant black dress? The one that spawned all other little black dresses. Thank Givenchy himself for creating the costumes that are now the most celebrated pieces in fashion history.

If you've never watched this movie, please don't tell anyone, silently download it or buy the DVD, watch it, and pretend you've watched it years ago. Because if you've never watched it... Well, just watch it and don't tell anyone you haven't.

Breakfast at Tiffany's is about a Holly Golightly (Hepburn) a New York socialite who falls in love with a young author (Paul Varjak). 

3. Marie Antoinette

The movie about the tragic Queen of France herself, while Marie Antoinette isn't a particularly critically acclaimed film, the costumes are nothing to be sneezed at. Hey, I like a bit of flamboyance in fashion.

Yes, the costumes are over the top. But they portrayed the luxury and opulence of the French upper class to the tee. What with the luxe fabric, jewelled satin shoes, elaborate hair pieces, exotic fans and flamboyant hats, you can't help but want to be a part of that world, even if it were for a few brief minutes. 

That's how the world of the rich should look like.

4. The Great Gatsby

So sue me. I have a weakness for flapper fashion. As described by Vanity Fair: "Summer whites, cable knits, beaded sheaths, and crisp oxfords set against green lawns and blue skies full of sea." pretty much sums up the costumes and setting of The Great Gatsby.

I doubt I've ever seen a man carry out a pink suit as well as Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford), a masterpiece designed by Ralph Lauren. It's actually quite symbolic in the film. Very pale, surprising with a hint of childlike trust - the unlikely purity that will eventually undo the peculiar Jay Gatsby.


5. Rear Window

Aside from Audrey Hepburn movies, almost all of Grace Kelly's movies are the most stylish movies in Hollywood history. While she was only a supporting actress, all of her costumes in Rear Window are classic Kelly. The full-swish skirts, fitted tops, pearls, elbow length gloves and that Hermes bag that we now know as "The Kelly Bag".

Posing, lounging or pacing, Grace Kelly filled the screen with such cultured femininity. Especially accentuated with those gorgeous dresses of hers. 

Fun fact: Did you know that the costume designer Edith Head was nominated for 35 Oscars, winning 8 times including Grace Kelly's stunning pieces in Rear Window? 

Till next time,
Ciao, guys!

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