Since this past month we’ve been in lockdown here in Paris and had an early curfew, I took the time at home to go through some of my favourite movies again and to discover some new ones. There are many films out there that offer perfect styling inspiration and I wanted to share a few of them here.
By the Sea (2015)
Angelina Jolie directs this movie in which she also co-stars alongside then-husband Brad Pitt, set against a South of France backdrop. The costume design was by Ellen Mirojnick.
Angelina made quite a few selections, but they were said to not have much to do with fashion, but with the mood that she was looking to create. Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg, Charlotte Rampling, Peter Sellers even, Brigitte Bardot: “looking at those images, it just brings back a surge of je ne sais quoi, of absolute chic. It’s aspirational and inspirational. … What you learn about the French sense of style is that there’s an ease and a simplicity, there’s an ease in wearing it. It’s not overdone. The cut is always beautiful; the finishing is beautiful; the fabrics are beautiful; and even if they’re inexpensive, [the clothes] look beautiful. [The characters] are not trendy. … As the film unfolds, there are some moments that are pure and there are some moments that are meant to be sexy, and yes, we did use the transparency of lace, and black and cream, and a beautiful greeny-gray that really did allow the characters to breathe the sadness, or subliminally suggest the sadness.” (from Vogue)
There was lingerie, nightgowns, black and white, lots of neutrals, an ease and casualness and a sexiness to the clothing that was true to the way the characters were.
Based on real life events, the TV series The Serpent tells the story of the serial killer Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim) and his girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc known as “Monique” (Jenna Coleman), who murdered Western tourists on Southeast Asia’s hippie trail in the ’70s.
Rachel Wash was the costume designer and the 70s wardrobe (tinted oversized square sunglasses, suits, silk shirts, flares, hair scarves, halter-necks) is a visual feast, set against a mix of countries such as Bangkok, Paris, India and Nepal which made the perfect background.
The teal suit might be one of my favourite outfits, and of course I loved all those statement sunglasses, and the headscarves and flares will definitely be big this season.
Writer and director Quentin Tarantino’s last movie follows Rick Dalton (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), who is struggling to find work in Hollywood while goofing off with Cliff Booth (played by Brad Pitt), his longtime stunt double.
Costume designer Arianne Phillips, who was also Madonna’s stylist, said that they made most of the characters’ costumes, but also sourced from vintage meccas and flea markets in Los Angeles.
“Hollywood is the main character in this movie, so being someone that has worked in Hollywood for over 20 years, it was a really exciting place to be,” she says, adding the film “pulls the curtain back [to depict the] behind-the-scenes and in-front-of-the-scenes” of movie-making. (from Fashionista)
Ratched was created by Evan Romansky and developed by Ryan Murphy, the storyteller behind shows of recent popular culture conversations such as Pose, The Politician and American Horror Story. Set in the 1940s, the series delights us with a visual feast of retro ensembles that include padded shoulders, A-line skirts, Bardot necklines, and nurse uniforms. The costumes were designed by Rebecca Guzzi and Lou Eyrich.
Green was the predominant symbolic colour we used on various characters for various meanings,” explains Guzzi. Murphy envisioned the colour, in various shades, as signifying “violence, oppression, lust, envy, greed and evil,” which Eyrich and Guzzi infused into the costumes at significant moments in the plot. (from Fashionista)