Blow Up, Michelangelo Antonioni‘s 1966 movie, starring David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave and Sarah Miles, with appearences from Jane Birkin and Verushka. Incredibly enough, this is the first attempt at English-cinema of the Italian director and his only box office hit. This movie masterpiece is a great example of the type of fashion you might have found in London, in the 60s; it is definitely a must see. We also love this quote of Jane Birkin saying ‘I was known as Blow-Up Birkin right until I became Jane Je T’aime Birkin’. This is to show you the immense impact the movie had at that time.
In The Mood For Love (2000), a wonderful love story from Hong Kong. It is a beautifully shot movie with amazing decors and costumes. The film’s entire magic stands in the two lovers’ touches and glances, which certainly made it a game changer in cinematography. In November 2009, Time Out New York ranked the film as the fifth-best of the decade, calling it the “consummate unconsummated love story of the new millennium.”
Annie Hall, the 1977 Woody Allen flick which made furores in the fashion world with Diane Keaton‘s character’s preppy look. Rumour has it that the movie’s costume designer didn’t like Diane Keaton wearing her own clothes in the movie, but apparently Allen said “Leave her. She’s a genius.” Good call, Mr. Allen!
Drive, the incredibly gorgeous movie, with the incredibly gorgeous Ryan Gosling, with the incredibly gorgeous Carey Mulligan, with an incredibly gorgeous soundtrack. There, we said it! Reviewing it for the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert wrote: ‘The entire film, in fact, seems much more real than the usual action-crime-chase concoctions we’ve grown tired of. Here is a movie with respect for writing, acting and craft. It has respect for knowledgable moviegoers.’
Rebel Without A Cause, the 1955 movie directed by Nicholas Ray and starring James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo. It is about a bunch of teenagers in the 50s presented as never before both in movies and in the American society: rebellious and questioning existing norms that did not agree with their generation. This one’s a great classic, with great actors and amazing settings and fashions. Can anyone forget James Dean’s worker jacket? We’d trade anything for it, even now!
Kill Bill Vol 1/Kill Bill Vol 2, even though they’re quite different, both movies have a certain cool to them, very characteristic to Quentin Tarantino‘s work. Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine and Michael Madsen turned out to be great choices for this bad ass action film, which we’d re-watch over and over again. Remember the yellow suit?
La Dolce Vita, Federico Fellini‘s 1960 movie which seams to have been inspired from a 1957 dress designed by Cristobal Balenciaga. Interesting enough, the dress didn’t make it in the film, but there is a certain dress worn by Anita Eckberg, in a certain scene with Marcello Mastroianni, that will forever remain in everyone’s mind. It is also said that style begins and ends with Marcello Mastroianni, with his dark suits and dark sunglasses, the quintessence of Italian cool.
Sex And The City: The Movie (2008), which just like the show, continues to thrill us with the stories of 4 best friends, great outfits to suit everyone and scenes from incredible New York. We miss you, Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda!
Belle De Jour, the 1967 Louis Bunuel story of a young bored wife turned prostitute, staring a very young and beautiful Catherine Deneuve. Yves Saint Laurent was hired to create her wardrobe, which was actually the beginning of a lifelong friendship and collaboration. Definitely a must-see!
Clueless, the teen romantic comedy from the 90s, in which (almost) all characters dress to die for! All girls wanted to be Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash), the leading actresses, with their fabulous computerized walk-in wardrobes, knee high socks and amazing outfits. Women’s Wear Daily called Clueless the “fashion film of the year” when it debuted in 1995, because it’s all about fashion wisdom through the eyes of some high school kids from the 90s. What’s not to love?
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