My post about the new movie Flawless brought up a great conversation about other films with fabulous fashions, some that are classics and some that might be considered cult classics. Here is a partial list of my favorite fashionable films, the first being Breakfast at Tiffany’s of course. But while everyone loves the little black dresses she wears, it is the orange coat and mink hat that is the outfit I love most. I wish women dressed this way today. It’s so classic. Oh, and George Peppard also happens to makes a very attractive accessory on her arm too. Especially, since it’s very important that the men look good as well.
I don’t think there is anyone could have played a better Thomas Crown in the original 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair than Steve McQueen. Rumor has it that it was one of his favorite movies, something I don’t doubt since he not only got to play a suave, well dressed bank executive / bank robber but he also insisted on doing his own stunts including racing dune buggies, playing polo and piloting a plane, all which appealed to his thrill seeking side. I also love that he happens to live in an amazing mansion on one of the prettiest street in the Beacon Hill area of Boston. Faye Dunaway doesn’t look too shabby either but I can’t take my eyes off of Steve McQueen in this movie.
I haven’t seen Bonnie and Clyde in years but Faye Dunaway’s hairstyle for me will always be iconic. Talk about chic! “Theadora Van Runkle’s costumes inspired a 1930s fashion craze” and were nominated for an Academy Award and rightly so. Love them!
I can’t imagine any movie starring Cary Grant not being fashionable so it’s no surprise that he’s starred in some of the most popular. One of my favorites for the costumes and the sets is Indiscreet
which also stars Ingrid Bergman who wear the most divine dresses throughout. Another fun Cary Grant film is That Touch of Mink
where the clothing plays an integral role in the story. My favorite part is when Doris Day’s character gets a shopping spree at Bergdorf Goodman, of course.
Cary Grant also happens to be in everyone’s favorite Hitchcock movie To Catch a Thief where he plays second fiddle to Grace Kelly’s cool elegance and perfect wardrobe. The same can be said for Jimmy Stewart who stars with the fashionable Grace Kelly in Rear Window. In fact all the women in Hitchcock movies look impeccable…and blonde. Tippi Hedren wears one outfit for most of The Birds and still manages to look amazing throughout even while under attack. I hear she also looks divine in Marnie, which I have yet to see but am going to add to my queue right now!
It’s funny how there are barely any good outfit images online of the most stylish movie of all time, Belle du Jour. The costumes for the film were created a 29 year old Yves Saint Laurent and the famous pilgrim shoes were designed by Roger Vivier and have become fashionable once again. I can’t see anyone with their hair pinned half up without thinking of Catherine Deneuve. Tres Chic! An updated example of this type of movie would have to be American Gigolo in which Richard Gere wore exclusively Georgio Armani. And Lauren Hutton looked amazing too.
The movie that is not only beautiful but is probably responsible for every woman’s obsession with Africa has got to be Out of Africa
. The outfits, the landscape, Robert Redford and Meryl Streep…what’s not to love. My second runner up for travel infused period films would have to be The English Patient
. No one could be more beautiful than Kristen Scott Thomas.
Speaking of Kristen Scott Thomas, she also looks amazing in Gosford Park
. The evening gowns are to die for but it’s the hunting clothes that I would kill to wear. I also love the upstairs, downstairs protocol. Makes me wish I lived in that era.
Completely different is The Last Days of Disco by writer/director Whit Stillman, who also wrote and directed the cult classic Metropolitan. Both movies deal with the world of preppies and class and I love watching The Last Days of Disco for the outfits. It’s funny that some of the most stylish girls starred in this film including Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, and Tara Subkoff, the founder of the fashion line Imitation of Christ.
Is it possible for Gwyneth Paltrow to not star is a fashionable film? Well, I guess Shallow Hal wasn’t that stylish but I try to block that one from my memory as I’m sure Ms. Paltrow has tried to do as well. The Talented Mr. Ripley
may be creepy but it’s worth it for the outfits worn by all the characters and the scenes of Italy.
In the comments for my Flawless post, many described Great Expectations
as being one of their favorite stylish films. It’s been noted that the costumes are by Donna Karen and that most of them are green, as is most of the film. Theories are that it represents envy and wealth, in addition to being director Alfonso Cuarón’s favorite color. Who knows if any them are correct. It’s still fun to watch. Oh, and the art was created by Francesco Clemente.
Most of my favorite movies are set in New York, which could I guess be considered a fashionable part of the films, including A Perfect Murder
, starring Ms. Paltrow again and Michael Douglas. The sets are amazing and I would kill for her wardrobe. She always looks perfect and polished. And Viggo Mortensen makes for some nice eye candy too. He also created his own art for the movie so he’s as talented as he is handsome.
The last Gwyneth Paltrow movie I have to mention is The Royal Tenenbaums. She gets to wear fab furs and an Hermes Birkin bag but I love Luke Wilson’s Bjorn Borg style tennis outfits the best. Quirky doesn’t even begin to describe this movie but it’s fun.
The original Thomas Crown Affair
is a classic but the remake starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo is pretty darn stylish as well. How can it not be with Ms. Russo wearing Celine throughout the whole darn thing. Apparently the costume designer had less than two months to pull the outfits together so she shopped the 1997 Celine collection created by fashion designer Michael Kors and threw in a few pieces from Halston while Pierce Brosnan was decked out in custom suits. But then again, what would you expect for Mr. Crown?!
A new fashion classic has got to be The Devil Wear Prada
. I love watching it for Anne Hathaway’s transformation alone. My only complaint is the tie wearing fashion designer and his creations that seemed a bit off but now that’s it’s on DVD, I just fast forward those unfashionable bits.
I want to be Cameron Diaz and most specifically Cameron Diaz in The Holiday
. From the moment we see her in the cute pajamas, you just know you are going to want to steal her entire wardrobe including her cashmere sweaters and hats. The eyemask and stack of books for the plane is so something I would do too. Love her!
I couldn’t find a photo of the great dress that Kirsten Dunst wears in Wimbledon the movie, but she looks so cute throughout that it’s on my favorite list. Well, that and I just like looking at and listening to Paul Bettany, especially when he’s driving his cute little sports car. Sigh.
It’s a bit of a silly movie but I love the outfits that Eva Mendes gets to wear throughout Hitch
. It’s the quintessential New York creative professional woman’s wardrobe that is easily translatable to real life. Although, I would never go to work with my shirt unbuttoned that far. Another example of this genre are the cute outfits that Drew Barrymore wears in Fever Pitch
. I love her suits and all the chunky necklaces. So my style.
I know I’ve probably left off dozens of fashionable films but this is my list so let me know some of your favorites. It seems like Atonement
and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
are already destined to be classic fashionable films of the future and quite possible Flawless
as well, the movie that started this all in the first place.