Monday, November 9, 2009

internet research.

fashionable movies

Get fashion inspiration from these movies with style.

The 17 most fashionable movies: 1-8

1. Bringing Up Baby (1938) Setting: New York, 1930s Synopsis: A bored society girl (Katharine Hepburn) ensnares a nerdy paleontologist (Cary Grant) and the two have a series of misadventures with her pet leopard, Baby. Style: Masculine/Feminine Watch for: The movie in which Katherine debuted her signature pants, never before seen on a woman in the movies. When the studio heads insisted she wear a skirt, she strolled around the set in her underwear until they gave her pants back. 2. Sabrina (1954) Setting: Long Island, 1950s Synopsis: After two years in Paris, Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn), the shy chauffeur's daughter, returns home as a sophisticated, stylish woman, and suddenly draws the attention of both Larrabee brothers (Humphrey Bogart and William Holden). Style: Givenchy glam. This is the film that brought Hepburn and Givenchy together. Watch for: The A-line gowns and the "décolleté Sabrina," a bare-shouldered black cocktail dress with a high neckline to hide Audrey’s collarbones. All the Givenchy dresses. 3. To Catch a Thief (1955) Setting: French Riviera, 1950s Synopsis: A former thief (Cary Grant) is suspected of a series of jewel thefts; to prove his innocence he tries to find the copycat with the help of an American heiress (Grace Kelly). Style: Glistening extravagance Watch for: The jewels! Grace Kelly in that white strapless dress with an over-the-top diamond necklace. Her ball gowns, shimmering gold, blue chiffon, etc. 4. And God Created Women (1956) Setting: Saint Tropez, 1950s Synopsis: A vampy sexpot (Brigitte Bardot) loves one brother, but marries another. Style: Rampant female sensuality Watch for: This is the movie that put Brigitte Bardot on the scene, and she became the instant symbol of the "sex kitten." That gingham bikini, the pouty lips, the ultimate "beach hair," and how the (near-naked) Bardot carries herself throughout the film. 5. Funny Face (1957) Setting: New York and Paris, 1950s Synopsis: Jo (Audrey Hepburn), a shy bookstore clerk, is discovered by a famous fashion photographer (Fred Astaire), who takes her to Paris and makes her a top model. Style: Simple, chic, casual, and then extravagant and over-the-top Watch for: Audrey Hepburn in her black capris, black turtleneck, and black flats (which made a comeback in the 2006/2007 Gap ads where Audrey is seen doing her Funny Face dance, set to AC/DC's "Back in Black." A prime example of how style persists after 50 years; there is just different music in the background). And the resplendent Givenchy gowns. The scene when Audrey descends the stairs in that stunning red Givenchy is unforgettable. 6. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Setting: New York, 1960s Synopsis: Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), a socialite/call girl, becomes interested in Paul (George Peppard), a struggling writer who moves into her apartment building. Style: Accessorizing the LBD 101 Watch for: The LBD, the oversize sunglasses, the giant pearl necklace, and the gloves. Often considered the fashion film. It solidified Audrey Hepburn as a style icon. 7. Doctor Zhivago (1965) Setting: Russia, 1914-1917 Synopsis: A Russian physician-poet (Omar Sharif) falls in love with a political activist's wife (Julie Christie) during the Bolshevik Revolution. Style: Russian Revolution Watch for: The images of Julie Christie surviving Siberia and Stalin in style largely influenced fashion in the late sixties. Mid-length officer-style coats, opulently collared and cuffed shirts, and fur on anything became popular. Lots of fur. Fur bonnets, muffs, etc. PETA's nightmare film. 8. Belle de Jour (1967) Setting: Paris, 1960s Synopsis: Séverine (Catherine Deneuve), a beautiful young woman dissatisfied with her marriage, takes an afternoon job at a brothel. Style: Perfectly timeless Watch for: Everything she wears could work today: the coats, the shift dresses, etc. Roger Vivier designed his piece de résistance, the Pilgrim-style buckled pump, for this film. 120,000 pairs were sold immediately after the movie hit the big screen. And that same shoe is still modern today
Annie hall (1977) diane keaton
Dianne Keaton’s preppy menswear in this Woody Allen flick was a big trend at the time of the film release, and still remains a classic look today.
* The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)This movie is overall extremely visually pleasing. Between the beautiful Mediterranean backdrop and amazing costumes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, and Jude Law (who are quite beautiful themselves!), you won’t be able to get enough.* Almost Famous (2000)Kate Hudson plays a whimsical, glamorous, free-spirited groupie in this movie, and her outfits definitely match the part. This is the movie that solidified Kate Hudson as a style icon and had girls everywhere pining for Penny Lane’s amazing fur-trimmed coat.* Marie Antoinette (2006):Very few films are as decadent as Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. This movie is full of fashion at its biggest and pastel-hued best: bows, ruffles, wigs, fans, masks… even the food in this movie is dazzling! It’s near impossible not to be inspired by the visuals in this film.* (500) Days of Summer (2009):When this movie came out this summer, Zooey Deschanel’s character stole not only her costar’s attention, but also the attention of fashion lovers everywhere. Her quirky, slightly 40s, slightly indie, feminine style is a refreshing take on modern movie wardrobes.Funny Face (1957)Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn

the ultimate fashion fantasy, this tale, based on real-life cameraman Richard Avedon, follows a photographer (Astaire) who discovers a new talent named Jo (Hepburn) in a bookstore and convinces the fashion establishment to turn her into a model. She's whisked off to Paris and gets to wear lots of fabulous clothes, and soon she's fighting her feelings for the photographer who discovered her in this May-December romance.

Dancing, singing, and a to-die-for wardrobe make this one of the most popular "fashion flicks" of all time. Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy again teamed to create Audrey's amazing wardrobe, earning an Oscar nod but unfortunately, no statue that year.

Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn in
Funny Face

Gone With The Wind (1939)Clark Gable, Vivien LeighScarlett O'Hara (Leigh) is a spoiled Southern Belle who sets her sights on her neighbor, Ashley Wilkes, on the eve of the Civil War. But when Ashley tells her he's already engaged to his cousin, Melanie, Scarlett throws a temper tantrum and marries Melanie's brother Charles instead. Charles dies of the flu during the war and Scarlett spends the rest of the movie pining for Ashley while still marrying her sister's beau, Frank, and finally the dashing Rhett Butler (Gable). When Melanie dies and Ashley is finally free to marry Scarlett, she decides she really doesn't want Ashley after all, she wants Rhett instead. But Rhett has had enough and leaves, reducing Scarlett to tears before she can pull herself together again and set her mind on winning him back.

Oscars been awarded for Best Costume then (the category didn't exist until 1948) designer Walter Plunkett would surely have taken top honors that night. Besides dressing Scarlett for 39 costume changes in such memorable ensembles as the barbecue gown, the green drapery dress and the off-the-shoulder "repentance" red dress she wore to Ashley's party, Plunkett also costumed hundreds of extras for the Wilkes' barbecue, the Atlanta Bazaar, the soldiers at the depot, etc. His attention to detail was staggering, right down to the crinoline petticoats. If you like sumptuous costuming, you'll love "Gone With The Wind."

Viven Leigh

Vivien Leigh in
Gone With The Wind

Chicago (2002)
Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Roxie Hart (Zellweger) wants to be famous and will do just about anything to achieve her goals, including murder. When she's locked up for her crime, she and fellow murderess Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) turn to slick lawyer Billy Flynn (Gere) to get them off. In the process, they both become famous, which they put to good use both before and after judgment day in a series of fast-paced, toe-tapping musical numbers. If you like great music, clever cuts, and over-the-top costumes, you'll understand why Colleen Atwood walked away with the Oscar for Best Costume design for this movie. While most of the clothes are a bit skimpy to have been worn in the 1920's, they do a great job of evoking the jazz age.

Valentino the last emperor(2008):

A look at the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino.

Renee Zellweger and
Catherine Zeta-Jones
in Chicago

Synopsis :

The journey of the rise and fall and phoenix like re-birth of India's number one Supermodel.Set against the glittering backdrop of the glamorous but ruthless world of haute couture fashion, this tells the story of one small town girl with a dream and the determination to make it a reality.Meghna Mathur knew in her bones that she was meant to be famous. Ever ambitious and bright with stars in her eyes, even as a girl with conservative parents from a small north Indian town – she dared to dream of bright lights and the big city…The world of fashion – the clothes, the colors, the make-up. . .

18 movies to watch. I'm giving myself 9 weeks. so exciting! anything else i should add?


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