Lately, I have been watching a lot of Movies. Heres my recommended list of fashion movies that you mussst watch.
Garmento Fashion is a glamorous industry of beautiful people, right? GARMENTO tells the other side of the story through a dark and comical look beneath the seams of NYC’s rag business. Industry insider Michele Maher reveals an absurd world where shady dealings and ruthlessness are fashionable, setting the trend for corporate America.
Bonnie and Clyde, 1967
Bonnie Parker’s main accessory, aside from her gun and Clyde Barrow, was a series of killer hats. Her beret and silk scarf combination is as legendary as it is simple, and the beribboned fedoras she wore on several heists gave her a sense of propriety in improper circumstances. Bonnie’s clothes flipped between neat two-piece skirt suits that were deceivingly modest and button-through slips. Whatever the crime, her blonde bob stayed unruffled.
Annie Hall, 1977
Admittedly, that androgynous waistcoat and tie shtick, based on Diane Keaton’s own wardrobe of vintage menswear, looks a little clunky now. But no Annie Hall, no Ralph Lauren. That’s just for starters. Annie’s impact reverberates even today — see Chloe, Celine. Keaton opted for a similar rig-up to collect her Oscar that year. Yup, shock-horror, actress wears own clothes on red carpet. They don’t make them like that any more.
Factory Girl, 2006
To play the part of Edie Sedgwick with any conviction Sienna Miller had to employ the skills of her enormous eyes and long, nubile legs. The clothes in between were a revolving mixture of black leotards, striped dresses and enormous animal skins. The young Edie was as arrogant and disillusioned as she was stylish. Although she spent a good part of the film in nothing more than a pair of tights, wherever she went piles of necklaces and several knuckleduster rings followed.
Coco avant Chanel, 2009
Audrey Tatou is perhaps the only actress worthy of the Coco avant Chanel role, for which she is rightly fêted. But Priceless (2006) is a much more entertaining film. Tatou plays a gold-digger who makes a terrible error and sleeps with an impoverished hotel worker. He falls for her, and she punishes him for it by screwing him and his credit card for gifts from Azaro, Chanel, the lot — everything lovely she can get her hands on. Nasty but devastatingly stylish.
The Devil Wears Prada, 2006
Better than the vacuous book on which it was based, the clothes in this film were horrible: glossy posse dressing as imagined by a personal shopper in a suburban American mall. But it deserves its place in this pantheon for Meryl Streep’s impassioned speech about the power of cerulean “you think you’re immune from fashion but that horrible sweater you’re wearing is blue because two years ago designers decided blue was the trend”. It’s not Shakespeare, but it’s the closes the fashion industry has to a Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man moment.
They say every photo has a story, but it turns out some have incredibly scandalous crime scene clues in them, too! A 1960s cult classic by Michelangelo Antonioni, Blow Upis a swinging ’60s tale of psychedelic style through the eyes of a playboy fashion photographer and his parade of model muses. Mod dresses, murders, and German supermodel Veruschka make this one worth multiple screenings.
Isaac Mizrahi’s ex-boyfriend Douglas Keeve directed this star-studded documentary about the designer’s preparation from brainstorming the fall 1994 line to showtime (and all the inevitable drama in between). The film itself became the catalyst for the couple’s breakup, which makes viewing it all the more personal, and, yeah, thrilling.
The movie poster itself is a slap in the face, with naked women partially hidden behind the title (translation for the less informed: Ready-to-Wear). Directed by Robert Altman, the film portrays the essential chaos of Paris Fashion Week through a fictional cast of VIPs played by an actual cast of VIPs.
Valentino: The Last Emperor
Awash in that iconic red, tanned to the total max, surrounded by posh pugs, the empire of Valentino Garavani lives on forever via film. The production is accused of focusing excessively on design room close-ups and imperial legacy and too little on personal affairs (we want the pantone number of Valentino’s tan!). Though we’ve got to admit, it’s kind of refreshing to watch a fashion documentary that’s mostly about fashion.
Eleven years after directing the film with Isaac Mizrahi, Douglas Keeve returns with another documentary, this time focusing on what young designers such as Proenza Schouler endure in their climb up the fashion industry ladder.
Marc Jacobs x Louis Vuitton
Revealing the industry as a stage for business and artistic expertise to flourish, Loïc Prigent’s documentary of Marc Jacobs’ design career brings to light the careful formulas and haphazard situations that combine to make the kind of clothing a design house becomes epically famous for.
Forget Breakfast At Tiffany’sfor a second—there’s another Audrey Hepburn film you need to get truly obsessed with. Combine the visual sense of Richard Avedon with the musical genius of Fred Astaire, and throw in the story of a bookstore owner who thinks fashion is nonsense (but happens to be a gorgeous model in the making, of course!). Add dance routines and unbelievably chic clothing, and you’ve got something infinitely fabulous. The end!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961):
This beloved film starring Audrey Hepburn is packed with classic, glamorous fashion. After all, the original “Little Black Dress” can be credited to this film! A total classic that you’ll want to watch again and again.
Perhaps the words psychological thriller should have given the game away, but until now, my thoughts had been focused on its fashion-forward beauty, the romance, its delicacy – ballerinas, tutus, tuelle – of which there was plenty.
With enough plisse pleats to perfect a plié and an arm full of Rodarte’s semi-couture costumes to boot, my sartorial needs were well and truly met – but that’s as much as I’m going to say about its fashion credentials because, as good as they are, Black Swan deserves to be reviewed as an incredibly exciting film and not a runway show.
I’ve always found Emma Woodhouse to be one of Jane Austen’s most exuberant, winsome creations. Emma (Aisha) is played by Sonam Kapoor. I think the stylist of the movie, Pernia Qureshi has done a phenomenal job. From Dolce & Gabanna to lady diors to bold Manisha Arora’s, you’ll see it all.
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.
The Notebook (2004):
The Notebook is filled with the best of 1940s fashion. It is feminine and glamorous, not to mention a great movie to watch with your girlfriends for sheer entertainment value.
Sex and the City: The Movie (2008) & Sex and the City II
I could not leave this recent classic off the list! Just like the show, the Sex and the City movie is a constant stream of fashion inspiration, designer brands, and NYC style. Even better, with the four main characters, there is an outfit to suit every taste.
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.