Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Big Screen: 2014’s Most Stylish Films

When it comes to style, it’s not just runways and glossy magazines which provide sartorial inspiration- fashion designers often borrow from the big screen when creating collections. Similarly, the discerning dresser can take much encouragement from fashion flicks. Let’s take a look at the 2014 film releases which made us want to race through the cash tills with a stockpile of clothes under our wing.

The 2 Faces of January

Kirsten Dunst looks a vision of beauty in this stylish film noir based on a married couple who get caught up in a tragic love triangle whist holidaying in Greece. Film noir fashion is often seductive and dazzling, and Dunst is certainly dressed to kill as the only female lead. The sixties dresses crafted by costume designer Steven Noble for the film exude chic, but it’s Dunst’s accessories which really bring it all together.

Headscarves, glamorous sunglasses, elegant straw hats and peep toe sandals cement the film in the ‘60s and the pastel hued outfits are a feast for the eyes. Contemporary film noirs have never looked so good.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

When it comes to fashion, you can always rely on Wes Anderson to pull a showstopper out of the bag. The film legend is the brain behind visually outstanding films such as The Life Aquatic and The Royal Tenenbaums with costume designer Milena Canonero serving as his noble steed.

The latest offering from Wes Anderson is set in the fictional republic of Zubrowka and focuses on one candy floss coloured hotel; The Grand Budapest. When regular hotel guest Madame D dies under suspicious circumstances, the hotel’s lobby boy and senior set out on a dangerous mission to discover the truth behind the tragedy.

As for the costumes themselves, they’re not anchored in any specific era but the general style of principal characters is ornate; fur coats, pearl earrings, regal brooches, flashes of gold etcetera. The Anna Sui A/W 2014 collection was actually inspired by the rich colour palette worn by actress Tilda Swinton (Madame D) in the film.

From impressive, choux pastry tier cakes to head-turning lobby costumes, Wes Anderson films are impeccably executed from opening scenes right through to the final credits. Couture fans should consider TGBH essential viewing.

Have we missed any style film gems out of our feature? Do let us know. Tweet us @Fiorelli_Bags or leave us a comment below.

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