From La La Land to The Intern, a few style cues from the movies
When I went to watch the movie, La La Land recently, I must confess that I was more excited about seeing the much-talked-about yellow dress worn by actress Emma Stone and the vintage looks in the film than the music. Long after the movie was over, I found myself remembering the golden yellow of that dress against the glorious blue of the Los Angeles sky. That is the power of the movies, and those images on the silver screen will always remain the most powerful source of fashion inspiration for us even today. I have picked up many style ideas from watching movies and several fashion tips too. Here are some recent observations…
Work wear has changed
The movie, The Intern shows how you can combine casual and formal looks with ease, for the office. Anne Hathaway who plays the character of Jules, is the founder of an online fashion store. In one scene, she’s clad in a pair of slouchy men’s trousers with a vintage T-shirt and a tuxedo blazer, teamed with designer sneakers and a large Chanel bag. How does she manage to mix all this up and look so good? According to the costume designer of this movie, chic, modern and vintage pieces in synchrony can never go wrong.
Retro can be worth it!
Going back in time and wearing some of the simple, classic looks of the past can work even today, if they suit your personality. In La La Land, Emma Stone’s Mia wears a number of date night dresses in vibrant colours. Retro looks are expected to be a huge trend this year and if you were to pick up some ideas from Mia’s dresses in this movie, remember to team them with sparkling accessories and shoes.
Say yes to beautiful shoes!
If you are looking for footwear inspiration, you need to look no further than the movie Sex and the City where Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, Carrie Bradshaw loves her shoes more than life itself. Her wardrobe is brimming with Manolo Blahniks, Louboutins and Jimmy Choos but it is her satin blue Manolos, complete with silver buckle that gives her a Cinderella-like moment. The underlying principle of Carrie’s style lies in the quality of her shoes because in her fashion lexicon, even the simplest outfit can be transformed by footwear.
And finally, enjoy the journey!
It is always a good idea to make notes of anything iconic that you spot in a movie. In a movie like It’s Complicated, for example, Meryl Streep’s character Jane Adler wore jeans, belts and accessories but it did not look like she was trying to look like a teenager. She paired beautiful Hermes scarves with her casual clothes and looked effortlessly chic, relaxed and magnificent. The style tip in this movie lies in the enjoyment of the moment. Just by enjoying the comfort of casual fashion and adding a few expensive personal touches to her attire, Jane Adler manages to pull off a look that makes her ex-husband fall in love with her all over again.
Every fashionista knows that the key to looking good lies in having fun and feeling good about yourself. Why not start with the movies to give you a little style inspiration?
— Asha Chowdary
(Asha Chowdary presents a column on what’s trending in the world of fashion)