Some movies remain etched in our minds – not just for their plot or amazing background but simply because they downright aced the unique detailing of every character. Sometimes every scene is a piece of art, and the whole thing works because all the pieces of the jigsaw- from dialogues to costumes- come together neatly. When it comes to high fashion, there are quite a few Hollywood masterpieces that can sway every fashionista and give her dreams of scarlet lips, pointed heels and fiery dialogues.
If you are a lover of all things fashionable, you can’t but miss these 10 cult movies:
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The movie starts with a mustard car approaching. Audrey Hepburn steps out and gazes at building number 727. She takes a few stately steps towards Tiffany and Co. And, as an elaborately coiffed Hepburn decked in pearls, black Givenchy dress and classic alligator shoes, coffee and croissant in hand, checks herself out in the mirror… a timeless wardrobe classic is created.
Fashionista or not, this is one classic movie and always shall be. Go watch today if you haven’t yet!
Bet you didn’t know:
The director initially wanted to cast Marilyn Monroe for the role of Holly Golightly, but she dropped out after she was advised that a call girl-like character might harm her image. Monroe’s loss was Hepburn’s gain.
2. The Devil wears Prada
As Anne Hathaway took the climb from sensible aspiring writer to fashion diva with aplomb- popcorn and cold drink forgotten- we gaped at her in awe. Attired in the glory of our PJs we couldn’t help but stare open mouthed at the stunning fashion outfits she twirled around in! Fashion apart, the movie is a win-win when it comes to ending on the right note as well.
Movie Trivia 101:
Meryl Streep apparently told Anne Hathaway on the very first day of shooting: “I think you’re perfect for the role. I’m so happy we’re going to be working together,” and followed it up with, “That’s the last nice thing I’ll say to you.”
*Cough cough*. It was.
3. Gone with the Wind:
Set against the backdrop of American history, complete with the airs and frills of exotic petticoat gowns which change from coquettish to flirty, from mischievous to sensual with utmost ease, Gone with the Wind gives us beautiful period costumes we drool over. Each dress portrays beautifully what the character is undergoing in a scene.
Scarlett O’ Hara not only wears each of these dresses, she owns them. And when you add to that the swagger of Clark Gable, and the subtle intricacies of war torn America, what you’ve got at your hands is a timeless classic.
The swoon–worthy stuff:
The curtain gown, and Rhett’s iconic, unforgettable line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,”
4. Sex and the City
Create a list about iconic fashion movies and not have Sex in the City in it? Pfft!
Watch the movie and better still the TV series to see four sassy New Yorkers and their quirky stories panning out, even as they themselves remain inseparable friends.
And as far as outfits are concerned…
The outfits of all the girls were never repeated, except for the fur coat in the last episode which was the same as the one used in the very first! Now that’s a lot of fashion to keep track of.
5. Gossip Girl
A show which stars Blake Lively and Leighton Meister has got to be THE utmost perfection when it comes to fashion! And it was. Oh, it was! Right from the first season to the last, we’re met with a delicious cocktail of apparels that we can never ever have enough of. Add to it, the sarcasm, the swagger and the best friend goals, and – amen! Let the frenzied downloading begin.
Penn Badgley (our very own Dan) didn’t know he was Gossip girl, until that particular scene was shot.
6. Pretty Woman
The unconventional love story between a fresh faced prostitute and a financier remains to date one of the most loved movies ever made. Replete with Julia Robert’s classic dialogue, ‘I’m a sure thing’, to the gasp with which we greet her turning up in the red dress for the opera, can we just admit what a beauty this movie is? No? Oh, ye of little faith!
The borrowed necklace worn by Vivian was worth a quarter million dollars, and came with its own security guard!
7. Confessions of a Shopaholic
As the girl with the green scarf said:
“That moment. That instant when your fingers curl round the handles of a shiny, uncreased bag—and all the gorgeous new things inside it become yours. What’s it like? It’s like going hungry for days, then cramming your mouth full of warm buttered toast. It’s like waking up and realizing it’s the weekend. Everything else is blocked out of your mind. It’s pure, selfish pleasure.”
Need we say more? You’re going to love this one!
Behind the scenes:
Sophie Kinsella, author of eponymous book could be seen on-set nearly every day as both associate producer and consultant, to ensure that her beloved Becky was translated correctly from the book to the big screen.
8. Annie Hall
Labeled as one of the most comic films of its time, this movie is known for the iconic fashion style worn by Annie Hall, where she effortlessly dons what we ordinarily deem as “menswear”. The bowler hat perched precariously; long coats and oversized pants started a fashion craze in America after this movie was released.
And if not for this epiphany:
The inspiration for the end scene came to Allen in a car, on his way to watching the film preview. The hastily scribbled words turned later into Alvy’s beloved “We need the eggs” speech that closes the film.
9. Coco before Chanel
Chanel is the iconic fashion brand that’s redefined fashion, and Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel is the woman behind it.
Coco before Chanel traces the workings of Coco’s mind, her acute observations as her mysterious knowing eyes sweep over all the finer details of what’s worn by other people, an indefinable grace that envelopes her, and ultimately, her celebration of fashion with an iconic style which still continues to be a shrine for fashion enthusiasts.
That chick LBD you swear by?
Coco was the one to start the concept of a Little Black Dress, often lovingly called ‘Chanel’s Ford’.
10. The September Issue
A documentary film of Vogue’s 2007 September issue, the film shows all that goes into the making of the hottest fashion magazine, the mayhem and the genius of it, and the mind of the frosty, yet legendary editor-in-chief Anna Wintour .
Owing to her cold demeanour, Anna Wintour is often nicknamed ‘Nuclear Wintour’!
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