Spotted: Runway Fashion, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
May02

Spotted: Runway Fashion, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Every now and then there is a film that is fashion laden (think Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City, both costume designed by Patricia Field), but they are usually reserved for contemporary movies. Costume Designer Trish Summervile went the high-fashion route for dressing the main characters in the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Clothes were an integral part of Suzanne Collins’s trilogy and it served as a key point...

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Inspired by: Days of Heaven, Rodarte
May29

Inspired by: Days of Heaven, Rodarte

This past February, the Mulleavy sisters presented their Fall 2011 Collection at New York Fashion Week, for which they were inspired by Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven (1978) and the American Plains. Kate and Laura always seem to rely on films and landscapes for inspiration, and Days of Heaven is the perfect film for that because its visual beauty is quite stunning. I’ve featured them before with their S2009RTW collection, which was...

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Influenced: Annie Hall, Menswear for Women in 2011 Spring RTW Collections
Mar08

Influenced: Annie Hall, Menswear for Women in 2011 Spring RTW Collections

The standout trends this Spring are pants, suits, and menswear inspired looks. Women have always been influenced by what they see on the big screen, but I think it’s safe to say that in this case, film fashion was definitely the original stimulator for what made these looks normal today. It was unheard of for women to wear anything other than skirts until the 1930s when actresses Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn made menswear...

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Analyzed: Black Swan Part I, Costumes Set the Mood
Feb13

Analyzed: Black Swan Part I, Costumes Set the Mood

With the Oscars just around the corner and speculations roaming around about who the winners will be, I’m still disappointed about the fact that Black Swan is not nominated for Best Costume Design. This happens every year—with only five nominees in the category, the Academy will never please everyone. Although Black Swan was definitely on my list of Oscar predictions, finding out it didn’t make the cut did not come to me as a...

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Spotted: Avatar’s Message and Color Palette, Alexander McQueen
Feb07

Spotted: Avatar’s Message and Color Palette, Alexander McQueen

Nick Knight said in an interview posted just before the show that Lee Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection entitled “Plato’s Atlantis” is based on fantasy and Plato’s definition of Atlantis as a metaphor for Neverland. McQueen was inspired by the idea of Atlantis sinking into the ocean. As Sarah Mower wrote for Style.com of McQueen’s press release about the collection, “he was casting an apocalyptic forecast of the...

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Inspired by: Avatar’s Message and Color Palette, Jean Paul Gaultier
Jan31

Inspired by: Avatar’s Message and Color Palette, Jean Paul Gaultier

Avatar’s message is clear. There’s the obvious pro-environmental activism of the eco message and the underlying anti-imperialism message on the political side. Director James Cameron is clearly anti-corporate and against the oppressing forces of Western colonial subordination as he subtly criticizes the ever-present so-called “diplomacy” of the military and justification of its actions with the quote from Colonel Miles Quaritch “We...

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