Fashion & films: A love story!

By Sergio González | 10:57
Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn, maybe the greatest fashion icon of 20th century

We don’t need the over presence of fashion’s quintessential refinement to appreciate a film but it will always help. Scenery and photography play an important role too but we usually pick one film over another out of who’s performing so what leading actors and actresses wear also has a deep impact on us.

Neither Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) nor Sabrina (1954) spin around fashion industry but the sole presence of unique and fabulous Audrey Hepburn makes them ideal for fashion enthusiasts. Besides, she was close friends with Givenchy and his touch can be traced in both films. Who dares not to remember the black satin dress she wears when standing in front of Tiffany’s windows?

Yves Saint Laurent dressed his muse, Catherine Deneuve, for the classic French film Belle de Jour in 1967. Apart from great performances, regarding fashion it’s quite an interesting film because Catherine plays two different roles: a sophisticated prostitute and a most respected lady of Parisian upper society, depicting the sides of women that have been portrayed all along arts history.

Despite being the most successful film industry, Hollywood hardly ever trusts American designers for its films but when The Great Gatsby enrolled Ralph Lauren to recreate F. Scoot Fitzgerald’s 1920’s society nobody could denied he nailed the lavish and polish environment of The Crazy 20’s.

Diane Keaton may not be our first pick when on the verge of pointing out a fashion icon but she did a lot and we should credit her the late 70’s trend of mens’ wear for women. Woody Allen allowed her to choose her own clothes for Annie Hall and the wide-leg trousers she wore for the film were what women in the harsh 80’s were looking for. It was the time of male yuppies and Diane told a whole generation of women they could be alike if they wanted too.

Few sci-fi movies can brag about their customs. Truth is they’re usually edgy but plain and boring, depicting future societies where fashion no longer plays an important role. As if it would ever happen. Luckily, The Fifth element is not one of those.

The 1997 French director Luc Besson’s film customs were manufactured by the magnificent hand of Jean Paul Gaultier and you can tell by the looks of not only the main character but every single one appearing in the movie. If you’ve seen it, you most probably remember the white-bandit dress that exquisite former model Milla Jovovich wears at her first appearance but Gaultier himself pointed out Gary Oldman’s outfits as his preferred ones.

Isla Fisher in Confessions of a Shopaholic, minutes before she starts a fight over a pair of Gucci boots

We all like some fashion in our lives. A good pair of designer shoes can boost your confidence like few other things in life but if we’re too much into it we could end up like Isla Fisher in Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009). It’s a hysterical movie depicting the hardest side of fashion addicts showing how far they would go for a new green silk scarf. Isla lies to everyone around here, trying to cover her fashion trails, even to her bestie, played by Krysten Ritter. She’s a former model and leading role in the fresh and frolicsome ABC series Don’t Trust the b**** in Apartment 23; a show you shouldn’t miss if you love fashion and laughing out loud.

Fashion has the power to rise a film star into a fashion icon, but so does TV. Most of us can still remember how any change in Jennifer Aniston hairdos as Rachel in Friends made the whole world cut and straighten hair to match her style. Needless to say it’s Carrie Bradshaw impact from Sex in the City; thought maybe too much for non-fashionistas, every garment she wore was quickly sold out.

We are used to seeing models become actresses but hardly ever we see the same happening with designers; until last May 2011. Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s chief designer, wrote and directed the short film The Tale of a Fairy for the French house Ready-to-Wear Spring Show. The film depicts what you may expect. Beautiful people, exquisite dresses and even more fabulous houses and cars but tight together by human emotions and passions we all share and understand: euphoria, loneliness, anger, joy…Karl is an artist after all.

These are just our selection of best fashion films but don’t miss Stylist Magazine choices or even better, make your own. We live in a DIY society where every opinion is worth. Why don’t you let us know what are your favorite fashion films?

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