Fashion and film have gone hand in hand over the decades - time and time again, we've seen designers look to cinema's leading ladies as muses for their new season collections. Hollywood remains a major player in women’s fashion as one of the most important sources of new styles and silhouettes, which then trickle into wardrobes worldwide. Whether you’re inspired by the elegant and graceful style of Holly Golightly or the tomboyish seventies looks worn by Annie Hall, there is no denying the impact these films continue to have on the fashion landscape…
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Undoubtedly one of the most iconic films of all time, Breakfast at Tiffany’s draws us into the world of country girl turned New York socialite, Holly Golightly. With the iconic jeweller Tiffany’s featuring in the film’s title, it’s basically a given that the wardrobe (and the jewellery) will be front and centre. While the film may be nearly 60 years old, Holly’s infamous black gown styled with her glitzy tiara, pearl choker and statement earrings still serve as major wardrobe inspiration today (okay, you might not wear a tiara everyday, but a black dress and pearls… you can’t go wrong, right?). For a modern take on Holly’s style, pair the Camilla & Marc Bowery Slip Dress with Tiffany’s Paloma Picasso Olive Leaf Pearl Necklace. For the finishing touch, use Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen to get Holly’s classic winged liner.
Taking a more “borrowed from the boys” approach, Diane Keaton’s character Annie Hall is the cool antithesis to the traditional Hollywood bombshell. The character’s androgynous style is said to have been actually inspired by Keaton herself, with Annie opting for a wardrobe of masculine suiting, shirts, felt fedoras and ties. Since the movie’s debut in 1977, women across the globe have admired Annie’s panache, with the likes of Alexa Chung, Pandora Sykes and Elizabeth Olsen all citing the film as inspiration to their wardrobes. Nab Annie’s style with this Dolce & Gabbana Pinstriped Vest paired with these Ulla Johnson Rhodes Pants and a white shirt. Complete the look with the masculine and spicy notes of L’Artisan Parfumeur Arcana Rosa 9.
Bonnie & Clyde
Inspired by real life criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, 1967's Bonnie and Clyde quickly became a landmark film of its era. Although set during the Great Depression, keen-eyed viewers will also recognise elements of 1960's fashion in parts of Bonnie Parker’s wardrobe. Played by the sultry Faye Dunaway, Bonnie’s style represents a new form of power dressing, mixing femininity with strong suiting. Often seen wearing berets and chic neck scarves, her style also nods to the chic ingénues of French New Wave cinema. Make like Bonnie Parker in this Georgia Alice Memory Blazer and Clyde Wool-Felt Beret. Finish with a swirl of Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder on the cheeks to give you those defined Dunaway/Parker cheekbones.
The Great Gatsby
Set in the 1920s, The Great Gatsby oozes with the glitz and glamour of the Art Deco period. Winning awards for its costume design, the 1974 film presents us with Mia Farrow's character, Daisy Buchanan - the ultimate flapper style muse. Her iconic numbers are emblematic of the Roaring Twenties, adorned with sparkles, feathers and pearls. Got a party or special event coming up? Dress up in this Marchesa Notte Gown with these Gregory Ladner Deco Cz Drop Earring with Pearl and a little vintage Marabou bag. To get Daisy's 1920s hair-do, part your hair to the side and add curls with a GHD Classic Curl Tong.
Although not quite as old as the other films mentioned, Pretty Woman still has made its mark on the fashion world. Julia Roberts plays Vivian, a prostitute who meets a wealthy man and they fall in love. While the plot may seem a bit cliché, the costume design definitely makes up for it. From her thigh high boots to her power suits, the brown polka dot dress or the red ball gown (this list could actually just go on and on), Vivian’s style has been continuously referenced by designers in their own collections since the film's début. Take this Lee Mathews Maisee Polka Dot Skirt for example - the perfect piece for updating the look for 2018. Style it with a matching polka dot blouse, this Helen Kaminski Newport Standard Brim Hat and a nude lipstick such as the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Light Lipstick in Chestnut for the finishing touch.
Story by Paige Murphy