Thursday, April 19, 2007
Fashion And Movies
1) Watched this documentary last weekend and it was so fantastic. A camera is set up in the studio of St.Laurent and follows his designs and seamstresses to create a line of haute couture. I couldn't take my eyes off the process...it was eccentric and brilliant. Although the relationships are not explained I had the impression that his staff and himself had worked together for the last forty years, they are a a dignified family. How the clothes went from sketches to layers of analysis was magical. Yves St. Laurent, like all the couture masters is a sculptor! A terrific line form the film is when one of his seamstresses comes into the salon with a model in his gown he says" I asked you for a sausage and you made me a masteriece."
2) I didn't know it was Thursday till Saturday last week...I don't know what happened but I lost a few days.
3) I think I was all confused because I started a diet and was very tired last week...and ditsy.
4) The diet has me thinking about fashion...and what I might be able to fit into if I can lose the roll on my tummy. I am aiming for a six pack. This morning I ate half an avacado, two tablespoons of cottage cheese and a hardboiled egg. Hmm...that may have been too much food, 21 grams of fat. 8 grams of carbs. 255 Calories (that's not bad) 12 grams of protein. I just looked up a chart...I am should lose weight at 33-44 grams of fat per day?
5) Last year, I saw another documentary with a designer called Karl Lagerfield Is Never Happy Anyway. It too was fascinating to see how Lagerfield works and bring his vision to the body. A must see for fashionistas.
6) Just how cool a man can look in a good suit.
7) I think this poster is an argument alone for how movies affect fashion. Rosanna Arquette and Madonna look so cute. I just watched this movie last week...and it really holds up, as charming as when it first came out.
8) Ralph Lauren designed costumes for The Great Gatsby did not seem old-fashioned on Mia Farrow. Robert Redford was no slouch in his suits either. I think these costumes are still an influence on design today.
9) As The Passion of The Christ was being marketed and released, all kinds of people were wearing "Jesus is my co-pilot" t-shirts. Madonna preferred the goddess version with "Mary is my homegirl".
10) Annie Hall changed women's clothing for years.
11) In The Devil Wears Prada I found the movie too simple plotted, and some of the characters weak...but Meryl Streep is worth the entire movie. Everything she did was perfect! She has a response to a workers thinking fashion was mindless and not an influence on herself and Streep gives an awesome soliloquy.
"This... 'stuff'? Oh... ok. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis, it's actually cerulean. You're also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar De La Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn't it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of 8 different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic casual corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of a clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff." Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada.
12) "Stop! I don't want my hair cut! I don't want my eyebrows up or down. I want them right where they are! And I see no functional advantage in a marvelous mouth. I'm leaving now, and if anyone so much as makes a move to stop me, there'll be plenty of hair cut and it won't be mine!" Hepburn in Funny Face
13) What sorority girl hasn't dressed up as Laura Croft for Halloween?
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