Valentino: The Last Emperor, Coco Before Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton. Funny Face, September Issue and Devil Wears Prada: to name a few from the myriad fashion-related and fashion-inspired movies, which are worth watching. From documentary to hyperbolic glossy story, these kinds of films put explicitly fashion as their main focus.
To accompany you on this upcoming weekend, we’ve chosen 4 must-watch movies that are not just proposing good stories, but also represent specific fashion brands if you watch them closely. Is it marketing strategy to those brands? Or is it just because these brands suit the stories? You decide, but now just sit back and enjoy your fashionable films night!
- Grace de Monaco and Cartier (2014)
Director: Olivier Daihan
Synopsis: A biography about the Hollywood actress-turned-Princess Grace Kelly who had a crisis in her marriage with the Prince Rainier Monaco during the political dispute between Monaco and France’s Charles de Gaulle in the early 1960’s. Too bad we have to wait until the 14th of May or if you are lucky enough, watch the screening in the opening of The 67th Cannes Film Festival.
Who Wears What: The Princess Grace was famous for her fabulous flair in fashion as she was the inspiration for the most wanted and famous Hermès Kelly Bag. She used to dress elegantly all the time and dazzled with unmistakably precious jewelry. In the movie, Grace of Monaco (Nicole Kidman) and Maria Callas (Paz Vega) are dazzling in bold eminent Cartier collections.
- And God Created Woman (Et Dieu Créa La Femme) and Repetto (1956)
Director: Roger Vadim
Synopsis: A perspicuous erotic visual of the famous pin-up girl Brigitte Bardot. The story is about Juliette (Brigitte Bardot) whose love-slash-sexual exploration led to conflicts between several men in her life. The story is typically French “bizarre” but the captivating scenery of St. Tropez’ makes this movie a pleasure to watch.
Who Wears What: In 1956 for this movie, Brigitte Bardot ordered a custom-made pair of crimson red Repetto flats to Rose Repetto. She is the one who brings the ballerina shoes out of the ballet studio and convinces girls that those pairs can also be stylish on the street.
Director: Paul Schrader
Synopsis: It relates the story of Julian (Richard Gere) who makes a productive living as an escort to older women in Los Angeles. He starts a relationship with Michelle, a local politician’s wife without expecting any reward. One of the women he escorts is murdered and the detective forces him to give him details on his different clients. Julian is arrested while Michelle begins to fall in love with him.
Who Wears What: There isn’t just one suit or jacket that stands out in American Gigolo. It’s the entire wardrobe worn by Richard Gere. Two stars were born: Richard Gere, who looked like the King of Cats in Armani, and Armani, who put the buzz in power dressing just in time for a new era of excess, the 80s’ flares. American Gigolo is not about its main character but about what he wears. It is about Armani. The sunglasses are based on the 1950s’ era Ray Ban Wayfarer style. Although they are still fashionable, the Ray Bans never looked better on anyone else but Richard Gere.
- Belle de Jour and Yves Saint Laurent (1967)
Director: Luis Buñel
Synopsis: Inspired by the novel “Belle de Jour Kessel”. It talks about a bored Parisian housewife (Catherine Deneuve) who spends her afternoons working in a brothel.
Who Wears What: Belle de Jour marked the beginning of a long-standing relationship, a unique collaboration (almost a fusion) between Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent who fixed her image for many years to appear as the essence of chic bourgeoisie. The style in this movie has persisted through generations, thanks to the quality of all Yves Saint Laurent’s outstanding designs, and their ‘classic modernity’. Catherine Deneuve has always evoked an eternal femininity through her timeless classic looks.
We hope you like our choice. Which one is your favourite?
Have a wonderful weekend watching fashionable films! And don’t forget to wear your fashionable pyjamas!
Read our review about Yves Saint Laurent (2014) movie here.
By Christine Evans and Nadia Abdel-Malek