The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley film stillsSpring has sprung(ish..), so while we all begin to dream about our summer holiday, what better way to indulge in a little getaway fantasy than with the beautiful scenery of Italy in The Talented Mr Ripley. Although it’s the gripping storyline and incredible acting that are the main points of this film, you can’t help but wish you could flit along the Italian coast – albeit without Tom Ripley’s wake of destruction. This psychological thriller follows Matt Damon as Tom, a young man who is mistakenly welcomed into the world of wealth and privilege, and who will do anything to remain there. The brilliant supporting cast of Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman are all caught up in Ripley’s web of deceit, as he juggles them, loves them, and tries to avoid their ever-growing suspicions.

Set in the late 1950s, Paltrow’s Marge and Blanchett’s Meredith are incredibly elegant, providing perfect inspiration for a chic, retro spring-summer look. Co-ordinating separates play on the lady-like feel, and Marge’s tie-up shirt with a full midi skirt is very on trend. Add nautical prints and accessories for a touch of the Italian Riviera glamour.

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  • Light fabrics
  • Nautical details
  • Retro shapes
  • Fresh colours

The Talented Mr. Ripley fashion

 

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 4/5

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Charlie’s Angels

Charlie's Angels film stillsDisguises, romantic entanglements, and a whole lot of girl power, the 2000 reboot of Charlie’s Angels is the perfect film for a night in with your mates. Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore are the ultimate trio, even if we all have our favourite (totally got to be Liu’s whip-smart Alex). This film is pure, unadulterated fun with dance numbers, sassy comebacks, and over-the-top acting – not to mention the physics-defying fight sequences.

Although the Angels all have different styles, there are some key items you’ll need if you want to join them: a pair of ass-kicking trousers, a killer dress, and some classic noughties tinted sunglasses. A slogan tee or a crop top is also an essential for all Independent Women, and throw on a faded denim jacket for a pinch of Drew’s grungier edge. Complete with a full training in martial arts, bomb disposal, and acrobatics, then you’ll be ready to join America’s most glamorous sleuthing trio…

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  • Leather trousers
  • Sleek cocktail dresses
  • Pops of colour
  • Bold slogans and shapes

Charlie's Angels fashionFor the film: 3/5

For the fashion: 4/5

500 Days of Summer

Film Stills from 500 Days of Summer

500 Days of Summer is a charmingly kooky anti-rom-com – as the narrator tells us at the beginning “This is a story of boy meets girl. But you should know up front, this is not a love story.” Shot with a non-chronological sequence, we see the story of quirky Summer (Zooey Deschanel) and love-struck Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt ) in pieces which provides an appealing twist on traditional rom-com structure, contrasting ridiculously cute scenes – like their trip to Ikea – with Tom smashing plates in his kitchen. The film also uses interesting techniques, like dividing the screen between shots of Tom’s expectations and his reality at Summer’s party. It also has a great musical sequence set to the best song to wake up to ever. However, there’s something about it that means that – even though I love Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel – it isn’t one of my favourites… It might be just that goes on a little too long, or there’s something off to me about Summer’s ending (won’t spoil it). On the other hand, 80% of the film is really enjoyable and a refreshing take on love.

Summer’s style is very blue. She loves it – and you should too! It’s a great alternative to black, and there’s a shade to complement every complexion. She works it with vintage shapes, mixing 50s and 60s playfully with waisted dresses and sweet collared shirts. Contrasting her flowing clothes with more structured accessories keeps the look together.

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  • Prom dresses
  • Blues
  • Lady-like accessories
  • Tailored waists

500 Days of Summer Fashion

For the film: 4/5

For the fashion: 4/5

10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You Stills

90s teen movies may be my ultimate guilty pleasure, but 10 Things is top of the list. With the gorgeous Heath Ledger, a baby-faced Joseph Gordon-Levitt, quotable lines, and lots of teen angst, you can’t help but forgive its ‘liberal’ adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Set in Padua High, the story follows young Bianca and Cameron as they try to set up her fiery sister, Kat, with the dark and mysterious Patrick Verona. Plotting, paintballing, and parties ensue, and it also contains one of the most heart-melting scenes of all-time.

Before I get all starry-eyed over Heath, 10 Things is a 90s fashion capsule, and great inspiration for this summer. Although this decade’s – and this film’s – fashion choices had their ups and downs, 90s is building momentum as a major trend, and is easily incorporated into your wardrobe. You don’t need to stick to one Stratford sister, but blend Kat and Bianca’s style with minimalist shapes meeting sunny prints…

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  • Spaghetti straps
  • Denim
  • Flatforms
  • Kitsch patterns

10 Things I Hate About You Fashion

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 3/5

Marie Antoinette

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Sofia Coppola’s distinctive retelling of the life of the iconic Queen of France feels a little like a historical teen movie, with Marie Antoinette as the 18th century version of misfit-turned-it girl – only with less of the happily ever after… That said, although perhaps a little fluffy for some, this film is beautifully crafted with stunning views of Versailles, sumptuous sets and props, and more frills than you can shake a stick at. I also think that Kirsten Dunst does a great job portraying a vulnerable young girl’s transformation into one of the most infamous figures of history.

However, the costumes have to be the star of the show: big hats, big hair, and very big dresses. Coppola maintains a gorgeous palette of sugary pastels throughout which is perfect inspiration for pepping up your spring wardrobe. Look out especially for Marie’s increasingly theatrical accessories as well – particularly her updo that contains a replica ship!

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  • Macaroon colours
  • Extravagant accessories
  • Playing with volume

Marie Antoinette Fashion

For the film: 3/5

For the fashion: 5/5

Bend It Like Beckham

Bend It Like Beckham StillsWith January winding down to a close, I am feeling my New Year’s resolutions beginning to crumble already… What could be better to reignite my get-fit regime than one of the peppiest, funniest, and sportiest films I’ve seen? Bend It Like Beckham is one of my favourites, and one I come back to time and time again. If you haven’t seen it – watch it. Unlike the title suggests, you don’t need to know one thing about football to appreciate this truly British comedy about growing up and finding your way. Plus it is definite motivation to start sports, or just get down to the gym (that is one flat stomach Keira…)! The great soundtrack provides excellent backing for a workout – I always put on Basement Jaxx ‘Red Alert’ when I feel my energy levels dwindling.

The actual sports kit the football girls wear may not be amazing, but if you take inspiration from the bold colours of the saris, and combine it with practical pieces, you can create a bright gym look that you’ll want to show off!

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  • Bright colours
  • Flattering shapes
  • Comfortable fabrics

Fashion from Bend It Like Beckham

For the film: 5/5

For the fashion: 3/5