Adriano Goldman, Amelia Clarkson, Cary Fukunaga, collars, Costume Designer, cuffs, Dario Marianelli, gloves, Helmut Lang, Holliday Grainger, Jamie Bell, Jane Eyre, mens coat, Mia Wasikowska, shoes, sleeves, Tamzin Merchant
This version of “Jane Eyre”, Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, Director of Photography, Adriano Goldman, Costume Designer, Michael O’Connor, and Music by Dario Marianelli, seduces you in a cold, windy, embrace. Beautifully shot, paired with evocative music, plus so many clothing details, I could hardly keep up. The main takeaway is COLLARS. So many delicate, artful collars, I couldn’t see anything else. I don’t know if they were lace, embroidered linen or cotton voile, but just that they were exquisite. You could use these for a light, prim, detail in a spring collection featuring linen and cotton shifts. You don’t need any jewelry with collars like these.
Here are some great collar and cuff combos. Why don’t people make a nice, lacy or embroidered cuff anymore? It’s perfect for winter, wear it under your fave solid wool/cashmere sweater. It adds a splash of femininity to something otherwise unisex.
The sleeve details, tight, pleated, layered in contrast to the full skirts give you a sense of how restrained all the women in this period are.
The layered sleeves make me want to make fitted wool blazers or pea coats.
Young Jane’s school uni made me think of Helmut Lang in the mid 90′s. Imagine it in black over a white shirt. So cool.
Jane’s shoes are the last vestige of her privileged upbringing. And they’re adorable!
As for the the men, Mr. Rochester is a dandy when the mood suits him, but St. John, played by a grown up Jamie Bell, is always dressed in stark black and white. I love the contrast of the soft, white, thin cravat with the bulky, black and stiff vest, coat and overcoat.
Check out the nice, wide collar from the back. If it were a waxed cotton, it would be selling out in an All Saints shop.
All in all, this version surprised me by how stunning it was visually and aurally. Mr. Rochester always stuns me… Hello? Sexual harassment! But it is a classic tome, sure to be remade again, and again, but probably won’t look as cool. Tremendous job, Michael O’Connor.