Midnight in Paris

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Doncha just love Paris?  I do.  And I love that Woody Allen opens the movie with shot after idyllic shot of Paris and Parisians doing what they do best, being nonchalantly Parisian, even in the rain.  And getting some $$ and tax breaks for productions that shoot there makes it even better for the producers.

Costume Designer Sonia Grande not only did sumptuous work on the 20’s costumes, but gave Rachel McAdams a rich bitch, casual sexiness.  I apologize for some open-mouth shots, but it was the best frame for the look.

Shirtdress with low-slung belt and oversize bag.

The group at Versailles. Another shirtdress with wedges. Perfect for a hot day.

The group with tour guide, a.k.a. Carla Bruni Sarkozy (The French First Lady), love her! Loved her when she was a supermodel. And don't you love her unstructured blazer?

Zelda's lace dress details. I love the geometric shapes with the lace.

Josephine Baker shaking it. Everyone looks fab, from the extras to the stars.

Chanel jacket thrown over a loose, featherweight tee.

Here's the whole look with belt and bag.

Simple beading, simple sheath, big impact.

This is a tough dress. It could look too precious. But slip into some sexy heels and you can make it work.

Carla Bruni Sarkozy again, lovely.

Quintessential flapper dress. This is why the 20's continues to inspire. It's luxury (silks, beading, feathers) + comfort (loose) + sexy (short hemlines).

I have a fantasy about taking the little guy on a Parisian holiday, eating, running through the gardens at Versailles, climbing the Effiel Tower, but honestly?  He’d tear the place apart.  But I can watch movies until he gets old enough.

2011 Award Season is under way

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I’m SO behind in reading my papers.  But I’d be remiss for not mentioning Dec. 18th, LA Times Image Section.  Lots of great articles on this year’s crop of exciting costumes.

On David Fincher’s “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

http://www.latimes.com/features/image/la-ig-dragon-tattoo-20111218,0,7503394.story

On the surge in 20’s inspirations, “The Artist,” and Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby.”

http://www.latimes.com/features/image/la-ig-artist-20111218,0,6082131.story

Arianne Phillips talks about “W.E.” and the work remaking Wallis Simpson’s stunning wardrobe.

http://www.latimes.com/features/image/la-ig-phillips-20111218,0,7127321.story

Costume Design as part of building a character.

http://www.latimes.com/features/image/la-ig-honorable-20111218,0,6699626.story

Menswear from this season’s films.

http://www.latimes.com/features/image/la-ig-mens-styles-20111218,0,7403329.story

This just illustrates how little time I have to actually go see movies!!!  Oy.  You single childless people go frolic carefree into the night and see them for me!

The Artist

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This film is gaining tons of momentum and might be the first silent film in 83 years to be nominated and win for Best Picture.  Jean Dujardin plays a silent movie star who has a difficult time transitioning to talkies.  Maybe because it is SO different, black and white, and silent, that it really sets itself apart from all the noise out there.  It may also be the sweetness, the innocence (no blood, no car crashes, no bullets) that tugs at people’s heartstrings, and makes them vote for this movie.  It’s also a love letter to the movies from a movie lover.

We’ll see…  And so should you.  I’d be remiss not to mention the 20’s costumes by Mark Bridges look perfect.  It is the point of this blog, non?  Opens November 25th in LA.

"The Artist" directed by Michel Hazanavicius, starring Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.

Article on the costumes:

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/nov/06/entertainment/la-ca-sneaks-artist-costumes-20111106

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