My inner fashionista is having a little party inside at the thought of fashion week finally beginning. September would not be the same without flashings of fur, sprinkles of sequins and beautiful models spread across our screens, showcasing the latest runways. When catwalk season is about to start I like to get myself all ‘fashioned-up’. What better way to do this than having a fashion film night to celebrate the start of New York Fashion Week.
I’ve collected together 5 of my favourite films/documentaries that make you want to just grab your purse and go shopping!
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
A timeless classic. A little black dress and a little Audrey Hepburn created fashion history. It’s impossible to watch the famous Tiffany’s clip without falling in love with this movie. It’s fair to say; without Audrey, Tiffany’s would not be the Tiffany’s we all fantasise about today. Her friendship with the great Hubert de Givenchy resulted in many beautiful fashion moments.
- The shorter black dress, featuring silk, a frilly edge and a little Givenchy magic.
- The ‘pyjama’ scene. Only Audrey could look chic in a mans shirt with an eye mask and ear plugs. This is my favourite scene of the film, as a girl who could fall asleep in the blink of an eye – I need this outfit to feel fabulous even when I’m dreaming.
- A fashion secret: the fabulous dress worn at the cocktail party is in fact a bed sheet… once again, only Audrey.
2. Funny Face (1957)
A story of a bookish girl who is thrown into the fashion world and experiences the wonder of falling in love in Paris. Fashion, romance and Paris – are you sold yet? Audrey Hepburn plays the leading role, she is discovered by ‘Dick Avedon’ and ‘Diana Vreeland’. I love this musical interpretation of the world behind Harper’s Bazaar’s pages. A light-hearted movie that will fill you with a lust for all of Givenchy’s designs.
- Ahhh my favourite piece is of course from the ‘Think Pink’ song. It’s like stepping into one a Shannice Alice dream – a life in pink.
- An autumn dream – this chic brown hat and brown structured coat go in hand perfectly with a cute Yorkshire terrier.
- The final favourite is this fierce red dress. It just screams Paris couture.
3. Lolita (1997)
A forbidden love story and an unconventional one at that. But non the less, my favourite movie and favourite book. It tells the story of an english professor who becomes enamoured by a 14-year-old girl, Lolita. This adaptation of Nabokov’s book is stunning and represents her sad beauty. Along with beautiful costume and setting.
- I love the late 40s/ early 50s styling of this white two piece tennis set.
- The Bardot frilled crop tops are al so a favourite and an influence of recent trends.
- The heart-shaped glasses used to promote the film are super cute.
4. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2011)
Behind the scenes of the fashion icon, Diana Vreeland and her influence on the fashion world as Editor of Harper’s Bazaar. I remember being sat in my little London room, the night before my first day as a fashion student, feeling slightly overwhelmed with how much this woman had achieved and done for the fashion industry. Her passion and eccentric style is infectious – a must watch!
5. Coco Before Chanel (2009)
The story of how Gabrielle became Coco Chanel. Now known as a symbol of luxury and beauty. However, this has not always been the case. Gabrielle started her life as a poor orphan girl with a future of wonderful fashion success. An interesting film if you’re looking for fashion and romance.
I hope this has got you excited for the runway season. What’s your favourite fashion film?
Lots of love,