Every fashionista must go through a training course of sorts. It starts in the younger years and develops as we get older. The required course includes a rigorous analysis of glossy mags, celeb style and of course, movies. We’ve all sat through a chick-flick and desperately wished we had a luxurious wardrobe just like our silver screen role models. The absence of money to buy a Channel tweed jacket at the age of 13 led us to daydream about the leading lady instead. Which basically meant her style, always her style – the exact flick of her cat-eye eyeliner, the precise messiness on her messy bun, the way she accessorized for a date with the hot male lead, and so on. You get the idea; the point was, we wanted all of it, especially the hottie.
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Whether they intend to or not, movies, of any ‘Wood’ have had the ability to influence our style choices in many ways. Be it a fashion biography or a film with a great costume designer, movies are always the easiest source of inspiration when it comes to style. So here’s a list of our top 10 picks loved by every fashionista!
Devil Wears Prada
It is quite literally impossible to not include this movie in the list. Miranda Priestly as the She-Devil incarnate and poor little Andy Sachs; a love/hate scenario ensues but that’s not the point. The point is the clothes! The tres chic clothes. Andy’s transformation from a normal city girl to a full blooded fashionista to Miranda’s love of Hermes scarves and her luxurious coats, this movie wins in every regard for us.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
A girl from a small town who envisions a comfy city life with a fabulous wardrobe – it’s the ultimate dream isn’t it? Tiffany’s might not be available to our fingertips (at this point) but we know we all wish for it, we all window shop and dream about “The Dream”. Seeing Holly Golightly trying to find love and fashion on a limited budget struck us all at our core because we’ve all been there. Knowing that we’re not alone in our hunt for love, money and good clothes made us love Ms. Golightly all the more.
Jane Austen. Sonam Kapoor. Abhay Deol. Clothes. I really don’t think I need to say more. But I will! On the matters of the heart, we might be a little (a lot) clueless but when it comes to the fashion…whoa, mama! Pernia Qureshi as the stylist brought about a huge change in when it came to costumes for the heroines. Long gone were the sarees and kurtas and ill-fitting outfits designed by the set costume designer. Aisha opened up our eyes to the amazing combination of vintage, couture, high-end and thrift. Fashion 101 peeps!
Jab We Met
Here is a movie where we met the tadakti bhadakti Punjabi Kudi. At its time, this flick showed us that comfy clothes can be cool too. A long t-shirt and salwar – a dream come true for most girls. Add some desi bling to the outfit and you are ready to go. As soon as the movie hit the screens, the streets were hit with Patiala salwar and long skirts flooding every corner. This movie showed us the chill side of ethnic clothing like no other.
This one was the original 90’s take on Jane Austen’s Emma and spewed fashion galore for every girl back then. True, we didn’t have the money but we all wanted Alicia Silverstone’s wardrobe. The mix of vintage class and 90’s edge was absolutely perfect in this movie. Chanel tweed jackets and a mini skirt, I mean ‘Hello!’ could you get more chic? No, no you couldn’t. This movie made us want to be the coolest girl in school with the best style.
Sex and the City
Following Carrie Bradshaw and her posse’s love was a bang-on, satirical replication of our life, or what we wished our life was. The moment the show ended, we lamented its loss and its movie revival got our hearts beating all over again! A group of New York City girls on the big screen had us sitting on the edge of our seats for all the right reasons. The reasons being the clothes of course.
Woody Allen is quirky enough to have us hooked on to his movies, but Annie Hall had something a little extra. Diane Keaton was the one of the first women who introduced androgynous dressing to the masses. It might have started out in the 70’s, but this is one trend that has stuck around till today. Equality and fashion working together at its best.
The Great Gatsby
Everyone might not have read the book, but we all saw the movie. Leonardo and Big B aside, this movie had the best interpretation of period clothes. The 20’s was a radical age in terms of fashion, the world saw girls wearing knee length dresses, drop waists, and super chic headbands. A combination of Prada and Miu Miu dresses had us salivating for more. The “Roaring Twenties” were visualized for us in an epic format of clothes and style.
A street-side hooker turned sophisticated lady is kind of our dream minus the hooker part. Thinking about the scenario of a rich businessman taking on a personal prostitute out of boredom was a little weird but thankfully that is not the point we’re focusing on right now. Luckily Julia Roberts’ trashy chic is back in fashion now with cut-out dresses. But the long, elegant evening gown with a great necklace is something that will always be in style and will always be sophisticated.
What better way to end with than with an Anju Modi ensemble movie. At the end of the day, we all envisage ourselves in an eye-catching ethnic outfit flirting with our crush of the moment (without the gun). The workmanship is a guarantee with the designer at hand but also the cut, the flare, and the makeup, we wanted it all. Wedding and party goals were all about getting the same lehenga style or as close as we can get with Chandni Chowk.
Quench your thirst for the greatest fashion moments in Hollywood & Bollywood through these films!