Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Design Departure...

I've said before, I'm no Fashionista. Something about barely hitting the 5'2" mark (thus being something less than an atelier's dream) has steered me into the look-but-don't touch fashion arena. That's not to say I don't appreciate the power of clothing to convey image, style and personality. Indeed, there are fashion moments that have been indelibly seared onto my non-Fashionista brain. Like the rockin' style phenom that was Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair. I recently filled out one of those silly Facebook quizzes asking which five movies I could watch over and over. I can't believe I forgot Thomas Crown!

I remember reading press bits when the movie was released in 1999 (Creep, it's already been ten years?!) about the costume designs by Michael Kors and thinking he knocked it out of the park. Crazy perfect. And Rene Russo and her beyond-stellar 40-something physique were downright enlightening.

You DO remember That Dress, don't you?
Classic looks - the LBD avec pearls...
...and cashmere with Herm├Ęs
And furs...Geez, were we a world away from Recession-Chic, or what?
Of course, she had a great mentor for the role - In the original, 1968 version, Faye Dunaway delivered the role of Vicki Anderson with the epitome of stylish finesse. Timeless, this fashion is. (And yes, I can speak Yoda-ese!)
Most people agree there's a strong connection between interior design and fashion. It seems especially evident these days that home and fashion design move in similar trend circles. Movies tend to concentrate that relationship... Stemming from that - my original plan was to link this post to the set design of the movie - Crown's gazillion-dollar NYC townhouse, and the eye candy that was his tropical getaway. Alas, there are very few still images of the flick, and this was as close as I could get to a shot of the beach house....
Kinda yummy, though, ya think? Warning: Soap Box moment - As I note here how unbelievably thin Rene looks, I'm reminded of the rumors floating around that Angelina Jolie has been contracted to gain about 25 lbs before filming begins on the sequel to The Thomas Crown Affair. I don't blame the producers... Ben and I recently watched AJ in The Changeling, and her extreme thinness was a distraction to the film - almost painful to see. Don't know what she's into (or not into, as in eating), but yes, filmmakers, please incentivize her to soften up a bit. Just sayin'...

So, have you taken the goofy FB quiz? What five movies can you watch over and over? Are there any you watch especially for amazing set and costume design? **You can't use Something's Gotta Give - yes, it's the most fabulous Hampton house ever put on film - dig deeper, ya'll! ;)

4 comments:

StuffCooksWant said...

Hey Girl!

I usually do not watch movies over and over because in some weird way, it feels like I'm wasting my time. I already KNOW what's going to happen. EXCEPT for You Got Mail. I don't know why I like watching that one movie and not any others repeatedly, but I do. Well, I could watch Sleepless in Seattle again - do we sense a theme here?

Allison aka HaselBride said...

I haven't commented before, but I've really love your blog! I completely agree that Rene Russo is the epitome of classic glam. She is absolutely GORGEOUS. That movie is made even better by the costumes and sets!

My husband is a big movie watcher, and it seems like he is watching movies I don't like over and over. I could make a LONG list of those. :) As far as enjoying, I could watch any of the Ocean's movies over and over. Another recent favorite is Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I don't even like comedies that much, but that one gets me every time.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

It is so much fun to read your posts. You have such a cute personality! Yep! I can tell that from reading your posts. I just know you'd be a lot of fun to hang out with. I don't watch movies a second time (except Christmas movies and some very old movies). laurie

Haven and Home said...

I love the Thomas Crown Affair! Such a great post!