Lately, I’ve been on a color kick. I caught the end of The Royal Tenenbaums the other night, and I was mesmerized by the bold palette and the stylish direction. Although it’s been awhile since I’ve seen the movie in its entirety, I think the costumes and the soundtrack still have a magnetic appeal. To me, the film resembles a musical, moving collage of ironic photos.
I suppose I’m also intrigued by the unconventional outfits. When this movie originally came out, I didn’t have the same appreciation of style that I have now. Now, I see the beauty in a blunt bob and a polo shirt dress or the awesomeness of an all red get-up (even if the outfit in question is a tracksuit).
I’ve definitely become more daring as my taste for the unique and eccentric has developed. Nowadays, I look for colors and designs that stand out when shopping for clothes and home decor. I’m very easily drawn to whimsical images amidst a sea of primary colors. Hence, if the item is cute and has red in it, the chances are pretty good that I will buy it.
In conclusion, a film that is artfully directed can be a complete design inspiration. I love to see vibrant hues and vintage pieces in real life and on my television screen. Because let’s face it–it makes a great backdrop and it gives me yet another reason to go shopping.
*Mark Poulin designs
I enjoy being inspired from unlikely sources. However, I don’t usually know when or what will intrigue me until I see it. So, color me surprised, when, this past weekend, my fashion inspiration came from two ’80s movies: St. Elmo’s Fire and Heathers. Ally Sheedy’s character, Leslie, donned feminine blouses and a long-stranded pearl necklace (with the latter baffingly worn during some intimate moments) in St. Elmo’s Fire. Conservative yet sophisticated, Leslie’s style sense is perfect for a young woman trying to solidify her status as an adult. Similarly, Winona Ryder’s character, Veronica, showcased a tremendous assortment of mature blazers and sweaters with full shoulder pads in Heathers. The exaggerated broad shoulder-look appears to emphasize power and superiority (both attributes essential to the plot of the movie).
These styles share the look of commanding respect while still appearing respectful (when fully clothed): two traits that I value, particularly when dressing for the workplace. Pearls provide a touch of added femininity to a business-type ensemble. Also, although the shoulder pads were massive in Heathers, I believe that they can still be tastefully used for subtle impact with a well-fitted blazer.
Other favorites: the colorful tights and pleated skirts worn by Veronica and the Heathers and the ties and tweed worn by Judd Nelson’s, character Alec. The ’80s…so very.