Whenever I need an inspiration for color in fashion, I always revisit my beloved movie ‘Down with Love’. This frivolously delicious and hilarious movie, starring Rennee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, has itself become a bit of a vintage movie. It is a spoof on the Doris Day and Rock Hudson comedies of the 60s.
The bubbly blonde and the dark, good-looking guy, with the ‘girl attempting to strive to get somewhere’ sort of tale line. It definitely can make a very deserving ‘chick flick’, great for a wet Saturday morning. Nevertheless, the primary points of interest for me personally are the costumes. Make no mistake, this is certainly forward thinking related to the whole vintage matter. I guess the craze about ‘Mad Men’ really started out with this movie.
The dresses were designed by Daniel Orlandi. I am very amazed with the truth that it had no real vintage apparel at all. All of the costumes were total re-designs, fitted and converted into the amusing colorful treat of a film. The whole movie is a non-stop extravaganza of fashion presentation, overfull with rainbow colours, exquisite fabrics, and matching outfits. I love the ensemble of a pink and white wool jacket, over a super-fitted wool outfit, identical to the color of the jacket and topped with a pair of white gloves for style.
Daniel Orlandi would have to have read all the magazines from the years 62-67 to illustrate his inspirations for the film. “We didn’t want to use antique clothing on Renee, or any one of the extra principals, since we didn’t wish it to appear shabby,” says Orlandi, who rather utilised antique fabric for many of his designs. “We wanted the clothes to appear fun and striking, not campy.”
It certainly does not look ‘thrift shop’, the truth is the cut and fit for the two actors are simply amazing. Evidently, he purposely fashioned the clothing with lots of bright colors, even though they were not traditionally prescribed tones for a blonde. I think the bright hues approved with Renee perfectly, reflecting on her character along with the comedy plot. The riot of hues, lavender, lime, fuchsia, snow-white, magenta and ice blue are clearly a feast for the eyes.
Don’t be afraid to copy the fashion of this movie though. All the expertly matched outfits, certainly put all of us who wear a GAP tee shirt and jeans to shame. We could always lighten ourselves up with a brightly colored scarf, a fitted dress with neat tucking details, or a pair of snazzy pumps. We should never be afraid of color, after all we can still wear the classic black coat. Get out there and wear those color and treat your friends to a colorful feast.