By Sasha Perl-Raver
As NYC Fashion Week begins, we look at some films coming this year that will appeal to your inner costume designer.
In this supernatural Southern Gothic romance, somber lace gowns (in step with the SAG Awards trend) and cinch waist, antebellum-style, off-the-shoulder hoop skirts are the truly magical elements. Smudgy kohl eyes and deep wine-stained red lips complete the spell.
Oz the Great and Powerful
In this The Wizard of Oz prequel, ruby slippers ain’t got nothin’ on Mila Kunis’ oversized red chapeau, a cross between Faye Dunaway’s choice headgear in The Thomas Crowne Affair and Kate Winslet’s iconic Titanic hat. Though no one is yet sure which witch played by Kunis, Rachel Weisz or Michelle Williams is actually The Good One, glorious costumes by Gary Jones, from fitted ‘40s pantsuits to goddess gowns, ensure they’ll all look wickedly sublime.
Bikinis, booty shorts and bad bleach jobs rule this tale of Spring Break debauchery starring Disney-princesses-gone-bad Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez. Every Bieber-loving lady will be looking to load up on Day-Glo after seeing this one. James Franco, sporting cornrows in homage to either rapper Riff Raff or Kevin Federline circa Popozao, might not inspire any trends, but who knew he could work a set of gold teeth so well?
The Great Gatsby
Get ready for decadence at its art deco best! Maybe this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic Roaring '20s book inspired the line of flapper dresses in Gucci's Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Director Baz Luhrmann fills his frames with sleek bobs topped with jeweled headpieces, drop-waist dresses with enough beading to drown a drag queen and men in dapper, perfectly tailored suits.
What girl doesn’t want to have an epic prom moment? Well, no one knows how to kill it at the prom quite like Carrie. The first teaser trailer is slim on details and doesn’t reveal if Sissy Spacek’s waifish slip dress will make a return, but photos from the set show Moretz in a pale pink halter dress (likely the one seen running red with blood in this still). Here’s hoping she escapes the real horror of prom night: taffeta and crinolines.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues
Polyester has never looked so good! Almost nothing is known about the film’s plot, but with Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and Kristen Wiig in the mix, you know you’re in great comic hands. Expect the return of wide lapels, mock turtlenecks under sport coats, vests on ladies and miles of flammable fabric that’s all so wrong, it’s right.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
It’s less the film that will inspire a major style watch, but rather the tour the cast will be taking to promote the film that could spark a fashion uprising. Last time, Lawrence hit the promotion circuit in Dior Haute Couture, Prabal Gurung and Marchesa. What will she be wearing this time? Rest assured, with her effortless beauty, the odds are ever in her favor to look sensational.
Only God Forgives
Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn, the team that launched a million satin jacket fetishes with Drive, reunite for [another] bleak, bloody tale of revenge. If the poster, showing Gosling with a battered face in a dress shirt, vest and tie, is any indication, expect an atmospheric, stylish, breathlessly violent dip into dark waters.
The Lone Ranger
What do Yves Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant and John Varvatos have in common? In recent collections they’ve all taken inspiration from the Old West, showing contemporary cowboy couture on the runway. Is it any wonder when there’s this new movie starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp (whose Native American spirit warrior Tonto wears a killer crow headdress) on the horizon? Hi-ho, Silver! Away!
Saving Mr. Banks
For all the happy memories it has inspired, the making of Disney’s Mary Poppins was a tumultuous battle between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers in the 1960s. Period costumes to make any Mad Men fan drool have been spotted across Disneyland, where hundreds of extras in pristine period attire have been seen shooting scenes for the film. (photo courtesy Micechat.com)