Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Five film characters who turned my closet upside down

For decades, Hollywood has been the epitome of fashion.
Even I am not immune to the dazzling costumes and bizarre fashion trends sprouting from the silver screen.
I wore pleated skirts every day for a year in middle school because of Clueless. I dressed like Madonna from Desperately Seeking Susan. I own more Flash Dance-ish apparel than I probably should be admitting.

But there are five film characters who mean a lot more to me than simple imitation. These five characters have drastically given my closet a makeover in the past ten years. They have changed my sense of style. They have

Here they are:

Lisa Rowe (Girl, Interrupted)

"Razors pain you; Rivers are damp; Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp. Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live."-Dorothy Parker

Angelina Jolie made being a sociopath ridiculously fabulous.
Her character Lisa Rowe steals almost every scene in the movie. Her addictive charm, blatant sexuality, and alarming disregard for other people make this movie entirely worth watching.

I first saw this movie when I was a senior in high school. I immediately went out and bought a coat very similar to the one above. It was my favorite coat and I wore it so much I had to throw it away during my sophomore year of college. It had become a rag.
Plus, Lisa Rowe inspired me to never brush my hair and I barely wore any make up for years because of this movie.
Ah, the days of not giving a damn what my face looked wonder I didn't take many pictures of myself from 19 to 21!

Edie Sedgwick, Factory Girl

"I think I'll quit my painting and, just make Edie a big star"-Andy Warhol

Oh, Edie. She has left a style legacy that can be seen in every fashionista today.
Part beatnik, part society girl, part Hollywood, and part crazy. All fabulous.
And Sienna Miller portrayed her flawlessly.
When I saw this movie a few years ago, I became hooked on Edie's style. The huge earrings. The sweater and leggings. The heavy eyeliner. I started incorporating all of these things into my every day look. I still put a little Edie on once in a while. She was so insane and yet so fun. She didn't follow trends, she started them.
She was All-American.

(The real Edie)

Marie Antoinette, Marie Antoinette

"Is your hair quite tall enough today?" -Emperor Joseph

She was the queen of fashion. She is one of the few style icons from history people can easily point to.
Ever since I was in middle school, I have had a chronic fascination with the fallen royal star. When the movie came out, I was beyond ecstatic. I'm not the biggest Kirsten Dunst fan. But even I have to admit she played Marie beautifully.
Of course, we all know the film isn't really about Dunst's acting chops. It's about the clothes.
And oh, were there clothes.
It is one of my biggest fantasies to play dress up with every single costume in that film.

The closest I have come to emulating Antoinette's style is through nightgowns. After the movie came out, I immediately went to Victoria's Secret and stocked up on long white flowing night gowns, just like the one Dunst wears in the film. They make me feel like a princess right before going to bed!

Andy Sachs, The Devil Wears Prada

"You sold your soul to the devil when you put on your first pair of Jimmy Choo's, I saw it."-Emily

Oh. My. God. I don't even know where to begin on this one. Almost every item in my closet is an ode to this amazing film. My coats. My sunglasses. My hats. My jewelry. This movie came out when I had just graduated college and was beginning my job at the newspaper. Everything clicked. Most of my work clothes are inspired by this movie.

I watch this film over and over again and STILL find new inspirations in every outfit.

Irene, Priceless

"But charm is more valuable than can resist beauty, but you can't resist charm."-Irene

I'm not going to lie. This movie makes me wish I had a flat chest. The slinky, low-cut dresses are so glamorous and chic. Yet, they would just look ridiculous on my hour-glass figure. (Believe me, I've tried them on).

Audrey Tautou makes Irene so painfully glamorous, so heart-warming in a heartless life.
I want Chanel. I want Prada. I want YSL. That is my lifestyle and I'm not willing to give it up. I can't even afford that lifestyle and it's mine! Just like Irene.
She is SO me and yet so not me because I'm not a gold-digger...yet.

And there you have it. My heart, my soul, and my fashion inspirations spilled on this post to share with the world.

What characters have turned your closet upside down?


Couture Carrie said...

Fabulous post, darling!
I need to see Factory Girl asap!


Hezabelle said...

I LOVED Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted. It was brilliant. I haven't seen Priceless or Factory Girl yet, but I really should!

noura. said...

I agree! Who needs a regular bicycle?
Not me!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, these are all great. I've still never seen Girl, Interrupted - will have to check it out!

Sophie said...

What a brilliant idea for a post, I think there are always going to be some people who come along and influence your style! I loved the dresses in Marie Antoinette, it was the reason i went to see it. :)
Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog! The tea party was so much fun i recommend having one. xo

ANN said...

I love this post, a lot of these movies are some of my favorites. I really need to see Factory Girl though!

Damsels said...

oh man . angelina as lisa in girl interrupted ... shaped me as a person iwont even lie. i watched for over 6 years

A little Princess said...

What a fantastic selection, Lovely! All of the beautiful characters you've listed are fantastic in that they're amazing women and they look stunning. AJ in Girl, Interrupted changed the way I looked at textures in outfits. Like furs, and woolen jumpers thrown together with leathers and denims. Again, a great selection! Have a great week ahead! xoxo

Hannah @ LONDON--ROSE ♥ said...

hey hun, thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog :)
this post was so interesting! i loved sienna miller in factory girl too, and angelina jolie was incredible in girl interrupted, though i didnt like her style in it! i deffo need to watch priceless soon!
♥ Hannah

michellehendra said...

lovely post! and i really want to see factory girl :)


CHICMUSE said...



Aquiles Damiron-Alcantara said...

Where can I read some of your newspaper articles? Does the newspaper you work for publish online?

Buenos, deseos,

Adela said...

this was such a fabulous post! i completey 100% agree with everything you said about marie antoinette! =)

Some Girl said...

Lisa Rowe is freaking awesome!! I love her. Obviously Edie Sedgwick was a goddess and Marie Antoinette is just the queen. I think that her story is beautiful.

Sydnie said...

Great post! I loved "The Devil Wears Prada" ... Anne Hathaway truly is a style icon in every way imaginable. My style icon is Emma Watson!


Delectable Swank said...

Oh I so love this post! Isn't it amazing how much movies can influence our fashion choices? I love the picture of Edie, my god she is gorgeous! And priceless? Watching the movie ASAP!

Kerrie della Rovere said...

I LOVE YOU! ...and your style!

Savvy Gal said...

I adore Audrey Tautou in almost all her characters.

Gerri Ward said...

OMG! I Think we have ESP!!!:)

Pop Champagne said...

i totally remember girl interrupted! that was the first time i was introduced to angelina jolie! hehehe. ohhh memories. and i gotta see factory girl, I was so close to seeing it except no one wanted to see it with me when it was in theatres boooo

Sherin said...

Andy Sach and Irene both turned my closets upside down as well. Both looked great in the movies and made me want to be them, lol.

Eva Internazionale said...

I loved reading this. I think that's still my favorite Jolie role, I of course adore DVP & I want to see Priceless now!

Monika P. said...

Devil Wears Prada <33. But i need to see Factory Girl :)

yiqin; said...

OMG the last movie <3<3

AudreyAllure said...

oh i must agree with andy sachs, marie antoinette and edie sedgwick. and i would add Iona (played by Annie Potts) in Pretty in Pink. lol

Miss Neira said...

love it! all these characters are so amazing!

kiera knightley in the duchess is definitely one of my favorite characters in fashion thus far, she was fierce and so damn her

miss neira

Ela said...

Yay for the perks of being flat-chested, LOL. Great movies(I've yet to see two) and great fashion!

p.s. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, J. And that sweet hug. Just what I needed :)

Tiffani said...

Love love this post! Devil wears prada <3

Cesc said...

Edie and Marie are definitely two of my favourites. What an awesome post!


dapper kid said...

Loved Factory Girl! And the styling in DWP was absolutely flawless. Haha and Audrey Tatou would look stunning even in a bin bag. Hope you're having a wonderful day dear :)

Nubiasnonsense said...

Amazing post, These are all so inspiring. I have actually seen all of these and wouldnt be able to say which is my favorite

Amanda K said...

Great inspiration!

Beki said...


Tink in My Closet said...

I find it so bizzare as all the above have had a huge effect on my wardrobe and have helped to contribute to the way i dress..

Thank you so much for your sweeter than sweet comment on my last post. It truly put a huge grin on my face:)

Don't forget to upload pics with all your experiments!!

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

fantastic post!! i was also another cher herowitz wannabe with tartan skirts and knee high socks hehe.

girl interrupted is one of my fave movies.and edie has ALWAYS been a style inspiration for me, the movie just reconfirmed it.

similar to cher, id dress up in the same outfit liv tyler wears in empire records. yellow pleated skirt, pale blue cropped jumper, doc martens... oh dear.

daisychain said...

I agree so much with all of these.

style of olya baileys said...

adorable movies and actress))

Dream Sequins said...

Such glam characters! I loved this post. I would have to put Diane Keaton in Annie Hall up there on that list... And Anna Karina in all those cool New Wave films. Very cool.

Lemondrop Marie said...

This is a fabulous post. I always freeze and stare at the TV in a trance when The Devil Wears Prada is shown again. I just ADORE the transformation and the clothes. They all are genius in that film.

-h said...

angelina definitely deserved the oscar for lisa.

La Couturier said...

I absolutely ADORE Talitha!

La C.

Anonymous said...

Bloody brilliant post!! mmm I'd agree with almost every one of your inspirations except that i've never seen factory girl...yet indeed.

xxxxBisous, Ekerplay

Melanie's Randomness said...

Oh thats the girl from the Da Vinci Code!! Audrey Tautou from Priceless. Cool shes a great actress I might wanna check out that movie. I agree with you totally on the Devil Wears Prada. Every time it's on TV I always watch it. =)

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Barbie said...

I loved this post!
I totally agree with you!
some of my fav characters and their closets:
Alicia Silverstone in Clueless (Cher)
Fairuza Balk in The Craft (Nancy)
Kate Hudson in Almost Famous (Penny Lane)