Midnight in Paris: 1920s chic

Woody Allen’s latest film Midnight in Paris gives me nostalgia for past fashion eras, in particular, the 1920s. Being a lover of 1920s prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire I am forever lusting over the beaded flapper dressers and stunning antique jewellery, so I was happy to see similar costume in Midnight in Paris. 

If you’re not familiar with the plot, the film is based around Gil (Owen Wilson) a Hollywood screenwriter (obviously, resembling Woody Allen during this time) who is faced with relationship troubles and is transported through different eras at the stroke of midnight while holidaying in Paris.

It’s hard not be completely in awe of the costumes back then, especially if worn by famous literary author’s such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, as well as legendary artist Pablo Picasso. The stylish three-piece-suits and stunning evening dresses represent the characters well, they are true artists and living legends – you wouldn’t expect anything less than luxury.

Gil himself is very Woody Allen inspired in his costume – the tweed jackets, loose-fitting white shirts, smart fitting trousers and a chunky belt – all he needs is some chunky framed glasses and he would resemble him completely.

The two women in Gil’s life during Midnight in Paris are completely opposite to each other, not surprisingly due to one being from the 1920s and the other his fiancée of the present day, 2010.

One is Picasso’s mistress Adriana (Marion Cotillard) who is ultra feminine, elegant and glamorous. Her wardrobe is a dream – vintage dresses with extraordinary beaded detail, unusual accessories, in particular the watercolour design bag with subtle fringe detail shown above which you would imagine to have just a matte lipstick and gold compact mirror inside.

Ines (Rachel McAdams) on the other hand is very different. She has a classic European look to her style – very travel inspired and classy. McAdams was draped in designers such as Chanel, Dior and Hermes (all French designers) for the role and I’ve already seen a noticeable amount of film lovers complimenting the above white shirt and belt combination – could this be a hot spring/summer look in 2012?

A few more shots from the film:

Midnight in Paris is available on DVD now.

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