'Down With Love' Movie Fashion Style

By Sisi Tsoi

Anytime that I need an inspiration for colour in fashion, I always revisit my darling movie 'Down with Love'. This frivolously yummy and funny movie, starring Rennee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, has itself turned into a bit of a classic 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 outfits were manufactured by Daniel Orlandi. I am remarkably pleased with the point that it had no true vintage clothing at all. Most of the costumes were 100 % re-designs, close fitted and converted into the amusing multicolored feast of a movie. The overall movie is a relentless extravaganza of fashion display, overfull with rainbow colours, delightful fabrics, and matching attire. I love the ensemble of a pink and white wool jacket, over a super-fitted wool dress, equaling the colors 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 definitely do not look 'thrift shop', in fact the cut and fit for both the actors are simply wonderful. In fact, he purposefully designed the clothing with lots of brilliant color, despite the fact that these were not conventional hues for a blonde. I think the bright hues agreed with Renee very well, reflecting on her character and the comedy storyline. The riot of shades, lavender, lime, fuchsia, snow-white, magenta and ice blue are clearly a feast for the eyes.

Don't be worried to replicate the style of this movie though. Almost all the expertly coordinated outfits, unquestionably place all of us who put on a GAP tee shirt and jeans to shame. We can always lighten ourselves up with a vibrant coloured scarf, a suited dress with tidy tucking details, or a set of bright pumps. We should in no way be afraid of color, in the end we can still put on the sophisticated black coat. Get out there and put on those color and treat your friends to a colorful feast.

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