We love fashion and we love films, so you can imagine how excited we get when a trip to the cinema has a style element to it too. Whether it’s a fashion designer biography or just a film with amazing costumes we can’t get enough of seeing amazing outfits on the big screen (or Netflix if you’re more of a binge watcher) so with that in mind we’ve compiled a rundown of our favourite fashion related films, perfect for a night in with a glass of wine and a copy of Vogue…
Before Tyra Banks taught us all how to Smize, Ben Stiller taught us all the ‘Blue Steel” which is essentially the same thing only funnier. This comedic parody of the fashion industry sees male model Derek Zoolander knocked off his perch as the Number 1 model in the world and subsequently brainwashed by a notorious designer to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. It’s 100% as barmy as it sounds…
Our Favourite Line- “If there is anything that this horrible tragedy can teach us, it’s that a male model’s life is a precious, precious commodity. Just because we have chiseled abs and stunning features, it doesn’t mean that we too can’t not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.”
The Great Gatsby
Showcasing the unrivalled glamour that the ‘Roaring Twenties’ is famous for The Great Gatsby is everything a fashion lover could hope for. The 2013 remake, based on the 1925 novel of the same name, deservedly won the Oscar for Best Costume Design and it’s easy to see why, flapper style dresses and sharp, tailored tuxedo’s give us all major throwback vibes and the urge to start doing the Charleston…
Our Favourite Line- “All the bright precious things fade so fast… and they don’t come back.”
Breakfast at Tiffanys
If nothing else this film deserves to go down in fashion history for giving us a style staple that has never been out of our wardrobe- the Little Black Dress. Made famous by Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly, the dress was the brain child of Herbert Givenchy whos infamous fashion house has since gone from dressing Hollywood royalty to actual royalty at the recent wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry.
Our Favourite Line- “Promise me one thing: don’t take me home until I’m drunk – very drunk indeed.”
We’ve been looking forward to this all-female, girl power inspired spin off of the ‘Oceans 11’ franchise since the all-star cast was announced last year and with its release today we can’t wait to get stuck in with Debbie Ocean (portrayed by the legendary Sandra Bullock) as she, and the rest of her girl gang, attempt to pull of the jewel heist of the century. If the outfits in the film are as good as the ones the actresses have been sporting during the promotional tour, we’ll be in fashion heaven!
Our Favourite Line- “In three and a half weeks the Met will be hosting its annual ball and we are going to rob it. Sixteen-point-five million dollars in each of your bank accounts, five weeks from now. That’s a lot.”
The Devil Wears Prada
No list on fashion themed films would be complete without mentioning The Devil Wears Prada. Based on author Lauren Weisburg’s real life experience as Anna Wintour’s assistant, the film follows recent graduate Andy (Anne Hathaway) as she’s hired to become the formidable Miranda Priestley’s (Meryl Streep) junior assistant. Hathaways character undergoes one of the best style makeovers in film history but its Emily Blunt’s character who steals the show with her sassy attitude and one-liners.
Our Favourite Line- “Face it Andy, you sold your soul the day you put on that first pair of Jimmy Choo’s. I saw it. And you know what really kills me about this whole thing, is the clothes that you’re gonna get, I mean, you don’t deserve them you eat carbs for Christ sake! God! It’s so unfair.”
Coco before Chanel
The original fashion feminist, Coco Chanel, is the stuff of legends today and this film biography, starring Audrey Tatou as the eponymous Chanel, tells the story of how she went from a small-town seamstress to the best-known designer of her day as well as her love affair with English businessman Arthur Capel and the beginnings of the Chanel empire. Definitely one to watch if you like fashion and a love story…
Our Favourite Line- “A woman who cuts her hair, is about to change her life.”
The Royal Tenenbaums
Although not technically a fashion film, this 2001 comedy-drama starring Gwyneth Paltrow (in her pre-GOOP days) is often cited as inspiration for designer’s collections, most notably Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2015, with a large focus being on Paltrow’s character, Margot Tenenbaum’s fur coat and blunt bob aesthetic. We love a good 90s fashion moment!
Our Favourite Line- “Anybody interested in grabbing a couple of burgers and hittin’ the cemetery?”
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Based on the Shopaholic series of books by Sophie Kinsella (one of our fave holiday reads just FYI) Confessions of a Shopaholic is pretty much like looking at our own lives in terms of shopping habits. Isla Fisher gives us all major accessory envy too as she becomes a financial writer known as ‘The Girl with the Green Scarf’ despite being thousands of dollars in debt thanks to her love of Bloomingdales… ok, this feels like a personal attack now, *closes ASOS app*…
Our Favourite Line– “Well, these cashmere gloves I need as it is winter, and I have… Hands.”
Sex and the City
Last but certainly not least, we couldn’t have a fashion film moment without mentioning the creme de la crème of style inspo. We highly doubt everyone reading this hasn’t seen Sex and the City so all we’ll say is is that Vivenne Westwood dress still gives us goosebumps…
Our Favourite Line- “They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.”
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