Thursday, June 17, 2010

Resort 2011: Part One (In which I spend more time discussing my love for a movie about statutory rape)

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Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Lover is set in 1929 Indochina, where the streets are trodden upon by hurried shuffles and heavy rain drops. The story is one of forbidden lust between a young, impoverished girl and a wealthy Chinese business man. I've heard this movie compared to soft core porn numerous times, and I've also heard many complain that the actors are nothing but pretty faces. However, despite the sometimes uninteresting plot line, I really liked The Lover; maybe if only for the clothes. The young girl, who is never given a name, wears the same silk dress throughout the movie, along with her man's fedora. Once she is beyond her mother's sight and control, she also smears on red lipstick in a way that is daring, yet sloppy because of her innocence. While she claims she has no love for the man she visits in secret in the Chinese quarter, they develop an attachment to each other that goes beyond their violent passion. While they were becoming attached to each other, I was falling in love with the costume designer. I know that there was not much work to be done to create a singular look for the leading woman, but it's just so GOOD. The silk dress has been patched and re-sewn numerous times, yet still it's the dress' cleanness that makes it so beautiful. It serves its function; to be a useful garment of protection and attraction.

Which brings me to Erin Fetherston Resort 2011




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The lines vary between crisp and slightly flowy, with a masculine twinge. The collection is effective and mature, yet maintains functionality which is why it reminded me so much of the young girl's outfit and perspective. (Hello added Spring/Summer inspiration)

6 comments:

  1. Fabulous collection as always! and i must see this film! the simplicity of the costume is gorgeous :)

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  2. oh wow! fetherston's stuff is amazing, plus that model is an extreme beauty! love all those outfits :)

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  3. i love old movies and the clothes <3 omg, i want wear it all <3

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  5. Great post!! I need one of those hats

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  6. really love those pictures!! i love the blouse on the last one!

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