Five Timeless Fashion Statements from Modern Hollywood Films

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One of the universal truths of fashion is that we can always find great looks in Hollywood. To some extent this is because we tend to look to celebrities and A-listers who populate the most noteworthy movies for fashion inspiration. It’s also thanks in part to the fact that films naturally put fashion in the perfect place, pairing actors with ideal outfits and just the right settings. The result is that, quite often at least, a given outfit in a film looks better than anything we might see even on a runway, magazine cover, or blog page.Considering this, Fashion Reverie wanted to take a fun look back on fashion from five popular films in the past decade. These looks have been perfect for the actors wearing them and the situations they were presented in, and they’ll be among the lasting fashion imagery of modern Hollywood.

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Emma Stone —“La La Land”

Emma Stone’s yellow dress in 2017’s “La La Land” seemed to become an iconic piece of Hollywood fashion overnight. It’s what she wore in some of the film’s most beloved scenes—such as the City of Stars song and dance. The dress was instantly memorable, and particularly with the way certain scenes were filmed; that yellow dress really popped off of the screen. Supposedly the dress was actually based on a real red carpet look of Stone’s, and in that sense it’s sort of the epitome of celebrity fashion on screen. Any girl without a particular aversion to yellow would love to have this dress on hand for a warm spring or summer night. 

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Sarah Jessica Parker — “Sex and The City”If you ever watched “Sex and The City,” you probably picked up more than a few fashion tips along the way; fashion and style was an essential part of the show. The same was true of the movie, and while there were a lot of great looks in it, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Gucci rose dress stole the show. It was literally an off-white dress that was about 70% covered in beautiful, detailed rose graphics. And though not everyone could have pulled it off, it was a wonderful combination of bold elegance, and lightheartedness–incidentally not a bad description of the show’s and film’s style overall.

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Anne Hathaway — “The Devil Wears Prada”If there’s a defining fashion film from mainstream cinema in the 21st century, it has to be “The Devil Wears Prada.” This movie simultaneously delved into the business side of the fashion industry and demonstrated a virtual runway’s worth of incredible looks and outfits. Singling out one look from Anne Hathaway in this movie is sort of a shame; she and other castmates looked wonderful and glamorous throughout much of the film. However, Hathaway’s black dresses (there are a few) make particularly lovely statements. (The Prada gown she wore to The Met Gala in the film was divine.) They black dresses are simple at a glance, but Anne Hathaway is putting on a clinic on how and when to pull off this classic look.

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Jessica Chastain – “Molly’s Game”“Molly’s Game” isn’t quite as noteworthy as the other films in this roundup, but it may be in time, because it has a chance to be recognized as one of the last and best casino Hollywood movies. This is a 2017 film about back-room celebrity poker games in an era in which the word “casino” increasingly refers to lineups of digital games available at websites from Canada and the UK, or jingling slot apps for free play on mobile phones. These kinds of casino games can’t make for much of a movie (which is why this could be a dying genre), but the subject matter of “Molly’s Game” absolutely did. Accordingly, Chastain’s character demonstrates the stylish side of high-end poker culture, in numerous scenes and with numerous looks. Her black-and-nude dress in a scene in which she’s hosting a high-roller game, though, cuts a particularly striking image.

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Constance Wu – “Crazy Rich Asians”Most of the actresses listed above were known for their style, or for great fashion style in past movies, before the aforementioned films came out. Constance Wu was a little bit more of an unknown to major audiences before starring in “Crazy Rich Asians.” However, Constance Wu  became an overnight sensation when “Crazy Rich Asians” started dominating the box office. It’s an exquisitely styled film in every sense, and there are more than a few great outfits throughout its runtime. The sheer, pale-blue Marchesa gown Wu wears to the massive wedding at the center of the film, however, is a marvel. It’s not the sort of look one might seek to replicate in everyday life, but it should be an inspiration the next time you need a standout look for a formal event!

—Staff

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