Monday, April 18, 2011
Film Styles: Summertime
Since I first saw Summertime a few years ago, I have been completely infatuated with it. It is easily in my top 5 favorite movies of all time. While the fashion rarely takes center stage in this movie (there isn't even a costumer designer listed for it on IMDB.) I think the movie as a whole provides so much fashion inspiration. It's the setting and feeling the film encompasses that sparks that "what if..." type inspiration in your mind. Without sounding too much like those overly-vocal people in film class I used to so often roll my eyes at, I must say the city is the main character. Venice is the heart and center of this film, and it's Venice that makes it fashionable. The colors, the feel, the architecture, the weather... everything.
The reason Venice is so much more memorable in Summertime is because it's filmed in Venice, as opposed to say, Top Hat, where they're riding gondolas in Paramount Studios (Top Hat is still a delightful movie though).
In the film, there is a little town they go to called "The place the rainbow fell" and it's bursting with color. That is the style I get from this film-- the color. The lightness and joy of summer. It's what collections like Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 were made for. So without being inspired by any one character (other than maybe Phyl, the blonde who wears striped midi skirts and off-the-shoulder tops), you find more inspiration with the experience. You start thinking "what if I went on a vacation to Venice?" and "what if I fell in love with a tall, dark and handsome Italian man in an outdoor cafe?" what on earth would I wear? and right there--- there's your inspiration. So... what would you wear?