11.27.2011

The Muppets and... Film Fashion?

So on Saturday I got to go see The Muppets with my two nephews, my mom, sister, and brother-in-law. The movie was extremely clever and appealed to me on too many levels! It starred and was also co-written by the clever Jason Segel, who I just adore in everything he's in (but particularly his lovable goofball counterpart Marshall Eriksen on How I Met Your Mother.) The songs were written by Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie (and happily, it showed.) It had segments in Los Angeles and Paris. It broke the fourth wall of filmmaking in very hilarious ways. AND watching my nephew watch it was priceless. Honestly, it's very funny and heartwarming and I would completely recommend it to anyone. Ohhhh and also it pretty much featured everyone from all the shows I've ever loved (Jim from The Office...even though it's meh now, his character will always be a love of mine. Troy and Senor Chang from the hilarious show everyone should watch, Community. And another HIMYM star Neil Patrick Harris.) I would recommend it to anyone and give it a solid 8.7 to tie with Hugo. But what I'm gonna write about in this here blog is about Amy Adams' character and a blog topic Laurie wanted me to write about a long, long time ago (but in this galaxy..)



Back when I first was starting this blog Laurie was saying how I should write a blog about film fashion and if I could choose any movie characters' wardrobe to completely steal, whose would it be? That there was a pretty tough question! Especially when you consider all the genres of film costumes there are to pick from. I've always been an ardent appreciator of all things costume related in film whether it be in a period piece, space opera or contemporary film. I've loved Padme's costumes in the latter two Star Wars prequels, (even some of Leia's dresses were cool...like the one at the end of A New Hope) and I've coveted Kate Winslet's closet in Titanic, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow's in Emma. When Laurie had asked the question a year ago I just answered without thinking, "Summer's." from you know what. Then she challenged me and pointed out that I'd have to wear EVERYTHING. When I re-examined the outfits, I concluded that while Zooey can pull off those vintage-y high waisted pants, I could not. She did own a lot of the color blue, and very cute dresses and shirts.... but the style-- though adorable, really wasn't the one I would straight up steal.



My next thought was its gotta be Breakfast at Tiffany's or Sabrina. Audrey Hepburn wears the most beautiful gowns in those films. But again....when do I have the occasion to wear gowns all the time? When I saw The Muppets and every time Amy Adams walked on the screen in a new outfit I was freaking out. This is the one. This is the wardrobe! A similar style to summer with the vintage dresses, but more applicable to anyone. She just looked so put together in every single scene. There was only one outfit I didn't care for, but not because it wasn't adorable...just because it was in peach. So, if I could just exchange the outfit in another color...we're in business. And even if I couldn't, I'd just try and see if I could pull off the color peach anyway because the shirt and skirt were cute enough.



My very very close runner-up would be Michelle Monaghan's wardrobe in the terrible rom-com Made of Honor. All I really remember about that dumb movie was thinking that the only good thing about it was waiting to see what her character would wear next time she would be on screen... and every time I would utter, like the lady in Napolean Dynamite, "I want that!" Honestly, Adams' wardrobe probably only got the edge because the movie that wardrobe was in was so dumb. So anyway... whose would you pick? I know my mom kept mentioning while I was talking about Amy Adams' wardrobe, how much she liked Miss Piggy's. Haha! Oh and the second runner up goes to Alexis Bledel's Lena in the second half of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its sequel (other than the dreadful pants that are...) But again...dumb movies so they shall not take the top honors.



Sorry, ladies. Get rid of those ugly pants and get out of your terrible films and then we'll talk.

9 comments:

Mom said...

Well, from a historical standpoint, Scarlett's in Gone With the Wind. I'm a sucker for a hoop skirt. I would have to wear her raggedy dress from the war years, but it might be helpful to have something to wear when I cleaned the house...or work in the fields.

I remember thinking the same thing as you did during Maid of Honor when I watched 27 Dresses. I mean her clothes that weren't the dresses; although Heigl can carry off anything with her height and figure. But surprisingly, I didn't like the wedding dress she had in Maid of Honor.

Which brings me to something else...I was thinking about that the other day and how in a movie where you know there is going to be a wedding, you kind of hold your breath to see how beautiful the wedding dress is. And then sometimes it really tanks (think "My Best Friend's Wedding," "Father of the Bride" or at least the one with Steve Martin. The one with Elizabeth Taylor is really kind of cool.) So which movie wedding dress would you want?

Joey said...

Oh, and maybe Amanda Bynes in "Hairspray." Those fun 60's fashions made that movie a lot of fun to watch.

Laurie & Clint said...

I still say without question the best wardrobe of all time goes to grace Kelly in rear window. I don't care if that means i'd wear glamorous gowns on a random tuesday! I'd be game if I could look that chic.

I remember liking rashinda jones wardrobe in I love you man, as far as casual everday attire.

seanmackay.net said...

Captivating stuff.

Emily said...

Those are really good ones Laurie! I completely forgot about Grace Kelly's, but you're right it's pretty amazing. So you'd pick hers over Audrey's in Breakfast at Tiffany's?

Anna said...

I know we've been over this and you scoff at my choice, but I still love Maggie Gyllenhall (sp?) in Stranger than Fiction, she wears those wife-beaters well. Historical.....I'm with you Em on Kate Winslet in Titanic. But my all-time favorite film wardrobe is Liv Tyler in LOTR. Its the whole reason I became a costume designer :)

Laura said...

This does seem like your style... but I was actually thinking Devil Wears Prada? Kinda fancy but how has this one escaped you??

Emily said...

I don't know that I could pull off something that chic. And I'm still thinking about the wedding dress costume I like best..

Sarah said...

I'll have to think about this some more. I always loved Marilyn Monroe's wardrobe in How to Marry a Millionaire.

Sandra Dee has some adorable clothes in If a Man Answers.

I really like Eowyn's costumes in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Scarlett O'Hara's wardrobe is to-die-for.

Natalie Wood has some awesome clothes in Sex and the Single Girl.

Doris Day has some awesome dresses in The Thrill of it All and Pillow Talk.

But as for stealing an entire wardrobe...I'll have to think about that some more. I'll get back to you later!