Monday, May 16, 2011

Stylista: Emma Recchi from 'I Am Love'

Last year's I Am Love was a piece of modern cinema working towards an antiquated classicism, a sensibility that allowed it to be both simplistic and miraculously intricate.  The film was a collaborative partnership between director and actor, a story built from the ground up over 11-years out of a kaleidoscopic array of source material from Flaubert to Visconti to Milan itself, each piece falling into place naturally.  As Russian transplant turned aristocratic matriarch Emma Recchi, Tilda Swinton is the film's racing heart.  Emma is elegant, classic, and shrouded in the smartly tailored, brightly colored garments that seem to inform the scene's art direction even as they're inspired by it.  In pure text book style, Emma's wardrobe ignites with her passion,  alighting in tangerine and coral red in the moments she experiences eye-opening encounters with love or food.   Designed solely by Raf Simons for Jil Sander, the clothes do more than simply assign a color palette to Emma's emotional life, they situate the character - and the film itself - within a postured social strata, an established mode.  They are tradition itself, referential of an age where starlets were dressed by Givenchy and Fellini built worlds around a Cristobal Balenciaga sack dress.  This is not fashion, it's clean, pure style for the ages.

I've wanted to post this for nearly a year now, so glad I could finally collect all the right bits and pieces.  I fell in love with the film, with its immaculate cinematography, and with the idea of orange pants though there's little doubt my 5'4" skeleton would only make it look like I should be picking up garbage on the side of the road.

1. Christian Louboutin 'Mago' cap-toe pump  2. 3.1 Phillip Lim embellished cotton blend dress  3. Tiffany & Co. silver bead necklace  4. Topshop peach round sunglasses 5. A.P.C. Chambray shirt  6. Mulberry 'Bayswater' leather bag  7. Cimarron 'Jackie' orange skinny leg pants 8. Kelly Bergin silk gauze t-shirt  9. Thakoon plunge front dress    

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