Following one of my favorite Sunday traditions in New York, this morning I have decided to wake up early and head straight to Angelika movie theater to see the movie Carol, directed by Todd Haynes. My expectations were set quite high knowing that the lead actresses are Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. On this blog, I always write about movies in the context of fashion and style and "Carol", by all means, is a feast for the eyes of any true fashion lover.
The story is set in the fifties, the decade favoring female body and glamour. Carol's closet contains every aspect of that from wasp-like waist styles, body-con pencil skirts, lavish fur coats, ultra-feminine hats, unbelievable jewelry, sexy shoes to dresses that seem to scream to men:" I am your goddess sent from heaven."
|Carol, Dir. Todd Haynes (2015)|
However, what really caught my attention from the very beginning of the movie was a perfect "coral" shade of Cate Blanchett's lipstick and hair nails. It complimented so smoothly her fair complexion and added a rejuvenating blush to her appearance. Then, I notice the re-ocuurence of "coral" throughout the movie from the title on the movie poster to accessories and jewelry.
The story takes place around the winter holidays and it may seem that coral is such a difficult color to incorporate into your winter wardrobe. However, when it was paired with muted colors like gray, camel, brown, it added a joyful glamour to otherwise conservative impeccable style of a rich New York woman in the fifties. The life of Carol is complicated on so many layers. She is living in the times in which a woman loving another woman is eternally condemned by her social class. Choosing coral seems to be her secret joyful weapon in life where her own choices usually have dire consequences.
I do not want to reveal more about the plot of the movie, as I would like to highly recommend watching it not only to fashion fans but also to those who are just craving deep emotions and beauty when they go to the cinema.
I could not resist creating my own contemporary "Carol's fashion capsule" to add a touch of glamour during our winter holidays, as when the weather is getting colder we all need to cheer up somehow and adding "coral" to your wardrobe will guarantee the immediate "brightening effect".
Where do you look for your stylish holiday fashion inspirations? Which movies are your favorite when it comes to fashion? Stay warm!
Muse Lipstick, Hourglass; Coral Blame Lacquer, Tom Ford; Coral Stole, Patrizia Pepe;
Caramel Faux Coat, Dorothy Perkins; Coral Earrings, Devon Leigh;
Wool Dress, Vielma London; Biba Pumps, Gianvito Rossi;